Archive for November, 2013

3 Washington residents are now Rhodes Scholars

November 25, 2013 Comments off

The Rhodes Trust says 32 U.S. men and women have been named Rhodes Scholars and will enter Oxford University next October.

The winners were selected from 857 applicants endorsed by 327 different colleges and universities. The scholarships, announced early Sunday, provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious university in England.

Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.

The value of the scholarships averages about $50,000 per year.

The American students will join an international group of scholars selected from 14 other jurisdictions around the world. Approximately 80 scholars are selected annually.

Washington Rhodes Scholars
Katherine Elida Warren, Bainbridge Island, Wash., Harvard
Suzanna Marie Fritzberg, Lake Forest Park, Wash., Yale
Andrew Scott Lea, Richland, Wash., Harvard

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The Lady Washington is a TV star

November 25, 2013 Comments off

The Lady Washington has returned to the small screen.

According to the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, the Lady was featured in 4 episodes this year on the tv series Revolution.

The producers told the Seaport that the Lady Washington appeared in 4 episodes of Season 2. She’s in episodes 201, 202, 203, and 205.

The Lady is currently in California, and the Seaport is looking for any footage from the show of the local tall ship. They are asking residentsfrom their Facebook page, “If you’ve seen her, can you tell us the approximate place, that is, about how many minutes in?”

Revolution is available for limited streaming on Hulu Plus.


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Marijuana application details released tomorrow

November 25, 2013 Comments off

A week ago, Washington began accepting applications to; grow, process and sell marijuana under its new legal pot law — and hundreds of people applied.

The Department of Revenue said that by late last week, they had received over 800 completed applications, and more were coming in. Many other people applied in person. The state is accepting the applications for the next month.

Applicants must undergo background checks, be residents of Washington, and have their business areas inspected by the state. They also have to pay a non-refundable $250 fee.

The state says it will cap the number of retail stores at 334 statewide, with 6 in Grays Harbor and 2 in Pacific County.

Under the new regulations, 1 location will be allowed within Aberdeen, 1 in Hoquiam, 1 in Ocean Shores, and 3 other “At Large” within the county.

We will find out on Tuesday how many applications were submitted from Grays Harbor and Pacific County.


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Small Business Saturday is this week

November 25, 2013 Comments off

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and communities. This Saturday, local stores will be participating in both Aberdeen and Hoquiam with extra sales to prepare Grays Harbor residents for Christmas.

Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Instead of focusing on big box stores on Black Friday, and online stores on Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday looks to bring focus on small stores in your neighborhood.

Grays Harbor Radio is proud to support Small Business Saturday and encourages everyone to shop at their favorite small business on Saturday, November 30th.

Grays Harbor Businesses listed as participating include:

Oceana Spa
Julie Rajcich Photography
Brady’s Oysters


Gray’s General Store
Queen B Quilts
Corporate Image Embroidery
Harbor Drug
Harbor Saw
Main Street
Simply Said Flowers
Golden Dragon
7th St Consignment
Roses Taqueria
Hoquiam Ace Hardware
Levee Feed & Pet Supply

Facebook Event for Small Business Saturday from Alder Creative

Shop Small

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Grays Harbor child dental care results improving

November 25, 2013 Comments off

Washington is leading the nation in providing dental care to low-income children, according to new federal data.

Locally, a program called Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD), is actively involved in ensuring that children from low-income families have access to dental care and has been instrumental in making Washington a national leader. Largely because of the ABCD program, which now operates in all 39 Washington counties, Washington is the best state in the country for delivering dental care to low-income children, according to new data from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. More than 54 percent of Medicaid-enrolled children under age 6 are currently receiving dental care.

The program was initially developed in Spokane in 1995 because too few low-income children were receiving dental care, even though they were eligible through Medicaid. Since then, the ABCD program has been expanded county by county with the help of three-year start-up grants from the WDS Foundation.

In Grays Harbor, the ABCD program has helped the rate of Medicaid-eligible children receiving dental care go up from 40 percent in 2005 to 45 percent in 2012, according to the state Health Care Authority.


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Time is running out on 2013 GED tests

November 25, 2013 Comments off

With less than 40 days left, those in the process of taking GED tests must finish by the end of December. After the first of the new year, GED tests will be computerized and completely different. Those who have started but not completed their tests by then will have to retake all tests in 2014.

The organizations that administer the national GED Service have made changes to next year’s testing. To earn a GED under the current version of the test, students must pass all five required tests before December 31, 2013. Otherwise, they will have to start over with the new 2014 tests.

According to information from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, beginning in January, the exams will be taken in a computer-based format only, in person, at a monitored test center. The current five tests will be condensed into four tests that align with the national Common Core State Standards.

GED tests are taken at Grays Harbor College, offered in both English and Spanish, and extra testing appointments are still available through the end of December.

A Saturday test date is scheduled for December 21.

All local Timberland Regional Library branches have study guides for the current test. Guides for 2014 are arriving in libraries as they are published. TRL cardholders can study and practice online for various tests, including the GED.

For more information and to schedule a test appointment, contact Jim Sorensen, 360.538.4099,

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Worksource is a valuable asset according to new study

November 22, 2013 Comments off

According to a new study released today by the Employment Security Department, the state’s WorkSource system is a good taxpayer investment.

The “Assessment of the effect of WorkSource job-search services” found that, even during the depths of the Great Recession, unemployed workers tended to find work faster after using WorkSource job-search services.

During the 21 months covered by the study, WorkSource clients earned an average of $1,980 more than job seekers who didn’t seek job-search assistance. During the final 12 months, the average difference in earnings was $2,085 a year.

Researchers followed nearly 9,000 unemployment recipients from the fourth quarter of 2007, at the beginning of the recession, through the second quarter of 2009, when the recession officially ended. The group was divided between those who received WorkSource services during the first six months of the study period and a group who did not.

“This study shows that taking a little time up front to get help with your job-seeking skills can actually help you return to work faster and at a better wage,” said Employment Security Commissioner Dale Peinecke.

The study investigated whether the federal funding spent on the WorkSource system produced benefits to society as a whole. “There’s no doubt that taxpayers’ investment in WorkSource is really paying off,” said Peinecke.

Nearly 280,000 people in Washington received assistance from WorkSource in 2012.

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