Washington Primary Election deadline is today

Washington state voters this week will decide who advances to the general election in 10 congressional races including our 6th District, and dozens of legislative races including our 19th

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“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.

Reported drug house in Hoquiam shut down after complaints

Heavy foot and vehicle traffic reported at a suspected drug house turned up a few arrests for Hoquiam Police yesterday. Chief Jeff Myers tells us deputies from the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s

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Hoquiam police arrest couple sleeping in their car, recover drugs and gun

Hoquiam police found a couple of people passed out in their car, and recovered a firearm that may have been stolen recently from Aberdeen. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us just after 2 A.M

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“Swift and Certain” proves reliable for Hoquiam City Jail as they celebrate 1 year opening

The Hoquiam Police Department celebrated the one year anniversary of the reopening of the city jail yesterday, April 1, 2014, and Chief Jeff Myers tells us business is booming. “As long as we have the contract with the DOC I have no doubt that we will continue to operate. In fact what we really need to do at this point is expand because there was one point last week where we had 27 inmates – remember we’re only bunked for 14 male 4 female, we were out of mattresses and the DOC was trying to bring in 6 more, which they had to divert to other facilities outside Grays Harbor.
Celebrating with a cake is (left) Chief Jeff Myers, Deputy Chief Don Wertanen, Police Services Officer Jared Spaur and DOC Supervisor Dave Thomson who supervises the community corrections offices in Grays Harbor in Pacific Counties.  And for the record, the prisoners did not partake in the cake.
Celebrating with a cake is (left) Chief Jeff Myers, Deputy Chief Don Wertanen, Police Services Officer Jared Spaur and DOC Supervisor Dave Thomson who supervises the community corrections offices in Grays Harbor in Pacific Counties.
And for the record, the prisoners did not partake in the cake.

Under a contract to hold state probation violators, the city was able to reopen the city jail to full-time 24-7 operation.  Myers added that the swift and certain program appears to be working

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Man steals flashlight from fire truck at fireman’s funeral, “Not too bright” says Police Chief

A Hoquiam man stole a flashlight out of a fire truck over the weekend, during funeral services for a Fire District 16 firefighter. The convicted felon is well

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Search warrant turns up drugs, cash, and arrests for Mason County Special Operations Group

SHELTON, Wash. - The Mason County Sheriff's Office arrested two on drug charges, after serving a search warrant for the Department of Corrections on Wednesday. Detective William Adam tells us their Special Operations Group (SOG) along with law enforcement officers from the Squaxin Island Tribal Police Department and the WA State Department of Corrections (DOC), served a search warrant in the 100 block of Skookum Drive, which is located in the Timberlakes area of Mason County. Two subjects were taken into custody on new drug charges and booked into the Mason County Jail.  One of these individuals was already on supervision with the DOC for previous illegal drug convictions.   

Area doctor voices concerns over “meth-heads” in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Aberdeen's downtown homeless population is apparently migrating up the hill. That's according to Doctor Carey Martens, he told the city council at last night's meeting "I live up on Broadway Hill, we've seen a huge influx in terms of vagrants, meth-heads, every kind of undesirable that you see downtown - we've got up in our neighborhood."
KBKW On DemandThe Chief of Staff at Community Hospital said he's often asked questions as he recruits doctors to the area "And they're asking 'Doc Carey, where should we buy a house at?' Oh Wishkah is looking good, just come in and work - get the heck out of [Aberdeen] at night."
The doctor said he doesn't feel safe in his own driveway, and warned the council "I can practice medicine anywhere I want, and I chose to come here. People like me are not going to stay here for much longer, unless we get this place cleaned up."
City Councilwoman Kathy Hoder said she sees similar issues at her business "I pack a gun to work, and I keep it with me at all times." although her solution might not be for everybody.

U.S. House could vote this week on “Healthy Forests” bill to increase logging of federal forest lands

PORTLAND, Ore. - Legislation that would greatly increase logging on public land could be on the U.S. House floor by Friday.
Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Doc Hastings tells KBKW "The Healthy Forests Act would allow for more economic activity on federal timber land. After all federal timber lands were designed to be multiple use, but over the years - as you in Southwestern Washington know - timber harvests have declined."
HR 1526 would also exempt some timber sales from federal environmental laws that Hastings said have tightened the choker on logging. "Principally in the Northwest it's because of the Endangered Species Act - and the spotted owl specifically. But in other parts of the country it has been regulations and red tape that has essentially caused timber harvests nationwide in the last 30 years to decline by some %80. - more in the Northwest."
Opponents of the measure say it could bring back clear cutting, and would incentivize local jurisdictions to liquidate their forests.
Hastings said he expected bipartisan support for the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. If it passes the House floor, it would move to the Senate for review.