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Water treatment woes to delay removing dam are completed on Elwha Water Treatment Plant intakes, the National Park Service announced OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK this week. — The remaining 60 feet of Glines Canyon Dam will linger until at $1.4 million project least July because of sediment Construction crews with Lakeclogging a water treatment plant wood-based Macnak Construction on the Elwha River. Demolition of the dam, origi- are completing $1.4 million worth nally set to resume two months of what National Park Service ago after a fish window closed, officials are calling “corrections” to won’t restart until after repairs the Elwha Water Treatment BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Sea gulls overstay welcome
Plant, one of three water facilities built as part of the $325 million Elwha dam removal and restoration project, Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes said Wednesday. The three facilities are the Elwha Surface Water Intake Structure, the Elwha Water Treatment Plant and the Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant. TURN
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Crews dredge debris as part of replacing fish screens on intakes to the Elwha Water Treatment Plant along the Elwha River west of Port Angeles on Wednesday.
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Merchants to meet today with Agriculture officials on avian abatement plan BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND — Downtown merchants and building owners hoping to find ways to control the usual summer onslaught of sea gulls can meet with experts today to hear about bird abatement strategies. Matt Cleland and Mark Mayberry of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s regional office will present some of the options available to discourage gulls at a program scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Upstage Restaurant & Bistro, 923 Washington St. The presentation costs $5 for members of the Port Townsend Main Street Program and $7 for nonmembers.
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Optional walking tour
Richard Probst, manager of the Mount Baker Block Building, secures spikes to structures on the roof to discourage birds. U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives will present options today on keeping birds from sullying the streets in downtown Port Townsend.
It will be followed by an optional walking tour downtown. The event is sponsored by Main Street’s design committee, which is hoping to get procedures in place before May, when the birds lay the bulk of their eggs, said Mari Mullen, executive director. The white spots of gull feces already are starting to appear on roads and sidewalks, and will get more plentiful with warmer weather, said Richard Probst, manager of the Mount Baker Block Building, on Wednesday.
“The manure on the sidewalks has always been the issue,” Probst said. “So we put wire along where they are perching and attach spikes on top so they can’t perch on the building and go over the side.” Cleland said a seaside town like Port Townsend can never rid itself entirely of gulls but that the numbers can be decreased, mostly by making it difficult or impossible for them to build their nests. The degree of effective bird abatement depends on
how much time, money and commitment a particular community devotes to the problem, Cleland said. Probst, for instance, picks his battles. He said he knows he can’t keep all the birds off the roof, especially in the summer. Even so, he maintains the spikes and wire that are on the edge of the street-side roof, securing the spikes so the birds won’t pull them off. TURN TO BIRDS/A4
Legislators: ‘No oversight’ on fake-ID program Agency issues phony licenses by the hundreds THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OLYMPIA — Over the years, the state Department of Licensing has issued hundreds of fictitious licenses to help cloak undercover police officers. The program was so secret that not even the state Legislature knew about it, the Kitsap Sun reported. It only came to light when the
Bremerton newspaper submitted a public records request last year for a report. Now, the Department of Licensing has finally gone to Overstreet lawmakers to get approval for the program and tighten disclosure laws, spokesman Brad Benfield said. Two Republicans, Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley and Rep. Jason Overstreet of Lynden, said they were floored last week when
a fictitious-ID bill OK’d by the Senate arrived in the House Transportation Committee. “At this point,” Shea said, “it Shea a p p e a r s there’s no oversight whatsoever.” The state Department of Licensing “has been doing this above the law literally for years.” The lawmakers don’t oppose the program but want better rules. They plan amendments to
“It’s a tool we absolutely need,” define legitimate use of the licenses, ensure the program’s added Mitch Barker, executive transparency and create account- director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police ability should it be abused. Chiefs. “I think a driver’s license is a ‘Public deserves to know’ pretty cheap way to protect an “I think the public deserves to officer.” know how these things are being The confidential license proused,” Overstreet said. gram is run out of the DepartNo one knows when the under- ment of Licensing integrity unit, cover license program began, but the agency’s investigative wing, those familiar with it believe it which is headed by Fred Bjornhas been a reasonable thing to do, berg, a retired State Patrol detective sergeant, Benfield said. Benfield said. Only a handful of department “Everyone who’s involved in this program takes it very seri- employees can issue confidential ously,” he said, noting there have licenses. never been reports of misuse. TURN TO LICENSES/A4
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Wachowskis plan Netflix sci-fi series NETFLIX’S NEWEST ORIGINAL series will be science-fiction from the duo behind the “The Matrix” trilogy. Netflix announced Wednesday that it will stream “Sense8” late next year for subscribers. The series is the first foray into TV for Andy and Lana Wachowski, the filmmaking siblings who directed “The Matrix” and last year’s “Cloud Atlas.” Netflix called the 10-episode series “a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted.” The show runner will be J. Michael Straczynski, creator of “Babylon 5,” which aired for five seasons in the 1990s. Netflix made its biggest splash last month with the debut of the political thriller “House of Cards,” starring
Co-directors and siblings Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski in Los Angeles last October. previously caught Baldwin’s attenTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS tion. Baldwin also contributed Kevin Spacey. This spring, it will pre$10,000 two years ago to the miere the horror series Central Falls library to help “Hemlock Grove” and the it reopen after it was forced reborn comedy “Arrested to close because of money Development.” problems. The city Baldwin donates emerged Actor Alec Baldwin has from bankruptcy last donated $2,500 to help the year. chess team at Central Falls WLNEHigh School in Rhode Island TV reported defray the cost of traveling that the to a national tournament Baldwin chess team next month. needs The city of Central Falls $8,000 to fund the trip to has made national news because of financial probthe national chess tournalems, and the news coverage ment in Tennessee.
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Jay Leno VIRGIL TRUCKS, 95, a flame-throwing righthander who tossed two nohitters for the 1952 Detroit Tigers, a team that finished in last place, died Saturday in Alabaster, Ala. His stepdaughter Barbara Sloan confirmed the death. Mr. Trucks, whose nickMr. Trucks name was in 1952 Fire, had a fastball that was sometimes compared to Bob Feller’s and that he claimed was once measured by military radar at 105 mph. He pitched for five major league teams but spent most of his career with the Tigers, helping them to a World Series vic-
tory over the Chicago Cubs in 1945 and leading the American League in strikeouts in 1949, which was perhaps his best big-league season. Of his 19 wins that year, six were shutouts, tied for the major league lead with Ellis Kinder of the Boston Red Sox. He was also the winning pitcher in the All-Star Game. His career record was 177-135, with a 3.39 earned run average. In 1952, Mr. Trucks had one of the oddest statistical seasons in baseball history. Not only was the Tigers’ record dreadful — the team was 50-104 — but Mr. Trucks’ was as well. The woeful offense scored two runs or fewer in 15 of his starts, and he went 5-19. But remarkably, two of
the five wins were no-hitters. The first, on May 15, was against the Washington Senators; the second, on Aug. 25, was against the mighty Yankees at Yankee Stadium. No one since then has pitched a complete-game no-hitter against the Yankees in New York. Mr. Trucks became just the third pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a season, following Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds in 1938 (who did it in consecutive starts) and Allie Reynolds of the Yankees in 1951. Only two others have accomplished the feat since then: Nolan Ryan of the California Angels in 1973 and Roy Halladay of the Phillies in 2010, his second coming in a playoff game.
Peninsula Lookback From the pages of the PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
1938 (75 years ago) Olympic Peninsula skiing activity reached a record peak Sunday at Deer Park in Olympic National Forest when at least 800 competed in or watched the Olympic Ski Club’s first ski championships. Kjell Qvale, member of the Seattle Ski Club, won the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce trophy for the combined downhill-slalom championship. Trophies and medals for all the winning competitors, mainly from the Seattle and Yakima areas, were issued by Allen Koch of Port Angeles, president of the Olympic Ski Club. They were handed out
during a dinner in the Deer Park Ski Lodge.
1963 (50 years ago) Sequim Chamber of Commerce President Donald Schindler reported that Sequim might get a new industry and manufacturing plant. A New Jersey ballpointpen manufacturer is interested in building a factory, he said. It would employ between 20 and 30 people in the 50-70 age range. Schindler, who was contacted by the company owner, said the business is targeting Sequim because of its weather and the fact that it’s a retirement center.
1988 (25 years ago) The Clallam County jail and Sheriff’s Office were without water for about 11 hours after a water main ruptured and flooded part of the courthouse basement. A maintenance worker found 3 inches of water in the basement when he showed up for work shortly before 6 a.m. Tim Duncan, building maintenance director who was summoned to the scene, rigged a hose from the outdoor sprinkler system into the jail kitchen. From there, jail employees and trustees filled 5-gallon buckets with water to be used for toilet flushing.
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■ Federal mediator Kathleen Erskine will convene and oversee an April 5 mediation session between representatives from Nippon Paper Industries USA and Association of Western Pulp & Paper Workers Local 155. An article Tuesday on Page A1 of the Clallam County edition said Erskine will adjudicate the session, incorrectly suggesting she would render a decision. ■ To clarify, Peninsula Behavioral Health has not received financial commitments from the city of Port Angeles or the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe for a mental health crisis respite center
in Port Angeles, just support, according to the agency’s executive director, Peter Casey. Clallam County commissioners approved a $238,260 contract with the agency for the center, as correctly reported Wednesday on Page A5.
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TODAY IS THURSDAY, March 28, the 87th day of 2013. There are 278 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On March 28, 1979, America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa. On this date: ■ In 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. ■ In 1854, during the Crimean War, Britain and France declared war on Russia. ■ In 1898, the Supreme Court,
in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen. ■ In 1930, the names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara. ■ In 1935, the notorious Nazi propaganda film “Triumph des Willens” (Triumph of the Will), directed by Leni Riefenstahl, premiered in Berlin with Adolf Hitler present. ■ In 1939, the Spanish Civil War effectively ended as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco. ■ In 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowned herself
near her home in Lewes, East Sussex, England. ■ In 1943, composer Sergei Rachmaninoff died in Beverly Hills, Calif. ■ In 1963, the Alfred Hitchcock film “The Birds” premiered in New York. ■ In 1978, in Stump v. Sparkman, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld, 5-3, the judicial immunity of an Indiana judge against a lawsuit brought by a young woman who’d been ordered sterilized by the judge when she was a teenager. ■ In 1990, President George H.W. Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the widow of U.S. Olympic legend Jesse Owens.
■ Ten years ago: President George W. Bush warned of “further sacrifice” ahead in the face of unexpectedly fierce fighting. ■ Five years ago: Cuba made it legal for its citizens to own cellphones in their own names. ■ One year ago: The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up three days of public arguments on President Barack Obama’s historic health care law. On the last day of his visit, Pope Benedict XVI demanded more freedom for the Roman Catholic Church in communist-run Cuba and preached against “fanaticism” in an unusually political sermon before hundreds of thousands at Havana’s Revolution Plaza.
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A3 Briefly: Nation Former chairman of Florida GOP to go to prison ORLANDO — Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer, who pleaded guilty on the eve of a potentially salacious trial that could have aired the laundry of the state GOP and former Gov. Charlie Crist, was sentenced to 1½ years in prison Wednesday. Greer’s pretrial guilty plea in February allowed him to avert the possibility of up to 75 years in prison. Circuit Judge Donald Greer Myers noted Greer has paid back $65,000. A grand jury indicted Greer, who ran the party from 20072010, on six counts, including a charge of organized fraud that was dropped with the guilty plea. Greer’s guilty admission accepts the state premise that he created a shell fundraising company called Victory Strategies that was used to steer Republican Party of Florida money into his personal bank account, on top of the $130,000 salary he got from the party. Greer long claimed the party was aware of the arrangement, even approving a secret deal that was supposed to shroud him from criminal liability.
Petraeus apologizes LOS ANGELES — In a rare public appearance since admitting to an extramarital affair, David Petraeus apologized Tuesday night for the scandal that led to his resignation as head of the CIA last year. Petraeus, a retired four-star general, has stayed out of the limelight since the affair was revealed in November. “I regret and apologize for the circumstances that led to my resignation from the CIA and caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters,” Petraeus told a crowd in a Los Angeles hotel ballroom. “I am also keenly aware that the reason for my recent journey was my own doing.”
Aquarium reopening NEW YORK — The New York Aquarium has cherished its big-city setting by the sea for half a century. But the ocean dealt it a shattering blow last fall. Superstorm Sandy’s surge overran tanks with oily, debrisfilled water, knocked out even backup power to all the exhibits and made it impossible to check on some of them for days. Managers contemplated sending animals away and wondered whether the Coney Island institution could survive. Five months later, more than 80 percent of the collection is intact. Visitors should be able to see walruses, otters and fish when half the aquarium reopens in late spring. The Associated Press
Briefly: World Syria’s Assad asking African summit for aid
Justices voice doubts regarding marriage law Court skeptical of 2-tier system THE NEW YORK TIMES
WASHINGTON — A majority of the justices Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, as the Supreme Court took up the volatile issue of same-sex marriage for a second day. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is widely considered the swing vote on the divided court, joined the four liberals in posing questions to a lawyer defending the law, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman for the purposes of more than 1,000 federal laws and programs. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the law effectively created a two-tiered system of marriage.
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Plaintiff Edith Windsor exults at having the Supreme Court hear her case Wednesday.
‘Skim-milk marriage’ “There are two kinds of marriage,” she said. “Full marriage and the skim-milk marriage.” Paul Clement, a former solicitor general who is defending the law on behalf of House Republicans because the Obama administration has concluded it is unconstitutional, argued that the federal government has “a legitimate interest to weigh into the debate.” President Barack Obama has declared that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and refuses to defend it in court, though the government is continuing to enforce it until the Supreme Court offers a judgment.
The justices listened to lawyers argue whether the federal government could appeal in the first place, since it agreed with the lower court decision. “This is wholly unprecedented,” Justice Antonin Scalia said. The procedural questions could allow the court to rid itself of the case without deciding it on the substance, which would let the appeals court ruling stand. But while conservative justices expressed skepticism that the court should be deciding the matter, Kennedy suggested the issue was legitimately before them because “it seems to me there’s
injury here.” Nine states, including Washington, and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage. If the Supreme Court strikes down the challenged part of the 1996 law, married same-sex couples in those places would start to receive federal benefits. But such a decision would not require any state that does not allow samesex marriage to permit it. Wednesday’s case, United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307, concerns two New York City women, Edith Windsor and Thea Clara Spyer, who married in 2007 in Canada. Spyer died in 2009, and Windsor inherited her property. The 1996 law did not allow the Internal Revenue Service to treat Windsor as a surviving spouse, and she faced a tax bill of about $360,000 that a spouse in an opposite-sex marriage would not have had to pay. Windsor sued, and in October, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, struck down the 1996 law. The decision was the second from a federal appeals court to do so, joining one in Boston. When the Supreme Court agreed in December to hear her case, Windsor, 83, said, “I wish Thea was here to see what is going on.” Kennedy holds the crucial vote in the case. He wrote majority opinions in Lawrence v. Texas, a 2003 decision striking down a Texas law making gay sex a crime, and in Romer v. Evans, a 1996 Colorado decision. Many observers predict that he will vote to strike down the 1996 law.
Last Korea hotline cut
SEOUL, South Korea — Raising tensions with South Korea yet again, North Korea cut its last military hotline with Seoul on Wednesday, saying DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s there was no need to continue military communications increasingly isolated president between the countries in a situsent a letter calling for help ation “where a war may break from leaders of five nations at out at any moment.” an economic meeting WednesA senior North Korean miliday in South Africa to help end tary official informed the South his country’s civil war. that all regular military diaBashar logue and communications Assad’s appeal channels would remain cut to Brazil, Rusuntil South Korea halts its “hossia, India, tile acts” against the North. China and The hotline shutdown is the South Africa latest of many threats and procame a day vocative actions from North after the Arab Korea, which is angry over U.S.League South Korean military drills. endorsed SyrAssad ia’s WesternYugoslav tribunal backed opposition coalition, allowing it to take THE HAGUE, Netherlands the country’s seat at a summit — The Yugoslav war crimes triin Doha, Qatar. The move drew bunal convicted two senior Bosstrong condemnation from nian Serbs onWednesday of key Damascus, which warned it will roles in a campaign of murder, take “appropriate measures” to torture and persecution against defend its sovereignty. Muslims and Croats during the Attempts to end Syria’s 1992-95 Bosnian war and sen2-year-old conflict through tenced them to 22 years in prison. peaceful means have failed. The Mico Stanisic was interior opposition has said it will accept minister in the breakaway Bosnothing less than Assad’s depar- nian Serb republic set up during ture from power. his country’s bitter war, while “This requires a clear interStojan Zupljanin was a senior national will to dry up the official in charge of police. sources of terrorism and stop its Prosecutors had sought life funding and arming,” Assad said sentences for both men after in the letter, carried by Syrian charging them with involvestate media Wednesday. ment in a criminal conspiracy It was addressed to the lead- led by Bosnian Serb President ers at the BRICS forum, which Radovan Karadzic. was started in 2009. The Associated Press
About 2,700 pages of details released on Giffords shooting Public getting view into the struggles of gunman, family THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PHOENIX — Documents released Wednesday detailing the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords show how the gunman had grown increasingly erratic and delusional in the months leading up to the rampage as he alienated friends and family and became paranoid that police were out to get him. The roughly 2,700 pages included witness and survivor accounts from those who helped save Giffords’ life after she was shot in the head outside a Tucson, Ariz., supermarket in 2011 during a meet-and-greet with constituents. Six people were killed, and 11 others were wounded. The files also provide the first glimpse into gunman Jared Lee Loughner’s family. His parents have said nothing publicly beyond a brief statement after the attack, but records show his parents were trying to deal with a son who had grown nearly impossible to communicate with. “I tried to talk to him. But you can’t. He wouldn’t let you,” his
father, Randy Loughner, told police. “Lost, lost and just didn’t want to communicate with me no more.” “Sometimes you’d hear him Loughner in his room, like, having conversations,” said his mother, Amy Loughner. “And sometimes he would look like he was having a conversation with someone.”
Never diagnosed Randy Loughner said his 24-year-old son had never been diagnosed with mental illness. And despite recommendations from Pima Community College officials, who expelled Loughner, that he undergo a mental evaluation, his parents didn’t follow up. The father said his son kept journals, but they were written in an indecipherable script. Weeks before the shooting, Loughner visited a friend, Anthony George Kuck, who was alarmed to find he’d shaved his head. “I kicked him out of my house because he showed me his gun,” Kuck told police, adding that Loughner said he bought it for protection.
When he was arrested at the scene, Loughner was polite and cooperative as detectives began their hourslong initial interview. At one point, Loughner complained he felt sore. “I’m about ready to fall over,” he said. Giffords intern Daniel Hernandez described how constituents and others lined up to see Giffords that morning. He helped people sign in and recalled handing the sheet on a clipboard to Loughner. “The next thing I hear is someone yell, ‘Gun,’” said Hernandez, who rushed to tend to Giffords’ gunshot wound to the head. “She couldn’t open her eyes. I tried to get any responses from her. It looked like her left side was the only side that was still mobile,” Hernandez told authorities. “She couldn’t speak. It was mumbled. She was squeezing my hand.” Hernandez explained how he had some training as a nurse. “She was still breathing. Her breathing was getting shallower,” he said. “I then lifted her up so that she wasn’t flat.” Documents detailing the event and investigation had been kept private by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. A judge cleared their release last month.
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West: Hunters boycotting Colorado over its gun law
Nation: Dog puts car into drive, injures pedestrian
World: Bomb explodes near Acropolis in Athens
World: Sri Lankan mass grave dates back 25 years
HUNTERS ACROSS THE country say they are boycotting Colorado because of recent legislation meant to curtail gun violence. Gun-rights advocates who said hunters would boycott Colorado in protest said they are following through on their threats. Michael Bane, a freelance producer for The Outdoor Channel, announced he will no longer film his four shows in Colorado. Hunting outfitters said people began canceling trips after the legislation passed. Northwest Colorado hunting guide Chris Jurney expects more state defections in a major tourism industry.
POLICE IN PENNSYLVANIA said a dog that was left in an unattended vehicle knocked it into gear and that the car struck a pedestrian, who was treated at a hospital for injuries. The York Daily Record reported that police said the car had been left running Tuesday morning, when the dog inside pushed it into drive, causing it to slowly start moving. Police said the pedestrian tried to stop the car before it hit a parked truck but was unsuccessful and was caught between the two vehicles. He hit his head, fell to the ground and was found unconscious before being taken to the hospital.
A BOMB EXPLODED outside a ship owner’s house near the Acropolis in Athens on Wednesday night, causing damage but no injuries, police said. The explosion near the country’s most famous monument occurred at about 8:30 p.m., following a warning call to a Greek newspaper. Police spokesman Panagiotis Papapetropoulos said officers were able before the blast to evacuate one or two people from the building and to seal off the area of the major tourist site. The identity of the ship owner was not immediately known. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
A JUDGE ANNOUNCED Wednesday that more than 150 human skulls and bones recovered from a mass grave were buried there about 25 years ago, strengthening suspicion that they belonged to suspected Marxist rebels killed at the time. Magistrate Chathurika de Silva told a court in the central town of Matale that tests show the skeletal remains found inside the premises of a government hospital dated to between 1987 and 1990. During that period, thousands of men and women suspected of having ties to the rebels disappeared after being arrested by security forces.
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Dam: Sediment CONTINUED FROM A1 Plant, however, has not been able to supply as much Macnak crews could be filtered water as planned, seen replacing fish screens and plant staff have had to on the intake structure work around the clock to clear the intakeâ€™s screens so Wednesday. The repair work is water can get to the plant, expected to wrap up in mid- Maynes said. April, Maynes said, but Glines Canyon Dam Unexpected effects removal wonâ€™t restart until The amount of sediment July so treatment plant released since dam removal staff can assess the correc- started in September 2011 tive work and make sure it has followed scientific modis doing its job. els produced before the
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removal began, Maynes said, though the sediment is interacting with treatment plant intakes in an unexpected way. â€œWe know the sediment is entering the water intake in a way that was not intended.â€? Maynes said. When asked for more detail, Maynes said: â€œNo, I canâ€™t expand on that. I donâ€™t really know if anyone knows the answer to that just yet.â€? Maynes said one challenge to completing the construction work and analyzing why the plant is having trouble with the sediment is doing it all while the plant is up and running. â€œWeâ€™re not shutting it down to look at it; weâ€™re doing all this analysis while itâ€™s still operating,â€? Maynes said. Scientists watching the Elwha River flow freely after being locked behind the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams for nearly a century estimate that 6 million cubic yards of sediment â€” of a total 34 million â€” already has moved down the river. The National Park Service upped the estimate of total sediment thought to be trapped behind the dams from 24 million cubic yards to 34 million after a century-old surveying error was found.
â€œWe just want to make sure we have an understanding of the things that need to be corrected before we begin releasing sediment in large quantities again [through further dam removal],â€? Maynes said. Contractor Barnard Construction has been ahead of schedule in removing the dams, with the demolition of Elwha Dam finished a year ago. Maynes said treatment plant staff also is trying to determine why the plant is not handling the sediment loads as expected. â€œWeâ€™re eager to finish dam removal, but our priority right now is to get to the bottom of these issues,â€? Maynes said. The project is still expected to be complete before September 2014, she said. The problems started last fall, when sediment and woody debris began clogging up the intakes, Maynes said. The plant still is taking in water and sending it to the plantâ€™s downstream customers, which comprise the Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant â€” designed to treat drinking water for the city â€” plus Nippon Paper Industries USA, the state Department of Fish and ________ Wildlifeâ€™s fish-rearing channel and the Lower Elwha Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can Klallam tribeâ€™s fish hatch- be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. ery, Maynes said. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsula The Elwha Treatment dailynews.com.
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Port Angeles, Park Service officials having â€˜open dialogueâ€™ about water fix BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” Communication is progressing between city staff and the National Park Service about sediment overwhelming the ability of the Elwha River Water Treatment Plant to filter it, city officials said Wednesday, though formal meetings updating city staff on efforts to fix the problem have yet to be scheduled. â€œWeâ€™re having a more open dialogue now,â€? city Public Works Director Glenn Cutler said. City Manager Dan McKeen sent a letter last week to Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum laying out the cityâ€™s concerns about the treatment plant becoming clogged with sediment and not being able to supply enough water to four downstream facilities. Those facilities include the Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant, which was built to filter the cityâ€™s municipal water. Less surface water is being sent to the city treatment plant than expected, so the cityâ€™s Ranney well,
which is the primary facility for the cityâ€™s drinking water, is being used more than officials had planned. That could shorten the life of the well, McKeen said in his letter.
Inform council The letter also said the city needs more information from park officials and called for them to attend a City Council meeting to update it on what is being done to fix the problem. â€œThe council needs to be informed,â€? Mayor Cherie Kidd said Wednesday. â€œThat was my request.â€? A presentation date has not been scheduled, Cutler said. Creachbaum is crafting a written response to the cityâ€™s letter, park spokeswoman Barb Maynes said Wednesday McKeen said last week that Creachbaum responded almost immediately by phone to the cityâ€™s letter, a quick reply Kidd said she appreciated. â€œI think [Creachbaumâ€™s] response was quick, immediate and appropriate,â€? Kidd said. â€œWeâ€™re looking forward to receiv-
â€” in the downtown core and a makeover of Seal Street Park in the middle of West SEQUIM â€“â€“ A makeover Washingtonâ€™s 100 block, she is in the works for the cityâ€™s said. downtown core. Using $50,000 in hotelmotel lodging taxes, the city will spruce up its commercial center with new benches, garbage cans and signage. â€œThis is a great way to make the downtown core a little more visitor-friendly and a little more comfortable,â€? said Barbara Hanna, the cityâ€™s communications and marketing director, who hopes the work can be finished before this summerâ€™s centennial bash on the Fourth of July. Hanna, who briefed the City Council on the plan Monday night, has met over the past year with members of the Sequim Chamber Merchants Group, a subcommittee of the SequimDungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce. Among the panelâ€™s top requests were more furniture â€” benches, for instance
â€˜More cohesive areaâ€™ â€œI think the merchants are really excited for something to be done to make it a more cohesive area,â€? said Vickie Oen, general manager of the Purple Haze Lavender Shop, 127 W. Washington St. Three benches are planned, Hanna said, and once they are replaced, the present garbage cans may be used as planter boxes. The makeover also will include signs and kiosks to point pedestrians and drivers to services and parking areas. Current signage is placed too high for pedestrians, while the font is too small for drivers, Hanna said. In addition, the city will purchase and lay ceramic tiles at Seal Street Park.
CONTINUED FROM A1 over,â€? since the eggs are protected. â€œYou have to catch them Probst has set a practical limit for bird abatement. before they build the nests â€œI keep them away from and lay the eggs because we where they are above the arenâ€™t allowed to touch the sidewalk, but the rest of eggs,â€? Probst said. them, Iâ€™ll leave alone,â€? Egg-oiling in PA Probst said. Another strategy is to One option is an egg-oilremove nesting material ing program, where buildfrom the roof, Probst said. ing owners are allowed to That has to be done reg- cover the eggs with a comularly but doesnâ€™t always pound that prevents them work, he added. from hatching, but this â€œThey pick up the grass requires a separate permit and bring it here bit by bit,â€? from the federal Departhe said of the birds. â€œThey ment of Fish and Wildlife, are relentless.â€? Cleland said. Probst said he has to Cleland said the egg-oilremove the material at ing that has been in effect least once a week. If he for several years in Port waits any longer, there will Angeles is not being done in be too much to move. Port Townsend and that it If the nests are built and will be up to community eggs appear, then itâ€™s â€œgame members to decide if they
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want to go that route. In summer months, Probst said, he maintains the edge of the building with wire and spikes and leaves the rest of the roof open for nesting. Without the spikes or wire, the birds would perch on the edge of the roof facing the inside of the building with their tails over the edge and poop on the sidewalk, Probst said. Main Street is advocating that all property owners find ways to discourage sea gulls. â€œIf all the downtown building owners take steps to provide barriers to birds on their rooftops, the situation would be noticeably improved for our residents and visitors this season,â€? the group said in a memo. Cleland said it isnâ€™t necessary for every building owner participate. â€œIf one owner keeps the birds off his roof, that decreases the places where they can go,â€? Cleland said.
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The Port Townsend Main Street Program has purchased a pressure washer and will hire a maintenance worker to wash sidewalks and Union Wharf when the bird waste problem is at a peak this summer, as it did last year, Mullen said. Main Street also has published a list of bird abatement tips on its website, www.ptmainstreet.org, suggesting that building owners spend the next few weeks cleaning rooftops and deterring birds from building nests and laying eggs. Also recommended is installing a grid system over nest sites to deter gulls from landing, along with spikes along ledges. For more information, visit the website, phone 360-385-7911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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