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3rd crude by rail project planned for Port of Grays Harbor

April 10, 2014 Comments off

A 3rd local company has expressed interest in crude by rail.

US Development Group submitted their SEPA Checklist, several environmental technical reports and a Shorelines Permit Application to the City for Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, LLC.

The paperwork triggers the environmental review process under the State Environmental Policy Act. The City of Hoquiam and the Department of Ecology will be evaluating this application.

GHRT proposed project would represent an $80 million capital investment, and would generate 80-100 jobs during construction as well as an additional 35-40 permanent family-wage jobs upon completion. This does not represent local longshore and shipping jobs.

The project has been in the planning process since 2012. A lease agreement has already been signed for the project on Terminal 3 that is designed to handle 45,000 barrels a day on average.

US Development Groups says that they have developed more than a dozen bulk liquid facilities across the country since 1998.

This project will not be included into the current Environmental reviews for Westway Terminal Company and Imperium Renewables.

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Hoquiam Police Drug Take Back Day scheduled

April 9, 2014 Comments off

The Hoquiam Police Department is partnering once again with the DEA for the next free “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

The lobby of the police department will be staffed from 10 am to 2 pm for residents to drop off their prescriptions into a large box inside the lobby.

Police Chief Jeff Myers said “This take-back day is a great opportunity to clean your medicine cabinet of unwanted, unneeded or expired medications. Safe disposal prevents drugs from getting into the hands of children or drug abusers looking for a quick high.”

Citizens from all around Grays Harbor are encouraged to drop off unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medications. There is no cost for this service as the DEA pays to incinerate all of the medications collected.

All medications are accepted, as long as the container will not leak. There is no need to remove labels from prescription bottles, and no one will be checking the origin of the medication.

Everything in the box is incinerated.

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Hoquiam men arrested stealing copper from Harbor Paper

April 4, 2014 Comments off

2 Hoquiam men were arrested and booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Burglary 2nd degree, Theft 2nd degree and Malicious Mischief 2nd degree after being caught stripping stolen copper wire on the former Harbor Paper mill site.

Hoquiam officers were dispatched to the former mill as the site is in the process of being demolished.

Since the closure of Harbor Paper, the site has been the victim of several thefts of metal and equipment. The demolition company is currently employing full-time security across the entire site.

Employees reported someone had entered the property overnight to steal several thousand dollars worth of copper wire. The suspects cut the wires not only from a power box inside of a defunct mill building, but also from a rented generator being used during demolition.

The damage to the United Rentals generator power cord was estimated to be over $3,400 alone.

Both the generator cords and wires to a power box inside the building had fresh cut marks. In addition to the damage to the wires, numerous demolition employees were unable to work without power, costing the company nearly $5,000 in lost wages.

Following drag marks in the dirt and into the brush beyond, employees located several pieces of stolen wire.

Officers were dispatched back to the location when security caught two suspects stripping wire on the property. The suspects fled on foot and were chased by employees to a swamp area between the mill and 28th Street.

A 54 year old Hoquiam man surrendered but his 50 year old accomplice initially resisted surrendering.

Both men denied being on the property or stealing metal, claiming they were trying to find a lost dog dog, yet could not explain anything about the dog, only describing the dog’s name as “Something.”.

Both were identified by the demolition company employees.

Officers checked the area and found approximately two hundred pounds of copper wire, half already stripped and the other half being prepared to be stripped.

The demolition employees discovered the pair of bolt cutters next to the stripped pile of wire had actually been stolen from inside the mill building during the burglary.

Both men were booked into the Grays Harbor County Jail for Burglary 2nd Degree, Theft 2nd Degree and Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree.

Both have an extensive criminal history.

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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.

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Hoquiam City Jail celebrates 1 year of operation

April 2, 2014 Comments off

The Hoquiam Police Department celebrated the one year anniversary of the reopening of the city jail yesterday.

Under a contract to hold state probation violators under the swift and certain program, the city was able to reopen the city jail to full-time 24-7 operation.

During the past year, the city has had a partnership with the Department of Corrections in holding not only city prisoners but also state probation violators from Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties.

The contract with State DOC has offset 74.8% of the operating expenses to operate the city jail.

“I believe this is been a very successful partnership not only because it allows the city to have a full-time jail again, but it also enhances public safety in all of Grays Harbor by holding offenders accountable.” Said Chief Jeff Myers.

To celebrate, HPD and DOC celebrated with cake. Myers told KXRO that “for the record, the prisoners did not partake in the cake.”

The city is currently working to fill one additional police services officer position.

Applications are due to City Hall no later than April 28.

For more information visit the city website.

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Celebrating with a cake is (left) Chief Jeff Myers, Deputy Chief Don Wertanen, Police Services Officer Jared Spaur and DOC Supervisor Dave Thomson who supervises the community corrections offices in Grays Harbor in Pacific Counties.

Myers told KXRO, “And for the record, the prisoners did not partake in the cake.”

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UPDATE: Fire destroys Beacon Hill garage, residents saved by Hoquiam Police and Fire

April 1, 2014 Comments off

—Story Corrected for Details—

A fire on Beacon Hill destroyed a garage, and both residents had to be carried to safety.

Tuesday afternoon, the Hoquiam Fire Department got the call for a home in the 400 block of Beacon Hill Drive. At the time, the majority of emergency personnel were already on medical calls within the city.

Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers and Sergeant Jeff Salstrom were first on the scene to find the garage fully engulfed.

When they got to the home, the elderly couple was trapped by the fire. Connected to the garage was a deck leading to the main doors. The man who lived at the home was blocked by the fire, and Myers attempted to climb the back deck, but was unable to due to the heat. Volunteer firefighter David Judd from District #6 arrived on scene in full bunker gear and was able to climb over the railing, lifting the man down to Myers and Salstrom and to safety. Inside the home, the man’s wife was grabbing items before escaping. The volunteer was able to kick down the door, handing the woman down safely as well.

Hoquiam Water Department workers who arrived to help were able to drag a fire hose to the closest hydrant when the first truck arrived on scene with limited crew, and additional off duty personnel and the Aberdeen Fire Department were called in to assist as fire engulfed the garage, setting off explosions that Fire Chief Paul Dean told KXRO may have been propane tanks.

Dean said that he commends the police officers and first responders for their quick work and the team effort by police, volunteer firefighters, city and off duty staff in their response.

The fire was under control within 30 minutes. There were no injuries, and the home suffered only minor burns and some smoke damage thanks to the fire wall in the garage.

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UPDATE: Fire destroys Beacon Hill garage, residents saved by Hoquiam Police and Fire

April 1, 2014 Comments off

—Story Corrected for Details—

A fire on Beacon Hill destroyed a garage, and both residents had to be carried to safety.

Tuesday afternoon, the Hoquiam Fire Department got the call for a home in the 400 block of Beacon Hill Drive. At the time, the majority of emergency personnel were already on medical calls within the city.

Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers and Sergeant Jeff Salstrom were first on the scene to find the garage fully engulfed.

When they got to the home, the elderly couple was trapped by the fire. Connected to the garage was a deck leading to the main doors. The man who lived at the home was blocked by the fire, and Myers attempted to climb the back deck, but was unable to due to the heat. Volunteer firefighter David Judd from District #6 arrived on scene in full bunker gear and was able to climb over the railing, lifting the man down to Myers and Salstrom and to safety. Inside the home, the man’s wife was grabbing items before escaping. The volunteer was able to kick down the door, handing the woman down safely as well.

Hoquiam Water Department workers who arrived to help were able to drag a fire hose to the closest hydrant when the first truck arrived on scene with limited crew, and additional off duty personnel and the Aberdeen Fire Department were called in to assist as fire engulfed the garage, setting off explosions that Fire Chief Paul Dean told KXRO may have been propane tanks.

Dean said that he commends the police officers and first responders for their quick work and the team effort by police, volunteer firefighters, city and off duty staff in their response.

The fire was under control within 30 minutes. There were no injuries, and the home suffered only minor burns and some smoke damage thanks to the fire wall in the garage.

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UPDATE: Fire destroys Beacon Hill garage, residents saved by Hoquiam Police and Fire

April 1, 2014 Comments off

—Story Corrected for Details—

A fire on Beacon Hill destroyed a garage, and both residents had to be carried to safety.

Tuesday afternoon, the Hoquiam Fire Department got the call for a home in the 400 block of Beacon Hill Drive. At the time, the majority of emergency personnel were already on medical calls within the city.

Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers and Sergeant Jeff Salstrom were first on the scene to find the garage fully engulfed.

When they got to the home, the elderly couple was trapped by the fire. Connected to the garage was a deck leading to the main doors. The man who lived at the home was blocked by the fire, and Myers attempted to climb the back deck, but was unable to due to the heat. Volunteer firefighter David Judd from District #6 arrived on scene in full bunker gear and was able to climb over the railing, lifting the man down to Myers and Salstrom and to safety. Inside the home, the man’s wife was grabbing items before escaping. The volunteer was able to kick down the door, handing the woman down safely as well.

Hoquiam Water Department workers who arrived to help were able to drag a fire hose to the closest hydrant when the first truck arrived on scene with limited crew, and additional off duty personnel and the Aberdeen Fire Department were called in to assist as fire engulfed the garage, setting off explosions that Fire Chief Paul Dean told KXRO may have been propane tanks.

Dean said that he commends the police officers and first responders for their quick work and the team effort by police, volunteer firefighters, city and off duty staff in their response.

The fire was under control within 30 minutes. There were no injuries, and the home suffered only minor burns and some smoke damage thanks to the fire wall in the garage.

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Hoquiam declared TsunamiReady

March 25, 2014 Comments off

This is National Tsunami Awareness Week, and last night the City of Hoquiam was officially declared TsunamiReady.

The recognition from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration demonstrates that Hoquiam emergency managers, residents, businesses and visitors are better prepared for tsunamis.

Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney said, “Through this designation, we have taken steps to prepare our citizens and city to be ready should a devastating event occur. However, we recognize we all will continue to need to work together in planning, emergency drills and infrastructure improvements to build our resilience.”

Ted Buehner and Brynné Walker from NOAA were on hand to present the award and Buehner urged the council to continue to support emergency management.

In order to achieve the distinction, the city met criteria including developing a tsunami safety plan, installing dozens of tsunami evacuation signs, as well as promoting tsunami safety.

Hoquiam is the 164th city in the nation to receive the award. Aberdeen, Ocean Shores, Westport, Raymond, South Bend, the Quinault Indian Nation, and Grays Harbor as a whole had already been declared TsunamiReady.

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Hoquiam ban on marijuana business moves back to City Council

March 20, 2014 Comments off

The City of Hoquiam continued their discussion today about their possible ban of marijuana business within city limits, but this time with the Land Use Hearing Examiner.

Eric Toews met with City Planner Josh Beach, City Administrator Brian Shay, and the 3 community members in attendance this morning to discuss the impacts that a recent decision made by the Hoquiam City Council would have on the city.

Toews said, his recommendation is not the final say on the matter. His recommendation will be sent onto the City Council for the final decision.

In January, the planning commission recommended the city change their Municipal Code, requiring Marijuana producers, processors, and retailers to be located in Industrial Zoned areas. The City Council restricted the industry even more, banning the businesses within the city “until such time as Federal law is amended to permit the growing, distribution and possession of marijuana”.

Hoquiam resident Dave Forbes commented to staff, that he feels the city is going too far. “I don’t have any problem with marijuana one way or another. This ordinance though looks like it’s over-reach big time.”

Forbes said that they City should not make decisions that contradict Washington law, saying that state law would handle any issues that may come up if the city is out of line.

Forbes added that with low attendance at the public hearing, the reason was lack of public notice.

The City of Hoquiam did post an announcement on their website and announced it at the City Council meeting prior to today.

Toews has 14 days to make his recommendation to the city, and at that time another public hearing will be held. The city will post information prior to that meeting, alerting the public.

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