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One more way for teachers to help give back to the community: going green in checking accounts
Starting on Earth Day, STCU members who switch to paper-saving electronic account statements will be helping plant trees. At the same time, they’ll help local students learn about conservation and sustainability.
For every member who makes the switch from paper statements to e-statements between April 22 and June 30, STCU will donate the money to plant one tree along Deep Creek, Coulee Creek and Hangman Creek (also called Latah Creek). Work will be done in North Idaho, as well, although exact locations have not been selected.
This just in from our friend Bob in Ferry County:
New auction item for rail trail – Longboard Skate – donated to FCRTP by Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder. (Purchased at Spokane’s Mountain Goat Outfitters).
So far its been signed by Eddie Vedder, Neko Case (former ferry co resident/Keller), Nick Zinner, Karen O and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave, and skateboard legend Tony Hawk – who also runs the Tony Hawk Foundation http://www.tonyhawkfoundation.org/
Details on the auction soon.
2013 Annual Meeting Announcement!!!
This year’s Annual Meeting will be held at the Carousel Building at the Ferry County Fair Grounds from 3 until 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. We hope to see you all there for a fun time for everyone with plenty of refreshments. This year we are featuring a history of the railroad presentation by the Ferry County Historical Society featuring Madilane Perry and Dick Slagle. Check ferrycountyrailtrail.com for updates. —
Learn more about the financial side of State Parks and other related policies at the upcoming Commission meeting and work session in March.
OLYMPIA – March 13, 2013 – At its regular meeting next week in Olympia, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will consider adoption of a transformation strategy intended to provide guidance into the foreseeable future as the agency is financed primarily on use fees.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Auditorium of the Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way S.W., Tumwater. The Commission will take a break from 2 to 3 p.m., when the proceedings will turn to celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state park system, which was created on March 19, 1913.
A full Commission meeting agenda is available online at www.parks.wa.gov/agency/commissionmeetings/. Time for public comment is provided at all regular meetings, which are scheduled six times a year at pre-determined locations around the state.
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- The alignment and location of the 12 ft. wide pathway;
- The types of landscaping desired in the surrounding Right-of-Way area;
- The location of convenient access points;
- Amenities to include such as benches, lighting, bike racks or others; and
- Making it a safe place for everyone to enjoy; and other considerations.
Fight cancer by skiing on the slopes of Mt. Spokane next Saturday, Feb. 23. All funds raised for Hope on the Slopes will be directed to the American Cancer Society for cancer research. Events, which include raffle drawings, a scavenger hunt and after-party, last from 9am to 4pm.
Hope on the Slopes is a team and individual skiing event. Participants engage in a virtual competition with other Hope on the Slopes participants in two categories: Dollars Raised and Vertical Feet. Separate registration is required for individuals and teams.
Those who skied the most, measured by vertical feet, will win a pair of K2 skis.
This Hope on the Slopes event has a website where you register and make donations, get event info and each participant is provided an easily customizable page where stories and photos can be uploaded. To make a donation or to learn more about a Hope on the Slopes event, see www.mtspokane.com/hopeontheslopes.
REI Exec nominated to head Dept. of Interior
President Obama has nominated REI Chief Exec Sally Jewell as the next head of the Department of Interior. She’s the first woman named to his second-term cabinet, and a well-known name here in the Northwest. In her work at REI, she’s lead several conservation initiatives and is a long-time advocate for environmental causes. She also serves on the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and is a Regent for the University of Washington. Here’s to having the Northwest well-represented on the national stage – we wish her well in her Senate confirmation hearings.
Thanks for helping us get a “do pass” recommendation from the House Transportation Committee last week. Now it’s time to take action in the Senate: Contact your state senators to speak out for SB 5066 and safer neighborhood streets.
Last year, the Washington State House of Representatives unanimously voted 96-0 in favor of the Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill. After passing through the Senate Transportation Committee, this legislation ran out of time on the Senate floor.
Now we have a chance to give this important safety legislation a jump-start in the State Senate. Already, we’ve gotten its sister bill in the state House of Representatives a favorable hearing (HB 1045 got a “do pass” out of committee). Knowing we have a lot of work to do in the Senate, it’s one of the first bills to be heard in the 2013 session and legislators need to hear your voice now! (more…)