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Steven Kravetz competent to stand trial

August 31, 2012 Comments off

Steven Kravetz has been found mentally competent to stand trial for the stabbing a Judge Dave Edwards and shooting a Deputy Polly Davin at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse in March.

A Lewis County judge ruled Wednesday that 34-year-old Kravetz can be tried on Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree, 2 counts of Assault in the 1st Degree, and Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer. His lawyer argued that Kravetz couldn’t focus on his own defense.

Kravetz led police on a manhunt following the courthouse attack and was arrested in Olympia after his mother called police and turned him in.

He is currently being held on $900,000 bail in Mason County Jail.

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Village Post Office opens today in Copalis Crossing

August 31, 2012 Comments off

The United States Postal Service will hold their grand opening ceremony for a Village Post Office at the Voss Acres Produce Market this morning.

This will be the 50th VPO the Postal Service has opened in the U.S. The first one was in Malone which opened in August of 2011. There are two others in Washington– one in Steptoe and another outside Ferndale.

VPOs are located in communities, but outside a Postal Service building such as an existing business.

The VPO at Voss Acres will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday

“In the late 1800s the post office was located in the house which is next to our market,” said Store owner Sharon Voss. “We are very honored to be able to carry on the postal tradition in the community.”

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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Unused transportation funds mean an extra $113 thousand for Grays Harbor projects

August 30, 2012 Comments off

The Obama Administration announced that it won’t allow infrastructure funds to sit idle as a result of stalled earmark projects at a time when hundreds of thousands of construction workers are looking for work. U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is making over $470 million in unspent earmarks immediately available to states for projects that will create jobs and help improve transportation across the country.

Locally, that means almost $113 thousand dollars set aside for Satsop Road Access Improvements as part of the $4.7 million in unused funds for Washington. $262 thousand had already been used on this project.

State departments of transportation will have the ability to use their unspent earmarked highway funds, some of which are nearly 10 years old, on any eligible highway, transit, passenger rail, or port project.

States must identify the projects they plan to use the funds for by October 1, and must obligate them by December 31, 2012.

To ensure that this funding is quickly put to good use, funds not obligated by the December 31 deadline will be redistributed in 2013 to states that met the deadline.

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Coast Guard rescues hiker in Olympic National Park

August 30, 2012 Comments off

The Coast Guard rescued an injured hiker on Wednesday that had been stranded in the Olympic Mountains near Port Angeles since Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a request from Olympic National Park for a medevac of a 32-year-old male hiker near Aurora Ridge.

The hiker reportedly fell 150 feet and suffered a broken ankle and possible head injuries and was located by a helicopter crew that had been privately contracted by the missing hiker’s family.

The Coast Guard launched a helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles.

The crew arrived on scene and located the hiker along with 4 Olympic National Park rangers who were on scene with the injured hiker and were prepared to carry him out if necessary.

The hiker was transported to Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles where he was reported to be in stable condition.

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Veterans Affairs have job opportunity for Grays Harbor

August 30, 2012 Comments off

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking an Accredited Veteran Service Organization Representative and/or Veteran Service Organization to provide veterans and the public with VA claims and benefits assistance in Aberdeen under a client services contract.

This contract opportunity involves maintaining regular business hours one day each week at the Aberdeen WorkSource office and the contractor is responsible for maintaining commercial general liability insurance and incurring all costs associated with providing services (personal computer, telecommunications, postage, office supplies, etc.).

The annual contract value shall not exceed $9,528.00.

Interested parties should submit their resume  to the Administrator of the Veteran Services Division, Steven Gill, at steveng@dva.wa.gov.

Review of eligible candidates and/or organizations will begin October 1, 2012 and work may begin as soon at November 1, 2012. This opportunity will remain available until a contractor is selected. For further inquiries please contact Steven Gill by email or phone at 360-725-2235.

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School is starting, which means extra caution in school zones

August 30, 2012 Comments off

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind you to be especially cautious as schools begin to go back into session.

Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock reminds residents to be aware of the posted speed limits in and around our schools. Motorists must obey the direction of school crossing guards and are required to stop for flashing red lights on school buses.

Parents and students are encouraged to allow extra time dropping off or picking up students. The increase in traffic and those persons unfamiliar with pick up and drop off procedures are likely to cause delays.

Reminder, traffic fines double in school zones.

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Hawaiian Chieftain returns Sept. 5, Lady Washington Sept 27th

August 30, 2012 Comments off

The Hawaiian Chieftain returns to Grays Harbor on Sept. 5, the Lady Washington on Sept. 27.

The Lady will have her hull restoration work completed in Port Townsend before she returns.

The Chieftain returns to Grays Harbor next month for scheduled maintenance, educational programs for local elementary school students, public sails, and to prepare for her upcoming California sailing season. She is set to arrive at Aberdeen Landing Sept. 5, but will be closed to the public for several days.

Starting Sept. 4, the tall ship Lady Washington will be in Port Townsend where shipwrights and volunteers will complete Phase II of her hull restoration project, including the replacement of hull planks below the waterline. In 2007, wood rot was discovered in a number of planks and frames. In 2011, the Legislature awarded the Historical Seaport a $167,000 capital improvements grant for the repairs. The work is expected to be completed in by Sept 24 before arriving in Aberdeen the 27th.

Hawaiian Chieftain is taking reservations from local schools for educational programs. Many area schools are eligible for grants to pay for the majority of program costs. For information, call 800-200-5239.

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