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Glance at the Past 4-23-14

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Glance at the Past

Ten years ago

Daisy Girl Scout troop being formed

Nicole Pickernell of Raymond and Cheryce Daughtery of South Bend are trying to form a “Daisy” unit of Girl Scouts of America in our area.

Heiden sentenced in baby beating

Gabriel Joseph Heiden, 24 of Raymond, appeared in Superior Court April 1, and changed his plea of not guilty to guilty of third degree assault on a 3 1/2 – month-old baby girl, which occurred Feb. 18. He will serve the maximum jail sentence of three months in the Pacific County Jail.

Port receives grant to repair airport

Willapa Harbor Airport is about to lose its status as one of the eight threatened airports in the State of Washington. On April 12, the Port of Willapa Harbor received a $232,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation, Aviation Division, for new pavement overlay on all surfaces.

Twenty years ago

Sewer builder’s claim could reach $500,000

Nordic Construction of Seattle has filed a claim which could reach $500,000 in its dispute with the City of Raymond for work on the Hewitt Addition sewer project.

Raymond City Supt. Rebecca Chaffee said she is planning to meet with Gray and Osborne engineers on April 7 to work on reaching an agreement in the project.

Martin Erickson, Nordic president, said the city owes his company “several hundred thousand dollars” for its work done in the project. Erickson said the amount could reach $500,000.

South Bend short $90,264 in audit

The state auditor has reported a $90,264 misappropriation of funds by one or more city employees of the city of South Bend, but Mayor Ray Spurrell is standing by his employees, who are identified by position, not by name in the report.

They have “served the city loyally and responsibly for many years,” he replied to the audit.

Mayor Spurrell further says he has no plans to notify the city’s insurance companies in an effort to get the money back, and views the alleged shortages as a “paper loss,” not one involving real funds.

Pointing to an unexplained cash gain of $97,561 in the 1990 audit, Spurrell says the shortage in the new audit is in reality merely an offset to that sum.

Millam Field stands going up quickly

A piece of history came to a crashing end this week as the grandstand at South Bend’s Millam Field fell to the wrecking machine to make way for a newer modern stadium seating area.

The wooden covered structure began under the direction of the South Bend Athletic Club in 1947 as students attempted to bring lighting to the athletic field behind the high school. The project ended up costing $40,000 as a new grandstand was erected, lights were added and the field rebuilt.

Thirty years ago

Customer needs at top, says new PUD boss

Lew Cosens took charge of the Pacific County Public Utility District last Wednesday with a vow to be sensitive to customer needs, to keep the board of directors informed and to treat employees “like human beings.”

New gambling hearing set

At the request of both supporters and foes of the proposed county gambling ordinance, another public hearing on the measure has been scheduled for 7 pm, May 15 at the county courthouse.

About 25 people attended the first public hearing on the proposed gambling taxes, which was held in February.

Sheriff’s office votes to strike

More than five months after beginning negotiations about their 1984 employment contracts, labor union employees in the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office voted Monday night to walk off their jobs.

However, the strike will not begin until it is sanctioned by state, regional and international leaders of the Teamsters union, something which a Teamsters official said “could take some time.”



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