Archive for June, 2013

Aberdeen officer involved in collision

June 28, 2013 Comments off

An Aberdeen Police Officer was involved in a collision on Thursday after a man was driving the wrong direction on Alder.

Officer Rathbun was in a police car and stopped for a red light while on Wishkah at Alder. When the light turned green and he began to enter the intersection, a 2011 Ford F150 was traveling in the wrong direction on Alder.

The driver, a 64 year old man from Westport, struck into the front passenger side of the police car causing serious damage to the front.

Officer Rathbun assisted the other driver who was complaining about chest pain. The Aberdeen Fire Department was called and treated and released the driver at the scene.

Officer Rathbun was checked at Grays Harbor Community Hospital for upper back pain.



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WIC Program set to expire with state shutdown

June 27, 2013 Comments off

Participants in the Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, Program will soon be unable to use their WIC checks if the state budget impasse doesn’t end by July 1. The WIC program is among many state services at risk of stopping during a temporary government shutdown if the budget deadline isn’t met, but WIC clients could be affected sooner.

Retailers who accept WIC checks when clients buy food are reimbursed by the state. If there is a government shutdown, the state would be unable to reimburse retailers for WIC checks, WIC clinics will close, and WIC stores and farmers market growers will be unable to process checks. So participants who planned to shop next week are urged to use their WIC checks by this weekend, in case there is a shutdown on Monday.

About 195,000 low income state residents take part in the WIC Program each month. Every day, about $472,000 worth of WIC checks are processed in our state.


Aberdeen declares July 2 as Founder’s Day

June 27, 2013 Comments off

Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson proclaimed July 2 as Aberdeen’s Founder’s Day at last nights city council meeting.

After the second Public Comment portion of the meeting, Brian Little brought up that July 2 was Sam Benn’s birthday and that there was no record of there being a founder’s day, Councilman Pete Schave made a motion in favor of making July 2 officially Founder’s Day.

After the motion was unanimously supported Mayor Simpson made the proclamation.

Benn and his wife Martha landed at the mouth of the Wishkah River on March 13th, 1868.

Sam Benn

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Online fireworks sales are illegal

June 27, 2013 Comments off

Firework sales begin tomorrow across Washington, and State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy is reminding Washingtonians that the purchase of fireworks over the internet is illegal.

In Washington State, fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period. Orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the internet or posted on websites such as CraigsList. Residents should talk with family members and guests about the fireworks laws for their area.

Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedoms. Personal fireworks require personal responsibility. Remember the three B’s of fireworks safety:

• Be Prepared—Have water nearby and put pets indoors
• Be Safe—Only adults should light fireworks
• Be Responsible—clean up fireworks debris

To learn more about fireworks ordinances in your city or county information regarding fireworks, check the fireworks safety web site at


Ocean Shores teen to represent state in Children’s Congress

June 27, 2013 Comments off

17 year old Blythe Beebe, of Ocean Shores, has been selected by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to join 150 other children from around the country in Washington, D.C., to remind their Members of Congress of the vital need of type 1 diabetes research until a cure becomes available.

The children, ages 4 to 17, represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They will visit the capital as delegates of the JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress from July 8 to 10. Joining them will be six international delegates traveling from around the world.

“These outstanding children and their families all understand, as I do, that type 1 diabetes tests us every day,” says JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore, who has had T1D for more than 40 years.

Blythe told KXRO “Being selected for Children’s Congress is the highest honor I have received to date and an opportunity that is once in a lifetime. I know that after these next few weeks, my life will be changed forever, for the better. ”

The JDRF Children’s Congress program was first held in 1999. Since then, seven successful Children’s Congresses have occurred, one every other year.

To learn more about JDRF Children’s Congress, please visit our website at

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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Grays Harbor is Tsunami and Storm Ready

June 27, 2013 Comments off

Grays Harbor is once again Tsunami and Storm Ready.

In 2001, Grays Harbor County, along with Ocean Shores, became the first Tsunami Ready communities in the United States. This week, Grays Harbor County received word that they have once again met the National Weather Service requirements for being named both Tsunami and Storm Ready thru June 2016.

The Tsunami Ready Community designation recognizes communities who have taken steps to prepare their emergency response infrastructure and population for a Tsunami and/or Storm emergency. Benefits of being Tsunami Ready and Storm Ready are that Grays Harbor County is better prepared to save lives and property in an emergency.

According to NOAA, as of this week, there were 2091 StormReady® sites in 49 states, Puerto Rico & Guam, and 146 TsunamiReady Sites.

All coastal counties, cities and tribal nations of Washington State including Grays Harbor County, the cities of Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Ocean Shores and Westport as well as the Quinault Indian Nation are designated as TsunamiReady .


Aberdeen Schools will see changes in leadership

June 27, 2013 Comments off

The Aberdeen School District will be going through some changes in their administration in the Fall.

Aberdeen Superintendent Thomas Opstad announced these changes are effective July 1.

Rocky Roquin (RO-CAN), current principal at Aberdeen High School, and Sherri Northington, the current principal at Harbor High School, will now become co-principals at Aberdeen High School.

Derek Cook, currently an assistant principal at Aberdeen High School, will move to Harbor High School as their interim principal.

James Bowers, currently an assistant principal at Aberdeen High School, will be moving out of the district. Bowers has accepted a position at Centralia High School and his position will not be filled.

Dr. Opstad said “In making these changes, I have reflected carefully on how to position our district for a financially secure future during this period of lower enrollment while also putting the needs of students and staff at the forefront of our planning,”.

Dr. Opstad also announced that the district is also adding a fourth counselor at Aberdeen High School. This will make it possible for each counselor to be assigned a class and remain with that class through their high school career.


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