On Monday, March 24, the Winlock City Council held their meeting to start a new era in the City of Winlock. Winlock City Council voted for not just a new mayor for the city but also a new city attorney. The City of Winlock is poised for success.
On Tuesday afternoon, March 24, Washington State Patrol Trooper Justin Schaffer was killed in the line of duty during a high speed chase on Interstate 5. Trooper Schaffer was deploying spike strips when William David Thompson swerved and hit Trooper Schaffer.
It's hard to believe that a virus has changed the way we live today, but it has. Many of us had never heard of the coronavirus, the virus that would stop us in our tracks. Washington is not under a "stay at home" order yet, but if people don't take it seriously, we could be next.
As most citizens know by now, on March 13 Governor Jay Inslee ordered all K-12 schools in Washington State to close from March 16 - April 24. That is a six-week closure. Despite these closures, students are still required to learn their curriculum during this time. How they're supposed to complete work in the upcoming weeks we'll get to in a second. There are many questions that need to be answered, like what the plan is and how Napavine is handling this. Thankfully the district office and Geoff Parks were sure to keep everyone in the loop.
The Winlock City Council is looking for volunteers to help the City of Winlock and other volunteer organizations. Winlock has seen volunteers disappear these past few years and the council would like your help in bringing Winlock back. Volunteers are needed for Winlock, whether it's the Winlock Park Board, the Lions Club, or the Winlock Improvement Network, your help is needed.
Gaelon Spradley, as CEO of the Valley View Health Center, I'm anxious to talk to you about your response to a potential local coronavirus outbreak. But first let's talk about Valley View. How many Valley View Health Centers are there and where are they located?
We have 13 clinics located in three counties. We serve Lewis County, Thurston County, and Pacific County.
Valley View is a nonprofit, federally qualified health center. What does that mean? And who do you serve?
Valley View is a nonprofit provider of health services, medical, dental and behavioral health. Our focus is serving rural communities and also low income and special needs individuals. Federally qualified health centers may also focus on other underserved groups, such as new citizens, immigrants or the homeless.
We qualify for federal healthcare subsidies. In the past communities have depended on doctors in private practice. These practices are disappearing in small towns and we are trying to fill that void.
The Toledo Indian girls basketball team season came to an end, but not before they won a chance to play at state.
The final game was against Tri-Cities Prep, a private school, Toledo fell short by one win to bring home hardware. The score was 39-44, with the Jaguar's taking the lead in the first quarter in Spokane, Washington. The Indians ended their season with a 23-6 record, the first time going to State in over 10 years.
On Monday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m Mayor Don Bradshaw resigned his position as mayor for the City of Winlock, but not before taking a dig at the new council.
Mayor Bradshaw resigned leaving a resignation note: "Do To Failing health brought on by The Miss Conduct of The lawless Council, I will Step away From The Office of Mayor of The City of Winlock as of 1:00 p.m. This Day." Letter printed as written. The council has not done anything illegal but Mayor Bradshaw has, yet he called them lawless.
Winlock City Council met on Monday evening February 24 to discuss several issues. The city council has been trying to reverse several decisions that the previous council made, but the Mayor has been undermining this council at every turn. Mayor Donald L. Bradshaw was again absent from the council meeting for the third meeting in a row.
Toledo High School will dedicate the high school baseball field by naming it for one of its distinguished alumni - Don Bowen. The event will precede Toledo's home opener against Morton-White Pass. The dedication will begin at 3:15 p.m. on March 16, when Don and family will throw out the first pitch.
After the on-field ceremony, people are invited inside the high school for a few words about Don and an unveiling of the new sign for the baseball field. "Take me out to the ballgame" will conclude the ceremony and a social hour with a ballpark dinner (hot dogs of course!) will be served. The Toledo School District encourages anyone who played with Don in high school, college, or fast pitch, as well as classmates, family, and friends to attend and help us honor Don Bowen.
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