West End Couple Needs Everything After Fire

CLALLAM BAY — A longtime West End  couple is in need of everything after a fire destroyed their Clallam Bay

 

West End Couple Needs Everything After Fire

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CLALLAM BAY — A longtime West End  couple is in need of everything after a fire destroyed their Clallam Bay home and all their belongings.

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David Levin and Corinne Davis escaped unharmed from what appeared to be an electrical fire after fleeing the blaze.  They called 9-1-1 early Sunday morning

Clallam County Fire Chief Trish Hutson says the couple’s two-story, cedar shake and shingle home at 16743 Hoko-Ozette Road home was a total loss.

Hutson said that all Levin and Davis had left from their home was the pajamas they were wearing and their car.

The couple was staying at a West End hotel Monday morning as they sorted out their future.

Levin and Davis had lived in the West End for 30-40 years and did not have fire insurance on the home, she said.

The fire appears to have started just inside a window and originated from a space heater or a power outlet that ignited clothing or curtains after power came on following a planned Clallam County Public Utility District outage.

An aide unit and six firefighters responded with one 1,000-gallon engine and a 500-gallon brush truck.

Hutson said the 500-gallon truck had to be refilled twice to douse hot spots.

Kilmer Bill to Fight Opioid Epidemic

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U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer and others in Congress whose districts have been hit hard by opioid drugs have introduced a bill to provide more than $1 billion to fight the problem.

The bill includes $930 million to support agreements with states to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders.

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■   $50 million to expand access to substance use treatment providers.

■   $12.5 million for Drug Enforcement Administration heroin enforcement.

It also includes treatment for those incarcerated.

Clallam County had one of the highest opioid overdose death rates in the state at 29.0 per 100,000 people in 2013. The state death rate was 14.8 per 100,000.

Kilmer says The Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act reflects the president’s call for $1.16 billion to combat the roots of the epidemic.

Forks Fire Dept Gets Pet Oxygen Masks

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First Responders with the Clallam County Fire District #1 are now some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet’s life.

That after a donation of two pet oxygen mask kits to the department from Invisible Fence Peninsulas

This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence® Brand’s Project Breathe program, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks.

These masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Third-Leading Cause of Death in WA

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Lawmakers have created a collaborative to address Alzheimer’s Disease, one of the leading causes of death in the state of Washington. The group met once this year and will meet again in September to brainstorm strategies for better care of patients with Alzheimer’s

Eric Tegethoff reports:

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Kilmer: New Wild Olympics is Better

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The Wild Olympics legislation has been introduced in Congress for the fourth time.  Now for the first time the bill has made it a U.S. Senate committee.

The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2015 is being cosponsored by Sen. Patty Murray and 6th District U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer who says the bill has been modified since it was first introduced.

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The legislation would designate as wilderness more than 126,000  acres of Olympic National Forest around Olympic National Park that would become off-limits to logging.

But Kilmer says most of that land either can’t be logged already to to other environmental laws  – or is not worth the cost.

Kilmer has also filed the papers to run for re-election.  He says it’s an honor to represent the sixth congressional district.