Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. CEO Tim Gibbs resigns

Tim Gibbs, CEO of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc., tendered his resignation to the board at last night’s meeting, citing his need to be closer to his family in Kentucky.

“It has been a great privilege to lead this organization,” Gibbs said. “This is not a choice I made lightly, and I will miss Grays Harbor.”

Gibbs has been CEO of GGHI since it began in January of 2012; before that he was the executive director of the Grays Harbor Economic Development Council, which, along with the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce, formed the single organization.

Gibbs leaves GGHI in a position of strength, with growing membership and collaborative partnerships with local governments, businesses and non-profits.

“Tim’s work has set Greater Grays Harbor up for success. He has worked tirelessly, building relationships with so many partners for economic development in our area,” said Larry Kahl, Past Chair of the board and COO at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

Mike O’Dell, Board Chair, noted that last year the board underwent a strategic planning process, identifying goals for GGHI.

“We know what the challenges are that lie ahead, and we have a plan to meet those challenges,” O’Dell said. “Tim was a steady guide in the days when the merger was new, but now, we’re a mature organization that is equipped to go forward into the future, and that’s in no small part due to his leadership skills these first few years.”

At the meeting, the board formed a search committee to look for Gibbs’ replacement. The board agreed that it will be a nationwide search.

“Tim set a really high bar, and we want to find someone who can lead this organization and all of Grays Harbor,” said Donna Rosi, Vice Chair and General Manager at Grays Harbor Radio.

GGHI events and everyday operations will continue as usual, Kahl emphasized.

“Tim was a great find, and we’ll miss his talent and skills. He helped us move the bar forward, and left us in a better position than we were. He helped us become a better organization, combining a Chamber and and EDC into a financially strong organization with influence in the community ,” said Randy Ross, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer at Bank of the Pacific, and former Board Chair. “Although we are saddened by his departure, we know it’s the right thing for him. We’ve learned a lot from him. Now it’s time to move into the next chapter, and we will find someone who can move us to the next level.”

Broadcasting legend Rich Daneker passes away

The Friend of Those Who Want No Friends, Rich Daneker passed away at a Seattle Hospital Tuesday afternoon. The local radio legend began his 44 year career at KGHO in Hoquiam in the early 70’s, and was broadcasting up to his final years on the harbor.
His most recent home on the airwaves, Grays Harbor Radio, reports Rich started broadcasting at KXRO/KDUX, in 1982, where he most recently performed afternoon drive on KDUX and occasionally mornings on KXRO. Rich was also well known for his razor clam recipe, which is still featured on the Department of Fish and Wildlife website under Rich’s Broiled/Baked Razor Clams.

Cards of condolence can be sent to Harrison Family Mortuary in Aberdeen, who is handling the arrangements.

PUD Commissioners pick a new Community and Government Relations Director

The Grays Harbor PUD Commissioners have picked their new Community and Government Relations Director and they picked someone who has already excelled at both on the harbor, Ian Cope.
Cope said after his first meeting on that side of the table yesterday “It’s great to come back to the harbor, and I look forward to working with everyone here to do everything we can to let people know what’s happening with their power system, why things are happening, and why it’s important.
Former News Director for Grays Harbor Radio, and most recently Broadcast Coordinator for the Senate Democratic Caucus in Olympia, he said his experience spans the issues of public power. “I’ve seen a number of the committee hearings and heard a number of the bills go before those committees and seen how important they are and how passionate people are about it. There’s a lot of education that needs to take place, people need to know what’s being done here and I’m looking forward to being the person to do that.
Cope said he looks forward to working with his predecessor Liz Anderson, she also held both positions and now holds a similar position with the Washington PUD Association. Cope lives in Montesano, and never really left the airwaves – he announces high school sports on another radio station who’s name escapes me.

15th Annual United Way Gala a Success for Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

The 15th Annual United Way Gala was a huge success thanks to the support and generosity of the community.  There were well over the 300 people at the event. “The Gala raised over $75,000 for programs that reach thousands of people throughout Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties each year”, said Nora LeBlanc, Executive Director.  “We were honored to have so many special guests including President Fawn Sharp, Congressman Derek Kilmer and our speaker Coach Dana LeDuc.”


Every dollar that is raised is used for local people to help our children succeed and thrive, meet basic needs and ensure that people are safe. United Way invests in twenty-two programs that helps people as they strive for a better life.


“It was a fantastic turnout and we are so grateful to everyone that came to support United Way,” said Donna Rosi, President of the United Way Boards of Directors.  “And we want to thank all the sponsors of this year’s Gala, Presenting sponsors Rich Hartman’s Five Star Dealerships, Jodesha Broadcasting; Platinum Sponsor; The Quinault Indian Nation; Silver Sponsor, Timberland Bank and the table sponsors Coastal Women’s Health, Harbor Pacific, Westport Properties, Coca-Cola, Behavioral Health Resources, Comcast & Comcast Spotlight, Hanner Enterprises, Bank of the Pacific Real Estate Division, Masco Petroleum, Robert Torgerson, the Daily World, Grays Harbor Radio and Pasha Automotive.”


The annual Gala and Auction is the largest fundraising event for United Way. United Way of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties is funded solely through private donations from individuals, businesses and workplace campaigns.

United Way announces distributions sites for Coat & Blanket Drive

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Community Distribution Sites for the 2013 Coat & Blanket Drive by the United Way/Les Schwab will open on Nov 5. All locations will be open Tuesday, November 5th from 10 am – 3:00 pm. Families, children and individuals in need are welcome to go to the following locations to get a coat or blanket at no charge while supplies last. 


Harbor City Church

1700 Cherry Street


Hoquiam Library

420 7th St


Simpson School, RM #22

519 W Simpson Ave


Elma Senior Center

100 W Main St

Ocean Shores

Church of Latter Day Saints

228 Albatross St


South Beach Fire & EMS

170 W Spokane St


United Way is working directly with elementary schools in our area to deliver coats and new tennis shoes to  the demand is overwhelming as many children are wearing shoes that no longer fit or are so worn that their feet are getting soaked.  We are still looking to fill those school ‘wish lists’. We will need 200 children’s coats and almost 300 pairs of new children’s tennis shoes to meet the need.


Donations are being accepted until Oct 31, there are boxes at many participating merchants including all Les Schwab, Dennis Company, Anchor Bank and Timberland Bank locations, Jodesha Broadcasting, Grays Harbor Radio and the Daily World .

For more information or to make a cash donation call United Way at 360.532.6260

Chill, the Drill’s Over

  Grays Harbor County Emergency Management also  initiated the local Tsunami Warning Calling Tree to notify local jurisdictions along the coastal regions of an impending tsunami. Thank you to Grays Harbor 911 for activating the Calling Tree and to all agencies who participated.


   The Grays Harbor Notification System was also activated at 9am. Approximately 4200 text, e-mail and phone call messages were transmitted. The e-mail messages went out in under 1 minute. The text messages finished 8 minutes later. The phone messages began and we were given the option during the drill to speed up the calling. The goal of the system is to send complete notifications in e-mail, text and phone message formats in as quick a time period as possible. When the speed of the system for the phone messages was sped up, a glitch occurred and a 10-15 second delay appeared in the voice message on the phones. Once the issue began to present itself to Emergency Management, we immediately had Telecom Recovery return to the original speed. The glitch disappeared and the remaining calls were made without incident. Telecom Recovery is working to correct the issue. When Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is confident that the issue has been resolved, a similar County wide test will occur at that time.


   Similar tests done with the previous notification system took 5 hours to complete a 1000 person notification without texting capability. Telecom Recovery adds the dimension of texting along with e-mail and phone notification. Approximately 4000 people were contacted by phone, text and

 e-mail in just under 3 hours. Once the glitch is worked out with the system, notifications will be more efficient and faster than ever before.


   Grays Harbor County Emergency Management would like to give KUDOS to the citizens of Grays Harbor County for today’s exercises and drills. Grays Harbor 911 indicated that they had no increase in normal call volume during the drills!  Grays Harbor Radio, Jodesha Broadcasting, The Daily World and all local newspapers did a great job of getting the word out to the public about the drills. Thank you all for your cooperation, assistance and understanding.