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COUNTY FACING $600-THOUSAND DEFICIT

June 27, 2011 Comments off

 

A meeting of all the Grays Harbor County Department heads is needed to find a way to fill a $600-thousand hole in the 2011 budget. Budget Director Rose Elway informed the commissioners on Monday morning that the county was coming up short in it’s general fund and if action wasn’t taken soon, the county will run the risk of gutting its reserves, possibly taking it as low as $1.2-million. “That’s just crazy. You can’t run that big an organization with such a small reserve”, says Commissioner Mike Wilson.

 

While the county does have the ability to borrow from other funds to help right the ship, such an act is not good for business and seeking spending reductions is the only responsible way to cut into the deficit. Wilson says that may include a hard look at personnel levels. “You’d be living under a rock to says personnel issues aren’t the highest cost to the county, so certainly they’ll be looked at”, says Wilson.

 

The county remains optimistic that funds which have yet to arrive on the county books will help fill the gap, but until then the meeting of the department heads is the proactive move to solve the budget crisis.

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CLOTHES DRYER FIRE IN ABERDEEN

June 27, 2011 Comments off

The Aberdeen Fire Department was dispatched to the report of clothes dryer on fire in the 900 Blk of W. Market St on Saturday.  AFD crews arrived quickly to find smoke venting from the rear of the structure.  The fire was quickly extinguished and smoke was removed from the house using positive pressure fans.  The homeowner reported that he heard the sound of fire at the same time the smoke detector activated.  The home owner reported he attempted to extinguish the fire without success prior to calling 911.

 Smoke and heat damage was isolated to the clothes dryer and laundry room area. The cause is believed to be electrical. Total damage estimated to be $1000.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries due to clothes dryer fires. It is important for everyone to clean their dryer filter screen after each load of laundry.

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2 YEARS SINCE DISAPPEARANCE OF LINDSEY BAUM

June 27, 2011 Comments off

 Sunday marked two-year anniversary of the disappearance 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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AYRES NAMED NATIONAL OFFICER

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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SATSOP APPROVES TUNNEL FUNDING

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 www.Satsop.com.

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ABERDEEN FIRE DEPARTMENT WISHES FOR A SAFE 4TH

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:

From

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:

BEFORE YOU LIGHT FIREWORKS–“Be Prepared!”

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.

WHEN LIGHTING FIREWORKS–“Be Safe!”

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

www.wa.gov/wsp or call your Aberdeen Fire Department at 532-1254

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LINDSEY BAUM REWARD INCREASED TO $35K AS TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES

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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