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Inslee extends Stay Home order: Take time and support your local businesses

Effective this past week, Washington State's order of "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" by Governor Inslee was extended to May 4, during his press conference Thursday evening. The virus has affected everyone, most Washingtonians will be home for another month.

This past week, the United States has seen an increase in COVID 19 cases nationally, the numbers far exceeding 300,000 who have tested positive and over 1.2 million people globally. The virus has changed our lives, it has changed our everyday lives.

Every business has been impacted, especially those who had to close or who have seen their business revenue decline by up to 90%. Restaurants in our area are definitely down in business, some even choosing to close. Hair salons have been forced to close, as social distancing is not possible in that profession.

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More library resources online

Check in with your local Timberland Library on Facebook! We want to connect with you. Library Facebook pages and the Timberland Regional Library page offer frequent posts on online and virtual library services, and local resources.

Are you practicing social distancing with a baby or toddler at home? If you have read the same book too many times, check out TumbleBooks. Log in with your Timberland library card to access virtual picture books, chapter books, easy non-fiction, early learning games, and more. Visit our website for more information, under "Kids & Teens," or use this link to log in directly: www-tumblebooklibrary-com.ez.trl.org/.

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New Mayor, New City Attorneys, new hope for Winlock
New Winlock City Attorney Jim Buzzard and New Winlock Mayor Brandon Svenson
New Mayor, New City Attorneys, new hope for Winlock

On Monday, March 24, the Winlock City Council held their meeting to start a new era in the City of Winlock. Winlock City Council voted for not just a new mayor for the city but also a new city attorney. The City of Winlock is poised for success.

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Trooper made the ultimate sacrifice
WSP Trooper Justin Schaffer
Trooper made the ultimate sacrifice

On Tuesday afternoon, March 24, Washington State Patrol Trooper Justin Schaffer was killed in the line of duty during a high speed chase on Interstate 5. Trooper Schaffer was deploying spike strips when William David Thompson swerved and hit Trooper Schaffer.

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Coronavirus changes the way we live
Donna\'s Place put in a walk-up window to serve their customers.
Coronavirus changes the way we live

It's hard to believe that a virus has changed the way we live today, but it has. Many of us had never heard of the coronavirus, the virus that would stop us in our tracks. Washington is not under a "stay at home" order yet, but if people don't take it seriously, we could be next.

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A student's perspective of the virus: Napavine School District deals with COVID-19

As most citizens know by now, on March 13 Governor Jay Inslee ordered all K-12 schools in Washington State to close from March 16 - April 24. That is a six-week closure. Despite these closures, students are still required to learn their curriculum during this time. How they're supposed to complete work in the upcoming weeks we'll get to in a second. There are many questions that need to be answered, like what the plan is and how Napavine is handling this. Thankfully the district office and Geoff Parks were sure to keep everyone in the loop.

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Bringing Winlock back together
Volunteers in Winlock cleaning up in 2014.
Bringing Winlock back together

The Winlock City Council is looking for volunteers to help the City of Winlock and other volunteer organizations. Winlock has seen volunteers disappear these past few years and the council would like your help in bringing Winlock back. Volunteers are needed for Winlock, whether it's the Winlock Park Board, the Lions Club, or the Winlock Improvement Network, your help is needed.

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Around Lewis County: A conversation with Valley View Health Center's CEO

Gaelon Spradley, as CEO of the Valley View Health Center, I'm anxious to talk to you about your response to a potential local coronavirus outbreak. But first let's talk about Valley View. How many Valley View Health Centers are there and where are they located?


We have 13 clinics located in three counties. We serve Lewis County, Thurston County, and Pacific County.


Valley View is a nonprofit, federally qualified health center. What does that mean? And who do you serve?


Valley View is a nonprofit provider of health services, medical, dental and behavioral health. Our focus is serving rural communities and also low income and special needs individuals. Federally qualified health centers may also focus on other underserved groups, such as new citizens, immigrants or the homeless.
We qualify for federal healthcare subsidies. In the past communities have depended on doctors in private practice. These practices are disappearing in small towns and we are trying to fill that void.

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Toledo Indians play hard at State
Picture courtesy of KC Smith
Toledo Indians play hard at State

The Toledo Indian girls basketball team season came to an end, but not before they won a chance to play at state.

The final game was against Tri-Cities Prep, a private school, Toledo fell short by one win to bring home hardware. The score was 39-44, with the Jaguar's taking the lead in the first quarter in Spokane, Washington. The Indians ended their season with a 23-6 record, the first time going to State in over 10 years.

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Bradshaw resigns as Mayor of Winlock

On Monday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m Mayor Don Bradshaw resigned his position as mayor for the City of Winlock, but not before taking a dig at the new council.

Mayor Bradshaw resigned leaving a resignation note: "Do To Failing health brought on by The Miss Conduct of The lawless Council, I will Step away From The Office of Mayor of The City of Winlock as of 1:00 p.m. This Day." Letter printed as written. The council has not done anything illegal but Mayor Bradshaw has, yet he called them lawless.

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