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Willapa Harbor Herald • Town Crier
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(360) 942-3466 • PO Box 706, Raymond, WA 98577
Local residents push for Willapa Hills Trail repairs

The Willapa Hills Trail was a major topic not just at the Raymond city council meeting on Jan. 2, but also at the South Bend city council meeting on Jan. 8. At both meetings at least one council member brought to attention the progress and continued surge to get unkempt and neglected portions of the trail repaired.

Speaking with Jessica Porter, one of the driving forces behind the push to see the trail repaired, she tells us, "this past summer Cheryl Green and Rebecca Chaffee met with the Lewis County Community Trails folks to talk about what's been happening on the Willapa Hills Trail on their end and we ended organizing a meeting for folks here in Pacific County. We kind of timed it just right to start working with state parks on their next two year grant cycle."

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Dennis Company sold after four generations of ownership
Photo contributed by William L. Austin - Dennis Company in 1925 when the lower level accomidated vehicles.
Dennis Company sold after four generations of ownership

After over 110 years of family ownership Dennis Company has been sold to Westlake Ace Hardware based out of Lenexa, Kansas. Joining a company that owns and runs over 120 stores nationwide and continues to grow.

Speaking with Dennis Company President Brent Dennis about the sale he tells us, "for us it was just time. Randy and I are both the fourth generation of family ownership and none of our kids really want to run the family business and we don't want to work here forever. We've wanted to retire at some point and that time has come."

"It wasn't easy for us to decide," he continued. "But we looked for a company that shared our strong morals and values and would serve the public like we have for over 100 years."

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South Bend and Raymond Schools look to bring soccer to the harbor

The South Bend and Raymond School Districts are looking to combine forces to create an boys varsity and girls varsity soccer team and the prospect looks promising.

"Because we would have to combine they take into account the total student population from both schools which would make us a 1-A combined team," South Bend Superintendent Jon Tienhaara tells us. "I've already reached out to the closest league and they tell me they have a spot for us."

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Cole memo rescinded,  Governor ready for fight
The grow room at BMF.
Cole memo rescinded, Governor ready for fight

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo Jan. 4 rescinding an Obama administration stance on state marijuana laws known as the Cole Memo. Rescinding the stance has cast a shadow of unfortunate doubt over states that have legalized recreational marijuana and states that have legalized medical marijuana.

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Nordin starts first official day in mayor seat
Douglas Nordin
Nordin starts first official day in mayor seat

New Raymond Mayor Douglas Nordin settled into his new seat at the Raymond City Council meeting on Jan. 2 after being sworn in by City of Raymond Clerk Gretchen Sagen. Present were about 25 residents excited to see the swearing in of whom many were family or friends of his and provided a very warm welcome to the new mayor.

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Local food drives ensure a great holiday season for food banks
Picture taken by Bonnie Ryan NPC Food Bank Manager - A huge thank you to the Shoalwater Casino for their generous support to the NPC Food Bank and WHMA toy drive this year! Left to right Todd Arend, marketing manager and Jeremy Foust, security manager.
Local food drives ensure a great holiday season for food banks

Local food drives this year resulted in a major success for our local food banks after an outpouring of support from community members, businesses, donors and unrelenting determination from local students.

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Erin Frasier announces bid to unseat Walsh
Erin Frasier with her husband Keith and daughter's Olivia and Rose
Erin Frasier announces bid to unseat Walsh

Former Raymond resident and life long southwest Washington native Erin Frasier has announced she will be running as a Democrat for the 19th District State Representative seat against current representative Jim Walsh.

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Eagle Scout organizes benefit concert
Photo by Jeff Clemens - Seth Angelovich
Eagle Scout organizes benefit concert

There will be a concert held at the Raymond High School gymnasium to raise money for local food banks on Jan. 13. All the proceeds from ticket sales and concessions will be going towards the food banks in both Raymond and South Bend.

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Thriftway struck by vehicle again
Photo by Store Manager Melanie Bowling
Thriftway struck by vehicle again

On Dec. 28 at approximately 3:36 p.m. Raymond Police and Raymond Fire were dispatched to a call that a car had struck the Raymond Thriftway store and it was unknown if the driver or anyone in the vehicle had injuries.

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