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SBA offers disaster help to businesses and residents on Grays Harbor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Washington businesses and residents affected by the severe storms, flooding and mudslides in Grays Harbor County from January 3 - 6, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced Thursday. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Jay Inslee on January 27.

Grays Harbor’s congressman has announced his support to declare a physical disaster for the Harbor following the landslides earlier this month.

CCAP lets flood relief coordinator go

Barb McDowell, who was hired by Coastal Community Action Program to help with flood relief efforts, was terminated by CCAP yesterday and believes her criticism of operations within the organization, along with her inability to emotionally detach from victims, got her fired.

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$50k grant to look at visitor center in Aberdeen

A $50,000 grant awarded to the City of Aberdeen will help fund the preliminary steps toward a new visitor center that would serve the entire Harbor. According to a statement from the state’s Department of Commerce, the Community Economic Revitalization Board awarded the money to go toward the city’s Gateway Center Redevelopment Project, a visitor information and enterprise center.

New Westport Shop ‘n Kart will replace former Red Apple Supermarket

Chehalis residents and longtime grocery business owners, Darius and Sherly McDaniel, were the high bidders last Friday, Jan. 16, at the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s auction in Montesano for the purchase of the former Red Apple Supermarket property in Westport. The McDaniels are longtime owners and operators of Fuller Market Basket in Centralia and Shop ‘n Kart/Yard Birds Mall in Chehalis.