Grays Harbor College now offers ASE Certification for Auto Technicians

For automotive technicians working in the area, Grays Harbor College now provides Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and re-certification testing. Until recently, those working

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$11 million in grants from Ecology to help prevent flood damage upriver

OLYMPIA – Floods cause more damage than any other natural disasters in Washington. The Department of Ecology has awarded nearly $11 million in grants to recipients across the state to help

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Wildlife Commission adopts new hunting rules, reduces cost of some special permits

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action to expand the number of big-game hunting permits available this year and reduce the cost of several types of permits during

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Variety of weather hazards likely to affect western Washington through Saturday night

SYNOPSIS:

Two strong and fast moving frontal systems will move across Western Washington tonight and early Saturday morning

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DNR puts geoduck tract off-limits, pending further testing

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced several measures to address China’s action on shellfish imports and to ensure the safety of shellfish

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Western Washington tribes receive more than $10-million in DOJ grants

The U.S. Department of Justice this week awarded more than $10 million to eight Indian Tribes in Western Washington to enhance services to crime victims and improve criminal justice in the tribal communities, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  The grant awards under various Justice Department programs are tailored to the needs identified by each tribe.
 
        “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Tribes, and are confident these grants will help increase the public safety of each community,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  “One size does not fit all, and I am pleased these grants will address specific needs on Tribal lands.”

Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – State Beverage Edition

We have a Washington State flower, tree, song, bird, fish, fruit, vegetable (yup, the Walla Walla Sweet Onion) and even a state dance- the square dance.  How about the official Washington State beverage?  Believe it or not, it is wine!  I’m surprised that the coffee drinkers of Washington State have not united to protest.  After all, coffee drinkers certainly have more heightened energy levels than the mellow wine drinkers.  It could be a easy, bloodless coup to put coffee at the top of the charts.  The wine drinkers probably wouldn’t even show up to counter protest.

Opening Night at Grays Harbor Raceway…. Take Three

ELMA, Wash. - They say that the third time is a charm, so hopefully the 2010 racing season gets under way at the ASA track member Grays Harbor Raceway this Saturday Night at the fast 3/8’s clay oval located at the Fairgrounds in Elma, Washington. After rain has delayed the opener for the last two weeks, racers and fans alike are ready for some action. Local divisions taking to the track for their first points race of the year, include Whitney’s Auto Group 360 ASCS Sprint Cars, Shipwreck Beads Modifieds, the Cut Rate Auto Parts Hobby Stocks and the Hornets.

All the 2010 Grays Harbor Raceway Champions will be back to defend their titles including, four time Sprint Car Champion Glenn Borden Jr. from Raymond, along with Montesano’s Josh Muller in the Shipwreck Beads Modified division. As well Aberdeen’s Zack Simpson will be going for his fourth straight Cut Rate Hobby Stock Championship, Simpson looks to join Mike Zvano and Elma Auto Racing Fall of Famer George Wixon as the only drivers who have won four straight championships at Grays Harbor Raceway. GHR will add a new champion in 2010 as there will be a Non Wing Sprint Car Champion for the four non wing events.

Start times are a little different this year as the front gate will open at 4:30 pm, time trials at 5:30 pm, with racing to start at 6:30 pm.

For more information please go to www.graysharborracewayway.com or call the Raceway office at 360 482-4374

Governor Announces 2010 Commute Smart Awards

OLYMPIA— Did you know that there are 28,000 fewer vehicles on the road every weekday thanks to employers and communities across the state who support commute trip reduction programs? That’s enough vehicles to stretch single file from Olympia to Everett.

Approximately 530,000 people are employed at worksites that participate in commute trip reduction programs. This translates to 62 million fewer vehicle miles traveled annually and saves three million gallons of fuel and 27,490 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

Governor Chris Gregoire recognized the efforts of these employers and communities today by announcing the winners of the 2010 Governor’s Commute Smart Awards at a ceremony hosted at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia.