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Hylebos group gets U.S. grant

Friends of the Hylebos Wetlands’ salmon conservation project, the West Hylebos acquisition project, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant will help fund the purchase of stream and wetland properties on the west branch of Hylebos Creek downstream of South 356th Street in Federal Way.

The federal funding indicates “the value of Hylebos Creek preservation efforts,” said Chris Carrel, executive director of Friends of the Hylebos Wetlands. “This puts us one step closer to preserving this important stretch of salmon habitat and open space for future generations.”

The acquisition project is a partnership between the wetlands group and King County. They have raised $270,000 for the project.

Friends of the Hylebos Wetlands, a non-profit organization that wants to preserve West Hylebos Wetlands State Park and restore salmon to the Hylebos Creek watershed recently released a report about the acquisition plans and their impact on the city of Federal Way. Copies of the report and more information are available at www.hylebos.org.

Youth-award nominations sought

The city of Federal Way is seeking nominations of youth who display outstanding qualities and exhibit unique characteristics for the 2002 Youth Recognition Awards.

Each year, the City Council proclaims one week in April as Youth Recognition Week to recognize the value students hold and the contributions they bring to the community.

There are three levels of awards: Elementary, junior high and high school. For the elementary level, the four categories are citizenship, outstanding student, performing arts, and sports. For junior high and high school, the categories are academics, athletics, community service, leadership, and performing arts.

School staff, administrators, organization leaders and community members can nominate students for standing making a difference in and out of the classroom.

Applications are available at Klahanee Lake Community Center, 33901 Ninth Ave. S., or online at www.ci.federal-way.wa.us. All nominations must be postmarked no later than March 22.

More information is available from the Youth Commission at youth.commission@ci.federal-way.wa.us and (253) 661-4167.

Congressman's Web site new and improved

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith’s Web site is back online at www.house.gov/adamsmith after undergoing a recent redesign.

The site was redesigned to make it easy for residents of the Ninth District to reach Smith to share their thoughts and concerns, a spokeswoman for the congressman said. The site now serves as a source of information for constituents about what’s going on in Congress and what Smith is working on for Washington’s Ninth District.

Smith continues to make communication with residents of the district, including Federal Way, a top priority, and the new Web site is part of his ongoing efforts to make communication easier and to encourage transparency in government, the spokeswoman said.

While retaining the constituent-favorite “Question of the Month,” the new site introduces new features such as an easy email link to contact Smith; a special section for young constituents including “A Day on Capitol Hill,” a walk-through of a typical day for Smith; access to bills in Congress Smith has worked on; pages devoted to issues that Smith is working on; and access to information on constituent services, includin flags, tours, casework and academy nominations.

In a few weeks, the site will also have audio clips from Smith that will change frequently to provide constituents with his statements as issues develop, the spokeswoman said.

Counties team up on meth lab cases

King County will work with a Pierce County group on investigations of methamphetamine drug cases.

The Metropolitan King County Council approved an interagency agreement Monday with Pierce County Alliance relating to the Washington State Methamphetamine Initiative.

Chemicals and waste products associated with methamphetamines pose environmental hazards and health threats to King County, officials noted. The grant will allow the county sheriff to provide to proactively investigate related cases.

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