- Toledo School District: Kindergarten Sign Ups Underway *
- PSA: Sgt. Pennington - Derelict Camper At I-5 Exit 63 Park N Ride *
- National Weather Service: Outlook Rest Of Week *
- WA State Parks & Rec: State Parks Fee Free MLK Day, January 20 *
- WA State Insurance Commissioner: Truth about Trump On Healthcare *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Bunco Night *
- Today: Al-Anon Meeting *
- Weekend Outlook: Grange Breakfast, Snowshoe Tours, Tending The Unraveling *
- And Beyond: No School Monday, MLK Day *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Toledo School District: Kindergarten Sign Up Appointments Filling Fast
Randy Pennington shared: Derelict Camper At I-5 Exit 63 Park N Ride
Ok, folks have been asking me about the 5th wheel trailer left at the Park and Ride for a couple of weeks. (My first thought was: well, my badge says Toledo Police - not a Toledo problem, but that's not my nature, lol, as my Chief will testify.)
So here is what’s up; I called DOT, which is the State agency that oversees the park and rides. They are aware of the trailer, and have been working on getting it removed. They first have to determine (whether) it is abandoned and not being lived in (thanks to the 9th Circuit (Court). For those not familiar with the reference the 9th Circuit (Court) ruling, that's a whole different bag of worms.)
Anyway, steps are being taken to get it removed as soon as they can.
National Weather Service Seattle: Outlook Rest Of Week
- Friday - A chance of snow showers before 10am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 10am and 1pm, then rain showers likely after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Light south wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Friday Night - Rain. Low around 36. East wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
- Saturday - Rain. High near 44. South wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
- Saturday Night - A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 41. South southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.
- Sunday - A 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.
- Sunday Night - A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.
- M.L.King Day - A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 47.
WA State Parks & Rec: State Parks offers two free days in January
Visitors won’t need a Discover Pass Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday holiday
OLYMPIA – Dec. 9, 2019 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in January, when visitors to state parks will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits.
The first free day (was) Wednesday, Jan. 1...
The second free day is Monday, January 20, in honor of the holiday celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.
State Parks free days are in keeping with the legislation that created the Discover Pass — a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks and the Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by WDFW and DNR on these days.
In addition to the Jan. 1 and 20 dates, Washington State Parks will offer 10 more free days in 2020:
Thursday, March 19 — State Parks’ 107th Birthday
Saturday, April 11 — Springtime free day
Wednesday, April 22 — Earth Day
Saturday, June 6 — National Trails Day
Sunday, June 7 — Free Fishing Day
Saturday, June 13 — National Get Outdoors Day
Tuesday, Aug. 25 — National Park Service Birthday
Saturday, Sept. 26 — National Public Lands Day
Wednesday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
Friday, Nov. 27 — Autumn free day
Note: The free days do not apply to Sno-Parks. During the winter season, December through March, visitors to Sno-Parks will need Sno-Park permits, which are available for purchase online or from vendors throughout the state. For more information about winter recreation permit requirements, visit: parks.state.wa.us/winter.
State Parks hiring seasonal park aides for summer 2020 season
Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week runs Jan. 18-26
WA State Insurance Commissioner: Truth about Trump: He wants to abolish your most vital healthcare protection
January 16, 2020 - Over the last few days President Trump has engaged in one of his most arrogant lies, an insidious fabrication that threatens the health care of millions of Americans.
The lie in a recent tweet is that he “saved” consumers who have pre-existing medical conditions. Here’s the ugly truth: He and his administration have been undermining the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since they took office. These actions include working to eliminate the protection that prohibits an insurance company from denying you coverage for a disease such as cancer, asthma or a host of other life-threatening illnesses.
The ACA — which President Obama proposed and Congress passed in 2010 without a single Republican vote — guarantees that you cannot be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition. It’s the most important of many protections in the law.
Citizen Trump had absolutely nothing to do with the law. But President Trump has done what he can to weaken it by:
Supporting a federal lawsuit to declare the ACA and its pre-existing condition protections unconstitutional
• Ending the mandate for individuals to have health coverage (a Republican idea incorporated into the ACA)
• Reducing subsidies that allow those with lower incomes to afford an ACA policy
• Expanding the use of short-term medical plans that offer no protection for those with pre-existing medical conditions
• Leading the charge in 2018 to repeal the ACA with no viable replacement, a move that would have eliminated all current protections and resulted in at least 16 million more Americans losing coverage
A federal judge has indeed ruled against the ACA, a decision that President Trump crows wildly about as a victory for consumers. If allowed to stand, the ruling would devastate families, the health insurance market and literally cost lives. It would hit women especially hard.
But now that 21 states — including Washington — have asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an expedited hearing on the case, President Trump wants to slow things down. Why? He faces re-election. The last thing he wants is widespread exposure of his lie about protecting people with pre-existing conditions.
If President Trump truly believes the ACA is the destructive force he claims, he should advocate for the court to take up the case as quickly as possible. We’re waiting for his tweets.
Instead, the administration just last week urged the court to hold off until after the next election.
The last thing President Trump wants is a speedy review to draw intense scrutiny and enable more Americans to learn the truth that he is doing everything he can to eliminate your protection for pre-existing conditions — and more. And he doesn’t care what happens afterward.
He’s had over three years to offer a viable plan to improve healthcare coverage that includes the protection for pre-existing conditions. We’ve heard and read nothing but a lot of bluster.
The old adage remains true: Actions speak louder than words
*The Other Toledo follows several key political figures & reports on them on average of once weekly. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler reports far less on social media than average, is less prone to self-aggrandizing and flooding the media with numerous posts on the same topic. On-line history reveals he seldom addresses any subject in terms as strongly as he does in this blog post.
For that reason, regardless of affiliation, this post is listed in its entirety.
Not Strictly Toledo: January Bunco Night
Hosted by Olequa-Winlock Senior Center
Gallery 505: January Exhibit - New Beginnings
Tonight: Courage To Change Al-Anon AFG meets 7 PM Friday at Toledo Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus St, Toledo, WA 98591.
Weekend Outlook: Grange Breakfast, Snowshoe Tours, Tending The Unraveling
January 18: Tending the Unraveling, Nurturing the Great Turning @ Camp Singing Wind
January 18 - Twilight Snowshoe Tours @ White Pass Ski Area
And Beyond: January 20: MLK Day Gathering and March - Monday at 10 AM – 11 AM
Hosted by Packwood Community Presbyterian Church
13096 US-12, Packwood, Washington 98361
(This event is open to all. Family friendly, non-partisan, and welcoming of people from any or no faith tradition.)
Toledo High School Sports:
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 18th JV @ Columbia 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 18th Napavine Tournament
Jan 23rd Mix and Match Toledo Match 5:00
Jan 25th Kalama Rubber Chicken
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
!!NEW!!: January 23: January Coffee House @ Toledo High School
Hosted by Ian Devine and Toledo Coffee House
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7 PM
January 31: Toledo High School Groundbreaking Ceremony
February 1: ARTrails of SWW Call For Artists For 17th Annual Studio Tour Deadline
February 13: Annual Chocolate Making Class @ Morgan Arts Centre
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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