It is almost cattle sorting time at the Pacific County Fairgrounds in Menlo. This is the 6th annual cattle sorting practice and riders from all over Washington attend this event. If cows and horsemanship are your thing, then this is the event to come to. It is fun and open to the public for participation or spectating.
MENLO - This year's Pacific County Fair will probably be a little more low-key than in past years, largely because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Pacific County Fair Manager Bill Monohon updated the Herald with the latest developments about the 2021 fair.
We finally had the chance to get the updates from the City of Vader. Joe Schey, mayor of Vader, has taken the time to let us know all that has been accomplished in Vader in the past few years. One of the big issues has been the Water Treatment Sewer facility and other public facilities.
Mayor Schey stated, "The City of Vader has had tremendous momentum in recent times. As a result, the city is in compliance with all State requirements and has repeatedly passed intensive financial and procedural audits from the State. The city has met virtually all requirements to again regain ownership of the water system if it so chooses. After these many years of efforts to modernize, the city is finally able to qualify for a variety of grants that were previously out of reach."
Joe Schey has been in city government since 2014, a task he has taken very seriously. He knew that he had to continue his efforts for the water wastewater treatment plant, roads and the parks. In February of 2020, the Vader City Council voted unanimously to appoint Schey to fill the vacant mayor seat.
The string of successful grants continued through 2020 and 2021 with $30,000 more for street work taking place this summer, $4700 for an employee policy update, $11,200 for a Shoreline Master Plan update, and $20,000 expected to be approved for an Urban Design Standards update in the coming weeks.
"By applying for a variety of grants, we've been able to reallocate budgeted funds that were replaced by grants towards other necessities, like a new tractor," said Mayor Schey. "Currently, there's over $8 million in grants that have been applied for, mainly for street related work. If even a small fraction of that is approved, it will make a big difference to the city."
Inslee issues emergency drought declaration,
proclamations tied to extreme heat, firefighting
Gov. Jay Inslee authorized the state Department of Ecology to issue an emergency drought declaration for most of the state last Wednesday.
A historically dry spring and summer, followed by a record-breaking heat wave, have affected water supplies across Washington. The only areas excluded from the emergency declaration are Seattle, Tacoma and Everett.
A drought emergency means water supply is projected to be below 75 percent of average, and there is a risk of undue hardship to water users and uses. A formal drought declaration authorizes Ecology to take certain measures for the purpose of providing emergency drought relief:
The governor also amended the state's partial burn ban to now also suspend the statutory truck driver hour limitations, to address the interruption in fuel distribution to firefighters.
For anyone who missed the fun, the Tokeland 4th of July parade was held on Saturday, July 3rd.
The parade was organized by the Tokeland-North Cove Chamber of Commerce and welcomed around 1,200 onlookers. Bob Merrill was declared Grand Marshal and has chaired the parade efforts for over a decade.
There were only 40 officially registered participants, but about 150 people took part in the parade. Many long-time Tokeland residents said this year's parade was the biggest one yet.
MENLO - The 125th edition of the Pacific County Fair runs from August 26 through August 28 with gates open from 10 am to 9 pm at the fairgrounds in Menlo.
This year's fair is the 100th in the town of Menlo.
General admission prices are Adult (Daily 18 and over) $7; Senior Citizen (60 and over) $5; Students (1st-12th grades) $5; Preschoolers, Free; Nursing Home Residents, Free; Free Senior Citizen and Veterans Day at Fair is Friday August 25th; Free Kids Day at the fair (12 and under is Saturday, August 28th.
Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide state of emergency last Tuesday (July 9) relating to the growing risk of wildfires, including a statewide prohibition on most outdoor and agricultural burning through September 30.
"Washington is facing a historic drought and we have already experienced record-breaking heat," Inslee said. "We must be vigilant in our efforts to prevent wildfires, and the loss of life and destruction of land and property that comes with them. We don't want a repeat of recent years with dangerous wildfires across the state that have destroyed towns, killed livestock and resulted in weeks of unhealthy air quality. I urge everyone to do their part to help protect our beautiful state and all our communities."
"We have seen a record-breaking number of fires for this early in the summer," said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. "Extreme drought conditions leave communities across our state at risk as fire danger continues to climb. I'm asking everyone to do their part and take precautions to prevent wildfires. Our firefighters on the frontlines depend on us to help keep them safe."
Cheese Days was a success again this year. The 100th anniversary was celebrated by all. The crowd was excited to be out and the parade route was filled with a few thousand spectators. It was a fun weekend and Saturday was no exception.
The festivities started with the Car Show at the Toledo Middle School early in the morning. The area was packed with cars and vendors. Then at 10:00 am before the parade, Winlock Dance Center performed as parents watched their dancers perform.
At 11:00 am the parade started and there were quite a few entries. Toledo Police started the parade off, with Mayor Dobosh sitting with Chief Brockmueller. Chief Mike Dorothy followed right after with the Toledo Fire Department. Toledo Big Cheeses Ron and Sue Smith and Dale and Jeanette Koth were in Ron Smith's classic car, followed by the Cheese Days float. The Toledo High School Band did an excellent job.
Napavine FunTime festival is Saturday the 17th of July. But the events like most start on Friday with the festival ending on Saturday.
Starting the activities off is the Rebecca Lodge. They are hosting a lunch on the 16th along with a bazaar. On Saturday, the Rebecca Lodge will have breakfast available from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
On a bright and sunny afternoon, the Joint Pacific County Housing Authority held a historic groundbreaking ceremony. On Thursday, June 24, 2021, at noon a small crowd gathered in the park beside the Raymond Fire Station on Third St. for the long-awaited groundbreaking of the Willapa Center.
The center is designed to be a 3-story affordable housing complex, Early Childhood Education Assistance Program site, and non-profit offices located in downtown Raymond.
This project is intended to take the place of the Willapa Hotel, which was lost in a fire on November 5, 1998. The new center will sit on the same site as the hotel did.
A new program designed to help students that have fallen behind in their educational progress has been implemented by Raymond School District.
Directing the program is Raymond HS Principal Dave Vetter in the new position as Raymond School District Secondary Intervention Teacher (SIT).
Vetter has been with the Raymond School District for 18 years. He started as a kindergarten teacher, spent four years teaching fourth graders, four years as the junior high English teacher, and the past nine years as the junior/senior high principal.
Cheese Days is this weekend and everyone is getting ready for the big event. This year it's packed with events, so let's take a look at what is happening.
We have recently seen many comments on Facebook about what is happening with the Lewis County Senior Centers and their opening in the near future.
Inslee issues housing stability "bridge" proclamation
Gov. Jay Inslee last Tuesday (July 29) issued a housing stability 'bridge' emergency order, proclamation 21-09, intended to bridge the operational gap between the eviction moratorium (expired at 11:59 PM June 30) enacted by prior proclamations and the protections and programs subsequently enacted by the Legislature. The bridge, which was initially announced last week, will also reduce uncertainty as the state implements post-COVID long-term housing recovery strategies contained in legislative enactments such as SB 5160.
"COVID has created a significant economic impact on our state and many Washingtonians are still experiencing financial hardships. This bridge creates reasonable steps that will help ensure that renters have the opportunity to receive support and resources available to them and that the Legislature intended to be in place to help both landlords and tenants," Inslee said.
Recent legislative actions include appropriating an additional $650 million for landlord and tenant rental assistance and also establishing certain programs, like the eviction resolution pilot program, which were intended to be in place after the eviction moratorium ends. However, the funding has not yet been disbursed and these programs are not yet operational statewide.
In response to this unintended gap, this order requires, among other things, that:
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