Part of the bliss of being GRiZ is spreading the good word of his fellow musical companions. His own All Good Records successfully brings together the talents of a future generation of stars to celebrate the progress of all genres.On the latest episode of All Good Radio, glitch hop producer Defunk has 60 minutes to share his finest, most recent work. Mixing in Zeppelin, The Funk Hunteres & Chali 2na, Gramatik, and more, check out Defunk’s All Good Radio episode below:All Good Radio Episode #8:GRiZ — IntroDefunk -– Hottest feat. Em CaseyDefunk — TRACK IDDefunk — Funk ItLZ — Black Dog (Jorgen Odegard Remix)ABSRDST — Skin ContestParty Pupils -– Ms JacksonDefunk — TRACK IDDefunk –- No SleepDj Katch — The HornsMineSweepa — Tit tatDefunk — TRACK IDGrid Division — Times Are Changing (Defunk Remix)The Funk Hunters & Chali 2na — Word to Spread feat. Tom TomFabrikate -– Philly (Frankee More Remix)Defunk — Whole Lotta ShakinGramatik — Satoshi Nakamoto Feat. Adrian Lau & ProbCause (Beat Fatigue Remix)LoveSickWings -– I Got (Vorso Remix)Shield — My FlavaDefunk -– Rock my SoulDefunk -– Electric BodyWhethan x Oliver Tree — All You Ever Talk AboutDefunk — TRACK IDDefunk -– Te Deseo feat. Sam KlassThe Funk Hunters & Chali 2na feat. Defunk — Get InvolvedStickybuds + K+Lab Ft. Kwadi — TRACK IDDefunk -– Fire in Her EyesDefunk -– End of the Night feat. Ak SedikiOpiuo — Life feat. Gift of Gab & Syreneiscreamy (Defunk Remix)K+lab — Pull Up feat. Melodownz & Mustafa AkbarDefunk -– FunkbotDaft Punk -– Harder Faster Stronger (Dillon Francis Remix)Defunk & SoDown -– The StartMetrik –- Life/ThrillsSkiiTour & Def3 — The Original feat TaraDefunk — American Cheddar feat. Leo NapierNervo –- Anywhere you Go feat. Timmy Trumpet (Kotek Remix)Pony (Defunk Remix)
I studied the divided sky. To the right were the uninterrupted cobalt blue I had imagined when reserving the primitive-boat-in-only campsite across Lake Jocassee. To the left, grey clouds boiled.My brother, sister-in-law, and I wedged sleeping bags into waterproof bags. By then it was mid-afternoon and what seemed like a series of small miracles had gotten us that far, to the ramp at Devil’s Fork State Park, but two miles of lake remained between us and our campsite.The clouds overhead thickened, casting us in its ominous shadow. Drumrolls of thunder belted, sending our four kids running for shelter. Outfitted in lifejackets and slathered in sunscreen, they huddled under the overhang that covered the bathroom.The rain came in sets – hard and harder. The cars parked in a distant lot and the kids claiming the little available shelter, I stood with my brother and sister-in-law letting the rain soak us.We conferred about what to do. As much as we all looked forward to this trip, camping on an island in the rain with four children wasn’t our idea of fun. Still, we had made it this far, two whitewater kayaks loaded with all our camping gear and food plus our fleet for the weekend consisting of two double and one single sit-on-top kayak along with a paddleboard.My brother suggested we wait out the storm. Patience has never been my strong suit, but the other prospects – packing up four disappointed kids into cars or paddling with scared children – seemed even less appealing.I watched as the wind whipped the lake into peaks of white. I waited with chicken-skinned arms, as the rain washed away the sweat that dripped down as I had unloaded the boats.Ten minutes later the storm passed. Eager to start our adventure, we loaded into boats and rigged the cargo kayaks behind us on tow. About a mile out we were treated to views of the mountains. Steam rose from their peaks, as if the rocks themselves were releasing any vestige of the storm.By the time we reached our campsite, the sun had once again claimed center stage. The kids climbed out on the rocky ledge and decided it made the perfect cannonball platform. My three-year-old imitated his older cousins and pulled his knees into his chest as he jumped off the rock.I nestled into a crevice of the rock meant for sunning and watching, letting my mind wander as the kids launched their bodies into the clear green lake. My mind wandered, settling on my upcoming move. Out of a desire to focus more of my life energy on raising my son and writing, I had decided to move out of our cherished bungalow and into a glorified one-bedroom apartment. I’d been so busy between packing and logistics that I hadn’t really mourned the home I was leaving behind. There on that rock, no tasks distracted me from my feelings and tears flowed down my cheeks. In that house we had celebrated every one of my son’s three birthdays. Friends and family had visited us from Europe, California, and Maryland. My son had learned to talk and ride his bike. The walls of that bungalow held the memories of our little family.There on that rock I grieved leaving the physical space behind, of moving into a smaller area. I reminded myself that Tobin and I didn’t need a lot of room, which only made me cry harder. Living in the bungalow, a space large enough for a partner, left open the possibility of one day meeting a man who would come along and round out our family.I cried until I started hiccupping. The kids squeals of glee made me smile. The sun’s rays warmed me, softening my feelings about moving into the apartment until they changed. The apartment didn’t have to be a sad reminder of the family life I didn’t have, but an acceptance of the family I did have. It had always been just Tobin and I living together, but that didn’t limit who we considered to be family. Like the storm, when I let myself experience my emotions, those negative feelings passed, making room for something more like joy.My son and his cousin called out, asking me to take them for a ride on the paddleboard. We sat one behind the other, and I paddled through the light emerald sequins of light, enjoying time with my family.
May 1, 2001 Regular News New Federal Judicial Nominating Commission named New Federal Judicial Nominating Commission namedWith the advent of a Republican president and two Democratic U.S. senators in Florida, the state has a revised system for sifting through applicants for federal judgeships and U.S. attorney posts. U.S. Reps. C.W. “Bill” Young and Clay Shaw and Gov. Jeb Bush have appointed new members to Florida’s Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission has three subcommittees, one each for the Northern, Middle, and Southern district courts in Florida, and will meet as a group to consider vacancies to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The structure is modeled on the system used by U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, a Democrat, and former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, a Republican, for the past several years. “This commission composed of distinguished Floridians from across the state will ensure that only the names of highly qualified individuals will be submitted to President Bush for his consideration,” Young and Shaw said in a prepared statement. Traditionally, the federal judgeship applicants are nominated by the senior senator from that state of the president’s party. Since Mack retired last year and was replaced by Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, the new system was created that has the governor and two senior GOP congressmen making the nominations. President Bush will make the final nomination to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. The overall commission will be chaired by former U.S. Attorney Roberto Martinez of Miami. Though the Miami Daily Business Review reported that the nominating commission for South Florida “reads like a who’s who of the top Republicans in the area,” Martinez told The Florida Bar News: “Certainly, I’m a Republican. But there is absolutely no litmus test on any candidate. People are not quizzed on social views. One’s views on whatever social issues is not germaine, and not something I would ask or condone the asking.” Martinez said he did not know how many Republicans served on the commissions, and he encouraged applicants to apply by the May 31 deadline for federal judgeships and U.S. Attorney positions, regardless of party affiliation. (See notice, here.) “A candidate’s party affiliation is not of importance to this process,” Martinez said. “We are looking for people who will be entrusted with substantial power and authority. Federal judges and U.S. attorneys need to be conscientious, experienced, and have an understanding of the system of justice. And it would be helpful to have a balanced temperament.” The Southern District Committee will be chaired by Karen Margulies of Hollywood. Members are JulieAnn Allison of West Palm Beach, Gonzalo Dorta of Miami, Bill Duke of Ft. Lauderdale, Charles Garcia of Boca Raton, Daphne Jones of Ft. Lauderdale, Robert Josefsberg of Miami, Manny Kadre of Miami, Barbara Lagoa of Miami, Edith Lederberg of Ft. Lauderdale, Dexter Lehtinen of Miami, Osmundo Martinez of Miami, Tom O’Donnell of Ft. Lauderdale, Doyle Rogers of West Palm Beach, Ed Scales of Key West, Tom Scott of Miami, Dr. Barry Silverman of Aventura, Don Stephens of West Palm Beach, Tom Tew of Miami, and Jason Under of Ft. Lauderdale. The Middle District committee will be chaired by Dr. Adam Herbert, former chair of the Florida Board of Regents. Members are David Brown of Orlando, James W. Carter of Sanford, William C. Cramer of St. Petersburg Beach, Marshall Criser of Jacksonville, David Deitrich of Bradenton, Robin Gibson of Lake Wales, Bill Jennings of Orlando, Diane Jensen of Ft. Myers, Suzanne Hill of Orlando, Harvey Klein of Ocala, Parkhill Mays of Lakeland, Kathleen Passidomo of Naples, Harlan Paul of DeLand, Richard Salem of Tampa, Myrue Spivey of Palm Bay, Carl M. Stewart of Jacksonville, Rebecca Walter of Tampa, David E. Ward, Jr., of Tampa, and Warren Wilson of Palm Harbor. Chair of the Northern District Committee is William Harrison of Panama City. Members are Jennifer Byrom of Milton, Donald R. Everett, Sr., of Perry, George E. “Cotton” Fletcher of Gainesville, Dynetta Griner of Chiefland, Julie Hilton of Panama City, Rev. R.B. Holmes of Tallahassee, Lillie Johnson of Lake City, Harold Knowles of Tallahassee, Dr. Stan Marshall of Tallahassee, Richard McFarlain of Tallahassee, Ed Moore of Pensacola, Van Poole of Tallahassee, and Tim Wells of DeFuniak Springs. All the terms began on April 3 and terminate on December 31, 2002. Committee rules, adopted by Bush, Young, and Shaw, provide that the public may submit written comments on applicants to the commission, that all commission meetings except deliberations will be open to the public, and that all records, except certain government information such as FBI background checks, will be public. The rules give this charge to the commission: “Only the most qualified, conscientious, and dedicated persons available should be proposed for nomination as U.S. attorneys and federal judges. The maintenance of a strong and viable federal judiciary and system of justice is essential to the protection of the rights and freedoms of all citizens of the United States. An independent judicary is indispensable to the preservation of the judicial branch as a co-equal branch of our government. It is essential that the members of the federal judiciary and U.S. attorneys be committed to dispensing equal justice under the law. This commission shall ensure that all individuals have equal opportunities to receive appointments.”
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The purpose of the European Tree of the Year competition is to highlight the importance of old trees in natural and cultural heritage, in which 15 countries participate. Voting runs from February 1 to 28, and you can vote on this one LINK. “Battle of Stubica” will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, on the very date of the 446th anniversary of the Peasant Revolt. The event begins at 11 a.m. with a cultural and artistic program and gathering of armies before the battle itself, which begins at 14 p.m. In addition to the main program, visitors will have the opportunity to visit the fair of old crafts and try local specialties. After the battle, the program will end with the band Psihomodo pop. Also, the mentioned event is a great example of how events should be developed through a storytelling concept As part of the event, free bus transportation from Zagreb will be organized. You can find all the information HERE. The event is the winner of the Simply the Best award for the best historical display and tourist event in 2015, and this year’s edition will include one new location – Stubički Golubovec Castle in Donja Stubica. The most famous symbol of the Peasant Revolt is certainly Gupčeva lipa, which was nominated for the European Tree of the Year by the Public Institution for the Management of Protected Areas of Nature of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Under the canopy of the linden tree, Matija Gubec, according to folklore, gathered his like-minded people and led them in the fight for justice. In 1957, Lipa was declared a protected natural monument. The Peasant Revolt from the 16th century is taught in all Croatian schools, it is written in various history books, and all present participants in this event can experience the great injustice that was inflicted on the peasants. The battle is being reconstructed by the Society of the Knights of the Golden Chalice, and its importance for the Gupčevo region and the entire Krapina-Zagorje County was recognized by the Croatian Tourist Board, which included it in the event of a national character. The depiction of the battle is not only a reconstruction of the struggle, but an event of an educational-historical character. Gupčeva lipa / European Tree of the Year For the eleventh year in a row, the reconstruction of the Battle of Stubica is being organized on the hills of Zagorje. This battle is of great historical importance and this event serves as a memorial to the uprising of the little man in the fight for “justice”.
USC filed a motion in the Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday opposing claims in the wrongful termination lawsuit that former football head coach Steve Sarkisian is entitled to punitive damages from the University.Though Sarkisian is seeking $30 million in retribution for the alleged breach of contract and discrimination on the basis of disability, USC has refuted that claim in its formal response.“It is absolutely false that Sarkisian ever admitted to having a drinking problem, to being an alcoholic or needing to seek treatment,” the University stated.Sarkisian, whose issues with alcohol started becoming questionable after he appeared visibly intoxicated during a speech at a Salute to Troy alumni banquet, was fired by USC athletic director Pat Haden halfway through the season after a loss to Washington. USC reports state that Sarkisian told Haden that he had only two light beers during the booster event, but that mixing alcohol with a medication he had been taking for anxiety caused him to become unknowingly sedated.Sarkisian’s civil lawsuit issued on Dec. 7 cited a phone conversation in which the coach admitted to Haden after the Washington loss that he was, “suffering from depression and anxiety” and asked for professional help. The lawsuit further argued that Sarkisian was wrongfully terminated instead of allowing the time off he requested to seek the appropriate treatment.The recent USC filing identified a clause in Sarkisian’s five-year contract that allowed the school to fire him for reasons that included the use of, “alcohol or any substance which adversely affects Sarkisian’s ability to effectively perform his duties as a head coach.”Rather than alerting University officials of his suffering with alcoholism, the University said Sarkisian denied that he had a drinking problem, but blamed his inability to perform the essential functions of his job on, “marital stress, lack of sleep and anxiety for which he was taking medication.” The basic responsibilities that USC motion listed as essential to performing his duties as a head coach included showing up for practice and speaking events.The University response additionally denied that USC sports psychologist Dr. Robin Scholefield “ever treated, counseled or prescribed medication to Sarkisian as described in his lawsuit.”Sarkisian’s lawyer, Alan Loewinsohn said in email to ESPN.com:“Rather than just make broad sweeping conclusions, we filed a very detailed 31-page complaint that sets out much of the factual basis for Coach Sarkisian’s claims. We are anxious to have our day in Court. We remain confident that when the matter is tried the truth of those detailed allegations will be confirmed.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 17 Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0) on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. It’s the two teams’ first meeting since the Hokies beat the Orange, 51-7, in 2003. Heading into the matchup, beat writers Tomer Langer, Chris Libonati and Jon Mettus answer three questions surrounding SU.1. Has the secondary had any bright spots amid its terrible start to the season?Tomer Langer: Do bright yellow flags flying because of pass interference calls count as “bright spots?” It’s been hard for this secondary, particularly after losing two starters to season-ending injuries. Daivon Ellison has had some nice moments, and most of the secondary has actually done a solid job tackling recently (when the DBs aren’t getting burned over the top) as Cordell Hudson, Kielan Whitner and Corey Winfield combined for 25 tackles against Wake Forest. And if we’re looking at silver linings, none of the DBs are seniors, so experience can only help for next year.Chris Libonati: If you watch games, you know this unit has had some head-scratching plays. That doesn’t fall totally on defensive coordinator Brian Ward, secondary coach Nick Monroe or any defensive back in particular because of the change in scheme. One player who has stood out as outdoing the rest of the secondary is Daivon Ellison. The 5-foot-8 safety has been impressive in clean-up duty from the back end for the Orange. Despite his size — he also only weighs 177 pounds, which is actually a nine-pound improvement over last season — he’s one of the secondary’s best tacklers. When he’s faced down bigger runners, he stays down and wraps up the ball carrier. Despite not starting in the first two games and not getting much playing time, he’s third for SU with 37 tackles. In coverage, he has one interception and hasn’t been beaten as often as his counterparts. His emergence has been and will be key for SU going forward.Jon Mettus: The secondary has looked bad for various reasons including miscommunications, poor coverage and bad routes taken to stop ball carriers. A lot of the big plays the Orange has given up — often for scores — fall on the shoulders of those in the secondary. Safety Daivon Ellison has looked the best after filling in for injured safeties Antwan Cordy and Kielan Whitner, now establishing himself as a starter. He makes plays at the line in the running games, looks like the best tackler in the secondary and has forced a fumble and snagged an interception. Cornerback Corey Winfield has been emerging slightly as a bright spot over the last three games where he’s recorded 15 tackles and broken up two passes, including a big hit in the backfield that led to an interception against Wake Forest. But he’s been plagued by missed tackles like almost every other defensive back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBryan Cereijo | Staff Photographer2. How desperate is Syracuse to develop a second threat from the wide receiver position?T.L.: I’m not sure it’s a matter of developing that second threat per se as much of a finding the other threats to be more consistent. Wake Forest game aside, Ervin Philips had at least six catches in every game this season and Steve Ishmael has five in each of his last two games. But the catches all seem to come on a few drives with the offense getting shut out at other points. The weapons are there; the offensive execution just needs to be more consistent.C.L.: Well, I think SU has two. Amba Etta-Tawo and Ervin Philips. I think Philips hasn’t gotten as many looks simply because Etta-Tawo has simply been that good. In its last game against Wake Forest, Eric Dungey looked away from Etta-Tawo a lot without a ton of success. Once SU can spray the ball over the field (and get mismatches at more than one spot) rather than concentrate on one area, it’ll have more success. That’s a long way to say SU needs another outside threat more than it just needs a second general threat. If Steve Ishmael proves to be that guy remains to be seen. He’s a good receiver, but his skillset also doesn’t jibe with the system he’s in all the time. Ishmael isn’t as quick as the other wide outs on the roster. More than a second threat, SU needs to figure out its offensive line.J.M.: It’s not just a second threat that Syracuse needs, it’s a third and maybe even fourth. Right now, Amba Etta-Tawo is the primary and basically only deep threat. Ervin Philips has established himself as the secondary threat with 42 catches to Etta-Tawo’s 51, but Philips has more than 500 yards fewer than Etta-Tawo. Part of it has to do with the outrageous success that Etta-Tawo is having — save for the hurricane-filled Wake Forest game — but against teams with better secondaries, Eric Dungey needs to throw the ball to more than just one or two receivers when throwing it close to 50 times per game. The Orange is going to likely rely on the short passing game more, too, with a struggling offensive line and running game. It’s time for Steve Ishmael, Brisly Estime and maybe even freshman Devin Butler to step up.3. Which SU player has to step up in order for Syracuse to have a chance against Virginia Tech?T.L.: The entire offensive line, honestly. A lot of pressure came up the middle last week against Wake Forest so some might single out Colin Byrne or either of the two guards. But the truth is that this patchwork group as a whole hasn’t been that strong. It hasn’t been terrible, but it’ll need to be solid not only in pass protection but in run blocking if SU has a chance to beat VT.C.L.: Aaron Roberts/Evan Adams. Colin Byrne said WFU sent double A-gap blitzes, which is a horrendous mess to pick up and is a nightmare when you consider how patched together the SU offensive line is right now. Byrne has played well in place of starter Jason Emerich and maybe even better than Emerich would have played, but it’ll be up to SU’s guards to aid in interior blitz pickup. And you best believe a defensive coordinator like Bud Foster is going to try to blow up the SU offensive line with blitzes. Dino Babers mentioned Foster’s previous work during Monday’s press conference. If Babers doesn’t want his squad to end up on a highlight film for Foster, he’ll need his interior linemen to be ready.J.M.: Colin Byrne. The success of this offensive line starts at the center, both in position and space. Pressure up the middle makes it impossible to run the ball (see the 11 tackles for a loss by Wake Forest) and hard to throw the ball (see Dino Babers’ postgame press conference where he mentioned that receivers were open but Dungey couldn’t see them because of the pressure). Dungey is mobile enough that he can step up to avoid pressure from the edges, but from the center is disastrous. Byrne has been the most critical of his own play and the play of the group recently (interestingly, Dino Babers decided not to make him available to the media this week). All eyes should be on him and the middle of the offensive line. Comments Published on October 13, 2016 at 11:03 pm
She told police that she picked up Johns, who she knew simply as “JJ,” from a Super 8 motel in West Palm Beach. Johns allegedly became aggressive at some point during the drive. That is when he made the woman switch seats with him, took her car keys and also tried to smash her phone, the police report explains.The woman also said that Johns pushed her from the car near a business park and sped off again before she was completely out of the vehicle, which resulted in bruises to her hands and knees.Johns took off again when a Boynton Beach police officer noticed the vehicle and tried to pull it over.“The suspect vehicle led several police officers on a high speed pursuit accelerating to speed over 90 mph through several different cities including Lantana” and crossed in front of an oncoming train in an attempt to evade officers, the report states.Police deployed spike strips, which deflated the car’s tires near Abbey Road in West Palm Beach.Johns was arrested without incident and was identified by the alleged victim. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Wednesday after posting a $53,000 bond, and is due back in court on June 11. A local man is facing felony charges, after an apparent carjacking in Boynton Beach ended with a bizarre car chase.Authorities say 32-year-old Jaron Johns, of Wellington, led officers on a ride Tuesday, after he allegedly forced a woman out of her car and stole it.The probable cause affidavit states that Johns reached speeds exceeding 90 mph through residential neighborhoods from Boynton Beach to West Palm Beach.He crossed railroad tracks ahead of an oncoming train to lose police officers who were chasing him.Johns was arrested when the chase came to an end on Tuesday evening. He has been charged with carjacking, fleeing and eluding and driving on a suspended license.The incident started when the unidentified woman gave Johns a ride.Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
by Jim KuhnhennNEW YORK (AP)—President Barack Obama sees the presidential contest as a clutch moment in his favorite sport—the fourth quarter of a taut basketball game.Fundraising with the help of current and former National Basketball Association stars, Obama told a small group of donors gathered Wednesday night at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center that the current campaign is like the final minutes of a basketball contest with his team up by a few points.“But the other side is coming strong,” Obama said. “And they play a little dirty. We’ve got a few folks on our team in foul trouble. We have a couple of injuries. And I believe they have one last run in them.” Obama raised $3 million with the help of the players, who included former Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan and former New York Knicks Walt Frazier and Bill Bradley. NBA Commissioner David Stern also was there.Invoking Jordan’s competitive nature, Obama concluded, “If you have seven minutes to go and you have a little bit of a lead, that’s when you put them away.”The players were part a daylong fundraiser. Earlier, former and current players participated in a $250-per-person autograph session and in a skills camp priced at $5,000 for two people.“It is very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person,” Obama joked at the Lincoln Center dinner.Later, Obama changed out of his dark suit to shoot baskets with some of the players out of sight of the press. Obama, an avid basketball fan and a player, made a splash during his 2008 campaign by sinking a 3-point shot while visiting troops in Kuwait. His most recent star-studded game, also played in private, featured actors George Clooney and Tobey Maguire. Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Facebook95Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeState shellfish managers have approved a five-day razor clam dig set to begin Wednesday (April 12) on morning tides at four ocean beaches, including Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening after marine toxin tests showed that clams at all four beaches are safe to eat.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, noted that the upcoming dig marks the first time Long Beach will open for clam digging this season. Marine toxin levels at the beach had exceeded state health standards since last fall, but not anymore, Ayres said. “We know that people have been waiting to dig razor clams at Long Beach for a long time, and we’re pleased we can finally add that beach to the line-up,” Ayres said. “Toxin levels there and at the other three beaches are all well within state health standards.” Long Beach and Twin Harbors will both be open for five straight days of digging, while Copalis and Mocrocks will open on alternating days. All four beaches will be open on morning tides, with no digging allowed after noon. The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and morning low tides: April 12, Wednesday, 8:08 a.m., 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long BeachApril 13, Thursday, 8:43 a.m., 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long BeachApril 14, Friday, 9:18 a.m., 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachApril 15, Saturday, 9:55 a.m., 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long BeachApril 16, Sunday, 10:36 a.m., 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachAll diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Ayres noted that Long Beach has also been added to a dig tentatively scheduled later this month along with the other three beaches. Final approval of that dig will depend on the results of future marine toxin tests, which generally take place about a week before the dig is scheduled.Pending favorable test results, the proposed dig will be held on the following beaches, dates and morning low tides:April 24, Monday, 5:38 a.m., 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long BeachApril 25, Tuesday, 6:24 a.m., -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long BeachApril 26, Wednesday, 7:09 a.m., -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long BeachApril 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m., -1.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachApril 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m., -1.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long BeachApril 29, Saturday, 9:32 a.m., -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachApril 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m., -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long BeachMay 1, Monday, 11:20 a.m., -0.8 feet; Long BeachFor more information about future razor clam digs see WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.htmlDuring all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand on the southern section of Twin Harbors beach and at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula. The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.”To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.More details on how to avoid disturbing nesting birds can be found on the WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/