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Showing 38 articles from October 13, 2014.

WHH - Front Page

Former deputy facing charges

The Attorney General's Office has filed charges last Wednesday against a former Pacific County Sheriff's deputy accused of misconduct on the job.

PUD introduces Large Loads policy

Slight rate increases


At the last Public Utility District #2 Commissioners meeting of Tuesday, Oct. 7, Resolution No. 1354 was passed by unanimous vote, adopting a new Large Load policy.

Six candidates answer question at packed forum


OLD WILLAPA - Located at the Willapa Valley Grange Hall, this year's Pacific County candidates gathered for a forum attended by at least 60 residents of the area last Thursday night.

In the old #527 Grange Hall, it was standing room only as the seating quickly filled up to hear how the candidates would respond to questions concerning budgets, county policies, past situations and the future of Pacific County.

South Bend to institute B & O Tax


SOUTH BEND - It was quick work at the South Bend City Council meeting on Columbus Day (Monday) where an additional $200,000 to 300,000 may have been brought into the to the city budget.


TC - Community News

Community Announcements 10.15.14

Ryderwood Craft Fair this weekend

This weekend, Ryderwood will be holding their 10th annual Arts and Crafts Fair and area residents are invited to attend this kickoff to the local holiday bazaar season.

With vendors from around the region, and new craftspeople added each year, this gathering has grown into a full-fledged festival, with more events in the works for this year to include a Quilt Show at Pioneer Hall, Live Music at the Cafe, and a "Cruisin'" Car show up and down the "Main Drag." On top of all that, there will be door prizes, lunch fare in Community Hall, and the "nearly world famous" bake sale.

German exchange students sample northwest fare
German exchange students sample northwest fare

Nineteen German students and their two chaperones/instructors spent three weeks with high school counterparts in Toledo and Onalaska. During the trip, they visited both Seattle and Portland, as well as Mt. St. Helens.

In Seattle, some of the most memorable destinations included the Smith Tower, Bainbridge Island (and the necessary ferry ride across the Puget Sound), and EMP Music Experience.

Shellfishing under way

In Puget Sound, several marine areas are open this month for recreational crabbing.

On the coast, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has tentatively scheduled 41 razor clam digs beginning this month through Dec. 31. Beach surveys indicate an average razor clam population at Copalis this year while Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks show excellent numbers of clams.


TC - Regular Columns

Books by Barb and Becky

My name is Barb Lewis, and I love books! In fact, I just finished "Astoria, John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire, A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival," by Peter Stark. It was fascinating!

I loved Pacific Northwest History when I was in school because I'd been to a number of the places we learned about and that made it personal. And from the beginning of this true story of the 1810 expedition to establish a trading post - or as it was described, "The largest commercial enterprise the world has ever known", you are drawn in.

Ryderwood News 10.15.14

This will be my last chance to invite folks to visit Ryderwood for the 10th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair this upcoming weekend, Oct. 17 and 18. Community Hall will be over-flowing with artists, crafters and vendors of fine hand-crafted items. The selections will offer many choices for early holiday shopping. (I hesitate to mention that subject because I still believe the Christmas season doesn't begin until after Thanksgiving...)

The nearly world famous "Grandma's Kitchen", will offer the very finest of home-baked goodies in the kitchen. Lunch will also be served out of the kitchen, but I'm not sure of the menu at the time of printing. Door prizes (donated by the Vendors) will be awarded throughout the 2 days.

Toledo News 10.15.14

Rachel says: Lioness Club thanks all who attended our Tea this year. Discover the benefits of membership third Wednesdays monthly at Community Library. Dessert 6:30 p.m., meeting 7 p.m. Contact Rachel, or (360) 864-8844. Or visit

Mike says: Lions Club voted to sponsor the Fifth Annual Lewis County Veterans Parade in Toledo Nov. 8. Saturday St Helens Tap House hosts parade fundraiser. (Details on Page 3.)

Vader News 10.15.14

This newspaper appears to have jumped the gun when reporting on Friday's meeting of the Vader Planning Commission. Instead of holding a hearing related to a ban against recreational marijuana businesses, the commission met to discuss the adoption of rules outlining how the city will update their comprehensive plan, which will guide, among other things, a possible ban against recreational marijuana businesses. City Planner Rob White said the ban is among a number of priorities the commission is expected to address during their upcoming monthly meetings. For more information on the planning commission, contact City Hall at (360) 295-3222.

Winlock News 10.15.14

Many of you may have seen the new location of Brosey's Hardware at 109 Walnut St., just across the street from Winlock Auto Supply. They may have a new location, but continue to offer a wide selection of parts and tools, as well as vehicle licensing services. Drop by and see their new venue between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. A grand opening is also expected in the coming days. For more info, call (360) 785-3791.

Looking for a great place to have lunch in Winlock? Try the Olequa Senior Center, where you don't have to be in your golden years to enjoy a good meal and spend time in good company. The lunches take place at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $4 per person Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with a suggested donation of $3 asked on Wednesday and Friday. Volunteers are also needed for this program, so feel free to call (360) 785- 4325 if you are available.


TC - Obituaries

Harold David Boone

Harold David Boone of Toledo, WA passed away at St. John Medical Center on Oct 3, 2014.

He was born April 30, 1937 in Toledo, WA at the Toledo Hospital to Elmer and Dorothy Boone. Harold graduated from Toledo High School in 1955.


WHH - Letters to the Editor

Dingethal is Aware of Local Needs

I have met with Bob Dingethal on multiple occasions in Pacific County

McClain Uses Vacation Time to Campaign

I attempt to avoid out-of-county politics at all costs. However, sometimes situations arise that call for action. This is such a time. Currently, Mark McClain is employed by the Lewis County Prosecutor's Office. I recruited him while he worked for the Pacific County Prosecutor's Office. I knew of the high praises he earned from his prior employers, the Kittitas County Prosecutor, and Mr. Burke.

Swanson is NOT with the "Good Old Boys Club"

I would like to take this opportunity to ask the Pacific County ratepayers to re-elect Mike Swanson. He has consistently shown the willingness to listen and follow up on issues brought before the board without prejudice or malice.

Swanson Shows Good Grasp of Issues

Reelect Mike Swanson as your Pacific County PUD Commissioner.

Swanson Works for the Ratepayers

P.U.D. ratepayers beware.

Swanson, Votes with Integrity, and Truly Serves the Public

I have been attending P.U.D. meetings since March 2013 and have witnessed the P.U.D. Board of Commissioners in action. It is very clear to me that there is a split on this board and it is due to two commissioners that want to continue the status quo, and one that votes the way that he thinks that the ratepayers would vote. That commissioner is Mike Swanson.


TC - Opinions and Letters

Local legislators encourage 'No' vote on Initiative 594

Submitted by Sen. Brian Hatfield, Rep. Dean Takko and Rep. Brian Blake of Washington's 19th legislative district.

On this November's ballot, Washington state voters will be asked to approve or reject ballot measure Initiative 594, which calls for expanded background checks on most firearms transfers, including loans and gifts.

We are voting "No," and we want to share our reasons with our constituents.


TC - Government

Ballots to be mailed this week

General Election ballots are being mailed out this Wednesday and are expected to be delivered later in the week.

Remember to fill out your ballot and have it postmarked by Nov. 4, or return it to one of these ballot drop-off locations:

Local ballot measures coming up this election

Some common arguments for and against ballot measures proposed to local voters during the November General Election.

Toledo touted for effective infrastructure management

The City of Toledo found itself the subject of accolades during an annual conference of The Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council held in Wenatchee the week of Sept. 30.

Attended by Toledo City Council Member Nate Cook, he returned to the council's regular meeting on Oct. 6 and shared how, when it came to examples of cities with effective approaches to infrastructure, Toledo was touted as an example to follow.

Vader reports lapse in sewer maintenance after abrupt resignation of Yost

The City of Vader has reported they were briefly without sewer maintenance services in recent weeks due to the abrupt resignation of their part-time employee, but have since restored such services with support from the State Department of Ecology (DOE).

Mayor Ken Smith told the City Council Thursday former part-time sewer employee Terresa Yost had resigned effective Sept. 29, citing concerns over travel expenses, according to Smith.


WHH - Sports

Harbor harriers run well at Ilwaco

The cross country meet at Ilwaco at Black Lake on Thursday, Oct. 2, turned out to be a bigger race than anticipated as a number of the local teams and Astoria squared off in a premier race.

Hoffman runs third; Cook fifth

At Rainier meet

On the Rainier course that will be the state qualifying site in three weeks, Willapa Harbor runners showed that they are tuning up as the season goes into the critical stage.

Lady Gulls lose 3-0

Raymond dropped a 25-16, 25-22, 15-15 match against Northwest Christian Thursday at Lacey.

Lady Indians cage 'Cats, stymied by Navigators

South Bend took down host Ocosta in 3 games 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 last Thursday night.

Seagulls shellack South Bend; Newman, Murdock, Freeman star
Photo by Patrick Myers South Bend's Ryan Overstake heads for yardage against Raymon'd's staunch defense. In pursuit is Seagull Elliott Murdock.
Seagulls shellack South Bend; Newman, Murdock, Freeman star

Host Raymond improved to 5-1 on the gridiron season with a 41-0 thumping of South Bend on homecoming night Friday. The Seagulls scored all of their points in the first half.

Titans smother Toutle Lake 37-0

Pe Ell-Willapa Valley registered its second straight shutout by whitewashing host Toutle Lake 34-0 Friday night.

Kaelin Jurek gained 112 yards on 10 rushes and Seth Flemetis rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries to fuel the Titans.

Vikings rout two opponents in net action

Willapa Valley posted two wins in Pacific League volleyball last wee. The Vikings swept past Ilwaco and Rainier 3-0.


TC - Sports

Football Report

Castle Rock 14 Seton Catholic 6

The Rockets earned their second victory in consecutive weeks as they came back to defeat Seton Catholic in Trico League play.

Talib Meeks caught TD passes of 30 and 23 yards along with 88 yards of rushing to be a huge the Rocket offensive production. CR was slowed by a plethora of penalties. The Rockets were flagged for 105 yards but in the end found a way to win.

The Stat Box
The Stat Box

A rundown of recent local games for the week of Oct. 15.


TC - Police, Fire and EMS

Crime Stoppers 'Crime of the Week'

Authorities are asking for help in solving a theft taking place in Chehalis sometime at the end of August.

Between Aug. 22 and 25, an unknown number of suspects knocked over several junction boxes along the 1600 block of Rush Rd. and sole approximately 5,000 feet of both insulated and non-insulated copper wire. While the approximate total loss is more than $10,000, an official figure is awaiting a contractor's estimate.

Details of child death expected later this week

Authorities state they expect to release more information this week regarding the recent death of a 3-year-old boy in Vader, while most details remain undisclosed at this time.

The child had been the subject of a 911 call the evening of Oct. 5 on the 400 block of Main St. when it was reported he had stopped breathing and, though efforts were made by reporting parties and emergency personnel to revive him, he was later pronounced dead.

Local EMS and Fire calls

Local EMS and fire calls between Oct. 6 and 12.

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

The Washington State Fire Marshal's Office is reminding local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

According to the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.


TC - Business

Area pumpkin patch open and ready for the Halloween season
Area pumpkin patch open and ready for the Halloween season

Spooky creatures and lots of fun are waiting at Story Book Farm, in Toledo, as the u-pick pumpkin patch is open for Halloween guests. Located at 5053 Jackson Hwy. Story Book Farm is open from 10 a.m. to dusk now through Oct. 31.

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