Archive for September 2012

Montesano Needs More Wall For Memorial in Fleet Park

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 Fleet Park Flowers and Pavilion  Memorial Day Service in Fleet Park  Veterans' Memorial in Fleet Park
 Kids' Fun Center at Fleet Park During Festival of People  Banjo Band Playing Under the Fleet Park Pavilion  Hula Hoop Contest at Fleet Park During Festival of People

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WDFW Commission Meeting Updates Public on Wolf Management, Fishery Reforms

Dave Ware, WDFW game manager, said wildlife managers will provide the commission a comprehensive overview of the department’s wolf-management activities since the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan was adopted last December.

“Wildlife managers have frequently been in contact with commission members on specific aspects of wolf management, but this briefing will provide a more comprehensive view,” Ware said.

Representatives from the livestock industry and conservation organizations are also scheduled to join in the presentation, which will include WDFW’s recent efforts to eliminate a wolf pack that has repeatedly preyed on cattle in northeast Washington.

On other matters, the commission will receive briefings on:

  • Joint efforts by representatives from Washington and Oregon to develop a new structure for salmon and sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River.

  • Options for restructuring the Puget Sound spot shrimp fishery.

  • A proposed expansion of the Klickitat Hatchery to support changes in fish production.

  • Strategies for enlisting science students to help collect data to meet the information needs of natural resource agencies.

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Flu Vaccinations Available, Department of Health Says Get a Shot

This season’s flu vaccine protects against three different strains of flu virus. It doesn’t protect against the newer H3N2 variant virus that is showing up in other parts of the country. Most cases of this new virus have been from direct contact with pigs at county fairs. There are no reported cases in our state.

“Using good health manners like washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home when you’re sick can help keep away flu and other respiratory illnesses, like whooping cough,” Dr. Hayes said. “Remember, we still have a whooping cough epidemic in our state.”

The Department of Health bought more than 721,000 doses of flu vaccine for kids. All recommended vaccines, including whooping cough, are provided at no cost for Washington children through age 18. The department also bought Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine for uninsured and underinsured adults, so cost isn’t a barrier for them, either.

Health care providers may charge an office visit fee and an administration fee to give the vaccine. People who can’t afford the administration fee can ask to have it waived. Many health plans cover flu vaccines as preventive care. To find a health care provider or immunization clinic, contact your local health agency or the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588. Information about flu and flu vaccine is available on our website.

The Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov) is your source for a healthy dose of information. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Washingtonians Celebrate National Public Lands Day

Scott says Congress could learn some lessons from the Northeast Washington Forestry Coalition, a group that collaborates to help manage the Colville National Forest. He says it’s been years since a timber sale there was challenged, because the stakeholders come to agreement on their own terms.

“Basically, it’s industry and environmental organizations sitting at a table, working out some differences, getting a plan together that works for everybody – works for the community, has sustainable timber harvest in it, and also wilderness area.”

Scott has been on both sides of the public lands debate, he says, as a former logger who is now an outfitter and guide. And rather than seeing groups continue to fight over the many uses of public lands, he thinks it’s time for a different point of view.

“We are blessed in the West with an abundance of land. And when we look at these arguments in that light – instead of thinking like, ‘We’re losing it all’ – if you come at it thinking that we have abundance, it really makes things better.”

On Saturday at more than two dozen sites around the state, volunteers will help with trail-building and maintenance, trash pick-up and invasive plant removal, all in conjunction with state and federal agencies. Find a project near you online at publiclandsday.org.

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Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Goes Social

The Facebook page will be used to provide information regarding:

  • Sex Offender Notifications
  • Press Releases
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Safety Tips
  • ID Theft/Fraud Prevention
  • Neighborhood Watch Programs
  • Crime Stoppers – Crime of the Week
  • Current Scams in the Area
  • Volunteer Programs and Events
  • Lost and Found
  • Wanted Persons
  • Community Events
  • Special Emphasis Details such as DUI and Boating
  • Positive Trial Outcomes
  • Search and Rescue Missions
  • Cold Cases
  • Employee Awards
  • Hiring Notices
  • Sheriff’s Office Current Events and History
  • And much more.

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Saturday Marks Second to Last State Parks Free Day For 2012

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs statewide. Visitors can enjoy a variety of recreation opportunities on a diverse array of park landscapes, from Pacific Ocean beaches to forest and mountain trails and the sweeping river gorge vistas of Eastern Washington. State Parks also offers historic areas and interpretive facilities. For more information, visit the State Parks web site at www.parks.wa.gov. For information about the Discover Pass, visit online at www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.

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Quinault Indian Nation Awarded Grants to Improve Law Enforcement

“Over the last several years, we’ve consulted with tribes and participated in listening sessions that provided a clear message of a need for coordination and flexibility to access our grant resources,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West. “Our outreach and communication with tribal governments have been critical to our understanding of how to better serve and support our tribal partners. These awards represent our ongoing commitment to help put an end to the unacceptable and sobering crime rates witnessed in Indian Country.”

The awards are made through the department’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), a single application for tribal-specific grant programs. The department developed CTAS through its Office of Community Oriented Policing, Office of Justice Programs and Office on Violence against Women, and administered the first round of consolidated grants in September 2010. It awarded 286 grants totaling $245 million in 2011 and 2012. Information about the consolidated solicitation is available at www.justice.gov/tribal/. A fact sheet on CTAS is available at www.justice.gov/tribal/ctas2012/ctas-factsheet.pdf.

Next month, the Justice Department will hold its annual consultation on violence against native women on Oct. 2, 2012, in Tulsa, Okla. In addition, an Interdepartmental Tribal Justice, Safety and Wellness Session will be held in Tulsa, on Oct. 3-4, 2012. It will provide a Listening Session on the Tribal Law and Order Act Tribal Justice Plan Implementation Strategy and include valuable training and technical assistance.

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