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DROWSY DRIVING IS IMPAIRED DRIVING

December 20, 2010 Comments off

An accident in Pacific County over the weekend is a good reminder to travelers. On Friday, a driver fell asleep 7 miles north of Raymond and the vehicle left Highway 101 and went down a 60 foot embankment before landing on its top. Both the driver and the passenger were transported to the hospital for injuries, the vehicle was totaled, and the driver was cited with Negligent Driving.

 It’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week®, a National Sleep Foundation public awareness campaign to educate drivers about sleep safety. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a new study showing that the tragedy of drowsy driving is more pervasive than shown in previous estimates. Their study shows that drowsy driving involves about one in six deadly crashes; one in eight crashes resulting in occupant hospitalization, and one in fourteen crashes in which a vehicle was towed. These percentages are substantially higher than most previous estimates, suggesting that the contribution of drowsy driving to motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths has not been fully appreciated.

 During the holiday traveling season it is important to remember not to overextend yourself while driving. If you begin to feel tired, it is important to pull over. Driving while drowsy is impaired driving, just like driving while intoxicated. You can find more information online at drowsydriving.org.

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COSI FIRE CHIEF RETIRES

December 16, 2010 Comments off

25 years of service was recognized last night as Bob Smith retires as Cosmopolis Fire Chief. Mayor Vickie Raines says Smith has served the volunteer department for a quarter century, continuing a family tradition of 90 years of work with the department that included his father and brothers Bill and Tim. Smith was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the city. Starting next year, Albie Burrows will take over as the city fire chief.

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COSMOPOLIS TOP VOLUNTEER AND EMPLOYEE HONORED

December 16, 2010 Comments off

Work within the City of Cosmopolis was recognized at the final council meeting of the year on Wednesday night. Mayor Vickie Raines presented the award for Employee of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. Ryan McCullough was named as Volunteer of the Year for his work as city chaplain and a number of smaller projects like painting and gardening. Employee of the Year went to Public Works Foreman Tom Visler for his work on a number of city projects, most recently keeping city streets clear during the November snow storm. In addition, Wednesday also saw the presentation of plaques of appreciation to the city by the Economic Development Council and Cosmo Specialty Fibers CEO Michael Entz for the work to welcome the company to the city. Raines says the Cosmo opening and the downtown corridor project and the possible sale of the vacant police building to a local law firm are some of the high points the city is looking forward to in 2011.

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FORMER BULLDOG NAMED ALL-AMERICAN

December 16, 2010 Comments off

Central Washington University senior linebacker and former Montesano Bulldog Adam Bighill has been named to the American Football Coaches Association Division II All-American Team.  Bighill is now the third Wildcat in as many seasons to earn this distinguished honor, joining former teammates Johnny Spevak (2008) and Buddy Wood (2009) as AFCA Division II All-Americans.  Bighill had previously been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and was a unanimous selection to the GNAC all-conference team in 2010.

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FLOOD DANGER PASSES, LANDSLIDE THREAT REMAINS

December 16, 2010 Comments off

With the Chehalis and Satsop Rivers safely back within their banks, the danger of flooding in Grays Harbor has passed, however the threat of landslides still exists.  The heavy rainfall of the last week has saturated much of the land in Grays Harbor and Pacific County, creating the threat of that land giving way.  Deputy Emergency Manager Chuck Wallace says steep bluffs and hillsides are the area of most concern and residents should keep an eye out for warning signs like foundation cracks, leaning trees and poles and offset fence lines.

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FISH AND WILDLIFE INVESTIGATE MORE POACHING CASES

December 15, 2010 Comments off

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating another couple cases of animal poaching in Grays Harbor. The most recent cases involved a spike bull elk being shot over the weekend off Hilliard Road near North River and a 5-by-5 elk being shot near the Garrett Creek Road. Officer Mark James says anyone with information is asked to call 581 1304 or 580 6200. James says information that leads to arrests can be rewarded with cash or hunting license perks.

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CHEHALIS RIVER RECEEDING

December 15, 2010 Comments off

The Chehalis River will continue to fall back to within it’s banks after spending much of the night at or around flood stage. At the 21-foot level, the river did impact some low lying roads and pastureland. High tides in Aberdeen at 7:54 this morning and 8:43 tonight should signal the last threats of any type of flooding from the past weeks storm, but chances of that flooding being significant are slim. The flood warning on the Chehalis should expire this afternoon.

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