In a letter dated June 27, 2018, Sheriff Rob Snaza notified the City of Winlock that he has stopped the Winlock Police Department from assisting in the county anywhere.
In the letter, Sheriff Snaza goes on to state that "I am not commissioning/ authorizing the authority of the WPD personnel, exclusive of within the city limits of Winlock, to enforce the traffic or criminal laws of this state throughout the territorial bounds of Lewis County." What this basically means is that Sheriff Snaza will not allow Winlock to assist them in any situation and they have no authority outside of Winlock as other municipalities do.
It is standard in neighboring law enforcement agencies to enter into a mutual aid agreement in order to assist each other when needed. The letter goes on to state that "this decision is based upon the reestablishment of the WPD and being unfamiliar with the training, qualifications and certifications of your personnel. In time, as your department is stabilized and ensuing professional working relationships/partnerships are developed I may readdress this and authorize such authority."
Voters in the Toledo School District will be asked to replace a $1.1 million levy with $895,000 per year levy. The proposal will provide funds to continue the district's enrichment activities for two years. "Levies are like a subscription service," said Board President Jerad Buswell. "The district asks the community to renew the subscription every few years." Toledo's current levy will end on December 31, 2019. If approved, the replacement collections would begin in 2020.
The current levy is a four-year measure that, in addition to enrichment programming, provided the district with funds needed for capital projects that were not funded by a proposed bond measure in 2014. "We were required to complete a $350,000 water supply project at the high school and replace the roof at the middle school," according to Chris Rust, Superintendent. "Those projects and others have been completed."
The community recently approved a $7 million bond measure to build a new high school. Dale Merten, Chair of Citizens for Great Toledo Schools says, "The bond was critical, but it can only provide for a new building. The levy pays for everything else that the state doesn't fund." Levy dollars and student fundraising pay for all athletic programs in the district. In addition, levies fund lower class sizes, repairs, additional staff for instruction and instructional support, maintenance and grounds as well as extracurricular activities and travel. Levies fund curriculum adoptions, professional development, and shortfalls from the state in Special Education.
Timberland Regional Library is making some proposals that are not making the citizens of Winlock happy. One decision is to limit the library hours of operation to 32 hours per week.
Currently, Winlock is open 5 days a week but with the recent departure of the former Librarian Jaime Allwine, it's proposing to change to 4 days a week. Timberland did not include a new Librarian in their budget for Winlock for the budget year 2019. Many families, children, seniors and residents of Winlock have enjoyed our library for years.
The Washington State Patrol responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision on Tuesday, January 1 at 1:11 a.m. two miles west of Mossyrock on Wilson road.
Jareth W. Schroeder, a 31-year-old Eatonville man, was travelling east on SR12 driving a gray 2005 Ford Focus.
On Saturday, December 29, 2018, at about 7:52 p.m., Lewis County Sheriff's Office and fire personnel were dispatched for an industrial accident at the Centralia Mine Property, located at 1044 Big Hanaford Road, Centralia.
Deputies arrived and learned a contractor employee was working on a 72-foot dredge in a pond. Contractors were working on dredging the pond to reclaim coal out of the mud from prior operations.
Recently, the Town Crier has published articles about the City of Winlock and some of the activities of the City have been questioned. As a result, the City of Winlock has decided they will no longer use the Town Crier as their legal publication of record.
Peter Larson, the Napavine Spanish teacher, works endlessly for his classes. He currently works with five classes every day, all ranging from Spanish I to Spanish II. Larson is also a leader at the Napavine YoungLife group.
20th District lawmaker will also continue his role on the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council
Rep. Ed Orcutt has been named ranking Republican on the House Finance Committee.
Per the Centralia Chronicle, the Lewis County Prosecutor received information last week and they are investigating the City of Winlock.
On December 12 at approximately 1:53 p.m., a structure engine (Engine 7-1) was returning to the main station in Vader after working the structure fire in Ryderwood.
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