- Lewis County Road Restrictions - Flood Updates *
- Toledo School District: January is School Board Recognition Month *
- National Weather Service: Unsettled Weather, Cold Weather Ahead *
- FDA: Recalls - Appco Pharma Ranitidine, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Elizabeth’s Granola *
- Gov Inslee: Statement - Washingtonians Detained At Canadian Border *
- AG FERGUSON: STATEMENT ON SEEKING SUPREME COURT REVIEW OF ACA *
- LCSO: Request for Non-Law-Enforcement Community Representatives *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Mt St Helens Club Hike *
- Today: Mighty Fine Seniors Mtg, Cowlitz Prairie Grange Mtg *
- Thursday: Library Hosts String Art Event, Gallery 505 Opening Night *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Flood Warning for minor flooding for the Newaukum River near Chehalis in Lewis County. The river is forecast to rise above flood stage around 10 PM this evening. Do not drive thru flooded roadways! Turn around, don't drown!
Latest river forecasts available at water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=sew
ROADS.LEWISCOUNTYWA.GOV - Road Restrictions - Lewis County Washington
*Special Thanks to Guy Husvar for this link, updated frequently.
Toledo School District: January is School Board Recognition Month
National Weather Service Seattle: Unsettled Weather Through Weekend
Toledo School District: If you'd like to receive email notifications of changes in schedules and/or routes, create an account here https://www.flashalert.net/login/
You'll receive our notices at the same time as the TV and Radio stations.
FTC: National Do Not Call Registry
After you register, other types of organizations may still call you, such as charities, political groups, debt collectors and surveys. To learn more, read our FAQs.
If you received an unwanted call after your number was on the National Registry for 31 days, report it to the FTC.
FDA: Appco Pharma LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Ranitidine Hydrochloride Capsules 150 mg and 300 mg Due to an Elevated Amount of Unexpected Impurity, N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)
January 7, 2020 - Company Announcement
Appco Pharma LLC (Appco) is voluntarily recalling all quantities and lots, within expiry, of Ranitidine Hydrochloride Capsules to the Consumer level. Ranitidine Hydrochloride Capsules are being recalled because of the presence or potential presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) levels above the acceptable daily intake levels established by the FDA, based on FDA-validated tests. To date, Appco has not received any reports of adverse events related to use of the product as part of this recall...
Ranitidine Hydrochloride in strengths of 150 mg and 300 mg, is a prescription-only oral medication indicated for the treatment of duodenal ulcer, benign gastric ulcer, reflux esophagitis, post-operative peptic ulcer, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, and other conditions where reduction of gastric secretion and acid output is desirable.
Ranitidine Capsules 150 mg & Ranitidine Capsules 300 mg were distributed nationwide.
FDA: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Issues Voluntary Recall of Cold Brew with Coconut Cream
January 6, 2020 - Company Announcement
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has initiated a voluntary recall of three batches of Cold Brew with Coconut Cream Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert pints because they may contain an undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The recall was initiated following receipt of a single customer complaint of an allergic reaction.
FDA: Purely Elizabeth Recalls Pouches of Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Granola Recall Due to a Mislabeling Error That Has Resulted in an Undeclared Allergen
January 6, 2020 - Company Announcement
Purely Elizabeth is initiating a voluntary recall of their Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic granola due to a mislabeling error that has resulted in an undeclared allergen (walnuts) being present.
This recall has been initiated because it has come to their attention that briefly during production, pouches of Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Granola were used to package Maple Walnut Probiotic Granola. All mislabeled pouches of granola were packed into master cases labeled as 8oz Maple Walnut Probiotic Granola.
Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Granola UPC 855140002687
Lot Code: OH29519 Best by 10/21/20
All retailers nationally have been notified at this time.
Governor Jay Inslee: Inslee Statement In Response To Washingtonians Detained At Canadian Border
January 6, 2020
"The reports out of the border crossing at Blaine are deeply alarming. Washingtonians who happen to be Iranian-American were detained at the Canadian-U.S. border for extended periods of time for no other reason than their ethnicity or country of origin.
"This is wrong and rife with constitutional and moral problems. No one should be treated differently due to where they come from, how they look or what language they speak.
"What Americans endured over the weekend in Blaine is unacceptable. This will not stand in Washington state, and we will continue to push for answers to ensure that it does not happen again. We've learned time and again that we cannot trust the Trump administration.
"Customs and Border Protection denials of these reports are simply not credible. There are multiple firsthand accounts of CBP agents seizing people’s passports while they waited for up to 12 hours for re-entry into the United States. By all accounts, this is detention, regardless of whether the waiting area has bars on the windows. And it is in line with this administration’s never-ending vilification of our immigrant populations.
"We can never forget that Japanese-Americans were detained in Washington state during World War II and their constitutional and civic rights were removed out of fear and hatred. This cannot become a new era of intimidation and division.
"Let’s be clear: this overreach is the direct result of President Trump’s recklessness. Following his indefensible decision to abandon diplomacy and dismantle the nuclear deal, Iran has restarted its previously abandoned nuclear program, and violence threatening Americans has increased. Rather than making us more safe, his unilateral actions increase the risk to Washingtonians at home and abroad.
"I will continue to stand up for the rights and protections of all Washingtonians."
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office
WA State ATG: AG FERGUSON STATEMENT ON SEEKING SUPREME COURT REVIEW OF ACA
January 3 2020 - SEATTLE - Attorney General Bob Ferguson offers the following statement on asking the United States Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision in a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
“Without the Affordable Care Act, hundreds of thousands of hardworking Washingtonians will lose access to affordable health care coverage, and many more will face devastating cost increases. That’s why Washington and a multistate coalition have stepped up to defend the Affordable Care Act, after the Trump Administration callously refused to defend the law. We’re asking the Supreme Court to protect Washingtonians’ access to affordable health care — and we expect to win.”
A 20-state coalition including Washington is seeking review of a decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which held that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, but declined to further rule on the validity of the ACA’s remaining provisions. The court instead sent the case back to the Northern District of Texas to determine which provisions of the 900-page law are still valid.
Washington State Department of Corrections: Brigadoon Service Dogs
As an example, at Cedar Creek Corrections Center, there are incarcerated individuals involved in the training of dogs. The training tasks could include turning light switches on and off, learning to lay quietly underneath a table quietly, not begging for food or eating anything dropped on the floor and fetching medicine bottles out of cabinets.
Some dogs will receive training as comfort dogs for veterans with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Currently, one Cedar Creek dog handler is training a diabetic alert dog that will go to a little girl with diabetes. These dogs are trained to be able to smell spikes or decreases in blood sugar, 30 minutes before a test would be able to pick up the change.
To qualify to become a dog trainer, incarcerated individuals must apply, go through an interview process, remain serious infraction-free and be eligible for a two-person room. If selected to be part of the dog-training program, they then receive training themselves before having a dog placed with them. They are responsible for the care of the dog 24/7.
Beyond helping those in need of service animals, the dog program at Cedar Creek serves to also benefit the incarcerated individuals. Dog handlers have said that being able to give something back to society is rewarding. They also feel it teaches them a level of responsibility they have never had before and that the program has taught them patience and communication.
Denise Costanten at Brigadoon stated, “It is my hope the inmates get as much out of the Positive Dog Training as the dogs do… that it filters over to the way they speak to one another, giving them communication skills once they get out…”
Programs such as Brigadoon demonstrate the department’s mission to improve public safety by positively changing lives. The program makes a big difference for both the incarcerated men as well as the veterans, adults, and children with special needs who receive a dog specifically trained for them.
Washington Invasive Species Council: Asian Giant Hornet Reported In WA State
January 6 - Another successful example of an aware citizen using the WA Invasives app to report a potential problem. Early last month, a concerned resident of Blaine spotted and reported the first detection of Asian giant hornet.
LCSO: Press Release: Request for Non-Law-Enforcement Community Representatives
Mount St Helens Institute: Now Hiring
We're currently hiring for a number of exciting, seasonal positions. Visit our website for full descriptions and application instructions. Postings close February 2, so apply today!
Not Strictly Toledo: Lewis County Solid Waste Utility
Hazo Hut and the Swap Shack at the Central Transfer Station in Centralia are open today until 4 p.m. to accept your leftover or unwanted household hazardous waste and burned out fluorescent lights. The Swap Shack is the place you can pick up good re-usable paint or cleaning products. Both facilities are open every Wednesday and the first and third Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Not Strictly Toledo2: Mt St Helens Club Day Hike - Castle Rock Dike (E)
9 AM – 2 PM Today
Drive 20 mi. r.t. Hike 3 mi. out and back. Optional hike to the top of “The Rock”.
Leader: Art 360-270-9991
Mt. St. Helens Club requires all guests and members to call the hike leader to sign up and confirm carpool / meeting location(s).
Event details sometimes change due to weather or other factors. Event end times are estimates.
Participants in activities should:
• Check with leader before activity to confirm details and any changes
• Arrive a little early at rendezvous point
• Come prepared with the day hike essentials
• Follow instructions of the leader
• Inform the leader of any medical issues which might surface
• Obey club and trail rules
• Try to leave the trail better than it was found
(E) – Easier — usually on relatively flat ground (up to 5 miles and/or less than 500 ft. e.g.)
(M) – Moderate — longer and more elevation gain (over 5 miles and/or over 500 ft. e.g.)
(S) – Strenuous — long hikes and/or elevation gain (over 8 miles and/or over 1,200 ft. e.g.)
(SS) – Snowshoe; (XC) – Cross Country Ski
*This group has hikes scheduled twice a week through February at this link - seriously!
And they always post some extraordinary panoramas & views.
Today: Toledo Senior Center holds their monthly meeting 1 PM second Wednesdays to take care of the business end of things.
Toledo Senior Center open 9 AM - 3 PM weekdays.
To RSVP for lunch Wednesday & Friday, contact Diana @ (360)864-2112.
Also Today: Dancing Moon Yoga has room for a few more yoga enthusiasts 2 - 3 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays at Tribal Housing, St Mary’s.
These are gentle sessions aimed toward seniors/elders, donations accepted but not required as The Cowlitz Tribe is sponsoring the class for the community. What a great share!
Tonight: Cowlitz Prairie Grange 6:30 p.m. meeting is a potluck second Wednesdays, cake-and-ice-cream affair fourth Wednesdays.
Thursday: Gallery 505 unveils January’s exhibit: New Beginnings
2 - 6 PM Opening Night
Wednesday - Saturday
January 9 - February 1
Also Thursday: Toledo Community Library hosts String Art Painting
Toledo Community Library open until 6 PM Wednesday, 5 PM Thursday & Saturday.
Check out the sale rack for new titles, enjoy a fresh cup of your favorite hot drink, relax in comfy armchairs, or print out a few pages or copies. Check out this month’s Page Turners Book Club held last Wednesdays - new members welcome.
And tell Charlie I sent you.
Thursday: Lewis County Fire District #2 Board Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Open to the public.
Toledo High School Sports:
Jan 8th vs. Wahkiakum 5:45/7:00
Jan 10th @ Onalaska 5:45/7:00 bus @ 4:00
Jan 7th vs. Winlock 5:45/7:00
Jan 8th vs. Wahkiakum 5:45/7:00
Jan 9th @ Toutle Lake 5:45/7:00 bus @ 4:30
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
Lewis County Water Alliance - We are a citizens group in Randle, WA fighting to keep Crystal Geyser from bottling and exporting our water. Our goal is to protect our water and environment for our families, our farms, our fish, and our future.
Update: Lewis County Water Alliance has received so much support from other towns & regions seeking to halt commercial water interests that Washington Water Alliance has been created.
*Special thanks to Deanna Busdieker, who condensed posts & threads into a shared folder: Link here.
Updated several times daily. The Other Toledo is committed to supporting our upriver neighbors in their challenge to preserve this precious natural resource. After all, we all live downstream.
Wendy Carolan: Lewis County Kinship Support Group
There are many of us out here raising grandkids or other family members.
Join us as we share support and resources.
TES PTO invited: ISO Girl Scout Leaders
Toledo is looking for Girl Scout leaders. One person doesn’t need to be in charge, multiple people can lead a troop and split responsibilities. Let myself (Tina Lyon) or Kelly Schey know if you are interested or have questions.
The Cat's Meow Spay, Neuter & Adoption Project: Drive For New Clinic
We want to do more for the community!
Fixing 120 cats a month is not enough...we want to do 120 a week!
We NEED a spay/neuter facility in Lewis County.
If every person whose life we've touched would donate just $5 a month...or sign up with smile.Amazon and igive.com, we could have one up and running by this time next year!
Here's how: www.catsmeowsnap.org/join-us
Thank you for helping us help kittens & cats of SW Washington and the people who care for and love them!
Q: Is the Cat's Meow a 501(c)(3)?
A: yes, since 2011!
Visiting Hooves Miniature Therapy Horses & Bunnies:
*GoFundMe: Therapy animal Nonprofit devastated by hardships
Toledo Builds a High School
Information regarding the building of a new high school in Toledo, WA beginning in November, 2018. Regular updates.
Check out Latest Earthquakes at USGS.
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network has a new Tremor Map: https://tinyurl.com/y2pcbust
Check out US Tsunami Warnings at NOAA/Weather.
Air Quality Forecast at https://airquality.weather.gov
Cliff Mass Weather & Climate Blog: https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/
Visualize wildfire smoke with NASAWorldview - https://go.nasa.gov/2T7olog
Emergency Alerts: https://www.ready.gov/alerts (concise list with links)
Keep abreast of burn bans statewide: WA Burn Bans
WDFW: Dangerous wildlife
To report poaching in progress and emergency dangerous wildlife complaints, dial 911.
For non-emergency poaching or violation reporting, or non-emergency dangerous wildlife complaints, call 877-933-9847, or submit an online report. You can also text your poaching/violation tip to 847411 (TIP411).
Dangerous wildlife incident reports
Review wolf, cougar, and grizzly bear incidents in Washington state.
Response to dangerous wildlife complaints
WDFW policy directs agency employees to respond appropriately to dangerous wildlife incidents.
Cougar Management Removal Permit Program
Cougar removals may be conducted if warranted by a human-cougar interactions or a livestock or pet depredation.
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