Local Car Warriors Compete

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A couple of locals will be building cars on TV tonight, Billy Bob Customs will be featured on SpeedTV’s “Car Warriors” at 6pm. The team consists of Aberdeen natives Chris Mull, and Scott Heller, Ben Neal, Nathan Kahler, Elma resident Rod Emerson, and Ryan Craighead of Olympia. Chris Mull, or Billy Bob himself, tells us the show pits two teams of 6 to build a complete car from the ground up in 48 hours. Billy Bob’s Customs is located at 115 South Jefferson in Aberdeen, The show can bee seen at 6 tonight on SpeedTV, check with your cable provider for local listings.

Footprints in The Snow Help Bust Burglar

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – A smoke alarm and footprints in the snow led to the arrest of a burglary suspect in Ocean Shores last night. Ocean Shores Police were first to respond to a possible fire at the home on Point Brown Avenue just after 8 pm Tuesday when the officer noticed a window had been removed from it’s frame, and no evidence was seen of a fire.

The officer followed fresh footprints to the suspect hiding under a deck, the 34 year old Hoquiam man admitted to breaking into the home and stealing a TV and VCR, selling the items in Hoquiam, and then returning for more loot when the fire alarm went off for no known reason. The man was later booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for the Burglary.

Attorneys general urge Federal Trade Commission to strengthen advertising disclosures

McKenna joined 42 other state attorneys general in sending a letter this week to the Federal Trade Commission, in conjunction with the FTC’s proposal to help prevent deceptive marketing of “free” credit reports. The attorneys general said they support a number of the changes proposed by the FTC but would like even clearer disclosures.

“We believe that advertising restrictions and mandatory disclosures are necessary to ensure that consumers are not misled or confused by advertisements and offers for ‘free’ credit reports and are able to easily obtain their free annual credit reports,” the letter states.

By law, consumers are permitted one free credit report from each of the three major bureaus – Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. Consumers may request a report at www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228.

The states’ letter identifies www.freecreditreport.com as an example of a Web site where consumers can be misled. Experian owns and heavily markets the site.

“Consumers file complaints stating they did not understand that by accessing their free credit report, they had signed up for a service that automatically charged a specific amount per month for credit monitoring,” the attorneys general wrote.

The FTC proposes that TV and radio commercials for “free” credit reports must disclose, “This is not the free credit report provided for by Federal law.” The states want advertisers to include the statement, “This report is only free if you make a purchase.”

Print and Internet ads would require similar disclosures and list the phone number and Web site for requesting the government-mandated free reports. Consumers who visited a Web site where “free” credit reports are sold would be automatically sent to a separate landing page where they could choose to continue to the commercial site or instead visit www.annualcreditreport.com.

The attorneys general and the FTC also want to ban hyperlinks to commercial Web sites from www.annualcreditreport.com and prohibit marketing for paid services or products until after a consumer has received the free credit report.

CONSUMER TIPS

 

·       The Washington Attorney General’s Office recommends you request an annual free credit report from www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228. The Web site is secure and your information is encrypted when you submit it.

·       You are allowed one report yearly from each of the three major participating bureaus, TransUnion, Experian and Equifax. You may order all three at once. Or you may want to do your own monitoring by spacing them. Order one from TransUnion now. Four months later, order one form Experian. Then four months after that, order an Equifax report. Repeat the following year. The law doesn’t require the bureaus to provide a free credit score, however.

·       The government-mandated site isn’t without risk. The bureaus will still try to sell you other products, such as a credit score, and clicking on the company logos at the bottom of the main page will direct you away from the government-run site. You don’t need to enter a credit card number to get your free report. So if you’re asked for payment info, you know you’ve landed elsewhere.

·       You can reduce the number of credit solicitations you receive by “opting out” of the pre-approved credit lists that the bureaus sell to companies. Call 1-888-5-OPTOUT (567-8688) or make the request online at www.optoutprescreen.com.

H1N1 (swine flu) Information for Washington Residents

The Department of Health H1N1 Web site is updated regularly. It features flu prevention information, including guides for businesses and schools, tip for parents and caregivers, and downloadable outreach materials. A telephone information line (1-888-703-4364) offers helpful recorded tips on topics such as the symptoms of H1N1, what to do if you’re sick, and steps to take to stay well. Department of Health Twitter followers (http://twitter.com/WA_DeptofHealth) get frequent updates to help stay current on fast-changing influenza topics. People can send their questions to prepare@doh.wa.gov 

One of the most common questions is about the availability of H1N1 vaccine. The agency Web site includes a "vaccine locator" map, an interactive county-by-county diagram connecting visitors to vaccine distribution information in their communities. The map is updated with the latest information as the vaccine supply increases.

"We want people to take flu seriously," Selecky said, "and remember that it can be prevented and managed with basic good health manners. Washing your hands, covering your cough and sneeze, and staying home when you’re sick are key prevention tactics. And get vaccinated when you can. Vaccination is the best protection against influenza."

Vaccine delivery around the country has been slower than expected and supply remains limited. But H1N1 vaccine is here, and more is being shipped every day. More than 500,000 doses have now come to the state, and federal health leaders say in the weeks ahead everyone who would like to get the vaccine will be able to do so. Priority groups to receive early supplies of the vaccine include pregnant women, parents and caregivers of children under six months, healthcare and emergency service workers, people from six months to 24 years, and adults 25-64 with health conditions that put them at higher risk of flu-related complications.

A public education campaign will be launched by the Department of Health in the coming weeks to inform the public about prevention measures and the information resources available. The campaign will include TV and radio advertisements and direct outreach. It will focus on things people can do to help stop the spread of this new flu, including getting vaccinated, washing their hands more often, covering their cough and sneezes, and staying home when sick.

 

 

a healthy dose of information.

 

Visit the Washington Department of Health Web site at http://www.doh.wa.gov for

Earthquake Felt By Shelton Grays Harbor County Residents

     SHELTON, WA (AP) – The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says a minor earthquake with a magnitude of 3.4 was reported Wednesday night about six miles west-southwest of Shelton, Wash.

The quake was recorded at 8:10 p.m. at a depth of 27 miles. KING-TV says there have been no reports of injuries or damage. 

The Seismic Network is based at the University of Washington.  UW seismology lab coordinator Bill Steele says Western Washington experiences frequent quakes of about magnitude 3.0 – about 10 a year.

Join Grays Harbor PUD at Disaster Preparedness Event September 26

Pacific County-All events held 10am-2pm
Raymond:  Radio Shack, 704 Willapa Pl.
Raymond: Dennis Company TV & Appliance, 124 4th St.
Ocean Park:  Jacks County Store, 26006 State Route 103.
South Bend:  Buds Lumber, 220 W. Robert Bush Dr.
Long Beach:  Dennis Co., 201 N. Pacific
Long Beach:  Wirkkala Radio Shack, 4912 Pacific Ave.

These special events, coordinated between the Washington State Emergency Management Division, Grays Harbor PUD, Pacific County, Grays Harbor County and local businesses, will feature specially priced weather radios available for purchase. Amateur radio operators and volunteers will be on hand to program the radios. Weather radios not only provide weather conditions, they also alert local residents to many immediate, life-threatening hazards, like weather, tsunamis, volcanoes, hazardous releases, and other dangerous events. In addition, your Grays Harbor PUD will be at the Aberdeen event providing information on preparing for power outages and safe use of generators during outages. We will also be handing out flash lights (while supplies last) to help you get started on assembling a disaster preparedness kit.

Hoquiam Police warn of High-Value Burglaries

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Hoquiam Police are warning of recent residential burglaries that seem to be targetting high-end electronics Seargent Steve Fretts said items stolen include large flat-screen TV’s "it’s stuff that they wouldn’t be able to easily come in and out of a house with"

the burglaries appear to be during times when the suspects know the residents would not be home, and it appears the targets are opportunistic, Fretts reminds residents to always lock their windows and doors when they leave, and not take chances "it’s a little bit better to have your house warm when you come home, than it is to come home to an empty house."

One house was broken into in the 400 block of Emerson during logger’s playday, another on Riverside Avenue two nights ago.

The Hoquiam Police Department is asking that if you observe any suspicious activity, to contact Seeargent Steve Fretts at 532-0892, extension 102 – if you see a crime in progress you should call 911