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Put People Before Profits

By • Mar 31st, 2014 • Category: Being Frank

When it comes to your chances of getting cancer from the foods you eat, what odds would you like: one in a million, or one in 100,000?

Of course all of us would prefer the least amount of risk. That’s why it’s hard to believe that Gov. Jay Inslee is even considering changing water quality rules that would increase that risk. The justification? Businesses such as …



New Hatchery a Blessing

By • Mar 4th, 2014 • Category: Being Frank

I was excited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony recently for a new state salmon hatchery at Voights Creek near Orting. The new facility replaces a hatchery – nearly wiped out by floods in 2009 – that has been operating on the creek since the early 1900s. Close tribal and state cooperation made the new hatchery a reality. It will be the first new state salmon hatchery …



Bill Could Lead to Justice, Healing

By • Feb 3rd, 2014 • Category: Being Frank

As we mark the 40th anniversary of the Boldt decision in U.S. v. Washington, a bill in the state legislature is trying to atone for some of the harm caused to Indian people during the Fish Wars of the 60s and 70s. House Bill 2080 would clear misdemeanor and certain felony convictions from the records of about 80 Indians arrested for protesting the denial …



Good Relationships Don’t Just Happen

By • Jan 6th, 2014 • Category: Being Frank

Good relationships don’t just happen. We have to work together to build and maintain a strong foundation of trust and commitment to keep a relationship healthy and strong.

As we mark the 40th anniversary of the Boldt decision this year, the tribal and state natural resources co-managers met recently to re-dedicate ourselves to the principles of co-management.

At the core of co-management is a pledge to …



Proposed Chehalis Dam Threatens Treaty Rights

By • Dec 2nd, 2013 • Category: Being Frank

As removal of two fish-blocking dams on the Elwha River dams nears its end, I’m scratching my head. Why is a proposal to build a brand new dam on the Chehalis River watershed in Lewis County receiving serious consideration? And why is the Quinault Indian Nation being left out of the discussion?

There is no question that terrible flooding has occurred on the Chehalis during recent …



Boeing, Let’s Talk

By • Oct 30th, 2013 • Category: Being Frank

It was the mid-1980s, and Roy dairy farmer Jim Wilcox was worried.

As an owner of Wilcox Family Farms, one of the largest dairy producers in western Washington at the time, he was concerned how his business would be affected by the activities of a new group called the Nisqually River Task Force. I was part of that task force of tribal, state, federal and local …



One small stream could lead to better water quality statewide

By • Sep 30th, 2013 • Category: Being Frank

A little creek in eastern Washington was at the center of an important water quality ruling recently by the Washington State Supreme Court, reaffirming the state’s right to regulate nonpoint sources of pollution in streams. Nonpoint pollution takes many forms, such as higher water temperatures, sediment, stormwater runoff, fecal coliform bacteria from failing septic systems and agricultural practices.

For 10 years the state Department of Ecology …



Fix White River Dam, Fish Passage

By • Sep 3rd, 2013 • Category: Being Frank

A crumbling 103-year-old fish-blocking diversion dam and inadequate fish passage system on the White River near Buckley need to be replaced because they are leading to injury and death for hundreds of threatened salmon, steelhead and bull trout, slowing salmon recovery efforts in the river system

It’s common for some adult salmon to display a few cuts, scrapes and scars by the time they complete their …



Every Forest Once a Food Forest

By • Aug 5th, 2013 • Category: Being Frank

Folks up in Seattle are developing a “food forest” on Beacon Hill. Right there, near the heart of the city, a place where anyone can come along and pick fruit, vegetables, herbs, berries and more. The first harvests from the forest are expected this fall.

It’s a great idea. Sharing food and community are two things that I care a lot about. Most of my life …



Time to Move Forward on Fish Consumption Rate

By • Jul 1st, 2013 • Category: Being Frank

The Washington state legislature deserves thanks for not caving in to demands from Boeing and others to require yet another study of fish consumption rates in Washington to tell us what we already know: Our rate is too low and does not protect most of us who live here.

It wasn’t easy. A Senate measure requiring another study before beginning rulemaking on a new rate was …