Expect delays on US 12 and US 101 in Aberdeen and Hoquiam this week

ABERDEEN – Drivers on US 12 and US 101 and should plan ahead for possible delays this week. Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will repair pavement along several sections of both US 12 and US 101.


US 12 work locations:

From 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, WSDOT maintenance crews will close the right lane of eastbound US 12. Crews will consecutively work in the two locations listed below.


  • Between milepost .06 and 1.0, near the Aberdeen Bluff.
  • Between milepost 2.3 and 2.8, in Central Park.


US 101 work locations:

From 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, crews will close the right lane of southbound US 101 (Park St.) from 90.7 – 90.8 on the Aberdeen Couplet.


From 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, crews will close the right lane of southbound US 101 (Simpson Ave.) from 87.8 to 88.4 on the Aberdeen couplet.
New London
From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 19, flaggers will reduce US 101 to one alternating lane of traffic at the two locations listed below for pavement repairs.


  • From milepost 89.8 to 89.9 near Fairfield Acres Drive.
  • From milepost 93.7 to 94.2, from Dekay Road to the vicinity of New London Road.

Motorists are advised to expect slight delays and to add extra time to reach their destinations.

WSDOT: Cleaning of three southwest Washington bridges could affect traffic

It’s not quite spring, but starting Monday, Feb. 3, Washington State Department of Transportation crews will be doing some heavy cleaning on three steel bridges in Cowlitz and Lewis counties.

The State Route 4 Peter Crawford, State Route 433 Lewis and Clark, and the northbound Interstate 5 Cowlitz River bridges will all get a scrubbing over the next two months.

Over time, bridges accumulate various substances that can damage the structure, including dirt, mildew, road spray, chemicals, and bird and animal feces. A regular washing cycle can reduce damage and help improve the efficiency of WSDOT’s rigorous bridge inspection program.

“Cleaning off the grime means we get less rust, paint lasts longer and the bridge stays in better shape overall,” said WSDOT Bridge Supervisor Mike London. “Clean bridges are also easier to inspect, which helps us keep them in good repair and safe for drivers.”

Bridge washing timelines and traffic impacts

SR 4 Peter Crawford Bridge
   • Mondays-Thursdays, Feb. 3-20
• Single-lane closures from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SR 433 Lewis and Clark Bridge
   • Mondays-Fridays, Feb. 10-March 20
• Narrow lanes, no over-width loads from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Delays of up to 30 minutes

Northbound I-5 Cowlitz River Bridge
   • Saturdays and Sundays, March 1-16
• Single-lane closures from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 63-year-old Peter Crawford Bridge carries SR 4 over the Cowlitz River in Kelso. Crews will clean debris from the structure by hand and then use a low pressure, high volume water hose to wash the bridge from top to bottom.

The 84-year-old SR 433 Lewis and Clark Bridge between Longview and Rainier, Ore. was recently painted and does not need to be hand-cleaned. WSDOT crews will wash all of the steel elements in and below the bridge deck. The superstructure – the latticed steel above the roadway – will not be washed this year.

Two side-by-side structures carry I-5 over the Cowlitz River in southern Lewis County. This year, crews will wash only the northbound bridge. Like the Peter Crawford Bridge, the 61-year-old northbound I-5 Cowlitz River Bridge must be hand-cleaned before it can be washed.

Through its comprehensive bridge program, WSDOT cares for nearly 3,500 bridges and structures statewide. Crews regularly inspect and perform spot cleaning and repairs, and regular overall cleanings help further protect taxpayers’ investments in our state transportation system.

Former Copalis Beach Woman Convicted of Embezzling Quinault Tribal Funds

According to records filed in the case, Ludwig was the sole accounting specialist with check writing authority on the petty cash account. The account is used to assist tribal members who needed to cash checks or receive change after paying their cable and utilities bill. Ludwig wrote 20 checks to cash or to the bank, and used the funds to pay her mortgage or other personal expenses. On eight occasions when checks on the fund were authorized, Ludwig made the checks for amounts in excess of what had been authorized and pocketed the difference. Ludwig also used two Costco gift cards for her personal expenses. The cards had been purchased to fund necessities for tribal families after a severe storm. Ludwig used the cards to make purchases at a Colorado Costco while on vacation. Ludwig was terminated from tribal employment in December 2008, when the embezzlement was discovered when a new supervisor tasked an employee with reconciling the petty cash account.
Embezzlement of tribal funds is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys J. Tate London and Norman Barbosa. Mr. London serves as a Tribal Liaison for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Grays Harbor E911 Celebrates Telecommunicator Week With Local Awards

Outstanding Sustained Job Performance


This award is presented to a Telecommunicator who does an all around good job on a regular basis.   Telecommunicator Darlena Iverson is recognized as the agency’s 2011 Telecommunicator of the Year for Sustained Performance.  She has been with us for 11 1/2 years.  She displays equal competence at any task she chooses to take on, whether it be working a busy dispatch console, or conducting the new hire training academy.  Darlena is an exceedingly positive role model for all Telecommunicators and represents our profession as she currently does her daily work: with pride, honor, dedication and commitment.


Critical Incident


The Critical Incident Award is not about the type of incident being handled, but rather, about the ability of the employee to handle the challenging circumstances placed before them. 


The intent of the Critical Incident Award is to focus on an employee’s calmness, ability to multi-task under an exceptional workload, attention to detail, and/or knowledge of obscure locations or unique procedures, all delivered with professionalism.  This year there were three (3) Telecommunicators involved in this incident and so all three are being recognized for their participation: Natalie Streifel, Acting Supervisor; Darlena Iverson and Shawna Ashlock are recognized as the 2011 Telecommunicator’s of the Year for a Critical Incident for their handling of a shooting that occurred during Graveyard shift in May 2011.  The details were tragic from the beginning as the phone calls started to ring into the Center with sounds of shots being fired in the neighborhood.  Between the three employees on duty that night, they were able to answer the phones, get the units apprised of the details of the call, get the aid crew notified and broadcast attempt to locates for the suspect vehicle, all in a timely manner.  Natalie has been with us since September 1997, Darlena since September 2000 and Shawna since November 2007.  With their teamwork those seconds counted.


Special Projects


This award covers projects developed by, or implemented for, our personnel that enhance the day-to-day operation of the Center.


This year the staff selected to recognize all of the Special Projects that are accomplished on a daily basis.  These projects, while only a small part of the agencies overall function, are key to keeping the agency functioning.  The projects are assigned to all staff to ensure work gets accomplished and the agency resources are always up-to-date.  They include:  Quality Assurance, EMD (Natalie); New Hire Training, CTO (Darlena); Back-up PSAP Resources (Shawna); Info/Index, Call Checking (Loanne); CTO (Laura); Monthly COPS (Katie J); Newsletter, Pub Ed, CTO (Carrie); On Floor Training, School Resource/Rapid Responder, CTO (Tonya); Center Scheduling (Shannon); and Call Checking, Premise History (Priscilla).

Grays Harbor E911 services the following agencies:

apd Aberdeen Police Department
ctpd Chehalis Tribal Police Department
cpd Cosmopolis Police Department
epd Elma Police Department
hpd Hoquiam Police Department
ghcso Grays Harbor County Sheriff
MCPD McCleary Police Department
MPD Montesano Police Department
ospd Ocean Shores Police Department
wpd Westport Police Department
afd Aberdeen Fire Department
cfd Cosmopolis Fire Department
efd Elma Fire Department
hfd Hoquiam Fire Department
mfd McCleary Fire Department
mfd Montesano Fire Department
osfd Ocean Shores Fire Department
wfd Westport Fire Department
sba South Beach Ambulance
ghfd1 Fire Dist #1, Oakville
ghfd2 Fire Dist #2,Central Park, Brady, Wynooche
ghfd3 Fire Dist #3, Westport
ghfd4 Fire Dist #4, Amanda Park
ghfd5 Fire Dist #5, Elma, Satsop, Porter
ghfd6 Fire Dist #6, New London, Grays Harbor City
ghfd7 Fire Dist #7, Copalis Beach, Ocean City
ghfd8 Fire Dist #8, Pacific Beach, Moclips, Aloha
ghfd10 Fire Dist #10, Wishkah

Fire Dist #11, Grayland

ghfd12 Fire Dist #12, McCleary
ghfd14 Fire Dist #14, Ocosta
ghfd15 Fire Dist #15, Artic, Vesta, North River
ghfd16 Fire Dist #16, Copalis Crossing
ghfd17 Fire Dist #17, Humptulips
pcfd5 Pacific Co. Fire Dist #5, North Cove, Tokeland


Restored Historic Schafer Brothers Logging Company Movies to be Screened in Aberdeen

Peter Schafer Reid was born and raised in Aberdeen. He is a graduate of Stanford University, New York University School of Law and the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University. Reid served two years in the Peace Corps in Tanzania and was the Executive Director of a Public Interest Law Firm in the San Francisco Bay Area for 30 years before joining the faculty of Stanford Law School. He retired from Stanford in 2006 when he and his wife, Barbara Ogle, moved to Olympia. Reid currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington State Parks Foundation and is President of the Olympia World Affairs Council.


The Aberdeen Timberland Library is located at 121 E Market Street. For more information, please contact the library at 533-2360 or go to www.TRL.org

Cosmopolis Pulp Mill Sells

Dermot F. Smurfit, chairman of the board of Cosmo Specialty Fibers, Inc. added, “The mill’s primary products, namely viscose and acetate, are currently in tight supply worldwide and we see strong growth prospects for the products over the next few years. Gores’ strong operational expertise and focus, combined with the experience of Richard Bassett and his team, which will help refurbish the mill and lead the sales efforts, will ensure a successful restart of the mill and position the asset to achieve its full potential.”

“We are extremely pleased to have completed the sale to Gores and its partners,” said Dan Fulton, president and chief executive officer of Weyerhaeuser. “We understand the importance of the mill as an economic driver to not only the City of Cosmopolis, but the surrounding community as well, and look forward to helping with a smooth transition of ownership. The Gores Group and its partners bring a vast and diverse set of experience and we wish them well in this new venture. Finally, we would like to thank the Governor and the state and local elected officials in the community for their continued efforts and support for the re-opening of the mill.”

Over the next weeks, the new company will announce the employment application process.

About The Gores Group, LLC
The Gores Group, LLC is a private equity firm with $2.9 billion of capital under management that is focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm’s operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. The
Gores Group, LLC, which was founded in 1987 by Alec E. Gores, has become a leading investor having demonstrated over time a reliable track record of creating substantial value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Gores Group, LLC maintains offices in Boulder, CO, and London. For more information, please visit www.gores.com.


About Weyerhaeuser Company
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest forest products companies, began operations in 1900. We grow and harvest trees, build homes and make a range of forest products essential to everyday lives. We manage our timberland on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. At the end of 2009, we employed approximately 14,900 employees in 10 countries. We have customers worldwide and generated $5.5 billion in sales in 2009. Our stock trades on the New York
Stock exchange under the symbol WY. Additional information about us is available at www.weyerhaeuser.com.