• 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.”

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  • Federal High Speed Rail Funding Coming to Washington

    OLYMPIA – Federal and state officials signed documents Thursday that guarantee Washington state will get $145 million in high-speed-rail funding originally intended for Ohio and Wisconsin.  Washington was initially awarded this portion of federal funding in late 2010 when the U.S. Department of Transportation redirected money returned by governors in Ohio and Wisconsin.


    Thursday’s signatures by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) allow project teams to move forward and start work on improving and expanding Amtrak Cascades service in Washington.


    The $145 million adds to $590 million already obligated by the FRA, bringing Washington state’s total to approximately $735 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) high-speed-rail funding. On April 4, WSDOT submitted an application for a $120 million portion of funds returned by Florida.

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  • Oregon Police Seek Suspect in Connection with Disappearance of FL Woman



    A nationwide Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution arrest warrant for auto theft has been issued for 26-year old Joseph Dean Roberts. Roberts is also a person of interest in connection with the disappearance of 45-year old Brittany Jeniveve Tavar. Tavar has been missing from the Jacksonville, Florida area since July 6, 2010.

    Roberts has connections in the Northwest and investigators believe he may currently be in the area.

    Roberts was last seen with the victim during the time frame of her disappearance and he told neighbors that he was the victim’s nephew, however, that is not true according to family members contacted by the St. John’s County (FL) Sheriff’s Office. The victim along with her vehicle, a 2004 dark blue Toyota Rav4, and her two dogs went missing from her residence in the North Beach area of St. Augustine, Florida. Both dogs were recovered in Hopkins, South Carolina, July 10, 2010 and were traced back to the victim by microchips embedded in both dogs.

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  • Supporters of Fair Elections Bill Make Their Case in WA

    SEATTLE – Washington is one of a handful of states being targeted by a new campaign to get big money out of national politics. You might have already seen one of the TV commercials on cable that features images scrolling on an iPad in support of the Fair Elections Now Act in Congress.

    Celinda Lake, Democratic pollster with Lake Research Partners, asked voters if they would support such a measure that encourages candidates to raise money from small donors in their states rather than from large special-interest and corporate donors.

    "Every single demographic group had almost two-thirds support for this measure, whether you’re talking age, whether you’re talking about every region of the country, including more conservative regions."

    She says they found majority support among Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

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  • Habitat for Humanity completes 800,000th house, locally celebrates new director, new store, new home

    On Nov. 6, 2013, Habitat celebrated its 800,000th house built, rehabilitated and repaired. The milestone was marked as Habitat announced that — for the first time in the organization’s history — more than 100,000 families had been served in a single fiscal year. That means, thanks to you, we’ve helped an estimated 4 million people around the world since 1976.

    Locally, Habitat for Humanity of Grays Harbor Executive Director Larry Burgher tells us “We are so proud of this accomplishment and looking forward to reaching the goal of 1 MILLION homes by 2015!

    Our intention is to build/rehab 3 or more homes in 2014 so Grays Harbor will contribute to this goal! – Larry Burgher, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Grays Harbor

    Celebrating a little themselves, their new executive director Larry Burgher said last month they cut the ribbon on a new location at 3005 Simpson Ave in Hoquiam, they launched a new website at http://www.graysharborhabitat.com/ and they are near completion on the Coolidge street house in Aberdeen.

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  • 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.

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  • Agreements secure $590 million in federal passenger rail funding for Washington state

    OLYMPIA – Agreements have been signed that guarantee Washington state will get $590 million in federal stimulus money to improve the Amtrak Cascades rail corridor from Portland to Seattle, Gov. Chris Gregoire said today.


    One agreement was signed between the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that commits FRA to allocate 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money to Washington’s passenger rail projects. The $590 million initially was awarded in early 2010, and this new agreement guarantees the money.


    Separately, Amtrak, BNSF Railway and WSDOT signed an agreement that outlines how rail investments will be made based on service outcomes and passenger rail performance benchmarks on rail lines shared by freight and passenger rail, such as on-time performance, faster travel times and frequency of service.

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  • Weyerhaeuser to Sell Short Line Railroads, Including Two in Washington

    The Weyerhaeuser Woods Railroad is one of the last logging railroads in the US. Washington State – Yesterday Patriot Rail Corp. a privately-held short line and regional freight railroad holding company, announced that it has agreed in principle to purchase the short line railroad assets of Weyerhaeuser Company. The acquisition is subject to certain closing conditions, including Patriot’s due diligence and regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010.

    The six railroads operate over approximately 160 miles of track in four states and currently handle approximately 60,000 carloads of freight annually. The railroads include:

    • the DeQueen and Eastern Railroad Company consists of two railroads — the DeQueen and Eastern and the Texas, Oklahoma & Eastern railroads — that operate over a total of 87 route miles in southeast Oklahoma and southwest Arkansas;
    • the Columbia & Cowlitz Railway operates over 8.5 route miles in southwest Washington;
    • the Weyerhaeuser Woods Railroad operates over 30 route miles in southwest Washington and connects directly to the CLC;
    • the Golden Triangle Railroad operates over 13.3 route miles in central Mississippi; and
    • the Mississippi & Skuna Valley Railroad owns 21 route miles in Mississippi.
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