South Whidbey Island State Park campground closed for 2015 season

Washington State Parks is taking action to ensure public safety by closing the campground and group camp at South Whidbey Island State Park for the 2015 season. The action addresses concerns

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Grays Harbor Community Foundation reaches $50 million milestone

As of July 15, 2014, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation has exceeded a threshold of $50 million in assets, through a substantial distribution from the Estate of Ann R. Weatherwax.  This

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Governor Inslee signs bipartisan bill to further address the problems of derelict and abandoned vessels

OLYMPIA – Surrounded by legislators and a diverse group of supportive stakeholders, Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation that builds on the state’s commitment to prevent derelict vessels

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Kilmer announces STEM competition for local high school students

Representative Derek Kilmer today invited high school students from Washington’s 6th Congressional District to participate in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology

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Cantwell, Sec. Selecky Call on CDC Investigators to Help Stem WA Whooping Cough Epidemic

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Mary Selecky in urging the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to send a team of disease investigators to help contain the state’s whooping cough epidemic. Cantwell and Selecky called for the CDC to send Epidemic Aid – or “Epi-Aid” – investigators and epidemiologists to help study and stem the disease’s spread. Cantwell and Selecky made the announcement while touring the laboratories and getting a briefing from the state’s top doctors and scientists who are leading the fight against the epidemic.

Cantwell sent a letter today to the CDC requesting that the Epi-Aid team of disease investigators be sent to help state health officials. An Epi-Aid team would collaborate with Washington state health officials to intensify the response to the disease. They would also work to identify why the outbreak of whooping cough has turned into an epidemic. With this information, DOH could focus vaccination programs, public education, and other resources more efficiently and effectively to fight back against the epidemic.

Washington STEM Scholarships Deadline Approaching

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship helps low- and middle-income Washington State residents earn first bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health care. 

The application period is March 1 through April 16, 2012. Three thousand students will be selected and awards will be made for the 2012-13 academic year. High school seniors through college seniors who plan to attend colleges and universities in Washington State for the entire 2012-13 academic year are eligible to apply. A student must be a Washington State resident, have a 2.75 GPA or higher and have completed a 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to submit an application. These scholarships are $1,000 per year which will be renewable for up to five years for entering college freshmen. Renewal of the scholarship will depend on class standing and meeting renewal criteria.

Preparing for Fire Season

Drought conditions are expected to persist or worsen in the Northwest which may lead to higher fire potential in Washington this summer. “Due to the possibility of heightened fire danger, it is important for homeowners to start preparing for fire season now,” says State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy. Homeowners living in wildland areas should understand the basics of wildfire and be prepared for when a wildfire occurs. Concentrate on reducing the exposure and flammability of the home by clearing debris from under decks, keeping the roof and rain gutters free of pine needles and other flammable material, and storing firewood away from the house.

American Legion Seeks to Revitalize Aberdeen Post #5

Wartime veterans of Aberdeen, WA. The American Legion is looking to expand an already existing outlet to interface with, and to serve, the community. The American Legion, the nations largest veterans organization, is inviting all wartime era veterans in the area to join them in revitalizing The American Legion Aberdeen Post #5.

Officers and staff members of the Indianapolis-based American Legion National Headquarters and Washington State American Legion Headquarters will be in town Wednesday, April 21 through Thursday April 22nd.

A Welcome Home ceremony for all veterans, present and past, will be held at 112 West 1st Street, Aberdeen, WA 98520 on Thursday, April 22nd from 5 to 7pm. Membership and veterans information staff will be available at that location on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm. Veterans with questions may call Larry Garnish at 360-701-5921.

Grays harbor Public Market News

 My birthday is today! Over the past 57 years, the glow of anticipation for the Big Day has dimmed a bit, and I have, surprisingly, arrived at the stage of contemplation. I wonder how my mother was feeling 57 years ago- I hope that she was excited!
Some people claim to have memories of events when they were little babies. My first memory is just as clear as if it happened yesterday. I was three years old, and my parents were visiting the house that they would purchase. The house that I grew up in, the same house in which I still live. I was taken upstairs by the children who lived here. They revealed a delicious secret about the house- the floorboards in the closet had open knotholes, and whatever was dropped thru the hole disappeared! Oh, the wonder of it all! My three year old mind didn’t grasp that there was no retrieving of the goodies that went down that hole, I just remember the delight of that discovery. Ten years ago an earthquake brought down the dining room ceiling and all those childhood treasures finally returned to me. I was thrilled!