Archive for April, 2013

Grays Harbor Schools Named Among Best in Nation

April 30, 2013 Comments off

2 Grays Harbor schools have been recognized by the US News and World Report among the most outstanding high schools in the nation.

The news magazine evaluated more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards and how they prepared students for college.

Superintendent Mike Parker told KXRO that Hoquiam High School received a bronze medal. The magazine shows that 91% of students are proficient in reading, while 90% are proficient in writing.

Oakville also received a bronze medal. They are the only other Grays Harbor school to be nationally ranked.

The magazine used data from the 2010-2011 school year.

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Rognlin’s to Construct Fairground Building

April 30, 2013 Comments off

The Grays Harbor Fairgrounds will be seeing some changes as they will be getting a new Fair Agriculture Building and Rognlin’s, Inc. of Aberdeen was the low bidder for the job.

The project was given to Rognlin’s on Monday for their bid of $277,000. There are two alternate options that would add other construction to be completed for the building.

Rognlin’s will not only replace the building, but include the alternate options as well. The insurance coverage on the replacement of the building will cover the base bid, but the bid alternates will need to be paid for out of the stadium fund.

The Grays Harbor County Commissioners are hopeful that the building will be completed before the Grays Harbor County Fair this summer.


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Grays Harbor Community Foundation Award Nonprofit Grants

April 30, 2013 Comments off

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation awarded almost $180,000 in grants in the 2nd Quarter.

After receiving many inquiries about funding for nonprofit grants, the Community Foundation decided to create an application separate from the normal program, where all nonprofits had an opportunity to apply.

The Community Foundation received 22 total applications for a variety of projects. Of these proposals, the committee chose to fund 5 projects for a total of $133,965.

The 7th Street Theatre will be receiving funding towards a new HVAC system, The Polson Museum received funding for their third phase of the Railroad Camp Project, Coastal Harvest received funding for a backup Generator, St. Mary’s School received funding for a new playground, and Montesano Girls Softball Association received funding for purchasing turf for 3 softball fields.

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation also awarded a total of $44,973 to six organizations in their first quarter grants cycle.

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation awarded a grant to Aberdeen School District for instruments in their music program.

Other awardees this grants cycle include the City of Ocean Shores for the Surf and Rescue Team, Dispute Resolution Center for their Parent/Teen Mediation Program, Oakville School District for their Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program, Ocosta School District for their Summer Programs, and Save the Children for Early Steps to School Success in Lake Quinault and Taholah.

For more information about the Community Foundation, visit


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Simpson Avenue Bridge Closure

April 30, 2013 Comments off

The Simpson Avenue Bridge will close three days next week for routine inspection.
From 9 am to 3 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 6-8, the Washington State Department of Transportation will close both lanes of the Simpson Avenue Bridge while crews perform a routine scheduled bridge inspection.

During the closures, WSDOT crews will detour the 13,000 vehicles that use the bridge each day onto Riverside, reconfigured for two-way traffic.

Crews perform various inspections on the 86 year old bridge each year. This inspection, performed every two years, involves reviewing the infrastructure of the bridge. Crews will access areas under the bridge using an “Under-Bridge Inspection Truck” with a specialized arm that reaches around the bridge railing and under the deck.

Motorists are encouraged to allow extra time for their commutes during the daytime bridge closures. WSDOT recommends leaving early, carpooling or taking transit.


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Aberdeen Man Hit by Car. Police Looking for Suspect.

April 29, 2013 Comments off

Aberdeen Police Officers were called to an unknown problem in the 100 block of S. Park St.

Officers were advised that a man was on the ground and another man was pushing him to the ground. Officers were also told that someone was saying something about one of the men being hit by a car.

Officers located a 40 year old man in the area who appeared to be highly intoxicated. The other man told police he saw a car hit the man and then heard tires squeal, turned and saw the victim in mid air.

The witness said the vehicle stopped and the driver stepped out and looked at the man. The driver then got back into the car and fled south in the 100 Block of South Park St.

The car was described as a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser with tinted windows. The driver was described as a Hispanic or Native American male, mid 20’s to early 30’s in age, about 6 foot tall, with an athletic build, short dark hair, clean shaven, well dressed, and wearing sunglasses.

The victim was treated and transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

The victim identified himself as Wade Hill of Aberdeen. His injuries appeared minor with visible scrapes and abrasions.

Anyone with information is asked to call APD at 533-3180 or the Tip Line at 538-4450.


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Medical Marijuana Equipment Stole in Aberdeen Burglary

April 29, 2013 Comments off

The Aberdeen Police Department responded to a home in the 500 Block of N Jeffries over the weekend on a call about a residential burglary.

An officer was told by the victim that he had left the home on Friday and returned on Sunday to find numerous items had been taken from his home.

The victim reported that about 300 dollars in change, a 32” flat screen TV, a computer and other items were taken.

The victim then told the officer that his SRI Gas Chromatograph 8610-C was also missing, along with his documentation to legally grow medical marijuana. The victim explained that the piece of equipment was used to measure THC content in marijuana and was worth $20,000 dollars.

The equipment is described as being 15 inches by 20 inches and about 18 inches tall. It has a red top and a tan bottom.

Anyone with information on this burglary is asked to call the Aberdeen Police at 533-3180 or the Tip line at 538-4450.


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Grays Harbor Nurse Arrested for Fraudulent Prescriptions

April 29, 2013 Comments off

A 32 year old Registered Nurse has been arrested for several counts of fraud. The Ocean Shores nurse was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail and is expected to be formally charged today.

Deputies first received information on Thursday from the Roger Saux Health Clinic in Taholah that fraudulent prescriptions had been used at a pharmacy in Aberdeen. The fraudulent prescriptions were under the name of a Health Clinic physician. That physician explained to deputies that the signature on the prescription was not his, and the man named on the prescription was never a patient. The doctor was able to tell deputies that the name of the man was the husband to one of their nurses.

Deputies learned that a number of fraudulent prescriptions had been filled by the nurse at various pharmacies throughout Grays Harbor during the past several months. Deputies learned that Aberdeen Police had investigated a similar situation when the same woman worked for Grays Harbor Community Hospital earlier this year. That investigation began in February of this year and the nurse quit shortly thereafter. It would appear the nurse started employment with the Health Clinic in Taholah after leaving Grays Harbor Community Hospital. She has since been terminated by the health care clinic in Taholah.

The investigation found that the nurse had stolen blank prescription pads at both the hospital and health clinic, and filled out the prescriptions herself.

Grays Harbor Sheriff Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate says that at this point, it does not appear that her husband was aware of the fraud.


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