The Pacific County Fair has been awarded two separate grants that will enable some much need upgrades and repairs to the grounds.
Bill Monohon took over as the manager of the Pacific County Fair in April and quickly learned that grants were open with only a short time to apply. "When I first started in April after Dosti, I started going through our mail here," he said. "I stumbled upon a piece of mail that had information for some grant money. So I fired off an email to see if there was still grants and learned there was and I barely had a few weeks to apply."
Monohon openly admitted he had no experience writing grants, but figured it couldn't hurt to try. Mentioning though, that he had previous management experience in a large gas company and drew upon that experience to get things moving on the grants.
Alliance for Better Community has been eager to get going with plans at the Raymond Theatre Community Center, but things didn't go as planned when sparks flew at the Raymond City Council Meeting on May 21.
At the prior City Council Meeting it was agreed upon that the city would allow ABC a trial run at the Community Center free of charge to see what they could do. However, a MOU [Moratorium of Understanding] needed to be drafted and approved by the City Council before any action could take place. A drafted MOU missed a few steps along the way when City Attorney Will Penoyar nor the council were able to look it over before Mayor Nordin signed it.
After public comment was allowed and Kyle Hubly, who is associated with ABC, expressed his irritation with the ongoing process. Councilor Pam Nogueira-Maneman chimed into the debate when she asked Mayor Nordin what exactly happened.
Wednesday, June 6 at approximately 8:25 a.m. the Raymond Fire Department and Pacific County Fire District 3 were dispatched to a report of an injured logger.
The accident happened 8.5 miles up Wilson Creek north of Old Willapa when a tree hit a timber cutter roughly 500ft down a canyon. Once on scene Raymond Fire and PCFD 3 learned the victim had serious injuries to his head, chest, and spine.
Airlift Northwest was called to the scene to transport the patient to Harborview due to the severity of his injuries and the distance and time to the nearest hospital.
The logger has been identified as 45-year-old Seqouyah Lorton. He has family in both Pacific and Grays Harbor counties. His sister Kelly Lorton has informed the Herald that he is still at Harborview and they're holding hope he will progressively improve with time. At the the time of the incident Lorton was paralyzed from the neck down.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help Lorton's fiance and children at this difficult time at https://www.gofundme.com/help-sequoyah-and-family. A separate fundraiser has been set for July 28 at Oakridge Golf Course in Elma where a tournament and silent auction will take place.
Winlock-Toledo Youth Wrestling is sponsoring the 5-mile run on Egg Day with proceeds going to the Youth Wrestling Program.
The Egg Day Celebration begins at the Winlock Community Building located at 607 NW Kerron Avenue, on Friday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.
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Mission Creek Cherries from Yakima are back again just in time for summer. Available starting June 7 & 8 at Dennis Company and in the lot across from Chen's $3 lb. for Bing and $3.75 lb. for Rainiers.
June 9, Saturday, Waikiki Beach Concert: Wamba at 7:00 p.m at Cape Disappointment State Park. Musicians from the US and Ghana (West Africa) improvise traditional African music, jazz, funk, calypso, reggae, and more. Thanks to the Friends of the Columbia River Gateway, and other sponsors, for their support of the Waikiki Beach Concert Series. A Washington State Parks Discover Pass is REQUIRED. Call (360) 642-3029 for more information.
June 12, Raymond Timberland Library presents Lifestory Writing Workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for adults. "Everyone can write stories," insists Charley Kempthorne, a writer and teacher. Join him and his wife June in a writing workshop to learn how to tell your family's story. For more information call (360) 942-2408.
The pool is getting ready. Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the pool is open to sign-up for swim lessons, swim team and water aerobics. Monday, June 18 is Opening Day for the pool.
Summer Kick Off presented by Raymond Timberland Library is on June 14 for all ages from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come start your summer off right at the library. This event is part of the Summer Library Program, which is a district-wide program. For more information call (360) 942-2408.
The Chinook Indian Nation will be holding it Annual General Meeting on June 16 at the South Bend High School Cafeteria. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting at 11:00 a.m. The meeting is open to all tribal members and attendees are reminded to bring a potluck item. Contact the Tribal Office at (360) 875-6670 if you have questions.
On June 16, the Bay Center Women's Club and the Bay Center Association are hosting the first Bay Center Fire Department brunch/breakfast to help raise funds for the Bay Center Fire Department. We will have sausage and gravy over biscuits, pancakes and bacon and fruit cups plus coffee and orange juice. The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Bay Center Volunteer Fire Department, 4 Harrison Road off the Bay Center Road in Bay Center. The cost is $5 a plate or $18 for families of four to six. All profits will go to our fire department. So, come and kick off Father's Day Weekend with a delicious breakfast. See you there.
Paul Kim, owner of Raymond Deli and Riverdale Grocery, is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects who attempted to break into his Riverdale store.
Monday, June 3 at approximately 1:50 a.m. two suspects armed with what is believed to be some sort of a crow bar attempted to pry open the front door at Riverdale Grocery before attempting to smash the door window in. Both attempts failed and the duo fled the scene down the alley behind the store.
It's not every day that a journalist is asked to write a top-of-the-fold opinion piece regarding such a controversial local issue, but given I personally spoke with Washington State DOT on Friday, May 31 in an exclusive interview over the forthcoming roundabout, I figured why not.
Raymond residents along with the city council and mayor who attended the Raymond City Council meeting on May 22 learned the roundabout project is set to begin on July 9. After my conversation with DOT, I can backup that information even though they have yet to officially announce it.
The roundabout has been a hot topic among local communities for the last several years and why shouldn't it be, who honestly wants one? There were a small few who love to debate and vindicate the project with big words and "data", but in that regards the many outweigh the few and most don't want any roundabout at all. A poll conducted by the Herald showed approximately 78% of the 874 people who cast a vote said no to having a roundabout.
Monday, June 4 the Raymond City Council voted unanimously for option two of the apartment option proposal Councilors Chris Halpin and Kaley Hanson provided the council on May 21.
Option two will turn the two apartment units into an Airbnb and rent them out on a nightly basis once they are refurbished and updated. The cost to refurbish/update the units is anticipated to cost between $20,400-$23,000 and could generate $13,000-$22,000 in revenue annually.
Cathy Kinnaman is retiring after 30 years of teaching at Winlock Miller Elementary School. She started her teaching career in Illinois. After coming to Lewis County to spend time with her grandmother. Kinnaman decided to stay.
Winlock Miller Elementary School recently posted an opening for an elementary principal. According to school Superintendent Rick Serns, "the District received 23 applicants and interviewed seven of them in a first round of interviews and two of the seven were invited back for a second round of interviews. We were very pleased that we had a number of very strong applicants," Serns said. "We tried to include input from a wide variety of staff, parents, and community members and we found that there was a strong consensus for the selection of Dr. Omar Flores."
The Winolequa Garden Club has chosen the recipient of their annual scholarship and the winner this year is Katelynn Merrill, a Winlock native. Her family has been here for a few generations. Katelynn is the daughter of Mark and Lorna Merrill and granddaughter of Gloria Merrill.
Community forums, events, fairs...whatever form they take, they usually provide at least a couple things:
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Many of us know someone who was in the Vietnam War. Some veterans will talk about their time there and others still have difficulty talking about the events that occurred. One individual who is willing to talk about his time there is Toledo Reserve Police Officer Randy Pennington.
Randy is one of those rare individuals who gives back to his community. He also gave back to his country at a time when it was not popular to do so. Randy enlisted in the Army in December 1968. He was delayed entry until after he graduated from high school.
Detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred last Wednesday's evening in the 400 block of Meier Road, Winlock. On May 23, 2018, at approximately 2012 hours, deputies were dispatched to report of a 44 year old male of Winlock being shot by his neighbor.
The initial information provided to deputies via 911 was the victim had been playing basketball with his juvenile son, when a neighbor pulled into the driveway, brandished a firearm, and fired multiple rounds at the victim. The victim was struck and was discovered deceased at the scene by responding personnel. The son was able to run to safety and alert other family members.
On May 31 at 6:30 p.m. the Lewis County Fire District 15 (Winlock) will host Chehalis Fire Chief Ken Cardinale for an informational presentation discussing creation of a defensible space around your home in case of a wildfire. The location of the presentation is at the Lewis County Fire District 15 station located at 609 NW Kerron Avenue in Winlock.
Raymond City Council members Kaley Hanson and Chris Halpin supplied Mayor Nordin and Council with proposal options of what the city could do with the theatre apartments during the May 21 Raymond City Council meeting. Outlined in the proposal were four options. Three of which could bring the city in revenue and one that would ultimately leave things as they are.
The apartments have spent the last year vacant. After a revitalization push by Mayor Nordin early on in his tenure as mayor, both Councilors Hanson and Halpin began proposing the city use the space as an Airbnb. Over the past 5 years the theatre building has cost the city tens of thousands of dollars and hasn't nearly broke even in some time. The council is now putting all options on the table to help it start getting closer to being self-sufficient.
Option one of the proposal would be to refurbish the apartments to rentable condition and then rent them out at a yearly basis. The cost to refurbish both units is anticipated to be approximately $1,400-$1,500 with anticipated revenue of $14,200-$15,600 annually.
Last week divers from Global Salvage were able to finally reach what had been assumed to be a wreckage at the bottom of Willapa Bay. For days crews were trying to locate the missing FV Kelli J and its skipper Kevin Soule. According to Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson he personally called the salvage boat and requested he be informed the minute the crew knew something.
Late Thursday afternoon he received a call back from the boat. "They informed me that they were able to identify the wreckage as the missing Kelli J," he stated. "They've been having a horrible time dealing with strong currents and were only able to identify the boat before having to come back up."
Paul Kim, owner of Raymond Deli and former owner of South Bend Food Mart (The Jackpot) in South Bend, is poised for the Grand Opening of the new and improved Riverdale Grocery in Raymond on June 1. Kim purchased the store from its previous owner in April and was determined to change its image.
We live in and among a myriad of groups in this country. Groups based on ethnicity, heritage, culture, etc.
While being a fairly typical kind of guy (I don't have a huge majority of any specific ethnicity), I happen to belong to one of the largest cultural groups in the nation--Aging Individuals.
And, frankly, so do you.
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