Grays Harbor County Commissioners campaigning for budget solutions

As the County continues to work out a functioning budget for the coming year, the commissioners are campaigning for their own ideas. Commissioner Frank Gordon spoke at the Aberdeen City

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Discussion but no action on crude by rail at Aberdeen Council meeting

Any plans to streamline crude oil exports through Grays Harbor are beginning to come off the rails, at a slow and safe speed. The Aberdeen city council last night discussed the potential

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Aberdeen to hire consultant Cary Bozeman for downtown development

Aberdeen has a new consultant to invigorate development of the downtown core. Mayor Bill Simpson said this morning that we might see some changes coming with consultant Cary Bozeman at the

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Frank Gordon – Grays Harbor County Commotioner – February 13, 2014

Addiction, and a recap of the recent Aberdeen City Council meeting. New business for the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department. Funding for the inter-agency DTF.

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Aberdeen council appoints Alan Richrod to fill Ward 5 seat

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen city council last night appointed Alan Richrod to take the Ward 5 position most recently held by Alan Richrod – he was appointed to the seat after John Erak passed away, then lost to Erak in the November election. Ward resident Bill Simpson had also expressed interest in the appointment, Councilwoman Kathy Hoder said before the vote “I have to be able to know that what I did was right, and that everything I do – to the best of my ability, passed what I call the smell test. Bill Simpson, son of Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson, expressed interest in the position earlier this month but a vote was tabled because not all councilmembers were present. Hoder, and 5 other councilmembers voted with 44% of the 5th ward that chose Richrod in November. Richrod was sworn in after a 6-4 vote last night with councilman Jeff Cook absent.

Aberdeen council meets two candidates, Richrod and Simpson

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Aberdeen city council last night heard from two people interested in filling the vacancy for the Ward 5 council position previously held by John Erak.
Alan Richrod again expressed his interest - he was appointed to the seat after Erak passed away, then lost to Erak in the November election. Also submitting a letter of interest was William Simpson, son of Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson.
If the 11-member council is split on a decision, the mayor would be the deciding vote, however council last night did not make an appointment noting the absence of Council Chair Kathy Hoder.

Aberdeen “travel advisory” worries residents, no official advisories in effect

ABERDEEN, Wash. - A Travel Advisory for the city for Aberdeen? It was issued by a one-man website called Montesanotoday, and it riled up a few citizens who attended the Aberdeen city council last night. "It purports to expound on topics raised here at the last meeting, and I was just recently told it's full of B.S. Be that as it may, a lot of people's perception is their reality." Homeowner Tory Kovach detailed the article, which features images stolen from other websites like that of a zombie-like addict from crystalmetheffect.com and a photo of spent needles taken three years ago by a New York City blogger.
Montesano residents are well familiar with the site's author, Tom Fredriksen, Ssince last year he's used the platform to promote everything from political agendas to football games.
 
Ocean Shore Mayor Crystal Dingler may have put it best last month when the city took heat for their handling of an animal cruelty investigation. "You can't believe everything you read on the internet."

Lady Washington Gets Support For New Home

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Aberdeen City Council last night adopted a resolution showing their support for the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport's attempt to procure a home for Washington's Official Ship, the Lady Washington.
Director of the Seaport, Les Bolton, tells us red tape is holding up the lease transfer, not with property owner Weyerhaeuser, but with the State "The Department of Natural Resources owns the shorelines of the State of Washington. Weyerhaeuser has a lease that runs through 2015, we need the lease because we want to create public moorage on DNR property."
The Seaport Authority made an offer to acquire 28 acres of the former Weyerhaeuser sawmill property in South Aberdeen more than a year ago, however Bolton quipped "I can't park Lady Washington in the parking lot."
Bolton said without that lease, the Seaport would remain land locked. If acquired, Bolton said they intend to develop the property into a regional tourism destination and maintenance facility for the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain.
State Representative Brian Blake tells us he has requested an onsite meeting with the DNR, Weyerhaeuser, and the Seaport, on April 30th to discuss this issue.