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Commissioners puzzled by union clause triggering raise

It wasn’t so much cost, or quality of candidates or personnel, or any other typical issue that gave pause to County Commissioners when they approved recent personnel changes at the District Court. Despite a projected budget shortfall, the commissioners were willing to move forward without too much concern, albeit for one hangup — a union stipulation they hadn’t seen before.

Altrusa Club, bank and heating contractor pitch in to help

Miki Cabell, right, hugs Elaine Redner, President of Central Grays Harbor Altrusa after Redner presented Cabell with a certificate explaining that a bill for her home’s heating system had been paid. The system was damaged by the Jan. 5 flooding in Aberdeen. Altrusa, Sunset Air and Bank of the Pacific donated funds to replace Cabell’s heating system, and surprised her on Monday by letting her know the cost was paid in full.

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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.