Teachers plan big legislative town hall event

Local teachers are organizing a legislative town hall event to speak out on the major education issues facing legislators in Olympia this year: 

·       School funding (McCleary decision)

·       Class size (I-1351)

·       Educator salaries (More than COLA)

·       High-stakes testing (Less testing, more learning)

The education town hall meeting is March 20, 2-15 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at Rotary Log Pavilion 1401 Sargent Blvd, Aberdeen, WA 98520 https://maps.google.com/maps?q=address+for+rotary+log+pavilion,+aberdeen,+wa&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb&ie=UTF-8&ei=i1YLVaPEK8rToATwzIGoBQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&output=classic&dg=brw

Local legislators, Rep. Brian Blake and Shawn O’Neil, Sen. Hargrove’s assistant are scheduled to attend. Two hundred teachers, education support professionals and other school supporters are expected to participate by sharing their stories and explaining how decisions in the Legislature can help or hurt kids in the classroom. 

“This is a chance for teachers to speak directly to their legislators, the people in Olympia who are passing laws and writing budgets that affect our community’s public schools and children,” said Cathleen Peterson, who teaches at McDermoth School. “The Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt over its failure to fully fund our kids’ education. The voters have ordered the Legislature to reduce K-12 class sizes. The economy is improving. This is the best opportunity in a generation for us to work together and provide the quality education our students deserve.”

The state House of Representatives is expected to release a budget proposal later in March, followed by the Senate’s budget plan. Billions of dollars in new funding for K-12 public schools are at stake.

This event is one of several regional education town halls organized by members of the Washington Education Association. At each event, teachers and education support professionals will be writing postcards, sending emails, posting to social media and making calls to legislators.

Cosmopolis students showcase their robotics program at S.T.E.A.M. event

Students lined the hallways at Cosmopolis Elementary School last night, as they showcased STEAM. I asked School Superintendant Cherie Patterson – What’s STEAM? “The difference between STEAM and STEM is that it incorporates the Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. ” One thing we’re very excited about is that tonight they will be showcasing robotics, which is a new program here at Cosmopolis Elementary School.” Patterson said that’s thanks in large part to the Grays Harbor Community Foundation; “They helped give us a jump start into that direction, we’re able to open that up to grades 4, 5, and 6, and we’ll be seeing lots of great things happening.”
On the “Arts side” of last night’s event, we talked with 3rd grade student Saylor “We’re doing Gyotaku, and it’s Japanese Fish blotting.” She walked me through the process of using paper and paints to get the profile “print” of a fish – although in this case the fish were fake.
The kids also had a bake sale setup, and continue to raise money to expand the program. Technology Teacher Trish Nelson said last night “You could see that they are very excited about building and working together. We want to add simple machines, and then we want to add a solar energy component looking ahead.” Nelson said the students are using Lego WeDo, and Mindstorm kits to learn robotics, and are hoping to get more now that the program spans 4th through 6th grades. For details, and to contribute, contact the school at 532-7181 during business hours.

Man arrested on charges that he sexually abused his granddaughter

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man this week on charges that he sexually abused his granddaughter. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us they were called to the Ocosta Elementary School Tuesday afternoon to investigate after an 11 year old reported to a counselor that she was abused by her grandfather the night before.
Deputies learned that the girl lived with her grandparents near Westport, and interviewed the 56 year old man. Shortly thereafter, the grandfather was arrested and transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail where he was booked for Rape of a Child 1st degree. The grandmother was also contacted and has been cooperative with investigators.

Premera Blue Cross says data breach could affect 11 million people

Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer based in the Pacific Northwest, says it was the victim of a cyberattack that could affect 11 million people.

The company says hackers gained access to its information technology systems. The breach could have exposed members’ information including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, mailing and email addresses, phone numbers, member ID numbers and bank account information.

It says claims information, including clinical information as well as the personal information of people who did business with Premera, could also have been exposed.

The Mountlake Terrace, Washington, company says it has not found evidence that data was removed from its systems or that customer information has been used inappropriately.

The attack occurred May 5 and Premera discovered it Jan. 29. Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler released this statement yesterday.

Premera notified me this morning about a cyberattack affecting more than 6 million of its Washington customers and assured me they are taking all necessary steps to alert impacted consumers and to protect their confidential information. They also committed to take all necessary steps to bolster their security systems against future attacks.

I shared my immediate concern that consumers be notified as soon as possible about this data breach and that Premera make all resources available to protect consumers’ personal data.

I’m concerned that while Premera learned of this attack in January, it took approximately six weeks to notify my office. I understand that the company was working closely with the FBI and cyberattack experts to clean their system of the infection. Premera has assured me that there is no evidence to date that any information was removed from their system or that any data has been used.

The company described the steps it is taking to notify policyholders and to set up credit monitoring for everyone impacted. We will be closely monitoring the company’s response including:

  • Reviewing the notices to consumers about the steps the company is providing to protect their personal data.
  • Ensuring the company is taking appropriate steps to protect consumers’ personal data.
  • Getting updated progress reports on their communication efforts to affected consumers.
  • Examining all steps the company is taking to bolster its security system.

I urge all consumers who receive notice from Premera Blue Cross or LifeWise about this cyberattack to review it carefully and follow all steps outlined to ensure they’re protected. Additional information can be found at www.premeraupdate.com

Insurance regulators across the country are on high alert given the recent data breach at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and are working closely to review what occurred and will be looking further into Anthem’s past practices.

In light of these recent attacks, I will be requesting that all insurers doing business in Washington state review their own cybersecurity and take appropriate measures to protect their enrollees’ personal data.

Kraft recalls boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner due to possible metal shards

NORTHFIELD, Ill., March 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner – due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner with the “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015through October 11, 2015, with the code “C2″ directly below the date on each individual box.  The “C2″ refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made.

Some of these products have also been packed in multi-pack units that have a range of different code dates and manufacturing codes on the external packaging (box or shrink-wrap), depending on the package configuration (see table below).

Recalled product was shipped to customers in the U.S. and several other countries, excluding Canada.  The affected dates of this product were sold in only these four configurations:

  • 7.25 oz. box, Original flavor
  • 3-pack box of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor
  • 4-pack  shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor
  • 5-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor

The following is being recalled:

Product Size Name of Product Sell Unit 

Best When Used By Code Date &
Mfr. Code

Individual Box

Best When Used By Code Date & Mfr. Code



Multi-Pack Unit
7.25 oz. each Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor


18 SEP 2015  C2


11 OCT 2015 C2

0 21000 65883 1 NA
3-Pack Box
(Three 7.25 oz. Boxes)
Net Wt. 21.75 oz.
3-Pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor
09 SEP 2015 XDG
27 SEP 2015 XDG

01 OCT 2015 XDG

02 OCT 2015 XDG

03 OCT 2015 XDG

20 NOV 2015 XDG

18 SEP 2015  C2


11 OCT 2015 C2

0 21000 65883 1 0 21000 05076 5


(Four 7.25 oz. Boxes)

Net Wt. 29 oz.

4-Pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor
18 SEP 2015 C2

19 SEP 2015 C2

08 OCT 2015 C2

18 SEP 2015  C2


11 OCT 2015 C2

0 21000 65883 1 0 21000 72540 3


(Five 7.25 oz. Boxes)
Net Wt. 36.25 oz.
5-Pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinner
Original Flavor
18 SEP 2015


11 OCT 2015

XAR or C2

18 SEP 2015  C2


11 OCT 2015 C2

0 21000 65883 1 0 21000 77436 4

No other sizes, varieties or pasta shapes and no other packaging configurations are included in this recall.  And no products with manufacturing codes other than “C2″ below the code date on the individual box are included in this recall.

Kraft has received eight consumer contacts about this product from the impacted line within this range of code dates and no injuries have been reported.  We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed.

The recalled product was shipped by Kraft to customers nationwide in the U.S.  The product was also distributed toPuerto Rico and some Caribbean and South American countries — but not to Canada.

Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it.  They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund.  Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-816-9432 between 9 am and 6 pm (Eastern) for a full refund.


Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRFT) is one of North America’s largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies, with annual revenues of more than $18 billion.  The company’s iconic brands include Kraft,Capri Sun, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters and Velveeta.  Kraft’s22,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada have a passion for making the foods and beverages people love.  Kraftis a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the NASDAQ-100 indices.  For more information about Kraft, visitwww.kraftfoodsgroup.com and www.facebook.com/kraft.

Kraft Foods Group.

Elma mother restrains man arrested on investigation of rape of a child charges

Elma police arrested a man over the weekend on suspected rape of a child charges, the Department reports on Saturday they investigated a missing child report, officers were told that the girl probably snuck out to meet a much older man. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office reports in the early morning hours of 03/16/15, a 12 year old female from within the city limits of Elma left her residence without her parent’s permission. The mother of the child had heard the child leave and reported her missing to Elma PD, prior to going out and looking for her. The mother of the child observed a suspicious 2012 Honda Civic parked just off of the road in the 1500 block of Bailey Road (Elma), which was not far from the mother’s residence, and noticed people in the back seat. Upon looking into the situation further, the mother discovered that her 12 year old daughter was in the back seat of the car with a man later determined to be 23 years of age. The mother had her daughter removed from the vehicle and a discussion occurred between the man and the mother regarding the age of the child. When the man attempted to leave, the mother used physical force to restrain the 23 year old man and subsequently obtained the keys to the car. Elma PD and Sheriff Deputies arrived shortly thereafter.

Investigating officers determined that the 12 year old child learned of the 23 year old man through a friend of the child’s. It appeared that the child had been communicating with the man through an Instant Messaging application known as KIK. The man was arrested by Sheriff Deputies and transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail where he was booked for Rape of a Child 2nd degree. The child was taken to a Lacey area hospital for further treatment / examination.

The man is from Texas however currently enlisted in the military and stationed out of Joint Base Lewis McChord. Investigators are working with military investigators to see if there are potentially more victims. This is an ongoing investigation.


UPDATE: Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells KBKW that the man has been charged with one count of Rape in the Second degree, and has released his name as Anthony Eloy Perez.

Aberdeen Police looking for car described after drive by shooting

Aberdeen Police responded to a shots fired complaint overnight at the Meadows Apartments in the 1700 block of Boone street.
Radio traffic indicates a suspect was gone when they arrived around 10:30 last night, an attempt to locate was broadcast describing a 20 year old white man, with short hair – possibly blonde, and a beard, wearing a t-shirt and armed with a 45 caliber, last seen driving toward Westport on State Route 105 in a light silver 2006 (or-so) 4-door Dodge Charger.

Police Captain John Green reports at 10:14 P.M., there was a report of a drive by shooting involving an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot in front of 1735 S. Boone Street. The victims vehicle is a 1998 Honda Accord. It was struck with multiple rounds from a large caliber firearm.

The associated suspect is a light silver older style Dodge Charger or Avenger (the taillights are separate). No plate info. The vehicle was last seen leaving on South Boone St towards Westport.

The driver was described as a mid 20’s white male with possibly blonde hair and facial hair, and a larger build.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department at 533-3180.

Mason County man claims he accidentally shot wife while cleaning weapon

A Mason County man accidentally shot his wife while cleaning a firearm at their home yesterday, according to police reports. Detective William Adam tells us the man called 911 just before 5 Monday evening claiming that while he was cleaning his firearm, he accidentally shot his wife.The first Deputy Sheriff that responded to the home in the 100 block of SE Evan Blvd., about 2 miles southeast of Shelton, began performing CPR on the woman. Fire Rescue/Aid Medics and EMS arrived on the scene where the woman, 67 year old Jeannie Crandell was pronounced deceased.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office Detectives responded and began a homicide investigation. 67 year old Gary Crandell provided a statement and was later booked into the Mason County Jail for investigation of Negligent Homicide/Manslaughter 1st Degree.

Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell authorized the release of Jeannie’s name when he verified that family members had been contacted. Some of the immediate family members later responded to the residence.

Gary Crandell will stand before a Mason County Superior Court Judge sometime today, but no other information is available due to the ongoing investigation.

Pacific County Structure fire blocks State Route 105 Tuesday morning

Traffic is moving again around a structure fire South of Grayland that blocked both lanes of State Route 105 earlier this morning. The Washington State Department of Transportation reports both lanes are blocked at milepost 26 near the Grays Harbor and Pacific County line. More details are expected later today on the fire that was reported just before 6 this morning.

UPDATE: The roadway has been cleared. More details are expected soon on the fire.