Lewis County News November 16, 2022

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November 16, 2022




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Haunted Hostel fire puts Election results in Washington State local firefighters to the test of rescue was located within the building. All search and rescue personnel were pulled from the interior to join the exterior teams fighting the fire. Mutual aid was received from the following agencies: Riverside Fire Authority who provided a ladder truck with crew and Assistant Chief Kevin Anderson.Chehalis Fire Department who provided an engine with crew. Lewis County Fire District #6 who provided an engine with crew and Chief Ken Cardinale. Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District #20 – Vader/ Ryderwood who provided a tender with the crew. Lewis County Fire District #5 – Napavine who provided 2 engines and a medic unit. Lewis County Fire District #2 – Toledo who provided an engine with crew and a tender. As the fire spread closer to the intersection of Walnut and SE First Streets, a main power line was being threatened and Lewis PUD was consulted about cutting the power to those lines. As they are the main transmission lines for the city, cutting power at that point would cause a widespread power outage that would cause the entire city to be without power. As the fire got closer to the main power pole on

By Lynnette Hoffman The national, state and local elections were held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 and the prediction of a red wave did not occur. On a national level the Republicans seem to have taken the House and the Democrats the Senate. If this does not explain the diPhoto Courtesy of Sara Chastain vide in the country I don’t The Haunted Hostel in Winlock went up in flames last week. know what does. On the state level, Patty Around 7:25 p.m. on Tues- trict #2 in Toledo. day, November 8, Winlock There were several reports Murray surpassed Tiffany Fire and Rescue were dis- of residents in the hostel inSmiley to keep her seat. patched to a reported structure side and in need of rescuing. Murray is leading with fire at 104 SE Front Street Heavy black smoke and in56.99% of the vote versus in downtown Winlock. The tense heat gave the firefightSmiley’s with 42.79%. Haunted Hostel, one of the last ers difficulties while searchNext, the 3rd Congressiohistoric buildings left in the ing the second story. With nal District seat. Gluesendowntown area, was on fire. the use of specialized equipOther resources from ment like the Self-Contained kamp-Perez is in the lead the neighboring emergency Breathing Apparatus, and with 50.47% of the votes to responders arrived shortly. Thermal Imaging Camera, Kent’s 48.96%. Kent ran These included Lewis County the firefighters did an exhaussolely on the Make AmerFire District #5 in Napavine tive search of all the floors of See fire Page 3 ica Great Again (MAGA) and Lewis County Fire Dis- the building. No one in need agenda aided by former President Donald Trump. Kent did not work to attract the moderate Republican Winlock City Council is scheduled per incurring debt for the annexation. Your or Independent vote, he the agenda for Monday evening to have an voice matters. relied solely on the MAGA annexation meeting, Thursday, November Please confirm the council has voted agenda which appears to 17 at 6:00 p.m. If you live in the Winlock to have the meeting since printing of the be losing its effectiveness. city limits or the Urban Growth Area you Lewis County News was prior to the Kent underperformed Tifare encouraged to attend. The city will be council meeting. fany Smiley by 11,000

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votes in Clark County and Trump in Lewis County by .5%. The main strategist for the Kent campaign, Matt Braynard did not win one race nationally. There are still more votes to count, but many in the media have called the race for Perez. Tiffany Smiley, the GOP Senate nominee is at 53.8% in WA-3, whereas Kent is at 49.2%. Every Republican state legislative candidate in CD 3 outperformed Kent by 6-12.5%. Regardless if they were incumbents, in open GOP seats, or the two Dem seats. All but one county wide GOP candidate in CD 3 in head to heads with Dems (all partisan races) outperformed Kent by 5-23%. Including the nominees

for Coroner… The one that didn’t was his county organizer in Skamania that ran for commissioner and outperformed Joe Kent by 1.5%. Locally, the races that had opponents were closer than anticipated. Peter Abbarno and Ed Orcutt won re-election with no opposition. Representative’s Jim Walsh and Joel McEntire held on to their seats, as projected. Sheriff Snaza won his seat with 53.26% to Tracy Murphy’s 45.71%. Scott Brummer beat Harry Bhagwandin 58% to 40%. Scott Tinney held onto his seat over Linda Williams with 57%41%. Ross Neilson beat out Tom Crowson with 52%-45%. Mike Hadaller rolled over Kevin Emerson with 53% to 46%. Several in Lewis County ran unopposed, Meyer for Prosecutor, Grove for Auditor, McLeod for Coroner, Buzzard and Samuelson for Judges. The votes were split more in Lewis County than anyone has seen in recent years. Lewis County has lost Republican strongholds by at least 5% from previous elections. Tracy Murphy and See election Page 3


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The temperatures have changed but the sunshine is still here this week. While we see lower temperatures it’s nice to have a little bit of time to get those yards ready for the winter. Lows in the 20s with highs in the upper 40s. This Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m., the Winlock Firefighters are having their local Turkey Bingo. JJ ‘s tip of the week: Frozen turkeys and hams are in. Fresh turkeys will be coming this week. Come and get them. Traffic revision in downtown Winlock for the next few weeks while the city looks to demolish the building. Please be patient. ALSO - please continue to shop downtown, it’s Christmas time and the local shops will need your business. The Winlock Lions conducted their Third Annual Vision-Hearing Clinic at Winlock Elementary School Thursday, October 27. Two hundred fifty students were tested for possible vision and hearing difficulties. The equipment for this testing was made available through the Northwest Lions Foundation. Funds came from projects of many Lions clubs. Equipment for the Winlock Clinic was brought to us by Mike and Pat Parker of Longview Pioneer Lions. They were assisted in the testing by Winlock Lions and other community volunteers. Winlock Lions meet the first Thursday at 5:30 p.m. of the month at the Community Building. Visitors are welcome.

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Toledo has some beautiful weather coming your way. There’s nothing like a beautiful day down on the Cowlitz. Don’t forget to attend your Toledo Thursday Market, they have a lot of fabulous stuff to offer. Toledo Community Library is having a silent auction of two beautiful book sets: Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson and The Olympians. Stop by the library to view the sets and place your bids. Winners will be announced at the end of our bake sale on Saturday, December 3. From Vision:Toledo South Lewis County Chamber of Commerce - Joe Notch said the SLCCC is working at updating the Visitor Kiosk at Exit 63. The next meeting will be at the Little Crane Cafe in Vader at noon on November 17. The topic will be an update on the 2023 tax laws. Winterfest - Mayor Dobosh is hoping that the whole town will put up Christmas lights for the holidays. Santa Quad Parade (December 3) - Anyone can enter with their ATV, UTV, or golf cart. But no motorcycles or lawn mowers. Anyone under 18 must have an adult with them. Giant Cheese Ball Drop (December 31) - 11:30 p.m. at the City Boat Launch. Countdown clock, noisemakers, fireworks, and cheese. Save the date. Toledo Neighbors Program - Amber Buck via email: Things are continuing to grow and word is being shared throughout the community. Our Facebook page and website continue to be the best means of communication. Our public meeting will be next week Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. We have scheduled our distribution days for the remainder of the year: Sundays November 6 and 20, and December 4 and 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are partnering with the Toledo Middle School leadership class on a food drive to really help stock our pantry before the holidays. We are always looking to partner with groups to help this program grow and continue helping our neighbors. Distributions and meetings will be held at our location, 5516 Jackson Hwy. Toledo. We have moved indoors for the wet and cold season. We also have a freezer and a refrigerator available. Recently, we had a donation of frozen ground beef which we shared through the program.

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Obituaries In Loving Memory of Clay M. Hartzell

Clay M. Hartzell, 87, a long-time resident of Winlock, Washington passed away November 4, 2022 in Centralia with his family by his side. Clay was born on September 1, 1935 at University Place, WA to Richard and Mary (Williams) Hartzell. He is survived by his four children: Scott (Abby) of Long Beach WA; Brett (Rhonda) of Renton WA; Jeff (Daphne) of Chehalis WA; and Kim Teitzel of Olympia WA. Other survivors include nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Clay M. Hartzell Clay was preceded in death by his wife Winifred (Winn). A memorial service is planned November 18, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Winlock, 379 WA-505, Winlock, WA 98596.

News from the Olequa-Winlock Senior Center

Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enrichment Meal Menu: Lunch (noon) - Monday, November 14: Chicken broccoli casserole, corn bread, and fruit Breakfast (10:00 a.m.) - Wednesday, November 16: French toast and fruit Lunch (noon) - Friday, November 18: *Pick two* soup, sandwich, salad and brownie Enrichment Lunch Meals are a suggested donation of $5. Nutrition Lunch Menu: Tuesday, November 15: Beef stroganoff, country trio veggies, pears, and roll Thursday, November 17: Chili, cornbread, side salad, and cinnamon apples Nutrition Lunch Meals are served Tuesday and See senior Page 4

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the corner, PUD cut the power so that the utility pole could be saved. Fire crews were successful in saving the pole and making the power outage much shorter in duration. The residents of the hostel were all accounted for and moved to lodgings in the Chehalis/Centralia area by the American Red Cross. The fire was finally brought under control and units were released in the later morning hours of

Wednesday, November 9. Nine pets perished in the fire, but all the residents were safe. Winlock Fire Chief Richard Underdahl stated, “The actions of Lt. Jacobson, FF Newberry and other entry teams looking for residents in that building were heroic. They braved intense heat and blinding smoke to make sure that everyone was safe and placed themselves in immediate danger. I am very proud of all the firefighters

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on scene.” “All of my off-duty firefighters came to the fire except for one, who was in Eastern Washington,” said Underdahl. “Lt. Ray Smerek, Lt. Jarryd Forler, FF/ EMT JP Blum responded and stayed for the duration. Their help and dedication is greatly appreciated. I want to thank all of the Lewis County fire agencies who responded to help during this event. All teams worked closely together and were able to keep the building standing.” “Thank you to the City of Winlock for all their assistance,” Underdahl continued. “Police Chief Stephen Valentine, who kept the growing crowd back, Water and Superin-

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A Fire Investigator from Chehalis Fire Department arrived and conducted a preliminary investigation. The fire is currently under investigation to determine cause and origin. Traffic is being rerouted in downtown Winlock for the next 6-8 weeks so they can tear down the building and keep the other surrounding buildings safe.

Public Notice • Public Notice Legal Public Notice Notice of Public Hearings The VADER CITY COUNCIL will be holding three in person 2022 Budget Public Hearings at 6:00 at City Hall. One on October 27th, 2022 November 10th, 2022 and December 1st, 2022. Draft Budgets are posted on our website vaderwa.org. Public comment is encouraged. Share comments at the hearing, or BEFORE THE MEETING, by email vadercity@centurylink. net or deliver in writing to City Hall to be read aloud by the City Clerk/Treasurer at the hearing. Remote access is available using your computer, tablet, or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/502972813 or by phone at 1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code 502-972-813. For more information, please contact City Hall at 360-295-3222. Publish: October 19, 26, November 2, 16 and 23, 2022

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Harry Bhagwandin both outraised their opponents. In the past, Snaza has seen high approval ratings but during the end of the campaign, several questions have come up about his leadership within the department. Nielsen was the best qualified candidate, with his appraisal accreditation. Scott Tinney cemented himself in his role as clerk. Hadaller worked hard campaigning to win his seat against Emerson. It was very noticeable this election that there were two Republican Parties.

tendent Rodney Cecil, who kept the water flowing, Public Works Superintendent Kenny Simpson and his crew that assisted with traffic control and Mayor Brandon Svenson who was there during the entire incident offering assistance. Please support the American Red Cross! They responded with Twin Transit to assist in relocating the displaced residents. Their assistance was greatly appreciated! Thank you to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with traffic and crowd control.” Underdahl stated, “Thank you to the citizens of Fire District #15 for your support! Again, by voting for the lid lift last year allowed us to hire a Firefighter/EMT. If that had not passed, Lt. Jacobson would have had to respond by himself. I am grateful to the citizens of this community who see the value in their fire department!”

In the beginning of his role as chair, Svenson was garnering 120 participants to the local party meetings. As of the meeting on the 7th of November, 2022 that number has dwindled to about half. The Lewis County Republican Party has been divided, but can it survive two more years of divisiveness or will this turn Lewis County more purple as we saw this election. Time will tell……The MAGA agenda was not the winner nationally, will the same be said for Lewis County?

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Thursday at noon with a suggested donation of $5. Show up early to find your seat and make new friends. Stay after lunch for our “Big Mouth Bingo” played roughly from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. We are always accepting donations for bingo prizes. **This service is partially funded by LMTAAA with Older American Act funding.** Upcoming Events: November 18-19: Holiday Bazaar Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Time to start shopping for the holidays! Olequa Center Closed: November 24 - Thanksgiving Day November 25 - Too Stuffed To Move Day Trick-or-treaters swarm downtown Winlock during Halloween. Weekly Activities: Monday Madness – Table Game Day Tuesday and Thursday - Big Mouth Bingo Wednesday – Crafting Day Visit the center’s Facebook page or call the center at 360-785-4325 for more information.

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After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, the Cowlitz Prairie Grange once again held its annual Grange Booster Night and Kids Halloween Party. Parents and kids from the surrounding community were treated to a free spaghetti feed with lots of desserts and treats followed by a Halloween costume party with several games and pumpkin decorating by the kids. The kids did an excellent job with their costumes and had a Courtesy Photo great time. There were Kids at the Cowlitz Prairie Grange Halloween Party. approximately 20 kids

participating. A second event was the presentation of the Cowlitz Prairie Grange $500 college scholarship. This year’s recipient is Emmarae Troxell. Emmarae has been an outstanding volunteer at the Grange including excellent help at the Saturday grange breakfasts. We thank her for her continued support. The annual booster night is an opportunity for the grange to provide an awareness to the community about itself, its activities, and the importance of agriculture to the surrounding area. It is also an opportunity to invite and encourage members of the community to join the grange. “Having joined the grange just before the pandemic, this was my first opportunity to help with this event,” said grange member Larry Davidson. “It was great to see a fun evening for both the kids and the parents. The kids were really excited and had a lot of fun showing off their costumes and creative pumpkins.”