Hoquiam and Aberdeen celebrate two “Firsts” this week

The planets have aligned this month and shoppers can enjoy two firsts in a row, beginning with First Thursdays in Hoquiam tonight, then First Fridays in Aberdeen tomorrow.

Today and tomorrow

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Improvements completed on the Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural Area Preserve walking trail in Grays Harbor County

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently completed an upgrade to the walking trail at the Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural Area Preserve (NAP). When this interpretive walking trail was established in 2001, the final compacted gravel cap for a large section of the trail was not completed. The project just completed provides a 6 foot wide compacted gravel trail surface for the entire 3.5 mile length of the trail. The informal parking and fishing access area at the end of Preacher's Slough Road was also improved, and no longer has a large puddle.

Simroe Contracting1, Inc., a local contractor, completed the work on the trail.  This project helps to implement public access goals outlined in the recently completed management plan for the site, available by request from DNR's Pacific Cascade Region, at  360-577-2025.

Layoffs at Rayonier Incorporated

Eric Fonnelly with the company confirms that on Monday they reduced their local staff by 9 positions in the forest management department, one other position was removed, the person filling that role will be moved to another department.
Fonnelly tells us that "it is a common theme in this economy" adding that cost reductions, and the need to thin down operating expenses precipitated these layoffs.Western Forest Resources (WFR) employed 54 before the layoffs on Monday.