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Car accident injures two after passenger grabs steering wheel

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Two teenagers were injured over the weekend after a passenger apparently grabbed the steering wheel and sent their car into a tree off of State Route 12 just East of Montesano.

The Washington State Patrol reports four teens were transported from the scene total, two as a precaution, just before 10:30 Saturday morning. Three of the teens were transported to Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma, the fourth to Grays Harbor Community in Aberdeen. They were all wearing their seatbelts and no drugs or alcohol were suspected. A cause, and any charges stemming from the accident remain under investigation.

Financial relief soon to come for small rural hospitals

Olympia — An important step was taken in Olympia on Monday to ensure small rural hospitals are able to serve their communities for generations to come, thanks to legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam and Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond.

Senate Bill 5859 creates a classification for certain rural hospitals in order to align state Medicaid reimbursement rates with Federal Medicare compensation rates, providing these hospitals much-needed financial relief from the hardship caused by the Great Recession.

Rural hospitals have been especially hit hard by the recession, and more and more patients who visit them rely on Medicaid and Medicare to cover their costs. The reimbursements received by these hospitals are often less than the cost for services provided.

“The primary role of the Legislature is to provide protection for our community, elderly and our most needy citizens,” said Hatfield. “Without these community hospitals, our most vulnerable citizens would have nowhere to go.”

Hargrove and Hatfield are intensely familiar with this issue; both Grays Harbor Community Hospital and Olympia Medical Center in Port Angeles are located near or within the borders of their districts. Grays Harbor Community Hospital receives 72 percent of its general revenue from Medicaid or other government programs. In order for Grays Harbor Community Hospital to qualify for matching Medicaid funds it would need to become a public hospital.

Hargrove noted that in response to the growing costs, many small rural hospitals have been forced to make difficult cuts, adding that doctors and nurses are already stretched thin, many of them performing duties outside of the scope of their job duties.

“By moving this legislation forward, we not only ensure our citizens will have access to a quality hospital, we also retain jobs,” Hargrove said. “There are nearly 650 people working at Grays Harbor Hospital. These are good, middle-class wage jobs; we need to protect these people and keep them working.”

UPDATE: Aberdeen man found shot could be involved in Elma investigation

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UPDATE: Police say they now believe a man found on Simpson Avenue with a gunshot wound last weekend was involved in an Elma shooting, and was not shot in Aberdeen. The 29 year old told police last weekend that he was walking on Simpson Avenue when he heard a pop sound and found that he was shot. Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently investigating a shooting incident in Elma earlier that day.

Police are investigating after a man was apparently shot while walking on Simpson avenue Saturday morning. Det. Weiss tells us they were called just before 6 Saturday morning. A 29 year old Aberdeen man said that while he was walking in the 2000 block of Simpson, near the 7-11, he heard a “pop” sound and realized that he had been shot. The man did not report seeing anyone in the area, he was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Weiss at the Aberdeen Police Department (360) 533-3180 or the Tip-Line at (360) 538-4450.

Aberdeen police seek shooting suspect

Aberdeen, WA Police

Aberdeen police are searching for a shooting suspect after finding his victim at the local hospital. Police Captain John Green tells us just before 9 P.M. Friday, they were called to the area of 2nd. and C St. on a report of shots being fired. Officers were told that residents in the area heard gun shots. They then saw numerous subjects flee the area on foot and in cars. Evidence of a gun being fired was located in the area.

On 1/31/14 at about 9:35 P.M. Aberdeen Officers received information that a 19 year old male had arrived at Grays Harbor Community Hospital with a apparent gun shot wound to his leg.

Aberdeen Officers were told by the victim that he was walking in the 800 block of E. 2nd with two other persons. He said that the suspect came out of a house and words were exchanged. The victim told the Investigating Police Officers that the suspect displayed a firearm and that he was then shot in the leg.

The suspect and victim fled the location with the victim eventually arriving at the hospital.

The suspect was identified but has not been located at this time. The investigation is continuing.

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.

Police seek hit and run suspect after skateboarder struck in Aberdeen

The Aberdeen Police department is searching for a hit and run suspect after a man was struck while skateboarding on Wishkah street Friday afternoon. Captain John Green tells us at about 6:20 P.M. they were called to the 900 Block of West Wishkah Street on the report of a vehicle vs. skateboarder collision. The responding officer found a 17 year old male on the ground who was conscious and alert. Aberdeen Fire Department crews were called to the scene as the man complained of leg pain due to being struck by a car.
Investigating officers were told that the victim was riding a skateboard down the street when a car driving on the road struck the victim, knocking him to the ground. According to witnesses the victim may have been in the road when struck.
Officers were told that the driver of the striking vehicle returned to the scene and allegedly made a statement about not seeing the victim. The officers were told that that the man then fled the location before they arrived. The vehicle was described as a silver or gray Ford Mustang, boxy back end, with a headlight out.
The suspect was described as a male subject with a scruffy beard, wearing a baseball style hat at the time. Green said the victim was treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital for abrasions and contusions.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Aberdeen Police Department at 360-533-3180.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation announces Nonprofit Plan Builders Program

Developed by Washington Nonprofits and supported by Grays Harbor Community Foundation, Plan Builders addresses the need for small nonprofit organizations to develop plans that guide their work. In the 2012-2013 nonprofit survey administered by Washington Nonprofits, only 24-percent of organizations taking the survey statewide stated that they have a strategic plan, and 51% said that they have a budget. Grays Harbor most likely reflects the statewide reality that most nonprofits are small and stand to benefit from a focus on plan building for long-term impact. “This program is so timely because it is in perfect alignment to the needs we hear our local nonprofits sharing with us. Plan Builders is a way to efficiently bring resources to our community so that they can continue to grow and do the wonderful work they do every day,” said GHCF Program Officer Cassie Lentz.

Plan Builders is accepting applications between now and September 3, 2013. The program begins in late September and runs through January 2014. Applications are available through the Foundation.

About Grays Harbor Community Foundation
Since 1994, Grays Harbor Community Foundation has worked to improve the quality of life in all communities throughout Grays Harbor County. It works to build the capacity of local nonprofit organizations through its nonprofit forum and targeted funding. http://www.gh-cf.org

About Washington Nonprofits
Washington Nonprofits is Washington’s state association for nonprofits. Its mission is to build a strong, collaborative network of nonprofits serving Washington communities through advocacy, education and capacity building. It implements programs that raise the knowledge, skill, and connections of nonprofits within communities and the sector as a whole. http://www.washingtonnonprofits.org.

To learn more about Plan Builders in Grays Harbor, please contact:

Cassie Lentz, Program Officer
705 J Street, Hoquiam WA 98550
Office: (360)532-1600
Fax: (360)532-8111
[email protected]

Community Foundation awards $75,840 in Discretionary Grants and $38,000 in After School Program Fund Grants

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was also able to award $38,000 to five After School Programs here on the Harbor through a designated fund set up specifically for that benefit. Supported programs included: Central Park School, Hoquiam School District for the Hoquiam Middle School, McCleary School District, Montesano Community Outreach, and YMCA of Grays Harbor for Harbor After School Program sites in Elma and McCleary.


Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.


Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550

You may find out more by checking the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  [email protected].

Witnesses say Aberdeen accident may have started with medical incident

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A collision blocked the Westbound lanes of traffic on Wishkah Street for about 30 minutes in Aberdeen yesterday morning. Police were directing traffic at the Wal-Mart intersection for almost an hour while crews worked to remove a 2013 Chevy truck.

Police Captain John Green tells us it appears that a 1986 Acura crossed the centerline at Newell street and collided with a 2013 Chevy Pickup. Witnesses told officers that the woman may have suffered some sort of medical complication just prior to the collision.
The 55 year old Aberdeen man in the truck was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital, the 27 year Elma woman did not report any injuries.
Green said the collision is under investigation.