A head on collision in Pacific County Tuesday sent 2 people to the hospital. Washington State Patrol Trooper Russ Winger reported on his Twitter page that the wet road looked to lead to the collision.
The accident occurred on Highway 101 after a 22 year old Ellensburg woman crossed the center line and struck a 62 year old Camas man head on. Both drivers were transported to Ocean Beach Hospital for minor injuries. The 22 year old was charged with crossing the center line.
Live from Tokyo, Japan, the Seattle Mariners season opener is tonight… or tomorrow morning, depending on where you happen to be in this world. The pregame show starts at 2:00am (PDT) with the first pitch at 3:04am, and tomorrow the pregame will be at 1am with first pitch at 2:04am on KXRO Newsradio. This will be the fourth time that the Major League Baseball regular season has opened with a two-game series in Japan. The last time was in 2008 when the Boston Red Sox and Athletics played in the Tokyo Dome. “The Seattle Mariners are proud to represent Major League Baseball and open the 2012 regular season in Japan against the Oakland Athletics,” said Mariners President Chuck Armstrong. “More Mariners games have been televised in Japan over the past ten years than any other MLB team, so the fans there will be familiar with us. This will be a memorable experience for our players and our organization.”
The Mariners will return to Arizona on Friday, March 30, and resume the Cactus League schedule. The U.S. opening game of the 2012 regular season will be Friday, April 6, at Oakland.
The Mariners finally come home to Safeco Field on Friday, April 13 for the Home Opener and a nine-game homestand against the Oakland Athletics April 13-15, the Cleveland Indians April 17-19, and Chicago White Sox April 20-22.
Also, listen for the KXRO-Mariners “Not So Instant Replay” during the games Sunday through Thursday, then join us the following morning at 7:15am. You could win tickets to Seattle Mariners home games from KXRO. If you guess the Not So Instant Replay correctly, you’re a winner of two Seattle Mariners tickets in the KXRO-Mariners Not So Instant Replay.
The Washington State Employment Security Department released county-by-county unemployment numbers and the Grays Harbor unemployment rate rose 1/10 of a percent in February ending at 13.9%.
Grays Harbor is tied for the second worst unemployment numbers in the state. Lewis County also showed a 13.9% unemployment rate while Ferry County remained the highest percentage in the state rising almost an entire percent to 15.8% for February.
The statewide rate for February dropped to 8.2 percent, down from a revised rate of 8.4 percent in January. February’s jobless rate is the lowest since January 2009, when it was 7.7 percent.
Officials said that as a result of the improvement, the maximum weeks of unemployment benefits will likely be reduced from 99 down to 73 in April because both of the of the federal benefits-extension programs are triggered by states’ unemployment rates.
Hoquiam Boy Scout Troop 100 has been announced as the 2011 Coastal Waters District Boy Scout Troop of the year.
Scoutmaster Rick Strom made the announcement on Facebook this morning.
Boy Scout Troop 100 was founded in 2010 in celebration of Scouting’s 100th Anniversary. The Coastal Waters District covers the Grays Harbor and Pacific County region.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced the recipients of the 2011 Volunteer Recognition Awards for outstanding volunteer service. Special mention went to Eric Harrington of Westport who began volunteering in 2006 with Port Townsend Marine Science Center at Fort Worden State Park. Harrington was nominated to the PTMSC Board of Trustees in 2008. He has served as board president since 2009, donating hundreds of hours to the position.
State Parks works with volunteers throughout the state to continue enhancing agency efficiency and to stretch funding. Last year, volunteers performed 271,260 hours of work, equal to 130 full-time employees.
This Wednesday state Representatives Steve Tharinger and Kevin Van De Wege will host a live telephone town hall meeting for those in the 24th Legislative District which covers parts of Grays Harbor. Households in the district could receive a phone call at around 6:00 p.m. that evening, inviting them to participate in the event.
Telephone town halls enable thousands of participants to be on the call at the same time, and speak directly to their elected representatives. It is an opportunity to ask questions and share comments or concerns about issues before the Washington State Legislature. The event is live, not a pre-recorded session. Reps. Tharinger and Van De Wege will take live questions throughout the call and speak directly with the constituents who ask them.
Those who do not receive a call but still want to participate can dial the toll-free inbound participant number, 1-877-229-8493, and enter PIN code No. 18646 when prompted. This number will be active during the call only.
Both Tharinger and Van De Wege have also held in-person town hall events this year throughout the 24th Legislative District. On February 1, both representatives were at Montesano High School in Grays Harbor County.
The Aberdeen Fire Department have released their 2011 annual report and shows a total of 5,232 calls for service were made for a total loss of $1,087,106. 4,020 of these were EMT calls.
Aberdeen Fire Chief Dave Carlberg says that the most outstanding achievement for 2011 is a total of 88 documented medical saves. These are patients who most likely would not have survived without firefighters or paramedics. EMS response time averaged 4 minutes, 17 seconds within the city.
The department’s average response time in 2011 was 5 minutes 41 seconds to all reported fire incidents. This includes an average two minutes of the time it takes for the initial dispatch to the first unit responding.
In 2011, the cost of operating fire protection services totaled $1,617,367 and $2,285,064 for emergency medical services.
The City of Aberdeen provides fire protection for 16,500 residents over 10.5 square miles in addition to providing fire and or EMS protection to Fire Districts 10 and 15, Cosmopolis, Bigelow Drive and Stafford Creek Corrections.
The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $4.07.
That’s up 6 cents in a week and 25 cents in a month. Its 17 cents higher than the national average.
Locally, AM/PM on Heron Street showed the lowest gas price in the last 36 hours at $3.99, with Safeway, 7-11, and Valero showing a price of $4.09.
Aberdeen School District has decided on a new principal for A.J. West Elementary School. Aberdeen Superintendent Dr. Tom Opstad will recommend the hiring of John Meers as the new principal at the School Board’s next meeting on April 10.
Meers, who has relatives on Grays Harbor, is currently a sixth-grade teacher in the Bethel School District. Meers has served as a substitute principal in numerous buildings in the Bethel School District over the past two years. He completed his master of arts in education and principal certification at Pacific Lutheran University.
Dr. Opstad said input from the staff at A.J. West was instrumental in helping him make the final decision.
“We had an outstanding field of applicants and I am very confident that John Meers will lead a smooth transition in taking over for longtime principal, Bill O’Donnell,” Dr. Opstad said. “And, I am very grateful to Margaret Carthum for stepping in as interim principal, which allowed us to conduct a solid process in selecting our next A.J. West principal.”
Residents of Washington and other states have reported receiving calls from someone requesting money for 9-1-1 services. The caller claims that residents must pay a fee to register their house in a 9 1 1 database so first responders can locate the home in an emergency. The caller also requests names and medical information from the residents.
Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace tells KXRO that this is a scam. 9-1-1 services are funded through dedicated 9-1-1 excise taxes on telephone bills and by other local government funds.
Any request for 9-1-1 funds over the phone is a fraud. Residents who receive these calls should hang up and report the suspicious call to their local police or sheriff’s non-emergency phone number.