Hanford Reach Steelhead Fishery Opens Early For Hatchery Steelhead Retention

Hanford Reach steelhead fishery opens early for retention of any hatchery steelhead; additional area opened upstream to Priest Rapids Dam

Action:     Open the Columbia River to retention of any hatchery steelhead between the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco and Priest Rapids Dam

Species affected:  Hatchery steelhead

Locations and Dates:

      Area 1: Highway 395 Bridge upstream to old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers; Oct. 8, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2014.

      Area 2:  Old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers to Vernita Bridge; Oct. 8 - Oct. 22, 2014.

      Area 3:  Vernita Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam; Oct. 8 – Oct. 22, 2014 and Nov. 27, 2014 – until further notice.


Harstine Island Community Club - Second One Hundred Years Building Fund

The Community Club of Harstine Island has launched an ambitious effort to create a fund to serve expansion needs for its second one hundred years. The Club, with its locally iconic 100-year old Hall, anticipates that the population of the Island will continue to grow and that, eventually, additional meeting and recreational space will be required. No thought is being given at this time to replacing the hall, which is a wonderful vestige of the Island’s history, but the time will very likely come sometime in the second hundred years when, in order to accommodate more people and more activities, the hall may need to be expanded or replaced. The idea is to get a running start to position the Club for decisions that may not be taken for some time yet. A decision to use the funds will require a two-thirds affirmative vote of both the Club Board and the membership at large.


Thurston Commissioners Extend 2015 Budget Comment Period

Extension lasts through October 24. OLYMPIA – After hearing from constituents at a public hearing Tuesday evening, Thurston County Commissioners have extended the deadline for comment on the preliminary 2015 county budget. County residents now have through Friday, October 24 to comment on next year’s spending plan.

Thurston County Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela says the additional comment period is warranted after a citizen pointed out that the on-line version of the preliminary budget had some problems. “Apparently, some figures in the on-line budget document displayed improperly, making it hard to understand those parts of the budget. County staff are revising the tables and we want to make sure people have time to review the corrected budget and comment if they would like."

Revisions should be completed by the close of business on October 10 and at that point, the on-line budget book will be posted on the county web site at - http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/budget/

There are several ways to make comments-

Commissioners will review input as it is received and a work session scheduled for the afternoon of Monday, October 27 to discuss any possible modifications to the proposed budget. The 2015 budget is now scheduled for adoption on October 28.


Low Stream Flow Delays Fishing Opener On Dungeness River

Action: Delays fishing opening day for the Dungeness River.
Effective time and date: 12:01 a.m., Oct. 8, 2014 through 11:59 p.m., Oct. 15, 2014.
Species affected: All Species.

Location: Dungeness River from the mouth upstream to the hatchery intake pipe (at river mile 11.3). Reason for action: Current flow in the Dungeness River is well below the mean flow for early October. This lack of flow leaves Dungeness Chinook salmon, an Endangered Species Act listed stock within the Puget Sound ESU, particularly susceptible to disturbance as their spawning activities conclude. It is anticipated that rainfall sufficient to recharge the system and draw coho into the river will occur by Oct. 16 otherwise this closure may be extended. Information contact: Mike Gross, District 16 fish biologist, (360) 249-1210; Steve Thiesfeld, Region 6 Fish Program Manager, (360) 249-1201.

WDFW – October 7, 2014