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Last month the Salt Lake Tribune profiled PCI Board member, Representative Ralph Becker. Ralph Becker was elected to the Utah House in 1996. Four years ago his Democratic colleagues elected him their majority leader.
In an article by Frances Johnson, here is what the Tribune said, “After a decade in state government, Ralph Becker has learned a few things. One of the most important lessons learned, he said, is that the job of a leader isn't always to lead. At least not from the front.“
Virginia Solutions, a project of the University of Virginia's Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) in partnership with community mediation centers around the state, recently completed two pilot projects. One pilot dealt with wastewater treatment on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The other developed a Riparian Easement Program in Fauquier County. Frank Dukes, IEN Director said, “We’re proud of the progress we’ve made in getting Virginia Solutions off the ground.”
In April of 2000, several hundred or so of the numerous cattle egrets that roost in Oklahoma chose a four-acre platted neighborhood in Corum, Oklahoma, for their new nesting home. The next year, 5,000 birds came. By 2004 an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 were roosting in a small area, adjacent to the local water supply. Most were cattle egrets, but the population also included some endangered snowy egrets and blue herons.
Concerned about odor, noise, disease, and contamination of water supplies, local residents called on their state legislators and members of Congress for help. Weldon Shieffer of the Institute for Issue Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Oklahoma State University was called in. Over a seven-month period he assessed the situation and helped plan and facilitate meetings between citizens and representatives of federal and state agencies, along with local and federal elected officials.
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