Archive for July, 2014

No retail, but the Twin Harbors has more marijuana licenses active

July 9, 2014 Comments off

Marijuana is now available for sale through retail stores across the state; and now more local licenses are being added to grow the product.

As of their latest update, the Washington State Liquor Control Board announced that 2 marijuana producer/processers now have active licenses in Grays Harbor. Typhoon Yolanda in Copalis Crossing and Growth Industries in Porter can now both grow and package legally for the recreational market.

There are 2 producers with active licenses in Pacific County, with Green Labs in South Bend and BMF Washington at the Port of Willapa Harbor industrial park in Raymond.

There are no active retail licenses for either Grays Harbor or Pacific County out of over 50 applications.

24 retail stores had their licenses approved to begin selling yesterday.

The first purchase at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham was two grams of pot for $26.50.

Before the store opened at 8 a.m., several dozen people were lined up outside.

An Associated Press survey of the 24 licensees showed only about six planned to open Tuesday. Others said it could be a month or more before they could acquire marijuana to sell.


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22 year old Aberdeen woman survives after being stabbed over 10 times

July 9, 2014 Comments off

The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office told KXRO that a call came in around 10 pm on Tuesday that a man was assaulting a woman outside Grays Harbor City.

When deputies arrived, they found a 22 year old Aberdeen woman who had suffered what Undersheriff Dave Pimentel calls a “brutal beating” as well as numerous stab wounds. Pimentel says that the exact number was not known, but it was “in the teens.”

The woman was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for her injuries, and was able to tell Deputies that she was called by a 19 year old Hoquiam teen who said that he “had a surprise for her”. The teen is the uncle to the woman’s child.

The man and woman were driving outside of Grays Harbor City along with a 48 year old Aberdeen woman when the teen asked that the car pull over, and the woman says that’s when he attacked. The woman was able to get out of the car, but the teen chased her and began to stab her.

Deputies found the 19 year old and took him into custody, where Pimentel says he confessed to trying to kill the woman.

He is currently booked into Grays Harbor County Jail.

Anyone who may have witnessed the alleged assault or knows any more information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Brad Johansson at (360) 249-3711 X1723.

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House fire in Hoquiam has both HFD and AFD on scene

July 8, 2014 Comments off

A house fire in Hoquiam on the 2800 block of Aberdeen Avenue has both Hoquiam and Aberdeen Fire Departments responding this morning.

Hoquiam Fire Chief Paul Dean says that the residents were able to evacuate the building.

Dean says the fire is under control and at this time there are no injuries.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.


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Foster Farms recalls chicken due to Salmonella

July 8, 2014 Comments off

Foster Farms has issued a recall on some of their chicken because of a salmonella risk.

The recall comes after a request from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The recall includes products with a “use or freeze by” dates ranging from March 16, 2014 to March 31, 2014 and Sunland frozen chicken products that have a “best by” date of March 7, 2015 to March 11, 2015. Only products made in California within that specific timeframe are impacted.

Individually frozen bags of chicken sold at retail and Fresh Foster Farms branded chicken currently in stores are also not involved, and local grocery stores have been notified to remove any product that might be impacted.

Products recalled:

  • Fresh chicken products sold by retailers under Foster Farms or private label brand names, with varying “use or freeze by” date ranges of March 16 to March 31, 2014, and a Plant code of P-6137, P-6137A or P-7632
  • Sunland Frozen Chicken products with “best by” dates from March 7, 2015 to March 11, 2015

Individually frozen bags of chicken sold at retail and Fresh Foster Farms branded chicken currently in stores are also not involved, and local grocery stores have been notified to remove any product that might be impacted.

“This recall is prompted by a single illness associated with a specific fresh chicken product, but in the fullest interest of food safety, Foster Farms has broadened the recall to encompass all products packaged at that time. Foster Farms regrets any illness associated with its products.”

The recall involves products that were distributed in Washington, and throughout the Western US. Foster Farms advised consumers to discard or return affected product to where they purchased it.

For a complete list of the Foster Farms products involved in the recall click here.

Foster Farms Recall

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Bishop Foundation scholarship deadline on Wednesday

July 8, 2014 Comments off

Current college and graduate school students living in Grays Harbor County have until tomorrow to apply for the E. K. and Lillian F. Bishop Foundation scholarships.

Applications are available online through Grays Harbor College’s website at

Started 25 years ago, this scholarship fund is designated for students in their third or fourth years of accredited four-year college or universities, as well as for students in their first two years of accredited graduate schools.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum cumulate grade point average of 3.0 and reside in Grays Harbor County. Undergraduate applicants must be 22 or younger as of June 25; graduate applicants must be 24 or younger.

In the past, undergraduates were eligible to receive as much as $3,000 per year, while graduate students could receive as much as $5,000. Awards are paid directly to the student’s college to offset the cost of tuition, room, board and other fines.

Recipients will be announced by early August.

More information about the program is available by contacting Eric Potts at (360) 538-4121, .

GHC Campus

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Roadwork begins tomorrow near McCleary

July 8, 2014 Comments off

Starting on Wednesday, the Washington State Department of Transportation will be preparing to repave the right lane of eastbound State Route 8 near McCleary to create a smoother surface for drivers by applying new asphalt.

Paving will occur from mileposts 4 to 10.5, extending from around two miles west of McCleary to four miles east of McCleary at the Grays Harbor/Thurston County line.

Work begins at 8 am tomorrow and runs until the afternoon on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Crews will close the shoulders to repair the pavement in isolated areas.

The eastbound right lane will close for up to half-mile increments and the speed limit will be reduced to 35 miles per hour.

From 9 am to 8 pm on July 14-18, crews will rehabilitate the pavement and repave the right lane of the roadway.

Drivers should prepare for delays as additional lane closures are anticipated through July.

Road Work

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County passes ordinance that terminates Current Use Timber Land Program

July 7, 2014 Comments off

The Grays Harbor County Commissioners passed an ordinance that will terminate the Current Use Timber Program and declare the land previously designated in that program as Designated Forest Land and prescribe minimum timber management plan requirements.

Commissioner Wes Cormier created the ordinance after Weyerhaeuser announced that they would start restricting public access to their land and start selling passes for the use of the land.

Cormier also amended his ordinance to help protect small forest landowners by disqualifying them from the ordinance. Small Forest Landowners were defined in the amendments as owners who have harvested no more than an average timber volume of two million board feet per year.

The last amendment that was added to the ordinance was the striking of berry picking, mushroom picking and floral salal picking from the definition of Commercial Recreational use.

Cormier said the changes will further protect small forest landowners as well as strengthen Grays Harbor County’s position with respect to Washington Statutory Law and address Property Tax Advisory Opinion #16.01.2011.

Commissioner Frank Gordon said he voted yes unhappily because he is worried about funds that might need to be spent on a lawsuit to defend the County’s position.

The ordinance with the amendments passed unanimously.

Since yesterday’s vote, 2 Weyerhaeuser passes have sold for local land. In total, just under 500, or 5.9%, of the over 8000 passes have sold, bringing over $64,000 to the company.

GH County

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Retail marijuana stores issued licenses the day before sales begin, but not locally

July 7, 2014 Comments off

Starting Tuesday, you can buy marijuana legally at retail stores across the state.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board today issued the state’s first 24 marijuana retailer licenses.

The closest location to Aberdeen is an hour away in Lacey. Some cities have multiple locations, including 2 of the 3 in Spokane whose buildings are literally across the street from each other.

There are no licenses approved for Grays Harbor, Pacific County, or the Olympic Peninsula and coast. Currently there are 25 applications pending in Grays Harbor, of which only 6 will be allowed initially. In Pacific County, there are 30 pending applications for their 2 locations.

The 24 applicants were notified via email early this morning that they were approved for a license. Once approved, producers and processors can begin paperwork to ship to the stores. Following a 24 hour quarantine, they may begin transporting products to retail stores and selling tomorrow.

Businesses receiving their licenses today represent the first of 334 licenses allotted by the WSLCB for retail sales who have successfully completed the licensing process. Locations receiving licenses were selected by taking into account population, geographic dispersion and the individual applicant’s readiness to be licensed.


A complete listing, including contact information of the new retail licensees, can be found online within the Public Records section of the WSLCB website.

For a complete map of approved retail stores, click here.
Marijuana Retail Map

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Westport man tased before taking taser from Officer

July 7, 2014 Comments off

A Westport Police Officer has a broken hand after an arrest last night.

According to Westport Police Chief William Gibson, Sunday night just before 8 pm, officers got a call about a suspicious man slumped over the wheel of a car. When the officer arrived, he found the man with his wife in the car, going against an active restraining order.

When the officer went to put the 40 year old in custody, he resisted arrest and was tased. During the struggle, the man was able to get the taser from the officer and run into a nearby home. Inside, he threatened residents with the weapon, demanding the keys to their vehicle.

A State Parks Ranger joined WPD and they were able to subdue the man, but both with injuries. The Ranger was treated on scene for cuts to his arm, and the Officer was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for a broken hand.

The man is in Grays Harbor County Jail for Assault 2, Disarming a Police Officer, and Burglary 1.

Westport PD

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EIS on Grays Harbor dredging up for review and comment

July 7, 2014 Comments off

The EIS statement to dredge Grays Harbor an additional 2 feet is now ready for review and comment.

A supplemental EIS on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement Project is available for review and comment from July 11-Aug. 11.

The Corps has produced a limited reevaluation report and supplemental EIS following public comment and their General Investigation into dredging the channel to its legislatively authorized depth of -38 feet.

According to project lead Josh Jackson, he told KXRO in March that this would allow more opportunity for vessel traffic at the Port of Grays Harbor. This project is not to facilitate new commodities or vessels; only allowing for more traffic as the Port continues to grow.

According to a draft supplemental environmental impact statement, the purpose of the dredging would be to “reduce navigation transportation costs for the existing and projected future traffic” of the Port. The need they say is to open up opportunities. At -36”, and the navigational windows, deep draft vessels coming in have to be partially loaded or experience tidal delays due to the insufficient depth.

Colonel Bruce Estok told KXRO that the possibilities of crude by rail are factored in, although a separate draft shows little change in the overall benefit of the dredging if crude does not come to Grays Harbor.

The Corps maintains the waterway now by dredging the channel annually at an average cost of $9 million, removing an average annual volume of about 1.7 million cubic yards of material.

The reevaluation report, supplemental EIS and more are available to review on line through Seattle District’s main website: by clicking on “Environmental Documents” under the “Open Public Comment Period” column. The documents are also accessible on the Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement page at:

The Corps is accepting public comments on the limited reevaluation report and supplemental EIS for a 30-day period beginning July 11 and ending Aug. 11. Comments can be sent via email to: or through the mail to Leah Wickstrom, CENWS-PM-CP, PO Box 3755, Seattle, WA 98124-3755.


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