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Website fun for the holidays

Posted by David Haviland on December 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm (245 social interactions)

We are currently spellchecking our previous 6,000 news articles posted since this version of the website went live in 2009. 

As  we backfill the old stories into the new website, please feel free to tell us what you think of the new website on our facebook page... or on the new "Contact Us" form that I haven't put up yet.... but plan to sometime before the holidays and egg nogg kick in.

Aberdeen house fire likely caused by dirty chimney

Posted by David Haviland on December 17, 2013 at 11:21 am (423 social interactions)

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Aberdeen Fire Department is reminding residents with wood heat sources to have their chimneys checked annually, after responding to a structure fire early yesterday morning. Captain Mark Dulin tells us they were called to the 1300 block of Fairfield just after midnight Monday morning. With smoke venting from the attic upon arrival, crews dowsed the flames within about 30 minutes, after removing the wall around the chimney. Damage was estimated at around $5,000, Dulin said investigators determined the cause of the fire was likely the poor condition of the chimney. The press release from AFD said 10 firefighters responded, it did not mention any injuries or occupants of the home at the time of the fire.

Grays Harbor PUD adopts rate increase, will revisit second increase in July

Posted by David Haviland on December 17, 2013 at 9:44 am (489 social interactions)

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Rates are on the rise at the Grays Harbor PUD, General Manager Dave Ward tells us the increasing cost of power from the Bonneville Power Administration is just one factor "You know we have aging infrastructure, we've got to continue to put our dollars back into our system. We have some retirements coming up too, so we've got to start planning for a little bit of succession planning. So we've put some focus on that, back to the basics of providing good service.
Ward said the utility will revisit a possible second rate increase in the coming summer. "We've elected to split that, see how we do through the winter with the wholesale power market. See other ways we could reduce our costs, and try to reduce as much as we can come July.
For the average residential customer, the 3.75% increase will add about $4.11 to their monthly bill, effective January first.
As we reported earlier this month, the PUD is facing almost $2 million in increased power costs this coming year, mostly due to the Bonneville Power Administration, from whom the District purchases most of their power, raising their transmission rates by 11% and their power rates by 9% this past October. The utility’s capital budget also calls for $10 million in expenditures deemed necessary to replace aging electrical equipment and to maintain the system.

Nirvana among 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Posted by David Haviland on December 17, 2013 at 8:25 am (351 social interactions)

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Local band Nirvana has been elected into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. New inductees were announced last night, and include Cat Stevens, Hall and Oats, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Andrew Loog Oldham, Brian Epstein, and The E Street Band.
Their website, rockhall.com says artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.

Hoodsport Lions Club Donates Dog Food To K-9 Program

Posted by David Haviland on December 17, 2013 at 8:00 am (406 social interactions)

SHELTON, Wash. - On Friday, December 13, 2013, Hoodsport Lion’s Club President Jim Good and Membership Chairman Chuck Smith presented several bags of dog food to Sheriff Casey Salisbury in their on going support of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program.

Sheriff Salisbury stated that without the generous donations and public support from the Hoodsport Lions Club along with the support through partnerships with other civic organizations and private citizens, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office would not have a K-9 program!

Unbeknownst to many, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Program is operated and maintained solely on the donations and contributions from concerned citizens and civic organizations.

Animal Control Officer Cindy Brewer with K-9 “Jack”, Chuck Smith, Jim Good, Deputy Sean Dodge with K-9 “Kona”, and Sheriff Casey Salisbury

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