Celebrate The Launch Of The Thurston Bountiful Byway

The Thurston Bountiful Byway is finally here to lead you on a path to some of the county’s finest farms, wineries, and historic attractions. On Monday, October 13, you’re invited to join the founders of the Byway to celebrate its launch at the Schilter Family Farm.

The Bountiful Byway runs through the heart of Thurston County’s most picturesque rural and agricultural lands. The scenic route promotes agricultural tourism, or agritourism, in the rural parts of the county. The byway starts in the Nisqually Valley, stretches south to the city of Yelm and west to the Capital Forest before ending at the intersection of Mud Bay and Delphi Road.

Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero lead the development of the Bountiful Byway in collaboration with several community partners including local farmers and business owners, the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau, Thurston County WSU Extension, and the Thurston Regional Planning Council. Romero stated, “Between 1950 and 2008, Thurston County lost over 90,000 acres of farmland to urbanization. Our community is rapidly losing this vital part of our history, culture, and economy, and we recognized a need to do something to help save it. The byway will serve as the tourism backbone of the county; creating a new market for agritourism businesses and increasing traffic to rural Thurston County.”

Along the way, you can explore dozens of special stops and activities including creameries, nurseries, wineries, historic sites, and even a sculpture garden. Pick a day and stop at as many attractions as time allows!

For more information about the byway please visit www.ThurstonBountifulByway.com.

WHAT:          Thurston County Bountiful Byway Celebration—free and open to the public

WHEN:    Monday, October 13, 3:00-4:00pm
WHERE:  Schilter Family Farm
              141 Nisqually Cutoff Road SE
               Olympia, WA 98513

October 8, 2014

WDFW Officials To Discuss Wolf Management Oct. 14 In Lynnwood

OLYMPIA – The public will have an opportunity to discuss wolf management with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) leaders during a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Lynnwood.
The meeting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in Room 1EF of the Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. SW, Lynnwood.
WDFW officials will provide information on recent wolf attacks on livestock in the state, and on the packs involved in those incidents – the Huckleberry pack in Stevens County and the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County.
WDFW’s actions to protect sheep this summer from the Huckleberry pack are described in a question-and-answer document on the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/huckleberry_faq.html.
WDFW officials also confirmed recently that wolves were responsible for killing a cow and calf at a cattle grazing site in Ferry County, within the range of the newly discovered Profanity Peak pack. WDFW wildlife conflict specialists continue to monitor that situation.
In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed gray wolves from the federal list of endangered species in the eastern third of the state, but the species is still protected under Washington state law. The state Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and state laws set the parameters for responding to wolf predation on livestock.
The department has also established a Wolf Advisory Group that provides input to the department on wolf plan implementation. More information on that group is available on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/wag/.

October 8, 2014

Public Open House On Options To Improve Traffic At SR 3/ SR 304

BREMERTON – Commuters, residents, and local businesses that rely on State Routes 3 and 304 in Bremerton are invited to learn more about proposed alternatives to help relieve traffic congestion.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will host an open house at the Kitsap Square Dance Association Dance Hall. Participants will see options being explored and give input on WSDOT ideas to improve traffic flow at the SR 3/SR 304 interchange.

No formal presentation will be provided. Attendees are welcome to come and go at their leisure during the three-hour event.

What: Congestion relief open house
When: 4 p.m. -7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Where: Kitsap Square Dance Association Dance Hall
6800 W. Belfair Valley Road
Bremerton, WA 98312

Accommodation requests for people with disabilities can be made by contacting the WSDOT Diversity/ADA Affairs team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling toll-free, 855-362-4ADA (232). Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request by calling the Washington State Relay at 711.

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.

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