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Hoquiam council splits again, fails to pass marijuana ordinance

We try harder in Hoquiam
The city of Hoquiam last night failed to pass a proposed zoning ordinance that would have allowed marijuana sales and production in some areas. City Councilman Darrin Moir was among the 6 that voted against it “for the amount of enforcement issues that the police department may or may not have to run into, the money’s just not there. Saying we’re open for business is completely false, there’s no benefit financially to the city.” To which one citizen replied during the public comment period “You may not get any money out of it now, but if you open up a business it may bring in another family, sells another house, money will come in. Everybody thinks marijuana smokers are a bunch of couch potatoes, ya know munchies? There’s money to be made.”
City councilman Ben Winkleman pointed out prior to his vote “for” the ordinance; “I don’t know how that’s representing the people that elect you. With 60% of those people that went out and voiced their opinion for and against making it legal for us to just ban it…”
The council split the same as the previous vote 6-6, with councils John Pellegrini, Kay Diehm, Greg Grund, Paul McMillan, Darrin Moir and Bill Nelson voting down recreational marijuana businesses in Hoquiam.

Annual cable inspections will close Riverside Bridge in Hoquiam periodically Friday

Simpson Avenue Bridge Hoquiam, WA

Crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation will be performing their annual cable inspection of the Riverside Bridge in Hoquiam today. The inspections require traffic to be stopped intermittently throughout the day lasting about 15 minutes at a time. Crews will be monitoring traffic and adjusting their schedule to minimize impacts.


UPDATE: Sorry Chief…. Tips sought after child reports man asking her to get in a vehicle while walking to school

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Aberdeen and Hoquiam Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a possible luring suspect who followed a girl with his truck across Myrtle street Wednesday.
Hoquiam Sgt. Jeff Salstrom tells us at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aberdeen Police officers were dispatched to contact a 13 year old girl who advised she was walking to school and had been contacted by a male subject in a vehicle who offered her a ride and then later was seen watching her.

The 13 year old said she was walking to catch her bus at about 7:15 a.m. in the alley near the Washington State Patrol office in Hoquiam. A white male subject in his 30’s, driving what was described as a light brown “smaller” Toyota pick-up with a silver colored rear bumper pulled up alongside of her. She said the male asked her if she wanted a ride and when she declined, became more insistent and asked “are you sure?” When she again said “no” the subject drove towards Simpson Avenue.

The girl missed her bus and was returning home. She then noticed the vehicle and the male subject parked in the lot of Grocery Outlet watching her. She continued home without further incident. Unfortunately it was nearly 11 hours before this incident was reported to police.

The male subject is described as being white, in his 30’s, with short brown hair, clean shaven, with crooked teeth.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Grays Harbor 911 center at (360) 533-8765.


CORRECTION: Sgt. Jeff Salstrom provided the press release, everyone in my head typed Myers (as in Police Chief Jeff Myers) instead of Salstrom this morning. Sorry for the demotion chief, we have resent corrected hard copies to everyone that got this in the “mail” earlier today. Also sorry to Sgt. Salstrom, although you might like to know the chief was harassed all day by people thinking he was demoted.

PUD, City of Hoquiam partner to remove Harbor Paper water

By [email protected] (Ian Cope)

The Grays Harbor PUD has taken a significant step to fulfill its responsibilities to clean and remove bi-products from the former Harbor Paper mill site. In the next three weeks, over 28-million gallons of treated water will be pumped from holding basins at the Harbor Paper facility into the City of Hoquiam’s sewage treatment system.

In cooperation with the City of Hoquiam, 775 feet of eight-inch high density pipe is now connecting the facility’s secondary treatment pump house with the city’s sanitary sewer system. Gradually, water from the facility’s aeration basin, primary clarifier and secondary clarifiers will be pumped into the city’s treatment system for disposal.

“We are grateful to the City of Hoquiam for their assistance in helping the PUD move forward with its responsibilities at the Harbor Paper site,” said PUD General Manager Dave Ward. “We have a responsibility to clean our share of the site, but our first responsibility is to our ratepayers, to ensure that the project is completed at the lowest possible cost. With the help of the city, we are meeting both obligations.”

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From: Grays Harbor PUD

PUD, City of Hoquiam partner to remove Harbor Paper water

By [email protected] (Ian Cope)

The Grays Harbor PUD has taken a significant step to fulfill its responsibilities to clean and remove bi-products from the former Harbor Paper mill site. In the next three weeks, over 28-million gallons of treated water will be pumped from holding basins at the Harbor Paper facility into the City of Hoquiam’s sewage treatment system.

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From: Grays Harbor PUD

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Hoquiam and Aberdeen celebrate two “Firsts” this week

Hoquiam First Thursday May

The planets have aligned this month and shoppers can enjoy two firsts in a row, beginning with First Thursdays in Hoquiam tonight, then First Fridays in Aberdeen tomorrow.

Today and tomorrow participating businesses will stay open late, from 5-8 p.m. with specials, local art, and family fun.

Hoquiam First Thursday May

Participating businesses in Hoquiam include:

7th Street Theatre – wine tasting with GH Wine Sellars, and artist Carrie Larson will be on hand with her letterpress
8th St Ale House – free chips and salsa
Bodacious Beauty’s – Birthday party with cake and prizes
Bonell Photography
GHUnders – Grays Harbor UndersLDComfort
Gray’s General Store – Erik Pederson will display his artwork and Karin Beard will present her lovely jewelry creations. Jennifer will have special treats from Cookies & Milk.
Harbor Art Guild : Some members of the ukulele band will be playing for your listening pleasure!
McHugh’s Furniture
Polson Museum – 5:15 and 7:00 at the 7th Street Theatre for behind-the-scenes tour of the theatre with a walking tour of the urban renewal project in between.
Simply Said Flowers
Simpson Avenue Grill
Sitka Yoga Studio & Juice Bar
Swanson’s Foods – free samples


Aberdeen First Friday May

In Aberdeen on Friday, visit participating businesses staying open late to host local artists and their work.

Join the FREE Downtown Historical Tour at 7:00pm departing from GH Wine Sellars, 206 S. Broadway. This month’s tour takes you inside and to the top of the historical Becker Building.

With some participating locations for this event including:

Wiitamaki Jewelry Store
Artist: TBD

Eternal Love Tattoos
Artist: TBD

Pirate’s Treasure
Artist: TBD

CaKecaKes Gourmet Treats
Artist: TBD

Moo Moo Oink Oink Cluk Cluk
Offering a pastrami melt basket special, $8.99

GH Wine Sellars
Mention you are there for First Friday and receive 10% off of your purchase!
Featured artist: TBD

Quilt Harbor
Featuring Elizabeth McElliot. Elizabeth McElliot is the former owner of Quilt Harbor and will be joining in Quilt Harbor’s 10th anniversary celebration. Stop by to join the celebration!

Harbor Shoes
Featured artist: Noel Kricker

Past and Present Mercantile
Featured artist, DiAnna Malone, photography/thought cards

Flowers by Pollen
Featuring a variety of local vendors including hand painted messenger bags, cards, and stationary along with quilting, paintings, etc. In addition to beautiful flower arrangements, Flowers by Pollen offers of a variety of gift and home decor items. Stop by and check it out!


Hoquiam turns on the spray park, Weather Service warns of cold rivers in hot weather

Hoquiam Spray Park

The city of Hoquiam has energized the spray park for the next couple days so kids can enjoy some early summer.  The park will be active from about 12-7 today and tomorrow, and will re-open again around Memorial Day weekend.

Pacific Northwest residents are being warned to be careful around rivers and lakes as temperatures rise into the 70s and 80s today and tomorrow. The National Weather Service says rivers fed by melting snow are around 45-to-50 degrees. People who jump or fall in could be immobilized by cold water shock or suffer from hypothermia. They also could be swept away in fast-moving currents. Warming has raised the avalanche danger for the west slopes of the Washington Cascades and the Mount Hood area.

Aberdeen, Hoquiam may merge fire departments

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — The Grays Harbor twin cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam are talking about consolidating their fire departments and paramedic services…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

Hoquiam police arrest two after gun and purse stolen from vehicle


On April 7, 2014 at about 1600 hours, Hoquiam officers were dispatched to the Hoquiam 7-11 Food Store in the 200 Block of Lincoln Street reference a vehicle prowl with theft having just occurred.

Two female cousins from Hoquiam, a 18 year old and 26 year old had left their purses in the younger cousin’s locked car.   Due to the nice weather, the sunroof was left open.   Both were inside for about five minutes and when they returned a juice bottle fell onto the ground when the driver’s door was opened.  

This seemed odd and the two looked and noticed the 26 year olds purse was missing from the vehicle.   Inside her purse was a fully loaded 9mm semi-automatic Tanfoglio pistol.  The 26 year old has a valid concealed weapons permit.   The two immediately called 911 to report the theft.  

The two females remembered seeing a couple of familiar faces standing near the corner of the store prior to entering the building. 

After about an hour the 18 year old learned the pistol had been taken over to relatives by the 26 year old Hoquiam male, who had been one of the persons the two females had recognized standing by 7-11 at the time of the theft.  The 26 year old knew the victim and did not want to be responsible for the pistol and turned it over to a family member who resides in Aberdeen. 

The 18 year old and her grandmother retrieved the pistol and advised police they had recovered the firearm. 

This led to officers going to several Hoquiam locations, interviewing multiple witnesses, recovering the 26 year olds purse, and locating and arresting the 26 year old who had returned the pistol and the 18 year old who had entered the vehicle and removed the purse.

Both suspects have extensive criminal history.  

Jon G. Parker, age 26 and Matt D. Orlaski, age 18, both of Hoquiam, were arrested and booked into jail.   Parker was booked into the Grays Harbor County jail for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.  Orlaski was booked into the Hoquiam jail for Vehicle Prowl and Theft.

No broken bones after garage falls on Hoquiam man

Humptulips garage falls on man
No broken bones for a Hoquiam man after a garage collapsed on him in Humptulips. His wife tells us he was working on the empty 800 square foot building in the 400 block of Walker Rd Saturday when a friend was about to leave and noticed the building begin to buckle.
The 52 year old Hoquiam man recounted those moments after the building pinned him under 6 inches of clearance.
“I feel lucky my friend was out there with me, he had to cut me out. [He] fired up my generator and the saws-all and started cutting tresses to release me because I was pinned down. I was totally trapped, if I had no one with me I would have been out there until someone came looking for me. Pretty rough day, I sure think that God was with me.”
He was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital by Hoquiam Ambulance, by late Saturday he was sore, but otherwise feeling very lucky.
The family wanted to thank their friend, who was in the right place at the right time.
Humptulips garage falls on man
Humptilups garage falls on man