Anglers remove 191K salmon-eating pikeminnow from Columbia and Snake rivers

Bonneville Power Administration Press Release: Portland, Ore. -- The numbers are in and they're impressive. In 2017, anglers caught and removed more than 191,000 northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers, protecting young salmon and steelhead from predation.

Approximately 1,100 people registered to be part of the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program. All together anglers removed 191,483 of the salmon-eating predators from the two rivers, and were paid nearly $1,542,000 for their efforts. The program, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

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2018 Salish Sea Science Prize - Call for Nominations

Biennially, the SeaDoc Society awards the Salish Sea Science Prize to a prominent scientist or team of scientists whose work has resulted in the marked improvement of management or policy related to the conservation of marine wildlife and the Salish Sea marine ecosystem. Non-scientists who have used science in a substantial way to improve management or policy related to healing the Salish Sea also will be considered. This is the only award of its kind. Nominations are due December 20, 2017.

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Register now for Island Rec Youth & Teen Futsal

Registration is now open for Futsal Youth & Teen Indoor Soccer. Island Rec is offering youth and teen indoor Futsal to kick off the new year.

Coach Van will be on site to support the kids, with skills and drill the first 15 mins and playing small sided games for the rest. This fast paced game is designed to give the kids more touches on the ball and work in smaller teams. Wednesdays, January 10- February 28.

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Sheriff's Log Nov. 29-Dec. 5: Vandalism, illegal dumping, theft, and a bull on the run

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to 119 calls from November 29-December 5, 2017 including this one: A Friday Harbor business owner called to report illegal dumping in his dumpster. Trash with a name and address were found. The owner of the garbage was contacted. He said he had paid someone to take the garbage to the dump. He immediately went and picked it up.

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Local prevention group impresses at state Prevention Summit

Boys and girls  from San Juan Island Prevention Coalition attended the Washington State Prevention Summit in Yakima recently. Rock Solid, a youth prevention club, created by Zach Fincher after attending his first summit in 2011, won Grand Prize at the Spring Youth Forum. The group was asked to present at the state summit.

San Juan Island and Lopez Island Prevention Coalitions meet up in Yakima for the WA. State Prevention Summit. Youth, chaperones and coordinators working together to create positive change in our communities.

"It was really great seeing how our project impacted and inspired other groups. One small group of girls came up after one of our presentations, asking if we had any tips to "get to where we are". It really opened my eyes to see we have gotten to a goal so many strive for. For that, I am grateful for this opportunity to learn from others and teach others, including myself.” Chiara Power, Rock Solid

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District Update from SJISD Superintendent Danna Diaz

San Juan Island School District Superintendent Danna Diaz sent in her latest update:

Greetings Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members:

As 2017 comes to a close, I am excited to share some of the amazing things happening in our district. The implementation of the Balanced Literacy program at the elementary school is in full swing, the Turnbull Gym locker room remodel is complete and we have started our budget reduction process. The San Juan Island Public School Foundation had a successful Phone-a-Thon and we are all looking forward to the SJPSF sponsored Knowledge Bowl in the New Year.

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