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Showing 17 articles from February 9, 2015.

WHH - Front Page

South Bend Council appreciates "extra effort" from city crews


SOUTH BEND - Well it was more like they talked about trash and the "extra effort" that crews have been providing during the recent uptake with windy weather.


TC - Community News

Clean Up the Coop rescheduled

I light of the Valentine's Day holiday, community organizers have decided to postpone the next Clean Up the Coop event in Winlock and will pick up where they left off next month.

Normally scheduled for the second Saturday of the month, this February brought the challenge of trying to organize a cleanup day on Valentine's Day, and organizers have decided they should wait until March.


TC - Regular Columns

Ryderwood News 02.11.15

This is a busy week for the ladies with both the Women's Club luncheon on Wednesday at noon and the Red Hat ladies gathering on Thursday at 2 p.m. - both meetings take place in Pioneer Hall. The Women's Club lunch is will be their annual baked potato bar, so guests should bring toppings to share.

Friday night's dinner at the Café will feature Russ's Baked Dinner with Scalloped Potatoes. Beverage, Salad and Dessert are always included for $9. Reservations are required and need to be made by 6 p.m. Wednesday - Call Linda at (360) 295-0875.

Toledo News 02.11.15

Recently I posted a piece on going paperless. If you want a shortcut, you can read How I Got Rid Of 4 Filing Cabinets (& All My Bookcases). Find it under Creativity:

Feb. 12 Toledo School District will hold a Special Board Meeting 6 p.m. at Toledo Middle School library. Public invited. Visit

Vader News 02.11.15

Resident Judy Costello reports she has raised enough money to get started on additions to the floral display on A St. across from the post office. Costello said residents came though with providing the $600 needed for the project, and the new display should be ready by April 28, just in time for May Day.

The Vader Lions Club is inviting residents to take part in their 8th annual crab feed on Feb. 28 at the Vader Assembly of God Church. One of the club's biggest annual fundraisers, crab dinners will be available for $26 for a whole crab, $18 for a half crab, and $10 for lasagna for those seeking seafood alternatives. All dinners come with salad, garlic bread, beverages and dessert. The fundraiser runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and ticket sales for the event end Feb. 20. To purcahse your ticket, or for more information, call Carol Broom at (360) 295-3801.

Winlock News 02.11.15

The Winlock Lioness Club would like to thank the citizens of Winlock for their support of their Thanksgiving and Christmas projects. The projects provided 20+ boxed dinners to families in the area and 65 children were given clothing and age appropriate toys. The Lioness Club has done an excellent job helping our children and their families during the holiday season and I for one am very grateful for their hard work. The Lioness Club also wanted to thank Raleigh Stone and the IGA employee's for helping them achieve their goals. Thank you to everyone for making this past holiday season a true joy for many families.


TC - Government

Concerns about pipe extension brought forward at Vader workshop
Concerns about pipe extension brought forward at Vader workshop

The potential environmental effects of an upgrade to Vader's wastewater treatment system were foremost among the concerns raised by residents during a workshop at City Hall on Friday.

Residents were given an opportunity to speak with engineers and state officials regarding what an upgraded system would mean for Vader, with a majority of questions revolving around a plan to extend the sewer plant's outfall pipe across Westside Hwy. and into the Cowlitz River, rather than its current outfall at Olequa Creek.

Winlock preparing for utility rate study

The City of Winlock is preparing to undergo a study of their water and sewer rates to learn whether or not the high costs imposed on utility customers is appropriate.

The average residential user of water and sewer in Winlock is currently paying around $138 per month ($32.85 for water, $93.50 for sewer, and other fees and taxes), with a significant amount from sewer going toward repayment of a $6.9 million loan acquired to build the city's new plant in 2007, as well as the high operations and maintenance costs of the plant.


TC - Sports

Castle Rock Wrestling advances to Regionals

Castle Rock Wrestling won the Trico League Championship Saturday, but more important were the number of athletes who qualified for the regional tournament in Hoquiam.

Shawn Godinho (152 pounds), Austin Darvell (182), Talib Meeks (195) and Jojo Saringan (120) all won individual league titles.

Local Teams in District Playoffs

Four area teams will play their respective district tournaments starting Tuesday.

The Toledo girls (5-15) will face the powerful Ilwaco Lady Fishermen (19-1) on the coast. The Castle Rock girls (7-9) will have their first game at Kelso High School Friday against the Evergreen League Champion and undefeated Montesano (20-0).

Toledo begins post-season run with victory over Adna
Toledo begins post-season run with victory over Adna

When Toledo came to the Central 2B League, they learned two rivalries would quickly materialize. They dropped both matches to top-ranked Morton/White Pass and spilt the regular season match-ups with Adna with a 60-46 victory over the Pirates on Friday night at Toledo High School.

In the previous 57-47 loss at Adna, The Indians were hurt by Pirate point guard Jerett Latimer. This time, Forrest Wallace, a defensive specialist, held Latimer to a goose-egg in the scoring column. In the meantime, Wallace contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and tallied five assists not to mention several steals and general harassment of Latimer.

Wood eyeing a solid future after strong seasons with Toledo
Wood eyeing a solid future after strong seasons with Toledo

He is perhaps the face of the current Toledo High School boys basketball team. It was his face that was splayed all over local newspapers and pasteboards after he hit a buzzer-beating winning shot against Kalama, which propelled the Indians to a state championship in 2013.

Now as a senior, THS point guard Brent Wood is facing all kinds of gimmick defenses and finding himself relying more and more on his teammates.


TC - Police, Fire and EMS

Crime and Injury Report 02.11.15

A Pe Ell man suffered only minor injuries after losing his trailer while traveling near Winlock Feb. 3, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

The 53-year-old driver of a 1993 Kenworth logging truck was traveling on the 300 block of Pleasant Valley Rd., north of Winlock, when his trailer became detached due to a malfunction of the coupling device. The loaded trailer then traveled into the ditch and the cab rolled over, totaling both.

Crime Stoppers 'Crime of the Week'

Authorities are seeking help solving a burglary taking place at a local business toward the end of last year.

Sometime between Sept. 26 and 27, 2014, an unknown number of suspects entered a business on the 500 block of N. Market Blvd., in Chehalis, and stole 79 half-gallon bottles of liquor, cash and seven knife sets, totaling around $2,200.

Fire and EMS calls

Local fire and EMS calls between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1.

Medic One proposes percentage-based cost sharing to avoid $270,000 deficit
Medic One proposes percentage-based cost sharing to avoid $270,000 deficit

Lewis County Medic One's Board of Directors has proposed what they feel is a fair solution to the agency's potential solvency problems, and expect to hear feedback from contract districts during their next meeting Feb. 17.

Discussing during a special meeting of the board held Feb. 4, officials proposed a system by which all six districts serviced by Medic One (Lewis County Fire Districts 2, in Toledo, 15, in Winlock, and Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District 20, in Vader and Ryderwood, who own the agency; as well as Lewis County Fire Districts 1, in Onalaska, 3 in Mossyrock, and 8, in Salkum, who contract for services) would support the agency based on the parentage of paramedic transports within their districts rather than attempt to hash out more specific rate structures and revenue policies.

Warrants and Sentencing

One sentence and four warrants were issued by Judge pro-tem James Buzzard during Winlock Municipal Court on Thursday.

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