Archive for February 2009

Broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey dies at age of 90

In 2005, Harvey was one of 14 notables chosen as recipients of the presidential Medal of Freedom. He also was an inductee in the Radio Hall of Fame, as was Lynne.

Former President George W. Bush remembered Harvey as a “friendly and familiar voice in the lives of millions of Americans.”

“His commentary entertained, enlightened, and informed,” Bush said in a statement. “Laura and I are pleased to have known this fine man, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Harvey composed his twice-daily news commentaries from a downtown Chicago office near Lake Michigan.

Rising at 3:30 each morning, he ate a bowl of oatmeal, then combed the news wires and spoke with editors across the country in search of succinct tales of American life for his program.

At the peak of his career, Harvey reached more than 24 million listeners on more than 1,200 radio stations and charged $30,000 to give a speech. His syndicated column was carried by 300 newspapers.

His fans identified with his plainspoken political commentary, but critics called him an out-of-touch conservative. He was an early supporter of the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy and a longtime backer of the Vietnam War.

Perhaps Harvey’s most famous broadcast came in 1970, when he abandoned that stance, announcing his opposition to President Nixon’s expansion of the war and urging him to get out completely.

“Mr. President, I love you … but you’re wrong,” Harvey said, shocking his faithful listeners and drawing a barrage of letters and phone calls, including one from the White House.

In 1976, Harvey began broadcasting his anecdotal descriptions of the lives of famous people. “The Rest of the Story” started chronologically, with the person’s identity revealed at the end. The stories were an attempt to capture “the heartbeats behind the headlines.” Much of the research and writing was done by his son, Paul Jr.

Harvey also blended news with advertising, a line he said he crossed only for products he trusted.

In 2000, at age 82, he signed a new 10-year contract with ABC Radio Networks.

Harvey was born Paul Harvey Aurandt in Tulsa, Okla. His father, a police officer, was killed when he was a toddler. A high school teacher took note of his distinctive voice and launched him on a broadcast career.

While working at St. Louis radio station KXOK, he met Washington University graduate student Lynne Cooper. He proposed on their first date (she said “no”) and always called her “Angel.” They were married in 1940 and had a son, Paul Jr.

They worked closely together on his shows, and he often credited his success to her influence. She was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997, seven years after her husband was. She died in May 2008.

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Montesano School District to Hold Budget Forums

The Montesano School District will be holding two community budget forums on  March 12th at 4:00 p.m. and March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Montesano Jr/Sr High School Commons. If you are interested in understanding the district’s financial condition, please plan on attending. The School Board is interested in gathering ideas for consideration.

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Lucky Grays Harbor Couple Win a Mystery Get-Away Weekend hosted by the College Foundation

Nellie Miller of Neilton was the lucky winner of the Grays Harbor College Foundation’s Mystery Get-Away Weekend event, benefiting the Foundation’s World Class Scholars program. More than $7,000 was raised for the scholarship program with over 100 in attendance.  

Once her name was announced Thursday night, Nellie and her husband, Steve, were whisked away in a limousine and are enjoying a three-day getaway weekend in Seattle, including limo transportation, accommodations in the Belltown area of downtown Seattle, tasting tour of the Pike Place Market, musical tickets, lots of snacks and surprises, plus $500 spending money, all compliments of the GHC Foundation. Many students currently enrolled as World Class Scholars helped out at the event.

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Potential State Park Closures Discussed In Montesano

Both Hovis and Brand emphasised that the department did not want to be having this conversation, adding that Parks would seek interested local government to take over the parks, and would aim to hand over the parks in as much of a “turn-key” state as possible. When questions were raised as to what if no one wanted the parks, in the example given of Schafer State park where no nearby city would likely support the park, Hovis said the State would likely mothball the park – but there’s a catch.

Schafer state park was deeded to the State under the condition that it remain a state park, open to the public. in the absence of that stipulation, the State would have to give the park back to the Schafer family, Brand said that the department had spoken with the Schafer family, and said that they did not yet say if they would be interested in taking ownership of the park again. Schafer State park has grown since it was donated by the Schafer family anyway; neaby landowners have also donated, and the Parks department has purchased parcels when the option arose; leaving a patchwork of land that Brand said they “just don’t know yet” what will happen.

With many questions left unanswered, Hovis said at the beginning of the meeting that many questions would likely raise more questions, and that Parks staff would be bringing those questions and comments back to the Parks Commission to go over. Hovis said he would make every effort to return answers via email.

Links of interest on this issue:
 (http://www.parks.wa.gov/newsreleases/)

09-020 State Parks Commission regular meeting in Olympia next week.doc (49 kb)
-updated: 2/26/2009 5:24:15 PM

09-014 Public meeting – Lake Sylvia_Schafer potential transfers.doc (42 kb)
-updated: 2/18/2009 1:19:19 PM

09-009 State Parks Commission announces special meeting.doc (43 kb)
-updated: 2/17/2009 4:21:02 PM

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State Parks Commission to discuss budget reductions at Olympia meeting

These include reducing headquarters staff and programs, freezing equipment replacement, halting subsidies to non-core activities such as concessions and a consolidation of region offices.

The Commission has begun discussions with local governments to explore transferring 13 parks to other public operators. The parks on a list for potential transfer are Osoyoos, Brooks Memorial, Schafer, Bogachiel, Tolmie, Fay Bainbridge, Fort Okanogan, Wenberg, Fort Ward, Joemma Beach, Kopachuck, Lake Sylvia and Old Fort Townsend. Two additional parks, Nolte and Squilchuck, will potentially be mothballed until resources are once more available. For more information about the budget reduction proposal, see the news fact sheet at www.parks.wa.gov/newsreleases/. The Commission will consider public comment on the proposal as they implement the final state budget passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.

In light of the February 2009 revenue forecast which predicts a worsening economy and a revenue shortfall of more than $8 billion, the Legislature has asked the agency to develop a deeper reduction scenario to total $23 million. The Commission will discuss possible criteria for selecting additional parks for potential mothballing. The Commission will welcome public comment on selection criteria. In morning business on meeting day, the Commission will consider extending the term of a concession agreement at Blake Island State Park from 20 years to 40 years, in exchange for a new operator to assume responsibility for all concession facility maintenance and improvements.

The current concession, Tillicum Village, offers park visitors a passenger ferry ride across Puget Sound to Blake Island for a hosted salmon dinner, interpretive programs and entertainment consistent with Northwest Coast Native American themes. Morning business also will include a report on the State Parks Capital Development program and an item asking the Commission to consider a perpetual maintenance easement for Bonneville Power Administration at Iron Horse State Park. Commission budget work session: A Commission budget work session is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at State Parks Headquarters, 1111 Israel Road S.W., Olympia. The Commission takes no formal action or public comment at work sessions.

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Attorney General tells promoters of calorie-burning drink to shape up

McKenna says that from now on, the label on Enviga – and on drinks like it – will have to be a little more honest.

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“Our settlement requires that they change the way the drink is marketed. From now on they have to make it clear on the label that drinking Enviga will not burn enough calories to result in substantial weight loss and that the only effective way to lighten up is through diet and exercise.”


Learn more about the Attorney General’s consumer protection work at www.atg.wa.gov.

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Level 1 Sex Offender Arrested for Assault In The Fourth Degree in Hoquiam

While an officer took a written statement from the victim another officer located Richardson on the street in the 400 block of Monroe.  A warrants on the man revealed that he was a Level 1 Sex Offender.  During the investigation it was determined that Richardson had changed his address with notifying authorities which is a violation of his requirement to register as a sex offender.

Richardson admitted to officer that he had been living at the Hoquiam address on Monroe Street for approximately 5 months without registering his new address as required by law.  He stated he did not know who to call to register.  The last time the man did register was at an Astoria, Oregon address.  Prior to moving to the Hoquiam, Monroe Street address Richardson was using a Shelton, Washington address.

 

Richardson will be charged at the county level for Failing to Register and charged with 4th Degree Assault in Hoquiam Municipal Court.

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