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Showing 22 articles from August 18, 2014.

WHH - Front Page

Barnard still at loose; man arrested for burglary in SB

Detectives with the Washington State Patrol have received what they believe is a credible tip as to the location of Victor Barnard, a former minister from Pine County, Minnesota, charged with 59 counts of sexual molestation of children.

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Delossantos Arrested for Burglary

Delossantos Arrested for Burglary

Simon Baltazar Delossantos, 29, of South Bend

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Public Utility deems surplus storage tank and managers change orders

By SCOT PEARSON

PUD General Manager Miller listed the long list of communications and made his report, which consisted of upcoming results from the State Auditors annual report and a customer letter of thanks for recent work completed in their area.

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Vandals squash community garden's harvest for fall
Photo by Vivian Edersheim Pastor Laurie Johnson shows the greenhouse where most of the damage was done at the Growing Together Community Garden.
Vandals squash community garden's harvest for fall

By VIVIAN EDERSHEIM

SOUTH BEND - Late Thursday night vandals hit the community garden in South Bend, stealing about 100 pounds of fresh produce and causing a loss that cannot be recovered this season.

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TC - Community News

Community Announcements 08.20.14

Members of the group Unity Works will be holding a gathering at the Winlock Community Building on Saturday, Aug. 30, and all are welcome to attend.

A faith-based group rooted in the idea that all religions and peoples come from the same God, Unity Works has invited drummers from Congo Willie Productions to perform, as well as guest speaker Paula Warme to talk about her personal spiritual journey to find unity in religion.

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Lahmann's 'Out of Nothing' aims to instill and inspire
Lahmann's 'Out of Nothing' aims to instill and inspire

Filmmaker and Toledo native Andrew Lahmann will be returning this Thursday for a special screening of his new documentary feature, Out of Nothing, at Toledo Middle School.

Following the true-life story of four men from the Pacific Northwest as they attempt to set new land speed records on homemade motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats, Lahmann served as co-producer along with actor Ryan Stiles in the first such administrative role for the Toledo High School graduate.

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Local favorite hiking spots await you!
Local favorite hiking spots await you!

For more than a decade now, I have been expanding my hiking adventures throughout Western Washington. My latest trip took me up the Cle Elum River towards Deception Pass in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area. As with any person that looks for greener grass, I have found that the grass is pretty green close to home.

During this recent trip my 16-year-old son and I hiked for four days. After years of backpacking together, we have come to expect amazing things from our campsites. We love waking up and realizing a grand view of a mountain range, a deep valley or a beautiful lake right in front of us. As it turns out, those locations were few and far between or, went undiscovered until long after camp was prepared for the night.

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Toledo celebrating 50th annual Threshing Bee this weekend
Toledo celebrating 50th annual Threshing Bee this weekend

The 50th annual Cowlitz Prairie Grange Threshing and Gas Show will be featured this Saturday and Sunday and is expected to bring thousands of individuals from across the country.

Featuring tractor pulls, live music, a car show, antique vendors and threshing every hour on the hour, this 50th year is expected to see many special presentations and events commemorating the golden anniversary of this community event.

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TC - Regular Columns

Books by Barb and Becky - Empty Mansions, The Mysterious Life of Hugette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

This is Barb Lewis and the book I'm reviewing is called Empty Mansions, The Mysterious Life of Hugette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr., one of the few relatives ever to have spoken to Hugette Clark.

This true story starts with us learning of Hugette's father, William Andrews (W.A.) Clark, who was born in a log cabin, had nothing and became one of the richest men in America after discovering copper in Montana after the Civil War and also building railroads. He helped found Las Vegas. In 1907 his fortune was estimated at $150 million, roughly $3 billion in today's dollars.

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Ryderwood News 08.20.14

I expect that there will be large crowds in town for the August Garage Sales this weekend. Look for sale maps on the Café porch. From what I'm hearing, there will be quite a few home sales, some of which will be quite large. There will, of course, be the Women's Club Sales at Pioneer Hall and something new is an Indoor Flea Market in the Community Hall Auditorium.

On Wednesday, there will be a car wash at the Park from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations will go toward having the interior of the Café painted professionally. My car will be there for sure - last week's rain turned the dust into dirty spots.

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Toledo News 08.20.14

Wednesdays and Fridays, Toledo Senior Center offers nutrition lunches for seniors (60+). Live music Wednesdays, Bingo Fridays. Please RSVP 24 hours in advance. Suggested donation $3. Contact Diana, diana.haug@lewiscountywa.gov or (360) 864-2112.

Thursday ToledoTel hosts Business After Hours 5-7 p.m. at 183 Plomondon Rd. Lewis and Cowlitz County area business owners and managers are invited. Drawing for really cool prizes. Don't forget your business cards. Contact Sheila, srichardson@toledotel.com or (360) 864-2025.

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Vader News 08.20.14

This coming Monday will be the last day to apply for free side sewer replacement, and those who have not submitted an application are encouraged to do so before the deadline. Intended to help reduce leaks in the water system without placing too much of a burden on homeowners, free replacements are available to residents earning low-to-moderate income and have been made possible through a federal grant acquired by the city. Officials would like residents who have not considered applying to know many households qualify despite homeowners thinking they may not. Officials clarified the incomes of tenants rather than landlords are being taken into consideration, while some household incomes may be well above the poverty level but still moderate enough to qualify. A reduction in leaks will lead to a reduction in sewer system maintenance and, eventually, a reduction in sewer bills, so everyone is encouraged to at least call City Hall at (360) 295-3222 and find out if they may qualify.

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Winlock News 08.20.14

For those who have been curious about regular columnist Lynnette Hoffman, you may remember she had taken ill and spoke about needing to endure surgery last month. Lynnette has since pulled through, against some considerable odds, and is back home in Winlock. She would like to extend many thanks to all the community members who were prayerful and supportive during these difficult times, and hopes to be up and about and putting the column together again before too long.

The Winlock Lions Club will be hosting Kids Night Out Bingo this Wednesday 6:30 p.m. in the Community Building and all kids from the area are invited to participate. Featuring prizes of school supplies as well as snacks, including ice cream and cookies, admission to this event will be two cans of non-perishable food per students, which will then be donated to the Winlock/Vader Food Bank. For more info, call (360) 785-0178.

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TC - Government

Vader discusses engineer's report for new sewer plant options

The City of Vader is close to selecting an upgrade for its sewer plant after an engineering report identified several possible options capable of bringing the city into compliance with state regulations.

Vader's current lagoon system has been suffering from frequent violations of its discharge permit, as the purity of effluent expelled into Olequa Creek often does not meet Department of Ecology standards, and Vader has been seeking since 2009 to find options for a low-cost, effective upgrade.

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Winlock turns down resolution calling for oil-by-rail reforms

The Winlock City Council has declined to pass a resolution supporting state efforts to question the transportation of Bakken crude oil through local rail systems, on the grounds such a resolution would produce no net benefit for the city.

Considered during their Aug. 11 meeting, the council had been given a resolution identical in language to one passed by the City of Chehalis July 28, which supported Governor Jay Inslee's efforts to examine Washington's rail systems for potential hazards brought by Bakken crude oil transportation.

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TC - Police, Fire and EMS

Crime and Injury Report 08.20.14

A Centralia woman has been booked on multiple charges after fleeing the scene of an assault in Winlock on Friday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

Erin L. Tortorici, 30, was arrested after a 30-year-old Winlock man, described as Torotrici's husband, called to report she had assaulted him at his residence on the 500 block of Haywire Rd., north of Winlock. While en route, deputies were informed Tortorici had fled the scene in a red Ford Explorer and was likely intoxicated, and they made contact with her nearby on the 900 block of Pleasant Valley Rd.

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Crime Stoppers 'Crime of the Week'

Authorities are seeking information regarding a burglary taking place near Chehalis last week.

On Aug. 10, sometime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., an unknown number of suspects broke into a residence on the 600 block of Highway 603, west of Chehalis, and stole miscellaneous jewelry, two laptop computers, a tablet computer, an X-Box gaming system, a Lewis County Explorer notebook, a Lewis County Sheriff Deputy's pants and miscellaneous clothing. The estimated loss is $8,700.

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District 6 preparing for voter outreach regarding levy increase

Commissioners for Cowlitz County Fire District 6 spent their last regular meeting discussing the ins and outs of proposing a property tax increase intended to help the district avoid a potential financial collapse.

Based in Castle Rock, officials with District 6 had chosen during their July 28 meeting to place a measure on the November ballot asking voters to consider increasing the current rate from $0.44 per $1,000 of assessed value to $1 per $1,000 in the hopes of generating enough yearly income to fund more than the bare minimum of expenses.

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Local Fire and EMS Calls

Local fire and EMS calls between Aug. 11 and 17.

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WHH - Photos + Videos

Annual Fly-in & Oyster Feed
Annual Fly-in & Oyster Feed

Annual Fly-in & Oyster Feed

Photo by Jerry Gould

During the recent Fifth Annual Fly-in and Oyster Feed at the Willapa Harbor Airport the local chapter of EAA-Willapa Harbor Pilots Association served 700 Willapa oysters to hungry aviation enthusiasts from throughout the Northwest. Between 11 a.m. And 4 p.m., 16 visiting aircraft and their crews flew in and out of the airport, Pacific County's only public airport. Assisting the local pilots association were volunteers from 4-H Market Livestock Committee, including Aubree and Tanya Triplett, Dotsi Graves, and Mike and Marcy Walden.

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WHH - Glance at the Past

A Glance at the Past

From time to time, the Herald will take a glance at the past to see what we did and how we did it. Take a look to see where we were and what we were doing...

100 years ago from the Raymond Herald

August 21, 1914

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Town Crier News

Tips for first-time car buyers

As summer winds down and the return to school enters our minds, many young people are starting to search for a new vehicle. Some are new drivers looking for their first set of wheels, while others are looking for something that will accommodate their move out of the house and into adulthood.

Fortunately, Kelly Blue Book and KBB.com offers these simple tips for how to search for a new vehicle and not make the mistake of driving home a car you will regret buying.

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