Throughout the year residents of Pacific County have had their finger on the pulse of activities in and around the PUD and their commission and have been quite involved in the bi-monthly meetings providing input to their conduct of daily operations. This past year the PUD has set in motion the final phases of the Tokeland Project that will replace the current service to the Tokeland and surrounding area, by voting in the 2014 budget. This project which has been underdevelopment for the past several years, met with much controversy around the cost of the project, the actual need of replacing service from Grays Harbor PUD, and the approach to get the project to the point of reality.
PUD Man-lift Controversy
Pat Myers poses five questions to the PUD Commissioners at the March 5 meeting. Questions and responses listed.
PUD manager, Miller discusses Man-lift incident. In a the following weeks, PUD Miller responded to the Man-Lift incident.
3. PUD price gauging and pay increases (4 stories)
A handful of local residents voiced their complaints to the PUD No. 2 hierarchy at the March 5 bi-monthly meeting…crowd of 15…issues include price gauging, high salaries and wrecked equipment. Questions about wrecked man-lift.
4.Pot growing plant to invest in Raymond. Marcus Charles, Seattle, restaurateur, leases property at the Port of Willapa Harbor to grow marijuana on 16 acres of land at Stan Hatfield Industrial Park. It would employ 50 people.
5. Burn victim Caleb Doyle in serious condition at Harborview. Doyle suffered third-degree burns to the upper part of body. (several stories)
6. Popular South Bend Superintendent Mike Morris retires after 35 years. Morris offered insights on the state of education.
7. Sheriff Johnson’s assailant to get re-trial
Martin Arthur Jones, found guilty of shooting “Johnson”, granted a new trial…based on technical procedural error, faulty juror selection…”it’s pretty unbelievable,” said Johnson.
8. RHS track facility named for Leo Rubstello (1942 RHS); Seagulls win District meet held at dedication.
9. Julie Struck wins by landslide over incumbent Kirk Church in South Bend mayoral race.
9. Remolded Willapa Elementary welcomes back students
10. Korean War Veteran receives long overdue Silver Star Medal William V. Wuorinen, Naselle, was awarded the Silver Star for heroic actions during combat operations in the Korean War.
11. Marina redevelopment in Tokeland (2-part series) Includes upgraded mooring facilities, public restrooms, septic system, commercial pier renovation, seafood market, landscaping. Funding from three grants.
12.300th win for Coach Peterson
John Peterson, Willapa Valley’s head boys’ basketball coach, reached a milestone by winning his 300th game.
“First of all, I didn’t do anything. I just ran a fantastic group at Valley the last few years.”
13. PUD loses $118k breach of contract lawsuit. PUD was found at fault of breach of contract with retirement programs. Judgment requires PUD to pay, $118K to plaintiffs.
14. St. Lawrence Centennial, St. Lawrence Catholic Church – 100th anniversary of service to community.
15. Tully out as head cage coach. Mike Tully, RHS head basketball coach, resigns, after seven years.
16. Northwest Carriage Museum gets famous stage coach. Built in the 1880’s and featured in several Hollywood movies.
17. Feature on Vietnam veteran Jerry Gould.
18. Making a difference – Donor of the Year
Jake Myers, owner of Everybody’s A Super Supermarket, receives Donor of the year for 2012 for the most donations to the WHMA Food Bank.
19. Raymond Theatre goes digital…35 mm system is replaced with NC1200 digital system.
20. Wastewater treatment facility to be finished
New regional facility in Riverdale, under construction for the past two years, scheduled to be finished by end of the year at a cost of $37 million. A Joint project between Raymond and South Bend.