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Local students impress at SkillsUSA

Students from Grays Harbor made their mark at the 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. last week, with junior Jonathon Ball winning a gold medal in the automotive service technology competition and recent Montesano graduate Jacob Izatt taking home the bronze medal in major appliance and refrigeration.

Thunderbird agrees to close

The Thunderbird Motel — a source of public outcry after a December health inspection revealed a litany of violations — has agreed to the state’s request to close voluntarily until it remedies the citations, according to state documents.

Paradise Fire grows to nearly 800 acres

The Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park has grown to nearly 800 acres since the weekend, continuing to progress east-northeast into steep, inaccessible terrain, park officials reported on Tuesday. The fire is expected to burn for another four months or longer, according to Olympic National Park officials.