• Grays Harbor E911 Celebrates Telecommunicator Week With Local Awards

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Three Grays Harbor E911 Operators are being recognized for their calm and professional response to the fatal shooting of a 28 year old mother in East Aberdeen. Director Peggy Fouts described the May shooting to a room full of Grays Harbor’s Police and Fire Chiefs Tuesday. “The details were tragic from the beginning as the phone calls started to ring into the center with sounds of shots being fired in the neighborhood.”
    Darlena Iverson was selected to receive the Outstanding Sustained Job Performance Award for her continued knowledge and dedication.

    Natalie Streifel, Darlena Iverson and Shawna Ashlock were selected to receive the Critical Incident Award for their role in handling a shooting.

    The Entire Staff of GH E9-1-1 Telecommunicators was recognized with the Special Projects Award for their work in managing the multitude of projects that assist the agency in completing its mission on a daily basis.

    The Telecommunicator of the Year Awards were presented at the 9-1-1 Operating Board meeting on April 10th at 830 am. 

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  • Cosmopolis Pulp Mill Sells

    COSMOPOLIS, Wash. – The Gores Group, LLC, a leading Los Angeles-based private equity firm, today announced that it led an investor group that includes Dermot Smurfit, a paper and packaging industry veteran, in the acquisition of the Cosmopolis high purity cellulose mill from Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “The Cosmopolis mill has a wonderful heritage of producing very high quality products and we are delighted to operate this mill alongside a management team that has substantial experience restarting and managing similar mills,” said Jordan W. Katz, managing director of The Gores Group. “We are proud to be leveraging our resources to restore the Cosmopolis mill and create new jobs in the Cosmopolis area.”

    Located in Cosmopolis, Washington, the high purity cellulose (also known as dissolving wood pulp) mill will operate under the name of Cosmo Specialty Fibers, Inc. Gores will commence a complete refurbishment and restart of the mill, the closure of which was announced by Weyerhaeuser in October 2005.

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  • Former Copalis Beach Woman Convicted of Embezzling Quinault Tribal Funds

    QUINAULT, Wash. – A 48 year old Las Vegas woman was convicted yesterday of twenty counts of embezzling money from the Quinault Indian Nation. court documents state that Louise Ludwig, then a resident of Copalis Beach, Washington, was employed in the finance department of the Quinault Indian Nation from 2001 to 2008. between march 2007 and November 2008, Ludwig stole $51,111 by abusing her position as an accounting specialist with check writing authority over certain accounts.
    U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle found Ludwig guilty after a three day trial. Sentencing is scheduled for August 20, 2012. 
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  • Restored Historic Schafer Brothers Logging Company Movies to be Screened in Aberdeen

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – At its peak in the 1920s, Schafer Brothers, one of the largest lumber businesses in the Northwest, commissioned several movies of their operations. Peter Reid, a member of the Schafer family, will show the recently restored films and discuss the history of the company. Join him at the Aberdeen Timberland Library on Saturday, April 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    Schafer Brothers Logging Company got its start in 1893 when brothers Peter, Albert and Hubert Schafer began logging on the family homestead six miles upstream from the mouth of the Satsop. They logged with oxen and horses for 20 years. In 1913, they bought a 45-ton Heisler locomotive and laid tracks into the woods from Brady to begin their railroad logging operation.

    At the peak of operation, the Schafers were running one of the largest logging, milling and shipping concerns in the lumber industry of the Pacific Northwest, employing about 3,000 people. Simpson Timber Company purchased Schafer Brothers Logging Company in 1955. *

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