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the people of Washington would need to pass a constitutional amendment to change from a simple majority to a supermajority. A coalition of lawmakers and edu- Korsmo BY DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP cation groups sued AND RACHEL LA CORTE the state over the issue, and a King THE ASSOCIATED PRESS County judge decided last spring that SEATTLE â€” The state Supreme the state constitution requires only a Court has struck down a requirement simple majority to pass tax proposals. for a two-thirds majority vote in the â€˜Win for kids and schoolsâ€™ Legislature to pass a tax increase. A divided high court ruled 6-3 â€œThis ruling is a huge win for kids Thursday that an initiative requiring and schools,â€? said Chris Korsmo, CEO a two-thirds vote was in conflict with of the League of Education Voters, one the state constitution. of the lead plaintiffs. â€œWashington schools need to be It also said that lawmakers and
Deteriorating docks wonâ€™t be reinstalled
fully funded in order to ensure that all kids reach their potential. â€œThis ruling, combined with the recent McCleary decision, will help ensure that our kids have all the resources they need to get an excellent education.â€? Most people agree the state needs about $4 billion to fulfill its constitutional promise to fully pay for basic education by 2018. Gov. Jay Inslee said the court had done the right thing. â€œThe supermajority requirement gave a legislative minority the power to squelch ideas even when those ideas had majority support. That is inconsistent with our fundamental form of representative democracy,â€? Inslee said in a statement. TURN
Local legislators: Little impact for now BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
OLYMPIA â€” Two of the three legislators representing the North Olympic Peninsula said they think a recent state Supreme Court decision striking down the state Legislatureâ€™s two-thirds vote requirement for new taxes will not have much impact on the current legislative session. Both state Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, and Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, said there is little support for new taxes this session, no matter what the rules for passage. TURN TO REACTION/A6
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PA recreation director cites safety concerns about floats BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” Movable docks that provided seasonal moorage space for boats on the south side of City Pier will not be reinstalled this year, city parks and recreation officials have decided. Corey Delikat, the cityâ€™s parks and recreation director, said the decision came amid public safety concerns over the deteriorating wooden docks and ongoing city costs needed for their upkeep.
Unanimously agreed Delikat came to the cityâ€™s Parks, Recreation and Beautification Commission last week with his recommendation to not reinstall the structures, called floats, this year, and parks commissioners unanimously agreed. The decision does not mean the floats will not be replaced with newer structures at some point in the future, though
Delikat could not estimate when city funds might be available to buy new ones. â€œTheyâ€™re something great to have, but at this point, we donâ€™t have the money to replace them,â€? Delikat said. In the near term, Delikat said his next steps are to figure out how much money, if any, the 20-year-old floats can be sold or salvaged for and determine an estimate of how much new ones will cost. The cityâ€™s yearly capital facilities plan, which lists myriad projects that the city eventually wants to undertake, has included a $750,000 entry for new floats since 2006, though Delikat said more-in-depth study of new float options will be needed before a concrete figure is developed. â€œI want a precise number on what itâ€™s going to cost the city, and then from there, I can look at possible grants,â€? Delikat said. TURN TO FLOATS/A7
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Robert Beebe, president of the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, shows Tug the Bear a copy of The Local Pages. Below, Page 326 of the phone book.
Phone book blunder Olympic Game Farm appears as â€˜Snack Foodsâ€™ BY JOE SMILLIE
Game Farm â€” 40 years old last August â€” has no plans to put its beasts on the menu, Beebe said. â€œNo, weâ€™re not stocking bear jerky,â€? he said with a smile. Representatives of the The Local Pages, based in Salt Lake City, did not return calls requesting comment.
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SEQUIM â€“â€“ A pack of bear jerky, some buffalo niblets and deep-fried tiger tail? According to the recently issued 2013 version of The Local Pages phone book, a new snack food dealer in town is the Olympic Game Farm, the safari-style tourist attraction just north of Sequim. Under the â€œSnack Foodsâ€? heading on Page 326 is listed the game farm at 1423 Ward Road. â€œI donâ€™t remember saying anything about snack food,â€? Robert Beebe, president of the game farm, said after being shown a copy of the book.
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Jamie Pate, game farm manager, said the listing is the result of a misunderstanding. â€œI said we should add Hardyâ€™s Market on there and maybe put a listing under delis or snack bars,â€? Pate said. TURN TO SNACKS/A7
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Black Keys lead Memphis festival lineup THE BLACK KEYS, Sheryl Crow and Public Enemy are among musical acts scheduled to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in May in Memphis, Tenn. The eclectic list of performers was announced Tuesday on the website for Memphis in May, the monthlong tourism event that includes the three-day music festival. Other scheduled performers include Jerry Lee Lewis, Alice in Chains, Bassnectar, The Smashing Pumpkins, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Flaming Lips, Dwight Yoakam, The Roots, The Black Crowes, Patti Smith and ZZ Top. The music festival takes place at Tom Lee Park, which sits alongside the Mississippi River. It runs from May 3-5. Memphis in May also features the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony.
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BRUCE REYNOLDS, 81, the mastermind of the “Great Train Robbery” in Britain that brought its perpetrators cash, incarceration and pop-culture fame, died Thursday. Mr. Reynolds was part of a gang that stole sacks containing 2.6 million pounds from Mr. Reynolds a Glasgowcirca 1960 to-London mail train in August 1963. The haul would be worth more than $60 million today and was then Britain’s biggest-ever robbery. Mr. Reynolds escaped to Mexico, where he lived the high life and evaded capture for several years, but he returned to England when his money ran out. He was arrested in 1968 and sentenced to 25 years. He was released a decade later and produced occa-
sional pieces of journalism and a crime memoir, The Autobiography of a Thief. Son Nick Reynolds said his father died after a brief illness.
Passings DALE ROBERTSON, 89, an Oklahoma native who became a star of television and movie Westerns during the genre’s heyday, died Tuesday. Mr. Robertson’s niece, Nancy Robertson, said her uncle died at Scripps Memorial Mr. Robertson Hospital in in 1964 La Jolla, Calif., following a brief illness. Mr. Robertson had bit parts in films including “The Boy with the Green Hair” and the Joan Crawford vehicle “Flamingo Road” before landing more high-profile roles such as Jesse James in “Fighting Man of the Plains.” In the 1950s, he moved into television, starring in such Western series as “Tales of Wells Fargo” (1957-’62), “Iron Horse” (1966) and “Death Valley Days” (1968-’70). Robertson continued to work in TV in the 1970s, and in the 1980s, he landed roles in the popular nighttime soap operas “Dallas” and “Dynasty.” In 1993, he took what would be his final role, as Zeke in the show “Harts of the West,” before retiring from acting to spend more time at his ranch in Yukon, Okla., where he lived until moving to the San Diego area in recent months, Nancy Robertson said.
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1938 (75 years ago) Loganberries, which had their heyday as a crop in Clallam County years ago, seem to be climbing up the price trellis again. According to the fourth annual report of the Washington State Liquor Board, the price of loganberries has increased from $40 to $200 a ton since Washington wineries raised the demand. The Liquor Board reported that $136,792.92 worth of wines and liquor were purchased over the counter from the Port Angeles unit in 1936.
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School District 21 of Port Angeles, charged with creatSeen Around ing a new junior college Peninsula snapshots campus on land just east of the Bonneville power staSEQUIM COSTCO tion, has discovered that EMPLOYEE cheerfully only half of the land is checking customers’ receipts against their carts inside the Port Angeles city limit. of purchased items at the School district directors exit door, then drawing a happy face on each receipt voted to petition City Hall with a purple marker . . . to have the entire property put inside the city limit. WANTED! “Seen Around” The district also has items. Send them to PDN News received a legal brief from Desk, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles the Clallam County ProseWA 98362; fax 360-417-3521; or cuting Attorney’s Office sayemail news@peninsuladailynews. com. ing that District 21 is pro-
hibited from putting funds into a child guidance center on the new campus, as requested by the county juvenile probation officer last month.
1988 (25 years ago) Logging restrictions caused by drought dried up what could have been a banner year for overseas log exports at the Port of Port Angeles in 1987, port commissioners were told. Japanese buyers drove up demand for export logs last summer because of a homebuilding boom in Japan and the fall of the value of the dollar against the Japanese yen. But drought forced the state Department of Natural Resources to limit logging in August, September and October because of fire danger.
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■ Port Townsend police have identified 433 victims of mail theft in Jefferson County in the case of Adam Justin Lysiak, 38, of Port Townsend, who is charged with 12 counts of stolen property in the second degree and one count of possession of stolen mail. They also found three victims from Sequim, 683 from Kitsap County, 19 from King County, 12 from Pierce, eight from Thurston, two from Skagit and one each from Mason, Snohomish, Clark and Chelan counties. A report on Page A1 Thursday erroneously said the numbers referred to pieces of mail.
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TODAY IS FRIDAY, March 1, the 60th day of 2013. There are 305 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On March 1, 1790, President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first U.S. Census. On this date: ■ In 1565, the city of Rio de Janeiro was founded by Portuguese knight Estacio de Sa. ■ In 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state. ■ In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed an act creating Yellowstone National Park. ■ In 1890, J.P. Lippincott published the first U.S. edition of the
Sherlock Holmes mystery A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle. ■ In 1913, American author Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man) was born in Oklahoma City. Some sources list 1914. ■ In 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May. ■ In 1940, Native Son, by Richard Wright, was first published by Harper & Brothers. ■ In 1943, wartime rationing of processed foods under a point system began in the U.S. ■ In 1954, Puerto Rican
nationalists opened fire from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five congressmen. ■ In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. ■ In 1971, a bomb went off inside a men’s room at the U.S. Capitol; the radical group Weather Underground claimed responsibility for the predawn blast. ■ In 1981, Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands began a hunger strike at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland; he died 65 days later. ■ Ten years ago: Suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was captured in Paki-
stan by CIA and Pakistani agents. ■ Five years ago: President George W. Bush, speaking at his Texas ranch, declined to promise more U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq before leaving, underscoring the need for a strong military presence during Iraqi provincial elections. ■ One year ago: Senate Democrats narrowly blocked, 51-48, an effort by Republicans to overturn President Barack Obama’s order that most employers or their insurers cover the cost of contraceptives. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a measure legalizing samesex marriage, effective January 2013.
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A3 Briefly: Nation GI admits leaks, accuses military of ‘bloodlust’ FORT MEADE, Md. — Bradley Manning, the Army private arrested in the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history, offered to plead guilty Thursday to charges that could send him to prison for 20 years, saying he spilled secrets to expose the military’s “bloodlust” in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was the first time Manning directly admitted leaking material to the website WikiLeaks. The slightly built 25-year-old soldier from Oklahoma read from a 35-page statement through his wire-rimmed glasses for more than an hour. “I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information . . . this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general,” Manning said. A military judge, Col. Denise Lind, is weighing whether to accept Manning’s guilty plea to reduced charges on 10 counts.
Schwarzkopf buried WEST POINT, N.Y. — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has ushered his late friend Norman Schwarzkopf back for burial at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. At a service for Schwarzkopf on Thursday, Powell said simply: “Norman Schwarzkopf,
Class of ’56, welcome home.” Schwarzkopf and Powell are linked in memory by the first Gulf War, when then-Gen. Schwarzkopf Schwarzkopf, nicknamed “stormin’ Norman,” led the lightning-fast assault to push Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991 while Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Schwarzkopf was 78 when he died of complications from pneumonia in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 27. He graduated from the academy in 1956.
Maine lobster glut PORTLAND, Maine — Lawmakers are looking to boost Maine’s troubled lobster industry with proposals that would pump more money into marketing the state’s signature seafood and offer tax breaks to encourage more lobster processing. The moves follow last year’s chaotic fishing season that saw a lobster glut, a crash in wholesale prices and boiling tensions. One bill calls for sharply increasing surcharges on lobster fishing, wholesale seafood and other lobster-related licenses, to raise about $3 million a year in promotional funding, up from $380,000 this year. Lobstermen, most believe, will accept the higher license fees to make more money. The Associated Press
Senate rejects plans to block federal cuts Reductions set to begin today THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — Squabbling away the hours, the Senate swatted aside last-ditch plans to block $85 billion in broad-based federal spending reductions Thursday as President Barack Obama and Republicans blamed each other for the latest outbreak of gridlock and the administration readied plans to put the cuts into effect. So entrenched were the two parties that the Senate chaplain, Barry Black, opened the day’s session with a prayer that beseeched a higher power to intervene. “Rise up, O God, and save us from ourselves,” he said of cuts due to take effect today.
The immediate impact of the reductions on the public was uncertain, and the administration pulled back on its earlier warnings of long lines developing quickly at airports and teacher layoffs affecting classrooms. On the Senate floor, a Republican proposal requiring Obama to propose alternative cuts that would cause less disruption in essential government services fell to overwhelming Democratic opposition, 62-38.
Won a bare majority Moments later, a Democratic alternative to spread the cuts over a decade and replace half with higher taxes on millionaires and corporations won a bare majority, 51-49, but that was well shy of the 60 needed to advance. Republicans opposed it without exception.
In a written statement after the votes, Obama lambasted Republicans. “They voted to let the entire burden of deficit reduction fall squarely on the middle class,” he said. He noted that he would meet with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House toay, but no one is expecting action before the cuts begin taking effect. Obama said, “We can build on the over $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction we’ve already achieved, but doing so will require Republicans to compromise. That’s how our democracy works, and that’s what the American people deserve.” Said House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress: “Obama and Senate Democrats are demanding more tax hikes to fuel more ‘stimulus’ spending.”
Briefly: World Survivor leaped from the balloon in Egypt tragedy CAIRO — Egypt’s lead investigator said Thursday he is seeking to interview the only tourist who survived the crash of a hot air balloon in the southern city of Luxor, a British man who jumped from the balloon after it caught fire and before it plummeted to the ground, killing 19 others, including his wife. The Briton, Michael Rennie, escaped with only minor injuries and no burns, a neurologist who is treating him at a Cairo hospital, Mahmoud el-Shennawy, told The Associated Press. The other survivor, the balloon’s Egyptian pilot, who also jumped, suffered heavy burns. The sightseeing balloon on a sunrise flight Tuesday over the ancient monuments of Luxor carried 20 tourists from Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Belgium, Hungary and France. As it landed, a fuel line to the burner reportedly broke. Rennie and the Egyptian pilot, Momin Murad, managed to escape the balloon’s gondola when it was relatively close to the ground. The balloon then rose 1,000 feet into the air before bursting and plummeting into a sugar-cane field.
Rodman in N. Korea SEOUL, South Korea — ExNBA star Dennis Rodman hung out Thursday with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on the
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A helicopter carrying retired Pope Benedict XVI, upper right, passes over the Coliseum in Rome on Thursday on its way to the papal retreat in Castel Gandolfo, where he will spend the first two months of his retirement. As bells tolled at the Vatican, he became the first pope to resign in 600 years.
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Kim Jong Un, left, and Dennis Rodman at a Pyongyang gym Thursday. third day of his improbable journey to Pyongyang, watching the Harlem Globetrotters with the leader and later dining and drinking with him at his palace. “You have a friend for life,” Rodman told Kim before a crowd of thousands at a gymnasium where they sat side by side, chatting as they watched players from North Korea and the U.S. play, said Alex Detrick, a spokesman for the New Yorkbased VICE media company.
French to stay in Mali PARIS — French troops will stay in the West Afrcan country of Mali at least until Juluy as Islamic extremists there put up a tougher fight than expected, officials told The Associated Press, despite the government’s promises to begin a quick pullout within weeks. But the combat in rugged Sahara Desert mountains is growing harder, and there’s a rising threat that the militants will turn to suicide bombings and other guerrilla tactics. The Associated Press
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White House offers support on gay-marriage court case THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Thursday planned to urge the Supreme Court to strike down California’s ban on gay marriage, wading into a case that could have broad implications for the right of same-sex couples to wed. While such friend-of-the-court briefs are not legally binding, the administration’s filing could have some influence on the justices when they consider the constitutionality of the ban in March. The brief also should clarify President Barack Obama’s evolving views on gay marriage. Obama supports same-sex unions but has said marriage should be governed by states. The administration intended to meet the Thursday filing deadline for all parties not directly involved in the case. Gay-rights advocates hoped
the brief would ask the court to strike down California’s Proposition 8 and declare that the Constitution bars any state from banning same-sex unions. The administration could choose a narrower option, including asking the court to strike down only California’s ban. Another option: asking to rule that California and other states that allow unions carrying all the benefits of marriage cannot take away this right.
Seven other states Seven other states, including Washington, let gay couples wed. The Proposition 8 ballot initiative was approved by California voters in 2008 in response to a state Supreme Court decision that had allowed gay marriage. Twenty-nine other states have constitutional amendments ban-
ning gay marriage; nine states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage. In recent days, states, organizations and individuals have filed briefs in the Proposition 8 case. Thirteen states, including four that don’t permit gay couples to wed, urged the court Thursday to declare the ban unconstitutional. They said marriage enhances economic security and emotional well-being for the partners, and is better for children. “All of these interests are furthered by ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from the institution,” said the brief signed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. It was joined by Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington, Delaware, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and the District of Columbia.
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West: Police locate women from Vegas suspect’s SUV
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World: Venezuelan VP: Chavez fighting for his life
A WEEK AFTER a shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip, police said Thursday they have found and talked with all three women who were in an SUV with driver and accused shooter Ammar Harris. Harris, 26, a felon and selfdescribed pimp, is the subject of a multistate manhunt after the Feb. 21 gunfire and chain-reaction crash that left three people dead. Late Wednesday, Las Vegas police found SUV passenger Tineesha Lashun Howard in another state, and police said they had interviewed two other women who were in Harris’ black Range Rover SUV during the shooting.
JACOB LEW WAS sworn in Thursday as Treasury secretary. He will have to hit the ground running, as he is taking over the job just a day before huge automatic government spending cuts are set to take effect. Lew, 57, is likely to be involved with any negotiations to reverse the cuts, and also in budget talks next month to continue funding the government. The Senate confirmed Lew late Wednesday, affirming President Barack Obama’s choice of a budget expert. The vote was 71-26 to support the nomination. Voting against Lew’s confirmation were 25 Republicans and independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
FOUR PEOPLE CHARGED in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak in peanuts that killed nine and sickened hundreds pleaded not guilty Thursday to all charges. Peanut Corp. of America owner Stewart Parnell, his food broker brother Michael Parnell, Georgia plant manager Samuel Lightsey and Georgia plant quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson entered their pleas in a south Georgia federal court. A 76-count indictment charges them in a scheme to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts. The outbreak caused one of the largest recalls in history.
VENEZUELA’S VICE PRESIDENT said Thursday that President Hugo Chavez is fighting for his life while continuing to undergo treatment months after his latest cancer surgery. Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on television that Chavez “is battling there for his health, for his life, and we’re accompanying him.” The vice president has used similar phrasing in the past, saying Dec. 20 that Chavez “is fighting a great battle . . . for his life, for his health.” Chavez hasn’t spoken publicly since before his latest cancer operation in Cuba on Dec. 11. He returned to Venezuela on Feb. 18.
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Smooth sailing with weekend regatta Yearly event to kick off boat season BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND â€” Boating season kicks off Saturday with the 22nd annual Shipwrightsâ€™ Regatta, a casual way for all types of boaters to begin their maritime year. â€œItâ€™s the first race of the year,â€? said Carolyn â€œAceâ€? Spragg, waterfront programs manager for the Northwest Maritime Center. â€œItâ€™s not really hard-core, but itâ€™s more of a get-outthere-and-have-fun type of race.â€?
Noon starting time The regatta will begin at noon in Port Townsend Bay. Registration is $25 and is accepted until Saturdayâ€™s 9 a.m. skippers meeting at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St. â€œWe have some advance reservations, but 90 percent of the people show up that day,â€? said Spragg, who is managing the regatta.
postponed from last Saturday, Feb. 23, because of high winds, but Spragg said this weekendâ€™s forecast is calmer. The weather also will be the determining factor for the participants. Spragg said about 30 boats show up in good weather and half that many if it is inclement. Spragg said the regattaâ€™s hospitality is a major draw. â€œA lot of different races later in the season focus on different types of boats,â€? she said. â€œThis is for anyone who wants to come out and have fun.â€? Registration forms for the regatta can be downloaded at www.nw maritime.org or picked up at the chandlery at the maritime center. The regatta is sponsored by the Port of Port Townsend, the Port Townsend Brewing Co., Sunrise Coffee, Sea Marine CHARLIE BERMANT/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS and the Northwest Marine Carolyn â€œAceâ€? Spragg, waterfront programs manager for Port Townsendâ€™s Northwest Maritime Center of Excellence. Center, inspects the schedule for this weekendâ€™s 22nd annual Shipwrightsâ€™ Regatta. For more information, visit the maritime center â€œThey are mostly local the skippers meeting can course depends on the wind and refreshments are website or phone Spragg at people. No one comes from join the crew on one of the and conditions,â€? Spragg planned at the maritime 360-385-3628, ext. 103. too far since the weather participating boats. said. center after the race. ________ can be unpredictable.â€? The route of the race is â€œTheyâ€™ll set the buoys, Door prizes, including a Jefferson County Editor Charlie Spragg said any style yet to be determined as of and the race will go three chance to win a free haul- Bermant can be reached at 360boat can participate, and Wednesday. times around the course.â€? out, will be offered. 385-2335 or at charlie.bermant@ anyone who shows up for â€œLike any race here, the An awards ceremony This yearâ€™s race was peninsuladailynews.com.
Sequim elk stay north of 101 but could cross Sequim Boy Scout Troop 1103 Scouts Vance Willis, left, and Sam Mitchell post a memorial flag along Washington Street recently. The Scouts are seeking sponsors for flags along Sequimâ€™s main street.
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SEQUIM â€” The SequimDungeness herd of Roosevelt elk stayed north of U.S. Highway 101 on Wednesday night and spent most of Thursday lounging in a field in east Sequim. The Clallam County Sheriff â€™s Office warned Wednesday morning that the elk were congregating near the highway and could cross. Tim Cullinan, wildlife coordinator with the Point No Point Treaty Council, said the herd spent most of Wednesday in the woods around Johnson Creek, came out to feed on fields around Sequim and decided to stay put during the day Thursday. â€œThey could cross, or
they could just go back north to find more fields,â€? Cullinan said. â€œThatâ€™s what they did about a month ago.â€? Cullinan monitors the herd of 26 cows and calves and reports to the Sheriffâ€™s Office if they get near the highway. Radio sensors strapped around the necks of some cows trigger the warning lights on Highway 101 in and east of Sequim. Whether or not the herd will decide to cross is impossible to predict, Cullinan said. â€œThey could stay, or they could decide to head up,â€? he said. â€œYou canâ€™t tell what theyâ€™re going to do until they do it.â€? If a car hits an elk, some of which weigh as much as
800 pounds, at a speed high enough to kill an elk, it often means the car is destroyed, Cullinan has said. Historically, the herd moves across the highway around April to spend the summer in the foothills in Happy Valley and off Palo Alto Road. They typically have stayed there as late as Thanksgiving to feed and to mate with the bulls who stay there year-round. The past couple years, however, when spring has been long, wet and cold, the herd has stayed in the hills only for a few weeks. A warmer spring this year could mean the herd is getting ready to cross the highway to head for the hills, he said.
He was arrested after he crashed a plane in the Bahamas in 2010 and got seven years in prison after pleading guilty to dozens of charges in three Washington counties. Skagit County prosecutor Rich Weyrich declined to participate in the plea deal. He filed two new charges this month â€” burglary, for breaking into the Anacortes Airport, and theft, for stealing a plane and flying it to San Juan County. Weyrich didnâ€™t realize that Harris-Moore already pleaded guilty to the plane theft, and he criticized the
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SEQUIM â€” Boy Scout Troop 1103 is conducting its annual sponsorship drive for the Washington Street U.S. flag display in Sequim. Each $50 sponsorship is for one flag displayed on six patriotic holidays. Sponsorships can be for a business, an individual or as a memorial, and comes with a placard displayed with the flag. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations will help support the Scoutsâ€™ annual summer camp and help pay for equipment. For more information or to sponsor a flag, phone Janell Heintz at 360-683-4921.
MOUNT VERNON â€” â€œBarefoot Banditâ€? Colton Harris-Moore has pleaded not guilty to a new burglary charge. But the Skagit Valley Herald reported that he declined to enter a plea Thursday to a plane-theft count for which heâ€™s already serving prison time. The thief led police on a two-year crime spree in stolen boats, cars and planes.
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Elderly scam SPOKANE â€” A Spokane County sheriffâ€™s spokesman said officers arrested a Spokane Valley woman accused of preying on an elderly trailer park neighborâ€™s fears to steal $10,000 from the victimâ€™s bank account. Deputy Mark Gregory said Wednesday that paramedics visited the 91-yearold residentâ€™s home recently and told her that because of the clutter, she perhaps needed to be in a nursing home or have someone help her clean up. The park manager told officers he thinks a neighbor overheard this conversation and quickly contacted the victim. The younger woman is accused of promising to help her neighbor stay out of a nursing home if she signed power-of-attorney documents. Gregory said $10,000 was withdrawn from the elderly womanâ€™s bank account the day after those documents were signed. Deputies arrested 53-year-old Jody Scotece for investigation of first-degree theft. Gregory said the woman initially said she had permission to withdraw the money to repair her truck and buy items, including a 47-inch television. The spokesman said Scotece returned about $4,500. The Associated Press
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Marine debris film to screen in Forks, PA Kayakers to make similar documentary in Alaska BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
A documentary film that follows a trio of kayakers taking a survey of debris thought to be from the March 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami will return to the North Olympic Peninsula, where it was filmed during the summer of 2012. â€œThe Ikkatsu Project: The Roadless Coast,â€? will be shown at 7 p.m. today at the Forks Extension Campus of Peninsula College, and at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Little Theater, at Peninsula College in Port Angeles. Donations will be accepted as admittance at both showings. A trailer for the film is
available at www.ikkatsu project.org. The documentary, filmed on the west Clallam and Jefferson County coastline by three kayakers, Ken Campbell, Steve Weileman and Jason Goldstein, sold out multiple showings at its November world premiere in Tacoma, and there was a single showing in Port Townsend in January. Windblown items from a large debris field, thought to include as much as 2 million tons of debris washed away from Japan by the tsunami that took nearly 16,000 lives, began to arrive on Clallam County beaches in October 2011. The most recent notable find was a Japanese dock, spotted in January along
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In Port Townsend, Grant Street Schoolâ€™s kindergarten-through-third-grade students will dress in pajamas, and community members will read Dr. Seuss books to them, according to Principal Mary Sepler. Also in Port Townsend, Blue Heron Middle School will celebrate Read Across America Day on Monday because the entire fourthgrade class will be on a field trip today, said Cheryl Brady, the schoolâ€™s librarian. The Title I program is giving each of the fourthand fifth-grade students a book, Brady said, and she will serve hot cocoa in the library while they read. Chimacum Primary School will conduct an assembly today for kindergarten-through-secondgrade students, said library assistant Barb Dance. The students will receive reading awards, she said. The Quilcene School District has observed Read Across America all week, said Ann Bogard, Title I coordinator. Students are reading books for points, and each day, prizes are awarded, she said. Next Wednesday, a special Dr. Seuss movie is planned at 5:30 p.m. at the school for both students and their parents. Students in kindergarten, first and second grades at Brinnon School District have made costumes to reflect the Dr. Seuss stories they will read, said Dalila Dowd, school secretary.
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PORT ANGELES â€” The Clallam County Board of Commissioners recently signed a proclamation recognizing March 2013 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The proclamation calls upon all citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools in Clallam County to recognize the ability of individuals with developmental disabilities to make significant contributions to their communities, to take time to become acquainted with someone with a developmental disability and what he or she has to offer and need to lead productive lives and reach his or her full potential, according to a news release. For more information, phone Timothy Bruce, Health and Human Services planner, Developmental Disabilities, at 360-417-2428.
A proclamation recognizing March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month was signed by the Clallam County Board of Commissioners. Clockwise from left are Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman, Clallam County Health & Human Services/Developmental Disabilities Planner Tim Bruce, Commissioner Jim McEntire and Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee member Peter Ripley.
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PORT ANGELES â€” A 38-year-old Port Angeles man has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for selling heroin to an Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team informant. Ralph O. Needham pleaded guilty to the Class B felony before he was sentenced in Clallam County Superior Court on Feb. 20. OPNET investigators said Needham sold 1.9 grams of heroin to an informant for $125 at the east Port Angeles Safeway store July 6, 2011. The substance was tested at a State Patrol crime lab and was confirmed to be heroin, according to the certification of
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illegal narcotics deliveries in Clallam County and Jefferson County,â€? Viada said. â€œOPNETâ€™s primary focus is and will continue to be cases involving heroin and methamphetamine.â€?
Sequim police after investigators developed probable cause that he sold methamphetamine and heroin within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop, Viada said. Malcom, of Port Angeles, was charged Wednesday. He is being held in the Clallam Arrest Sunday County jail on $17,500 In another narcotics bond. case, Matthew M. Malcom, An arraignment is set 22, was arrested Sunday by for next Friday.
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Public school students across the North Olympic Peninsula will join in the national Read Across America celebration today. Every March, the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is celebrated during the Read Across America observance. Dr. Seuss, who penned multitudes of distinctive childrenâ€™s books, was born March 2, 1904, and died Sept. 24, 1991. In Port Angeles, all elementary students will celebrate reading today, said spokeswoman Tina SmithOâ€™Hara. Franklin Elementary will have a guest reader â€” Omar Anderson, assistant soccer coach at Peninsula College â€” for the MultiAged Community, or MAC, program. Dry Creek Elementary will have a â€œred, white and black dayâ€? and will launch its March Reading Dragon Contest, in which students can earn a pajama day. Jefferson Elementary staff members will dress as Cat in the Hat or other favorite Dr. Seuss characters, and students will have the opportunity to read when they hear the â€œreading alert.â€? Roosevelt Elemetary Principal Michelle Olsen also will be dressed as the Cat in the Hat. Hamilton Elementary also will participate. In Sequim, Read Across America will be celebrated at Helen Haller Elementary, with several Sequim High School students â€” some dressed as Dr. Seuss characters â€” reading to students in the morning, said Patsene Dashiell, district spokeswoman. Among the events planned in Joyce schools is the reading of a Dr. Seuss book to a second-grade class by Crescent School Superintendent Clayton Mork. The Forks Elementary School will observe Read Across America next week
when it will select a day for families to come to school and read to students, said librarian Carolyn Ellis. The Cape Flattery School District is on midwinter break this week.
A soccer ball from a club in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, Japan, was found by the Ikkatsu Expedition on a remote Olympic Peninsula beach.
event,â€? which requires the filmmaker and photograagency to develop a federal pher. tsunami debris cleanup The Ikkatsu crew is plan. planning a 2013 summer trip to Augustine Island, Ikkatsu findings Alaska, to document debris thought to be from the tsuOver the summer of nami on the shores of the 2012, the Ikkatsu team active volcanic island in the reported that it found southwestern Cook Inlet in sports balls, plastic toys and what might have been a the Kenai Peninsula, and to partially intact Japanese film â€œThe Ikkatsu Project: house before it was pounded Secrets of Augustine.â€? The trio of sea kayakers into wreckage by waves on will begin a survey of debris Cape B Beach, near Neah on beaches there similar to Bay. The data-gathering was the one they did on the coordinated with members Olympic Peninsula coast of a science advisory team, and will add a study of plasincluding Ebbesmeyer; the tic ingested by sea birds. For the bird study, the National Oceanic and group is working with OikoAtmospheric Administration; and the Coastal Water- nos, an organization that supports coastal marine animal shed Institute. Campbell is a writer spe- studies and conservation. ________ cializing in the Pacific Northwest outdoors. GoldReporter Arwyn Rice can be stein is the teamâ€™s cartogra- reached at 360-452-2345, ext. pher and GIS specialist. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula Weileman is a documentary dailynews.com.
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Ruling: Voters OKâ€™d initiative CONTINUED FROM A1 State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, said the court had opened the floodgates of taxation with its ruling. The chairwoman of the Senate Governmental Operations Committee has already proposed a constitutional amendment to make the two-thirds majority permanent. â€œThis is a seminal point in our history,â€? she said, noting that the people in every county have already shown their support for a two-thirds tax rule. To pass a constitutional amendment, the Legislature must approve the measure by a two-thirds majority and then it goes to the people for a simple majority vote. The two-thirds majority rule has been approved in a series of initiatives pushed by activist Tim Eyman. Voters most recently approved the supermajority rule last November. In a statement reacting to the court decision, Eyman wrote that the voters were more enthusiastic about his most recent tax initiative than they were about the new governor. He said he agreed with a dissent by Justice Jim Johnson that â€œdemocracy will carry the day,â€? and the voters will not be denied their rights. Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, said he is open to discussion about enshrining more tax limits into the
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Tax initiative activist Tim Eyman responds at the Capitol in Olympia on Thursday. to a Supreme Court ruling that overturned one of his initiatives aimed at limiting the ability of the Legislature to raise taxes. Constitution â€” perhaps a limit to the sales tax if lawmakers considered an income tax. But he and other Democrats opposed the idea of enshrining the two-thirds rule. Democratic Sen. David Frockt said whatever decision lawmakers make on taxes, voters still have their say at the ballot through referendums and elections. â€œWe are accountable on those votes,â€? Frockt said.
Majority opinion The majority opinion, written by Justice Susan Owens, a former District Court judge in Forks, states that under a commonsense understanding, any bill receiving a simple majority
vote will become law. No language in the provision qualifies that requirement by stating a bill needs â€œat least a majority vote.â€? They wrote that without the simple majority rule in the Constitution, the people or the Legislature could require particular bills to receive 90 percent approval rather than just a twothirds approval, thus essentially ensuring that those types of bills would never pass. â€œSuch a result is antithetical to the notion of a functioning government and should be rejected as such,â€? the justices wrote. Justice Charles Johnson, writes in a dissent, that â€œIn its eagerness to embroil itself in the political arena,
the majority abandons any semblance of judicial restraint to declare the process of legislative enactment constitutionally infirm.â€? Johnson wrote that voters have repeatedly voted for the supermajority provision, and that the court has repeatedly been asked to weigh in in past years and had previously â€œrejected the invitation to engage in this political dispute, exercising the wisdom, restraint, and temperance not to step outside the courtâ€™s constitutional authority.â€? â€œEvidently something has changed, though the majority does not tell us what, to cause it to abandon these limiting principles and chart a new course for the court to more actively engage in the political process,â€? he wrote. â€œThis change is both unwise and unprecedented.â€? Justice Jim Johnson, writing in a separate dissent, wrote that the majority â€œironically overrides our constitution and prior case law to enforce an invented policy concern: the fear that laws requiring a supermajority to raise taxes permit a â€œtyranny of the minority.â€? He said that with its decision, the majority â€œis imposing their policy preference over that of the 1,575,655 voters who passed Initiative 1053 (I-1053) and the millions who qualified and passed similar tax protections.â€?
Reaction: Tax break repeal CONTINUED FROM A1 Fellow Democratic Rep. Steve Tharinger of Sequim, however, said he thinks the decision could open the door for repeal of various state tax breaks that could help close a state budget deficit. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a citizens initiative requiring a two-thirds majority vote in the state Legislature was in conflict with the state constitution. Tharinger said he supports the ruling and that it could allow some tax breaks currently in place for established businesses â€” such as national out-of-state banks operating in Washington â€” to be more easily repealed.
The money raised from the repeal of such breaks, which up until the court decision required a simply majority to pass but a supermajority to repeal, could be re-aimed at funding education or health care in the state, he said. â€œI think itâ€™s a case-bycase basis,â€? Tharinger said Thursday, â€œ[but] I think youâ€™ll see support for repealing some of these [tax breaks].â€? Tharinger, Van De Wege and Hargrove represent the 24th Legislative District, which comprises Clallam and Jefferson counties and a third of Grays Harbor County. Hargrove said he doesnâ€™t think the court decision will change much this session.
He said there is little support for new taxes and new revenue in the Senate, and that the ruling is unlikely to change anyoneâ€™s mind. â€œIt wonâ€™t change anything in Olympia,â€? Hargrove said. â€œWe donâ€™t have the votes for taxes down here.â€?
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will present in passing any new taxes, even without the two-thirds majority requirement. Additionally, Van De Wege, who called the citizens initiative â€œclearly unconstitutionalâ€? in a Thursday interview, said he was not taken aback at all by the ruling, adding that the decision will not affect day-to-day business much this legislative session. â€œWhether you are a Democrat or a Republican, no one was surprised by the outcome of the ruling,â€? Van De Wege said.
While options for new revenue are never completely off the table, Hargrove said, any change that might increase taxes would have to have broad biparti________ san support or even go to a vote of the people. Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can Van De Wege echoed be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. Hargroveâ€™s sentiment about 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsula the difficulty this session dailynews.com.
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What comes after courtâ€™s tax ruling? BY MIKE BAKER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OLYMPIA â€” The state Supreme Court decision that rejected an anti-tax rule Thursday immediately shifted the budget dynamics in Olympia. As lawmakers look for ways to balance the budget this year, some Democrats have proposed a range of different revenue options that could be considered, including a capital gains tax and extending business taxes. With a voter-approved rule requiring two-thirds support in the Legislature, however, major tax changes were always out of reach. With the rule now gone, hereâ€™s a primer on what it all means for the Legislature, the public and both of their budgets: Q. Are new taxes coming? Maybe. Democrats were clearly pleased Thursday that the ruling would make it easier to use tax options to add more funding to education, and House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan said he doesnâ€™t see how lawmakers can do the budget this year without revenue. But a Republican-dominated coalition that controls the state Senate has shown reticence on taxes and has emphasized spending restraint. Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom said after the ruling that the court ruling shows why the coalition is so important. Gov. Jay Inslee also vowed during his election bid last year to veto tax increases, though he also opposed the two-thirds rule. Lawmakers are expected to release their full budget proposals in the coming weeks. Q. Is there any recourse for supporters of the two-thirds requirement? Some lawmakers already have proposed changing the state constitution in order to make the
two-thirds rule permanent. It seems unlikely that such a rule would pass the Legislature since a constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds vote of lawmakers, followed by a ratification by the voters on the ballot. Democrats expressed opposition to the idea, with Rep. Jamie Pederson saying that â€œno one in their right mind would adoptâ€? the twothirds rule into the constitution. Separately, the coalition in the state Senate initially said it would explore making rule changes in the chamber to essentially implement the two-thirds rule but then abandoned the idea shortly afterward. Q. Why do some lawmakers want more taxes? Right now, the Legislature faces both a budget shortfall (roughly $1 billion total) and a court-ordered requirement to get more money into the education system (roughly another $1 billion). To make their case for new taxes, Democrats point to a series of cuts that lawmakers have made in recent years, shrinking the size of government, cutting salaries for teachers and eliminating programs. The Senate coalition sees room for more spending restraint and has proposed changes such as moving state workers from pensions to 401(k)-style retirement plans. Q. Whatâ€™s next for Tim Eyman? The initiative promoter who repeatedly shepherded the two-thirds rule onto the ballot says attention now turns to the Legislature to see whether lawmakers approve the constitutional amendment or just avoid creating new taxes. â€œIf the Legislature listens to the voters, we have a lot less to do,â€? Eyman said. Eyman didnâ€™t get specific about his future plans but said he wants to continue to offer initiative options for voters.
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The program will be held at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 6 p.m. Suzanne Tyler, director of the Greywolf Veterinary Hospital Animal Behavior Center, will lead the program. She will teach a few of the more common techniques of dog training. This program is open to all those of the human variety. Four-legged friends are not welcome. Tyler has been actively training dogs since 1977. She began communitybased dog-training classes in Sequim in 1990 and has been teaching ever since. Tyler is a member of Olympic Gentle Paws, the local therapy dog club she helped found, and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and holds a pet dog trainer certificate.
This program is free, and preregistration is not required. For more information, visit www.nols.org and click on â€œEvents,â€? phone 360-683-1161 or email Sequim@nols.org.
Ancestry club set CLALLAM BAY â€” Beaver resident and former librarian Frances Buck will present â€œMy Journey, Finding My Rootsâ€? at a meeting of the Clallam Bay Library Ancestry Club on Monday. The free event will be held at the Clallam Bay Library, 16990 state Highway 112, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, email gsmdhistoricsites@ gmail.com or phone 803374-6394. Peninsula Daily News
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Floats: Educational classes CONTINUED FROM A1 Delikat said the lack of floats this year will not affect the 13 cruise ship visits scheduled this spring and fall as the ships will dock on the opposite side of City Pier from the floats. Figures provided by Delikat show the city has made about $18,800, roughly $3,700 per year, in moorage fee revenue off the floats over the past five years. Boaters were charged $10 per day to tie up to the floats, Delikat said, though city records do not show how many individual boats used the floats over the past five years. Delikat said the Feiro Marine Life Center also used the floats for educational classes in the summer, as did the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain when visiting Port Angeles. Marine center Director Deborah Moriarty said the floats will be missed this summer, as they allowed children to get within arm’s length of the water of Port Angeles Harbor and investigate the creatures living there. “It would be great to have the docks here, but if we can do anything to support the city on getting the docks in, we’d sure be happy to partner with them,” Moriarty said.
“If it wasn’t through some craftiness with my staff, we wouldn’t have gotten five more years out of [the floats].” COREY DELIKAT director, city parks and recreation Joe Follansbee, communications director for the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, which runs the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, said the decision to not install the floats this year will not affect the ships’ scheduled July 10-11 visit this year.
Still on schedule
craftiness with my staff, we wouldn’t have gotten five more years out of them,” Delikat said. Repair efforts included securing the floats’ individual planks together with custom-made bolts and frequent replacement of the brackets that held them to individual pylons along City Pier, Delikat said. The floats also have lost buoyancy as they’ve aged, Delikat explained, meaning they threaten to pull on or completely tear out the pylons to which they’re attached. “I’m just afraid of [the floats] making more damage then they already have and [for] people’s safety,” Delikat said. City staff members remove and store the floats in a cityowned parking lot on Ediz Hook each fall to protect them from the strong wave action that typically accompanies winter storms, efforts Delikat said have extended the floats’ usable life. “I honestly think we would not have gotten 20 years out of them if we left them in the water the whole time,” Delikat said.
“I just want folks to know that Port Angeles is still on our schedule,” Follansbee said. “We’ll hopefully find a way to be there or nearby.” At the parks commission meeting last week, Delikat said parks and recreation staff has spent about $135,000 over the past five years keeping the six floats the ________ city maintains from falling apart from rot and the wear and tear of Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be being buffeted by waves. reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at “If it wasn’t through some email@example.com.
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Boiler Room volunteer Austin Nowell, far right, gets training from Executive Director Amy Smith, General Manager Ahren Howard and mentor Karen Ciccarone, from left.
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PORT TOWNSEND — For 20 years, The Boiler Room has provided a safe place for kids to hang out, and the facility is celebrating this milestone with an all-day anniversary celebration Saturday. “This is an accepting place, where we give people a second chance — or third or fourth chances, if they need them,” said Boiler Room Executive Director Amy Smith.
“People who come in here are family, and we are often more accepting of them than their real families.” “Boiler Day 20! A Celebration of Boiler Room Culture and Family” will begin at 11 a.m. at 711 Water St. with a pancake brunch. Admission is free, though donations are welcome. Music will begin at noon. The lineup features some of the best local bands who have supported the facility over the years, Smith said.
Snacks: Farm PA post office stipulates higher heights for mailboxes BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — Some rural mailbox owners may need to get out measuring tapes and toolboxes to make sure their mailboxes meet the height requirements for new maildelivery vehicles. The U.S. Postal Service in Port Angeles only is providing rural-mail-route carriers with used delivery trucks previously driven by in-town carriers, and many of the rural boxes, set up for delivery from passenger cars used by many carriers, are too low for the new trucks, said Ernie Swanson, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service Seattle District.
42-45 inches high For passenger car deliveries, the bottom of rural mailboxes should be between 36 and 42 inches from the roadbed, but for the new trucks, the boxes should be between 42 and 45 inches high, Swanson said. The box should not protrude into the street, where it might obstruct pedestrians or vehicles, but not be so far from the road that the carrier has to get out of his or her vehicle, he said. He added that it also is helpful if a group of neighbors cluster their mailboxes in a single area, which makes mail delivery more efficient. Seven routes already
Mailboxes on Cosmos Lane off Finn Hall Road in Agnew demonstrate varying heights as the Postal Service changes its requirements. have received their trucks, while another five are expected to get the trucks as they become available, he said. Rural route carriers who use their own private vehicles are paid by the mile for fuel and maintenance, and the switch to trucks will end those payments, he said, adding that there is no expected cost or savings for the post office associated with the change.
Only USPS-approved boxes should be used, which are clearly marked with “U.S. Mail: approved by the Postmaster General” on the mailbox, often on the door. Swanson said decorative or novelty mailboxes usually are allowed — as long as they meet the basic standards for access and seal properly to keep mail dry. Many hardware stores sell approved locking mailboxes, he added, which can
help combat mail theft. “Mail theft is a major issue these days,” he said. Postal customers should bring in their mail every day, and if they go on a trip, they should put a hold on their mail while they are gone, he said.
form to handle scallops, which are grown like oysters on vertical nets.
Police said 46-year-old Ryan James Purdy was arrested Wednesday in Auburn after he bragged to another bus passenger that he was wanted for impersonating a cop. The other passenger got off the bus and called police. The Associated Press
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Briefly: State Fisheries of Cape May, N.J. The 48-car ferry was last used in January 2012 on the Point DefianceTahlequah run between Tacoma and Vashon Island. It was replaced by the SEATTLE — The new 64-car Chetzemoka. retired state ferry RhodoThe Rhododendron was dendron has been sold to a named after the state Vancouver Island scallop flower and was known as farm. The Kitsap Sun reported the Rhody. Island Scallops CEO that the 66-year-old vessel Robert Saunders said was sold Tuesday for $275,000 to Island Scallops engines will be removed, of Qualicum Beach, B.C., a and the 227-foot vessel will branch of Atlantic Capes be used as a floating plat-
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Fake-cop arrest SEATTLE — A man accused of impersonating police officers to commit a series of robberies in Seattle parks has been arrested.
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Keith Lazelle and Jane Hall are pictured at their property and residence on Dabob Bay, where they have lived for 20 years.
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Funding measures in the Sequim and Quillayute Valley school districts officially passed the Feb. 12 election with wide margins, according to the results certified this week in Clallam and Jefferson counties. The final turnout rate after Tuesday’s certification was 50.44 percent, with voters returning 12,624 of the 25,027 ballots issued by both counties in both school districts. Turnout was 50.49 percent, or 12,431 ballots returned out of 24,622 issued, in Clallam County. It was 47.65 percent, or 193 ballots returned out of 405 issued, in Jefferson County. Sequim’s four-year $5.8 million maintenance-and-operations levy received 67.6 percent approval from voters in both counties, with 7,616 in favor and 3,653 against. The onetime $1.6 million busreplacement levy was approved with 64.9 percent, 7,317 voting yes and 3,962 voting no. Quillayute Valley School District’s four-year $628,000 property tax levy received 69.1 percent approval from both counties, with 899 in favor and 402 against. Only a simple majority was required to pass. Sequim’s estimated levy rate from the Assessor’s Office for the maintenance-and-operations levy is $1.611 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2014, $1.611 in 2015, $1.608 in 2016 and $1.607 in 2017. The transportation levy is an estimated rate of 44 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. Quillayute Valley’s estimated levy rate is expected to decline from $1.45 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2014 to $1.42 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2017.
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DABOB BAY — Nature photographer Keith Lazelle and his wife and artist agent, Jane Hall, have set up long-term protection from development for their 18 acres of shoreline property on Jefferson County’s Dabob Bay. The December action is part of a larger conservation effort within the proposed boundaries of the Dabob Bay Natural Area at the north end of Hood Canal, northeast of Quilcene, said Peter Bahls, executive director of the Northwest Watershed Institute, which helped complete the arrangement. The couple sold two undeveloped parcels, one on each side of their home, to the state Department of Natural Resources to be permanently protected as part of the natural area project. Then, they sold a conservation easement to the Jefferson Land Trust that covers the 6-acre property where they live.
Lazelle and Hall continue to own and live on the middle parcel that contains their house, but the conservation easement ensures that their property will be permanently protected in a natural condition outside of a surveyed 1-acre “building envelope” that includes their existing home, garage and other improvements. Provisions in the easement also allow for some limited pruning and cutting of trees along the shoreline bluffs to maintain a filtered view.
Working together The Northwest Watershed Institute, a nonprofit based in Port Townsend, was the project manager for the easement project and worked closely with the land trust, landowners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Department of Ecology to complete the project, Bahls said. In 2009, DNR expanded the
proposed boundary of the natural area from 350 acres to a total of 6,284 acres. The project includes all the aquatic lands within the bay and most of the surrounding forested slopes, south to Broad Spit County Park, that drain directly to the bay. Within this proposed boundary, DNR is working with willing landowners to purchase lands to add to the natural area, as well as with Ecology, the land trust, the Northwest Watershed Institute and the Nature Conservancy of Washington. Bahls said Dabob Bay is one of the least developed and biologically important salt-marsh estuaries remaining in Puget Sound, as well as a major shellfish farming area. The 18 acres preserved by Lazelle and Hall include steep forested bluffs on the east side of Dabob Bay as well as flat land on top of the bluff supporting older
forests of Douglas fir, salal, evergreen huckleberry and the unusual phantom orchid, Bahls said. Kingfishers and bald eagles often are seen in the area. The bluffs also are “feeder bluffs” that deliver sand and gravel to replenish the beaches and maintain the numerous saltmarsh spits of Dabob Bay, Bahls added. Funding for the acquisitions came from federal grants. Lazelle and Hall also donated to the project by selling the conservation easement for significantly under its appraised fair market value. Dabob Bay land acquisitions, including Lazelle’s and Hall’s, are being made possible by $6.7 million in grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program.
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Trauma sets female veterans adrift BY PATRICIA L. BROWN
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LOS ANGELES — In the caverns of her memory, Tiffany Jackson recalls the job she held, fleetingly, after leaving the military. She wore stylish flats and blouses with butterfly collars and worked in a high-rise with a million-dollar view. Two years later, she had descended into anger and alcohol and left her job. She started hanging out with people who were using cocaine and became an addict herself, huddling against the wind on Skid Row here. “You feel helpless to stop it,” she said of the cascade of events in which she went from having her own apartment to sleeping in seedy hotels and then, for a year, in the streets, where she joined the growing ranks of homeless female veterans. Even as the Pentagon lifts the ban on women in combat roles, returning servicewomen are facing a battlefield of a different kind. They are now the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, an often-invisible group bouncing between sofa and air mattress, overnighting in public storage lockers, living in cars and learning to park inconspicuously on the outskirts of shopping centers to avoid the violence of the streets. While male returnees become homeless largely because of substance abuse and mental illness, experts say that female veterans face those problems and more, including the search for family housing and an even harder time
Military sexual trauma But a common pathway to homelessness for women, researchers and psychologists said, is military sexual trauma, or MST, from assaults or harassment during their service, which can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Sexual trauma set Jackson on her path. At first she thought she could put “the incident” behind her: that cool August evening outside Suwon Air Base in South Korea when, she said, a serviceman grabbed her by the throat in the ladies’ room of a bar and savagely raped her on the urinesoaked floor. But during the seven years she drifted in and out of homelessness, she found she could not forget. (Jackson later won full disability compensation for posttraumatic stress as a disabling aftermath of her sexual trauma, although she was at first denied military benefits.) Of 141,000 veterans nationwide who spent at least one night in a shelter in 2011, nearly 10 percent were women, according to the latest figures available from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, up from 7.5 percent in 2009. In part it is a reflection of the changing nature of the American military, where women now constitute 14 percent of active-duty forces and 18 percent of the Army National Guard and the Reserves. But female veterans also face a complex “web of vulnerability,” said Dr. Donna L. Washington, a
family, she has lived briefly in her car, the only personal space she has. Some homeless veterans marshal boot-camp survival skills, like Nancy Mitchell, 53, an Army veteran who spent years, off and on, living in a tent. “That’s how we done it in basic,” she said. Of more than two dozen female veterans interviewed by The New York Times, 16 said that they had been sexually assaulted in the service, and another said that she had been stalked. A study by Dr. Washington and colleagues found that 53 percent of homeless female veterans had experienced military sexual trauma, and that many women entered the military to escape family conflict and abuse. For those hoping to better their lives, being sexually assaulted while serving their THE NEW YORK TIMES country is “a double betrayal of Tiffany Jackson’s rape sent her spiralling into despair. trust,” said Lori S. Katz, director of the Women’s Health Clinic at Jennifer Cortez, 26, who professor of medicine at UCLA the V.A. Long Beach Healthcare excelled as an Army sergeant, and a physician at the West Los System and co-founder of Renew, Angeles Veterans Affairs medical training and mentoring other sol- an innovative treatment program center, who has studied the ways diers, has had difficulty finding for female veterans with MST. the women become homeless, work since leaving active duty in Reverberations from such including poverty and military 2011. experiences often set off a downsexual trauma. ward spiral for women into alcoFemale veterans are far more 12 medals hol and substance abuse, depreslikely to be single parents than sion and domestic violence, she She wakes up on an air matmen. added. tress on her mother’s living room Yet more than 60 percent of “It just pulls the skin off you,” floor, beneath the 12 medals she transitional housing programs said Patricia Goodman-Allen, a receiving grants from the Depart- garnered in eight years, includtherapist in North Carolina and ing two tours in Iraq. ment of Veterans Affairs did not former Army Reserve officer who Job listings at minimum wage said she once retreated to a accept children, or restricted leave her feeling bewildered. their age and number, according mobile home deep in the woods “You think, wow, really?” she to a 2011 report by the Governafter such an assault. said. “I served my country. So ment Accountability Office. ________ sweeping the floor is kind of The lack of jobs for female hard.” Patricia Leigh Brown is a veterans also contributes to homelessness. Not wanting to burden her reporter for The New York Times.
Peninsula Voices ensure that the esplanade and beaches are located, Due to a typographical designed and constructed error, the book, Everest: The appropriately given West Ridge, was incorrectly expected sea-level rise. titled in a Feb. 28 letter, Design anticipated a “Everest climber.” future sea level rise of — Editor plus-2.5 feet for the project’s design life. Climate change 2 In response, the esplaIn response to concerns nade deck is set at an elevation of 13 feet above curexpressed by the writer of the Feb. 28 letter, “Climate rent sea level and more than 40 inches above the change,” the potential for recorded extreme high sea-level rise has been water level. incorporated into every The structure is component of the design of designed and constructed the waterfront improveto withstand tidal forces if ment project in downtown severe storms drive the Port Angeles. water even higher. The design team conProposed beaches are sulted with tidal geologists and structural engineers to designed with similar con-
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Ski huts have place in the backcountry ERIC BURR, A retired seasonal Olympic National Park ranger at Hurricane Ridge, sent me a note the other day regarding my recent column on the Seabury possibly illegal Blair Jr. destruction of the Waterhole Hut near Hurricane Ridge. [“Waterhole Ski Hut Was Popular Site In The Snow,” Feb. 17 PDN]. Burr, the author of the book, Ski Trails and Wildlife: Toward Snow Country Restoration, makes a good case for backcountry huts in areas that aren’t designated as wilderness. The longtime skier now resides in the Methow Valley, where skiing is a way of life and backcountry huts are welcome.
I was happy to read an article he sent along about the Waterhole Hut, since he was the Hurricane Ridge sub-district ranger when the hut was first installed 44 years ago. In short, Burr thinks it was a mistake to remove the 8-foot-by16-foot A-frame that kept so many skiers warm and comfortable for nearly a half-century. Burr points out that National Park managers concentrate, for the most part, on tourist season problems and challenges, simply because that’s when the park’s resources — both natural and man-made — are most endangered. “Ski touring, therefore, is a tiny, exotic blip on their radar screens,” he writes. In Canada and Europe backcountry ski huts are extremely popular and possibly less intrusive on the countryside because they concentrate use.
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That leaves more wild country untouched. I’ve visited several Alpine Club of Canada huts in the winter and can testify that the surrounding wilderness benefits from concentrating human presence. Except for a well-packed circle of snow around the Stanley Mitchell Hut in the Little Yoho Valley of Yoho National Park, the mountains and meadows are as pristine as they were centuries ago. National park managers in Canada seem to hold to a different philosophy when it comes to park visitors. Where our park managers appear to discourage use by removing backcountry shelters, Canadians provide huts and shelters to attract a majority of users. The difference in philosophy is visible. Here, backcountry visitors are encouraged to disperse, leaving trampled tent circles along trails
wherever there’s ground flat enough to pitch a shelter. The Canadian national parks I’ve visited instead offer backcountry campsites that are concentrated, often providing such frontcountry amenities as picnic tables and firewood. Burr, the retired Olympic naturalist and ranger, puts it this way: “Snow sports are how most people experience the boreal forest. “The more ways we can help them experience, and understand this snowy world surrounding their ski resorts and national parks, the better chance we have to conserve and restore the largest forest on earth. “Waterhole [Hut] in Olympic is a small but significant part of a much larger problem. “Winter is what makes boreal forests unique, and rangers that don’t ski are symptomatic of our
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Workers steamed at work-at-home ban WHEN MARISSA MAYER became queen of the Yahoos last summer, she was hailed as a role model for women. The 37-yearold supergeek with the super- Maureen model looks Dowd was the youngest Fortune 500 chief executive. And she was in the third trimester of her first pregnancy. Many women were thrilled at the thought that biases against hiring women who were expecting, or planning to be, might be melting. A couple months later, it gave her female fans pause when the Yahoo CEO took a mere twoweek maternity pause. She built a nursery next to her office at her own expense, to make working almost straight through easier. The fear that this might set an impossible standard for other women — especially women who had consigned “having it all” to unicorn status — reverberated. Even the German family minister, Kristina Schröder, chimed in: “I regard it with major concern when prominent women give the public impression that maternity leave is something that is not important.” Almost two months after her son, Macallister, was born, Mayer irritated some women again when she bubbled at a Fortune Magazine event that “the baby’s been way easier than everyone made it out to be.” “Putting ‘baby’ and ‘easy’ in the same sentence turns you into one of those mothers we don’t like very much,” Lisa Belkin chided in The Huffington Post. Now Mayer has caused another fem-quake with a decision that has a special significance to working mothers. She has banned Yahoos, as her employees are known, from working at home (which some of us call “working” at home). It flies in the face of tech com-
panies’ success in creating a cloud office rather than a conventional one. Mayer’s friend Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook wrote in her new feminist manifesto, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, that technology could revolutionize women’s lives by “changing the emphasis on strict office hours since so much work can be conducted online.” She added that “the traditional practice of judging employees by face time rather than results unfortunately persists” when it would be more efficient to focus on results. Many women were appalled at the Yahoo news, noting that Mayer, with her penthouse atop the San Francisco Four Seasons, her Oscar de la Rentas and her $117 million five-year contract, seems oblivious to the fact that for many of her less-privileged sisters with young children, telecommuting is a lifeline to a manageable life. The dictatorial decree to work “side by side” had some dubbing Mayer not “the Steinem of Silicon Valley” but “the Stalin of Silicon Valley.” Mayer and Sandberg are in an elite cocoon, and in USA Today, Joanne Bamberger fretted that they are “setting back the cause of working mothers.” She wrote that Sandberg’s exhortation for “women to pull themselves up by the Louboutin straps” is damaging, as is “Mayer’s office-only work proclamation that sends us back to the preInternet era of power suits with floppy bow ties.” Men accustomed to telecommuting were miffed, too. Richard Branson tweeted: “Give people the freedom of where to work & they will excel.” While it is true that women have looked to technology as a leveling force in the marketplace, it is also true that tech innovators — even as far back as Bell Labs scientists — have designed their campuses around the management philosophy that intellectual ferment happens when you force smart people to collaborate in person and constantly bounce creative ideas off each other.
Mayer has shown that she is willing to do what it takes, with no coddling. She has a huge challenge in turning around Yahoo — she was the third of three CEO’s at the company in 2012 alone. She had success brainstorming face to face during her years at Google, where she was the 20th employee, the first female engineer and the shepherd of more than 100 products. The New York Times’ Laura Holson wrote that when meeting with Google subordinates, Mayer came across like a “meticulous art teacher correcting firstsemester students.” Mayer’s bold move looks retro and politically incorrect, but she may feel the need to reboot the company culture, harness creativity, cut deadwood and discipline slackers before resuming flexibility. Coming into the office, Yahoo H.R. chief Jackie Reses wrote in a memo, ensures that “some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings,” adding tartly that if “Yahoos” “have to stay home for the cable guy, please use your best judgment in the spirit of collaboration.” Maybe as Mayer rejuvenates “the grandfather” of Internet companies, as she calls Yahoo, she needs the energy and synergy of a start-up mentality. She seems to believe that enough employees are goofing off at home that she should bring them off the cloud and into the cubicle. But she should also be sympathetic to the very different situation of women — and men — struggling without luxurious layers of help. Mayer has a nursery next to the executive suite. But not everyone has it so sweet. ________ Maureen Dowd is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times. Her column appears in the PDN every Friday. Email her at http://tinyurl. com/dowdmail.
Obama crying wolf on sequester fears TRAFFIC ALERT: THERE’S a massive clown car pileup in the Beltway. And with the White House court Michelle jesters of Malkin sequester behind the wheel, no one is safe. Fiscal sanity, of course, is the ultimate victim. President Obama has been warning America that if Congress allows mandatory spending “cuts” of a piddly-widdly 2 percent to go into effect this week, the sky will fall. The manufactured crisis of “sequestration” was Obama’s idea in the first place. But that hasn’t stopped the Chicken Little in Chief from surrounding himself with every last teacher, senior citizen and emergency responder who will be catastrophically victimized by hardhearted Republicans. Curses on those meanie Republicans! How dare they acquiesce to the very plan for “cuts” — or rather, negligible reductions in the explosive rate of federal spending growth — that Obama himself hatched? How low will the kick-the-can Democrats go? Among the ridiculous claims the administration is making: The National Drug Intelligence Center will lose $2 million from its $20 million budget. That scary factoid appears in an ominous Office of Management and Budget report purporting to calculate the Sequester
Disaster. So lock the doors and hide the children, right? Wrong. As Reason magazine’s Mike Riggs points out, the NDIC shut down in June 2012, and some of its responsibilities were absorbed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Ready for more reckless, feckless farce? Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano played Henny Penny during a panicked speech at the Brookings Institution Tuesday. She warned that her agency’s “core critical mission areas” would be undermined by the sequester. To cynically underscore the point, “waves” of illegal aliens were released this week from at least three detention centers in Texas, Florida and Louisiana, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the release of some illegal immigrants Monday night, but would not say how many or from which detention centers. The real punch line, as I’ve reported relentlessly, is that the catch and release of criminal illegal aliens has been bipartisan standard operating procedure for decades. The persistent deportation and removal abyss allows hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens — many of them known repeat criminal offenders — to pass through the immigration court system and then disappear into the ether because we have no determined will to track them down and kick them all out of the country. While Napolitano shrieks
about decimation of the DHS workforce, DHS workers tell me that the double-dipping of retired ICE brass — who get back on the payroll as “rehired annuitants” — is rampant. While this open-borders White House phonily gnashes its teeth over the sequester’s effect on national security, its top officials are lobbying for a massive nationwide amnesty that would foster a tsunami of increased illegal immigration for generations to come. The shamnesty beneficiaries will be welcomed with open arms, discounted college tuition, home loans and Obamacare. And as every outraged rankand-file border agent will tell you, DHS top officials have instituted systemic non-enforcement and sabotage of detention, deportation and removal functions. In another emetic performance, Obama parachuted into a Virginia naval shipyard this week to decry Pentagon cuts that would gut our military. But I repeat: The reductions in spending are CINO: Cuts In Name Only. If the sequester goes into effect, Pentagon spending will increase by $121 billion between 2014 and 2023. Fiscal watchdog GOP Sen. Tom Coburn adds that $70 billion is spent by the Defense Department on “nondefense” expenditures each year. Send in the clowns. Wait. Don’t bother. They’re here. ________ Michelle Malkin’s nationally syndicated column appears in the PDN every Friday.
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