Risky business becomes rewarding enterprise for hosts of Aberdeen wine bar

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Wine bars are a risky business, especially in a small town. When the local supermarket has a good selection of decent wines for under $15, wine bars have an uphill

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College Transfer Fair at Grays Harbor College

Grays Harbor College hosts the annual College Transfer Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday (Jan 16) in the HUB on the main campus in Aberdeen. Representatives from 17 regional colleges

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Enrollment opens November 1 for Washington’s GET Program

OLYMPIA – Families wanting a safe and secure way to save for college can open a GET account beginning November 1. Since 1998, parents and grandparents have opened more than 152,000 accounts to secure the state’s guarantee and GET’s flexible, tax-advantaged saving options. The new enrollment year runs November 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014. 

GET accounts have already helped over 33,000 students attend college in all 50 states and 14 foreign countries. The program can be used at nearly any public or private college, university, or technical school in the country. GET is a 529 plan offering tax-free growth and withdrawals.

Betty Lochner, director of the GET program, encourages families to save an amount that fits best within their budget. “Start saving when your kids are young,” she said, “then plan to contribute regularly over the years. You’ll be surprised how it adds up over time.” The cost of one GET unit today is $172. The future value of 100 units is equal to one year of resident, undergraduate tuition and required state fees at the highest-priced Washington public university (UW or WSU), no matter how much tuition increases.

Cantwell, FAA Announce Groundbreaking Hub to Launch New Era in Jet Biofuels Development

SEATTLE – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the creation of a national Center of Excellence for jet biofuel research, to be headquartered at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

The Center of Excellence in Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment will be based at WSU with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Washington among 16 university partners. The Center will bring together research universities and industry leaders to focus on developing and testing aviation biofuels. The Center of Excellence will work to develop ‘drop in’ aviation biofuel that meets industry standards and is cost-competitive with current jet fuel.

America’s aviation economy supports 10 million jobs and $1 trillion in economic activity. But America’s leadership in aviation is threatened by the increasing cost and volatility of jet fuel. Fuel is the top cost to airlines, making up 35 percent of operating costs. Jet fuel costs have risen 267 percent over the last 11 years, causing airlines to shut down routes and increase ticket prices.

“This landmark investment will help the jet biofuels industry take flight,” Cantwell said. “From farms to airports, green jet fuel means jobs for Americans. This investment impacts every sector of the American economy. It secures and grows our aviation competitiveness by controlling the costs of jet fuel, protects our environment by reducing carbon emissions, and keeps our nation safer by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. And this investment will support aerospace jobs. More than 10 million Americans work in our aviation economy and this is Center will provide the innovation needed to support jobs and keep America ahead in the global aviation economy.”

WSU Master Gardeners celebrate 40 as Pacific County Fair continues today and tomorrow in Menlo

WSU Master Gardeners ProgramMENLO, Wash. - The WSU Master Gardener Program is 40 Years Old, and they're celebrating tomorrow at the Pacific County Fair in Menlo. They're inviting you to bring your stories of being a Master Gardener, attending a Master Gardener presentation, or calling WSU Extension to get a solution to a gardening question.
WSU Master Gardener Program started in Pierce & King Counties and the first class was held in 1973. No one realized that the idea of training volunteers to provide other community members with research based solutions to gardening questions would spread to all 50 states & many other countries.
Be a part of the celebration. Tell your stories, connect with former Master Gardeners, wish WSU Master Gardeners another 40 years of service, bring your questions or stop by to say, ”Hi”. Make it part of your day at the Pacific County Fair.

WSU Master Gardener Program is 40 Years Old – CELEBRATE

Come to the Pacific County Fair on Saturday, August 24, to help us celebrate. Bring your stories of being a Master Gardener, attending a Master Gardener presentation, or calling WSU Extension to get a solution to a gardening question.

WSU Master Gardener Program started in Pierce & King Counties and the first class was held in 1973.  No one realized that the idea of training volunteers to provide other community members with research based solutions to gardening questions would spread to all 50 states & many other countries.

Be a part of the celebration.  Tell your stories, connect with former Master Gardeners, wish WSU Master Gardeners another 40 years of service, bring your questions or stop by to say, ”Hi”.   Make it part of your day at the Pacific County Fair.

Satsop Business Park CEO Announces Retirement

ELMA, Wash. - After 11 years at the helm of the award-winning Satsop Business Park, Tami Garrow, CEO, officially gave notice of her decision to retire next spring, during Tuesday’s board meeting of the Grays Harbor Public Development Authority, the Park’s governing board.

“This was a purely personal decision, but not a hard one,” said Garrow, 53. She and husband John Mertz, 64, plan to travel more, work less and spend time with parents, kids and grandkids.
“I love my job, my staff and this Park, but the time is right for me to move on, and I am blessed to be able to do so. I’ve worked since I was 13, manning the counter at the Red Rooster grocery store in Humptulips, waiting tables to pay for college, and, for the past 30 years, working in the ‘economic development trenches’ of rural Washington trying to make a difference, the last 13 here at the Park. It has been a terrific experience.”

I love my job, my staff and this Park, but the time is right for me to move on, and I am blessed to be able to do so. - Tammy Garrow

Garrow said that she plans to work through the end of March 2013, but wanted to give the board plenty of time to plan for her departure.

“She’s done an outstanding job, just an incredible job. She’s brought the Satsop Business Park into the 21st Century,” said Jack Thompson, a longtime board member who helped hire Garrow. “She has really been responsible for putting the Park on the map throughout the county, the state of Washington and beyond,” he said. 

Enrollment Opens for Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program

OLYMPIA – GET enrollment opens today for families looking for a safe and convenient way to save for college. A record number of new accounts have been opened over the past two years as thousands of parents opt for the state’s guarantee and GET’s flexible, tax-advantaged plans to save for their child's college tuition. The new enrollment year runs through March 31, 2011. 

 

            Governor Christine Gregoire has proclaimed September as “College Savings Month” in Washington to increase awareness about the importance of saving for higher education.

 

            According to Betty Lochner, director of the GET program, more than 120,000 accounts have been opened since the program began in 1998. The prepaid tuition program welcomed 13,738 new accounts last year, the second highest year ever for the program. GET is a self-sustaining program and is not dependent upon state general funds for ongoing operations.

DNR sets open house meetings to discuss program that compensates small forest landowners for costs of regulation

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced three open house meetings around the state to discuss improvements and changes to the selection process for the Forestry Riparian Easement Program (FREP). DNR will take the input from these meetings to draft recommendations that it will present to the state legislature by October 1, 2010.

The Forestry Riparian Easement Program (FREP) compensates eligible small forest landowners for 50 percent to 80 percent of the marketable timber that they must leave unharvested due to state forest practices rules that protect forests and fish. The landowner still owns the property and retains full access, but has “leased” the trees and their important riparian functions, such as clean water and fish habitat, to the state.

 

Commissioners Get Tears and Cheers in Support of 4-H Program

MONTESANO, Wash. - It was standing room only as over 150 showed their support of the 4-H program to the Grays Harbor County Commissioners yesterday during a special extended session in Montesano.

With no real negative comments, some spoke of personal experiences; 10 year old Elma resident Christopher VanKlaven explained that his Busy Beavers 4-h club has helped him with his Autism "I'm doing well in school, since 4-h. If 4-h wasn't here, I'd have nothing to do"

County Commissioner Mike Wilson explained, prior to the meeting, that the commissioners have made no decisions about the extension "we are talking about everything that we can to save money for the county."

The requested funding for the year 2010 is $168,000, County Director for the WSU Extension Program Steve Harbel said that in order for it to exist the county has to contribute some amount of funds.