Archive for July, 2013

Motorcycle accident outside of Hoquiam

July 29, 2013 Comments off

A motorcycle leaving Ocean Shores following a weekend filled with hundreds of bikes and riders ended with a wreck outside of Hoquiam.

A 41 year old Puyallup man was riding his 2001 Suzuki motorcycle toward Hoquiam when he was thrown from his bike in the S curves just outside of Grays Harbor City.

As the rider went around a corner, he did not make the corner completely. When his rear tire struck the gravel on the side of the road, he lost control before his bike came to rest in the opposite lane.

Residents and visitors to the area stopped to assist the rider and blocked traffic at the scene until emergency crews arrived.

The Puyallup man was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital following the accident.
The Washington State Patrol told KXRO that it did not appear that drugs or alcohol were involved.

The bike was impounded and taken from the scene.


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Summer weather does not mean warmer, less dangerous waters

July 26, 2013 Comments off

As the summer weather continues, the Department of Health reminds residents that while enjoying Washington’s waters can be one of the highlights of the summer, it can also be dangerous. Drowning deaths happen most frequently in the summer months, and almost half of the 100 deaths a year occur in rivers and streams.

Frigid temperatures caused by mountain runoff are a large reason why these waters can be so dangerous. Cold water can affect even strong swimmers’ muscles and nervous system within 10 minutes, overriding strength and endurance.

Fast moving currents can also be treacherous, and logs, branches, and bushes can snag or tip rafts and inner tubes and hold a person under water. In addition to life vests, people in swift creeks or rivers should be wary of where they put their feet. A foot jammed between rocks in a creek with a strong current can push a person underwater.

The highest drowning numbers are among teenage and young adult males. Children should be watched at all times when they’re in or near water, and non-swimmers should always be within arm’s reach. If you decide to go in the water to help, bring something with you to help keep you both afloat.

The best defense against the risks that can happen around water is a life jacket. Taking the proper precautions is the best way to ensure that a fun summer outing doesn’t turn into a tragedy.


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Montesano National Guard could become Stryker Brigade

July 26, 2013 Comments off

Gov. Jay Inslee and Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, are urging urged national defense leaders to convert the National Guard 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team to a Stryker Brigade. This could include the 146th Field Artillery Regiment in Montesano.

Inslee and Daugherty joined their counterparts in Oregon and California last week in sending a letter to the secretary of the army, the army chief of staff and the chief of the National Guard Bureau.

Providing the 81st with Stryker vehicles would give the National Guard more modern equipment, including vehicles that could be deployed during state emergencies.

“The 81st now uses old tanks that are too heavy to use on our roads during emergencies,” Inslee said. “By converting the 81st to a Stryker Brigade we achieve a double win. Our National Guards would have an enhanced ability to respond to local emergencies such as floods, fires and earthquakes.”

As soldiers return home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Defense is also returning equipment that hasn’t yet been assigned to any military installation. In their letter, they highlight that placing returning Strykers with the National Guard would eliminate the need for the Army to spend money on vehicle storage and maintenance. It would also provide the Army easier access to these vehicles for homeland defense and overseas wartime missions at a lower cost to U.S. taxpayers.


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Assistance for local veterans in Grays Harbor

July 26, 2013 Comments off

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Tacoma Vet Center will be sending a Mobile Outreach Team to Aberdeen on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to provide counseling services to local Veterans and their families.

The team will be in the Worksource Grays Harbor parking lot at 511 West Heron in Aberdeen. Veterans can make an appointment by calling (253) 565-7038 or can show up without an appointment for walk-in services.

The VA Mobile Outreach Teams are a way to increase access to counseling services for Veterans and their families in rural communities across the country. If you are a veteran or active duty member who has served in a combat zone, you may be eligible for free counseling. VA benefits and referrals are available to all qualifying veterans regardless of combat service status.

For more information on services visit For more information on this event, please contact Brandon Jones, Jason Scott, or Mark Buckler at (253) 565-7038.


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Walmart expansion begins in Aberdeen

July 26, 2013 Comments off

As construction begins on the Walmart expansion in Aberdeen, residents will begin to notice activity around the store.

Construction inside the store started this week as crews move fixtures and prepare for the expansion into a Super Walmart size. Outside construction will follow.

First announced in 2010, the expansion used public input in the redesign to better serve local residents. Complaints about the expansion came early with residents saying the expansion would bring more traffic delays to East Aberdeen as well as impact local businesses.

Hoquiam resident Judy Carter said, in 2011, that there is only so much money that can be spent on the Harbor, “There will be more stores closing down and I think we’ve lost enough”. Carter was one of eight speakers who addressed the Aberdeen City Council 2 years ago to reconsider allowing Walmart the permits needed to expand.

The state Shoreline Hearings Board had unanimously ruled the building expansion needed to provide better public access to the waterfront. Following comments, the expansion was delayed and adjusted to accommodate recommendations.

Equipment will be seen in and around the store. Customers should be prepared for changes and some delays as the construction efforts continue locally.

Rainwater Collection

Equipment seen in East Aberdeen as the Walmart expansion begins.

Taken by Alex Kluh. *Edited by KXRO*

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Rep. Kilmer schedules another telephone town hall

July 26, 2013 Comments off

Representative Derek Kilmer will hold another telephone town hall meeting this month in order to stay connected with the people he represents.

Kilmer will hold the hour-long town hall on Wednesday, July 31st starting at 6pm. Those who join the call will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the Representative.
“I’ve always said democracy works best when elected officials are accessible and accountable to the people they represent. While this doesn’t replace face to face meetings, while I’m in DC I’m glad to have the opportunity to discuss the issues that matter with the folks I represent,” said Representative Derek Kilmer.

In the past, all homes in the 6th District, covering Grays Harbor and the Olympic Peninsula, have received a call prior to the meeting. This time, residents can sign up at or send an email to with their name and phone number by July 30th to reserve a spot in the conversation.

Residents who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call at 6pm on July 31st inviting them to the town hall.

In seven months since taking office, Representative Kilmer has held six in-person town halls across the region, in addition to town halls via phone and internet. This will be his second telephone town hall.


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Greater Grays Harbor Energy extended

July 26, 2013 Comments off

Due to the success of the program since it started in January, Greater Grays Harbor Energy, will continue through September.

The program uses specialized equipment to find out exactly where in your home leaks and cold spots waste energy and money, and helps you learn what energy upgrades are needed most.

In the last quarter, Greater Grays Harbor Energy completed 55 home audits, leading to $21,000 in rebates for home improvements. $131,000 in private funds has been spent locally among contractors and home improvement stores. As a result, homeowners have saved over 5,500 kilowatt hours per year, per home. This averages $413.00 annually per home.

Grant funding from the program pays up to $750 toward energy efficiency upgrades in this cycle. Additional rebates are available from the Grays Harbor PUD and Cascade Natural Gas.

Homeowners interested in being part of this program, and local contractors interested in becoming approved to do the energy upgrades, can contact Rick Jackson, Greater Grays Harbor Energy Specialist, at 532-7888.


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