Six injured after driver falls asleep, rolls truck on U.S. Route 101

Two adults and three children were injured after a driver fell asleep and rolled their truck off of U.S. Route 101 about 35 miles North of Hoquiam this morning. The Washington State Patrol reports a 26 year old Forks man was driving a 2003 Chevy Silverado North on 101 when it left the road to the right, struck an embankment, rolled, and struck another embankment just after midnight Tuesday morning. A 30 year old Forks woman, and 3 children age 10, 9, and 3, were injured, an 8 year old was also involved but it was unknown if they were injured. All were transported by aid to Community Hospital in Aberdeen with undisclosed injuries. Trooper Bryan said their truck was totaled, and charges could be pending.

U.S. Coast Guard auxiliarists support national Safe Boating Week across Pacific Northwest

Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana are celebrating National Safe Boating Week and urging all mariners to use safe boating practices, including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water.

Auxiliarists in Bellevue, Wash., also worked with local city officials to proclaim the week of May 16-22 as National Safe Boating Week in the city.

National Safe Boating Week is an annual event that encourages all boaters to practice safe boating. For more information on National Safe Boating Week as well as general boating safety information, please visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/ and  http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org.

“I urge everyone to follow safe boating practices,” said Commodore Richard Coons, Coast Guard 13th District Auxiliary. “Life jackets and sound producing devices are mandatory on all kayaks, rafts, stand-up paddleboards and other small crafts. Remember, life jackets float, you don’t!! I wish you all a fun safe boating season.”

In support of National Safe Boating Week, the flotillas will participate in many activities including walking the docks in local marinas and engaging with recreational boaters about important safety practices. Auxiliarists also plan to be in the classroom promoting safe boating to elementary and middle school students.  Many Auxiliarists participated in Wear Your Life jacket to Work Day on Friday, bringing awareness to the campaign and the efforts of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a volunteer organization that exists to support Coast Guard missions. Coast Guard Auxiliary units, or flotillas, promote safety for recreational boaters throughout the year through community outreach.

For further information regarding the Coast Guard Auxiliary, please visit: http://www.cgaux.org.

Aberdeen VFW invites the public to Memorial Day celebration

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th, was designated a holiday to help American citizens remember the sacrifice and death of U.S. military members in wars to protect the freedoms we enjoy.

The Aberdeen Veterans of Foreign Wars will be celebrating Memorial Day in two ways again this year: first by participating in the annual Ceremony at Fern Hill Cemetery at 11:00am, and then by hosting a BBQ, open to the public, at the Aberdeen VFW post from 11am – 6 pm at the Aberdeen VFW post at 105 East Heron.

The Aberdeen Veterans of Foreign Wars will be hosting a Barbeque, Monday, Memorial Day, May 25th, from 11am – 5 pm at the Aberdeen VFW post at 105 East Heron, to celebrate Memorial Day and to raise money for the repairs recently completed on their building.

They will be serving baskets including either a hamburger, fries, and pop, for $8 or a hotdog, fries, and pop for $7 (seating will be indoors).

The Service Officer will be available to provide information on benefits to veterans and their families. Post members will be available to speak with any veterans who might be interested in becoming members. In the parking lot will be the Lytle Racing American Veterans Tribute race car for public viewing. There will also be a raffle for Free Dinner Certificates, and a 50/50.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation announces over $600,000 in local scholarships

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation announced today the selection of the 2015 Scholarship winners. This year the Community Foundation awarded 329 scholarships and renewals totaling over $600,000.
Rich Vroman, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee said, “Our generous donors have continued to allow the Foundation to assist more graduating students each year. Not only are we grateful to be able to help students get a good start on their continuing education, but the commitment to renewing the scholarships for four years is showing its success in the growing number of renewal scholarships that show these young people are staying in school as well.”

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$5K reward offered after Sea Lion found shot in the head

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating the death of a sea lion who was shot in the head on the Cowlitz River in Washington. The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Around April 25, concerned citizens alerted authorities to a stranded sea lion. The animal was unable to eat, drink or move off a sand bar on the Cowlitz River near Gerhart Gardens Park for several days. The sea lion suffered from a wounded eye and a probable broken jaw and was euthanized a few days later. The body was taken to Portland State University for a necropsy, which revealed the animal had been shot in the head. There have been other reports of dead sea lions floating down the river during the previous week.
Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS, said, “The immense suffering inflicted on this animal from such a pointless crime is unacceptable and a violation of federal law. We implore anyone with information to come forward and thank the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for seeking justice in this case.”
Harming a sea lion is a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and is punishable by criminal penalties up to $100,000 and one year incarceration. Civil penalties up to $11,000 per count may also be assessed.
Anyone with information concerning the shootings is asked to call NOAA’s Enforcement Hotline at 1-800-853-1964. Callers may remain anonymous.
 Poaching:
  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are poached annually.
  • It is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.
The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.

 

Olympic National Park announces emergency closure of Recreational Fishing in the Hoh and South Fork Hoh Rivers

Due to concerns about the status, trends, and escapement of Hoh River Chinook salmon, Olympic National Park is closing the Hoh River watershed to recreational fishing effective today. The fishing closure includes those portions of the upper Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, all tributaries, and the Hoh River mouth within Olympic National Park.

 

The Hoh River mouth will be closed to recreational fishing from May 19 through August 31. The Hoh River, South Fork Hoh River, and their tributaries will be closed from May 19 through October 31.

 

This emergency closure is designed to maximize the protection of wild spring/summer Chinook salmon in Olympic National Park. The state and tribal forecast for spring/summer Chinook is expected to be below the escapement floor of 900 adults. Escapement refers to the number of Chinook that escape commercial and recreational fisheries and reach spawning grounds. Hoh River spring/summer Chinook have failed to meet the escapement floor in seven of the last eight years. Spawning for this unique wild population primarily occurs in Olympic National Park.

 

“The National Park Service seeks to provide diverse recreational fishing opportunities while ensuring the preservation and restoration of native fish,” said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.  “However, with the run size at low numbers it is critical to provide additional protection for Chinook.”

 

While the Hoh River watershed is closed, anglers are encouraged to explore other areas in the park for fishing.

 

Olympic National Park sport fishing regulations for 2015-2016 are now available on the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fishing.htm, as well as at park visitor centers, fee booths, ranger stations, and area fishing stores.

Morris radio stations under new ownership soon, according to Portland Media Group

Some area radio stations will be under new operations if approved by the FCC. According to a news release on Alpha Media’s website, they’ve entered into a definitive agreement to purchase radio stations from Morris Communications. The price of the purchase was not disclosed. Morris owns thirty-six radio stations in 8 markets including; Topeka, KS; Salina, KS; Amarillo, TX; Palm Springs, CA; Anchorage, AK; Wasilla, AK; Grays Harbor-Hoquiam, WA and Wenatchee-Columbia River, WA
Larry Wilson, Chairman of Alpha Media will add the Morris markets to the ninety-nine stations currently in the Alpha Media portfolio. When all pending deals are completed, it will bring the total number of stations owned by Alpha Media to 135. Commenting on the acquisition, Wilson said, “What a wonderful thing it is to combine with such a fine stable of radio properties. They bring heritage radio stations to our platform that will truly enhance our growth opportunities extensively.”
William S. Morris III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morris Communications Company said, “We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Larry Wilson and his exceptional team. They are experienced operators that will maintain the ongoing success of these stations. We take comfort in knowing we have superior employees in each market that will continue to serve these wonderful communities.”

The transaction is subject to approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

This brings the total to 135 radio stations for the Portland, Ore.-based company.

Filing week leaves over 20 seats open in Grays Harbor County, plans for a 3 day filing period

Filing week wrapped up Friday evening with 23 additional filings in Grays Harbor County. Incumbent mayors of Aberdeen, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano, and Westport will defend their seats in the August primary.

In Aberdeen, Mayor Bill Simpson faces Erik Larson and Jack Micheau. While Councilwoman Margo Shortt defends her seat against Elaine Redner and Courtney Cook.

In Elma, there is a four-way race for Mayor, as incumbent David Osgood is now challenged by former Mayor Earl Hari, Jim Sorenson, and Elroy Papke.

Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney faces current Councilwoman Jasmine Dickhoff and former Councilman John Wiedl. Montesano Mayor Ken Estes faces Councilman Tyler Trimble and Vini Samuel, and Westport Mayor Michael Bruce faces current Councilman Rob Bearden and Jim Lang.

Westport Councilwoman Pat Gardner will defend her seat against Jerry Schlaupitz and Brandi Holmes.

We’ll see an August Primary race for Stan Pinnick’s Port Commissioner seat, he is challenged by Jackie Farra and Richard Sinclair.

In Washington’s Top 2 Primary voting system the two candidates who receive the most votes in the August Primary Election qualify for the November General Election. Candidates must also receive at least 1% of the votes cast in that race to advance to the General Election.

The November General election will see Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge Stephen Brown challenged by Jean Cotton.

In Aberdeen, the winners of the August Primary race for Mayor, as well as Councilman Doug Paling challenged by Kathi Prieto for his Ward 2 seat, Councilman Jeff Cook defends his seat against Kathleen Kachman in Ward 3, and Pat Gordon and Dee Anne Shaw are competing in Ward 6 for Jerry Mills seat.

In Cosmopolis Mayor Frank Chestnut is unopposed, Councilman Kyle Pauley will defend his appointed seat against Dale Andrews, and Mark Collett has filed to challenge incumbent Jim Ancich. Pauley is also Elections Administrator for the county, and said that the possibility of being in the election has been discussed in early job interviews and “steps will be made to eliminate any conflicts with either office.”

In Elma, the winners of the four-way August race for Mayor. Councilman Charles Butterfield defends his seat against Shadel Carter, while Ron Mullins and Jim Taylor will face off for Councilman Debbie Thurman’s seat.

In Hoquiam, the winners of the August Primary race for Mayor. Councilman Kevin Swope will defend his Ward 3 seat against Marcus Briscoe, while Councilman Ron Tibbetts will face Brenda Carlstrom for his appointed Ward 5 seat and Councilman Paul McMillan will face Dave Wilson Sr. for his Ward 1 seat. Councils Ben Winnkleman and Kim Simera are running unnapposed to re-election.

In McCleary Councilman Tom Reed defends his seat against Chris Vessey.

In Montesano, the top two for Mayor from the August Primary. Councilman Ian Cope will face Ken Carlson for his appointed seat, Councilwoman Pam McElliot is challenged by Dan Wood, and Councilman Ken Walkington will defend his seat against challenger Dave Skaramuca. Nikki King, and Barry Iverson have filed for Lyle Powell’s seat.

In Ocean Shores, Mayor Crystal Dingler will defend her seat against challenger Susan Conniry. John Schroeder has filed to challenge Dan Overton for his Position 3 seat, while Holly Plackett and John Farra have filed for Schroeder’s Position 2 seat. Dennis Schulte and Jon Martin are running for Ginny Hill’s Position 4 seat, Bob Peterson and Dan Marlowe are running for Randy Scott’s seat.

In Westport, the top two for Mayor from the August Primary.

Elections Administrator Kyle Pauley said Grays Harbor had over 20 offices with no filings, “These offices will be subject to a Special 3 Day Filing period in the near future to give candidates an opportunity to file. Not all offices will be open for filing during this period. Only those lacking candidates.”

 

Seats left empty after filing week include Jasmine Dickoff’s Ward 2 seat on the Hoquiam Council, and an entire Parks district.

Dave Palmer’s District 1 seat on the Cosmopolis School District, Stephen Buck’s District 4 seat on the North Beach School District, James Banas’ Position 3 seat on the North River School District, and Steve Mittge’s District 3, and Donald Secena’s Position 4 seats on the Oakville School District.

Jerry Jones, and Ken Carlyle’s seats on the Fire District 4 board were left open, and no one filed for 1 currently empty seat on the Fire District 6 and 10 boards, or either of two open seats on Fire District 8, and 15 boards

No one filed for any of the 5 open seats on the Grays Harbor Park and Recreation District, or any of the 3 open seats on the Cemetery District

Aberdeen woman arrested after threatening to kill person with pistol

Aberdeen police arrested a woman for displaying a weapon and threatening to kill a South side man.

Lieutenant Kevin Darst tells us just before 2 Sunday afternoon all available Aberdeen units responded to the 600 block of Stockwell for the report of a weapons display. The suspect, a 55 year old female with gray hair, had threatened to kill the victim according to the reporting party.
The reporting party said on their Facebook page that some friends were leaving with their children when they saw a woman walking on their property. They said the woman reached into another person’s vehicle and came back with a pistol, pointed it in their face and said “I have one for you *expletive*” They ran back into their house as another person inside called police.

Darst said that a search of the area was conducted and the suspect was located and arrested without further incident. The weapon was also located and secured. The crime scene was investigated and the suspect was transported to jail.