Facebook114Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Capitol Land Trust530 acres in upper Schneider Creek watershed protected… forever Wynne family completes gift to southwest Washington valued at over $2 millionThe Wynne Farm Photo Credit: Greg MennegarThe entire 530-acre Wynne Farm has now been conserved, protecting most of the upper Schneider Creek valley, announced Capitol Land Trust today. The Wynne Farm is one of southwest Washington’s signature working-lands properties, containing a vibrant mix of forests, streams and wetlands. The Wynne family sustainably harvests trees, while protecting water quality and wildlife habitat. Forests on the property protect Schneider Creek, a vital salmon stream that empties to the Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve on Totten Inlet, along Puget Sound in Thurston County.Seven years ago, Tom and Charlene Wynne donated a conservation easement to Capitol Land Trust on 355 acres of their sustainably-managed tree farm. Today’s announcement recognizes the signing of a second conservation easement on an additional 175 acres in the incredible Schneider Creek valley. Now, the 530-acre property will never be subdivided or developed.“The family—from Tom’s parents to Tom and me—wanted to ensure the property never got broken up and developed, and wanted to keep the property as wildlife habitat,” said Charlene Wynne.The farm’s forested hillsides rise steeply from the valley floor, where hayfields, flooded in part by beavers, provide habitat for native amphibians. Hawks and other raptors look from overhead for movement in the grass, and elk, cougar and other large mammals feed along the edge of the forests and fields. Streams flow for 3.5 miles through the property, tumbling down from the hills to empty into wetlands along the valley floor. This clean, cool freshwater flows through the Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve and estuary, to the benefit of salmon and the health of Puget Sound. Conservation of the upper Schneider Creek—when added to the Kennedy Creek Preserve— effectively protects about 10% percent of the entire stream system’s habitats.Tom and Charlene Wynne Photo Credit: Laurence Reeves“The Wynnes are true heroes in our community. They recognized the value of their lands – for open space, wildlife habitat and protecting our water – and made the ultimate commitment to ensure these values remain for future generations. Completing this conservation agreement also took the help of the County and many Capitol Land Trust members and is a testament that conservation is critical to our community’s well-being,” said Amanda Reed, Capitol Land Trust’s Executive Director.Funding to complete the conservation easement process and to ensure long-term stewardship of the land was provided by Thurston County’s Conservation Futures Program, Capitol Land Trust members and the SteamboatConservation Partnership, a unique collaboration between the Griffin Neighborhood Association and Capitol Land Trust.The Wynne family has owned property in the Schneider Creek Valley since 1916, and Tom and Charlene hold a powerful connection to the land. They lovingly manage the land as a tree farm, giving equal consideration to their family business and to the environment. Harvesting trees in small patches with 75 years between cuttings protects water quality and enables the property’s forests to remain healthy. In 1990, the Wynne Tree Farm was awarded the national “Green Tag” for sustainable forest management — only the fifth in the state to achieve this honor!Learn more about Capitol Land Trust at CapitolLandTrust.org.
Facebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Tumwater Auto SpaApril 22 has been designated Earth Day. Each year a new theme is chosen to encourage citizens of the world to think about the choices they make and how they affect the health of our planet. This year’s theme is Trees for the Earth. This theme was chosen to encourage cities and individuals around the world to consider the important role trees play in a healthy Earth. Not only do trees provide beauty to the world around us but they help us have healthier and cleaner air as they filter out harmful CO2 from our atmosphere.Earth Day is a time to reflect on our habits and how they impact our planet.Earth Day Network continues monitoring the Billion Acts of Green by asking individuals to share their stories in video, pictures, and in written form about how they are making choices in their daily lives that make planet Earth healthier. These Acts of Green include such daily activities as choosing to wash your clothes in cold water, picking up garbage in your community or taking your vehicle to a commercial Green certified car wash instead of washing it at home. This year it may include planting a new tree and truly working toward this year’s theme of Trees for Earth!When you wash your car at home you are putting soap and dirt, as well as oil, grease, solvents, nutrients, and metals into our local bodies of water. While most individuals who wash their own cars at home do not think that the simple act of washing their car has a negative impact on the environment when just the opposite is true. A survey in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties found that almost 40% of all residents were still washing their cars at home. Just think about the amount of harmful pollutants that are being sent into local storm water drains which flows unfiltered into our streams, rivers, lakes and ultimately into Puget Sound.Washing your car at Tumwater Auto Spa is an environmentally conscious choice.You can do your Act of Green by making the simple choice of using a commercial carwash instead of washing your car at home. Tumwater Auto Spa located at 6040 Capital Blvd., Tumwater, WA has been awarded “Green” status among carwashes in the area. Over 85% of the water used to wash your car is being recycled and reused at Tumwater Auto Spa. The oil, grime, dirt and soap flowing off of your car as it is being washed are filtered by their state-of-the-art reclaim system. The only water that finds its way into the local sewer system is water that is free of these contaminants!Tumwater Auto Spa also has a fundraiser program that will work with your club or organization to still have carwash fundraiser but without doing damage to our local water systems. Make the right choice—make the green choice by using your neighborhood commercial carwash. Do your part this year as together we create Green Cities!
Facebook133Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee announced a new COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard to aid the state in gauging when and how to best lift restrictions around ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy” in Washington.Wednesday marked 100 days since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington state. The governor mentioned that in the coming weeks, the state will slowly start “turning the dial” on several physical distancing restrictions in accordance with changing epidemiological and public health data.“It is important to share the information and data that informs our decisions,” Inslee said. “As each decision we make informs choices that impact the health and safety of Washingtonians, we want to show that there are multiple indicators we rely on for how we can remain healthy and open our businesses.”Read the full story on the governor’s Medium page
Advertisement 5rr0wNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsp0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8il2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 867y9Would you ever consider trying this?😱aa65jCan your students do this? 🌚1g7ae1Roller skating! Powered by Firework Jadon Sancho is just 19 years old and has done talismanic feats at Dortmund. A record set in 1967 has been broken by this young lad.Advertisement Aged just 19 years 151 days, Sancho has become the youngest player ever to hit 15 Bundesliga goals.Advertisement In doing so, he beat the previous record held by former West Germany international Horst Koppel – set in 1967 – by 34 days.Sancho found the net against Cologne in the second gameweek to secure this record.Advertisement With 39 goals in 58 matches for Dortmund in all competitions , Jadon Sancho is definitely lighting up the Bundesliga. England boss Gareth Southgate has been a keen admirer and Sancho has earned regular call ups to the National Team setup recently.Although United are clamouring for Sancho, Dortmund are set to give the youngster a 190,000 euro per week contract to ward off United’s interest. Advertisement
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By John BurtonRED BANK — The tree isn’t going anywhere.A Red Bank RiverCenter proposal to relocate the borough’s holiday tree to Riverside Gardens Park hit a brick wall at the borough council meeting last week.Representatives for RiverCenter, the borough’s downtown business alliance, appeared before the mayor and council last Wednesday to discuss moving the tree from 30 Monmouth Street, where it has stood in the courtyard in front of the Dublin House Restaurant for the last few holiday seasons.The organization sponsors the annual tree lighting and concert that takes place each year on the day after Thanksgiving.RiverCenter’s Executive Director Nancy Adams said the park offered a more family friendly location for the tree and would be more visible there.Adams said she has received complaints from the public about the tree’s location “next to a bar” and the organization had been looking for an alternative site.Adams had attended a recent borough Special Events Committee, where she is a member, where the matter was broached, with Adams under the impression there was no opposition to it.But Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels disagreed. “There are a lot of issues that haven’t been discussed that have to be discussed,” about relocating the tree to the park, said Sickels, who also sits on the events committee.“It may not be an inexpensive proposition,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna.In order to move the tree to Riverside Gardens Park, West Front Street, the borough would have to install some infrastructure to secure it that could be kept covered the rest of the year, and would also need to be sure there is sufficient electrical power there to keep the tree lit, Menna noted, inquiring as to how that would be paid for and whether or not the logistics of moving the tree had been thoroughly considered.“What we really want to do is make the residents happy,” with an appropriate home for the decorated tree, Adams told the council.“You just can’t make a decision on limited facts,” Menna told Adams. “We may not have enough time.”“To be fair it was brought up a month ago,” at the last committee meeting, Adams responded.But the council seemed steadfast, with Council member Michael DuPont adding, “If you ask me my opinion, I think (Riverside Gardens Park) is a bad location.”Menna suggested RiverCenter consider putting the tree in front of 51 Monmouth Street, the former borough police headquarters and one time borough hall. The Community YMCA now owns it, but the borough maintains a volunteer fire company and the veterans’ memorial at the site.But for this year, at least, the tree will remain in its usual location on Monmouth Street.The tree lighting and concert are conducted each year, for about the approximately 20, on the Friday after Thanksgiving—“Black Friday” for retail merchants—to promote the downtown business district as a shopping location.Borough workers install the 2010 holiday tree outside the Dublin House on Monmouth Street.
“I thought we started the season not in as good as shape as other teams so we spent the past week doing some dry land training and working on lots of skill development,” said Leaf coach Chris Shaw when asked about the mini-training camp one month into the season. “We adopted the lunch pail mentality and I feel it’s starting to pay off and will go a long way to making us a better team.”First up is a team the Leafs is Beaver Valley, a divisional rival who doubled Nelson 6-3 in the first meeting between the two clubs at the NDCC Arena.Saturday Nelson plays host to the 2-4 Golden Rockets at 7 p.m. before concluding the Thanksgiving weekend with a 1 p.m. contest Sunday against 4-7 Princeton Posse.“An 0-4 start is not what we wanted but it’s still early in the season and if we have a good weekend we can move right up the standings and prove to the league this will be a competitive hockey team,” explained Shaw, assuming his role behind the bench as head coach after serving a three-game suspension.The Leafs defence will be bolstered by the return of rugged rearguard Tyler Parfeniuk. The Kelowna product has been out of the lineup with an injury since game one of the season.However, while Parfeniuk resumes play, the news is not as good for winger Cody Abbey. Shaw said the medical staff is taking a cautious approach to make sure Abbey’s injury does not get any worse.Shaw said Marcus Beesley gets the start in goal tonight of the Leafs in Fruitvale. However, tonight’s backup Darren Hogg should see action in one of the two home games.LEAGUE NOTES: Castlegar winger Ryan Aynsley has been voted the player of the month for the Kootenay Conference. The Kelowna product is tied for the league lead in scoring with Thierry Martine of Osoyoos, each with 20 points. Aynsley shot up the scoring ladder with a six-point game last month against Grand Forks. Brandon Formosa of the Sicamous Eagles earned the honour in the Okanagan Conference. . . .The Nitehawks will be without the services of Tyler Collins and Bryan Hinchcliffe. The KIJHL handed the players three and four game suspensions, respectively for fighting and misconduct penalties. Cale Wright of Fernie was given three games for a match penalty while three Revelstoke Grizzlies’ players — Derek Grimm (1), Cody Larsen (3) and Braeden Monk (1) were also disciplined by the league. firstname.lastname@example.org By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsBelieve it or not, for as bad a start the Nelson Leafs experienced the club is only four points out of second in the Neil Murdoch standings and eight behind division leading Castlegar Rebels.And now, thanks to a quirk in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League schedule, the Leafs have played fewer games than every other team in the Murdoch Division.Nelson, idle since September 29th, gets a chance to make a comeback when the team plays three games in three days, starting tonight in Fruitvale against a team higher in the standings — the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.
By The Nelson Daily SportsDespite fatigued from a heavy week of training, the Locke boys managed to capture bragging rights in the Junior Boy’s Division at the B.C. Cross Country Championships Saturday in Kamloops.The race was held at the Overlander Ski Club at Stake Lakes. Julien and Peter Locke of Nelson finished with gold and silver, respectively, in the 10-kilometer Junior Boy’s Individual Start Skate race.“We (Peter and I) are currently training for Nationals and we raced after a heavy week of intense training with no rest,” Julien Locke explained. “As expected, I felt a bit flat but I was still able to race quite well.”“I had a good race in Kamloops but I am quite tired now from training for Nationals and I was not able to keep up with Julien’s pace during the 10-kilometre race,” said Peter Locke.Both Peter and Julien Locke ski out of the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland.The Locke boy’s sister, Robyn took fifth overall in the Juvenile Girl’s Individual Start Skate five-km race. Sunday in the 3 X 3.5 km Junior Men Classic Relay, the Nelson team of Peter and Julien Locke combined with Shawn DeGroot of the Nelson Nordic Ski club to claim the top prize.Robyn Locke finished eighth overall in the Junior Women’s event.All racers are preparing for the Canadian Cross Country Championships March 12-19 in Canmore, Alta. email@example.com
Nelson Figure Skating club skaters are busy refining the routines to compete in the upcoming Pacific StarSkate Championships in Cranbrook.The Heritage City club is sending a handful of skaters to the Cranbrook, including nine-year-old Sophie Borhi.Borhi recently had a chance to skate her routine in front of a large crowd at the Nelson Leafs KIJHL Playoff game against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Borhi took the silver medal in the preliminary freeskate at the recent competition in Beaver Valley, which has qualified her to skate at the Pacific StarSkate.Last month at the Ogopogo Free Skate Competition in Penticton that drew 230 skaters from B.C., Alberta and Washington State, Borhi placed second in her category.Other skaters heading to Cranbrook include Morgan Sabo and Erica Tolles.The Nelson Figure Skating Club executive would like to remind the public that the deadline to register for Spring CanSkate is March 21.The spring program begins March 28 at the NDCC Arena.For more information or register visit the club’s website at firstname.lastname@example.org
The playoff run of the Kootenay Wildcats came to an end Saturday as Fraser Valley Phantom completed a two-game sweep in B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey semi final series.The Phantom, regular season champs, finished off the Cats with a 4-3 win at the Langley Sportsplex.Fraser Valley won the opener of the best-of-three series 2-0.Two third-period goals by Madison Sands and Simran Sidhu late in the game allowed the Phantom to escape with the narrow win.Sarah Doll of Cranbrook was in goal for Kootenay.Kootenay, finishing fourth in regular season standings, qualified for the semis with a 2-1 series win over Prince George Cougars. The Wildcats had affiliate and West Kootenay Bantam player Merissa Dawson in the lineup for the weekend.Fraser Valley now advances to the Female Final against the Okanagan Rockets.The Rockets ousted Vancouver Fusion in straight games in the other league semi final series.This is the first time in four years Kootenay Wildcats have not played in the championship final.The Female Midget AAA League was established in the 2007-2008 season to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to play against elite Female players in the email@example.com