Archive for September 2013

Hoquiam police bring handcuffs to knife and gun fight

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam Police Department responded to an apartment building in the 500 block of Emerson Avenue, to investigate the report of a man with a knife and a second man with a gun. It was reported the man with the gun had fired off at least one round Saturday.

Officers arrived on scene and located the two adult males involved outside the apartment building. Officers secured a handgun from a 32-year old Hoquiam male and knife from the 41-year old Aberdeen male. Both were visiting tenants at the apartment building and are not residents. Both were detained for further investigation and were transported to the Hoquiam Police Department.

Hoquiam detectives were called-in to assist with the investigation by processing the scene and interviewing witnesses and the parties involved.

It was determined there was some sort of feud between the men which has been on-going over the last few weeks. The man with the pistol indicated he felt threatened by the man with the knife as he was “charging” at him, so he shot one round toward the front of the building as a “warning shot” at the man.

The 32-year old Hoquiam male was booked into the Hoquiam jail for Reckless Endangerment and Discharging a Weapon in the city limits.

The 41-year old Aberdeen male was submitted to the city prosecutor for review and filing of the charge, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon (switch blade knife).

Rep. Derek Kilmer to give up pay if government shuts down

WASHINGTON D.C. – In the event that the House and Senate don’t reach a compromise by October 1st on legislation to keep federal agencies funded, Representative Derek Kilmer announced today that he will give up his pay for the duration of a government shutdown.


“I am dead set against a government shutdown because it will have serious effects on our economy and because many people rely on services provided by federal agencies,” said Representative Derek Kilmer. “I believe in leading by example – if Congress can’t get its act together to stop a government shutdown, then I don’t believe Members of Congress should be paid.  That’s why today I’m announcing I will give up my pay for the duration of a government shutdown. 


“The fact that some in Congress would risk a shutdown in order to score political points demonstrates why Congress is currently held in lower regard than head lice.  Should the government shut down, I will give up my pay to lead by example in the hopes that Congress will stop the dysfunction, stop the self-imposed crises, and start working on a balanced, bipartisan, long-term budget.”


One of Representative Kilmer’s first actions in Congress was to break with members of his party to vote for a plan called No Budget, No Pay – a plan that would withhold pay from Members of Congress if Congress doesn’t pass a budget.

GHCH: Health coverage is as close as the nearest phone or computer

For example:
• A family of 4 making less than $32,500 can qualify for free health coverage through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid);
• A family of 4 making up to $40,000 can qualify for an estimated $985 in tax credits per month; and
• A family of 4 making up to $90,000 can qualify for an estimated $436 in tax credits per month.
• Subsidies are available for a family of four making up to $94,200 a year.
Supporting Medicaid expansion and enrollment have both been high priority issues for hospitals. Providing health care—especially emergency health care—to uninsured patients usually results in a significant burden on the family, and can be costly for the hospital as well. The cost of care for the uninsured gets shifted to other paying patients. If more people have health coverage that covers the cost of health care services, and provides them with access to preventative care, the entire community is better off.

Additional Resources to compare plans and sign up for health coverage
Phone: Washington Healthplanfinder Customer Support Center: 
1-855-WAFINDER or 1-855-923-4633
Email: [email protected] 
To find in-person assisters and brokers: 
For more information about what Washington state hospitals have been doing to support Medicaid expansion and the Exchange’s outreach and enrollment activities, visit

About Grays Harbor Community Hospital: Grays Harbor Community Hospital (GHCH) Aberdeen, Washington, is a comprehensive regional medical center providing quality care to a community of over 90,000 residents covering the 3,000 square miles of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. Established in 1959 Grays Harbor Community Hospital is a 501c 3 nonprofit sole community hospital. Licensed for 140 beds; services including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, critical care unit, surgical services, and Family Birth Center. GHCH’s outpatient services include diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation therapies, wound healing center, surgical services, and physician clinics. Learn more at or

North Beach PAWS teams with PetSense for kitten adoptions in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. – PetSense in Aberdeen has some new kittens and cats up for adoption, thanks to a recent adoption of their own, that spawned a new partnership with North Beach PAWS. They supplied the furry orphans for the Petsense National Adoption event earlier this month. Brittanie, the new manager of the local PetSense adopted “Dexter,” and that got the ball rolling.

Molly High of North Beach PAWS tells us they are grateful for the opportunity and thanked PetSense for their hospitality. The cats will be rotated every 2-3 days so check back often. For each cat adopted, PetSense gives a cardboard carrier, a blanket, one month of flea treatment, and a goodie bag, as well as 10% off purchases the day of the adoption.

WDFW Commission to consider amending state wildlife interaction rules

During the commission’s regular meeting Oct. 4 in Olympia, commissioners will consider proposed amendments to wildlife interaction rules that are more consistent with Washington’s Wolf Conservation and Management plan and to implement 2013 legislation.

The amendments are available online at

Those amendments include:

  • Making permanent an emergency rule that permits ranchers, farmers, and other pet and livestock owners in the eastern third of the state to kill a wolf that is attacking their animals.
  • Adding sheep, goats, swine, donkeys, mules, llamas and alpacas to the list of animals livestock owners could be compensated for if those animals are killed by wolves. The current list only includes cattle, sheep and horses.
  • Permitting state compensation regardless of whether livestock owners were raising the animals for commercial purposes.
  • Compensating livestock owners for their losses at market value.

In other business, the commission will consider two land transactions, and will receive briefings on wolf management activities this summer and updates to Hydraulic Code Rules, which regulate construction around state waterways to protect fish.

ADOPT-A-CAT at PetSense and support North Beach PAWS

If you are looking for a kitten or a cat, we are now doing adoptions out of PetSense in Aberdeen as well as through the shelter! Please go see our purr-babies if you would like to add to your family. We have cats and kittens of all ages, sizes and color. Those who have not been adopted after a couple of days will return to the shelter for a break and others will take their place, so check back often. Or if you are looking for a particular kitty, let us know! We might have one just waiting at our shelter for the purr-fect fur-ever home with you! Due to the high numbers of kitties needing rehomed at this time, we are offering a special adoption fee of one for $80 or two for $100. When considering adopting, understand that kittens and teenage litter mates often do better in pairs as they will entertain each other and not rely on you (or your house) for their primary means of entertainment. They are less mischievous if they can wear each other out! They all come spayed/neutered and all vaccinations, deworming, and flea control is current. The shelter has invested up to $250 per kitty, so this is much more economical than getting a free kitten you have to pay for the altering, initial vaccinations, veterinary care and wellness check, as this has already been done! Your purr-fect feline companion awaits you!

Record setting rainfall across Western Washington

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Saturday’s rain set records across Western Washington, from Olympia to Bellingham. And the National Weather Service says the rain isn’t over yet.

Record rainfall of 1.71 inches was recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Saturday. The weather service says that is more than double the old record of 0.83 of an inch set in 1948.

A record rainfall of 2.93 inches was set in Olympia, breaking the old record of 0.82 set in 1971.

A record was also set at the Hoquiam airport, where 1.78 inches fell on Saturday. The old record of just over an inch was set in 1962.

Another record was set at the Quillayute airport, with 1.93 inches of rain. That broke the previous record of 1.32 set in 1971.

Strong weather expected Sunday into Monday on the harbor

4)  A FLOOD WATCH has been issued for Grays Harbor County until Monday morning, due to the heavy rainfall. Western Washington Rivers are expected to rise to near or just above flood stage although all Grays Harbor County rivers are very low at this point. No Grays Harbor County rivers are expected to flood at this time. Roadways may become flooded during periods of heavy rain and cause dangerous driving conditions.
5)  A HIGH SURF WARNING has been issued for the Coast from 5pm Sunday thru 11am Monday with surf building to 27-30 feet.Seas will rapidly build behind the storm front and subside Monday morning.
6)  Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is urging all residents to prepare for the severe weather arriving today:
1)    Prepare for high winds and the possibility of down trees and power lines resulting in power outages throughout the county. 
2)    Use extreme caution while driving in heavy downpours as roadways may become flooded. 
3)    Use caution along the beaches. DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA. Waves will run up the beaches much farther and be strong enough to pull a person into the sea. Use extreme caution on rocks and jetties as debris can be thrown about in the surf. Considerable beach erosion will occur. DO NOT venture into the water.
4)    NEVER USE PORTABLE GENERATORS INDOORS. Please make every effort to keep any gas or propane powered equipment far away from the interior of your home due to the possibility of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. If you suspect you or any family member may be ill due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning, CALL 911 and LEAVE THE PROPERTY IMMEDIATELY

NOAA Looking for coastal lands to purchase through Land Acquisition Grants

The CELCP helps advance the national goals and priorities of the Coastal Zone Management Administration, including:

  • Protection of coastal ecosystems, including wetlands, corals, and natural shorelines;
  • Preservation of natural features that provide storm protection such as dunes and barrier islands;
  • Minimizing loss of life and property by directing development out of high risk areas;
  • Safeguarding coastal water quality;
  • Preservation of historic, cultural, and archaeological features;
  • Protection of aesthetic coastal features such as scenic vistas; and
  • Providing opportunities for public access to the coast.

A couple of highlights:

  • A total of about $3 million is anticipated nationwide.  Individual applications are expected to be between $100,000 and $1 million.
  • Ecology can “sponsor” two applications.
  • There is a 50% match requirement.
  • The grants start date is expected to be July 1-Oct 1 2014, and projects are expected to be able to complete in 18 months (although extension is possible under certain conditions).
  • Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2013.
  • Eligible entities are local governments, tribes, DNR, DFW, State Parks and Padilla Bay.

That is a very brief synopsis of the extensive announcement.  Anyone interested please contact Chris Hempleman, WA Dept. of Ecology at 360-407-0239. Visit NOAA’s website for additional information.

Grays Harbor College to host career fair October 15

Participating Businesses & Agencies: 

Aiken and Sanders Inc

Barene/DenAdel CPA

Beyond Survival

Bonell Photography

Business to Business

Coastal Community Action Program

Cosmo Specialty Fibers

Dispute Resolution Center

Earley Tire Factory

Express Employment Professionals

Reed Acupuncture

GHC Continuing Education Programs

GHC Workforce Education Programs

Grays Harbor Radio Group (KDUX 104.7FM, an Aberdeen radio station 1320AM, KIX 95.3FM)

Grays Harbor Youth Program – ESD 113

Great Northwest Federal Credit Union

Greater Grays Harbor Inc.

Harbor Home Health and Hospice

Home Depot

Liberty Tax Service

Newrizons Federal Credit Union

Polson Museum

Port Blakeley Tree Farms

Stafford Creek Corrections Center

U.S. Navy

Washington State Small Business Development Center – Aberdeen

Washington National Guard

WorkSource – Employment Security Department

Xerox Commercial Services