Archive for April, 2012

Aberdeen man stabbed during assault

April 30, 2012 Comments off

Aberdeen Police responded to the area of 2nd and A Streets on Sunday afternoon regarding a robbery complaint. When they arrived they found a 25 year old Aberdeen man who had been stabbed and struck several times with a pistol.

The man was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for treatment.

Aberdeen Police are continuing the investigation.

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Grays Harbor retail sales figures higher than state average

April 30, 2012 Comments off

Statewide taxable retail sales increased 3% to $103.8 billion in 2011according to the Washington State Department of Revenue.

According to the report, Grays Harbor taxable retail sales increased 10.61% in 2011 while Pacific County increased 1.13%.

The 3% state gain for 2011 compares to a 0.1% drop in overall sales in 2010 and an 11.2% drop in 2009.

Statewide among major industries, construction was down 1.7% but still much better than the 12% decline in 2010.

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Fireworks lead to arrests in South Aberdeen

April 29, 2012 Comments off

Fireworks in South Aberdeen are believed to have caused a police response that ended in two Aberdeen residents being taken into custody.

Aberdeen Police with the assistance of Cosmopolis Police responded to a call in the 1100 block of Lindstrom Sunday evening after a resident called to report shots fired.

Aberdeen Corporal Casey Wagonblast tells KXRO that a resident reported the sound of “pops” in the area. A neighbor says that the sound of fireworks woke him up and they sounded like mortar shells.

2 Aberdeen residents, one man and one woman, were taken into custody on unrelated charges.

Police could not confirm that a gun was involved. The case is still under investigation.

It is illegal to light fireworks within Aberdeen city limits.

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Final clam dig of the season was approved

April 28, 2012 Comments off

State fishery managers have approved a razor clam dig at Twin Harbors May 5-7 after marine toxin tests confirmed that the clams on the beach are safe to eat.

All other coastal beaches in Washington will be closed to razor clam digging until a new season is announced in fall, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“This is the last chance to dig fresh razor clams until this fall,” Ayres said.

Twin Harbors beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor. The proposed opening is scheduled on morning tides; no digging will be allowed after noon.

Morning low tides will be as follows:

  • May 5, Saturday, 6:32 a.m., -1.5 feet
  • May 6, Sunday, 7:19 a.m., -2.1 feet
  • May 7, Monday, 8:07 a.m., -2.3 feet

For best results, Ayres recommends that diggers arrive at the beach an hour or two before low tide.

“With digging restricted to one beach, I’d recommend arriving early and getting your clams before it gets too crowded,” he said.

Ayres reminds diggers to avoid signed upland beach areas at Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers. The closed areas are located from just south of Midway Beach Road to the first beach-access trail at Grayland Beach State Park.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Diggers need a valid 2012-13 fishing license to participate in the upcoming opening, since all 2011-12 licenses expired March 31. The exception is young people under age 15, who may fish for free.

Licensing options range from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, which can be purchased on WDFW’s website ( and from license vendors around the state.

Categories: Harbor News, KXRO Outdoors

City of Hoquiam to review signage laws

April 27, 2012 Comments off

The City of Hoquiam plans to review laws adopted regarding business signage. The laws, adopted in recent years, prohibit the use of signs projecting off of businesses and the use of signs off business premises.

In a release from the city, Hoquiam City Planner Alissa Thurman says the changes are due to a review of the zoning code.

Signs projecting over a public sidewalk will be allowed under the updated ordinance. Thurman states “As the downtown continues to flourish and grow, the projecting sign will be a vital mechanism to allow businesses to advertise.” These signs cannot project over an alley or extend more than 10 feet from the business.

The new rules would also allow businesses to use signage off site with a conditional use agreement. This would allow businesses having on site sales to direct traffic toward their location. The signs would be limited to basic information such as business name and simple directions.

The Hoquiam Planning Commission held a public hearing on the changes has voted to recommend that the changes be approved and adopted by the City Council. These changes are set to be discussed at the May 14th city council meeting

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Opening day of lake fishing is Saturday

April 27, 2012 Comments off

Anglers preparing for tomorrow’s opening day of fishing can expect over 20,000 trout that are one-third bigger than they were last year.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife released 3 million hatchery-reared trout into lakes across the state.

Since March, over 4000 Rainbow Trout were released into Duck Lake in Ocean Shores, almost 6000 tout into Failor Lake, 4500 into Lake Aberdeen, 4000 into Lake Sylvia, and 4000 into Vance Creek.

“We have made some changes in our trout hatchery rearing programs in response to the feedback we heard from anglers who really enjoy catching larger fish,” said WDFW Director Phil Anderson. “With these fish, our state’s biggest fishing day of the year just got better.”

Anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2013. Licenses can be purchased from a dealer, online at, or by telephone at 1-866-246-9453.

For vendor locations, visit

For updated fish stocking details, by county and lake, visit

Categories: Harbor News, KXRO Outdoors

Hoquiam Police investigate counterfeit money

April 26, 2012 Comments off

Hoquiam Officers responded to a call from a Simpson Ave. hotel manager who told them he was cleaning a room of a tenant and discovered what he believed to be counterfeit money in a dresser drawer.

Deputy Chief Don Wertanen tells KXRO that officers entered the room with the manager who showed them the alleged counterfeit currency. A search warrant was obtained to search and seize any evidence related to forgery.

The items are believed to be the property of the of the 46-year old Aberdeen man currently being held in the Grays Harbor County Jail on Forgery charges.

This case is still under investigation.

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