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Black withdraws from congressional race

Just days after formally announcing his candidacy, state Sen. Dick Black (R-Dist, 13) said he will not seek the Republican nomination for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R) announced last month that he will not seek re-election to the seat he has held for more than 30 years.

In a released statement, Black said he had hoped Republican John Whitbeck would win Tuesday’s special election in the 33rd Senate District.

Democrat Jennifer Wexton won the special election by a wide margin, keeping the state Senate evenly split between the two parties.

“Our nation and Virginia are at a critical juncture,” Black said. “I seriously considered running for the 10th Congressional seat, however, after meeting with the Republican Caucus in Richmond, it is imperative that I remain in the Senate where I am needed to maintain our 20/20 split.”

Dog licenses must be renewed by Jan. 31

The deadline for obtaining or renewing Fairfax County dog licenses is Jan. 31. All dogs older than 4 months are required to be licensed.

The fee is $10 per year, with an exemption for service dogs, which can receive a license free of charge. Dogs must be current on their rabies vaccination.

For a first-time license, download the dog license application from the county website,, and submit it by mail or in person. Renewals can be processed online, by mail or in person.

In-person applications and renewals can be processed at the Department of Tax Administration, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, in Fairfax between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Road in Fairfax, between noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 703-222-8234 for more information.

Lake Fairfax Park’s trout season begins Feb. 8

Reston’s Lake Fairfax will soon be stocked with 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout and 200 pounds of golden trout. Fishermen are invited to participate in the 2014 trout season, which runs Feb. 8 through May 4. The 20-acre lake will be restocked five times during the spring season by Cast-a-line of Goshen.

Fishing regulations at the lake require that passes are displayed at all times. In addition to a Virginia state fishing license, a trout fishing permit from the park is required for the duration of the season. A Virginia state trout license is not required.

Passes are now available for purchase between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the park’s administration building. Daily passes are $15 per adult, $10 per senior, and $7.50 per child. Spring passes are $60 per adult, $45 per senior, and $30 per child. Fall passes are $22 per adult, $17 per senior, and $12 per child. The cost for an annual pass is $70 per adult, $52.50 per senior, and $45 per child.

The park is open dawn to dusk. Only one pole and/or line may be used at one time, and there is a six-fish daily limit. Netting, snagging, and chumming are prohibited.

Lake Fairfax is located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive in Reston. For more information call 703-471-5415 or visit