Candidate Filing Week wraps with 39 vying for 21 offices in Grays Harbor

Candidate filing week finished Friday afternoon with a total of 14 filing for the commission of the proposed hospital district. Elections Supervisor Katy Moore tells us the proposed district

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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

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County Commissioners shape proposed Public Hospital District #2, heads for August ballot

The Grays Harbor County Commissioners have accepted the proposed Public Hospital District’s boundaries, as it was presented by petition. With a “nay” vote from Commissioner

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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

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Commissioner asks would the non-voters please shut up

MONTESANO, Wash. - The latest ballot count at the county auditor's office shows few changes to election results expected to be certified on the 26th. Voter turnout for Grays Harbor is at 48.2% for the November General Election. Now that your ballots are in, Grays Harbor County Commissioner Frank Gordon has a sentiment he'd like to share "All of you out here that are bitching, unless you got a stamp on your hand or something that shows that you voted please shut up.
Gordon said on Coffeetalk yesterday "You people that sit and complain but don't get involved, you can mail it. If you have a problem on the next [election] call and I'll come and pick it up and mail the sucker for you. But you know our country will go down the tube if we don't have people involved.
The commissioner is expecting to take more heat in the coming months as the county faces a tough budget with support for an unpopular levy shift that could again move as much as a million from the county's road fund into their general fund. "We're going to try to take as little as possible, I know the mayors and stuff hate it. I hate shifting money from one fund to the other because then it cuts some of the work that the road fund can do, but we have to keep our offices open."
Commissioner Herb Welch has voted for the shift in the past, and each time said he would rather avoid it, Commissioner Wes Cormier is against the idea.

Grays Harbor County Commissioners eyeing levy shift again this year

MONTESANO, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County commissioners are staring down as much as a $1 million budget deficit, and they're not ruling out a levy shift again next year. County Commissioner Frank Gordon said this week "Unless we're going to go down to the casino and roll some dice I hate to say it but I can't see any way of getting away from shifting the road fund." Gordon wants to use the unpopular accounting gimmick again this year to shift as much as $1-million from the county's road fund into their general fund. "I will say whatever happens among us on voting for adjustments or changes we have, I don't have a problem taking the darn gone bullet if we have to do this.
Commissioner Wes Cormier said he's against it, and Commissioner Herb Welch, although he has voted for it in the past, said he wants to avoid the increase again -if possible.

County Auditor Vern Spatz diagnosed with cancer

MONTESANO, Wash. - Grays Harbor County's Auditor Vern Spatz will be taking some time off in the coming months, as he begins his fight with cancer. "So he's going to go into a treatment program, 7 weeks of Chemo, 7 weeks of radiation," County Commissioner Frank Gordon gave an update at their regular meeting on Monday.

Gordon said they'd been in a run of bad luck with some of their employees recently, Commissioner Herb Welch was again absent from the meeting yesterday, he's home now, recovering from heart problems found last month.