- Lewis County Water Alliance: Lewis County Planning Commission Tonight *
- National Weather Service: Fire Weather Watch Wednesday For Western WA *
- FDA: Statement - Imported Papaya Still Frequent Source Of Salmonella *
- AG Ferguson: Free Legal Help For Military Service Members & Veterans *
- WA DOE: New Career Opportunities - Wastewater Operator-in-Training Program *
- Tech Report: All Over The Board *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Health & Hope Medical Outreach *
- Today: Vision:Toledo Arts, Rec & Events *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Lewis County Water Alliance update: Monday BOCC
(Monday‘s BOCC hearing*) was a success! CG was a no show!
Join us (6 PM Tuesday) night, as we get to workshop with the Planning Commission to improve the land use codes.
Tuesday: Lewis County Planning Commission - Zoning Workshop
Recap: About 30 residents packed (last month’s) Planning Commission meeting to request a zoning change that would disallow large-scale commercial water bottling in rural zones. After hearing from community members, officials agreed to schedule a workshop for the upcoming August 27 meeting to address the request.
*Monday’s BOCC Hearing - Resolution 19-246: Public hearing to ratify Ordinance 1306, which imposed a moratorium upon certain permits within the rural and resource lands of Lewis County and directing the setting of a public hearing.
Please note the county website has changed.
To view the agenda you will need to use the blue hyperlink once on the county site.
National Weather Service Seattle: Fire Weather Watch Wednesday For Western WA
NPR: Oklahoma Judge Rules Johnson & Johnson To Pay $572 Million To Help Ease Opioid Crisis
August 26, 2019 - A judge has found Johnson & Johnson liable in Oklahoma's opioid crisis. The company is ordered to pay the state $572 million in the case that was being watched closely as other trials approach.
J&J was the only defendant left in the seven-week trial, which began May 28. Purdue Pharma, the privately held maker of OxyContin that has faced much of the blame for the nationwide crisis, and Teva Pharmaceutical each reached a settlement with the state before the trial started.
*TEVA: Teva on the eve of trial agreed in May to pay $85 million to resolve Oklahoma’s claims against the company.
FDA: Statement calling on all sectors of the papaya industry to improve practices to better protect consumers
August 26, 2019 (Excerpt) Unfortunately, since 2011, American consumers have been exposed to eight outbreaks caused by Salmonella serotypes linked to imported, fresh papaya. And, just this June we started an investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella Uganda illnesses tied to the consumption of whole, fresh papaya imported from Mexico. While the 2019 outbreak is ongoing, the first seven outbreaks accounted for almost 500 reported cases of illness, more than 100 hospitalizations, and two deaths.
USDA: Olympia Meats Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pork Sausage Products due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens
Class I - Health Risk: High
WASHINGTON, August 24, 2019 - Olympia Meats, a Portland, Ore., establishment is recalling approximately 198 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) pork sausage products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains pistachios (tree nuts), a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.
AG Ferguson: Immigration bond services company to provide more than $2.7 million in debt relief over English-only contracts
August 26, 2019 - Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Libre by Nexus, an immigration bond services company, will provide more than $2.7 million in debt relief and refund a total of $58,800 to Washington-based consumers. The resolution is a result of an Attorney General’s Office investigation into the company’s contract practices, which left clients confused about the monthly fees and obligations of Libre’s program.
Click here to read the full news release…
Procurador General Ferguson: La compañía de servicios de fianzas de inmigración proporcionará más de $2,700,000 para el alivio de la deuda por los contratos solo en inglés
August 26, 2019 - El Procurador General Bob Ferguson anunció hoy que Libre by Nexus, una compañía de servicios de fianzas de inmigración, proporcionará más de $2,700,000 para el alivio de la deuda y reembolsará un total de $58,800 a los consumidores que residen en Washington. La resolución es el resultado de una investigación de la Oficina del Procurador General sobre las prácticas contractuales de la compañía, que dejaban a los clientes confundidos acerca de las tarifas mensuales y obligaciones del programa de Libre.
Click here to read the full news release...
AG Ferguson: Free legal help available to Tacoma military service members and veterans
The Attorney General’s Office will offer a free legal clinic (Tuesday) for Tacoma-area military service members and veterans in need of legal help with basic will preparation, driver's license restoration, small claims assistance and select family law issues.
To qualify for services at the free legal clinic, military service members and veterans must live or be stationed in Washington, and meet certain financial eligibility requirements. More information about the clinic and other legal resources is available here.
Click here to read the full news release...
AG Ferguson challenges Trump’s attempt to remove protections for immigrant children
August 26, 2019 - SEATTLE - Attorney General Bob Ferguson will file a lawsuit today seeking to block new Trump Administration rules that remove significant protections against the mistreatment of immigrant children and families apprehended at the U.S. border, allowing for their indefinite detention in facilities without adequate standards of care or state oversight.
Click here to read the full news release...
El Procurador General Bob Ferguson impugna el intento del presidente Trump de eliminar las garantías de protección de los niños inmigrantes
August 26, 2019 - SEATTLE - El Procurador General Bob Ferguson presentará hoy una demanda que busca impedir las nuevas normas de la Administración de Trump que privan de importantes garantías de protección contra el maltrato a los(as) niños(as) inmigrantes y las familias detenidas en la frontera de los EE. UU., permitiendo su detención indefinida en instalaciones sin los estándares de atención adecuados ni la vigilancia por parte del estado.
Click here to read the full news release...
WA Dept of Ecology: New career opportunities with the Wastewater Operator-in-Training Program
Ecology is growing the operator certification training program by adding three new Operator-in-Training levels.
August 19, 2019 - Given our state’s growing population, we need to treat more and more wastewater. This is a great field, with growth opportunities—often right in your own community.
Lewis County Beekeepers Association: Free Home Orchard Class
Hosted by Raintree Nursery and Morton United Methodist Church, WA
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM
This free class focuses on planting for pollinators! Local orchard enthusiast James Landreth will be presenting on how anyone can install an orchard on their own home property, providing fruit, nuts, and even animal feed for your family and community!
Mount St Helens Institute: Mushrooms, the chicken of the woods!
Q: Are Zumba classes still going on at the Senior Center? Just wondering.
The classes are every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 PM, and $5 a class or it's $40 for 10 weeks/20 classes at the 1st of the month.
Tech Tuesday: All Over The Board
groovyPost: Get Price Drop Refunds with Credit Card Price Protection – Including Amazon! When 30-day low-price guarantees went out the window last year, GP’s Steve Krause researched a replacement. And he found it.
Check out the Credit Card Price Protection Comparison Chart.
How-To Geek: Want to Survive Ransomware? Here’s How to Protect Your PC
OneDrive has its own ransomware protection. If OneDrive detects possible ransomware activity, it notifies you and asks you to verify if you’ve made the recent changes to your files. If not, Microsoft attempts to help you clean up your hard drive and restore the damaged files.
In addition, most online backup solutions employ versioning, so with services like Acronis, Carbonite, and iDrive (among others), you can roll back to a snapshot of your hard drive from before it was infected.
Finally, if you ever have the misfortune of being infected with ransomware, all hope is not lost. There are two free tools you can use to decrypt your files without paying a penny in ransom:
No More Ransom: This is a joint project between McAfee and a handful of European law enforcement organizations that now boasts about 100 corporate and government partners. If your system is infected, you can go to the No More Ransom site and upload some sample encrypted files from your computer. If it’s cracked that ransomware family, you can unlock your PC at no cost.
ID Ransomware: Similar to No More Ransom, security company Emsisoft created this project. You can also request that ID notify you if a non-decryptable attack becomes decryptable in the future.
ComputerWorld: The most important thing to check before buying a Chromebook
Save yourself from buyer's remorse by thinking through what a Chrome OS device-maker won't tell you.
(But a)s with many things in life, Chromebooks do have built-in expiration dates — points at which they'll no longer receive operating system updates and thus won't be advisable to use. And no matter what kind of deal you think you're getting on a Chromebook, the ultimate price you're paying is really all relative to that one variable and how long it allows the laptop to remain viable.
The Chromebook Value Formula: The simple solution is to bookmark this somewhat obscure link*... and then always, always, always check that page before considering any Chromebook purchase. The page is Google's official Chromebook end-of-life database. On it, you'll find a list of every Chromebook ever made and, crucially, when each one will (or did) receive its final software update.
*I use Pocket for my bookmarking & page saving. That’s where I stashed all the goodies for this week’s Tech Report.
Bonus tip: When we replaced a cellphone gone missing a few weeks back, there was a hefty balance due on the leased unit before getting the new phone. Ugh!
However, my credit card covers loss or theft (up to $575) as the monthly cell bill is auto-paid using said credit card, saving $180/year otherwise charged by our service provider.
Not Strictly Toledo: Health and Hope Medical Outreach
FREE MEDICAL CLINIC TONIGHT from 5:30 - 8:00pm
Located at 1911 Cooks Hill Rd. Centralia. (NW Pediatrics - West Building)
Health & Hope Medical Outreach provides FREE walk-in medical care and Mental Healthcare to the uninsured and under-insured of Lewis County and South Thurston County.
Today: Ukulele Lessons
Tonight - Vision:Toledo Arts, Rec & Events @ The MAC
Vision:Toledo Arts, Rec & Events
vision:TOLEDO ARTS, RECREATION, & EVENTS
6:30 PM at Morgan Arts Centre
AGENDA for Tuesday, August 27, 2019
1. Approve last month's minutes
2. Old Business
a. Library -- Pat Caldwell
b. Historical Society -- Don Brenner
c. Steamboat Alley -- Jamie Cummings
d. Common Ground Toledo -- Brian Dennis
e. TES Kid's Garden -- Brooke Acosta
f. Toledo Thursday Market -- Jamie Cummings
3. v:T Events
a. Cheesecake Club (August 28) -- Jamie Cummings
b. Walk in the Park (Sept 28) -- Jill Davis
4. Other Events
a. Camp Singing Wind -- Brian Dennis
b. Bluegrass Festival (August 9-11) -- General Cothren
c. Threshing Bee (August 24-25) -- Tom Boone
d. ARTrails (Sept 21-22 & 28-29) -- Mike Morgan
5. Next A.R.E. meeting: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Morgan Arts Centre
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!
Wednesday: Toledo High School - Guest Speaker Josh Shipp - Time Change - 5 PM
Please note that Josh Shipp's talk on Guard Rails for Teens will take place at 5 p.m. rather than 6 p.m. on August 28 so that parents can attend meet the teacher night immediately following the event.
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
TES PTO posted: 2019/2020 School Supply Lists!!
TES PTO posted: Box Tops App help raise funds for Toledo Elementary!
Here is the Box Tops email you can send your online receipts to when you do online shopping: firstname.lastname@example.org
TES PTO posted: The Kids Closet at Toledo Elementary School is in need of some specific items to get the new school year started:
Boys athletic shoes sizes 13 to 3
Girls athletic shoes sizes 13 to 3
Boys shorts and sweats sizes 5 to 10
Girls shorts, sweats and leggings sizes 5-12
Please consider donating good used condition clothing and/or picking up an extra pair or two of inexpensive athletic shoes while you are back to school shopping.
Share with your networks! Let's get the closet stocked! Items can be dropped off at the pod inside the garden anytime or arrangements can be made with Ashley Jacobson or Brooke Sellards Acosta.
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.
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.
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.
Thru August: Farmers Insurance: School Supply Drive
Thru August: Taco Tuesdays Cowlitz River Float in Toledo
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 27
Plus: Kayak The Cowlitz 2019 Saturday Toledo Blue Creek to I-5 Rivers Edge RV
August 31, 2019
Hosted by Mike Hedges
!! NEW !! September 13: Full Circle at Bateaux Cellars
Come join us for an evening of music, wines, pizzas and friends!!
!! NEW !! November 23-24: Holiday Artists’ Market @ Morgan Arts Centre
August 28: Toledo High School hosts Guest Speaker Josh Shipp
August 28: Meet The Teacher Night (following Guest Speaker Presentation)
August 31: Mt St Helens Institute Awesome Hike
August 31: Kayak The Cowlitz 2019 Saturday Toledo Blue Creek to I-5 Rivers Edge RV
September 1: Regeneration Festival @ Camp Singing Wind
September 10: Mount St Helens Institute: Views and Brews is back
September 14: Down Home - A Toledo Shindig Benefitting Toledo Schoolchildren In Need
September 14: Mt St Helens Institute Awesome Hike
September 14, 2019: Fall Orchard & Nursery Tour @ Burnt Ridge Nursery, Onalaska
September 20-22: Women of the Woods @ Camp Singing Wind
September 21-29: ARTrails 2019 Studio Tour
October 5: Sucker Punched Live @ Donna's Place (Fundraiser update)
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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