WDFW Tentatively Plans 24 Days of Razor Clam Digging in April…

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has proposed a series of razor clam digs in April and May to cap a season packed with more “beach days” than any time in the past 25 years.After a nine-day opening that runs through March 24, state shellfish managers plan to end the season with another 24 days of digging on morning low tides at various beaches from April 4 through May 17.Final approval of those digs depends on the results of marine toxin tests, which have consistently shown this season that the clams are safe to eat.“We’ve had a great season so far and we expect it to continue that way in the months ahead,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “We have an abundance of clams on most beaches, which makes for some terrific digging opportunities.”Proposed digging days in April and May, along with the remaining digs in March, are posted on WDFW’s website.Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. No digging is allowed on any beach after noon.Counting the new dates in April and May, Ayres said WDFW plans to provide a total of 286 “beach days” of digging on Washington beaches this season – the highest number since 1989. He defined a “beach day” as one beach open for a single day, so four beaches open for one day counts as four beach days.Annual razor clam seasons typically end in mid-to-late May, when the clams begin to spawn and are less desirable for eating, Ayres said.He reminds diggers they will need a valid 2015-16 fishing license to participate in razor clam digs effective April 1, the beginning of the new license year. Various types of fishing licenses are available online, by phone (866-246-9453), and from authorized license dealers throughout the state.Meanwhile, state wildlife managers are urging clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.” Both species are listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act.“Nesting season for snowy plovers and streaked horned larks begins in early April, coinciding with the scheduled clam digs,” said Anthony Novack, district biologist for WDFW. “Snowy plover nests are difficult to see, so it’s easy to disturb or destroy them without even being aware of it. If an adult is scared off its nest, it leaves the eggs exposed to predators like crows and ravens.”To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line, Novack said.Dig dates in May for Copalis and Mocrocks will be announced after harvest from the April digs has been analyzed. Upcoming digs in April and May are scheduled on the following dates, pending favorable marine toxin results:· April 4, Saturday, 7:23 a.m.; 0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis· April 5, Sunday, 7:57 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis· April 6, Monday, 8:32 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 7, Tuesday, 9:09 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 8, Wednesday, 9:48 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 9, Thursday, 10:32 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 10, Friday, 11:23 a.m.; 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 17, Friday, 6:03 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks· April 18, Saturday, 6:52 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis· April 19, Sunday, 7:39 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis· April 20, Monday, 8:25 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 21, Tuesday, 9:11 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 22, Wednesday, 9:57 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 23, Thursday, 10:46 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· April 24, Friday, 11:38 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 2, Saturday, 6:23 a.m., 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 3, Sunday, 6:59 a.m., -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 7, Thursday, 9:30 a.m., -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 8, Friday, 10:14 a.m., -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 9, Saturday, 11:03 a.m., -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 10, Sunday, 11:58 a.m., -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 15, Friday, 4:58 a.m., -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 16, Saturday, 5:50 a.m., -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors· May 17, Sunday, 6:38 a.m., -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harborslast_img read more

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Help for Highlands Arrives by the Hundreds

first_imgBy John BurtonHIGHLANDS – Saturday was a day of giving and grateful receiving for scores of volunteers and borough residents and business owners as they continue the arduous task of rebuilding their lives and community.Highlands was abuzz on Saturday morning, April 27, as hundreds of volunteers arrived; some were part of Comcast’s Day of Community participation and others were from a variety of corporate entities and organizations. They came to spend much of the day assisting with the borough’s ongoing cleanup and recovery from Super Storm Sandy, which slammed the area six months ago.“I think this is the final phase of the beginning to get Highlands back better than ever,” Mayor Frank L. Nolan said.About 1,250 of approximately 1,500 residences in the borough’s lower area were damaged – 1,064 substantially – by Sandy. Many businesses in that area also were damaged, Nolan said.Bronwyn Link and her son Jacob in front of their Central Avenue home.The mayor’s own home was destroyed and he and his family joined many borough residents who spent time at the disaster shelter at Henry Hudson Regional High School.Months later “we have a lot of folks that are getting back in their home,” Nolan said.He also expects nearly 80 percent of businesses to be reopened by the Memorial Day weekend.Before that happens, there is plenty of work to be done.Lucille Lane, who lived on John Street for four years until the storm, hasn’t been able to move back while the home’s owner continues its restoration.“I thought I would be in by now,” Lane said. It’s “still up in the air” as to when she can return home.The small, modest residence was flooded with 6 feet of water that came rushing through during the storm surge, she said.Last Saturday, a troop of volunteers, ranging from the very young to middle-age, were hauling out debris and trash from the property’s garage, where the force of the water had smashed the windows.Kristen Hulanick, a High­lands resident who survived Sandy unscathed, was helping out.“It’s by doing some of these little things,” Hulanick said while cleaning and hauling debris, “hopefully, it’ll start putting the pieces back together.”Atlantic Highlands resident Dan Curtain agreed.“Obviously, this community is not going to recover without people giving it a little bit of help,” Curtain said.In addition to helping Lane, Curtain, his wife Tricia and other volunteers also offered to help Lynn Weber, an Atlantic Highlands woman who was working on a small bungalow that she and her ailing husband usually rent out for the summer season to supplement their income.The structure looked severely damaged.“When this first happened I thought everything was over,” Weber said. “I thought the only thing left was to sell the property. We thought there was no hope.”But as she looked at all the people filling plastic trash bags, lifting and disposing of some of the trash that was strewn around, Weber said, “Now, with these people’s help we’re hoping we can save it and save the Jersey Shore.“Just getting it cleaned up is of tremendous help,” Weber said.“Little by little, there is a difference,” said Alissa Algarin of Highlands who was helping clean up the area.Over on Central Avenue, Bronwyn Link’s home that she shares with her 17-year-old son, Jacob was flooded and damaged to the point that they haven’t been able to live there. They have been living in a small cottage, owned by a fellow First Aid Squad member, after spending 12 days last fall in the shelter.A worker from Love INC delivers a new mattress to a Highlands resident.Link said she’s begun work rehabilitating the home with the help of volunteers who have stripped the floors and walls, and others from Habitat for Humanity who put up sheetrock. A group of volunteers, some of them employees of the Sherwin-Williams paint company, spent Saturday painting the interior of Link’s home.“It’s overwhelming, it’s so wonderful,” she said as she looked at the work being done and with the knowledge that she would be getting a new queen-sized bed from Love INC, a religious- based charitable organization. “It would take me a year or longer,” to do the work herself.Mary Jane Suruda of Highlands paints the hallway at a Highlands home while Scott Benson, a volunteer from Sherwin-Williams, checks out her work.When asked why she was spending her day working on someone else’s home, Highlands resident Mary Jane Suruda said, “If I tell you, I’ll start crying.” With a minimum of tears, she explained that the borough is her community and she felt a need to participate.“Everything looks better than it did,” said Suruda as she looked around the neighborhood. “But it’s still a sad time.”George Przybylski, who came from Broomall, Pa., is a Sherwin-Williams employee, and said he’s seen “people who’ve lost quite a bit … To give a few hours, that’s nothing.”Sherwin-Williams provided about 30 volunteers and 250 gallons of paint. “We can add a little color and brightness,” to homes and businesses, said Mark Sposito, a company vice president.Comcast also had a large number of volunteers offer their services and the company donated $25,000 to the High­lands Business Partner­ship for its Hope for High­lands charitable organization to assist residents and businesses.“We know there is a longstanding need here,” said Kim Smith, Comcast’s director of community investment.“I think we’re progressing pretty well compared to other communities. I think we’ll get there,” Councilwoman Rebecca Kane said, “but we have to realize it’s going to take time.”Members of the New Jersey State Fireman’s Benevolent Association work on the Veterans Park boardwalk.As volunteers worked on homes and businesses, members of the members of New Jersey State Fireman’s Bene­vo­lent Association were at Vet­erans Park working to construct one of the 26 playgrounds to be built in the New Jersey-New York-Conn­ecticut region to honor the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. In addition to the project, called Where Angels Play, associ­ation members tore up the borough’s destroyed board­­walk along the park’s waterfront to make way for a new one.last_img read more

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Nelson plays host to West Kootenay Regional Championships

first_imgFreeskate is divided into a number of categories with skates ranging in ages from eight to 15 years.Nelson skaters, Angelica Ross and Tao Measure will see their first action of the weekend in their respective Star 3A Girls and Star 3B Boys categories.The eveningwraps with the Introductory Pairs Exhibition, a category that allows skaters to perform lifts, jumps and throw jumps.Local Skaters Aurora Pankoo-Dool, Tia Berrens, Lila Mckecknie, Helena Keating, Mallory Pinske, Leo Measures, Tao Measures, Shaen Panko-Dool, Breanna Tomlin and Isabella Kroker Kimber all see action throughout the day on Saturday in the Freeskate and Elements Categories.NFSC member Christina Champlin, 15, who competes at the competitive level, will perform her Pre-Novice short program Saturday afternoon and her Pre- Novice long program Sunday morning.For Champlin the season is just beginning and a strong performance at the Regionals will help her qualify to skate at the Sectional competition in November.Sunday features The Interpretive Category always an audience favourite as it allows skaters to showcase the performance aspect of the sport.Skaters choose any music they wish and develop choreography without having to worry about required elements.Think of Kurt Browning skating to Singing in the Rain. Nelson’s Courtney Shrieves and Breanna Tomlin will represent the home club in the Pre-Introductory Interpretive and Introductory Interpretive categories respectively.More than a competition, Regionals is an event. The host club changes every year giving a chance to welcome the region to their community. There are gift baskets to win medal presentations to take in and no shortage of great skating costumes.Action begins Friday at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday afternoon with the final medal presentations at 1 p.m..For full details visit nelsonfigureskatingclub.com Charly Defouw has been has been pushing herself since September.Extra lessons with Nelson Figure Skating Club coaching staff, working on choreography and timing, focusing on improving jumps. For the 12-year old veteran of the Nelson Figure Skating Club, competition season is the time when the long hours of training and repetition culminate in a two-minute performance.It’s the thing skaters love and fear the most.This year Defouw and her teammates have the advantage of skating before a home crowd as the NFSC hosts the West Kootenay Regional Competition this weekend February 1-3 at the NDCC Arena.It’s the biggest showcase of figure skating to hit Nelson in years, and there will lots to take in and a number of local skaters participating.Drawing on a catchment of skaters from Rossland to Fernie, the competition offers a full slate of categories from Elements to Pairs to Interpretive.Action begins Friday afternoon with the Junior Silver and Gold Solo Dance event where skaters perform two set dances to music.Defouw, who broke her thumb earlier in the month and has just recently returned to skating, will see action in the Junior Silver Dance event.The Freeskate events run Friday as well, in which skaters have required elements they must incorporate into their choreography. last_img read more

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SHOEMAKER MILE STAKES QUOTES-MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES      JOEL ROSARIO, RAGING BULL, WINNER: “He broke well and it looked like there was a good pace, he was very controlled. He just came with his run like he does all the time. He put in a nice run.“It is beautiful, nice to be back here and be back in action.”     JOHN VELAZQUEZ, NEXT SHARES, SECOND: “The plan was to be mid-pack with this horse, but we got wiped out at the start, so we were way back.  He still ran a great race.”TRAINER QUOTES   JUAN HERNANDEZ, ASSISTANT TO CHAD BROWN, RAGING BULL, WINNER:  “He ran a super race and he always runs good.  He had trained well here and he was acting good.  He’s just a very special horse.”NOTES: The winning owner is Peter M. Brant.last_img

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Corruption Overwhelming Legislature

first_imgOpposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has branded the 53rd National Legislature as a group of individuals “overwhelmed by rampant corruption.”The party through its national chairman, George Solo, indicated that attempts by the Legislature to increase the fees for legislative contestants in the upcoming election represented a “high degree of corruption that should be resisted by all well-meaning Liberians.”The Legislature recently opened discussions on the fees for both categories of the Legislature and is close to passing said law that requires politicians interested in contesting the senatorial election to pay US$7,500 in order to be registered on the ballot.In a Daily Observer interview over the weekend, Mr. Solo frowned on the manner in which lawmakers agreed to increase the fees under the new election laws, adding; “The Legislature is intoxicated from all the corruption they are involved with in this country.”According to the CDC Chairman, “The party is saddened by the action of the Legislature to increase fees for senatorial candidates from US$700 in 2005 to US$7,500 in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election of 2014,” The CDC Chairman added.He noted, “If their argument is about adding value to the Legislature then their judgment is poor and misled.”“If they say the focus of value is finance, then it tells you the thoughts of the people making the laws for us. I think the focus of value should be fairness, equality, hope and possibility; as these are all of the things that inspire patriotism,” chairman Solo said.“If we say the best land should be given to the one with the most money,” Solo continued; “Then the best land should not be occupied by someone that has lots of resources but with limited interest in the people that are affected by that land.Acquisition is selfish, and we must do something to stop it so those that have stolen public resources can’t use it against the masses. Now they are telling us if you put the value of money on something then it raises national value? If that’s the case, then we should put a price on respect, accountability and honesty. If we can do that, I would be more than comfortable with that concept.”He maintained that the Legislature clearly showed their level of insincerity on Capitol Hill and that it is affecting the Liberian people.CDC considered the new law a “clever attempt to exclude qualified personalities with little income from participating in a process that stands to change the destiny of the people.”Meanwhile, CDC has declined to comment on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s grandnephew’s presentation at the National Oil and Gas Roundtable discussion in Monrovia.The first family is receiving mixed reactions from the public for inviting 17-year-old Estrada Bernard, III, to make a presentation at an oil and gas meeting a few weeks ago.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cuttington University Graduates 727 Students Tomorrow

first_imgCU main entrance The Episcopal Church run Cuttington University (CU) situated in Suakoko District, Bong County will on Friday and Saturday graduate 727 students in various professional disciplines.Dr. Theodore V. K. Brown, Vice President for Academic Affairs, said the graduate school, which is run on the school’s main campus in Suakoko, will put out 363 students from different disciplines on Friday, August 4, beginning at 10 a.m.; and around 2 p.m., the Cuttington Junior College, which operates in Kakata, Margibi County will put out 46 students earning associate degrees in various fields of study. On Saturday, August 5, the Monrovia-run Cuttington School of Graduate and Professional Studies is expected to graduate 318 with Master’s degrees.Dr. Brown said beginning at 10 a.m. today, Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines will serve as convocation speaker at the first graduation program. Dr. Hines, an African-American, is a professor emeritus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the United States. Hines worked with the Episcopal Church in Liberia and the AM Dogliotti School of Medicine at the University of Liberia for several years.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, UBA Liberia CEO Olalekan Balogun and Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines will deliver keynote addresses at Cuttington’s commencement exercises.Also, at 2 p.m., the managing director and chief executive officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA)-Liberia, Olalekan Balogun, will deliver the keynote address at the Cuttington Junior College graduation program on the CU main campus.Dr. Brown told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will serve as keynote speaker on Saturday at the Cuttington School of Graduate and Professional Studies’ Master’s program on the school’s main campus in Suakoko beginning at 10 a.m.Cuttington University was relocated to central Liberia from Cape Palmas, Maryland County, southeastern Liberia in 1948, but instructional classes began in 1949. Since that time, the school has graduated thousands, some of who are contributing their professional quotas to humanity in Liberia and around the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Tennis Goes to Don Bosco, Liberty Schools

first_imgThe admin and students from Don Bosco Tech High and Liberty Elem. Schools display the LTA donated rackets and balls.The Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF) has extended its program, Junior Tennis Initiative (JTI), to the Don Bosco Technical High School and the Liberty Elementary School of the Monrovia Christian Fellowship.Play-and-stay coach Amos J.S. Barker has been tasked to train the students of the two schools.The addition of the two schools summed the schools to eight (8) that are part of the JTI, which was formally launched in December 2017.Some of the schools and coaches who are in the JTI are St. Peter’s Lutheran High School and Sis. Mary Laureen Brown’s School of Excellence, under coach Morris A. Ben.Coach William Nornie is responsible for St. Teresa’s Convent and B.W. Harris; while coach John Koffa Wreh handles SOS Children’s Village.LTF technical director Alfred Kandakai in separate remarks on Thursday, February 15, on the campuses of Don Bosco Technical High School and the Liberty Elementary School on 8th and 9th Streets respectively, said the JTI aims to introduce tennis in schools and communities to develop the game.“The JTI is free of charge because we want the children to learn, practice, and become tennis stars,” coach Kandakai said. “We want a new breed of children to represent the country in national and international competitions. So we want you to take interest and take tennis seriously.”The LTF donated 48 red balls, 24 pink balls, two sets of mini-nets, and 15 pieces of junior rackets to each school.The principal of Don Bosco, Father Sony Joseph Pottenplackal, thanked the LTF and told the students, “Sports is important in education.”Annie Payman of the 12th grade said: “We are happy to learn tennis as a sport and for our health.”The principal of Liberty Elementary School, Benetta Gibson, urged the students to be disciplined because sports as a recreation helps to create the environment for learning.“Every Friday, beginning tomorrow (today), the kids will begin to learn tennis, and there are about 21 of them who have already expressed interest. The ages will range from 8 to 13, which is from 2nd to 6th grade.”De-Andre E. Davis and Irene Sumo of the 2nd grade said separately, “It will be fun!”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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WL Construction becomes first Enerplex sponsor

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John has announced the first corporate sponsor for the Enerplex. WL Construction has agreed to sponsor the arena ice resurfacing machine (Zamboni) for $20,000. More than 20 different sponsorship categories are still available from the city. They can be found on the city’s website, or by contacting Director of Public Services Sarah Cockerill, at 250-787-5793, or at scockerill@fortstjohn.ca.- Advertisement –last_img

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Bowie Kuhn, baseball’s head during labor strife, dies at 80

first_imgKuhn was elected baseball commissioner as a compromise choice on Feb. 4, 1969, two months after the club owners fired William D. Eckert, a retired Air Force general who was a figurehead. Kuhn was a baseball insider, he was familiar with the legal challenges increasingly facing the game, and he was a good speaker, with a 6-foot-5-inch frame cutting a forceful image. In August 1970, Kuhn was elected to a seven-year term with a contract valued at more than $1 million. But troubles had arrived for the baseball hierarchy. Curt Flood, the St. Louis Cardinals’ star outfielder, had asked Kuhn to void his trade to the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1969 season and allow him to sign with a team of his choice. Flood maintained that the reserve clause, which bound players to their teams until they were traded or released, violated federal antitrust law. Kuhn rejected the demand, and when Flood sued in federal court, Kuhn testified against him, predicting that baseball would be engulfed in chaos if players could sell themselves to the highest bidder. Flood ultimately lost in the Supreme Court, but the drive for free agency had begun. Kuhn’s suspension of the Detroit Tigers’ star pitcher Denny McLain from April 1 to July 1, 1970, for past involvement with bookmakers was alternately criticized as too lenient or too harsh. When Jim Bouton, then pitching for the Houston Astros, collaborated with journalist Leonard Schechter on “Ball Four,” a behind-the-scenes and sometimes risque look at baseball, Kuhn called him in to voice his dismay. The flap served only to boost the book’s sales. Kuhn championed World Series night games, inaugurated in 1971, a move that brought enhanced television revenues but much criticism. In 1972, the players staged their first general strike, a 13-day walkout, with pensions again at issue. Kuhn essentially stayed out of the dispute, leaving matters to management’s Player Relations Committee. Kuhn was faced with a contentious issue of another sort when the Atlanta Braves sought to hold Hank Aaron out of their 1974 season-opening series in Cincinnati so he could eclipse Babe Ruth’s career home run record of 714 when the team played at home. Kuhn ordered the Braves to play Aaron in Cincinnati, citing the need to protect the integrity of the game. Aaron tied Ruth’s record in the season-opener, then broke the record in the Braves’ first home game, against the Dodgers. Kuhn, meanwhile, fined or reprimanded Finley several times, and in November 1974, suspended Steinbrenner for two years after Steinbrenner pleaded guilty to making illegal contributions to President Richard M. Nixon’s 1972 re-election campaign. (The ban was dropped after 15 months.) He barred Willie Mays, in 1979, and Mickey Mantle, in 1983, from further association with baseball because of their promotional work for casinos, bans overturned by his successor. Bowie Kuhn, the commissioner of baseball during a tumultuous 15-year period when the game experienced dramatic growth accompanied by unprecedented labor strife, died Thursday at a hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. Kuhn, who lived in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., was 80. His death was announced by his son Paul, who said he had a respiratory ailment. He had heart surgery in October 2004. In Kuhn’s tenure as baseball’s fifth commissioner – from 1969 to 1984 – attendance, salaries, television revenue and franchise values soared, the major leagues expanded into Canada and realigned into divisional play, the World Series became a night-time spectacle, and players won the right to free agency and staged their first strikes. Kuhn was in the midst of the storms. He fined or suspended high-profile owners like the New York Yankees’ George Steinbrenner, the Oakland A’s Charlie Finley and the Atlanta Braves’ Ted Turner. He struck down million-dollar sales of star players, vied against the players’ union leader, Marvin Miller, and fended off threats to his job. Kuhn viewed himself as a lifelong fan determined to uphold the integrity of baseball, promote competitive balance and enhance the game’s marketing, all the while bemoaning sharply rising salaries that he claimed imperiled the sport’s financial viability. But to his detractors, he was often self-righteous, pompous and inconsistent in his rulings and subservient to the owners who hired him. Finley, the maverick basher of the baseball establishment, famously likened Kuhn to “the village idiot.” But Peter O’Malley, then the Los Angeles Dodgers’ owner, viewed Kuhn as having upheld important values. Bowie Kent Kuhn was born in Takoma Park, Md., and grew up in Washington, the youngest of three children. He graduated from Princeton and the University of Virginia Law School and became a partner in Willkie Farr & Gallagher, the National League’s law firm. In 1966, he won an antitrust court battle clearing the way for the Braves’ move from Milwaukee to Atlanta. last_img read more

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City takes step toward fire contract

first_imgOn top of that, the county estimate “didn’t include any of our fire marshal services, plan inspection, fire code enforcement and weed abatement,” Bates said. A formal study into the costs and benefits of contracting with the county would cost the city $3,500. But Francis believes it would be worth it. “I think there might be other issues, like cost-sharing,” he said, referring to possible ways of cutting the fee the county would charge to provide fire services. He noted that La Habra Heights is bordered by unincorporated communities and the city of La Habra, which all contract with the county for fire service. Francis believes it’s possible the city might improve emergency response times in the east and west sides of La Habra Heights by going with the county. First, however, both the City Council and the county Board of Supervisors must approve the study. That matter will be discussed by the council Thursday. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA HEIGHTS – City officials are taking the first step toward contracting with Los Angeles County for fire services. At its next meeting May 8, the City Council will consider a motion asking the county to provide cost estimates for providing fire and emergency services. La Habra Heights currently has a volunteer fire department. Retired firefighter Roy Francis has started a petition drive asking the city to look into how much it would cost to to contract for fire services from the county. Francis, who already has collected about 100 signatures, said the cost information is crucial before the council can make any decision on where to build a new fire station. “Before we spend a lot of money on a fire hall/city hall complex, we need to look at all of the issues,” Francis said. “Then the community can make a decision.” However, county fire service most likely will be more expensive, said City Manager Ron Bates, adding that it could be more than the $1.4 million the city now spends for fire services. In 1996, the city received a cost estimate of $3.4 million from the county, Bates said. That estimate was updated informally about seven months ago. The price tag then was an estimated $4.1 million, Bates said. last_img read more

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