Port of Grays Harbor looks to buy NewWood facility from receivership

ELMA, Wash. - A sale of the mothballed NewWood facility at the Satsop Business Park could be on the horizon again, this time with a lot more public money involved. Exact details will be discussed at a public meeting 9 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Port Commissioners' meeting room in Aberdeen.
Manager at the Satsop Business Park Alissa Shay tells us "On Tuesday we will be recommending to the Port commissioners that the Port of Grays Harbor purchase the assets of the New Wood Corporation from the receiver, we are also proposing that we sign a letter of intent with a company to operate the facility.”
The building turns wood waste and recycled plastic into a composite wood, and has yet to see a fruitful market despite efforts by Office Max, Boise Cascade and the previous owners, at full steam the mill employs as many as 150. Shay said it's all a bit complicated and will be explained in detail at the special meeting.
The Montesano Vidette has a full article available for subscribers on their website,  or check next week's edition with an update from the meeting.

New Satsop Company to Employ 150

SATSOP, Wash. - A company planning to rennovate the closed Boise-Cascade plant in Satsop will employ 150.

NewWood Manufacturing creates wood-plastic composite building materials, and plans to operate the plant 24 hours a day. Beginning with crates for fruit bins, the company plans to expand to a worldwide market, combining waiste wood fibers and recycled plastics.

NewWood purchased the closed plant with the help of Enterprise Cascadia, whos name may sound familiar, they played a big part in helping to fund the 5.5 million dollar wind turbine project with Coastal Community Action Program.

Ohh The Times…… Online Teacher Wins State Pioneer of Teaching Award

TACOMA, Wash. - The National Coalition for Public School Options (NCPSO), an alliance of parents working to protect parents' rights to access the best public school options for their children, today announced the winner of the Washington Pioneer of Teaching Award. Lisbeth Little, a sixth grade teacher from the Washington Virtual Academy, is the state award winner. This award recognizes the top performing elementary and secondary teacher in a public charter, magnet, virtual and online schools.

NCPSO President and parent of virtual academy students Lori Cooney said, “Teachers play a vital role, creating innovative and individualized techniques that enable all types of students to learn. For the second year, the Coalition is excited to acknowledge teachers who are deeply dedicated, go above and beyond, giving students every opportunity to excel outside the traditional classroom.”

Westport to Receive Ecology Funds to Prevent Flood Damage

WESTPORT, Wash. - The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is providing nearly $1.4 million to help 12 Washington communities fund projects to prevent future damages from floods.

During the 2009 legislative session, state lawmakers created a special account to help local towns, cities and counties fund targeted flood damage prevention activities.

The Legislature directed Ecology to give priority to communities least able to fund flood mitigation projects and those projects most ready to proceed.

Commissioner Goldmark appoints two deputy supervisors

OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today appointed two deputy supervisors at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Clay Sprague will serve as the deputy supervisor for uplands, and Chuck Turley will serve as the deputy supervisor for regulatory programs.  “Clay and Chuck have each done an exemplary job as ‘acting’ deputy supervisors in these challenging economic times. I couldn’t imagine anyone doing a better job on a permanent basis,” said Commissioner Goldmark. “Each of these gentlemen has the experience and integrity to excel in their new post. The people of Washington will be well served by Clay and Chuck.”