Friday, April 20 a water main broke in the sidewalk between 2nd and 3rd Street on Duryea in downtown Raymond. Raymond Public works responded to and were on scene within minutes. The crew had to shut the water off in the area for several hours to make the repair.
Raymond's Karlee Freeman reset her own school record in the discus and now has the top throw in the nation after her weekend display at Bearcat Stadium in Chehalis. Freeman won the discus, shot put and javelin.
April 15-21 was National Volunteers week and who better to honor than the Bay Center Volunteer Fire Department. With roots deep in the Chinook Nation and a department operated all by volunteers who give their time. They are well deserving of being chosen for this years spotlight.
Behind the scenes of every 911 call are the 911 Operators that make every emergency response possible and get help to residents in their most desperate and helpless time of need.
"We couldn't function without them," Sheriff Scott Johnson said. "They're a very important part of the wheel up here. And we're very lucky to keep them here locally. At one time we were looking at possibly having to close down our 911 Center and contract with another county. Luckily, that never happened."
PacCom has twelve 911 Operators who work varying shifts, but every minute of everyday the call center is staffed. They're determined to do everything they can to get you help. They come from varying backgrounds with one leaving nursing to become a operator to others who have worked there for over 10 years.
Tuesday, April 10 the Tsunami Roadshow came into Raymond and stopped at the Raymond Timberland Library to inform citizens about the risk of a major earthquake and tsunami. A crowd of around 50 residents from all over Northern Pacific County attended.
Walking into Great Northwest Federal Credit Union, among several other places, you can often see handmade wooden cars on the counter. The mystery behind the cars will lead you to a local craftsman by the name of Bob Fehrenbach who builds them to bring joy to children.
"I just can't get ahead," Fehrenbach said. "I just finished making 104 for the kindergarteners at Raymond, South Bend, and Valley. I made them kits that they have to put together themselves and sign when their done."
Saturday, May 19 Timbergrounds on Hwy 101 in South Bend will be hosting a fundraiser for 6 year old Avah Ogilvie who has been fighting for her life against leukemia. The fundraiser will be held all day long from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be a bake sale, car wash, and treats from Timber Grounds. All proceeds will go to Avah and her family's expenses for her treatment.
Raymond retained its hold on the Henrie-Weisel Willapa Harbor Tri-District championship Thursday on a rainy lukewarm day at the Leo Rubstello Track facility at Raymond HS. Raymond's star track athlete, Karlee Freeman, won four events and upped her school-record length in the shot put to 43 feet. Freeman, who is going to USC in the fall on a track and field scholarship, also won the discus (159 feet, 11 inches), javelin (126 ft) and 100-meter dash (13.44).
The Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources has released its findings from a 2,500 year old Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) Earthquake scenario. The results have given state and local agencies a better picture as to what could possibly be expected if there were to be a large earthquake in the CSZ.
Raymond smashed North Beach twice and then had the tables turned when Ocosta whipped the Lady Seagulls twice in fastpitch softball doubleheaders last week.
Last Wednesday (March 28) at North Beach, Raymond stomped the Lady Hyaks 15-5 and 17-6.
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