MastersConnection 2020
Issue 518 In This Issue April 8th, 2017

Editors Corner

Did you know that parts of Canada have gotten 53 inches of snow in about a week? Those parts may be used to getting snow, but not quite that much in such a short time. Click here

Speaking of snow, are you aware that California's mountains now have the deepest snowpack since 2011? "Readings of 95 sites in the Sierra Nevada showed that snowpack is 164 percent of average". Click here

On a completely different subject, did you know that lemons have far more uses then just adding their juice or rind to foods and/or drinks? You can use them to help clean cutting boards, polish chrome and stainless steel, zap mildew, kill weeds, and much more. Click here

There's more, but I will leave the rest for you to discover and enjoy. Have a wonderful week.

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Cannabis Interim Ordinance
Thurston County Public Hearing

Please attend to show your concern

Date: April 25, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
or attend/speak at the Board of Commissioners Public Hearing on
April 11, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m.

Location: Room 280, Building 1 Thurston County Courthouse Complex, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98501

84 commercial/industrial marijuana production operations have been approved or are under review in Thurston County.


It is time to tell the Thurston County Board of Commissioners, AGAIN, that we are opposed to allowing Marijuana Commercial farm operations in rural residential or agricultural neighborhoods.

For more information contact:   N.O.P.E. - Neighbors Opposing Pot Environs

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Food Watch

Soggy Prairies Threaten Vital Grain Planting Season in Canada
First came a deluge of rain, then a string of winter blizzards. Now, April showers are threatening to heap further moisture on waterlogged fields just as Canada’s farmers prepare to plant their fields this spring. Parts of Canada’s prairies will be wetter than normal in the last two weeks of April, costing farmers “significant” field work delays at the start of planting, said Joel Widenor, an agricultural meteorologist with Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. That’s bad news for growers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, where some fields are already saturated after some areas have received 150 percent of average precipitation since Sept. 1 following heavy fall rains and winter storms, according to the nation’s agriculture ministry. Farmers in Saskatchewan still have more than 1 million metric tons of grain left to harvest after conditions were too wet to combine last fall. That’s adding to concerns spring planting could be delayed, since soils will have to dry out to support harvest equipment before seeding can happen.

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Community Calendar

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April 11th @ 2pm & 25th @ 5:30pm: Thurston County Public Hearing - Cannabis Interim Ordinance
Please attend to show your concern at Room 280, Building 1 Thurston County Courthouse Complex, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98501
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Lake Lawrence Bird Study in Progress
April 3, 2017 in Rainier, Washington

An exciting citizen science bird study is currently being conducted near waterfowl concentration areas by Lake Lawrence in SE Thurston County.  The monitors are made up of mostly residents from the surrounding area and Black Hills Audubon Society members.  The group would love to have new members join the project. The surveys are occurring in an area of high quality bird habitats including a 120 acre wet meadow currently being restored, the Deschutes River, Lake Lawrence and a 23 acre State designated waterfowl concentration wetland.  Concerns that birds while in their diurnal and seasonal travels could collide with a 160’ cell phone tower being proposed next to these habitats is prompting this citizen science effort.

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In The News

Top British universities found producing ‘fake research’
Hundreds of allegations of “fake research” conducted at some of the UK’s top universities were reported between 2011 and 2016, figures show. According to figures released by 23 of Britain’s 24 Russell Group universities following Freedom of Information (FoI) requests submitted by the BBC, the scale of fraudulent research is much higher than official Research Councils UK (RCUK) statistics suggest. The figures reveal at least 300 allegations including plagiarism and fabrication. Official data, however, suggests about 30 cases were reported between 2012 and 2015. In response, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry to reassure the public that its monitoring system is “robust.” Committee Chairman Stephen Metcalfe stressed the importance of reassuring people that public funds are being invested in accurate and trustworthy research. “Where research has been found to be fraudulent at a later point it has a big impact on the public – it leads to mistrust,” he told the BBC.

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Weather Watch

‘Snowmageddon’: Canada hit with 2m of snow & has mind-boggling pics to prove it (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador has experienced a record-breaking snowstorm, with over 2 meters (7 feet) of snow burying the town of Gander. Locals have been sharing insane photos of themselves trying to dig out their houses and cars. Newfoundland in east Canada has had 135cm (53 inches) of snowfall since last Thursday, March 30, according to a weather recording of Gander International Airport by Environment Canada. When that number is added to what was already on the ground, those lucky enough to live in places like Gander are dealing with about 238cm of snow, reports the Weather Network, “shattering” the entire province’s previous measly 2004 record of 174cm. So what does 93 inches / 7.8 feet of snow look like in the everyday world? A headache and quite a lot of workout, but also a bit of fun, pictures on social media reveal.

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Colombia flood: Over 200 dead after rivers overflow, toppling homes
The search continued Sunday for loved ones in a small city in southern Colombia after heavy rains sent floodwaters, mud and debris surging through homes, killing at least 207 and leaving many injured or missing. The streets of Mocoa were covered in thick sand, mud and tree limbs from the rivers and forest that surround the city. A lack of drinking water and power forced authorities to suspend the search and rescue effort during the night. President Juan Manuel Santos, who has declared Mocoa a disaster area, said Sundaythat at least 207 were killed but that the death toll was changing "every moment." Authorities said another 200 people, many of them children, were injured and just as many were unaccounted for amid the destruction. Throughout the city, people dug through the ruins, salvaging what they could of their possessions and looking for the missing.

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Monster cyclone rips off roofs & trees, forces mass evacuations in Australia (VIDEOS)
Thousands of people have been evacuated as a monster category four cyclone smashed into the coast of Australia, with winds over 260 kilometers per hour (160 mph) ripping off roofs and uprooting trees in Queensland. The 50-kilometer-wide eye of Cyclone Debbie struck along the north Queensland coastline; starting with Whitsunday Islands and the nearby mainland. The hurricane strong winds are currently packing a force of roughly 185 kilometers per hour, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said, warning that gusts could reach 270kph near the center. The category four storm has already left more than 30,000 people without power in Airlie Beach, Proserpine, Bowen, Mackay and Cannonvale, Ergon Energy reports. “We’re getting some reports already of roofs starting to lift, including at some of our own facilities in the Whitsundays,” the state’s deputy police commissioner, Steve Gollschewski, told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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Earth Watch

2 volcanos spew ash in Russia’s quake-rattled Kamchatka
Two of Kamchatka's volcanos – Kambalny and Kluchevskoy – have spewed ash thousands of meters into the air, as eruptions and seismic activity intensified in Russia’s far eastern region last week. The ash cloud spread some 100 km into the Pacific. “According to the satellite data of the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) on Monday morning, ash release was recorded on the Kambalny volcano. The height of the ash release was up to 7 thousand meters above sea level,” the local Emergency Ministry branch said in a statement, adding that no civilians are at risk. The 2,156-meters-high Kambalny volcano in the southern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula is the southernmost active volcano in the region. The Kambalny volcano which unexpectedly started spewing ash several days ago after waking from a 250 year period of inactivity is being closely monitored. Monday’s eruption blew ash eastwards some 100 km in the direction of the Pacific Ocean. The Ministry noted that the path of the ash will unlikely affect air traffic in the area. However, authorities issued a code 'orange' volcano aviation alert.

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Astronaut shares magnificent view of aurora lights from space (PHOTO)

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End of drought? California snowpack deepest in years
Snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada are seventh-deepest since 1950, California officials found in a survey. Following a rainy winter, the snow measurement could mean an official end to the state’s five-year drought that has plagued the state. On Thursday, the California Department of Water Resources carried out its important April 1 snowpack measurements in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, readings of which typically indicate water supply to the rest of the state ahead of the dry season. “This is an extremely good year from the snowpack standpoint,” said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program. He called the April 1 survey “the most comprehensive snapshot of what’s going on for the entire season.” Readings of 95 sites in the Sierra Nevada showed that snowpack is 164 percent of average (27.9 inches), a snow water equivalent of 45.8 inches, officials said. The snow levels are the largest since 2011, state climatologist Mike Anderson said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Something Worth Knowing

22 Surprising Uses for Lemons
Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits out there. And no, we’re not just talking about in cooking! Lemon juice is an acid, a natural disinfectant, and a nutritional powerhouse. Its scent is perfect for humans, but a deterrent for pests. It helps preserve food and can easily replace harsh chemical-based ingredients. Is there anything this unassuming fruit can’t do?! Read on for incredible ways to use lemons. Have a favorite use of your own? Let us know in the comments!

1. Clean Cutting Boards, Rolling Pins, Salad Bowls, and More.
Cutting boards and other wooden kitchen products are germ, and funky smell, hotbeds. Lemons to the rescue! The stuff works very well on both odors and bacteria; after you’ve washed your cutting board, rub 1/2 of a lemon over the wood and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse the juice off and dry.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

April 13th @ 7pm: Poetry Night - as well as Singers and Songwriters - OPEN MIC
Come relax and enjoy or take the stage and show your stuff. Cost is $5.

April 14th @ 7pm: MOVIE: "What the Health"
This film follows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it. With heart disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, the film reveals possibly the largest health cover-up of our time. Cost is $8.

April 15th @ 2pm: MAGIC SHOW: Beyond Illusion
A Magical Show for the whole family featuring Magician Ernie Storey & Company. Cost is $8 for Children, $10 for Adults. BUY MAGIC SHOW TICKETS

April 16th @ 2pm: MOVIE: "Jesus Christ Superstar" & Sing-along
Come watch this classic on Easter Sunday. Cost is $8, Family special $10.

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