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122nd Annual Pacific County Fair

The 122nd Annual Pacific County Fair is set to kick off on Aug. 22 and runs through Aug. 25 with this year's theme "Coming Home." The annual fair brings families from all over Pacific County and beyond together.

The fair will have food vendors, a beer garden, live music, 4-H competitions, horse racing and cattle sorting, a traveling zoo, a cheerleading demonstration and much more.

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National Night Out brings community and law enforcement together
Photo by Jeff Clemens - Deputy Randy Wiegardt along with partner Ciko with Deputy Jesse Eastham in the back. Deputy Wiegardt was explaining to residents how he works with his K-9 partner and the commands he uses.
National Night Out brings community and law enforcement together

The Pacific County Sheriff's Office held a National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7 at the South Fork Landing Park next to the Northwest Carriage Museum. The event kicked off at 5:00 p.m. and ran until around 8:00 p.m that evening.

According to the Pacific County Sheriff's Office National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods a safer, more caring place to live.

Throughout the night well over 250 residents showed up from the surrounding communities to partake in the event. The South Bend and Raymond Police departments had vehicles on display and were available for questions or comments and even just a chit chat. Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor even had his brand new police truck out for display. The Raymond Fire Department also had vehicles at the event and had several firefighters mingling with the public.

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Pearson gets stiff sentence for eluding, bail jumping

SOUTH BEND - Jason George Pearson, 38, of Long Beach was sentenced to 4 years and 7 months in prison for attempting to elude a police officer and bail jumping.

In July 2017, The sentencing took place in Pacific County Superior Court Friday afternoon.

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Giants in the Trees shook the festival
Photo by Jeff Clemens - Pam Nogueira Maneman drives the kiddie through the water feature of the Willapa Festival.
Giants in the Trees shook the festival

The Willapa Festival "was an awesome success," according to co-chairperson Kaley Hanson of the three-day Raymond event, which took place last Friday through Sunday primarily at Third Street Park. Michelle Layman was also a co-chair for the event.

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Benefit for Chris Heintz this weekend
Benefit for Chris Heintz this weekend

The Raymond Elks Lodge #1292 will be hosting a benefit for Chris Heintz on Saturday, August 11 at 5:00 p.m.

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Officer Coma returns from academy ready to serve
Photo by Jeff Clemens - New Raymond Police Officer Rikki Coma
Officer Coma returns from academy ready to serve

The Raymond Police Department welcomes back Officer Rikki Coma who recently completed the Washington State Police Academy and has returned to active duty with the police department. Officer Jacob Haas left last month to attend the academy and is expected to return later this year.

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Wildfires burn in timber over the weekend
Photo by Pacific County Fire District 3 - Pacific County Fire District 3 and Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources wildland firefighters attacking one of two fires that were burning on Sunday, July 29.
Wildfires burn in timber over the weekend

Two wildfires erupted between Menlo and Frances over the weekend. One started on Weyerhaeuser land and the other on land controlled by Washington State DNR.

According to Pacific County Fire District 3 Fire Chief Gary Schwiesow they were asked to assist DNR on the fires with equipment and manpower. They worked well into the night on Sunday, July 29 to suppress and contain the fires that were estimated to be around 3 acres each.

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Raymond-South Bend  soccer practices continue
Photo by Larry Bale - Local soccer players chase after the ball during recent action.
Raymond-South Bend soccer practices continue

SOUTH BEND - For the first time, South Bend and Raymond high schools will have a combined girls soccer team this fall.

There are three Wednesday practices remaining, including today, August 8 and August 15. The practices are behind Bud's Lumber from 5-7 pm.

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Blueberry pickers paradise
Photo by Jeff Clemens - Destiny and daughter Chloe Clemens picking blueberries. They plan to make jam and blueberry pie.
Blueberry pickers paradise

Smith Creek Blueberries has been the talk of the town for the last several weeks and it's no wonder as their blueberry season is at its prime. The berries are plentiful and so are the weekend pickers who stopped by on Saturday, July 28 for the u-pick day.

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Move along lil' doggies
Pictured above is local rider Nikki Manlow on her horse named Tomiss.
Move along lil' doggies

Friends of the Pacific County Fair held their Annual Cattle Sorting event on Saturday, July 21. The event is held to give amateur riders the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of cattle sorting and the fun that can be had. "It was our biggest weekend yet," Val Rowe stated. "We raised some needed funds for the fair and we had at least 30-40 people over the weekend. It was a great success!"

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