Aberdeen

life lessons
5:01 am
Wed November 27, 2013

In Grays Harbor County, High School Rivalry Helps Feed Hungry

Hoquiam students cheer as they prepare to learn who's won this year's Food Ball competition.
Ed Ronco KPLU

If you drive through Grays Harbor County, it’s easy to notice the darkened storefronts and empty homes that signal the area’s economic struggles. But in the county with a poverty rate that's twice the state average, a long-standing rivalry between two high schools feeds the hungry.

For more than a century, the Hoquiam Grizzlies and the Aberdeen Bobcats have maintained one of Washington state’s biggest high school football rivalries. But it’s their rivalry in Food Ball that funds the majority of the county food banks' annual budget.

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520 Bridge replacement
5:06 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Pontoons taking shape, creating jobs in Aberdeen

An engineer checks his calculations inside the pontoon pit in Grays Harbor, near Aberdeen.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Washington State is the floating bridge capital of the world. We have four of the most famous ones, including the longest: State Route 520, which is about to be replaced.

What holds them all up? Giant floats made of concrete, called pontoons. The first and largest of them are being manufactured in Grays Harbor, near Aberdeen.

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Kurt Cobain
9:20 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Cobain's name doesn't get the bridge, but small landing

It'll be up to Cobain's fans to name the bridge in Aberdeen after the Nirvana front man because the city council said no.
Flickr

ABERDEEN, Wash. — The City Council in Aberdeen, Wash., voted 10-1 against a resolution to rename a bridge after the late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. The council did vote to name a small body of land on the Wishkah River the Cobain Landing.

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Cobain memorial
9:42 am
Thu July 14, 2011

'Kurt Cobain Bridge' in Aberdeen?

Messages written to Kurt Cobain under the Young Street Bridge in Aberdeen shown from 2004. The city is considering renaming the bridge for the Nirvana front man.
Associated Press

ABERDEEN, Wash. — Residents of Kurt Cobain’s Washington state hometown will have a chance to weigh in on a proposal to rename a bridge after the late Nirvana front man. Public comment on renaming the Aberdeen bridge is expected at the July 27 city council meeting.

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Community Culture
4:29 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Kurt Cobain sculpture commemorates death of a native son in Aberdeen

Kurt Cobain fans explore the underside of the Young Street Bridge in Aberdeen Tuesday. The spot is one of the few places fans can go to pay their respects to the musician, who died 17 years ago Tuesday.
Photo by MACLEOD PAPPIDAS THE DAILY WORLD

Seventeen years after his death, legendary Pacific Northwest grunge guitarist Kurt Cobain is finally being fully embraced by his former home town. 

A concrete sculpture replicating one of his guitars is now installed in a city park in Aberdeen.  Steven Friederich, a news reporter with the Aberdeen Daily World, who has a story on the unveiling on the site today, says for years, Aberdeen rejected Cobain as a drug addict. 

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