Pacific County Sheriff’s Marine Unit Assists Stranded Lacey Man

On April16th at approximately 5:30 PM, the Pacific County Communications Center received a call from a man that stated that he was stranded with his canoe and stuck in the mud. The caller reported that he was in the Palix River. The caller further advised that he had been returning from a day trip on the Palix River when he encountered swift winds and a decreasing tide.
The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office patrol vessel was launched and deputies searched the Palix River until they located the stranded man. Due to receding tides, deputies were forced to deploy rope to the stranded man stuck in the mud. The rope was secured to the canoe with the man in it and pulled to the Sheriff’s vessel. The man was somewhat wet but in otherwise good condition. The man and his canoe were transported back to the nearest boat launch and dropped off.

Craig Dublanko CCAP, and Joan Brewster Grays Harbor Public Health Department

Craig and Joan discuss campers living on private property along the Chehalis River in Aberdeen. Craig details “where we are now” with the city and the land owner. Joan details concerns for the health of the campers, and what the health department is looking for.

Joan talks about the county money set aside to address homelessness. Craig talks about some of the programs that CCAP has available to help those in need.

Satsop Business Park looking for “big business” to lease 300,000 square foot Turbine Building

If ‘big’ is your business, then the Satsop Business Park’s Turbine Building is the place for you.   The Turbine Building is now available for lease after being occupied the last five years by a tank manufacturing company.

How big is “big”?  The 300,000 square foot facility is well suited for heavy industrial/manufacturing including tank construction, aerospace and large component construction for industrial and energy projects.  The building features three stories with 11 cranes.  The top floor has two 250-ton cranes and the bottom floor has nine cranes ranging from five to ten tons.

Only 30 minutes from Olympia and the I-5 corridor, the Turbine Building at the Satsop Business Park is ready to serve your business’s needs with redundant electrical power, four separate fiber connections coming from different locations and various providers, water, and a newly constructed, state-of-the-art sewer system.

“The Turbine Building is a prime example of the unique infrastructure the Satsop Business Park has to offer to grow your business”, said Alissa Shay, Business Development Manager at Satsop Business Park.  “We are confident there are businesses out there that could benefit from what the Turbine Building has to offer.”

atson Business Park - Turbine Building

The structure is distinctive in that it was originally designed to house steam turbine generators for the twin nuclear plants that were never finished.  With ten acres of laydown area, there is plenty of room for storage and parking.  Additionally, there are 14,300 square feet of flexible office space including cubicles, a kitchen and conference room.

For more information on what the turbine building has to offer, visit

Business Park, a facility of the Port of Grays Harbor, is less than 2 hours southwest of Seattle and 2 hours north of Portland.  Located in scenic Grays Harbor County in Elma, Washington, the 1,800 acre mixed-use business and industrial park is approximately 30 minutes from Olympia and the I-5 Corridor. A part of the Grays Harbor Innovation Partnership Zone, it is home to more than 30 businesses, offers 600 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure, surrounded by 1,200 acres of sustainable managed forestland.

Raid on suspected drug house in Ocean Shores nets three arrests

Serving a search warrant last week on a suspected drug house in Ocean Shores netted 3 arrests. Police Chief Mike Styner tells us On Thursday, April 9th, Officers from the Ocean Shores Police Department, the Hoquiam Police Department and Deputies from the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant on a suspected drug house in the 800 block of San Antonio Court NE in Ocean Shores.

During a search of the premises narcotics, paraphernalia, and packaging materials were located and seized. A vehicle belonging to the resident was seized. The 48 year old female resident was arrested and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act and two outstanding warrants.

A 31 year old transient male found inside the residence was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Grays Harbor County jail. In addition, a 27 year old Ocean Shores man was arrested and booked into the Hoquiam Jail for outstanding warrants out of Department of Corrections and the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Mayor of Olympia to speak at Grays Harbor College

City of Olympia’s Mayor Stephen Buxbaum will speak about Civic Engagement in a Time of Rapid Change at Grays Harbor College on Saturday, April 18, starting at 1 p.m. Buxbaum will be speaking to the “Health From the Inside Out” class, which is part of the Evergreen State College’s Grays Harbor program. Members of the public are welcome.
Buxbaum will be using examples from his more than 30 years of work in community and economic development to speak about ways that individuals and communities are rising to the challenge of climate change.

“Social, economic and environmental challenges are coming at us simultaneously and very rapidly” Buxbaum says. He believes that issues such as food and energy policy need to be addressed at a community and individual level if we are going to successfully meet these challenges.

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Joan Brewster – Director, Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services

The health of our community, and what the Public Health Department does to improve that. Joan also talks about Tobacco, and Marijuana use locally. This year’s numbers show a slight decrease for tobacco use. Are “E-cigarettes” off-setting those numbers?

Substance abuse and mental health issues in Grays Harbor youth.

Joan Brewster
(360) 500-4062

Interrupted burglar hides in woods near home off of Wishkah Road

An interrupted burglary turned into a brief man hunt off of the Wishkah Road this morning. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us the 911 enter received a call from a home on Hay Road in Aberdeen about an interrupted burglary just before 8 this morning. This location is off of the Wishkah Road near the Wynoochee-Wishkah Cutoff Road. The resident reported hearing someone in their home as the resident was upstairs. When the resident went downstairs, they noticed a subject run off toward the neighbors field with what appeared to be a black plastic bag full of something.

Several deputies responded and contained the area. Deputy Tracy Gay and his K-9 partner Max were called out and arrived at approximately 8:50 am. Shortly thereafter, they started tracking in the direction that the resident had seen the suspect run. At approximately 9:06 am, Max located the suspect in a brushy area and the person was taken into custody. The suspect received minor injuries from being contacted by Max. Stolen items were located nearby that came from the residence. The suspect was identified as a 29 year old Aberdeen man. The subject is known to law enforcement and does have prior criminal offenses. At the time of this release, deputies were on scene conducting the investigation of the burglary. The suspect was being transported to the hospital by deputies to be cleared for incarceration. He should be booked into the county jail later today for Residential Burglary.

Despondent man talked into mental care, as Hoquiam police seize his pistol

Just before 2 A.M. Thursday morning, officers responded to a possible suicidal subject in the area of 31st Street and Sumner Avenue.
Officers had earlier attempted to locate the 31-year old Cosmopolis man at a local motel to no avail. The man had made threats to harm himself via text to family members; Family members reported finding the man on the street where they tried to detain him until the police arrived.
As Sgt. Salstrom arrived in the area, the man fled down an alley on foot. Sgt. Salstrom was able to overtake the man and start a conversation regarding his thoughts to harm himself. Sgt. Salstrom was able to convince the man to be voluntarily transported to Community Hospital to talk to a Mental Health Professional.
Family members were concerned the man had been in possession of an old derringer-style pistol he may have been carrying inside a backpack earlier in the day. He did not have the backpack at the time he was contacted by Sgt. Salstrom.
Officer Grossi checked the alley and located an abandoned backpack as described. He located items inside the backpack which appeared to belong to the despondent man, as well as a pistol with ammunition.

Hoquiam Seized Weapon
The firearm was seized as evidence as the man is a respondent in a domestic violence no-contact protection order from Cosmopolis whereby he is prohibited from possessing a firearm. The man was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation; the case for unlawful possession of a firearm will be forwarded to the Grays Harbor County Prosecutor’s Office for charges.

Wes Cormier – Grays Harbor County Commissioner District No. 1

Housing for the homeless, and the “homeless fund” at the County. Wes also talks about the benefits of a diverse board of commissioners.

Each Commissioner is bringing their own budget to the table on April 20th.

Changes Made to Earthquake and Tsunami Planning since the 2011 disaster in Japan

Last month, the anniversaries of the March 27th 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami, (M 9.2, which impacted Grays Harbor County), and the March 27th 2011 Japanese “Tohoku” Earthquake and Tsunami, (M9.0), passed without much fanfare.  I contacted John Schelling, the Earthquake/Tsunami/Volcano Programs Manager at Washington Emergency Management Division to ask the question, “Have any changes been made to U.S. and/or Washington State planning since the Japanese earthquake and tsunami?” His response is below.



Four years has elapsed since the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, I was wondering if any significant changes have been made to any U.S. planning, (or worldwide planning)?  One significant change in Washington State and Grays Harbor County, is the Ocosta School District Elementary School Project where they are building the first vertical evacuation, tsunami engineered, safe haven building in North America, but have there been any other changes?



The short answer is yes, there has been a lot that has changed. Here are a few…


Lesson from Japan: Plan for the right hazard. Japan planned for a smaller M8.2 event…and then had a 9.

In Washington: Fortunately, our paleo tsunami and ghost forest history has shown that we have had to worry about a 9.0 as well as smaller events. However, science is not a static process and new research should give way to updated hazard assessment. We have been re-examining the tsunami hazard from Cascadia and updating the coastal hazard assessments using an earthquake that generates a greater amount of slip, which makes a bigger tsunami.


Lesson from Japan: Vertical evacuation can save thousands of lives…if they are high enough

In Washington: We conducted site-specific hazard assessments for current sites proposed for vertical evacuation using a larger scenario and added additional factors of safety to account for uncertainty.


Lesson from Japan: Don’t rely on your technical warning systems to alert people as there may be issues in getting an accurate warning out before the telecommunications infrastructure is impaired.

In Washington and the US: We continue to educate coastal populations on natural warning signs of a tsunami and recommendation evacuation when people feel the ground shake. The technological system is there as a secondary source of information, if it’s available.


Lesson from Japan: Global Positioning Systems, (GPS) can help identify BIG earthquakes more quickly than traditional seismometers.

In Washington and the US: There are discussions moving forward about how to integrate GPS data into the traditional seismometer-based warning network. Additionally, Washington State is home to one of the larger GPS networks, the Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA), which is run out of Central Washington University. For more information on PANGA go to:


Lesson from Japan event here in Washington: Limited English Proficiency communities may be unaware of tsunami hazard zones, tsunami warning sirens, and tsunami evacuation maps/routes given evacuations in Grays Harbor County to a local hospital

In Washington: The State Tsunami Program, in conjunction with state and local partners, including Grays Harbor County, has begun to develop a series of products and outreach materials, such as Public Service Announcements, (PSAs), in Spanish to more effectively educate local coastal populations.