As the former Harbor Paper cleanup continues, over the next three weeks, the Grays Harbor PUD will pump over 28-million gallons of treated water from holding basins at the site into the City of Hoquiam’s sewage treatment system.
Working with the city, 775 feet of pipe is connecting the facility with the city’s sanitary sewer system and water will be pumped into the city’s treatment system for disposal.
“We are grateful to the City of Hoquiam for their assistance in helping the PUD move forward with its responsibilities at the Harbor Paper site,” said PUD General Manager Dave Ward. “We have a responsibility to clean our share of the site, but our first responsibility is to our ratepayers, to ensure that the project is completed at the lowest possible cost. With the help of the city, we are meeting both obligations.”
The 28.25 million gallons represent the last water to be treated at the Harbor Paper facility. Before power was cut to the site in September, the system was flushed to remove any organic materials. The water is held in a basin and test by the city show that it is essentially free of contaminants.
The water removal is the first significant step in the PUD’s clean-up of products accumulated over the past 20 years of paper production. Under its agreement with Rayonier, who own the land, the PUD is obligated to clean and remove the water treatment system and remove solid bi-products including piles of bark/rock mixture, sand ash and other materials.
The PUD tells KXRO that they are working to fulfill those responsibilities while having the least possible impact on the PUD’s customers.
Months after Washington voters rejected an initiative requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods, lawmakers are reviving the GMO debate in Olympia.
Lawmakers heard a bill on Friday that would require labeling genetically engineered salmon for sale, even though federal regulators have not yet approved any genetically modified animals for food.
“Salmon is such an ingrained item here,” said Rep. Cary Condotta, who is sponsoring House Bill 2143. “We label farmed vs. fresh caught (fish.) Why wouldn’t we label transgenic fish? It just makes sense.”
The bill also would prohibit genetically engineered fish with fins from being produced in state waters.
Currently, there are no federal or state requirements for genetically engineered foods to be labeled.
The Washington Farm Bureau, Washington Fish Growers Association, Washington Association of Wheat Growers and others spoke against the bill. Some said the bill wasn’t necessary, because state law already prohibits the use of transgenic fish in aquaculture.
Others noted that voters have already spoken — and rejected — a mandate to labeling of GMO foods. Efforts to require labeling in Washington failed in November, when voters rejected Initiative 522 by 51 to 49 percent.
Those who spoke in favor of the bill at Friday’s hearing worried about the impact on the state’s native salmon populations.
If FDA regulators clear the fast-growing salmon, it would be the first genetically altered animal approved for human consumption in the U.S.
AquaBounty Technologies, which produces the so-called AquAdvantage Salmon, has said the fish is safe, that they will be grown as sterile, all-female populations in land-based facilities and they won’t pose a threat to wild salmon populations.
The FDA has concluded that the salmon was as safe to eat as the traditional variety and that the fish “will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment.”
The agency is taking public comments through Jan. 30.
A second Kuhn has become Miss Grays Harbor.
On Saturday night, 20 year old Aberdeen High School graduate and Eastern Washington University student Paige Kuhn was named as Miss Grays Harbor 2015.
In a post from Paige, she said, “My first memory of the Miss Grays Harbor pageant is from when I was 6 years old, and I made my sister Lauren Kuhn, a paper sash that said “future Miss Grays Harbor” on it, as she was preparing to sing the national anthem at the show. It’s crazy to think that I too was a future Miss Grays Harbor!”
Kuhn earned not only the title, but over $5,000 in scholarship money from multiple awards.
This will not be Paige’s first trip to the Miss Washington stage, formerly earning her way to the state competition as Miss Apple Valley.
On Friday night, 16 year old Aberdeen High School student Nora Coffelt earned the title of Miss Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen, earning her way to the Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen competition.
Miss Grays Harbor – Paige Kuhn
1st Runner Up – Cora Foss
2nd Runner Up – Ariana Barre
Miss Grays Harbor’s Oustanding Teen – Nora Coffelt
Runner Up – Grace Aiken
Drivers on the Kamilche cutoff should plan some extra time as lane closures occur during a road surface rehabilitation project.
Starting Monday morning, June 30, motorists will notice crews placing construction signs and doing other preparatory work in two areas along SR 108. Construction is expected to begin Monday, July 7, when crews will begin making pavement repairs and other work to prepare for the chip seal operations.
Chip seal operations are scheduled for mid-July, weather permitting.
2 streets in Aberdeen were shut down this morning. One for the Founders’ Day Parade, and one because a man fired a shotgun off inside a room at the Travelodge.
Aberdeen Police tell KXRO that this morning around 5:20 am, a man and a woman were inside a room at the motel when a shotgun was fired.
According to the woman, during a conversation the man brought out the shotgun. When the shot was fired, she was able to get to the motel lobby unhurt and report it to police.
Aberdeen PD, with assistance from Hoquiam and Cosmopolis Police, and the regional Crisis Response Unit (CRU) arrived and closed off Wishkah.
Using the new APD armored vehicle, police were able to block the entrance to the room and use a loudspeaker to contact the man.
The man came out of the room without incident and was taken into custody for Assault 1 and booked into jail.
Police have re-opened the street and are continuing the investigation.
The Washington State Patrol, Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force, and Hoquiam Police Department arrested a man for possessing a large amount of child pornography and sharing it online.
The 35 year old Hoquiam man was taken into custody without incident last week.
The investigation originated from tips received by Seattle Police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The file sharing revolved around Tumblr, Kik, and Dropbox.
A search warrant was issued for a Hoquiam residence and a local business in Ocean Shores, where the man worked. Officers arrested the suspect for the investigation of dealing and possessing large numbers of images of sexually explicit conduct involving minors. During the search warrant, detectives seized digital storage from the residence. No images were found on his work computers.
He was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail on multiple charges of Dealing and Possession of Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct.
The investigation is ongoing, with additional charges possible.
Hoquiam Police arrested a 33-year old transient, for residential burglary and theft after he walked into a home, had a snack, and stole a phone.
Officers were sent to a home in the 200 block of K Street after a family member reported a man walked into the home of his mother-in-law on Saturday, drank from the coffee pot, eat an avocado and took an iPhone 5 as he left.
Family members were in the home installing a washer and dryer while the residents were away. The witnesses had no idea who the suspect was or why he was in the house. They said he was acting strange and was easily identifiable with his hair up in two pony-tails.
Officers were able to start tracking the iPhone and were flagged down at a restaurant in the 100 block of Lincoln Street regarding a man inside acting strange and harassing children.
They located the transient inside listening to the “Pandora” music app on an iPhone. He told officers he just got the phone from “two guys” and was learning how to use it.
It was clear that the man was under the influence of a controlled substance. Officers verified that it was the stolen iPhone and took the man into custody.
He was booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for burglary and theft.
The suspect is a convicted felon and has an extensive criminal history. He is the same man arrested by Hoquiam Police in January for stealing a flashlight off the side of a Grays Harbor Fire District #16 fire engine parked in town for a volunteer fire fighter’s funeral.