Solid gold response to Hoquiam’s “Chief for a Day” Program

Hoqiuam Police Chief Dylan Ellefson
A big thank you to the families and businesses that contributed to the Hoquiam Police Department during their Chief for a Day program. Police Chief Jeff Myers said “I want to thank everyone out there in Grays Harbor. You know we may be a small community, we have a lot of challenges and we often focus on the negative. But when you see a program like this come together, and you see the love in the donations that come from us, it really shows you what a special kind of place this is.”
The department even received a mysterious donation for Dylan Ellefson, in an unmarked envelope. Myers said jokingly “It was thick and bulky I thought it was like a letter bomb. So I gave it to my Deputy Chief to open then I ran to my office. Inside of it was a piece of paper folded up, there were four coin sleeves taped to the paper. Each coin sleeve had a $100 bill in it, and when you unwrapped the $100 bill there were four solid gold coins.”
They don’t know who donated the coins but Myers adds “I’m hoping through getting the word out that whoever donated this wonderful, unexpected, and extremely benevolent gift will know that it was received, and greatly appreciated.” The 4 gold coins, two South African Krugerrands, and two American Eagles, will be sold, and the money used to setup a college fund for Dylan.

Changing music on phone likely cause of wreck North of Ocean Shores

Washington State Patrol

Changing music on a cell phone was the cause of an accident on State Route 109 North of Ocean Shores Saturday morning.
The Washington State Patrol reports a 19 year old Hoquiam girl’s 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee drifted across the center line into the ditch and rolled just before 10 AM Saturday. She was injured and transported to Community Hospital, her passenger; a 19 year old Taholah man, was not injured. The report says charges are pending.

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Lauren Kuhn named as 4th Runner Up at Miss America Finals

Photo Credit: The Miss America Organization

Lauren Kuhn has been named 4th runner up at the Miss America Finals in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday. The Aberdeen High School graduate was crowned Miss Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen 2008 and Miss Grays Harbor 2013, then Miss Massachusetts 2014 and to the Miss America 2015 stage, where she took 5th place over the weekend in Atlantic City.

Kuhn is a attending Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston where she holds the title of Miss Massachusetts, the 75th to hold the title.

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Sunday. The Miss America Finals were broadcast live on ABC.

Kira’s acceptance of the highly-prized crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation during her year of service as Miss America 2015. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.

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First Salmon Return to the Upper Elwha in 102 Years

A member of the Olympic National Park fisheries team snorkels just above the remnants of Glines Canyon Dam.  Three Chinook salmon were sighted during a snorkel survey this week.

Following an observation by a fisheries biologist and member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of a possible Chinook salmon in the former Lake Mills, two Olympic National Park fisheries staff conducted a snorkel survey of the Elwha River above the old Glines Canyon dam site.

They found three adult Chinook salmon, all between 30 and 36 inches long, in the former Lake Mills, between Windy Arm and Glines Canyon.   Two fish were seen resting near submerged stumps of ancient trees; the third was found in a deep pool in the former Lake Mills.

“When dam removal began three years ago, Chinook salmon were blocked far downstream by the Elwha Dam,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.  “Today, we celebrate the return of Chinook to the upper Elwha River for the first time in over a century.”

“Thanks to the persistence and hard work of many National Park Service employees, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and many other partners, salmon can once again reach the pristine Elwha watershed within Olympic National Park,” said Creachbaum.

In addition to the three Chinook, biologists counted 27 bull trout, nearly 400 rainbow trout and two small sculpin during their survey above Glines Canyon.

The biologists began their snorkel survey in Rica Canyon three miles above the old Glines Canyon dam site.  They then snorkeled downstream through the Canyon, through the former Lake Mills and downstream to a point just above Glines Canyon.

Last week, park biologists confirmed that two radiotagged bull trout had migrated through Glines Canyon and were in Rica Canyon.  The three Chinook observed this week were not radiotagged, but were seen by observers on the riverbank and in the water.

The following day, biologists counted 432 live Chinook in a 1.75 mile section of river just downstream of Glines Canyon, but still above the old Elwha dam site.

Elwha River Restoration is a National Park Service project that includes the largest dam removal in history, restoration of the Elwha River watershed, its native anadromous fisheries and the natural downstream transport of sediment and woody debris.  For more information about this multi-faceted project, people can visit the Olympic National Park website at

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