Monthly Archives: January 2017

Officials Say Flu Shots Reduce Risk 50-60%

Peninsula health officials say this flu season is the worst outbreak in recent memory, with hospitals and clinics reporting spikes in influenza cases across the area.

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Clallam County Health Officer Dr. Christopher Frank says flu shots haven’t been pushed by the health department but are consistently pushed each season by local clinics.

Officials say the flu vaccine can decrease the risk of the flu by between 50 percent and 60 percent.

Frank says statistics are not immediately available or Clallam County, but he says he believes the vaccination rates below the state average.

Could McCleary Decision Help WA Address Education Disparities?

The Washington Legislature will have to set out a plan this year to fully fund the state’s public schools, and is under a court order to do so. While it’s been a thorny issue, one coalition sees it as an opportunity.

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Inaugural Protests on Peninsula

Congressman Derek Kilmer says he will not Boycott the Inaugural

It is inauguration day for President-elect Donald Trump who will take the oath of office.

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Some North Olympic Peninsula residents are marking the event with protests.

​ In Port Townsend today Organizers hope to see Water Street rimmed with people “holding the line” today after Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States.

Hold the Line coordinator Linda Sutton says it’s important to make a statement of solidarity,”

Today’s event will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Rotary Park next to the Port Townsend ferry dock. Those in attendance will line up on the sidewalk and hold hands. Organizers hope to see a line of people extending north on Water Street.

The event will run from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and roughly 50 people are expected to attend.

West End residents Hope Olson and Berlinda James will host a peaceful rally from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Forks Transit Center.

The goal of the rally at the center at 551 S. Forks Ave. is to send a message to the new federal administration “and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”

The two said they want to support the rights of all people and after discussion decided that the best way would be to organize a rally that would “support all sisters nationwide.”

Is Facebook’s Plan to Catch ‘Fake News’ Bad for Free Speech?

Facebook has announced that it will be using fact-checking moderators to catch so-called “fake news” stories. But the plan already is raising questions about the human errors inherent in the process, and what the results might mean for free speech.

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Highway 101 Closed after a Rock Slide

Highway 101 is closed today at milepost 229 until further notice.

WA DOT says a slide on US 101 both directions at milepost 229 near Lake Crescent beginning at 1:18 am on January 19, 2017 until further notice. The roadway is blocked. Detour SR-113 to SR-112

 

Forks Broadcastings Clell Hanson says large boulders have rolled onto the road and a DOT worker at the scene says the road will be closed all day.  Conming from PA traffic is being detoured at Laird’s corner.

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Clell says the detour onto hwy 113 and 112 is OK.

The bottom line is if you have to go to PA, you are going to have to go the long way around on 112 and 113, and you are going to have to watch you speed on the detour route.