Join your neighbors and become more FireWise!
For more information on the Firehouse Sale, visit www.highprairie.us.
Please come and enjoy the Wild About Nature program at the White Salmon library. Every Friday evening during April, beginning at 6:30, expert presenters will be speaking on a wide range of nature-related topics. The series will be fun and informative for both adults and children.
Two speakers already familiar to High Prairians will help open the series this coming Friday, April 1. Bill Weiler, who has entertained High Prairie several times with his talks about wildlife, will be focusing this time on cougars. Jim White, who has introduced astronomy to High Prairie groups, will be giving a talk on “Dark Skies and Light Pollution.”
Two Friday sessions later (April 15), High Prairian Jake Jakabosky will bring the perspective of his long-time personal and professional involvement with nature to a talk entitled, “The Gorge and Beyond: Advocating for the Earth.” This follows a talk by the young man who inspired Jake’s presentation, White Salmon’s 11-year-old dynamo/climate activist Dae Dahlquist.
Don’t miss any of the series’ speakers. Each one will share an interesting and informative talk on some aspect of Nature. Refreshments will be served, and you can enjoy Joy Markgraf’s displays in the library entrance and works by Linda Steider hanging in the Gallery.
For more complete information about the series, see the attached flyer.
To members of the HPCC,
On behalf of the High Prairie Fire Department (HPFD) I want to sincerely thank you for providing an AED for public use at the High Prairie Community Center. In addition, you have donated one AED to the HPFD. This unit will be used for the command vehicle or whenever we send an apparatus out of district for mutual aid. We currently have a water tender assisting with fire suppression efforts at the Cougar Creek Fire on Mt Adams and we sent the new AED with them. Special thanks to Fred Henchell for spearheading the initiative. Great job Fred! These units just may save a life someday.
Tim Darland, Chief
High Prairie Fire Department
For those HP residents interested in signing up for the county’s reverse-911 service, (wherein the county sends out automated messages to subscribers in the event of emergencies), here is the link to Emergency Management:
In case you hadn’t heard, FD 14 via the High Prairie Community Council was recently awarded $5000 in private funds from Legends Casino in Toppenish, WA. The grant was awarded in response to a request written by Tim Darland and submitted utilizing HPCC’s non-profit status.
These funds will be used to purchase 13 pagers that will bring our local department up to speed with the county’s new emergency dispatch system.
Congratulations to all! The press release:
TOPPENISH, Wash. — Yakama Nation’s Legends Casino announced Friday that it has awarded more than $900,000 in grants to several local nonprofits and agencies.
As part of its Yakama Cares program, the casino awarded 200 local nonprofits a combined total of $400,000, while almost $483,000 was given to local law enforcement, fire and health care agencies.
Each year, nonprofit organizations have the first three months to submit applications for consideration of any of this money. Yakama Cares donates funds to these groups in hopes of creating “positive impacts” in the neighboring communities, according to a news release issued by the casino. Hundreds of applications are submitted and undergo a competitive process. Grants given to winning nonprofits ranged from $1,000 to $10,000.
The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office received the largest share of funding at $180,000.
In a phone interview Friday, Sheriff Brian Winter said the bulk of the money will go toward improving the agency’s radio system that provides spotty coverage in some areas. Last year, the sheriff’s office also received money from the casino for cameras, but switched its request at the last minute to radio upgrades, citing a greater need. The sheriff’s office returned some of last year’s grant as a result of the change. Exact amounts regarding the proposed radio upgrades were not readily available Friday.
Among other awards: The Yakama Nation will receive about $126,000; Toppenish Community Hospital will get about $76,000; and Toppenish Public Works will receive $42,000.
Other larger disbursements include: $6,014 for the Wapato Fire Department; $ 22,500 for the Yakama Nation Police; $ 41,836 to the Toppenish Public Works Department; $76,372 to Toppenish Community Hospital; $16,538 to the Toppenish Police Department; $5,000 to the Yakama Nation Housing Authority; and $8,095 to Yakima County Fire District No. 5.