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Professor, author to discuss 'fishermen's problems'

COLLEGE PLACE -- Author and Columbia Basin College professor David F. Arnold will present, "Fishermen's Problems and Why We Should Care," at the annual Clara and Art Bald Trust Environmental Lecture on Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Chan Shun Pavilion Lecture Hall, Room 154, on the Walla Walla University campus.

Fishermen's problems are numerous, and Arnold will explain how these problems are not just fishermen's problems, but everyone's problems. Arnold's recently published book, "Fishermen's Frontier," provides a history of the salmon fishery of southeastern Alaska. He also illustrates how much looking at people at work in the natural world can tell us about human society.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the WWU History Department at 527-2065.

Lower Monument lock work funds in spending bill

Funds to continue repairs on a damaged lower Snake River navigation lock are in a spending measure which cleared the Senate today.

In a release, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said the money for the Lower Monumental Dam work is in the 2010 Senate Energy and Water Development appropriations bill. The legislation has been approved by both houses of Congress and will now head to the President who is expected to sign it into law.

The lock repair is among 15 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Washington state slated to receive funds from the bill. About $2.5 million has been earmarked for the work at the dam.

The Washington state projects funded by the bill range from $2.9 million for the Shoalwater Bay Shoreline Erosion construction project in Pacific County to $90,000 for ecosystem restoration on the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County.

Compiled by Union-Bulletin staff.

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