Hoquiam firefighters rally for support

Hoquiam Fire Fighters are taking to the streets for support,  Local 315 President Doug Stankavich tells us they’re worried about response times and safety after recent reductions in staffing were announced earlier this month.
Stankavich is standing with about 30 supporters on the corner of 8th and Simpson in downtown Hoquiam this morning. “We’re out here trying to drum up support and awareness for our citizens and the districts that we serve outside the city. We’d like everybody to contact their council members during this week and be aware of the council meeting next Tuesday at 7 P.M. Let’s crowd city hall and see if we can’t save our firefighter positions.
The city earlier this month laid off 4 firefighters, citing a decrease in ambulance billing and call volume, Stankavich said they were given their 30 day’s notice earlier this month “The council meeting next week is their final week. The 30th will be the first day without those positions. What I’m told is that we have been ordered to run with 4 personnel that day.” adding that operating without that fifth person will greatly affect how the department can respond to fire and aid calls.
Supporters plan to rally every morning in Hoquiam until the next city council meeting on the 27th.
Hoquiam Firefighters signs of support
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Hoquiam council splits again, fails to pass marijuana ordinance

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.

Hoquiam City Council split 6-6, declines Marijuana zoning ordinance

The clouds almost parted over Hoquiam’s moratorium on marijuana businesses last night, as the city council adopted their revised zoning ordinance that would have allowed state licensed stores in some areas on a close 7-5 vote. But then they rejected revisions to their business licensing ordinance voting 6-6 against it – making it briefly legal to locate a store in some zones, but illegal to get a business license for a marijuana business.
Mayor Jack Durney said after that vote “OK friends we’ll think about that huh? Kind of a contradiction in terms if we change our zoning but then we say we’re not going to license them.”
City Attorney Steven Johnson explained “Our ordinance says that we cannot issue a business license if it violates federal law. By not passing this [and passing the other] they’re legally zoned, but we can’t issue a business license.”
After councilwoman Kay Diehm said she was unclear on the issue, the council reconsidered the original vote and failed to pass it’s marijuana zoning ordinance 6-6 against.
It took Mayor Durney to break that same tie on another vote to send the ordinance back to the public works committee “I don’t think we should have a moral discussion about this at this point. I think we need to deal with what the public has told us to do.”
The council will revisit the same ordinance, with one line omitted that would have made medical marijuana collective gardens not only illegal in city limits, but also a public nuisance and subject to abatement by the city.
Councilman Paul McMillan said the change wouldn’t sway his opinion on the matter, and felt that Hoquiam should wait for Colorado to pioneer the issue before challenging federal law.
Councils John Pellegrini, Kay Diehm, Greg Grund, Paul McMillan, Darrin Moir and Bill Nelson all voted against allowing recreational marijuana businesses in Hoquiam.

Aberdeen School District to Honor 19 Retiring Employees

The retirees are listed below.

Aberdeen High School: Anne Bennett, English; William “Doc” Carter, English; Patricia King, special education; Greg Pier, history; Pat Wilhelms, choral music, and June Moore, Counseling Center secretary.
Harbor High School: Elizabeth Wheeler, special education teacher, and Alice Whittaker, career and technical education teacher.
A.J. West Elementary School: Bill O’Donnell, principal; Bonnie Bouch, office coordinator; Ruth Braack, cook, and Shari Maki, para-educator.
McDermoth Elementary School: Sue Ann Durney, Title I teacher; Kay O’Donnell, kindergarten teacher, and Sharilyn Everitt, para-educator.
Robert Gray Elementary School: Terry McGiveron, cook, who retired earlier in the school year.
Stevens Elementary School: Mary LaForest, first-grade teacher.
Hopkins Building: Barbra Chenault, family service worker.
Maintenance Department: Pete Wintrip, who retired earlier in the school year.

Hoquiam Preps for Bluegrass Festival

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The bands this year are:

Down the Road is a trio of bluegrass and American roots music musicians from the western Cascade foothill towns of North Bend and Snoqualmie, east of Seattle, Washington. Featuring husband/wife duo Cathi and Gary Davidson on guitars and vocals and John Tubbs on mandolin and vocals, the trio blends signature duet and trio harmony singing, a little yodeling, and clean, tasteful guitar-mandolin interplay to add a fresh, honest, straight-ahead voice to the world of old-time country, bluegrass, and folk music.

Not Easily Broken is a family bluegrass band from the Hess family. The family lives in Woodinville, WA, a suburb of Seattle. They are beginning their third year of performing music together. The band enjoys playing traditional bluegrass, gospel bluegrass and newgrass music with some folk, country, and Johnny Cash mixed in. Band members are parents, Ben and Sally, and children, Clayton (16 years), Clark (15 years), Camden (13 years), Caleb (11 years), Kelli (8 years), and Katie (3 years). Their enjoyment of each other and music is evident in each song they play together.

Mission Mountain Trio with Steve and Jane McMahon are well known throughout the State for their gospel and bluegrass music. They play bass and banjo and have been involved with music for most of their lives. They are known as “The Gospel Band” by their peers and put on a great show for the audience. Joining them this year is Sue Thompson who has a great lead/harmony voice and plays guitar and fiddle…Mission Mountain Trio are back by popular demand and will leave a lasting impression on their listeners!

Black River consists of five great Bluegrass musicians; Ron Stanley ~ Vocals and Dobro, Libby Bigler ~ Vocals and Guitar, Jim Bolden ~ Banjo, Marv Sobolesky ~ Guitar, and Joan Smith ~ Vocals and Bass. All of these musicians have either played or participated in some kind of music since early childhood. Combined they have over 200 years of musical experience!

Ron Stanley and Jim Little will treat you to some great Bluegrass music with their playing and singing. Ron Stanley does Vocals, Dobro, Guitar and Weissenborn. He grew up in a musical household, majored in music at school and has played a variety of musical styles. Introduced to Bluegrass in the 1960s, he has performed and recorded with numerous Bluegrass bands of the Western states over the years, as well as doing solo and performing duo shows and festivals with Jim Little. Jim Little is on Vocals and Guitar. Over the years, Jim has also played a variety of styles including folk, rock n roll and of course Bluegrass. He, too, found Bluegrass music in the 60’s and has performed at various venues. Ron and Jim offer a mix of duets, instrumentals, Gospel and songs the audience will recognize and some that may be new to them. All will have Bluegrass as the foundation for their music while offering a unique style at the same time.

Marilyn Kay and Company will be playing on Saturday at the festival. They are an exciting new-timey band featuring outstanding vocal harmonies and exceptional instrumentals, playing a refreshing mix of original compositions, traditional bluegrass and country classics! They seamlessly unite tradition with modern sensibilities through the honesty and charm of Marilyn Kay’s original compositions, chilling harmonies, tight instrumentation and an innovative approach to acoustic music. The band offers a healthy recipe for a toe-tapping heck of a good time at any of their performances.

Aberdeen School Teacher on Leave During Investigation

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A Second Grade Teacher at AJ West has been placed on leave while an investigation continues into allegations that she forcefully pushed a student’s head into a desk recently, Aberdeen School Superintendent Marty Kay tells us "It is paid administrative leave, until we draw some conclusions following our investigation."

Apparently the incident occurred late last month but Kay tells us the exact date is not yet known, "when the incident occurred is really part of the investigation, because we’re not exactly sure when the incident may have occurred."

The student mother tells KBKW that the teacher allegedly lost her temper with the child because he wouldn’t put his head down at a time when other classmates had their heads down.

Kay said the child was not injured and that they have returned to school. "the child has returned to school and seems to be doing just fine" The teacher remains on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.

Coast Guard Searches for Overdue Boat

ASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue 39-foot boat with three people onboard Friday.

The fishing boat Kay Ann departed Newport, Ore., Saturday, July 18, 2009, to fish for tuna. The boat was due to return to Warrenton, Ore., Wednesday.  The co-owner of the Kay Anne reported the boat overdue late Thursday at Coast Guard Station Coos Bay, Ore.

The Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, homeported in Seattle, was diverted 70 miles due west of Siuslaw River, Ore., to help in the search.  A C-130 Hercules search plane crew was launched from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, Calif., to assist.

The Kay Ann is described as having a white hull with red and blue trim.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the Kay Ann and its crew should contact the 13th Coast Guard District command center at (206) 220-7001.