• Anglers Enjoy Big Trout, Nice Weather on Opening Day of Lowland Lakes Season

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Good weather and big trout helped to boost catch rates on opening day of this year’s lowland lakes fishing season.

    Based on creel checks conducted at 112 lakes around the state, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) estimates that anglers caught an average of 3.99 trout on opening day Saturday, April 28.

    The weather was good and so was the fishing, we saw a lot of limits taken at lakes around the state. – Chris Donley, WDFW’s Inland Fish manager

    For most lakes, the daily limit is five fish. Donley said the 5,129 anglers contacted by WDFW on opening day retained an average of 2.6 trout – up from 2.3 fish in recent years. The rest were released.

    One reason for the higher retention rate may be that three million of the “catchable-size” trout WDFW planted before the opener averaged 11-13 inches, about a third larger than before. Many lakes were also stocked with thousands of triploids, broodstock and other large trout weighing up to 11 pounds apiece.

    Lots of folks noticed those larger fish, with bigger fish and cool but sunny weather, it was all in all a good opener. – Mark Downen, a WDFW fish biologist for Mason and Kitsap counties
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  • Westport to Receive Ecology Funds to Prevent Flood Damage

    WESTPORT, Wash. – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is providing nearly $1.4 million to help 12 Washington communities fund projects to prevent future damages from floods.

    During the 2009 legislative session, state lawmakers created a special account to help local towns, cities and counties fund targeted flood damage prevention activities.

    The Legislature directed Ecology to give priority to communities least able to fund flood mitigation projects and those projects most ready to proceed.

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  • More Washington Counties Added to FEMA Disaster Declaration Due to Heavy Snow

    OLYMPIA- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) announced today that additional counties are now eligible for disaster Public Assistance to help with recovery from the severe winter storm and record and near-record snow that occurred between Dec. 12, 2008, and Jan. 5, 2009.

    Whitman and Ferry counties have been added to FEMA-1825-DR-WA for Public Assistance for emergency measures, damages, and permanent repair of disaster damaged facilities (Categories A-G). This brings the number of counties receiving this type of Public Assistance to 26: Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Klickitat, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom and Whitman counties.


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  • Meetings scheduled to discuss fishery management on 13 lakes with loons

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold two public meetings later this month to discuss proposed fishery-management alternatives on 13 Washington lakes where common loons nest.

    The meetings are scheduled on:

    July 27 – From 6-8 p.m., at the WDFW Eastern Regional Office, 2315 N. Discovery Place, in Spokane Valley.
    July 29 – From 6-8 p.m. at the WDFW North Puget Sound Regional Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., in Mill Creek.

    During the meetings, WDFW staff will explain fishery-management alternatives developed with an 11-member ad hoc citizen advisory group. The alternatives are expected to include options ranging from status quo to prohibiting the use of small lead fishing tackle in recreational fisheries on lakes with loons, said John Whalen, regional fish program manager for WDFW.

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  • Senator Pam Roach Heads Hearing To Shine Light On CPS Abuse

    Auburn…Sen. Pam Roach (R-rural Auburn) acted as Chairwoman for a legislative hearing last Thursday to investigate abuse and corruption by the Department of Social and Health Services.  Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda) and Rep. Marilyn Chase (D – Shoreline) acted as co-chairs for the hearing and several other legislators were in attendance. 
    The hearing was a forum for legislators to hear from professionals in the field and families who are victims of the department.
    Tim Rasmussen, the elected Prosecuting Attorney for Stevens County, was in attendance to testify as to his experience investigating CPS in Stevens County.  He stated, “Based on what I have learned, it is my opinion that there is a culture of deceit and deception that is rampant in the Colville CPS office.  The system is broken.  The children are forgotten.”
    Mr. Rasmussen has been investigating CPS in Stevens County for some time and has uncovered corruption and outright violation of the statutes and regulations that have been enacted to protect children and families.
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