Outdoors briefs: Richland Rod & Gun to hold June meeting

KENNEWICK -- The June meeting of the Richland Rod & Gun Club is 7 p.m. Tuesday in front of the hydroplane pits at Columbia Park in Kennewick.

Jeff Rampon, a club and Ducks Unlimited member, will conduct retrieving demonstrations.

Learn to sail this summer

The Richland and Pasco recreation departments and the Columbia Basin Sailing Club will be offering a sailing clinic for those ages 12 and up beginning next month.

The beginner class will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and be separated into three sessions. Session 1 is June 1-24, session 2 is July 6-29 and session 3 is Aug. 3-26.

The intermediate class for persons who have completed the beginner's course will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., June 2-25.

Fee is $59-$69.

For more information or to register, call 509-545-3456.

Fish and Wildlife to lay off 76 employees

OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will lay off 76 employees and cut back some public services as a result of a $21 million reduction in state and other funding over the next two years.

The layoffs, along with elimination of dozens of vacant positions, will be effective at the close of the current fiscal year June 30.

Cuts were structured to preserve core department missions of conserving fish and wildlife, providing sustainable fishing, hunting and wildlife-viewing opportunities and maintaining field operations, said Joe Stohr, department deputy director said in a statement.

Hatchery fish production, wildlife species recovery activities, technical assistance for habitat protection, wildlife area maintenance, fish and wildlife population monitoring, customer service and outreach and education are among the activities that will be reduced under the 2009-11 operating budget approved by the state.