Local News in Brief

  • Wed Oct 9th, 2019 11:30am
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County wants a low-barrier, cold weather, temporary shelter

Grays Harbor County governmewnt wants a program that will offer a temporary, low-barrier shelter for when it gets cold this winter with the option of making the program permanent and has put out a request for proposals to run it.

Grays Harbor hopes proposals for such a program will help it meet goals set forth in the 2019-2024 Plan to Address Unmet Housing Needs

“Eligibility and evaluation criteria and required proposal components are available at www.healthygh.org/directory/housing,” reads a release from the Grays harbor County Public health and Social Services Department.

Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4. Questions can be addressed to Curtis Steinhauer at 360-500-4064 or send an email to csteinhauer@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.

Questions must be submitted in writing and will be posted, along with the answers, on the county’s website at healthygh.org/directory/housing.

Contracts awarded as a result of this bidding process will run from Jan. 1 through June 30.

Bowerman Airport open for business

Bowerman Airport has reopened after a two-month closure to complete a major drainage project, according to the Port of Grays Harbor.

The airport closed July 8 for the more than $2 million in upgrades, which included the installation of new catch basins and drain pipe, repairs to the grade between the runway and taxiway and new runway lights. The work was completed by Rognlin’s Inc. and was funded 90% by the FAA and 10% by the Port.

This is the fourth of five planned upgrade phases for the airport, with the last phase scheduled for 2023. That will include resurfacing the runway and taxiways and installing additional catch basins around the field’s 26 airport hangars.

Museum open weekends only

The Museum of the North Beach has shifted to its winter schedule. As of Oct. 1, its doors are open only on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Private tours may be arranged during the week by calling 360-276-4441 at least 48 hours in advance, or by emailing museum director Kelly Calhoun at kelly@moclips.org.

For more information, visit www.moclips.org.

Unemployment in county increases in August

Unemployment in Grays Harbor County increased slightly last month to 7.4 percent in August from 7.2 percent in July.

Last August, the unemployment rate was 6 percent. The rate hit its highest this year in February at 8.6 percent, the lowest in 2019 is 6.8 percent in May.

Grays Harbor and Pacific counties continue to have among the highest rates in the state. The counties with the highest unemployment in August are Ferry (10.8), Pend Oreille (9.5), Grays Harbor (7.4), Pacific (7.3) and Clallam (7). These rates were not seasonally adjusted.

The state unemployment rate is 4.6 percent when seasonally adjusted, preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate.

Interpretive Center annual meeting is Oct. 19

The Coastal Interpretive Center will hold its annual membership meeting on October 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the VFW in Ocean Shores (93 Trent Court).

Included in the meeting will be an update on Interpretive Center programs and its strategic planning efforts over the past year. The most important agenda item will be the election of new board members.

Cookies and coffee will be provided and someone will win a door prize: a basket from Westport Winery.