Channel Point Village takes measures to prevent spread of norovirus

While they didn’t give exact numbers, a retirement and assisted living community in Hoquiam is working to prevent an outbreak of norovirus. In a press release this morning they said “Channel Point Village has responded to the recent outbreak of the norovirus. Staff is taking all necessary precautions to keep the virus contained, including serving meals to residents in their apartments to prevent contamination.

“We take this situation very seriously and are working diligently to ensure the health of our residents,” said Tracy Willis, director of corporate development of Village Concepts.

Families have been informed and are working with Channel Point staff to follow appropriate protocol and interventions as outlined by the Department of Health.

A source tells us they are allowing visitors, and are asking that they take extra precaution to help prevent the spread further.

Village Concepts is a third-generation family-owned business that owns and operates retirement and assisted living communities throughout Washington state, including Bothell, Burien, Covington, Enumclaw, Gig Harbor, Hoquiam, Issaquah, Marysville, Milton, Moses Lake, Oak Harbor, Port Angeles and Sedro-Woolley. For more information about Village Concepts, visit

State, Feds to Hold Meeting on Marbled Murrelet Conservation

Phase One Meetings

Who: DNR and US Fish and Wildlife Service

What: Scoping meetings for the Marbled Murrelet Conservation Strategy – Phase I

Why: The agencies are seeking public input on the scope of environmental review for this proposal, including existing environmental information relevant for analysis, potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures that the agencies should consider when developing management alternatives.

When: April 30 — 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Olympia: Natural Resources Building, Room 175, 1111 Washington St., 98504

When: May 3 — 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Sedro Woolley: Northwest Region, 919 N. Township St., 98284

When: May 8 — 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Cathlamet: River Street Meeting Room, 25 River Street, 98612

When: May 9 — 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Forks: Olympic Region Office, 411 Tillicum Lane, 98331

At the meeting

DNR and FWS staff will give brief presentations to introduce the planning process and present background information on marbled murrelet biology and relevant policies. The agencies will have discussion stations with more detailed information, where people can talk to staff and ask questions. People will be encouraged to submit their Phase I written comments by May 30.

The proposal’s need, purpose, and objectives and the SEPA Scoping Notice can be found on DNR’s SEPA webpage. A federal Notice of Intent will be published in the Federal Register shortly. All of these documents can be found on DNR’s marbled murrelet website.

Phase Two Meetings

In the following months, we will hold a second phase of public meetings focused on conceptual alternatives that the agencies will evaluate in environmental analysis. When analysis is complete, the agencies will jointly publish a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for public comment and hold additional meetings.

DNR, steward of state lands
DNR, led by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, manages more than

3 million acres of state-owned trust forest, agricultural, range lands and commercial properties that earn income to build schools, universities and other state institutions, and help fund local services in many counties. In addition to earning income, trust lands help protect habitat for native plant and animal species, clean and abundant water, and offer public recreation and education opportunities statewide.

DNR also manages a significant statewide system of State Natural Resources Conservation Areas and Natural Area Preserves that protect native ecosystems and the plant and animal species that depend on them, and provide access for education and low impact public use, where appropriate.

Aberdeen Among 50 School Districts to Receive OSPI Grant

Math Standards Link
English Language Arts Standards Link

Grant winners will be expected to:

  • Designate a District CCSS Implementation Team of four to six individuals to participate in this project.
  • Attend spring 2012 Content Trainings (regionally delivered). Each ESD will offer two days of math and one day of English language arts training for district content leaders/facilitators at no cost to participants. The content leaders on the district’s identified CCSS team are expected to participate in these offerings.
  • Attend CCSS District Team Workshops (Seattle and Spokane area locations to be determined). Two, two-day workshops in May and August will engage districts teams in learning opportunities to build a foundational understanding of the CCSS, to consider the implications on professional learning for educators, and to provide support in creating district-specific implementation plans and identifying the supports needed at the state, regional, and local levels.
  • Provide collaborative time for school faculty throughout spring and summer 2012.
  • Agree to serve as a resource for other school districts as they build CCSS transition plans (e.g., be available for phone calls, share district implementation plans).
School District (Grant Winner) ESD
Aberdeen School District 113
Auburn School District 121
Bremerton School District 114
Brewster School District 171
Brinnon School District 114
Burlington-Edison School District 189
Chehalis School District 113
Clarkston School District 123
Concrete School District 189
Cusick School District 101
Dayton School District 123
Deer Park School District 101
East Valley School District (Spokane) 101
Eastmont School District 171
Ephrata School District 171
Federal Way School District 121
Ferndale School District 189
Franklin Pierce School District 121
Grand Coulee Dam School District 171
Grandview School District 105
Highland School District 105
Inchelium School District 101
Kelso School District 112
Kent School District 121
Kiona-Benton School District 123
Longview School District 112
Lopez School District 189
Manson School District 171
McCleary School District 113
Moses Lake School District 171
Mount Vernon School District 189
Mukilteo School District 189
Nooksack School District 189
North Beach School District 113
Orondo School District 171
Oroville School District 171
Prosser School District 123
Renton School District 121
Republic School District 101
Royal School District 105
Sedro-Woolley School District 189
Shelton School District 113
Sprague School District 101
Tacoma School District 121
Union Gap School District 105
Wahkiakum School District 112
Walla Walla Public School 123
Wapato School District 105
West Valley School District (Spokane) 101
Woodland School District 112