After running through my e mail I can put forth the
following as pretty much right on.
1. WDF&W is still trying to have further
conversations regarding the 2014 seasons but the QIN has pretty much put their
cards on the table. One must remember
that the QIN court mandates require them to manage to 50% harvestable across
the bar. Escapements goals are for the basin and the QIN has no responsibility
to manage down to the goal of each tributary reaching the escapement goal just
the basin and the Humptulips is in the Chehalis Basin or Grays Harbor numbers.
My view as to the new management plan excluding QIN participation is BS as the
QIN could have participated at the Commission level but CHOSE NOT TO. They would prefer a behind closed door deal
with WDF&W with no pier review or public scrutiny. Hell WDF&W has refused to provide the
proposed QIN seasons for 2014 so this secrecy bit is both of them not just the
2. Humptulips hatchery funding that the QIN &
WDF&W are working on is still in limbo.
3. Wynoochee Mitigation is still a issue. In 2010 the QIN's Ed Johnstone called BS on a
revised plan that WDF&W put together which basically dropped out the
additional mitigation production.
WDF&W has been claiming that the QIN are holding things up and yes
that may be true but [b][i]Thank God[/i][/b] or we would have truly had Region
6 running a muck. Now that the Commission has said the issue must be resolved
by September so they need to go at it and get it done but not out of the public
eye with WDF&W using some so called Technical Committee as a license to
raid the mitigation funds.
4. With the passing of Billy Frank the QIN is pretty
much looking inside to tribal functions honoring one of their leaders so not
much is going to happen for a couple of weeks or so.
5. On the new Stevens Creek intake for the
" We took bids Wednesday and Quigg Brothers of
Hoquiam was the low bid at $1,110,000. This was somewhat higher than the
estimate of $950,000, but we’ll be awarding them the contract. We should
have the contract executed in 3 weeks, and the contractor can start preparing
for construction. Quigg is a good contractor and I’m pleased they got the
Rep Blake was able to get the funds in the House Capitol budget which frankly was no small feat!
Posted on Mon, May 12, 2014
by Dave Hamilton