Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Blog discontinued

This blog has been discontinued by the Stanwood/Camano NEWS. It will remain active on the newspaper's Web site,, for archive purposes.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Crews pouring columns for new bridge

Last week, work crews started two of the eight columns for the new Mark Clark Bridge.
The columns are filled with concrete, and then cured, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Crews will start the next two after the first set has finished curing.
WSDOT also announced area work and closures for the next week.
One lane of SR 532 will be closed between 19th Avenue NW and 28th Avenue NW starting 7 p.m. Sat. until 8 a.m. Sunday while crews stripe the west-bound truck climbing lane.
From Monday until Friday morning, one lane between 19th Avenue NW and 28th Ave NW will be closed 8:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. The Oct. 30 Friday night closure will be from 8 p.m. until 9 a.m. Sat., Oct. 31.
On Camano Island, one lane will be closed between Hanstad and Smith roads from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Crews are striping the new bus pull outs and turn lanes at Juniper Beach Road and the turn lane between Good and Smith roads.


H1N1 clinc tomorrow

An H1N1 clinic has been schedule for tomorrow, Sat., Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Heritage Park. 9600 276th St. NW in Stanwood.
The clinic will provide free vaccinations for pregnant women and children ages 6 months to 4 years, who have been the hardest hit by the influenza strain. All other priority groups must wait for the Oct. 31 clinic, which is set for the same time and place.
About 1,700 doses have been received for the H1N1 vaccination locally, said Darin Reid, assistant fire chief for Stanwood-Camano Fire Department. They hope to receive more before the Oct. 31 clinic.

Monday, October 19, 2009

WSDOT work for this week

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced work for this week.
On SR 532 east of Stanwood, crews will continue to stripe and install guardrail for new truck climbing lanes. Direction through the zone will be provided today from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. between 12th Ave NW and 52nd Ave NW and from Tues. through Fri. from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. between 12th Ave NW and 28th Ave NW.
The Mark Clark Bridge will close to one lane on Mon. through Thurs. from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and on Fri. from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. Crews will be continuing ground improvements.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

First West Nile death in state

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reported that a Yakima County woman in her 70s died from West Nile Virus. It's the first death from the virus within the state.
A total of 31 other state residents have also become sick with West Nile Virus this year. About 25 of those cases were considered severe.
This is the largest number of residents to become ill with the disease in the state. According t DOH, the previous high was three people in 2008.
West Nile is spread by mosquito bite. Most humans have no symptoms, and some have mild, flu-like symptoms. Those over age 50 are most at risk for serious reactions.
Local health officials have advised that people avoid the dusk hours when mosquitoes are active, wear bug spray, wear long sleeves, and eliminate standing water on their property where mosquitoes can breed.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Closures this week on SR 532

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced lane closures on SR 532 for this week.
One lane of SR 532 will be closed between 52nd Ave NW and 36th Ave NW from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from 9 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday. Crews are preparing to pave a section of the roadway if weather permits, according to WSDOT.
SR 532 will also be down to one lane between 12th Ave NW and 28th Ave NW Tuesday through Thursday night from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and Friday from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday. Crews will install a guardrail.
Both closures are expected to cause minor delays, according to WSDOT.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Reardon to speak tomorrow

Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon is scheduled to speak at the Stanwood Democrats meeting tomorrow, 10 a.m. at the Viking Restaurant in Stanwood.
Reardon will discuss the county's budget, which is currently under construction.