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24th District candidates discuss jobs, crude oil and education

Most Grays Harbor voters already have their primary election ballots in hand — and some are even mailing them in. Both Grays Harbor legislative districts have state House of Representatives members up for election, with local residents still discussing crude oil shipping and the economy, and state lawmakers focused on K-12 education.

How they voted in D.C. 7/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Some higher income families would be eligible to receive a child tax credit on their federal returns under a bill approved in the House last week.

VA mobile unit at Rochester beginning Monday

The Department of Veterans Affairs VA Puget Sound Health Care System will deploy a Mobile Medical Unit to Rochester, Monday through Thursday, July 28 to Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday to provide primary care/wellness services, blind rehabilitation services for low-vision or visually impaired, eligibility/enrollment services and cultural awareness and sensitivity for veterans.

Ex-McCleary firefighter files damage claim against city

A former McCleary firefighter who was tried but not convicted of criminal charges for drawing a gun on another firefighter following a brawl in a public park is now seeking at least $1.75 million from the city of McCleary, alleging a “false arrest” and violations of his civil rights.

No spill after Seattle oil train derailment

A train carrying nearly 100 cars of crude oil went off the track under the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle early Thursday. Nobody was hurt, no oil leaked and there was no threat to the public when five of the train’s 102 cars went off the track about 2 a.m., said BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas.

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Harbor dancers win at state contest

Grays Harbor dancers earned 47 gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the Washington Senior Games ballroom dance competition at the Olympia Senior Center July 12. Arlene Hoiland and Mark Van Hemert won a trophy for top solo performance for their Viennese Waltz. From left, Mark Swanson, Mary Anne Bagwell, Van Hemert, Hoiland, Scott Weyer and Jean Grunoe. Not pictured: Roseann Carpenter, Margaret Sherwood and Lenore Olson.

Antique tractors and farm engines at Elma

Daryl Benien, of Yelm, tinkers to get his International Harvester engine running at the start of the Antique Farm Engine and Tractor Pull on Saturday in Elma. If you have an interest in antique tractors and engines, you can keep up with the Antique Farm Engine and Tractor Association by emailing mytractorclub@aol.com .