Archive for January, 2012


January 30, 2012 Comments off

Callie White and Tim Gibbs from Greater Grays Harbor Inc. join Pat Anderson and Darwin Sharrah on KXRO Live @ 9 this morning to chat about the merger of the EDC and the GH Chamber and where they’re going from here. Tune in and find out the latest.

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January 30, 2012 Comments off

Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. voted unanimously last week to support all local school district Maintenance and Operations levies at its meeting. The vote was based on a recommendation from the Government Affairs committee, which heard presentations from school superintendents Dr. Tom Opstad of Aberdeen and Mike Parker of Hoquiam about the effect of the levies on their school districts.

Randy Ross, Co-Chair of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. says “A strong education system is a critical part of a strong business climate. We need our schools to be able to produce the entrepreneurs and workers of the future, and we are happy to throw our support behind our local districts”.

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January 30, 2012 Comments off

Grays Harbor Emergency Management on Friday sent a letter out showing their appreciation for Grays Harbor County residents during January’s winter storm. Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace said “Thank you, Grays Harbor County. Your patience, understanding, and cooperation during the winter storm…helped to reduce the impact the storm had upon our county.”

In the letter, Wallace points out not only the work that Grays Harbor County road crews, the city and tribal public works departments, and WSDOT road crews did to make safe passage for residents. He also thanked the work of Grays Harbor PUD for “enduring treacherous conditions, to restore power all over the county.”

Wallace also pointed out the work from E911, police, and fire personnel for providing critical services during the storm.


January 30, 2012 Comments off

A deer in the road sent 3 people to the hospital in Pacific County over the weekend. Washington State Patrol says that the vehicle was traveling on Saturday when the driver, a 19 year old Arizona man, swerved to avoid a deer in the road. The car hit a phone box and power pole before crossing the road into oncoming lanes and onto the shoulder before coming to rest in a patch of trees. The driver and his 2 passengers were transported to Ocean Beach Hospital for precautionary reasons. All 3 were wearing their seatbelts.

Washington State Patrol reported seeing a spike in vehicle vs. animal collisions in 2011 and said that there are a few things drivers can do to do to stay safer on the road. Be cautious in early morning and evening hours, the most active time for wildlife. Pay attention to animal crossing signs. They’re there because collisions have occurred at those locations in the past. If you see an animal in the road do not swerve to avoid it. If you swerve, you have a greater chance of leaving the roadway and striking a fixed object or another vehicle.

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January 27, 2012 Comments off

A vehicle vs. pedestrian collision Friday morning sent an Aberdeen High School student to the hospital. Aberdeen Police tell KXRO that a student was hit this morning as he crossed the street at the corner of F and 2nd Streets in Aberdeen near Aberdeen High School. The driver of the vehicle was a 51-year-old Aberdeen man who said he did not see the student due to frost on his window that had not defrosted yet.

The student suffered minor injuries and was driven to the hospital by a family member. The driver was cited with Obstructed Vision and Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian.

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January 27, 2012 Comments off

The preliminary hearing for Hoquiam teacher Wesley A. Phillips was held yesterday in Grays Harbor District Court and the prosecutor’s office told KXRO that bail was set for $10,000.

41 year old Phillips is charged with Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes and Voyeurism. Both charges are classified as Class C Felonies and each count carries a maximum sentence of 5 years.

In documents filed with the Grays Harbor Prosecutor’s Office, Phillips is said to have communicated through an electronic device with a 12-year-old student who he knew was a minor, for immoral purposes. It is also stated that the defendant viewed another minor “without her consent or knowledge”. These incidents are alleged to have occurred since September of last year.

Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers told KXRO that the department received a complaint regarding the teacher on Tuesday and they began their investigation. A warrant was served for 2 computers, one of which was property of the school district. Myers says that the Hoquiam School District is fully cooperating with the investigation.

Hoquiam Superintendent Mike Parker said in a statement that “The District takes these allegations very serious”. The teacher had been placed on paid administrative leave.

A second hearing for Phillips is scheduled for today to decide where the suspect can live if released on bail. Another hearing is set for February 16th. Phillips currently is at Grays harbor County Jail in Montesano.

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January 26, 2012 Comments off

The Grays Harbor County Prosecutors Office filed felony charges against Hoquiam teacher Wesley A. Phillips with Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes and Voyeurism.

In the document, 41 year old Phillips is said to have communicated through an electronic device with a 12-year-old student, who he knew was a minor, for immoral purposes. It is also stated that the defendant viewed another minor “without her consent or knowledge” and under circumstances where the victim had “a reasonable expectation or privacy.”

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