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Where: Brewster Lake
When: Wednesday, May 21
Time: Approximately 4 PM
What: Bring your camera and kids
WHY:  FISH PLANTINGUpdate: You can see pictures and video of the event here:  https://www.facebook.com/wildernessrim


The fishing guidelines for WRA’s private Brewster Lake are in accordance with the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations (03/12/03 resolution). There will be a fishing derby on July 12th and the community is encouraged to let the fish acclimate until that time.

Fish Planting May 2014



Do You Want to Be A Firefighter?

Wilderness Rim Fire Station 88 needs volunteers! Eastside Fire and Rescue is taking applications for the fall training class. You can find information on how to apply and the scope of the commitment here: http://www.eastsidefire-rescue.org/Volunteers/Default.htm.
Station 88

From Dan Covey, Wilderness Rim member and Volunteer Firefighter:

“Station 88 is the best place in the department for volunteers because you have the opportunity to go on a lot of calls, we’ve got good equipment, and we work well with the career station in town. I call volunteering the best hobby in the world. Once you’re out of the initial training and get assigned to Station 88, the other volunteers are really helpful in getting you up to speed and responding to calls.

If you’re thinking you’re too old, think again! A woman in my basic volunteer fire fighter class was in her early 60s and completed the same training as the youngest in the class who was 19. Finally, applicants who live close to Station 88 will get priority selection for joining, so if you’re at all interested in this opportunity, follow the URL above and apply today!”
Eastside Fire

Rim Run Fun!

Music filled the air and the liquid sunshine held off as Rim residents gathered at Cascade Park for the First Annual Rim Run.  Over 50 runners registered to participate in the 1k and 5k races.

Steve McDonald, a running enthusiast himself and current WRA Board of Trustees’ president, was out early marking the course:
Getting ready
“I get jazzed about events that bring the community together.”

Runners began arriving around 9:45 AM, stretching and signing in.  Volunteers from all around the neighborhood and beyond lent their skills for assisting with registration, setting up the water station, making signs, directing traffic, timing the 5k runners, and giving out awards among other duties.



Registration PrepTimer StationWelcome Sign











Excitement began to build as participants pinned on their numbers.  At the starting siren, the runners were off!  Five minutes ticked by.  Six.  The crowd began cheering as two kids rounded the corner.  One lap around the lake loop and these kids turned on the gas for the last stretch.

First Place 1K 1k Finishers
The 5k race had some serious runners.  Brian Johnson earned First Place honors with a 20:12 finish.  Brendan Hyland came in second at 22:44, while Julene McDonald was the first female to cross the finish line.

All in all it was a great day!  Please check back here for more pictures as they come in and let us know what you enjoyed or would like to be different next year.  If you would like to be a part of more fun like this, email events@wildrim.org.
First Place 5K Prize Winners Smiling Pinning on Numbers Start-Finish Line 1kWinners FamilyRacers Trophies

Simulated Military Operation Scheduled in North Bend May 15-16



US Army Special Operation Forces will be conducting night time military training at the Washington State Fire Training Academy east of North Bend on May 15.

There will be three military helicopters flying at low altitude in and around the Washington State Fire Training Academy while soldiers train on the academy grounds. The academy is located off I-90 near exit 38.

There is potential for noise from helicopter and on-ground small weapons firing blank ammunition from approximately 11 p.m. on May 15 to 5:00 a.m. on May 16.

As part of the training, military helicopters will be landing and departing from Bandera State Airport, located near exit 45, throughout the duration of the exercise.

There is no concern for public safety.

FCS Group Water Rate and Reserve Study Presentation

At the Water/Budget & Finance Committee meeting on April 23, 2014, Chris Gonzalez from FCS Group presented his “Water Rate and Reserve Study” to members.  The study will be used by the WRA Board to evaluate decisions on future water rate increases, capital management, and reserve funding.  The presentation contains proprietary information owned by FCS Group and WRA.  This should not be publicly distributed and is for members only.  To access this post, you must be a registered website user.  For details about how to register, please see How to Access Members-Only Posts.

Some key points from the presentation:

– Reserves for operations and future shortfalls in revenue are strongly encouraged and the concepts were well-accepted by the members present.

– WRA is encouraged to maintain the current capital funding surcharge at $8 per billing cycle and to impose a 9% rate increase across all tiers at the beginning of the fiscal year.

– Chris noted that WRA’s base tier ($15/month) is one of the lowest that he has seen in the region.

– The study’s results generally endorsed WRA water operations policies and gave confidence that WRA is being managed appropriately.
To see the final version of the presentation, please follow this link:  Water Rate and Reserve Study 

If you have questions or comments, please contact office@wildrim.org.