Avian Influenza Dected in Clallam County

Press Release from Washingto State Department of Agriculture

OLYMPIA – Two more detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1, this time in Clallam County, make six affected flocks in Washington state. With a half-dozen cases since the first confirmed detection less than a week ago, biosecurity has never been more important for bird owners.

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Editorial — The Voice Needs You

by Mary Ronen, Editor & Producion Manager

May is here and with it opportunities to get out and about. In this issue, find out about a plant sale and the opening of boating season. Golf begins in earnest. An art fair is coming up. There are also interesting articles about local wildlife. Our Spotlight this month is on Local 20/20, an all-volunteer, grassroots organization working toward local sustainability. Read these and more in the following pages.

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Anderson Lake High in Toxin

Port Townsend – Elevated levels of the potent nerve toxin anatoxin-a were detected in a water sample taken from Anderson Lake on Monday, April 25th. The toxin level is 1.30 micrograms per liter, which is just above the Washington State recreational criteria of 1 microgram per liter. The bloom of cyanobacteria in the lake contains toxin-producing species of algae, including Dolichospermum (formerly Anabaena) and Aphanizomenon. Anatoxin-a can result in illness and death in people and animals when ingested.

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7th Haven to Help with Housing Shortage

by Marie Bogan, Staff Writer

As cities and civic organizations around the world struggle to address insufficient housing, one local non-profit decided to take on the challenge. Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP) is building a 43-unit affordable- housing complex at Seventh and Hendricks streets in Port Townsend, near the shopping center with the QFC store and Jefferson County Public Health office.

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