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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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Big grants will help three fish-passage projects

Three projects in Grays Harbor County — two of which are located in the East County were among those to receive a portion of $18 million in grants to restore salmon habitat and conserve pristine areas, helping bring salmon back from the brink of extinction, the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board announced recently.

Parks consider allowing wind-powered vehicles on beaches

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is considering changes to the rule that prohibits the recreational use of wind-powered vehicles on beaches managed by the agency. State Parks is proposing to allow these vehicles under certain conditions, including seasonal restrictions, specific locations for use, public safety considerations and wildlife habitat protection.