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Washington State Department of Health warns of Salmonella illness tied to baby birds

Washington State Department of Health warns of Salmonella illness tied to baby birds

 

At least 39 Washingtonians have reported getting ill from Salmonella bacteria after coming in contact with live poultry in the past three years, according to reports reviewed by disease investigators at the state’s Department of Health. These 39 cases were associated with three separate national Salmonella outbreaks that caused more than 1,200 people to get sick. Contact with live poultry may also have contributed to more than 100 other cases of salmonellosis in our state in the past three years that weren’t associated with any known outbreak.

 

Spring is the season when many people who have chickens or ducks in backyard flocks buy baby birds. From the time the baby birds arrive at home, children should be supervised carefully to make sure they wash their hands immediately after touching the animals or their environments. Another prevention step is to make sure children don’t snuggle or kiss the young poultry.

 

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Moses Lake residents and businesses can Adopt a Pot through the MLBA to help keep LakeTown beautiful

Moses Lake residents and businesses can Adopt a Pot through the MLBA to help keep LakeTown beautiful

 

The Moses Lake Business Association is working to keep the LakeTown Landing area beautiful through their annual Adopt a Pot Fundraiser.

 

Each year, the MLBA purchases plants from the Moses Lake High School FFA program. The students decide which plants to fill pots with, and plant each of the 133+ pots around the LakeTown Landing Area. Individuals and businesses are able to adopt one of these pots for the growing season for $100 each. 

 

Those who adopt a pot will receive an engraved plaque on the pot, and recognition on the MLBA's monthly newsletter and Facebook page.

 

The MLBA also hires a person to water each and every pot on a daily basis. At the end of the season, students and volunteers clean out each pot for the winter season.

 

Those who would like to Adopt a Pot should visit the following website: http://mlbacares.org/adopt-a-pot/adopt-a-pot-purchase. Pots can also be adopted by calling 509-764-1745.

 

Grant County Health District investigating 5 confirmed cases of whooping cough in Moses Lake schools

Grant County Health District investigating 5 confirmed cases of whooping cough in Moses Lake schools

 

The Grant County Health District (GCHD) staff are investigating five laboratory confirmed cases and 149 people that came in close contact with ill individuals with whooping cough (pertussis) at Peninsula Elementary and Chief Moses Middle School in Moses Lake. According to the GCHD, no individuals have been hospitalized due to the illness at this time.

 

“We are responding to a cluster of whooping cough cases among students in Moses Lake. Because of a large number of exposed and ill individuals in a very well-defined area, we are considering this a local cluster outbreak,” said Dr. Alexander Brzezny, Grant County Health Officer. “Preventing severe disease and death in infants is our highest priority. We urge all pregnant women to get vaccinated and urge parents to vaccinate infants and children if they are not up to date.”

 

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be Keynote Speaker at Girl Scouts Leadership Luncheon

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be Keynote Speaker at Girl Scouts Leadership Luncheon

 

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (GSEWNI) announced Wednesday that Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be the keynote speaker for their annual Spokane Community Leadership Luncheon. The event will take place on Friday, March 27th at noon at the Spokane Convention Center located at 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

 

GSEWNI Community Leadership events, held in many communities throughout the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho region, feature an engaging leader who is a role model for all Girl Scouts. The annual fundraising event in Spokane celebrates the impact of Girl Scouting on girls and young women in the community.

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Moses Lake man seriously injured in Ephrata area crash

Moses Lake man seriously injured in Ephrata area crash

 

A 22-year-old Moses Lake man suffered a severe head injury during a Tuesday morning rollover crash south of Ephrata.



According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, David Crowell was driving north around 9:20 a.m. in the 11000 block of Dodson Road North when his 2001 Ford Explorer left the roadway, struck a driveway, vaulted, struck the ground and rolled one and one quarter times before coming to rest. Crowell was ejected and landed about 20 feet away from the vehicle.



Crowell sustained a serious head injury and was taken to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata and later flown aboard a MedStar helicopter to Providence-Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. He is listed in serious condition.



The collision is under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Motor Traffic Unit.


The Sheriff's Office said Crowell's Explorer was destroyed.

Change your clocks, change your batteries: Ephrata FD reminds citizens to maintain smoke alarms

Change your clocks, change your batteries: Ephrata FD reminds citizens to maintain smoke alarms

 

Daylight savings will begin at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday March 8th, and the Ephrata Fire Department is asking residents to take the opportunity to test and change the batteries in their smoke detectors as they set their clocks forward. Smoke alarms in the home are considered one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire. 

 

Every year in the United States, about 3,000 people lost their lives in residential fires. Changing smoke alarm batteries at least one a year, testing those alarms, and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries.

 

The Ephrata Fire Department provided these important facts regarding smoke alarms:

Washington State Patrol uses latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident

 

The Washington State Patrol released their newest edition of their Good to Know video series (view above), which features detectives using the latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident, ensuring driver and officer safety.

 

According to the WSP, the Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives, but in about half the time and with only one operator. The machine scans items at the scene in order to recreate a 3-D version of the surrounding area which helps investigators determine the cause of the collision.

 

WSP uses the Trimble to reduce road closure time while still conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The device can also be used at other types of crimes such as homicides, to document the location of important evidence.