Members of the local law enforcement community especially the Hoquiam Police Department remembered Hoquiam Officer Donald Burke who was killed in the line of duty on April 16th 1980 at 5:20 pm 

He did not know it at the time, but the station wagon Officer Donald Burke was chasing was carrying career criminals Robert DeAngelis and Rodney Hagedorn. The two men had robbed a bank in Kirkland six days earlier and just the day before, had kidnapped a man and robbed a store in Port Orchard.

Copalis Crossing, Fire District 16 is saying that after many years of struggling to recruit and retain volunteers to staff Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the residents of Grays Harbor County Fire Protection District No. 16, the Board of Fire Commissioners have made the decision to merge their Fire District with the neighboring District to the west. Grays Harbor County Fire Protection District No. 7 currently serves the areas of Copalis Beach, Ocean City, and North Bay. Fire District No. 7 has agreed to expand their primary response area to encompass that currently covered by Fire District No. 16

Grays Harbor Public Health recruiting volunteers for a variety of roles related to COVID-19 Local health, safety, and preparedness begins with you.

In the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19, it is important to be ready to respond to a variety of community needs. Grays Harbor Public Health is recruiting potential volunteers who may be asked to serve in a variety of functions during their response to COVID-19. Volunteer health practitioners are especially critical to help meet emerging demands for health practitioners in areas impacted by COVID-19.

You've worked hard in your career to master a variety of skills – in medicine, public health, safety, logistics, communications or a number of other areas. Volunteering with entities like Public Health is a simple and effective way to use and improve those skills, while helping to keep your family, friends and neighbors safe and healthy.

Grays Harbor Public Health has information and a form available for interested volunteers on their website at Information and resources related to COVID-19 are available at and are updated regularly as the situation evolves.

Volunteers should also consider registering with other community-based volunteer organizations that do critical work to serve family, friends, and neighbors such as the American Red Cross at


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According to a Washington State Patrol report, a 67-year-old Rochester man died at the scene of a traffic collision Monday evening on State Route 12 at Moon Road in Thurston County after making a turn off Moon Road to State Route12 causing a collision with another vehicle that was traveling in the westbound lane on 12.  

The Rochester man driving a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer who had been traveling in the southbound lanes on Moon Road and was making the turn onto State Route 12 eastbound when a westbound vehicle on State Route 12 (a 2015 Honda Pilot driven by a 52-year-old Oakville man)  hit the driver side of the Mitsubishi Lancer.

The driver of the Mitsubishi Lancer died at the scene of the collision, the driver of the Honda Pilot was transported to Providence Chehalis for injuries.. 

The roadway was blocked for 3 hours and 45 minutes 

Aberdeen Police Chief Shumate announced the promotion of Lt. Dale Green to the position of Police Commander effective March 1, 2020.  Commander Green was raised on Grays Harbor, graduating from Montesano High School in 1994 and Grays Harbor College in 1996.  Commander Green went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in 2004.

Commander Green first came to the Aberdeen Police Department in 1993 as a Policer Explorer.  He served in this capacity from 17-21 years of age.  On January 13, 1997, Commander Green was hired by former Police Chief Bob Maxfield as a police officer for the City of Aberdeen.