PORTLAND, Ore., August 30, 2022 -- Back-to-school season means a new class of fourth graders will soon be eligible to enroll in Every Kid Outdoors, a federal program which provides up to a year of free access to National Forests, National Parks, and other public lands for fourth-grade students and their families.
Beginning Sept. 1, fourth graders, parents, and educators can visit the Every Kid Outdoors website at www.everykidoutdoors.gov and learn more about how to obtain free entry to all federal lands, for fourth graders and their accompanying family members.
Students can obtain passes individually by completing a brief online activity. Educators who work with fourth graders can visit the site to download an educational activity guide, after which they'll be able to obtain vouchers for their students. Once printed, students and their families can also redeem the paper voucher for a durable, plastic pass at any Forest Service office where passes are sold. Passes and vouchers are valid for the entire school year, through Aug. 31, 2023.
Young but talented Raymond continued its fine play in volleyball under first-year head coach Julie Jewell with two wins to stay undefeated at 6-0, and in winning its own eight-team tournament Saturday at Seagull gym.
In their own invitational, the Lady Seagulls were perfect in pool play with a 7-0 record, defeating fourth-seeded North Beach in the semifinals, 25-20, 25-16 ,and then took down second-seeded Ocosta in the championship match 27-25 and 26-21.
"In the championship game, the serving of Caton Swogger (4 aces), Presley McVey, Ava Baugher, and Andrea Delgado were key to keeping momentum on our side," Coach Staats told the Herald. "Kassie Koski (5 kills) and Karsyn Freeman (10 kills) were offensive standouts. Defensive standouts were Jolie Dunn (11 digs) and Kyndal Koski (14 digs)."
On Saturday, October 1, the Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society will be celebrating its 53rd Annual Oktoberfest at the Swiss Hall located in beautiful Frances, Washington.
Throughout the day, patrons can compete in bowling, horseshoe, and pinochle tournaments and enjoy Bratwurst and Kielbasa from the Grill and the Beer Garden will be open featuring hard cider and craft beer. The evening will bring music and dancing and the coronation of the 2022-2023 Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society Swiss Miss.
Featured at this annual event is an outdoor traditional Swiss Style 9-pin Bowling Tournament starting at 10:00 a.m. with cash prizes and trophies for the top bowlers.
A Toledo educator, Jim Echtle, won the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award. This award is given by The National Society of High School Scholars.
He was nominated by a student and received the news that he was recently selected to win the award. Jim Echtle is the teacher and sitting with him a few minutes, it is easy to see why. This is not the first time he has won the award, he won it 10 years ago as well.
Winlock High School hired a new shop/agriculture teacher and his name is Matt Montoya. Montoya has taught at other schools and he is still learning the ropes in Winlock. He will be the teacher who helps your child learn a trade and trades are just as important as college degrees. It's those trades that keep America going, from plumbers to welders and so much more.
Months after their Collective Bargaining Agreement expired, Weyerhaeuser workers walked out on strike starting 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. The first sight to greet morning commuters going over the Willapa River bridge by the mill were strikers holding signs and waving. The last Weyerhaeuser worker strike was in 1986.
According to a press release from September 13 from President Directing Business Representative of IAMAW District W24 Brandon Bryant, "We have made the very difficult decision to withhold our labor from Weyerhaeuser, with a strike. Although we hope to continue to negotiate with the company, their delays have forced our hand to take this action. We hope to secure a fair offer that recognizes the hard work and dedication our members have given to their employer."
The strike participants include the mill workers, timberland operations, Weyerhaeuser truck drivers, log export yard employees and longshoremen in Washington and Oregon. Over 1,100 workers are being affected and they all belong to the International Association of machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) District W24 Union. The strike does not include management or anyone working on salary.
A potentially dangerous situation was avoided without incident when a bomb threat turned out to be neutralized by the Washington State Patrol Explosives Unit in Raymond last Wednesday afternoon.
It all started when a male resident showed up at the Raymond Police station with what he believed to be three small homemade explosive devices in the bed of his truck.
The Winlock Olequa Senior Center has a new site leader, Rachelle Ireton. She is not new to helping seniors and she is definitely not new to the area. Rachelle will bring love and laughter to the center along with programs that seniors want.
Maia Chaney is a 2021 graduate of Winlock High School and during the summer she put on a play called Lorax. She is a go-getter, who wanted to do something to give back to her community and she did in more than just one way.
LEBAM - The town of Lebam was in shock when a man was shot dead Saturday night at approximately 5:30 in the front yard at a residence located in the 2400 block of State Route 6. Arrested was Gabriel A. Delgado, 32, of Raymond. The shooting was precipitated when an altercation started between Delgado and his older brother, Andrew Delgado, 36, of Raymond, who was shot in the head and killed in the front yard of a home.
According to Pacific County Dispatch, a 911 call came in at 5:33 from the victim's wife, Danielle Messer, saying, "my husband was shot by his brother." Two minutes later a sibling called and said, the "brother was shot in the head by his brother; they were fighting."
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of ARTrails, a group of local artists who showcase their work and their art studios. Richard Roth, Grand Prairie Design, has been a part of ARTrails since the inception. Richard is the 3rd generation living on his family farm and showing his work for all to enjoy.
Lewis County has their first forest fire in many years in East Lewis County near Packwood. At press time, the fire was only 2 miles from the city. If there was any doubt in your mind that the fires were impacting Lewis County, all you needed to do was step outside to see all the smoke in the air.
On Friday, September 9, 2022, Fire Chief Lonnie Goble from Lewis County Fire District 10 requested that Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste mobilize state firefighting resources at 9:15 a.m. The area of Goat Rocks was evacuated with a Level 3 Go Now and the City of Packwood remained on Level 2, be ready to evacuate.
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