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Traffic Shifts to New Temporary Roadway on US 101 in Artic

ARTIC, Wash. - Beginning thursday afternoon, motorists can expect signal-controlled, one-way, alternating traffic on US 101 near the SR 107 interchange in Artic as crews shift traffic onto a new temporary roadway.
 
Motorists will use this temporary roadway for the next two months while crews replace a Mosquito Creek culvert that WSDOT identified as a fish barrier. Fish barriers prevent migratory fish from reaching upstream habitat. 
 
For more construction and maintenance updates, visit: www.wsdot.wa.gov/Regions/Olympic/Construction/.

Toads/Microtel Night at the Races

ELMA, Wash. - It’s Toads Deli/ Microtel Inn & Suites Night at Grays Harbor Raceway this Saturday Night.   There will be lots of great prizes given out to lucky fans including three, one stays at any of the three Microtel Inn and Suites located in Elma, Seaside and Sutherlin, Oregon. Five classes will be in action including the Whitney’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars, Shipwreck Beads Modifieds, Triple X Ford Focus Midgets, HiLine Homes Hornets and the Cruisers.   Grays Harbor Raceway is a ASA  Member Track.
 
The Whitney’s Auto Group 360 Sprint Cars point standings tightened up a little last Saturday as points leader  Glen Borden of Raymond had a very rare DNF in the feature allowing Shelton’s Jay Cole to close within 33 points 1034 to 1001 of the three time and defending champion. Tacoma’s Shawn Rice moved up one spot to third  68  points behind the leader at 966.  Kirkland’s Steve Vague moved up one spot to fourth  with 957 points, JJ Hickle from Quilcene dropped two spots to fifth with 874 points. You can except to see a bigger car count this weekend as this is the last Sprint Car race before the Big E Weekend, already confirmed to be here on Saturday include Roger Crockett from Medford, NASCSAR Camping World Truck driver Tyler Malsam from Snohomish along with Puyallup’s Mitch Olson and Enumclaw’s Henry Van Dam.

WSDOT Stimulus News of the Week

WSDOT advertised a Spokane area highway project using surplus funds from low bids on stimulus projects. Contractors broke ground on the I-5 HOV lane expansion in Pierce County as construction began on the state’s largest Recovery Act highway project to date. Prime contractors for state highway Recovery Act projects have exceeded the goals for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation to date and three projects have been awarded to DBEs as prime contractors. WSDOT applied for a Recovery Act-funded energy grant and is preparing grant applications for high speed passenger rail projects.

Hoquiam Police Department Warns of Suspicious Activites

HOQUIAM, Wash. - During the past several weeks the Hoquiam Police Department has received 3 complaints in which girls have been approached on the street by an older male. In two of the incidents, in the 600 block of Perry Avenue, the man has approached the same 9 year old girl and attempted to give her cheap gifts.  Thus far the man has not asked the females to go anywhere with him nor has he attempted to molest them. 
 
Officers have identified the man as a 54 year old Indian male who lives in the vicinity of Perry   He is approximately 5’9 165# with brown eyes and black hair. When he has approached the girls he has been on foot and once he was riding a bicycle. The man has been warned to stay away from any girl he sees on the street or elsewhere. This man has not committed a crime that we are aware of at this time. 

Warrant Arrest for Kidnapping Suspect

HOQUIAM, Wash. - Grays Harbor County Deputies and Hoquiam and Aberdeen officers have attempting to locate Harold Glenn Rath, a 31 year old Aberdeen man at arrest him on a warrant that stems from a Kidnapping investigation conducted by the Aberdeen Police Department.
 
On Wednesday August 19, 2009 at Grays Harbor County K-9 Officer Crawford received a tip that Rath was in the trailer park which is located in the 400 block of Queen Avenue, in Hoquiam.
Crawford and another deputy went to the scene at about 11:30 am and received additional information that Rath was possibly in a specific trailer. The deputies went to that trailer and spoke with the resident and inquired as to who was also in the trailer. The man told the deputies that his girlfriend was inside. The deputies then specifically asked if Rath was in the trailer and received a positive response. The resident and his girlfriend left the trailer and the deputies attempted to call to the man through the open door but got no response. They also sprayed a small amount of pepper spray into the trailer but the man in the trailer did not respond to the spray either. There was no telephone in the trailer for officers to use in an attempt to speak to Rath. 

Patient with Weapon in Emergency Room Apprehended

Aberdeen, WA –  Tuesday evening an individual that had entered the Emergency Department’s Triage area was observed to have, what appeared to be, a gun in the screen mesh pocket of a backpack. Staff advised the person that weapons are not permitted in the building, then summoned the hospital’s armed Security Officer and called 911. 
 
The appearance of the Security Officer caused the individual to flee the building. The hopsital immediately went into an “External Lockdown” in which employees have been trained to secure all entrances and exits to the building in order to protect the safety of patients, visitors and staff.
 
The person was located on the hospital grounds and interviewed by the Security Officer. Upon the arrival of the Aberdeen Police Department, the individual was further interviewed, then arrested on outstanding warrants. 

Barbara Bennett Parsons With the Hoquiam Farmers Market News

Summer Fun; def.- food, art, music, festivals, fairs, and more food!
 
Your Hoquiam Farmers Market is intent on making every final moment of this summer season so filled with good times that you will be able to slip happily into fall, content in the knowledge that you didn’t miss a darn thing!
In order to fortify yourself for a very busy week ahead, I highly recommend that you saunter into Deidra’s Deli on Thursday.  Any day is just fine, but on Thursday you will find a gourmet specialty that is so rare and fine that Hoquiam might just find itself known far and wide for gastronomic excellence.  Have I tantalized you enough?      Fresh Chanterelle Mushroom Soup !!!!!!!!!
Yup.  Right here in little old Hometown Hoquiam.  Julia Childs would be so proud.

Barbara Bennett Parsons With the Hoquiam Farmers Market News

Community Tailgate Produce sale!
Are the beans and squash threatening to take over the entire neighborhood?  Have your friends and relatives gone into hiding when they see you approaching with yet another giant zucchini?
The Hoquiam Farmers Market has a solution to your too-much-of-a-good-thing problem; On Saturday, Aug. 29th the public is invited to bring their homegrown garden produce to The Market to sell! This is a free of charge chance for the gardeners to hook up with buyers!  Decide upon your prices and share your produce excess in an old-fashioned parking lot tailgate sale!  
If you have garden goodies (vegetables, fruit, or flowers) to sell, we want to help.  Simply show up on Saturday the 29th, we’re open from 9 until6.
The Market is always looking for sources of fresh local food products, so if you have goodies available right now today, give us a call at 538-9747

Bomb Threat in Westport Shuts Down Shipyard

The Westport Shipyard evacuated their Westport Structures this morning, due to a bomb threat

The Hoquiam Office confirms the the Wesport office sent most of the employees home for the day, some administrative staff remained until the threat was assessed by the Westport police department.
Chief William Gibson told us "all the buildings have been gone through, nothing was found, at this point it doesn't appear to be a credible report... you take these things seriously"
The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad was notifiedshortly after the bomb threat was discovered this morning, written on one of the stalls in a men's restroom.

The Hoquiam Shipyard remains open on their regular schedule, the Westport yard will remain closed overnight.