NASELLE, Wash. - A town hall meeting for people campaigning to stop the closure of the Naselle Youth Camp will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Naselle High School Commons, 793 State Route 4.
Organizers say former Nirvana band member and activist Krist Novoselic is lending his support. Slated to attend are interim Washington Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Stan Marshburn and top DSHS Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration officials.
Gov. Chris Gregoire has targeted the juvenile rehabilitation facility for closure. It is one of Pacific County's largest employers, and currently houses about 96 offenders and employs 115 staff. Most of the staff are members of the Washington Federation of State Employees, part of a coalition trying to save the facility.
The possibility of closure is already having a negative economic impact. A local coffee stand, The Cool Cow Coffee Co., is going out of business. In a notice posted at the door, owner Natalie Morgan said her business can't make it "with the possibility of the closing of the youth camp, one of the shop's loyal customer bases."
Supporters have started a Web site, (www.savenaselleyouthcamp.org), the Long Beach Merchants Association has started a blog, (http://longbeachmerchants.com/blog/2009/01/20/298/), and all three 19th District legislators have publicly announced their opposition.