Construction begins on East Hoquiam Fire Station

Pile Driving begins this week on the East Side Fire Station in Hoquiam. City Administrator Brian Shay said the project is funded through a $900,000 Community Development Block Grant from the

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Hoquiam awarded DOT grants to address street and sidewalk improvements

HOQUIAM, Wash – The City of Hoquiam has received two grants totaling $469,000 from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board to address street and sidewalk improvements in

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Hoqiuam city staff recognized for ICC certifications

HOQUIAM, Wash. - The city of Hoquiam has joined McCleary, and only a handful of other Washington municipalities congratulated this week by the International Code Council for having 100% Certified Staff.
City Administrator Brian Shay said "We appreciate the efforts of Mark Davis and Lon Howell who are making a difference building Hometown Hoquiam through nuisance abatement, code enforcement and building inspection/permitting services."

Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney Announces Plans to Run For Third Term

HOQUIAM, Wash. - Mayor Jack Durney announced today he plans to run for a third term, citing successes in his previous terms such as improving the city's economy, beautification projets, sidewalk repairs, undated infrastructure and improved public safety many key concerns that came out of Hometown Hoquiam meetings six years ago. Mayor Jack Durney said in a press release today "I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the people of Hoquiam and am sincerely grateful to the support of my wife Sue Ann and my kids Jennifer Hogarty and Patrick Durney and all of the other employees of Durney Insurance Agency.  Without their support I would not be able to serve.


I wear very proudly a button that says "We Try Harder in Hoquiam".  That defines our City of Hoquiam organization that I am so proud to lead as well as the citizens of Hoquiam who for over a century have been dedicated to taking care of their home town in so many way.  My parents and grandparents have given me a legacy of city buildings, parks, and facilities that they worked hard to build over the years and have entrusted to me .  With the continued help of our city family and the broader community as a whole, I will continue to work hard to keep that rich tradition alive as a gift to our children and grandchildren."


To view the complete release from the mayor's office, click the story title.

Santa Claus comes to Ken Schoenfeld Furniture

Saturday, December 18th Santa Claus comes to Ken Schoenfeld Furniture from 1 until 5!

Get your leg lamp raffle tickets while visiting with Santa



Shopping discounts all over Hoquiam all day long!  Shop Hometown Hoquiam for a relaxed, old fashioned bargain hunters paradise.


 Restaurants are offering great specials; The Golden Dragon is giving a free order of their new appetizer, Crab and Cream Cheese filled Won-Tons, with every dinner entree; The Oriole will give a free beverage ( soft drink, coffee, tea hot chocolate) with every meal, except the Bridge Closure Special, and at Los Arcos if you buy two dinners you get a free appetizer valued at up to $9.95


Ralphie Look-alike Contest winner wins an official replica of the Red Ryder BB Gun, so get your pink bunny suit out of the closet!


Have a good dinner in Hoquiam, then stroll over to the 7th Street Theater for A Christmas Story!


Movie: A Christmas Story (1983)

Location:7th Street Theatre

Time:7:30PM Saturday, December 18th

Hoquiam Farmers Market News – Warm Weather Edition

The heat is on!! Finally some real growing weather is here! Our garden responded immediately to the sunshine! The strawberries went from pink to red to deep red in the space of a few hours, developing a sweetness that shouts out ‘Summer’!
The Spooner Strawberries will be ripening faster than the pickers can harvest them. Our supply of strawberries arrives by 9:30 each morning, just in time for a mid morning snack.

Tomatoes adore hot weather, and our garden tables at the Farmers Market are crowded with huge, healthy tomato plants in need of a spot in a garden. We have big tomatoes, little tomatoes, yellow ones, heirlooms, beefsteak, you name a tomato variety and we have it! Some are even on sale now, just when you thought that there was no chance of tomato growing weather. In no time at all you can be harvesting your very own tomatoes, and you will be amazed at the sense of utter contentment that comes with serving something this luscious that you grew.

Downtown Hoquiam Historic Preservation Planning Workshop

The City of Hoquiam has received a $10,000 grant to conduct a study to determine the boundaries of a potential historic district in downtown. We have enlisted the help of BOLA Architecture to help us study this area. We are very excited about the amount of historic resources we have in downtown and believe this will be a beneficial project for property owners, as well as a boost to heritage tourism in our City. This is also an important next step in Hometown Hoquiam.

On April 22, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. we will be holding a planning meeting at the Polson Museum, and we would like to hear from you directly. This will be an upbeat, exciting meeting where we hope to learn more about the historic resources in downtown. If you have any information to share with the planning team, or would just like to learn more, please attend this important workshop.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to learn more or have questions, please contact Alissa Thurman at (360) 532-5700 ext. 211 or

City of Hoquiam Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing

The City of Hoquiam Planning Commission will wrap up the Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan update process with a Public Hearing scheduled for April 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. The Hoquiam Planning Commission invites the community to attend this important public hearing to consider the Draft Zoning Ordinance and amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.

The city recognizes that a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan and revised zoning ordinance is a much needed tool for implementing many of the recommendations received from citizens expressed during the Hometown Hoquiam workshops. Also, with substantial new development occurring on the horizon, Hoquiam needs the community to provide guidance in what they want to preserve or change regarding the physical design of our community to continue making Hoquiam such a special place to live.

The April 15th meeting wraps up the process that the Planning Commission has initiated to create an overall vision for the future development of Hoquiam. Citizens will have an opportunity to comment on the draft plan at the Public Hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the City Planner, 609 8th St., Hoquiam, WA 98550 and must be received by the City Planner no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2010. The draft is available for public review in the Public Works office at City Hall, and is also available online at

Hoquiam Farmers Market News – Concert Edition


This morning I had the delightful task of sharing really good news with my fellow Farmers Market vendors.  Thanks to you, our sales for the month of December were astoundingly high!  Ever since seeing this phenomena appear on my worksheet, my step has been a bit lighter, and I occasionally break into skipping.  Which made me curious about the state of Happiness.  I discovered that there is a Secret Society of Happy People, and yes, they have a website!  Which means that they have no intention at all of remaining secret, thank goodness.  And that makes me very happy.  
Turns out that there is much to be happy about this week if you are fortunate enough to live in Grays Harbor!  I’m still pinching myself about the absolutely fantastic Robert Cray concert last Saturday at the D & R Theater!  Hoquiam doesn’t want to appear to be competetive, but it jumps into the concert venue and historical theater arena in high style with a FREE (try and beat that!) evening of music this Saturday at 7:30pm. 

Hoquiam Business Association Appoints Executive Director

The Hoquiam Business Association announces the appointment of Barbara Bennett Parsons as the organizations executive director.  
The HBA was formed in 2008 and has become an increasingly active participant in guiding Hoquiam on the road to success and prosperity. 
The prime directive of the executive director will be to establish herself as the best friend of every business owner in Hoquiam.  Best friends share joys and concerns, celebrations and frustrations.  Hometown Hoquiam has the enormous advantage of being a small enough city that people know each other and have longstanding ties.  Many businesses have remained in the same family for generations, and new businesses are discovering the welcoming attitudes that prevail in our area’s ‘friendliest city’.