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Showing 27 articles from October 7, 2013.

WHH - Front Page

Cyber stalking, incest, meth, highlight court

By GEORGE KUNKE

Incest, impersonating a police officer, a prison assault, and more meth were on tap in Pacific County Superior Court the past two Fridays. Pacific County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain discussed some of the highlighted court cases. 

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Florian to perform at theatre

By VIVIAN EDERSHEIM

Have you been wondering, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” Perhaps thought they were “Blowin' in the Wind”?

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Law firm retained to fight Tokeland project

 

Editor’s Note: Following is a letter to the PUD No. 2 Commissioners about retaining a law firm concerning the Tokeland project from a group that calls themselves the Concerned PUD #2 Rate Payers. The Concerned PUD #2 Rate Payers include Ron Craig, Dick Shelton, Dick Anderson, Steve Sheary, Malcolm McPhail and others that are unnamed.

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More concerns raised over Tokeland project

When the Bonneville Power Administration first came onto the scene in the 1930’s, reliable hydroelectric power started to become plentiful into Washington State.

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Severed power line leaves 10,000 in the dark
Photo by Scot Pearson
Severed power line leaves 10,000 in the dark

NASELLE – At 6:30 a.m. last Thursday, all of Willapa Valley, from the weigh station on Route 6 outside of Menlo, and east to the Pacific County line, lost power when a 115Kv transmission line located approximately miles outside of Naselle, severed due to unknown reasons.

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TC - Community News

Winlock student wins big at State Fair
Winlock student wins big at State Fair

12-year-old Winlock resident 4-H student Sable Pirtle took home several awards at the Washington State Fair last month, adding to the more than 100 ribbons she has taken home during the 2013 season. Pirtle (pictured above with one of her prize-winning goats) was declared Champion in categories for Alpine Doe, La Mancha Doe, Pack Goat Wether, Individual Oral Reasons, and Reserve Champion in the Dairy Goat Fit & Show.

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EXTRAS

Are you storm ready?

Columbus Day is usually our “opening day” for storm season, but this year we jumped started our severe weather with last month’s thunder, lightning, winds, and rain. Winter storms are hazardous, but if you plan ahead, you have a much better chance of being safe and sound.

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WHH - Obituaries

Dan Carl

Long-time South Bend resident Dan Carl passed away on October 6, 2013 in Aberdeen; he was 83.  Dan “Junior” Carl was born on March 12, 1930 in Raymond to Dan and Mary (Hindelang) Carl. 

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Patricia L. Smith

Patricia L. Smith a 21-year resident of Camino, Calif., died peacefully in her sleep at home

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TC - Government

Blue Array accuses Department of Ecology of favoritism and bid-rigging

Blue Array has filed complaints of ethics violations against the Department of Ecology (DOE) for what they claim have been deliberate efforts to undermine the Vader-based company while allegedly colluding with Blue Array’s competitors.

Filed Sept. 8, the complaint lists a total of 19 specific claims Blue Array co-owners James Reilly and Victoria Jelderks feel have violated state laws prohibiting the use of public resources for personal benefit.

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Developer pitching Vader marijuana production facility

Seattle developer Brandon Milton has begun the process of receiving approval for a marijuana production facility in Vader, to take advantage of the state’s distribution of recreational marijuana starting next year.

Milton has reportedly been speaking one-on-one with members of the Vader City Council during the last week to inform them of his intent, and said he hopes it would be a source of industry for the city at a time when few businesses are located in town.

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Hearing scheduled for plans to develop Winlock Industrial Park
Hearing scheduled for plans to develop Winlock Industrial Park

The Winlock Planning Commission is seeking public input on the development of the Winlock Industrial Park as developers are preparing to take official steps to begin construction.

Located on N. Military Rd. between Winlock High School and I-5, efforts have been made to develop the area since 2008, with Lewis County Commissioners offering strong support as the location is far above the Chehalis River Basin and would not be shut down in the event of a large flood, such as those that have plagued the Chehalis and Centralia areas in recent years.

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Improvement Committee invites public to meetings

The Vader Improvement Committee would like to invite members of the public to their next regular meeting, scheduled for Oct.16 at 4 p.m. in City Hall.

The Committee, made of three appointees chosen from the community, has been charged with documenting nuisance violations reported to City Hall and issuing infractions to those found out of compliance.

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Vader funding snag hindering industrial development
Vader funding snag hindering industrial development

Efforts to develop Vader’s industrial zone have hit a roadblock after a request for an economic development grant was denied last month.

Mayor Ken Smith reported during the Oct. 1 Vader City Council Meeting a request for $178,000 from Lewis County for the installation of utility lines through under-developed industrial property west of town was turned down on the grounds the request seemed too high for the nature of the project, with officials stating an itemized engineering report was also needed.

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WHH - Sports

Lady Indians rally past Valley

By GEORGE KUNKE

South Bend edged Willapa Valley in a close 4-game volleyball contest 25-20, 25-20, 18-25 and 26-24 Thursday at Koplitz Field House. The Lady Indians trailed 24-19 in the fourth game before reeling off 7 straight points for the victory. Emily Sanchez served up 7 straight points.

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Seagulls win showdown; Indians, Vikes falter
Willapa Valley halfback Anthony Sagen takes the handoff from quarterback Matthew Konigsberger as Drew Pearson (64) pulls out for a block. The Vikes lost against visiting Pe Ell on homecoming last Friday.
Seagulls win showdown; Indians, Vikes falter

By GEORGE KUNKE

Pe Ell stunned Willapa Valley 26-7 Friday night at Crogstad Field in Menlo to put a dark cloud over the homecoming celebration. The Vikings were held to a season-low 74 yards rushing.

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TC - Sports

Castle Rock Earns Advantage with Victory Over Toledo/Winlock
Castle Rock Earns Advantage with Victory Over Toledo/Winlock

It took less than a minute in Thursday night’s 1A Trico League soccer match for Toledo/Winlock to realize that they were playing with fire. In the end, Castle Rock sent T/W to their bus with a 3-0 defeat.

In years passed, United has dominated neighboring Castle Rock, but this year Coach Brian Ziese has brought lawlessness to a United community.

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TC Sports 10.09.13
TC Sports 10.09.13

Toledo fell behind quickly but came back to defeat the Cougars in a 1A Trico League battle in Vancouver.

Taylor Hicks ran for two touchdowns and caught two more in the victory which puts the Indians all alone in third place in the Trico League. Hicks rushed for 157 yards and caught four passes for 98 yards. Toledo's fifth score came on a 70-yard kickoff return by Dakota Robins.

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TC - Police, Fire and EMS

Crime and Injury Report 10.09.13

A Toledo woman escaped injury when her vehicle rolled over near Winlock Oct. 2, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The 29-year-old driver of a Toyota 4Runner had been traveling on the 20 block of S. Military Rd., east of Winlock, when she lost control and ran into a ditch, at which time the vehicle rolled onto it’s top. No injuries or citations were reported in connection with the collision.

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Warrants and Sentencing

Two sentences and five warrants were issued by Judge Steven Buzzard during Winlock Municipal Court Thursday.

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Whitson pleads not guilty to charges of child rape

Accused pedophile Michael D. Whitson pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree child rape Thursday in Lewis County Superior Court and is scheduled to go to trial the week of Dec. 16.

Whitson, 51, formerly of Winlock and now living in Vancouver, has been accused of initiating a sexual relationship in 2002 with a then-12-year-old male victim while Whitson was serving as the youth pastor at Winlock Assembly of God.

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WHH - Health

Get your flu shot early

Last year’s flu season affected an alarming number of people, and experts predict this year’s flu season could strike as early as October. 

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WHH - Law Enforcement

Albee, Kelly arrested

Bruce W. Albee, age 56, was placed under arrest by Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of homicide and vehicle theft.

 

Debra Kelly was booked into the Pacific County Jail on one count of possession of methamphetamine, several counts of delivery of methamphetamine and for using a building for drug purposes. Kelly’s bail has been set at 200,000.00.

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WHH - Miscellaneous News

FFA Day at all Wilco

Tuesday, October 8th is FFA Day at all Wilco stores in Oregon and Tuesday, October 8th is FFA Day at all Wilco stores in Oregon and

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WHH - Glance at the Past

Glance at the Past 10-9-13

Thirty Years Ago...

North Pacific County was blessed with its very first formally trained paramedics. Steve Probasco and Howard Huber of the Raymond Fire Department completed the nine-month extensive training at Clark College of Vancouver, Wa. On June 9th, 1983. Of the 30 students that began the class,

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Town Crier News

Healthy tips to help men live longer

One truism of most modern Western societies is that men die at higher rates than women for all the top ten causes of death, as compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Perhaps it should come as no surprise then that - on average - men also tend to die younger than women. Are men "stuck" because of their genetics, or can they take steps that will help them to be healthier?

The good news is many of the top causes of death and disease are preventable - and they can be treated proactively if they are discovered soon enough.

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Recent weather contributing to strong wildlife turnout for hunters
Recent weather contributing to strong wildlife turnout for hunters

Some of Washington's most popular hunting seasons get under way in October, when hunters take to the field for deer, elk, ducks, geese and other game birds. Tens of thousands of hunters are expected to pursue deer during the modern-firearms season that begins Oct. 12 in areas throughout the state.

Dave Ware, game manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said he expects that season - and others coming up this month - to be a good one.

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