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Westport City Administrator accepts position with Port of Grays Harbor

Longtime Westport City Administrator, Randy Lewis, informed Mayor Michael Bruce late last week that he has accepted a position with the Port of Grays Harbor’s senior management team as its new Director of Environmental and Engineering Services. Lewis replaces Marc Horton, who retired at the end of December after holding the position since April, 2011.

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Buckaroo identified

Walt Hansen played Santa in Hoquiam in the 1950s, arriving at the 7th St. Theatre every year to meet children. His family has a few photos of him in full Santa garb, but none more treasured than this one, which they have dubbed “Santa and the Buckaroo.”

Confusion over Thunderbird ownership

In the wake of the state Department of Health filing an order to revoke the Thunderbird Motel’s Transient Accommodations License because of unsanitary conditions, it is unclear who owns the downtown Aberdeen motel. Records include at least three limited liability companies with a connection to the property or business.

From the beginning, local health officials took measles cases seriously

It was early morning on Thursday, Jan. 8 when the first email from our staff popped up with the simple title “Suspect Measles.” In public health, that translates into a big “Uh-oh.” While still responding to flood issues, it was time for us to focus on a new health threat that required immediate attention. If confirmed by lab work, this would be the first measles case reported in Grays Harbor County in more than 30 years.