|**News and Events: Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center needs your help!|
|Wed, March 30, 2005 03:24 PM|
The Mountaineers received this call for help today from the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center. We thought it a good idea to get the word out. Read on...
Please urge your legislator to support funding for The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center.|
Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center needs your help! Governor Gregoire has appropriated funds for NWAC in her budget, but the recommended amount falls short of what NWAC needs to operate at full capacity for the next two years - and the legislature has yet to pass the budget! In order to ensure NWAC is able to provide its important avalanche forecasting service to the winter backcountry community, we must speak up to our elected officials, NOW! This is a very critical time for the NWAC - please take a minute and show your support.
Call or e-mail your legislator and a member of the House Appropriations or Senate Ways and Means Committee and ask for the additional funding needed to keep the center fully operational in 2006 and 2007 - $105,000 from Parks and Recreation in 2006 and $120,000 from Parks & Recreation in 2007.
You can find your legislator by searching on this website - http://www.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx
In addition, the following members of the House of Representatives will play a key role in this process. Call them too!
Rep. Helen Sommers (D - 36th District - Seattle)
Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Fromhold (D - 49th District - Vancouver)
Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Kelli Linville (D - 42nd District - Bellingham)
Mt. Baker is in her District.
Rep. Gary Alexander (R - 20th District - Olympia)
Ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Mike Armstrong (R- 12th District - Wenatchee)
Mission Ridge is in his District.