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Expect construction, delays while WSDOT replaces 90-year-old SR 6 Rock Creek bridges

PE ELL – Drivers who travel State Route 6 should plan for construction and delays as the Washington State Department of Transportation replaces two aging bridges in western Lewis County. …read more

Emeritus at Harbour Pointe Shores seeks help combating senior malnutrition

For the second year in row, Emeritus at Harbour Pointe Shores is seeking to help combat senior malnutrition by joining in Emeritus’ nationwide effort to deliver more than 10,000 meals to seniors across America in the next 60 days in honor of National Food Month. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, four million…

Environmental reviews begin for two proposed expansion projects at Port of Grays Harbor

Port of Grays Harbor

HOQUIAM – Environmental reviews begin next week for two separate proposals in Hoquiam to expand facilities and increase capacity to receive, store and ship bulk liquids like biofuels and crude oil. From April 10 through May 27, the state Department of Ecology and the city of Hoquiam invite the public to comment on what should…

Hoquiam police arrest two at Harbor Paper Mill site, unable to find alibi dog named “Something”

Hoquiam Harbor Paper Mill metal theft

Hoquiam police arrested two men on alleged metal theft charges this week, after coaxing them out of the swamp near the Harbor Paper mill. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us a 50 and a 54 year old Hoquiam man, were both booked on 2nd degree Burglary, Theft and Malicious Mischief charges after being caught stripping…

Police searching for suspect of attempted burglary considered armed and dangerous

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man considered armed and dangerous after an interrupted burglary in Montesano yesterday. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us at about 2:10 pm Thursday, a resident in the 100 block of Monte Brady Road just outside of Montesano interrupted an attempted burglary to his residence.…

Skull found in Westport crab pot not missing McCleary girl

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office confirmed today that the skull found by a crabber in Westport is not that of missing McCleary girl, Lindsey Baum. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us in February they responded to a report of a partial human skull found in a crab pot by a local fisherman. The…

Search for burglar in Aberdeen turns up vandalized U-Haul, no suspect

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Aberdeen police searched the West side this morning for a man who was seen running from Thai Smiles in the 100 block of N. Park Street. Police Captain John Green tells us juest before 6 this morning, they responded to a report of a possible burglary in progress. A Responding officers saw a male fleeing…

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority calls special meeting April 8

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority

Aberdeen – The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at their headquarters, Seaport Landing, 500 N. Custer St., Aberdeen. Executive Director Les Bolton will give a presentation to the board about his recent week-long experience at the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at…

Single lane closures to cause delays on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass

Snoqualmie Pass on I-90

In preparation for major width and lane restrictions starting April 12, contractor crews will reduce Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass to a single lane in each direction 24 hours a day next week. The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will close a lane in each direction from 7 a.m. Monday, April…

Governor Inslee signs bipartisan bill to further address the problems of derelict and abandoned vessels

Cactus

OLYMPIA – Surrounded by legislators and a diverse group of supportive stakeholders, Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation that builds on the state’s commitment to prevent derelict vessels from becoming a burden to the citizens of Washington State.   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requested the legislation (2SHB 2457) that will further…

Pizza Hut donating 50% of two-day sales to Oso mudslide victims

Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut restaurants across Western Washington are donating 50 percent of all pizza sales from 108 participating locations today to victims of the mudslide disaster in Oso, the restaurant in Smokey Point, closest to Oso, is donating 100 percent during this two day event that began Wednesday. “Everyone has been emotionally impacted by what happened in…

U.S. President declares disaster for Washington State, releasing second wave of disaster aid

FEMA

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Washington to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by flooding and mudslides beginning on March 22, 2014, and continuing. This assistance is in addition to the…

Minor delays over US 12 at White Pass starts April 4th for the next two weeks

WHITE PASS – Work to stabilize a slope that washed out last fall, resumes on April 4, which could cause minor delays for drivers. The Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor crews will reduce US 12 to a single lane with alternating traffic on US 12 near milepost 154, three miles east of White…

WDFW will not release ‘early winter’ hatchery steelhead this spring unless legal issues are resolved

WDFW

OLYMPIA –The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will not release early winter hatchery steelhead into rivers around Puget Sound as planned this spring unless it can resolve issues raised in January by the Wild Fish Conservancy and restated in a lawsuit the group filed this week. Phil Anderson said WDFW leaders made the…

Grays Harbor Community Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation celebrated their 20th Anniversary Friday night, March 28th, at the Aberdeen Museum of History.  The event included a dinner and a presentation detailing the work in Grays Harbor that the Community Foundation has accomplished over the years. Tom Quigg, Chair of the Foundation, welcomed everyone and read the letter delivered…

“Swift and Certain” proves reliable for Hoquiam City Jail as they celebrate 1 year opening

Celebrating with a cake is (left) Chief Jeff Myers, Deputy Chief Don Wertanen, Police Services Officer Jared Spaur and DOC Supervisor Dave Thomson who supervises the community corrections offices in Grays Harbor in Pacific Counties. 

And for the record, the prisoners did not partake in the cake.

The Hoquiam Police Department celebrated the one year anniversary of the reopening of the city jail yesterday, April 1, 2014, and Chief Jeff Myers tells us business is booming. “As long as we have the contract with the DOC I have no doubt that we will continue to operate. In fact what we really need…

Mason County Sheriff promotes 2 Lieutenants & swears in new Reserve Deputy

New Lt Kasten & Sheriff Salisbury

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in front of family, friends and fellow co-workers, Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury promoted a new Patrol Lieutenant & a new Jail Lieutenant, as well as giving the oath of office and swearing in a new Reserve Deputy Sheriff. For the first time since 1996 when former Lieutenant Howard Armfield was…

Grays Harbor residents among 90,000 victims of identity theft at Archdiocese of Seattle

St Mary Parish in Aberdeen, WA

Some employees and volunteers at St. Mary School in Aberdeen are affected by a data breach at the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle. Sources tell us some are finding that their taxes were already filed. Some returns have been rejected, and the IRS is working with the church to identify victims at 170 parishes in western…

Two rescued from Beacon Hill house fire in Hoquiam

HFD at Hoquiam fire on Beacon Hill

A volunteer firefighter, and Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers evacuated two elderly people from a Beacon Hill home as flames and smoke were visible from across the harbor yesterday afternoon. Fire Chief Paul Dean reports no injuries “We had an off-duty firefighter from [North Hoquiam] District 6 who had his turnout gear with him. Dave…

Chilean Tsunami not expected to impact Washington State

The Tsunami Energy Map from the Chilean Tsunami below shows how tsunami waves spread across the ocean.

Chile experienced an 8.2 earthquake which resulted in tsunami waves impacting the Chilean coast about 45 minutes later. There is NO TSUNAMI THREAT to Washington State. The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency reports a tsunami wave was generated however it is likely to be undetectable as it arrives in the Westport area Wednesday morning.…

Quinault Indian National says Taholah residents are safe

Quianult Indain Nation President Fawn Sharp

The Quinault Indian Nation says repair work is done on their seawall and residents are safe – for now, adding that with climate change their work is not done. In a press release, President Fawn Sharp said the “Quinault Nation is very grateful to the U. S. Corps of Engineers and all the people, programs…

Body of Mason County man found after child porn arrest

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A body found floating near the Bremerton, Wash., marina has been identified as that of a prominent Mason County man arrested last week for investigation of possessing child pornography. Bremerton Police Chief Steven Strachan said the body found Tuesday is that of 52-year-old Frank Edward McDonald of Belfair. The chief says…