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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OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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…

Grays Harbor vehicle prowls on the rise, mostly taking advantage of unlocked doors

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of vehicle prowls throughout the county that seem to be taking advantage of unlocked doors. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us on Tuesday deputies took several reports of vehicle prowls that occurred around the Clemons Road area of Montesano, and East Central Park (Aberdeen). The…

Grays Harbor Community Foundation takes a step torward addressing Intergenerational Poverty

Grays Harbor Community Foundation

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to announce that they have officially approved a contract for consulting and data-gathering services with Washington Nonprofits, a state-wide support and advocacy organization for the Nonprofit sector. They plan to take the first step in addressing intergenerational poverty through their shared work. The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was…

Aberdeen Police warn of scam targeting Grays Harbor residents

APD Badge

The Aberdeen Police Department has received two fraud complaints that are also occurring throughout the county, state and country. The first complaint involved a fraudulent letter from the IRS requesting confidential information including copies of the victims tax return and  social security number. It appears that this incident is part of the Seattle Archdioceses fraud where past employees and…

Grays Harbor Transit denies bus ads against crude-by-rail

Grays Harbor Transit denies Crude by Rail ads

Grays Harbor Transit will not weigh in on the crude by rail debate. Citing their current policy on political ads, the Transit Authority Board last night declined to authorize a request  made by Aberdeen resident Tori Kovach to advertise on their buses. As a member of the Grays Harbor Coalition for Infrastructure, Transit Board member Frank…

Channel Point Village takes measures to prevent spread of norovirus

Channel Point Village, a Village Concepts retirement and assisted living community in Hoquiam

While they didn’t give exact numbers, a retirement and assisted living community in Hoquiam is working to prevent an outbreak of norovirus. In a press release this morning they said “Channel Point Village has responded to the recent outbreak of the norovirus. Staff is taking all necessary precautions to keep the virus contained, including serving meals…

Fourth batch of State Route 520 Bridge Pontoons to float from Aberdeen

Aberdeen Casting Basin - Port of Grays Harbor - 2013

The fourth cycle of pontoons headed for the State Route 520 bridge will be floating out of the Aberdeen casting basin in early April. “We’ve had 3 completed so far, it’ll be the 4th.” Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Grays Harbor Leonard Barnes told commissioners in February “I expect [the date] to change…

Two suspects at large after armed robbery of medical marijuana collective garden in Oakville

Two suspects remain at large, after the armed robbery of of a medical marijuana collective garden in Oakville this morning. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department tells KBKW this morning at approximately 9:13 am, the owner of Green Harbour Medical Marijuana Co-Op in Oakville reported being robbed by two…

Phone scams targeting PUD customers continue

A phone scam in which Grays Harbor Public Utility District customers are targeted concerning overdue bills is continuing. Over the weekend, four Grays Harbor businesses reported receiving phone calls in which representatives claiming to work for the PUD aggressively demanded immediate payment on accounts they claimed were past due.

“This is an ongoing problem that our customers need to be aware of. If you receive an unsolicited phone call from a person claiming to work for the PUD and demanding money, do not under any circumstances assume that they are telling the truth and hand over financial information without checking with PUD Customer Service first,” said PUD General Manager Dave Ward.

PUD customers and local media were notified of a similar phone scam in February in which residential customers were contacted. Local law enforcement agencies have also reported a number of phone and mail scams in which the perpetrators demand money while threatening to cut off services.

Recipients of such fraudulent calls and mailings are advised to first contact company officials to verify the claim and to contact the office of your local law enforcement agency.

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Repairs completed on Hoquiam Railroad bridge, new dolphin barrier deflects boats – not dolphins

Completing pile driving on the south dolphin for the Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad near Hoquiam, Washington.

The State Department of Transportation, along with Puget Sound & Pacific railroad, and the City of Hoquiam celebrated the completed Hoquiam Horn Spur Railroad Improvement project at a ribbon-cutting event last month with the contractor. As KBKW reported in December, the dolphin barrier was constructed over a 6-week period, extends above the water level and…

Grays Harbor PUD says customers still getting scam phone calls

GH PUD

A phone scam in which Grays Harbor Public Utility District customers are targeted concerning overdue bills is continuing. Over the weekend, four Grays Harbor businesses reported receiving phone calls in which representatives claiming to work for the PUD aggressively demanded immediate payment on accounts they claimed were past due. “This is an ongoing problem that…