July 9 at approximately 1:53 p.m. Raymond Fire Department, South Bend Fire Department, and Washington State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle motor vehicle accident on US 101 at Giles Lane. One person was transported to Willapa Harbor Hospital by Raymond Fire. Their condition and/or injuries is unknown.
Raymond Police Officer Sean Jarvis has resigned in lieu of termination after being on paid leave for the past several months due to an internal and external investigation into accusations of misconduct and violation of department codes.
Word quickly spread around the community of scandal in connection with several allegations of Misconduct and Conduct Unbecoming of a Police Officer against Jarvis. "The bulk of the allegations against him have been rumors," Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor stated. "Not much of the claims were found to be very accurate and only one accusation was found to be truthful."
The City of South Bend is in the process of having Lemay take over the garbage service in South Bend. A final proposal from Lemay is expected prior to the July 23 council meeting with the council and mayor expected to review in time for the meeting.
Lemay will pay full price for the city's recently purchased automated garbage truck that is valued at around $211,000. The city was able to secure a loan and a USDA grant of $67,000 to purchase the truck earlier this year. The city will be able to pay off the remaining balance of the loan left on the truck.
Potential Weyerhaeuser strike looming amid growing tension between company and union workers
Weyerhaeuser and IAM Woodworkers W24 have been unable to reach an agreement during labor talks for the last several months at the bargaining table.
Local resident Dr. Nicole Apelian who competed on Alone Season 2 on the History Channel has once again competed on Alone Season 5 dubbed the "Redemption" season.
Erin Frasier is the Democratic candidate for the position of representative for District 19, Position 1 for Pacific, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Wahkiakum, and Cowlitz counties. Republican incumbent Jim Walsh is running against Frasier for the two-year term in the August 7 primary election. The voting begins July 20.
Last week a large barge with a crane moved down the Willapa River. The Port is leasing the South Fork pier to the Manson Construction Company. They have been awarded a $19 million contract by the US Army Corps of Engineers to repair the sand berm protecting the Shoalwater Bay Tribal properties in Tokeland. The project will begin this month and probably extend in to September. They will be using the pier to stage equipment for the project.
The City of South Bend has dropped the proposed Utility Rate Excise Tax to 2% amounting to roughly $4 per month according to South Bend City Treasurer Dee Roberts. The new rate would extend to 3 years instead of the 5% for 2 years.
The previous tax proposal would have raised the Utility Rate Excise Tax 5% for 2 years costing a household approximately $120 per year.
"I have some interest, but I'm also sensing some negativity and someone who seems to know a lot about the process putting in their two cents." ~ Kaley Hanson
The Raymond City Council discussed the hot-button-topic regarding the choice to turn the theatre apartments into an Airbnb along with discussing a couple ordinances during the June 18 council meeting.
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