Archive for July, 2013

Fire on Cherry Street under investigation

July 31, 2013 Comments off

The Aberdeen Fire Department responded to a burning home this morning in the 2100 block of Cherry Street.

Captain JR Streifel told KXRO that just after 3 am, a call came in from a Washington State Patrol employee on the home and firefighters responded to the blaze. 2 Hoquiam firefighters were called to assist. Crews were able to contain the fire from spreading outside the room and into the remainder of the house.

The fire was contained in less than 20 minutes after responders arrived, yet over 30% of the home was destroyed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Anchor Bank showing a loss for the year

July 31, 2013 Comments off

Anchor Bancorp, the holding company for Anchor Bank, reported a net loss of $812,000 for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to a net loss of $314,000 for the same period last year. The company is showing a loss of $255,000 for the year compared to a loss of $1.7 million in 2012.

The parent company of Anchor Bank has locations throughout Grays Harbor including their local loan production office.

President Jerald Shaw said in a statement that as of June 30, the company owned 21 real estate properties with a book value of $6.2 million compared to 71 properties in 2012 valued at of $6.7 million, and 31 properties in March of this year valued at $7.0 million.

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Anchor Bank

All burning prohibited on DNR land, including prescribed

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Following a ban on recreational fires on Department of Natural Resource land, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has now banned all outdoor fires on DNR land, including prescribed burns.

Hot and dry conditions have made the potential for wildfire unusually high on both sides of the Cascades. Recent fires have placed increased demands on firefighters and residents from both regional and statewide firefighting efforts.

“Now is the time to be vigilant. It is everyone’s responsibility to be appropriately cautious during this season,” Goldmark said. “The risk of wildfire is unusually high and the consequences could be catastrophic. We have hundreds of firefighters fighting two major wildfires and numerous smaller fires in Washington State. Our resources are stretched thin.”

This ban is now in effect through September 30 and prohibits campfires in developed campgrounds and other recreational fires, as well as prescribed burns.


Categories: Harbor News, KXRO Outdoors

SR 520 pontoon repair costs announced

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The Washington State Department of Transportation have announced the cost of repairing four pontoons from the first construction cycle and modifying another four from the second cycle for the new State Route 520 floating bridge.

The WSDOT acknowledged that it was a design error and not local workers that led to cracks in the first cycle of pontoons built in Aberdeen. At that time, WSDOT estimated repairs would cost tens of millions of dollars.

WSDOT will pay $48.8 million to complete the repairs on Cycle 1 pontoons. The addition of “transverse post-tensioning” to each of the 21 longitudinal pontoons constructed for the new floating bridge has been underway since June to help keep construction moving. In the first cycle, these pontoons were post-tensioned lengthwise only. For Cycles 2-6, each longitudinal pontoon will be post-tensioned fully within the Aberdeen casting basin.

WSDOT will also pay an additional $22.4 million for adding post-tensioning to four pontoons while they are in Aberdeen. The work was completed prior to float-out in April.

Both costs will be paid from the SR 520 risk reserve developed to address unforeseen project issues as part of the $2.7 billion program budget. With these charges paid, the current reserve is now $100 million.

Because of the delays, the new floating bridge is now estimated to open to traffic in late 2015 or early 2016.

WSDOT Post Tensioning

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Grays Harbor College broke ground on $41 million building

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Grays Harbor College will see construction on campus over the next 2 years. On Tuesday, the groundbreaking for the new Gene Schermer Instructional Building marked the beginning of the expansion.

Grays Harbor College broke ground today on their new 41.5 million dollar building that will be the new home for their Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Art, and Nursing classes. Grays Harbor College President Ed Brewster talked about waiting for the capital budget to come out and waiting to see if their budget for the building would get cut.

The new building is named after Gene Schermer. Schermer is a former President of the college and only one of 4 within the last 60 years.

The building is set to be completed in the fall of 2015.

Schermer Groundbreaking'

photo credit: Molly Bold

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Car fire near Central Park Chevron

July 30, 2013 Comments off

A car fire has dropped traffic to one lane on eastbound Highway 12 in Central Park. The right lane is closed while firefighters clear the area.

car cp

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Grayland Open Amateur Freeride Nationals August 10th & 11th

July 30, 2013 Comments off

The 2013 Grayland Open Amateur Freeride Nationals is set for August 10th and 11th in Grayland.

Organizers say that this is the top, and the only, jet ski surf competition in Washington. Event promoter, Dan Lindgren is expecting over 40 riders to be in Grayland competing for custom trophies and other prizes provided by sponsors.

The event runs from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday the 10th and continues at 11 am on Sunday the 11th with the finals.

This event is free to the public.

Grayland Open

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