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Archive for September 2012
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.
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.
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.
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
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- 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.
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.
“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.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group has recently expanded its mission from narcotics enforcement to narcotics and property crimes enforcement. Refocusing SOG’s mission has been instrumental in several high profile property crime arrests and recovery of several thousand dollars in stolen property within the last month. We expect these successes to continue.
Both Special Operations Group and SWAT are multijurisdictional teams that are operated by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Washington Department of Corrections, Shelton Police Department, and Squaxin Island Tribal Police. Both multijurisdictional teams function county wide and are critical elements in keeping our citizens safer.
ABERDEEN, Wash. – Christi Boora, a parent and school counselor who co-chaired the Aberdeen School District’s levy campaign last spring, was appointed to the Aberdeen School Board Thursday night, September 27th.
Mrs. Boora will take the oath of office at the board’s next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 2, in the Community Room at Aberdeen High School. She will be filling the vacancy created by the death of Jeff Snell.
Mrs. Boora grew up on Grays Harbor and is a 1990 graduate of Aberdeen High School. She and her husband, Jim Boora, have two children who attend schools in Aberdeen. She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and has worked with children of all ages, as well as adults and families. In addition to her professional qualifications, Mrs. Boora has been active in the community, including coaching youth soccer and volunteering with the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, United Way of Grays Harbor, the AHS Boosters, the Salvation Army and Rotary. She also is a disaster counselor for the American Red Cross.
“We’re completely confident that the pontoons we floated to Lake Washington in July are safe and structurally sound,” said Julie Meredith, SR 520 program director. “They’ll last 75 years or longer and so will all the rest of the pontoons we build.”
To eliminate spalling, the expert-review panel recommended adjusting the design and position of post-tensioning strands and ducts. Post-tensioning is a standard practice in major construction projects when construction crews tighten metal strands within the concrete for additional strength. From now on, the post-tensioning ducts will be moved closer to the edge of the end walls, applying more direct force and strength through the length of the pontoon.
The panel also recommended decoupling the end walls from interior walls to reduce cracking. Originally, precast interior walls were directly attached to the end walls before post-tensioning. This caused excess stress on the ends walls, creating cracks. Now crews will post-tension the pontoons and then pour concrete to join the interior and end walls.
“We believe these improvements will eliminate spalling and reduce cracking in the next construction cycles,” said Jeff Carpenter, WSDOT state construction engineer.
The SR 520 Pontoon Construction Project includes building a casting basin in Aberdeen and 33 concrete pontoons for a replacement SR 520 floating bridge on Lake Washington. Under a $367.3 million contract, Kiewit-General built the basin and is constructing pontoons. Construction began in spring 2011 and the target date for opening the replacement six-lane floating bridge to traffic is December 2014.
Project information is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR520/Pontoons.htm