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Farm loans available

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has a portion of its farm loan program funds specifically set aside for minority, women and beginning farmers and ranchers according to Jeff Peterson, Senior Farm Loan Officer in Chehalis. “This year, loan funds are also targeted for military veterans,” said Peterson. “While FSA farm loans are available to all qualified applicants, by setting aside funds it ensures farmers and ranchers that have traditionally had difficulty financing farm operations will receive a portion of available funds.”

NRA personal safety seminar offered

The Montesano Community Education Program is offering a crime prevention and personal safety seminar developed by the National Rifle Association. Called “Refuse To Be A Victim,” the seminar will be offered on May 10, and again June 14, at Montesano Timberland Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The seminar costs $30 to attend, plus a $5 fee to Montesano Community Education Program.

Elma oil forum tense, one-sided

More than 100 people came to the Elma Grange last night hoping to learn more about crude oil shipping proposals on Grays Harbor. Opponents were there in force, but the pro side was conspicuously absent.

Taholah M&O levy passing

Ever feel like one vote doesn’t count? The Taholah School District looks to be getting the maintenance and operations levy it asked for on Tuesday’s special election ballot, thanks to 42 voters.

The City of McCleary will be performing server and software upgrades today and tomorrow, according to Wendy Collins, the city’s clerk-treasurer.

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Support for a POW

Robby Robinson of Elma was part of a group that included the Montesano VFW chapter and the Montesano chapter of Rolling Thunder on the overpass at Devonshire Road on Highway 12 Friday for a demonstration of support for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Members from the group were on the overpass Friday and Saturday. Bergdahl, a 28-year-old Army sergeant who grew up in southern Idaho, is believed to be in the Taliban-influenced area of Pakistan or Afghanistan and has been a captive for nearly five years.

Quiznos shop closing, looking for buyer

On Jan. 20, 2003, Mike and Karen Barkstrom opened Quiznos in Harbor Place in Aberdeen because they thought it would be fun. On April 25, 2014, they will close the sub sandwich and salad shop because Mike says it is time to retire.