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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.

Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Animal Emergency Plan Workshop


South Bend, WA – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be coordinating an Animal Emergency Plan Workshop on February 4, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Pacific County Annex located at 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive South Bend, WA 98586. Recent experiences from other areas around the nation have underscored the importance of having a coordinated Animal Emergency Plan. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has identified this as a goal for 2014.


The Public is welcome to attend. If you would like to have your comments heard but are unable to attend, you may email them to Scott McDougall, Deputy Director, PCEMA [email protected] by the end of business on February 3, 2014.

South Bend couple arrested on methamphetamine charges

Pacific County Sheriff's Office

South Bend, WA. – On January 1st, deputies with the Pacific County Drug Task Force served a narcotics related search warrant upon a residence located in the 100 block of Jackson Street in South Bend. Also assisting with the service of the warrant were deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Raymond and South Bend police departments. A male subject, identified as Randay Jimenez-Medina (age 28) and a female subject identified as Colby Watts (age 27) were arrested in conjunction with the investigation that led to the request for the search warrant.

The search warrant was granted as a result of an ongoing investigation involving the facilitation and delivery of methamphetamine by both people. During the searching and arresting process, investigators located a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and drug related paraphernalia.

Jimenez-Medina was booked into the Pacific County Jail on one count of possession of methamphetamine and four counts of delivery of methamphetamine. Watts was booked on two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and for two counts of using a building for drug purposes. Jimenez-Medina’s bail was set at 25,000.00 and Watts’s bail was set at 20,000.00.

Ecology seeks comments on proposals to control non-native eelgrass and burrowing shrimp

OLYMPIA – The Department of Ecology (Ecology) invites the public to comment on the scope of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a proposal to control burrowing shrimp in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor.

Public comment is also sought on a draft permit for controlling non-native eelgrass in Willapa Bay only.

Proposal to control burrowing shrimp
The Willapa/Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association submitted an application to Ecology for a water quality (NPDES) permit to allow the association to use the pesticide Imidacloprid to control burrowing shrimp in commercial shellfish operations in Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay.

Burrowing shrimp destabilize oyster beds and impact oyster production.

As a part of the process to consider issuing a new permit, Ecology will prepare an EIS. Ecology is seeking comments on the scope of the EIS for this proposal through Feb. 15, 2014. Scoping helps the agency determine what potential impacts to analyze in the EIS. See the scoping notice to submit your comments.

Later in the year, Ecology expects to issue the draft EIS as well as a draft permit. Ecology will hold another public comment period and public hearing before a final EIS is issued and a permit decision made.

Carbaryl was permitted by Ecology for the control of burrowing shrimp on commercial shellfish beds in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor through 2012. The growers association is seeking a permit for Imidacloprid as an alternative. For more information about carbaryl and the current permit for its use see: Individual Permit for the Control of Burrowing Shrimp using Carbaryl on Commercial Shellfish Beds in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor.

Proposal to control non-native (Zostera japonica) eelgrass
The shellfish growers association also has requested a new permit for the use of Imazamox to help manage the growth of non-native eelgrass called Zostera japonica on commercial clam beds in Willapa Bay.

According to the growers, these beds were historically sand/mud flats and just recently Zostera japonica has been colonizing these beds making it difficult to grow and harvest clams.

The EIS scoping period for the proposal to control non-native eelgrass closed Nov. 2, 2012, and Ecology has developed a draft EIS and a draft permit.

A water quality (NPDES) permit is required before the herbicide can be applied under the Washington State Water Pollution Control Act. The permit would regulate the use of Imazamox and marker dyes to manage Zostera japonica on commercial clam beds.

Ecology is seeking comments through Feb. 15, 2014, on the draft EIS and the draft permit to allow the use of Imazamox in Willapa Bay. See Ecology’s website for ways to submit comments.

Two separate but aligned permitting processes
The environmental review and permitting processes to control burrowing shrimp are separate from the environmental review and permitting processes to control non-native eelgrass in Willapa Bay. However, the public comment periods for each proposal are the same: Jan. 2 to Feb. 15, 2014.

Public meeting
People may submit comments on either proposal to the Department of Ecology (Ecology) through midnight Feb. 15.

Comments will also be accepted at a Saturday public workshop and public hearing in South Bend on Feb. 1, 2014. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. and continue through the afternoon. It will be held at Willapa Harbor Community Center, 916 W First Street, South Bend, WA 98586. The meeting format includes:

  • Open houses on both proposals: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Workshops on both proposals, including presentation and question and answer sessions: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Public hearing on proposal to control non-native eelgrass and public comment opportunity on proposal to control burrowing shrimp: 1 p.m.

South Bend Man and Woman Arrested For Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine

Misael Rodriguez Martinez was booked into the Pacific County Jail on 4 counts of delivery of methamphetamine, 1 count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, 1 count of possession of a dangerous weapon and an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer. Martinez’s bail was set at 250,000 dollars. 

Jamie Cable was booked into the Pacific County Jail on 2 counts of delivery of methamphetamine, 1 count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and 1 count of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Cable’s bail was set at 150,000 dollars. 

St. Lawrence centennial celebration Sunday in Raymond

In 1979, Fr. Tom Suss was assigned to the church in Raymond (Immaculate Conception), and the mission in South Bend (St. Lawrence). With years of history behind them, both parishes had always strongly resisted merging. Within four-months of his arrival in the area, Fr. Tom announced that they would be building a new church. He said, “Oh, you could have heard a pin drop on the carpet!” He assured the congregation that he was not independently wealthy, nor did he rob banks. He handed out envelopes with three choices, and it was a surprise to most that an overwhelmingly percentage chose to be in favor of the building project. The rest is history.

The last mass celebrated in the old Raymond church was on December 8, 1980. By that time there was no heat in the church and it was cold. However, at the end of the mass, Fr. Tom suggested that as folks left the church, they should take something with them to the area indicated for storage during the time of demolition and construction. Within an hour, or so, the church that had stood for more than 70-years, serving its congregation by providing physical and spiritual shelter, was stripped and everything but the carpet and pews were gone.

The congregation met at South Bend’s St. Lawrence Catholic Church while the new church was under construction.

With the support of the majority of the two-church communities, the actual construction of the newly proposed facility was contracted out. Church members Ken Green, Bob Inglin, George Inglin and fellow parishioners (many of the men working were members of the Willapa Harbor Knights of Columbus #1606) spent many hours working together on projects that needed special attention and extra effort. They were selfless in their generosity of time and talent on behalf of the new church. All of the electrical work was done by Jack Ford, owner and operator of Ford Electric, Inc. and his crew. Jack is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. The ladies formed a calling committee and provided food and beverages until the project was completed.

After the last service at St. Lawrence in South Bend, the statues and the stained glass windows were placed in the sanctuary of the newly constructed church building. The stained glass windows from the old Immaculate Conception Church were used to enhance the day-chapel; creating a sense of beauty, as well as a spiritual atmosphere.

Longtime parishioner, Robert “Shorty” Remington recalls hearing, as a youngster, that Charles Muller designed and crafted an altar at his home. When completed, it was dismantled; then placed on a barge and taken down the river to be placed in the south bend church. This original creation now serves as a background altar; a place of honor reserved for the tabernacle.

George and Robert Inglin, built a mahogany altar, which serves as the main altar.

Efforts were made to have the picturesque church in South Bend included on the National Register of Historic Places. Unfortunately, this never came about. Sadly, the church was demolished.

Oral tradition, stories passed down from one generation to the next, play a significant role in the history of the Catholic church.

One such story, the poignant story of the “Basil Bell” that dates back to 1918, resurfaced after the death of Jim Weathers. Jim, longtime friend of Joseph Basil, asked his children before he died to have the “Basil Bell” put in a place of honor, as it deserves.  Jim’s daughters, Patti Bridgewater and Toni Glazier have been scurrying to get the project completed in time for the centennial.

The worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918-19 didn’t miss Pacific County. Many people in Raymond, South Bend and other local towns fell ill, and there was a high death rate for those who contracted it. One of those who fell ill was Doumina Basil, young daughter of A. G. Basil. Fearing for her life, he prayed, telling God that if Doumina recovered, he would donate a bell to the local church, which didn’t have a bell. Doumina did recover, and true to his word, A. G. Basil had a bell made and donated it to the Catholic Church in Raymond, which at that time was St. Mary’s. That bell hung in the bell tower of the newly constructed church, along with the old bell from St. Lawrence in South Bend until the weight of the bells caused the tower to start separating from the building. The South Bend bell is currently located near the church entrance.

 Sunday, after mass, when the festivities begin in the church social hall, this story will be retold. Fr. Kaech is looking forward to hearing others’ stories, as well!

Raymond & South Bend AHAB sirens begin monthly tests in Pacific County

South Bend, Wash. – The next monthly test of the All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system is scheduled for Monday, October 7th at noon. AHAB sirens recently installed at the Raymond and South Bend Fire Departments will join the existing 16 sirens in Pacific County located in the areas of Ilwaco, Seaview, Long Beach, Surfside, Ocean Park, Bay Center, and North Cove. Additionally, there are two AHAB sirens located on the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation.

Sirens are not designed to be heard indoors and the sound may also be impacted by adverse weather. Residents are encouraged to have alternate methods of warning such as NOAA weather radios, which are tested weekly and can be heard indoors.

The procedure for the monthly test is for the sirens to sound the Westminster Chimes for 10 seconds followed by a 15 second verbal message stating, “The following is a test of the siren warning system. It is only a test. This is a test of the siren warning system. If this had been a real emergency you should tune to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.”

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency recommends that residents of Pacific County mark their calendars for the monthly AHAB siren system test which is scheduled for the first Monday of every month at noon. Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.

Pacific County Sheriff’s Office hiring E911 Dispatcher


Compensation for the position of Telecommunicator begins at $2815.00 per month, plus benefits. 

Telecommunicator duties include: 

 Taking incoming calls from the public. 
 Evaluating and prioritizing calls for service. 
 Operating multi-frequency radio equipment. 
 Dispatching law enforcement, fire and emergency medical instructions. 
 Providing pre-arrival and/or emergency medical instructions. 
 Entering and retrieving data from law enforcement computer systems. 
 Monitoring and maintaining information on location of all in-service law enforcement, fire and emergency medical units. 
 Operating TDD/TTY devices. 
 Operates digital tape recording devices. 
 Maintains security and controls access to the jail and communications center. 

Minimum qualifications 
U.S. citizen, High School diploma or G.E.D. equivalent; valid Washington State driver’s license and proof of insurance; minimum of 21 years at time of appointment; typing speed of 40 wpm. Applicant must meet hiring standards and pass background screening. Record of outstanding warrants, felony and misdemeanor convictions, and history of drug use are subject to hiring standards. 

 Request application packet from Pacific County Civil Service Commission at 
360-875-9300 x2244, or by email from [email protected]. The applications may also be downloaded from the Pacific County website, www.co.pacific.wa.us . 
 Complete application and supplemental questionnaire. 
 Take typing test at Worksource. You must be able to type at least 40 wpm for this position. 
 Submit completed application, Worksource typing certificate, and supplemental questionnaire to the Civil Service Commission, P.O. Box 6, South Bend, WA 98586. Applications postmarked after September 19, 2013 will not be accepted. 


Applicants must complete 3 different tests; a keyboarding skills test, a written examination, and an oral board exam. Applicants must pass each test to continue on to the next test. 

1. Contact WorkSource to take the typing test. You will be given a certificate with your speed and accuracy on it, which you must turn in with your application. 

2. A written examination will be conducted on Friday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. at the Pacific County Annex Building, 1216 Robert Bush Drive, South Bend. Applicants must obtain a score of 70% or above to pass the written examination. 

3. Persons passing the typing and written phases of the examination process will be invited to an oral board examination. The date of the oral board has not yet been scheduled; all applicants will be notified of the date when it is scheduled. 

4. The written examination will be weighted at 60% and the oral board examination will be weighted at 40%. 

5. The Civil Service Examiner will tabulate the written and oral examination scores and determine a rankings list that will be presented to the Civil Service Commission for Certification. Once certified, the Telecommunicator register will be valid for 12 months, or until the list is exhausted. 

6. As openings in the Telecommunicator class occur, the Chief Examiner will submit the top 3 names on the Telecommunicator eligibility list to the appointing authority for consideration in filling the vacancy. 

Additional information may be obtained by calling Amy Dennis at 
360-875-9300, ext. 2244 or email [email protected]
Pacific County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.

Pacific County Sheriff’s Office
300 Memorial Street 
South Bend, WA 98586

Emergency: 9-1-1 
Non-emergencies: 360-875-9395 

Pat Matlock
Sheriff’s Office Patrol and Corrections
[email protected]

Pacific County Burn Ban Effective Immediately

LONG BEACH, Wash. – Pacific County is implementing a “Burn Ban” effective immediately and running through Sept. 30.
The Burn Ban applies to all outdoor burning except recreational cooking fires in approved fire pits that are limited to 3-feet in diameter and 2-feet in height. Fires for debris disposal are not considered recreational and are not allowed under any circumstances.

Contact your local fire district for more information. You can also contact the county office in Long Beach at 642-9382; or South Bend at 875-9356.

Earlier this month, Grays Harbor County implemented a burn ban as well.