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Local boater needed for advisory council

October 31, 2013 1 comment

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Recreational Boating Safety Program is inviting local hunters or anglers who use a boat in their sport to apply for an open position on the program’s Boating Safety Advisory Council.

The Boating Safety Advisory Council is a 15-member committee that provides recommendations to the program on ways to enhance boating safety statewide for all types of recreational boating. The term of the position is three years.

The Council meets four times a year at the Washington State Parks Headquarters Office in Tumwater. Meetings typically occur twice in the spring and twice in the fall.

Any interested parties are invited to request an application by calling Doni Thomas, Boating Program administrative assistant, at (360) 902-8832, or by e-mail to doni.thomas@parks.wa.gov.

In addition to the application, candidates are required to submit a letter of interest, a resume and three references. Application materials are due by Nov. 19. They may be submitted by e-mail or by regular mail, to:

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Boating Programs
PO Box 42654
Olympia, WA 98504-2654

WA Park 100

Categories: Harbor News, KXRO Outdoors

GHC award $45,000 in scholarships

October 31, 2013 Comments off

More than 20 scholarships, including two new ones funded by Bi-Mart, were awarded recently to students currently attending Grays Harbor College by the College’s Foundation.

The Fall awards, totaling $45,000, are in addition to the more than $500,000 in scholarships presented in the Spring for the year at GHC. Several of the scholarships are funded through the Forest C. and Ruth V. Kelsey Foundation, designated for Harbor students who are studying automotive, nursing, education and forestry.

Bi-Mart, new to Grays Harbor, is a Northwest corporation owned by its employees and the new GHC scholarships are designated for students studying business. Bi-Mart employees raise scholarship funds by hosting an annual golf tournament.

According to the Bi-Mart announcement of the scholarships, the employees “hope to have a positive and powerful impact on the lives of the student recipients, with the long-term goal of helping GHC prepare students for employment.”

Two other new scholarships at GHC are the Kasey Lee Caskey Memorial Scholarship donated by his family to a student enrolled in carpentry or another vocational program; and scholarship established by the daughter of Ronald Murray Catlin, which is open to all students, with a preference to those studying history.

“The College Foundation encourages other area businesses to join Bi-Mart in supporting GHC students realize their dreams of an education.” said GHC Foundation President Shelli Hopsecger, “This community continues to be so generous to our College students, a tradition that began more than 80 years when the College first open”.

GHC Logo

Categories: Harbor News

Police conduct driving emphasis near A.J. West

October 31, 2013 Comments off

Following comments at recent community meetings, the Aberdeen Police Department conducted a traffic emphasis on Bay Street yesterday morning, in front of A.J. West.

The emphasis was a result of concerns from residents for the safety of children who walk to school. Community members specifically expressed a concern about drivers running through stop signs in the area around the school.

The 35 minute emphasis resulted in 11 traffic stops which resulted in the issuing of 3 traffic infractions and one citation. One of the infractions was a parking violation for being too close to a crosswalk. Two infractions were for failing to stop at a stop sign. The citation was for driving while suspended. The other eight stops resulted in verbal warnings.

The Aberdeen Police Department is asking everyone to drive safely at all times. Special care should be demonstrated around all the area schools.

With Halloween tonight, Aberdeen Police remind the public to drive safely in neighborhoods as many people will be out trick or treating.

A second traffic emphasis is planned for the area of A.J. West today. It is expected that additional traffic enforcement emphasis details will be occurring in the future.

APD

Categories: Harbor News

Grays Harbor PUD plan power outage in Ocean Shores

October 31, 2013 Comments off

Grays Harbor PUD will be conducting a planned power outage in Ocean Shores on Thursday, November 7, 2013 beginning at 10:00 pm. The outage is expected to last approximately 10 hours, and is necessary for system repairs. Customers that will be affected are those located from the intersection of SR109 and SR115 to the south.

Residents in Hogan’s Corner will not be affected.

In conjunction with the Ocean Shores outage, Grays Harbor PUD will be conducting an additional planned outage on Thursday, November 7, 2013 beginning at 10:00 pm on Burrows Road. The outage is expected to last approximately 3 hours.

Customers are advised that the lengths of the outages are estimates and power could be restored at any time.

PUD

Categories: Harbor News

Aberdeen and Hoquiam gain sex offenders

October 31, 2013 Comments off

A Level 3 Registered Sex Offender is moving into the 800 block of 5th Street in Hoquiam and a Level 2 transient RSO is moving in Aberdeen.

22 year old Patrick J. Fuhs was convicted in 2007 of Attempted Child Molestation 1st Degree in Pierce County. He was also convicted in 2010 of Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes and for charges dealing with child pornography, also in Pierce County.

RSO Fuhs

26 year old Daniel T. Jarvis is moving into Aberdeen as a transient. He was convicted in 2001 with Sexual Abuse in Lane County, OR. He is classified as a Level 2 RSO with a moderate risk to re-offend.

RSO Jarvis

Neither man is not wanted by police at this time.

Categories: Harbor News

Pacific County ran checks on underage alcohol sales

October 30, 2013 Comments off

Recently, the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and Long Beach Police conducted their 3rd round of alcohol compliance checks, in conjunction with the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant. The 14 compliance checks took place along the Long Beach Peninsula; there were 10 locations that successfully refused to sell to the underage youth that attempted to illegally purchase alcohol. Unfortunately, four locations did sell alcohol to the youth.

According to EUDL coordinator, Melissa Sexton, “While I’m not pleased to have any sales, I am committed to educating our alcohol retailers. This was the second time in a row that some locations have been issued a citation. I plan to continue offering training on how to properly check ID and can guarantee we will continue performing alcohol compliance checks along the Peninsula. I want to thank those locations that do the right thing by not selling to minors. That is a very important responsibility to keep alcohol out of the hands of our youth.”

Pacific County Health Department wants to recognize the following retailers that did not sell alcohol to our underage youth:

Jack’s Country Store
Okie’s Thriftway
Doc’s Tavern
Gas-N-Grub (Scooper’s)
Short Stop Store-N-Deli
Chinook Country Store
West Coast Spirits
Seaview One Stop
Rod’s Lamplighter
Long Beach Tavern

For more information about the upcoming Responsible Liquor Sales Training or the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant contact Melissa Sexton, Pacific County Public Health Department at (360)875-9343.

EUDL

32nd annual Foodball starts this week

October 30, 2013 Comments off

Foodball kicks off this Friday, marking the 32nd year for the competition between Aberdeen and Hoquiam. In 1981, former KDUX employee Jill Bellis started the contest to stock area food banks for the holiday season.

Last year, the schools combined for a total of just under 1 million pounds of food. When broken down into food vs. money totals, the schools brought in just under 11 thousand pounds of food and over $98 thousand dollars.

In 2011, Hoquiam set a personal record and the schools had a combined total over 1 million pounds of food donated to the Coastal Harvest Food Distribution Warehouse.
In 2010, the schools were able to collect 973,000 pounds.

Hoquiam has won the last 3 years of the friendly competition, but the real winners are those in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties who rely on Coastal Harvest to help them feed their families.

Students will be out in their neighborhoods looking for donations of non-perishable food items as well as cash. Each dollar collected is converted to ten pounds of food.

Food-Ball kickoff is Friday and the final weigh-in will be held at the Grays Harbor PUD on November 12th at 5 PM.

Foodball 2013

Check writing scam in Grays Harbor and Pacific County

October 30, 2013 Comments off

The Ocean Shores Chamber of Commerce says they have been advised that there is a large ring of people involved in a check writing scam who have hit 45 businesses covering Grays Harbor, Pacific County and as far south as Astoria.

They say to be suspicious of any large check amounts.

Reportedly 45 businesses have been hit and 8 banks have been used.

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Pirates of the Chehalis

October 30, 2013 Comments off

Hoquiam police stopped what seems to be a scrap metal theft on the Chehalis River yesterday.

At around 11:45 am, Hoquiam officers were dispatched to a “suspicious circumstance” at the 28th Street Boat Launch in Hoquiam operated by the Port of Grays Harbor.  A citizen reported two subjects in a boat carrying a large piece of metal across the Chehalis River to the boat launch.

Aberdeen Officer Jason Perkinson arrived at the scene and contacted two males with the boat.  They had just unloaded an approximate 32 inch by 24 foot all aluminum scaffolding platform onto the dock.  According to the reporting party, he had watched the two subjects balance the 24 foot platform across the beam of the boat as they motored slowly across the channel.  The citizen indicated it was so large it dwarfed the boat and caused it to sit very low in the water.

One of the boaters,  a 49 year old Aberdeen man, was subsequently arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant from the Aberdeen Municipal Court.  He and the other occupant of the boat claimed to have “found” the aluminum scaffolding platform “buried” in the mud on Rennie Island.

It appeared the man intended to sell the aluminum for scrap; the current price of aluminum of this nature is 45 cents per pound.

HPD Sgt. Jeff Salstrom was able to locate a company name and phone number on the side of the platform.  The company indicated they wanted to recover the item, which new has a value of $1300.  Port of Grays Harbor security and maintenance personnel responded to the scene and took possession of the platform until the company could pick it up.

A brief inspection of the boat indicated it lacked a visible serial or hull number and did not display any sort of vessel registration.  There also were no personal flotation devices on board, nor any other required safety equipment.

The boat with motor was impounded by the Hoquiam Police Department and will be held pending an inspection by the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department Marine Unit.

The Aberdeen man was booked at the Aberdeen City Jail; his partner was released pending further investigation.  Both will be submitted for charges of possession of stolen property.

Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers says “This has become another extension of the metal theft epidemic we are battling in the Harbor.  I felt it was the best to impound the boat to take it away from those who use these derelict vessels to access remote private property along the water’s edge to steal metal.  Ironically enough, we already have another boat impounded at our station which we believe belongs to the same individual.”

Chehalis Pirates

Categories: Harbor News

United Way distributing coats and blankets next week

October 29, 2013 Comments off

The United Way of Grays Harbor will be distributing coats and blankets from their recent clothing drive at multiple locations in Grays Harbor starting next week.

The nonprofit has been collecting new or slightly used coats and blankets, as well as new shoes, at donation boxes throughout the area since the beginning of the month.

The United Way and Les Schwab announced that they will be distributing these items on Tuesday, November 5, from 10 am-3 pm at multiple locations. Families, children and individuals in need are welcome to go to the locations to get a coat or blanket at no charge while supplies last.

Aberdeen Harbor City Church 1700 Cherry Street
Hoquiam Hoquiam Library 420 7th St
Montesano Simpson School, RM #22 519 W Simpson Ave
Elma Elma Senior Center 100 W Main St
Ocean Shores Church of Latter Day Saints 228 Albatross St
Westport South Beach Fire & EMS 170 W Spokane St

Donations are being accepted until Oct 31, there are boxes at many participating merchants including all Les Schwab, Dennis Company, Anchor Bank and Timberland Bank locations, and right here at Grays Harbor Radio. The nonprofit said that they will need 200 children’s coats and almost 300 pairs of new children’s tennis shoes to meet the need.

For more information or to make a cash donation call United Way at 360.532.6260

United Way

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