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E-cigs banned in Hoquiam city buildings

December 24, 2013 Comments off

The City of Hoquiam has banned the use of E-cigs in city buildings but not without debate. At last night’s Council Meeting the ordinance was brought to the floor and before the vote took place Councilman Ben Winkelman brought up his issues with the ordinance.

“I don’t think that we need to be the next one in line that kind of passes a controversial issue that here doesn’t even address the sale to minors. What’s the point of that? I mean, if it were to be dangerous to carry a feather in your hat, should we have an ordinance against that?” said Winkeleman, “I’m not saying its safe, but I don’t not saying it’s safe or not safe. I just don’t know why we would start saying, ‘we don’t like the way it looks’, maybe?”

Councilwoman Jasmine Dickhoff also voiced her opposition, but the Ordinance passed with a vote of seven to three.

Charles Platiau/Reuters

Charles Platiau/Reuters

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Criminal with Grays Harbor ties could see 3 strikes

December 12, 2013 Comments off

Douglas County prosecutors are seeking life in prison under Washington’s “three strikes” law for a convicted child molester and heroin addict with Grays Harbor ties, now suspected of burglary.

The Wenatchee World reports that 46 year old Scott Allen Mitchell was arrested Nov. 22 in East Wenatchee as police investigated a burglary where a flatscreen TV, seven fishing rods, one rifle and two shotguns were taken. Also missing was the homeowner’s truck and the fishing boat it was towing; both were later recovered in a parking lot with the stolen firearms left inside.

Police said Mitchell confessed to the burglary, as well as to heroin addiction. He was previously convicted of first-degree child molestation in Grays Harbor County in 1997, and of first-degree robbery in King County in 1985. Douglas County deputy prosecutor Eric Biggar filed notice Friday that he would prosecute Mitchell for the burglary under the state’s Persistent Offender Accountability Act, which would lead to a sentence of life imprisonment upon conviction.

The act, also called the “three strikes” law, carries a life term without parole for those convicted of their third “most serious offense,” a category that includes major felonies such as Mitchell’s prior crimes.

Mitchell also faces charges in Chelan County of unlawful delivery of heroin, after police said he sold drugs to an informant; and possession of pseudoephedrine, after allegedly buying more than 10 grams of the controlled cold remedy at five pharmacies in less than an hour. The substance, used to synthesize methamphetamine, is limited in Washington to 3.6 grams purchased per day.

Mitchell remains housed in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on $150,000 bond. His trial date has not been set.


Raymond family wakes up to home fire

December 6, 2013 Comments off

The Raymond Fire Department responded to a home fire just before midnight this morning on Ocean Avenue.

Residents called the fire department after they were woke up by the smell of smoke and found the wall and ceiling around their fireplace was on fire. All 3 residents were able to escape the home without injury.

Fire Chief Todd Strozyk told KXRO that fire crews were able to knock down the fire fairly quickly, and the residents were able to stay with family while the home is being repaired. Damage is estimated between $15,000-20,000.


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Election Results

November 5, 2013 Comments off

Over 38% of Grays Harbor voters turned out for last night’s general election.

Chuck Caldwell will retain his seat as Port of Grays Harbor Commissioner, leading Ron Figlar-Barnes 70-29% .

In Aberdeen, a surprising result shows John Erak earning the votes to retain his seat 53-46%, despite his recent death. Challenger Alan Richrod can be appointed to the position even if he does not receive the final majority.

Grays Harbor voters rejected Initiative 522 to put labels onto genetically engineered foods with 59%. Statewide, the measure is failing with 54% voting no.

Grays Harbor Transit will receive their funding of a 0.1% sales and use tax by an overwhelming majority of 70% voting yes.

Aberdeen City Councilman John Smith is currently losing his seat to Tawni Andrews with a 48-51% total. Council members Kathi Hoder, Alice Phelps, and Denny Lawrence are all retaining their seats currently.

In Hoquiam, Richard Pennant is leading over incumbent councilman John Wiedl, while Denise Anderson leads Brenda Carlstrom for her seat. Greg Grun is holding an 82% majority for his place on the Council.

McCleary Mayor Gary Dent will be keeping his seat, leading with over 50% of the vote over his 2 challengers.

All local propositions by fire departments throughout Grays Harbor are currently passing by a large majority.

Ballots are scheduled to be counted again on Friday at 3pm, and certified on November 26.


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Unfinished Nationals Car Show & Swap Meet coming to Elma

August 23, 2013 Comments off

The Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds have announced that Labor Day Weekend will bring cars, or at least parts of cars, to Elma.

The 21st Annual Unfinished Nationals Car Show & Swap Meet will be in town with unfinished vehicles, projects, parts, and finished show cars for the public to see.

Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1st, the annual event will feature a car show and swap meet at the Fairgrounds.

Prizes and awards are available for vehicles that are submitted. Admisison is $3 for the event, and camping will be available on the fairgrounds for participants.

For more information, call the fair office at 360-482-2651 or check out our website at



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Pacific County burn ban officially announced

July 22, 2013 Comments off

There is a burn ban in effect immediately in Pacific County. The announcement was made by the Pacific County Department of Community Development.

This official statement follows the announcement last week by ORCAA that both Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties are under bans.

Recreational campfires are still allowed if built in fire pits no larger than 3 feet in diameter and less than 2 feet high.

ORCAA has said that local beaches which still allow burning as long as the fires are a minimum of 100 feet away from the dunes.

Department of Natural Resources already has a Burn Ban in place until September 30th for all DNR land.

Additional restrictions may apply for your area on outdoor burning, contact your local fire station’s non emergency number with any questions.

The bans will run through September 30th.


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Aberdeen declares July 2 as Founder’s Day

June 27, 2013 Comments off

Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson proclaimed July 2 as Aberdeen’s Founder’s Day at last nights city council meeting.

After the second Public Comment portion of the meeting, Brian Little brought up that July 2 was Sam Benn’s birthday and that there was no record of there being a founder’s day, Councilman Pete Schave made a motion in favor of making July 2 officially Founder’s Day.

After the motion was unanimously supported Mayor Simpson made the proclamation.

Benn and his wife Martha landed at the mouth of the Wishkah River on March 13th, 1868.

Sam Benn

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