• Former councilman wins posthumously, Transit tax finishes with over 70% support

    MONTESANO, Wash. – With results certified at the county auditor’s office, Voter turnout for Grays Harbor finished at 48.35% for the November General Election.
    In Aberdeen, Incumbent city councilman John Smith trails to Tawni Andrews by 9 votes, while incumbent Alice Phelps leads over Roberta Myers by 42. The memory of John Erak holds 26 more votes than appointed incumbent Alan Richrod. Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson explained to council this week “The fifth ward will have a vacancy, we will take letters from candidates, and on the December 11th council meeting we will have interviews and vote that night.
    On the Hoquiam side, Richard Pennant leads by 8 votes over incumbent council John Weidl and Denise Anderson leads by 44 votes over incumbent Brenda Carlstrom.
    Incumbent Port Commissioner Chuck Caldwell finished with over %70 of the vote, as did a vote to support the Grays Harbor Transit Authority with a sales tax increase.
    Election results are available online at http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/graysharbor/
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  • Grays Harbor voters supporting local levies, Transit, in November General election

    MONTESANO, Wash. – Grays Harbor voters have shown strong support for a sales tax increase for Grays Harbor Transit to upright an $800-thousand budget deficit, and for incumbent Port Commissioner Chuck Caldwell. The Grays Harbor County Auditor’s office reports just over 38% voter turnout. With more ballots to be counted results will be certified on November 26th.

    In Aberdeen, incumbent councils Denny Lawrence and Kathy Hoder both have strong leads, Alice Phelps leads with closer to 56%, South side incumbent John Smith is trailing by 11 votes to challenger Tawni Andrews.
    Recently appointed Alan Richrod is loosing to the familiar name of the late John Erak, Richrod was appointed in June, after Erak passed away. If Erak wins the election posthumously , the council will have to appoint someone.

    Toppling incumbents In Hoquiam, challenger Richard Pennant leads by 9 votes over councilman John Weidl, Denise Anderson leads over incumbent Brenda Carlstrom, but Councilman Greg Grun holds a strong lead to keep his seat.

    In Westport, challenger Rob Bearden is toppling councilwoman Desiree Dodson.

    In Ocean Shores, Jackie Farra retains her seat, while Gordon Broadbent leads for the position 7 seat vacated by Ed Engel.

    As we reported in August, the vote to support a .01% sales tax increase for the Grays Harbor Transit Authority will NOT restore weekend service to the area immediately. 

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  • Grays Harbor Transit adds runs for park and ride college students

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor College students are being encouraged to park and ride when classes begin at the Aberdeen campus on Monday (9/23). Jane Goldberg with the college tells us due to on-going construction activities, access to some parking areas of the upper campus is limited and students will be directed to the lower parking areas.

    Working with Grays Harbor Transit, regularly scheduled transit buses will add two new bus stops in the lower parking area and shuttle students up to the upper campus and back for free. Students will need to show their GHC student ID when boarding the shuttle.

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  • Sword-wielding man caught on camera threatening bus patron in Aberdeen

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Police are searching for a sword-wielding 23 year old man from Port Angeles, after he threatened a patron at the Grays Harbor Transit mall in Aberdeen Tuesday afternoon.
    Police Captain John Green tells us they were called to the Park and Ride at 320 E. Wishkah St to the report of unlawful display of a weapon just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. 
    A 37 year old Westport man told officers that when he tried to tell a group of people that they were parked in the “bus only” lot, one of the men in the car charged him with the sword. Green said surveillance video confirmed the report, and the suspects fled in a white car.

    The Aberdeen Police have been in contact with the suspect and the investigation is continuing.

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