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State Officials Warn of Increased Wildfire Risks

With the Labor Day holiday weekend fast approaching, the WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging everyone to please take responsibility for their actions when playing or working outdoors. Fire danger rating for Grays Harbor County is High Effective 12:01 A.M. Friday, July 14th, 2017, The Grays Harbor County Fire Marshals’ Office, Fire Districts and Fire Departments will be enacting restrictions on outdoor burning. All residential burning, along with land clearing burning will be prohibited in Grays Harbor until further notice. Statewide: Effective August 2, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. fire restrictions are enacted on all WA State...

Lummi Battle Spilled Atlantic Salmon

A spilled Atlantic Salmon accident has put the waters of Washington State in peril of yet another invasive species. The Lummi Nation, the third largest tribe in Washington State, is in a state of emergency following the structural collapse of the Cooke Aquaculture open net-pen facility near Puget Sound. The breach released more than 300,000 farmed Atlantic salmon into Pacific waters, adjacent to Cypress Island, just east of the Canadian border near Victoria B.C. State officials announced over the weekend that no new permits would be issued for fish farm operations until the cause of the spilled Atlantic Salmon...

This is the Pacific Atlantic Salmon Not Wanted Here

The Quinault Indian Nation supports Governor Jay Inslee’s ban on new net pens until investigated and the establishment of an ‘incident command’ team of state agencies in the wake of the disastrous escape of thousands of Atlantic salmon near Cypress Island. However, the Tribe is making two demands: The focus of the effort must include the ocean and rivers that connect with the ocean, as well as Puget Sound; As co-managers of the salmon resource, affected tribal governments must be factored into and fully considered in any related decision making. “The problem is not excluded to Puget Sound alone....

Quinault Indian Nation Wins … Again

The Washington State Supreme Court today denied a petition for review filed by the landowners in a case in which some landowners sought to take ownership of Lake Quinault away from the Quinault Indian Nation. This means a Court of Appeals decision from January dismissing the landowners’ case stands. “Hopefully, this will end the long odyssey through multiple courts to an end,” said QIN President Fawn Sharp. “There is no question that the Tribe owns the lake. We always have. Now court decision after court decision have upheld our ownership,” she said. In March of 2016, Thurston County Superior...