• 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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  • Hoquiam Farmers Market News – Mother’s Day Edition

    The Hoquiam Farmers Market and Deidra’s Deli will do their best to help make Mother’s Day a joyful day for the mother in your life! Deidra’s Deli will offer a special menu from 11 until 4 with a set price menu. You may choose between an entree of Salmon or stuffed Chicken, homemade rolls, organic salad, and a dessert from Nancy’s Bakery. Complimentary sparkling cider will be served. You may want to stop by the Market earlier this week to select a gift for your mom. Something that is made or grown with skillful, loving hands. We have beautiful unique gifts, Mothers Day cards from Ellen Pickell, plants and seeds for mom’s garden, fresh pies (just like the ones she can make- but bringing her one already made- priceless!) jewelry, art, books and more.

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  • Washington State Ranked 7th Among “Energy Efficient”

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 21, 2009): The current economic downturn is not sidetracking state-level efforts to make the most of energy efficiency as the cheapest, cleanest and quickest of all energy resources, according to a 50-state scorecard on energy efficiency policies, programs, and practices from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

    The 2009 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which ranks states in six categories, concludes that the 10 states doing the most to implement energy efficiency are: California (1); Massachusetts (2); Connecticut (3); Oregon (4); New York (5); Vermont (6); Washington state (7); Minnesota (8); Rhode Island (9); and Maine (10).

    "By embracing a wide range of cost-effective energy efficiency strategies, the leading states are demonstrating that efficiency is their ’first fuel’ to meet energy demands while growing their economies," said Maggie Eldridge, ACEEE research associate and lead author of the report. "States continue to raise the bar with comprehensive strategies to improve efficiency in their buildings, industry, and transportation systems. They are the ‘living laboratories’ of energy efficiency."

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  • FEMA Tribal Guide

    Federal Emergency Management Agency releases Tribal Nations Pocket Guide

    Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a new tool to better inform tribes about FEMA policies and programs. The document, FEMA and Tribal Nations: A Pocket Guide, provides FEMA’s tribal partners readily accessible information about FEMA. FEMA and Tribal Nations: A Pocket Guide explains FEMA’s policies on tribal engagement, outlines key FEMA programs […]

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  • Health of marine life at bottom of Bellingham Bay declines

    BELLINGHAM – The tiny critters living in the mud at the bottom of Bellingham Bay are showing signs of stress, according to a recently released report by the Washington Department of Ecology (https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1303034.html.) A bay-wide survey found that the abundance and diversity of sediment-dwelling (benthic) invertebrates like clams, snails, sea stars, crabs and shrimp are […]

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  • Stolen Laptop Phones Home

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – A Stolen laptop phoned home to Atlanta when an unsuspecting Aberdeen resident powered it on Tuesday. The Elderly woman had purchased the laptop for $850 from e-bay, not knowing it’s past. When she plugged it into an internet connection, a low-jack-type program phoned the laptops original owner in Atlanta Georgia. Authorities there, contacted authorities here, and the stolen laptop was recovered and shipped back to Georgia, Aberdeen Police advise when purchasing used items online to use a credit card that in most cases have built-in protections, and in the end – buyer beware when purchasing items online.

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  • Wells Fargo agrees to buy back auction rate securities, including those of the more than 400 Washington Investors

    Olympia – The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) today announced a settlement in principle with Wells Fargo Investments LLC.

    Wells Fargo will buy back an estimated $1.3 billion in auction rate securities that have been frozen since the auction rate securities markets froze in February 2008.

    The settlement is the result of an investigation led by DFI’s Securities Division into Wells Fargo’s practices in connection with its sales of auction rate securities.

    ”We’re pleased this agreement results in reimbursement for Washington consumers," DFI Director Scott Jarvis said. "DFI’s Director of Securities Mike Stevenson and his staff are to be commended. The many hours of investigation and their diligent pursuit of this multi-jurisdictional case exemplify their commitment to protecting Washington investors."

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  • Department of Agriculture Announces $250 milion in Recover Act Funds for Rural Water Projects

    WASHINGTON, July 15, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday the selection of $250 million in water and environmental projects that are being funded immediately through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The 32 projects will help provide safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment systems for rural towns and communities in 17 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. This is the fifth wave of water and environmental projects that USDA has announced, with total funding of $1.134 billion.

    In Hoquiam, Wash., the city has made its lagoon modernization project a high-capital improvement priority. The lagoon, as it is now, has a significant potential of leaching pollutants into the local water system, risking public health and jeopardizing area industry. The city will receive a $9.47 million loan to modify its 48-acre lagoon that stabilizes and stores waste and sludge, and serves as an emergency holding area for excess flow to the treatment plant. Funds also will help to remove waste that has built up for 30 years and poses a significant environmental risk.

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