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RAILROAD CROSSING CLOSURE

The City of Napavine has been notified that Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) will be shutting down the Washington Street Railroad Crossing for all traffic on January 25, 2021 from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. No traffic will be allowed, and detours will be in place. Please plan accordingly.

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January 20, 2021 Willapa Harbor Herald and Pacific County Press
January 20, 2021 Willapa Harbor Herald and Pacific County Press
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Classifieds 1.20.21
Classifieds 1.20.21
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DOH releases expected timeline for COVID vaccines for Priority Group B

Washington's Department of Health has put out information about the expected vaccination dates. This timeline is adjustable in case the state runs into any problems with distribution. According to the Pacific County Department of Health said that Priority Group B is the largest group so far.

"We are getting new information on this every day," said PCDOH Director Katie Lindstrom. "I expect that we will get news very soon about Phase B. I also expect that the order of it could change, but as of right now this is where we are at."

Priority Group B1, which is the next group, is expected to start at the end of January 2021. This group includes all people 70 years or older and all people 50 years or older in multigenerational households.

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For Legislative Session Inslee extends security measures

Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement last Tuesday (Jan. 12) announcing the extension of actions taken by the state to ensure the safety and security of Washingtonians, legislators, state employees and the buildings of the Capitol Campus.

"Based on the recommendation of the Washington State Patrol, current security measures on the Capitol Campus will remain in place through federal Inauguration Day (Wednesday, Jan. 20) due to evolving intelligence on security threats posed in all 50 state capitals following the violence in our nation's capital, as well as recent illegal and dangerous actions associated with non-permitted events on our state's Capitol Campus.

"The Washington National Guard will continue to support the security focused efforts of the Washington State Patrol and the temporary fencing that has been placed around the restricted area of the West Campus.

"These unfortunate, necessary security precautions could last longer, but we are hopeful that we will soon see political temperatures cool and threat levels come down, bringing a related easing of these restrictions.

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Time will tell if Governor's guidelines make it difficult for sports to reopen

In accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee's Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery, the WIAA revamped Season 1 while moving traditional fall sports to Season 1 and will review Seasons 2 and 3. Willapa Harbor high schools hope to participate in the sports of football, volleyball, cross country, girls soccer and boys soccer.

The first day of practice is scheduled for Feb. 1, but first the governor's new guidelines and metrics must be met. However, it may be difficult to get sports started in the next phase since Inslee has Pacific County lumped in the West Region along with Grays Harbor, Lewis and Thurston counties, which have many more COVID-19 confirmed cases than Pacific County. At press time, the WIAA was scheduled to review Seasons 2 and 3 at yesterday's board meeting.

The governor's Regional Approach plan went into effect last Monday (Jan. 11) and it has eight regions, including West, Southwest (Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania, Wahkiakum), Northwest (Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason), North (Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom), Puget Sound (King, Pierce, Snohomish), South Central (Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Kittitas, Walla Walla, Yakima), North Central (Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan), and East (Adams, Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman). These regions are largely based on the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions used for evaluating healthcare services and the impact COVID-19 has on the healthcare system.

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In Raymond: Critical Fire Engine Bond Measure

Raymond citizens will get a chance to replace Raymond's oldest fire engine with an upcoming $525,000 bond measure vote on the February 9 special election ballot. The funding would be used for the new fire engine, its required equipment and training to use it.

According to Raymond Fire Chief Todd Strozyk, the department's oldest fire engine, a 1992 Seagraves, "is now at the end of its service life...has failed portions of its annual pump tests, and the cost of repairs nearly exceed the value of the vehicle." Also, other safety points are not being met causing the city of Raymond to not receive full credit for its ISO (Fire Insurance) Rating.

Raymond had a Fire Engine Bond in 2003 to purchase a new fire engine, and the bond passed and was paid off in 2019. "That fire engine is a 2004 Pierce and is still in service," Strozyk said, adding, "This fire engine is still in excellent shape and should be able to continue to serve our city for the next 10 to 15 years."

Chief Strozyk said the RFD needs to keep two fire engines.

"In order to maintain our ISO rating, we are required to have at least two fire engines," he said. "Both engines must meet minimum safety and testing standards to get full ISO Credit for Fire Apparatus."

Fire engines are indeed expensive.

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Amanda's Pampered Pets grooms in your home
Amanda's Pampered Pets grooms in your home

When it comes to taking care of our animals, Lewis County residents find a way to take care of theirs like family. Many care for their fur babies just like one of the family, including regular grooming. Amanda Stockburger with Amanda's Pampered Pets is a mobile groomer. She will come to your home and groom your pets in familiar surroundings.

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New agent in Toledo
New agent in Toledo

When it comes to insurance needs in Toledo, Rachel Phillips has done a great job representing her clients. Recently, Rachel added a new agent, Jamie Umbriaco has been working with Rachel and she just passed her test. You know there is something special about Jamie when you talk to her, her calm attitude makes you feel right at home.

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Classifieds 1.20.21
Classifieds 1.20.21
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January 20, 2021 Lewis County News
January 20, 2021 Lewis County News
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New statewide recovery plan put into place
New statewide recovery plan put into place

Governor Jay Inslee announced a new COVID-19 phased recovery plan last week called "Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery." This began on January 11, and reset every county into Phase 1. According to this new plan, retail occupancy remains at 25%. It also allows for limited live entertainment and fitness center activities.

"No one was untouched by the effects of the pandemic in 2020; many have and continue to suffer through no fault of their own," said Inslee during a press conference on Tuesday, January 5. "We aren't out of this yet, but we are close to turning the corner on COVID-19 and this third wave of infection."
This new plan is laid out in hopes that it will avoid overwhelming the state's health care systems. The new recovery system aims to safely ease some restrictions while ensuring care for Washingtonians and encouraging economic recovery.

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State defines the next vaccine group

On Wednesday, January 6, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the definitions of the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations. The next group, Phase 1B, is broken up into Tiers. The state is not ready to move into vaccinating Phase 1B since they are still finishing up vaccinating 1A.

Phase 1B include:
Phase 1B1 (Tier 1)

  • All people 70 years and older
  • People 50 years and older who live in multigenerational households
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After 39 years: Raymond business icon closes its doors
After 39 years: Raymond business icon closes its doors

Flowers by Lynne, an established business in Raymond for nearly four decades, closed its doors on New Year's Eve 2020. Owners Lynne and Les Goodwin put Flowers by Lynne on the market a couple of years ago and now want to enjoy their retirement.

Lynne said that it was not a very difficult decision for them to sell the building and retire.

"We had thought about it for a while as Les and I are both at the age of retirement," she told the Herald.

Lynne talked about what originally inspired her to go into business in the first place. In December of 1981, when the country was suffering from high-interest rates and a poor business market, Lynne and her husband, Les, rolled the dice, and the gamble paid off.

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January 13, 2021 Willapa Harbor Herald and Pacific County Press
January 13, 2021 Willapa Harbor Herald and Pacific County Press
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WIAA Revises Season 1: High School sports could start February 1

SOUTH BEND - As long as Washington is safe enough from COVID-19 to compete in sports, the tentative date to start practices for the local sports of football, volleyball, girls and boys soccer and Willapa Harbor Tri-District Cross Country is February 1. In all, it will include a total of eight local sports. Last Wednesday, Evergreen state schools were given the go ahead by the the WIAA Executive Board, which voted to amend its season schedule, while moving traditional fall sports to WIAA Season 1. The WIAA will review Seasons 2 and 3 at its January 19 meeting.

"I think the WIAA's decision to move fall sports to Season 1 is the right move," Raymond HS Athletic Director Mike Tully told the Herald Friday afternoon. "It makes sense when you look at what is allowed in the governor's new reopening plan.

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Esther Borte Walk in the Park is happening in February
Esther Borte Walk in the Park is happening in February

The 5th Annual Esther Borte Walk In the Park is coming to Toledo in February, this one is a bit different than the rest. The participants will still participate in the 5K walk, run, or roll. They just get to do it at their leisure.

The participants choose the date, time, and route of their race. You can track your race using the app of your choice, just take a screenshot and email it to walkintheparktoledo@gmail.com.

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Looking for a new career: Start by volunteering for wastewater treatment training
Looking for a new career: Start by volunteering for wastewater treatment training

The City of Winlock is looking for volunteers who are interested in training in the water and sewer department. This will be the fifth year offering this training, former Mayor Lonnie Dowell started this program the first year and the program has continued under former Mayor Donald Bradshaw and Mayor Brandon Svenson.

Over the years, volunteers who have graduated from the program are: Sue Parker who is now a licensed water and sewer operator. Heather Luurs has graduated and passed the program but she has not taken her certification. Jessie Weimer has graduated and has passed his water and wastewater certificate. James Agren will graduate in April of 2021. This training will open up opportunities to work in this field. Wages in this field range from $35,000 per year up to $100,000 per year.

You will be getting training in water distribution and wastewater.

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Classifieds 1.13.21
Classifieds 1.13.21
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Classifieds 1.13.21
Classifieds 1.13.21
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January 13, 2021 Lewis County News
January 13, 2021 Lewis County News
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Relief bill checks already showing up
Relief bill checks already showing up

You may want to accept your $600 relief check or more as a much-needed post-Christmas gift - even though the amount is roughly half of what the first round of stimulus checks provided. The relief/stimulus checks are already appearing in bank accounts for many Americans, The payments are part of a $900 billion pandemic relief package that was approved in Congress in December.

This current round provides $600 per adult in a household, and $600 per child, which is up from $500 in the spring but like the first round of stimulus payments, an age limit is in place and parents aren't getting the extra $600 for dependents who are 17 and older; and there is no cap on the number of children a household can claim.

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Inslee Extends:  Ban on state indoor dining, gym closures, theaters pushed to Jan. 11
Inslee Extends: Ban on state indoor dining, gym closures, theaters pushed to Jan. 11

Gov. Jay Inslee extended the statewide ban on indoor dining and the closure of gyms and fitness centers through Jan. 11, which moves the restrictions back to at least Jan. 11. Washington's case and hospitalization numbers have leveled off since Inslee's closure orders, but are higher than at any point before November.

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New commissioner sworn in
New commissioner sworn in

On New Year's Eve, Lewis County Courthouse was the place where change was to occur. The new Lewis County Commissioners were sworn in to little fanfare but family and reporters.

Sean Swope was sworn in by Judge and Municipal Attorney Jim Buzzard with Buzzard and O'Rourke Law firm. Dr. Lindsey Pollock was sworn in by outgoing Commissioner Edna Fund.

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Lewis County rally supports Spiffy's
Lewis County rally supports Spiffy's

The Lewis County Law and Justice Center was the place where citizens of Lewis County and visitors gathered to show their support for Spiffy's Restaurant. On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Lewis County restaurant Spiffy's was given a continuance while Farm Boys in Maytown was slapped with Contempt of Court over being open by a Thurston County Judge.

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