Phone scammers continue to target Grays Harbor PUD customers

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is again warning customers to be aware of a phone scam in which callers are posing as PUD employees and threatening to shutoff the customer’s power

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Grays Harbor PUD says customers still getting scam phone calls

A phone scam in which Grays Harbor Public Utility District customers are targeted concerning overdue bills is continuing. Over the weekend, four Grays Harbor businesses reported receiving

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Risky business becomes rewarding enterprise for hosts of Aberdeen wine bar

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Wine bars are a risky business, especially in a small town. When the local supermarket has a good selection of decent wines for under $15, wine bars have an uphill

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Grays Harbor PUD warns customers to beware of phone scam

ABERDEEN – The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is warning customers to be aware of a phone scam in which callers are posing as PUD employees and demanding payments on overdue

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Imperium Renewables and Westway team up to get paperwork moving on expansion plans

Imperium Renewables and Westway have sent a joint letter today asking the City of Hoquiam and the state Department of Ecology to begin developing environmental impact statements (EIS) on the

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Pasha Automotive Services is January Business of the Month

Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. has announced that Pasha Automotive Services is their Business of the Month for January.

The shipping business has been in Grays Harbor for five years, and a member

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Enrollment opens November 1 for Washington’s GET Program

OLYMPIA – Families wanting a safe and secure way to save for college can open a GET account beginning November 1. Since 1998, parents and grandparents have opened more than 152,000 accounts to secure the state’s guarantee and GET’s flexible, tax-advantaged saving options. The new enrollment year runs November 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014. 

GET accounts have already helped over 33,000 students attend college in all 50 states and 14 foreign countries. The program can be used at nearly any public or private college, university, or technical school in the country. GET is a 529 plan offering tax-free growth and withdrawals.

Betty Lochner, director of the GET program, encourages families to save an amount that fits best within their budget. “Start saving when your kids are young,” she said, “then plan to contribute regularly over the years. You’ll be surprised how it adds up over time.” The cost of one GET unit today is $172. The future value of 100 units is equal to one year of resident, undergraduate tuition and required state fees at the highest-priced Washington public university (UW or WSU), no matter how much tuition increases.

Little Creek Casino Intros New CEO

SHELTON, Wash. - Squaxin Island Tribe has named Michael Starr the new CEO of Little Creek Casino Resort, the tribe’s award-winning entertainment property in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle and Olympia.

With 30-plus years of experience in the gaming industry, Starr comes to Little Creek Casino Resort from Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Nevada, where he managed three hotel-casinos as executive vice president and general manager.

Michael’s experience, knowledge and successful performance guiding casino resorts to elite stature and quantifiable results appealed to tribal leadership and aligns well with our resort vision and objectives - Squaxin Island Tribal Chairman Dave Lopeman.

Starr joins Little Creek Casino Resort during a dynamic time of significant growth. The tribally owned and operated resort – located 20 minutes from Olympia and 75 from Seattle – recently began construction on a full-service spa and unveiled the Skookum Spirit Cigar Lounge last month. It also opened the new Salish Cliffs Golf Club in September, 2011, to best-new-course acclaim from national golf magazines.

Westport Winery Business of The Month for March

The Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors has recognized Westport Winery as their March 2011 Business of the Month.


According to a letter from the Chamber, “The Ambassadors diligently strive to select the most deserving of the more than 5,000 businesses in Grays Harbor for this distinguished award. The honor is given to a business that exemplifies excellence in community service, employee support, customer service, presentation of the facility, and for its long-standing reputation as a strong community supporter and leader.”


Winery co-owner Kim Roberts said, “Recognition from our peers in the business community is particularly gratifying. Their support and enthusiasm for our project is part of what has propelled us to the top in this highly competitive market and industry. It's incredible to earn thi[s]”


Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its innovative Sculpture Garden is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and the Westport ‘Y’. The winery is open for wine, cheese, chocolate and charcuterie tasting daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner service Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For reservations call 360-648-2224. To check out what’s coming up at the winery visit their website at 

Enrollment Opens for Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program

OLYMPIA – GET enrollment opens today for families looking for a safe and convenient way to save for college. A record number of new accounts have been opened over the past two years as thousands of parents opt for the state’s guarantee and GET’s flexible, tax-advantaged plans to save for their child's college tuition. The new enrollment year runs through March 31, 2011. 


            Governor Christine Gregoire has proclaimed September as “College Savings Month” in Washington to increase awareness about the importance of saving for higher education.


            According to Betty Lochner, director of the GET program, more than 120,000 accounts have been opened since the program began in 1998. The prepaid tuition program welcomed 13,738 new accounts last year, the second highest year ever for the program. GET is a self-sustaining program and is not dependent upon state general funds for ongoing operations.