Grays Harbor College Speakers’ Committee Hosts “Jeff Salz”

Jeff Salz, a world-class explorer, anthropologist, author and TV personality, will present a motivational speech Thursday, April 23, at the Bishop Center for Performing Arts.

A frequent host for the Discovery Network, Salz has appeared as the guest "adventure expert" on the CBS Early Show, and two of his most recent adventures are currently airing on The Travel Channel.  There will be no admission for his appearance at the Bishop Center, organized by the Grays Harbor College Speakers' Committee.

Jeff SalzSalz will lead the audience on an exploration using adventure as a strategy for dealing with the uncertainties of today's changing world. His presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.; however, representatives of resources from the Harbor community will be available in the Bishop Center foyer beginning at 6 p.m.

"Our Speakers' Committee at Grays Harbor College is hosting this appearance as a way to help our community," explains Tom Kuester, who chairs the committee.  "With the uncertainties of the economy, unemployed workers are frustrated and looking to Grays Harbor College for direction. We see this as more and more students enroll at the College.

"Hopefully, the message presented by Jeff Salz will help us all accept that ‘change is an adventure'," Kuester adds.

Know what’s in Your Food – Grow it Yourself!

Master Gardener and certified nursery professional Cindy Knight will explain how to grow your own groceries and tell what varieties of plants grow best locally. To accommodate people's varied schedules, the Elma Timberland Library will offer this free public presentation twice on Tuesday, May 5: at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The programs will be geared to both beginning and advanced gardeners.

Ms Knight will begin by addressing the questions, "Do you know what's in your food and where your food comes from?" She will include basic information about organic food and what is meant by organic growing. Getting down to growing, Knight will discuss soils, fertilizers, garden chemicals, mulches, vegetables and gardening in the local area. She will also consider small-space and container gardening. Time will be provided for people to ask questions.

Reed, college students challenge campuses statewide: ‘Find Your One Thing’

OLYMPIA - Whether it's donating that old sweater, taking two minutes to register to vote online, or signing up for government Twitter feeds, Secretary of State Sam Reed next week starts a statewide push to fire up Washington's youth to find just one thing that will get them more engaged in their communities.

As part of the state's fourth annual College Civics Week, Reed is joining college students to promote the agency's new effort "Find Your One Thing." The weeklong event, from April 13 to 17, will focus on getting young people on 23 campuses to take small steps toward civic engagement.

"Being a contributor in your community doesn't mean have to turn your life upside down. Even one small action can make an impact and encourage those around you," said Reed. "This week I'm partnering with young people across Washington as we start asking the question: What is one more thing I can do to make a difference in my community?"

Commissioner Goldmark appoints two deputy supervisors

OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today appointed two deputy supervisors at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Clay Sprague will serve as the deputy supervisor for uplands, and Chuck Turley will serve as the deputy supervisor for regulatory programs.  “Clay and Chuck have each done an exemplary job as ‘acting’ deputy supervisors in these challenging economic times. I couldn’t imagine anyone doing a better job on a permanent basis,” said Commissioner Goldmark. “Each of these gentlemen has the experience and integrity to excel in their new post. The people of Washington will be well served by Clay and Chuck.”

DNR firefighter Albert Kassel receives Pacific Northwest Excellence in Dispatching Award for 2008

OLYMPIA – Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark announced today that Albert Kassel, manager of the Emergency Coordination Center of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been named to top honors by the Northwest Wildfire Coordination Center.

“To achieve such recognition after only two years in the position is a testament to Albert’s leadership, dedication, and stellar performance at DNR, in the region, and nationally,” said  Goldmark, congratulating Kassel on behalf of the department.