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Peacekeepers Society and local groups distributed free food last Friday
Photo courtesy of Bethany Barnard\'s Facebook Page - Volunteers helping with last Friday\'s food distribution.
Peacekeepers Society and local groups distributed free food last Friday

On the last day of the month, Friday, April 30, there was another food give away, this time it was located in Bay Center in front of the Chinook Indian Nation Office. Altogether 480 USDA food boxes, 1,800 plus bottles of hand sanitizer, and 150 steelhead were distributed.

The boxes contained meat, cheese, vegetables, and dairy products ensuring each family would have a couple of meals from the boxes.

"Growing up in a tribal community, we are raised to take care of our community and give until it hurts," said tribal community member Bethany Barnard.

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Gardner wins four events at District IV meet
Photo Courtesy Larry Bale - Raymond HS junior Kyra Gardner won four events at the district track and field meet at Rainier HS Thursday. Gardner is pictured at the sub-district meet at RHS April 22.
Gardner wins four events at District IV meet

Standout athlete Kyra Gardner closed out the track and field season with four firsts at the District IV Championships at Rainier HS Thursday. Gardner, a junior at Raymond HS, who jumps and runs with the gracefulness of a deer, won the triple jump with a season record effort mark of 35 feet, 3/4 inches, 100-meter high hurdles with a PR time of :16.32; high jump (5 feet, 6 inches) and long jump (15 feet, 11¾ inches). Gardner was the only competitor among the girls and boys to win four events.

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Gardner garners three firsts at sub-district; Anderson wins twice, tallies two seconds
Photo Courtesy Larry Bale - Raymond HS sophomore Morgan Anderson won the high hurdles at Thursday\'s sub-district meet at Raymond HS.
Gardner garners three firsts at sub-district; Anderson wins twice, tallies two seconds

Raymond HS three-sport sensation, Kyra Gardner, won three events and finished second in another at the District IV Pacific League Sub-District Championships conducted at Leo Rubstello Track on the campus of Raymond HS Thursday.

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Last week's surge second highest since beginning of COVID
Last week's surge second highest since beginning of COVID

Over the last week, COVID-19 cases have steadily increased to a high level that may push us back into Phase 2.

"This is the highest case rate we have been at since early December," said Pacific County Department of Health and Human Services Director Katie Lindstrom. "[This spike is the] second highest peak since the beginning of the pandemic. This is the second biggest surge since the pandemic began. We are extremely hopeful that this will go back down, because it starts getting unmanageable at this point. It is a lot of work for our staff, and it becomes difficult to keep up when the cases get this high."

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Massive response to fire on HWY 101
Photo courtesy of Pacific County Fire District 3 Facebook
Massive response to fire on HWY 101

On Thursday, April 15, the quiet of the area was broken by sirens racing north on HWY 101. Just passed Smith Creek Road, multiple structures were on fire which burned hot and spread quickly.

Pacific County Fire District 3 and Raymond Fire Department were the first on the scene. Additional units from South Bend and Artic were toned for water supply and manpower. WSDOT was used to shut down a lane of traffic during the emergency. Other departments that assisted were Montesano FD, Pacific County Sheriff's Office, South Bend Police Department, Raymond PD, PACCOM, and Pacific County Emergency Management.

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Tokeland Chamber investigates becoming a Creative District
Photo by Marguerite Garth - Tokeland/North Cove Artist Jeffro Uitto standing next to his driftwood elephant.
Tokeland Chamber investigates becoming a Creative District

Within Washington, there are only 12 official Creative Districts. Tokeland North Cove Chamber is checking into the state-run program to see if it is something that will help promote the Tokeland area.

During the last chamber meeting in Tokeland on April 13, Washington State Program Manager for Creative Districts Annette Roth presented the program to the chamber. The Creative District Program is categorized as an economic development program for communities and run by the Washington State Arts Commission.

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For Mike Morris Elementary, Architecture firm receives design award
Photo Courtesy Dr. Jon Tienhaara - The cafeteria at Mike Morris Elementary certainly makes eating more enjoyable.
For Mike Morris Elementary, Architecture firm receives design award

SOUTH BEND - South Bend School District will receive a plaque from the architects that designed the Mike Morris Elementary school building. The building was designed by the architecture firm Erickson McGovern Architects (EMA) out of Tacoma.

"When we started the planning for the new school, we knew we wanted to design and construct a school our community would be proud of for years to come," South Bend Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jon Tienharra told the Herald. "Our architects at Erickson McGovern nailed it, incorporating a beautiful, yet unique design with all the function demanded by an elementary school. We do have a plaque coming as part of this design award, it will be displayed in the school district office."

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Every Child Matters
Every Child Matters

In honor of Child Abuse Awareness Prevention Month local community groups like the Crisis Support Network have created pinwheel gardens throughout Pacific County. Each pinwheel represents the happy, carefree childhoods all children deserve.

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Reach Out Over a Slice program comes to Big Nick's Pizza
Reach Out Over a Slice program comes to Big Nick's Pizza

Big Nick's Pizza joined forces with Teen Link, Washington State Health Department and StartTalkingNow.org in mid-March to help teens and young adults to deal with the current COVID crisis and loneliness issues.

Big Nick's received 1000 14" pizza boxes from the Reach Out Over A Slice sponsors and have started delivering pizzas in them. The boxes are covered with trivia and a Truth or Challenge game. One of the squares to play with friends is TRUTH: What's one of your favorite memories? If the player refuses to answer then they do the CHALLENGE: Act out your favorite movie scene. The goal is to get the teens to socialize with members of their family or close friends.

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Still keeping COVID down
Still keeping COVID down

Over the last 14 days, there have only been 13 new COVID-19 cases with only 11 cases being actively monitored by public nurses.

This brings the total number of cases up to 847. There has been no new hospitalization in the last 7 days and no new deaths due to COVID. The current case rate per 100k over 14 days is 60.1.

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