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first_imgWashington State University Clark County Extension’s Small Acreage Program invites Clark County residents to a June 29 tour of a 5-acre alpaca ranch in the Ridgefield area.Serendipity Alpaca Ranch is home to alpacas and a couple of goats. Pam Conrad, who has managed the ranch for more than six years, has implemented practices to reduce mud, improve pasture quality, and control runoff to reduce negative effects on soil and water.“Pam Conrad is a great example in our county, modeling stewardship practices that keep animals healthy and benefit ranch operations and protect our natural resources,” said Teresa Koper, Small Acreage Program coordinator.The tour is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29. Cost is $10. Tour size is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants will meet at the property in Ridgefield, with the address provided upon registration.Registration can be done online at alpacaranch2019.bpt.me or by calling 564-397-5729.Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, bring a water bottle, and wear sturdy boots.Coffee, juice and water will be provided.The Small Acreage Program, co-sponsored by WSU Clark County Extension and Clark County’s Clean Water Program, will lead the tour with the landowner.Participants can ask questions about animal husbandry questions and see pasture and compost areas.last_img read more

first_imgSenator Bill Wielechowski plans to file a lawsuit Friday seeking to force the Permanent Fund Corporation to transfer the full amount for Permanent Fund dividends this year.Listen nowSen. Bill Wielechowski fields a question from a reporter during a Senate Minority press availability, Jan. 28, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)If successful, the lawsuit would double the dividend amount, from one thousand dollars to more than two thousand dollars.Wielechowski’s suit would essentially override Governor Bill Walker’s veto of half of dividend funding. The Anchorage Democratic senator said his research into the constitutional amendment and laws that provide for dividends show the money isn’t subject to annual spending by the legislature. He said Walker can’t veto it.“I have concluded that it was clearly the intent of the legislature and the people of Alaska to allow the legislature to put in statute provisions such are in current statute, that are not subject to appropriations,” Wielechowski said.State Department of Law officials have said all annual state spending – including dividends — is subject to the governor’s veto.Wielechowski pointed to a 1994 Alaska Supreme Court decision that ruled that Permanent Fund earnings go directly into the Permanent Fund earnings reserve account.“Because it is not an appropriation, its placement in the budget is superfluous and there was no – the veto is meaningless,” Wielechowski said.Wielechowski said he will seek an expedited hearing so that the lawsuit can be resolved before dividends are sent on October 6th.last_img read more