Posts Tagged ‘Elma’

Oakville man arrested for outstanding warrants

April 9, 2014 Comments off

The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office tells KXRO that a 24 year old Oakville man was arrested for outstanding Felony warrants. The man was also wanted by the Department of Corrections.

Deputies had been trying to arrest the man for the last few days and unsuccessfully attempted this week on Moore Road near Satsop.

This man has been known to run from law enforcement and a K9 unit was called in to assist with that attempt with negative results. Last night at approximately 7:30 pm, deputies with GHCSO, including K9 Deputy Tracy Gay and his partner Max, and officers from Elma and McCleary PD made contact with the man at a home on W. Anderson Street in Elma.

The man attempted to flee and jumped a fence. A deputy had initial contact with the suspect, but the man was able to evade arrest. K9 Max then made contact, however the man was again able to free himself and flee toward a vacant home. The suspect ran up into the attic and would not surrender. After several requests Max entered the attic and was able to convince the suspect to surrender shortly thereafter.

The man was taken to Summit Pacific Hospital in Elma with minor injuries sustained from the scuffle with the deputy and Max, then transported to the county jail where he was booked on the warrants, and for resisting arrest. Elma PD is looking at charging the man for burglary for entering the vacant residence.


Retail marijuana license lottery announced for this month

April 2, 2014 Comments off

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor Control Board have approved a lottery that will select the applicants for marijuana retail licenses that may move forward. The independent, double-blind process will take place April 21-25, and will produce a list of applicants that the agency will use to continue its retail licensing process. The agency expects to begin issuing retail licenses no later than the first week of July.

Initiative 502 directed the WSLCB to limit the number of marijuana retail stores by county.

In its rules, the WSLCB limited the number of stores statewide to 334. The most populated cities within each county are allotted a maximum number of stores with the remainder at large within the county.

Grays Harbor is allowed 6 retail locations total; 1 in Aberdeen, 1 in Hoquiam, 1 in Ocean Shores, and 3 others in other areas. Only 2 stores are allowed in Pacific County.

The rules state that if the WSLCB receives more applications for a jurisdiction than there are stores allocated the state would use a lottery process for producing a ranked order of applicants.

Both counties have 25 applications pending according to the WSLCB. At least half of the locations listed for Grays Harbor have either backed out, are under citywide blockages, or have addresses within 1000 feet of a park.

Being identified as the apparent successful applicant is not a guarantee that the selected applicant will receive a license. There are multiple requirements for licensure such as the applicant must pass a criminal history and financial investigation as well as have a location that is not within 1,000 feet of a school, park or other area specified by Initiative 502 as places where children congregate.

The WSLCB began pre-qualifying applicants for the lottery the weekend of Feb. 21-23. WSLCB licensing staff is currently reviewing pre-qualifying packets.

Initial estimates of returned packets show that despite repeated notices and reminders to applicants, roughly 25 percent did not return the required documents at all. Of the returned packets, anywhere between 20-50 percent are incomplete, thus disqualifying them from the retail lottery.

The WSLCB is expected to post the ordered list of applicants for each jurisdiction in the public records section of the agency website on May 2, 2014.


Accident sends 82 year old woman to hospital

April 1, 2014 Comments off

Failure to yield right of way sent an 82 year old Elma woman to the hospital.

A 35 year old McCleary man was driving east on Highway 12 in his 2004 Jeep Wrangler when he attempted to turn onto Schouweiler Rd.

The Washington State Patrol tells KXRO that as he crossed the westbound lanes, he struck the 82 year old woman driving west in a 2002 Kia Spectra. The car was forced off the road from the collision, striking a light pole.

The Elma woman had to be transported to the hospital for her injuries, and both vehicles were towed from the scene.


PUD outage planned from Elma to McCleary

March 24, 2014 Comments off

The Grays Harbor PUD and the City of McCleary have coordinated a planned power outage which will impact PUD customers east of Elma to the McCleary city limits. The outage will begin at 11:45 pm on April 12, and will impact customers for 10 hours.

During the outage, multiple PUD crews will undertake maintenance work on transmission lines, including the replacement of five deteriorating power poles.

The outage will impact PUD customers on the Elma-McCleary Road from the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds to the McCleary city limits. All customers on the Cloquallum Road will be impacted, including those on the Upper Falls Creek, Bush Creek and Powers Creek Roads and customers on the Stamper Road from Cloquallum Road to Upper Falls Creek Road. All customers off the Elma Hicklin Road will be impacted, as will customers on Heise Road, Rosemary Lane North and South and McKnight Road.

In preparation for this outage, customers are advised to take precautions with any electronic equipment and leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored.

The outage time of 10 hours is only an estimate and power could be restored at anytime as work is completed.


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Missing Elma man found

March 24, 2014 Comments off

59 year old Richard Park of Elma was found over the weekend after search and rescue teams from 6 counties searched near his home.

Teams from Grays Harbor, King, Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap, & Mason Counties all joined the effort after Park walked away from his home in rural Elma last Wednesday.

On Friday, the Sheriff’s office had said that they would terminate the search if no clues were found.

Late Friday night, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office posted on their Twitter account, “Mr. Park has been located by family and is being attended to. Nice to have a happy ending to a long, suspenseful time.”

In addition to regional search and rescue; the Washington Civil Air Patrol, K-9 teams, quads, horses, jeeps, and boats were all used in the search efforts.


Renovation projects underway at Grays Harbor Raceway

March 21, 2014 Comments off

The ink is barely dry on the contract and Funtime Promotions say that they are already working full speed at Grays Harbor Raceway.

There are many renovation projects getting underway as the 2014 season quickly approaches. Danny Kirkpatrick and K&B Excavating are busy reshaping the pit parking area. “The reshaping project will allow the pit parking area to drain and dry much quicker after a rain storm” said General Manager Steve Beitler, “The reshaping and a slightly different parking pattern will make the pit area a lot nicer for the teams. We want to improve the lighting and the sound system in the pit area this summer also”.

Other renovation projects underway are a total makeover in the main concession and upgrades to all the other concessions. “There are a lot of projects that need to be done, we will gradually get them upgraded one by one.” said Beitler, “We are committed to give the racers and the fans a great place to enjoy their Saturday Nights!”



August 15, 2011 Comments off

The 100th Grays Harbor Fair has ended and despite the economy and slow start on Wednesday, attendance was able to bounce back said Grays Harbor Fairgrounds Manager Mike Bruner.

The Sunday attendance for the Fair was 8,719. That is up 70 fairgoers from 2010. The total 2011 attendance was 55,349. That is down 1,193 from 2010 and down 507 from 2009.

Bruner said that a big day on Saturday helped the Fair recover from a slow Wednesday.

All in all, considering the economy, fairgrounds management is pleased with the numbers. There was a great deal of worry going into the fair that the local economy would have a negative effect on the fair attendance. Bruner is confident that after consideration of Carnival operations and vender space rentals the 2011 revenue totals will be very close to 2010 numbers.

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