Raines leads on election night, along with Incumbent Democrats in 19th and 24th

Preliminary numbers for the November General Election are in, Elections Supervisor Katy Moore tells us with over 15,000 ballots counted so far, Grays Harbor County voter turnout is just over 41%. “We’re hoping to get to 18, or 19-thousand by the time that we certify the election, which is November 25th.”
With ballot drop boxes being returned Tuesday night, and some ballots still in the mail. Moore said the tightest race is for Grays Harbor County Prosecutor Katie Svoboda holds 620 more votes than Mike Spencer.

Vickie Raines holds a strong lead in the race for Grays Harbor County Commissioner “Right now Vickie Raines is currently in the lead with 8,577 to Keith Olson 5,817.”

Dan Lindgren is holding a strong lead over incumbent Rick Hole for the Grays Harbor County Assessors position, while Grays Harbor PUD incumbent Commissioner Russ Skolrood is leading over John Straka.

An Excess levy for ambulance Services in Fire District 17 that covers Humptulips/Axford Prairie appears to be passing.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer is leading over Marty McClendon, while incumbent Dean Takko leads over David Steenson, incumbent Brian Blake leads over Hugh Fleet, and incumbent Steve Tharinger leads over Thomas Greisamer

In Pacific County, they’re looking at closer to 51% voter turnout so far, incumbent Commissioner Lisa Ayers is leading over Michael Hess. Incumbent County Prosecutor David Burke is trailing challenger Mark McClain by over 1100 votes. and Incumbent PUD Commissioner Mike Swanson is holding on to a strong lead over Joe Basil. (BASE-UL)

Pacific County is also passing an EMS Ambulance fund.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler lead over Bob Dingethal, and incumbent South District Court Judge Douglas Goelz is leading over Nancy R. McAllister.

Fishing vessel crew saves 2 near Grays Harbor

The crew of a fishing vessel rescued two men from the water near buoy 24 in Grays Harbor, Washington, Sunday.

The men, one 72-year-old and one 53-year-old, both Tacoma residents, were safely transferred to a Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, and taken to the station where they were met by EMS personnel and treated for signs of hypothermia.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders received a call from the fishermen at 11:49 a.m. reporting that they had rescued two men from the water near the Grays Harbor South Jetty.

The two men were aboard their 16-foot boat when a wave reportedly capsized them and they were thrown into the water. They were estimated to have been floating at sea for four to five hours while an incoming tide helped carry them into Grays Harbor where they were eventually rescued.

“The help and watchful lookout by the fishermen saved two men today,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Zariczny, an operations specialist and search and rescue coordinator at Sector Columbia River. “The life jackets the two boaters were wearing were vital in their rescue. However, without the help of the fishing vessel crew, we may never have known they were out there and in trouble.”

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters to have essential safety equipment on board their vessel, including life jackets, flares, and most importantly a way to call for help in an emergency. Having a VHF marine radio to call for help, or to be carrying an emergency position indicating radio beacon, is essential for letting someone know you need help.

Both men were treated and released by EMS personnel.

The exact position of the sunken vessel is unknown. Mariners are encouraged to keep a safe lookout for any hazards as they transit in and out of Grays Harbor. There are no reports of pollution from the sunken vessel.

US Coast Guard stresses Pacific Northwest boat safety following Labor Day rescue

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to make smart decisions while operating in the Pacific Northwest following the rescue of eight people from an overloaded vessel that capsized near Bainbridge Island over the Labor Day weekend.

“Between the overloading of the vessel, the lack of lifejackets and a water temperature of less than 60 degrees, they are lucky to be alive,” said Daniel Shipman, director of boating safety for the Coast Guard 13th District. “It doesn’t matter how strong a swimmer you are; the shock of cold water immersion can instantly impair your motor function. A lifejacket may be the only ting keeping you afloat.”

A Coast Guard Station Seattle 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew and good Samaritan rescued seven adults, one child and a dog after their 12-foot skiff capsized in Eagle Harbor, Sunday.

Reportedly only the child was wearing a lifejacket and all eight people were in the water for at least 20 minutes prior to discovery by the good Samaritan. All the passengers were treated by EMS for mild hypothermia.

View the original press release about the rescue here: http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2233162/

Click on the text below to hear and download audio clips of the good Samaritan’s mayday call:

Sean Meek, a good Samaritan, issues a mayday call via VHF-FM channel 16 to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle to report a capsized vessel with multiple people in the water in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Wash., Aug. 31, 2014.

Seven adults, a 4-year-old child and a dog were in the water for more than 20 minutes after their 12-foot skiff capsized before Meek and his daughter, Grace, heard their cries for help.

U.S. Coast Guard audio courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle responds to a mayday call via VHF-FM channel 16 from Sean Meek, a good Samaritan reporting a capsized vessel with multiple people in the water in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Wash., Aug. 31, 2014.

A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle transferred the eight people and their dog to shore where they were treated by EMS for mild hypothermia.

U.S. Coast Guard audio courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

Sean Meek, a good Samaritan, counts people in the water in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Wash., while issuing a mayday call to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle via VHF-FM channel 16, Aug. 31, 2014. 

Officials believe the overloading of a 12-foot skiff contributed to the eight people and a dog being thrown from the vessel after it capsized around sunset.

U.S. Coast Guard audio courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound.

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.

Hoquiam Firefighters Union voices concerns over layoffs affecting community safety

Hoquiam Fire Fighters are Voicing their Concerns Over recent reductions in service. The city earlier this month laid off 4 firefighters, citing a decrease in ambulance billing and call volume. Local 315 Union President Doug Stankavich tells us recent policy changes have not only limited staffing, they are beginning to affect the departments ability to respond because the department cannot call in off duty firemen. The department issued the following press release yesterday.

The Hoquiam Fire Department, and more specifically its firefighters, have unfairly come under fire recently and it is time to set the record straight. The fact of the matter is the citizens of Hoquiam are not as safe as they used to be.

While all other city employees, both union and non-union, accepted a 1.5% raise beginning January 1, 2014, Hoquiam Fire Fighters have worked extremely hard on a contract proposal that will save the taxpayer money while maintaining all positions, including the four that have been irresponsibly laid off.

Hoquiam politicians cite a 10% reduction in revenue in the ambulance budget as the reason for the unwarranted layoffs, pointing to a decrease in call volume as the reason for the reduction. Hoquiam is no different than any other fire department in the nation in that call volumes have steadily increased over the last 10 years.

Through a series of press releases, the citizens of Hoquiam have been erroneously led to believe its fire fighters are refusing to go on calls. None of this is accurate. Fire fighters respond to ALL 911 calls and always treat every emergency with the care and attention that would be given to their own family members.

Due to policy changes even prior to these layoffs, fire fighter staffing has been dangerously and irresponsibly limited, affecting the city’s ability to provide the emergency response taxpayers are led to believe they are funding. These recent policy changes have affected the functional operation of our department and have put the citizens and our personnel at an increased risk. These policy changes assure no off duty personnel are called in to cover the city when our department responds to fire or EMS calls in any of the surrounding districts, while transporting non-emergent patients to and from the hospital for MRI services and while transporting airlift crews to and from the hospital to Bowerman Airfield. This leaves the city with only three personnel while the other fire fighters Hoquiam pays for are either out of the city or occupied with non-emergent tasks.

Hoquiam Fire Fighters have filed a grievance regarding these policy changes that, when resolved, will hopefully bring a better level of safety back to its citizens and firefighters. We are still negotiating and can deliver a significant savings to the budget while maintaining the current staffing levels. Also in the discussions is the possible consolidation with the City of Aberdeen Fire Department.

These reasons alone are enough to cause us to wonder why the layoffs were so urgent. There are plenty more questions to be asked of your Councilperson(s), Mayor and the City Administrator.

Coast Guard medevacs injured crewmember 30 miles west of Grays Harbor

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured crewmember from a fishing vessel 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Wash., received a medevac request on VHF-FM Channel 16 at approximately 7:13 p.m for a crewmember who had reportedly suffered a head injury aboard the Shirley R.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Grays Harbor and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria were launched to assist.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and began hoisting the man at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The crewmember was taken to the Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam, Wash., where he was transferred to awaiting EMS.

The man was taken by ambulance to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in stable condition.

Covered extension cords likely cause of living room fire in Aberdeen

An Aberdeen home suffered substantial damaged in the living room Saturday, where an overheated extension cord sparked a fire in the 1000 block of East Market. Captain Jr. Streifel said no one was injured, the fire was under control within 15 minutes, reported just after 3 Saturday afternoon.
A total of 17 firefighters responded, 2 engines, 1 ladder truck, 1 EMS, and 2 command vehicles responded. Streifel said damages estimated at about $22-thousand, included fire damage to the living room, and smoke damage throughout the house.

Awards and recognitions at January Mason County Sheriff’s Breakfast

The first of the monthly Sheriff’s Breakfasts for 2014 was held on Friday, January 31, 2014, at the Little Creek Casino. Over 90 public safety professionals gathered for this wonderful event, now in its seventh year.

Law Enforcement officials representing municipal, county, state and federal agencies, Fire/EMS officials representing city, county and regional districts, Public Health Officials, Retirees from different agencies, Community Group representatives from different neighborhoods and volunteers within the public safety/service field all enjoyed a breakfast buffet and meeting hosted by Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury.

1.Sheriff Casey Salisbury passing around the plastic bear to gather donations for the Polar Plunge
Sheriff Casey Salisbury passing around the plastic bear to gather donations for the Polar Plunge

First, Sheriff Salisbury advised all attendees about the 2014 Mason County Emergency Services Polar Bear Plunge, being held Saturday, February 1st, 2014, from 11 AM to 4 PM, at the Alderbrook Resort and Spa, Union, WA. Sheriff Salisbury then passed around a plastic container in the shape of a bear, requesting donations. He is going to jump into the icy water of the Hood Canal and all donations will go to support emergency services in Mason County.

Sheriff Salisbury also reminded everyone about the Grand Opening, Building Dedication, Open House and BBQ, celebrating the opening of the fully staffed Sheriff’s Office North Precinct in Belfair. This event will take place on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014, ribbon cutting at 11 AM and the open house from noon until 4 PM. Sheriff Salisbury introduced former Sheriff Steve Whybark who was in attendance, and announced that the new North Precinct will be dedicated as “The Sheriff Steve Whybark Public Safety Building”. This honor is due to all of the dedicated work that Sheriff Whybark coordinated as a Mason County Sheriff in order to establish a Sheriff Sub-Station in the north end of the county.

2.Sheriff Casey Salisbury on the left, awarding the 25 year service award to Deputy Sheriff Thurman Rankin on the right.
Sheriff Casey Salisbury on the left, awarding the 25 year service award to Deputy Sheriff Thurman Rankin on the right.

Sheriff Salisbury then called up Deputy Sheriff Thurman Rankin and awarded him a 25 year service award plaque. Deputy Rankin has worked for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office since January 29, 1989 and received the award for his dedication and service over the last 25 years.

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Coast Guard, Grays Harbor emergency response crews rescue injured surfer from jetty

WESTPORT, Wash. – A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria helicopter crew rescued an injured surfer from the Grays Harbor, Wash., south jetty Saturday.

The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center watchstanders received a request at 1:40 p.m. from Grays Harbor Police Department to assist in the safe evacuation of an injured surfer from the south jetty.

The surfer reportedly suffered multiple fractures and other injuries while surfing near the jetty.  A fellow surfer ran to shore to call for help, while other surfers assisted the injured man onto the jetty.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched from Air Station Astoria to assist in the rescue effort.  The helicopter crew was able to coordinate with personnel on the ground to safely hoist the injured surfer and transfer him to emergency medical crews at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor.
“The coordination between the helicopter crew and the rescue crews on the jetty was instrumental in the safe rescue of the surfer,” said Lt. Rob McCabe, the Jayhawk pilot. “Our thoughts are with the injured and his family, this was a tragic situation, and we hope he pulls through OK.”

The injured surfer was taken by local EMS to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. for further medical care.

Coast Guard rescues injured hiker in Olympic National Park

SEATTLE — A rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., rescued a 60-year-old male that reportedly suffered a broken ankle while hiking in Olympic National Park near Starbuck Mine, Wash., Sunday afternoon.

A member of the U.S. Forest Service, who was on-scene with the man and rendered first aid, requested Coast Guard assistance through the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

The aircrew launched from Port Angeles aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at about 3:50 p.m., and was able to safely hoist the injured man aboard. The aircrew transported the man back to Air Station Port Angeles, and transferred him in stable condition to waiting emergency medical services at about 5:30 p.m.

EMS transported the man to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.