On Monday, January 2 at 10:00 a.m., the Lewis County PUD held a Special Meeting in which they terminated General Manager Chris Roden's contract. The Lewis County PUD has served Lewis County residents for many years and recently there has been talk that their spending was out of control. The following day, January 3, they hired Chehalis resident David Plotz to fill the general manager role.
On Tuesday January 3, 2023, the Lewis County PUD Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution offering the general manager position to David Plotz of Chehalis. Plotz is a well-respected, long-standing member of the Lewis County community, a graduate of W.F. West High School, and actively involved in many community-based groups.
In November, the Lewis County News reported on a drug overdose death in Centralia that had ties to Winlock. After several months of investigation more information has come to light. This was an accidental drug overdose death which could have possibly been avoided had the LCSO acted on an email that was sent to them.
On June 17, 2020, Sheriff Snaza issued a letter to the Chief of Police for Chehalis, Glenn Schaffer and interim Chief of Police for Centralia, Stacy Denham. In the letter, Sheriff Snaza not only drops out of JNET but he also removes their commissions, stating, "As such, LCSO (Lewis County Sheriff's Office) no longer having a footprint in JNET, for accountability and liability reasons, we will have to rescind any of the Special Deputy Commissions for partner agencies assigned to JNET (i.e., DEA, DOC, et.) until such time we would have direct affiliation with JNET once again."
Another vehicle was stolen in Raymond - this time while parked at Riverdale Grocery - and, again, it was left running with the keys in the ignition.
"Yes, a subject left the car running while he went into Riverdale Grocery and a suspect took off in it," Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor told the Herald. "The suspect is Mitchell Bordon. He was apprehended with the vehicle after running from police and crashing in Thurston County."
Rep. Jim Walsh, R, has filed a House Joint Resolution (HJR), which would begin the process of amending the Washington State Constitution to change how the state handles property taxes.
SOUTH BEND - The search to replace District 2 Pacific County Commissioner Frank Wolfe was reduced to three candidates by members of the Democratic Party at a meeting last Friday in Naselle.
The three candidates include Dave Tobin, 67, Long Beach, who is retired from the Ocean Beach School District; Keli Lucero, 45, Ocean Park, of DPR Builders & Developers Inc in Ocean Park; and Diana Thompson, 75, Oysterville, is a former Pacific County PUD Commisioner.
Once again, several members from Raymond Police Department, South Bend Police Department, Pacific County Sheriff's Office, Washington State Patrol and Shoalwater Police Department went the extra mile for kids with the Shop With A Cop venture.
"Shop With A Cop was awesome as usual," Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor told the Herald.
If you're not going to lock your vehicle after you get out of it, it's a good idea to not leave your keys in it...as three vehicles were stolen in 2022 while parked near the same local business.
"Yes, there was a van stolen from in front of Dennis Company around noon December 19," Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor confirmed for the Herald. "The keys were left in the vehicle on the console."
Cedric Ritchey is only 7 years old and he is living his dream of racing. Cedric, son of Jonathon and Mary has been racing since his 5th birthday and he has been having fun ever since. You can see it in his face when he talks about racing his cars, this is what he loves to do. He has been racing 120 cu, 160 cu and box stock cars. No matter which car he is in, he is winning races.
This past year was a year many of us will never forget from seeing gas prices hit $5 per gallon for the first time to interest rates climbing to the slow down of the housing market. Locally, we saw many changes, good and bad of course.
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