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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.
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.
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:
TAHOLAH, WA (8/5/13)—The Paddle to Quinault continues in its fifth of six days today, as tribal nation after tribal nation shares song and wisdom passed from generation-to-generation with a gathering of approximately 10,000 people gathered at the newly named Hunishu Point just south of Taholah on the Quinault Reservation.
On Sunday, 22-foot motorized canoes raced at the mouth of the Quinault River, in a demonstration worthy of two worlds coming together—that of the first peoples whose lives and legacies enrich the land and waters of the Pacific Northwest far beyond that of contemporary countries, and that of the automobile, jet plane and even the hydro-style boat races akin to Seattle’s Sea Fair.
Hunishu Point has been dedicated to Quinault elder Phillip Martin Sr., the Quinault elder who in 1989 captained a crew of women pullers (paddlers) in a cedar canoe from Quinault to the Paddle to Seattle—the first of the modern canoe journeys. Since then, the construction of the beautiful, traditional cedar canoes has been resurrected among the tribes of the Northwest, and beyond, and the paddles have become annual events. Participants have come from Oregon, California, Idaho, Alaska, California, Washington and other states, including Hawaii, Canada and even New Zealand. As the potlatch draws to a close tomorrow, the final words and songs will be shared by the Bella Bella First Nation of Canada (host of next year’s paddle) and the Quinault Indian Nation.
Hunishu is Martin’s Indian name, meaning “Elk That Thunders.”
This year’s Paddle to Quinault attracted a total of 89 of the 30 foot plus canoes to the Quinault Reservation. Most arrived Wednesday, and the tribal potlatch has been in full swing ever since. Tomorrow is the final day. The public is invited. More information on the event is available at www.PaddletoQuinault.org.