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Flooding Prevented, Community volunteers help lay sandbags at KFH
Photo Courtesy Dr. Jon Tienhaara - South Bend School District employees and volunteers helped out to make sure Koplitz Field House didn't flood the way it did seven years ago.
Flooding Prevented, Community volunteers help lay sandbags at KFH

SOUTH BEND - Last week's heavy rainfall, snow-melt runoff and fierce winds thwacked the South Bend School District buildings with fierce force. It closed the schools for two days (Thurs. and Fri.), which will be made up at the end of the school year. Fortunately, a quick response helped prevent significant damage.

"We had water over almost the entire campus," South Bend Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jon Tienhaaran told the Herald Saturday. "Crews worked all night on Thursday, running pumps and mopping up water as it entered through the front doors of Koplitz Field House. After 6:00 a.m., the water began to recede. Koplitz Field House was dry with no water reaching the wood floor.

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South Bend Police, city crews, play big part with evacuation
Photo by George Kunke - Motorists and citizens were impacted by flooding caused by heavy rains and 70-mph winds in north Pacific County last Thursday. King tides also caused problems in some areas. Many streets were barricaded by the South Bend Police Dep
South Bend Police, city crews, play big part with evacuation

SOUTH BEND - Too much rainfall, nasty winds, and high tides, created havoc as flooding moved into South Bend in several areas with some residents needing to be evacuated last Thursday. The South Bend Police Department and city crews worked diligently to sustain normalcy with the impacted flooded areas.

"The flooding was bad in several places throughout the city," South Bend Police Chief Lucas Stigall told the Herald.

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Accident causes fire at Galey's gas pump
Photo by George Kunke - Here\'s what\'s left of the pump at Galey\'s Grocery after it was smashed into by a driver last Tuesday (Dec. 28). At press time, it was not known when Galey\'s would be able to offer gasoline again.
Accident causes fire at Galey's gas pump

A vehicle slammed into a gas pump at Galey's Grocery last Tuesday (Dec. 28) at mid-afternoon causing the pump to burst into flames and be totally destroyed. The driver was driving eastbound on Route 6 when he turned left into Galey's and rammed into an ice machine and then struck the gasoline pump near the doorway to the store. The impact of the collision caused the pump to land some 20 feet from its original place, while aflame.

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New COVID variant surges across the US
Dr. Steven Krager
New COVID variant surges across the US

Last week, COVID-19 cases started breaking numbers as the Omicron variant surged. New York state reported breaking their single daily high on Wednesday, December 29 with 67,000 new infections, and Michigan broke their record on Tuesday, December 28 with 12,929. Christmas Eve saw Washington's record broken with 6,140 daily cases.

Even though restrictions have eased, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Deputy Health Officer for Pacific County Dr. Steven Krager posted a video on Youtube on December 23 discussing the newest variant that is well on its way to becoming the most dominant strain.

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Santa visits the Raymond Elks
Photo from the Raymond Elks Facebook page
Santa visits the Raymond Elks

Santa made a stop at the Raymond Elks #1292 on Monday, December 20! Thanks to everyone who came by for the fun... Happy Holidays!

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Raymond receives grant to work on Willapa Place Way
Raymond receives grant to work on Willapa Place Way

The City of Raymond has been awarded a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant for $1,172,612 to reconstruct Willapa Place Way, which is the loop from SR101 to SR101 going past McDonalds.

This is the road that runs between SR101 and the Thriftway parking lot. During the rainy season, the entrances to Willapa Place Way is often covered with flood water. It is also full of bumps and potholes.

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Shoalwater Bay Casino makes childrens' Christmas with toy donations
Photo by David Johnson - Left to Right: Daryl Brown, Jim Melton, Dennis Benn, Keith Zelepuza, Kevin Hatton, and Johnny Winokur show off the collection of donated toys by the Shoalwater Bay Casino for the South Beach Regional Fire Authority\'s Grayland St
Shoalwater Bay Casino makes childrens' Christmas with toy donations

TOKELAND - On December 16, Shoalwater Bay Casino General Manager Johnny Winokur delivered 200 toys to the South Beach Regional Fire Authority's Grayland Station for their Annual Saturday with Santa toy giveaway. The delivery was the culmination of a two-week toy drive hosted by the casino which provided free play to guests who donated toys.

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WDFW's Santa Delivers: Steelhead stocked in four area lakes
Photo Courtesy Eryn Crouch - WDFW Fish Hatchery Specialist Pat Chamberlain of the Forks Creek Hatchery displays one nice-size fish.
WDFW's Santa Delivers: Steelhead stocked in four area lakes

Just in time for Christmas, local anglers will be happy to hear that four Pacific County lakes have been stocked with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) hatchery adult steelhead, averaging 7 pounds each. The four lakes that fishermen can reel in steelhead are Case's Pond, Black Lake, Western Lake and Snag Lake. And, the Humptulips staff planted 100 adult steelhead into Duck Lake in Grays Harbor. Also, 544 jumbo trout were planted into Cases Pond in late November.

"With the December high flows and conservation-minded fishing restrictions, this approach gives anglers a second chance to harvest these hatchery adults," WDFW Communications Manager Eryn Crouch told the Herald.

"WDFW hatchery crews implanted a blue tag in the back of these fish to help fishery managers measure success and angler effort, informing future fisheries," Crouch added. "If you catch one of these tagged adults, please call the number listed on the tag."

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Local schools rewarded for honoring Veterans Day
Local schools rewarded for honoring Veterans Day

Each year the local school districts honor Veterans Day and this year the local veterans gave back to the schools.

Raymond, South Bend, and Willapa Valley hold assemblies and usually a lunch near Veterans Day to honor the men and women who served our country.

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PCEMA asks for public comment on revised Hazard Mitigation Plan
PCEMA asks for public comment on revised Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is asking for public comments and reviews on the new Pacific County Hazard Mitigation Plan. The comment period lasts until December 22, 2021.

Two Rivers Emergency Management Planner Tony Gertz has joined with PCEMA to write the newest plan. He has been writing these types of plans for the past 10 years. This newest plan is intended to last for the next 5 years.

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