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Kreidler announces limited special enrollment period for people struggling with health coverage

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced a limited special enrollment period – effective Aug. 27 – for people who have experienced difficulty enrolling in health coverage through Washington’s Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, or who have had billing or payment issues. The special enrollment period starts Aug. 27 and is scheduled to run through Nov. […]

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  • Ted's Red Apple closed

    Picky store burglars leave one brand behind

    Detectives investigating a recent burglary know their ‘perp’ doesn’t smoke one brand of cigarette. Someone broke into a closed grocery store in Westport recently stealing 50 bottles of alcohol and every tobacco product, except their supply of Virginia Slims. It was the first of two recent break-ins for the Ted’s Red Apple/Westport Market. The only grocery […]

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  • Washington Apple Health

    Regional specialists ready to help with enrollment in Apple Health

    OLYMPIA – The Health Care Authority (HCA), in partnership with community organizations across Washington, is providing community-based enrollment specialists to help people enroll in Washington Apple Health, the state’s Medicaid program. Since its launch in October 2013, more than 750,000 people have enrolled in or renewed their Apple Health coverage through the online web portal […]

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  • Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Comfort Food Edition

    Looking out my window at cold rain, I find myself desperately clinging to the memory of an Easter Sunday in 2003 when the temperature soared up to 96 degrees!  It happened once, it can happen again.  Plus, I totally believe in miracles.

         Cold weather requires hot comfort food.  One dish which always puts me in a zen-like state of acceptance is Baked Beans.  There are almost as many recipes for Baked Beans as there are beans, but this is my winter (Spring?!?)comfort food recipe, as opposed to the more zesty summertime baked bean recipe.

          A secret ingredient which adds both flavor and nutrients is homemade chicken stock.  Next time that you roast a chicken, toss the remains into a large pot, add a chopped onion, several peppercorns and a chopped carrot, fill with water, and let it simmer away for a few hours.  Strain the broth, pop it in the freezer, and you will have a superb flavor booster.  
    If you are really fond of roast chicken and have lots and lots of chicken stock on hand, you have the makings for the finest pasta anywhere.  Cook your spaghetti or any other type of noodle in the chicken broth!  Honestly, it transforms an otherwise dull basic into instant gourmet status.

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  • Washington State Library: Using technology to connect with patrons

    Since its creation in 1853, the Washington State Library has made it a priority to provide patrons with access to information and historical publications related to Washington and the Pacific Northwest. 

    The remarkable progress in technology over the years has allowed people to acquire information and publications faster and easier than ever before. The Washington State Library has embraced technology to make its offerings more accessible to the public. These statistics indicate that. From 2002 to 2009:

    • The number of visitors to the State Library has increased by 22 percent, from 370,328 to 451,865.

    • The number of books checked out has risen 78.6 percent, from 648,487 to 1,157,992 (in the first six months of 2010, 624,765 books have been checked out).

    • State Library Web site usage has skyrocketed up an amazing 1,570 percent, from 33,827 to 564,787 page views (there have been 313,765 page views in the first six months of 2010).

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  • Hoquiam Farmers Market News – Picnic Edition

    Picnic Season! In case you didn’t already know, Saturday is the official beginning of this glorious time of year! Well, it may not be listed on your calendar, but some things, like Christmas, are so imbedded in our lives that they don’t need to be written on a calendar. You just know it.

    I do admit that I am a bit of a picnic fanatic. Not everyone has several types of picnic baskets. I can’t get through the summer without at least 3 very diverse types of picnic gear. First there is the magazine worthy, pull out all the stops, over the top picnic basket. This is not a basket which you take on hikes. This is the picnic basket that should come complete with a serving staff. Blankets are a must, and comfy chairs are a bonus. Pillows are absolutely never to be left behind! How in the world are you going to take that dreamy sun-washed nap if you don’t have plenty of pillows?

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  • Hoquiam Farmers Market News

    You would not believe how delicious The Market smells right now!  Nancy and her elves are baking Christmas cookies this morning- Spritz, Russion Teacakes, and Pecan tarts, to name a few.  The aromas speak to my deepest childhood memories, bringing a smile and a sense of complete happiness.  My recommendation to anyone who is feeling ever so slightly stressed or unhappy- just walk thru our front doors!  Simply stand there, eyes closed, and give yourself over to inhaling cookie aromas.  You don’t have to actually buy any, although that will help the euphoria to last longer.  Your day will have improved dramatically.  If you open your eyes, give us a smile, and then walk out, we’ll understand completely.  One dose of contentment provided, on the house.
    December brings more delights than I can take in all at once, and here is one of my favorites; Fresh Crab.  Even if I didn’t absolutely love living in Grays Harbor already, being able to buy just cooked straight from the ocean crab at bargain basement prices would cause me to be forever grateful for where I live.  
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  • GHCH: Health coverage is as close as the nearest phone or computer

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor Community Hospital is joining the celebration of the opening of Washington Health Plan Finder. Starting today, uninsured residents in Grays Harbor County can enroll in quality, affordable health plans simply by calling or visiting www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.

    According to Washington Health Plan Finder, more people than ever before will qualify for financial help to pay for coverage. The new expansion will also give customers the opportunity to receive tax benefits and subsidies which will be different depending on each plan. More information is available at www.wahealthplanfinder.org/calculator/index.html. “Unfortunately too many people in our area are living without health insurance, which puts their health and their finances at serious risk,” said CEO Tom Jensen.
    Depending on the individual or family’s income, they may be able to qualify for a free or low-cost health plan, or have their premiums drastically reduced by way of tax credit. 

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  • Youth Caucus in Olympia

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – This week is a mid-winter break for some Washington schools, but the learning will continue for almost 100 kids at the State Legislature in Olympia. On Tuesday, they’ll gather from around the state for a Youth Caucus, part of the annual “Have a Heart for Kids” advocacy day at the State Capitol. The young people participate in a rally and attend workshops about legislation and how to speak up for issues that concern them.

    It’s the first time at the Capitol for Zalia Cook from Seattle, and the 12-year-old already has her topic in mind to share with lawmakers.

    “Well, I’m really passionate about homelessness. I just can’t imagine not having a home, and I just feel bad for all of those people. And I think that’s one of the main things that people are worried about, too.”

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  • Hoquiam Farmers Market News – Potato Salad Edition

    Seasonal fresh produce is now on the Market tables. Abel Rios is making weekly trips to Yakima to bring us Asparagus, Snow Peas, & green Walla Walla onions. Judy has Kale from her garden now, and Rhubarb will be available soon.
    We do not import out of state or out of country produce- as soon as good local produce is ready, we’ll have it at the Farmers market!

    Pacific Northwesterners know how to make the most of the summer season! Probably because we know how brief the season can be. Yes, there have been summers of too much drizzle, not enough sunshine. We could have coined the ancient phrase ‘Seize the Day!’, for those rare, sparkling days are more precious to us than jewels.

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  • Washington Attorney General reels in refunds for consumers hooked by Aussies’ quack medicine Web sites

    SEATTLE – It’s a g’day at the Washington Attorney General’s Office, where attorneys reached a settlement with a pair of Aussies who used sexy stories to sell bogus health cures over the Internet.

    “The Internet has become a planet-wide hunting ground for fraudsters who lurk just below the surface like crocs in a river," Attorney General Rob McKenna said. “But this case proves that whether they’re on the prowl in Seattle or Sydney, they’re still within justice’s reach.”

    The deceptive business practices of Leanne Rita Vassallo and Aaron David Smith came to light last summer when the Attorney General’s Office filed a civil lawsuit accusing the pair of violating Washington’s Consumer Protection Act. The defendants, both of Cecil Hills, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, became millionaires while selling e-books for health conditions ranging from acne and asthma to sexually transmitted diseases and cancer.

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