Jamestown Looking To Manage Urban Deer Population With Archery Hunting

first_imgImage by Rory Pollaro/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Urban deer have become quite the nuisance for those living in Jamestown, and now, city leaders are considering implementing an archery hunting program to manage the growing population.Jamestown’s City Council is expected to hash-out the idea of authorizing a deer management system, where archery hunters could help reduce the animal’s urban population.Specifically, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation would authorize licensed volunteer hunters a special permit to hunt deer and coyotes.The program would run from November 1 to December 22 with hunting limited to bow and arrow with shots taken 20 yards or less from buildings. Hunting would take at Jones Memorial Park, Bergman Park, Chadakoin Park and Allen Park; with signs posted to warn the public of the activity.Hunters would take deer to designated processing sites and any processed meat not reserved by the hunter would be donated to a local food pantry.The council is scheduled to discuss the program during Monday’s 7:30 p.m. work session. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),The ONLY problem in this world, …is Man.,The city arborist already has his friends picked out to get the special hunt!!!!,Of course he does, what did you expect?,Worth the try!,I would be interested in being considered for this program. Granted it is now 11/16, but there are still several days remaining, and I still have my doe tags, if that matters. Is there a procedure for applying, and if so, what is it?,HI Jake, I have been asking for a long time about being able to harvest some of the city deer herd but have been turned down every time. I am sure some city officials have all their buddies setup already. But you never know I would like to be on the list also.,What? Did they decide to toss coyotes into the mix as an afterthought?Can’t seem to make up their minds whether to let coyotes be the predators they were designed to be, and help to limit deer numbers. Oh, right…they’re “sustainable”! And coyotes don’t pay hunting tag fees.Nonsense.If this should occur, there should be NO BAITING.last_img read more

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

first_imgFacebook67Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Community Youth ServicesOn November 1, the 10-bed Young Adult Shelter re-opened. During a pilot earlier this year, the new program served 66 individuals. Photo credit: Community Youth Services.Every night, dozens of young adults in Thurston County try to find a safe place to sleep. It’s not easy, given that there are few shelter beds devoted to those who are under age 25. Adult homeless shelters leave youth feeling more vulnerable and desperate than they are already. Thankfully, more options are becoming available to end youth homelessness through the work of local non-profit Community Youth Services.November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, declared by the U.S. House and Senate in 2007. National statistics report the number of homeless youth at more than 1.5 million, and every day 13 young people die on the streets throughout the U.S.Thurston County participates in a statewide annual count of homeless persons, known as the Point in Time count. This census helps determine the number of homeless in the county, and the causes of their homelessness, and assists in developing a comprehensive response. As housing costs and unemployment rates have risen, the number of people in the county without a stable place to live has grown significantly: 64% since 2006, a total of 886 counted (including 233 youth aged 20 and under, a 73% increase since 2006), the highest among western Washington counties. A parallel census, conducted by Thurston County school districts in 2013, found the number of homeless public school students (K-12) to be 1,123, a dramatic 72% increase since 2006 (the statewide increase was 47%). Youth become homeless for several reasons. Many are escaping the horrific living situations.  They may come from an unstable home where they are abused sexually or physically, or their family may be suffering financially.Non-profit organizations, such as Community Youth Services, are working toward decreasing the number of homeless youth on the streets.  On Nov. 1, a Young Adult Shelter opened at CYS, providing 10 beds per night for youth up to age 24 who qualify. In addition, CYS recently received a three-year $561,000 grant that will increase the agency’s ability to do street outreach. Early in 2014, CYS will open a new building downtown at 520 Pear Street, where expanded programs can help youth connect to  resources they need to be safe, be independent and be successful working members of society.Funding for the Young Adult Shelter is through the Thurston County HOME Consortium, which provided $100,000 for the seasonal effort. In addition to those services, CYS operates Haven House, a residential center offering temporary shelter for those 12 to 17 who have run away, been abandoned or are in conflict with their families.The federal government has also addressed the issue of homelessness. The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness released the nation’s first plan to prevent and end homelessness through their Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. The 74 page document states the goals for ending homelessness in ten years. The U.S Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs will work together to provide resources to homeless youth. To find more information on federal resources for homeless youth go to FindYouthInfo.gov.To learn more or to connect with program directors or youth, please contact:Barb Wakefield, Development CoordinatorCOMMUNITY YOUTH SERVICES(360) 918-7844bwakefield@communityyouthservices.orglast_img read more

Thomson rink three-peats Valentine’s Mixed Bonspiel

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFred Thomson has spent many a bonspiel during his curling career playing second fiddle to Fruitvale’s Paul Devlin.Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club Thomson found what it was like to end up in the winner’s circle.Thomson, third Marlo Tedesco, second Jamie Tedesco and lead Gioconda Maida defeated Team Devlin to win the A event at the annual Valentine’s Mixed Bonspiel at the Nelson Curling Club.The Thomson rink won the Thorman Drilling A event title for the third consecutive year. The Devlin rink included Marnie Devlin at third, second J.P. Lowen and Paula Adkin at lead.In the Sears Nelson B event, Doug Bothalmey of Riondel knocked off Barry Marsh, who just happens to own the Sears store, to capture the title.Bothalmey’s rink includes third Susan Hicks, second Pete Hicks and lead Linda Hicks. The Marsh rink included third Sherry McIvor, second Carl MacKenzie and lead Audrey MacKenzie.The Murrey Lewis rink of Nelson won the Kootenay Glass and Mirror C event title over Cranbrook’s Paul Wittingham.The C event winners included Lewis at skip, Lori Lewis at third, Bob Fortin at second and Maureen Grainger at lead. The Cranbrook rink has Paul Wittingham at skip, Allie Wittingham at third, Trevor Amy at second and Tracy Amy at lead.In the D event, the Al May rink of Nelson outlasted the Nando Salviulo rink, also of the Heritage City, to win the Nelson Home Building Centre trophy.May, third Kelli May, second Grant McKen and lead Heather McKen, outlasted the Rob Richardson rink in the semi final to advance against Salviulo.The Salviulo includes third Deanna Cowenden at third, Dave Hargraves at second and Margaret Hodges at lead.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more