Aberdeen to hire consultant Cary Bozeman for downtown development

Aberdeen has a new consultant to invigorate development of the downtown core. Mayor Bill Simpson said this morning that we might see some changes coming with consultant Cary Bozeman at the

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Aberdeen celebrates Kurt Cobain Day with Cement Resurrection

The city of Aberdeen yesterday celebrated its first Kurt Cobain Day, honoring the Nirvana front man on his birthday, “A celebration of his, is not because he was a druggy, but because he was a great musician.” Mayor Bill Simpson spoke to a crowd of over 200 before the unveiling of Randi Hubbard’s statue of Kurt Cobain, at the Aberdeen Museum last night “I’m proud to be able to put this thing on today, it’s been tough. I’ve had some people who were not very nice to me because of the fact that he was a druggy. But you know, I think Elvis was a druggy, I think Janis Joplin was a druggy too.” We spoke with Simpson before the unveiling, as the band Gebular rocked the Museum; “Over the years there will be a lot more than this, I would like to see at least a couple of nights more. Maybe one here maybe one at the D&R Theater, and really make it a big success. It’s been a long time in coming and we needed to do this for the band, for Kurt Cobain, and for our community. To let them know what great people have come out of this community.” Cobain would have been 47 yesterday, the band Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th – or if you’re in Hoquiam; on Nirvana Day. Cement Resurrection

Cobain tribute spawns “Jada Project” to feed Aberdeen students

As Aberdeen and Hoquiam cities both prepare to celebrate their Nirvana heritage, the compassion of a 9 year old helped to bring a shunned tribute back into the light. Sculptor Randi Hubbard tells us after 19 years in her muffler shop, a statue of Kurt Cobain will soon be loaned to the Aberdeen Museum of History “Well my granddaughter was sitting there and she says ‘grandma we can sell t-shirts because I have a project in mind’.” Jada helped Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson talk Hubbard into loaning the 600-pound statue to the museum as part of their Kurt Cobain display. Hubbard said they also they plan to sell t-shirts and photos, with the proceeds to be split between the museum, and the Jada Project. Jada tells KBKW “I thought of this idea because I’ve seen kids like on the TV that have been starving and kids that don’t get to eat need to get sack lunches on Saturday and Sunday.” The Jada Project will work with Aberdeen schools to send sack lunches home with kids that might not eat lunch on the weekends otherwise.
Articles about the "Martyr in a muffler shop" have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.
Articles about the “Martyr in a muffler shop” have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.

Hubbard said it was compassion that inspired her to sculpt the statue with Aberdeen art students shortly after Cobain’s suicide in 1994 “The original idea was to bring the mental illness

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Muffled Kurt Cobain tribute headed to Aberdeen Museum of History

As he prepares the city of Aberdeen to celebrate “Kurt Cobain Day” on the Nirvana front man’s birthday, Mayor Bill Simpson tells us he also has a birthday present lined up “On the 20th, we have been working with Randi Hubbard who owns the statue of Kurt Cobain that’s in the muffler shop, and we have come to an agreement to put it in the museum where it can be seen.”
Articles about the "Martyr in a muffler shop" have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.
Articles about the “Martyr in a muffler shop” have spanned the the country from the Chehalis Chronicle to MTV.

Sculpted by Randi Hubbard and Aberdeen art students shortly after Cobain’s suicide in 1994, the 600-pound concrete statue has been well-described as larger than life. The Aberdeen city

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Aberdeen mayor preparing for Kurt Cobain week

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The city of Aberdeen will soon celebrate Kurt Cobain Week, beginning on his birthday February 20th. Mayor Bill Simpson told his council at last night’s special meeting “At our meeting on the 8th [of January] I will bring a resolution declaring February 20th, and the week of that, for Kurt Cobain. There’s some things that I’m working on that I cant talk about yet, but there will be more coming on that.” Simpson said last week that he’s hoping to hear from the Kurt Cobain Memorial Foundation “hopefully they’ll come forward for this resolution on the 20th and accept it from me. Something’s going to happen big for Kurt Cobain down here. We’ve put up signs and done a lot of the things that we could do with city money.” The mayor said he’s looking for private investors to help the city memorialize the Aberdeen native.

Aberdeen council appoints Alan Richrod to fill Ward 5 seat

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen city council last night appointed Alan Richrod to take the Ward 5 position most recently held by Alan Richrod – he was appointed to the seat after John Erak passed away, then lost to Erak in the November election. Ward resident Bill Simpson had also expressed interest in the appointment, Councilwoman Kathy Hoder said before the vote “I have to be able to know that what I did was right, and that everything I do – to the best of my ability, passed what I call the smell test. Bill Simpson, son of Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson, expressed interest in the position earlier this month but a vote was tabled because not all councilmembers were present. Hoder, and 5 other councilmembers voted with 44% of the 5th ward that chose Richrod in November. Richrod was sworn in after a 6-4 vote last night with councilman Jeff Cook absent.

Aberdeen Mayor appoints new Municipal Court Judge Susan Solan

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Municipal Court in Aberdeen has a new judge at the beginning of the new year. Mayor Bill Simpson appointed Judge Susan Solan at last nights regular council meeting. "I'm excited about her, and the way that she conducts court. I've watched her quite often in court and she says the way it is and that's the way we want it to be and I appreciate that." Solan will replace Judge Paul Conroy, who's term expires at the end of the year, she told the council after being sworn in last night "I'm honored to serve the city and I hope I will serve you well and you will be proud of the job that I do."
She's not new to the bench, Solan has served as judge pro-tem at the city's municipal courthouse for years, her appointment was approved unanimously by the city council at last night's meeting. Simpson said Judge Solan will officially start January 1, however she will likely be seen on the bench as judge pro-tem most of this month.
(Photo provided by, and from the vantage of, Aberdeen Councilman Jeff Cook)

Aberdeen council meets two candidates, Richrod and Simpson

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Aberdeen city council last night heard from two people interested in filling the vacancy for the Ward 5 council position previously held by John Erak.
Alan Richrod again expressed his interest - he was appointed to the seat after Erak passed away, then lost to Erak in the November election. Also submitting a letter of interest was William Simpson, son of Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson.
If the 11-member council is split on a decision, the mayor would be the deciding vote, however council last night did not make an appointment noting the absence of Council Chair Kathy Hoder.

Former councilman wins posthumously, Transit tax finishes with over 70% support

MONTESANO, Wash. - With results certified at the county auditor's office, Voter turnout for Grays Harbor finished at 48.35% for the November General Election.
In Aberdeen, Incumbent city councilman John Smith trails to Tawni Andrews by 9 votes, while incumbent Alice Phelps leads over Roberta Myers by 42. The memory of John Erak holds 26 more votes than appointed incumbent Alan Richrod. Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson explained to council this week "The fifth ward will have a vacancy, we will take letters from candidates, and on the December 11th council meeting we will have interviews and vote that night.
On the Hoquiam side, Richard Pennant leads by 8 votes over incumbent council John Weidl and Denise Anderson leads by 44 votes over incumbent Brenda Carlstrom.
Incumbent Port Commissioner Chuck Caldwell finished with over %70 of the vote, as did a vote to support the Grays Harbor Transit Authority with a sales tax increase.
Election results are available online at http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/graysharbor/