Washington Charter School Commission denies proposed school for Twin Harbors

Washington’s statewide charter schools commission appears ready to approve six proposals for charter schools to open in the state, but a school that would service Grays Harbor and Pacific County is not among them.
The Charter School Commission posted its analysis on proposals for 19 schools vying to be among Washington’s first charter schools yesterday afternoon.
The panel said that the Evergreen Leadership Academy did not meet their standards, citing the lack of a “well-developed” plan to launch the charter school in Grays Harbor. The panel also noted the parent company Pioneer Youth Corps of Oregon operates a school in Oregon that has a history of low financial performance and non-renewal.
The panel is scheduled to meet Thursday.

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Hoquiam looks to ban all marijuana business until it’s federally legal

The Hoquiam city council last night took one step closer to a ban on all marijuana businesses. Councilman Paul McMillan amended their planning commission report that recommended all marijuana processing, producing, and retailing businesses be located in the city’s industrial zones. “Until federal law is amended to permit the growing, distribution, and possession of marijuana, or until a court of competent jurisdiction determines that local governments in Washington state may permit such uses, the city of Hoquiam will adhere to federal law and will not authorize these activities.”
City council adopted the amended report, with “no” votes from councils Ben Winkleman and Jasmine Dickoff. Mayor Jack Durney also recommended that council Richard Pennant recuse himself from the vote and conversation as he admitted that he has applied for a business license.
The report also recommends prohibiting all collective gardens within city limits. It will now be moved on to their land use hearing examiner, and will come back to the council in the form of a proposed ordinance in the coming month.

15th Annual United Way Gala a Success for Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

The 15th Annual United Way Gala was a huge success thanks to the support and generosity of the community.  There were well over the 300 people at the event. “The Gala raised over $75,000 for programs that reach thousands of people throughout Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties each year”, said Nora LeBlanc, Executive Director.  “We were honored to have so many special guests including President Fawn Sharp, Congressman Derek Kilmer and our speaker Coach Dana LeDuc.”

 

Every dollar that is raised is used for local people to help our children succeed and thrive, meet basic needs and ensure that people are safe. United Way invests in twenty-two programs that helps people as they strive for a better life.

 

“It was a fantastic turnout and we are so grateful to everyone that came to support United Way,” said Donna Rosi, President of the United Way Boards of Directors.  “And we want to thank all the sponsors of this year’s Gala, Presenting sponsors Rich Hartman’s Five Star Dealerships, Jodesha Broadcasting; Platinum Sponsor; The Quinault Indian Nation; Silver Sponsor, Timberland Bank and the table sponsors Coastal Women’s Health, Harbor Pacific, Westport Properties, Coca-Cola, Behavioral Health Resources, Comcast & Comcast Spotlight, Hanner Enterprises, Bank of the Pacific Real Estate Division, Masco Petroleum, Robert Torgerson, the Daily World, Grays Harbor Radio and Pasha Automotive.”

 

The annual Gala and Auction is the largest fundraising event for United Way. United Way of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties is funded solely through private donations from individuals, businesses and workplace campaigns.

Cobain tribute spawns “Jada Project” to feed Aberdeen students

As Aberdeen and Hoquiam cities both prepare to celebrate their Nirvana heritage, the compassion of a 9 year old helped to bring a shunned tribute back into the light. Sculptor Randi Hubbard tells us after 19 years in her muffler shop, a statue of Kurt Cobain will soon be loaned to the Aberdeen Museum of History “Well my granddaughter was sitting there and she says ‘grandma we can sell t-shirts because I have a project in mind’.”
Jada helped Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson talk Hubbard into loaning the 600-pound statue to the museum as part of their Kurt Cobain display. Hubbard said they also they plan to sell t-shirts and photos, with the proceeds to be split between the museum, and the Jada Project. Jada tells KBKW “I thought of this idea because I’ve seen kids like on the TV that have been starving and kids that don’t get to eat need to get sack lunches on Saturday and Sunday.” The Jada Project will work with Aberdeen schools to send sack lunches home with kids that might not eat lunch on the weekends otherwise.
Articles about the "Martyr in a muffler shop" have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.
Articles about the “Martyr in a muffler shop” have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.

Hubbard said it was compassion that inspired her to sculpt the statue with Aberdeen art students shortly after Cobain’s suicide in 1994 “The original idea was to bring the mental illness issue to light, recognize people with the illness that Kurt had, who self medicate, that was my first dream.” The muffled tribute was among many failed attempts to honor the Aberdeen native’s legacy, without honoring his choices. But the times they are changing, and 20 years later Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson plans to proclaim February 20th (Kurt’s birthday) as Kurt Cobain Day, while the city of Hoquiam has declared April 10th as Nirvana Day to celebrate their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Still making news, Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana took away the Grammy for the Best Rock Song at the 56th annual awards ceremony over the weekend for Dave Grohl’s song ‘Cut Me Some Slack’.

Death at Bishop Athletic Complex in Aberdeen ruled suicide

The Aberdeen Police Department, working with the Grays Harbor Coroners Office, has completed the investigation into the death of Steven Hyde. Police Captain John Green tells us the manner of death was ruled as suicide, he told KBKW from the scene on Tuesday “Aberdeen police received a call this afternoon, pedestrians at the Bishop Complex saw a man down next to the concession stand, police discovered a male subject deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

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Hyde graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1981, and was a coach with the Grays Harbor College Softball program since early 2000. According to the college, he played a big role in getting them to the NWAACC Championship tournament in 2007.

February special elections underway across Washington state

Voters have begun casting their ballots for the February special election in Washington. Registered voters have until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, to return their ballots at voting centers, drop boxes or by mail. All mailed ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and require first-class postage.

If you haven’t registered to vote in Washington but want to vote in the February election, you have until Feb. 3 to register in person at your county elections department.

Elections will be held in 36 counties and 220 districts, encompassing about 59 percent of those counties’ registered voters and over half of the state’s voting population. This is a significant increase compared to last year’s February election, which involved 31 percent of state voters, said Patty Murphy, a voting systems specialist for the Office of Secretary of State’s Elections Division.

Ballot measures center primarily on education funding this year. Out of 283 measures, 270 are school district levies or bonds, almost tripling last year’s 100 measures in 84 districts.

The only counties not having an election are Clallam, Ferry and Garfield counties.

More information, guidelines and election results can be found here: http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/

Coast Guard, Grays Harbor emergency response crews rescue injured surfer from jetty

WESTPORT, Wash. – A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria helicopter crew rescued an injured surfer from the Grays Harbor, Wash., south jetty Saturday.

The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center watchstanders received a request at 1:40 p.m. from Grays Harbor Police Department to assist in the safe evacuation of an injured surfer from the south jetty.

The surfer reportedly suffered multiple fractures and other injuries while surfing near the jetty.  A fellow surfer ran to shore to call for help, while other surfers assisted the injured man onto the jetty.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched from Air Station Astoria to assist in the rescue effort.  The helicopter crew was able to coordinate with personnel on the ground to safely hoist the injured surfer and transfer him to emergency medical crews at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor.
“The coordination between the helicopter crew and the rescue crews on the jetty was instrumental in the safe rescue of the surfer,” said Lt. Rob McCabe, the Jayhawk pilot. “Our thoughts are with the injured and his family, this was a tragic situation, and we hope he pulls through OK.”

The injured surfer was taken by local EMS to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. for further medical care.

Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Animal Emergency Plan Workshop

South Bend, WA – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be coordinating an Animal Emergency Plan Workshop on February 4, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Pacific County Annex located at 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive South Bend, WA 98586. Recent experiences from other areas around the nation have underscored the importance of having a coordinated Animal Emergency Plan. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has identified this as a goal for 2014.

 

The Public is welcome to attend. If you would like to have your comments heard but are unable to attend, you may email them to Scott McDougall, Deputy Director, PCEMA smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us by the end of business on February 3, 2014.

Muffled Kurt Cobain tribute headed to Aberdeen Museum of History

As he prepares the city of Aberdeen to celebrate “Kurt Cobain Day” on the Nirvana front man’s birthday, Mayor Bill Simpson tells us he also has a birthday present lined up “On the 20th, we have been working with Randi Hubbard who owns the statue of Kurt Cobain that’s in the muffler shop, and we have come to an agreement to put it in the museum where it can be seen.”
Articles about the "Martyr in a muffler shop" have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.
Articles about the “Martyr in a muffler shop” have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.

Sculpted by Randi Hubbard and Aberdeen art students shortly after Cobain’s suicide in 1994, the 600-pound concrete statue has been well-described as larger than life. The Aberdeen city council at the time argued over where the statue might be appropriate, eventually banishing it to Hubbard’s other business; Hubbs Muffler Shop off of Sumner Avenue. The muffled tribute was the first of many failed attempts to honor the Aberdeen native in his own hometown.

Simpson said the statue has a new home at the Aberdeen Museum of History, just one block from where Cobain attended Weatherwax High School, at 111 E 3rd Street.

The city of Hoquiam last month declared April 10th as Nirvana Day to celebrate the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Accident blocks State Route 101 traffic East of Cosmopolis

Speeding was the cause of a two car accident on State Route 101 just outside of Cosmopolis Thursday morning. The Washington State Patrol reports a 2003 Chevy Blazer driving North by a 35 year old Aberdeen woman lost control in a sharp curve and struck the concrete barrier just after 8. The Blazer then veered across the oncoming lane and collided with the side of a semi truck trailer. A 55 year old Chehalis man driving the semi was not injured, the woman was transported to Community Hospital with unspecified injuries, and charged with driving too fast for conditions.