- ToledoTel: CenturyLink Outage Triggers Local Service Interruptions
- Emergency Text Notification: 911 Out Across State - Call 360-740-1105
- You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: 6 Customers Draw Guns On Marysville Thieves
- USDA: Press Releases - Functions During Lapse In Funding, Forest Management
- FDA: 1 In 5 Avocado Skins May Carry Listeria, Salmonella; Wash Fruit Before Slicing
- CDC: Respiratory Syncytial Virus Mimics Common Cold, Endanger Respiration
- DNR: Prescribed Fires
- Not Strictly Toledo: CAC Energy Assistance Application Dates
- Today: Courage To Change Al-Anon AFG
- Toledo High School Sports: December 2018
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More
ToledoTel reported Thursday:
CenturyLink is experiencing a major nationwide internet outage today. They are our upstream internet provider that connects us to the world so we are also affected.
Annie Jones posted:
Lewis County 911 Communications explained around midnight:
The Statewide EAS message just went out regarding the 911 outage.
It says in case of emergency call your local police or fire department.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO CALL THE 911 CENTER USING 360-740-1105 FOR ALL EMERGENCIES.
Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office weighed in:
911 phone lines are currently inoperable. CenturyLink is working on this wide-spread problem. Please follow the Cowlitz DEM Facebook page for additional information.
If you need to contact emergency dispatch, call:
360-577-3098 Please share this message with as many Cowlitz residents as possible.
Cowlitz County DEM (Department of Emergency Management)
Update 12/27/18 @2305: There is actually not an update, it is still unknown what is causing the outage, still unknown if it is related to CenturyLink issues earlier today, but there are numerous agencies working with "all hands on deck" trying to troubleshoot the situation.
Cowlitz County, as well as the entire State of Washington, is currently experiencing a 911 phone outage. In Cowlitz County, if you need 911 services, try to call 9-1-1 first, but if you get a fast busy or the call does not go through, call 360-577-3098. Technicians are diligently working to get this situation corrected and we will provide updates as we receive them.
US National Weather Service Seattle Washington forecast: Rain
Highs in the 40’s, lows in the 30’s.
Precip abates, sun emerges by New Years Eve.
See you at the Boat Launch for the Second Annual Cheese Ball Drop & Countdown to 2019!
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: 6 Customers Draw Guns on Men Attempting to Steal From Marysville Store
Two men attempting to steal nail guns from a Marysville store were confronted by six customers with guns on Saturday.
Authorities say two men were surrounded by customers with guns while attempting to steal tools from a Washington store.
The Daily Herald reports the men, ages 22 and 23, allegedly took four nail guns, each worth more than $400, from the Coastal Farm & Ranch store Saturday in Marysville.
The men walked out of the store and got into a Honda Civic, only to be surrounded by about six customers with guns raised.
Court documents say the driver pulled forward, causing one man confronting him to land on the hood.
Documents say another customer shot at the driver's side front tire, while a third fired twice at the rear tire.
Marysville police found the theft suspects' car unoccupied about three blocks away, with two flat tires and the tools inside. Both men were apprehended after a search.
*Thanks to Rachel Wallace for linking this story from KING5News.
UCI Mind: Researchers from The 90+ Study have published many scientific papers in premier journals. Some of the major findings are:
- People who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained.
- People who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.
Full story here.
Reuters Explainer: How partial shutdown of U.S. government could play out
Excerpt: After weeks of failed talks between Trump and congressional leaders, parts of the U.S. government shut down on Saturday, affecting about 800,000 employees of the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce and other agencies.
Most of the federal government, which directly employs almost 4 million people, is unaffected. The Defense, Energy, Labor and other departments are funded through Sept. 30.
Article link here.
USDA: Press Release
Secretary Perdue Details USDA Functions in the Event of a Lapse in Federal Funding
Release & Contact Info
Release No. 0283.18
Contact: USDA Press
(Washington, D.C., December 21, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today detailed which functions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will remain available in the event of a lapse in government funding.
“There may be a lapse in funding for the federal government, but that will not relieve USDA of its responsibilities for safeguarding life and property through the critical services we provide,” said Secretary Perdue. “Our employees work hard every day to benefit our customers and the farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers who depend on our programs. During a shutdown, we will leverage our existing resources as best we can to continue to provide the top-notch service people expect.”
Some USDA activities will be shut down or significantly reduced and some USDA employees will be furloughed. However, certain USDA activities would continue because they are related to law enforcement, the protection of life and property, or are financed through available funding (such as through mandatory appropriations, multi-year discretionary funding, or user fees). For the first week of a potential shutdown, 61% of employees would either be exempted or excepted from shutdown activities. If the shutdown continues, this percentage would decrease, and activities would be reduced as available funding decreases...
Full Press Release here.
USDA: Press Release
Statement of Secretary Perdue on President Trump’s Forest Management Executive Order
Release & Contact Info
Release No. 0284.18
Contact: USDA Press
(Washington, D.C., December 21, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today praised President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order, "Promoting Active Management of America’s Forests, Rangelands, and other Federal Lands to Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risks".
Perdue issued the following statement:
“As we’ve seen in Paradise Valley, California, wildfire can have devastating lasting effects on our people and our towns…
Full Press Release here.
FDA: Microbiological Surveillance Sampling: FY14-16 Whole Fresh Avocados
Consumers can take steps to reduce possible microbial risks related to avocados. Foodsafety.gov recommends that consumers “wash all produce thoroughly under running water before eating, cutting or cooking.” The site also advises, “Even if you plan to cut the rind or peel off the produce before eating, it is still important to wash it first so dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the fruit.” Foodsafety.gov also recommends that consumers scrub firm produce (which includes avocados) with a clean produce brush, and then dry it with a clean cloth towel or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present.
This month, the FDA announced that federal investigators’ sampling found Listeria monocytogenes on the peels of about one in every five avocados.
CDC: Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. In fact, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States. It is also a significant cause of respiratory illness in older adults.
See About RSV.
People at High Risk for Severe RSV Infection
Most people who get an RSV infection will have mild illness and will recover in a week or two. Some people, however, are more likely to develop severe RSV infection and may need to be hospitalized. Examples of severe infections include bronchiolitis (an inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia. RSV can also make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks as a result of RSV infection, and people with congestive heart failure may experience more severe symptoms triggered by RSV.
Symptoms of RSV infection usually include:
Decrease in appetite
These symptoms usually appear in stages and not all at once. In very young infants with RSV, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties.
RSV can also cause more severe infections such as bronchiolitis, an inflammation of the small airways in the lung, and pneumonia, an infection of the lungs. It is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children younger than 1 year of age.
Almost all children will have had an RSV infection by their second birthday. People infected with RSV usually show symptoms within 4 to 6 days after getting infected.
The following groups of people are more likely to get serious complications if they get sick with RSV:
See Symptoms of RSV.
See High Risk.
See High Risk/Infants-Young-Children.
See High Risk/Older Adults.
What you should do if you or a loved one is at high risk for severe RSV disease
RSV season occurs each year in most regions of the U.S. during fall, winter, and spring. If you are at high risk for severe RSV infection, or if you interact with an older adult, you should take extra care to keep them healthy:
Wash your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Washing your hands will help protect you from germs.
Keep your hands off your face
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Germs spread this way.
Avoid close contact with sick people
Avoid close contact, such as kissing, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who have cold-like symptoms.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash afterward.
Clean and disinfect surfaces
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people frequently touch, such as toys and doorknobs. When people infected with RSV touch surfaces and objects, they can leave behind germs. Also, when they cough or sneeze, droplets containing germs can land on surfaces and objects.
Stay home when you are sick
If possible, stay home from work, school, and public areas when you are sick. This will help protect others from catching your illness.
There is no specific treatment for RSV infection, though researchers are working to develop vaccines and antivirals (medicines that fight viruses).
There is no vaccine to prevent RSV infection yet, but scientists are working hard to develop one.* If you are concerned about your risk for RSV, talk to your doctor.
*As of June 2018
Accuweather.com chimes in: It's not the common cold: How respiratory syncytial virus could threaten your child this winter
DNR: Prescribed Fires - Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz
It's time for a change when it comes to how we manage our forests. That's why I'm proud of our partners — Washington Prescribed Fire Council, The Nature Conservancy in WA, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service - Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest — who are working together to re-introduce prescribed fire.
This treatment proactively burns away brush that can fuel out-of-control wildfires in the summer. We plan to further expedite the use of prescribe fires, where appropriate, by building resources and removing barriers to its use.
WA State Department of Health: Carbon Monoxide Alarms Required In All Rentals
Did you know?
Landlords are required to install carbon monoxide alarms. Tenants must maintain the alarms, including regular replacement of batteries. Alarms must be located outside each separate sleeping area and on each level of the residence. For more information on the carbon monoxide alarm requirements, see the State Building Code Council's carbon monoxide alarm rules.
Lewis County Solid Waste Utility asks:
Did you receive a new laptop or television as a holiday gift? Don't throw away your old one. Recycle it! Lewis County has several businesses participating in the E-Cycle Washington program. The following stores will take your old computer monitors, CPU's, laptops, televisions, tablet computers, portable DVD players and e-readers for free: Goodwill in Centralia, Visiting Nurses Thrift Stores in Centralia and Chehalis, and Tiger Mountain Technologies in Morton.
Not Strictly Toledo: CAC Energy Assistance - Lewis County January 8, 2019
Tonight: Courage To Change Al-Anon AFG meets 7 PM at Toledo Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus.
Toledo High School Sports: December 2018
December 28 & 29 Central Washington Tournament
December 28 & 29 Central Washington Tournament
December 28 & 29 Pac Coast Tournament @ Mountain View High School
!!!! GO INDIANS !!!!
The Other Toledo would like to thank the community for all their support shown in innumerable ways throughout the season and the year.
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Winterfest In Toledo 2018 Wrap Up...
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
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
FUNDRAISER for Cat’s Meow SNAP! OPEN AND ACTIVE UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST.
Fundraiser for Visiting Hooves by Victoria Leona Smith lasts until Dec. 31st.
January 1: New Years Day Arctic Polar Bear Paddle @ Silver Lake
Through January 7: Chimis Mexican Restaurant Closed For Remodeling
January 12: Vision:Toledo High School seeks community-wide input 6PM @ THS
January 12: Fiber Workshop - Felted Scarf @ Morgan Arts Centre
January 30: Page Turners @ Toledo Community Library
January 30: Pick Your Chick Paint Night @ Morgan Arts Centre
March 23-24: Vernal Equinox Art Fair @ 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.
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