News

Harbor Rooter and ServPro vans sit Dec. 13 outside the W.H. Abel Library in Montesano after flooding forced closure of the building.

Flooding closes Montesano library

Sewer line was “packed with paper towels,” release states.

  • Dec 12th, 2018
Harbor Rooter and ServPro vans sit Dec. 13 outside the W.H. Abel Library in Montesano after flooding forced closure of the building.

Possible escapee back in custody

Woman walked away from work crew at recycler in Elma, Sheriff’s Office says.

  • Dec 12th, 2018
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP Hundreds of people lined Main Street and Pioneer Avenue in Montesano Saturday evening for the annual Festival of Lights parade.

Hundreds pack downtown Montesano for annual Festival of Lights parade

Awards handed out for top parade entries.

DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP Hundreds of people lined Main Street and Pioneer Avenue in Montesano Saturday evening for the annual Festival of Lights parade.

Public documents give offer details in scrapped TRL plan

By Alex Brown The Chronicle Centralia —When Timberland Regional Library leaders first…

  • Dec 12th, 2018

Board nixes proposal to close libraries

The Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to abandon a proposal to shutter libraries but to continue to look for other ways to save money and expand services.

  • Dec 6th, 2018
Rep. Derek Kilmer, left, and Summit Pacific Medical Center CEO Josh Martin tour the hospital’s Wellness Center, which is under construction, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Elma. The Wellness Center is slated to open next month. Kilmer was in Elma for an Economic Development and Grants Seminar. Photo courtesy Nichole Pas, Summit Pacific Medical Center

Kilmer throws economic development summit

Congressman brings together federal and state officials to discuss ways for governments, businesses and individuals to get funding help with their projects or emergencies.

  • Dec 6th, 2018
Rep. Derek Kilmer, left, and Summit Pacific Medical Center CEO Josh Martin tour the hospital’s Wellness Center, which is under construction, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Elma. The Wellness Center is slated to open next month. Kilmer was in Elma for an Economic Development and Grants Seminar. Photo courtesy Nichole Pas, Summit Pacific Medical Center

Four days of razor clam digs approved starting Dec. 6

The Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved four days of razor…

  • Dec 5th, 2018
Montesano High School junior Honour Iversen, from left, re-enacts the loading of food with sophomore Cassadie Golding and senior Max Urbanski for the benefit of a photographer who missed the first loading Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Montesano. The food was collected for students’ Food Bowl paper bag food drive. There still is an opportunity to give to the food drive. If you have a bag of food to give, you can call the school (360-249-4041) and they will send somebody by to pick it up. Or you can drop it off at the school at 303 N. Church St. Donations also are being accepted online at montesano.revtrak.net. Food and money will go to the Montesano Food Bank.

Food Bowl filling the truck

Students at Montesano High School are making progress on their annual Food Bowl fundraiser for the Montesano Food Bank.

  • Dec 3rd, 2018
Montesano High School junior Honour Iversen, from left, re-enacts the loading of food with sophomore Cassadie Golding and senior Max Urbanski for the benefit of a photographer who missed the first loading Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Montesano. The food was collected for students’ Food Bowl paper bag food drive. There still is an opportunity to give to the food drive. If you have a bag of food to give, you can call the school (360-249-4041) and they will send somebody by to pick it up. Or you can drop it off at the school at 303 N. Church St. Donations also are being accepted online at montesano.revtrak.net. Food and money will go to the Montesano Food Bank.
(National Weather Service) This map shows where some areas of Washington’s coast could experience winds of anywhere up to 60 miles per hour this evening.

High Wind Warning issued for Washington’s coast and interior

The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning for Grays Harbor…

(National Weather Service) This map shows where some areas of Washington’s coast could experience winds of anywhere up to 60 miles per hour this evening.

Timberland admins planned Randle library closure for months, silenced staff who tried to warn public

By Alex Brown The (Centralia) Chronicle When the Timberland Regional Library board…

  • Nov 29th, 2018
Photo courtesy Helen HeppFrom left, Michael Hankinson, a parks planner with Washington State Parks; Mike Sinclair; Stet Palmer; and Trina Young discuss possible improvements that could occur at Schafer State Park during a meeting Nov. 1 at Montesano City Hall. The agency will spend up to about $4 million over 10 years to help improve the park and habitat along the Satsop River.

State to invest in Schafer State Park

This story has been edited to correct the date of the meeting…

  • Nov 29th, 2018
Photo courtesy Helen HeppFrom left, Michael Hankinson, a parks planner with Washington State Parks; Mike Sinclair; Stet Palmer; and Trina Young discuss possible improvements that could occur at Schafer State Park during a meeting Nov. 1 at Montesano City Hall. The agency will spend up to about $4 million over 10 years to help improve the park and habitat along the Satsop River.

Elma Middle School first quarter honor roll

A list of students at Elma Middle School recognized for academic achievement.

  • Nov 29th, 2018

County unemployment up a little, still very low

Unemployment still is losest its been since 1990.

  • Nov 28th, 2018
Ed Harp / USGS, retired
                                A January 1997 landslide in Woodway.

Puget Sound rail services avoid landslides with science

New forecasting tools can anticipate blockages and avoid tragedy on the Seattle-Everett rail line.

Ed Harp / USGS, retired
                                A January 1997 landslide in Woodway.
A pinwheel of colored canes is part of the Jingle Lights display Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at Fleet Park in Montesano. The lights will be on display with shows Friday and Saturday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Photo by Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group

Jingle Lights to make nights brighter this year at Fleet Park

Plenty to do with this year’s Festival of Lights beyond the 220,000-bulb light show set to music.

  • Nov 22nd, 2018
A pinwheel of colored canes is part of the Jingle Lights display Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at Fleet Park in Montesano. The lights will be on display with shows Friday and Saturday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Photo by Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group

No $20 car tab fees in Monte, for now

Mayor pulls car tab fee proposal from budget she is offering to Monte Council.

  • Nov 22nd, 2018

Orca Network will be listening in on endangered species

Most of the time, it sounds like the white noise soundtrack of…

Program gives Peninsula tribes access to national crime databases

PORT ANGELES — The U.S. Justice Department has announced the expansion of…

A skateboarder passes Summit Pacific Medical Center, where the new Wellness Center, right, begins to take shape behind the hospital Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Elma. Photo by Michael Lang, The Vidette

Summit executives discuss clinics with Monte council

CEO Josh Martin says they are planning on building a residency clinic, “but it’s a marathon.”

  • Nov 16th, 2018
A skateboarder passes Summit Pacific Medical Center, where the new Wellness Center, right, begins to take shape behind the hospital Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Elma. Photo by Michael Lang, The Vidette

Death Notices

Rex Clarkston, Beverly Sandstrom Capoeman, Jerry Phillips, William Leverette

  • Nov 15th, 2018