- AccuWeather: Extended Forecast *
- FDA:FDA Approves Boxed Warning On Xeljanz, Lennox Pig Ears Recalled *
- FTC: Equifax Breach Settlement Claims *
- WA ATG: Judge Rejects Opioid Distributors’ Request To Dismiss AG’s Lawsuit *
- Governor Jay Inslee: WA State Launches Plan To Eliminate Hepatitis C Virus*
- Toledo Lioness Club: Scholarship Fundraiser At SB Toutle Rest Stop *
- Not Strictly Toledo: BOCC Weekly Meeting *
- Today: Yoga In Toledo *
- Tuesday: Taco Tuesdays Cowlitz River Float *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Thanks to Cara Buswell for this one: Little buddy eating my walnuts
The Cat's Meow Spay, Neuter & Adoption Project posted Sunday:
Support The Cat’s Meow July Fundraiser - only 3 days remain.
And Make It Monthly!
TES PTO posted: 2019/2020 School Supply Lists!!
AccuWeather Extended Outlook For Toledo WA:
FDA: FDA approves Boxed Warning about increased risk of blood clots and death with higher dose of arthritis and ulcerative colitis medicine tofacitinib (Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR)
Updated 7-26-2019 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved new warnings about an increased risk of blood clots and of death with the 10 mg twice daily dose of tofacitinib (Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR), which is used in patients with ulcerative colitis. In addition, the approved use of tofacitinib for ulcerative colitis will be limited to certain patients who are not treated effectively or who experience severe side effects with certain other medicines.
This safety trial is ongoing. We will update the public when additional information is available.
FDA: The Lennox Intl Inc is Voluntary Recalling Natural Pig Ears on July 26, 2019
July 26, 2019 - The Lennox Intl Inc located in Edison NJ, is voluntary recalling its Natural Pig ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products which are solely for the consumption by dogs.
The recalled products affected where shipped to nationwide distributors and/or retail stores from May 1st, to July 3rd, 2019.
*Note: When posting FDA Food, Drug & Pet Food Recalls, The Other Toledo omits those announcements that do not affect Washington State & the region.
For up-to-date info on all recalls, visit FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts page. Link here: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm
For other food-related alerts, visit USDA’s FSIS (Food Safety & Inspection Service) page.
Link here: http://tinyurl.com/yy4cdes9
FTC: Equifax Breach Settlement Claims
If your information was exposed in the #Equifax #databreach, you can now file a claim at EquifaxBreachSettlement.com
WA State Attorney General Ferguson: Judge Rejects Opioid Distributors’ Request To Dismiss AG Ferguson’s Lawsuit
AG looks to hold major distributors accountable for fueling opioid epidemic
July 26 2019 - SEATTLE - A King County Superior Court judge today rejected an attempt by three multi-billion dollar opioid distributors to dismiss Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit seeking to hold the companies accountable for their role in fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic.
“These opioid distributors won’t avoid public accountability so easily,” Ferguson said. “The judge rejected these companies’ efforts to avoid their day in court. Those responsible for this epidemic must face accountability.”
After hearing arguments today, Judge Marshall Ferguson rejected the companies’ motion to dismiss the case.
Ferguson’s lawsuit, filed in March, asserts that McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. made billions of dollars feeding the opioid epidemic, shipping huge amounts of oxycodone, fentanyl, hydrocodone and other prescription opioids into the state even when they knew or should have known those drugs were likely to end up in the hands of drug dealers and addicts.
Opioid distributors are legally required to monitor the size and frequency of prescription opioid orders to identify suspicious orders that could be diverted into the illegal drug market. Distributors are required to stop these suspicious shipments and report them to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Instead, McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen have faced repeated actions from the DEA for continuously failing to stop and report suspicious opioid shipments, paying hundreds of millions in fines for their failure to follow the rules.
Based on shipping data, a conservative calculation suggests these companies may have shipped more than 250,000 suspicious orders into Washington state between 2006 and 2014. A less conservative calculation puts that number more than 3 ½ times that high, at nearly a million.
Ferguson accuses McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen of violating the state Consumer Protection Act for filling thousands of suspicious orders in Washington state without adequately identifying them or reporting them. Their actions, Ferguson asserts, helped fuel the opioid epidemic in Washington state.
Ferguson’s lawsuit seeks civil penalties and damages from the companies. He also asks the court to order the distributors to give up the profits they made in Washington as a result of their illegal conduct. Sales of opioids are worth billions every year nationwide, and Washington’s portion is expected to be in the millions.
The surrendered profits will be used to remediate the effects of the opioid epidemic, possibly funding treatment, education and more.
Prescriptions and sales of opioids in Washington skyrocketed more than 500 percent between 1997 and 2011. In 2011, at the peak of overall sales in Washington, more than 112 million daily doses of all prescription opioids were dispensed in the state — enough for a 16-day supply for every woman, man and child in Washington.
In 2015, there were eight counties with more prescriptions than population, led by Asotin, with nearly 1 ½ prescriptions per person. The other counties were Clallam, Grays Harbor, Columbia, Garfield, Pend Orielle, Lewis and Benton.
In 2008, there were 16 counties with more prescriptions than people.
Between 2006 and 2017, opioid overdoses killed more than 8,000 Washingtonians, more than were killed by car accidents or firearms. The majority of drug overdose deaths in Washington state involve opioids.
Assistant Attorneys General Martha Rodriguez Lopez, Andrew Hughes, Tad Robinson O’Neill and Jeffrey Grant are handling the case for Washington.
Governor Jay Inslee: WA State Launches Plan To Eliminate Hepatitis C Virus
July 26, 2019 - Today a group of state agencies and partners, in response to a directive from Gov. Jay Inslee, officially launched the Hep C Free Washington Plan to Eliminate Hepatitis C in Washington State by 2030.
Hepatitis C infection is the most common infection spread through blood in the United States with about 2.4 million people living with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a public health crisis in our state. At the beginning of 2018, nearly 60,000 Washingtonians were estimated to be living with HCV, and many don’t know it.
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office: Art Contest Open Thru August 9
The council, housed within our office, is accepting a wide range of entries, including drawing, photography, dance, music and more. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2YX5ZsP
WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners shared: 8 Seeds To Plant In July
Did you know that even in July it is not too late to plant some seeds in your backyard garden? This video covers the 8 seeds you can still plant in July and expect to get a harvest this fall before the first frost. his video is intended for folks living in USDA gardening zones 5, 6 and 7a.
Learn what garden zone you live in here:
Learn more about these 8 crops by reading this article:
Get a free Copy of your Year-Round Gardening Mini Course:
Learn more about season extension:
YouTube link here: https://youtu.be/PH4W9I7x1H4
Mount St Helens Institute: Hike Into The Crater
Sign up today at bit.ly/IntoTheCrater!
Toledo Lioness Club reports: Toledo Lioness Scholarship Fundraiser
Monday, August 5th thru Friday, August 9th we will be at the south bound Toutle River Rest Area from 8am to 8pm offering treats, water and coffee for donations. All of our proceeds are used for our 2 scholarships. If you would like to help our club we are accepting cookies (without nuts/peanut butter), pretzels, popcorn and Graham crackers. All donations can be dropped off at Phillipps Insurance.
Not Strictly Toledo: Lewis County Commissioners updated:
BOCC Legislative Agenda for Monday, July 29, 2019.
Please note the county website has changed.
To view the agenda you will need to use the blue hyperlink once on the county site.
Today: Yoga at St Marys - 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: Dancing Moon Yoga has returned Monday nights to Camp Singing Wind!
Join us for an hour of yoga and relaxation! We will do a gentle vinyasa flow followed by some deep stretching and a guided meditation.
All levels of experience are welcome!
We'll meet in the lodge. Bring your mat and a water bottle. Suggested donation of $5-10 at the door. Please arrive about 10 minutes early if this is your first class with us.
Tuesday: Taco Tuesdays Cowlitz River Float in Toledo July 30
Taco Tuesdays - Go paddle down the Cowlitz River and after we exit the river in Toledo it’s Tacos and other great food at Chimi’s in Toledo, right at the boat ramp parking lot
More dates: August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27
Hosted by Mike Hedges
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
Esther Borte Memorial Water Park is open for business
2 quarters to start then 5 additional minutes per quarter
Located in Kemp Olson (City) Park, Toledo.
The Cat's Meow Spay, Neuter & Adoption Project: Become A Supporting Member!*
PLEASE GIVE SO WE CAN KEEP HELPING
Please take 5 to give 5. It just takes 5 minutes...or less....to sign up with PayPal to pledge $5 a month. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr…
The Cat's Meow has faithfully served SW Washington for 10 years. We have helped CLOSE TO 10 THOUSAND people and cats with rescue, adoption, transport to other no-kill rescues, low-cost spay/neuter, emergency vet care, supplies, training, referrals and more.
*Loyal supporter since 2013. Join me now.
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.
It is going to take some Big Change in order to keep Big Water corporations out of the Big Bottom and out of Washington State.
Mark your calendars: LC Planning Commission Meeting 6 PM Tuesday July 23
*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.
Joe Notch reminds everyone: Vessel Safety Checks
You can request a free courtesy vessel exam by going to the Coast Guard 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/
*PS They’ll come right to you for that courtesy vessel inspection. Joe Notch said so!
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.
July 9-31: Silent Auction @ Toledo Senior Center
August 3: Bateaux Cellars hosts One Day Wine and Wellness Retreat
August 9-11: Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival @ Toledo HIgh School
*Special pricing for Senior Citizens - contact General Cothren for details.
**Special kids offer: instruments available for loan & lessons - contact General Cothren.
August 10: Mt St Helens Institute Awesome Hike
August 24-25: 55th Annual Gas Show & Threshing Bee hosted by Cowltiz Prairie Grange
August 31: Mt St Helens Institute Awesome Hike
September 14: Down Home - A Toledo Shindig Benefitting Toledo Schoolchildren In Need
September 14: Mt St Helens Institute Awesome Hike
September 20-22: Women of the Woods @ Camp Singing Wind
September 21-29: ARTrails 2019 Studio Tour
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.
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)
Lewis County Burn Restrictions in effect 06.17.2019. Check here for changes.
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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