Shop With a Cop is this Saturday in Aberdeen, sirens included

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Shop With a Cop is this Saturday, police officers from all over the county are taking kids out shopping for presents. Local founder Betty Crass says their 15th annual event will start around 7 tomorrow morning "and after breakfast we'll take a couple pictures and have our parade from the Eagles - and we do a little winding through Aberdeen just to give it a little more length to the drive.” That "parade" will include units from nine city police departments, county, and state, as well as tribal police blaring sirens and thrilling their passengers.  This year 11 local elementary schools provided the names of  60 children for their shopping trip to Walmart. "One of the brightest parts of Christmas on the harbor is seeing all of these officers with these children having such a good time.
Crass adds that she plans to retire from the event this year, and is handing over the reigns to Kim Adams of Montesano. "Grays Harbor has come through again, 15 years of helping us out with sponsors and contributions and I'm retiring at the end of this year." Sponsors of the event include Cosmo Specialty Fibers, Aberdeen Walmart, Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Volunteers in Police Work, Aberdeen Police Officer's Guild, Montesano VFW #2455, East Grays Harbor Rotary, KD & S Environmental, Sandy Burkhamer, Westport Shipyard, Mary's River Lumber, Aberdeen McDonald's, Montesano Moose Lodge, Grays Harbor Sheriff's Deputies Association, Aberdeen Eagles Aeriel #24, Pacific Beach Ladies Aid, Keystone Graphics, XICHI Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Sunny 102.1, and a special thank you to Betty Crass.

Grays Harbor gets ready to levy the relevy, these levies come pre-approved

MONTESANO, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Commissioners yesterday adopted a few new levies for next year, and these already have your approval, again. In fact if you've paid on a levy in the past 12 months, and someone in your district contested their taxes, odds are good that you might see a few of these new levies next year.
Signed into law this summer, Substitute Senate Bill 5705 allows a taxing district the authority to recover portions of levies that were reduced over the previous 12 months. The commissioners yesterday approved two of three relevies, totaling almost $80,000 between the General, and Veteran Relief Funds, a relevy for the Road Fund for nearly $20,000 was tabled until the next meeting.
Monty Cobb, Policy Director with the Washington Association of County Officials explained earlier this year "What it boiled down to be is if Monty pays his taxes, and on April second I win my appeal and my taxes get reduced. The treasurer will refund a portion of my taxes, and what a local taxing district would have got from me they can add back on to their levy and be made whole the next year.
Cobb said that due to the wording of the law, if you hadn't paid those taxes before they were modified, the taxing districts would lose out on the difference. As taxing authorities countywide adopt these re-levies, we will all pick up the tab to recoup that difference.

Montesano, other cities, looking to recoup lost levy dollars

MONTESANO, Wash. - The Montesano city council tonight will discuss a new levy, this one already has your approval. Signed into law this summer, Substitute Senate Bill 5705 allows a taxing district the authority to recover portions of their levy that were reduced over the previous 12 months.
Monty Cobb, Policy Director with the Washington Association of County Officials explained earlier this year "What it boiled down to be is if Monty pays his taxes, and on April second I win my appeal and my taxes get reduced. The treasurer will refund a portion of my taxes, and what a local taxing district would have got from me they can add back on to their levy and be made whole the next year." Cobb said that due to the wording of the law, if you hadn't paid those taxes before they were modified, the taxing districts would lose out on the difference.
In Cosmopolis, Finance Director Kathy Welch said three separate levies are worth about $40-thousand more, thanks to a change in the value of Cosmo Specialty Fibers “It used to be that you were just ‘out’ and you couldn’t go back for those taxes.
Welch said countywide there is about $500-thousand that could be recovered, however the decision will be up to each taxing authority.

Cosmo Specialty Fibers Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary

COSMOPOLIS, Wash.Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cosmo Specialty Fibers marked the third anniversary of a reborn pulp mill in Cosmopolis, Washington. Dormant for about half a decade, the mill was purchased by the Gores Group LLC and restored to commercial production capability as Cosmo Specialty Fibers in only six months. Two hundred well-paying jobs were added to an area where unemployment is typically the highest in the state.

Initially, the 140,000 tons of production capacity was almost exclusively viscose pulp. However, Cosmo is currently transitioning over 35% of its capacity to various specialty grades in support of a diverse customer base around the world. The mill was originally designed to make specialty grade dissolving pulp, developing a global reputation for producing the highest-quality softwood acetate for major chemical customers worldwide.   

"The qualification process to sell acetate is never easy, but our mill has an excellent legacy reputation for acetate production, and we were able to bring back former employees who had built that reputation for product quality and reliability. We also carried out international recruitment for added technical strength," said Mike Entz, CEO of Cosmo Specialty Fibers. "I am really proud of what we have accomplished during the 3 years since we purchased the mill."

Cosmo Specialty Fibers Awarded PEFC Chain-of-Custody Certification

COSMOPOLIS, Wash - Chain-of-custody certification has been awarded to Cosmo Specialty Fibers from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). “PEFC certification allows us to ensure to our customers that the wood fiber we use comes from sources using sustainable forestry practices” says Mike Entz, CEO.
PEFC is the world’s largest, third-party certification system and incorporates both CSA and SFI sustainable forest management systems in its certification process.
“We chose PEFC because they managed to gather a number of really good sustainable forestry standards under one umbrella. Because we sell our products into a global market, we wanted to be able to assure our customers that our own chain-of-custody fiber processes met a number of regional sustainable forestry standards that would be recognized in their own markets. PEFC certification allows us to do that.”

Stark Resilient World HQ Located in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Tony Stark, billionaire industrialist, inventor, philanthropist, noted ladies man and superhero, has chosen to locate his sustainable energy initiative Stark Resilient world headquarters in Aberdeen, Washington. Local blogger Justin Barlow first noted the change in Invincible Iron Man Issue #517.

“We are pleased to learn that Iron Man has decided to locate such an important branch of his company to the sustainability hotbed that is Grays Harbor,” said Callie White, communications director for Greater Grays Harbor, Inc., the regional economic development council and chamber of commerce. “We think he can learn from our companies’ use of biomass, and maybe encourage some tourism by bringing in his Avenger friends.”

Located in Grays Harbor County, Aberdeen and the surrounding region has a growing reputation for its green industries. Imperium Grays Harbor, a biodiesel plant, NewWood, which mixes recycled plastic and leftover wood to form insect- and weather-resistant boards, Harbor Paper, which uses biomass to help power its recycled paper mill, Paneltech, which uses recycled paper to create durable countertops and even military shielding, and Cosmo Specialty Fibers, which also gleans electricity from biomass, are all examples of Grays Harbor industries that are finding use in products that would otherwise head for the landfill, or are making strides in reducing their carbon footprint.

Coastal Community Action Program, a local non-profit, erected four 1.5 megawatt windmills in the South Beach area, and now receives a portion of its funding from the sale of green electricity.

The strong Pacific tides along Grays Harbor shores have long been looked at as potential sources of sustainable electricity, garnering a pilot study from the local Public Utility District.

Cosmo Specialty Fibers Announces New CFO

COSMOPOLIS, Wash. - Cosmo Specialty Fibers has a new CFO. Company CEO, Mike Entz made the announcement today that Jean Wyse will be joining Cosmo from her most recent position at US Corrugated Inc., in New Jersey.

We are fortunate that Jean will become part of our leadership team, her 25 years in corporate accounting, finance and then as a senior Controller in pulp manufacturing will be invaluable as we continue to grow our business. - CEO Mike Entz

Entz said that her background and experience made Jean a great addition to the company at this stage of its growth. “Jean’s proven expertise in financial reporting and analysis, SAP, audits, cost containment, and team building are all a great fit for Cosmo Specialty Fibers.”

New Director at Cosmo Specialty Fiber

COSMOPOLIS, Wash. - A new director of fiber resources has been hired by Cosmo Specialty Fibers.  Larry Davis will join Cosmo immediately from Rayonier in Fernandina Beach, Florida where he was most recently director of business development.

We are fortunate to be able to attract Larry Davis to Cosmo, he brings over 30 years’ experience in the industry, not only in fiber transactions, but also in a proven track record to successfully develop and guide our fiber purchasing strategy.  Larry has a significant background in managing fiber resources from wood procurement through to strategic business management of the timber resource. - CEO Michael Entz

Prior to working for Rayonier, Davis worked in a similar capacity with Champion International which ultimately became International Paper.

 

Entz said that, as Cosmo moves into higher purity dissolving pulp markets, customers have very tight product specifications and want to be assured that the company is managing both fiber quality and building long term supplier relations.  “We are pleased that Larry’s background will enable him to meet both those expectations very quickly.”

Accident at Cosmo Sends One to Harborview

COSMOPOLIS, Wash. - Cosmo Specialty Fibers is running at %100 this morning after an injury earlier this week sent one employee to Harborview. Bob Buchan with Cosmo tells us a team member was transferred Tuesday night after a non-life threatening mechanical injury. Buchan said the mill is conducting a full safety inspection and working with the department of labor and industries to investigate the indicent. Crews are also being briefed about the hazard as they come on shift.

Cosmo Specialty Fibers Shops Local For Hemlock Chips

Cosmo Specialty Fiber may have secured a reliable source for the chips they use to make their pulp product. Sierra Pacific Representative Sherry Nelson had some good news for the Aberdeen City Council this week "Just recently we signed a contract with Cosmo Specialty Fibers, they will be getting all of our Hemlock chips, which we know was an issue for them."
Sierra Pacific celebrated it's tenth year in Grays Harbor this year, and again this year will be a Splash Festival Sponsor, announcing their 1000 dollar sponsorship at the council meeting.