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Willapa Harbor Herald
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Pirate Daze in Westport is this weekend
Photo by Karen S. Cater - A skeleton pirate raised from the dead give unaware travelers a scare when he makes a move.
Pirate Daze in Westport is this weekend

Avast there, and blow me down! Pirate Daze is upon us again.

This year the pirate will take over Westport for their free festival Rusty Scuppers Pirate Daze from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26.

The festival opens at noon on Friday and lasts until 7:00 p.m. Look for the action in the Westport Marina area.

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Riverwoods Golf and RV shaping up
Photo Courtesy Heather Hamilton - The driving range at Riverwoods Golf and RV is open to the public. Three holes are tentatively scheduled to be ready for play sometime in September.
Riverwoods Golf and RV shaping up

It has been a labor-intensive, time-consuming process to get the local golf course (formerly known as Willapa Harbor Golf Course) restored and primed for linksters to shoot par on. However, owner Heather Hamilton is optimistic that at least three holes of the newly titled Riverwoods Golf and RV will be in play for the public sometime in September.

"The property is owned by our LLC, Willapa Harbor Golf LLC, but we are changing the operating entity to Riverwoods Park LLC, DBA (doing business as), Riverwoods Golf and RV," Hamilton told the Herald. "We took ownership of the course July 9, 2021." Riverwoods is a 9-hole golf course.

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Deputy Eastham fired as result of independent investigation
Deputy Eastham fired as result of independent investigation

Pacific County Sheriff's Deputy Jesse Eastham was terminated from his position effective April 4, 2022, as the result of an independent investigator's report where Eastham violated multiple policies within the Sheriff's Department.

Since the middle of October 2021, Eastham had been on paid administrative leave. This action was the result of an investigation into Eastham's actions and conduct while on duty.

Eastham was issued a lengthy Brady Letter by former Pacific County Prosecutor Benjamin Haslam on January 13, 2021, before his administrative leave. A Brady Letter means that the testimony of the officer is under suspicion and that the officer was caught being less than truthful in the past. There are pending cases that are under scrutiny currently because they are based mainly on Eastman's testimony.

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Swogger scheduled to appear in court July 1
Swogger scheduled to appear in court July 1

Raymond School District teacher Robert Swogger, who was arrested for assault in the second degree, a felony, for an incident that took place in a classroom, has a pre-trial court appearance scheduled for Friday, July 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Pacific County Superior Court, according to the Pacific County Prosecutor's Office.

Swogger, 43, who is also the RHS Head Volleyball Coach, has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, according to information from the Raymond Police Department (RPD) report on the incident.

The Herald asked Pacific County Criminal Chief Deputy Prosecutor Daniel Crawford a few questions, including: Do you expect there to be a plea bargain in the case? Will your office ask for the stiffest sentence? Since many people know Mr. Swogger, do you think there's a good chance the case will be moved to another area?

Crawford's only response was, "The case is still on the newer side and will need to be evaluated after we have received the entire investigation to determine the most just path forward."

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Congratulations to our local student-athletes!
Courtesy Photo - In front from left are Pe Ell-Willapa Titans Kylee Lyons, Lauren Matlock, Olivia Matlock, Grace Huber, Payton Peterson and Rilyn Channell. In back from left are head coach Ken Olson, assistant coach Pat Matlock, Jillian Hodel, Merissa Fra
Congratulations to our local student-athletes!

The Willapa Harbor Herald heartfully congratulates all of the student-athletes that competed at the Class 2B State Fastpitch, and Track and Field Championships this spring. The Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Titans captured their second state title and Raymond HS senior Kyra Gardner set a school record with four first-place medals to lead the Lady Seagulls to a third-place trophy. Willapa Valley HS junior Lauryn McGough set a state record in the pole vault and also garnered first place in the javelin.

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Getting ready for Labor Day weekend
Labor Day graphic/theme contest winning artwork by Alexis Frank
Getting ready for Labor Day weekend

South Bend will be hosting the Labor Day weekend celebration on September 1-4.

The Grand Parade is scheduled for Sunday, September 4 and the theme this year is Mythical Sea Creatures.

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Titans win state fastpitch state title
Photo Courtesy Jessi Lynn Photography - Pe Ell-Willapa Valley won its second fastpitch state championship under head coach Ken Olson. Players included Olivia Matlock (sr), Raegan Portmann (sr), Dani Shannon (sr), Merissa Frasier (sr), Ava Bush (sr), Alli
Titans win state fastpitch state title

The Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Titans captured their second state fastpitch championship under the guidance of head coach Ken Olson at the 1B state tournament conducted at the Yakima Gateway Sports Complex over the weekend. The Titans also claimed the state title in 2017.

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Community event reaches out to assist immigrants
Photo Courtesy Sally Kunke - Buck and Elizabeth provided entertainment at the Community & Family Resource & Health Event at the Willapa Harbor Community Center in South Bend.
Community event reaches out to assist immigrants

SOUTH BEND - The Community & Family Resource & Health Event turned out to be a gala and beneficial day that offered support for immigrants in north Pacific County. A few hundred people stopped by the Willapa Harbor Community Center in South Bend on May 14 to learn more about how to better adapt to a new community.

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Popup Art Studio Tours in Tokeland North Cove area this Saturday
Glass balls created by Jeremy Bartheld from JBartheld Glass Studio.
Popup Art Studio Tours in Tokeland North Cove area this Saturday

This year there is a popup event in the Tokeland North Cove event on Saturday, May 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A few local art studios will throw open their doors and let the public inside.

Due to now having enough vendors and artists willing to host visitors this year, the Tokeland North Cove Chamber of Commerce canceled their art tour and auction much to their disappointment.

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Remembering those gone
Photo by Vivian Edersheim
Remembering those gone

The Curtis family teamed up at Fern Hill Cemetery to clean gravesites while remembering their loved ones for Memorial Day. They were four of an estimated three dozen people at Fern Hill the morning of May 22.

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