• Planned Power Outage Near Oakville April 26

    OAKVILLE, Wash. – Grays Harbor PUD plans to conduct a planned power outage impacting about 65 customers located in the area of Highway 12 near Oakville from milepost 33.28 (just north of Cedar Creek Road) to Cedar Street. The outage is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2012 beginning at 10am and lasting about 6 hours. The purpose for the outage is to install equipment to improve system reliability. Customers in the planned outage area are being notified by letter.


    Customers within the planned outage area are advised to protect sensitive electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items and leaving them disconnected until power is fully restored.  In addition, customers are advised that the length of the outage (6 hours) is an estimate and power could be restored at anytime. Therefore, please take necessary precautions if there are plans to do electrical work or repairs during that period of time.

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  • Oakville School District Wins Federal Grant

    OAKVILLE, Wash. – Oakville School district is one of six statewide that has been identified to receive federal School Improvement Grants. The Office of Superintendent of Public  Instruction announced yesterday Oakville was one of 11 that applied from Washington, the OSPI will announce later this month how the six winning schools will be splitting the 4.5 million dollars awarded. The other School Districts awarded were Burlington-Edison, Marysville, Spokane, Toppenish, and Wapato.

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  • Commissioner Wes Cormier to hold town hall meetings

    Grays Harbor County Commissioner Wes Cormier will be holding three Town Hall Meetings this month.  The first meeting will be at the Lake Quinault Lodge Ballroom on October 22nd at 6:00 p.m.  The second of the three meetings will be at the Sharon Grange on October 30th in Oakville at 6:00 p.m.  The final meeting will be at the Westport council chambers on November 7th at 6:30 p.m.  Cormier invites everyone out to “have a voice and talk about what is going on in Grays Harbor County.”

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  • Fire District #5 Attacks Elma House Fire

    ELMA, Wash. – Fire District 5 knocked down a kitchen fire yesterday morning that Fire Chief Dan Prater tells us could have been far worse had first responders not acted quickly and tore into the small “attic space” of a mobile home in the 100 block of Hokanson road in Elma. No one was home at the time of the incident. Prater tells us a neighbor reported smoke coming from the home just after 9 yesterday, then kicked in the front door to make sure the home was empty. Fire was contained to the kitchen and dining room with smoke damage throughout the home. Estimated property loss was set as $20,000 for content and a complete loss on the home itself.
    Prater said the initial investigation shows that the fire started in the corner of the kitchen, where a new toaster oven had been used earlier that morning prior to everyone leaving for the day.

    I would like to say that the aggressive firefighting skills along with the good team work provided by the responders on the scene is the reason we were able to stop this fire in its tracts. In 20 years I have seen fires like this not stopped and watch people’s property and irreplaceable items get lost, not today. Good job to all but a special good job to FF/Medic Huntley and FF/Medic Mathis as the first in crew on doing an outstanding job knocking this down; both with District 5. The incident Commander for the fire was Captain Mike Litzinger with District 5 for his accountability skills on the scene. – Dan Prater Fire Chief, Grays Harbor Fire District #5
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