The Donegal Firefighters Annual Charity Car Wash and Bucket Collection in aid of Donegal Hospice and Northwest Hospice will be held this Sat 3rd August at various fire stations across the county.The Donegal Firefighters Association would like to thank the public for their support over the years.Through their hard work and the generous support of the public , a total of €475,000e being donated to these Hospices. And with your support on Saturday the firefighters hope to exceed the €500,000 total.The DFA committee would like to thank everyone who has supported the cause over the years.So if your car is scruffy or spotless, get along to your local fire station this weekend for a good cause.PUBLIC URGED TO GET BEHIND DONEGAL FIREFIGHTERS’ CARWASH was last modified: August 1st, 2013 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) Tags:car washcharityFIRE SERVICE
Weekend 1 of the national underage indoor champs at Magherafelt saw a varied result for Finn Valley.There was gold for John Kelly of St Johnston in the shot at 16-15m as he continues to reap the return for sheer hard work .There was also gold for Aaron Mc Glynn from Glenfin in the 600m and only out of the frame in 60m by an inch again was the seriously dedicated ,Kieran Brady from Burnfoot. gold in the high jump 1-37m a PB under 13 and his talent is so obvious so now for some really focused work to get to 1-45m outdoors .These excellent performances were added to by Jack Mc Geehin who snatched bronze in the high jump as did Naoimh Mc Granaghan in the shot. Blaithnaid Patton also claimed bronze in the high jump completing the medal tally. There were so many in top 6 with Denver Kelly 4th and Charles Mc Daid 6th in same 600m under 13. There were further PB performances for Gavin Mc Laughlin,Shane Thompson and noteworthy top finishes for Sommer Lecky,Danny Browne and Elaine Boyle.A big thank you to coaches, parents and supporters who continue to travel in larger numbers . Two weeks to the final underage championship of the year and the clock always ticking brings us then to the outdoor season a new challenge in itself .This Friday evening at 7pm sees the organisation of the 3rd in the Finn Valley 5k series of runs . Start time will be sharp to get underway before dark.EndsTRIO OF GOLD FOR FINN VALLEY AT NATIONAL UNDERAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: March 20th, 2011 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)
Male caribou running near Kiwalik, Alaska. (Photo: Jim Dau)For the first time in 30 years, hunting restrictions are planned for Northwest Alaska caribou.Download AudioThe Western Arctic and Teshekpuk herds lost half their numbers in the past decade. But this caribou crisis has spurred a unique collaboration, where user groups across the state chose to share the burden of hunting reductions.The Alaska Board of Game recently considered a proposal to actively manage Western Arctic and Teshekpuk caribou herds. And in a surprising turn, Northwest Alaska hunters pushed for greater restrictions, which were ultimately adopted by the Board.Caribou biologist Jim Dau with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game says it was a highlight of his career.“That’s the way resource management is supposed to work,” Dau said. “Not having government force things down the public’s throat to conserve a resource—it’s the public stepping up and saying ‘we care enough about this resource that we’re willing to take a hit.’ I think that’s really impressive.”And it is a serious hit. The Western Arctic Herd, in particular, spans from Barrow south to the Yukon River, cutting from the Koyukuk River westward onto the Seward Peninsula. It’s the state’s largest herd — 235,000 animals as of July 2013, less than half its peak of 490,000 in 2003 — and caribou is a primary food source for over 40 villages that fall within its range.The new regulations will go into effect July 1, and will impact resident and non-resident hunters by lowering bag limits and reducing the length of the hunting season. Charlie Lean is chair of Fish & Game’s Northern Norton Sound Advisory Committee. He says it wasn’t an easy decision.“This is a hard pill to swallow but it’s a matter of sharing the burden of conservation between all areas and being proactive before it reaches a real crisis,” Lean said.That willingness to share the pain is what Dau says sets this scenario apart from the last caribou crash in the 70s.“That 1970s Western Arctic Herd population crash may have been one of the most serious wildlife management debacles in the history of the state,” Dau said.Dau says the state responded by completely closing caribou hunting for everyone, with little input from local users. Here’s Jacob Ivanoff with the Southern Norton Sound Advisory Committee.“The Board of Game at that time just said, ‘you guys gotta quit.’ That’s basically what they said,” Jacob Ivanoff, with the Southern Norton Sound Advisory Committee, said. “They did not give them the opportunity to express their opinions as we were able to at this last meeting.”For the past 10 months, regional advisory committees have been assessing the population data and deciding how to react, ultimately opting to restrict their own opportunity for the good of the herd. The Western Arctic Herd traverses a variety of state, federal, and private land holdings, and overlapping state and federal regulations often confuse hunters. Ken Adkisson, with the National Park Service in Nome, says it would be ideal for the state and feds to pass similar regulations.“Especially as it reduces confusion in the hunters’ minds where they don’t have to worry about whose land they’re on and whether the harvest limit changes,” Adkisson said. “I mean, the caribou don’t really care much where those boundary lines go and when you’re migrating all the way from the North Slope maybe almost to the Yukon, you’ve got a lot of boundary lines to cross.”The question still on everyone’s mind is what’s causing the population decline. Data points in part to low calf-survival rate, and users almost unanimously blame predation. But Dau says implementing an effective predator control program will be complicated by land ownership boundaries. And while state and local groups lean toward supporting intensive management, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Park Service remain opposed.“There are several guarantees with predator control: it’s always controversial, it’s always expensive, and it’s never guaranteed,” Dau said. “And all those things are going to be considered before the state does anything.”The adopted state regulations are likely just step one in addressing the caribou decline.The Department of Fish & Game will be conducting another population survey this year. The full text of new regulations can be found online.