- Highlights: Toledo City Council - September 3, 2019 *
- National Weather Service: Forecast Sunny & Warm *
- FTC: FTC Adds Mission Hills Federal To Student Debt Relief Scam *
- NAMI Washington: September is National Suicide Prevention Month *
- CAC Lewis Mason Thurston Counties: Energy Assistance *
- Lewis County Commissioners: 2020 Lodging Tax Funding Applications *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Hazo Hut & Swap Shack *
- Today: Toledo Community Library, Yoga at St Marys *
- Thursday: Gallery 505 Opening Night, Toledo Thursday Market *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Toledo City Council Highlights: September 3, 2019
Toledo’s Six Year Transportation Improvement Project (TIP) Amendment was addressed in a public hearing. City Clerk Michelle Whitten summarized the circumstances calling for the addition; the Hearing was closed and the agenda moved forward with Department Reports:
- Police Chief John Brockmueller noted little change in activity since last month before reporting on a spate of car prowls. “Several incidents have come to my attention recently. Patrols have been stepped up during all hours to thwart the thief or thieves. Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. Do lock car doors to discourage easy access, and call 9-1-1 if you see suspicious activity - do not confront any suspect. Reporting any loss or unusual behavior around your home & cars to Toledo Police Department or City Hall will help us stop these crimes.”
- Public Works Lead Jon Cravens reported Toledo’s interim maintenance person officially worked his last day last week. Cravens has earned Level II Water Treatment certification, required for work on the water tower & wastewater plant operations. He reported no unusual issues.
- Mayor Steve Dobosh and City Clerk Michelle Whitten met with Lewis County Commissioner Stamper, and representatives from Washington State DOT and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler regarding proposals for new I-5 signage recommending State Route 505 through Toledo in advance of Mt St Helens 40th Anniversary since erupting May 18, 1980. Also proposed is a scenic route “passport” stamp, details not yet decided.
- Planning Commission currently has one vacancy; residents within the ToledoTel exchange are invited to apply for this advisory board position.
- Special Event Application for Donna’s Place #RyleeStrong Fundraiser - passed.
- Liquor License Approval for Bonanza BBQ - Down Home Shindig Event - passed.
- Water Leak Reduction/Reimbursement - South Fourth Street - passed.
- Resolution 248A - Six Year TIP Amendment - passed.
- Ordinance No. 756 - Participation in Volunteer Firefighters Pension Plan - Second Reading - passed.
- Water Meter Replacements - passed.*
*By request, Cravens returned last night with more specific data comparing and contrasting water meter replacement units with electronic-read, or upgradeable standard models. Council members weighed long-term versus short term benefits, upfront and recurring monthly or annual costs, eventually opting for the lower-priced standard models which can be upgraded by replacing one component. Replacements will be phased in over 3 years.
Meeting adjourned 6:48 PM
Toledo School District shared:
Toledo Middle School posted:
National Weather Service Seattle Washington: Forecast Sunny & Warm
FTC: FTC Names Additional Defendant in Student Loan Debt Relief Case
September 3, 2019 - The Federal Trade Commission has amended its complaint in a student loan debt relief case, naming an additional defendant who allegedly took part in a scam that bilked more than $23 million from thousands of consumers with false claims that it would service and pay down their student loans.
According to the FTC, Labiba Velazquez was one of the operators of Mission Hills Federal and Federal Direct Group, a student loan debt relief scheme that lured consumers into paying hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in illegal upfront fees with false promises to lower consumers’ monthly student loan payments. The defendants also allegedly tricked consumers into submitting their monthly student loan payments directly to the defendants by falsely claiming to take over servicing the consumers’ loans. In reality, the defendants either only applied minimal payments on consumers’ loans or, in many instances, applied none of the payments to the loans, pocketing the money for themselves.
NAMI Washington posted:
https://go.usa.gov/xVKm2. #SPM19 #SuicidePreventionMonth
Community Action Council of Lewis Mason Thurston Counties: Energy Assistance
Our scheduling dates for October LIHEAP appointments are as follows:
–Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 for Lewis County
Lewis County: (360) 736-1800
Live link: https://web2.caclmt.org/cac_liheap/
Lewis County Commissioners: 2020 Lodging Tax Funding Applications
Mount St Helens Institute shared: Northern Pygmy Owl
August 31 at 7:05 AM - Spotted this Northern Pygmy-Owl perched on a noble fir near the Plains of Abraham yesterday. What luck to encounter, observe and photograph this bird in the wild! I made a last minute decision to carry along the telephoto lens, which always pays off in the monument.
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.
Today: Toledo Community Library offers a quiet sanctuary amid the Back-To-School bustle. Enjoy a fresh-brewed cup of your favorite hot beverage and grab a comfortable chair, peruse the on-going Book (& DVD & game) Sale - now by donation - while appreciating WiFi access.
And tell Charlie I sent you.
Today: 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!
Thursday: Around Town
Toledo Thursday Market open 3 - 7 PM @ Toledo Boat Launch parking area
Gallery 505 Opening Night 1 - 6 PM - September Exhibit: Micro-Magnified
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
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: email@example.com
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.
September 10: Mount St Helens Institute: Views and Brews is back
September 13: Full Circle at Bateaux Cellars
September 14: Down Home - A Toledo Shindig Benefitting Toledo Schoolchildren In Need
September 14: Mt St Helens Institute Awesome Hike
September 14: 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
September 28: 4th Annual Esther Borte Walk In The Park
October 5: Sucker Punched Live @ Donna's Place (Fundraiser for Rylee & Jessie)
October 19: 20th Annual Cowlitz Indian Pow Wow @ Cowlitz Event Center
November 11: Veteran's Day Ceremony @ Kemp Olson Park
November 23-24: Holiday Artists’ Market @ Morgan Arts Centre
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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