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- October 17, 2012 VOUR CO/HMUNITV Page 13 j, 1' fish By Scott Swanson Of The New Era A weir system intended to open the mouth of Ames Creek to winter steelhead and cutthroat trout was finished last week. The weir, a South Santiam Wa- tershed Council project, was built by excavating bedrock at the mouth of the creek, creating a "natural" fish ladder for the steelhead and trout to ascend 16 feet into the creek from the river in steps interspersed with deep pools where fish can rest. The project began Sept. 10 and Was finished Oct. 11. The creek was returned to its normal bed Thursday after being di- verted around the work area through a series of pipes during the month the work was taking place. "It was a technically challeng- ing project," said Eric Hartstein, SSWC coordinator. "There was some really hard bedrock in there, so hammering out the bedrock in couple places took more time than, at least, the contractor imagined it would." He said the benefit was that "we were able tO build it out of existing bedrock instead of bringing in boul- ders. We just basically hammered the stuff right out of bedrock." Before Foster and Green Peter dams were constructed in the 1960s, the South Santiam River would egon Department of Fish and Wild- He said some of the surrounding ter- flood the nouth of Ames Creek. life and federal timber payments rain will be planted with native trees The goal isto enable fish to move up through the county, and shrubs to complete the project. the 17 miles of Ames Creek and its Hartstein said he checked early For more information about the proj- tributaries, this week and fish had not entered the ect or the Watershed Council, con- The project complements work new pools, created by the weir, yet. tact Hartstein at (541) 367-5564. done by Cascade Timber Consult- ing farther up the Ames Creek drainage, lccording to Hartstein. CTC has fixed culverts and installed bridges in recent years to open up the creek. The project, built by Aquatic Contracting of Portland, cost slight- lyover $150,000,which was funded primarily through the Oregon Wa- tershed Enhancement Board, with some additional cash from the Or- E5411451-4808 1155 Park Slreel Lebanon. OR g755 tuwm.daitey-heatlh.com Perhaps. It del~ends on how each individual's policy is written. About 1/3 of all medical insurance policies written in Oregon will cover some amount of acupunc- ture. With very few exceptions, a doctor's referral is not necessary. The policy will simply state that acupuncture is covered or not. If it is, then the policy will also state either how many visits or how much total $ allowed per year, co-pay or co-insurance amounts, and if the patient must see a provider in a network or out of network benefits. While many policies will cover any pain complaint, some are written to cover only very specific complaints such as migraine headache or drug withdrawal. You can Fad out if your policy covers acupuncture by checking a current insurance handbook, or calling the number on back of your insurance card. Also, I verify insurance benefits for new patients. However, most of my patients do not have insurance coverage, and instead receive a payment in full at the time of service discount. *Medicare does not cover acupuncture, but some of the supplementals do. David L. Miller, D.C Chiropractor Photos by Scott Swanson Above, Ben Parker of Aquatic Contracting of Portland puts the final touches on a fish ladder at the mouth of Ames Creek Thursday, Oct. 11. before concrete was poured to complete the project. 1200 10th Avenue P.O. Box 657 Sweet Home: Work on Foster fish facility to start Wednesday Construction crews are sched- uled to begin moving into Wiley Park and other areas around Foster Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 17, to be- gin upgrading the dam;s adult fish facility. Construction will continue through early 2014. The U.S. Army Corps of En- gineers will permanently remove the east end of Wiley Park from public use to accommodate the new facility. Other parts of the park will also temporarily close, but the Corps anticipates keeping at least some sections open for public use throughout construction. Some short-term, temporary closures of the Wiley Park boat ramp are also likely, but it will re- main open as much as possible.dur ing construction, particularly dur- ing fishing seasons. Heavy equipment and vehicles will be regularly traveling through the Foster neighborhood between U.S. Highway 20 and the park. A small'amount of construction in the forebay is also required, so access to Foster Dana Road itself may be limited or closed at times. The Corps will hold a public meeting in tweet Home later this or ear}y next nonth to inform interest- ed citizens lbout the project's plan, schedule, bnefits and impacts. For ngre information about the project visit http://www.nwp. usace.arm.mil/About/Current: projects/F6terFishCollectionFa- cilityRebuizl.aspx. Short-term clo- sures and oher impacts will also be announced it http://www.facebook. com/portlaldcorps and http://twit- ter.com/porlandcorps. From page 12 does in these areas determines whether they are identified as outstanding, satisfactory, or in need of improvement. Statewide, 31 percent of schools (364 out of 1,155) were "rated outstanding in 2011-12, compared to 28 percent the year before. Fifty-nine percent (678 out of 1,155) were rated satisfactory (64 percent in 2010-11), and 10 percent (113 out of 1,155) were rated in need of improvement (8 percent in 2010-11). As in previous years, these report cards provide an overview of school data including information on student performance on state tests, student growth, attendance, graduation rates, dropout rates, class size, enrollment, percent English Language Learner, SAT scores, expulsions due to weapons and information on staffing and teacher education and experience in addition to a school's overall report card rating. District report cards provide an overview of how all of the schools in a particular district performed and how the district compares to the state overall. Over the coming months, stakeholders from around the state will be asked to provide feedback on the redesign of the report cards. 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