Hoquiam to rename a portion of Queets Avenue after James McQuade

The City of Hoquiam last night voted against committee recommendation and renamed a portion of Queets Avenue to McQuade in honor of a fallen Vietnam veteran who’s chopper was shot down while searching for missing soldiers under fire.

“On June 11th, 1972 the 23 year old pilot from Hoquiam Washington, [his gunner] and the copter was right above their leader’s chopper when it was shot down itself.” Dan Discher grew up on Queets Avenue with James McQuade, he told the council last night that McQuade left the Harbor to become a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, and flew for the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade.

1Lt. James R. McQuadeMcQuade was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1974. “Col. Jack Kennedy, McQuade’s Commander was there, and he said ‘In the 25 years and two tours of Vietnam I never met a braver man than Jim McQuade’.”

City Councilman Paul McMillan got choked up when he explained that 5 other Hoquiam residents died during the conflict in Vietnam, “but only one got the Distinguished Service Cross, and that’s why we wanted to honor him, cause Jimmy volunteered to go into that, I think he needs to be honored tonight.”

Councilman Ron Tibbets suggested they send the report back to the Historic Preservation Committee, noting the time and effort put into the decision by the voluntary group. The council instead voted unanimously to reject the committee report that recommended against the rename.

McMillan noted that the street addresses won’t change, the new names will be placed over the existing street signs similar to Art Pocklington Way on a portion of 7th Avenue, and Roger Jump street on a portion of Cherry Street near Olympic Stadium.

First Lieutenant James Russell McQuade of Hoquiam, WashingtonFirst Lieutenant James Russell McQuade of Hoquiam, Washington, was 23 when his Light Infantry Brigade helicopter was shot down over Vietnam on June 11, 1972; his remains were found and his family notified in October, 1999.

“Lieutenant McQuade’s voluntary participation in a desperately dangerous mission demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.”

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) James Russell McQuade, United States Army (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Troop F, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade. First Lieutenant McQuade distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 11 June 1972 while serving in support of the 1st Army of the Republic of Vietnam Division in the Thua Thien Province, Republic of Vietnam. Lieutenant McQuade was participating in a rescue mission of a downed helicopter crew in an extremely hostile area. Lieutenant McQuade, knowing that the downed aircraft had received intense automatic small and heavy anti-aircraft fire, volunteered to go into the heavily infested enemy territory to search for possible survivors. Upon initial entry into the enemy held terrain, Lieutenant McQuade reported taking heavy automatic weapons fire from all sides. With complete disregard for his own safety, he continued flying towards the crash site. As he proceeded to the area of the downed aircraft, he reported taking further anti-aircraft fire. At approximately 750 meters from the crash site and completely engulfed in hostile fire, Lieutenant McQuade reported taking numerous hits and, shortly thereafter, was hit with a missile of unknown type. His aircraft disintegrated in mid-air. Lieutenant McQuade’s unselfish concern for the welfare of his fellow soldiers resulted in the loss of his own life. He was well aware of the risks involved but refused to give up the search in the face of the fanatical enemy resistance. Lieutenant McQuade’s voluntary participation in a desperately dangerous mission demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 56 (December 31, 1974)

U.S. Coast Guard crews rescue man and his dog near Ocean City

Imagery available: Coast Guard rescues man, dog near Ocean City, Wash. A Coast Guard helicopter crew assisted local search and rescue personnel in locating a lost man and his dog near Ocean City, Washington, Sunday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria safely hoisted and transported both the Ocean City man and dog to Ocean Shores Airport in good condition, where they were met by Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s deputies.

Grays Harbor county SAR personnel began searching for the 60-year-old man around 5 p.m., but were unable to locate him.  Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, received a request for assistance from Grays Harbor County at about 9:20 p.m., after the man’s cell phone reportedly died and he had no other means of communication.

The aircrew located the man and dog at about 11:15 p.m., after searching in concert with Grays Harbor County SAR ground crews for about two hours. Search personnel on the ground relayed the man’s last known location to the aircrew. Coast Guard personnel used night vision goggles and forward looking infrared cameras to search for the man’s heat signature in the swampy terrain.

“The hiker was using an old lighter that would not light but would spark,” said Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Leary, the rescue pilot aboard the Jayhawk. “Through night vision goggles it looked like a flashlight.”

The Coast Guard recommends all hikers and outdoor enthusiasts carry a form of communication more reliable than a cell phone when venturing into the wilderness.

The weather was reported as overcast with visibility ranging from five to 20 miles.

Aberdeen High School students compete at 2015 SkillsUSA State Conference

The Aberdeen High School chapter of SkillsUSA competed in the state conference and came home with ten state medals including four state championships and over $11,000 in scholarships and prizes. Aberdeen High School’s state champions have qualified to compete at the national conference to be held in Louisville, KY this June.

National Qualifiers are Ryan Talevich in Electrical Construction Wiring, Jonathon Ball in Automotive Service and Jacob Izatt in Major Appliance. Also qualifying to go to nationals is Daniel Sipe in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration with a second place finish. Ryan Talevich placed first in HVAC/R and has opted to compete in Electrical Construction Wiring (participants are only allowed to compete in one event at nationals) opening the door for Daniel to attend.

2015 National Qualifiers
(L to R) Daniel Sipe, Ryan Talevich, Jacob Izatt, Jonathon Ball


State Champions are;

Ryan Talevich – Electrical Construction Wiring
Ryan Talevich – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Jacob Izatt – Major Appliance Repair
Jonathon Ball – Automotive Service

Silver Medalists;

Daniel Sipe – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Rafael Lopez-Soriano – Major Appliance Repair
Trace Christensen & Nadia Wirta – Audio Production

Bronze Medalists;

Daniel Sipe & Dakota Mullikin – Audio Production
Brandon Creamer – Major Appliance Repair
Trace Christensen – Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Other students who attended and competed at the state conference are;

Joel Krebs – Automotive Service
Cory Dineen – Electrical Construction Wiring
Shelby Cokeley – Job Demonstration A
Tanner Nelson – Audio Production
Faith Cardenas – Audio Production

(Row 1 L to R) Dakota Mullikin, Shelby Cokeley, Nadia Wirta, Faith Cardenas, Jacob Izatt (Row 2 L to R) Tanner Nelson, Daniel Sipe, Trace Christensen, Ryan Talevich, Brandon Creamer (Row 3 L to R) Jonathon Ball, Cory Dineen, Rafael Lopez-Soriano Not pictured, Joel Krebs
(Row 1 L to R) Dakota Mullikin, Shelby Cokeley, Nadia Wirta, Faith Cardenas, Jacob Izatt
(Row 2 L to R) Tanner Nelson, Daniel Sipe, Trace Christensen, Ryan Talevich, Brandon Creamer
(Row 3 L to R) Jonathon Ball, Cory Dineen, Rafael Lopez-Soriano
Not pictured, Joel Krebs

The Aberdeen High School Chapter of SkillsUSA will be hosting a Cowboy Bar-B-Que Wednesday May 20th in the commons at Aberdeen High School from 6PM to 8PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any SkillsUSA member.

The Aberdeen Chapter of SkillsUSA will be trying to raise $10,000 to send four students and one advisor to the national conference in Louisville KY. If you are interested in helping to make this goal a reality, please send any donations to; Aberdeen High School attn: SkillsUSA National Fund, 410 North “G” Street Aberdeen WA 98520.

Stolen statue honoring fallen soldier Tim Davis is returned to mother’s porch

A statue honoring fallen U.S. Airman Tim Davis has been returned to the porch from where it vanished in late September. The soldier’s mother, Sally Sheldon tells us the statue was stolen from her front porch “And today they returned it. It was on my front porch when I opened the door. I’m so thankful.”
Sally’s son Tim was killed during combat operations five years ago near Bagram, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. “my brother Jim Sheldon of Montesano had given me a carving of an eagle, perched on the Air Force insignia and it said ‘Tim Davis: Hero’ on it.”

The statue vanished in late September, and without as much as a note it was returned this morning. “I don’t know what to say I’m so thankful, I’m so very thankful.”
The Eagle is missing his marble eyes, and it doesn’t say “Tim Davis: Hero” on it anymore. The carving looks as if someone was trying to rebrand it to sell as a chainsaw carving, but the lightning bolt and jolly green feet were still visible on the Special Tactics insignia.
The 1999 Montesano High School graduate was killed His mother Sally pled with the burglar(s) in September through the Aberdeen Daily World, and just under a week before Veteran’s Day, the statue was returned.
Tim Davis Aberdeen


Coast Guard rescues two stranded boaters near Willapa Bay

A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two stranded boaters near Willapa Bay, Wash., Saturday.

The 67-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were safely transported to an airfield in Raymond, Wash., where they were met by local emergency medical services for evaluation.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command center received the call for assistance via Pacific County Dispatch late Saturday night after the boaters reported their 12-foot aluminum skiff was aground on a mud flat. The two individuals became stuck in the mud after leaving their vessel to attempt to walk to shore prompting another 911 call. The command center watchstanders dispatched the Jayhawk crew to respond. Once on scene they hoisted the boaters aboard and departed to Raymond.

“This case illustrates the importance of having hoist capable helicopters in the Pacific Northwest,” said Mark Dobney a command duty officer at Sector Columbia River. “With the professionalism of our highly trained helicopter crews, along with aircraft capabilities, we were able to get these two boaters the help they needed in a timely manner.”

Unmanned Aircraft Use banned from Olympic National Park

Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Olympic National Park is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.

“The use of unmanned aircraft would create unacceptable safety risks to park visitors, as well as impacts to visitor experience and enjoyment of the natural sights and sounds of Olympic National Park,”  said Sarah Creachbaum, Olympic National Park Superintendent.  “Additionally, the Wilderness Act of 1964 prohibits the use of motorized equipment within designated wilderness, which comprises 95 percent of the park.”

The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g., model airplanes, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.

More information about the closure and other Olympic National Park regulations is contained in the Superintendent’s Compendium, available on the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/olym/parkmgmt/upload/2014-Compendium-signed_20140818155824-1.pdf

Washington Energy Department seeks businesses for energy-efficiency program

OLYMPIA – Fifty-four Washington businesses saved millions by reducing the amount of electricity and natural gas they use. These businesses increased their bottom lines by collaborating with Department of Ecology engineers in the Technical Resources for Engineering Efficiency (TREE) program.


Since 2008, Ecology has offered energy-efficiency consulting and is now seeking new projects for late 2014 through the first half of 2015. Participating businesses have collectively saved $2.78 million in annual energy savings from reducing electricity usage by 25 million kilowatt-hours and cutting natural gas consumption by 141 billion BTU. Taken together, those projects prevent 22,500 metric tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere every year.


Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a toxics reduction plan to help the state eliminate hazardous chemicals from our air and water by reducing impacts from unregulated sources, such as consumer products. Part of that proposal expands partnerships with industry to increase efficiency, save money, and reduce emissions and the use of toxic chemicals.


Gov. Inslee’s proposal builds on Ecology’s technical assistance services like the energy-efficiency program. Ecology also teams with businesses to prevent pollution, reduce toxic waste and emissions, and offer Lean and Green consulting. These programs work with a range of industries, such as metal finishing, production painting and coating operations, chemical blending, food processing, and most manufacturers.


Redhook Brewery in Woodinville recently partnered with Ecology. “We strive to make our beers in a manner that minimizes our environmental impact,” said Julia Pearson, sustainability manager. “We are continually searching for efficiency opportunities around our energy usage, and Ecology’s assistance was key this last year. The team helped us uncover some simple, quick fixes that translated into big dollar savings.”


Ecology also works with the Washington State University Extension Energy Program, Impact Washington, and local utilities to ensure businesses receive the services they need.


If your business could benefit from a professional energy audit, contact Tony Cooper at tony.cooper@ecy.wa.gov or (360) 407-6338, or your local electric utility.

First participants in Conservation Stewardship Program can renew for five more years

The first participants of the Conservation Stewardship Program with contracts approved in fiscal year 2010, have from July 11 until Sept. 12 to file an application to renew their contracts and make decisions on additional conservation activities that will benefit priority natural resource issues.


CSP is offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and is the Farm Bill program that helps farmers and ranchers take conservation investments to the next level.

About 20,000 CSP contracts nationwide are reaching the end of their initial five-year contract period and may be renewed for an additional five years where participants agree to take additional conservation measures.


The program provides opportunities for farmers and ranchers who are already established conservation stewards, helping them improve water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat.

“CSP farmers are conservation leaders and go the extra mile to conserve our nation’s resources,” NRCS State Conservationist Roylene Rides at the Door said. “The 2014 Farm Bill continued that strong commitment and heightened the program’s focus on generating conservation benefits.”


Since CSP began in 2009, more than 58 million acres have been enrolled in the program – an area the size of Indiana and Wisconsin combined.  CSP participants boost their operations’ conservation benefits by installing new conservation activities that make positive changes in soil, water, air and wildlife habitat.


“Over the past five years, this program has allowed farmers and ranchers to improve their farm management systems, enhance data collection used to make operational decisions, and adopt many new conservation technologies.  It has been a worthwhile program for the participants and the conservation planners who assist them,” Rides at the Door said.

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through CSP, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted, the Conservation Stewardship webpage or local USDA service center. For more on the 2014 Farm Bill, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/FarmBill.  

Coast Guard medevacs sick crewman from commercial ship west of Grays Harbor

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria helicopter crew medevaced a sick crewmember from a commercial shipping vessel more than 50 miles west of Grays Harbor, Washington, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders received the request for the medevac of a crewman aboard the 780-foot commercial motor vessel Horizon Enterprise who was reportedly suffering from sever abdominal pain.

After consulting a Coast Guard flight surgeon, the watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria.

The crew arrived on scene with the Horizon Enterprise and safely hoisted the sick crewman from the vessel.

“This was a quick and very successful mission,” said Lt. Adriana Knies, helicopter pilot and aircraft commander for the mission. “The crew of the ship was very helpful in providing a clear location on board the ship for a safe hoist of the injured crewman.”

The crewman was then flown back to the air station where he was transferred to waiting emergency medical services. EMS transported the crewman to Columbia River Memorial Hospital.  The crewman was reported in stable condition.

Bigfoot hunting Part 2, with Johnny Manson

Doug McDowell sits down with local radio air personality Johnny Manson after a recent trip with Dr. Matthew A Johnson of Team Squatchin’ USA. McDowell and Manson interviewed Dr Johnson in January.

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