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Public Scoping Meetings on Proposed Cuts to Transit Service

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Two meetings will be hosted at Aberdeen's city hall later this month as the Grays Harbor Transit Authority seeks public comment on proposals to fill an $800-thousand budget deficit.
On the line are several budget items including weekend bus runs, portions of the 7-day schedule, and funding for the county's EMS training program. While raising bus fare would not come close to filling the gap, one solution being discussed is a possible sale tax increase to the entire county.
Residents throughout the county, and those affected by changes to the bus routes are encouraged to attend one of two public meetings on the matter, being held at the Aberdeen City Hall, June 20th at 2 PM, and 25th at 6 PM.

Incoming Senate Majority Leader, Senate Republican Leader encourage orderly transition to 2013 session

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Last week Democratic and Republican senators announced they have formed a Majority Coalition Caucus to lead the Senate during the 2013 legislative session. Twenty-five state senators committed themselves to a set of principles that will guide the work of the new caucus and announced an unprecedented committee structure with six committees led by Democrats, six led by Republicans and three co-chaired committees.

Today incoming Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Bellevue and Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville issued this statement about their desire for an orderly transition to the new majority and committee structure:

“Senator Murray has said repeatedly that in order for the Senate to function, someone has to be in charge. We agree, and as the new majority we are committed to moving forward with the Senate structure we believe best reflects the values of the people of our state.

“We gave careful consideration to the committees and chairs that will be leading them. We trusted that issues like higher education, the environment, natural resources and economic development are as important to the Senate Democratic caucus as they are to ours, so we anticipated they would accept our offer of chairmanships on those committees. We also feel strongly that our unprecedented sharing of the 15 Senate policy committees – with six chaired by each caucus and three co-chaired committees – will facilitate collaboration and provide the most fair and equitable representation of people from every corner of our state. Some committees have had a long history of cooperation, and those are the ones we chose to be co-chaired. But to have co-chairs for every committee would be a recipe for gridlock, particularly in areas like education and the operating budget.

“This is the time to put the people of Washington first rather than focus on politics. While we recognize Senate Democrats are technically in charge until the legislative session opens Jan. 14, there is a long-standing tradition that has the outgoing majority accommodate the new majority so a transition can get under way in the weeks before a session begins. It is our hope that the current majority will cooperate with us to ensure a smooth handoff of leadership and allow the Senate to tackle the many pressing needs of our state from day one of the 2013 session.

“The majority coalition caucus remains committed to working in a collaborative, bipartisan fashion as we move into and through the 2013 legislative session.”  

Grays Harbor Transit Supports College Goal Sunday

ABERDEEN, Wash. - It's not every day you're offered a free ride to college, but next month Grays Harbor Transit will offer just that to support College Goal Sunday, a national event  that provides assistance in applying for financial aid. On her last day as board member Tuesday, Transit Authority Board Chair Vickie Raines said prior to the vote "I think if it's going to assist them in attending something like that to better themselves, I'm not apposed to it."
The board also voted to make Sunday runs to the college for the event, January 15th.  from 11am to 5pm.

Quinault Nation Proposes New Clinic in Aberdeen for Holistic Addiction Treatment

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Grays Harbor Community Hospital and Harbor Medical Group Honors Their Healthcare Professionals for National...

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WDFW approves permit to farm sterile rainbow trout/steelhead in Washington waters

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on Tuesday approved an application from Cooke Aquaculture to farm all-female, sterile (triploid) rainbow trout/steelhead in...

Grays Harbor Community Foundation Awards Largest Cycle of Community Building Grants

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to invest $342,000.00 into our community through our Community Building Grants program. This is our biggest grant...

Olympic National Park Reports Multiple Search and Rescue Incidents over Labor Day weekend

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Winter Wonderland Schedule Expanded For Western Washington, Winter Storm Watch Issued

After most of Western Washington awoke to a white-winter morning, followed by a rather sunny Saturday, forecasters are warning that winter weather, and that...