Donated truck

The PACCAR Foundation donated this truck to Grays Harbor College for use in its Diesel Technology Program. GHC offers a variety of career-oriented courses at sites in Pacific and Grays Harbor counties.

PACCAR Foundation donates truck for diesel education

ABERDEEN — Grays Harbor College recently received a Peterbilt truck donated by the PACCAR Foundation. The Certified Clean Idle vehicle was a recent lease-return to PACCAR and has all the latest technology for GHC students to work on key skills.

“We want our students to have every advantage when they go out into the workplace,” Diesel Technology instructor David Werner said. “More than being able to fix broken equipment and parts, today’s mechanics need to be able to quickly diagnose and replace. Our Diesel Tech students will be able to utilize cutting-edge technology on this vehicle as well as the new diagnostic tool. This is the same software and equipment used in leading shops in the industry.”

PACCAR focuses on the design, manufacture and customer support of light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services, information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.

GHC’s President, Dr. Jim Minkler said, “While we are committed to our students and employers in Washington, we just couldn’t continue to update our tools and vehicles without the generous support of employers like Pape, Kenworth, Peterbilt, and PACCAR as well as connections with the community’s greatest resources, people like Mr. Pat Hughes, for example. Through donations from these entities, we have current technology, trucks, and tool scholarships for the foreseeable future.

Tongue Point Jobs Corps offers tours

ASTORIA — Tongue Point Jobs Corps celebrated its 54th anniversary in February. It has been welcoming community members and potential job seekers at a series of tours, including opportunities at 2 p.m. on March 14 and 21.

Jobs Corps offers training opportunities for qualified young people between the ages of 16 and 24. The facility also is always looking for talented workers to fill the almost 200 positions on its campus.

Tours include a closeup look at the training program, a visit to a dorm room, and a look at Tongue Point’s recreation facility.

Email or call Katrina Gasser ( , 503-338-4924) to confirm a place in one of the tours. Each group tour begins right on time, so plan to arrive no more than 15 minutes beforehand. The majority of the tour will be outside. Dress accordingly. Check-in will be at the security gate with proof or current auto insurance and a valid driver license for the vehicle operator. Important: All guests and vehicles are subject to search and screening with the use of a metal-detecting wand.

For more information on a Job Corps training opportunity, contact an admissions counselor (503-526-2739) or Gasser.

Pacific County economy sees continuing expansion

LONG BEACH — Pacific County’s economy continued to expand during the busiest months of 2018, according to sales statistics recently compiled by the Washington State Department of Revenue.

Thanks to Washington’s sales tax, it’s possible to closely track how well different industries perform over time.

The broadest set of industries tracked in DOR’s latest quarterly report totaled sales of $90.2 million in Pacific County in the summer months of July, August and September 2018, up 5.2 percent from the same period in 2017 and up 31 percent from the booming pre-recession summer of 2008.

Main street-type retailers in the county recorded about $27.6 million in summer 2018 sales, 10.8 percent better than 2017 and up about 26 percent from the benchmark summer of 2008.

Tourism-dependent businesses did incrementally better in the summer of 2018 than in 2017. The lodging industry reported $10.2 million in receipts, up 3.9 percent from the previous summer. Restaurants totaled $10.5 million in summer sales, up from $10.24 million. Both sectors have greatly expanded since 2008: Lodging is up 87 percent and food/drink service by 39 percent.

Building construction continued its recovery last summer, hitting $7.6 million, up from $7 million in the summer of 2017 and $4 million in 2016. In the roaring days of the 2008 construction bubble, contractors did nearly $11 million in summer jobs.

Oregon adds 11,000 jobs in January

SALEM — Oregon’s jobless rate was 4.3 percent in January, the same as the revised rates of 4.3 percent for both November and December. Annual revisions to the labor force data show that Oregon’s unemployment rate has ranged between 4.0 percent and 4.3 percent since December 2016, with the low of 4.0 percent occurring in May, June, and July 2018.

In January, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 11,000 jobs.

Strong hiring continues in Washington

OLYMPIA — Washington’s economy added 12,300 jobs in January and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for January was 4.5 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The January unemployment rate was unchanged from the revised December 2018 unemployment rate of 4.5 percent. The January figures are preliminary and are subject to revisions.

“The positive momentum in the state’s labor is being sustained for now” said Paul Turek, economist for the department. “The number of jobs added the last two months is impressive.”

Willapa chamber presents annual awards

RAYMOND — Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual awards banquet and announced person, business and citizen of the year awards for 2018.

The 2018 Business of the Year was Security State Bank. Security State Bank was nominated for its commitment to the community; fundraising efforts and partnership with the chamber and other organizations since 1903.

Citizen of the Year was Elaine Delanoy in recognition of her dedication to the Pacific County Fair for over 48 years. She has used her talents to paint numerous caricatures that adorn the buildings on the grounds, and she has worked tirelessly on the float used for promotion.

Rick Manlow of Pioneer Grocery was chosen as 2018 Person of the Year. He has spent many hours managing the Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce Oyster Van throughout the years. He stocks, manages, and drives one of the chamber’s largest fundraising efforts of the year.

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