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Raymond School District has a new focus on college readiness

February 26, 2016 Comments off

The Raymond School District is promoting College Readiness to their students at a young age.

Staff at Raymond Elementary said in a release that they believe that every child deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college. The hallways have been filled with college pennants as well as the graduation year for each grade.

Individual classrooms have each adopted universities and display college decorations throughout the building and rooms. A number of universities have sent boxes of items, and the students are taking their education much more serious.

The staff said that they are thrilled with the positive changes they have witnessed since they made a college education a focus.

The students and staff enter the building every Monday wearing their college bound shirts ready to learn. They want every child to participate and cost is often a factor that will keep that from happening.

Thanks to the Raymond Schools Foundation and Raymond PTO, now every student receives a “College Bound” t-shirt at no cost to the families.


Taxes from the first few days of legal marijuana

July 14, 2014 Comments off

Washington will haul in nearly $150,000 in excise taxes from the first three days of legal marijuana sales – and that doesn’t include state and local sales taxes.

Randy Simmons, the Liquor Control Board’s project manager for legal pot, says that’s not bad, considering the market is in its infancy, with only a few stores open statewide.

The law, voters passed in 2012 to legalize pot, specifies that excise taxes of 25 percent are imposed when producers sell their product to licensed retail stores, and another 25 percent is imposed when shops sell to consumers.

All excise taxes due from the first day of sales Tuesday totaled $61,604. The figure dipped to $30,924 on Wednesday, and rose to $55,728 on Thursday, for a total of $148,256.


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Measles case count in WA up drastically from last year, continuing to spread

July 11, 2014 Comments off

Washington has had more measles cases so far this year than in the past five years combined. State health officials are reminding people that vaccination is the best protection against the spread of this serious and preventable disease.

So far in 2014 there have been 27 measles cases in Washington, up from the five reported in 2013. The most recent cases reported in the past month have been in King County, with 11 confirmed cases, and Pierce County, with two confirmed cases. No cases have been recorded so far in Grays Harbor or Pacific County.

This is the third measles outbreak in our state this year and the number of cases so far is the highest reported in any year since 1996. People can check the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Multicare websites for a list of places visited by cases while they were contagious. Anyone who visited places at the listed dates and times should find out if they’ve been vaccinated for measles or have had the disease.

Washington’s trend reflects the national trend. From Jan. 1 to July 3 of this year, the U.S. has experienced the highest number of cases since elimination of ongoing measles virus circulation in the U.S. was documented in 2000.  Almost all of these cases are attributed to 17 outbreaks.

The resurgence is linked to several factors — people not being vaccinated, and the fact that measles is still common in many parts of the world. Travelers with the measles continue to bring the disease to the U.S. and it spreads when it reaches communities where groups of people aren’t vaccinated.

Measles is highly contagious even before the rash starts. It spreads easily when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes — if you’re not vaccinated, you can get the measles just by walking into a room where someone with the disease has been in the past couple of hours. Of every 1000 people with measles, one is likely to get encephalitis, and one or two may die.

The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is recommended for kids 12 months and older, health care workers, college students, adults born after 1956, and people who travel internationally. Pregnant women should not get the vaccine until after giving birth.

Children should be vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine, with the first dose between 12 and 15 months and the second at four to five years of age. Children aged six to11 months who will be travelling internationally should receive one dose of MMR at least two weeks before departure. Adults should have at least one measles vaccination, with some people needing two. Anyone planning to travel should make sure they are immune to measles before leaving the U.S. Vaccine can be found by calling your health care provider or by checking the online vaccine finder for a location near you.

People who are unvaccinated, or aren’t sure if they’re immune, and develop an illness with fever and rash should consult a health care professional immediately. Call ahead to your clinic, doctor’s office, or emergency room before arriving to avoid exposing others in waiting rooms.

More information about measles and vaccine can be found by visiting the agency’s immunization web pages.

The Department of Health website ( is your source for a healthy dose of information. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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Grays Harbor Fire District 2 to hold public meetings on hospital district impacts

July 11, 2014 Comments off

Grays Harbor Fire District 2 will be holding two public meetings to discuss the possible impacts of the proposed Hospital District No. 2 and the proposed annexation by Hospital District No. 1.

The fire district covers 304 square miles from Central Park to Brady and outlying areas. The purpose for the meetings is to let residents know how overlapping hospital districts would impact Fire District 2’s property tax levy. The district is faced with a potential decrease of its regular property tax levy if a hospital district overlaps its boundaries.

Representatives from the fire district have said at public meetings that with shared taxing districts, it would create added work for their departments. At those meetings, a request to not include Central Park into the proposed district was raised.

This week, Summit Pacific Medical Center held a public hearing on the proposed annexation of Montesano into Public Health District No. 1 to extend their reach as well. Any change to the boundaries of the already established district would need to be approved by voters and could be added to the November ballot.

Representatives from both Grays Harbor Community Hospital and Summit Pacific Medical Center (Grays Harbor Public Hospital District No. 1) will be on hand to answer questions.

Meetings are scheduled for:

• Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters Station (Central Park)
6317 Olympic Highway, Aberdeen, WA 98520

• Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Station 32 (Brady)
8 Fire Station Road, Montesano, WA 98563

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fire Chief Leonard Johnson at 360-532-6050 or via email at You can also visit the Fire District’s website at


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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, .

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Hoquiam transient struck by vehicle after growling at woman

July 3, 2014 Comments off

A Hoquiam man was hit by a car on Wednesday when he walked out into traffic.

The Aberdeen Police Department tells KXRO that officers spoke to a witness who said she was walking on Simpson Avenue and a man had been walking behind her, growling and yelling at her. She said that she crossed the street to get away from him, and as the man followed he was struck by a vehicle.

Officers spoke to the driver, a 59 year old Shelton woman, who said he walked out in front of her without any warning. Another driver who witnessed the accident said that the other vehicle was not speeding and the man gave no warning.

The 33 year old Hoquiam transient was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital by the Aberdeen Fire Department.

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New funds to assist long term unemployed residents

July 3, 2014 Comments off

Nearly 1,100 long-term unemployed will receive training and support to help them land jobs in high-demand fields through a new $6 million National Emergency Grant.

The new two-year grant adds to $4 million in federal funds recently allocated to address long-term unemployment in the state. Together, some 2,400 Washingtonians will return to work through these initiatives.

“Thousands of smart, motivated Washington workers are still struggling to find jobs during this period of slow recovery,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “We’ve got employers in need of skilled workers and skilled workers in need of jobs – this grant helps us link the two and get people back to work.”

Washington was one of 32 states to receive the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant. Employment Security will distribute the funds to 12 workforce development councils throughout the state. The councils will deliver services to the long-term unemployed through WorkSource centers.

Last year, WorkSource delivered employment and training assistance to more than 240,000 job seekers and served nearly 5,600 Washington employers. Each year, about 140,000 WorkSource customers find jobs.



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The Aberdeen Fire Department wants everyone to “Celebrate Safely”

July 3, 2014 Comments off

With July 4th celebrations near, the Aberdeen Fire Department would like to remind the public about fireworks and safety. Fireworks can only be discharged in the City of Aberdeen on July 4th between the hours of 9 AM and 12 Midnight.


Be Prepared before you light fireworks:

  • Purchase only legal fireworks, available at licensed fireworks stands.
  • Ensure safety of pets.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks.
  • Have a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks.
  • Call 911 and give the correct address or location if an emergency arises.
  • Know basic first aid

 Be Safe, when lighting fireworks:

  • Have a designated adult light all fireworks.
  • Use eye protection.
  • Light one firework at a time, move away quickly, and keep spectators at a safe distance until the display is finished.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 15-20 minutes and then soak it in water
  • Use only outdoors and away from anything that can burn.
  • To prevent injuries, follow the label directions carefully.
  • Always remember, do not throw fireworks or hold in you hand.


Be Responsible, after you finish:

  • Be considerate of neighbors and clean up the debris when finished.
  • If a devise does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least five minutes and approach it carefully.
  • Make sure all unused fireworks; matches and lighters are out of sight and reach of children.

Some Fireworks facts/statistics:

Fireworks-related incidents most often occur on July 4.  This has remained constant over the past years.

Bottle Rockets, Firecrackers and homemade Explosive Devices lead the list of illegal devices causing injuries.

City of Aberdeen

On June 28th the sale of legal fireworks has begun in many areas.  In the City of Aberdeen, fireworks regulations are more restrictive than the state regulations.  The following restrictions apply to the City of Aberdeen:

  • Sale of fireworks is allowed daily from 11:00AM July 1st until 11:00 PM July 4th.
  • Discharge of fireworks is allowed only on July 4th 9:00AM until 12:00 Midnight.
  • Lawful fireworks are defined as class C common fireworks and labeled U.N. 0336 1.4G
  • It is unlawful to set off, ignite or aid in setting off any form of fireworks in a public place, which includes parks, sidewalks, streets and other pedestrian and automobile byways.
  • It is unlawful to sell fireworks utilizing internet sale sites.
  • Fireworks Legal on Tribal Land may not be legal off of Tribal lands.

Firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles and rockets are legal to possess and discharge on tribal lands. These items are illegal in Washington State and become illegal fireworks when possessed off tribal lands. M-80’s and larger, dynamite and any improvised, homemade or altered explosive devices such as tennis balls or cherry bombs are illegal explosive devices.

  • A safe alternative is to attend a community fireworks display like the City of Aberdeen 4th of July Splash.  We urge citizens who chose to have their own private fireworks displays to use the following precautions:



Purchase only legal fireworks, available at approved stands. Place pets indoors as they may become frightened. Keep a bucket of water nearby in which to place all used fireworks. Have a water hose or fire extinguisher nearby to put out stray sparks. Clear a level area away from things that can burn. Know the emergency number to call for your area, your address/location, and basic first aid. Teach your children to “stop, drop, and roll” if their clothes catch on fire.


Have a designated adult light all fireworks. Do not allow young children to light fireworks, only adults should light fireworks. Use eye protection and wear safety goggles. Light one at a time, move away quickly, and keep at a safe distance until the display is finished. Use only outdoors, away from anything that can burn. To prevent injuries, never throw fireworks and never hold fireworks in your hand.

AFTER YOU FINISH — “Be Responsible!”

Clean up all debris when finished. Duds can be dangerous; if a device does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least five minutes, approach it carefully, and place it in a bucket of water.

Independence Day is a time to celebrate our freedoms. With this freedom comes a shared responsibility to ensure the close supervision of children whenever fireworks are present. Please, “Be Prepared”, “Be Safe”, and “Be Responsible” when discharging fireworks.

To learn more about fireworks safety and fireworks, visit the Washington State Fire Protection Bureau web site at or call your Aberdeen Fire Department at 532-1254




Image from Rich Hartman's Five Start Dealerships SPLASH Festival

Image from Rich Hartman’s Five Start Dealerships SPLASH Festival

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Lauren Kuhn named as Miss Massachusetts

June 30, 2014 Comments off

Former Miss Grays Harbor Lauren Kuhn was crowned as Miss Massachusetts on Sunday, achieving her dream of now competing for the title of Miss America.

Kuhn is a 2009 Aberdeen High School graduate currently attending Harvard Dental in Boston. She competed this weekend in the statewide competition as Miss Collegiate Area, representing the Harvard campus and surrounding area.

Kuhn is the 75th Miss Massachusetts, earning the title against 20 other girls from the state.

“I’m just so excited. This is really surreal for me,” Kuhn told after her crowning. “Miss America has been going on for more than 90 years. To be part of that tradition and represent the commonwealth is really exciting,” she said.

Kuhn was Miss Grays Harbor 2013 and Miss Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen 2008. She also competed for the Washington state title two other times while still in the state as Miss Tahoma 2010 and Miss Seattle 2011 following her graduation from AHS

Kuhn is a student at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and her platform is “The Opportunity of Education: Encouraging Today’s Young Women.”

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Battalion Chief Bill Mayne retires after 36 years

June 26, 2014 Comments off

At last night’s Aberdeen City Council Meeting the Council, Mayor Bill Simpson and Fire Chief Tom Hubbard honored Battalion Chief Bill Mayne who is retiring after 36 years of service.

Mayne thanked the city for his time as an employee and said the fire department and the city is in good hands.

Mayne’s last day with the department will be June 30th.


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