COPALIS CROSSING, Wash. – The fire district that covers Copalis Crossing in North Grays Harbor has signed a new contract with the city of Hoquiam for ambulance service, finalizing a deal to pay back-bills and maintain ALS service in the area.
Fire Commissioner Caroline Perry tells us the district appointed Rick Richers to the vacant commissioner’s seat this week, and with two passing levies; things are looking up for the volunteer fire department. Not a moment too soon either, they’ve suffered three break-ins and vandalism at one of their stations, and are still looking for volunteers, apply at their station 1617 Ocean Beach Rd, in Copalis Crossing.
In Elma, incumbent council Jim Taylor is loosing to Pat Miller, while David Blackett appears to be holding on to his seat. While in McCleary Mayor Gary Dent is leading for what will be his sixth term as mayor.
Fire District levies are getting support throughout the county, district 5 voters are approving a levy to purchase two new ambulances for East Grays Harbor, District 7 in Ocean City is approving an EMS levy. District 8 in Pacific Beach is passing a levy to purchase a new firetruck. District 16 in Copalis Crossing is passing two levies, one for EMS, the other for M and O.
District 14 in Ocosta is less than 1% away from the supermajority vote required to approve their EMS levy.
With just over 38% voter turnout in Grays Harbor, the next ballot count will be on Friday.
Statewide, initatives 517 and 522 both appear to be failing. 522, which seeks to label genetically modified foods, and 517 would add protections for signature gatherers.
Because of the state’s vote-by mail system, counties will be updating their numbers daily throughout the week, the election results will be certified on the 26th of November.
The expensive race for State Senator of the 26th Legeslative District is within 770 votes. Jan Angel leads over Nathan Schlicher 51 to 48% for the seat vacated when Derek Kilmer was elected to US Congress.
Pacific County reports 42% voter turnout, South Bend mayor Kirk Church’s attempt at a write-in campaign is loosing to Rose Struck.
HOQUIAM, Wash. – For the third time in about a year, a remote volunteer fire district has been broken into. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department investigated the break in at Fire Station 82 off of Powell Road (Hoquiam) Monday afternoon.
Investigators say the thieves apparently used a vehicle to smash open a garage door and steal numerous lifesaving items including firefighter gear and breathing apparatus. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us that due to the amount of damage to their building, and the extent of the loss, Fire District 16 closed the station Monday and Tuesday. Fire Commissioner Caroline Perry tells us they have since made repairs to the door and lighting and have reopened the station.
The items that had been reported stolen include: tools, flashlights, bolt cutters, fire fighter gear to include helmets, boots, pants, gloves, and several sets of breathing apparatus’.
Shumate said it should be noted that this district was broken into just over a year ago. The suspects in that case were eventually caught with the help of citizens. Anyone with information on this last burglary is asked to call the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department at 360-249-3711 or the dispatch center at 360-532-8765.
Fire District 16 in Copalis Crossing is accepting letters of interest for a vacant Fire Commissioners position. They will be reviewing them on the second Wednesday in November. The district covers Copalis Crossing and assists in the North beach area.
COPALIS CROSSING, Wash. – The fire district that covers Copalis Crossing has reached a deal with the City of Hoquiam to pay off back bills and restore ambulance service to the North Grays Harbor area.
Commissioners from district 16 met with Hoquiam officials and representatives from Senator Jim Hargrove’s office this week to iron out a payment plan for about $12-thousand owed. City Administrator Brian Shay tells us the arrangement should have them caught up within a year and a half. Shay commended the current leadership team of 16, and said that city staff are working on a new formal agreement to provide EMS service to the area.
Fire District 16 has two levies on the November ballot, one for EMS, and one for Fire.
OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – The Ocean Shores Police Department is investigating a traffic accident that resulted in a 23 year old Ocean Shores man being admitted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.
At approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday May 30th the 23 year old man was driven to the Ocean Shores Fire Department with severe head injuries. Investigation has found that the man was riding a skateboard and being towed by a car driven by a 20-year old Copalis Crossing man on the 300 block of Ensign Avenue. The man fell off of the skateboard resulting in serious head trauma. He was not wearing a helmet. After being transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. The investigation is still continuing.
ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor PUD is responding to a power outage impacting the North Beach area of Grays Harbor County including the Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City, Copalis Beach, Pacific Beach, Copalis Crossing, Moclips, Taholah, and Bernard Creek areas. The outage occurred at about 7:15pm.
A PUD service truck is patrolling the transmission line serving the area. No word yet on the cause of the outage or an expected restoration time.
During outages, Grays Harbor PUD is urging residents to use caution when operating portable generators and reminds customers that portable generators should NOT be plugged into a home electrical system (wall socket). This can "backfeed" electricity into our distribution lines and possibly injure one of our lineworkers or other field personnel. Connecting larger, or whole house, generators into a home electric system requires installation by a certified electrician who can install proper disconnect switches that isolate your home from our system when you want to operate your generator.