In today’s column:
- Toledo School District: January Is School Board Appreciation Month *
- National Weather Service: Updates On Snow, Flooding, Wind *
- WDFW: WDFW approves first razor clam digs of the decade *
- WA DNR: Franz Hails Supreme Court Decision in Coal Terminal Suit *
- Lewis County Listens: Lewis County Vision 2025 Survey *
- ARTrails 2020: Seeking Artists For 17th Annual Studio Tour *
- Health Corner: Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults *
- Not Strictly Toledo: NAMI Connections Recovery and Support Group *
- Today: Gallery 505 Opening Night, LC Fire District 2 Board Meeting *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Mrs. Ogden handed out a Toledo Pride shirt today!
Toledo School District: School District Kiosk Screens Up & Running
Q: Are the buses still flood routes this morning? I've not seen anything on the District (Facebook) page.
A: When there’s no announcement, everything is (on) regular (routes).
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.
US National Weather Service Seattle Washington: Wild Weather Outlook
- Thursday - A 30 percent chance of rain before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Light and variable wind.
- Thursday Night - Rain, mainly after 10pm. Low around 33. South southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
- Friday - Rain. High near 43. South wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
- Friday Night - Rain. Low around 38. South wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
- Saturday - Rain. High near 44. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
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.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police: Duck Season Novice
Officer Day made contact shortly thereafter and found the pant-less young hunter was unlawfully using lead shot and in possession of a mixed bag of ducks, quail, chukars, and pheasant. In addition to the interesting clothing choice, the hunter was missing his required hunter safety orange for the upland bird hunting and the appropriate licenses for waterfowl.
When hunter orange and/or hunter pink clothing is required:
For anyone using a modern firearm to hunt for pheasant, quail and partridge during an upland game bird season.State rules require hunters to wear a minimum of 400 square inches of fluorescent hunter orange and/or fluorescent hunter pink exterior clothing under specific conditions. This fluorescent clothing must be worn above the waist and be visible from all sides.
WDFW: WDFW approves first razor clam digs of the decade
Don't forget razor clam digs begin!
- January 8, Wednesday, 5:05 pm -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
- January 9, Thursday, 5:47 pm -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
- January 10, Friday, 6:29 pm -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
- January 11, Saturday, 7:11 pm -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
- January 12, Sunday, 7:53 pm -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
- January 13, Monday, 8:36 pm -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
- January 14, Tuesday, 9:20 pm -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
No digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, when low tide occurs in the evening.
For more information: WDFW Approves First Razor Clam Dig
WA Dept of Natural Resources: Franz Hails Supreme Court Decision in Coal Terminal Suit
Court denial upholds DNR decision to protect state’s waters
News Date: January 8, 2020
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement after the Washington State Supreme Court upheld her agency’s denial of a sublease for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals’ coal export terminal in Longview:
“The decision to not allow this coal terminal on our public lands was the right decision for Washington, and I applaud the Supreme Court for recognizing that.
“I work every day to make sure Washington’s public lands make our state stronger and healthier, now and for future generations. Allowing a company to use our waters without a full, transparent accounting of the environmental and fiscal impacts would jeopardize that mission.”
RULING AFFIRMS DNR DECISION
The Washington State Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a petition from Northwest Alloys to review a Court of Appeals opinion upholding the Washington State Department of Natural Resources decision to deny a sublease for Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed coal terminal on the Columbia River.
DNR requested details about the structure of the agreement between Millennium and Northwest Alloys, the primary leaseholder of the state aquatic property. DNR also requested information about the firm’s financial integrity and the viability of international coal exports, but that information was not provided.
LCSO: January 9, 2020 Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Lewis County Listens: Lewis County Vision 2025 Survey
Encuesta En Espanol.
Paper surveys are available at local Timberland Libraries.
PUBLIC VISION 2025 MEETINGS:
Winlock Senior Center: January 31, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
Onalaska Alliance: February 4, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
*Special thanks to Lewis County Water Alliance’s Phil Brook for sharing this one.
Mount St Helens Institute: GeoGirlsCampers & Teacher Mentor Applications Open
Apply today at bit.ly/MSHIGeoGirls!
ARTrails of SWW: Call For Artists For 17th Annual Studio Tour
Happy 2020 everyone, all of us here at ARTrails hope that you are having a great start to the new year.
Health Corner: Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults
If you are like most people, you feel cold every now and then during the winter. What you may not know is that just being really cold can make you very sick.
Older adults can lose body heat fast—faster than when they were young. Changes in your body that come with aging can make it harder for you to be aware of getting cold. A big chill can turn into a dangerous problem before an older person even knows what's happening. Doctors call this serious problem hypothermia.
What Is Hypothermia?
Hypothermia is what happens when your body temperature gets very low. For an older person, a body temperature of 95°F or lower can cause many health problems, such as a heart attack, kidney problems, liver damage, or worse.
Being outside in the cold, or even being in a very cold house, can lead to hypothermia. Try to stay away from cold places, and pay attention to how cold it is where you are. You can take steps to lower your chance of getting hypothermia.
Vermont winters can be very cold. Last December, I wanted to save some money so I turned my heat down to 62°F. I didn't know that would put my health in danger.
Luckily, my son Tyler came by to check on me. He saw that I was only wearing a light shirt and that my house was cold. Ty said I was speaking slowly, shivering, and having trouble walking. He wrapped me in a blanket and called 9-1-1.
Turns out I had hypothermia. My son's quick thinking saved my life. Now on cold days, I keep my heat at least at 68°F and wear a sweater in the house.
Keep Warm Inside
Living in a cold house, apartment, or other building can cause hypothermia. In fact, hypothermia can happen to someone in a nursing home or group facility if the rooms are not kept warm enough. If someone you know is in a group facility, pay attention to the inside temperature and to whether that person is dressed warmly enough.
People who are sick may have special problems keeping warm. Do not let it get too cold inside and dress warmly. Even if you keep your temperature between 60°F and 65°F, your home or apartment may not be warm enough to keep you safe. This is a special problem if you live alone because there is no one else to feel the chilliness of the house or notice if you are having symptoms of hypothermia.
Here are some tips for keeping warm while you're inside:
- Set your heat to at least 68–70°F. To save on heating bills, close off rooms you are not using. Close the vents and shut the doors in these rooms, and keep the basement door closed. Place a rolled towel in front of all doors to keep out drafts.
- Make sure your house isn't losing heat through windows. Keep your blinds and curtains closed. If you have gaps around the windows, try using weather stripping or caulk to keep the cold air out.
- Dress warmly on cold days even if you are staying in the house. Throw a blanket over your legs. Wear socks and slippers.
- When you go to sleep, wear long underwear under your pajamas, and use extra covers. Wear a cap or hat.
- Make sure you eat enough food to keep up your weight. If you don't eat well, you might have less fat under your skin. Body fat helps you to stay warm.
- Drink alcohol moderately, if at all. Alcoholic drinks can make you lose body heat.
- Ask family or friends to check on you during cold weather. If a power outage leaves you without heat, try to stay with a relative or friend.
- You may be tempted to warm your room with a space heater. But, some space heaters are fire hazards, and others can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has information on the use of space heaters. Read the following for more information: Reducing Fire Hazards for Portable Electric Heaters and Seven Highly Effective Portable Heater Safety Habits.
Bundle Up on Windy, Cold Days
A heavy wind can quickly lower your body temperature. Check the weather forecast for windy and cold days. On those days, try to stay inside or in a warm place. If you have to go out, wear warm clothes, and don't stay out in the cold and wind for a long time.
Here are some other tips:
- Dress for the weather if you have to go out on chilly, cold, or damp days.
- Wear loose layers of clothing. The air between the layers helps to keep you warm.
- Put on a hat and scarf. You lose a lot of body heat when your head and neck are uncovered.
- Wear a waterproof coat or jacket if it's snowy.
- Change your clothes right away if they get damp or wet.
Illness, Medicines, and Cold Weather
Some illnesses may make it harder for your body to stay warm.
- Thyroid problems can make it hard to maintain a normal body temperature.
- Diabetes can keep blood from flowing normally to provide warmth.
- Parkinson's disease and arthritis can make it hard to put on more clothes, use a blanket, or get out of the cold.
- Memory loss can cause a person to go outside without the right clothing.
Taking some medicines and not being active also can affect body heat. These include medicines you get from your doctor and those you buy over-the-counter, such as some cold medicines. Ask your doctor if the medicines you take may affect body heat. Always talk with your doctor before you stop taking any medication.
Here are some topics to talk about with your doctor to stay safe in cold weather:
- Ask your doctor about signs of hypothermia.
- Talk to your doctor about any health problems and medicines that can make hypothermia a special problem for you. Your doctor can help you find ways to prevent hypothermia.
- Ask about safe ways to stay active even when it's cold outside.
What Are the Warning Signs of Hypothermia?
Sometimes it is hard to tell if a person has hypothermia. Look for clues. Is the house very cold? Is the person not dressed for cold weather? Is the person speaking slower than normal and having trouble keeping his or her balance?
Watch for the signs of hypothermia in yourself, too. You might become confused if your body temperature gets very low. Talk to your family and friends about the warning signs so they can look out for you.
Early signs of hypothermia:
- Cold feet and hands
- Puffy or swollen face
- Pale skin
- Shivering (in some cases the person with hypothermia does not shiver)
- Slower than normal speech or slurring words
- Acting sleepy
- Being angry or confused
Later signs of hypothermia:
- Moving slowly, trouble walking, or being clumsy
- Stiff and jerky arm or leg movements
- Slow heartbeat
- Slow, shallow breathing
- Blacking out or losing consciousness
What to do after you call 9-1-1:
- Try to move the person to a warmer place.
- Wrap the person in a warm blanket, towels, or coats—whatever is handy. Even your own body warmth will help. Lie close, but be gentle.
- Give the person something warm to drink, but avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, such as regular coffee.
- Do not rub the person's legs or arms.
- Do not try to warm the person in a bath.
- Do not use a heating pad.
Hypothermia and the Emergency Room
The only way to tell for sure that someone has hypothermia is to use a special thermometer that can read very low body temperatures. Most hospitals have these thermometers. In the emergency room, doctors will warm the person's body from inside out. For example, they may give the person warm fluids directly by using an IV. Recovery depends on how long the person was exposed to the cold and his or her general health.
Is There Help for My Heating Bills?
If you are having a hard time paying your heating bills, there are some resources that might help. Contact the National Energy Assistance Referral service at 1-866-674-6327 (toll-free; TTY, 1-866-367-6228) or email the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) project to get information about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
If your home doesn't have enough insulation, contact your state or local energy agency or the local power or gas company. They may be able to give you information about weatherizing your home. This can help keep heating bills down. These agencies and companies may also have special programs for people who have a limited income and qualify for help paying the heating bill. Your local Area Agency on Aging, senior center, or social service agency may have information on these programs.
For More Information About Cold Weather Safety:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
National Energy Assistance Referral Hotline (NEAR)
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Consumer Product Safety Commission
*Reprinted by permission from National Institutes of Health News In Health
*Disclaimer: As always, check with your medical practitioner before embarking on lifestyle changes. Health Corner topics are intended to raise questions rather than answer them definitively. Things change. New knowledge arises. Ancient wisdom is revived.
And miracles take place against all odds.
Not Strictly Toledo: NAMI Connections Recovery and Support Group
NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness, in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding. This is a drop in group and there is no registration required. Learn more about NAMI Connection by calling Debbie at 425 351 1595.
2 PM – 3:30 PM - Centralia UMC, 506 S Washington Ave, Centralia, Washington 98531
Hosted by Centralia UMC
Not Strictly Toledo2: Dog Toe Nail Trimming Day
103 Westlake Ave, Morton, Washington 98356
Not Strictly Toledo3: Free Neighborhood Nights at TAM
Hosted by Tacoma Art Museum
Find your inner artist and sketch in the galleries with an expert teaching artist. See current exhibitions at bit.ly/TAMonview.
Head up to the third floor to see TAM Local community art installations: bit.ly/TAMlocal
Enjoy happy hour specials from 4 – 7 pm. See full menu at bit.ly/TAMcafe.
Experience YOUR museum.
Learn more at tacomaartmuseum.org/events
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98402
Looking Ahead: 3 attractions are next to one another, OPEN LATE & FREE 3rd Thursdays
*Tacoma’s Museum of Glass OPEN LATE & FREE third Thursdays monthly 5:00 - 8:00 PM
*WA State History Museum OPEN LATE & FREE third Thursdays monthly 5:00 - 8:00 PM
**This was one of my favorite frugal all-ages night out each month. Worth the drive.
Thursday: Gallery 505 unveils January’s exhibit: New Beginnings
January 9 - February 1
Also Thursday: Toledo Community Library hosts String Art Painting
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 Wednesday monthly - new members welcome.
And tell Charlie I sent you.
Tonight: Lewis County Fire District #2 Board Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Open to the public.
Held second Thursdays monthly at Toledo Fire Department Main Station.
Friday: Toledo Community Food Bank open 11 AM - 1 PM
Toledo High School Sports:
Jan 10th @ Onalaska 5:45/7:00 bus @ 4:00
Jan 15th vs. MWP 5:45/7:00
Jan 17th vs. Mossyrock 5:45/7:00
Jan 24th @ Adna 5:45/7:00
Jan 29th vs. Winlock 5:45/7:00
Jan 31th vs. Kalama 5:45/7:00
Jan 9th @ Toutle Lake 5:45/7:00 bus @ 4:30
Jan 14th vs. Kalama 5:45/7:00
Jan 16th vs. Onalaska 5:45/7:00
Jan 18th JV @ Colombia Adventist 6:00
Jan 21st @ Rainier 5:45/7:00
Jan 23rd @ Adna 5:45/7:00
Jan 25th V @ Forks 4:00
Jan 28th vs. MWP 5:45/7:00
Jan 30th @ Wahkiakum 5:45/7:00
Jan 10th& 11th Kelso Girls Tournament
Jan 13th @ Ocosta 5:00
Jan 18th Napavine Tournament
Jan 23rd Mix and Match Toledo Match 5:00
Jan 25th Kalama Rubber Chicken
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
January 11: Final Day - Styrofoam Recycling @ Lewis County Solid Waste Utility
January 13-15: Clay Workshop @ Morgan Arts Centre
January 18: Tending the Unraveling, Nurturing the Great Turning @ Camp Singing Wind
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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