Editor's Note: The funds that were received from the campaign by the Culps came in the days and weeks after the election. See https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/campaign-explorer/candidate?filer_id=CULPL--166&election_year=2020 for more information.
It's December, a full month after the election and a few things have recently come to light that the voters should know about. According to the Public Disclosure Commission and the Campaign Summary Receipts & Expenditures - C4 reports for the Loren Culp Campaign large amounts of money were spent on items not disclosed to the public while he was running.
Recently, Culp filed a lawsuit against Kim Wyman and Washington State for election irregularities. According to his C4 reports, he has also paid himself the amount of $33,136.30 from his contributors for lost wages.
To the Editor,
I'd like to take this opportunity to comment on the search for our next Lewis County Health Officer. It is a critical and complex position that requires care to find a good match. There is a history of difficulty in recruiting skilled professionals to rural locations. I have hope that the tide will begin to turn in our favor.
Before diving into the Public Health Director position, I'd like to take a brief walk through the history of how our community came to our earned distrust of "science." I place "science" in quotations because I'm going to discuss the weaponized version that was used to destroy our cities and towns back in the 1980's and 90's, and we haven't forgotten.
Governor Inslee's new shutdown order for restaurants and businesses has caused quite a stir in Lewis County. Many Lewis County restaurants are now defying his order, opening their doors to inside dining.
On Monday, Spiffy's Restaurant in South Lewis County made the decision to open their doors. Rod Samuelson, owner of Spiffy's opened the restaurant because his employees were struggling financially with unemployment. What happened after he opened the restaurant is what has surprised many.
On Wednesday afternoon, Labor and Industries showed up at Spiffy's Restaurant. They informed the manager Rob, they had two hours to close down. It is said that a customer in the restaurant informed Labor and Industry that they were to "get the $#%& out." At which time they did leave. What Labor and Industries did not expect was that District 19 newly elected legislator Joel McEntire would be in the dining room eating.
The City of Winlock has seen many changes since March of 2020. It has seen businesses open that were unable to under the previous city government, city employees have been terminated, new city employees hired, and new roads have been built. Under the leadership of a new mayor and council, the City of Winlock is finally on track for success.
Winlock High School has a new program this year, Family and Consumer Sciences, basically home economics with a twist. Kaylene Kenny is the new educator who will be teaching this new cool class.
With COVID this year, the Walk n Knock is taking on a different look than years before.
Toledo Food Bank
As many of you know, Walk n Knock is held on the first Saturday of December every year to bring in food and money for people right here in our community.
Winlock Cedar Village Pharmacy Pharmacist Don Hilley has provided many years of service to the community, not just Winlock but all of south Lewis County. Don has the responsibility of keeping prescriptions available to many, a responsibility he does not take lightly. Without Don, many would be lost.
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