Hoquiam City Council split 6-6, declines Marijuana zoning ordinance

The clouds almost parted over Hoquiam’s moratorium on marijuana businesses last night, as the city council adopted their revised zoning ordinance that would have allowed state licensed stores in some areas on a close 7-5 vote. But then they rejected revisions to their business licensing ordinance voting 6-6 against it – making it briefly legal to locate a store in some zones, but illegal to get a business license for a marijuana business. Mayor Jack Durney said after that vote “OK friends we’ll think about that huh? Kind of a contradiction in terms if we change our zoning but then we say we’re not going to license them.” City Attorney Steven Johnson explained “Our ordinance says that we cannot issue a business license if it violates federal law. By not passing this [and passing the other] they’re legally zoned, but we can’t issue a business license.” After councilwoman Kay Diehm said she was unclear on the issue, the council reconsidered the original vote and failed to pass it’s marijuana zoning ordinance 6-6 against. It took Mayor Durney to break that same tie on another vote to send the ordinance back to the public works committee “I don’t think we should have a moral discussion about this at this point. I think we need to deal with what the public has told us to do.” The council will revisit the same ordinance, with one line omitted that would have made medical marijuana collective gardens not only illegal in city limits, but also a public nuisance and subject to abatement by the city. Councilman Paul McMillan said the change wouldn’t sway his opinion on the matter, and felt that Hoquiam should wait for Colorado to pioneer the issue before challenging federal law. Councils John Pellegrini, Kay Diehm, Greg Grund, Paul McMillan, Darrin Moir and Bill Nelson all voted against allowing recreational marijuana businesses in Hoquiam.

Body of Mason County man found after child porn arrest

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A body found floating near the Bremerton, Wash., marina has been identified as that of a prominent Mason County man arrested last week for investigation of possessing

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Death at Bishop Athletic Complex in Aberdeen ruled suicide

The Aberdeen Police Department, working with the Grays Harbor Coroners Office, has completed the investigation into the death of Steven Hyde. Police Captain John Green tells us the manner

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Aberdeen mayor schedules ward meetings, wants input

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The mayor of the city of Aberdeen will conduct ward meetings in the coming months to gather questions, and hear your concerns about anything from needles to trains. Mayor Bill Simpson said you can attend any of the meetings being held at local schools regardless of ward. A citywide town hall meeting is also being planned for early 2014 to address concerns raised. Similar to meetings held last year, Simpson said "No solutions would be done that night, then we'll meet again later on and show them what we've done with these ideas."
The first meeting will be held at Steven's Elementary, on October 28th then at A.J. West Elementary, on October 29th. Two November meetings will take place at Robert Gray on the 4th, then McDermoth on the 8th. All meetings will begin at 6:30 that evening.

93.7 Bigfoot Country Night at Grays Harbor Raceway

This Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway located at the Fairgrounds in Elma, will be 93.7 Bigfoot Country Night. Four ASA Track Member divisions will be in competition including, the Whitney’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, Shipwreck Beads Modifieds, Triple X Ford Focus Midgets, and Cut Rate Auto Parts Hobby Stocks.
Sprint car points leader Seth Bergman will be gunning for his fourth win of the year in the Whitney’s Auto Group Sprint Car division. Bergman leads Enumclaw’s Henry Van Dam by 52 points 582 to 530, Shelton’s Jay Cole moved into third position in the standings with 496 points, Raymond’s Glenn Borden Jr the 2009 Champion sits 1 point back with 495 points. Tacoma’s Shawn Rice holds down the fifth position with 468 points.

Union to pay teachers for campaign violations

OLYMPIA—The Washington Education Association (WEA) has agreed to return $225,000 to teachers after using their wages for the union’s political agenda without their authorization. This settlement ends a nine-year lawsuit that included an appeal the U.S. Supreme Court in which the high court ruled in favor of the teachers, Davenport v. WEA. The suit began when the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) filed a complaint with the Public Disclosure Commission. To date, the WEA has been ordered or agreed to pay over $1 million for violating teachers’ rights in this case.

Teachers in Washington are generally required to pay for union representation as a condition of employment. Teachers who decline to join the union must also pay union fees, but are given protections in state law to ensure protection of their First Amendment rights. Specifically, RCW 42.17.760 required unions to get permission from nonmembers before using their payments for political activity. (The legislature amended the law in 2007, significantly weakening its free speech protections for union-represented employees.)

Washington State Ranked 7th Among “Energy Efficient”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 21, 2009): The current economic downturn is not sidetracking state-level efforts to make the most of energy efficiency as the cheapest, cleanest and quickest of all energy resources, according to a 50-state scorecard on energy efficiency policies, programs, and practices from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

The 2009 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which ranks states in six categories, concludes that the 10 states doing the most to implement energy efficiency are: California (1); Massachusetts (2); Connecticut (3); Oregon (4); New York (5); Vermont (6); Washington state (7); Minnesota (8); Rhode Island (9); and Maine (10).

"By embracing a wide range of cost-effective energy efficiency strategies, the leading states are demonstrating that efficiency is their ’first fuel’ to meet energy demands while growing their economies," said Maggie Eldridge, ACEEE research associate and lead author of the report. "States continue to raise the bar with comprehensive strategies to improve efficiency in their buildings, industry, and transportation systems. They are the ‘living laboratories’ of energy efficiency."

Narcotics Arrest in Pacific County Pays Off for PACNET

Last week PACNET received an unexpected financial boost from the Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team, a drug task force in St. Helens Oregon. The task force, known as CENT, forwarded PACNET checks totaling $12,386.80. The money was the result of a civil seizure in July of 2008 and associated with a narcotics arrest in Pacific County.

On July 17th of 2008, deputies arrested local resident, Jentry Milhiser in the Chinook area. The arrest was the result of a lengthy PACNET investigation in to the sales of Marijuana. During the arrest, deputies found Milhiser to be in possession of a large amount of processed marijuana valued at $11,500.00. Milhiser was booked in to Pacific County Jail for three counts of delivery of marijuana and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

3rd Annual Fred Brownfield Memorial Lucus Oil ASCS National Sprint Tour

History is in the making this Friday and Saturday Night at Grays Harbor Raceway located at the Fairgrounds in Elma, as the Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Tour presented by K & N Filters makes their first ever appearance west of the Rocky Mountains for the running of the 3rd Annual Fred Brownfield Memorial event,  that will pay the winner $10,092 to win.  In the 17 years that the series has been in competition they have competed at over 100 tracks in 22 different states throughout the nation.

Coast Guard issues safety reminders in lieu of cruise ship season

SEATTLE - The Coast Guard is reminding mariners and recreational boaters to avoid approaching large passenger vessels (LPV), such as cruise ships and Washington State Ferries, whether these vessels are underway, moored or at anchor.

An LPV is defined as any cruise ship, auto ferry or passenger ferry over 100 feet in length, carrying paying passengers. This includes Washington State Ferries and Alaskan Marine Highway ferries. The security zone enforced by the Coast Guard is a 500 yard radius around all LPV's and are necessary to enhance public and maritime safety. These security and safety zones are in effect at all times whether or not the Coast Guard is present.