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September 11, 2014

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nal? By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun corn The health of Hood Canal is the topic of a 45th anniversary celebra- tion and conference being sponsored by the Hood Canal Environmental Council and hosted by the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe Sept. 20 in Kings- ton. The free event will be presented in the tribe's longhouse at 31912 Little Boston Road NE. It will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by the conference from 9 a.m. to noon. Lunch and the or- ganization's 45th anniver- sary celebration will be hosted from noon to 3 p.m. Attendees are encour- aged to RSVP by Sept. 15 by contacting Kar- en Best at 692-6486 or pandkbest@wavecable. coin or Donna Simmons at 877-5747 or nana@hctc. com. The conference at- tendees will reference the Kitsap Sun's 1991 book, "Hood Canal -- Splendor at Risk" and focus on the environmental health of the canal one generation later. The goal of the event is "to get people to stand back and look at the big picture," said Simmons, president of the Hood Ca- nal Environmental Coun- cil. The conference will include sessions on the ecosystem, resource utili- zation and preservation, and development. Speak- ers will celebrate achieve- ments in natural-resource protection, talk about emerging issues and chal- lenges, and identify the work ahead. The participants in- clude Dave Herrera, a fish and wildlife adviser for the Skokomish Tribe and a member of the Hood Ca- nal Coordinating Council; Don Seavy, a retired pro- fessor of manne biology at Olympic College and a member of the board of di- rectors of the Hood Canal Environmental Council; Paul McCollum, natural resources director of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Where: Alderbrook Resort Admission: $50pp Reservations Required Please call (360) 427-3623 Your reply is requested by: Monday, September 22, 2014 Evening includes" Pasta Bar Buffet, The health of Hood Canal and its watersheds, including Jorsted Creek, north of Lilliwaup will be explored at a conference Sept. 20 in Kingston. Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Tribe; Arthur Schick, a re- tired forester for Bangor and Suquamish Tribe wa- ter resources; Thom John- son, program coordina- tor with the Endangered Species Act; and Jeromy Sullivan, chairman of the Port Gamble S~flallam Tribal Council and chair- man of the Hood Canal Coordinating Council. In the past two de- cades, millions of dollars have been spent on proj- ects to clean up Hood Ca- nal, Simmons said. "Is Hood Canal really that much improved?" she asked. "I suspect it's kind of a mixed bag." A major environmental concern is the acidifica- tion of the water in the north end of Hood Canal, which can have a huge impact on shellfish, Sim- mons said. But the water quality has also improved due to forest manage- ment; she said. The event also will celebrate the 45th anni- versary of the nonprofit council, which was orga- nized in 1969 by residents opposed to developments along the shoreline and in the watersheds that can harm the canal. The group monitors, studies and makes suggestions to improve laws and regula- tions regarding land and water uses by testifying at hearings and writing letters to agencies and elected officials. "We're hoping to get a big turnout," Simmons said. "We know there's a lot of interest in the Hood Canal, to protect it and deal with upcoming is- sues." Wine, Beer, Live and Silent Auction, Raffles and Live Music TOO LATE TO GARAGE SALE, miscel- laneous items, Fridaythru Sunday 9-? 70 E. Beau- mont Dr. #B, Shelton (G 9/1 1 ) 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath manu- factured home with 3 car gcarage on about 1/2 acre. overed deck, fruit trees, close to Little Creek Casi- no, near Shelton, Hwy 101 south. $89,000 360-426- 2907 (T 9/11-10/2) GARAGE SALE 620 S. 13th, on the corner of 13th and Turner. Friday and Sat- urday 10-4 (S 9/11 ) GARAGE SALE 30 E. Park Place, Shelton, off Shelton Springs Rd. Sat and Sun 10-4 (K 9111 )