Aberdeen’s KAHS radio brings home Washington State High School Radio Awards

Aberdeen High School’s radio station, the KAHS 106.5FM, walked away with four individual state titles out of the twelve categories contested in the Washington State High School Radio Awards. The four state titles match the cumulative total of all the state titles that the KAHS have won since the beginning of the competition in 2008, and the first since 2010. Leading the Bobcats was Aberdeen Senior and four year KAHS staff member, Erika Nelson. Erika won two state titles, Best PSA Campaign and Best Commentary, and took third at state in Best Radio Image Pieces.


Also taking home a state titles were AHS Senior Kellen Schroeder and Bobcat Sophomore Erin Kuhn. Kellen took first in Best Individual Newscast, while Erin took first in Best PSA. Kellen and team mate, Stephanie Boone took third in Best Public Affairs Program. For the first time since the start of the competition, Aberdeen swept an entire category, placing first, second and third in the Best PSA campaign. Besides Erika Nelson’s first place finish, Dakota Mullikin and Bailee Green took second and third respectively. Dakota also placed third in Best Commentary.


For the third year in a row, The KAHS took second in Overall Excellence, tying with five time champion KNHC-FM, Nathan Hale High School. KMIH-FM, Mercer Island High School, won its first team title. Becoming only the second school, other than Nathan Hale, to win that honor. In 2012, KGHP-FM Peninsula High School took first.


Since 2008, the Washington State High School Radio Awards have connected high school students throughout the state with industry professionals, in a format that provides feedback, instruction and competition to promote the industry. The Washington State High School Radio Awards is the brain child of KGHP-FM General Manager and Instructor, Leland Smith.

Just a drill at Aberdeen High School today, “Every 32 Minutes”

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Emergency responders are all over Aberdeen High School today, some students are being medically evacuated, others’ bodies pulled from a wrecked car, others will be pronounced dead.  Others will read the obituaries of their best friends over the PA system, it’s all part of the “Every 32 Minutes” program taking place at the school today.
Susan Bradbury with the Grays Harbor “Target Zero” Traffic Safety Task Force tells KBKW “Every 32 minutes someone in the US is killed by an impaired driver. Today Aberdeen students will hear a dispatch report of a collision every 32 minutes over their PA system. A Grim Reaper will visit classrooms and pick out “victims,” who will will not interact with other students for the rest of the day. Students will also see a mock car crash with full paramedic response, as well as an investigation and arrest for driving while under the influence.

The event is presented by Grays Harbor’s Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force, Local police, and area schools. Bradbury tells us this will be the fifth year for this successful program on the harbor.Every 32 Minutes AHS 2012

Aberdeen High School spring musical “Aida” opens today

Tickets are now on sale for “Aida, the Musical” to be performed at Aberdeen High School Thursday to Sunday, May 1-4, under the direction of Tamara Helland and music director J.R. Lakey, and featuring hit songs by Elton John and Tim Rice.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students (18 and under). They are available through Aberdeen High School, Rosevear’s and Harbor Drug, or at the door.

The performances include two evening shows and two matinees. They are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, and Friday, May 2, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3 and May 4.

The cast includes:

Keola Holt as Aida

Kyle Brewer as Radames

Libby Carrico as Amneris

Justin Greco as Zoser

Autumn McGiveron as Mereb

Elizabeth Henderson as Nehebka

Colton Ball as Pharaoh

Garrett Tageant as Amonsaro

Megan West, Analei Holt, Elizabeth Henderson and Naomi Wolfenberger as the Amneris’ Ladies

Erin Kuhn, Nora Coffelt and Maggie Vincent as the Banquet Dancers

Michael Fagerstedt, Ryan Urvina, Colton Ball, Garrett Tageant, Gordon Shaw, Adam Nino and Collin Nicholson as Soldiers/Ministers

Naomi Wolfenberger, Megan West, Analei Holt, Erin Kuhn, Nora Coffelt, Maggie Vincent, Mairead Ost, Alex Scott, Emily Cushing, Emily May, Rachel Wiechelman, Olivia Nicholson, Brittany Bush, Hannah Palmer and Laura Galls as Nubian Women

Aida is the story of two young people whose imaginations bring a museum painting to life, revealing an ancient love story. It was first performed in 1871. It is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario often attributed to French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette.

Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida the Musical premiered on Broadway on March 23, 2000, and ran for 1,852 performances until September 5, 2004, and is one of the longest-running Broadway musicals.

The original Aida was first performed in 1871. It was an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario often attributed to French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. It’s the story of two young people whose imaginations bring a museum painting to life, revealing an ancient love story.

Aida  won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. The original Broadway cast recording also won  the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the song “Written in the Stars,” recorded and sung by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, reached No.2 on the Billboard in the U.S. music charts, and No.1 in Canada.

The cast is under the direction of Tamara Helland and music director J.R. Lakey.

Sponsors include the Aberdeen Rotary Club. For more information, contact Aberdeen High School at (360) 538-2040.

Public scoping begins on two proposals to export crude by rail

Over 120 attended the first of two public meetings last night to begin to shape Environmental Impact Statements being prepared for two companies that seek to export crude oil from Grays Harbor ports. Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp was one of the first to provide comment. “Quinault opposes oil in Grays Harbor. Fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants in Grays Harbor are central to the lives and culture of Quinault people. We oppose the sacrifice of our lives and culture for a few jobs.”
Government and business leaders politely waited alongside concerned citizens from throughout the county, as they filed into a chair at the front of the Commons area at Hoquiam High School and gave their 2 minute statements. Retired teacher Wes Brosnan noted “This track is in such terrible condition that it could be sabotaged by a clever 12 year old.”
Concerns ranged from catastrophic failure of the cars, or rail system, to increased overall traffic and emergency responses. Hoquiam business owner Garret Phillips added “I’m deeply concerned about the impacts of the proposed crude oil trains on traffic congestion in every community along the rail corridor, and the associated impacts to our economy, our health, and our public services.”
So where do the comments go from there? Brendan McFarland with the Department of Ecology says “We take the comments and start studying them, the next public phase is when we put out a draft Environmental Impact Statement and the public gets a chance to comment on that.
From there the Department of Ecology will make separate determinations on whether to permit the new, or increased petroleum exports at two sites in Hoquiam.
The second, and final scoping meeting for this phase will be held April 29th in Centralia High School Commons, 813 Eshom Road. You can submit your comments without getting in front of a big crowd, either online or by mail, for details visit http://ecy.wa.gov
Public comment is open through May 27th to determine what should be studied in Impact Statements being prepared for Westway Terminal Company and Imperium Renewables in Hoquiam. Though the proposals are separate, the agencies are holding a joint scoping comment period. All comments received will be considered for both proposals.

Quinault Indian Nation urges opposition to oil transport and shipment through Grays Harbor

The Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) is adamantly opposed to increased oil train traffic in Grays Harbor County, the construction of new oil terminals, increased oil shipping from the port of Grays Harbor and dredging of the Chehalis River estuary. “We oppose all of these for both economic and environmental reasons,” said Fawn Sharp, QIN President. “We ask the citizens, businesses and agencies from within the county and beyond to stand with us in opposing the intrusion of Big Oil into our region,” she said. “The small number of jobs this dirty industry brings with it are vastly outnumbered by the number of jobs connected with a healthy natural resources and a clean environment,” she said.

Fawn Sharp Quinault Indian Nation President“It is time for people from all walks of life to stand up for their quality of life, their children and their grandchildren. It makes no sense whatsoever to allow Big Oil to invade our region, especially with the volume they are proposing. We all have too much at stake to place ourselves square in the path of this onrushing deluge of pollution, to allow mile-long trains to divide our communities and jeopardize our air, land and waters,” she said.

“Consider the number of jobs that are dependent on health fish and wildlife. The birdlife in Grays Harbor alone attracts thousands of tourists every year. Fishing and clamming attract thousands more. And anyone who listens to Big Oil or their pawns when they tell us how safe the oil trains are, or the ships or even the oil terminals that are being proposed needs to pay closer attention. We have already had large quantities of fish and shellfish stolen from us through development of and damage to Grays Harbor and its tributaries and we are not accepting any more losses. We want restoration, not further damage,” she said.

“Derailments, crashes, spills and explosions are extremely dangerous and they happen with frightening regularity. The fact is that there will be accidents and there will be spills, and they will do extensive damage,” said Sharp.

Sharp said there is another fact of which people must be aware: “If we stand together, speak up and demand to be heard, we can make a difference. Our collective voice empowers us.”

U.S. Development Group is currently seeking permits to build an oil terminal on the Washington coast that could handle about 45,000 barrels of crude oil a day. The $80 million proposal at the Port of Grays Harbor is one of several in Washington that together would bring millions of barrels of oil by train from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana. About 17 million barrels of oil were shipped across Washington State last. That number is expected to triple this year. Grays Harbor is facing three separate crude-by-rail proposals. Westway Terminal Company, Imperium Terminal Services, and U.S. Development Group have each proposed projects that would ship tens of millions of barrels of crude oil through Grays Harbor each year. Daily trains more than a mile long would bring crude oil from North Dakota or tar sands crude oil from Alberta, Canada along the Chehalis River and into the port, where it would be stored in huge shoreline tanks. The crude would then be pumped onto oil tankers and barges, increasing at least four-fold the large vessel traffic in and out of the harbor.

Westway Terminal Company proposes five new storage tanks of 200,000 barrels each. Westway estimates it will receive 1.25 unit trains per day or 458 trains trips (loaded and unloaded) a year. The company estimates it will add 198-238 oil barge transits of Grays Harbor per year. “The chances are even those counts are very conservative,” said Sharp.

Imperium Terminal Services proposes nine new storage tanks of 80,000 barrels each. With a capacity to receive 78,000 barrels per day, Imperium may ship almost 28.5 million barrels of crude oil per year. Imperium estimates that the terminal would add 730 train trips annually, equaling two, 105-car trains (one loaded with oil on the way in, one empty on the way out) per day. The company estimates 400 ship/barge transits through Grays Harbor per year.

U.S. Development Group submitted its application in this crude-by-rail race early this month. It proposes eight storage tanks each capable of holding over 123,000 barrels of crude oil. The company anticipates receiving one loaded 120 tank car train every two days, and adding 90-120 Panamax-sized vessel transits through Grays Harbor per year.

“We are targeted by Big Oil,” said Sharp. “We will not allow them to turn our region into the greasy mess they have created in other regions. We care about our land and our water. We realize how important our natural resources are to our future and we’re not going to sit by and let them destroy what we have,” said Sharp.

Deborah Hersman, outgoing chair of the National Transportation Safety Board said on April 21 that U.S. communities are not prepared to respond to worst-case accidents involving trains carrying crude oil and ethanol. In her farewell address in Washington DC, she said regulators are behind the curve in addressing the transport of hazardous liquids by rail and that Federal regulations have not been revised to address the 440 percent increase in rail transport of crude oil and other flammables we have experienced since 2005. Hersman, who is leaving her post at NTSB April 25 to serve as president of the National Safety Council, said the petroleum industry and first responders don’t have provisions in place to address a worst-case scenario event involving a train carrying crude oil or ethanol.

Hershman added in her comments that the DOT-111 rail tank cars used to carry crude oil are not safe to carry hazardous liquids. She also said that NTSB is overwhelmed by the number of oil train accidents. At present, she said the NTSB is involved in more than 20 rail accident investigations but only has about 10 rail investigators.

“It makes absolutely no sense for us to allow our communities to be exposed to the same dangers that killed 47 people in Quebec this past summer. That tragedy was not an isolated incident. It could happen here, and there is absolutely no doubt that this increased oil traffic will cost us all in terms of both environmental and long term economic damage,” said Sharp.

“For the sake of our public safety, our long term economy, our streams, wetlands, fishing areas, shellfish beds, and migratory bird habitats, we will stand up to them. The Quinault Nation encourages everyone who cares about the future of our region to participate in the public hearings regarding the Westway and Imperium proposals being conducted at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 24 at Hoquiam High School and Tuesday, April 29 at Centralia High School. We further encourage letters and calls to the Department of Ecology, to local government and to the Governor. Now is the time for to speak out in support of the future of Grays Harbor and the Pacific Northwest!”

“We strongly encourage people to show up and make comments and submit written testimony at these hearings,” said Sharp. “A good turnout is a must,” she said. Following the hearing, written comments can be sent to Maia Bellon, Director of the Department of Ecology, at 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey, WA 98503-1274.

To join QIN in this effort, please email ProtectOurFuture@Quinault.org. “Together, we can protect the land and the water for our children, and rebuild a sustainable economy,” said Sharp.

Hoquiam School District grant puts $600,000 into repairs to 2 facilities

The Hoquiam School District will spend over $600-thousand on energy efficient and safety upgrades in the coming months. School Superintendent Mike Parker tells KBKW “Lincoln Elementary is going to get the bulk of the work. We’re going to put in brand new windows, new lighting in the multipurpose room. The High School [HVAC] system is going to get retrofitted. We’re going to put new parking lot lights out there [at the High School], as a way to increase safety and save energy.
The school board recently accepted a $200,000 energy efficiency grant from the state, the work is expected to be complete by the beginning of the coming school year.

David Quigg – Support formation of Grays Harbor Public Hospital District No. 2

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The GH Public Hospital District II Steering Committee will be holding it’s first series of Community Forums over the next two weeks!

Please attend to learn more and ask questions.

Monday April 21st – 6:30 to 7:30pm
Montesano City Hall

Tuesday April 22nd – 6:30 to 7:30pm
Hoquiam High School Student Center

Wednesday, April 23rd – 6:30 to 7:30pm
Aberdeen High School Commons

Friday, April 25th – 12:00 noon to 1pm
Grays Harbor Community Hospital – Conference Room C

Monday, April 28th – 6:30 to 7:30pm
North Beach High School Commons

Several local schools to receive Washington Achievement Award for 3-year growth

Hoquiam High School has received an award from the state for their growth in reading, School Superintendent Mike Parker says “Just recently I was notified that the High School is one of only 5% of schools across the state to receive a very prestigious Washington Achievement Award for the work that they’ve don in improving reading scores at the High School.”

Also being recognized for High Progress is Stevens Elementary in Aberdeen, and Beacon Avenue and Simpson Avenue elementary in Montesano.

Pacific Beach Elementary was recognized for both High Progress, and Math Growth, also recognized for their growth in Math was Cosmopolis Elementary and North River School.

The growth is measured by the State Superintendant’s office over a 3-year period. The schools will be recognized at a ceremony on Saturday April 24th in Olympia.

2013 Washington Achievement Awards

Three local students receive highest academic honor from State of Washington

OLYMPIA – Congratulations to local High School students Sadie Smith, Serena Ranney, and Carly Stauffer – their names were among a select few across the state to receive Washington’s highest academic honor announced by the Washington Student Achievement Council and Association of Washington School Principals

Three high school students – plus one alternate, from each of Washington’s 49 legislative districts receive the Washington Scholar award each year. From Shelton High School Serena was selected as an alternate for the 35th district, Carly as a scholar. Sadie is from Aberdeen High School, she was selected as an alternate for the 19th district.

The Washington Student Achievement Council and Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) announced the names of 196 high school seniors recognized as Washington Scholars or Washington Scholar Alternates for their outstanding accomplishments. The Washington Scholars recognition award represents the highest academic honor conferred by the State of Washington and is awarded to students who demonstrate the educational excellence and civic commitment so vital to the future of our state.

“Washington Scholars exemplify the best in student academic performance, commitment to rigorous standards, and personal accountability. This honor demonstrates that effort and academic discipline matter, and that setting and achieving learning goals is foundational to success,” said Student Achievement Council Executive Director Gene Sharratt.

Three high school students from each of Washington’s 49 legislative districts receive the Washington Scholar award each year, and an additional student from each district is designated as a Washington Scholar Alternate. You can find your district’s Washington Scholars and Alternate on the Council’s website.

The Student Achievement Council and AWSP collaboratively lead the process of selecting Washington Scholars. High school principals nominate candidates based on their cumulative grade point average and SAT/ACT scores, as well as leadership, community service, and other activities. Recipients are then selected by a committee of representatives from public and private high schools, state educational agencies, and public and private four-year colleges and universities.

“These awards not only highlight outstanding academic achievement, but they also recognize efforts in leadership and community service. These recipients represent well-rounded students who are poised to make positive contributions to our society,” said Gary Kipp, Executive Director of the Association of Washington School Principals.

In addition to recognizing the outstanding achievements of graduating seniors, the Washington Scholars program also encourages privately funded scholarship awards by non-state organizations. The program also stimulates recruitment of exemplary students to Washington public and independent colleges and universities.

Washington State High School Equestrian Team District #3 Meet

Come on down to the Fairgrounds this weekend to watch the Washington State High School Equestrian Team District #3 meet this Thursday through Sunday, April 17th-30th at 7am. Watch as they compete in 27 equine events including, performance, cows and gaming.


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