Archive for November, 2013

Rediviva opening tonight in Aberdeen

November 29, 2013 Comments off

After 6 months of construction and planning, Rediviva opens tonight in Downtown Aberdeen.

In June 2012, Mallard’s Bistro closed their doors following the death of its owner. Early this year, Chef Andy Bickar began plans to revive the location at 118 E Wishkah St. with a new look.

The restaurant is filled with elements of Grays Harbor history, from door handles based on boat cleats, to local art. The restaurant posted to their Facebook page that they are still looking for more from local artists to help showcase the talent in our area. Interested artists are asked to email or contact them through Facebook.

Named after the ship that Captain Robert Gray was on when he discovered Grays Harbor, the Columbia Rediviva, the name is Latin for “revived”.

Bickar had previously served as Executive Chef of the Ocean Crest Resort before that restaurant was destroyed by fire in June of 2011.

Opening their doors this weekend for the first time, the restaurant already has been filled with interest and reservations.

To make a reservation to Rediviva, call (360) 637-9259.


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Fire leaves family without a livable home

November 27, 2013 Comments off

The Aberdeen Fire Department responded to a fully involved house fire this morning in East Aberdeen.

According to AFD, just before 4:30 this morning, crews arrived to find the occupants of the home had escaped, as over 30% of the home was on fire. Crews were not able to access the home when they arrived, due to the number of vehicles blocking the driveway.

AFD estimates the loss at over $85,000, and the home is unlivable.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Garbage not shutting down for Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013 Comments off

Hometown Sanitation announced to KXRO that they will be picking up residential garbage and recycling on schedule this Thursday for Thanksgiving.

LeMay tells KXRO that the transfer station and office will be closed on Thanksgiving, but crews will be out on the roads and garbage and recycling will still occur as scheduled.

Both Hometown Sanitation and LeMay confirmed that working Thanksgiving was a choice made by the employees, and holiday pay is involved. Brian Smith with Hometown said that the employees asked to work the day instead of doing a double shift today.


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Grays Harbor Fair Board looking for new members

November 27, 2013 Comments off

The Grays Harbor County Fair Board is looking for residents who want to have a say in what goes on at the Fair.

The Grays Harbor County Fair Board is an advisory board appointed by the Grays Harbor County Board of Commissioners and meets the second Thursday of each month.

They are currently accepting applications for 3 positions on the Board. Terms begin January 1st, 2014 and end December 31, 2016.

Applications will be accepted until December 9th, 2013. Please call the fair office for an application, or email

GH Fair

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Spokane burglary suspect being held in Aberdeen

November 27, 2013 Comments off

Spokane Police have submitted charges to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office requesting charges of 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Burglary for 36-year-old Christopher D. Sheldon. These charges are related to a shooting on October 19, 2012 when Sheldon is suspected of breaking into an apartment, exchanging gunfire with the residents and fleeing on foot.

Victims told detectives a man broke through a sliding glass door, armed with a gun. The teens inside the apartment yelled for their dad, who was in another room. The man in his 50’s grabbed his own firearm and confronted the suspect. Shots were exchanged between the two and the suspect fled.

Sheldon is currently being held in the Aberdeen City Jail, and will be transported back to Spokane in the coming week.

Spokane Police Department

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Erak wins election posthumously

November 27, 2013 Comments off

Election results have been certified, with no change to local races.

John Erak has won the election for his former Aberdeen City Council seat, 5 months after his death. Alan Richrod was appointed to his seat, until the election. According to Aberdeen City Attorney Eric Nelson, now that the results have been certified, the position held by Richrod becomes vacant immediately and the City Council will now need to elect a qualified candidate to fill the position until the next election in 2015.

Mayor Bill Simpson said that residents are encouraged to apply for the position from Ward 5 and they will announce the new council seat on December 11th.

According to the Washington Attorney General’s Office, “a vote for the deceased candidate was a vote against the appointee. Allowing the appointee to remain in office, rather than filling the vacancy as provided by law, would frustrated the will of the voters.”

Also in Aberdeen, John Smith has been replaced by Tawni Andrews for his seat in Ward 1, winning by 9 votes over the councilman.

William Adams came out ahead in the election for a Taholah school district seat over Carl Jackson, winning 51-49 in the closet race within the county.
Over 18,000 votes were counted within the county, showing over a 48% turnout.


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Snow could be coming to the coast

November 27, 2013 Comments off

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the coast.

Much colder weather is expected throughout Western Washington Sunday night through early next week.

Weather forecast models are showing a big change in the weather pattern starting Saturday night or early Sunday and continuing through much of next week.

A strong frontal system will move through the area late Saturday night and Sunday. The biggest impact of this storm will be in the mountains.

A very cold arctic air mass is expected to develop over the Yukon Saturday night into Sunday then drop southward into British Columbia late Sunday into Monday. There is an increasingly good chance that some of this cold air will move into Western Washington on Monday.

Details are difficult to pinpoint as we are still days out from this potential event. But with this type of system it is likely that there will be some lowland snow. Lowland snow, if it occurs, may bring slick roads across portions of the Western Washington lowlands on Monday.

Forecasts are likely to change as we get closer to the event for later this weekend into early next week.

NWS Special Weather Statement

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