The residents of the City of Vader have decided to band together and start a new group: they are called "Caretakers of the City of Vader."
When you think of the water you drink and the toilet you flush, you rarely think about the individuals who make sure that water is delivered to your home.
Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. of Health John Wiesman announced Thursday a statewide requirement for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers.
Under the proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply with the statewide face covering order. The extension comes in response to growing case counts in counties across the state.
"We're doing this because of a spike in cases of COVID-19 all over the state," Inslee said. "The better we can protect ourselves from the virus, the better we can avoid repeating some of the painful measures we had to take in the spring to shut down the economy."
Several people were arrested last Wednesday as Seattle Police dispersed protesters in Seattle's Capitol Hill Occupation Protest, known as the CHOP area after an emergency order by Mayor Jenny Durkan to have it removed. It was reopened Friday at 12:30 pm. According to police, 44 were arrested Wednesday and 25 more on Thursday for failure to disperse, obstruction, assault and unlawful weapon possession.
Durkan issued an executive order June 30 in response to "reported life safety, public health and property issues" in and around the East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park area, which protesters occupied since early June and has been marred by a series of shootings.
SOUTH BEND - The citizens of South Bend, Raymond, and our neighbors to the south, Long Beach, pretty much observed the law on fireworks and for the most part put on their face masks when out and about during Fourth of July weekend. People had fun with the fireworks and maintained safety.
"Things went fairly well over the Fourth," South Bend Police Chief Lucas Stigall told the Herald. "Surprisingly, South Bend had very few actual 'firework complaints' this year compared to past years. I think our biggest problem has been fireworks leading up to the third and fourth, and since people do not realize they are only legal in the city limits on those two days."
On the governor's order to wear face masks, Stigall said, "South Bend PD is emphasizing on education when it comes to wearing face masks."
Face coverings are slowly appearing as people start complying with Governor Inslee's statewide mandate for wearing masks in public places. One exemption to wearing a mask is if you are outside alone or with other household members. There are other exemptions to wearing masks like if there is a medical condition that the mask will interfere with.
"People can have exemptions from wearing face masks, however that exemption does not require that a private business, government or organization allow that person to be inside their business or organization," said Pacific County Health Department Director Katie Lindstrom.
The City of Napavine received a show of support like never before over the Uncle Sam sign. The city had heard that the petition asking the owner to remove the sign was going to be delivered during the next open city council meeting, even though no one had called them directly.
Sheriff Snaza made national headlines this week regarding Governor Inslee's new requirement that masks must be worn when social distancing isn't available.
Sheriff Snaza has always supported the residents of Lewis County who are free thinkers, as long as they stay within the law.
To the Editor,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Lewis County for taking time out of their busy schedules to support the Uncle Sam sign and freedom of speech this past week.
Starting Monday, July 6, Lewis County Seniors emergency meal service will be entering a new phase. Seniors or their personal representative will be collecting their weekly meals by a drive through pick up line at their assigned distribution point. Your meals will be placed in your backseat or trunk to limit exposure and all employees will be wearing masks. Meals must be picked up according to your assigned delivery day.
SOUTH BEND - Sales of fireworks has increased dramatically across America since the coronavirus pandemic surfaced. In 2019, fireworks sales were approximately $1.3 billion, which surpassed 2018's total of $945 million. There will be no city display of fireworks in Long Beach; however, last year's fireworks exploded by thousands of beachgoers was more prominent than what the city of Long Beach provided.
Thousands of people attend the Fourth of July party on the Long Beach Peninsula every year. Expect even a bigger attendance this weekend.
Long Beach Police Chief Flint Wright took time to answer questions from the Herald Monday morning.
"The beach is under the authority of Washington State Parks and is not in my jurisdiction," Wright said. "That being said, they follow the same state laws we in Long Beach do. Fireworks can be shot off June 29th through July 3rd from 9 am until 11 pm, July 4th from 9 am until 12 am, and July 5th from 9 am until 11 pm. Only legal fireworks are allowed.
Last week Pacific County Health and Human Services received notice of additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Pacific County.
One individual has been identified as an out of state resident, but has resided in the county for the past three months.This positive test will not count towards Pacific County's total number of cases. This individual has been admitted to the hospital and is receiving medical care.
As a result of contact tracing five additional positive cases have been identified. These individuals are close contacts to the out of state resident, and are Pacific County residents. One of the cases is an employee of a local seafood processing facility. The Pacific County Department of Health and Human Services is working with the facility to assess, test, and limit these.
Last week, a statewide mandate went out to Washingtonians to wear face coverings when out in public. The order was issued by State Health Secretary John Wiesman and took effect on Friday, June 26.
"At the beginning [of the pandemic], people who had the disease [COVID-19] infected close to three people for every person that was infected," Said Governor Jay Inslee during a press call on Tuesday, June 23. "That was when the number of people who were infected exploded exponentially. We [Washington] drove that number down dramatically. We did that because Washingtonians were committed and disciplined and caring for one another when we did our social distancing."
As new coronavirus cases continue to rise throughout the state, Inslee has put a pause on counties moving to Phase 4, which would mean no restrictions.
Eight counties were eligible to move from Phase 3 to Phase 4 before the pause. State health officials confirmed 549 new COVID-19 cases in Washington on Saturday, including six additional deaths. The update brings the state's totals to 31,404 cases and 1,310 deaths.
The Winlock Rolling Car Show Parade was organized in place of Winlock Egg Days due to Covid 19. The community came together to help celebrate a day that is special to many of us. The third weekend has been Winlock Egg Days for years, it's a joyous occasion where the community participates and comes together.
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in March, Lewis County Seniors (LCS) has been working tirelessly to provide access to quality meals for seniors across all of Lewis County. During the past 3.5 months, they have been providing seven frozen meals a week to over 600 seniors with the help of Twin Transit.
The Black Lives Matter Movement held a small protest in Toledo on Friday, June 19, a day that is known as Juneteenth. Juneteenth, which stands for June 19th is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
William Flerry and Erica Castro along with their kids organized the event. William and Erica, are a bi-racial couple with bi-racial children. William posted a letter about why they organized the event, it reads in part: "Thank you for coming out to support such a meaningful cause.
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