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COPPER STOLEN FROM OFFLINE SUBSTATION

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Aberdeen police are investigating the theft of copper from one of the district substations. The theft from the Market and “A” Street station was discovered on Tuesday morning. Captain John Green says at some point between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning, the suspect or suspects cut through fencing and took the copper from the grounding wire and a small quantity of copper was also removed from the main electrical apparatus in the center of the substation. Green says the thieves were fortunate since the station was off-line or they may have been injured or killed. Anyone with information should call 533 3180 or the department tip line at 538 4450.

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B-P-A TO HIKE RATES BY 7.8%

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     The Bonneville Power Administration plans to raise wholesale power rates for consumer-owned utilities by 7.8 percent in October.
     The Portland-based federal power marketing agency said Tuesday the rate hike was needed to cover the costs of fixing aging dams, fuel purchases and repairs at the Columbia Generating Station nuclear plant, and fish and wildlife conservation.
     The Oregonian reports that a higher rate increase was avoided by
borrowing more from the U.S. Treasury.
     Bonneville sells power from 31 federal hydroelectric dams and the nuclear plant to about 140 publicly owned utilities in the region, most of them consumer-owned utilities. The BPA also serves investor-owned utilities in the Northwest.

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SPECIAL COUNTY BUDGET MEETING TODAY

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The Grays Harbor County Commissioners will hold a special meeting today to “give directions to county department officials on budget reductions”.

 

“Hopefully we’ll come up with some good solutions to the counties revenue issues and hole we have in our budget”, said Commission Chair Terry Willis during Monday’s board meeting, during which the commissioners were urged to act sooner rather than later by Auditor Vern Spatz.

 

“Keep on it and help us resolve it as quickly as possible”, Spatz said. “It’s easier for us to manage if we can take whatever cuts we have to do and put them in a longer span of time rather than a shorter span”.

 

The commissioners appear to have taken that advice to heart. Today’s meeting to discuss the $734-thousand shortfall will begin at 4:00 this afternoon.

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NEW DISTRICT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM TESTED IN ABERDEEN

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The Aberdeen School board has approved a new communications tool that will be used in the upcoming school year. Edline’s Teleparent Notification System will be used not only to notify parents of absences but may also be used by coaches and other school groups for notifying participants of schedule changes and meetings. Superintendent Thomas Opstad says it’s use will be district wide.

 

“Its going to be from elementary all the way thru high school”, Opstad tells KXRO. “We’ll learn how we can use it best and get feedback from parents”.

 

The notification system will take effect September first.

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ABERDEEN SCHOOL SET BUDGET HEARING

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The Aberdeen School Board is holding to its word in regards to the upcoming budget for the 2011-2012 school year: no staff reductions. Superintendent Thomas Opstad says while a few finishing touches have yet to be made, any problems the board runs into will have a solution in the district reserve.

“We don’t see any more staff reductions for this year”, Opstad said. “We are going to use some of our reserve to make-up any shortfall we see in the budget”.

The board will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget on August 16 and plans to pass the budget on August 23.

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RADIO BACK-UP PUT TO THE TEST IN WESTPORT

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Amateur radio operators will help the Washington Emergency Management Division test its emergency communications system on Saturday in Westport, at the Maritime Museum.  Grays Harbor Deputy Emergency Manager Chuck Wallace says 20 ham radio operators will use state equipment to contact the state emergency operations center at Camp Murray and the emergency operations centers in all 39 counties.  Ham radio would be a backup if phone and computer networks fail.

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GRAYS HARBOR UNEMPLOYMENT HIGHEST IN WASHINGTON

July 26, 2011 Comments off

 

The non-adjusted unemployment numbers contain grim news for Grays Harbor. With 13.8-percent unemployment in June, the county now has the highest unemployment rate in the state of Washington. According to the report released by the Employment Security Office today, the county added 290 unemployed persons last month to increase the rate by one point and push it past Ferry County for the dubious distinction. To the south, Pacific County inched down slightly, dropping below 12-percent to 11.6-percent.

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