Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement last Tuesday (June 15) on numbers used to determine when Washington state will fully reopen.
"Many people, myself included, are eager for our state to fully reopen. I have said repeatedly we are going to do this on June 30 or when we hit 70 percent of people 16 and up initiating vaccinations - whichever happens first. We use age 16 and up as that population was eligible when we made the announcement.
"I am hopeful Washingtonians will get vaccinated for their own health and that of their loved ones, and to help move our state closer to a full reopening.
"For those who would advocate changing our strategy, we are on the two-yard line. We are not going to change the game plan now. We are going to see this through.
"I said this last week, but it bears repeating: We need to compare apples to apples. Many on social media have chosen to compare data that don't belong together, giving Washingtonians incomplete or misinformed data on our progress.
"Our state uses data for people age 16 and up; the federal government uses data for ages 18 and up. We use the most recent Census data from 2020; the federal government uses older data.
"Additionally, the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration federal vaccination programs do not share person-level data with the Department of Health, and the state can only rely on data it has access to and can verify.
"Washington state has been calculating data the same way throughout this process. This provides the most complete, accurate and transparent data on vaccination rates.
"I encourage all Washingtonians to get vaccinated. Not only is it the right thing to do, but the Shot of a Lifetime vaccine lottery is ongoing and those who initiate vaccination are automatically entered."
Winlock Egg Day 100th Anniversary was a huge success. The rumor had been there would be a lot of people, over 2000. People enjoyed the festivities and Winlock was busy. It was one of the largest crowds we have seen in many years.
Winlock Egg Day has now been in existence for 100 years and the crowd came out to show their support. The Egg Day Queen Josalyn Shephardson was selected Friday evening. Roy Richards posthumously was the Grand Marshall.
The Egg Day Car Show started the morning off. Once again, the car show was packed with cars on Front St. and the side roads. There were some beautiful cars, from roadsters to Camaro's to everything in between.
As soon as the parade started with the Winlock Fire Department, it was the beginning of a fun filled parade. Winlock Egg Day Queen Josalynn Shephardson, Grace Tover, and the Egg Day Royalty court are always at the beginning of the parade and today was no exception. There were over 60 entrees this year and the crowd enjoyed every minute.
NEMAH - A shooting on North Nemah Road resulted in the death of a 26-year-old man. The victim is Raymond Shotwell.
The shooting occurred in the early morning last Thursday at approximately 1:17 a.m., according to information released by Pacific County Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock, who reported that the Pacific County Communications Center received a 911 call from a man who said he had "just shot his brother and that his brother was dead."
Rusty Scupper's Pirate Daze 2021 is a go for this year during the last full weekend in June. This event put on by the Half Moon Bay Pirates starts on Friday, June 25, and lasts until Sunday, June 27. The street fronting the Westport marine will be full of pirates, entertainers, shops, games, food vendors and displays mostly of the pirate variety.
Eyepatches, hooks, swords, and other pirate-themed loot will be available throughout the festival to spend your doubloons on.
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