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Celine Dion Releasing Live CD/DVD of Last Year's Quebec Concert

CNW Group/Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.Celine Dion fans who weren’t able to attend the massive concert she gave last year in Quebec, Canada will now be able to experience it for themselves, thanks to a new CD/DVD package documenting the moment.

The concert, which took place July 27, 2013, featured Celine performing her hits — mostly her French ones — for a crowd of more than 40,000. The show was dubbed, CĂ©line…Une Seule Fois [oon suhl fwah] or, in English, Celine…One Night Only. The package, available May 19, includes a DVD or Blu-ray, plus two live CDs, featuring four bonus tracks from the shows that Celine did in Paris last year.

While French songs dominate, you can enjoy live versions of favorites like “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” “The Power of Love,” “All By Myself,” “Love Can Move Mountains,” “River Deep, Mountain High” and, of course, “My Heart Will Go On,” as well as two songs from Celine’s most recent album: “Loved Me Back to Life” and “Water and a Flame.”

Check out for all the details, as well as special offers on ordering.

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Hoquiam Finance Department earns national budgeting award

HOQUIAM, Wash. – The City of Hoquiam has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United State and Canada (GFOA) made the announcement this week.
The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:
• A policy document
• A financial plan
• An operations guide
• A communications device
Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

Earthquakes off B.C. coast, no damage reports

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – A series of earthquakes has struck an area off British Columbia’s coast, but the quakes did not generate a tsunami and there have been no damage reports.

The largest quake recorded Tuesday was a magnitude 6.0 and was centered nearly 120 miles off Bella Bella, on British Columbia’s northern coast.

The U.S. Geological Survey says several additional quakes followed, with the largest as of Tuesday evening recorded as a magnitude 5.9.

Natural Resources Canada seismologist Honn Kao tells The Canadian Press that the area is “known to have very active seismic activity in the past” and quakes of this size are not uncommon. He says no reports have been received from anyone feeling the quakes.

Canadian Press talked to Bella Bella Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Glen Caston, who says he didn’t feel a thing and says police haven’t heard from anyone who felt any rumbling.

For quick details on the latest quakes that may affect our area, visit the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Water samples being taken in Eastern Wash. after coal slurry spill in Canada

Yakima, Wash. - Washington Department of Ecology and Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management are sampling the Similkameen River near Nighthawk as a precaution following a coal slurry spill upstream in Canada.
About 6,000 gallons of water containing coal dust from the Coalmont Energy mine near Princeton, B.C., spilled over the banks of a containment pond Saturday into the Tulameen River. The spill turned the river water black.
The spill into the Tulameen, which flows into the Similikameen River, occurred about 80 miles from the border town of Nighthawk, Wash. From Nighthawk the Similkameen flows to the Okanogan River near Oroville in Okanogan County.
Canadian authorities report the material appears to be settling out into the riverbed not far from the source of the spill.
Washington state officials do not anticipate the spill will harm state waters, but they plan to confirm that spill related contaminants are not a concern.
Washington and Canadian government officials are continuing to share information and remain in communication about the spill.

Murray, Cantwell Unveil Legislation to Support American Ports

SEATTLE, Wash. – On Thursday, August 15th, U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani, and Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe held a press conference at the Bell Harbor Conference Center rooftop deck to announce new legislation that will significantly strengthen American ports, including many in the Pacific Northwest.  The Harbor Maintenance Tax, a long-established tax on imports that funds the operation and maintenance of America’s large and small ports, is not being fully collected.  Because of that, American ports, which drive job creation and anchor our export economy, can’t make the infrastructure investments they need to support American businesses. Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell are addressing this threat to America’s maritime economy with legislation to create a more equitable playing field for American ports. 

Specifically, the Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century would:

  • Repeal the Harbor Maintenance Tax and replace it with the Maritime Goods Movement User Fee, the proceeds of which would be fully available to Congress to provide for port operation and maintenance.  This would double the amount of funds available for American ports, which will help our export economy thrive.
  • Ensure that shippers cannot avoid the Maritime Goods Movement User Fee by using ports in Canada and Mexico.
  • Set aside a portion of the user fee for low-use, remote, and subsistence harbors that are at a competitive disadvantage for federal funding.
  • Create a competitive grant program using a percentage of the collected user fees to improve the U.S. intermodal transportation system so imported goods and goods for export can more efficiently reach their intended destinations.
  • Pay for expanded infrastructure investments by closing loopholes that allow the largest oil and gas companies in America to receive billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies every year, even though they enjoy profits in excess of $100 billion annually.