April’s top stories on Ear to the Ground: Discover Pass, volunteers and meeting public concerns

Nabbing perps, allowing a second vehicle on annual Discover Passes, and good old fashioned volunteerism were popular themes on our blog during April. Here are the most widely viewed stories on Ear to the Ground during April:

discover passEffective immediately: Discover Pass can now be transferred between two vehicles 
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed new Discover Pass legislation that allows you to enter a second vehicle license number on an existing pass. New annual passes can list two vehicles.

911 call helps catch suspected thieves at Woodard Bay NRCA
A Thurston County sheriff’s deputy arrested two men for breaking and entering as well as drug possession after an alert visitor noticed them kicking in the door of an interpretive facility at Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) near Olympia.

 Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark at the Great Gravel Pack-in

Volunteers make a huge difference at the 7th Annual Great Gravel Pack-in
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR staff, 142 volunteers, and two dozen horses and mules put in more than 1,200 hours and hauled 45 yards of gravel by quads and 6 yards by horse or mule to get several popular areas of Capitol State Forest in shape for the recreation season (which starts May 1st).

Reader board Tahuya Community ClubAlert citizens report sunken derelict vessel in Tahuya River to DNR
Quick work by the staff of DNR’s Derelict Vessel Program led to the quick removal of a potential hazard in a well-known salmon fishing area.  Observant folks living in the Tahuya area in northern Mason County had noticed an old, beat-up boat—mostly submerged—in the Tahuya River.

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