Regional district’s invasive plant manager asking for public’s assistance to control weeds

first_imgArmagost said she was particularly trying to educate residents on three invasive plant species that tend to be popular amongst local gardeners – Mountain Bluet, Dame’s Rocket and Common Tansy. She said while those plants are nice to look at, they can spread through both root and seed and can be very aggressive when they get into farmer’s fields.She said Common Tansy is especially popular for its medicinal properties, and she recommends if residents are going to grow the plant to do so in a container, or to dead-head the plant(s) before they seed.The regional district created a buzz earlier this summer when it hired a goat herder with 400 goats to graze the area of the Peace Valley Lookout Site near Fort St. John in an attempt to control an outbreak of Dalmatian Toadflax. Armagost said the goats have since finished grazing but the district continues to monitor site.- Advertisement -She said the wet weather in recent months has set back the district’s weed spraying program this year, so she and her contractors are trying to make up for lost time this month. With limited resources and a huge region to cover, she said it is critically important that everybody in the region help to report and mitigate the spread of weeds.Armagost added private landowners do have a responsibility to control the spread of invasive plants, and she does have the authority under law to take action if that is not being done. She encouraged anyone with questions or concerns about weeds to contact her at (250) 784-3227 or via email at elaine.armagost@prrd.bc.ca.More information on invasive plant management in the district can also be found online at www.prrd.bc.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

FAMILY VALUES – WHY DONEGAL’S KERRYMEN MAY BE SLEEPING IN THE SPARE ROOM!

first_imgCome the final whistle after today’s All Ireland quarter final, the respective Walsh households will be a difficult place to live for certain members of the family. Donegal women Roisin and Caroline Walsh just happen to be married to Kerry brothers Justin and Diarmuid Walsh.But they have refused to follow the Kingdom and will be proudly wearing the green and gold of Tir Chonaill today.Justin and Caroline (nee Sweeney) both work in Letterkenny IT while his brother Diarmuid and wife Roisin are both teachers in Inishowen.Both families have just returned from holidaying in the Kingdom but will be travelling to Croke Park today to support their teams. While in Kerry, Caroline, who is on the Committee for Relay for Life Donegal, met up with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Donegal Association of Kerry, who are keen to offer their support for Relay for Life by promoting and selling the Daniel O’Donnell’s CD (I’ll see this journey through) on the committees behalf and are also putting plans in place to organise a fundraising event for Relay for Life Donegal 2013.The Association was founded in March 2011 by Sean Gallagher.Living in Killorglin with his wife Mary, the Inver native is having great sport with the people of Kerry. With over 100 members the Donegal Association of Kerry is enjoying the tribal banter in all corners of the county this week as today’s showdown looms.“I think it is any team’s game and it is going to be tight. We are a farly tight-knit community here in Kerry alright, we’d have to be in a week like this, but the craic is mighty,” said Sean.Included in the picture are Sean Gallagher (back row – second in from right hand side), Kieran Boyle (back row on left hand side), Bridget Moore (formerly McElhinney, Creeslough) with her husband John from Causeway, Co Kerry. Bridget’s nephew, Martin McElhinney is on the Donegal panel for Sunday which makes it all the more exciting but although John would love to see Martin getting a medal, he will definitely be cheering for Kerry on the day! Also included of course are The Walsh families – Justin and Caroline with kids Sarah and Darragh (wearing Kerry Jerseys!!) and Diarmuid and Roisin with kids, Donal, Aoife and Michael (wearing Donegal Jerseys).    FAMILY VALUES – WHY DONEGAL’S KERRYMEN MAY BE SLEEPING IN THE SPARE ROOM! was last modified: August 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Israeli leader Olmert gets conditional OK for West Bank plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush gave new Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert more than he expected at the two leaders’ first Oval Office meeting Tuesday: qualified support for a plan – previously given a chilly reception – to unilaterally define Israel’s West Bank borders. At a time when the Palestinian leadership is bitterly divided and partly controlled by a group the United States considers terrorists, Bush acknowledged that the preferred course of negotiated borders might be impossible. For his part, Olmert promised to spare no effort to seek a settlement before acting unilaterally. Bush said Olmert presented bold ideas that could lead to the goal of an independent Palestinian state “if a pathway to progress on the road map is not opened in the period ahead.” He was referring to the U.S.-backed peace plan known as the road map. “Our preferred option, of course, is (for) there to be a negotiated settlement,” Bush said at a chummy news conference with Olmert. “On the other hand, as the prime minister said, … if he is unable to find a partner in peace, if nothing can go forward, he is willing to think about ways to advance the process forward.” The two leaders’ statements after their first White House meeting amounted to agreement that the United States won’t endorse the plan now but will not stand in Olmert’s way if the Palestinians prove unable to negotiate. Bush also urged Israel to reach out to moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an alternative to dealing with the Palestinian Authority now led by the radical Islamic Hamas movement. Abbas was elected separately and remains in office, but the extent of his power is unclear. No one is certain whether a deal can be struck with Abbas or how meaningful such a deal would be if Hamas rejected it. U.S. officials had been cool to Olmert’s plan while so many questions remain about the scope, cost and consequences of what could be a $10 billion resettlement program. Palestinians, Arab neighbors and European allies widely oppose the plan as one-sided. But a senior Bush administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was describing private meetings, said Olmert convinced administration leaders in recent days that he is sincere about reaching out to Abbas as a first step. Bush also became convinced that Olmert’s plan could be compatible with the ultimate goal of a viable Palestinian state, even if the Palestinians had little hand in creating it, the official said. As if to illustrate that point, Bush invited Olmert for a lengthy unscheduled private meeting in the Bush family’s private quarters after their news conference. Separately on Tuesday, Bush gave his strongest assurance to date that the United States will not stand by if the rising anti-Semitic rhetoric from Iran turns more violent. “Israel is a close friend and ally of the United States. And in the event of any attack on Israel, the United States will come to Israel’s aid,” Bush said. Both Bush and Olmert said Iran must not be allowed to build a nuclear arsenal. “We determined that the Iranian regime must not obtain nuclear weapons,” Bush said. Earlier Tuesday, Olmert discussed concerns about Iran with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in a 35-minute meeting at the Pentagon. At the White House, he said it was not too late to stop Iran from getting the bomb. “This is a moment of truth,” Olmert said. Under his West Bank plan, Olmert could move on his own to remove many isolated Israeli settlements while defending major enclaves Israel intends to keep. A border would be drawn by 2010. “I believe, and Prime Minister Olmert agrees, that a negotiated final-status agreement best serves both the Israelis and the Palestinians and the cause of peace,” Bush said. Still, “the prime minister’s ideas could be an important step toward the peace we both support,” Bush said. Olmert said he would go forward with his plan “in the event that all other options may not be possible.”last_img read more