President signs Baird's L&C bill

Washington, D.C. - A bill to prepare for the commemoration of the Lewis and Clark journey, co-authored by U.S. Reps Brian Baird and David Wu, D-Ore., was signed into law on Wednesday, Aug. 21 by President Bush.

The bill expands the Ft. Clatsop Memorial in Oregon from 130 to 1,500 acres and commissions a study to determine whether Station Camp and Fort Canby State Park in Southwest Washington will be included in the National park System as part of the bicentennial events commemorating the Corps of Discovery Expedition.

"There will be hundreds of thousands of people crossing the country to retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark, and this legislation will help ensure Southwest Washington has the infrastructure to greet these visitors," said Baird. "Lewis and Clark braved the elements and succeeded against all odds. Their story of courage and adventure continues to inspire all who learn about their journey."

If it is determined in the study that historic locations in Southwest Washington are to be included in the Ft. Clatsop Memorial, funds would need to be appropriated from Congress at that time to implement the study's recommendations.

LB officer rescues bat from ledge

LONG BEACH - Since a Seaview man was bitten by a rabid bat last month, local residents have become aware of the voracious insect eaters' presence in the area.

Long Beach Police Department received a report last week that a bat was sitting on a ledge at the Windward Passage condominiums.

LBPD Officer Paul Jacobson was dispatched to deal with the animal. He said he put it in a box and released it in the woods east of town.

Ilwaco council plans annual picnic

ILWACO - The Ilwaco City Council on Monday approved a subdivision plan and plat for Jon Kaino's new development west of Black lake, turned down a proposed lease on the old city shop, and made plans for a community potluck picnic.

Ilwaco Mayor Ed Leonard said the council discussed desirability of Kaino taking steps to avoid excess erosion from his property prior to the onset of winter rains.

The Ilwaco Fire Department will host the potluck, to be held at the city park at Black lake from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. The date was chosen so citizens can also remember the events of last Sept. 11 during the picnic. Attendees are asked to bring their own favorite salad or dessert to share.

Family Health Center gets new physician

Ocean Park - Family Health Center at North Beach Clinic announces our new full-time physician, Dr. Atul Bhasin, Internal Medicine/Family Practice. He is scheduled to arrive at the Family Health Center on Sept. 5.

Chinook Tribal Council meets 9/14

CHINOOK - The Chinook Tribal Council will meet at the Bay Center Methodist Church on Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. There will be the usual potluck luncheon. For additional information, call (360) 777-8303.

Boating safety class offered

OCEAN PARK - The USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 62 is offering a boating safety class on Aug. 28 and 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Peninsula Senior Center in Ocean Park. The cost is $17.

For more information contact Rick Hopkins at 665-6575.

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