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OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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

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

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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…

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…

Washington to participate in first ever nationwide distracted driving crackdown

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National enforcement campaign taking place during Distracted Driving Awareness Month Law enforcement officers in Washington State will be cracking down on distracted drivers as part of a new national distracted driving enforcement campaign this month. Between April 10 and April 15, the high visibility enforcement efforts will target motorists who are observed driving distracted —…