SOUTH BEND - The trial of Kathryn M. Burr was finally scheduled to start this week running Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Pacific County Superior Court. Burr, 50, the former executive director of the Crisis Support Network (CSN), is charged with one count of Theft in the First Degree with Aggravating Factor; 12 counts of Obtaining Signature by Deception with Aggravating factor and 12 counts of Forgery with Aggravating Factors. Senior Deputy Prosector Joseph Faurholt is the lead attorney for the prosecution. Scott Campbell of Montesano is representing the defense.
Alli Engel was crowned Lewis Pacific Swiss Society Swiss Miss during the 51st Oktoberfest, on October 2 at the Swiss Park in Frances.
Alli is a senior at PeEll High School and also participates in the running start program through Centralia College. Alli, an honor student, also plays volleyball and fastpitch. When not busy at school, Alli is a longtime member of 4-H, where she has shown pigs and entered baking contests.
Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement Monday regarding the latest increases in vaccination rates among state employees ahead of the required Oct. 18 vaccine verification deadline. Below is the governor's statement.
"We all can be extremely encouraged with the progress we have made in vaccinating public servants in response to this pandemic. As today's numbers released by the Office of Financial Management show, tens of thousands more public servants residing in communities across our state are now vaccinated, putting themselves and the people they interact with at much lower risk from this virus. The first numbers gathered showed around 49 percent, now we are over 90 percent. The numbers show this strategy to increase vaccinations has been a great success.
Winlock received some very sad news last week, Terry Williams, the Chief of Police and officer in Winlock for 36 years, passed away. The community lost someone who looked after the city and the people in it for many years, a loss that will be felt for years to come.
Toledo recently lost their chief of police and they added a chief of police who is familiar with Toledo and the citizens. Sam Patrick is the new Chief of Police in Toledo and he is excited to be in his new role.
Chief Patrick has extensive training and is part of many programs in Toledo. He stated, "I have worked for the Toledo police department since July 1, 2010 under Chief John Brockmueller."
Lewis County Commissioner Gary Stamper passed away last week in a Vancouver Hospital. Gary was a great person with a love for his family, his country, friends and animals. Gary lived life to the fullest, always making everything an adventure. When Gary called you he immediately started with, "How are you?" or "How are you my friend?" I don't think Gary ever met a stranger. Working with Gary these past few years has been fun, the world was a better place by Gary being in it. He will be missed by many of us!
The Pfizer vaccine is now available as a booster dose. The booster doses are currently recommended for people who received Pfizer for their first two doses and who completed their initial Pfizer series over 6 months ago, AND fall into one of the following groups:
Cities in South Lewis County are starting to stop the mandates by Governor Jay Inslee, Winlock passed a Proclamation and now Napavine has signed Resolution NO.21.09.120. The resolution is stated below:
WHEREAS, on February 29, 2020, Governor Inslee issued Emergency ProclamationNo. 20-05 declaring a state of emergency due to the outbreak of COVID-19; and
The pandemic is stretching on and food insecurity is growing greater in Pacific County. One group of local girls have responded to this call. Girl Scout Troop 41175, which serves the communities of Raymond and South Bend, is running a COVID Relief Food Drive to support the North Pacific County Food Bank in October.
"We are a volunteer-run nonprofit organization working with girls from kindergarten to 4th grade," said Troop Leader Kandice Caldwell. "Girl Scouts has been around for over 100 years and has more than 2.7 million members and our troop joined the ranks in early 2021."
SOUTH BEND - There are several significant races in north Pacific County in the 2021 General Election. Throughout the entire county, there are 77 candidates running for a total of 64 offices. The election is Tuesday, November 2. Ballots will be mailed from the auditor's office to the post offices today.
Lately, scammers have been swamping cell phones with calls. One claims to be from the IRS and that you are under investigation for tax fraud. It is a recorded message, but if you listen until the end you might get a real person.
A new housing development is in the beginning stages of development as Owner of Willapa Bay Properties Rex Angelovich receives permission from the City of Raymond Council to purchase the old reservoir property above Elm Street.
Willapa Bay Properties has already purchased 152 lots in the area above Elm Street, but then discovered a hiccup.
"We are currently working on putting together a development project," Angelovich said during a Raymond City Council Meeting. "There is a city-owned property right in the middle of our development; that was an old reservoir."
Pacific County Prosecutor Ben Haslam has decided to resign from his position. Haslam, who took over as prosecutor in August of last year after Mark McClain stepped down, gave his resignation to the county commissioners September 17.
Haslam, who was hired as the deputy prosecutor in 2018, is mainly retiring for personal reasons and to spend more time with his family.
Vader is ushering in October with Punkin Chunkin on October 2 starting at 11:00 a.m. They will have games, treats and other activities for you to enjoy. The event will be held at McMurphy park which recently received grant money that Kelly Schey worked tirelessly for the citizens of Vader.
The annual Weyerhaeuser picnic/potluck is October 2 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Cowlitz Prairie Grange. Please bring your favorite dish for the potluck at noon.
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