Front Porch: Larsen gets funds to bring more planes to NAS Whidbey Island

P-8As for Whidbey

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island will receive an initial $7 million investment to prepare for the arrival of P-8A Poseidon aircraft at the base.

The Navy will use the funds to design the new P-8A aircraft hangar and the expansion of the aircraft parking apron. “It’s time to make room, because the P-8As are coming to Whidbey Island,” said Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash.

The Navy notified Congress of its plans to invest in the airfield this week.

Spring break: Do you know of any fun events coming up during spring break? We’d like to include them in an upcoming list; spring break is the first week of April in most schools around here. Or in other words, we want to help make sure no one — parents or kids — goes stir crazy over the break. Events that would appeal to preschool age to high-schoolers are welcome. Email events to jloerch@heraldnet.com by Tuesday.

World TB Day is coming: To build local awareness of an ongoing global tragedy, the Snohomish County Board of Health recently adopted a resolution proclaiming March 24 to be World TB Day in Snohomish County. The Snohomish Health District is responsible for carrying out the work of preventing and controlling tuberculosis in Snohomish County.

Each day 4,000 people die worldwide from this curable disease.

The Health District’s TB prevention and control program manages the treatment of about 20-27 active cases of TB every year. They also manage 150-200 people annually who have breathed in TB bacteria but are not actively sick, known as latent tuberculosis.

Snohomish County has among the highest number of TB cases in the state of Washington, which averages about 200 cases of active TB annually.

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