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Cheers & Jeers

Cheers to the Montesano city administration. City Administrator Kristy Powell has been a class act in responding to recent record requests.

Cheers to Beth DeVaul of Elma, who was recently elected chair of the Grays Harbor Republicans. Besides her volunteer gig, she works as a business manager for Burgland, Schmidt & Associates in Hoquiam.

Cheers to exports across the state. The International Trade Administration announced recently that new data shows Washington merchandise exports increased 11 percent in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012, growing from $35.2 billion to $39 billion. This was a record high export level for the state — and the Port of Grays Harbor is playing a critical factor in exports.

Jeers to the crackpot juror in the Steven Daniel Kravetz trial. The hold-out juror had an agenda against law enforcement officers and somehow ended up on the jury forcing the jury to find Kravetz not guilty of attempted murder for his actions of shooting Deputy Polly Davin in March of last year at the attacks at the county courthouse. Kravetz was still found guilty of first-degree assault against Davin and second-degree assault against Judge David Edwards, who was stabbed in the neck when he came to Davin’s aid. Kravetz was sentenced to 26 years in prison this past May.

Cheers to Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Ramirez, honored recently with a Meritorious Service Medal for his actions on a domestic violence assault call. He helped save a woman’s life.

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