Retired Hoquiam couple $1,000,000 richer

A Hoquiam woman recently won a $1,000,000 jackpot playing Washington’s Lottery Mega Millions.


The winning ticket was purchased at the Safeway located at 221 W Heron Street in Aberdeen on Monday, September 29. The woman returned to that same retailer with her husband to check her ticket on Sunday, October 5. When they scanned her ticket at the store, the couple couldn’t believe it was a winner.


“We checked it twice and even had the clerk look, too,” she shared. “We usually play Mega Millions, Lotto and Powerball, but we’ve never won anything like this before.”


When the couple claimed their prize at the Olympia regional office on October 6, they told Lottery officials that they were still unsure of how they would be using their winnings. “We’re both retired, so this will be nice to have in the bank. We might pick up a few new toys too, we’re just not sure yet!”


This is the first big win for the longtime Washington residents, and they hope it won’t be the last. The couple explained that they prefer the draw games and typically use the Quick Pick option for selecting their numbers.


Mega Millions is a multi-state game, drawn on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 8 p.m. The next jackpot drawing is for $180 million on Friday, October 17.


Proceeds from Washington’s Lottery benefit the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, providing grants to college students statewide. To learn more about Washington’s Lottery, its beneficiaries and to review all up-to-date winning numbers, please visit

FEMA to review Grays Harbor County Risk Report at October meeting

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has completed a detailed risk assessment for Grays Harbor County to include all Cities within the County which has been summarized in a report which can be downloaded here. The risk assessment includes a detailed assessment on every building in each community and determines losses due to flood and earthquake, and also assesses impacts from tsunami and landslides. In addition to the risk assessment, a mitigation action section highlights potential mitigation projects as identified through the risk assessment and also includes an overview of actions in the current mitigation plan for each jurisdiction.

They will be holding a meeting to discuss the report and have a detailed discussion with the community on mitigation and resiliency. The meeting will be held on October 23rd at the Log Pavilion in Aberdeen, WA located at 1401 Sargent Blvd from 1:00-3:30pm.

FEMA will be attending along with various state agencies to include Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Emergency Management Division and Washington Sea Grant.

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No injuries after car slides into Hoquiam store backwards

Investigators are trying to determine if speed was a factor when a car lost control near the Grays Harbor YMCA in Hoquiam, spun out and collided with the dark steel card and gaming store across from the Hoquiam Shell station.

Hoquiam Police Deputy Chief Don Wertanen tells KBKW the driver reported he was trying to pass a car on the left, when it changed lanes and caused him to lose control. The Dodge Avenger spun around in traffic and skipped across the Ontario street intersection backwards before it collided with the building, narrowly missing a fire hydrant and another truck.
The driver was uninjured, a store employee was inside at the time, he was shaken up but not injured. Wertanen said the city is inspecting the building to determine if it is still structurally sound.

Car wrecks into Hoquiam business

Hoquiam driver makes his own detour through one-way traffic

Traffic backed up through Hoquiam yesterday after the driver of a loaded chip truck sideswiped the guard rail on the Simpson Avenue Bridge, breaking the front axle and flattening several tires on the truck. It happened just after 8 Monday morning. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tell us the truck was wedged against the side of the bridge and needed a commercial tow truck to be removed. His officers directed traffic all morning, while they waited for tow trucks from Shelton.

The traffic was apparently too much for one Hoquiam driver who tried to carve his own detour across the Riverside bridge, and the wrong way down Riverside Avenue into three lanes of oncoming traffic. It happened just as tow trucks were arriving to remove the truck, and officers had a bird’s eye view of the car from the Simpson Avenue bridge. They intercepted the vehicle and cited the driver for negligent driving in the second degree. He told officer that he had to get to work, adding that he did have his hazard lights on.

Photos from the Simpson Avenue Bridge Monday provided by HPD Chief Jeff Myers

New to be artwork unveiled at Hoquiam Timberland Library

On Wednesday, October 15, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hoquiam Timberland Library, artist Jenny Fisher will unveil her latest work – two large murals depicting many of the most beloved icons from children’s and teen literature.


Library staff members anticipate a large turnout for the public unveiling and members of the Friends of the Hoquiam Timberland Library, who commissioned and paid for the murals, will be present to celebrate the occasion.


Each mural measures 87 by 72 inches and is installed on either side of the Library’s signature stained glass windows, forming a wall of color and fantasy.


“This is what I know,” writes Jenny Fisher, “I have been an artist since … 6th grade … and an avid reader since 4th grade when a librarian toured me around the school library. These two identities have enriched my life.”


A native of California, Fisher attended college in her home state and in Oregon, majoring in art.  She has lived in Grays Harbor since 1985, establishing herself as a mural artist through Washington State’s 1989 Bicentennial mural project.  Since that time, Fisher has painted numerous public murals in Grays Harbor County.


“Through my own childhood, my children’s childhood, and now my grandchildren’s, I have experienced many delightful authors and artists in the children’s section of the library,” Fisher reminisced.  “Of the books depicted on these panels,” she continued, “my favorites include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Jungle Book, Peter Rabbit, Bread and Jam For Francis, The Golden Compass, and Charlotte’s Web … I could have painted on and on.”


All programs at Timberland Regional Libraries are free and open to the public.


The Hoquiam Timberland Library is located at 420 7th Street. For information, contact the library at (360) 532-1710 or visit

One injured, one cited in Grays Harbor Transit bus accident North of Hoquiam

The Washington State Patrol responded to a transit bus off the road on State Route 109 about 25 miles North of Hoquiam this morning. Sources tell us one person was injured, the bus only had a few people on it at the time.
A 46 year old Pacific Beach man, was not injured, while a 14 year old young man was injured and transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen.
General Manager Ken Mehan at Grays Harbor Transit tells us their insurance company is investigating. The bus driver was not injured, and no delays in service are expected.
The Washington State Patrol reports the Southbound transit drifted off the roadway to the right, over corrected to the left, then left the roadway on the Northbound side, coming to rest in the trees. The report also states that the cause was inattention, and the driver was cited for “wheels off the roadway”

Two vehicle accident blocks Eastbound State Route 101 in Aberdeen

Traffic on Eastbound State Route 101 through Aberdeen resumes this morning, after an hour of road closure near Wishkah and Park street as crews responded to a traffic accident in the area. Eastbound State Route 101 (Park street) was closed and being diverted down Wishkah street. Aberdeen and Hoquiam first responders helped to extract multiple passengers from a full size van that came to rest upside down facing traffic. A full size Chevy truck with front-end damage was up against the light post nearby.
The Aberdeen Fire Department reports a total of 8 patients were treated for various injuries and transported from the scene.


FEMA hosting briefings on National Flood Insurance Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the Cities of Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, and Hoquiam, as well as Grays Harbor County is holding 3 briefings on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in Aberdeen on Tuesday, August 26th

In addition to a review of the National Flood Insurance Program and the recent reforms they will also be reviewing floodplain management requirements and mitigation activities at the 10am and 7pm briefings. The 2pm briefing will focus primarily on the NFIP insurance policy and the recent legislative reforms.

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Community Foundation awards $128,900 in Discretionary Grants and $40,000 in After School Program Fund Grants

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $128,900 into the community through its third quarter discretionary grants cycle. The Foundation has long been a resource to Grays Harbor County nonprofit organizations by offering a quarterly discretionary grants cycle. This quarter, the Foundation awarded 13 grants that totaled $128,900 in discretionary funding. “This is the largest discretionary grants cycle, in terms of number of applications, as well breadth of organizations requesting funding,” Program Officer Cassie Lentz said. “We were pleased to see the extensiveness of programs and projects that were seeking funding, from all corners of our county and beyond.”

The organizations that were funded through this discretionary grants cycle include: Montesano Community Outreach for summer art camps, Our Aberdeen for mural restorations, Grays Harbor College for making ballet performance accessible to children, Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services for legal advice clinics in Grays Harbor County, Nonprofit Leaders Conference of Southwest WA for their 2014 conference, Artic Community Association for roof repairs, Child Care Action Council for their “Raising A Reader” program, Aberdeen Revitalization Movement for phase one of their operations, Catholic Community Services for the Grays Harbor Youth Center, Beyond Survival for the “Where We Live” program, McCleary School District for STEAM education, Northwest Justice Project for an employment opportunities legal fellowship in Grays Harbor, and Montesano School District for the field turf project at Jack Rottle field.

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was also able to award $40,000 to four After School Programs here on the Harbor through a designated fund set up specifically for that benefit. Supported programs included: McCleary School District, Montesano Community Outreach, North Beach School District, and the YMCA of Grays Harbor for Harbor After-School program sites in Hoquiam, Elma and McCleary.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.” This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

Tax deductible donations may be made to:
Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550
You may find out more by checking the foundation website: or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at: