Archive for April, 2012

Final clam dig of the season proposed for May 5-7

April 26, 2012 Comments off

Twin Harbors beach will be the site of the last razor clam dig of the season on May 5-7, provided that marine toxin tests show the clams there are safe to eat.

All other beaches in Washington will be closed to digging until a new season is announced in the Fall, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“Twin Harbors is the only beach with razor clams still available for harvest after the two openings in April,” Ayres said. “Assuming the marine toxin tests are favorable, this will be the last chance to dig fresh razor clams until fall.”

The proposed opening is scheduled on morning tides; no digging will be allowed after noon.

Morning low tides will be:

May 5, Saturday, 6:32 a.m., -1.5 feet – Twin Harbors
May 6, Sunday, 7:19 a.m., -2.1 feet – Twin Harbors
May 7, Monday, 8:07 a.m., -2.3 feet – Twin Harbors

“With digging restricted to one beach, I’d recommend arriving early and getting your clams before it gets too crowded,” he said. “That may leave time to go fishing for spring chinook salmon on the Chehalis River or catch some shrimp in Puget Sound.”

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers need a valid 2012-13 fishing license to participate in the upcoming opening, since all 2011-12 licenses expired March 31. The exception is young people under age 15, who may fish for free.

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Wilson announces he will again run for County Comissioner

April 25, 2012 Comments off

Commissioner Mike Wilson announced that he will once again run for County Commissioner in the November election. Wilson says that his experience working in local government for over 20 years is what voters should be looking for.

Despite the recent redistricting of Grays Harbor County, Wilson will once again be running for District 2, representing the southeast portion of Grays Harbor. Westport Mayor Michael Bruce and Aberdeen City Council member Frank Gordon have also expressed their interest in the position.

Former Mayor of the City of Aberdeen, Wilson is currently in his second term as Grays Harbor County Commissioner.

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Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties have yet to see whooping cough epidemic

April 25, 2012 Comments off

The number of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in Washington State continues to climb, surpassing 1,000 cases so far this year. On April 3 the Secretary of Health declared a statewide epidemic of pertussis.

Grays Harbor has seen only 3 cases reported so far in 2012. Pacific County has seen no reported cases.

Health officials say the state is on pace to reach more than 3,000 cases for the year, a level that hasn’t been seen in decades.

Figures released Tuesday show 1,008 cases have been reported as of April 21, compared to 110 cases in the same period last year.

Whooping cough is highly contagious and spread by coughing and sneezing.

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“Drop, Cover & Hold On” drill this morning

April 25, 2012 Comments off

Grays Harbor will join the statewide “Drop, Cover & Hold On” Earthquake Drill this morning at 9:45am. Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace says that all citizens, schools, businesses and city and county governmental agencies are encouraged to participate.

Japanese authorities say that participation in earthquake and tsunami drills saved countless lives during the magnitude 9.0 Earthquake & Tsunami in March of last year.

In March of this year, Pacific County residents saw a 3.3 magnitude earthquake 15 miles outside of Raymond. Earthquakes occur daily along the entire West Coast of the United States. In Grays Harbor County, they happen along the fault lines which travel across the county, and along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, just a few miles off the coast and near the volcanic mountain ranges.

For more information, contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at (360) 249-3911 x 290 or email

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Firefighters respond to unattended stove

April 25, 2012 Comments off

The Aberdeen Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Aberdeen Manor Tuesday evening after a resident left a dish on the stove. When firefighters arrived they discovered smoke throughout the 7th floor hallway. The cause of the smoke was determined to be from burned food due to unattended cooking. The apartment suffered minor smoke damage. No injuries were reported.

Battalion Chief Tom Hubbard reminds residents that the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

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Grays Harbor unemployment rate rises in March

April 24, 2012 Comments off

County by county unemployment numbers for March were released today, and Grays Harbor’s rate increased .3% to 14.2% overall. This makes the 2nd highest unemployment for the state. Pacific County rose over an entire percentage point to 13.6% for March.

Statewide unemployment remained steady from February at the adjusted rate of 8.3%. This rate caused available weeks of long term unemployment benefit to drop and cause approximately 12,500 people to lose benefits last week. Another 11,000 are expected to run out by mid June.

Recently, announcements of the re-opening of Grays Harbor Paper and Hoquiam Plywood could bring as many as 300 new jobs to Hoquiam. Aberdeen will also see new jobs as PetSense and Goodwill announced their opening in the Gateway Plaza.

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Grays Harbor liquor stores sell for over $300k

April 24, 2012 Comments off

Washington State has awarded the right to take over its state-run liquor stores to 121 individual bidders following an online public auction that concluded Friday.

Documents show the Aberdeen store was sold for $95,200.00 to Myrna Figg of Auburn. The Ocean Shores store was sold to Devinder Sahota of Vacaville, CA for $205,000.00. Sahota also purchased stores in Kenmore and Bellevue.

All other Grays Harbor liquor stores were contract stores. No stores in Pacific County were state run.

The state Liquor Control Board announced Monday that bids for the rights to the 167 stores totaled $30.75 million. More than 14,600 bids were offered.

Successful bidders win the exclusive right to operate a liquor store at that location. Because the state does not own the properties, the bidders still must negotiate a lease, as well as acquire a liquor license and stock their stores.

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Aberdeen Police looking for burglary suspect

April 24, 2012 Comments off

An Aberdeen man was woken up in his home in the 200 block of West Marion over the weekend to the sound of someone moving around. At first the resident assumed it was his son because the sounds appeared to come from his room, but after the sound continued he decided to investigate. The resident found a man inside his son’s room stealing items. After a brief altercation, the resident was able to pull a jacket and a sweatshirt off the man before he fled.

Inside the jacket were items identified as the son’s.

Aberdeen Police are still looking for the suspect. He is described as a white male in his mid twenties, approximately 5’9” with a slim build. He was last seen inside the home wearing a black and grey zip up jacket and a grey hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Aberdeen Police at 533-3180 or their tip line at 538-4450.

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PAWS has another break-in, but this time with an arrest

April 24, 2012 Comments off

PAWS of Grays Harbor was broken into again over the weekend, but this time they put someone in custody. Captain John Green of the Aberdeen Police Department tells KXRO that officers received a call Sunday evening from a neighbor who said they saw a stepladder at a window of the business and legs disappearing inside.

When officers arrived they found a broken window and stepladder against the side of the building. Fresh blood was visible on the floor inside and Officer Watts saw a man wearing a green hooded sweatshirt inside.

Officers found and arrested a 40 year old Aberdeen man as he came out a door and found he was bleeding from the finger. The man told officers he was guilty and said that he was attempting to steal a dog to give to another man who was blackmailing him for a guitar. The man said that the blackmailer would “probably stab him if he didn’t get a dog for him.” He also told police that he “was confused”.

The man was booked into Aberdeen City Jail for Burglary in the 2nd degree.

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Grays Harbor Raceway reports burglary following Season Opener

April 23, 2012 Comments off

The Grays Harbor Raceway reported a large crowd for opening night on Saturday, but a post on their official Facebook page say that the raceway was broke into Sunday morning around 1am. The post from the raceway says “More property damage was done than the stolen items.”

Raceway Manager Nikki Gamell tells KXRO that employees arrived Sunday morning and found multiple doors pried open. The concessions stand and announcing booth had both been entered and over $100 worth of candy and 2 laptops used to run the raceway’s scoring system were reportedly taken.

Anyone with any information regarding the burglary is asked to call the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office TIP Line at (360) 249-3911.

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