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Pacific County Law Enforcement Leaders Discuss Report Showing Early Learning Prevents Crime, Increases Success in School

Joined by preschool children at the South Bend School District Early Learning Center, Pacific County’s top cops will discuss a report that shows how high-quality early learning lays the foundation for greater success in school and leads to a less crime. The report highlights significant research documenting the impact of quality early childhood programs on crime reduction. 

The law enforcement leaders will also discuss how providing high-quality early learning will help Washington comply with the State Supreme Court’s McCleary decision requiring the state to fulfill its paramount duty to amply provide for the education of all Washington children. 

The law enforcement leaders will be joined by Senator Brian Hatfield and Representative Brian Blake. 

WHO: Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson 
Pacific County Undersheriff Todd Fosse 
Raymond Chief Chuck Spoor 
Shoalwater Bay Chief Robin Souvenir 
South Bend Chief David Eastham 
Senator Brian Hatfield 
Representative Brian Blake 
Pacific County Prosecutor David Burke 

WHAT: Roundtable Discussion and Classroom Visit 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 6th, 2014, 1:00 p.m. 

WHERE: South Bend School District Early Learning Center 
409 E. First Street, South Bend

New SR 6 Willapa River Bridge in Pacific County opens to traffic April 30th

December 2013 - Pouring concrete for the new bridge deck.

Six weeks after setting girders, crews complete the rebar framework for the new bridge deck and start pouring concrete.

MENLO – As long as dry weather forecast in Pacific County holds, travelers on State Route 6 will start using the new, wider Willapa River Bridge by Wednesday, April 30.

Washington State Department of Transportation contractor Rotschy Inc. plans to pave SR 6 early this week and shift traffic by Wednesday afternoon. Around-the-clock single-lane traffic and minor delays will continue into June.

Drivers have been watching the new Willapa River Bridge take shape since construction began last summer. The 36-foot-wide concrete bridge is being built just 12 feet away from the existing, 85-year-old bridge. It’s a narrow steel-truss structure built when Herbert Hoover was President.

Even though traffic will start using the new bridge April 30, crews still have a lot of work ahead of them. This spring and summer, they’ll continue realigning SR 6 to connect with the new bridge, demolish the old structure and complete a long list of tasks to clean up and restore the work zone.

Crews are expected to remove the old bridge in mid-May, complete construction and some landscaping work in June, and finish the $6.3 million, gas-tax funded project by early July. A small crew will return in October to plant additional landscaping, which may require intermittent shoulder and lane closures.

The new 36-foot-wide bridge will better meet the needs of today’s drivers and help improve traffic flow on this key connection between Interstate 5 and coastal communities.

The SR 6 Willapa River Bridge Replacement project is funded by the 2005 gas tax and other state highway-improvement funds. It’s one of five WSDOT bridge replacement projects currently underway in Pacific and west Lewis counties.

December 2013 - Pouring concrete for the new bridge deck. Six weeks after setting girders, crews complete the rebar framework for the new bridge deck and start pouring concrete.

December 2013 – Pouring concrete for the new bridge deck.
Six weeks after setting girders, crews complete the rebar framework for the new bridge deck and start pouring concrete.

Second arrest made after Lebam attempted burglary

Pacific County Sheriff's Office

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office has made a second arrest in the investigation of a Lebam burglary.
Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock said they received a call around 11 yesterday morning that there were two people burglarizing a woman’s home, and that her husband was on his way there. “He arrived at the residence, was confronted by them inside his home. One was partially masked, the other had a full mask. They were in the process of loading their backpacks full of the homeowner’s belongings. The homeowner grabbed a hammer and advised them that they needed to leave the residence, they fled on foot into a heavily wooded area near his property. They got a call around 6:45 last night from a neighbor saying that someone had come out of the woods and asked to use their phone.” A 52 year old man was arrested without incident just before 7 last night.

Matlock said the woman lasted a little longer, until about 2 this morning “She came out of the woods and she was cold and she was wet. [She] went to a residence in the Melow area of Pacific County and asked to use the phone. As we were setting up to start a new track we apprehended her in the woods.” Matlock said the 35 year old woman was taken into custody, both now face residential burglary and methamphetamine charges.

Pacific County welcomes Washington Governor Jay Inslee to 89th Annual Crab Feed

Pacific County Crab Feed

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will join Washington Democrats at the 89th Annual Crab Feed in Pacific County on Saturday.
Believed to be the oldest continuous fundraiser in the state, the crab feed will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. at the Willapa Harbor Chamber Building, 916 W. 1st St. in South Bend

Tiffany Turner, Bethany Oszman, Pacific County Democrats' Chair Karen Spackman, Gov. Jay Inslee, and Erin Frasier

Tiffany Turner, Bethany Oszman, Pacific County Democrats’ Chair Karen Spackman, Gov. Jay Inslee, and Erin Frasier

Among other guests scheduled to attend are Congressman Derek Kilmer, State Auditor Troy Kelley, state Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond; and State Reps. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen; and Dean Takko, D-Longview.

According to County Democratic Chair Karen Spackman, “The crab will likely come fresh off the docks in Ilwaco!”

Besides the dinner, there will also be raffles, a silent auction and a live auction hosted by former Democratic state Senator Craig Pridemore of Vancouver, who also served as the auctioneer during last year’s event.

The auction includes stays at local inns, a hand-forged coat rack and even a ride in the family canoe from the leader of the Chinook Nation.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the cost is $30, payable in advance at www.pacificcountydemocrats.com or at the door.

Coastal Flood Advisory issued March 06 at 3:23AM PST until March 06 at 7:00AM PST by NWS

By [email protected] …COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM PST THIS MORNING… A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM PST THIS MORNING. * TIDES: THIS MORNINGS ASTRONOMICAL HIGH TIDE AT TOKE POINT IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR 9.5 FT AT 4 AM. IN ADDITION…A FORECAST …read more

From: Pacific County ATOM WX

Coastal Flood Warning issued March 06 at 3:06AM PST until March 07 at 7:00AM PST by NWS

By [email protected] …COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 7 AM PST FRIDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING FOR MINOR TIDAL OVERFLOW ALONG LOW LYING AREAS OF THE SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON COAST…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 7 AM PST FRIDAY. * TIDES: THIS MORNINGS HIGH TIDE AT TOKE POINT IS EXPECTED TO BE …read more

From: Pacific County ATOM WX

Local schools get continued Levee support as February special election results certified

Vote

Election results were certified last night for the February special election, locally all replacement Maintenance and Operations levies passed, with Oakville’s multi-county race passing by only 4 votes, 210 to 206 with 13 Lewis County voters.
Grays Harbor’s voter turnout ended at 36.3%, while Pacific County reports 53.76% and Lewis 38.7% voter turnout.

Hoquiam is among 12 area school districts showing support for their levies School Superintendant Mike Parker said last week “I’d like to thank the Hoquiam community for supporting our school levee again. With a strong 66% ‘yes’ vote, we’ll continue to make you proud, thank you.

School Districts in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, North Beach, McCleary, Elma, Quinault, Cosmopolis, Wishkah, Ocosta, and Mary M Knight all passed their M&O Levies.

Elma Voters rejected the 8.4 million bond measure to replace the grandstands at Davis Field.

Free CERT training this Spring in Pacific County

PCEMA

South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in Long Beach. Training is scheduled as follows:

 

Friday, April 4, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 · 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

The course will be held at the Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort (12415 Pacific Way, Long Beach). Pre-registration is required and is limited to 20 participants.

 

The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your neighborhood in an emergency situation. CERT members receive 20 hours of initial training provided free of charge. The course is taught with classroom instruction for the first two days and practical exercises during the last day. Participants under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission to attend.

 

To register or for more information, contact Scott McDougall at (360) 642-9338 or email [email protected].

Quake-Catcher Network Installed in Pacific County Schools

South Bend, Washington – Robert de Groot, Ph.D. of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), will lead a discussion with students, faculty, and staff about his recent work during February 18 – 21, 2014 installing Quake-Catcher Network (QCN) sensors  in Pacific County schools, museums, and other locations. He will discuss how QCN will add to seismic data collected in Pacific County and enhance earthquake science education in Pacific County schools.

 

Quake-Catcher Network Presentation

­Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:30 am: Discussion with Robert de Groot, SCEC

Location:   South Bend High School – Library, 400 E. 1st St., South Bend, WA, 98586

 

The Quake-Catcher Network is a collaborative initiative for developing the world’s largest, low-cost seismic network by utilizing sensors in and attached to Internet-connected computers, led by Elizabeth Cochran at USGS – Pasadena and scientists at Stanford University. QCN sensors, such as the ones being installed in Pacific County schools, are citizen-science oriented and can be installed in homes, museums, and schools.

 

This event is being held in collaboration with the Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP), Washington Military Department – Emergency Management Division, Pacific County Emergency Management Agency, EarthScope, Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), Key Environmental Solutions, and South Bend High School.

Flood Warning issued February 17 at 8:13AM PST until February 17 at 4:00PM PST by NWS

By [email protected] NW Oregon/SW Washington Coastal Rivers Bulletin …The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in Washington…Oregon… Willapa River near Willapa affecting Pacific County Grays River near Rosburg affecting Wahkiakum County Nehalem River near Foss affecting Clatsop and Tillamook Counties …read more

From: Pacific County ATOM WX