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Port of PT candidates outline their priorities BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
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Port candidates Bill Putney, Peter Quinn and Brad Clinefelter, from left, take part in Tuesday’s forum.
PT Council OKs version of Mountain View lease
CHIMACUM — Bringing business to Jefferson County and improving infrastructure was the focus of a Port of Port Townsend candidate forum this week. “We need to make smart moves and forward-looking decisions in order to keep economic development moving forward,” said Peter Quinn, one of three candidates for District 2 in the Aug. 6 primary. “We need to take more risks and go a little farther than where
we are comfortable because that leads to greater rewards,” he said Tuesday night. Fellow District 2 candidates Bill Putney and Brad Clinefelter also participated in the forum, which drew about 20 people to the Tri-Area Community Center and was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women. Incumbent Dave Thompson lost his district when its boundaries were redrawn in 2011. District 2 represents Port Hadlock, Cape George and Marrowstone Island.
Ballots were mailed Wednesday for the primary election. The two who get the most votes face each other in the general election, which will be Nov. 5.
District 3 District 3 candidates — incumbent Leif Erickson and challenger Pete Hanke, Puget Sound Express owner — also addressed the group, though since only two candidates have filed, they do not appear on the primary ballot. TURN TO PORT/A5
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PORT TOWNSEND — A proposed new lease between the city and the Port Townsend School District for the Mountain View Commons would allow for more development of the property as a community asset, both parties say. “We are not going to sell the property, but we are willing to enter into a long-term lease so the city can have some ownership of any improvements,” said David Engle, superintendent of the school district, which owns the facility at 1925 Blaine St. “We want to maintain the property and keep the pool open because it benefits the entire Engle community and the kids,” Engle said. “We want to keep it as an active asset.” The facility was operated as an elementary school from 1963 to 2009 before the school district closed it and leased the campus to the city as the site of a police station and other offices. The City Council approved Monday a draft memorandum of understanding that will serve as the basis for a long-term lease. Staff members were told to provide added details about the agreement before creating a final draft. Mountain View Commons also houses the Port Townsend Food Bank, The ReCyclery, the YMCA, Working Image, the KPTZ-91.9 FM radio studio and the municipal pool. It also is the temporary site of about 60 percent of the Port Townsend Library, which is under renovation. Mayor David King said the organizations housed at the campus have turned it into an important community center.
Present lease to expire The lease of the former Mountain View School campus, for which the city pays $68,178 a year to the school district to use, expires in 2014. The proposed agreement would maintain the same rent with a small consumer price index adjustment. The city would pay no rent for 15 years and would channel those funds into improvements. Among those improvements is a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, which is estimated to cost $1.9 million. The lease would be for a term of 35 years, with an optional 15-year extension. Subleases in the facility could be extended only to government agencies and programs. TURN
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Libby Palmer of Port Townsend, a member of the Rat Island Rowing Club, carries oars after a morning row Tuesday at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend.
Lewis-McChord brass travels to Peninsula to issue apology BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — Unannounced late-night helicopter training exercises over the city won’t happen again, the garrison commander of Joint Base LewisMcChord told about 30 people in Port Angeles City Council chambers. “Here’s my commitment,” Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr. said from behind a lectern at City Hall on Tuesday night. “We will have a better notification process to make sure what happened last Thursday night and Friday morning doesn’t happen again.” Hodges’ statement included an apology for the training exercise that sent four large, loud Army helicopters, flown by pilots with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment based out of Joint Base
Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, over Port Angeles between about 11:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. last week. Afterward, he received a standing ovation from the crowd and council members.
Resident raps mayor Some in the audience told Hodges an apology was not necessary, and a man chastised Mayor Cherie Kidd for asking for one in the first place. “You do not owe us an apology; we owe you our deepest heartfelt thanks,” resident Robert Summers told Hodges during a public comment period after Hodges’ address. “And you, Mayor Kidd, I hope you liked your 15 minutes of fame. A simple oversight blown to this, it’s disgusting.” TURN TO HODGES/A5
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Newsmakers Celebrity scoop ■ By The Associated Press
Adam Levine engaged to lingerie model
Levine also is a judge on the NBC singing series “The Voice.” People magazine first reported the engagement.
Nearly 1.37 million viewers tuned in.
If Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development” become the first SORRY, LADIES, BUT Back for seconds online contenders to nab top Syfy says flying sharks Adam Levine is off the Emmy nominations, it will will bite again. market. be a breakthrough moment The network is The for shows making a splash announcing a sequel to Maroon 5 “Sharknado,” which became without the aid of a TV set. singer’s repIf not, it’s just a matter of an instant campy classic resentative time before the inevitable with its recent airing. confirmed The new film premieres happens. Tuesday When the Emmy nods in 2014. he’s engaged are announced early today, a This time, the mayhem to model moves from Los Angeles to fair number of pundits say Behati Levine clever political drama New York City. There, as Prinsloo. “House of Cards” and before, sharks can be Levine “Arrested Development,” the expected to plunge from proposed to offbeat sitcom resurrected the sky and plow through Prinsloo the streets as a result of an by Netflix after it was over the dumped by Fox, will be in ecological nightmare. weekend in the awards hunt. Syfy also announced a Los Angeles. The series are tagged for special Twitter contest to The couple give the movie an appropri- possible top drama and comstarted datate subtitle. Fans can tweet edy bids, with “House of ing last Prinsloo Cards” stars Kevin Spacey their subtitles to (at)Syfyyear. and Robin Wright and The singer’s rep said the Movies using the hashtag “Arrested Development” cast (hash)Sharknado. 34-year-old Levine and the members, including Jason Aired last week, the 24-year-old Prinsloo recently Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor disaster film was a trendreunited. ing topic on Twitter, gener- and Jessica Walter, seen Prinsloo is from as contenders for acting ating nearly 5,000 tweets Namibia and models for nominations. per minute at its peak. Victoria’s Secret.
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EUGENE P. WILKINSON, 94, a retired vice admiral and the first commanding officer of the U.S. Navy’s first nuclear-powered submarine, has died, the Naval Submarine Base in Connecticut said Tuesday. Vice Adm. Wilkinson died in Del Mar, Calif., last week. The cause of his death wasn’t disclosed. Vice Adm. Wilkinson received his commission in 1940 and reported to the heavy cruiser USS Louisville for his first tour of duty. He graduated from the Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn., in March 1942. During World War II, he participated in eight submarine war patrols. Vice Adm. Wilkinson commanded the Nautilus, which was commissioned in 1954 as the world’s first nuclear-powered ship. On Jan. 17, 1955, he ordered all lines cast off and signaled the message, “Underway on nuclear power.” The Submarine Force Library and Museum said on its Facebook page that delivering the message was not a simple matter. Vice Adm. Wilkinson said two Navy captains who handled public relations advised him he was about to take part in a historic event and should send a “historic message.” “‘Listen,’ I replied, ‘we’re doing our part getting ourselves, the ship and its systems checked out and ready,’” the museum quoted Vice Adm. Wilkinson as saying. “‘You gentlemen are
No public relations experts. Write a historic message, and we’ll send it.’ “That took care of them for a day and a half,” he said. “Then, they gave me a message that was one and a quarter typewritten pages long with some elegant-sounding words.” Instead, Vice Adm. Wilkinson said, he wrote the briefer message.
of a football team. Mr. Simont also illustrated about a dozen titles he wrote himself, including The Goose That Almost Got Cooked (1997), the tale of a narrow gastronomic escape.
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A 5-year-old boy from Mount Pleasant was killed MARC SIMONT, 97, an by a grocery truck on Ediz acclaimed illustrator whose Hook Road across from Port Angeles. work, embodying both airy The truck driver was lightness and crackling jailed by order of Clallam energy, graced some of the foremost titles in children’s County Prosecuting Attorliterature, died Saturday at ney Joseph H. Johnston for investigation of possible his home in Cornwall, criminal charges, including Conn. His son, Marc, confirmed manslaughter. The boy’s death was the the death. tragic outcome of a family Mr. Simont received the Caldecott Medal, considered outing on Ediz Hook. His parents had taken the Pulitzer Prize of chilhim and other children to dren’s book illustration, in the end of the spit, then 1957 for A Tree Is Nice, written by Janice May Udry stopped at the old cannery near the Washington Pulp and published in 1956. and Paper Co. mill to watch Over more than a halfthe surf and fish from the century, Mr. Simont illustrated nearly 100 books, his log booms. The boy had been on the work paired with texts by beach and was returning to some of the world’s bestthe inshore side of the road. known writers for young He was rubbing his eyes people, including Margaret Wise Brown, Karla Kuskin, with his hands and apparently did not see the grocery Faith McNulty and Chartruck approaching from the lotte Zolotow. northeast, witnesses said. With Kuskin, he collaborated on two picture books 1963 (50 years ago) now considered classics: The Philharmonic Gets Food vouchers will be issued beginning tomorrow Dressed (1982), which depicts the minute precon- to International Woodworkers of America Local 3-90 cert preparations of the and IWA Local 3-135 boom members of a symphony men and rafters idled by orchestra, and The Dallas Rayonier and Crown ZellerTitans Get Ready for Bed (1986), which does likewise, bach shutdowns. The food vouchers will be postgame, for the members
good in Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Sequim, Forks and Beaver, said Local 3-90 secretary Clyde Jernigan. Idled union members can pick up vouchers at the local’s office in Port Angeles, at Sekiu Community Hall, Neah Bay’s Makah Hall and the Forks IWA office. Sequim and Port Townsend locations will be announced.
1988 (25 years ago) Jefferson County commissioners authorized Prosecuting Attorney John Raymond to hire a second deputy prosecutor. This means criminals will find it tougher to deal with Raymond’s office because fewer plea-bargain agreements will be made with criminals, Raymond said. “I’m just elated,” added Sheriff Mel Mefford. “We’ve felt for some time that the problem has been the manpower.”
Laugh Lines TOYOTA HAS RECALLED more than 200,000 Priuses. Apparently, there was a problem with the engine that prevented the drivers from acting smug. Conan O’Brien
■ Carmen Sepulveda is the owner of the Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm. Her surname was incorrect in a Sunday story on Page A1 in the Clallam County edition and Page A7 in the Jefferson County edition. ■ The correct phone number for Peninsula WorkFit is 360-797-4667. An incorrect number was listed in a business brief on Page B5 of the Tuesday edition.
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Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS THURSDAY, July 18, the 199th day of 2013. There are 166 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On July 18, 1863, during the Civil War, Union troops spearheaded by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, made up of black soldiers, charged Confederate-held Fort Wagner on Morris Island, S.C. The Confederates were able to repel the Northerners, who suffered heavy losses. The 54th’s commander, Col. Robert Gould Shaw, was among those who were killed. On this date: ■ In A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome began. ■ In 1536, the English Parlia-
ment passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England. ■ In 1872, Britain enacted voting by secret ballot. ■ In 1932, the United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway. ■ In 1940, the Democratic National Convention at Chicago Stadium nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term in office. ■ In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed a Presidential Succession Act, which placed the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.
■ In 1969, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., left a party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne, 28; some time later, Kennedy’s car went off a bridge into the water. Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned. ■ In 1976, at the Montreal Olympics, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci received the firstever perfect score of 10 with her routine on uneven parallel bars. Comaneci would go on to receive six more 10s at Montreal. ■ In 1984, gunman James Huberty opened fire at a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif., killing 21 people before being shot dead by police.
■ Ten years ago: Basketball star Kobe Bryant was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-yearold woman at a Colorado spa; Bryant denied the charge, saying he was guilty only of adultery. Prosecutors later dropped the case. ■ Five years ago: One of the world’s largest mobile cranes collapsed at a refinery in southeast Houston, killing four people and injuring seven others. ■ One year ago: Rebels penetrated the heart of Syria’s power elite, detonating a bomb inside a high-level crisis meeting in Damascus that killed three leaders of the regime, including President Bashar Assad’s brother-in-law and the defense minister.
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A3 Briefly: Nation Not-guilty plea from suspect in kidnappings CLEVELAND — The man accused of holding three women captive for more than a decade pleaded not guilty Wednesday on an expanded indictment charging him with 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape, among other crimes. Charges returned by a grand jury against Ariel Castro expanded on a 329-count indictment that covered only part of the time frame of the alleged crimes. He also had pleaded not guilty to that indictment. Castro, 53, has been jailed since his May 6 arrest. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Pamela Barker continued his bond at $8 million. Besides kidnapping and rape, the new indictment also charges him with seven counts of gross sexual imposition, six counts of felonious assault, three counts of child endangerment and one count of possessing criminal tools. Castro is scheduled for trial Aug. 5, a date that could be delayed if the defense requests more preparation time. His legal team has hinted Castro would plead guilty if the death penalty were off the table.
N. Korea, Cuba: Arms being sent for repairs THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev On cover of Rolling Stone they will not carry the issue. The cover of the Aug. 1 edition is a photo in which Tsarnaev looks more like one of the rock stars that usually grace it than a suspect in the April 15 bombings that killed three and hurt more than 260. The magazine’s website said the story traces how “a bright kid with a charming future became a monster.”
Cleared in wife’s death
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A philandering former Albuquerque police officer was acquitted of killing his wife, but his legal troubles aren’t over. Levi Chavez still faces a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of his late wife — a case that likely will include testimony Controversial cover about an alleged motive and his BOSTON — A Rolling Stone wife’s fear of him that was procover story on Boston Marathon hibited at the criminal trial. bombing suspect Dzhokhar Brad Hall, an attorney repreTsarnaev isn’t on the stands yet, senting the estate of Tera Chavez, said her family is evalubut it’s already generating controversy: At least two New Eng- ating options in the case. The Associated Press land retailers said Wednesday
HAVANA — North Korea on Wednesday repeated Cuba’s assertion that the antiquated weapons systems found on a cargo ship in Panama were headed to the Asian county for repair. But while the explanation is potentially credible, it leaves troubling questions unresolved, international arms experts say. Panama seized the rusting, 34-year-old North Korean freighter Chong Chon Gang on July 11 at the Panama Canal on its way to the Pacific. Hidden under about 240,000 sacks of raw brown Cuban sugar, officials found shipping containers with parts of a radar system for a surface-to-air missile defense system, an apparent violation of U.N. sanctions that bar North Korea from importing sophisticated weapons or missiles. The North Korean Foreign Ministry commented for the first
can country’s government. The captain had a heart attack and also tried to commit suicide, said Panamanian President Ricardo Martinellvia via radio Monday. Cuba acknowledged late Tuesday that the ship’s cargo included 240 metric tons of “obsolete defensive weapons”: two Volga and Pechora anti-aircraft missile systems, nine missiles “in parts and spares,” two Mig-21 Bis and 15 engines for those airplanes. The equipment was meant to be repaired and returned, the Cuban government said. North Korea has a track record of trading technical help for commodities like sugar, experts said. But the isolated nation is known to be seeking to evade sanctions and get parts for its own weapons systems, particularly Mig jet fighters. It raises the possibility that Cuba was paying for the repairs with a mix of sugar and jet equipment, experts said.
“This cargo is nothing but aging weapons.” NORTH KOREAN FOREIGN MINISTRY commenting on Panama seizure time Wednesday, saying: “This cargo is nothing but aging weapons which [North Korea] are to send back to Cuba after overhauling them according to a legitimate contract.”
Apprehended crewmen A Foreign Ministry spokesman, who was not named by the official Korean Central News Agency, said, “The Panamanian authorities should take a step to let the apprehended crewmen and ship leave without delay.” Thirty-five North Korean nationals were arrested after resisting police efforts to intercept the ship in Panamanian waters, said the Central Ameri-
Briefly: World government figure at his home in southern Lebanon on Wednesday, shooting him nearly 30 times in the latest sign of Syria’s civil war spilling over into its smaller neighbor. Mohammed Darrar Jammo PATNA, India — The children was gunned down in the coastal started falling violently ill soon town of Sarafand, a stronghold after eating the free lunch of rice, of Hezbollah. Resentment lentils, soybeans and potatoes. against the Shiite militant The food, part of a program group has grown over its open that gives poor Indian students participation in the Syrian conat least one hot meal a day, was flict on the side of President tainted with insecticide, and Bashar Assad’s forces. soon 22 of the students were Jammo, a 44-year-old politidead, officials said Wednesday. cal analyst who often appeared It was not immediately clear on Arab TV stations, was one of how chemicals ended up in the Assad’s most vocal defenders. food at the school in the eastern state of Bihar. One official said Gay marriage in U.K. it may not have been properly LONDON — With little fanwashed before it was cooked. fare or controversy, Britain School authorities immediannounced Wednesday that ately stopped serving the meal as the children started vomiting. Queen Elizabeth II — hardly a Savita, a 12-year-old student, social radical — had signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex said she had a stomach ache after eating soybeans and pota- marriages in England and Wales. France also legalized gay toes and started vomiting. marriages but only after a series She spoke at Patna Medical College Hospital, where she and of gigantic protests attracting families from the traditional 25 others were recovering. heartland that revealed a deeply Authorities suspended an split society. official in charge of the free Official word that the queen meal program in the school and had approved the bill drew registered a case of criminal cheers in the usually sedate negligence against the school House of Commons. headmistress, who fled as soon “This is a historic moment as the children fell ill. that will resonate in many people’s lives,” Equalities Minister Assad supporter slain Maria Miller said. “I am proud BEIRUT — Gunmen assassi- that we have made it happen.” nated a prominent Syrian proThe Associated Press
22 children die in India after poisoned lunch
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Heavy smoke is seen Wednesday on U.S. Highway 98 near Mexico Beach, Fla., after a QF-4 drone being tested crashed on takeoff from Tyndall Air Force Base on the Florida Panhandle. No one was injured, the Air Force said.
Alzheimer’s 10 warning signs Maria Carrillo, a senior scientist at the Alzheimer’s Association. One study found that selfreported memory changes preceded broader mental decline by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS about six years. About 35 million people worldBOSTON — Memory problems that are often dismissed as a wide have dementia. normal part of aging may not be Small, common slips so harmless after all. Noticing you have a decline But don’t worry about small, beyond the occasional misplaced common memory slips, said Dr. car keys or forgotten name could Reisa Sperling, director of the be the very earliest sign of Alzheimer’s center at Brigham Alzheimer’s, several research and Women’s Hospital. teams are reporting. “Every time you forget someDoctors often regard people one’s name, you don’t need to go who complain that their memory running to the doctor,” she said. is slipping as “the worried well,” The Alzheimer’s Association but new studies show they may lists 10 warning signs of the diswell have reason to worry, said ease:
New study: Memory lapse is precursor
■ Memory changes that disrupt daily life. ■ Challenges in planning or solving problems. ■ Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. ■ Confusion with time or place. ■ Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. ■ New problems with words in speaking or writing. ■ Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. ■ Decreased or poor judgment. ■ Withdrawal from work or social activities. ■ Changes in mood and personality.
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West: California wildfire rages in bone-dry conditions
Nation: Senate removes hurdle to OK’ing bank chief
Nation: West Point gets new commander, its 59th
World: Court hears how Concordia victims perished
FIREFIGHTERS BRACED WEDNESDAY for an intense day battling a wildfire in the mountains southwest of Palm Springs, Calif., that already has burned seven homes. Temperatures were expected to soar as high as 105, and humidity was critically low, said Tina Rose, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “The slightest little spark is going to make a run and torch trees,” she said. The blaze destroyed three houses, damaged another and destroyed three mobile homes, a cabin, a garage and about a half-dozen vehicles, the U.S. Forest Service said.
THE SENATE HAS voted overwhelmingly to free another of President Barack Obama’s stalled nominees for a confirmation vote, this time the head of the Export-Import Bank. Senators cleared the way for approval of Fred Hochberg to a second four-year term heading the agency by a 82-18 roll call Wednesday. The bank provides financing for U.S. exporters. The vote cleared the way for Hochberg’s confirmation later Wednesday. On Tuesday night, the Senate approved the first of the seven blocked nominees by confirming Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
LT. GEN. ROBERT Caslen Jr. has taken the top command position at West Point during a ceremony on the campus overlooking the Hudson River. Caslen became the 59th superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy on Wednesday. He replaced Lt. Gen. David Huntoon Jr., who is retiring from the U.S. Army after 40 years. Caslen is a 1975 West Point graduate who has commanded at every level from company through division. Most recently, he was the chief of the Office of Security Cooperation for Iraq. He previously served as West Point’s commandant, in charge of dayto-day operations of the cadets.
THE ITALIAN COURT trying the captain of the Costa Concordia heard grim details Wednesday about how the 32 victims of the shipwreck drowned, some after falling into the sea when lifeboats were no longer accessible. A court official read out the names of the deceased passengers and crew, describing how each one died. Francesco Schettino is the sole defendant in the trial being held in a theater in the Tuscan town of Grosseto. The Italian mariner is charged with causing the January 2012 shipwreck and abandoning ship with “hundreds of passengers and crew still aboard, unable to care for themselves.”
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PA Marine to receive new honor BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” A Marine who is a Port Angeles native has been named for a third high honor for his actions in Afghanistan in 2010. Staff Sgt. Cliff Wooldridge, 24, will receive the Marine Corps Timesâ€™ 2014 Marine of the Year award in a ceremony today at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Wooldridge, a 2006 graduate of Port Angeles High School, is the son of Guy and Tammy Wooldridge of Port Angeles. The couple were flown to Washington, D.C., to see their son receive the award. Award recipients and their families were flown to Washington for a week of events, meetings with their members of Congress and service leaders, and sightseeing, culminating with tonightâ€™s award ceremony, which is expected to be attended by members of Congress, leaders of the service memberâ€™s command and senior Pentagon officials.
Now on security team Wooldridge is now assigned to the 50-member Marine Corpsâ€™ Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams as a platoon sergeant for 5th Platoon, Bravo Company, out of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va. The antiterrorism security teams is a crisisresponse force responsible for U.S. Embassy reinforcement, evacuation, antiterrorism and security missions overseas. In 2010, while assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, Wooldridge was deployed to the Helmand province, an insurgent stronghold and poppygrowing region in southern Afghanistan. During a 17-day mission into a Taliban-held valley, he led a successful attack to
thwart an enemy ambush, engaging in personal handto-hand combat with a Taliban insurgent. For his actions during the 2010 ambush, Wooldridge was awarded the Navy Cross in May 2012. Wooldridge and the story of his actions that resulted in the Navy Cross are THE ASSOCIATED PRESS prominently featured in a 12-minute 2012 Marine The Columbia River flows through the Bonneville Dam near Cascade Locks, Ore., in 2011. Corps birthday video on the Marine Corps website, www.marines.mil. He received the USO Marine of the Year award in December 2012 from Marine Corps Assistant Commandant Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. ,with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey he report â€” attending, at a star-studded called a ceremony in December 2012. management alert
BPA administrator replaced amid probe into hiring policy Report: Vets not given proper preference
â€” emphasized that there were concerns some employees were disciplined who had cooperated with the inspector generalâ€™s investigation or who had raised concerns over the hiring practices.
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BY JEFF BARNARD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PORTLAND, Ore. â€” The newly appointed administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration has been replaced in the midst of an inspector generalâ€™s investigation into allegations that veterans were not given proper preference in hiring, and managers may have retaliated against employees cooperating with the investigation. An email from a deputy secretary of Energy to BPA employees Monday said the acting deputy administrator, Elliot Mainzer, has been named acting administrator on an interim basis. The email from Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel B. Poneman does not mention Bill Drummond, who was sworn in as BPA administrator by Poneman on Feb. 7, or give any explanation for his replacement. ________ But the announcement Reporter Arwyn Rice can be came out a day prior to an reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula inspector generalâ€™s report finding there was evidence dailynews.com. BPA was not giving federally required hiring preference to veterans.
Management alert The report â€” called a management alert â€” emphasized that there were concerns some employees were disciplined who had cooperated with the inspector generalâ€™s investigation or who had raised concerns over the hiring practices. Drummondâ€™s replacement was first reported by The Oregonian of Portland, Ore. Energy spokeswoman Niketa Kumar said in an email that the department could not comment on personnel matters but noted Sgt. Cliff Wooldridge is congratulated by Gen. Joseph F. Dunsford Jr., assistant commandant of that the department had the Marine Corps, after being awarded the USO made an official response to the inspector generalâ€™s Marine of the Year in Washington, D.C., last December. investigation.
Bill Drummond Being investigated
Elliot Mainzer Interim acting administrator concerning,â€? Issa wrote.
The July 15 letter from Energy Department Chief Human Capital Officer Robert C. Gibbs said that on July 10, the deputy secretary directed the BPA administrator to â€œtake no adverse personnel actions against BPAâ€™s Human Capital Management employees, to immediately suspend any such actions that had already been takenâ€? and to tell any employees who had been suspended to return to work immediately. The deputy secretary also directed the administrator to tell employees they can cooperate freely with the inspector generalâ€™s investigation without fear of retaliation, the letter said. Drummond sent an email to BPA employees last week saying they should never be afraid of retaliation, particularly when asked for information by the Department of Energy or the inspector general. BPA employees go through annual ethics training.
gation was ongoing, stemming from an anonymous June 2012 complaint about prohibited personnel practices. The departmentâ€™s personnel office notified BPA of the allegations in February, a month after Drummondâ€™s appointment.
Management review The letter added that the deputy secretary had ordered an immediate review of BPA management and was sending a special team to BPA headquarters in Portland to carry that out. The report from Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman said the investi-
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