Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom Reclamation Newsroom Channel http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47788 Reclamation Hosting Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event at Henry Hagg Lake
FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Children with a wide range of special needs will have an opportunity to enjoy a day on the water with some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event on September 7 at Henry Hagg Lake, located 30 miles southwest of Portland off State Highway 47. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with special needs a chance to enjoy a day of fishing and boating under the guidance of local experts. <P> This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "<a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/">Let's Move Outside </a>" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> Participants and volunteers will meet at Boat Ramp C on Henry Hagg Lake. <P> "For some of these kids it will be their first experience fishing," said Sandra Ferguson, Regional Coordinator for Reclamation. "It is a great opportunity for volunteers take part in an experience that these children will remember for a long time." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and will each receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. <P> Volunteers from the Oregon BASS Club will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a barbecue lunch hosted by several local Kiwanis Clubs. The Gaston Fire Department and Forest Grove Fire and Rescue will be assisting by providing emergency services for the event. <P> Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Oregon BASS Club, local Kiwanis Clubs, Tualatin Valley Irrigation District, and the Washington County Parks. <P> In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. <P> For more information about this and other C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events contact Sandra Ferguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/ </a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47826 Public Comment Sought for Proposed Shoreline Protection Systems on Lake Roosevelt
GRAND COULEE, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment to identify issues to be addressed in an Environmental Assessment for the proposed construction of two shoreline protection systems to be located at Moonbeam Bay and Redford Canyon on Lake Roosevelt. <P> The purpose of the projects is to protect the shorelines from degradation by reducing the impacts caused by reservoir operations, recreation and natural or boat induced wave action. <P> Information obtained during the scoping period from September 1 through October 1 will bring focus to the concerns, issues and analyses that should be included in the draft environmental assessment. Completion of a final Environmental Assessment is anticipated in the winter of 2015. <P> Three proposed alternatives include: <P> • No Action -- Under the No Action alternative, Reclamation will not install shoreline protection systems at either location. <P> • Alternative A -- Install log boom systems at Moonbeam Bay and Redford Canyon to reduce environmental and human impacts to the shoreline and critical resources. <P> • Alternative B -- Install buoys and signage at Moonbeam Bay and Redford Canyon to deter recreational boat traffic, likely reducing impacts to the shoreline and critical resources. <P> Download a map of the proposed locations of the log booms: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/news/moonbeambaymap.pdf <P> A draft environmental assessment is scheduled to be available for public review in October 2014. <P> Written comments can be sent to Lon Ottosen, Bureau of Reclamation, Grand Coulee Power Office, P.O. Box 620, Grand Coulee, WA 99133 or emailed to lottosen@usbr.gov. <P> Comments must be received by October 1, 2014 to be considered in the draft environmental assessment. <P> Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1941 and serves as a multipurpose facility providing water for irrigation, hydroelectric power production, flood control, recreation, fish and wildlife. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47787 Reclamation Awards $1.7 Million Contract for Fish Ladder Modifications on Rogue River Tributary
BEND, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $1,756,850 contract on August 21 to Northbank Civil and Marine, LLC, a small business from Vancouver, Washington, to construct fish ladder modifications to the Oak Street Diversion Dam located approximately 1 mile north of Ashland on Bear Creek. <P> When complete, the current fish ladder will be replaced with a new one on the opposite side of the dam. This is to satisfy requirements of improved fish passage and flow control. The primary features of the work will be demolition, earthwork, concrete, electrical and mechanical work to support operation of the new gates for controlling water releases. Work will be performed between June 15 and October 15, 2015, when flows are lower due to irrigation. <P> "The existing structure has shown to have some functionality issues that needed addressing," says Douglas DeFlitch, Reclamation's Bend Field Office Manager. "This work will greatly improve fish passage for ESA listed Coho Salmon, at the same time maintaining water supply for the Talent Irrigation District." <P> Northbank Civil and Marine, LLC was formed in early 2014 by Jeff Harper and Sam Barchus. The primary focus of the company is marine, heavy civil and industrial construction. The principals together have over 45 years of industry experience across the Northwest. Throughout their careers they have estimated and managed projects ranging from $100,000 to over $1 billion. <P> This work is within Reclamation's Rogue River Project area, a mix of Federal and private structures providing up to 144,000 acre-feet of water to cover 35,000 acres of irrigated land. The project has 7 reservoirs, 16 diversion dams, 1 powerplant, and more than 450 miles of canals serving Talent, Medford, and Rogue River Valley Irrigation Districts. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47772 Yakima Project "Flip-Flop" Operation Underway
YAKIMA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced that it has begun the annual "flip-flop" operation in the Yakima Basin by gradually reducing flows out of Cle Elum Reservoir in the upper Yakima River basin and increasing flows from Rimrock Reservoir affecting flows in the Tieton and Naches Rivers. <P> The purpose of the "flip-flop" operation is to achieve and maintain relatively low flows in the upper Yakima, Cle Elum, and Bumping rivers where the spring Chinook salmon spawn. These lower flows are closer to the natural flow conditions and are therefore more helpful to successful spawning and incubation of the salmon eggs. This operation also reduces impacts on irrigation water supply by allowing for lower flow releases throughout the winter to improve reservoir storage for the coming season. <P> As part of the process, on or about September 4, Reclamation will begin to divert water down the Kittitas Reclamation District's Spillway 1146 into the Yakima River near Thorp. Reclamation will install buoys that will be in place from September 2 until about October 21. Recreationists are advised, for their safety, to portage around the buoys and to stay out of the turbulent flows. <P> "We want to make sure that those who are enjoying the river avoid the turbulent water where the spillway pours into the river," said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor. <P> Flows out of Cle Elum Reservoir have been gradually decreasing since August 1 from a high of about 3,800 cfs, and will continue to decline to a low of about 220 cfs by about September 10 to 15. Flows from Rimrock Reservoir are expected to be in the 1,200 to 1,500 cfs range by September 1 and increase to about 2,200 cfs by mid-September depending on irrigation demands and weather conditions. <P> Streamflow changes will occur gradually during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Streamflow information can be obtained by calling (509) 575-5854 or on Reclamation's website at: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima/index.html">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima/index.html </a>. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47747 South Fork Boise River Flows Set to Increase
BOISE, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation will increase flows from Anderson Ranch Dam on the South Fork of the Boise River starting Monday, August 18 from 1700 cubic-feet-per-second to approximately 2400 cfs in the reach between Anderson Ranch Dam and Arrowrock Reservoir. Flows will increase about 400 cfs Monday and by another 300 cfs Tuesday. Flows will remain at these higher levels for approximately eight days, and return to 1700 cfs by August 29. <P> These higher flows will help restore habitat for bull trout and other fish species in river reaches below the dam that were damaged by debris and mudslides following wildfires in August 2013. Timing and duration of the higher flows were determined through a collaborative effort between biologists and managers from Reclamation, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Service, Trout Unlimited, and the University of Idaho. <P> "The river will be running faster than normal for this time of the year, and recent storms have deposited additional mud and debris in the canyon downstream of the dam," said Brian Sauer, Water Operations Manager. "Despite the hot temperatures, the water is still very cold. Please use caution when recreating on or near the river." <P> Anderson Ranch Dam is about 28 miles northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho. <P> For real-time Boise River flow information and water temperatures, visit Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region Hydromet website: <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/ </a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47648 Reclamation Hosts Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event at Black Canyon Park
EMMETT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation's Snake River Area Office will hold its annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at Black Canyon Park located on East Black Canyon Highway northeast of Emmett. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with a wide range of special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> "This is a fun event for the participants and volunteers. Happy memories are made on this special day," said Erika Lopez, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation's Snake River Area Office. "C.A.S.T. for Kids is an amazing program that I look forward to being involved with every year. We are looking for more boat captains to volunteer for this wonderful event." <P> This event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "<a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/">Let's Move Outside</a>" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging healthy diets and more physical activity on America's public lands and waterways. <P> The children participating are between 7-16 years old. Each participant receives fishing gear, a C.A.S.T. tee-shirt and hat. When the young anglers are done fishing, they will be treated with lunch and an awards ceremony. The Gem County Sheriff's Department will be on hand to provide emergency services if necessary. <P> The volunteer partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The State Bass Anglers societies work under the large umbrella of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society which includes volunteers from the Idaho BASS Club, Idaho Jet Boater's Association, Payette River Bassmasters, and other local fishermen who provide fishing boats and professional expertise. <P> For more information, contact Erika Lopez, Public Involvement Specialist at (208) 383-2254. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. For information about the C.A.S.T. for Kids activities in the Pacific Northwest Region, contact Sandra Ferguson, Reclamation Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/ </a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47626 Reclamation Selects New Deputy Regional Director for Power and Infrastructure
<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/tkentth.jpg" width="200" height="255" hspace="10" border="1" align="left" alt="Terry Kent, Deputy Regional Director for Power and Infrastructure"/>BOISE, Idaho - Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Regional Director Lorri Lee announced today that Terry Kent has been selected as the new Deputy Regional Director for Power and Infrastructure Technical Services. He replaces Steven Jarsky who is now leading World Class Hydro efforts at Grand Coulee Dam. <P> In this new position, Kent will assist the Regional Director in carrying out Reclamation's responsibilities related to the operation and maintenance of water and power facilities, and related programs and activities in the Pacific Northwest. <P> "I am very pleased to announce the selection of Terry Kent as the next Deputy Regional Director for Power and Infrastructure," said Lee. "His level of experience, commitment, and knowledge about Reclamation and the Pacific Northwest is invaluable. I look forward to the great work he will do as a leader and problem-solver in our Region." <P> Kent, with more than 42 years of federal service, started his career in 1972 in Sacramento, California, as an Electrical Engineer for Reclamation. From 1977 to 1980, he worked in Redding, California, as a Supervisory Electrical Engineer. Kent has worked in the Pacific Northwest Regional Office since 1980 holding the positions of Supervisory Electrical Engineer, Supervisory General Engineer, and Regional Power Manager. <P> Kent received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in Electrical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer. Kent will begin his new assignment August 10, 2014. <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47607 C.A.S.T. Event Brings Out the Best at Prineville Reservoir
Catch a Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) for Kids is an extraordinary outdoor event which teams up with sponsors throughout central Oregon with area youngsters for a day of fishing. It's one of those rare events in our community that focuses on children with special needs or long term illnesses, and other youth who come to fish and appreciate the natural resources available to them in their own back yard. <P> This was the 17th year C.A.S.T. for Kids was held at Prineville Reservoir. The event was sponsored by some of the greatest volunteers our community has to offer. During the event, it was obvious that the children learned skills they can use for the rest of their lives. The sponsors and volunteers also learned a precious lesson about life and giving back to their communities. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2014prine2.jpg" style="float:right" width="300" height="243" hspace="10" alt="Children receiving lifevests before going on the boats."/> <P> The event got underway with opening remarks, introductions, and a boat safety briefing. Kids and parents dispersed and headed to the boat loading area where they were fitted with a life vest. They soon climbed the steps into the boats and got their photos taken as they each gave a big smile. Then off they went to catch the big one. The scene could have been taken from a movie, scores of family members and volunteers shouting good luck to the kids as the boats were backed down to the water for their journey's departure. Upon their return, the air was buzzing with fish stories as we all gathered around for a wonderful barbecue and awards ceremony. <P> Special thanks to all of our many volunteers and sponsors on a job well done! This year's sponsors include: Bureau of Reclamation, Prineville Oregon State Parks, Prineville Kiwanis, Prineville Grocery Outlet's, Central Oregon Bass Club, Crook County Search & Rescue, Crook County Sheriff Marine Board, Crook County Sheriff's Dept., Bigfoot Beverages, Sportsman's Warehouse, Ray's Food Place, The Dawg House, Brothers Restaurant, Apple Peddler, Eberhard Dairy, Starbucks, The National Fish Carvers Guild, Zebco, Plano, Mike's Auto Glass, and all the boat captains. <P> They say, a picture is worth a thousand words...this one sums up nearly all of them. Talk about perspective! Enjoy the little things in life...for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2014prine1.jpg" style="float:center" width="500" height="337" hspace="10" alt="A picture is worth a thousand words."/> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47588 Dawn Wiedmeier Selected as Columbia-Cascades Area Manager
<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/weidmeierth.jpg" width="200" height="255" hspace="10" border="1" align="left" alt="Dawn Weidmeier, Columbia Cascades Area Office Manager"/> YAKIMA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Region announced today that Dawn Wiedmeier has been selected as the Columbia-Cascades Area Manager in Yakima, Wash. She replaces Jerry Kelso who retired earlier this year. <P> As Area Manager, Wiedmeier will be responsible for providing leadership, oversight, and direction to more than 175 employees who operate, maintain and manage the Columbia Basin, Yakima, Umatilla, Deschutes, Crooked River, Rogue River and Tualatin projects. She will begin her new role immediately. <P> "It is a pleasure to announce the selection of Dawn Wiedmeier as Columbia-Cascades Area Manager," said Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Regional Director Lorri Lee. "She has a wealth of experience in complex water and power operations and maintenance, and will be a great asset as she moves into her new position." <P> Wiedmeier began her career with Reclamation in 2002 as the Deputy Area Manager at Reclamation's Eastern Colorado Area Office in Loveland, Colo. In 2007, she came to the Pacific Northwest Region to serve as the Deputy Area Manager in Yakima. <P> Prior to working for Reclamation, Wiedmeier worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more than 20 years, mostly in Seattle and Clarkston, where she managed resources along the Lower Snake River and the Little Goose Powerplant. <P> Wiedmeier has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from Slippery Rock State College in Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Randy, reside in the Yakima area. <P> <P> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47507 Reclamation Hosting Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event at Potholes State Park
MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Children with a wide range of special needs will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event on August 2 at Potholes Reservoir located 15 miles south of Moses Lake, Wash. C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> Participants and volunteers will meet at Potholes State Park located off State Route 262. Washington State Parks manages the campground which offers easy access to Potholes Reservoir. <P> "This will be a first fishing experience for some of these kids," said Jennifer McConnell of Reclamation's Ephrata Field Office. "It is a great opportunity for volunteers to be part of an experience that these children will remember for years to come." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and will each receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. <P> Local Potholes Bass Club members and the Columbia Basin Walleye Club will be on hand with fishing boats and years of professional experience to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a picnic lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Class of the Columbia Basin Job Corps Center. <P> Partners include: Bureau of Reclamation, C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation , Columbia Basin Walleye Club, Potholes Bass Club, Washington BASS Club, Columbia Basin Job Corps Center, Washington State Parks, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and Grand Coulee Council Boy Scout Troup 24. Donations for the event were provided by local businesses including: Coulee Playland Resort, Richard & Karen Honey, Moses Lake FFA, Grand Coulee Dam Federal Employees Association, and Sporty's Steakhouse. Medical support this year is provided by Fire District No. 12 from Royal Slope, Wash. <P> For more information about the August 2 event, contact Jennifer McConnell at (509) 754-0215. In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. To find out more about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Sandra Furguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47506 Reclamation Hosting Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event at Potholes State Park
MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Children with a wide range of special needs will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers during the C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside event on August 2 at Potholes Reservoir located 15 miles south of Moses Lake, Wash. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside" initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> Participants and volunteers will meet at Potholes State Park located off State Route 262. Washington State Parks manages the campground which offers easy access to Potholes Reservoir. <P> "This will be a first fishing experience for some of these kids," said Jennifer McConnell of Reclamation's Ephrata Field Office. "It is a great opportunity for volunteers to be part of an experience that these children will remember for years to come." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and will each receive fishing gear, a tee shirt, and a hat. <P> Local Potholes Bass Club members and the Columbia Basin Walleye Club will be on hand with fishing boats and years of professional experience to assist novice anglers. The morning fishing events will be followed by a picnic lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Class of the Columbia Basin Job Corps Center. <P> Partners include: Bureau of Reclamation, C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation , Columbia Basin Walleye Club, Potholes Bass Club, Washington BASS Club, Columbia Basin Job Corps Center, Washington State Parks, Washington State Fish and Wildlife, and Grand Coulee Council Boy Scout Troup 24. Donations for the event were provided by local businesses including: Coulee Playland Resort, Richard & Karen Honey, Moses Lake FFA, Grand Coulee Dam Federal Employees Association, and Sporty's Steakhouse. Medical support this year is provided by Fire District No. 12 from Royal Slope, Wash. <P> For more information about the August 2 event, contact Jennifer McConnell at (509) 754-0215. In case of rain, the C.A.S.T. event will be canceled. To find out more about the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Sandra Furguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/</a>. <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47486 C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let's Move Outside a Hit in Yakima
<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/1yak2014.jpg" style="float:left" width="200" height="200" hspace="10" alt="Volunteer with his fishing student"/>On June 14, at Sarg Hubbard Pond in Yakima, Wash., 18 enthusiastic and excited participants registered for the annual "Catch a Special Thrill," better known as C.A.S.T./Let's Move Outside event. The participants ranged in age from 7 to 17. <P> Two entities combine to create a day of excitement for the outdoors and fishing. The first is C.A.S.T., which is a fishing event that is offered to children with a wide range of disabilities and terminal illnesses. The second is the Let's Move Outside initiative, which was introduced by First Lady Obama, with the goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity and healthy eating. <P> After registration, the excited participants readied for a couple of hours of fishing and catching a "big one." The participants were assigned a "fishing buddy," they received their fishing gear, a C.A.S.T. tee shirt and cap. With their fishing buddy and either a volunteer or parent, they were photographed to memorialize the moment. Then off to the pond to catch FISH! <P> Not all of the participants caught the "big one," but they learned how to cast a fishing rod. Some participants didn't just catch one fish, but caught the limit of five fish. The volunteers at the fish cleaning station made it possible for the participants to take the fish home, ready to cook and eat. <P> The kids' smiles were shared in a group picture. Then the hungry participants enjoyed a delicious and nutritious meal of meat and veggie burgers, hotdogs, carrots, celery, apple juice, and sweet juicy watermelon. <P> As the participants and volunteers ate, the presentation program began. Each young angler received a plaque, goody bag, and their fishing buddy picture for a job well done. The crowd of proud parents/guardians, and volunteers cheered loudly as each name was read. <P> This year's local event sponsors shared in the celebration by giving donations, providing food, fishing gear, and miscellaneous services. Those sponsors include: AB Foods, Tree Top, Pepsi, Greenway Foundation, Washington State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Valley Septic, Rex & Diane's Mobile Grill, and Culligan. <P> The "fish" stories, the participants, the smiles, the parents, and the food all contributed to the success of this event, but without the volunteers who worked behind the scene, it would not have happened. Over 40 Reclamation employees, family members, and retirees participated this year. Their unselfishness and willingness to share their love of outdoor activities helped to make the kids "star anglers" for the day. The event was a great success! <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/2yak2014.jpg" style="float:center" width="500" height="167" hspace="10" alt="Yakima C.A.S.T. Event Group Photo"/> <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47447 PN Region Participates in Welcome Home Veterans Event
The PN Region staff participated in the annual "All Veterans Welcome Home" celebration on Saturday, June 28. The event was held on the campus of the Boise VA Medical Center. <P> <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/vetotto.jpg" style="float:right" width="292" height="236" hspace="10" alt="Veterans pose with Otto Otter"/> The "All Veterans Welcome Home" event was designed to be a welcome home festivity for veterans who have recently returned and those men and women who never received a welcome home when they returned from overseas 20, 30, 40 years ago. <P> Reclamation hosted a Canal Safety booth with the focus being on the danger of canals and canal safety tips. Reclamation's mascot Otto Otter also participated by greeting the kids and their families, and handing out Otto Canal Safety coloring books along with canal safety stickers. <P> The event was free to the public including exhibitors. Those in attendance were entertained with live music. There were free BBQ and drinks, free massages, cool raffle prizes, and lots of games for the kids. <P> Representatives from the VA and veteran's organizations were there to help veterans get connected with various resources available to them such as health benefits, education, and employment services.  <P> Hundreds of veterans and family members from surrounding communities attended the event. <img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/ottohugs.jpg" style="float:left" width="287" height="352" hspace="10" alt="Otto Otter receives hugs"/<img src="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/images/photos/ottoandfriend.jpg" style="float:left" width="287" height="351" hspace="10" alt="Otto Otter and Friend"/><BR> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47426 C.A.S.T. for Kids/Let’s Move Outside Event at Lake Walcott State Park Saturday, July 19
RUPERT, Idaho - The Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Office will hold its annual C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at Lake Walcott State Park located off State Highway 24, about 11 miles northeast of Rupert. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with a wide range of special needs an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. <P> "This is an excellent opportunity for children to leave their worries and cares on shore and enjoy fishing on the lake," said Sarah Wageman, event coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Snake Field Office. "We are in need of more boaters. This is a great event for volunteers who are willing to help out and make a difference in the lives of these children." <P> This event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/">"Let's Move Outside" </a> initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt and a hat. Local volunteers will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. <P> The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch hosted by the Rupert Elks Club 2106. Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho State Parks, Rupert Elks Club 2106, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game. <P> Volunteers from the Minidoka County Sheriff Department, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and Emergency Response Ambulance will assist by providing emergency services for the event. <P> For more information about the July 19 event, contact Sarah Wageman, Upper Snake Field Office at (208) 678-0461, ext. 48. For background information about the program, contact Sandra Ferguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/ </a>. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. <P> <P>
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=47411 Reclamation Holds Annual C.A.S.T. for Kids – Let’s Move Outside Event in Prineville Sunday, July 13
PRINEVILLE, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation's Bend Field Office will hold a C.A.S.T. for Kids fishing event Sunday, July 13 at Prineville Reservoir State Park near Prineville. Children with a wide range of disabilities will have the opportunity to reel in a good time as they join some enthusiastic volunteers. <P> C.A.S.T., which stands for "Catch a Special Thrill," offers children with disabilities and terminal illnesses an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and boating. This C.A.S.T. event is also part of First Lady Michelle Obama's <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/" target="_blank">"Let's Move Outside" </a> initiative. The First Lady's goal is to solve the problem of childhood obesity by encouraging children to increase physical activity on America's public lands and waterways, and eating healthier. <P> "It is a wonderful event for the kids,," said Sandra Ferguson of Reclamation's Snake River Area Office in the Pacific Northwest Region. "This is my first year working as the Regional Coordinator for this event and I'm looking forward to this great experience." <P> The children range in age from 7-16 years old and have a variety of physical and/or developmental disabilities. Each participant will receive fishing gear, a tee shirt and a hat. <P> Volunteers from the Central Oregon BASS Club and some non-member clubs will provide fishing boats and expertise to assist novice anglers. The state bass anglers' societies work under the umbrella of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. <P> The morning fishing event will be followed by a barbecue lunch donated by Tom and Charley's Sub Shop & Pizzeria, The Dawg House, Grocery Outlet of Prineville, Eberhard's Dairy of Redmond, Apple Peddler Restaurant in Prineville, and hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Prineville. The Oregon State Park, Crook County Sheriff's Office, and Search and Rescue units will be assisting with the picnic, parking, traffic control and marine patrol. <P> Other donor-friendly groups this year are Ray's Food Place in Prineville, Starbucks in Prineville, Bigfoot Beverages Company in Bend/Eugene, National Fish Carvers Guild and Sportsman's Warehouse in Bend. New donors and volunteers are needed and encouraged to participate. <P> Partners include: C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Bureau of Reclamation, Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, Central Oregon Bass Club, Kiwanis Club of Prineville, and Crook County Sheriff's Office. <P> Participants and volunteers can now register online at the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation website at <a href="http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/prineville-reservoir" target="_blank">http://www.castforkids.org/events-calendar/cast-events/prineville-reservoir </a>. <P> For more information about the July 13 event or the C.A.S.T. for Kids - Let's Move Outside events Region-wide, contact Sandra Ferguson, Regional Coordinator at (208) 383-2206 or visit <a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/">http://www.usbr.gov/pn/cast/ </a>. In case of rain, the event will be canceled. <P> <P>