The Draeger Alcotest 9510 is being implemented all across the state in an effort to help remove impaired drivers from the streets and highways in Washington. “This is another step in our agency’s long-standing effort to remove dangerously impaired drivers from our state’s highways,” said Chief John R. Batiste. “We’ve made great strides toward our […]Continue Reading ...
The state’s lead fire fighting agencies—the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)andthe State Fire Marshal’s Office of the Washington State Patrol (WSP)—continued to lead state government’s response today to multiple wildfires in central and eastern Washington today. Okanogan County: Fires were cooler this morning on the Carlton Complex, but were bad yesterday as 41 homes […]Continue Reading ...
OLYMPIA ¾ The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of health care providers in our state. The department has also immediately suspended the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states. The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and […]Continue Reading ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state Department of Ecology has selected 72 clean water projects to receive a share of $152 million in loans and grants during the state’s next fiscal year, which began on July 1.
The projects include upgrades and expansions of sewer plants and collection systems; septic system improvements; water re-use facilities; water cleanup projects; stormwater and groundwater projects; stream-side restoration projects…to name a few.
Grays Harbor County will receive $56,000 to implement a North Beach Shellfish Protection Dist. Prgm, and monitoring plan for areas including the Moclips River and Joe Creek. The City of McCleary will receive $65,000 to prepare a General Sewer Plan.
In Mason County, Belfair will receive $250,000 for a Stormwater Basin Plan
For more information, or to learn how to apply for the next round of funding, visit Ecology’s website and search “water quality grants and loans.”Continue Reading ...
OLYMPIA— Did you know that there are 28,000 fewer vehicles on the road every weekday thanks to employers and communities across the state who support commute trip reduction programs? That’s enough vehicles to stretch single file from Olympia to Everett.
Approximately 530,000 people are employed at worksites that participate in commute trip reduction programs. This translates to 62 million fewer vehicle miles traveled annually and saves three million gallons of fuel and 27,490 metric tons of greenhouse gases.
Governor Chris Gregoire recognized the efforts of these employers and communities today by announcing the winners of the 2010 Governor’s Commute Smart Awards at a ceremony hosted at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia.Continue Reading ...
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.Continue Reading ...
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire and Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) have announced the final proposed list of clean water projects to receive $65.4 million in federal stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).
Projects eligible for the Recovery Act funds – which will arrive in the form of low-interest loans and additional subsidies through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund – are publicly owned water pollution control facilities and associated activities that are ready to proceed to construction. Ecology will administer the funding.
The funding will help local governments pay for water pollution control infrastructure including the upgrade and expansion of wastewater, reclaimed water and stormwater facilities, and green infrastructure projects that improve water or energy efficiency, or other environmentally innovative activities.
Ecology integrated the new federal Recovery Act funding with its annual water quality grant and loan funding cycle, nearly doubling the anticipated funding the state can offer for state fiscal year 2010. Prior to the Recovery Act funding, Ecology planned on distributing $71 million subject to the final state budget. Ecology proposes to now offer approximately $140 million.
"We're making sure every dollar will be spent on high priority projects from small towns to big cities to protect our state's water quality and create jobs," said Gregoire.
Of the total $140 million available, Ecology proposes to fund $60 million for Puget Sound projects. Of the $65.4 million in recovery funding, about $22 million is tagged for projects to benefit Puget Sound.Continue Reading ...
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state. The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors). Information about health […]Continue Reading ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.
The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).
Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced three open house meetings around the state to discuss improvements and changes to the selection process for the Forestry Riparian Easement Program (FREP). DNR will take the input from these meetings to draft recommendations that it will present to the state legislature by October 1, 2010.
The Forestry Riparian Easement Program (FREP) compensates eligible small forest landowners for 50 percent to 80 percent of the marketable timber that they must leave unharvested due to state forest practices rules that protect forests and fish. The landowner still owns the property and retains full access, but has “leased” the trees and their important riparian functions, such as clean water and fish habitat, to the state.
ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against a health care provider in Grays Harbor County.
In July 2009 the Emergency Medical Technician Program granted the application of Tina Marie Morgan-Schmidt (ES60093336) and placed her license on probation for one year. She was convicted of possession of controlled substance, and escape. She must comply with terms and conditions set against her license.
Morgan-Schmidt’s convictions preceded her EMT application, In May of 2009 she applied for the credentials. July of 2005 she was convicted of possession of a controlled substance, a Class C felony, and Escape in the Second Degree – also a Class C.
The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Office works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 70 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).
Information about health care providers is on the agency Web site. Click on “Provider Credential Search” on the left hand side of the Department of Health home page (www.doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are also encouraged to call and report their complaint.
Construction employment hours and payroll doubled for Recovery Act related projects from June to July as work began or continued on more than 100 state and local highway projects. Employees collected an average of nearly $38 per hour for 144,308 hours worked in July. One of the largest state Recovery Act projects was awarded on August 20 to add an auxiliary lane to I-405 northbound in Bothell. WSDOT applied for almost $435 million in high speed passenger rail funds on August 24, the deadline for states to apply for the first portion of $8 billion in Recovery Act funds for high speed passenger rail projects.Continue Reading ...
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