Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority and Weyerhaeuser announced the transfer of the former Weyerhaeuser sawmill property in south Aberdeen. The approximately 24-acre site, appraised at $2.3 million, will be re-developed into a public waterfront facility called Seaport Landing.
“This is a major step toward achieving a long-held dream in Aberdeen, improved public access to the Chehalis River and a tangible connection to our maritime past,” said Seaport Executive Director Les Bolton.
“Today’s announcement allows for the former sawmill property to be put back into productive use and will help the Seaport meet its long-term vision of creating a world-class public waterfront facility. We congratulate the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority and wish them well with this new venture.” said Anthony Chavez, government and community relations manager for Weyerhaeuser.
Weyerhaeuser will retain ownership of approximately 200 acres, which includes the former Bay City Yard. The company is still evaluating options for that property.
The Historical Seaport will now begin development of a detailed plan for Seaport Landing, which will lay out development and fundraising activities over the next several years.
If all goes well, the Historical Seaport will bring Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to Seaport Landing for Aberdeen SPLASH on July 4 and invite the public to visit the ships at Seaport Landing. The project includes 14 acres leased from the Department of Natural Resources, bringing the total size of the site to 38 acres.
Officials are looking for any information about the man involved in the over 20 hour standoff with police this week.
The standoff began when the man shot a Hoquiam officer as a warrant was being served on him for Felony Fraud and ended Thursday morning when the suspect came out of the home shooting at a tactical unit. Officers returned fire and the man died at the scene as the home burst into flames.
Sheriff Rick Scott told KXRO that with the assistance from other agencies and local police, from a local perspective the incident was handled as planned.
Department heads will get together in the coming weeks to look over the incident to find what can be learned from the entire operation.
The officer involved shooting will now be under investigation by the Critical Incident Team. That report will be moved to the prosecutor to decide if the shooting was legally justifiable.
Investigators believe the name Ray Mahailovich, associated with a driver’s license issued in June 2011 with the man’s photograph, is under a fake name. That name is connected to the address of the Hoquiam home where the shooting and standoff took place.
The man was associated with a felony warrant out of Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office under the name of Rick Marlowe. That name may also be an alias.
Investigators are continuing to follow-up to verify the man’s identity.
Anyone with information regarding this person is asked to call the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department at 360-249-6070 ext 567.
Pacific County Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services are teaming up with the Naselle Grays River School District to host a “Social Violence Workshop” funded and sponsored by Region 3 Homeland Security.
The workshop will be a regional event and will take place on April 3rd and 4th, 2013 at the Naselle High School campus.
The workshop will cover practical and educational exercises related to an “active shooter situation” at the school. In the wake of the tragic events involving active shooter situations in schools and other locations around our country, fears have been heightened within our communities. The unfortunate reality is that an active shooter situation could occur almost anywhere within any jurisdiction.
This particular workshop will produce lessons learned that will directly apply in almost any situation. The reality is that all local first responders including law enforcement and emergency medical services must work closely together if an active shooter situation happens and must take every opportunity to practice together to ensure the best possible outcome.
Representatives from other school districts and other dignitaries have been invited to observe and participate with the workshop.
The entire Naselle school campus including the playground and field areas will be closed to the general public during those days.
Washington State Parks announced Saturday is a “free day” when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.
The March 30 free day commemorates State Parks’ 100th birthday month. The state park system was established March 19, 1913, when the Washington State Legislature established the State Board of Park Commissioners. Washington State Parks invites the public to celebrate the Centennial of the state park system all year, with events and activities in parks all over the state.
Visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/ for details.
The State Parks and Recreation Commission selected most of its 2013 “free days” in conjunction with the National Park Service’s free days.
The next “free day” is scheduled for April 27 and 28.
Washington Parks Free Days
• June 1 – National Trails Day
• June 8 and 9 – National Get Outdoors Day
• August 4 – Peak season free day
• September 28 – National Public Lands Day
• November 9 through 11 – Veterans Day Weekend.
Police Officers were sent to Shelton High School on Thursday after a student was reported to have a gun at the school.
Officers were looking for a 15 year old girl who was reported to have a gun on her.
Just before school began, the girl was seen walking across school property to a wooded area.
She was approached by officers and detained. A BB gun was found in her possession. The BB gun looked similar to an actual semi automatic handgun.
The girl was booked into the Mason County Juvenile Detention Center for related charges.
The Washington Army National Guard will station a new unit at the Montesano Armory effective on Monday.
The 1041st Transportation Company operates and maintains Light Medium Tactical Vehicles. Those vehicles are set high on large wheels making it an asset during flood missions to evacuate people and move supplies.
“We are proud to be part of the Montesano community, and we encourage area residents to consider serving their community and their nation by joining our team. This unit will be called upon to help its neighbors during state emergencies,” said Major General Bret D. Daugherty, the Adjutant General and commander of the Washington National Guard.
The Detachment will initially have approximately 20 citizen-soldiers training in Montesano for weekend “drill” periods, in addition to one full-time soldier who will work at the Armory and tend to the unit’s administrative, logistic and training needs.
The Detachment is looking to fill vacant positions for traditional citizen-soldiers who typically serve one weekend per month and a 15-day annual training period each year.
Anyone who is interested in talking to a recruiter should call 1-800-GO-GUARD, or stop by the Montesano Armory between 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday. The Armory is located at 298 Clemons Road.
Following the removal of the dock found on the Olympic Peninsula, Governor Jay Inslee thanked the Japanese government for their assistance in removing tsunami debris that has washed onto Washington shores.
“Our state deeply appreciates Japan’s friendship and the generous gift of $5 million in goodwill to the United States to support response efforts related to tsunami debris, such as the dock that washed ashore and was recently removed from the Olympic National Park and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.
Removing the dock and working on the boat found in Pacific County, the state has been in contact with the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle to work on confirming items as tsunami debris.
Inslee said “The United States and Washington State value the strong collaboration with Japan on the issue of marine debris.”
A 185-ton dock that washed out to sea during the 2011 tsunami has now been removed from Washington’s Olympic Coast. Crews removed the last of the dock from the beach.
The cost for the $628,000 removal effort was paid by NOAA and the national park, and with funds provided from the government of Japan.