• Cough and fever are common symptoms of valley fever

    Valley Fever fungus poses new health risk to Washington

    Public health officials are teaming up to fight a new public health threat in Washington – Valley Fever. Valley Fever, also called coccidioidomycosis, is an infection caused by a fungus, Coccidioides, found in some environments. Since discovering the fungus that causes Valley Fever in South Central Washington last year, health officials have been monitoring for […]

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  • BPA and Homeowners’ Association replace trees removed from Grandridge Meadows neighborhood

    Kennewick, Wash. – The Bonneville Power Administration and a local homeowners’ association are replacing trees BPA had to remove from the neighborhood greenbelt. BPA removed the trees a few weeks ago because they had the potential to grow close enough to BPA high-voltage power lines, which would create a dangerous situation for local residents and possibly lead to unplanned power outages. A BPA contractor, with the cooperation of the home owners association, will plant 28 shrubs in the BPA right-of-way.

    “We have to provide safe and reliable power to utilities in the Northwest,” said Robin Furrer, vice president, BPA Transmission Field Services. “When meeting this goal involves removing trees on private or public property along our rights-of-way, we make every effort to preserve the natural beauty that existed prior to removal. This is a good example of those efforts.”

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  • Timberland Bank Corp Reports Profit, Remains Cautiously Optimistic

    HOQUIAM, Wash. — 07/28/09 — Timberland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSBK) ("Timberland" or "the Company") today reported fiscal third quarter profits of $1.06 million. Third quarter income available to common shareholders after being adjusted for preferred stock dividends of $210,000 and preferred stock discount accretion of $79,000 was $769,000, or $0.12 per diluted common share. This compares to a net loss of $546,000, or ($0.08) per diluted common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 and a net loss of $1.60 million, or ($0.24) per diluted common share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2009.

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  • Pacific County E911 Operator Recognized

    SOUTH BEND, Wash. – The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office tells KBKW Judy Indermark has been chosen as the 2011 Washington State Telecommunicator of the Year for a Critical Incident. The event for which she was nominated was a surf rescue call off the Cranberry Beach Approach that took place on August 5, 2011. The event was well documented nationally and the victim related to the call survived.

    This award recognizes a Telecommunicator in Washington state who handled a critical incident in an exemplary manner that positively affected its outcome.
    Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock tells us Judy’s performance during the event was exemplary and worthy of the selection. Judy has been with the Sheriff’s Office for over 16 years. Judy was also chosen for the award in 2006.

    Judy will be recognized for her efforts at the Washington State Public Safety Communications Conference in Kennewick the evening of June 28th, 2012.

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  • High school students have an opportunity to “try on” careers in construction

    Hundreds of high school students in Spokane, Seattle and Benton County will have an opportunity to try their hand at laying mortar and bricks, operating heavy equipment, and reading a survey map. Students can talk to skilled professionals from various construction trade venues and learn about a variety of careers in the construction industry at the 2009 Construction Career Day. 

    The Washington State Department of Transportation, along with construction industry businesses, organizations and programs, are participating in the annual event for area high school students. Construction Career Day events are held in states across the nation and were introduced by the Federal Highway Administration in 1999 as a way to address future construction worker needs. The shortage of workers erodes competition in the number of bidders for transportation projects and adversely affects quality in the highway construction program.
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  • New ways for you to access financial education

    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) continues to seek new methods of helping all Washington residents get the information they need to make sound financial decisions. In an effort to meet Gov. Chris Gregoire’s challenge for state agencies to improve customer service with reduced resources, DFI is pleased to share the many ways we’re doing more with less.

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