The city of Westport will be looking for a new Chief of Police soon, after William Gibson announced his retirement to city staff last month.
Westport’s “mani-cop” position remains filled.
Mayor Michael Bruce tells us they actually have a couple of job openings. “Late December, Judy Stiles longtime city employee and our Court Clerk retired. After vacation I go back to city hall and my Police Chief comes in and Chief Gibson says [he's] retiring this year and done in July.” Bruce added that when it rains…. “within hours, Lieutenant Joe Christian submitted a letter, saying he’s retiring in February.
The city is contacting the state to start the lateral hiring process for the officer positions, anyone interested in applying at the entry-level can get started online at www.publicsafetytesting.com
A distraught woman with a handgun barricaded herself in a Westport home for hours this afternoon. Police Chief Bill Gibson tells KBKW a negotiator from the county was able to help talk the woman out of the house near the 800 block of Ocean Avenue after over 6 hours of securing the neighborhood and talking with her. Gibson said the woman was taken into protective custody, and reports no injuries. An automatic handgun was recovered, no shots were fired. Officers from Westport, Grays Harbor County and the State Patrol assisted.
WESTPORT, Wash. – A 131-foot fish processing vessel erupted into flames early Saturday morning. The Coast Guard reports the master of The Juno was aboard at the time, and was not hurt.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no injuries were reported. The Westport Fire department said the fire was reported at 1:30 Saturday morning, they contacted watch-standers at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport for assistance fighting the fire. Two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews were launched to respond.
The fire was reported out at 4:05 a.m. There is thought to be approximately 5,000 gallons of firefighting water aboard, with 4 1/2 to 5 feet on deck, causing the vessel to list.
Members of the incident management division from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., were dispatched to the scene to monitor the removal of the firefighting water and mitigate any potential environmental hazards caused by the vessel.
Yonich said the venue would accommodate about 20,000 concert goers “We’d be similar to the Gorge [amphitheater in Gorge, Washington], they’ve got the weather but sometimes that works against them too.” The developer that brought life to the D&R Theater in Aberdeen says he’s hoping to get some big names signed for a new venue as early as this summer.
WESTPORT, Wash. – Change is coming to the Westport Visitor Information Center. Regardless of continued support from the city of Westport, the Grays Harbor PUD is pulling it’s pay station and a contract that makes up almost a 1/4 of the chamber’s budget at the end of the month.
At a special session Friday morning, the city council approved a contract with the Chamber for a 1 year term on a similar deal as the previous, with additional reporting requirements, and a kiosk to be setup at city hall. Executive Director with the chamber, Leslie Eichner tells us this helps, but they’ve just lost another 20% of their budget “We are of course in another transitional phase because of the PUD [contract]“
Due to new regulations, the PUD will be moving pay services to Anchor Savings Bank branches, closing current pay stations at Hoquiam Ace Hardware, D & K Grocery in Pacific Beach, Grayland Hardware, Image Flowers in Elma, Pick Rite Thriftway in Montesano, and the Westport-Grayland Chamber of Commerce effective the first of December.
Construction activities have been coordinated with the City of Westport and Port of Grays Harbor.
The section of revetment under repair will be closed to the public during construction. “No Public Access” signs will be posted at the entrance.
The section of revetment being repaired will be quite dangerous. Between the on-site heavy equipment, 6-17 ton rocks that are not yet placed and can shift, and truck traffic, the boardwalk and beach on either side of the repair area will be periodically closed. No one will be allowed within the construction zone on the revetment.
ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor PUD will be changing the locations for pay stations in outlying areas of the county. Current pay stations located at Hoquiam Ace Hardware, D & K Grocery in Pacific Beach, Grayland Hardware, Image Flowers in Elma, Pick Rite Thriftway in Montesano, and the Westport-Grayland Chamber of Commerce will no longer accept payments on behalf of the Grays Harbor PUD effective November 30, 2013.
Beginning Monday December 2, 2013 payments can be made at any Anchor Bank location in Grays Harbor County, including Aberdeen, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano, Ocean Shores, and Westport. The change is being made due to increased regulations around personal information related to customer accounts.
“The District appreciates the relationship and the quality of work that each pay station has provided; however, regulatory requirements have prompted these necessary changes.” said PUD General Manager Dave Ward.
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Grays Harbor PUD will be changing the locations for pay stations in outlying areas of the county. Current pay stations located at Hoquiam Ace Hardware, D & K Grocery in Pacific Beach, Grayland Hardware, Image Flowers in Elma, Pick Rite Thriftway in Montesano, and the Westport-Grayland Chamber of Commerce will no longer accept payments on behalf of the Grays Harbor PUD effective November 30, 2013.
Beginning Monday December 2, 2013 payments can be made at any Anchor Bank location in Grays Harbor County, including Aberdeen, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano, Ocean Shores, and Westport. The change is being made due to
From: Grays Harbor PUD
WESTPORT, Wash. – The City Council last night tabled the decision on what to do with the Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. At a standing room only council meeting, they considered cutting funding, and moving the VIC to City Hall.Local business owner Bill Wolfenbarger* said they weren’t looking at the bigger picture “the bigger picture is not Westport versus Grayland, which is unincorporated, and whether Westport puts money into the chamber or not. The question is whether the city of Westport should contribute to the greater welfare of the whole South beach area. Can’t you do that? Don’t you recognize that people who go to Grayland come to Westport?”
Council Desire Dodson said the idea has been discussed for years, but she’s changed her mind “when I took some time to actually go out and talk to some of you, I wondered why this is happening without having talked to anybody. Here we are at a year when we’re going into a centennial and we have so much coordinating to do and so much information to get out there. This is a really bad year to be doing this.” Council voted to take the issue up again at their second meeting in November.
*Note: Bill Wolfenbarger is the President of Jodesha Broadcasting, owner of this radio station.
WESTPORT, Wash. – The City of Westport is hosting a town hall meeting to discuss crude by rail in Grays Harbor. Mayor Michael Bruce announced the meeting was oprganized at the request of council, and will answer questions about the potential impacts of petroluem exports from the Port of Grays Harbor terminals in Hoquiam. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. November 12th at McCausland Hall on the grounds of the Westport Maritime Museum.