• Japan earthquake/Miyagi

    Changes Made to Earthquake and Tsunami Planning since the 2011 disaster in Japan

    Last month, the anniversaries of the March 27th 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami, (M 9.2, which impacted Grays Harbor County), and the March 27th 2011 Japanese “Tohoku” Earthquake and Tsunami, (M9.0), passed without much fanfare.  I contacted John Schelling, the Earthquake/Tsunami/Volcano Programs Manager at Washington Emergency Management Division to ask the question, “Have any […]

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  • Ocosta High School Westport WA

    Ocosta High School receives national paper recycling award

    The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented Ocosta High School, in Westport, Wash., with its 2014 School Recycling Award for Partnerships. The award, which recognizes outstanding paper recycling programs, was presented at Ocosta High School’s end of the school year assembly on Friday.   The school’s recycling program is a district-wide group effort with […]

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  • ID thieves tracked to Ocosta home after alert resident follows mail-littering car

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three people in connection with stolen mail after an Ocosta resident spotted a car dumping mail in their driveway, and followed it as they called 911. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us yesterday at approximately 10:04 am, a resident in the 900 block of Carney Dr in South Aberdeen reported that an unknown male had broke his sliding glass door and gained entry into his residence, most likely not knowing that the resident was home.  Once the suspect saw the resident, the suspect fled the scene.  The suspect was described as a tall male in his mid to late 30’s, wearing a stocking cap, blue flannel shirt, and gloves.  Shortly after the suspect fled, the resident heard a nearby vehicle leave the area however not sure if associated with the suspect.  With the assistance of Aberdeen PD, containment was setup for the sheriff’s department K-9 unit to arrive.  The suspect however was not located.

    Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes later (12:44 pm), a concerned citizen from South Arbor Road near Ocosta, called to report a pile of mail found in her driveway with various addresses.  Even though it had been raining, the mail was still dry leaving her to believe it had just been dumped.  The citizen then reported seeing a suspicious vehicle on the roadway and was able to provide a license plate.  The vehicle returned to a green colored 1997 Mercury Cougar. 

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