Grays Harbor College named one of Washington’s 27 most military friendly

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On the heels of its ranking as top community college in Washington state last month, Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen has again made a national list.
Twenty-seven Washington community and technical colleges are among the top military friendly schools in the nation according to Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel that are transitioning to civilian life.

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list released this week honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that do the most to ensure the success of military service members, veterans, and spouses. Grays Harbor College offers many programs and support staff to help local military students be successful.

Victory Media compiled the list through research and data-driven analysis of surveys from more than 10,000 federal Department of Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide, along with a survey of more than 4,000 student veterans. The results were independently audited by national accounting firm Ernst & Young. Washington’s community and technical colleges were among 1,818 schools nationwide to make the list.

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  • State Parks Asks “Would You Like Flies With That?”

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Should the State Parks system operate more like an enterprise-based hospitality industry, a public conservation asset based mostly on grant and tax funding – or perhaps a system of parks freely standing as community non-profit entities? What do people love about their park system, and what improvements need to be made?

    These and other questions will be considered and discussed as part of a broad public outreach effort by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission staff. Ideas are being sought through e-mail and in meetings with legislators, stakeholders and in public meetings scheduled around the state in May and June.

    Information gathered will be used to create a transformation strategy that will guide the park system through the next five years and beyond. The strategic transformation plan is to be used as a successor plan to the State Parks Centennial 2013 Plan, which provided guidance for parks improvements during the past 10 years.

    At the public meetings, parks staff will present the “state of state parks” and ask for ideas and comments about three “thematic alternative” visions for the future. Each of the “themes” will be explored by using a local park as an example. Participants at each meeting will have an opportunity to discuss the themes and share their ideas. Attendance is free, and a Discover Pass is not required to attend meetings held at a state park.

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  • No Place for Civics in WA Classrooms?

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Is Washington doing a good enough job raising informed citizens and future voters? As kids go back to school, one thing they are not necessarily learning is how their state and local governments work. Civics is part of some classes, but it’s not a required subject – at least, not yet. The legislature has mandated civics instruction, but only if the State Board of Education decides to increase the number of credits needed to graduate.

    The League of Women Voters of Washington is concerned that, with school districts’ financial struggles, the Board will be unlikely to add more requirements. League education chair Catherine Ahl says this one seems to be needed, however, based on volunteer work that she and other League members have done in the schools.

    “You go into a class of seniors, many of whom are eligible to vote. You ask ’em about elections or functions of their state – or particularly about local officials – and they don’t have a clue, because they don’t have a class where it’s taught.”


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  • 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 or call the Raceway office at 360 482-4374

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  • September Is Weather Radio Awareness Month in Washington

    An “all-hazards” warning system, used not only for flood and weather events, but also immediate life-threatening hazards like tsunamis, volcanic activity, AMBER child abduction alerts, and secondary hazards from terrorism and earthquakes.

    • Has a warning alarm feature, instantly alerting you to fast-breaking, potentially life-saving warning messages around the clock.
    • Is a key element of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), providing broadcasters and you with initial and immediate emergency warning information.
    • Programmable radios available permitting site and event specific selected warnings.
    • Weather radios have a battery backup in case of power outages.
    • Broadcasts the latest area weather forecasts and conditions 24-hours a day. Operates on special frequencies not found on regular AM/FM bands.
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  • FEMA Dollars Begin to Flow Into Washington

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – When the severe winter storms dubbed ‘Snowmageddon’ hit Washington State in January of this year, airports, roads and schools closed, cars crashed, and trees and tons of debris blocked roads and knocked out power to more than 275,000 customers across the state.

    Governor Christine Gregoire’s request for disaster funding after the storm estimated damage at more than $32 million.

    As of today, more than $354,800 has been approved for 21 of some 800 recovery projects. FEMA will pay 75 percent of that, nearly $266,000 in Public Assistance (PA) disaster relief dollars; the State and local governments will match 25 percent.

    Without a doubt, having these dollars begin flowing into these disaster-struck communities will help them with budget shortfalls, the massive January disaster response hit these already strapped local governments hard. – Kurt Hardin, Washington Emergency Management Division’s state coordinating officer
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  • NorthWest Wingless Sprint Tour at Grays Harbor Raceway

    ELMA, Wash. – This Saturday at Grays Harbor Raceway a ASA Member Track located at the Fairgrounds in Elma, Industrial Hydraulics will present the first of four appearances by NorthWest Wingless Sprint Tour (NWWT) based out of the Portland, Oregon area. This will be the second time in recent history than Wingless Sprint Cars have raced at Grays Harbor Raceway, the first time being in September of last year. Over 20 drivers from all over the Northwest will be on hand to compete as well as some of our local drivers, who will also compete without the wings. Other classes that will be in action include the Pacific Hardtop Racing Association Dwarf Cars, Cut Rate Auto Parts Hobby Stocks and Hornets.

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  • AG’s law enforcement bills still alive – for now

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna’s law enforcement bills have survived the first major hurdle of the 2010 legislative process.
    The AG’s proposals to update the state’s domestic violence protections, restrict access to child pornography to fight child sexual abuse and assault, and bolster protections for seniors facing physical abuse or financial exploitation have all received enough support to continue past the Legislature’s first committee cut-off date.
    “I’m grateful that even in the toughest of years, lawmakers recognize the need to protect the vulnerable,” McKenna said. “Kids who are sexually assaulted, victims of domestic violence and seniors facing physical or financial exploitation can’t afford to wait for a better budget year.”
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