This week I had the honor of visiting with Ofinio and Eliticia Sanchez who live in the 15th District. They were in Olympia to receive the Gift of Life Award from Governor Gregoire and Life Center Northwest. The Sanchez’s lost one of their young children and chose to donate that child’s organs to those who may be in need. As a result, 22 people’s lives were saved. I hope we all would have the strength and courage to make the same decision as the Sanchez family should we suffer a similar tragedy. Continue reading
- 2/22 – Backyard farming five-week course, 21 acres, Woodinville. (425) 481-1500.
- 2/23 – Managing Disease According to Risk: The Tasmanian Experience with Dr. Kate Evans, and Blowing in the Wine: Inoculum Detection and Disease Management with Dr. Walt Mahafe, WSU Tri-Cities, Richland. (509) 372-7224.
- 2/23 – Beef Day hosted by the Washington Cattlemen’s Association, Washington State Capitol, Olympia.
- 2/24-25 – Specialty Cut Flowers Growers School, WSU Northwest Washington, Mt. Vernon. (206) 290-3154
- 2/25 – Ties to the Land succession planning workshop, Hegewald Center, Stevenson. (509) 667-5640.
- 2/25 – Dormant Pruning class, Ed’s Apples, Sultan. (425) 357-6039.
- 2/29 – Fresh Cheese Made Safely, Skagit County Community Action Agency, Mount Vernon. (360) 428-4270.
- 3/9 – Application cutoff date for Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP) and Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) for 2012 funding.
- 3/9-10 – WSU Livestock 100 Shortcourses, WSU Spokane County Extension, Spokane. (509) 754-2011.
- 3/15 – Final date to obtain or change all other spring seeded MPCI (excluding wheat in counties with fall and spring planted types).
- 3/22 – Wine Proteins: Yeast Contributions and Detection in Red Wine with Dr. Alan Bakalinsky, WSU Tri-Cities, Richland. (509) 372-7224.
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The rate of 2010 Census returns are varying widely across Central Washington, and some communities have returned less than 50 percent of the forms.
Here are some figures regarding the four counties in the district (figures as of April 6):
• Clark County: 63 percent (2000 Census participation rate: 76 percent)
• Klickitat County: 59 percent (2000 Census participation rate: 68 percent)
• Skamania County: 52 percent (2000 Census participation rate: 56 percent)
• Yakima County: 62 percent (2000 Census participation rate: 73 percent)
Also of note are these 15th District communities with return rates below 50 percent, and well below the statewide average return rate of 63 percent (figures as of April 6):
• Wapato: 40 percent
• Granger: 44 percent
• Bingen: 46 percent
• Mabton: 47 percent
It is crucial that we do our part for our communities, and one of the most important ways we can make sure our views are represented is by returning our census forms. Making sure the people of our district are fairly represented will ultimately mean more of our hard-earned tax dollars coming back to our communities. In fact, the information the census collects helps to determine how more than 400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services like hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, and public works projects.
It is vital for those communities to take part in the census.
Our agriculture communities make up the economic backbone of our state. Unfortunately, the interests of farmers and ranchers are often overshadowed by the interests of those in big cities. Given the efforts in Olympia to implement costly new taxes on fertilizer, fuel and small business and farm owners, rural Washingtonians need to speak up and be counted, now more than ever.
In addition, not sending in the simple form means that more tax dollars will be spent on completing the census. The federal government will send someone to knock on doors to complete the count. This would prove costly with almost half the citizens remaining to count.
For additional details, go to www.2010census.gov/2010census/take10map/.
On Wednesday, the Washington State Senate unanimously passed a measure that honors the long and proud history of the Filipino people in the United States.
Senate Resolution 8668, which I sponsored, recognizes the honorable service of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the United States military and society, celebrates their contributions to Washington, and designates October 2010, the 423rd anniversary of the presence of Filipinos in the United States, as the inaugural “Filipino American History Month.”
It is really an honor to sponsor this resolution. The Filipino-American community is a wonderful group of people and they have many activities that preserve their heritage and culture, including traditional dances and a strong interest in education. They work hard in their communities and never neglect their elders – the ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles.’
Plus, they have fantastic food that I really enjoy!
The Filipino-American National Historical Society recognizes 1763 as the year of the first permanent Filipino settlement in the United States, in St. Malo Parish, La. Filipino-Americans have contributed to economic, cultural, social, and military toward the development of the United States.
Washington has the fourth largest population of Filipino-Americans in the United States and is the home to historic Filipino communities in Wapato, Bainbridge Island, Seattle, Tacoma, Auburn, and Bremerton, among others. Filipino-Americans form the largest Asian/Pacific Islander ethnic population in the state.
Several Filipino leaders were in Olympia today to accept the honor on their community’s behalf. Among those present in the Senate gallery were Rey Pascua, president of the Yakima Valley Filipino American National Historical Society and other members; Dr. Frederic Cordova of the National Filipino American Historical Society and his wife, Dorothy Cordova; former Washington State Representative Velma Veloria; Alma Kern, president of the Filipino American Community of Seattle, and other members; Kendee Yamaguchi, executive director of the Commission on Asian Pacific/American Affairs, and other members; Jose Calugas, Jr., son of Medal of Honor winner Jose Calugas and chairman of the Philippine Scout Heritage Society, Tacoma Chapter; Alex Borromeo, president of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, and other officers; Dr. Pio DeCano; and Richard Gurtiza, president of the Filipino American Political Action Group of Washington, and other members; and Diane Narasaki, chairwoman of the American Pacific Islander Coalition, as well as other chapter members.
They call themselves the Filipino American community, but I always joke that they should call themselves American Filipino, because they really value their American citizenship, but at the same time they do so much to preserve their culture. That is something I really appreciate about this great community.
The 13th Biennial National Conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society will be held in July in Seattle, which was also the site of the first National Conference.