Archive for November, 2013

Unemployment locally follows state trend over 2 months

November 27, 2013 Comments off

Grays Harbor unemployment rose in October from the September rate, but below August numbers, sitting at 10.9%. Even with the drop, we are still the highest unemployment for the state. In September, our unemployment was 10.4%.

The Pacific County unemployment rose in October, up to 10%. In August, the rate sat at 9.6%. In September, Pacific had an unemployment rate of only 9.3% before increasing in October.

Washington’s unemployment rate was relatively constant over the past two months. Numbers released last week by the Employment Security Department show that the state’s unemployment rate was 6.9% in September and 7% in October.

Due to the federal shutdown, the Washington state Employment Security Department did not release the September unemployment report for Washington counties until yesterday.


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Only 2 companies apply to sell recreational marijuana locally

November 26, 2013 Comments off


According to a letter KXRO received from the owner of Den of Gems, they say that they are “withdrawing from the Retail side of Marijuana.“ According to the owner, they have sent a letter to the Liquor Control Board, requesting the withdrawal. They say that even though they applied, their location is not able to be used for retail since it is not zoned commercial.

12 companies have applied as marijuana producers in Grays Harbor, 8 to process the product, and only 1 to sell it recreationally. All 8 processers are also applying to produce.

In details provided by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the only marijuana retailer that has applied and been input into the system is located outside of Brady on the Middle Satsop Rd, halfway to the Schafer State Park.

Grays Harbor is allowed 6 retail locations total.

Pacific County has received only 1 retail application in Ilwaco, and 7 applications to produce and process. All of the producer/processer applications are from 3 separate companies.

159 retail applications were submitted statewide, well under the 334 cap imposed by the state. 445 applications were sent in to produce, with 228 to process. It is not known how many of these applications overlap.

Businesses have until late December to apply for a license to produce, process, or sell retail marijuana. Applicants must undergo background checks, be residents of Washington, and have their business areas inspected by the state. They also have to pay a non-refundable $250 fee.

Marijuana 11-26-13

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Extra DUI patrols running through New Year

November 26, 2013 Comments off

Hopefully 2013 will be different than the last five holiday seasons. From 2008-2012, an average of 49 people died in traffic crashes in Washington between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

DUI is still the leading cause of traffic death, however it doesn’t have to be that way and that is why between November 27, 2013 and January 1, 2014 extra officers will be looking for drivers under the influence on Washington roadways.

This year, law enforcement from Grays Harbor and other Western Washington counties will on a multi-county brigade in search of DUIs each weekend from Thanksgiving through New Years.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission recently asked people what the goal should be for the number of traffic deaths in Washington. Everyone indicated they would like to see fewer people killed. But when asked what the goal should be for their family members, everyone responded, “zero.”
To reach zero traffic deaths takes effort from everyone. Law enforcement is asking residents to watch for warning signs.

Call 911 if you see a suspected DUI driver on the roads. If you drink, use marijuana, or take other drugs, don’t drive. Make plans before-hand for how you’ll get around. If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests get home safely. Remember, as a party host, you are liable for the actions of the people who leave your party intoxicated.
The Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano, and Ocean Shores Police Departments, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol are working towards zero traffic deaths by participating in this Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

These and all extra patrols are part of Grays Harbor Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.

Drive Sober Holiday

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We still do not have a Grays Harbor County Prosecutor

November 26, 2013 Comments off

The Grays Harbor Commissioners scheduled a time to have Vini Samuel sworn in as the County Prosecutor on Monday but that didn’t happen.

The commissioners had Judge Gordon Godfrey ready to swear in Vini Samuel as the next County Prosecutor but she had more questions than answers for them. Judge Godfrey was not pleased with the process that was leaving the county without someone in the position and with the fact that his time was being wasted at the meeting.

Commissioner Frank Gordon asked Samuel for a yes or a no on the position and she said that she will wait to decide later in the week.

Judge Godfrey also said that he will be available on Wednesday to swear in Samuel if she accepts.

GH County

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Multiple vehicle thefts reported in Aberdeen

November 26, 2013 Comments off

Yesterday morning, the Aberdeen Police Department responded to three reports of cars being stolen while the vehicles were left running unattended.

The reports include a 2013 Ford Fiesta stolen from the 1200 Block of Forsythe. Reported at 6 am, and located by the owners just before 7 am.

A 2013 Ram 1500 was stolen around 6:30 am from the 600 Block of W. 3rd and located by the owner in Stewart Park at 7:30 am.

A 1988 Dodge pickup was taken from the 1100 Block of E. 2nd. This truck was located in the 1400 Block of Roosevelt. The truck was locked, but running. The suspect broke out the driver’s side window to gain access.

The public is asked to not leave vehicles running while unattended. It puts the vehicle at significant risk to be stolen and is illegal to do.

The investigations are continuing.


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Clam digs approved starting this weekend

November 26, 2013 Comments off

State fishery managers have approved an evening razor-clam dig on ocean beaches starting this Saturday and running for eight days on the lowest tides so far this season.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

“We’ve had some great digs so far this season, but this one could be truly exceptional,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “If the weather cooperates, most diggers should be able to get their limit in record time.”

The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Nov. 30, Saturday, 4:28 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 1, Sunday, 5:13 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 2, Monday, 5:59 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 3, Tuesday, 6:44 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 4, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • Dec. 5, Thursday, 8:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 6, Friday, 9:05 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 7, Saturday, 9:56 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors


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Westport Winery one of the Best of Western Washington

November 25, 2013 Comments off

The Evening Magazine “Best of Western Washington” results are in, and Westport Winery made it back onto the top.

The Winery was named runner up for 2013 Best Winery behind Chateau St. Michelle.

Opened in 2008, Blain and Kim Roberts have finished near the top of the poll 5 times since their first year, always ranking in 2nd or 3rd.

Best of Westport

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