On Wednesday night at the Aberdeen City Council Meeting they honored city sewer employee Roy Mollett.
He said “Wastewater has put a lot of bread and butter on my table.”
Mollett will retire next week following over 35 years with the city. He started with the sewer department in October of 1977.
Residents who live in the 19th Legislative District took part in a one-hour telephone town on Wednesday with their state legislators.
State Representatives Brian Blake and Dean Takko and with Senator Brian Hatfield took questions from residents on topics including economic issues, mental health, 2nd amendment rights, and other budget issues.
Town hall caller Cassie called and asked about crude oil coming to the Port of Grays Harbor and Senator Hatfield said that he agrees with bringing more work to the port.
Three proposals to bring crude oil to the port have received mixed reviews locally. Opponents of the plans cite environmental concerns, while proponents say that bringing the industry to the port is good for the area.
A bill by Hoquiam Senator Jim Hargrove was the first bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill requires homeless or runaway shelters to notify parents, state officials or law enforcement of a youth’s location within 72 hours of becoming aware they are missing.
Shelters have been required to provide notification of a child’s whereabouts since 1995, but the time of notification was expanded from eight hours to 72 hours in 2010.
Senate Bill 5147 will establish permanent requirements for youth shelters and organizations that are designed to protect children and reunite families.
Those changes expired last year, but are made permanent under the new bill. The law will take effect in July.
In both Grays Harbor and Pacific County, an increased number of vehicle prowls have been reported recently.
A bill approved by the State Senate is taking aim at the increasing number of property crimes in Washington.
Everett Sen. Nick Harper says a spike in vehicle prowls has prompted him to sponsor Senate Bill 5053, which would change the penalty for car prowling from a gross misdemeanor to a Class C felony for anyone convicted of vehicle prowling for a third time.
Sen. Harper said “While more retributive punishments aren’t necessarily always effective to reduce crime rates, certainty is shown to be an effective deterrent. So that certainty of having a felony conviction on one’s record, we hope, is a substantial step towards trying to reduce these rates in our communities.”
Police in both counties remind everyone to lock their vehicles and houses. These crimes are crimes of opportunity and by simply securing your cars and not leaving valuables visible inside you greatly reduce the possibility of becoming a victim.
The 5th Annual Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on March 16th. Six individuals are set to be inducted and two more will receive special recognition for their dedication to auto racing at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds.
Included into the inductees will be 1978 hobby stock champion, Ken Stearns; 1983 super modified champion, Rick Leighty, three time hobby stock champion, Tom Williams; and Tom Neff, a racer and owner. All four will all be in attendance when they are officially inducted.
Two inductees will be represented by family members. Dan West, Jr. will accept on behalf of his father Dan West, Sr., who is out of state and the deceased Dick Morlan, Sr. will be represented by his son, Dick Morlan, Jr.
Brownfield Exemplary Contribution award winner, Bob Valencia, will be on hand to accept his honor, while Don Fry will receive the Spoon Distinguished Service Award for his late father, Del Fry.
The free event will be held March 16th at the Elma Eagles starting at 6:30 pm. The public is welcome.
The Coast Guard rescued three people aboard a vessel taking on water near Grays Harbor Tuesday.
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a distress call from the 58-foot crabbing vessel Persistence at 8:50 pm. The crew reported they were taking on water approximately 5 miles northwest of Grays Harbor and were low on fuel for their dewatering pump.
Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor dispatched two lifeboat crews to the scene. The crews delivered two dewatering pumps to the vessel and escorted the Persistence and its crew safely back to Grays Harbor.
There were no injuries reported.
Following the recent announcement of the disbanding of the Ocean Shores Surf Rescue Team, readers of MSN.com may now be headed out to the coast.
In a new list put out by the website ranking the 10 best places to watch storms on the West Coast, the Washington coast received 3 entries.
Ocean Shores, La Push, and Long Beach all made it onto the list.
MSN said that in Ocean Shores, the Pineapple Expresses from Hawaii can stir up waves three stories high, pounding the beaches between Westport and Ocean Shores.
In La Push they say that the storms are “gigantic”, yet the shore and sea stacks are “blissfully primitive”. They included Lake Quinault and Kalaloch to the south into their listing of La Push.
Long Beach rounded out the Washington coast making the list that also included many beaches in Oregon.