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Council seeks two representatives for Solid Waste Advisory Commission
The Clark County Council is seeking applicants for two volunteer positions on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission. One position represents Clark County at-large and is open to all residents. The other position represents Clark County agriculture. Read more.
County council seeks applicants for Mosquito Control District board
The Clark County Council is requesting applications for two volunteer positions on the Mosquito Control District Board of Trustees. Terms for the two at-large positions begin as soon as the positions are filled and run through Dec. 31, 2021. Read more.
Residents can reduce holiday waste by recycling Christmas trees
After the holiday festivities end, Clark County Public Health urges residents to recycle their Christmas trees, rather than sending them to the landfill.
“Recycling Christmas trees can provide a second service when they are chipped into mulch,” said Tina Kendall, environmental outreach specialist. “Instead of going to waste in a landfill, the tree’s nutrients are returned to the soil when used in gardens.” Read more.
Apply now for 2020 Master Composter Recycler training
The Master Composter Recycler program is now accepting applications for a no-cost 10-week training program that begins in January.
Master Composter Recyclers educate the community about easy ways to reduce waste and recycle right. Program volunteers host backyard composting workshops, share their knowledge at community events, and operate composting demonstration sites. Read more.
First case of vaping-associated lung injury reported in Clark County
The first case of severe lung disease associated with vaping has been reported in Clark County. A woman in her 40s was hospitalized due to lung injury and is now recovering.
A local medical provider reported the illness to Clark County Public Health. The woman reported vaping products containing nicotine and THC. The products were purchased at local licensed retailers. Read more.
Public Health issues blue-green algae advisory for Fallen Leaf Lake in Camas
Public Health has issued an advisory for Fallen Leaf Lake in Camas due to blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. Warning signs are currently posted at the lake.
Public Health is advising people and pets to avoid direct contact with any water in Fallen Leaf Lake. Blue-green algae produce toxins that can be harmful to people and deadly for small pets that drink the water.
Updates will be posted on the Public Beaches webpage.
Request for public records
To request public records involving Public Health, please access the Public Records Request Portal, create an account and complete the submittal process.
Now is the perfect time to get a seasonal flu shot if you haven’t already been immunized this year.
Everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu shot every year. Immunization not only protects the person receiving the shot, but higher immunization rates also help to protect those most vulnerable to complications.
Flu shots are the best method to prevent flu, hospitalization and missed days of school or work. Flu vaccine is widely available in Clark County. To get vaccinated, call your health care provider or pharmacy.
American household waste increases by more than 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. But taking simple steps to reduce, reuse and recycle can make the holiday season a little greener without cutting back on the holiday cheer.
Consider giving experiences, time or talent as gifts. Wrap gifts in reusable bags or use old maps or newspaper. Save gift bags, bows and ribbons for reuse next year. Don’t over-buy food for holiday meals. Compost food scraps.
For more tips on making the holidays greener, visit the Clark County Green Neighbors website.
Clark County Public Health declared the local measles outbreak over on April 29, after six weeks with no new cases.