Fisheries group gains new leader


A new executive director has been named to lead the Tri-State Steelheaders.

Mike Bireley succeeds Nichole Curet as the director of the Walla Walla-based regional fisheries enhancement group, said board President Larry Zalaznik. Curet resigned her post to focus her attention on family. She plans to continue supporting the organization through its many volunteer opportunities.

Bireley, a retired Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife enforcement officer, previously served as acting director of the William A. Grant Water and Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College.

The goal of the Tri-State Steelheaders is to ensure fish populations in Southeast Washington, Northeast Oregon and Central Idaho are sustainable for future generations through habitat enforcement work, community education and partnership opportunities with other conservation groups.


The executive board of the Manufactured/Mobile Home Owners of America will meet Saturday at Country Estates Mobile Home Park, 938 Scenic View Drive in College Place.

All MHOA members, officers, directors, chapter officers, standing committee chairs and residents of Eastern Washington manufactured home parks are invited to attend the meeting of the more than 40-year-old Bremerton-based organization.

In addition to various reports from board officers, the meeting will include the possible appointment of a new treasurer, a legislative report for 2011 and bylaw changes that allow all MHOA members to vote. A discussion on a possible consolidation with the Association of Manufactured Home Owners will also take place; and district director and chapter officer reports will also be presented. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. after a 9:15 registration time and is expected to close at 2:30 p.m.

Coffee and goodies will be provided for breakfast, and lunch will be served for $7.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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