Archive for November, 2012

Free Skywarn Weather Spotter training

November 30, 2012 Comments off

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management announced they will be providing free training in weather spotting.

Ted Buehner from the National Weather Service will train new and veteran spotters on how to look for and report significant weather events. Spotters are needed, particularly in the rural parts of Grays Harbor.

GHEM asks that if you plan to attend the training session, that you RSVP because the class capacity is limited to 50 people.

Grays Harbor College
Room 1512 in the Library Building
1620 Edward P. Smith Dr., Aberdeen WA 98520

One Night Only – Thursday, December 13, 2012
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM

RSVP: Grays Harbor County Emergency Management
(360) 249-3911 or e-mail:


Hatfield releases statement on ocean acidity

November 30, 2012 Comments off

Senator Brian Hatfield of Raymond released a statement following the executive order signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire ordering the use of state resources to combat rising levels of ocean acidity:

“The shellfish industry means thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars to Washington in general and Pacific County in particular. Willapa Bay is one of the world’s leaders in shellfish production, and without the actions of the governor and the Department of Ecology, that industry faces a serious threat. I congratulate and thank Gov. Gregoire for her actions and look forward to working with her, Gov.-elect Inslee and the department on finding a solution to this problem.”

Gregoire announced her executive order on Tuesday, saying she plans to reallocate $3.3 million to fund priority actions on acidification.


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Local gas drilling is complete, for now

November 30, 2012 Comments off

Comet Ridge Limited, of Brisbane, Australia, said in a statement that their unit has finished work locally for now. They say that they drilled the exploratory well, named Yeti-1, in Montesano to a total depth just under 1,400 meters in September, ran their logs, plugged, and have since abandoned the well.

The company announced in June of this year their plans to drill on their property outside of Montesano for gas.

Comet Ridge is evaluating the technical data from the well in order to assess the merits of any further drilling on their Grays Harbor property.

Comet Ridge

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Japan to assist with tsunami debris

November 30, 2012 Comments off

Japan has announced that they will be providing $5 million to the U.S. to help with the collection and disposal of marine debris from the 2011 tsunami.

The Foreign Ministry announced the donation to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda informed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the plan during a meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

A huge tsunami triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011, earthquake off Japan’s northeastern coast washed many tons of debris into the sea and killed or left missing more than 18,000 people.

NOAA has said it expects some of the debris to wash up on U.S. shores in the next several years. Japan’s donation will help fund its monitoring, removal and processing.


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Both Elma Robbery Suspects In Custody

November 29, 2012 Comments off

Grays Harbor Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate says that Grays Harbor County Detectives located Jerry Upson this morning at approximately 11:30 am near his parent’s residence in Shelton and took him into custody.

Upson was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for 1st degree Robbery. Upson’s accomplice, a 26 year old Shelton man was taken into custody and booked for 1st degree Robbery as well.

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One suspect in custody, another still at large following Elma bank robbery

November 29, 2012 Comments off

Detectives have made an arrest in connection with the Anchor Bank Robbery in Elma.

Investigators contacted authorities at the Mason County Jail with the photograph of the suspect from the bank surveillance footage and a correctional officer identified the suspect as Jerry Thomas Upson of Shelton. Upson is 32 years old and has prior Robbery convictions in both Thurston and Mason Counties.

Investigators contacted the friends and family of Upson and learned that the suspect did own a white colored Dodge Stratus, the same vehicle seen in surveillance video at the scene. That vehicle was located and impounded, however Upson is still at large.

Investigators also learned that Upson usually associated with another Shelton man. That individual was located in Shelton and arrested on an unrelated warrant. Investigators learned that the 26 year old was with Upson during the robbery and he was subsequently transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail and booked for first degree robbery.

Upson has a felony warrant for his arrest and should be considered dangerous.

If anyone has information on his whereabouts, they are requested to contact the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department at 360-249-3711.

Jerry Thomas Upson

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Grays Harbor bridge projects receive federal funding

November 29, 2012 Comments off

Seventy city and county projects across the state will receive a portion of $130 million in federal funds to repair or replace aging bridges.

Grays Harbor County has 3 separate bridge projects on the list. Garrard Creek Bridge in Brooklyn, Delezenne Creek Bridge in Elma, and Keal Road Bridge in Copalis Beach all made the list. Total cost for this projects is $5.8 million.

The Washington State Department of Transportation selected projects that will replace, remove and/or repair aging, obsolete and structurally deficient bridges. The funding comes from the Federal Highway Fund.

“Some of these bridges are beyond the point of repair and need to be replaced,” said Kathleen Davis, director of Highways & Local Programs with WSDOT. “Many of them, though, can be repaired, which will add many more years of operation to their lifespan.”

WSDOT and the Bridge Replacement Advisory Committee received and reviewed 87 applications.

The committee is comprised of bridge and engineering professionals, with three members each from Washington cities and counties.

The committee’s primary objective is to enhance traveler safety through replacement and rehabilitation of old, worn-out bridges owned by cities and counties.

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Speed reduction on SR 105 during bridge construction

November 29, 2012 Comments off

Drivers on both directions of State Route 105 west of Raymond will see a speed limit reduction starting at 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3.

The speed limit will be temporarily reduced from 55 mph to 25 mph just south of the Smith Creek Bridge to just north of the North River Bridge (mileposts 9.7 to 10.9).

The reduction will be in place while crews working with the Washington State Department of Transportation replace the existing timber trestle bridges over Smith Creek and North River with wider, safer crossings.

This speed reduction will be in effect around the clock until bridge construction is complete. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.

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Full scale disaster exercise planned in East County

November 29, 2012 Comments off

Northwest Pipeline and Grays Harbor County have scheduled a large full scale disaster exercise on Wednesday Dec 5th at 10am at the Grays Harbor Energy facility. This exercise will test their response on earthquake, leak, explosion, and the possible injuries.

There will be equipment and fire apparatus moving throughout the area during the exercise. Chuck Wallace, Deputy Director at Grays Harbor Emergency Management reminds residents that this is just an exercise.

Some closures on low traveled roads in East County will be needed during the exercise.

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City of Aberdeen moves forward with 2013 budget

November 29, 2012 Comments off

The Aberdeen City Council is moving along on the 2013 budget, passing the second of three readings of the 2013 budget last night, but not without some discussion. Councilman Tim Alstrom brought a late amendment to the floor asking that the budget be lowered by 200,000 dollars.

Other council members commented that after all of the meetings they have had on the budget, this should have been brought up sooner. Others agreed that they too think less should be spent.

City Attorney Eric Nelson said that if the bottom line changed and they did not remove the 200 thousand from within the budget that it would not be balanced and could not be passed.

The second reading passed with a 7 to 3 vote with Alice Phelps and Jim Cook joining Alstrom in voting no.

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