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Fourth cycle of State Route 520 pontoons leaving Aberdeen casting basin April 15

Six more SR 520 pontoons wait for high tide in Tacoma

The fourth cycle of pontoons headed for the State Route 520 bridge will be floating out of the Aberdeen casting basin late tonight. Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Grays Harbor Leonard Barnes told commissioners last week, the giant concrete structures will be floated to other terminals for inspection and preparation. Some are stored…

Longview man sentenced to 27 months for illegal sewage dumping

A Longview septic tank pumping business and its owner were sentenced today for multiple felony criminal violations of the Clean Water Act, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  RAY CALDWELL, 60, and his company, ALL-OUT SEWER AND DRAIN SERVICE, INC., were found guilty in December 2013, following a bench trial before U.S. District Judge Benjamin…

Wildlife Commission adopts new hunting rules, reduces cost of some special permits

WDFW

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action to expand the number of big-game hunting permits available this year and reduce the cost of several types of permits during a public meeting April 11-12 in Olympia.   The commission, a citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife…

Grays Harbor E-911 celebrates Telecommunicator Week with local awards

From left to right (standing) Shawna Ashlock, Katie Johnson, Sarah Saunders, Montesano Police Chief Brett Vance, and Katie Woods

National Telecommunicator Week began on April 13th, and this year four local operators were honored at the Grays Harbor E-911 Center’s board meeting on Tuesday. Director Peggy Fouts said “Every year the dispatch staff take the opportunity to recognize their peers, they vote amongst (sp) themselves to select the winners.” Fouts told the E-911 board “We…

Measles update: WA case count grows to 12, extending to third county

Measles continues to spread in Washington as cases in San Juan County have extended to a Kitsap County resident. A man in his 40s from Kitsap visited several places in Friday Harbor, including a restaurant where a contagious San Juan County man was at the same time. San Juan County’s case count is now five,…

Hoquiam School District gets $200,000 grant for energy efficiency improvements

Hoquiam High School

The Hoquiam School District will receive over $200,000 in Energy Efficiency Grants from the state. Hoquiam is among 29 school districts across the state are being collectively awarded $9 million for school facility energy efficiency improvements, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced this week. The projects will produce immediate and long-term energy and operational savings, improve…

Governor Jay Inslee announces steps to preserve SNAP benefits for Washington families in need

Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday announced steps to preserve Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for approximately 200,000 households in Washington. The changes will prevent the loss of nearly $70 million in federal SNAP benefits resulting from policy changes in a new Farm Bill passed by Congress. “Governor Inslee’s decision to protect Washington families from…

Satsop Business Park issues Request for Proposals for 255,000 square-foot manufacturing facility

NewWood

The Satsop Business Park plans to ask for proposals for their newly-purchased New Wood facility. – they’ve also sold off some of the old-new-wood crafted by the now shuttered mill. Constructed and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, along with the patents to manufacture a sustainable building product, the Satsop Business Park issued a Request for Proposals (RFP)…

Permits filed for third Oil-by-rail terminal at Port of Grays Harbor

SEATTLE – U.S. Development Group is seeking permits to build an oil terminal on the Washington coast that could handle about 45,000 barrels of crude oil a day. The $80 million proposal at the Port of Grays Harbor is one of several in Washington that together would bring millions of barrels of oil by train from…

Two weeks of major width and lane restrictions on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass begin April 12

In two days, Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass will have major width restrictions and will be reduced to a single lane in each direction for two weeks, including weekends. …read more

Rules in the works for oil contingency planning throughout Washington State

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology is accepting comments on proposed updates of rules requiring approved oil spill contingency plans for vessels traveling in the state. The proposed updates provide more clarity for the Chapter 173-182 WAC Oil Spill Contingency Rule. The WAC ensures Washington waters aren’t polluted by mandating oil spill contingency plans…

Two arrested after attempting to load U-Haul from East County shop

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office

Two men were arrested yesterday after they apparently pulled their grandfather’s rented U-Haul up to the back of a building and began loading tools from a shop in rural East Grays Harbor County. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office tells KBKW at about 3:40 Wednesday afternoon, deputies were dispatched…

Staff reductions announced at The Daily World in Aberdeen, and The Vidette in Montesano

Staff reductions at two local newspapers were announced to employees on Wednesday. Sources tell us seven at the Aberdeen Daily World including at least one reporter have been laid off, as well as two employees at the Vidette including their delivery driver and office manager. Sources tell us both papers plan to release something today…

State disciplines health care providers

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state. The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors). Information about health…

Ocean Shores Police catch man attempting to flee with 4 foot alligator

Ocean Shores Alligator

Ocean Shores police confiscated an alligator from a man Wednesday afternoon. Sgt. Donald S. Grossi tells KBKW investigators acting on several tips executed a search warrant in the 600 block of Ocean Shores Boulevard NW for an alligator that was reportedly living in an apartment at the complex.  Officers from the Ocean Shores Police Department…

Week long razor clam dig starts Monday at Twin Harbors

Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include:

Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.

Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.

Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.

Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. (This beach is closed to harvest until further notice)

OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers today approved a series of morning razor-clam digs starting Monday, April 14, at Twin Harbors and expanding to include three other ocean beaches over the next week. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No…

Sheriff’s deputies arrest “known runner” after cornering him in an attic

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deaprtment yesterday arrested a 24 year old Oakville man on outstanding Felony warrants.  The subject was also wanted by the Department of Corrections.  Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us they have been trying to arrest this subject for the last few days and unsuccessfully attempted the day before on…

Multiple arrests made in connection with interrupted Montesano burglary

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department has made multiple arrests in the investigation of an interrupted burglary just outside of Montesano last week. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us around 3:30 Tuesday, investigators arrested a 30 year old male resident, and his 23 year old pregnant girlfriend at a home in Hidden Valley Mobil…

Hoquiam police arrest two after gun and purse stolen from vehicle

HPD SHOULDER PATCH

On April 7, 2014 at about 1600 hours, Hoquiam officers were dispatched to the Hoquiam 7-11 Food Store in the 200 Block of Lincoln Street reference a vehicle prowl with theft having just occurred. Two female cousins from Hoquiam, a 18 year old and 26 year old had left their purses in the younger cousin’s…