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Seattle woman drowns at Lake Nawatzel near Shelton

On Sunday night, July 28, 2013 around 7 PM, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office was advised of swimmer in distress.  A group of people who were having a friendly gathering at Lake Nawatzel reported that one of their friends, a 20 year old woman visiting from the Seattle area, had swam out to a buoy, went under water and did not surface.


Civilian boats with Fire District 12 and Central Mason Fire Medics started searching for the young woman.  The young woman was finally located 126+ feet from the dock and under 20+ feet of water, but swimmers could not get to her. 


The Mason County Sheriff’s Office launched a patrol boat where a member of the Mason County Dive Rescue Team recovered the woman around 8:05 PM and immediately started CPR.  The young woman was transported to the dock where medic personnel continued attempts to save her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pacific Financial Corporation Reports Earnings in First Quarter

ABERDEEN, Wash., April 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Financial Corporation (OTCQB:PFLC), the holding company for Bank of the Pacific, today reported net income of $701,000, or $0.07 per share, for the first quarter of 2013, driven by strong growth in deposits, increased loan demand and improved credit quality. Net income for the first quarter of 2012 was $1.0 million, or $0.10 per share. Fourth quarter 2012 net income was $1.7 million, or $0.16 per share, primarily as a result of recoveries that led to a $1.5 million recapture of credit loss provision during the quarter.

First Quarter 2013 Highlights (at or for the period ended March 31, 2013, except as noted)

  • Announced in January 2013 an agreement to acquire three coastal branches from Sterling Financial Corporation. The company expects to close the transaction during the current quarter, which will expand banking operations to 17 branches in Washington and 3 in Oregon. 
  • Opened a second loan production office (LPO) in Vancouver, WA, adding to the LPO opened in Burlington, WA during 2012.
  • Announced plans to open a full-service branch in Warrenton, Oregon, in the fourth quarter of 2013, further expanding our presence in the coastal communities of Washington and Oregon.
  • Net income was $701,000, or $0.07 per share, for the first quarter of 2013.   
  • Total deposits increased 3% to $569.2 million at March 31, 2013, from $550.4 million a year prior, with non-interest demand deposits growing 31% to $128.9 million from $98.3 million at March 31, 2012.
  • Growth in total loans increased 5% to $471.2 million at quarter-end, from $448.2 million at December 31, 2012 and 1% from $468.1 million at March 31, 2012.
  • Capital ratios continue to significantly exceed regulatory requirements for a well-capitalized financial institution, including a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 10.71% and total risk-based capital ratio of 15.60%.

"We have been focused on growing our franchise for the last several quarters, and we are making solid progress. We opened our loan production office in Vancouver, WA during the first quarter, and we expect to complete the acquisition of the three branches from Sterling Bank by the end of June," said Dennis Long, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Attorney General: How to Get Your CRT Price-Fixing Restitution

Attorney General Bob Ferguson this month announced the process for consumers to obtain their share of a nearly $40 million recovery. The...

Get Ready for The Year’s Busiest Mailing and Shipping Week

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Hoquiam Police Department Promotes Detective P. Shane Krohn to Patrol Sergeant

On June 1, 2009 at 1800 hours, Detective P. Shane Krohn was promoted to Patrol Sergeant with the Hoquiam Police Department. 

Mrs. Krohn pins a new sergeant badge on newly promoted Sgt. Krohn.

Detective Krohn has over 20-years of service with the police department.  During his tenure, he has served as a patrol officer, department DARE officer, and for the past three and a half years has been a detective.  Newly promoted Sgt. Krohn is replacing Sgt. Steve Wells who retired on May 31st.  In addition to his regular duties, Sgt. Krohn is also a department Firearms Officer and Evidence Custodian.

In addition to his exemplary work within the department, Sgt. Krohn has also been active in local youth sports and youth activities, to include coaching several sports within the Hoquiam School District.  Sgt. Krohn is married with three girls; his wife is a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School.

Washington State Fishing Guide Billy Swann Convicted of Disability Fraud

A prominent Southwest Washington fishing guide, who was convicted last year of killing two protected wild salmon, was convicted today in U.S. District Court...

Washington State Dept. of Ag. Says No Spraying For Gypsy Moths in 2017

After conducting its second largest gypsy moth eradication ever this past spring, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced that no spraying will...

Conservative Comments with Mike Yarmakovich

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Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – We Already Have A Mushroom Edition, Edition

The Rain Dance finally worked! The long dry spell was lovely, but seeing the plants lift their grateful faces to the nourishing rain is a beautiful sight to behold. Knowing that our precious forests will soon be out of fire danger is an answer to many prayers. And- the mushrooms finally will have what they need to come bursting out of the soil! Usually we would be smothered in Chanterelles by now, but only a few hardy fungi have been able to make their way above ground. I expect that by weeks end we’ll be seeing ‘shooms ecstatically coming into view, and I am so ready for them.
Of course, mushroom season now coincides with hunting season, and therein lies a bit of a worry. Mushrooms reside in the same areas as the four footed wild game, and we need to make it abundantly clear that we are not legal to hunt. Picking mushrooms means bending over, sometimes crawling on all fours after our elusive quarry. You may not like the color orange, but the only safe way to pick is by covering yourself in Hunter Orange.
People are often leary of eating wild mushrooms, fearful that they might pick one which contains toxins. That fear limits their mushroom consumption to the grocery store mushrooms which are okay. Okay is not Fabulous. It reminds me of when I was a teenager and dating this guy. After my parents met him, my mother pronounced him to be ‘harmless’. Ouch. That did it, he was soon replaced. Teenagers and mushroom afficionados want to have flavor and excitement in their relationships. However, I do recommend my mothers’ method to any parent trying to discourage their daughter from making an unfortunate choice. In order to make good choices, education and proper identification are absolute necessities. This holds true for boyfriends and mushrooms. Having landed myself the perfect husband, I then set about figuring out how to tell a good mushroom from a bad mushroom. There is a lot to learn and you are in such luck!