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Kurt Cobain Day in Aberdeen hometown

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — It’s Kurt Cobain Day in Aberdeen, the hometown for the singer who led Nirvana to grunge rock fame…. …read more

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Grays Harbor PUD reports total power outages down in 2013

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ABERDEEN – The Grays Harbor Public Utility District power infrastructure performed admirably in 2013. Working against recent trends, the total number of power outages and total number of customer hours without power were down in 2013, according to a report presented to the PUD commissioners on Tuesday.

“This is great news for the district and our customers,” said PUD Board President Russ Skolrood. “Having a reliable system is of the utmost importance and there are still improvements that can be made, but I am proud of the advances made by our maintenance crews in 2013.”

2013 saw PUD crews respond to 563 total outages, which is 11 percent lower than the five-year average and well below the 2012 total of 731. Those outages left customers without power for a total of 154,092 hours – 14 percent below the five-year average. September was the busiest month for PUD crews with 101 outages, while system burnouts (line fuse, transformer fuse or failed conductor) were the leading causes of outages with 87. Scheduled outages had the biggest impact on customer hours (53,045).

Weather related outages made up a large portion of the 2013 totals, with 49 outages attributed to broken or fallen trees, 35 attributed to lightning strikes, 24 attributed to storms and 19 attributed to wind.

“There are some power outages we can work to avoid through tree trimming and vegetation management,” said Skolrood. “Moving forward we will review these causes to ensure that we are improving data for tree trimming and asset management to build on system reliability.”

Some stations throughout the system were more impacted than others. The Montesano station suffered the highest number of outages with 68. Ocean Shores suffered 67, the Elma 12-Kv station had 64 outages and the Cedarville station reported 59.

Plan for 15-minute delays over Chehalis River Bridge

ABERDEEN – Drivers who cross the US 101 Chehalis River Bridge should plan some extra time for their Wednesday morning commute. Washington State Department of Transportation bridge maintenance crews will close the 59-year old bridge repeatedly to repair the bridge’s drive system.

The work is scheduled between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Wednesday Feb. 19. During the repair, traffic in both directions of US 101 will be held for fifteen-minute increments while workers make the repairs.

PUD power outages down in 2013

By icope@ghpud[email protected] (Ian Cope)

ABERDEEN – The Grays Harbor Public Utility District power infrastructure performed admirably in 2013. Working against recent trends, the total number of power outages and total number of customer hours without power were down in 2013, according to a report presented to the PUD commissioners on Tuesday.

“This is great news for the district and our customers,” said PUD Board President Russ Skolrood. “Having a reliable system is of the utmost importance and there are still improvements that can be made, but I am proud of the advances made by our maintenance crews in 2013.”

2013 saw PUD crews respond to 563 total outages, which is 11 percent lower than the five-year average and well below the 2012 total of 731. Those outages left customers without power for a total of 154,092 hours – 14 percent below the five-year average. September was the busiest month for PUD crews with 101 outages, while system burnouts (line fuse, transformer fuse or failed conductor) were the leading causes of outages with 87. Scheduled outages had the biggest impact on customer hours (53,045).

Weather related outages made up a large portion of the 2013 totals, with 49 outages attributed …read more

From: Grays Harbor PUD

UPDATE: Aberdeen man found shot could be involved in Elma investigation

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UPDATE: Police say they now believe a man found on Simpson Avenue with a gunshot wound last weekend was involved in an Elma shooting, and was not shot in Aberdeen. The 29 year old told police last weekend that he was walking on Simpson Avenue when he heard a pop sound and found that he was shot. Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently investigating a shooting incident in Elma earlier that day.

Police are investigating after a man was apparently shot while walking on Simpson avenue Saturday morning. Det. Weiss tells us they were called just before 6 Saturday morning. A 29 year old Aberdeen man said that while he was walking in the 2000 block of Simpson, near the 7-11, he heard a “pop” sound and realized that he had been shot. The man did not report seeing anyone in the area, he was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Weiss at the Aberdeen Police Department (360) 533-3180 or the Tip-Line at (360) 538-4450.

Grease fire escalates, displaces family of 6 in Aberdeen

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Firefighters were called to a house fire in the 1000 block of Marion street in Aberdeen Sunday afternoon. Battalion Chief Bill Mayne said a grease fire escalated quickly on the stovetop around 1:30 Sunday. The family of 2 adults and 4 children evacuated and reported no injuries, but were also displaced by the fire. Mayne estimated damages at over $70-thousand, and said the American Red Cross is assisting the family.
Mayne said when dealing with cooking oil fires use another pan to smother it, or an ABC rated fire extinguisher once everyone else has evacuated.

Covered extension cords likely cause of living room fire in Aberdeen

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An Aberdeen home suffered substantial damaged in the living room Saturday, where an overheated extension cord sparked a fire in the 1000 block of East Market. Captain Jr. Streifel said no one was injured, the fire was under control within 15 minutes, reported just after 3 Saturday afternoon.
A total of 17 firefighters responded, 2 engines, 1 ladder truck, 1 EMS, and 2 command vehicles responded. Streifel said damages estimated at about $22-thousand, included fire damage to the living room, and smoke damage throughout the house.

Meeting for new Flood Insurance Rate Maps draws crowd in Aberdeen

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Over 200 attended a meeting at the Rotary Log Pavilion in Aberdeen Thursday night on new flood insurance rate maps, released recently by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Region 10 Engineer Ted Perkins said while the new maps change what is considered “base flood elevation,” they also pinpoint hazard areas. “The flood event that we rate everything on insurance-wise, and floodplain regulation-wise, is what we call a ’1% flood’ sometimes you hear the term 100-year flood, but it’s really a statistical calculation that has a 1 in 100 chance.” Perkins said you should arrange a meeting with the community flood plain manager if you feel your home was wrongly placed on the new maps. – in Aberdeen that person is Public Works Director Malcom Bowie. “I understand that some of this stuff is difficult. That’s why we want you to know what you can do about it.”

Over 200 attended the meeting at the Rotary Log Pavilion Thursday evening in Aberdeen.

Over 200 attended the meeting at the Rotary Log Pavilion Thursday evening in Aberdeen.

Patti Gow is a Farmer’s Agent in Westport, she said they’ve answered a lot of questions about this. “Not only are we dealing with the mapping, but we’re dealing with the Biggert-Waters Reform Act, where if you’re in a special flood hazard [area], if you were pre-firm, and you did not have to get an elevation certificate – you purchased your home before July of 2012, on your renewal you’re going to see an increase in your rate and it’s going to happen every year.”
Barring legislation in the other Washington slowing the process or lessening the blow, the new maps will begin affecting insurance rates within the year, Gow adds. “If your house is above the base flood elevation – a foot above you’re golden, you’re not going to be looking at huge rates. If you’re on a slab at base flood elevation, you can expect higher rates.”
So what is Base Flood Elevation, and where does your house sit? Gow says you’ll need to get a surveyor to tell you that. “After July of 2012, you can’t get flood [insurance] without an elevation certificate if you are in a special flood hazard zone. An elevation certificate is where a surveyor comes out and takes measurements of your property, determines what the base flood elevation is for where your home is sitting, and then he determines where your first floor would be sitting on that.”
You can find new maps on FEMA’s website at hazards.FEMA.gov Find Patti at www.farmersagent.com, or find someone closer to Aberdeen/Hoquiam at www.durney.com

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Public meeting planned for Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement draft

A public meeting about the US Army Corps of Engineers Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement Project draft limited reevaluation report including a draft supplemental Environmental Impact Statement begins at 6.30pm, February 27 at the Rotary Log Pavilion in Aberdeen, Wash.
The meeting will focus on the Corps’ reevaluation report and draft supplemental EIS resulting from a General Investigation of dredging the federal navigation channel to its legislatively authorized depth of -38 feet. Army Corps officials will begin the meeting with an open house followed by a presentation and an opportunity to comment on the Corps’ report.
The draft reevaluation report, draft supplemental EIS and appendices are available to review on line at: http://1.usa.gov/MS6jUw or through Seattle District’s main website: http://www.nws.usace.army.mil by clicking on “Grays Harbor Navigation” under the “Most Requested” column.
The Corps is accepting public comments on the draft limited reevaluation report and supplemental EIS for a 45-day period beginning Feb. 7 and ending March 24. Comments will be accepted at the meeting via comment card or other written format and orally. Comments can also be sent via email to: [email protected] or through the mail to Josh Jackson, CENWS-PM-CP, PO Box 3755, Seattle, WA 98124-3755.

Feb 27 Information Meeting Time:
6:30- 7 p.m. Questions and Answers at Open House
7 – 7:30 p.m. Presentation from Corps of Engineers representatives
7:30-8:15 p.m. Public comment period
8:15-8:30 p.m. Questions and Answers at Open House

Information Meeting Location: Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion, 1401 Sargent Blvd., Aberdeen, Wash.
Background: The Grays Harbor federal navigation deep draft channel is 250 feet wide at Cosmopolis, increasing to 1,000 feet over the Bar at the mouth of Grays Harbor. The currently maintained channel depth is -36 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) from the South Reach to the Cow Point Reach, where Port of Grays Harbor Terminal 4 is located. The channel then decreases to -32 feet MLLW through Cosmopolis.
The Corps investigated the feasibility of dredging the channel from the South Reach upstream to Cow Point to its fully legislatively authorized depth of -38 feet MLLW. This project covers approximately 14.5 miles of the 27.5 mile channel. Deepening of the relevant portion of the Grays Harbor navigation channel to -38 feet MLLW was authorized by Congress in 1986, but a 1989 economic evaluation found that dredging only to -36 feet MLLW was economically justified at that time. Through updated economic and environmental analysis the present study has evaluated implementing the previously authorized -38-foot depth through a Limited Reevaluation Report and a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), building on the original 1982 EIS and its 1989 Supplement.
The potential two-foot deepening being evaluated is neither designed nor intended to facilitate access for any new vessel classes or commodity types that could not currently utilize Port facilities.
The Corps maintains the waterway now by dredging the deep draft channel annually at an average cost of $9 million, removing an average annual volume of about 1.7 million cubic yards of material.

For additional information about Grays Harbor Navigation visit our website at: http://www.nws.usace.army.mil
and click on “Grays Harbor Navigation” under “Most Requested.”

Aberdeen Police arrest shooting suspect Daniel Galeana-Ramirez

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Aberdeen police have arrested the suspect in last week’s shooting, 20 year old Daniel Galeana-Ramirez was found on the South side of Aberdeen Wednesday afternoon. Police Captain John Green tells us they responded to a tip in the 1200 block of Harding road. Aberdeen officers and detectives located the suspects car in the driveway. The home was surrounded while detectives attempted to contact any person inside the home by phone.

At 3:28 P.M. the suspect walked out of the back door and surrendered to the police officers. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. The Aberdeen Regional Crisis Response Team secured the residence. The home is under police control while detectives apply for a search warrant.

Aberdeen Officers were assisted by deputies from the GHSO and officers from Hoquiam PD, and Cosmopolis PD.

The investigation is continuing.

Green said they believe Galeana-Ramirez shot another man Friday night after a confrontation in the 800 block of East 2nd street.
A 19 year old man was treated at Community Hospital for a gun shot wound to his leg, Galeana-Ramirez was living in the 700 block of West 3rd street.