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SALMON: Improve dam for White River fish

Each year, taxpayers spend more than $150 million on salmon restoration in the streams around Puget Sound. For too long the decrepit Buckley Dam and its antiquated fish passage facility on the White River have undermined this significant investment, threatening the survival and recovery of Puget Sound chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout.

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, must upgrade both the fish passage system and the dam itself by 2020 in order to protect salmon and comply with the Endangered Species Act.

Washington’s congressional delegation must

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SUMNER: Citizens don’t want chemical plant

Re: “Chemical company one step closer” (TNT, 5-5).

According to the article, “The chemicals would be nonexplosive, mainly used in water treatment and cleaning, according to information from the city.”

In the Final Environmental Impact Statement, we finally got both the applicant and the city to admit that in fact when acids and bleach mix, chlorine gas is the result. I find this continued expression of “water treatment” completely inadequate.

Our little town is undeserving of this toxic chemical plant so close to residences, businesses, major transportation routes, the Sounder commuter station and right next to the White River.

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BUDGET: Many districts would lose all LEA funds

Re: “Tacoma schools fear state cuts” (TNT, 11-22).

The article notes that Gov. Chris Gregoire “proposed a cut of 50 percent of levy equalization (LEA) dollars . . . a reduction of more than $3.1 million for Tacoma.”

However, the 50 percent proposal has a “tier approach,” in which 96 school district would lose 100 percent of their LEA funding. The following Pierce County districts are among those that would lose all of their levy equalization: Puyallup, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, University Place and White River.

Other districts that would lose 50 percent are Bethel, Clover Park and Franklin Pierce. Tax

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