The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers near Brady of a planned power outage impacting homes on the East Brady Loop Road.  The outage will begin at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, August 17 and is expected to last until 3:00 PM, affecting roughly 30 customers.  The impacted areas will be homes including and past 92 East Brady Loop Rd to the end of the line.  All impacted customers will receive notification phone calls from the PUD.

The outage will allow crews to hang markers from distribution lines, making them visible to low flying aircraft.

In preparation for this outage, customers are advised to take precautions with any electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items.  You should leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored. 

The outage duration of two hours is only an estimate and power could be restored at any time as work is completed.  Therefore, it is not safe to do electrical work or repairs during that period.

A governors proclamation banning utility disconnects is scheduled to expire at the end of September, and if you have fallen behind on your PUD bill, call 360-532-4220 NOW so you can avoid the possible disconnection of PUD services. Customer Service staff can set up long term pay arrangements to pay down an outstanding balance and have information on assistance programs designed to help customers who are struggling to pay their PUD bills. 

The Grays Harbor PUD Board of Commissioners have voted to appoint Jon Martin of Ocean Shores to fill the District Three seat vacated by the retirement of Russ Skolrood.  Martin was one of six applicants for the seat and is tentatively scheduled to be sworn in by the board’s next meeting on August 2nd.

“We had a great group of candidates put their names in for the seat and in the end we got a great commissioner with a lot of experience in both the business and political areas that he has worked in,” said Board Vice President Arie Callaghan.  “We’ve got a lot of work to do for the customers of the PUD and I’m looking forward to working with Jon on those projects.”

“I want to congratulate Jon on his appointment and thank all the applicants for being willing to get involved in the management of their PUD,” said Board Secretary Dave Timmons.  “Jon brings so much experience to the board and I am really looking forward to working with him.”

A local businessman, Ocean Shores City Council President, and incoming Chairman of the Board of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc., Martin says he is eager for the opportunity to work with the PUD and be a voice for its customers.

“I’m so excited to get to work with the PUD staff and my fellow board members to be an advocate for public power in Grays Harbor,” said Martin.  “I think the PUD has done a lot to make itself a valuable asset to the communities and customers it serves and I am looking forward to continuing that mission.”

As an appointee to an elected position, Martin’s seat will be up for election in November of 2022.  If elected at that time, he will serve the remaining four years of the existing term in office.

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers in downtown Aberdeen of a planned power outage impacting businesses on two city blocks.  The outage will begin at 10:00 PM on Thursday, July 22 and is expected to last until 4:00 AM on Friday, July 23 and will affect 20 customers.  The impacted areas will be 112 through 208 East Wishkah Street, the Aberdeen Timberland Library and businesses in the Old Daily World Building.  All impacted customers will receive notification phone calls from the PUD.

The outage is part of an ongoing project by the PUD to conduct system maintenance.

In preparation for this outage, customers are advised to take precautions with any electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items.  You should leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored. 

The outage duration of six hours is only an estimate and power could be restored at any time as work is completed.  Therefore, it is not safe to do electrical work or repairs during that period.

Ocean Shores, North Beach and a large section of East County are amongst the areas of Western Washington highlighted in new, interactive map displaying areas lacking quality internet access.

The public “Indicators of Broadband Need” tool released this week by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) puts on one map, for the first time, data from both public and private sources. It contains data aggregated at the county, census tract, and census block level from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), M-Lab, Ookla and Microsoft.

The map, along with data acquired by the State Department of Commerce speed test, will provide useful data for the PUD as it pursues grants for future projects, including expansion on the State Route 12 corridor in East County.

“Any effort to close the digital divide starts with solid data, and NTIA continues to help policymakers make more informed decisions on expanding broadband access,” said Acting NTIA Administrator Evelyn Remaley. “Now, the public can benefit from our platform to see which areas of the country still don’t have broadband at speeds needed to participate in the modern economy.”

The map also puts poverty and lack of broadband access on the same page. The dataset allows you to see where high-poverty communities are located and how that relates to internet usage patterns, as well as to a lack of computers and related equipment. The map also shows usage patterns in tribal communities, which have historically suffered from a lack of internet access. Users can toggle the separate data sets on and off to compare information and search for specific locations, including Tribal lands and minority-serving institutions, to gain a better understanding of where broadband needs are greatest.

Indicators of Broadband Need (arcgis.com)