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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Karen Valenzuela, Thurston County Commissioner, 360-786-5414

County Commissioners Schedule Forum to Discuss No Shooting Zone along Eld Inlet

OLYMPIA – Should a No Shooting Zone or a Controlled Shooting Zone be established for the southwestern shore of Eld Inlet?  That's the question area residents can help the Board of County Commissioners answer at a community meeting on July 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Griffin Fire Department, 3707 Steamboat Loop N.W. in Olympia.

Several residents who live along or near the southwestern shore of Eld Inlet have asked the Board of County Commissioners to prohibit the discharge of firearms in the vicinity of their homes. Others have spoken out against the zoning change.

In addition to the Board, representatives from the Thurston County Planning Department, Sheriff's Department, and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife will be on hand to educate residents on the current policies and procedures and to answer questions.  Mike Gaffney, Associate Director of the Washington State University Department of Governmental Studies and Services, will serve as facilitator.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3