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Rollover crash closes US 101 for over an hour
Photo by Jeff Clemens - Traffic was closed on US 101 between Butte Creek and Smith Creek Roads on Sunday, September 8 while fire crews worked to rescue a trapped passenger after a rollover accident.
Rollover crash closes US 101 for over an hour

A truck hauling a classic truck on a trailer slid off the roadway on US 101 Sunday, September 8. The truck and trailer were headed northbound when they lost control and slid across both lanes coming to a rest in the southbound ditch after rolling over.

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New DNR simulation shows catastrophic CSZ tsunami impact on the coastline

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources released an updated tsunami simulation model on Tuesday, August 27. The model shows the potential scenario if a Cascadia Subduction Zone quake were to erupt. The updated information has provided both state and local agencies along with residents on the coastline a glimpse of what to expect.

Minutes expected to matter

The new model shows that should a CSZ quake strike off the coastline the Long Beach Peninsula would have a 15-20 minute window before a large caliber tsunami would strike the area. Areas such as Tokeland would be in the same window of time but further into the valley, those near Bay Center may have up to 45 minutes. Raymond and South Bend both are anticipated to have approximately 60-90 minutes before being impacted.

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Thousands show up for Labor Day Parade
Photo by Jeff Clemens - Thousands lined the streets in South Bend for the annual Labor Day Parade. Hundreds of children lined the curbs waiting for floats to toss candy. Many left with pockets and bags full of all sorts of candies.
Thousands show up for Labor Day Parade

Lines as far as the eye could see was the theme along US 101 in South Bend on Sunday, September 1. Thousands of spectators took to the sidewalks for the annual Labor Day Parade that celebrated the City of South Bend's 150th Anniversary.

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Raymond exploring options for Thai restaurant

The hot topic at the Raymond City Council meeting on Monday, August 19 turned out to be a proposed Thai restaurant that is looking to start-up business at the community center location. The spot previously held Liang's restaurant before it turned into a community center operated by Alliance for a Better Community.

Poised to make an investment


Within the proposal submitted to the city and council, hopeful business owners, the Keophommavong's, stated they have a $20,000 investment backing them. They asked the city to invest $5,600 in kitchen equipment and pay an additional cost for tables and chairs. Mayor Tony Nordin believed that the city may have had leftover grant money that could be used to cover the investment cost.

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Landslide puts a halt on the new Yellow Deli
Photo by Willapa Harbor Drone - Willapa Harbor Drone flew over the Yellow Deli slide on Wednesday, August 21 while workers looked at the scene to determine what could be done. The slide hit the rear of the current building at the location and sections of
Landslide puts a halt on the new Yellow Deli

The Yellow Deli project in South Bend has been put on hold after an unexpected landslide plummeted into the rear of the building and outlying parking lot. The deli was working to remove a toe at the bottom of the slope to give an incoming building more room.

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Come and Play at South Bend's 150th Anniversary
Photo by George Kunke - Alathia Markwell, a junior at SBHS, played the flute on the SBHS Band float during last year's Come and Play on Labor Day Grand Parade. This year the band will perform the National Anthem.
Come and Play at South Bend's 150th Anniversary

SOUTH BEND - Come on out to the South Bend Come and Play on Labor Day Festival (Thursday thru Monday) and say "Happy Anniversary" to this tradition-rich little coastal city, she was founded 150 years ago this year!

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First Shoalwater Bay Safety Fair a success
Photo by Jeff Clemens - The U.S. Coast Guard lands a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at the Shoalwater Bay Police Department Safety Fair on Thursday, August 15.
First Shoalwater Bay Safety Fair a success

The Shoalwater Bay Police department held its first Safety Fair on Thursday, August 15 at the Shoalwater Bay Gym working with agencies from across Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties.

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Carlson steps down as HAVA director; McKayla Smith named successor

Longtime HAVA Shelter Manager Lisa Carlson resigned on Tuesday, August 13 due to a personal health problem. Carlson had given several years of dedication and service to the shelter, and now handed the shelter duties over to new Manager McKayla Smith, who previously served as the volunteer and cat adoption coordinator.

Carlson, according to HAVA Member Dee Roberts, had been planning for her eventual retirement from the position and had already been training Smith as her successor. The only part of the plan that changed was it happened two years early.

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Large attendance at the 2nd Annual National Night Out
Photo Jeff Clemens - Pictured are patrol vehicles from the Raymond and Shoalwater Bay Police Departments. Pictured left to right are Raymond PD Sgt. Arlie Bogss, Shoalwater PD Chief Jim Bergstrom, Shoalwater PD Officer Chris Boggs and Raymond PD Reserve.
Large attendance at the 2nd Annual National Night Out

Local law enforcement and emergency response agencies assembled at South Fork Landing Park near downtown Raymond for the 2nd Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4. Several other local agencies and organizations also attended to raise awareness for many causes.

New organizer

Zoe Sowa, secretary at the South Bend Police Department, was tasked with setting up this year's National Night Out. Last year's event was organized by former Pacific County Sheriff's Office Chief Civil Deputy Denise Rowlette who departed the office at the start of the year.

"Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock reached out to me to see if I would help this year," Sowa said. "I took part in it last year and helped. Since Denise is no longer there, I was asked to take over and spearheaded it this year."

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See Y'all at the Fair! Pacific County Fair offers vast variety for everyone
Photo by Sally Kunke - Horses are always a big favorite at the Pacific County Fair opening Wednesday in Menlo.
See Y'all at the Fair! Pacific County Fair offers vast variety for everyone

MENLO - This year's theme for the Pacific County Fair (PCF), "Carnival Lights & Country Nights," was chosen by the Pacific County Fair Advisory Board, and it was submitted by a community person who received $50 for submitting the selection.

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