WDFW will accept applications for ALEA volunteer grants

OLYMPIA – Starting Dec. 1, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will accept grant applications for volunteer projects that benefit fish and wildlife. WDFW currently expects that about $258,000 will be available for these grants, funded through the state’s Aquatic Land Enhancement Account (ALEA), beginning July 1, 2014. Five major types of projects are funded through the program, although others may be considered. These project types include habitat restoration, scientific research, public education, facility development and artificial fish production.

Eligible applicants are citizens, non-profit organizations, schools (including universities), tribes and political subdivisions of the state such as conservation districts. For-profit businesses, as well as state and federal agencies are not eligible.   Funds are provided on a cost-reimbursement basis and may not be used for salaries, wages, stipends or benefits. Grantees are required to follow state purchasing rules and report on their progress quarterly.

For more information, interested persons should visit the ALEA Grant Program website at starting Dec. 1.

“A Totem Pole History” Celebrates Coast Salish Art and Influence

(Olympia, Wash.)  One of the Pacific Northwest’s leading Native artists, from a family long associated with The Evergreen State College, is the subject of a richly illustrated new book, A Totem Pole History:  the Work of Lummi Carver Joe Hillaire, to be presented December 3 at the College.

Lummi elder Pauline Hillaire writes about her father’s legacy as one of the most influential Coast Salish artists of the twentieth century.  The book includes photographs of Joe Hillaire’s most significant totem poles, along with essays from contributors on Coast Salish art history, pigment technology, oral history, intercultural relations and the central role of art in Coast Salish life.  

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Mason County Fire Protection District #11

Special Meeting - 10 a.m. Wednesday November 27th at Mason County Fire Department #11 fire hall located 130 E. Island Lake Rd. Special meeting is to approve and sign the 2014 budget and is open to the public.

Belfair Christmas Parade Dec. 1

SR 300 detour in place during Belfair Christmas Parade. BELFAIR – Drivers in Belfair will see detours on State Route 300 during the upcoming first annual Belfair Christmas Parade. From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, both directions of SR 300 will be closed between milepost 2.2 and 3.18 in downtown Belfair near the Starbucks and the Dairy Queen. At the closure points, motorists will be directed by flaggers to alternate roads around the parade route.