Hoquiam to rename a portion of Queets Avenue after James McQuade

The City of Hoquiam last night voted against committee recommendation and renamed a portion of Queets Avenue to McQuade in honor of a fallen Vietnam veteran who’s chopper was shot down

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Kilmer, Heck Announce National Heritage Site on the West Coast

TACOMA, WA – Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Denny Heck (WA-10) joined local officials to announce a bill to create the first national heritage site on the West Coast. Their legislation

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State Parks Commission to Talk Revenue at Special Meeting

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is calling a special meeting next week in Olympia to discuss its spending plan for the remainder of the current budget cycle and to begin identifying priorities for the agency’s 2013-15 budget request, due in September.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the Washington State Parks Headquarters, 1111 Israel Road S.W., Olympia, in the Environmental and Land Use Hearings Office on the third floor. A Commission meeting agenda is available online at www.parks.wa.gov/agency/commissionmeetings/. Time for public comment will be provided.

In the 2012 session, the Legislature transferred $4 million to State Parks from a state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, for operations and maintenance of parks as the Commission works to implement a new funding structure, which relies significantly upon sales of the Discover Pass.

Downtown Hoquiam Historic Preservation Planning Workshop

The City of Hoquiam has received a $10,000 grant to conduct a study to determine the boundaries of a potential historic district in downtown. We have enlisted the help of BOLA Architecture to help us study this area. We are very excited about the amount of historic resources we have in downtown and believe this will be a beneficial project for property owners, as well as a boost to heritage tourism in our City. This is also an important next step in Hometown Hoquiam.

On April 22, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. we will be holding a planning meeting at the Polson Museum, and we would like to hear from you directly. This will be an upbeat, exciting meeting where we hope to learn more about the historic resources in downtown. If you have any information to share with the planning team, or would just like to learn more, please attend this important workshop.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to learn more or have questions, please contact Alissa Thurman at (360) 532-5700 ext. 211 or athurman@cityofhoquiam.com.

Starlight Celebration reopens 7th Street Theatre Jan. 23

Grays Harbor’s historic 7th Street Theatre will present a Grand Reopening for the second year in a row, this time a “Starlight Celebration” on Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m.
The free reopening celebration at the downtown Hoquiam theatre follows a three-month project of restoration of the curved plaster ceiling and embedded, lighted stars, in addition to the restoration of all ornamental plaster and walls. The work was done by EverGreene Architectural Arts of New York City, who have restored historic buildings all over the country from the Radio City Music Hall to the Grand Opera House in Meridian, Mississippi.
This reopening event follows by almost exactly a year the 2009 reopening, which took place after a closure for replacement of the stage rigging, seat restoration, and new stage curtain.

City of Hoquiam earns Municipal Excellence Award

 Olympia, WA  June 25, 2009 - On June 25, 2009, the City of Hoquiam was honored with a Municipal Excellence Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) at their Annual Conference in Spokane.

The City of Hoquiam won the Economic Development category for their Historic Train Depot Restoration. This project utilized $1.2 million dollars in federal transportation funding to preserve and restore a 1911 Burlington Northern Railroad Train Station in historic downtown Hoquiam. The depot is a major economic development success and catalyst for the city, revitalizing the downtown district spurring further significant economic development projects and directly bringing in 2500 new business customers each month.