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If you were thinking you could make a change by running for office in the primary elections this year, your time is running out. 

The deadline is end of the day tomorrow and many seats are either going unopposed or not being filled in general. 

Hoquiam Mayor Ben Winkelman is running for re-election and as of Thursday, is unopposed.  Looking at the Montesano Mayor seat, the currently only councilman Tyler Trimble is on the ticket for mayor.  Cosmopolis is showing currently Linda Springer as the only community member running for their mayor. If no other person submits their name for candidacy, these will all run unopposed. 

The city of Aberdeen has had several persons who have submitted their name for the top slot of Mayor, a position that rarely is given much praise in this day of criticism.  Debi Ann Pieraccini, Dee Anne Shaw and Douglas C Orr have all declared their intent to run for mayor. 
The City of Elma is seeing two contenders right now for mayor, Josh Collette and john Heater.  

The city of Westport is also not short on candidates with currently Edward Welter, Greg Barnes, Brennan Jarnes and Rose Jensen who have all thrown their names into the hat for mayor. 

For a current listing of all positions being filed for, click on this link https://voter.votewa.gov/CandidateList.aspx?e=882&c=14

Organ donors are hard to come by these days, and that story doesn't fall short for Jennifer Bush, a Montesano graduate (1998).  Jennifer was raised in Grays Harbor County, graduated from Montesano High School and later moved out of the area currently living in Surprise, Arizona.  Her Husband Lawrence Bush also from the area still has ties locally as his parents live in Central Park. Jennifer also has 3 boys.

Jennifer has a genetic disorder called Polycystic Kidney Disease. PKD has also caused two other family members to get transplants in recent years.  Lawrence says that they are trying to spread awareness of her situation in hopes that someone may have the desire in their heart to be a living donor.

In a recent update, they thought Jennifer was going to be officially placed on the transplant list, was waiting to share the good news. It turns out that Mayo Clinic wants her to have some additional testing/evaluation on January 26th. They are very hopeful that this will be the final piece before Mayo sends her case before the selection committee. Jennifer's kidney function did unfortunately drop from 18 to 15.8 in the last couple of months, but outside of some increasing fatigue, she is doing quite well.

 Jennifer will need a kidney from someone with B or O blood type, and it would mean the world to our family to have someone come forward.

You can learn more about Jennifer and her struggle to find a kidney in order to live at their Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/JenniferNeedsAKidney80

Friday, July 8th 2022 local leaders met for groundbreaking on the new Fry Creek Pump Station to mitigate local flooding issues in Hoquiam and Aberdeen.  After many years of ongoing work, funding coordination, and design work, the team leading the City of Aberdeen's overall flood relief efforts is seeing progress on the Fry Creek Restoration project and associated pump station. 

Grays Harbor Scanner is excited to announce a new program for helping share information to the community and our subscribers.  As we all know, GHScanner is staffed by mostly and all volunteer team.  And sometimes we just can't staff the page like we would like to.  We have team members that take time off for family, being out sick, vacation time, meetings, and even work (ya some of us have real jobs too). 

The biggest component of our Facebook Page, Website and Alert Subscriptions is catching what is going on out there by listening to scanners as well as our online scanners and our communications with partnering agencies. And every so often our staff just cannot be online to monitor all of our sources to create the alerts and informational posts. 

Starting today, April 13th, 2023 we are launching our Incident Tips Raffle program as a trial.  It is free to enter our raffle and giveaway with submission of an accurate tip and details that our team members can use as a post or subscriber alert. 

This is a great opportunity for those of you that like to listen to the scanners online or with one you own and have the opportunity to  help us out with an entry into our raffles.

Every two weeks, we will draw one winner out of the submissions of tips sent to us for the raffle item of the term.  The first raffle item will be a $30 Dutch Brothers Gift Card and will be drawn on April 27th.

Every tip entry is recorded with a name and IP address and the information and we will use this to enter users into the drawing. 

We will be extending the gift card raffle items soon with other local offerings and businesses and will also be looking for new partners in these offerings, giving them an opportunity to reach more customers down the road. 

To review the raffle entry rules and information, CLICK HERE https://surl.ghscan.com/VyTeQ

Those wishing to fill out the entry form with accurate incident details after reading entry rules can either use our app GHScanner and click on MORE on the main interface and then TIPS or can visit our website and use the menu item GHS Incident Raffle and use the submission form https://surl.ghscan.com/ZmgVL

To be very clear, GHScanner will not tolerate fake submissions – IP addresses are tracked and users that submit fake and false information will be blocked from all GHScanner Services.  GHScanner will make every effort to verify information received and will use the word TIP – before every alert, or posting indicating that the information came from a tip and may not be as accurate as one of the GHScanner Admins gathering the information  

An end of an era begins tonight as the Washington State Department of Transportation says that it will begin re-configuring the stop lights starting from the Wishkah River Bridge to Hoquiam in all directions

Beginning Tuesday evening, Sept. 27, travelers on US 101 and US 12 in Aberdeen and Hoquiam will see nighttime traffic signal changes. 
The Washington State Department of Transportation will convert all the traffic signals on US 101/US 12 from the Wishkah River Bridge to Hoquiam in all directions to standard “green-yellow-red” signals, which will have them operate the same as they do during the day.

Using the regular “green-yellow-red” signals during the night will clarify right of way for all users along the corridor. Drivers on the side street will be able to cross or make a turn onto US 101/US 12 with a green light rather than yielding to highway traffic. Pedestrians will be able to cross on a “Walk” signal in the same manner as the daytime.

These traffic signals have detection to trigger side street greens and pedestrian “Walk” signals. Travelers will approach the traffic light on a side street and see a solid red light, or a “Don’t Walk” sign, but once detected will receive a green light or a “Walk” signal. Once the side street or pedestrian traffic is gone, the main highway signal will revert to green and remain there until more side street traffic approaches.

Grays Harbor Scanner had a chance to talk with a recent fire victim where a mother and her 3 kids lost their home due to a fire. This was a great opportunity to hear first hand what it is like to go through such a horrific incident of losing everything one owns, including pets

Seeing information in regards to a structure fire this morning in Montesano we went through our call audio that was recorded from our online scanners in the GHScanner App we have the following on the call - 

Montesano, - Fire was dispatched to a residential structure fire around 2:05am, S 6th and W Arland. The fire was later identified as being off W Arland when an MPD Officer arrived, advising the residence was fully engulfed. It was reported that the residence was vacant in remodel state and the flames were touching a nearby residence which they were evacuating. Fire District 2 was dispatched to this as well, assisting Montesano Fire. 

The announced that the fire was knocked down around 3:07 AM. Grays Harbor FD 2 advised in a social media post that no injuries and the fire is under investigation.  


(Aberdeen, WA) – The Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A) and Intuition Robotics have announced a new program to provide ElliQ, the AI-driven care companion robot, to older adults who are in need of additional support in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. ElliQ reduces loneliness among older adults who live alone or spend most of their day alone. ElliQ also promotes healthy living by proactively engaging users with a variety of features including daily check-ins and conversation, cognitive and physical activities, connecting to family and friends, and more. ElliQ enables streamlined communication between older adults on O3A long-term services and their case managers. Individuals do not need to be O3A clients to participate in the program. Anyone 60 years and older who lives in Grays Harbor or Pacific Counties may apply. Program is limited and enrollment is expected to be completed no later than the end of March.

The first of three tiny houses dedicated on Saturday, New homeownership becomes a reality thanks to a cooperative effort by Grays Harbor County, Habitat for Humanity.

     It was an emotional scene on Saturday, March 4, when Judith Cissner was handed the keys to her new tiny home in South Aberdeen. The home was the first of three tiny homes being built by Habitat for Humanity of Grays Harbor, with funding secured through the county’s Affordable Housing Pipeline in 2021. 

 Habitat for Humanity was “awarded funding for a pilot project to build three tiny homes for low-income homeownership,” said Cassie Lentz, Grays Harbor County Public Health’s Healthy Places Division Manager. “The contract is for $256,500 which is primarily for materials and a bit of their construction manager’s time since most of the labor is volunteer.”

Cissner was one of the applicants for the home and was selected by the Habit for Humanity Board. Cissner said a friend urged her to apply, which Cissner saw as a long shot at the time.

The homeowner “must make below a certain income threshold and provide some ‘sweat equity’ in building the house as well,” said Lentz, meaning Cissner spent a considerable amount of time assisting in the construction of her own home. “Habitat holds the mortgage and the owner pays 30% of their monthly income as the mortgage payment.”

Habitat for Humanity board president Tony Enzler emceed the home’s dedication and mentioned the many hours of volunteer work and numerous contributions of many others in the county it took to realize Cissner’s dream of homeownership. Enzler thanked the county for its involvement with funding the project – in attendance were Lentz, Public Health’s Kimberly Stoll-French, and Commissioner Jill Warne.

At Saturday’s dedication, Cissner was presented with several gifts from Habitat’s homeowner support committee, a gift of food from Grocery Outlet, and a quilt made by local quilters. Pastor Michelle deBeauchamp of Saron Lutheran First Presbyterian Church blessed the house, after which Cissner was handed her key. This house is the first of the three in the project, with the other two at different stages of progress, said Lentz.

Grays Harbor County Public Health Communications Director Dan Hammock Says that the cold weather Shelter in Westport has been seeing an increase in use due to no central county shelter options after the City of Aberdeen has chosen so far to not set up any options for those in need.  

The emergency cold weather shelter in Westport has been serving the county’s unsheltered for five years. Managed by Chaplains on the Harbor, this year’s shelter began with 15 beds for the unsheltered seven days a week, from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

  Some Westport citizens have noticed more traffic from the unsheltered this year because, unlike most previous years, there is no emergency cold weather shelter in the central portion of the county, forcing those seeking shelter to attempt to use the Westport location, often using the public transit system.