Feds providing $50M for Western water-saving projects

The U.S. government will invest nearly $50 million in water conservation and reuse projects in the drought-stricken West. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced funding yesterday for more

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Los Angeles Wine Competition brings Four wins for Westport Winery

Westport Winery earned four medals at the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition where there were over 3000 entries from almost 1000 wineries. Night Watch, Duckleberry Grunt and Little

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Harborcrest program at Grays Harbor Community Hospital dedicated to M.D. Bruce Worth

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The behavioral health program located at Grays Harbor Community Hospital’s East Campus was recently dedicated to R. Bruce Worth, M.D. after 30 years as Medical Director of the facility. The dedication took place on Thursday, September 19th, 2013.

Originally opened in February of 1983 as the CareUnit at St. Joseph Hospital, this Chemical Dependency program delivers a comprehensive system of treatment specifically designed to meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the alcoholic or “chemically dependent” patient. “Chemically dependent” patients are defined as those with a condition in which the use of mood altering chemicals is associated with problems in any area of life, on a more or less continuing basis. The program currently offers group therapy sessions, one-on-one sessions with therapists, psychologists, and nursing staff as well as support programs for families and others affected by alcoholism.

Worth has overseen this unit as the Medical Director since its opening in 1983. His interest in assisting those struggling with addiction grew when he learned of his own sister’s announcement to their family that she was an alcoholic. What he once considered a temporary assignment turned into something more. He has remained Medical Director at HarborCrest through the present day.

Red Bull Schlitentag This Weekend

The weekend of Schlitentag is upon us. Bold thinkers will be flocking to the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, where three person teams build the fastest sled, then launch one of those team members down a a snow-covered hill and over a jump.

2011 Red Bull SchlittentagFirst place wins a team trip to Red Bull Soapbox Race Los Angeles in May.



Red Bull: Schlittentag is the German word for “sledding day”. Put simply, it translates as “daredevils willing to propel themselves down a snow-covered hill and over a jump on a sled they built themselves”.

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.

New Resource on Police Reports Available to Anyone

Have you ever seen flashing blue lights in your neighborhood and wanted to know what was going on? Do you want to find out how safe your neighborhood really is? Now you can, through new partnerships between Grays Harbor Sheriff and Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Montesano Police Departments and CrimeReports, creators of the National Crime Map, at www.CrimeReports.com.

“Providing reliable, timely information to our citizens is one of our top priorities,” says Aberdeen’s Police Chief Robert Torgerson. “And partnering with CrimeReports gives us the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community.” He added that the map will be updated every 24 hours and that citizens can sign up for free crime email alerts. “Information is power,” Hoquiam’s Police Chief Jeff Myers added. “And we hope that giving the community this information will help them prevent crime in their neighborhoods.”

Hoquiam High School Takes Top Prize in National “Feed the Need” Program

LOS ANGELES - (Business Wire) Over 1.2 million pounds of food were collected from food drives around the country under Participant Media’s and DoSomething.org’s “Feed the Need” program, in which more than 26,000 young people took part. Participant Media, the leading provider of content that inspires and compels social change, and DoSomething.org, an organization dedicated to empowering young people to take action in their communities, partnered for the social action initiative inspired by the upcoming film The Soloist.

Throughout November and December, young people across the country registered their local food drives on DoSomething.org. Over 400 schools nationwide signed up, with individual schools collecting over 40,000 pounds of food. The five highest-collecting drives won $1,000 grants for an arts or music program for young people in their school or community and one grand prize winner also won a screening of The Soloist for their group.

Hoquiam High School, in Hoquiam, Washington took the top prize. "It's amazing to see the community pull together in needy times,” says Keaton Bradley, a junior at Hoquiam High. “Everyone was so supportive."