• New scholarship from Grays Harbor Community Foundation is biggest ever

    Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax Memorial University of Puget Sound Scholarship Established to aid Harbor Students in attending the University of Puget Sound

    ABERDEEN, Wash – In the memory of Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation in partnership with the University of Puget Sound has established the Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax Memorial University of Puget Sound Scholarship. This fund has the intent to award an annual $20,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years, for a Grays Harbor student attending University of Puget Sound, starting in 2014.  A preference will be given to students that wish to study science.

    “We are pleased to be able to honor Scott’s memory in such a meaningful way.” Said Jim Daly, Executive Director. “In supporting his alma mater, the University of Puget Sound, and providing significant support to a deserving student we believe he would be proud of these efforts.”

    Grays Harbor Community Foundation

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  • Workers laid off from Brown-Minneapolis Tank in Elma

    Elma, Wash. – Less than a week after offering tours during Showcase Grays Harbor, Brown Minneapolis Tank plans to layoff just under 50 employees from their Western Washington location.
    Co-manager of the local Worksource Grays Harbor office, Ron Schmidt tells us “We were notified that Brown-Minneapolis Tank will be closing at the Satsop Business Park.” A rapid response meeting will be held for former employees on October 2nd at 10am and 2pm across the street from the facility. Schmidt added “to insure that employees know more about their unemployment insurance as well as some of the other benefits that will be custom for them.”
    Human Resources Manager Debbie Eggleston said from the BMT corporate office that they could not comment at this time. The company has locations in Ohio, New Mexico, and Canada as well as the former turbine building of the defunct Satsop power plant.

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  • 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.
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  • QIN: Potlatch’ing on at Hunishu Point

    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

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  • Montesano, Powell, earn award for budget

    MONTESANO, Wash. – The city of Montesano, and City Administrator Kristy Powell are being honored for the third year in a row by the Government Finance Officers Association. Powell, and the city, are among 1340 being recognized for their budget. In a press release, Mayor Ken Estes praised Powell.

    …this is the third year in a row she has gotten this award. Only 1300 cities in the USA and Canada have accomplished this feat. She deserves our appreciation and congratulations. – Montesano Mayor Ken Estes

    The GFOA reviews nearly 18,000 budgets throughout the US for the awards.

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  • Aida Broadway

    Aida, the Musical at AHS, the High School

    Casting for the musical “Aida, the Musical” to be performed at Aberdeen High School has been announced. Under the direction of Tamara Helland, there will be two evening performances and two matinees when the curtains lift May 1st through the 4th. The play features hit songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. The cast includes: […]

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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.

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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • Track the canoes online for 2013 Paddle to Quinault

    TAHOLAH, Wash. – Some of the traditional Native Cedar canoes destined for the 2013 Paddle to Quinault can now be tracked online at www.tinyurl.com/K77zryw. The site, which is updated every ten minutes, features the progress of canoes from the Bella Bella and T’Sou-Ke First Nation of Canada and the Grand Ronde, Lower Elwha, Muckleshoot, Squaxin Island, Swinomish and Warm Springs tribes.

    Lady Washington — with Marco Black Sr. and Quinault Fishing Guide-Ruben Estavillo.            In all, approximately 100 canoes are expected to arrive at Quinault for traditional welcoming ceremonies on Thursday August 1, according to Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation.

                It has been 24 years since “Paddle to Seattle” first revitalized this long held Northwest tribal tradition, and the event has gained momentum throughout the Northwest ever since, said Sharp.

                “The cedar canoe holds great meaning for tribes throughout the Northwest and western Canada,” she said. “The annual journey reaches deep into the hearts and souls of our people—both young and old, and helps them fully realize the vitality and spiritual strength of their tribal identity, underscoring our hope for a sustainable and positive future,” she said.

                This year’s journey is also expected to draw an estimated 15,000 tribal and non-tribal visitors to the Land of the Quinault. The destination is Point Grenville, a Quinault beach near Taholah, approximately 40 miles north of Ocean Shores.

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