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Can We Save Our Salmon Town Hall Meeting Slated

PULLMAN, Wash. — A town hall meeting on saving wild salmon will be broadcast Monday, March 15, on public television stations in Seattle, Richland, Pullman and Vancouver, Washington.

The program anticipates that the National Marine Fisheries Service will list six species of wild salmon in Washington as threatened or endangered under provisions of the Endangered Species Act.

The listing was proposed by fisheries last February as a means of saving the wild salmon. The threatened or endangered species listings have far-reaching implications for the state’s environment and economy. If authorized, the listings’ impact would be felt in virtually every area of public life, from land-use decisions to taxes to water use.

The Pacific Northwest salmon crisis and the ramifications of the proposed listing for citizens and taxpayers will be the focus of “Town Hall Meeting Can We Save Our Salmon?”

The program will be broadcast live at 7 p.m., March 15, by public television station KCTS in Seattle with simultaneous rebroadcast by public television stations KTNW in the Tri-Cities, KWSU in Pullman, and KYVE in Yakima.

KCTS executive producer Enrique Cerna will host the town hall meeting. Federal and state officials, tribal representatives, fisheries experts and others will join Cerna in the KCTS studio for an in-depth discussion of issues.

Guests will respond to questions from a live studio audience and from discussion groups at three remote sites — Pullman, the Richland and Vancouver. The sites are being provided by Washington State University Cooperative Extension.

Town Hall Meeting Can We Save Our Salmon? is the second in a series of specials presented by KCTS, The Public Network, as part of a major two-year programming, education and outreach initiative called Save Our Salmon.

Numerous WSU Cooperative Extension offices will downlink the program, which may be viewed at the following sites. (Contact the office directly for more information about meeting time and location.)

  • Bellingham. WSU Cooperative Extension – Whatcom County, 1000 N. Forest St. Suite 201, Craig MacConnell, (360) 676-6736.
  • Colfax. WSU Cooperative Extension – Whitman County, 310 N. Main, Room 209, Randy Baldree, (509) 397-6256.
  • Colville. WSU Stevens County Learning Center, 985 S Elm, (509) 684- 2588.
  • Coupeville. WSU Cooperative Extension – Island County, 1 NE Fifth St., Don Meehan, (360) 679-7327.
  • Davenport. WSU Cooperative Extension – Lincoln County, 303 6th Street, Box 399, Tom Platt (509) 725-4171, or e-mail plattom@wsu.edu.
  • Dayton. WSU Cooperative Extension – Columbia County, 202 S. Second St., (509) 382-4741.
  • Ellensburg. WSU Cooperative Extension – Kittitas County, 207 W. Tacoma, Lana Thomas-Cruse, (509) 962-7507.
  • Goldendale. WSU Cooperative Extension – Klickitat County, 228 W. Main St., (509) 773-5817.
  • Long Beach. WSU Long Beach, 2907 Pioneer Rd., Kim Patten, (360) 642-2031.
  • Mount Vernon. WSU Cooperative Extension – Skagit County, 306 S. First, (360) 428-4270.
  • Okanogan. WSU Cooperative Extension – Okanogan County, Courthouse Room 101, Debbie Morris (509) 422-7245.
  • Port Angeles. WSU Cooperative Extension – Clallam County, 223 E. 4th Street, Curtis Beus or Jessica Baccus, (360) 417-2279.
  • Port Hadlock. WSU Community Learning Center – Jefferson County, 201 West Patison, Katherine Baril, (360) 379-5610 ext 202, or e-mail at kbaril@wsu.edu.
  • Prosser. WSU Cooperative Extension – Prosser Research Center, 24106 N. Bunn Rd., (509) 786-2226.
  • Pullman. WSU Pullman, Teleconferencing Center, Food Science & Human Nutrition Blg., Room T-101, Jim Shelden, (509) 335-9290.
  • Richland. WSU – Tri-Cities, 2710 University Dr., Room 256W, (509) 372-7224.
  • Tacoma. WSU Pierce County, 3049 S. 36th St., Suite 300, Curtis Hinman, (253) 798-3257.
  • Vancouver. WSU – Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, Blair Wolfley, (360) 254-8436.
  • Yakima. WSU Cooperative Extension/Learning Center -Yakima County, 128 N. 2nd Street, Room 233, Don Chaplin, 509-574-1600, or e-mail chaplind@wsu.edu.

Additional downlink sites may be added as arrangements continue to be made. Contact your county Cooperative Extension office to find out if it will downlink the program for public viewing.

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