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Tharinger holds a big fundraising lead

The giant lead in campaign fundraising that incumbent 24th District state Rep. Steve Tharinger held after the primary election over opponent Thomas Greisamer has solidified, according to state Public Disclosure Commission records filed this week by the candidates.

Hoquiam man charged with possessing child porn

A Hoquiam man has been charged with possessing child pornography after a search warrant at his residence revealed more than 500 images and almost 100 videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit poses or acts, according to Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers.

Elma forum packs in the candidates

Candidates for various county offices gathered at an Oct. 8 candidate forum held by the Elma Chamber of Commerce at the GuestHouse Inn &Suites in Elma. Each candidate made a brief statement to the room full of listeners and later took questions from the audience in the 90-minute gathering.

Next clam dig tentatively set for Wednesday

MONTESANO— The second razor clam dig of the season has been approved starting next Wednesday and will continue through the following Tuesday, Oct. 28. Dan Ayres, Department of Fish &Wildlife shellfish manager, announced Friday that toxin tests showed that clams are safe to eat.

New lineup, venue for coastal lectures

The Coastal Interpretive Center Board has set new lectures for the 2014-15 Glimpses Series, which includes five lectures on the first Wednesday of the month. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the talks will take place at Ocean Beach Roasters, 841 Pt. Brown Ave.

Will assessor software work? A question of confidence

The issue of confidence is proving key in the Assessor’s Office election between incumbent Rick Hole and challenger Dan Lindgren, especially whether there’s confidence in Hole’s management style and confidence in his ability and decision-making regarding a critical software package necessary in figuring out the value of homes all across the Harbor.

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County settles tax disputes with Grays Harbor Energy

After nearly a decade of lawsuits and appeals, Grays Harbor Energy at Satsop has settled its property tax appeals with Grays Harbor County. The issue had always been a dispute over how much appraisers in the county Assessor’s Office thought the gas-fired turbine on Fuller Hill was worth compared to what county officials thought.

New talk of moving offices at County Administration Building

MONTESANO — The county commissioners are seeking a local architect to help plan and implement a number of building projects around the county, including improvements to the pavilion at the fairgrounds, changes to the county-owned Grays Harbor Crisis Clinic building in Hoquiam and even potential renovations at the County Administration Building.

Hoquiam football player charged with rape

Just days after being charged with two counts of rape in Grays Harbor Superior Court and being released on bail, a Hoquiam High School student took the football field and played against Elma on Oct. 3. He also played last Friday night against Montesano.