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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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Lady Gulls win; Gardner ties junior class record
Photo Courtesy Larry Bale - Willapa Valley's Beau Buchanan won the shot put at Thursday's meet at South Bend HS.
Lady Gulls win; Gardner ties junior class record

SOUTH BEND - A decent crowd attended the first track and field meet of the season on a cool, slightly windy, partly sunny Thursday at Don Weisel Oval on the campus of South Bend HS. Raymond won the girls' side and Naselle came away with the boys' team title. A total of five teams competed.

"I was happy with the results from our first meet," Raymond HS head coach Mike Tully told the Herald. "I think we performed as well as can be expected after eight practices.

"Kyra's marks were quite good for this time of year," Tully said. "Her long jump mark was a career best by almost five inches and tied the Raymond junior class record. Her high jump mark was only two inches off her career best, so she's pretty close there as well. I'm looking for her to do some pretty impressive things as the season progresses.

"One surprise was Morgan Anderson in the high jump," Tully said. "He hadn't high jumped in almost three years and hadn't ev

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Phase 3 changes metrics for Pacific County
Phase 3 changes metrics for Pacific County

The new metrics for Phase 3 have started. The two key metrics for Pacific County are that we must have less than 100 new cases over 14 days and less than three hospitalizations over 7 days.

Pacific County reported 9 cases over the last 14 days last week with only 6 cases still actively being monitored by the public nurses. This brings the total number of cases since the state of the pandemic to 839.

Only one person has been hospitalized with COVID over the last 7 days and there has been no new deaths.

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For Koplitz Field House: South Bend school receives design grant
Koplitz Field House
For Koplitz Field House: South Bend school receives design grant

SOUTH BEND - South Bend School District received a $258,000 design grant to keep Koplitz Field House up to building code. With it's unique, old-style gym (1950), including that lovable balcony, it sometimes is challenging to keep it up to current seismic standards.

"It's kind of interesting, since about 2016 we've been working on the new elementary school, in particular trying to secure funding," Dr. Tienhaara told the Herald Monday morning. "During this time I have been able to connect with and meet lots of different people at OSPI and in the legislature, many of them work on special projects and legislative priorities. I think it was early 2018 I got a call from one of these contacts asking if we had any interest in participating in a geotechnical study that had to do with potential seismic upgrades.

"Since we were in the middle of the new school planning, we had already started to look at some geotechnical studies on the south part of campus, so I was very interested in possibly tying the project into additional funding," Tienhaara continued.

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