Archive for April, 2012

Grays Harbor and Pacific County not included in disciplinary report

April 23, 2012 Comments off

The Washington State Department of Health has released a report showing recent disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.

The report, released Friday by the department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division shows all charges currently investigated by the department. No facilities or physicians in Grays Harbor or Pacific Counties are listed in the report. 250 facilities in Grays Harbor are listed as being regulated by the department.

Information about health care providers is available on the department’s website at The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998.

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Elliot Rust Holdings announced as Grays Harbor Paper buyer

April 20, 2012 Comments off

Greater Grays Harbor, Inc has announced that the letter of intent to purchase Grays Harbor Paper has been signed by Elliott Rust Holdings, LLC of Tacoma.

Cesar Scolari, the CEO of Elliot Rust Holdings, LLC commented that the Tacoma-based company is “proud and excited to be a part of bringing the paper company and the family-wage jobs back to the Harbor. The parties must complete their due diligence, a formal Purchase and Sale Agreement has to be completed and submitted to the court for approval. This process will take approximately 60 days.

The new company will be led by former CEO and industry veteran, John Begley. “We are looking forward to completing the sales process and again doing what the mill does best-making paper,” states Begley.

“Many people worked very hard for a long time to make this a successful outcome,” said Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney, “Personally, I can hardly wait to see steam once again coming out of the stack and the parking lot full again with cars of people who have been put back to work!”

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Hoquiam High School narrows Assistant Principal candidates to 5

April 20, 2012 Comments off

Hoquiam High School is continuing its search for an assistant principal, and has narrowed down the candidates.

The Hoquiam School board heard from Superintendent Mike Parker about the search for the new assistant and he says they have it narrowed down to five.

Parker told the school board they will hopefully be able to make a decision and have a special meeting to announce the results of the interview process sometime next week.

The five candidates left are Wendy Beldin from Elma, Scott Hyder from Yelm, Gwin Joyce from Seattle, Justin Pierce from Vancouver, and Michael Suhling from Cheney.

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Nominations being accepted for Joel Wolff Community Service award

April 20, 2012 Comments off

Nominations are now being accepted for the Joel Wolff Community Service Award, an annual recognition created in 2003 to honor community service in Grays Harbor County. The recipient will be announced at the annual meeting of the United Way of Grays Harbor in June 2012.

The Joel Wolff Community Service Award was established to recognize the contributions and examples of its namesake, Joel Wolff. In addition to his numerous community affiliations and causes, Joel was instrumental in the organization and creation of United Ways of Grays Harbor’s predecessor

organizations, the Community Chest and United Good Neighbors of Grays Harbor County. The Board of Directors of United Way of Grays Harbor chose to honor Joel by continuing the annual award thatrecognizes a volunteer or professional from the community that shows the same caring, commitment, and dedication.

A recipient will be chosen based on length of service, their impact on the community, and their dedication to meeting the needs of local people, among other criteria

Nomination forms must be filled out and turned in to the United Way office at 101 E. Market Street, #544 in Aberdeen by May 14 or emailed to The application is available for download at

Nomination Form

Sex offender arrested for trespassing, among other crimes

April 20, 2012 Comments off

Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a resident in the Butte Creek area on Wednesday night saying a man was banging on her door and the side of her house. She told police that she did not know the man.

Deputies were lead to a nearby residence and discovered a man who matched the description of the suspect. When they placed the man under arrest for trespassing, the man gave officers a fake name.

When deputies discovered the true name of the 35 year old Raymond man they discovered he had two outstanding misdemeanor warrants for his arrest and an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest because he failed to register as a sex offender in Cowlitz County. He was booked into Pacific County Jail for the warrants as well as Trespassing, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon and for Making a False Statement to a Public Servant.


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When will the debris from the tsunami in Japan reach Grays Harbor?

April 20, 2012 Comments off

Debris from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami was sent across the Pacific Ocean and experts say that Washington coasts should start seeing debris in the next few weeks. The NOAA Marine Debris Program has posted a new modeling output on its website at that shows where the debris likely is currently.

This model, developed by NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration Emergency Response Division, simulates how winds and ocean currents from the past year may have moved items through the Pacific Ocean and shows where debris may be now, but does not predict exactly when debris will reach U.S. shores in the future.

It shows that some items may have reached the Pacific Northwest coast during the winter. The bulk of the debris is likely still dispersed north of the Main Hawaiian Islands and east of Midway Atoll.

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Aberdeen Jail escape attempt ends quickly

April 19, 2012 Comments off

An escape attempt at the City of Aberdeen Jail ended quickly this week. On Wednesday afternoon an inmate within the facility, reported having a seizure to corrections officers. He was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital before being cleared to serve his time.

Detective Jon Hudson with the Aberdeen Police Department tells KXRO that on the transport back to the city jail the inmate admitted to officers that he had faked his seizure in an attempt to be released early from custody. He told officers he had wanted to get something to eat.

When officers opened the doors to the transport vehicle, the man fled from the sally port behind the Aberdeen City Jail. A brief foot chase ensued with corrections officers before he turned back toward the officers and was tazed.

Detective Hudson says that the man was originally incarcerated for outstanding warrants including trespassing and Criminal Mischief. He was charged with Escape in the third degree, a gross misdemeanor, following the brief foot chase.

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Disaster planning event in East County

April 19, 2012 Comments off

On Tuesday, April 24 the Grays Harbor County Local Emergency Planning Committee and Grays Harbor County Emergency Management, will be conducting a free tabletop exercise at the Elma Microtel Inn & Suites from 9am to noon.

The exercise will revolve around a moderate size inland earthquake and hazardous material incident, and is designed to test disaster plans for government agencies, schools, civic groups and businesses in the areas of Elma, McCleary, Oakville, Montesano, the Chehalis Reservation and unincorporated Grays Harbor County surrounding those areas. Many plans were developed using a template and this will afford you an opportunity to receive information on site specific impacts.

This is an excellent occasion to exercise your specific disaster plan and/or to obtain information on disaster planning.

If you plan on attending, you must RSVP to or call (360) 249-3911

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TRL locations to close in May for training

April 19, 2012 Comments off

The Timberland Regional Library district is planning a day of staff training at most branches during May. Employees will participate in customized training at their own libraries to maintain and enhance their knowledge and skills in library service to the public.

Libraries will close for one day on a rolling schedule to ensure patrons still have access to services. In addition, the TRL Administrative Center including the Central Reference service will remain open.

Schedule of local library closures

Wed, May 2 – Elma
Wed May, 9 – Oakville
Wed, May 16 – Naselle, McCleary
Fri, May 18 – Hoquiam
Tues, May 22 – Aberdeen, Montesano
Wed, May 23 – Amanda Park, Ocean Park
Tues, May 29 – Westport
Wed, May 30 – Raymond
Thur, May 31 – South Bend

To check locations and hours of the libraries nearest you, visit the TRL website at and click on Locations, or call your library.


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Veterans will bike 4200 across the US starting in Aberdeen

April 19, 2012 Comments off

Over the past decade the US has been involved in 10 military operations. Today, record numbers of troops are coming home. Only now, they face a new battle as these heroes transition to civilian life on the home front.

To help veterans with their transitions home, and draw attention to a national concern, Casey Miller, a civilian, has founded the Long Road Home Project.

This summer, five vets will bicycle across the nation in an effort to heal their wounds and inspire others to do the same. The 4200 mile journey begins on July 16 in Aberdeen and will conclude in Washington D.C. about 90 days later.

The American Legion Post 5 in Aberdeen will host a send off for the Long Road Home Project. Tickets will be available soon.

For more information, please visit

Full Route Schedule

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