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CLAM DIGGERS CAN EXPECT HIGH SURF

February 17, 2012 Comments off

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a High Surf Advisory for the Washington Coast from 10am Saturday morning through 10pm Saturday night.

Swells are expected to reach 21-24 feet and will impact the shoreline significantly.

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is cautioning all citizens to remain very alert along the beaches during the evening clam digs on Saturday and Sunday.

Chuck Wallace, Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Grays Harbor County, reminds diggers “DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA!”

Waves will travel much faster and farther up beaches than normal. Rip currents and significant beach erosion will occur.

Use extreme caution around jetties, rocks and the shoreline. Waves can easily knock unsuspecting clam diggers down and sweep them into the ocean.

Be wary of debris being thrown over jetties, rocks and upon the shore by the large surf. Stay away from trees and logs being washed upon the beaches.

 

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved this month’s evening dig at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks beaches after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

The evening low tide Saturday February 18th is at 4:13 p.m. and on Sunday, February at 5:00 p.m.

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BURLINGAME WINS NAACP IMAGE AWARD

February 17, 2012 Comments off

Aberdeen born author, and co-founder of the Kurt Cobain Memorial Foundation, Jeff Burlingame announced that he has won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work directed at Youth or Teens for his recent book, “Jesse Owens – I Always Loved Running”.

Burlingame spoke with KXRO after his win saying “I am humbled and amazed beyond words at having won this Image Award and being able in some small way to represent my family, friends and the NAACP and the amazing and inclusive organization that it is. The second time being nominated was an incredible charm.”

Burlingame was nominated in 2011 for his book “Malcolm X: I Believe in the Brotherhood of Man, All Men”. The award was won by Condoleezza Rice for her book “Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me”.

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast tonight at 8pm on NBC.

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2011 GRAYS HARBOR CORONER REPORT

February 17, 2012 Comments off

The Grays Harbor County Coroner’s Office released their report of 2011 deaths within Grays Harbor. In 2011 a total of 641 deaths were reported to the Coroner’s Office. This is an increase of 29 deaths from 2010 and the highest reported death toll in at least 5 years.

Coroner Dan Burns in his report said that despite the added public attention to suicides locally, 2011 saw a drop in the suicide rate through the coroner’s office, and a drop in the 5 year average.

The majority of reported deaths for 2011 were from natural causes or expected under hospice care.

This would include all deaths within the county with the exception of registered Quinault Native Americans who die on Quinault Tribal lands. The Quinault Nation has their own Coroner system.

 

Coroner 2011 Annual Report

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MOCLIPS HOMICIDE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

February 16, 2012 Comments off

Grays Harbor Undersheriff Rick Scott tells KXRO that deputies have a suspect in custody of the possible homicide of 51 year-old Richard Luce of Moclips. Luce was found this morning in a ditch near the intersection of Otis Avenue and State Route 109 in Moclips.

Witnesses from the argument involving Luce Wednesday night provided deputies with a description of a suspect. With assistance from Quinault Tribal Police they arrested a 23 year-old Aberdeen man without incident at a residence in Taholah.

The suspect has been booked into Grays Harbor County Jail for Felony Assault pending an autopsy. If it is shown that the injuries Luce suffered Wednesday night lead to his death the charges could be increased to Felony Murder.

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ABERDEEN HOMICIDE VICTIM PHOTO RELEASED

February 16, 2012 Comments off

Aberdeen Police have released the photo of 39 year-old Raimundo Navarrete of Aberdeen. Navarrete died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital due to multiple stab wounds.

The Grays Harbor Coroner’s Office identified the victim in Saturday’s homicide near Franklin Field in hopes that someone witnessed an argument near Franklin Field around 8:30 P.M. on Saturday.

Officers continue to follow up tips called in by the public and other leads on the homicide investigation.

Aberdeen Police are asking residents for any information on the man or the events of Saturday, February 11, to call the Aberdeen Police Department at 533-3180 or the tip line at 538-4450.

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HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION IN MOCLIPS

February 16, 2012 Comments off

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office received a report Thursday morning of a “man down” in a Moclips ditch. When deputies arrived, they found the body of a white male in a ditch near the intersection of Otis Avenue and State Route 109. He has been identified as a 51 year-old Moclips resident.

Medics on scene say that the body showed signs of trauma to the head and Grays Harbor Undersheriff Rick Scott tells KXRO that they are treating the case as a homicide.

Deputies were called to the area of Otis Avenue and State Route 109 Wednesday night just after 9pm to a report of a fight in the area. When deputies arrived they were unable to locate the altercation. They believe at this time that the body found was one of those involved in the fight.

The man’s name is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information about a fight in Moclips Wednesday night or any information on the possible homicide to contact Chief Criminal Deputy David Pimentel or Detective Steve Shumate at (360) 249-3711 or toll-free at 1-800-562-8714.

2008 photograph of the intersection of Otis Avenue and State Route 109. Property of Google.

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LIQUOR STORE IN COSMOPOLIS APPROVED

February 16, 2012 Comments off

Following the passage of Initiative 1183, state run liquor stores will close and private stores with over 10,000 square feet can now apply to sell liquor at their location. Cosmopolis business owner Bum Kim is doing just that.

Kim, owner of the Maxi Mini Mart and Maxi Burger in Cosmopolis asked the Cosmopolis City Council for their recommendation to send to the Washington State Liquor Control Board. The proposed liquor store would be located adjacent to the current Maxi businesses on Highway 101.

The city council voted on Wednesday to send a letter of recommendation on behalf of Bum Kim.

According to the Control Board website, the only other business in the area who has applied for the new permit is Safeway in Aberdeen who have applied to change their current license.

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STATE PARK/WDFW PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT

February 16, 2012 Comments off

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife invite the public to participate in an open discussion about the recently adopted state regulations regarding small-scale mineral prospecting and mining on the ocean beaches.

The public meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 pm at the Montesano City Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the rules that were enacted last year to regulate the activity on Washington’s ocean beaches, and to hear public opinions and preferences about them.

If you have questions about the meeting, please contact Lisa Lantz, State Parks Acting Stewardship Program Manager, at 360-725-9777.

Categories: Harbor News, KXRO Outdoors

ELMA REST AREA CLOSED TODAY UNTIL 4PM

February 16, 2012 Comments off

The Washington State Department of Transportation reported on their official Tacoma Traffic Twitter account that “The SR 8 Elma Rest Area will be closed today between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. for maintenance.”

Drivers should prepare for the closure.

You can follow the WSDOT Tacoma Traffic Twitter account @wsdot_tacoma or the official Washington State Department of Transportation @wsdot.

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STABBING VICTIM IDENTIFIED

February 15, 2012 Comments off

The Grays Harbor Coroner’s Office have identified the victim in Saturday’s homicide near Franklin Field as Raimundo Navarrete of Aberdeen.

39 year-old Navarrete died at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. The Coroner’s Office determined the victim died due to multiple stab wounds.

Officers continue to follow up tips called in by the public and other leads on the homicide investigation.

Aberdeen Police are asking residents for any information on anyone who may have observed a fight near the 100 Block on North Jefferson near Franklin Field around 8:30 P.M. on Saturday to call the Aberdeen Police Department at 533-3180 or the tip line at 538-4450.

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