New scholarship from Grays Harbor Community Foundation is biggest ever

Scott Weatherwax was born September 25, 1940 in Aberdeen, Washington, to Marian Abel and Ben K. Weatherwax.  He graduated from J.M. Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen where he was a stand-out in basketball, a varsity baseball pitcher, a member of Honor Society, and ASB President.  He went on to the University of Puget Sound where he was a small-college All American basketball star.  He then attended the University of Washington Dental School, served two years in the U. S. Army, and had a successful career in dentistry in Tacoma.

He retired to Grays Harbor where he became actively involved on the Board of Directors of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation as its Scholarship Committee Chairman, and a member of the Finance Committee and Grants Committee.  His passions were sports, music (he played at least four instruments), and helping improve Grays Harbor through the education of its youth and grants to non-profits.  Dr. Weatherwax died of cardiac arrest while camping and hiking with friends on Vancouver Island, Canada, on May 17th, 2008.

Scott always believed that it was the responsibility of the community to cultivate the leaders of the future.  He understood that a well-educated individual needs exposure to the arts and sports, and that leadership can start young. 


The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished through our scholarship program and many projects and processes that work through or are in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.


Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550


You may find out more by checking the foundation website: or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:

Hoquiam Finance Department earns national budgeting award

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for having achieved the award. This has been presented to Mike Folkers, Finance Director. This is Mike’s 11th year to receive the budget award including 6 from Hoquiam and 5 from Ocean Shores.
For budgets including fiscal period 2012, over 1,340 entities are expected to receive the award. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.
The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving over 17,800 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

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.

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

Senator Cantwell and I have worked with small and large ports here in Washington state, the business community, and labor leaders to write the Maritime Goods Movement Act – which will make desperately needed improvements to the laws that impact ports of all sizes and business large and small – exporters and importers,” Senator Murray said. “This legislation will change the Harbor Maintenance Tax to give shippers new incentives to move their goods through American ports – particularly those in the Pacific Northwest.”


“I will continue to work with Senator Murray and my west coast colleagues on a solution that gives our ports relief and keeps us competitive,” said Senator Cantwell. “We know that Washington state goods and products are in high demand all over the world — from apples to airplanes to software. Fixing the H-M-T is about giving businesses and workers in our trade economy tools to succeed in a global marketplace. Because we know that if the playing field is level, Washington’s state ports and products will win out.”


More about the Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century HERE.



Senator Murray’s remarks, as prepared:


Thank you all for being here today.


“I’d like to start by thanking my colleague and partner in the U.S. Senate, Maria Cantwell, Tay Yoshitani from the Port of Seattle, John Wolfe from the Port of Tacoma, Dan McKisson from the ILWU, Port of Seattle commissioners Stephanie Bowman, John Creighton, and Courtney Gregoire, Port of Tacoma commissioners Don Mayer and Connie Bacon, Grays Harbor Port Commissioner Jack Thompson and Snohomish County Councilman Dave Gossett.


“Thank you all for your support on this important issue.


“And I’m thrilled to be here at one of our city’s beautiful piers to talk about the importance of our ports and the trade economy that’s supported our region for generations.


“As all of you know, Washington is the most trade-dependent state in our country…in fact, one in three jobs in Washington state is tied to international trade.


“And every day, millions of dollars in goods move through our state’s ports: bringing in products from every corner of the globe and shipping out goods manufactured or grown here in the Pacific Northwest.


“But we’re here today because some of the laws we have in place – specifically the Harbor Maintenance Tax – are actually hurting our ports and holding our economy back.


“Currently – the Harbor Maintenance Tax is diverting US-bound sea cargo, which should enter our country through the Port of Seattle, the Port of Tacoma, or other ports along our shores…


“Instead, shippers have decided it’s more cost-efficient to send those US-bound goods to Canada and Mexico first – only to ship them to the United States by truck or rail.


“That means fewer cargo containers coming into our ports. It means less work for longshoreman and pilots. And it means we can’t make investments in infrastructure that our ports need to be state-of-the-art and competitive.


“If that’s not a perfect example of an outdated law, I don’t know what is.


“So that’s why Senator Cantwell and I have worked with small and large ports here in Washington state, the business community, and labor leaders to write the Maritime Goods Movement Act – which will make desperately needed improvements to the laws that impact ports of all sizes and business large and small – exporters and importers.


“This legislation will change the Harbor Maintenance Tax to give shippers new incentives to move their goods through American ports – particularly those in the Pacific Northwest.


“And it will double the amount of funds we can use to re-invest in our ports each year to keep them competitive in the global marketplace…including remote and low-use ports that need our support.


“We’ll be introducing this new legislation when the Senate returns to session in September and we couldn’t have done it without the support of all the people here today.


“I also want to thank our colleague in the House of Representatives, Jim McDermott, who’s worked closely with us on this issue – we’ll need his support to get this passed through the House.


“So, thank you again for being here today, and now, I’d like to introduce my partner in the United States Senate, Maria Cantwell.”



Senator Cantwell’s remarks, as prepared:


“Thank you.


“I’d like to thank Senator Murray for that introduction.


“I’ve been proud to work with Senator Murray to further the growth of Washington’s ports.

Looking across the water here gives you a clear picture of why the ports of Seattle and Tacoma support 200,000 jobs.


“You can literally watch Washington’s trade economy in motion at the Port of Seattle – or the Port of Tacoma.


“When it comes to Washington state’s economy, ports are us. More than 1 in 3 Washington jobs are tied to trade. That’s why Senator Murray and I have worked to invest in Washington ports and the millions of jobs that depend on them.


“And we’ve made some significant progress in investing in our port infrastructure.


“One year ago – here at the Port of Seattle – I joined Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to announce a new national initiative for smarter freight planning.


“We are now on our way to developing America’s first comprehensive freight strategic plan. And that’s good news for ports in Washington state.


“But even with this progress, Washington state ports face major challenges.


“The Asia-Pacific market is growing. And Canada and Mexico are making major investments to capture more of that market.


“Today, we’re here to announce a step forward to make sure American ports can compete on a level playing field.


“The time to fix our Harbor Maintenance Tax (H-M-T) is now.


“Currently the H-M-T makes it harder for our ports to compete with Prince Rupert to the North – or the Port of Lazaro Cardenas to the South.


“The threat is real.  The Federal Maritime Commission found that up to 27 percent of container volume moving through West Coast ports is at risk of diverting to Prince Rupert. 


“Here in the Puget Sound, that cargo diversion threatens the employment of about 10,000 American workers.


“In fact, diversion of 10,000 containers from our ports in the Puget Sound could:

•           Cost businesses $1.3 billion

•           Reduce income for workers by $833 million

•           Cut local purchases by $192 million

•           And slash state and local taxes by $75 million


“That’s why Senator Murray and I are introducing this bill to fix our broken system. The inequality for our ports needs to end.


“I recently sent a letter to the chairman of the Finance Committee and stated that H-M-T reform must be included in any tax reform bill.


“I will continue to work with Senator Murray and my west coast colleagues on any solution that gives our ports relief and keeps us competitive.


“We know that Washington state goods and products are in high demand all over the world — from apples to airplanes to software.


“Fixing the H-M-T is about giving businesses and workers in our trade economy tools to succeed in a global marketplace.


“Because we know that if the playing field is level, Washington’s state ports and products will win out.


“West Coast deep-water ports like Seattle and Tacoma don’t need the same maintenance as shallow-water ports.


“So while Seattle and Tacoma generate 7 percent of the funds for the H-M-T, they only receive a penny for every dollar collected.


“Shippers are also moving goods through fast-growing ports in Mexico and Canada to avoid paying the H-M-T.


“Our legislation would fix the H-M-T with a user fee that would apply to all points of entry for U.S.-bound cargo.


“This would level the playing field for our ports and protect our jobs here in Washington.


“Trade affects all corners of our economy. And Washington’s ports are the heart of our trade economy.


“We’re ready to hit the ground running with our bill when we get back to DC in September.


“Because when it comes to shipping goods, Washington ports and Washington workers get the job done. And when we compete on a level playing field, we won’t lose.


“Thank you all for coming today.”

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

Track the canoes online for 2013 Paddle to Quinault

            All visitors are welcome, as is our tribal custom,” said Guy Capoeman, Journey Coordinator.  “The canoe journeys have always provided a great opportunity for tribes to get together, share our thoughts, stories, traditional dance and song, and strengthen our bonds of friendship. They are a great means to teach our children about their roots, history and traditional ways. They also provide a good opportunity for non-tribal people to get to know more about us, and strengthen relations between Indian and non-Indian communities,” he said.

            “The contemporary canoe journeys began in 1989,” said Capoeman.  “Emmett Oliver, a Quinault Tribal elder organized the Paddle to Seattle as a part of Washington State Centennial Ceremony, revitalizing the canoe tradition, which had been lost for many years. We now know this as the Canoe Journey. The Canoe Journey has become symbol of cultural revitalization on a national and even international level. We can expect anywhere from 90 U.S. Tribes, Canadian First Nations, and even New Zealand to join the celebration. In the past we have seen canoes from Alaska and even Hawaii join in on this event. It truly has become an amazing part of revitalized Northwest culture,” he said.

            “The Canoe Journey creates opportunities for tribal members to re-learn, strengthen and reinforce their canoe traditions. So many cultural values are learned from canoeing.  Among these are positive pride, cultural knowledge, respect, and a sense of both personal achievement and teamwork,” said Sharp.

            Volunteers are welcome. They can register at the Event Information Center, or at

            Paddle to Quinault is an alcohol/drug-free event.

            For more information, including site maps and schedule, please visit

Interstate Bicyclers Parky’s Peddlers Leaving Hoquiam Today

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Parky’s Peddlers are heading out from Hoquiam this morning on their 10 day bicycle trip from Canada to San Fransico. Parky’s Peddlers is a group of people committed to help the fight against Parkinson’s Disease. The group was welcomed by a barbeque dinner at the Hoquiam River RV Park off of Highway 101 last night, and will be peddling south from Hoquiam today so drive safe and watch for extra bicycles.
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination.
Locally, a Grays Harbor Parkinson’s Support Group has just started. Patients and caregivers meet on the last Tuesday of every month at the Hoquiam Library downstairs meeting room from 6 pm to 7 pm. If you want more information, please contact Bob Martin or Betsy Seidel at 360-533-5968.

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Grays Harbor Parkinson’s Support Group
Hoquiam, Washington
Meets at Hoquiam Library, downstairs meeting room 427 7th St. Hoquiam
Meets on Last Tuesday of the month at 6:00-7:00
Contact Bob Martin
Phone 360-533-5968