• Hoquiam Police Department

    Hoquiam Police Department gets accredited

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam Police Department is heading into the New Year accredited by the Washington Association of Police Chiefs and Sheriffs. Hoquiam Chief Jeff Myers said they’ve worked for 7 years to complete this voluntary program. “It’s an opportunity for an agency to look top-to-bottom and meet 132 standards that are set forth […]

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  • Celebrate New Year’s Day with a Washington state park hike

    OLYMPIA , Wash. – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the first day of 2014 with First Day Hikes, an event available at select state parks on Jan. 1. 

    In the spirit of the new year, Washingtonians are encouraged to start 2014 with a healthy hike and connect with the diverse natural resources and recreation opportunities found at state parks across Washington on New Year’s Day. Fifteen state parks are offering guided hikes ranging from interpretive strolls through military batteries and Puget Sound coastal forests, to snowshoe walks in the Selkirk and Cascade mountains. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the parks for the event. 

    “First Day Hikes are a great way for families and individuals to enjoy, appreciate and support their Washington state parks,” said Don Hoch, Washington State Parks director. “We’re thrilled to participate in this nationwide effort that encourages Americans to get outdoors from the very beginning of the new year. This is a way that families can create a new memorable New Year’s Day tradition.”

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  • Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over patrols running through New Year

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Hopefully 2013 will be different than the last five holiday seasons. From 2008-2012, an average of 49 people died in traffic crashes in Washington between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. DUI is still the leading cause of traffic death, however it doesn’t have to be that way and that is why between November 27, 2013 and January 1, 2014 extra officers will be looking for drivers under the influence.

     The Shelton and Squaxin Police Departments, along with Grays Harbor, and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol are working towards zero traffic deaths by participating in this Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

    The Grays Harbor and Mason County Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force organize and support this enforcement effort.

    These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit Target Zero. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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  • 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)
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