Aberdeen Police seek info on attempted child abduction

Aberdeen Police are looking for tips on a possible attempted kidnapping yesterday in the 500 block of W. Huntley Street. Police Captain John Green tells us just before 4 P.M.Wednesday they were called to the 500 block of W. Huntley on the report of a 10 year old girl reporting that an unknown male attempted to remove her from the area.
Investigating officers were told that the victim and her brother stepped off the school bus near their home. The victim reported going to the mail box. At that time she said an unknown man grabbed her and told her to go with him. The victim said she yelled and hit the man. It was reported that the suspect fled the area on foot.
The suspect was described as a white male, 5-5 to 5-7, long oily blond hair, slim build. He was described as wearing a black coat and blue jeans with rips in them, and sandals with blue socks.
A K-9 was brought into the area to conduct and track. The area was canvassed and the school bus driver was interviewed. The suspect was not located.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department at 533-3180 or the Tip Line at 538-4450.

WDFW will hold two public meetings on hoof disease in S.W. Washington

OLYMPIA – State wildlife managers believe they are close to determining the cause of hoof disease in southwest Washington elk and plan to hold two meetings in April to share results to date and answer questions from the public.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled public meetings at the following times and locations:

  • Vancouver – April 15, 6-8 p.m., Community Room, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way.
  • Chehalis – April 16, 6-8 p.m., V.R. Lee Community Building (Recreation Park), 221 S.W. 13th Street.

Sandra Jonker, WDFW regional wildlife manager, said department staff will discuss results to date of ongoing tests designed to identify the cause of deformed or missing hooves in elk, primarily in Cowlitz, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties.

Since 2009, WDFW has collected tissue samples from 43 elk for testing at diagnostic laboratories at Washington State University, Colorado State University, the University of Wyoming, the USDA National Animal Disease Center and the University of Liverpool in England.

Jonker said recent tests of diseased hooves point to the presence of treponeme bacteria, which have been linked to hoof disease in cows and sheep in many parts of the world.

“It’s premature to announce a final diagnosis, but tests from three independent diagnostic labs appear to show an association between the diseased hooves and the presence of treponeme bacteria,” Jonker said. “That’s a real concern, because the options for treating the disease are extremely limited.”

Kristin Mansfield, WDFW epidemiologist, said treponemes have been linked to an increasing incidence of hoof disease in livestock for two decades, but have never been documented in elk or other wildlife.

There is no evidence that these bacteria are harmful to humans, she said, noting that tests indicate the disease is limited to hooves and does not affect the animals’ meat or organs.

Mansfield said scientists believe animals pick up and transmit the disease through wet soil, characteristic of the lowlands of southwest Washington. Livestock infected with treponeme bacteria may respond to repeated courses of antibiotics, but frequently become re-infected once they are returned to pasture, she said.

“Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for this disease,” she said. “Livestock that don’t respond to treatment or become re-infected after treatment are usually sent to market and slaughtered.”

For purposes of comparison, WDFW has collected elk from areas both affected and not affected by the disease, Jonker said. Testing of tissues taken from 11 elk in January will help determine whether treponemes are the primary cause of the disease or opportunistic bacteria that invade hooves that are already damaged, she said.

“Test results taken from those samples are due this summer, and should help us answer an important question about this disease,” Jonker said.

Meanwhile, WDFW is developing a management approach based on input from WDFW staff and two advisory groups created to help guide the department’s course:

  • A 14-member technical advisory group, established to recommend diagnostic approaches, will assess findings of the diagnostic laboratories and advise on disease control options. The group is composed of veterinarians from universities, government agencies and local veterinary practices in Washington and other states.
  • An 18-member public working group, made up of people from southwest Washington, is working with WDFW to share information and discuss management and research needs. The advisory group includes county commissioners, public and private landowners, hunters, sportsman groups, local business owners, and others concerned about the area elk herd.

“As with many wildlife diseases, there are no easy answers to this problem,” Jonker said. “But we need to be ready to take action, because doing nothing is not an option.”

As a precautionary measure, WDFW will ask the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt a new regulation requiring hunters to remove the hooves of any elk taken in southwest Washington and leave them in the area to prevent the disease from spreading.

In addition to the two public meetings sponsored by WDFW, wildlife managers will also participate in meetings sponsored by county officials concerned about hoof disease. Those meetings are scheduled at the following times and places:

  • Longview – March 27, 6-8 p.m., Cowlitz County Conference Center, 1900 7th Ave.
  • Cathlamet – April 2, 6 p.m., River Street Meeting Room, 25 River St.

To learn more about hoof disease or report a sighting, see WDFW’s website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/health/hoof_disease/.

Quinault Nation Declares State of Emergency

Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation, declared a state of emergency Tuesday night due to a breach in the Taholah seawall and destruction of a smokehouse, other outbuildings and properties in the lower village. The damage was caused by high waves and intense winds. A press release from the Tribe said Sharp is the Chief Executive Officer designated to possess constitutional authority to issue such direction for the Tribe.

President Sharp also issued a voluntary evacuation order in the area and filed a request with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that the portion of Taholah in danger of being flooded and otherwise in danger from this situation be declared a federal disaster area and be made available for disaster support.

Sharp issued an executive order stating that “the dangerous condition continues and that the Taholah seawall is no longer capable of stopping the ocean from advancing into our lower village of Taholah.”

The executive order stated, “Lives as well as property are in imminent danger. A state of emergency exists in the tribal village of Taholah, on the Quinault Reservation.”

President Sharp met with congressional officials, including Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Congressmen Derek Kilmer and Dave Reichert as well as officials from the Army Corps earlier this month. “All of these officials were very supportive of our long term plans related to protection of our people from these ongoing dangerous conditions and the funding that will be required to achieve that protection on a permanent basis.”

Temporary mitigation efforts to reinforce the Taholah seawall were taken in January, when the Corps of Engineers placed 800 tons of riprap rock. “It is obvious that Quinault’s coastal defenses desperately require a more permanent fix,” said Sharp.

“We have been experiencing an increasingly dangerous situation with sea level rise and intensified storms. Our people must be protected. We will take whatever measures are necessary to see that they are,” said Sharp.

Regional specialists ready to help with enrollment in Apple Health

OLYMPIA – The Health Care Authority (HCA), in partnership with community organizations across Washington, is providing community-based enrollment specialists to help people enroll in Washington Apple Health, the state’s Medicaid program.
Since its launch in October 2013, more than 750,000 people have enrolled in or renewed their Apple Health coverage through the online web portal at WaHealthplanfinder.org.
The community-based staff operate out of local hospitals, clinics, health departments and community outreach centers — all sites that will be accessible to help people in that community. They also will partner with local health care providers, community groups and advocates.
So far, 38 community-based specialists have been stationed across the state. The HCA hopes to have 30 more in place by the end of April, with at least one in every county.
“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to partner with community organizations to serve Apple Health clients this way,” said Manning Pellanda, director of Eligibility Policy and Service Delivery at the Health Care Authority. “We’ve never had a physical presence outside of Olympia before. We’re really proud of the work our staff is doing as the face of the Health Care Authority.”
Pellanda explained that having staff placed around the state creates added value for Washington. It means Apple Health clients and applicants will have a real person to talk to who can answer their questions about enrollment, and the community-based specialists can put them in touch with the right person at Health Care Authority headquarters who can help them with other problems.
Pellanda noted that having someone located in a community helps the agency learn more about the particular needs of the community so it can respond better.

The specialists can’t enter data on applications for individuals, but they can answer questions about eligibility and how to apply online. They can look up the status of a locked application and explain how applicants can fix it. They can also tell why an application was locked or denied, as well as helping current clients verify their Apple Health eligibility in annual reviews. Pellanda reports the feedback so far has been very positive.
“We are extremely grateful to the Legislature for providing us with these resources needed to create the outcomes we want to see for our consumers since implementation of the Affordable Care Act,” he said.
A growing list of this team of community-based specialists, with their locations and contact information, is available at: www.hca.wa.gov/hcr/me/Documents/HCA_Community_Based_Staff_Contact_List_031414.pdf.

Hoquiam native performs for U.S. President Barack Obama in Belgium

Hoquiam native Kim Lively recently performed for President Barack Obama in Belgium. The singer with the SHAPE International Band tells us the White House asked for her by name to sing the Belgian and US national anthems for Obama, King Filip and Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo during a ceremony at the Flanders Field American Cemetery in Waregem to honor US servicemen who gave their lives in Belgium during World War I.

Kim Lively said this morning "It was one of the greatest honors of my life, performing for the President today."
Kim Lively said this morning “It was one of the greatest honors of my life, performing for the President today.”

 

Lively said from Belgium this morning “I’ve been involved with grave site Memorial Day ceremonies here, honoring American veterans buried in Belgian cemeteries.” She said she is often asked to sing in different languages, adding “The U.S. Embassy to Belgium was involved with these ceremonies, and had heard me sing the Belgian national anthem in both Flemish and French (two of Belgium’s official languages). So when it came time to finalize the protocols for this event, my name came up.”

She said today, they asked her to sing the first half of the anthem in Flemish, and the second half in French. adding “It was one of the greatest honors of my life, performing for the President today.”

View the video here: http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/videozone_ENG/140326_anthems

Public meeting tonight on Wilderness Stewardship Plan for Olympic National Park

The public comment period opened earlier this month on a Wilderness Stewardship Plan in the Olympic National Park.
The National Park Service reports four alternatives are being discussed, a public meeting has been set for March 26th from 5 – 7pm at the Lake Quinault School to detail the options.

The no action alternative (Alternative A), is defined as the continuation of existing management practices. This alternative is required by law to be considered during the planning process. It sets a baseline of existing impacts continued into the future against which to compare impacts of the other alternatives.

There are also 3 action alternatives identified as Alternatives B, C, and D. The action alternatives must all be consistent with the various laws, regulations, and policies that guide management of the park. In addition, all of the alternatives would protect the qualities of wilderness character as required by the Wilderness Act of 1964.

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Free class for Managing Your Medications at Summit Pacific Medical Center

Elma, Washington – The community is invited to attend a free community education seminar on March 28th from 4pm to 5pm at Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma (600 East Main Street). The class, “Managing Your Medications,” will be led by Andrew J. Burton, PharmD, and will feature cooking demonstrations and free dinner from Chef Brandon Smith.

Burton’s presentation will touch on: ways to manage multiple medications; avoiding harmful, accidental medication interactions; how to properly communicate with your healthcare providers about the medications you are already taking; and how food and diet can affect certain medications.

Chef Brandon Smith, leading a cooking demonstration at last month’s community education seminar. Smith will be leading another demonstration at the seminar on the 28th of March.
Chef Brandon Smith, leading a cooking demonstration at last month’s community education seminar. Smith will be leading another demonstration at the seminar on the 28th of March.

Summit Pacific Medical Center will be hosting similar community education seminars on the fourth Friday of every month from 4pm to 5pm in the Kelsey Conference room.

Next month’s topic is “Understanding and Preventing Strokes.” All classes are free and require no registration. All members of the community are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call SPMC at 360-346-2222 or visit our website at www.summitpacificmedicalcenter.org.

PUD announces planned outage on Elma-McCleary Road April 12

ABERDEEN – The Grays Harbor Public Utility District and the City of McCleary have coordinated a planned power outage which will impact PUD customers east of Elma to the McCleary city limits.  The outage will begin at 11:45 PM on April 12, 2014 and will impact Grays Harbor PUD customers for 10 hours.

 

During the outage, multiple PUD crews will undertake maintenance work on transmission lines on the Elma-McCleary Road, including the replacement of five deteriorating power poles.

 

The outage will impact PUD customers on the Elma-McCleary Road from the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds to the McCleary city limits.  All customers on the Cloquallum Road will be impacted, including those on the Upper Falls Creek, Bush Creek and Powers Creek Roads and customers on the Stamper Road from Cloquallum Road to Upper Falls Creek Road.  All customers off the Elma Hicklin Road will be impacted, as will customers on Heise Road, Rosemary Lane North and South and McKnight Road.

 

In preparation for this outage, customers are advised to take precautions with any electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items.  You should leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored.

 

The outage time of ten hours is only an estimate and power could be restored at anytime as work is completed.  Therefore, it is not safe to do electrical work or repairs during that period of time.

Raymond woman arrested on Narcotics and Stolen Property related charges

Raymond, WA. – On March 24th, a woman identified as Angela Williams, age 47, of Raymond was arrested at her residence located within the 1400 block of Larch Street. Her arrest culminated a lengthy investigation by the Pacific County Drug Task Force regarding her involvement in dealing and selling methamphetamine. The drug task force also coordinated with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and the Raymond Police Department regarding information that was obtained that led investigators to believe that Angela Williams was also in possession of stolen property from previously reported thefts in the area. Deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office requested and were granted a search warrant for her residence by the Honorable Judge Pro-Tem Michael Turner.

During the search of the residence, deputies located several articles of jewelry that were believed to have been stolen from recent thefts in the area. Deputies also located at least three Washington State Quest cards belonging to other individuals that were believed to have been traded to or purchased by Williams. Williams admitted to having used the cards after coming into possession of them. Deputies also located methamphetamine related paraphernalia including digital weight scales, smoking devices and controlled pharmaceuticals that were not prescribed. Williams also admitted to being involved in the process of moving, selling or trading stolen property. Angela Williams was booked into the Pacific County Jail for (3) counts of Possession of Stolen Property 2nd degree, (3) counts of Trafficking Stolen Property in the 1st degree, (3) counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, (3) counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance to wit: Methamphetamine and (3) counts of Unlawful use of a Building for Drug Purposes. Assisting with the service of the warrant and the arrest were officers from the Raymond and South Bend Police Departments.

Greater Grays Harbor Inc. Board awards $2,500 to Aberdeen Business Week

Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. is pleased to announce that the board has elected to grant $2,500 to Aberdeen High School’s In-School Business Week.

The money comes from GGHI’s Educational Fund, and will mean approximately 220 high school juniors will be able to participate in their annual In-School Business Week in April. There, juniors form teams, called “companies,” that develop a product, develop marketing and production plans, and then search for “investors” – adults from the local business community – at a culminating trade show. Their companies have local business people as advisors, so it is a rare opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of capitalism from experienced professionals.

Along the way, students get lessons in personal finance and budgeting, how to behave in the workplace, appropriate office dress, and teamwork.

“Business Week has been a part of our organization for a long time, but we asked them to apply like any other program,” said CEO Tim Gibbs. “We have seen the value of this program, and we have heard from past participants how it has sharpened their focus and ambition for when they leave the world of academia behind for a job.”

The Educational Fund was established to promote opportunities for local schools to have students to experience business, career and vocational education.