Restoring Mission Creek At Priest Point Park

first_imgBy SarahJoy SmithPriest Point Park is an oasis right at the edge of Olympia. The park is 341 acres in size, and boasts a full mile of shoreline right on Budd Bay.  On a clear day you can stand at the shoreline and see a full view of the capitol rotunda in one direction, and the Olympic mountain range in its entire splendor in the other. But far more than just a beautiful view, Priest Point has much to offer its visitors in the way of outdoor fun as well.As one of the largest within the city limits, the park offers a little something for everyone.  Covered picnic facilities, complete with BBQ and outdoor “kitchen” amenities like running water, are available to the public for a reasonable fee. Many a gathering, graduation, and even the occasional wedding are held here.  A formal rose garden is maintained in the spring and summer months that makes for a beautiful backdrop for such events.Private and public organizations are joining forces to clean up Mission Creek.Miles of trails meander through the wooded areas of the park, most of which provide relatively easy walks that even the smaller kids can do. But if the kids are less interested in walking there is always the large and inviting playground. Not to mention there is plenty of room to play by the water when the tide is out.For the nature lover this is a wonderful place to observe wildlife. Heron, otter, eagle, seal, and even deer are some of the many wild residents seen daily by visitors.This year, the park is getting some much needed restoration work to an area on the far eastern border known as Mission Creek. For centuries Mission Creek was a salmon run. Then sometime around 70 years ago it was paved over as a road.  (To read more about the history of a possible railroad along East Bay Drive, click here.)Today all that remains is quite a bit of “rubble”, and a bulkhead which is acting as a block to salmon trying to enter the creek. The restoration will remove both rubble and a portion of the bulkhead. Then native vegetation will be replanted, invasive species removed, and some aesthetic changes will be made along the adjacent path to make it more welcoming for both people and salmon.The restoration of Mission Creek has been a long time in the making.  The main participants were proud to point out the joint effort between several different agencies. The Port of Olympia, City of Olympia, South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG), Squaxin Island Tribe, a funding group called Salmon Recovery Funding Board, and other agencies to a lesser extent  have been working together for ten years to get approval for this restoration.  As Lance Winecka, SPSSEG Executive Director pointed out, “It takes perseverance, but the take-home message is that we can work together with everyone to do what is right.”The significance of the Mission Creek project is twofold. To begin with, at the completion of this project the entire shoreline of the park will have been restored to its natural state. Another bulkhead was actually removed at the opposite end of the park a few years back. But more importantly, this creek is the last remaining estuary within the area.Restoration work at Mission Creek is returning the area to original habitat.An estuary by definition is a place where salt water and fresh water meet. Throughout human history estuaries are the places that people live near because they provide many resources. As you can imagine the health of an estuary and the health of the people who live near that estuary are intertwined. Moreover, this restoration has the intended purpose of bringing the salmon back to an original spawning ground.Salmon are an indicator species, which means that their presence or absence is a measure of how healthy a waterway is. When the salmon disappear it is a telltale sign that something is wrong with the natural balance of an area. Hence the reason this project was finally approved. Alex Smith, Senior Environmental Planning Manager for the Port of Olympia has been part of this effort for many years. “If (a site) has some kind of impairment, like Mission Creek does, it is a great candidate for funding because it can restore the salmon, which is good for all of us,” said Smith.Her counterparts with the City and SPSSEG agree with this sentiment. David Hanna, Associate Director for City of Olympia Parks and Recreation department, feels that this is a win-win for salmon and people. “Doing as much as we can to restore an area, so long as it does not do damage to the relationship between the people and the park is important,” said Hanna. “Here we are returning a degraded system back to nature, and making the park better.”If all continues to go according to plan the project is set to begin in late August and completed no later than September 15. The park will remain open during the restoration and is not anticipated to affect visitors, so be sure to make your way there. And by this fall with any luck you may even get to see some salmon in Mission Creek attempting to return to their long forgotten home.For more information about Priest Point Park, click here.  For more information about volunteering for the restoration project please contact Michelle Stevie at Facebook45Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Del Mar May Tries Turf For The First Time And Goes Gate To Wire To Win $59,000 Santa Anita Allowance Feature By 1 ¼ Lengths Under Franco; Trained By Baltas, She Gets 5 ½ Furlongs On Turf In 1:02.83

first_imgDEL MAR MAY TRIES TURF FOR THE FIRST TIME AND GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN $59,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER FRANCO; TRAINED BY BALTAS, SHE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN 1:02.83ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2020)–Well beaten in a Grade I sprint stakes opening day, Calvin Nguyen’s Del Mar May tried turf for the first time on Sunday at Santa Anita and she responded with a rousing gate to wire performance, winning by 1 ¼ lengths under Geovanni Franco.  Trained by Richard Baltas, the 4-year-old filly by Jimmy Creed got 5 ½ green furlongs in 1:02.83.“You can see on her form she’s run in some really nice races and she’s a nice filly,” said Franco, who was aboard for the first time today.  “She handled the grass well.  I didn’t know if we’d be on the lead, but it didn’t look like there was too much speed in there, so it worked out good.”Sixth, beaten 12 lengths going seven furlongs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes Dec. 28, Del Mar May was off at 4-1 in a field of seven older fillies and mares and paid $10.20, $7.60 and $4.40.With today’s win, Kentucky-bred Del Mar May, who is out of the Distorted Humor mare Big Lou, is now 8-3-2-0.  The winner’s share of $35,400 increases her earnings to $175,451.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, An Eddie Surprise sat a close fourth to the quarter pole, split horses two from the fence a furlong out and was second best on the day, finishing 1 ¼ lengths clear of Devils Dance.  Off at 8-1, An Eddie Surprise paid $7.60 and $4.00.Devils Dance, who broke from the far outside, sat second, just to the outside of the winner into and around the turn and held third money, finishing a neck in front of 2-1 favorite Holly Hundy.  Ridden by Jorge Velez, Devils Dance was off at 6-1 and paid $4.40 to show.Fractions, set by the winner, were 22.63, 45.60 and 57 flat.Racing resumes with a three-day week on Friday at Santa Anita.  First post time is at 1 p.m.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Police file charges against SuperBet operators

first_img…GPF has no authority to institute such charges – lawyer…Magistrate adjourn matter, no charges readFollowing civil proceedings filed by Guiana Holding Inc at the High Court to reverse the decision of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), which requires that the company submits a certificate of Good Standing as a condition prior to the issuance of a Betting Shop License under the provisions of the Tax Act, several SuperBet operators specifically in the areas of Georgetown and the East Bank of Demerara were summoned to appear in court on Friday to answer charges filed by the Guyana Police Force (GPF).The Georgetown agents Devanand Singh, Rhonda Josiah, Kurt Sunich and Devendra Gangaran all appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, meanwhile, the East Bank agents namely: Roumayne Dunn, Lachman Fredrick, Jessica William and Hamauth Satayadeo appeared before the Providence Magistrate’s Court.At the case hearings, Attorney Anil Nandlall appeared on behalf of the operators and made preliminary objections to the charge being read to them, as well as an application that the charge be dismissed as an abuse to the process of the court. This, the lawyer said, is on the basis that the charges were instituted and are being prosecuted by the GPF, an agency that has no authority to proceed. The Magistrate did not read the Demerara charge but rather adjourned the matter to August 16, 2019. On that occasion, the prosecution is expected to disclose information regarding the authority which authorises them (GPF) to institute and prosecute the charge along with the identity of the person who reported the matter.After the court hearings, Nandlall in providing more details on the matters explained to media operatives that the only agency which has the authority to institute and prosecute such charges against these SuperBet operators is the GRA. On that note, Nandlall pointed out that it was confirmed that the GRA is unaware of the said charges.“I confirmed this morning (Friday) before going to court that the Guyana Revenue Authority is unaware of the charges, they did not authorise the police either to investigate, institute or prosecute these charges…The authority to do so is the GRA and the GRA has not authorised the prosecutions, and the charges are being prosecuted with improper methods to carry out a vendetta by someone powerful in Government and the GPF [is] being used as an instrument to this executive vendetta.” He stated.In addition, Nandlall underscored that pending the dismissal of the charges, the persons charged will be advised to sue the police and Attorney General for compensation of malicious prosecution.The matters are being heard before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Providence Magistrate’s Court and Senior Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.last_img read more

College roundup: Lee equals school record in UCLA men’s golf win

first_imgUCLA won with a three-round total of 25-under 839, 28 strokes over Cal State Bakersfield (3-over 867). WOMEN’S GOLF BASEBALL Pepperdine 13, UC Irvine 2: Sophomore third baseman Chase d’Arnaud had twohome runs and a career-high six RBIs for the host Waves (11-3). USC 7, Loyola Marymount 1: J.J. Owen’s two-run single broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth as the host Trojans (10-7) swept a two-game series against the Lions. USC freshman Robert Stock (Agoura) drove in tworuns. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UCLA sophomore Lucas Lee tied a school record in leading the Bruins’ Blue Team to the Cal State Bakersfield Invitational team title in men’s golf. Lee fired rounds of 65-67-70-202 and won medalist honors by four shots. His 54-hole score of 14-under tied the school record set by Duffy Waldorf (1985) and Jay Delsing (1981). center_img Junior Dewi Claire Schreefel fired her lowest round of the year – a 1-under 70 – to finish a season-best tie for second, leading USC to a third-place finish at the 2007 Arizona Wildcat Invitational hosted by the Arizona National G.C. in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona State won with a 16-over 868 in four rounds. USC shot a 29-over 88. Pepperdine tied for fifth with an 897 and UCLA was ninth (912). SOFTBALL UCLA 5, Loyola Marymount 2: Megan Langenfeld had two RBIs, and Anjelica Selden struck out 11 for the host Bruins (11-5) . CSUN 13-16, Siena 5-1 (DH): Amanda Peek went 6for 6 with seven RBIs in two games for the host Matadors (4-7-1). last_img read more


first_imgFEATURES: If you are looking for something fun for your children to do after school or on Saturday mornings look no further than The School Door!The School Door is a startup based in the CoLab in Letterkenny – and it was founded by Maggie Green earlier this year. Maggie is a primary school teacher (currently on a career break) and has a background in working with children with additional learning needs.Maggie has a particular interest in the areas of autism, Down Syndrome and Speech and Language Impairment and is currently completing an MSc by research in LYIT with a focus on language development.Maggie started The School Door when she was inspired by her partner’s bravery to take a job 9000 miles south of Donegal in Antarctica.Maggie told Donegal Daily, “When Danny left for Antarctica in October 2014 for an 18 month contract I just thought to myself if he is brave enough to do that then I can take a risk too!! “He’s due back in April next year and I can’t wait. I think he will be proud of the way that The School Door has been welcomed and received by Donegal!”The School Door has been going from strength to strength since it’s inception in April 2015 and LEGO Literacy, Numeracy and Early Engineering workshops are in high demand in schools all over Donegal.Maggie’s team also provides training to principals and teachers in the area of educational technology.Maggie and her team run after-school and Saturday morning LEGO workshops in a number of areas in Donegal and Northern Ireland too!The workshops are hands on learning experiences and cover a wide range of areas from literacy and numeracy to LEGO art, problem solving and early engineering skills.Maggie added, “The aim is to build collaborative working skills, communication and problem solving skills whilst having fun and learning. “The children who come to our workshops are engaged from start to end and the programmes are designed to challenge them not to think outside the box but to get rid of the box altogether!”.There has been great feedback from principals and children alike.Well-known radio presenter Colm Ferriter was delighted with the LEGO workshops The School Door ran in his school, “bhí Frances ar barr a réime mar láithreoir- dóigh iontach deas aici le na daltaí.Chuaigh na seisiúin i bhfeidhm orainn uilig go mór; smaoineamh maith Lego a úsáid mar ais teagaisc agus chun comhrá & plé a spreagadh, bhí lúcháir ar na páistí chomh maith. Thapaigh siad an deis samhlaíocht & cruthaitheacht s’ acu a úsáid”- Colm (Scoil Phádraig, rang 5 & 6)Glenswilly based principal Joseph Gallinagh had this to say about the educational technology training he and his staff  received from The School Door:“We at Glenswilly N.S. are delighted with the service which we have received from ‘The School Door’.“Maggie is a fountain of knowledge on all things digital and her enthusiasm has spread throughout the school.“We have received great advice and practical strategies for making school management more streamlined and efficient while teachers have a bank of recommended resources tailored to their needs.“It is a great testament that months later teachers are discussing and referring to the advice which they have received at our staff meetings.“Maggie is very approachable and is always on hand to solve and progress our ICT queries. She also maintains an unwavering enthusiasm as she politely attempts to drag a 20th century style principal into the 21st century!!”Letterkenny based principal Paraig Cannon sees a place for the The School Door in the digital landscape of schools,“I met Maggie Green on two occasions and I found her approachable, encouraging, and fired with ideas to enhance staff awareness and skills.“We have since agreed a time plan for staff development in the area of technology for the 2015 2016 academic year.“Digital schools require digital expertise. Boards of Management will have to outsource in order to up-skill its staff.“A need exists in the market and the demand is huge for a company profile that characterises The School Door.”If you would like to learn more about The School Door or if you would like to book in for one of their many LEGO workshops that will be running in January and February 2016 across Donegal visit their website www.theschooldoor.comVouchers are also available for the workshops!! ENTREPRENEUR LAUNCHES AMAZING LEGO WORKSHOPS was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeaturesLegonewsThe School DoorWorkshopslast_img read more


first_imgSwilly Seals after winning the Swim Ulster P.T.L Division 3 last season.Swilly Seals A.S.C. got of to a magnificent start in their first gala of the Provincial Towns League division two. The gala was at home against Ballymena A.S.C.A lot of new talent took to the water in the younger age group and indeed throughout the ranks and did themselves proud with some fine wins. The Seals dominated from the start during the medley relays with a fine display of swimming and team effort. The individual races covering all four strokes and the individual medley saw both clubs share wins. This kept the scoreline close.The last events the freestyle relays saw the seals dominate again and take the majority of points leaving a 70 point gap between the club’s at the end of the two and a half hour event.The Seals notched up 607 points to Ballymena’s 537 to take victory in the first of five galas. This win is the clubs tenth gala in succession undefeated over the last three seasons. The next gala is at home again versus Lurgan on 24th October.A massive thank you to Ballymena for making the long trip to Letterkenny and for a very competitive and exciting meet. A huge thank you also to the committee, coaches, official’s, catering and parents and of course a big congratulations to the swimmers who were magnificent. SWIMMING: SWILLY SEALS GET GREAT START TO SEASON was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Swilly Sealslast_img read more


first_imgTis the season — to be mindful, according to Donegal Crime Prevention officer Sgt Paul Wallace.Sgt Wallace has compiled a list of tips for ensuring that our festive season is not turned into a festive nightmare. The lead in to the busy Christmas period is identified as an ideal opportunity to promote crime prevention and encourage awareness. Although it is the time of the year where the majority of us will practice the tradition of giving gifts, unfortunately the majority of burglars view it very differently and see the festive season as an opportune time to break into a home.To help prevent burglaries from happening over the festive season the Garda Community Relations Bureau would like to share the following tips.Going Away For the Festive Holiday• Avoid discussing any holiday plans or planned Christmas outings on any types of social media or in public where strangers may hear or view details of your absence from home. • Make your home look like someone is living in it.• Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries.• Trusted neighbours and friends may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car in your driveway.• Leave important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank. Alternatively lock them in a safe.• Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are traveling to your holiday destination. A work address will suffice if you want to label your luggage. • If you normally leave valuable bicycles or similar items in your shed, consider putting them in the house.• Check the locks on any gates or sheds and upgrade/replace if necessary. Make sure anything that can be used by a burglar to gain entry to your property i.e. garden tools are safely locked away.• Make sure that you lock all outside doors and windows and set your house alarm if you have one.At Home • Lock and bolt your doors and windows.• If you used a ladder to put up outside decorations remember to put it away after, preferably in a locked shed. Remember bins and ladders could be used to access first floor windows by a potential burglar.• Remember never leave any presents or valuables where they can be seen by a burglar i.e. in view of a window! Consider putting presents under the Christmas tree early on Christmas morning.• Keep out any unwanted visitors ‐ it is always a good idea to have a door viewer or chain fitted to your front door especially in the holiday season where you are likely to receive more visitors to your home.• Consider fitting exterior lights with sensors in the garden and front of your house. This will help to deter a burglar as they are more confident when working in the dark.• If you are expecting a parcel, make sure someone is there when it is delivered, or ask a neighbour to take it in. Avoid having it left on the door step.• Keep keys, mobile phones, purses, wallets and other valuable items locked away out of sight.• Don’t leave your keys in the door at any time.• Never leave keys in view of the windows or doors.• Once you’ve opened all your gifts, don’t leave the boxes on view outside to advertise your good fortune to criminals.DONEGAL GARDAI HELP PUBLIC TO HAVE A SAFE AND CRIME-FREE CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHristmascrime preventiondonegalSgt Paul Wallacelast_img read more

Dept urges action on fuel security

first_img20 June 2008A senior official from the Department of Minerals and Energy has urged members of Parliament to approve the construction of a new multi-product pipeline between Durban and Gauteng province in order to avoid future liquid fuel shortages in the country.The department has also recommended to Cabinet several changes to improve South Africa’s capacity for streamlining its oil demand, which could involve costs of up to R1-billion – much of which would have to be carried by the fuel industry.Addressing the media in Cape Town this week, deputy director-general for hydrocarbons and energy planning in the department, Nhlanhla Gumede, warned that the costs to the economy would be far higher if the recommendations were not implemented, as South Africa could end up facing a liquid fuels shortage.He pointed out that by 2025, South Africa’s energy demands were likely to have doubled, with the country importing far more than it currently produces. The country had run out of surplus refining capacity by the end of 2006, he told Parliament.Fuel reservesOutlining a number of factors placing pressure on supply ahead of the completion of a new pipeline from Durban to Gauteng by 2010, Gumede said South Africa currently had capacity for only about eight to 10 days’ of fuel storage.In the case of airlines, the storage times were even shorter, with OR Tambo International Airport, for instance, having only five days’ of storage capacity. The international best practice standard is 30 days’ of stored fuel supply.Proposed solutions to this tight supply situation include enforcing obligatory stock holding levels in the airline industry, with every “customer group” being made to pay for its own stock holding.If nothing is done about the current situation, road freight would be severely over-utilised, said Gumede, outlining a scenario by 2010 where road tankers carrying fuel from the port of Durban to the country’s industrial heartland of Gauteng would be at the rate of more than 10 an hour.By the third quarter of 2009, South Africa would not be able to supply inland demand unless major changes were made, he said.The new pipeline being laid between Durban and Gauteng will have an initial capacity of 1 100 cubic metres of fuel per hour, rising to about 3 000 cubic meters of fuel per hour by 2025, when all pump stations along the Durban-Gauteng route are completed.Improving rail freightHowever, the rail system would have be to be improved in the meanwhile to ensure security of supply, with a proposal for a consolidation of the network by using, for instance, block trains as well as route substitution.The turnaround time for a container travelling from Durban to Johannesburg and back is currently around 14 days, said Gumede, adding that this needed to be reduced to four days, with an ideal of two days over the longer term.The country currently had “no choice” but to reduce this turnaround time down to four days at the most, he said, adding that investments in infrastructure such as rail sidings would have to be made to make this possible, with the additional costs to be carried by the oil industry.Other solutionsOther changes would also be needed, such as increased overtime and weekend work, while the government would need to examine the question of a more efficient rail system in the light of the country’s competition law.Outlining other possible solutions to refining capacity, Gumede said that while South Africa had a substantial capacity to manufacture coal-to-liquid fuels, a new coal-to-liquid plant – such as those operated by Sasol – would be needed every three to four years to supply 85 000 barrels of fuel per day.The Department of Minerals and Energy has also recommended that at least 30% of the country’s petroleum products be made from indigenous raw materials, be it from gas-to-liquid technology, biofuels or coal-to-liquid technology.In the meantime, the approval and implementation of the Multi-Product Pipeline Project was “a matter of urgency”, Gumede told members of Parliament.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Absa academy builds financial skills

first_img4 October 2011Banking group Absa has successfully trained the first group of financial advisers through the Absa Insurance and Financial Advisor Academy, as part of its efforts to develop skills and create jobs in South Africa’s financial services sector.The academy recruits trainee financial advisers in line with business requirements. Since its establishment, there have been three intakes, namely, in October 2010, February 2011 and October 2011.The first group of the trained financial advisers will now be integrated into Absa, where they will provide much-needed financial advice to clients.“This will complement the number of advisers who will be able to provide informed financial services advice to existing and potential customers and, thereby, boost the culture of savings and investments in our country,” said Izak Smit, managing executive for Absa Distribution, the business unit that houses the academy, in a statement this week.“Established in 2010, the academy presents us with an opportunity to grow our own talent from grassroots level in order to meet the scarce and critical skills in the financial services sector.”Coaching and mentoringDevelopment managers with extensive financial planning skills, knowledge and extensive industry experience, coach and mentor the trainee financial advisers in all key aspects of financial advice.The trainees undergo a rigorous and intense programme to allow them to develop the skills needed to assume the responsibilities expected of a competent financial adviser, while ensuring that they comply with the requirements of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act.“This marks a very significant milestone in the relatively short existence of the academy as it will continue to develop high-calibre, professional advisers with the necessary skills and competencies who will be able to meet the evolving needs of our clients,” said academy head Rabbia Sarang.“In providing industry-recognised training to our financial advisory staff, Absa is ensuring that our academy will ultimately benefit the investment choices and portfolios of our customers.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more