Archive for August 2013

Sword-wielding man caught on camera threatening bus patron in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Police are searching for a sword-wielding 23 year old man from Port Angeles, after he threatened a patron at the Grays Harbor Transit mall in Aberdeen Tuesday afternoon.
Police Captain John Green tells us they were called to the Park and Ride at 320 E. Wishkah St to the report of unlawful display of a weapon just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. 
A 37 year old Westport man told officers that when he tried to tell a group of people that they were parked in the “bus only” lot, one of the men in the car charged him with the sword. Green said surveillance video confirmed the report, and the suspects fled in a white car.

The Aberdeen Police have been in contact with the suspect and the investigation is continuing.

AHAB siren testing Monday September 2nd

MONTESANO, Wash. – Washington State Emergency Management will conduct its monthly countywide AHAB (All Hazard Alert Broadcast) Siren test on Monday, September 2, at noon.

AHAB sirens are located in Pacific Beach, Copalis Beach, Ocean City, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips, Westport and Grayland. All Grays Harbor County sirens will be included in the test beginning at noon.

AHAB sirens have a range of about one mile in radius depending on topography and weather. The activation will be Westminster Chimes followed by a test voice message. These sirens are meant to provide emergency notification to people who are OUTDOORS! Residents and businesses located within a tsunami inundation area are encouraged to maintain a working NOAA Weather Radio.

Please DO NOT CALL 911 regarding this testing. If you have any questions or reports regarding the test, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at 360-249-3911 or [email protected].

Last weekend to catch the bus in Grays Harbor

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Today begins the last weekend of transit service for Grays Harbor. Despite the need to drum up support for a sales tax increase on the November ballot, after the Labor Day weekend, Grays Harbor Transit will eliminate weekends, holidays, transfers, and the route to Centralia, but keeping the College Sticker Program for students.
The transit will ask the public for a .01% sales tax increase on the November countywide ballot to upright an $800-thousand budget deficit. General Manager Mark Carlin says if the tax passes it will return them to a state-approved budget. He hoped to see a return to weekend service by 2015.

Anglers off Ilwaco, Westport can soon retain both hatchery and wild coho salmon

“With slightly less than half of the coho catch quota remaining in each of those two marine areas this late in the season, we can allow anglers to keep both hatchery and wild coho without exceeding our conservation objectives for wild salmon,” Milward said.

Through Aug. 25, anglers fishing out of Ilwaco had caught 18,424 coho of the 37,380 fish quota. Anglers fishing off Westport, where there is a coho catch quota of 27,660 fish, had caught 13,168 coho.

Anglers have a two-salmon daily catch limit in all four marine areas off the Washington coast. Up to two chinook may be retained in all areas; however, chinook must be released in that part of Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line. Anglers in marine areas 3 and 4 are allowed two additional pink salmon as part of their daily catch limit.

All ocean areas (marine areas 1-4) are open to salmon fishing seven days a week.

Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 22 in marine areas 3 and 4, and through Sept. 30 in marine areas 1 and 2.

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season, and announce any other changes on WDFW’s website at .

Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and area catch guidelines, is available in WDFW’s Sportfishing Rules pamphlet, available at .

GH Emergency Management Agency offers Fall & Winter storm prep, survey, & notification links

Grays Harbor County LogoThis Labor Day Weekend rings in the fall and winter storm preparation season. The Grays Harbor Emergency Management website has many great pointers for homeowners.


Please help us to reach 1000 responses for the Citizen Expectation Survey. Please take the survey and contact friends and relatives. It is vitally important and will initiate necessary changes for disaster preparation, response, and recovery. The link is:


Please sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System. Receive a text message, phone call and e-mail warning of severe weather and other disaster issues.  The link is:


Please feel free to send this to all of your family, friends and neighbors.


Grays Harbor Emergency Management wishes all of our citizens a great Labor Day weekend and thanks all for your continued support. It can only be accomplished with your assistance. 

UPDATE: Arrest made in Shelton homicide investigation

SHELTON, Wash. – Mason County Detectives have arrested a suspect on charges of Assault 1st Degree, after a man was found beaten and unconcious Tuesday night, and died yesterday. Lieutenant Les Watson with the Shelton Police Department identifies the suspect as 20 year old Eric Morrissey of Shelton. After Morrissey’s arrest, Detectives were contacted by the King County Medical Examiner’s office and informed that the victim of the assault had succumbed to the injuries sustained in the incident and was pronounced dead sometime after 1pm yesterday afternoon.
The victim was identified to be 27 year old Talon Newman, also of Shelton. It is expected that the Mason County Prosecutor’s office will amend the charges on Morrissey from assault to a homicide related charge in court later today.

The pertinent information obtained in this case so far indicates that the physical altercation that resulted in the death of Newman stemmed from an earlier disturbance or argument. The investigation is ongoing.

State Parks and SUBWAY® restaurants launch No Family Left Inside

SUBWAY® restaurants in the following counties are participating in the No Family Left Inside program: King, Snohomish, Chelan, Clallam, Douglas, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Thurston and Whatcom. On Sept. 28, the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, the Discover Pass requirement is waived at Washington state parks. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Volunteers will plant trees, remove trash and build trails at public lands in Washington and across the nation. 

SUBWAY® restaurants will help celebrate this special day by giving away $5,000 in cash cards to the first 100 people to visit designated state parks on Sept. 28. These parks include Larrabee near the city of Bellingham, Deception Pass on Whidbey Island, Lincoln Rock in Douglas County, Lake Sammamish in Issaquah, Millersylvania near Olympia, Twin Harbors in Grays Harbor County, Belfair in Mason County, Dosewallips on the shore of Hood Canal in Jefferson County, Fort Worden in Port Townsend and Saltwater in King County.

“We are grateful and excited to be working with SUBWAY® restaurants to promote the Washington State Discover Pass and the healthy recreation people can enjoy on our public lands,” said Don Hoch, director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. “This partnership also highlights the purpose of public lands day in raising awareness about the beautiful natural places available to all.” 

About SUBWAY® restaurants
Headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, and with regional offices in Amsterdam, Beirut, Brisbane, Miami and Singapore, the SUBWAY® brand was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. Their partnership, which continues today, marked the beginning of a remarkable journey – one that has made it possible for thousands of individuals to build and succeed in their own business. In 2012, SUBWAY® Restaurants became the first restaurant to meet the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Meal Certification Program nutritional criteria. This year, for the fourth straight year, the SUBWAY® brand was ranked “number one” by consumers in the Zagat® Fast Food Survey in the “Healthy Options,” “Most Popular” and “Top Service” categories for food brands with 5,000 or more locations. For more information about the SUBWAY® chain, visit Find SUBWAY® at and SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor’s Associates Inc. © 2013 Doctor’s Associates Inc. SUBWAY® is a registered trademark of Doctor’s Associates Inc. 

About National Environmental Education Foundation
The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) coordinates National Public Lands Day along with many local, state and federal land management agencies. Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is the national corporate sponsor for the 15th year. NEEF anticipates more than $18 million in volunteer services will be completed as a result of this effort at more than 2,000 public land locations throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. Learn more at Follow NEEF on and

About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013, and will celebrate with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at,, and Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit

September 11th is “911 Day” recognizing 9-1-1 operators nationwide

MONTESANO, Wash. – September 11th is “911 Day” in honor and recognition of 9-1-1 emergency operators, public safety dispatchers, telecommunicators and call takers, and the vital contributions they make to the safety and well-being of all citizens. The day was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 with Public Law 99-448, and has been celebrated ever since.

Since 9/11/2001, September 11th has been recognized as a day of remembrance and patriotism, honoring those we lost during the tragedy that struck our nation. 911 Day, the importance and achievements of our emergency operators, public safety dispatchers, telecommunicators and call takers provide has been overshadowed since 2001. Rarely is there mention that on 9/11/2001, these dedicated individuals continued to provide essential communications to police, fire, citizens and response agencies during the attacks on New York, the Pentagon and in the aftermath of flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

These dedicated professional, courteous and knowledgeable individuals continue to perform their job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year without accolades. They are the unheralded communications lifeline for police, fire, the community and many response agencies through severe weather, natural disasters, terror threats, fire, police and public safety responses.

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management would like to thank the Grays Harbor Communications E9-1-1 telecommunicators and administrative staff for their continued dedication, support and tremendous job they have done for all Grays Harbor citizens. All are invaluable to our community. Thank you for your service! – Deputy Director, Chuck Wallace

DNR: Public encouraged to heed fire safety this Labor Day weekend

In areas where campfires are allowed, DNR asks the public to please follow these suggestions:

  • Use an existing fire ring; don’t create a new one.
  • Clear all vegetation away from the fire ring (remove all flammable materials, such as needles, leaves, sticks, etc.).
  • Keep your campfire small.
  • Keep plenty of water and a shovel nearby for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended!


When putting out your campfire, you should:

  • First, drown the campfire with water.
  • Next, mix the ashes and embers with soil. Scrape all partially-burned sticks and logs to make sure all the hot embers are off of them.
  • Stir the embers after they are covered with water and make sure everything is wet.
  • Feel the coals, embers, and any partially burned wood with your hands. Everything should be cool to the touch.
  • When you think you are done, take an extra minute and add more water. Stir the remains, add more water, and stir again.
  • If water is unavailable, use moist dirt. Be careful not to bury any hot or burning material, as it can smolder and later start a wildfire.
  • Finally, check the entire campsite for possible sparks or embers; it only takes one to start a forest fire.
  • If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.


Remember, a little extra care takes only a few minutes of your time, and it could prevent a wildfire.

 DNR statewide burn ban

In an effort to reduce preventable wildfires, DNR issued a statewide burn ban covering all DNR-protected lands, effective July 1, 2013, through September 30, 2013. The ban includes all forestlands in Washington except for federal lands. During the ban, designated campgrounds may allow campfires in approved fire pits. DNR or the campground management may put additional restrictions in place, including a ban on campfires, depending on weather conditions. 

Grays Harbor Tourism lends support to Horns & Hooks Fishing Derby

Fishing derby tickets are priced at $10 per day and $20 for the three-day weekend and are available in advance at Horns & Hooks retail outlet on Brumfield Ave. in Montesano, all Dennis Company locations, and Harbor Saw and Supply in Hoquiam.  On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at the Westport Marina or the Johns River and 28th Street boat launch locations. 
For information about volunteering at the derby, contact: [email protected]. Special thanks go to fishing derby sponsors: Horns and Hooks, North Fork Customs, Verle’s, U.S. Marine, The Islander, Deep Sea Charters, Willapa Marine, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Ocean Crest Resort and Grays Harbor Tourism.
For more information go to the Grays Harbor Tourism website at: