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Riptide opens historic soccer season with victory
Photo by Larry Bale - Kyra Gardner (6), of the Raymond-South Bend Riptides, dribbles the ball in traffic against Ilwaco last Tuesday (Sept. 4) at Raymond. Gardner scored two goals for the winning Riptide.
Riptide opens historic soccer season with victory

The first-ever girls' soccer match for the combined team from Raymond and South Bend high schools resulted in a historic win for the Riptide when they defeated visiting Ilwaco 2-1 after 80 minutes of play last Tuesday (Sept. 4) at the Raymond HS football field. It was also the inaugural soccer match for Ilwaco. Kyra Gardner, a ninth grader from RHS, scored both goals for the winners.

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Tumwater Teacher Strike ruled illegal; South Bend teachers threatening to anyway
Photo by Jeff Clemens - Teachers picketed outside of South Bend Schools on Monday after classes ended for the day.
Tumwater Teacher Strike ruled illegal; South Bend teachers threatening to anyway

Local teachers and school districts have kept a close eye on other districts in the state that have ended up in courtrooms over teacher strikes. In a surprising chain of events a Tumwater judge ruled a Tumwater School District teacher strike to be illegal while another judge in Longview ordered Longview teachers back to work.

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Three vehicle accident sends one to hospital
Photo by Jeff Clemens - Full Throttle in South Bend quickly cleared up two of the vehicles of Monday's accident.
Three vehicle accident sends one to hospital

Monday, Sept. 10 at approximately 2:54 p.m. the South Bend Fire Department, Raymond Fire Department, South Bend Police, Raymond Police, and Washington State Patrol responded to a three vehicle accident at US 101 and Ferry St. in South Bend.

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Great fun at the Labor Day Parade
Photos by Jeff Clemens - Everyone had a great time at the Labor Day Parade on Sunday, September 2 in South Bend. Kids, adults, and dogs enjoyed the great entertainment.
Great fun at the Labor Day Parade
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South Bend Library temporarily closes; future uncertain

The South Bend branch of the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) has temporarily closed it doors and its staff relocated to the Raymond Library for the time being. Timberland Regional Library executives decided to close the library in an abundance of caution after several building concerns arose.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries was brought in at the request of Timberland Regional Library to look at several issues with the building. The final report is expected to be ready in the coming weeks. L&I has been looking at foundation supports, wall leakages, and several other structural concerns that have yet been specified.

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Locals come together to help community

Willapa Caring Hands is a brand new baby in Pacific County. This non-profit is forming in the hope of helping those in need. They will be hosting a free laundry day at the Raymond Laundromat on Sept. 9 to help local families get set for the new school year.

The group's main focus will be on families with kids in North Pacific County to help make sure they have the tools they need to be successful in school, but will also help out the rest of the community as much as possible.

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Fire destroys home in Raymond; occupant and dog make it out
Photo by Jeff Clemens - Water Street Fire remains
Fire destroys home in Raymond; occupant and dog make it out

Friday, August 24 the Raymond Fire Department along with Pacific County Fire District 3 responded to a report of a fully engulfed residence at 1234 Water Street in Raymond.

Once on scene crews observed a fully engulfed structure along with several vehicles according to the Raymond Fire Department. The crews also observed nearby homes and structures were under immediate threat of the fire and crews took a defensive stance against the fire.

A single 48 year old male occupant and his dog were able to escape the fire uninjured. The home is considered a complete loss along with 7 vehicles parked at the home. A neighbor's home also sustained some minor damage from the fire.

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New Valley View doctor's license suspended by state

Valley View Clinics newest addition Doctor William Dienst's medical license has been suspended by the Washington State Department of Health with a number of charges stated as the reason.

The Herald published an article on August 22 regarding Valley View welcoming a new doctor to the area. Raymond Valley View Clinic Manager Sharon Smith reached out and requested the Herald to withhold the article as Dr. Dienst would be out some time with a "family emergency," but the newspaper had already gone to press.

A concerned local resident contacted the Herald after reading the article to inform the newspaper of the allegations against Dr. Dienst. This same day, August 22, the Department of Health issued a press release regarding Dr. Dienst with the title, "Okanogan County physician suspended; charges say he is unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety."

Subsequent information through the DOH database yielded approximately five malpractice claims against Dr. Dienst of which one patient ultimately passed away with his care being stated as a contributing factor.

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Teacher pay negotiations have become a head butting contest

The McCleary Bill has allotted millions of dollars to be directed towards assisting teachers to get pay raises this year and local school districts are in the midst of negotiating just how much.

The funding was designed in response to the McCleary Decision in which the state was ordered to fully fund K-12 public schools as it was found the state consistently failed to fulfill its constitutional obligation to student educations.

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Sheriff's Office locates another illegal grow  in familiar place
Photo by Pacific County Sheriff's Office Detective Ryan Tully - Trays of marijuana from a recent drug bust in Grayland by the Pacific County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's Office locates another illegal grow in familiar place

The Pacific County Sheriff's Office responded to residence in the 1000 block of Pine Street in Grayland to a report of suspicious person at a well known residence to the sheriff's office.

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