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Outsmarting the Flu Bug: Tips for Washingtonians

SEATTLE - Here's a New Year's resolution that takes only a few minutes: Get a flu shot. Flu season has arrived, and this time last year, there were weekly updates on hospitalizations and deaths due to the H1N1 flu virus. Although it did not become the pandemic that was expected, H1N1 is still around. It is one of three types of flu that this year's vaccine protects against.

Michelle Roberts, a health promotion manager with the Washington Department of Health, says there's plenty of vaccine available this year - and it's prime time to roll up your sleeve.

"Now's a really good time, because we're just starting to see disease start to pick up - flu disease. There's definitely been some disease in the southern states. With people traveling over the holidays, we expect to see that spreading. We're starting to see a few more cases here in Washington."

Homeland Security Confirms Washington was Unsuccessfully Targeted by Russian Hackers

Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today officially informed Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman that Russian hackers attempted to access Washington...

U.S Coast Guard helicopter crew identified

SEATTLE, Wash. - The U.S. Coast Guard has identified the one survivor and three crew members who lost their lives, Wednesday, after their MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crashed in the waters off of James Island, near La Push, Wash.

Lt. Lance D. Leone, 29, of Ventura, Calif., survived the crash and is being treated at a Seattle hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  He is married.  His awards/accolades include: Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, two Coast Guard Unit Commendation Medals, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation, Global War Terror Service Medal, Commandant's Letter of Commendation, Coast Guard "E" Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation, Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon, Transportation 9-11 Ribbon, Coast Guard Rifle Sharpshooter Ribbon, Coast Guard Pistol Marksman Ribbon.  He has served in the Coast Guard for more than 8years.

Fish and Wildlife Commission Takes Action on Protective Status of 8 Species

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action on the protective status of yellow-billed cuckoos, loggerhead sea turtles, fishers and five whale species at...

Cosmopolis Pipe Fixed, Mill Running

COSMOPOLIS, Wash. - Repairs have been completed to Cosmo Specialty Fiber's affluent line that burst over the weekend near First and G street in Cosmopolis. Mayor Vickie Raines tells us crews will look at the remainder of the line that runs under State Route 101 next week. "When they do that additional due diligance, it will encroach out into Highway 101, I don't expect that to start until next Tuesday at the earliest." Raines said the pulp mill was powered back up Monday afternoon.

Human Remains Found in Central Park Trailer Fire

ABERDEEN, Wash. - A trailer fire in Central Park Saturday morning may have claimed the life of a longtime harbor business owner.
Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the County Sheriff’s department tells us deputies and firefighters from Fire District 2 and Montesano responded to the home of Everett Wadsworth in Central Park around 1 Saturday morning. later that morning, firefighters discovered a body in the trailer’s bedroom. Shumate said Saturday that investigators did not suspect fowl play as they searched for a cause of the fire, Shumate said it is believed that the victim of the fire was the 86 year old male resident of the home. The cause and origin of the fire are yet to be determined however a heater in the living room area of the residence was noted as a possible cause of the fire. An autopsy will be conducted sometime this week. A Positive ID will hopefully be made through dental records to verify the identity of the victim.
The Daily World reports 86-year-old Wadsworth was the former owner of the Linkshire market, and three other grocery stores, and was well known throughout Grays Harbor.

Pile Driving Begins on Pontoon Construction Site in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. - The sounds of progress start echoing through the State Route 520 Pontoon Construction project site this week as crews begin to drive hundreds of support pilings to form the foundation of a pontoon casting facility.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and contractor Kiewit-General (K-G) are constructing the foundation for the casting basin where they will build the concrete pontoons that will form the backbone of a replacement SR 520 floating bridge. Crews must drive as many as 900 steel piles 125 feet into the ground. During the three-month process, K-G will have up to 20 pile drivers working at the site, and nearby residents and businesses will notice hammering sounds.

“This work is critical in that it literally lays the foundation for the pontoon construction that will start later this year,” said Dave Ziegler, WSDOT principal engineer. “As we finish sections of piles, we’ll begin excavating the site to create the basin.”

Evening Razor Clam digs approved to start February 15, more digs proposed into March

Razor clam diggers can count on an eight-day opener beginning Feb. 15 and start planning trips to Washington's beaches in March, state shellfish managers...

Barbara Bennett Parsons With the Hoquiam Farmers Market News

Are you ready for the Grays Harbor County Fair?  As a former 4-H kid, I can hardly wait!  Going to the fair is the epitome of summer- the smell of hay & sawdust, visiting the chickens, pigs, and cows, examining the quilts, eating scones & ice cream- why, it’s better than Christmas!  I’ve become somewhat of a connoisseur of county fairs, and can assure you that ours is one of the finest around.  My next most favorite is the Pacific County fair.  It’s small but very, very good.  In complete contrast, we were terribly disappointed last year by the Thurston County fair.  Just like Goldilocks, I have sampled the choices and come to the reasoned conclusion that our fair is the finest. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.ghcfairgrounds.com/Fair.htm