Puget Sound & Pacific shuts down trains for repairs and inspection of rail

Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad, Inc. (PSAP) experienced three low-speed grain car derailments in the past 17 days, none of which involved any injuries or damage to non-railroad property:

  • On April 29, five cars derailed at 5 mph at South Washington Street in Aberdeen.  The track was back in service on April 30.
  • On May 9, seven cars derailed at 6 mph at Heron Street in Aberdeen.  The track was back in service on May 14.
  • On May 15, 11 cars derailed at 10 mph at Devonshire Road in Montesano.  It is estimated that the track will be back in service on or before May 18.


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Hoquiam police arrest one, searching for another after stolen car crash overnight

Hoquiam Police recovered a couple of stolen cars overnight, after a car chase ended in a car wreck, then a foot chase at Washington Street. Police have one person in custody, another who is

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Repairs being made to tracks, roadway in Aberdeen after train derails early Tuesday

Crews delivered lights and generators this evening to the site of a train derailment in Aberdeen, Puget Sound and Pacific plans to have the line open again by tomorrow. The cars have been

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Train derails in Aberdeen, two grain cars spill, no injuries reported

Multiple grain cars have derailed this morning in Aberdeen. Puget Sound and Pacific reported the issue around 1:30 Tuesday. At least two cars are on their side, with grain seeping from their tops, another is teetering, and multiple cars remain off the tracks blocking South Washington street near State Street. PS&P crews were surveying the damage this morning, no injuries were reported, and no known cause has been given for the accident. +*1+*

Search for burglar in Aberdeen turns up vandalized U-Haul, no suspect

Aberdeen police searched the West side this morning for a man who was seen running from Thai Smiles in the 100 block of N. Park Street. Police Captain John Green tells us juest before

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Public meeting on salmon forecast kicks off WDFW season-setting process

OLYMPIA – Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year’s

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Three Hoquiam Teens Get Their Workout Stealing Nintendo Wii

HOQUIAM, Wash. - Police tracked down three juveniles that allegedly broke into a home and stole a Nintendo Wii yesterday.

Deputy Chief Jim Malony tells us a woman's daughter found the gate to their fenced yard open and the family dog running loose when she came home around 3pm Thursday. Investigators found evidence of forced entry to the back door, and a neighbor reported possible descriptions of three kids seen leaving the home on Washington Street. Based on those descriptions, Hoquiam Police detained three Hoquiam juveniles aged 15, 16, and 17 and found the stolen game system. The 15 year old was booked on an unrelated warrant, the two others were questioned and released.

Habitat For Humanity Completes Home Number 12

HOQUIAM, Wash. - The Francis family, of Hoquiam were given the keys to their new home Sunday afternoon. The Mother and Father of three will move in sometime this week.

Habitat for Humanity Public Relations Chairperson Helen Haige tells us this home was designed with a wheelchair in mind, to accomodate the father Jaime "It shows that we do home design to fit the partner family, rather than just slapping something together and saying this is your house."

Habitat for Humanity began work on this home located in the 1100 block of Washington Street in Hoquiam 9 months ago with the help of the Carpentry Class at Grays Harbor College, Volunteers took over the project in June when college classes finished, this is Habitat's 12th Grays Harbor home 

DNR sets open house meetings to discuss program that compensates small forest landowners for costs of regulation

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced three open house meetings around the state to discuss improvements and changes to the selection process for the Forestry Riparian Easement Program (FREP). DNR will take the input from these meetings to draft recommendations that it will present to the state legislature by October 1, 2010.

The Forestry Riparian Easement Program (FREP) compensates eligible small forest landowners for 50 percent to 80 percent of the marketable timber that they must leave unharvested due to state forest practices rules that protect forests and fish. The landowner still owns the property and retains full access, but has “leased” the trees and their important riparian functions, such as clean water and fish habitat, to the state.