- National Weather Service: Wednesday = HOT *
- FDA: Statement on FDA’s Scientific Work PFAS In Food *
- WA ATG Ferguson: Ruling Stands - Canadian Smelter Polluted Columbia River *
- WA State DNR: What To Do - Smoke Or Fire On The Trail *
- Washington Ag Network: Settlement Talks Ongoing Regarding MO Labeling Law *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Hazo Hut & Swap Shack *
- Today: Youth Football Signups, Cowlitz Prairie Grange Meets *
- Thursday: Toledo Thursday Market Special Plant Sale *
- Toledo High School Sports - April 2019 *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Bald Eagles were majestic today on the Cowlitz River !!
National Weather Service Seattle: Temps Climb Tuesday, Wednesday
Wednesday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.
Thursday - Sunny, with a high near 78.
Friday - Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Toledo Middle School:
8th Graders spent time learning about THS today!
FDA: Statement on FDA’s scientific work to understand per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food, and findings from recent FDA surveys
Excerpt: While no PFAS compounds were detected in the majority of the foods sampled, varying levels of PFAS were found in 14 samples out of 91, but our safety assessment determined the products were not likely to be a health concern at the levels that were detected.
Op Ed: In summary, one instance of PFAS* was deemed a “potential health concern” based on the FDA’s safety assessment. Frankly, I’m not at all confident that there IS a safe level of PFAS, nor that current testing methods are adequate to measure that metric.
As Percy Schmeiser so famously said: “We don’t KNOW the long-term effects (of GMO’s)...”
*In the case of one dairy farm in New Mexico, milk samples were determined to be a potential health concern and all milk from the farm was discarded and not distributed into the American food supply, and milk production from those cattle has been suspended.
Washington State Department of Natural Resources: WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER SMOKE OR FIRE ON THE TRAIL
Before you load your pack and head out check fire conditions and DNR Wildfire Twitter alerts for emergency information in the area you plan to visit. There are a few key things you want to know before you go:
DNR: Fire District Assistance Programs - NEW DNR Surplus Engines
The purpose of fire district assistance programs is to provide local and rural fire districts in Washington state opportunities to establish, develop, improve, and maintain their wildland firefighting capabilities. Improving the capabilities of local districts helps defend Washington against wildfire.
These programs can make several types of training, equipment, and other assistance more affordable to local fire districts.
NOTE: Programs use available funds and resources which may vary from year to year.
RCW 76.04.135(4) authorizes DNR to transfer ownership of its surplus engines to Washington State fire districts in wildfire-prone areas within counties that have a median income level below the state average. These engines will help local fire districts be better prepared to fight wildfires in their districts. Taxpayers will benefit too. By transferring these resources to fire districts in fire-prone areas, we can together reduce initial attack response times to wildfire starts, and thereby, reduce the potential for large, costly and catastrophic fires.
Volunteer Fire Assistance Funding
Administered by DNR through funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) provides grants and wildfire training opportunities to fire districts and departments in Washington state.
Washington Ag Network: Settlement Talks Ongoing Regarding Missouri Meat-Labeling Law
June 11, 2019 - Settlement talks kicked off last week as part of a lawsuit challenging a Missouri law that makes promoting plant-based-food products as “meat” a misdemeanor crime. Attorneys for the state of Missouri and vegetarian food companies that sued the state are working toward a settlement agreement, part of a court-ordered mediation process.
The Missouri law first took effect in August of 2018. It was challenged shortly after that by the Tofurky Company of Oregon, which makes vegetarian food products, as well as the Good Food Institute, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit group that advocates for meat alternatives. The suit claims the Missouri law infringes on First Amendments rights of free speech to use product labels like “veggie burgers” and “vegetarian ham roast.”
Washington State Attorney General: Ruling Stands - Canadian Smelter Polluted Columbia River For Decades
AG Ferguson: (Monday), the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Teck Metals, Ltd., a Canadian smelter that dumped pollution into the Columbia River for a century. That means a lower court decision finding them liable for their contamination under the Superfund will stand. I thank our partners in state and tribal government, and look forward to finally holding this polluter accountable in our long-running litigation.”
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.
Reminder: Lewis County Free Residential Vouchers available May 1 - September 30, 2019
And: LCSWU: Open House June 15 - Compost Demonstration Site
Today: Toledo Community Library open until 6 PM Wednesdays AND it’s nice & cool!
Tell Charlie I sent you!
Today: BioChar Webinar - 11 AM Pacific Daylight Time
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Join this webinar to learn methods of biochar creation, surface characterization procedures, and benefits of using biochars to solve problems in the agriculture, forestry, industry and the environment.
Participate to learn about the history of biochar usage, current production methods, and its impact on soil health improvement and pollutant remediation. Emphasis will be placed on how to identify salient physio-chemical properties of biochars that allows for their matching to specific soil fertility deficiencies, heavy metal abatement, and pollutant binding in waste streams. Specific examples will be presented from collaborative agricultural and environmental projects between the USDA-ARS and US EPA.
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Toledo Senior Center Mighty Fine Seniors meet 1 PM second Wednesday monthly to discuss the business side of things. Reserve early for lunch and make an afternoon of it in cool air-conditioned comfort. Contact Diana, (360)864-2112.
STILL the Coolest Spot In Town! Toledo Senior Center shares their A/C with all overheated folks. Biz hours daily 9 AM - 3 PM.
Yoga at St Mary’s - 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!
Youth Football Signups 5:00 – 6:00pm Wednesday, June 12
Asked: Does anyone know if I can still send my son up for football? He changed his mind way last minute.
Answered: Yes, we will have late sign ups 5 - 7 PM June 12 at the high school football field.
And: Cowlitz Prairie Grange 6:30 p.m. meeting is a cake-and-ice-cream affair fourth Wednesdays, potluck second Wednesdays. Getting in gear for the 55th Gas Show and Threshing Bee August 24-25. Grange Hall at 5180 Jackson Highway. Contact Lewis Rohrig (360)864-2744 OR Tom Boone (360)266-7055
Thursday: Toledo Thursday Market
And: Lewis County Fire District Board Meeting
Held 7 PM second Thursdays monthly at Toledo Fire Department Main Station.
TES PTO posted: Lost & Found, Kids Closet End Of Year Clear Out
Pam Peak Meade says: ATTENTION all parents and guardians!
Monday and Tuesday are days for you to come into the school and look through the Lost and Found clothing racks.
Unclaimed items will be set out Thursday and Friday for anyone to take.
The remainder will either go to the Kids Closet or to a local charity.
There are some very nice items that we're sure you'd like to have back.
You can stop by the office during school hours to let us know that you'd like to go through the racks.
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
Jamie Cummings says: Make sure to include my upcoming events in your column.
I've talked about them a lot at meetings and whatnot. Thanks!
6/22 Mondo Croquet Tournament
Joe Notch reminds everyone: Vessel Safety Checks
The Coast Guard Auxiliary would like to remind all boaters that we do free courtesy vessel exams, often called vessel safety checks.
You can request a vessel exam by going to the CG Auxiliary website, the Coast Guard App or by calling our local vessel examiner, Bob Mccready at (360) 425-2468.
More information at this Link: https://cgaux.org/vsc/
AG Ferguson: Deadline extended to claim share of nearly $40 million CRT recovery
The deadline to file a claim is extended to June 17, 2019.
Click here to read the full news release...
!!NEW!! June 26: Cheesecakes Around the World @ Morgan Arts Centre
Hosted by Toledo Cheesecake Club
June 21: Red Cross Blood Drive @ Toledo Presbyterian Church
June 22: Mondo Croquet Tournament @ Kemp Olson Park
June 26: Cowlitz Prairie Grange Wildfire Preparedness Presentation
June 28-30: Resonance Restival 2019 @ Camp Singing Wind
August 9-11: Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival @ Toledo HIgh School
Toledo Builds a High School
Information regarding the building of a new high school in Toledo, WA beginning in November, 2018. Regular updates.
Toledo Thursday Market 2019 TTM Vendor Application.
Toledo Thursday Market 2019 Application PDF link here.
Tax-deductible GoFundMe page here.
*ISO a part-time manager and someone who will help us with social media visibility.
We have a Website going live May 1st highlighting vendors, local activities, seasonal produce options, all with ties to local food hubs.
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
Visualize wildfire smoke with NASAWorldview - https://go.nasa.gov/2T7olog
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