Forest Service Road improvement could block access on the West Fork Humptulips River

The National Forest Service plans to block vehicle access to a popular gravel bar on the West Fork of the Humptulips River through proposed improvements to Forest Service Road 2203040 that include a turnaround and parking lot. State Representative Brian Blake is opposed to some of those changes, he tells KBKW “There’s a small rivulet that has been diverted and now runs down the access road to the gravel bar, and they’re using it as an excuse to cut off access, and that’s what I’m opposed to.” The $12,000 Forest Service grant application says they need to block the access to restore fish habitat for salmon and trout apparently seen in the mud puddle for the past three years. “Oh no I’ve never seen salmon there in my life, no. Why would they do that?” I spoke with Jerry Lillybridge in front of his 24 foot camper responsibly parked on the gravel bar Sunday. He said he and his family have camped there for years, and while he hasn’t run over any fish that he can recall “Here’s what I’ve seen in the last three days, the otters, we’ve seen the ducks, yesterday I was up here getting firewood and I saw a red hawk take a grouse out and I’ve never seen nothing like that in my life, right in front of us.” Lillybridge worked in the Grays Harbor County Auditor’s office for years, and for years he passed State parks, camp sites, and groomed fishing outlets on his way out here. “You can’t go nowhere and enjoy this without a big fee, or having a lot of people around you. I’m 41 miles from my house in Aberdeen to right here, and look at this – this is remote. There’s nothing more beautiful than here,” adding that most campers clean up after themselves, but; “If they don’t and most of them always leave it clean, I clean it up anyway because I don’t want the Forest Service to ever shut something down because I was messy.” Meanwhile Blake worries “When we loose that gravel bar, and they won’t commit to preserving access to the downstream gravel bar – and I believe personally that’s critical for the launching of the drift boats especially because they can be anywhere from 300 to 600 pounds. So I think it’s important that we preserve that public access, for those boats, to the public river.” Blake added that “Not everybody can afford a forest pass, not everybody can afford a travel trailer. But having the public be able to pull out there and have a picnic, or spend the night in the summertime, I think is one of the reasons we live here. While it won’t be specifically addressed at these meetings, the public has a few more chances to provide their input on a sustainable roads plan for the Forest Service this month.  The next meeting starts at 4 this afternoon in the Shelton Civic Center. They’ll be at the Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion Thursday afternoon.

Level 1 Registered Sex Offender arrested after harrassing, and panhandling from, neighbors

A level-1 registered sex offender in Hoquiam was arrested last week after he repeatedly harassed his elderly neighbor. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us neighbors in the 1100

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Town history found on the shelf of garage sale

MONTESANO, Wash. - Snagging Montesano's history, right off the shelf of a garage sale. Carol Beck of Elma was out garage sailing recently when she spotted, and recognized, a lost piece of the town's history. She explained to the Montesano city council last night "I'm a teacher, so I'm interested in old books. I started thumbing through them and I realized they were a primary source of the establishment of Montesano. So I asked what he wanted and he said 'oh, ten bucks?' and I said 'how about five?' cause I'm a garage saler."
Carol found 11 books written by Montesano's city engineer from 1910 to 1914, and contacted the city. Mayor Ken Estes responded with a citizen appreciation award, and said the books will be put on display in the new city shop.

St. Lawrence centennial celebration Sunday in Raymond

RAYMOND, Wash. - St. Lawrence Catholic Church will celebrate its centennial year with a bilingual mass scheduled at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, September 29th. Immediately following the service, a catered luncheon will be served in the social hall of the church. The church is located at 1112 Blake Street in Raymond.

The Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain, archbishop of Seattle, will be the principle celebrant. Current Pastor, Fr. P.A. Kaech, and former pastors will concelebrate at the centennial mass. 

Sr. Virginia Miller, of the Sisters of Providence, who served as pastoral assistant (along with Sr. Elizabeth Joyce, Sp., since deceased) will be in attendance and will bring the gifts forward for the offertory procession.

Area doctor voices concerns over “meth-heads” in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Aberdeen's downtown homeless population is apparently migrating up the hill. That's according to Doctor Carey Martens, he told the city council at last night's meeting "I live up on Broadway Hill, we've seen a huge influx in terms of vagrants, meth-heads, every kind of undesirable that you see downtown - we've got up in our neighborhood."
KBKW On DemandThe Chief of Staff at Community Hospital said he's often asked questions as he recruits doctors to the area "And they're asking 'Doc Carey, where should we buy a house at?' Oh Wishkah is looking good, just come in and work - get the heck out of [Aberdeen] at night."
The doctor said he doesn't feel safe in his own driveway, and warned the council "I can practice medicine anywhere I want, and I chose to come here. People like me are not going to stay here for much longer, unless we get this place cleaned up."
City Councilwoman Kathy Hoder said she sees similar issues at her business "I pack a gun to work, and I keep it with me at all times." although her solution might not be for everybody.

Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Memorial Day Edition

It may be raining right now, but the forecast for Memorial Day weekend is excellent! The rain just makes it easier to concentrate on getting your work finished before rummaging around to find last years’ bottle of sunscreen lotion.
We have the perfect cut flower for your Memorial Weekend bouquets- glorious deep red Peonies! Our grower, Frank, was featured on the front page of The Daily World yesterday. He tells me that the fields are rather soggy today, but since the blossoms are cut while in tight bud, the rain doesn’t affect the quality of the flowers at all. Three stems of Red Charm Peonies are enough to make a lavish bouquet, but for only $2.00 per stem, you can splurge on as many as you want. The perfume fragrance will scent your home. You will feel like a princess, pampered with lavish flowers. It’s okay, you deserve it!
WE aslo have the exotic and highly esteemed Garlic Scapes available right now.
These come from Judy’s Elephant garlic plants. She trims the green growth and bud so that the strength will return to growing the garlic bulb under the soil.
These are a gourmet’s delight- delicate enough to chop and toss into a green salad, lovely to saute with vegetables. The flavor is delicate, rather than the robust assertive flavor of the garlic clove. Only .25 each!

Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Spring Rain Edition

More new Organic good-for-you foods have arrived at the Hoquiam Farmers Market!
Each week I add more fine products to our shelves, so that soon we can become your main grocery shopping source. Well, at least right up there on the list! I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer.
Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa, Spelt Flour, Tapioca, Flaxseed Meal, Split Peas, Steelcut Oats, Eden Organic Sauerkraut, Greek Gods Yogurt and Cascade Natural Yogurt! Yummy Sahalee nut snack mixes, tasty crackers, and fine cheeses. Our Lattin’s Apple Cider is the best you’ll ever taste until you buy an apple press of your own. Add a loaf of Nancy’s wheat bread, and you’ve got the ingredients for a picnic. Looks like the weather gods are smiling on us once more for a dry weekend
I am due for a trip to Scotland. Something in my genetic heritage calls out every so often for a trip back to the old homeland. Since I can’t respond to the plaintive primal call, I go instead on a day trip to Tokeland. I beeline for the Tokeland Hotel, stride through the front door, take a deep breath and feel the healing peace of Scotland flowing into my soul. I’m sure that it is all in my head, but somehow this old place fills that void every time. There is nothing at all fancy about it, and the past 127 years of use have worn some of the floorboards down so much that there is a bit of a shipboard lilt as you walk into the dining room. Almost everything is in original condition- the wavy glass in the windows gives a fairytale unreality to the view of the garden. Like most Scottish gardens, this one bears the brunt of harsh winds from the ocean. The trees are twisted and bent, the Spring flowers must huddle close to the building in order to survive. There are days when the rain is hitting the glass so hard that I can’t see the garden at all, and one day snowflakes were drifting from the sky.

Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Frog Edition

Tuesdays are often a Market Pick Up Day- this week I’m bringing back fresh pressed Lattin’s Apple Cider and dozens and dozens of bunches of fresh picked Daffodils! Wednesday morning brings a delivery of crisp and fabulous fresh Green Beans, in time for your Easter dinner. The Hot House grown rhubarb is finished now, and we’re waiting for the Puyallup fields to drain- rhubarb likes a moist soil, but this is pushing the limits!
Meanwhile, fresh plants are in abundance at the market! We have scads of beautiful blooming beauties, ready for your tender loving care. The Kennedy Irish Primula is a new variety of Primrose, with a deep green leaf. They’re just about ready to pop with blossoms, and will manage it sooner if brought into the shelter of your loving home.
Mondays are our only closed day of the week, and today Nancy is getting new counter tops in her kitchen! Rejoicing will begin at 2am this morning when the Baker Ladies start work. Cookies appear soon after, followed by Cinnamon Rolls and other scrumptious delicacies. Hot Cross Buns? Oh yes! On Good Friday and Saturday- we believe in traditions here at the Farmers Market. Can’t wait for the first flour to smudge the new counter tops!

Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Bridge Edition

Remember the old song line ‘You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’?  
If you are one who looks for hidden messages in frustrating events, perhaps you hummed that little ditty as you tried to maintain your good manners and willingness to share your lane during the time that Hoquiams’ Simpson Avenue Bridge was closed for repairs!  The happiness of having our beloved bridge back is in direct proportion to the five months of straining to think happy thoughts.  We’re talking really, really happy here in Hoquiam!  

It still feels a bit odd to make the old familiar loop over the Riverside and Simpson bridges.  Instead of being in my usual fog of deep thought, I’ve quietly celebrated all week as I scoot over the bridge.  Must be exactly what our grandparents experienced eighty seven years ago when the bridge was first built.  I know that complacency will settle in all too soon, so I’m trying to savor this experience as long as possible.  After all, life is full of highs and lows, which is exactly what makes the good times so sweet. 

Hoquiam Farmers Market News – Bridge Closure Edition

Bridge Closure? No Problem! We’re right on your way now, from either direction! If you need help finding alternate ways to get around town, just ask us. There is always a bonus side to a problem and ours is that our downtown area is now a quiet and peaceful place to have a leisurely stroll while shopping. The Riverside walkway is as scenic and lovely a walk as you could ever wish for.