West Virginia Week In Review - September 24, 2022


West Virginia Week In Review

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Gov. Justice announces statewide Quail Stocking Initiative restoring Bobwhite Quail across West Virginia
Gov. Justice held an event Wednesday at the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center to announce a brand-new statewide initiative to stock Bobwhite Quail at Wildlife Management Areas across West Virginia. Through the Governor’s Quail Stocking Initiative, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock over 20,000 birds at Wildlife Management Areas across the state.
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Gov. Justice holds groundbreaking ceremony for Wheeling Streetscape project
Gov. Justice joined West Virginia Department of Transportation officials Friday for a ceremony to celebrate the start of a major project to improve safety and beautify downtown Wheeling’s streets. Work is scheduled to begin the second week of October on the nearly $32 million Wheeling Streetscape project. The project will widen sidewalks, add decorative brickwork, ADA-compliant curb cuts, decorative lighting and traffic signals, and plants and trees along Main and Market streets in downtown Wheeling between 10th Street and 16th Street.
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Governor and First Lady Justice announce launch of Communities In Schools West Virginia website
Gov. Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice announced Monday the launch of the official website for her nonprofit education initiative, Communities In Schools West Virginia. The website will feature a CIS county on the homepage every few weeks. The counties will be featured in alphabetical order starting with Berkeley County. More information about the impact of CIS across the state can be found on the website’s home page under “Our Impact.”

Also on Monday, First Lady Justice accepted a $15,000 check from the Truist West Virginia Foundation in support of CIS, presented by Truist West Virginia Regional President Patrick O’Malley. This is the third year that the Truist West Virginia Foundation has made a contribution to the CIS Nonprofit.
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Gov. Justice: West Virginia bids to host 2024 Olympic Diving Trials
On Thursday, Gov. Justice announced that West Virginia has submitted a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Diving Trials at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown. The Aquatic Center at Mylan Park has a long history of hosting major and multi-day events, including multiple USA Diving Events. Looking forward, it will host the 2023 NCAA Zone Diving Championships, the 2024 Big 12 Championships, and USA Diving’s Winter Nationals event this December.
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First Lady Justice introduces two new Friends With Paws therapy dogs in Pup Rallies at Moorefield Elementary School and Spring Mills High School
On Wednesday, the First Lady visited Moorefield Elementary School and Spring Mills High School for “Pup Rallies'' to celebrate the arrival of the state’s next therapy dogs through the Friends With Paws Communities In Schools program. The dog introduced at Moorefield Elementary School is named Shadow. He is a Black Labrador. The dog introduced at Spring Mills High School is named Jet. He is a Yellow Labrador.
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Gov. Justice announces start of West Virginia’s deer archery, crossbow seasons
On Thursday, Gov. Justice reminded all West Virginians that West Virginia’s deer archery and crossbow seasons start today, Saturday, Sept. 24. West Virginia’s deer archery and crossbow seasons will remain open through Dec. 31. The state’s antlerless deer split seasons will open in select counties starting Oct. 20, the two-week buck firearms season is scheduled to open Nov. 21 and a deer muzzleloader season will be open Dec. 12-18. A split season for youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS hunters also will be open Oct. 15-16 and Dec. 26-27.
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West Virginia Department of Tourism announces inaugural class of W.Va. Chef Ambassadors
The West Virginia Department of Tourism tapped the expertise of nine local chefs across the state to serve as the first-ever class of West Virginia chef ambassadors. The chefs were honored at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism that took place in Huntington last week. The West Virginia Chef Ambassador Program is a new initiative created by the Department of Tourism designed to promote local, Appalachian cuisine through media events and promotional activities, while nurturing the industry for future growth through educational training and seminars. 
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West Virginia Waterfall Trail receives 20,000 check-ins
The West Virginia Waterfall Trail continues to be a success and has now received over 20,000 participant check-ins since its initial launch in early June. The trail has received check-ins from visitors from over 41 states and 15 countries, those of which have completed at least half of the trail. Nearly 3,000 exclusive waterfall trail prizes have been shipped to participants so far.
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Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston, P.E., testifies before U.S. Senate
West Virginia Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston, P.E., was one of four state, regional or local officials from around the country to testify before the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works on Wednesday. Wriston, who has been instrumental in implementing Gov. Justice's $2.8 billion Roads to Prosperity program, was invited to testify before the committee by U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., ranking minority member of the committee. The Committee on Environment and Public Works convened Wednesday’s hearing to seek local input into implementation of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
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Also this week:

Gov. Justice holds a Community Conversation on Amendment 2 in Wheeling

Clay and Morgan Counties Awarded Federal Funding for EMS Training

Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18-24: Make Sure Your Child is in the Right Seat

WVDOT is hiring entry level Transportation Engineering Technician Trainees and bridge safety inspectors NOW!

Supplemental Payment for Low Income Energy Assistance Program Recipients

State Youth Environmental Conference set for October

WV Department of Ed and WV Public Broadcasting program receives national award

WVDOH Supplemental funding has already paid for nearly $60 million in paving projects


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Jordan Damron, jordan.l.damron@wv.gov; CJ Harvey, cj.harvey@wv.gov


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