• Grays Harbor Lodging Tax Advisory Committee seeking members

    MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is currently accepting applications for potential new committee members.  State law requires that municipalities with a Lodging Tax Fund establish an advisory committee. State law also identifies how the Fund may be used and specific representation of individuals appointed to the committee.  The Grays Harbor LTAC is seeking applications for:

    • One membership position  to represent businesses required to collect the tax (for example:  a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or RV Park owner/manager)
    • One membership position to represent activities authorized to be funded by the tax (example:  a festival or event planner/VIC operator/manager
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  • Council stalls decision on funding for Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center

    WESTPORT, Wash. – The City Council last night tabled the decision on what to do with the Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. At a standing room only council meeting, they considered cutting funding, and moving the VIC to City Hall.Local business owner Bill Wolfenbarger* said they weren’t looking at the bigger picture “the bigger picture is not Westport versus Grayland, which is unincorporated, and whether Westport puts money into the chamber or not. The question is whether the city of Westport should contribute to the greater welfare of the whole South beach area. Can’t you do that? Don’t you recognize that people who go to Grayland come to Westport?”
    Council Desire Dodson said the idea has been discussed for years, but she’s changed her mind “when I took some time to actually go out and talk to some of you, I wondered why this is happening without having talked to anybody. Here we are at a year when we’re going into a centennial and we have so much coordinating to do and so much information to get out there. This is a really bad year to be doing this.” Council voted to take the issue up again at their second meeting in November.
    *Note: Bill Wolfenbarger is the President of Jodesha Broadcasting, owner of this radio station.
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  • Westport votes to support Visitor Information Center as VIC loses PUD contract

    WESTPORT, Wash. – Change is coming to the Westport Visitor Information Center. Regardless of continued support from the city of Westport, the Grays Harbor PUD is pulling it’s pay station and a contract that makes up almost a 1/4 of the chamber’s budget at the end of the month.
    At a special session Friday morning, the city council approved a contract with the Chamber for a 1 year term on a similar deal as the previous, with additional reporting requirements, and a kiosk to be setup at city hall. Executive Director with the chamber, Leslie Eichner tells us this helps, but they’ve just lost another 20% of their budget “We are of course in another transitional phase because of the PUD [contract]”
    Due to new regulations, the PUD will be moving pay services to Anchor Savings Bank branches, closing current pay stations at Hoquiam Ace Hardware, D & K Grocery in Pacific Beach, Grayland Hardware, Image Flowers in Elma, Pick Rite Thriftway in Montesano, and the Westport-Grayland Chamber of Commerce effective the first of December.
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  • WSDOT paves the way for early reopening of SR 103 in Long Beach

    LONG BEACH – Drivers will notice a smoother ride through the city of Long Beach as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announces the successful completion of resurfacing work on SR 103. The highway had been closed since the early morning hours of Monday, June 15 for paving operations and was reopened at 6 p.m. June 17, nearly two days ahead of schedule.

    US 101 SR 103 Ft. Columbia to Long BeachWSDOT’s contractor, Morse Bros., Inc. dba Knife River, was given an early completion incentive to encourage prompt and efficient work. Crews worked around-the-clock for three consecutive days, minimizing traffic impacts to local businesses and the community.

    Strategic planning and favorable weather contributed to the success of this project. WSDOT also coordinated closely with the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Visitors Bureau and local businesses to provide traffic impacts and detour information prior to the closure.

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