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Back by popular demand: extra patrols out in search of unbuckled and distracted drivers

WSP Emphasis Patrols

On the heels of the first-ever statewide distracted driving extra enforcement campaign, law enforcement officers will be out once again searching for not only unbuckled drivers but distracted drivers as part of the annual “Click it or Ticket” patrols.

In Grays Harbor County, during the recent distracted driving campaign which took place between April 10th and 15th, 47 cell phone and texting violations were written.

The “Handheld Cell Phone Use” law became a primary law in Washington in June 2010.  Prior to that law taking effect, on average, 700 drivers were cited for cell phone use per month statewide. After the law went into effect, the number of motorists cited for cell phone use increased and has stayed consistent at approximately 4,000 per month. This is without funding for extra enforcement!

Likewise, after the primary seat belt law took effect in June 2002 seat belt violations initially increased and then the seat belt use rate increased. This model of high visibility enforcement has proven to change behaviors and is now being applied to distracted driving. Texting and cell phone usage is aggravating to so many motorists and it remains a growing public health and traffic safety issue.

That is why between May 19 and June 1, motorists in Grays Harbor County can expect to see extra seat belt AND distracted driving patrols.

Last year, during this same time period, officers on extra patrols statewide issued 2,963 seat belt violations amongst the 11,666 motorists who were stopped.

Also last year during this time period, 1,897 cell phone and texting violations were written.  However, taking a historical look, in 2010, (when the primary law went into effect) only 63 drivers were cited statewide at this time.

In Grays Harbor County, the Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano and Ocean Shores Police Departments, Grays Harbor Communications, as well as the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol will be teaming up and participating in these extra patrols, with the support of the Grays Harbor Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force.

These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website, www.wtsc.wa.gov.

Candidate filing week begins with 21 openings in Grays Harbor


Candidate filing week begins today, and closes at 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014. Elections Supervisor Katy Moore tells us candidates wishing to file in person can do so at the Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office, 100 W Broadway, Suite 2, Montesano, WA. Mail in candidate declarations can also be sent to the above address. On-line, candidates can go to www.vote.wa.gov/graysharbor for a list of open offices and how to file.

There are 21 Offices up for election in Grays Harbor including Herb Welch’s County Commissioner seat, and Rus Sholrood’s PUD Commissioner seat, as well as County Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Coroner, Presecutor, Sheriff, Treasurer, 2 District Court Judges, and 4 Supreme Court Justice positions.
Also open for election is U.S. Rep Dereck Kilmer’s seat, along with State Reps Dean TakkKo Brian Blake, Kevin Van De Wege and Steve Tharinger.

Filing week closes at 4:30 p.m., Friday, the Primary is August 5, 2014. The General Election is November 4, 2014.

Grays Harbor County Coroner Dan Burns announces retirement

Grays Harbor County Coroner Dan Burns has announced he plans to retire, Burns said in a press release it would take effect June first.

After over 40 years of public service, including 25 years as a Washington State Patrol Trooper and over 15 years in the Coroner’s Office, with the last 5 years as the appointed Interim Coroner then as the elected Coroner.

His elected term expires this year, so the Democratic party will provide a list of three candidates to the county commissioners for an appointed replacement.
Candidate filing opens May 12th through the 16th for 10 offices in Grays Harbor County (21 total) including the vacant county prosecutor position, as well as Sheriff, Auditor, Assessor, Coroner, and Herb Welch’s seat on the County Commission.

“My decision to retire was made after discussions with family and friends and I decided that now is the right time to retire. My wife, Lorene and I are ready to spend more time with our children and four, soon to be five grandchildren.

It has been my pleasure to work with the dedicated and professional staff at the Coroner’s Office, the local funeral homes, the various law enforcement agencies, the numerous members of the medical community and the many other agencies and organizations that we deal with.

I would again like to thank the citizens of our county who elected me to serve as the Coroner. It has been a true privilege.”

Invenergy completes purchase of 620 Megawatt power plant in Grays Harbor

Invenergy Grays Harbor Plant

Invenergy Development Company, LLC announced the successful refinancing of its 620 MW Grays Harbor Energy Center (“Grays Harbor”), a natural gas-fueled power generation project in Elma, Washington.

The plant began commercial operations in 2008, approximately thirty miles west of Olympia, in Grays Harbor County. The facility consists of two gas-fired GE Frame 7FA combustion turbines and one GE steam turbine generator operating in combined-cycle mode with duct firing.

GE Energy Financial Services – through GE Capital Markets, Inc. acted as Book Runner and Joint Lead Arranger for the transaction. CoBank also served as Joint Lead Arranger. In addition, BNP Paribas and Union Bank are providing financing in connection with this transaction.

Invenergy Development Company LLC is a joint venture between Invenergy Thermal LLC, an affiliate of Invenergy LLC (“Invenergy”), and Stark Investments, a global alternative investment firm.

About Invenergy  – www.InvenergyLLC.com

Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation facilities in North America and Europe. Invenergy (invenergyllc.com) is committed to clean power alternatives and continued innovation in electricity generation. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 8,000 MW of clean energy projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including 65 wind, solar, and natural gas power facilities.

Applications being accepted for E. K. and Lillian F. Bishop Foundation scholarships

Grays Harbor College campus

Current college and graduate school students, living in Grays Harbor County are encouraged to seek financial assistance for their education by applying for the E. K. and Lillian F. Bishop Foundation scholarships. Applications are available through the on-line scholarship application program. The scholarship application program is located at www.ghc.edu/bishopscholarship. Applications must be submitted no later than July 9 and recipients will be announced by early August.

Started nearly 25 years ago by the Bishop Foundation, this scholarship fund is designated for students in their third or fourth years of accredited four-year college or universities, as well as for students in their first two years of accredited graduate schools.

Grays Harbor College manages funds for this scholarship program and Eric Potts is coordinating the program.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum cumulate grade point average of 3.0 (as of June 25) and reside in Grays Harbor County. Undergraduate applicants must be 22 years of age or younger as of June 25 in the year when the application is submitted; graduate applicants must be 24 years of age or younger by that date. In previous years, undergraduates were eligible to receive as much as $3,000 per year, while graduate students could receive as much as $5,000. Awards are paid directly to the student’s college to offset the cost of tuition, room, board and other fines.

Further information about the program is available by contacting Eric Potts at (360) 538-4121.

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Bishop Scholarship Program 
Mr. Eric Potts
c/o Grays Harbor College
1620 Edward P. Smith Drive
Aberdeen WA 98520

(360) 538-4121
or toll-free (in WA state) (800) 562-4830 
Fax: (360) 538-4299

Pacific Rim Arabian Horse Show at Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds

Do you like Arabian horses? Have you ever seen them perform? Get your tail to the Fairgrounds and see what all the hype is about, with the other Arabian horse enthusiasts. The Pacific Rim Arabian Horse Show will be Saturday, April 12th starting at 7am and Sunday, April 13th also starting at 7am. Exhibitors will be showing in Sport Horse, Working Hunter & Dressage. Admission is free to the public.


For more information, call the fair office at 360-482-2651 or check out our website at www.ghcfairgrounds.com.

Grays Harbor County Fair

P.O. Box 1229

Elma, WA  98541

All Hazard Weather Radios to be distributed at three locations in Grays Harbor later this month

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management

The Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Program of the Washington State Emergency Management Division and Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will be conducting All Hazard Weather Radio Programs at three locations this month.

Monday, April 14th Ocean Shores Public Library – 573 Point Brown Ave NW, Ocean Shores WA 98569 – 6:00 pm

Wednesday, April 16th Elma City Council Chambers – 202 W. Main Street, Elma WA, 98541 – 6:00 pm

Monday, April 28th – Aberdeen, St Andrews Episcopal Church — 400 E. 1stStreet. Aberdeen WA 98520  – 6:00 pm

All attendees will receive a 30 minute educational class on the hazards specific to Grays Harbor County such as: earthquake, floods, severe weather and tsunami. Following the class, all attendees will receive a FREE All Hazard Weather Radio which will be programmed as a group with Brynne Walker, the facilitator. (Only ONE Weather Radio Per Family) You must be a Grays Harbor Resident to receive the radio. All three events are open to everyone from the county.

Emerson Manor residents to return home next week

Emerson Manor Apartments in Hoquiam

Jerry Raines from the Housing Authority has announced that the displaced Emerson Manor tenants will be returning to their apartments Tuesday morning, March 18th. The nearly month long evacuation is ending.

On Thursday February 20th a fire and resulting water damage began a series of events leading to the evacuation of the entire building including nearly 60 tenants, the Senior Center, Anchor Bank, and two other stores, Trinkets & Treasures and Hoquiam Shear Artistry. Numerous response agencies, state and county assistance programs, the Red Cross, Grays Harbor County Public Health, the Faith Based Community, numerous animal foster families, the City of Hoquiam and Grays Harbor County began an unbelievable alliance to assist in the evacuation, housing and the provision of meals for the tenants.

Last Friday, the stores, including Anchor Bank and the Senior Center could re-open for business. Tuesday, the tenants will return. The alliance of groups and agencies will be assisting in the return of the tenants and their pets to the Emerson Manor.

The Housing Authority would like to thank the tenants and all support agencies for their assistance, understanding and patience during this event. The displaced tenants will be welcomed back home beginning at 10am on Tuesday. The Emerson Manor has been cleaned and buffed, wiped, walls painted, ductwork vacuumed, and the floors and living units impacted by the water damage have been repaired. Most of the final finishing touches will be completed by Monday.

All agencies associated with this alliance wish to thank the citizens of Grays Harbor County for their help, guidance and compassion throughout this event. It could not have been accomplished without your support.

Flood Watch issued March 07 at 4:01AM PST until March 07 at 6:00PM PST by NWS


From: Grays Harbor ATOM WX

Repair to line causes outage in Quinault, parts of Axford Prairie

By [email protected] (Ian Cope)

Grays Harbor PUD crews will repair a stretch of damaged line this evening, causing a brief power outage to over 1100 customers in the northwest area of Grays Harbor County. The outage will impact a portion of Axford Prairie, Quinault, the North and South shores of Lake Quinault, including the Quinault Lodge and the Kalaloch Lodge. The outage is expected to begin at 5:30 PM today and will last for about one hour.

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From: Grays Harbor PUD