Dan Hammock

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DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                The Grays Harbor County administration building in Montesano was closed to public access effective at 5 p.m. Monday.

Majority of county buildings closed to public access

Most Grays Harbor County government facilities are closed to the public, effective…

  • Mar 19th, 2020 4:40pm
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                The Grays Harbor County administration building in Montesano was closed to public access effective at 5 p.m. Monday.

Five local projects will benefit from state supplemental capital budget

The 2020 Legislative session ended late Thursday, with the passage of a…

  • Mar 19th, 2020 1:30am

State says file for benefits right away if your job is affected by COVID

Unemployment benefits are available for workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. If…

  • Mar 19th, 2020 1:30am
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP 
                                Commercial crab boats in the Westport Marina load up before the January opener. The usually lucrative live crab trade to China was shut down this season due to the coronavirus.

Crab, oyster exports to China down as coronavirus impacts trade

Shellfish producers and crab processors who rely on trade with China are…

  • Mar 12th, 2020 1:30am
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP 
                                Commercial crab boats in the Westport Marina load up before the January opener. The usually lucrative live crab trade to China was shut down this season due to the coronavirus.
COURTESY LEARNING TO GROW
                                State Representative for the 24th District Mike Chapman, D-Port Angeles, visited the Learning to Grow child care facility in Elma in November.

Proposed state budget could provide some relief for county child care

Potentially good news is in the works for families looking for child…

  • Mar 5th, 2020 5:00pm
COURTESY LEARNING TO GROW
                                State Representative for the 24th District Mike Chapman, D-Port Angeles, visited the Learning to Grow child care facility in Elma in November.
COURTESY YMCA OF GRAYS HARBOR
                                There are quality day care providers in Grays Harbor County, but the demand is much higher than the current providers can supply. Here preschool students enjoy watercolor painting at the YMCA of Grays Harbor’s facility on Simpson Avenue in Hoquiam.

Lack of day care options a strain on county’s overall economy

Policy makers and business leaders across the state refer to scarce child…

  • Feb 20th, 2020 5:00pm
COURTESY YMCA OF GRAYS HARBOR
                                There are quality day care providers in Grays Harbor County, but the demand is much higher than the current providers can supply. Here preschool students enjoy watercolor painting at the YMCA of Grays Harbor’s facility on Simpson Avenue in Hoquiam.

Chuck Caldwell’s legacy of community, family remembered at Friday celebration of life

Family, friends and colleagues gathered last week at the Montesano Moose Lodge…

  • Jan 30th, 2020 4:45pm
COURTESY PHOTO
                                David and Ellen Foscue at the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina.

Adventure, curiosity and duty marked the life of Judge Foscue

Former Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge David Foscue died last week, the…

  • Jan 30th, 2020 4:10pm
COURTESY PHOTO
                                David and Ellen Foscue at the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina.
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Brayton Jay Pascoe was sentenced Friday to 7 1/2 years for the June 16 shooting death of David Alan Rhodes on Hagara Street in Junction City. At left is Prosecutor Katie Svoboda, at right is Pascoe’s attorney Christopher Baum.

Aberdeen man sentenced to 7 1/2 years for June 16 shooting death

An Aberdeen man was sentenced Friday morning to 7 ½ years in…

  • Jan 16th, 2020 4:30pm
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Brayton Jay Pascoe was sentenced Friday to 7 1/2 years for the June 16 shooting death of David Alan Rhodes on Hagara Street in Junction City. At left is Prosecutor Katie Svoboda, at right is Pascoe’s attorney Christopher Baum.
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Daniel Stephen Heyting speaks before Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge David L. Edwards at Heyting’s sentencing hearing Jan. 8. Heyting had pleaded guilty to the August 2018 second-degree murder of Andrew Detwiler, and was sentenced to 20 years.

Aberdeen man given 20-year sentence for August 2018 Humptulips boat launch murder

A 31-year-old Aberdeen man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison…

  • Jan 16th, 2020 9:03am
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Daniel Stephen Heyting speaks before Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge David L. Edwards at Heyting’s sentencing hearing Jan. 8. Heyting had pleaded guilty to the August 2018 second-degree murder of Andrew Detwiler, and was sentenced to 20 years.

Coastal Caucus talks transportation, schools at 2020 legislative send-off

The 2020 Legislative session kicked off Monday. A topic that will rise…

  • Jan 16th, 2020 9:02am
COURTESY GRAYS HARBOR PUD
                                This map shows the area between Malone and the Chehalis Indian Reservation, denoted by a green line, where a $50,000 state grant will allow Grays Harbor PUD to conduct a fiber extension feasibility study.

Grant allows PUD to study fiber expansion to Oakville, Chehalis Indian Reservation

Grays Harbor PUD is exploring an extension of its fiber network to…

  • Jan 2nd, 2020 1:30am
COURTESY GRAYS HARBOR PUD
                                This map shows the area between Malone and the Chehalis Indian Reservation, denoted by a green line, where a $50,000 state grant will allow Grays Harbor PUD to conduct a fiber extension feasibility study.

Commercial crab season delayed until at least Dec. 31

The non-tribal coastal commercial Dungeness crab fishery has been delayed again because…

  • Dec 19th, 2019 5:00pm
COURTESY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE
                                Up to six inches of rain could fall in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties through the weekend, possibly more over the Olympics and Willapa Hills.

Heavy rain expected this week

‘There could be some urban and small stream floodings,’ forecaster says

  • Dec 18th, 2019 2:34pm
COURTESY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE
                                Up to six inches of rain could fall in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties through the weekend, possibly more over the Olympics and Willapa Hills.
COURTESY WILD OLYMPICS CAMPAIGN
                                Kayakers paddle below a waterfall on the East Fork Humptulips, a proposed Wild and Scenic River in the Olympic National Forest.

Wild Olympics Act clears committee, headed to House floor

Congressman Derek Kilmer’s Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act…

  • Dec 12th, 2019 4:00pm
COURTESY WILD OLYMPICS CAMPAIGN
                                Kayakers paddle below a waterfall on the East Fork Humptulips, a proposed Wild and Scenic River in the Olympic National Forest.

Armed intruder killed after breaking into McCleary home

The 47-year-old McCleary man killed after breaking into a home in the…

  • Dec 4th, 2019 9:25am
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Aberdeen Police Officer Loren Neil, left, with his son Aiden and wife, Jodi, outside Aberdeen High School. The father-son team produced a video featuring the stories of 11 local drug addicts in hopes of providing another prevention tool for viewers in the region.

Aberdeen Police officer, son produce powerful video on dangers of drug addiction

Video features 11 local addicts sharing their stories of addiction and its impacts

  • Oct 17th, 2019 3:30pm
DAN HAMMOCK | GRAYS HARBOR NEWS GROUP
                                Aberdeen Police Officer Loren Neil, left, with his son Aiden and wife, Jodi, outside Aberdeen High School. The father-son team produced a video featuring the stories of 11 local drug addicts in hopes of providing another prevention tool for viewers in the region.

Aberdeen seeks temporary use permit for Michigan Street homeless camping site

The City of Aberdeen will hold a public hearing Sept. 25 to consider a 1-year temporary-use permit.

  • Sep 12th, 2019 7:40am
Multiple agencies investigate an officer-involved shooting on West State Street near the Chehalis River Bridge on-ramp early Monday afternoon.

Deadly officer involved shooting in Aberdeen Monday

A 41-year-old Aberdeen man who reportedly pulled a gun on an Aberdeen…

  • Sep 12th, 2019 7:37am
Multiple agencies investigate an officer-involved shooting on West State Street near the Chehalis River Bridge on-ramp early Monday afternoon.
COURTESY CORVETTES OF GRAYS HARBOR
                                Climb the Westport viewing tower and you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the Corvettes lining Westhaven Drive. This photo was taken at least year’s Corvettes at the Marina.

Corvettes, seafood and art coming to Marina

Clams, Corvettes and crafts are expected to draw hundreds of people to Westport on Saturday.

  • Aug 29th, 2019 1:30am
COURTESY CORVETTES OF GRAYS HARBOR
                                Climb the Westport viewing tower and you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the Corvettes lining Westhaven Drive. This photo was taken at least year’s Corvettes at the Marina.