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Another great Fair comes and goes
Dotsi Graves, Fair Manager announces the queen.
Another great Fair comes and goes

By SCOT PEARSON

MENLO - For the 118th Pacific County Fair, it was all smiles and laughs as local residents came into Menlo for the running of the annual festival.

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And the Winner is...
Photo by Larry Bale Madeline Maden was named Queen for the 2014 Pacific county Fair Thursday night at the fairgrounds. Madeline was escorted by her grandfather, Tom Maden.
And the Winner is...

By SCOT PEARSON

MENLO - The anticipation was mounting as this year's Pacific County Fair Queen candidates took the stage just prior to the announcement of the winner.

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Raymond City Council approves Duryea Block Party, Ugly Ed's Auction

By SCOT PEARSON and

Patrick Myers

The Raymond City Council met Monday night, August 18. During the communications slot on the agenda, Clerk Hester Gilleland spoke about the exit conference that will be held on Sept. 8, to have the official results from the State Auditor's office.

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Restricted access to South Fork Dock
Photo by Scot Pearson With the sale of property within the Port of Willapa Harbor, temporary fencing, along with no trespassing signs and restrictions for workers, lets the public know that they should not enter, unless they are there on official business
Restricted access to South Fork Dock

By SCOT PEARSON

For now it is business as usual, that is, the new business of trying to comply with the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the 502 Initiative.

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Chief Eastham reports burglaries, heavy traffic at council meeting

By SCOT PEARSON

SOUTH BEND - As the summer winds down, the South Bend City Council is ramping up to take on Labor Day and the 52 annual Come & Play on Labor Day Festival.

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Emergency Management attends training in Grays Harbor

ABERDEEN - Tsunami is a Japanese word with the English translation, "harbor wave." And it could not be more appropriate to the collected group in Aberdeen who sat through CEETEP, a four-day training program that started on August 11.

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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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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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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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Pocket belly tacos under new management with Valley FCCLA
Photo by Les Edersheim Longtime Raymond Kiwanis treasurer Dick Mergens manned the pocket belly taco booth in a previous year. Head on out to the Fair and enjoy some fine food from many local vendors.
Pocket belly tacos under new management with Valley FCCLA

Pacific County Fair

By VIVIAN EDERSHEIM

After more than 30 years of serving pocket belly tacos to Pacific County fair-goers, the Raymond Kiwanis Club is passing the "torch" to another organization. Willapa Valley High School's Family Career and Community Leaders of America, better known as FCCLA, has elected to take over the booth.

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Black stands up for kids to reduce youth homelessness
joel black
Black stands up for kids to reduce youth homelessness

Young adult of the month

By Kayla Camenzind

Valley native Joel Black has moved to the big state capital but hasn't lost the giving spirit engrained in him by the local community. A Pacific Lutheran University graduate and employee at the Washington State Department of Revenue, Black finds time to volunteer as co-executive director at Olympia's branch of StandUp for Kids, a nation-wide nonprofit that aims to reduce youth homelessness.

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County reflects on emergency management planning

By Kayla Camenzind

SOUTH BEND - In the last five months, Washington has faced two of the worst natural disasters in its history - the Oso mudslide, where 43 lives were taken when an unstable hill collapsed, and the recent Carlton Complex wildfires, in which over 300 homes were lost.

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Sullivan recuses himself from Belcher sentencing

By PATRICK MYERS

SOUTH BEND - Monday night at the South Bend City Council meeting, there was an ordinance passed that will allow cargo containers to be used in commercial areas.

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A local edition of American Pickers
Jerry Bowman acquired the old Boondocks sign in 2011. After restoring it, he hung it among his other collected items, including the World's Largest Oyster sign that used to be by a large, cement oyster as a tourist attraction.
A local edition of American Pickers

By Kayla Camenzind

SOUTH BEND - It's like a scene out of the History Channel series, American Pickers - old signs, sometimes decades old, decoratively peppering the landscape, on building walls, in the flower gardens, and even nestled up under surrounding trees - from the old South Bend Coffee Company Sign and a rusty Purina Chows sign that was used at a feed store in Puyallup to the True Value sign that used to be on Dennis Company.

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McClain Claims primary

Mark McClain defeated incumbent David Burke in a close tally for the position of prosecuting attorney in the Pacific County Primary Election, which concluded Friday.

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South Bend welcomes Tienhaara as new superintendent
Jon Tienhaara
South Bend welcomes Tienhaara as new superintendent

By Kayla Camenzind

SOUTH BEND - Jon Tienhaara, former teacher and principal at Naselle High School, is taking over the position of superintendent at South Bend School District. With 13 years of experience in education, Tienhaara is working on finishing his doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle Pacific University.

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Willapa Harbor Festival a hit
Willapa Harbor Festival a hit

By Kayla Camenzind

Last weekend's Willapa Harbor Festival brought the community together with great music, food, and activities for all ages.

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Locals aid those affected by Carlton Complex fires
Photo by Char Harmier The Carlton Complex fires wreaked havoc in the town of Pateros, Washington. Shown here, all that's left of one area of the town. 300 homes were lost in the fire, leaving hundreds with nothing.
Locals aid those affected by Carlton Complex fires

By Kayla Camenzind

Tragedy has struck in Eastern Washington where the Carlton Complex fire, the largest wildfire in Washington State history, has destroyed around 300 homes and left hundreds with nothing. Pacific County locals are working together to help those who lost everything in Pateros and Brewster.

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Draft WATV law may soon be passed

By Kayla Camenzind

SOUTH BEND - Pacific County Commissioners have finished a draft of an ordinance allowing wheeled all-terrain vehicles and off-road vehicles on certain county roads with speed limits under 35 mph. According to the draft, the ordinance will come into effect August 13.

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Raymond approves permit for $120,000,000 port development

By Patrick Myers

Monday night the Raymond City Council met to discuss the Shoreline Conditional Use Permit, which involves a project with an estimated cost of $120,000,000.

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NW Carriage Museum gets a vintage addition
Photo by Laurie Bowman A 1900s Austrian hearse is the newest addition to the Northwest Carriage Museum. Pictured is Museum Curator Jerry Bowman who along with friends Don Corcoran and John Swartz, brought the hearse to Raymond. It is currently proudly on
NW Carriage Museum gets a vintage addition

By Kayla Camenzind

Last week the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond received a new addition - a 1900s hearse from Vienna, Austria.

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New windsocks for pilots
Photo by Jerry Gould The Willapa Harbor Airport recently had two new windsocks installed by Port of Willapa Harbor staffers Mike Deniston (left) and Steve Porter.Supervising the installation was Willapa Harbor Pilots Association Founder Bill Kennedy. 
New windsocks for pilots

The Willapa Harbor Airport now has two new windsocks that were installed by Port of Willapa Harbor staff members Mike Deniston and Steve Porter.  Willapa Harbor Pilots Association Founder Bill Kennedy “supervised” the installation last Thursday. 

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Freeman places first in discus at National Junior Olympics
Photo Courtesy Mike Tully Karlee Freeman posed with her gold medal at the National Junior Olympics last Saturday, July 26, after placing first in the discus with a throw of 130’10.75”.
Freeman places first in discus at National Junior Olympics

By KAYLA CAMENZIND

Karlee Freeman of Raymond Jr/Sr High School placed first in the discus at the National Junior Olympics last weekend in Humble, Texas, throwing 130’ 10.75”.

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Officials assess solid waste pollution
On the beaches in Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties, people dump garbage illegally in the night. Garbage here is staged to wash away with the tide on Washaway Beach.
Officials assess solid waste pollution

at Washaway Beach

WASHAWAY BEACH - Last Tuesday, July 22, officials met with Tokeland/North Cove residents to assess solid waste pollution from housing falling into the ocean and numerous illegal dump-sites on Washaway Beach. The county hoped to establish a mitigation plan and long-term funding by meeting with the officials.

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