Archive for September 2013

Helium bill floats “Secure Rural Schools Program” for another year

Secure Rural Schools program invested over $400,000 in Grays Harbor County in 2012

WASHINGTON D.C. – A bill meant to prevent a worldwide helium shortage will also keep a federal subsidy to timber-dependent counties afloat for another year.

The Federal Helium Program, which provides about 42 percent of the nation’s helium, was set to shut down Oct. 7th. The Senate passed the bill Thursday, a day after the House. Attached to that bill was an extension of the Secure Rural Schools Program.

Twenty-Seven Washington counties will receive $22 million through the extension, counties in 41 states will receive an estimated $329 million total.

Rep. Derek Kilmer to host third telephone town hall


Residents who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call at 6pm on Wednesday, October 2nd inviting them to the town hall.


WHO:             Representative Derek Kilmer, Residents of the 6th District


WHAT:           Telephone Town Hall


WHEN:           Wednesday, October 2nd at 6pm PT


WHERE:         Residents of the 6th District who would like to join can sign up at or send an email with their phone number to [email protected]. The deadline to sign up is noon on Tuesday, October 1st.


                        Residents who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call at 6pm on Wednesday, October 2nd inviting them to the town hall.


In nine months since taking office, Representative Kilmer has held seven in-person town halls across the region, in addition to town halls via phone and internet.  He also frequently meets face-to-face with constituents and takes their questions at forums and Kilmer at Your Company events. This will be the third telephone town hall held by Representative Kilmer.

Copalis Crossing Fire District 16 irons out payment plan for service-stopping city debt

COPALIS CROSSING, Wash. – The fire district that covers Copalis Crossing has reached a deal with the City of Hoquiam to pay off back bills and restore ambulance service to the North Grays Harbor area.

Commissioners from district 16 met with Hoquiam officials and representatives from Senator Jim Hargrove’s office this week to iron out a payment plan for about $12-thousand owed. City Administrator Brian Shay tells us the arrangement should have them caught up within a year and a half. Shay commended the current leadership team of 16, and said that city staff are working on a new formal agreement to provide EMS service to the area.

Fire District 16 has two levies on the November ballot, one for EMS, and one for Fire.

PCEMA seeks “victims” for Community Emergency Response Team training

SOUTH BEND, Wash. – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is seeking individuals interested in volunteering to play victims for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) disaster simulations. The CERT simulations will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in Surfside. Volunteers will be put into moulage makeup to appear injured and some may be asked to act out disaster scenarios. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission.


For more information or to volunteer, contact Denise Rowlett at (360) 642-9338 or email [email protected].  

St. Lawrence centennial celebration Sunday in Raymond

In 1979, Fr. Tom Suss was assigned to the church in Raymond (Immaculate Conception), and the mission in South Bend (St. Lawrence). With years of history behind them, both parishes had always strongly resisted merging. Within four-months of his arrival in the area, Fr. Tom announced that they would be building a new church. He said, “Oh, you could have heard a pin drop on the carpet!” He assured the congregation that he was not independently wealthy, nor did he rob banks. He handed out envelopes with three choices, and it was a surprise to most that an overwhelmingly percentage chose to be in favor of the building project. The rest is history.

The last mass celebrated in the old Raymond church was on December 8, 1980. By that time there was no heat in the church and it was cold. However, at the end of the mass, Fr. Tom suggested that as folks left the church, they should take something with them to the area indicated for storage during the time of demolition and construction. Within an hour, or so, the church that had stood for more than 70-years, serving its congregation by providing physical and spiritual shelter, was stripped and everything but the carpet and pews were gone.

The congregation met at South Bend’s St. Lawrence Catholic Church while the new church was under construction.

With the support of the majority of the two-church communities, the actual construction of the newly proposed facility was contracted out. Church members Ken Green, Bob Inglin, George Inglin and fellow parishioners (many of the men working were members of the Willapa Harbor Knights of Columbus #1606) spent many hours working together on projects that needed special attention and extra effort. They were selfless in their generosity of time and talent on behalf of the new church. All of the electrical work was done by Jack Ford, owner and operator of Ford Electric, Inc. and his crew. Jack is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. The ladies formed a calling committee and provided food and beverages until the project was completed.

After the last service at St. Lawrence in South Bend, the statues and the stained glass windows were placed in the sanctuary of the newly constructed church building. The stained glass windows from the old Immaculate Conception Church were used to enhance the day-chapel; creating a sense of beauty, as well as a spiritual atmosphere.

Longtime parishioner, Robert “Shorty” Remington recalls hearing, as a youngster, that Charles Muller designed and crafted an altar at his home. When completed, it was dismantled; then placed on a barge and taken down the river to be placed in the south bend church. This original creation now serves as a background altar; a place of honor reserved for the tabernacle.

George and Robert Inglin, built a mahogany altar, which serves as the main altar.

Efforts were made to have the picturesque church in South Bend included on the National Register of Historic Places. Unfortunately, this never came about. Sadly, the church was demolished.

Oral tradition, stories passed down from one generation to the next, play a significant role in the history of the Catholic church.

One such story, the poignant story of the “Basil Bell” that dates back to 1918, resurfaced after the death of Jim Weathers. Jim, longtime friend of Joseph Basil, asked his children before he died to have the “Basil Bell” put in a place of honor, as it deserves.  Jim’s daughters, Patti Bridgewater and Toni Glazier have been scurrying to get the project completed in time for the centennial.

The worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918-19 didn’t miss Pacific County. Many people in Raymond, South Bend and other local towns fell ill, and there was a high death rate for those who contracted it. One of those who fell ill was Doumina Basil, young daughter of A. G. Basil. Fearing for her life, he prayed, telling God that if Doumina recovered, he would donate a bell to the local church, which didn’t have a bell. Doumina did recover, and true to his word, A. G. Basil had a bell made and donated it to the Catholic Church in Raymond, which at that time was St. Mary’s. That bell hung in the bell tower of the newly constructed church, along with the old bell from St. Lawrence in South Bend until the weight of the bells caused the tower to start separating from the building. The South Bend bell is currently located near the church entrance.

 Sunday, after mass, when the festivities begin in the church social hall, this story will be retold. Fr. Kaech is looking forward to hearing others’ stories, as well!

Drag out those old crafts and finish that UFO

We’re talking about that UnFinished Object in the back of your craft room closet. That half-knitted hat, partly painted portrait or barely-beaded bracelet that haunts your dreams, begging for completion! Well, bring it on down to the SBAA Community Center on Tuesday evenings this winter, and get it done while enjoying the company of other artists and crafters. We’ll share stories, refreshments, ideas and inspiration during the cold, wet winter months, and maybe make some solid new friendships!

While there is no formal structure to this crafter’s open house, Jina will be coordinating this popular winter evening gathering.

SBAA membership is not required to participate in the UFO Craft Open House. All that’s needed is your favorite project, your supplies and tools, and the desire for a few quiet minutes to yourself in your busy week.

There is no fee for this ongoing crafter’s open house, but donations are always welcome. No need to formally sign up, just come on in! Email any questions you may have to [email protected].

Starts October 1st, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and continues every Tuesday evening through the end of May.

Carey Martens Aberdeen \”meth-heads\”

Area doctor voices concerns over “meth-heads” in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen’s downtown homeless population is apparently migrating up the hill. That’s according to Doctor Carey Martens, he told the city council at last night’s meeting “I live up on Broadway Hill, we’ve seen a huge influx in terms of vagrants, meth-heads, every kind of undesirable that you see downtown – we’ve got up in our neighborhood.”
KBKW On DemandThe Chief of Staff at Community Hospital said he’s often asked questions as he recruits doctors to the area “And they’re asking ‘Doc Carey, where should we buy a house at?’ Oh Wishkah is looking good, just come in and work – get the heck out of [Aberdeen] at night.”
The doctor said he doesn’t feel safe in his own driveway, and warned the council “I can practice medicine anywhere I want, and I chose to come here. People like me are not going to stay here for much longer, unless we get this place cleaned up.”
City Councilwoman Kathy Hoder said she sees similar issues at her business “I pack a gun to work, and I keep it with me at all times.” although her solution might not be for everybody.

Coastal Interpretive Center presents “Glimpses”

The Coastal Interpretive Center presents Glimpses, a series of six evening lectures. On Oct. 3, 2013, at 7 P.M., Joe Schumacker will speak about current marine research at Waves Restaurant in Ocean Shores. The title is “What’s Going On Out There?”

The speaker is a marine scientist who investigates resource issues.

Lectures continue the first Thursday of the month.

Tickets for each lecture are $8, $40 for the 6. Tickets are available at the Interpretive Center and will be sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the Coastal Interpretive Center.

The Waves Restaurant is located at 491 Damon Road, Ocean Shores.

Law Enforcement Efforts over Rod Run Weekend Leads to a Safer Roadway Event

This year, local law enforcement including the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, Long Beach Police Department, and Washington State Patrol are pleased to report a successful event. Over the weekend, there were no major traffic incidents or collisions reported – which includes serious injury collisions, fatality collisions and/or hit and run investigations.


Significant results from the two-day event are below: 


  • Officers made over 330 traffic stops for traffic violations.
  • 10 DUI (Driving under the Influence) arrests were made.
  • 139 contacts for speeding, resulting in 51 speeding infractions
  • 14 seatbelt restraint violations, resulting in nine infractions
  • Six drivers were arrested for driving while their license was suspended or revoked
  • One driver was cited for negligent driving
  • One arrest was made for a misdemeanor warrant


The combined law enforcement effort was also supported by officers from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, other Pacific County municipalities, and Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Wahkiakum and Cowlitz counties.