- Weather Outlook: Vision: Mountain Snow By Weekend, Rain Returns Locally Next Week
- USDA: Invests $2.1 Billion In Water And Wastewater Infrastructure In 46 States
- FDA: Dog Food Recall Expands, MS Drug Warning Updates Risk Of Stroke Or Death
- CDC: Weekly Update for Number of U.S. AFM Cases
- Lewis County Sheriff: Press Release - Two Interrupted Burglaries, Multiple Arrests
- Cowlitz County: Kelso, Longview Join Sheriff’s Dept On Card Skimmers, ATM Thefts
- Health Corner: Winter Weather Pet Safety
- Not Strictly Toledo: Second Time Around Thrift $5/Bag Saturday
- Toledo High School Sports: November 2018
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More
- Winterfest: What’s Up This Week?
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir
What a joy and privilege it is to learn from these little humans each week. This one in particular is always reminding me to slow down and connect. Life is so short. Yet when one lets go and loses oneself in the moment - it is an eternity...
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." - Lao Tzu
White Pass Ski Area reported:
The snow-making crew is over-achieving this week with temps as low as 13 degrees. Looks like snow in the forecast this weekend!
White Pass Volunteer Ski Patrol update:
Snow for The Southern Sierra, San Juans, and 3-4 FEET Possible For The PNW
Weather Underground for Toledo forecasts: Rain possible by Sunday, then returning in earnest next week. Current cold temps & mostly clear skies will abate by Saturday.
Toledo Middle School boasted:
USDA: USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 46 States
Release & Contact Info
Release No. 0260.18
Jay Fletcher (202) 690-0498
Weldon Freeman (202) 690-1384
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA is investing $1.2 billion (PDF, 509 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans living in 46 states.*
USDA is providing financing for 234 water and environmental infrastructure projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The funding can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.
Eligible communities and water districts can apply online on the interactive RD Apply tool, or they can apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.
Complete Press Release here.
*Including Washington State.
FDA Alerts Pet Owners about Potentially Toxic Levels of Vitamin D in Several Dry Pet Foods
December 3, 2018
- The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about recalls of several dry dog foods after receiving complaints that dogs eating the food experienced vitamin D toxicity.
- Testing found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death.
- At this time, the only pet products that have been impacted are food made for dogs.
- Pet owners should discontinue feeding these recalled products.
- The FDA is asking veterinarians who suspect vitamin D toxicity in their patients to report them through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. Pet owners can also report suspect cases to the FDA.
- This is a developing situation and additional recalls may be announced.
The brands now included in the recall list are as follows:
- Nutrisca - Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food
- Natural Life Pet Products - Chicken & Potato Dry Dog Food
- Sunshine Mills - multiple varieties (1)
- ANF Lamb and Rice Dry Dog Food
- Lidl Orlando Grain-Free Chicken & Chickpea Superfood Recipe Dog Food
- Kroger Abound Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Dog Food
- Elm Pet Foods - multiple varieties (2)
- Ahold Delhaize - multiple varieties (3)
The recalled products were sold nationwide.
Full update including details here.
- Certain varieties - Evolve, Sportsman’s Pride, Triumph brands
- Certain varieties - K9 Naturals, Chicken & Chickpea
- Certain varieties - Nature’s Promise, Nature’s Place Real Country
FDA: Safety Announcement
FDA warns about rare but serious risks of stroke and blood vessel wall tears with multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada (alemtuzumab)
[11-29-2018] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that rare but serious cases of stroke and tears in the lining of arteries in the head and neck have occurred in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) shortly after they received Lemtrada (alemtuzumab). These problems can lead to permanent disability and even death. As a result, we have added a new warning about these risks to the prescribing information in the drug label and to the patient Medication Guide. We have also added the risk of stroke to the existing Boxed Warning, FDA’s most prominent warning.
Alemtuzumab is also approved under the brand name Campath, which was approved in May 2001 to treat a type of cancer called B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL). The Campath drug label will also be updated to include these risks in the Adverse Reactions section under Postmarketing Experience.
Full announcement here.
Lewis County Sheriff’s Office posted:
Contact: Chief Dusty Breen
Phone: (360) 740-1327
Release #: 1
On 12/04/18 at about 11:09 AM, deputies responded to an interrupted burglary in the 600 block of State Route 506 in Toledo. Upon arriving in the area, deputies were able to locate two suspects in the area. Jason C. Patterson ( 44 of Onalaska) was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for Burglary 2nd Degree and Theft 2nd Degree. Brandy J Stevens (32 of Vader) is being referred to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office for the same charges.
On 12/05/18 at about 7:19 AM, deputies were dispatched to a report of an interrupted burglary to a residence in the 2400 block of Seminary Hill Rd in Centralia. The victim was able to provide a description of two fleeing vehicles and attempted to follow them. A Centralia Police Department officer observed one of the vehicles and was able to detain the driver in the area of the Logan District in Centralia. Responding law enforcement personnel were able to locate the second vehicle, and learned three occupants had fled. K-9 units from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and Chehalis Police Department were deployed in an attempt to capture the suspects.
Two of the individuals who fled from the van were taken into custody, and one remains at large. Arrested and booked for Residential Burglary were Eric M. McCarthy (48 of Seattle), Terry L. Hadley (53 of Chehalis), and Austin N. Humphrey (23 of Napavine). Erik G. Spicer (32 of Napavine) remains at large, and probable cause exists for his arrest. Anyone with information regarding Erik Spicer are requested to contact the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 748-9286, or Crime Stoppers of South Sound at (800) 222-TIPS.
Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza said, “The work by this office, and our law enforcement agency partners, have ensured the individuals involved will be held responsible for their crimes. These incidents effect all of us in our community, and the actions of these criminals will not be tolerated.”
Kelso Police Department:
Longview and Kelso police detectives have joined forces with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the dozens of fraudulent ATM withdrawal incidents reported to the agencies since Monday morning, Dec. 3. Consolidating efforts will allow investigators to access all available evidence in a timely manner and reduce duplication of work. Due to the number of victims identified – a minimum of 82 cases countywide at this time – consolidating efforts becomes an important tactic.
Kelso Police Department on Monday posted on its Facebook page surveillance camera still photos of men suspected of being involved in the thefts with the question “Can you ID us?”
One victim who filed a report with Longview PD, said a credit union employee he spoke to told him that "skimmers" were located at a Kelso business and one in Longview. Neither the Kelso Police Department nor the Longview Police Department are aware of any devices being located in the last several months. While a skimming device or devices are strongly suspected investigators have not ruled out other methods of forging access cards.
Most of the fraudulent ATM cash withdrawals and online purchases occurred Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Cowlitz County area and a few beyond. Many of the victim accounts are with Red Canoe however accounts from Fibre Federal, On point, Twinstar, and Lower Columbia Longshoreman’s credit unions as well as others financial institutions have been identified.
Criminals install "skimmers" on ATMs, gas pumps and other card reading devices to "capture" debit or credit card information and PIN code. The information is used to create cloned cards and steal money. The devices, which read the magnetic strips on the back of debit and credit cards, are difficult for most people to detect.
The following steps can be taken to lessen your risk for this type of crime.
- Regularly change your card PIN - We urge local residents to change their PIN codes now due to the current risk.
- Check your bank account for unauthorized activity
- Promptly report criminal activity to both Law Enforcement and your financial institution.
People who can identify the suspects are asked to call 360-442-5929.
WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners shared:
As we near winter, the quiet beauty of plants with colored bark come into its own.
Health Corner: Winter Weather Pet Safety
The Humane Society:
- If pets cannot come indoors, make sure they are protected by a dry, draft-free enclosure large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold in the pet’s body heat. Raise the floor a few inches off the ground and cover it with cedar shavings or straw. Turn the enclosure away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
- Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
- Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.
Toledo Senior Center announced: Silent Auction has begun…
Art Gallery 505: Gifts Under $100
2 - 6 p.m.Wednesday - Saturday
Noon - 4 p.m. Sundays
Through December 23, 2018
Also on Facebook.
Toledo High School Sports: November 2018
**Nov 28th JV vs Colombia Adventist 5:00/6:15 cancelled (rescheduled 12/17/18)**
Nov 30th @ Friday Harbor Tip Off Classic
**Nov 28th JV vs Colombia Adventist 7:30 cancelled (rescheduled 12/17/18)**
!!!! GO INDIANS !!!!
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
Fundraiser for Visiting Hooves by Victoria Leona Smith ($623 of $1,000 raised)
December 10: Toledo High School Hosts Coffee House Revival 7 PM
January 1: New Years Day Arctic Polar Bear Paddle @ Silver Lake
January 12: Vision:Toledo High School seeks community-wide input 6PM @ THS
January 30: Library Page Turners Meets January 30 (NO December group)
Winterfest In Toledo 2018
December 7: Father/Daughter Dance (FCCLA) 6:30 - 8 pm
Toledo Elementary School (360)864-4761
December 8: Pancake Breakfast ($5.00) 7 - 10 am
Toledo Senior Center (360)864-6612
December 8: Away with the Manger (Christmas program) 5 pm New Life Assembly (360)864-2112
December 8: Christmas Family Social 6:30 pm LDS Church, Henriot Rd (360)508-6161
December 9: Santa's Workshop 1 - 5 pm SOLD OUT!! Morgan Arts Centre (360)864-4ART
December 9: Christmas Dinner 1 pm
Cowlitz Prairie Grange (360)864-8740 or (360)864-2744
December 9: A Service of Remembrance 1 pm Fir Lawn Funeral Chapel (360)864-2101
December 13: Interfaith Christmas Program 1 pm Presbyterian Church (360)864-2479 Call Sandy B. for details (360)864-2601
December 14: Middle School Holiday Dance Mixer (FCCLA) 3:30 - 5 pm Toledo Middle School (360)864-2395
December 14: Parent's Night Out (Take a Kid Break) Time:TBA
Toledo Elementary School Contact:TESPTO@outlook.com
December 19: Holiday Cheesecakes (call 864-2602 for details) 6:30 pm
Camp Singing Wind (360)864-2476
December 21: Community Service (with dessert) 7 pm Toledo Baptist Church (360)864-2550
December 22: Feliz Navidad Dinner 7 - 10 pm Chimi’s Mexican Restaurant (360)864-8882
December 24: Christmas Mass and Caroling 5 pm & Midnight St. Francis Mission (360)864-4126
December 24: Candlelight Services 6 & 7:30 pm Toledo Baptist Church (360)864-2550
December 27-31: Fireworks Sales (Toledo Lions Club) Toledo Market Fresh parking lot
December 31: New Years Eve Special Buffet (Bonanza BBQ) 3 - 9 pm Toledo Event Center (360)864-2277
December 31: New Years Eve Dinner 5 pm - 12:30 am Donna's Place (360)864-2700
December 31: Giant Cheese Ball Drop at Midnight (vision:Toledo) 11:30 pm Toledo Waterfront
Toledo Builds a High School
Information regarding the building of a new high school in Toledo, WA beginning in November, 2018. Regular updates.
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