• Washington State Conservation Commission Tours Projects in Thurston County

    first_imgSubmitted by Washington State Conservation CommissionFred Colvin, principal operator of Colvin Ranch in south Thurston County, tells tour participants how his cattle have become a tool for conserving native prairie vegetation.Local, state, federal, and tribal partners from across Washington convened in Olympia last week to tour conservation projects in the area. The tour, hosted by Thurston Conservation District, was part of the bi-monthly meeting of the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC)—the coordinating state agency for all conservation districts in Washington.“There is nothing more valuable than taking partners out on the ground of project work by conservation districts,” said Kathleen Whalen, Administrator of Thurston Conservation District. “Such an opportunity provides them with a first-hand look at how we work to find creative solutions to natural resources issues; and, hear the perspectives of the landowners and partners we have worked with. This gives them a better understanding of agriculture in our local community.”This was the first time since 2010 that Thurston Conservation District hosted the SCC meeting and tour. The agency’s 10-member governing board—representing state agencies, governor appointees, and conservation districts—meets six times a year in locations that rotate among the 45 conservation districts in the state.The tour visited three sites showcasing a cross-section of projects involving Thurston Conservation District, including a rotational prairie grazing system, stormwater management on a small farm, and a large estuary restoration project aimed at enhancing and restoring important salmon habitat. Each project involved a mix of partners, including private landowners and farmers, local non-profits, local government, and state and federal agencies.Fred Colvin, primary operator of Colvin Ranch, has enrolled in programs offered by Thurston Conservation District and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service that help him maintain a profitable ranch and valuable prairie ecosystem. The key, said Colvin, is to design conservation programs that meet both landowner and conservation needs.“If you want private property owners involved with conservation goals, they need to be involved from the beginning,” said Colvin.Colvin uses a rotational grazing plan on his ranch that benefits both the prairie and his bottom line. His cattle systematically graze and suppress non-native grasses, allowing native plants to flourish. And, he’s able to market Colvin Ranch grass-fed beef as a sustainably raised product throughout the South Sound region.Colvin also enrolled in the South Sound Farm Link program launched by Thurston Conservation District in 2014. The program supports sustainable, local agriculture by providing a farmland database that connects farmers looking for land to landowners with property for lease or purchase. Colvin—one of over 30 people to enroll in the program so far—used the database to find additional grazing pasture for his cattle.Clinton O’Keefe, current chair of the SCC and wheat farmer from eastern Washington, said Thurston Conservation District is not only helping landowners understand and afford conservation, they also are ensuring that landowners’ voices are heard, leading to more effective, feasible approaches to resource conservation.“People who live and work on the land are uniquely qualified to develop solutions for conservation,” said O’Keefe. “By tailoring their programs and services to meet both state and landowner needs, Thurston Conservation District is enhancing the value of conservation for everyone.”Conservation districts are non-regulatory, local providers of natural resources knowledge and on-the-ground expertise. They originated during the 1930s dust bowl era, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt called on landowners to form locally led conservation districts that would carry out cooperative solutions to soil and erosion issues. Today, every one of Washington’s 39 counties is represented by at least one conservation district, and they help landowners address a broad spectrum of natural resource issues.The SCC is a state agency that works with conservation districts and other partners to engage landowners in voluntary stewardship. To learn more about the Washington State Conservation Commission, visit; or, to learn more about Thurston Conservation District, visit Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

  • Leafs shuffle deck chairs as Junior clubs set rosters for playoff run

    first_imgHowever, Dooley said both Smith and Novin would have been back in the lineup after Christmas. Novin, of course, was traded to Comox Valley of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.Nelson has also signed 6’3″ forward Cleary Ambrose from Kamloops Storm.”He came and skated with us prior to Christmas and he is a big skilled center,” Dooley said.”He’s a young player so we look forward to developing him in our lineup.”Ambrose came to the KIJHL from the San Diego Gulls of the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League.The EJEPL was created to prepare players to become the Junior, Prep School and College recruits of the future. The EJEPL website said many of the owners of top Junior programs, top Prep School programs and AAA Youth orgainzations regularly scout the EJEPL and it’s (68) partner organizations.Players will be exposed NCAA style practices–including systems, plays, skill development, off-ice training techniques, and most importantly–academic guidance.Dooley said Saturday’s game against Beaver Valley, the Leafs were guilty of a poor start and taking too many penalties,  which cost them as the Hawks jumped all over the Green and White in the opening period.”I felt bad for Kurt Doyle, we didn’t play to our ability in the first period and let him down,” Dooley explained. “We talked to the team after the first period and focused on a positive solution going forward.”The last two periods we out scored the Hawks 3-2 but that first period out us to far back. We’re excited to get back to practice and keep working on our new systems.”The team is very positive and we get better every time we’re on the ice.”Ambrose, 18, is expected to join the Leafs when the Heritage City club begins a three games in three-night stint starting Thursday at home to Grand Forks Border Bruins.Friday, Nelson travels to Fernie to face the Ghostriders before returning home to meet defending KIJHL champion Kimberley Dynamiters. Fresh on the heels of a 7-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League pasting Saturday night in Fruitvale to the Murdoch Division leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks, the Nelson Leafs made a few changes prior to the BC Hockey roster deadline of January 10.The Nelson Leafs announced the team has released goalie Zak Babin and reinstated forward/defenceman Brendan Smith to the roster.Babin was acquired from the Princeton Posse in early December in a cash deal.The 6’4″ Babin was on the roster for only four games with Nelson.To replace Babin, Nelson acquired Josh Williams a Junior A goalie from the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.”Josh came highly recommended to us and we are really excited about picking him up,” said Leaf assistant coach Sean Dooley.Meanwhile Smith returns to the Leafs after being shown the door by former coach Dave McLellan in December.Smith, 20, was released along with center Nick Novin.At the time of the decision, McLellan wouldn’t get into specifics, saying there were “off-ice issues” that led to the departure of the two players.last_img read more


    first_imgTOTAL PICK SIX POOL ON SATURDAY EXPECTED TO EXCEED $4 MILLION ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2016)–With no one correctly tabbing six winner’s in Friday’s Pick Six, there is a two-day carryover of $511,261 into Saturday, which is Breeders’ Cup Classic Day at Santa Anita.  With a blockbuster 12-race card that includes the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, it is expected Saturday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $4 million.First post time on Saturday is set for 10:15 a.m., PDT.  The Pick Six will consist of races seven through 12, and with 75 horses entered to run in the sequence, average field size for Saturday’s Pick Six is at 12.5 horses per race.  Approximate post time for race seven is 2:05 p.m. The Classic has been carded as the final race of the day, with approximate post time for race 12 at 5:35 p.m.Additionally, if no one were to select six winners in tomorrow’s Pick Six, the pool would then carryover to closing day, Sunday, with a mandatory payout.With early first post time on Saturday at 10:15 a.m., Santa Anita’s admission gates will open at   8 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.comlast_img read more

  • Pacquiao fights on: ‘I love this sport’

    first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Gilas shooting for crown Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation According to Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, the Fighting Senator “is enjoying some quality time with his family” and that a decision on his next fight will be announced next month.Meanwhile, Koncz also said Pacquiao and chief trainer Freddie Roach have agreed on a payment scheme (for the Horn bout) that involves Top Rank.“For the last five years, we have instructed our promoter to deduct said payment from our guaranteed purse and this is how our corner has been paid,” said Koncz.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines waves at his supporters after he lost against Jeff Horn of Australia, not shown, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sun. 2 July, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Manny Pacquiao will fight on and, chances are, he’ll seek vindication against Jeff Horn before the year ends.“I love this sport and until the passion is gone, I will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country,” Pacquiao posted on his Twitter account Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Beaten by Horn in their “Battle of Brisbane” for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on July 2, Pacquiao has a rematch clause at his disposal.And Horn is ready to give Pacquiao a chance to regain the 147-pound title in Brisbane. Horn even told that he could possibly knock out Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I think I’ll do better the second time around,” Horn said Wednesday. “I think that occasion, just having that crowd and being up against someone like that gives me a lot of experience in one go, so I think I’ll be way better the next time I go out for sure; no Round 9 repeats.”Horn was referring to the round when Pacquiao nearly knocked him out. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

  • Fort St. John Cabbie Assaulted

    first_imgCst. Passarell says working as a cab driver has its inherent risks. She says drivers should make it aware that they do have transmissions available to their dispatch, and that itself could deter someone from attempting an attack.The RCMP is now looking for witness information and has yet to establish a motive for the attack and is taking public assistance calls at the local detachment 250-787-8140. A 24 year old Fort St. John man is in custody and a cab driver recovering from head wounds following an assault early Monday morning at an apartment complex at the corner of 86th street and 89th avenue.The RCMP says the attack occurred, at about 4 o’clock, when the cab driver was backing out of a parking lot just after picking up a man, who then allegedly hit the cabbie repeatedly with a metal weapon.The victim reportedly prevented any further injury, by grabbing the weapon and following a brief struggle, the assailant fled the scene. With the assistance of a police dog investigating officers were able to locate and arrest a suspect, who remains in custody.Scheduled to make his first court appearance today, he’s charged with assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and obstructing a police officer.Advertisement – Advertisement -Cst. Passarell talks to the media about the attack.last_img read more

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  • LBSU has no O’s in offense

    first_imgAs a team, the Dirtbags hit .425 on the weekend. “The offense was big,” coach Mike Weathers said. “Brandon was on fire, Danny Espinosa had another great weekend, freshmen Steve Tinoco and Taylor Krick did some nice things, and Jason Corder hit a home run. “We played a lot of guys and got a lot of hits and was able to overcome Arizona State’s great hitting. We actually pitched pretty well considering the scores.” The Dirtbags have a rematch tonight at Jackie Robinson Stadium against UCLA. The Dirtbags beat UCLA earlier this season at Blair Field, and the Bruins have slipped to 8-9 after losing a series at Mississippi last weekend. Shane Peterson is a candidate to start for the Dirtbags, who usually use four pitchers or more in these early midweek games. They hit the road again this week for a three-game series at Wichita State. LONG BEACH – Some of the hits pounded out by Long Beach State last weekend against Arizona State are probably still reverberating around Tempe, Ariz. In the series win over the 11th-ranked Sun Devils, the Dirtbags scored 30 runs and smacked 48 hits, recording two victories and taking a lead into the eighth inning of the other. They scored 16 runs with a season-high 23 hits in a 16-9 slamming Sunday in a nine-inning game that took 4 hours and 32 minutes to play. First baseman Brandon Godfrey, who started the series with just three h its on the season, went 10 for 15 with four runs and four RBI in the desert and was named Big West Conference Player of the Week. center_img The one thing the ASU series failed to do was solve the riddle of the third spot in the Long Beach rotation. Andre Lamontagne got an audition Sunday and couldn’t get past the second inning. Freshman Adam Wilk relieved and pitched well despite giving up two runs. Reliever Andrew Liebel was stretched out again during the series and might get a start at Wichita State. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Que!! Stoke star Charlie Adam takes the talkSPORT Spanish test

    first_imgThe Britannia Stadium is more Spanish than Stoke-ist these days following the arrival of a host of star names from La Liga.But the language barrier can make things difficult in a dressing room. So what are the Stoke lads doing about it?Charlie Adam revealed on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday morning that goalkeeper Shay Given had been spotted using a Spanish language app after training, but what about the Scottish midfielder himself? Can he make himself understood when chatting with Bojan and co?We decided to put his linguistic skills to the test…last_img read more

  • Another Arsenal star set for Barcelona? Catalans monitoring Ozil – reports

    first_img Mesut Ozil in action for Germany 1 Barcelona are monitoring Mesut Ozil’s situation at Arsenal with increasing interest.The Germany star has openly called on manager Arsene Wenger to strengthen the Gunners squad this summer, while also praising the managerial skills of new Manchester City boss and former Nou Camp coach Pep Guardiola.And while the midfielder is not desperate to quit London, the Barca hierarchy believe they could tempt him back to Spain where he once starred for Real Madrid.Arsenal have a history of selling their best players to Barcelona in recent years having transferred over £120million worth of talent including Aleksander Hleb, Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Alex Song, Thomas Vermaelen, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas to the Catalan giants.Arsenal will now have to hope they can get back into the Champions League next season, while their midfield assist maestro wants to see the club active in the summer transfer window too.last_img read more

  • Boyd puts Broncos on his back

    first_img Boyd broke through with a career-best 31 points and tied a Broncos’ record seven three- pointers, Cook added 22 points and the Broncos rebounded in a big way with a 99-76 win over Cal State Stanislaus at Kellogg Gym. The victory keeps Cal Poly within striking distance in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings. POMONA — Greg Kamansky locked himself and his coaching staff in his office until 1 a.m. in search of answers after Cal Poly Pomona’s upset loss to Chico State on Friday. Jonathan Boyd and Dion Cook provided an easy solution Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “It was the result of team basketball,” said Boyd, who shot 9-of-11 from the field, 7-of-9 from beyond the arc and hit all six of his foul shots. “I was just fortunate to get some open looks and knock them down. . . . I just go out and play. I don’t look for career numbers. I just look to play in the parameters of (Kamansky’s) offense and defense.” Both aspects, of course, require the team cohesiveness that the Broncos (8-5, 4-2) lacked in Friday’s 76-61 loss to Chico State. Former Montclair standout Larry Gordon turned in his first career double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds), Billy Hofman dealt 10 assists and Cal Poly (8-5, 4-2) shot 60.8 percent from the field and 75 percent from the foul line in winning for the fourth time in five games. “We’ve got a tough three games on the road, we needed this win,” said Kamansky, whose team plays at fellow defending conference co-champion Cal State San Bernardino. “We just have to focus on one game at a time.” center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more