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Agencies make several arrests in Grays Harbor County, break up suspected drug ring

Several search warrants executed Wednesday in Grays Harbor were related to a federal investigation involving Aberdeen stores being used to traffic heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as wiring hundreds of thousands of dollars in suspected drug proceeds to Mexico and other Latin-American countries. Drug Enforcement Agency spokeswoman Jodie Underwood said this afternoon that federal […]

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  • California Firm Recalls Grilled Chicken Salad Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

    WASHINGTON, November 10, 2013 – Glass Onion Catering, a Richmond, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 181,620 pounds of ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap products with fully-cooked chicken and ham that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 

    The company announced that the products are being recalled in conjunction with other foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A full list of products being recalled will be available on FDA’s website at: www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Recalls/default.htm.

    Products regulated by FSIS bear the establishment number “P-34221” inside the USDA mark of inspection. FSIS products subject to recall include:

    • 12 oz. packages of  “delish pan pacific chop salad”
    • 13.4 oz. packages of  “delish California style grilled chicken salad”
    • 9.9 oz. packages of  “delish uncured applewood smoked ham & cheese wrap”
    • 10.5 oz. packages of “delish grilled chicken caesar wrap”
    • 10.9 oz. packages of  “delish southwestern chicken wrap”
    • 11.5 oz. packages of  “delish greek brand low-calorie grilled chicken wrap”
    • 9.9 oz. packages of  “delish white chicken club wrap”
    • 11.2 oz. packages of  “delish asian style chicken wrap”
    • 13.4 oz. packages of  “atherstone Fine Foods Southwestern Style White Chicken Wrap with Chimichurri Sauce”
    • 10.5 oz. packages of  “atherstone Fine Foods Asian Style White Chicken Wrap with Mango Vinaigrette”
    • 9.9 oz. packages of  “atherstone Fine Foods Grilled White Chicken Caesar Wrap with Caesar Dressing”
    •  10.7 oz. packages of  “super fresh Foods California Grilled Chicken Salad, Low Fat Mendocino Mustard Dressing”
    • 10.7 oz. packages of  “Lunch Spot Southwestern Style Chicken Wrap, Chile & Lime  Dressing”
    • 9.2 oz. packages of  “super fresh Foods Pan Pacific Chopped Chicken Salad, Ginger Soy Dressing”
    • 10.7 oz. plastic containers of “TRADER JOE’S Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken.”
    • 11 oz. plastic containers of “TRADER JOE’S MEXICALI SALAD with Chili Lime Chicken.”

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  • Pasha Automotive and Port of Grays Harbor complete paving project

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Pasha Automotive Services and the Port of Grays Harbor celebrate the completion of new infrastructure promoting the continued growth of automotive processing and roll-on/roll-off business. Construction that started in December 2012 represents almost two years in planning and engineering. The momentum of new business supports major capital investment by the Port, Pasha and transportation partners in paving, rail and processing facilities. The Port’s new $15 million rail facility has been complemented by Puget Sound & Pacific’s $3.5 million passing track investment.

    “We have added two I-CAR certified paint technicians and 12 experienced accessory installers to its local labor force roster. Over 140 employees provide a variety of skills from rail unloading to full body shop and accessory programs.”

    Combined investments and renovations of terminal processing capabilities of $4.5 million now offer Pasha’s customers over 60 paved acres surrounded by new security systems, a state of the art Belanger custom carwash system, drive over undercoating application pits, homologation & accessory bays and a new body/mechanical center. An additional 10-acre paving/lighting project is underway. Full terminal capacity can be expanded to approximately 150 acres. New business includes an import client on short-sea service from Mexico. Rental car reconditioning for rental cars destined for auction is also booming with several thousand units passing through the port annually.

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  • Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Spooner Strawberry Edition

    Okay, so it’s raining. Again. But- the June Gloom is soon going to pass and the sun is going to emerge in full glory! I Promise! So, because I know this is just around the corner, I ordered up a massive amount of plants for your garden. All of your favorites, plus ones that you really need to try. The lettuce and Swiss chard starts will fir in beautifully among all the bright flowers, and hanging baskets will cheer up the porch instantly.
    Red Charm Peonies continue to arrive from Elma, bringing their luxuriant and grandiose beauty to brighten up a rainy day or to help celebrate a graduate in your family. I love their adundance- the stem is so heavy with petals that it finally must droop, which looks even more inviting.
    I’ve saved my best for last. Every so often we at the market become privy to hush hush insider information. Things that are spoken of only in hopeful whispers, carefully guarded secrets. I’m talking about Spooner’s Strawberries. Yes, I know! I heard your gasp of joy. The head Mrs. Strawberry herself, Sue Spooner, has informed us that we should have strawberries by Father’s Day! Big, juicy, succulent, bursting with flavor, fully ripe- REAL strawberries! 
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  • Memory chip makers will pay $173 million for price-fixing

    SEATTLE – The Y2K bug was the big concern in the computer world when makers of DRAM computer memory conspired to raise prices. More than a decade later, the companies and a group of state attorneys general have negotiated a $173 million antitrust settlement in principle with six of the world’s top manufacturers.

    “This settlement will make up for some of the harm caused by memory chip manufacturers who conspired to drive up computer costs,” Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna said. “The agreement will also prohibit the companies from manipulating prices in the future.”

    Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) is a common form of memory chip found in computers, servers, printers and other electronics.

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  • Cantwell’s Coast Guard Authorization Bill, Including Oil Spill Prevention Measures, Passes Senate

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate on Friday unanimously passed legislation crafted by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to authorize programs and funding for the U.S. Coast Guard, including provisions she authored to strengthen protections against oil spills. The voice vote marks a bipartisan legislative milestone and the breaking of a logjam that had blocked passage of a Coast Guard Authorization Bill for the past four years. Cantwell, Chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, also included key language that saves taxpayers dollars by overhauling a failed Coast Guard acquisitions program.

    The bill, which now goes to a House-Senate conference committee, improves oil spill prevention and response and implements long-sought environmental safeguards to protect America’s waterways from contamination. Cantwell authored language that will enhance spill prevention efforts on vessels transporting oil, further reduce traffic in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and establish a stronger role for tribes. The Coast Guard Authorization Bill authorizes the Coast Guard’s funding levels for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 and includes new authority for the Coast Guard to work with international maritime authorities and organizations.

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  • Invenergy Grays Harbor Plant

    Invenergy completes purchase of 620 Megawatt power plant in Grays Harbor

    Invenergy Development Company, LLC announced the successful refinancing of its 620 MW Grays Harbor Energy Center (“Grays Harbor”), a natural gas-fueled power generation project in Elma, Washington. The plant began commercial operations in 2008, approximately thirty miles west of Olympia, in Grays Harbor County. The facility consists of two gas-fired GE Frame 7FA combustion turbines […]

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  • Workers laid off from Brown-Minneapolis Tank in Elma

    Elma, Wash. – Less than a week after offering tours during Showcase Grays Harbor, Brown Minneapolis Tank plans to layoff just under 50 employees from their Western Washington location.
    Co-manager of the local Worksource Grays Harbor office, Ron Schmidt tells us “We were notified that Brown-Minneapolis Tank will be closing at the Satsop Business Park.” A rapid response meeting will be held for former employees on October 2nd at 10am and 2pm across the street from the facility. Schmidt added “to insure that employees know more about their unemployment insurance as well as some of the other benefits that will be custom for them.”
    Human Resources Manager Debbie Eggleston said from the BMT corporate office that they could not comment at this time. The company has locations in Ohio, New Mexico, and Canada as well as the former turbine building of the defunct Satsop power plant.

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  • Murray, Cantwell Unveil Legislation to Support American Ports

    SEATTLE, Wash. – On Thursday, August 15th, U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani, and Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe held a press conference at the Bell Harbor Conference Center rooftop deck to announce new legislation that will significantly strengthen American ports, including many in the Pacific Northwest.  The Harbor Maintenance Tax, a long-established tax on imports that funds the operation and maintenance of America’s large and small ports, is not being fully collected.  Because of that, American ports, which drive job creation and anchor our export economy, can’t make the infrastructure investments they need to support American businesses. Senator Murray and Senator Cantwell are addressing this threat to America’s maritime economy with legislation to create a more equitable playing field for American ports. 

    Specifically, the Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century would:

    • Repeal the Harbor Maintenance Tax and replace it with the Maritime Goods Movement User Fee, the proceeds of which would be fully available to Congress to provide for port operation and maintenance.  This would double the amount of funds available for American ports, which will help our export economy thrive.
    • Ensure that shippers cannot avoid the Maritime Goods Movement User Fee by using ports in Canada and Mexico.
    • Set aside a portion of the user fee for low-use, remote, and subsistence harbors that are at a competitive disadvantage for federal funding.
    • Create a competitive grant program using a percentage of the collected user fees to improve the U.S. intermodal transportation system so imported goods and goods for export can more efficiently reach their intended destinations.
    • Pay for expanded infrastructure investments by closing loopholes that allow the largest oil and gas companies in America to receive billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies every year, even though they enjoy profits in excess of $100 billion annually.
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  • New Education Resource For Grays Harbor and Pacific County’s Aspiring Teachers Comes Online

    Grays Harbor, Wash. — City University of Seattle will offer aspiring teachers in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties a unique opportunity to study locally for their Bachelor of Arts in Education this summer. Students who have earned or are nearly finished with an associate degree may enroll now in program classes on the Grays Harbor College (GHC) campus.


    “In light of ongoing state budget cuts to higher education, I’m delighted CityU of Seattle’s Albright School of Education (ASOE) will be able to provide an accommodating and affordable solution for students in and around Grays Harbor. This new partnership also will allow students the opportunity to develop their specialty skills in high needs areas,” said CityU President Lee Gorsuch.

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  • Westway Group, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2010 Results Increased 34%

    NEW ORLEANS, May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Westway Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: WWAY) today reported consolidated Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2010 of $13.1 million, up $3.3 million or 34% from the pro forma results for the three months ended March 31, 2009. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA reflects income before income tax provision, equity in loss of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net interest expense, and depreciation.

    Peter Harding, CEO, stated, “We are pleased with the overall results of Westway in the first quarter of 2010. During this period, we have seen the benefits of our investments in 2009 in greenfield expansions and acquisitions that are reflective of the vision and opportunities we expect for our company. We have grown in both footprint and performance. Evidencing these achievements are a 34% increase in Adjusted EBITDA and an increase of 22.5% in storage capacity, respectively, over the same period in 2009. As a whole, we are excited about the first quarter results, which we believe are demonstrative of management’s commitment to improving long-term performance and shareholder value.”

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