With Larry Barker
18th Delegate District “Even a bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.” It is unknown who first said this, but I think many people in Boone County agree. Fishing and hunting are two popular activities in Southern West Virginia. People come from all over the state, and sometimes the country, to fish or hunt in our area. During this session, a few bills are being introduced that could have an impact on wildlife recreation. Many of my constituents have complained about trout not being distributed evenly, and its not fair for certain areas to receive more than others. House Bill 2570 will require the director of the Division of Natural Resources to ensure that stocking trout are evenly distributed throughout the state. Hopefully this will correct the problem. Senate Bill 389, which is the same as House Bill 2900, will add blue catfish to the list of game fish in West Virginia. The Division of Natural Resources is working to restore this native species in the Ohio and Kanawha rivers. Adding blue catfish to this list gives the species the same status as other game fish in West Virginia. Fly fishing is a particularly popular sport in this state. With more and more people wanting to learn how to do it, a problem has developed. House Bill 2703 will allow students under the age of eighteen who are receiving fly fishing instruction to fly fish, catch and release, without obtaining a license while under the supervision of an instructor authorized by the student’s school. Now a student can learn without getting a license. Some legislation has been introduced about hunting too. Senate Bill 62 requires nonresident applicants for hunting licenses to provide proof they are holders in good standing of equivalent hunting licenses in their resident states prior to being eligible for a nonresident license in this state. House Bill 2279 will establish a special primitive black powder muzzle-loading rifle deer hunting season. I have a meeting scheduled soon regarding foster home safety with a few other Delegates, Jason Najmalski with the Bureau of Children and Family, some members of the Division of Health & Human Resources and I invited Sheriff Rodney Miller. I am doing everything in my power to provide a safe environment for children who live in foster homes. Hopefully our scheduled meeting will provide the information needed to correct this severe problem. If it means getting the homes inspected more often or getting them more money, I am willing do whatever it takes to fix this issue. I plan to consider every option provided. Undergraduate research day was Feb. 8, 2007, and I must say it was wonderful to meet Brandi Dolin, a West Virginia Tech student from Foster, W. Va. She displayed her project concerning the Martin County, KY slurry impoundment flood. Her research project investigated the environmental, social and economic impact of the slurry impoundment flood. The flood, which spilled 306 million gallons of slurry, contaminated the water supply for over 27,000 residents in 2000. Dolin’s project looked at the root causes of the incident, along with the impact it had on Martin County and the surrounding area. Don Garvin and many other environmentalists were very excited and interested in her study. Great job Brandi! As always, I encourage you to visit, call or e-mail me. My office is in room 224E of the main Capitol building. My phone number is 304-340-3125 and my e-mail address is email@example.com. Feel free to contact me anytime with suggestions, comments or concerns.