HomeBriefsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcas Jun. 09, 2021 at 1:00 pmBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author1 day agobriefsNews Federal officials are planning to curtail nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast in especially bad years to help the Northwest’s endangered killer whales. If NOAA Fisheries adopts the plan as recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, it would be one of the first times a federal agency has restricted hunting or fishing one species to benefit a predator that relies on it. The restrictions would include reducing fishing quotas north of Cape Falcon in Oregon; delaying the start of the ocean commercial troll fishery between Cape Falcon and Monterey Bay; and closing parts of the Columbia River and Grays Harbor in Washington and the Klamath River and Monterey Bay to fishing much of the year. There are 75 orcas in the three pods that make up the southern resident orca population. The whales have in recent years been at their lowest numbers since the 1970s, when hundreds were captured — and more than 50 were kept — for aquarium display. Scientists warn the population is on the brink of extinction. The southern resident killer whales — the endangered orcas that spend much of their time in the waters between Washington state and British Columbia — depend heavily on depleted runs of fatty Chinook. Recent research has affirmed how important Chinook are to the whales year round, as they cruise the outer coast, and not just when they forage in Washington’s inland waters in the summertime. NOAA Fisheries is taking public comment on the plan, which calls for restricting commercial and recreational salmon fishing when Chinook salmon forecasts are especially low. The fishing restrictions would extend from Puget Sound in Washington to Monterey Bay in central California, and they would be triggered when fewer than 966,000 Chinook are forecast to return to Northwest rivers. The last time forecast Chinook returns were that low was in 2007. Associated PressTags :briefsNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentYour column hereFeud deepens between Villanueva and Los Angeles officials over handling of Venice homelessYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall4 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press8 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor15 hours ago
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Live Nation has announced the lineup for the latest installment of the Live From The Drive-In series, this one set to take place in Lot A of Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA.This latest run of concerts follows the original Live From The Drive-In series, which saw performances from Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Nelly, Jon Pardi, El Monstero, and Yacht Rock Revue across St. Louis, MO; Nashville, TN; and Indianapolis, IN back in July.Related: Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires Perform Bluesy ‘I So Lounging’ With Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford [Watch]Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will kick off the series on October 16th, followed by a performance by Blackberry Smoke on October 17th. Things will resume the next weekend with Indigo Girls on the 23rd before Yacht Rock Revue closes things down on the 24th. Of all the groups on the Live From The Drive-In lineup, Jason Isbell is the only non-Georgia resident, although he does have a connection to the state as a former member of Athens-based outfit Drive-By Truckers.As opposed to Live Nation’s recent Live-In / Drive-In run of concerts in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Phillies‘ Citizens Bank Park, these concerts will allow fans a tailgating area adjacent to their vehicles. Additionally, the concert will utilize PA speakers for the music, rather than sending an FM signal out to the vehicles.Tickets for the Live From The Drive In series at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre go on sale September 11th at 10 a.m. local time through Live Nation. Click here for more information.
NORFORK, Ark. – Officials say four teenagers remain hospitalized after being burned in a butane explosion in a house in Norfork over the weekend.An Arkansas Children’s Hospital spokesman told the Baxter Bulletin on Monday that 19-year-old Jessie Bowman was in critical condition and that 17-year-old Tyler Tighe was in serious condition.Two other boys, 16-year-old Wade Statton and 15-year-old Austin Greer were in good condition St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Mo.Norfork Volunteer Fire Department Chief Frankie Baker said one of the victims said the double-wide trailer blew up when another boy lit a cigarette. Several other people were in the house and escaped without injury.A family member said nine people live in the home. Baker says the fire is still being investigated.___Information from: The Baxter Bulletin, http://www.baxterbulletin.com
Lea Salonga We can’t “move on” from this incredible performance! Tony winner Lea Salonga is among the star-studded list of talents that will celebrate legendary composer Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday with Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration. Hosted by Raúl Esparza, the virtual concert can be seen for free on Broadway.com and the Broadway.com YouTube channel on April 26 at 8PM ET. In anticipation of Salonga’s appearance on the epic birthday salute, we can’t stop watching her take on “Move On” from Sunday in the Park with George in Suites by Sondheim, a 2011 concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall that benefitted the Philippine Development Foundation. Dream about her playing both George and Dot with the moving rendition below! Lea Salonga Star Files View Comments
State agencies collaborated to help those who are deaf or hard of hearing when pulled over while driving Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has partnered with the Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living (DAIL) and Vermont State Police (VSP) to create visor cards to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate with law enforcement officers if they are pulled over while driving.“This important project and inter-agency collaboration began with a request from a Vermont resident for our State to create and distribute visor cards similar to those used in other states,” said DMV Commissioner Wanda Minoli. “As the DMV continues to modernize, efforts like this to reach and accommodate all Vermonters are essential.”Vermonters can now obtain the visor cards through the DMV, and VSP has given a visor card to every state trooper.“We know that better communication leads to better outcomes,” Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling said. “The Vermont State Police always strives to communicate clearly, effectively, and professionally with everyone who is pulled over or needs assistance along Vermont’s roadways, and these new visor cards will enhance those efforts with our deaf and hard-of-hearing motorists.”The creation of the cards was a collaborative effort, with DAIL and VSP providing important feedback to the DMV about how to word and design the card for optimal effectiveness and to ensure that the language and tone were appropriate.“It is critical that communication between individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and state and local law enforcement is clear and effective. I am grateful for the partnership with DMV and VSP to bring the visor card to Vermont and grateful to the members of Vermont’s Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Advisory Council for their initiative in raising this concern,” said DAIL Commissioner Monica Caserta Hutt.The 4”x9” cards state clearly at the top, “I am deaf or hard of hearing. This card is to help drivers with hearing loss communicate with police officers.” There are tips for how officers should communicate with the cardholder, followed by options that cardholders can point to indicating how best to communicate (writing, texting, lip reading, etc.) with them. On the back, there are graphics with one-word labels that officers can point to under “I need to see your” (license, registration, insurance, other) and “Violations.” The last section is “Help” and lists options for cardholders to show the officer what they need (medical, lost, tow, etc.).To obtain a visor card, please complete the online contact form on the DMV website (link is external)and type a request for a visor card in the message box.Source: Montpelier, Vt. – Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles 6.16.2020
Plantation, Florida resident, and Caribbean-American, Sloane Stephens, 24, created a major upset in the US Open tennis tournament in New York City on Thursday evening. Stephens bounced back from the jaws of defeat, 0 -6 in the second set, to defeat US women tennis icon and her inspiration Venus Williams in the tournament’s semi-finals.She now fulfills her dream to be playing the finals of a major grand-slam tournament.As a young girl, Stephens spent a lot of time with her grandfather, who grew up poor in Trinidad before migrating to the US where he won a scholarship to Howard University and became a doctor. Stephens in reaching the finals of the US Open has reached her first Grand Slam final. Although she has made an impressive showing through the current US Open, she was not expected to defeat seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams. Also defeated Serena Williams Following a successful 2012 season in which she first reached the second week of a Grand Slam, she rose to prominence upon reaching the semifinals of the 2013 Australian Open. She drew the attention of the tennis world when she defeated Venus’ sister Serena Williams. Since then, she has reached a career-high singles ranking of 11 in the world and claimed her first WTA title at the 2015 Citi Open. Recovered from foot injury Stephens, who sat out 11 months with a left foot stress fracture until this year’s Wimbledon, captured a 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 win in a 2-hour, 7-minute semifinal victory over Williams on Thursday night.She’ll now face 15th seed Madison Keys in an all-American final.“I have no words to describe what it took, what I’m feeling, the journey I took to get here,” said the 24-year-old Stephens, who wiped away a few tears after the match. “I have no idea (how I got here). Your guess is just as good as mine.”
Forty two years after the 1976 assassination attempt of reggae legend, Bob Marley, Netflix is set to release an investigative documentary series titled – “ReMastered: Who shot the Sheriff.”The new Netflix series features gang warfare, political scheming, conspiracy theories, corruption, and the power of music, hints at possible answers in a video trailer released by the media services provider.“ReMastered: Who Shot the Sheriff”, is slated to air on October 12, with one episode coming to the streaming service each month through May 2019. The series surrounds the brazen December 3, 1976 attempt on the lives of Bob Marley, his wife Rita Marley, and manager Don T