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William “Bret” Ellis

Sep 18, 2014 5:23pm

Longtime resident William “Bret” Ellis passed away peacefully at his home with his loving family at his side on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. He...


Sep 18, 2014 5:23pm

Shane William Nebel

Shane William Nebel died at his home in Montesano on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. He was 37. Services are being planned and will be announced as soon as details become...

Enrollment up in Monte; down in Elma; steady in McCleary

Sep 18, 2014 5:38pm

By David Haerle

The Vidette

Preliminary enrollment figures in East County school districts are a mixed bag for the new school year that started a couple of weeks ago.

In the...

Waterfront sale still up for discussion, mayor says

Updated: Sep 19, 2014 9:49am

A proposal to surplus a parcel of land near the Chehalis River was absent from the Montesano City Council’s agenda on Sept. 9, although it was supposed to be up for discussion.

The issue was...

No charter schools yet for the Harbor

Sep 18, 2014 5:39pm

Grays Harbor County will have to wait a bit longer before the county gets its first charter school, if anyone ever steps up and goes through the arduous application process.

A military-style...

Steven Friederich | The Vidette  Rodeo princesses head through downtown Elma last year. The parade continues in rain or shine.

Buckaroo Days brings a cowboy flair to Elma

Sep 17, 2014 10:27am

Last year, the Buckaroo Days Festival turned into a wet mess. It was fun — and it made everyone love the chili cookoff that much more to get out of the rain.

This year, all fingers are...

Aaron Lavinsky | The Daily World Ken Albert performs as the priest with Jerrod Phelps as Jean Valjean during a dress rehearsal of Les Misérables last year at the Bishop Center.

Ken Albert acts like a role model

Updated: Sep 17, 2014 5:45pm

You might say that Montesano’s Ken Albert is a role model.

There are his personal roles as husband and father, along with his professional roles as a former service man in both the Air Force...

Elma senior Rio Ortega sprints away from a pack of North Mason defenders during the Eagles contest on Friday.

Elma falls to North Mason

Sep 17, 2014 5:47pm

The Elma High School football team committed just one too many turnovers.

After trailing 21-12 at halftime, the Eagles pulled back to a tie with North Mason at 27-27 and forced a punt with...

Steven Friederich | The Vidette Grays Harbor Deputy Prosecutor William Leraas stands next to former Montesano Police Chief Ray Sowers in February. Sowers had promised a Pierce County Drug Court would help change his ways, but he was caught selling heroin this week in Tacoma.

Former Monte Police chief busted for selling heroin

Updated: Sep 19, 2014 9:50am

Former Montesano police chief Ray Sowers was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail on Tuesday for allegedly selling heroin and unlawfully possessing a firearm, which he kept under his bed in...

Guy Bergstrom | For The Vidette A produce vendor chats with a customer at last year's festival at Lake Sylvia State Park.

Lake Sylvia Fall Fest is Saturday

Sep 17, 2014 10:28am

The fifth annual Discover Lake Sylvia Fall Festival and Art Walk will take place Saturday at Lake Sylvia State Park in Montesano. It runs from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature a pancake...