Inslee sets June 30 for state reopening
Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that the state is moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date and that all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy WA: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan effective May 18 until June 30.
The announcement comes after the governor paused phase movement for two weeks to review an emerging flattening trend in statewide COVID-19 data. As of this week, the plateau observed in COVID-19 activity has become a decline.
"What we know now gives us the confidence to close this chapter in this pandemic and begin another," Inslee said at a press conference Thursday. "This next part of our fight to save lives in Washington will focus on increasing vaccination rates and continuing to monitor variants of concern as we move toward reopening our state."
The full reopening could happen earlier than June 30 if 70% or more of Washingtonians over the age of 16 initiate vaccination. Washington has administered over six million doses of vaccine, and 56 percent of Washingtonians have initiated vaccination.
Every year there the Winolequa Garden Club gives a scholarship to a local student who will be going on to higher education. This year was no different. They chose a student who desires to be a Veterinarian Technician and business. Alicia Clevenger is the recipient of this year's award.
Each year a student or a few apply for the scholarship, Alicia did this year. How did she hear about the scholarship? She stated, "I heard about the scholarship from my counselor Mrs. Olson."
The City of Winlock has graduated another student in their intern program for their water distribution and wastewater treatment program. They hire individuals to help clean the water you drink and the toilet water you flush. This year James Agren has graduated.
James came to the City of Winlock with the desire to learn. He stated, "The importance of having competent people running infrastructure, making sure that all the pieces fit together and they function efficiently and safely is no simple task, and that is not enough to keep turning it over to outside contractors. The public workers in these small towns really do a lot with very little."
There are openings for more businesses to sign up for the Raymond Farmers Market (RFM), which opens Friday from 2:00-7:00 p.m. along the grassy area in front of the Northwest Carriage Museum in historic downtown Raymond. The event, under the direction of RFM Manager Denise Spaman, is scheduled to take place every Friday from June 4 through September 24.
Some of the businesses lined up for the season are Pacific Seafood, Goosepoint Oysters, Timeless Talismans, Self Care with Sonya, Luna Elementals, Sugar Rush Boutique, Sprout & Roost Edible Landscape Nursery, Pure Forks Creek Farm & Produce, and Harbor Eden Farms.
MENLO - Former Willapa Valley HS exceptional student-athlete Britney Patrick, and now current St. Martin's third baseman, earned a selection on the Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-West Region Second Team. Patrick was also named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, and is a member of the GNAC's First Team.
Patrick, who hit with a lethal wickedness in high school as a member of the Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Titans, pretty much picked up where she left off while establishing herself as one of the Saints' best hitters, and also in the West Region. Patrick is one of only six freshmen to be named to the first or second all-league team which includes players from California, Arizona, Idaho, Hawai'i and Washington. Note: The D2CCA is comprised of sports information directors from each region, with each member nominating and voting. All first team selections then move on to All-American voting.
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