“Swift and Certain” punishment model shines in Hoquiam City Jail

The Hoquiam City Jail is doing well, and after being closed for almost 10 years it could become a showcase for the State Department of Corrections. About 2 years ago, their “Swift and Certain” punishment model needed a jail for quick arrests and convictions of parole violators, instead of lengthy jail and court times. “From the street level, anecdotally I can that I think it works. I think it’s holding people accountable in a way that wasn’t working with the duration it took to get probation violators through the court system.” Police Chief Jeff Myers reported to the city council last night, “now they are proposing to extend the contract, which expires this year, out to 2017 and give us a maximum per diam of $85 per day per inmate.” The city jail was closed for almost 10 years before Myers was able to re-open it part-time in 2012. Later that year partnering with the DOC, he said the contract saves ratepayers. “The citizens of Hoquiam receive a fulltime functioning city jail for about .20 cents on the dollar because of this DOC contract.” For that Myers thanked Hoquiam Senator Jim Hargrove “Senator Hargrove was the main sponsor, he continues to ‘kick’ the DOC when they need to be ‘kicked’ and make sure things move forward, he’s a big proponent of this.” The “Swift and Certain” model received national attention earlier this year when President Barack Obama announced he wants to expand on similar programs.

Hoquiam native performs for U.S. President Barack Obama in Belgium

Hoquiam native Kim Lively recently performed for President Barack Obama in Belgium. The singer with the SHAPE International Band tells us the White House asked for her by name to sing the

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Quinault Tribe challenges leadership, while leadership challenges U.S. President

QUINAULT, Wash. - The Quinault Indian Nation will vote on a recall of their President, Fawn Sharp and three other members of the tribal Business Committee next week. The tribe's newspaper the Nugguam, states that "A petition to recall Sharp, along with Vice President Andrew Mail, Treasurer Larry Ralston and Secretary Latosha Underwood was signed by at least fifty (50) qualified voters and filed with the Quinault Business Committee.
Tribal members who have spearheaded the vote cite issues with money, land, and legal management of the nation. The special general council meeting will be held in the Taholah School gymnasium for “Enrolled Quinault Tribal Members Only" on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.
 
Meanwhile Sharp plans to challenge U.S. President Barack Obama (and his administration) to keep his promises to American Indian Nations at his 5th annual meeting with hundreds of tribal leaders from across the country on November 13 in Washington D.C.. A press release from President Sharp said she will call for an intergovernmental dialogue to back up his often stated commitment to strengthen nation-to-nation relations.

Presidential Proclamation: September is National Preparedness Month

MONTESANO, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency would like to advise all citizens to become PRO-ACTIVE and prepare for the approaching fall and winter storm seasons. Essential preparation issues include:

1)     Obtain an All Hazard Weather Radio, program it to the proper frequency and change the batteries in it every time we change the clocks. (next time change is Nov. 1st)

 

2)    Sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System (You’ll receive a text message, phone call and an e-mail with information about any weather or disaster related issue)

 

3)    Find out where the closest shelter is located and practice moving to that shelter with your entire family.

 

4)    All members of your family should have a person to call outside of Grays Harbor County to inform of their situation in the event they are separated from your family during an emergency or weather situation.

 

5)    Prepare a GO-KIT backpack with:  ** These are minimal amounts **

a)      an AM/FM battery operated portable radio

b)    Flashlight

c)     1- 2 bottles of water for each person and for each pet in the household.

d)    Matches in a waterproof container (plastic bag)

e)     Snack bars for your family and a small plastic bag of food for each pet

f)      Pocket knife

g)     A sweatshirt or light jacket for each member

h)    Disposable rain poncho for each member of your family

i)       Hand warmer packets

j)       Package of sanitary wipes

 

For more information on becoming PRO-ACTIVE and to sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System, please go to the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management website at: http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp or call (360) 249-3911.