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Vikings take second place from Navs 57-47
Photo by Larry Bale - WVHS\'s Beau Buchanan soars to control the opening tip over PHS\'s Max Smith.
Vikings take second place from Navs 57-47

Willapa Valley won a vital seeding post-season playoff game against Northwest Christian to determine which team would be the higher seed in the Pacific League heading into the Southwest Washington District 4 2B Boys Basketball Tournament.

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Denise Rowlett brings TAC her administrative experience
Denise Rowlett
Denise Rowlett brings TAC her administrative experience

On September 5, 2019, the Teen Advocacy Coalition officially hired Denise Rowlett as TAC Coordinator. In the last two decades, she has spent 19 ½ years working with the Pacific County Sheriff's Office performing administrative tasks including organizing files and managing grants.

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Valley FFA members advocate for agricultural education
From left are FFA State Officer Mara Soto, Aaron Wilson, Ella Petit. Sen. Dean Takko (D-Longview), Alyssa Brock, and Aubree Triplett.
Valley FFA members advocate for agricultural education

MENLO - Four of the Willapa Valley FFA Chapter Officers had the opportunity to visit the Washington State Capitol building in Olympia January 21.

The four students talked to Sen. Dean Takko (D-Longview) and Rep. Brian Blake (D-Longview). The subject they discussed with the legislators dealt with how each year Washington state gives each Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) approximately $12,400 each.

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Seven days of razor clam digs set
Seven days of razor clam digs set

Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for seven days of digging beginning Thursday.

State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

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Doug Makaiwi Memorial Invitational
Photo Courtesy Preston Crow
Doug Makaiwi Memorial Invitational

From left are Hoquiam Coach Terry Helland, Susie (Weisel) Webber and Aimee (Weisel) Betrozoff shown with the Don Weisel Team Sportsmanship Award Saturday at the Doug Makaiwi Memorial Invitational Saturday at Seagull gym.

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South Bend and Willapa Valley Schools ask for voter support

During this year's special election, both South Bend and Willapa Valley School Districts are asking voters to approve a replacement levy. The last levy approved for the schools was four years ago in 2016 and it expires at the end of 2020. The vote on a replacement Education Programs and Operations Levy deadlines at 8:00 p.m. on February 11.

These levies for the school run on a four-year cycle, which means this one runs from 2021 until the end of 2024. The levy dollars are funds that are controlled by the local school boards and administrations.

The Education Programs and Operations Levies are meant to support learning, whereas bonds are meant to support building projects. Levies bridge the gap that exists between state funding and the actual cost of the schools.

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Storm Storm water causes South Bend Schools to close for a day water causes South Bend Schools to close for a day
Photo by Jon Tienhaara - Monday evening, January 6, Wyatt Kuiken, Shane Green, Doug Sands, Jordan Johnson, Bubba Madrid, Al Ashley, and the South Bend City Crew helped clean the drains and fought the water at the South Bend School CTE building.
Storm Storm water causes South Bend Schools to close for a day water causes South Bend Schools to close for a day

Last week's storms caused a few issues throughout the Pacific Northwest, but one of the most unique problems was suffered by South Bend Schools. Superintendent Jon Tienhaara ended up closing the schools on Tuesday, January 7 due to excessive storm water in the South Bend sewer systems.

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Layman earns scholarship of a lifetime
Photo Courtesy Hallee Layman - Willapa Valley HS senior Hallee Layman will attend the University of Hawai'i at Manoá on a four-year track and field scholarship.
Layman earns scholarship of a lifetime

MENLO - Willapa Valley HS senior Hallee Layman is living a dream. Layman recently signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Hawai'i at Manoá on a track and field scholarship.

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Great job South Bend students!
Photo courtesy of Jon Tienhaara
Great job South Bend students!

South Bend students delivered 2,046 pounds of food and $4,067 in cash to the Legacy Community Outreach Food Bank. The donation was the result of a school-wide food drive before Christmas break.

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US Army Corps take action to repair the Shoalwater Bay Barrier Dune
Photo by Sergeant Christopher Boggs, Shoalwater Bay PD - Shoalwater Bay berm before repairs began.
US Army Corps take action to repair the Shoalwater Bay Barrier Dune

In response to a request for aid by the Shoalwater Bay Tribe, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District has declared a state of emergency for Shoalwater on December 17, 2019. The tribe requested help stabilizing the Federally authorized flood risk reduction berm near Tokeland. The Corps began work on the berm on December 19.

The Corps worked on the berm during low tide shoring up 1,800 linear feet along the Shoalwater Bay Barrier Dune.

"The team of emergency responders worked in two shifts 24 hours a day to place rock along the berm in order to reduce the risk to the Tokeland community," said Anthony Doersam with Seattle District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Emergency Management Branch.

"The flood team and tribe has made significant progress repairing critical areas," said Seattle District Emergency Management Branch Chief Doug Weber.

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