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June 27, 2011 Comments off

Aberdeen High School Senior Karmen Ayres was elected as a National Officer at the SkillsUSA National Skills Leadership Conference this past week in Kansas City, MO. Karmen has served as chapter president for Aberdeen High School the past two years as well as Olympic Region Representative her Sophomore year and the State President this past year.

Ayres becomes AberdeenHigh School’s second National Officer in as many years as she follows fellow Bobcat and National President Katie Grimnes, who was elected to her national office at last year’s national convention.

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June 27, 2011 Comments off

The Grays Harbor Public Development Authority Board of Directors has authorized $250,000 toward construction of a state-of-the-art tunnel rescue training facility based on a commitment from the Seattle Fire Department to conduct training at the facility.

The Seattle Fire Department’s interest in the Satsop Tunnel Rescue Facility is based on using the existing 12-foot in diameter water pipes located 27 feet below the ground that were part of the infrastructure for the never finished Satsop nuclear power plants, said Tami Garrow, CEO of Satsop Business Park.

“There is nowhere in theUnited Statesthat has the potential for tunnel training as this place does with its 12-foot tunnels,” said Alan Vickery, assistant chief of the Seattle Fire Department. “These pipes are similar to the real world of tunneling work that is taking place in theSeattlearea as well as internationally. Nothing that I’m aware of in theU.S.even compares,” he said.

In addition to the Seattle Fire Department’s interest, there is growing interest by many other fire departments and safety organizations that are exploring the use of the tunnel rescue facility, so theSatsopBusinessPark’s Board voted unanimously to move forward with construction of the facility.

 More information on Satsop Business Park can be found at

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June 24, 2011 Comments off

The Aberdeen Fire Department wishes everyone to “Celebrate Safely.” With July 4th celebrations near, the Aberdeen Fire Department would like to remind the public about fireworks and safety. Fireworks can be discharged in the City of Aberdeen between the hours of 9 AM and 12 Midnight on July 4th.

Be Prepared before you light fireworks:

·Purchase only legal fireworks, available at licensed fireworks stands.

·Ensure safety of pets.

·Keep a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks.

·Have a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.

·Call 911 and give the correct address or location if an emergency arises.

·Know basic first aid


Be Safe, when lighting fireworks:

·Have a designated adult light all fireworks.

·Use eye protection.

·Light one firework at a time, move away quickly, and keep spectators at a safe distance until the display is finished.

·Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 15-20 minutes and then soak it in water

·Use only outdoors and away from anything that can burn.

·To prevent injuries, follow the label directions carefully.

·Always remember, do not throw fireworks or hold in you hand.

Be Responsible, after you finish:

·Be considerate of neighbors and clean up the debris when finished.

·If a devise does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least five minutes and approach it carefully.

·Make sure all unused fireworks; matches and lighters are out of sight and reach of children.

Some Fireworks facts/statistics:


2001 through 2010 there were 8,910 fireworks-related injuries and/or fires reported to the State Fire Marshal by fire departments and hospital emergency roomswith a ten year average of nearly 1000 per year. Most of these injuries reported are children and young adults 8 to 21 years of age. These incidents have cost nearly41 million dollars over the last ten years.

Fire Departments and Hospitals in Grays Harbor County reported a total of 14 Fireworks related injuries in 2010.

Fireworks-related incidents most often occur on July 4. This has remained constant over the past years.

Bottle rockets and firecrackers lead the list of illegal devices causing injuries.

City of Aberdeen

On June 28th the sale of legal fireworks has begun in many areas. In the City of Aberdeen, fireworks regulations are more restrictive than the state regulations. The following restrictions apply to the City of Aberdeen:

Sale of fireworks is allowed from 11:00AM July 1st until 11:00 PM July 4th.

Discharge of fireworks is allowed only on July 4th 9:00AM until 12:00 Midnight.

Lawful fireworks are defined as class C common fireworks and labeled U.N. 0336 1.4G

It is unlawful to set off, ignite or aid in setting off any form of fireworks in a public place, which includes parks, sidewalks, streets and other pedestrian and automobile byways.


Fireworks Legal on Tribal Land may not be legal off of Tribal lands.

Firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles and rockets are legal to possess and discharge on tribal lands. These items are illegal in Washington State and become illegal fireworks when possessed off tribal lands.

M-80’s and larger, dynamite and any improvised, homemade or altered explosive devices such as tennis balls or cherry bombs are illegal explosive devices.


A safe alternative is to attend a community fireworks display like the City of Aberdeen 4th of July Splash. We urge citizens who chose to have their own private fireworks displays to use the following precautions:


Purchase only legal fireworks, available at approved stands. Place pets indoors as they may become frightened. Keep a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks. Have a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks. Clear a level area away from things that can burn. Know the emergency number to call for your area, your address/location, and basic first aid. Teach your children to “stop, drop, and roll” if their clothes catch on fire.


Have a designated adult light all fireworks. Do not allow young children to light fireworks, only adults should light fireworks. Use eye protection and wear safety goggles. Light one at a time, move away quickly, and keep at a safe distance until the display is finished. Use only outdoors, away from anything that can burn. To prevent injuries, never throw fireworks and never hold fireworks in your hand.

AFTER YOU FINISH — “Be Responsible!”

Clean up all debris when finished. Duds can be dangerous; if a device does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least five minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.

Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedoms. With this freedom comes a shared responsibility to ensure the close supervision of children whenever fireworks are present. Please, “Be Prepared”, “Be Safe”, and “Be Responsible” when discharging fireworks.

To learn more about fireworks safety and fireworks, visit the Washington State Fire Protection Bureau web site at or call your Aberdeen Fire Department at 532-1254

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June 24, 2011 Comments off

Sunday will mark the two-year anniversary of Lindsey Baum, the 10-year old girl who vanished while walking home from a friend’s home in McCleary.  The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s office has announced that thanks to anonymous donations, they are increasing the reward for information leading to Lindsey’s whereabouts to $35,000.

 The investigation into her disappearance remains open and active, with a task force composed of the Grays Harbor County Sheriff, FBI, State Patrol Missing Persons Unit and the Department of Corrections.  The task force maintains an office in McCleary and continues to follow-up on tips and leads.  GTI Trucking has again placed the trailer bearing Lindsey’s image in McCleary in hopes of keeping her story alive in the minds of the residents of her home town.

 Anyone with any information is asked to call 1-866-915-8299 or 360-249-6070, ext 574.

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June 24, 2011 Comments off


The City of Aberdeen, Neighborworks and the Department of Commerce have completed work on rehabbing homes damaged during the December 2007 storm through a Community Development Block Grant. “We were able to rehabilitate 29 homes through grants and loans totaling $533,289”, says Aberdeen Community Development Director Lisa Scott.


Scott says Neighborworks acted in place of a Department of Housing, coming to the aid of low-income residents. “This was a great project, it was very successful”, Scott told the City Council on Wednesday.


The city is continuing its efforts to attain grant funding for housing improvement from the Department of Commerce, but were not successful this year. Scott says the city will continue to act as an advocate for Neighborworks, seeking out funding where they may.

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June 24, 2011 Comments off


The Washington State Board for Community and Technical colleges voted Thursday to raise tuition by an average of 12 percent next year. That’s the maximum the Legislature allowed in the state budget.


Tuition will go from $3,100 a year for a full time student to about $3,500, which is a 13 percent increase. Part-time students will see their tuition go up 11 percent.  Board members say they were reluctant to stick students with such an increase. But they maintain the additional tuition dollars won’t be enough to make up for a state budget cut of $77.4 million for the next fiscal year.


In another financial move, the board also approved new limits on how many college credits high school students can take without paying tuition. But the board tabled a proposal to declare a financial emergency, which would have allowed given colleges more freedom to lay off instructors. That proposal was strongly opposed by faculty unions.

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June 23, 2011 Comments off


In all things there is give and take, including Department of Transportation projects. While the 520 pontoon site has taken a large portion of shoreline property, an effort has begun to give back a 68 acre site near Hoquiam. The Grass Creek mitigation site restoration was officially launched on Wednesday by the DOT and Rognlins Construction, with the goal of turning farmland into tidal flats by removing dikes along the edge of the property. Project Manager Scott Ireland says thousands of native plants will also be planted around the new waterline, which will be managed by the DOT for the next 10 years, after which a conservation group may be selected to preserve the area. There was some concern about flooding risks raised by the neighboring Lytle Seafoods, but Ireland says impacts to the local area has been taken into account.

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June 23, 2011 Comments off


With the start of summer, Aberdeen residents will be getting a new spin on an old facility to enjoy the weather and outdoors. Work is wrapping up on the Lake Aberdeen Park project. The park was scheduled to open this week, but may face a short delay as final touches are put on the facility that Parks and Recreation Director Carl Harris described as “a jewel”. The work, funded by log sale proceeds by the city water department, included adding five covered picnic areas, improved landscaping, ADA accessible areas, a new boulder playground and improved shoreline access.

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June 23, 2011 Comments off

The Aberdeen Park Board is suggesting that the city rename the famed Young Street Bridge after the city’s most famous son. The city Public Works Committee will take up the suggestion that the bridge be renamed the Kurt Cobain Bridge and that the small park next to the bridge be officially named the Kurt Cobain Landing. That suggestion immediatly raised the eyebrows of Second Ward Councilwoman Alice Phelps: “I dont care if the park is a memorial park, but with the bridge I already know that people are going to complain”.

Phelps suggested the city get signatures of interested residents before moving forward with the move to honor the former Nirvana frontman. Committee Chair Tim Elstrom guaranteed Phelps that the process will be a public one, with opportunities for residents to speak for and against. Councilman and Cobain Memorial Committee Member Paul Fritts says his group “will probably lend their support (to the move) at their next meeting”.

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June 23, 2011 Comments off

The purchase of a piece of property neighboring City Hall divided the Aberdeen City Council on Wednesday night. The Anchor Bank Parking lot will cost the city $146,250, however the absence of another interested buyer created doubt in the minds of Councilman Paul Fritts, who said: “I do not think this is a bad idea at all… we are just rushing into the vote”.

Fritts says the eventual goal of the city is to use the property for a new jail and court facility, but until the funding can be found, the property will serve as a parking lot. Given rough financial times, Fritts says city employees may struggle with the city buying property while making cuts elsewhere and that the council should delay the purchase. However the majority of the council, led by Kathy Hoder said the time to buy was now. “I’m not in a big, fat hurry to spend anyone’s money, but I’m progressive enough to see that this is a good opportunity for us”, Hoder said.

Supporters of the buy said another interested party could drive the price up and while the lot will not immediatly make way for a new building, it will provide continued free parking for city staff.

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