Category Archives: Health

Pinwheels spin in Pierce County to raise awareness for child abuse prevention

Special to the Mountain News-WA from the Pierce County Juvenile Court: The Pierce County Juvenile Court is recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign, where pinwheels will be planted across the Juvenile Court lawn and … Continue reading

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WSDA to conduct Gypsy Moth spraying in parts of Graham

By Bruce A. Smith The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has announced that it will conduct a pesticide spraying program in selected neighborhoods in northern Graham to control a Gypsy Moth (GM) infestation. The spraying will commence in late … Continue reading

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Sixth inundation of smoke this summer – WAQA at 162, “unhealthy”

By Bruce A. Smith The sixth inundation of smoke since August 1 settled over Eatonville today, Saturday, September 16. This makes the 22nd day in the past 47 that we have had unhealthy air to breathe. Again, the culprits are … Continue reading

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Smoke back again – fifth episode this summer

By Bruce A. Smith The fifth inundation of smoke since early August occurred in Eatonville today, September 11, courtesy of Joint Base Lewis McChord. Through some kind of atmospheric inversion, JBLM’s grit and gases smothered the ground-level air at mid-day … Continue reading

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An Open-Letter to Houston

By Bruce A. Smith I’ve had some burning questions about Hurricane Harvey, particularly the flooding in Houston that no one in the media is addressing. Yes, the storm and the rescue of thousands is important and is being told well. … Continue reading

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Smoke and Heat Return, Regional and Local Fires Contribute

By Bruce A. Smith The smoke, and concomitant temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s, returned to Eatonville again this week. Air quality began to deteriorate on Monday, August 28 and worsened today, Tuesday, with WAQA Index readings from … Continue reading

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Smoke returns to Eatonville as Grand Mound fire erupts; JBLM resumes controlled burns

By Bruce A. Smith Thick acrid smoke filled Eatonville’s skies this week as a major grasslands fire ignited in the Grand Mounds area Tuesday afternoon, and westerly winds pushed the conflagration towards us. Over 100 homes were evacuated in the … Continue reading

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