The City of Napavine received a show of support like never before over the Uncle Sam sign. The city had heard that the petition asking the owner to remove the sign was going to be delivered during the next open city council meeting, even though no one had called them directly.
Sheriff Snaza made national headlines this week regarding Governor Inslee's new requirement that masks must be worn when social distancing isn't available.
Sheriff Snaza has always supported the residents of Lewis County who are free thinkers, as long as they stay within the law.
To the Editor,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Lewis County for taking time out of their busy schedules to support the Uncle Sam sign and freedom of speech this past week.
Starting Monday, July 6, Lewis County Seniors emergency meal service will be entering a new phase. Seniors or their personal representative will be collecting their weekly meals by a drive through pick up line at their assigned distribution point. Your meals will be placed in your backseat or trunk to limit exposure and all employees will be wearing masks. Meals must be picked up according to your assigned delivery day.
SOUTH BEND - Sales of fireworks has increased dramatically across America since the coronavirus pandemic surfaced. In 2019, fireworks sales were approximately $1.3 billion, which surpassed 2018's total of $945 million. There will be no city display of fireworks in Long Beach; however, last year's fireworks exploded by thousands of beachgoers was more prominent than what the city of Long Beach provided.
Thousands of people attend the Fourth of July party on the Long Beach Peninsula every year. Expect even a bigger attendance this weekend.
Long Beach Police Chief Flint Wright took time to answer questions from the Herald Monday morning.
"The beach is under the authority of Washington State Parks and is not in my jurisdiction," Wright said. "That being said, they follow the same state laws we in Long Beach do. Fireworks can be shot off June 29th through July 3rd from 9 am until 11 pm, July 4th from 9 am until 12 am, and July 5th from 9 am until 11 pm. Only legal fireworks are allowed.
Last week Pacific County Health and Human Services received notice of additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Pacific County.
One individual has been identified as an out of state resident, but has resided in the county for the past three months.This positive test will not count towards Pacific County's total number of cases. This individual has been admitted to the hospital and is receiving medical care.
As a result of contact tracing five additional positive cases have been identified. These individuals are close contacts to the out of state resident, and are Pacific County residents. One of the cases is an employee of a local seafood processing facility. The Pacific County Department of Health and Human Services is working with the facility to assess, test, and limit these.
Last week, a statewide mandate went out to Washingtonians to wear face coverings when out in public. The order was issued by State Health Secretary John Wiesman and took effect on Friday, June 26.
"At the beginning [of the pandemic], people who had the disease [COVID-19] infected close to three people for every person that was infected," Said Governor Jay Inslee during a press call on Tuesday, June 23. "That was when the number of people who were infected exploded exponentially. We [Washington] drove that number down dramatically. We did that because Washingtonians were committed and disciplined and caring for one another when we did our social distancing."
As new coronavirus cases continue to rise throughout the state, Inslee has put a pause on counties moving to Phase 4, which would mean no restrictions.
Eight counties were eligible to move from Phase 3 to Phase 4 before the pause. State health officials confirmed 549 new COVID-19 cases in Washington on Saturday, including six additional deaths. The update brings the state's totals to 31,404 cases and 1,310 deaths.
The Winlock Rolling Car Show Parade was organized in place of Winlock Egg Days due to Covid 19. The community came together to help celebrate a day that is special to many of us. The third weekend has been Winlock Egg Days for years, it's a joyous occasion where the community participates and comes together.
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in March, Lewis County Seniors (LCS) has been working tirelessly to provide access to quality meals for seniors across all of Lewis County. During the past 3.5 months, they have been providing seven frozen meals a week to over 600 seniors with the help of Twin Transit.
The Black Lives Matter Movement held a small protest in Toledo on Friday, June 19, a day that is known as Juneteenth. Juneteenth, which stands for June 19th is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
William Flerry and Erica Castro along with their kids organized the event. William and Erica, are a bi-racial couple with bi-racial children. William posted a letter about why they organized the event, it reads in part: "Thank you for coming out to support such a meaningful cause.
Nathan Suhrbier, 2020 graduate of Winlock High School received a full 4 year ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) scholarship including tuition, room and board. Nathan is the son of Ben and Ericka Suhrbier.
Nathan, who plans on attending Pacific Lutheran University stated "My Uncle Hank Nordquist told me about the ROTC benefits. This will pay for my college so my parents don't have to and will give me a chance to become an officer. ROTC is worthwhile and I will gain more leadership experience and what I want to do in life, my lot in life. I have been thinking about this since my sophomore year." Nathan will do Basic Training (Army) during the Summer after his Junior Year of college.
Catholic Community Services coordinated food delivery sites with Pacific Coast Fruit Company. On Saturday, June 20 volunteers distributed boxes of food to community members. The free food consisted of a dairy box, a vegetable / fruit box, and a dairy / lunchmeat / vegetable box.
On June 16, 2020, Pacific County entered Phase 3 of Governor Inslee's Safe Start Plan. Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved Pacific County's move into the new reopening level.
"It is important to keep in mind that this does not mean that we are going back to normal," said Pacific County Emergency Operation Center Kathy Spoor. "There are still restrictions in place. We are still asking folks to social distance, and to wear a mask while they are in public. Folks who are at high risk need to be very careful as people come from out of the area to our area and people are in closer proximity."
As of last week only 11 counties in Washington are in Phase 3. Businesses that are approved to move into the new phase must comply with all health and safety requirements outlined in the Safe Start Plan. Phase 3 means that most of the businesses that haven't been open can do so.
Gatherings are still limited, but they are now up to 50 people. Many events in the area have been canceled because they pull in a larger crowd.
Outdoor group recreational sport activities are allowed if the group contains no more than 50 individuals. Recreational facilities like public pools can be reopened, but only at 50% of their capacity. Non-essential travel is approved to resume in the county.
On Sunday, there were 455 new coronavirus cases confirmed. The state has confirmed 28,680 cases out of 474,938 tests for the novel coronavirus, including 1,270 deaths, according to the state Department of Health. A total of 4.4% of people diagnosed in Washington have died. A 106-year-old woman from Yakima has reportedly recovered from COVID-19. Pacific County still has only 12 confirmed cases. Nationally, through Sunday there have been 2,290,936 confirmed cases and 120,643 deaths. The USA leads the world with the most cases, and Brazil is second at 1,085,038. New York has the most cases in America at 396,452, followed by California (178,227), New Jersey (172,567), Illinois (136,762) and Texas (111,601).
On Saturday, June 13, Winlock and Toledo Class of 2020 graduates had their car parades where graduates drove through their communities.
In Toledo, graduates started at the high school and drove around the residential and business district to show off their decorated vehicles. Some students rode in the back of trucks or in convertibles and there was even a golf cart and semi in the mix. A handful of people braved the rainy weather to congratulate the seniors.
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