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Health board to get update on septic plan Dungeness systems said to be failing BY JOE SMILLIE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — The final draft of Clallam County Environmental Health’s study of options to address potentially failing septic systems at homes in the Dungeness, Three Crabs and Seashore Lane areas of unincorporated Clallam County will be presented to the county Board of Health on Tuesday. The meeting will be at 2 p.m. in Room 160 of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. A great number of the aging septic systems are failing,
down someone on a motorcycle,” Peter Larsen said. “They had no reason to do that, outside of that he was speeding.”
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PORT ANGELES — Motorcyclist Bjorn R. Larsen’s recklessness during a high-speed chase by State Patrol Trooper Travis Beebe was the main cause of Larsen’s death more than a year ago off Deer Park Road, the State Patrol said in its report on the death released last week. “The proximate [immediate] cause of the motorcycle collision was Bjorn Larsen’s decision to recklessly operate a motorcycle while willfully failing to stop,” said the 2-page summary of the May 8, 2012, collision compiled by the State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team. That’s a conclusion that Larsen’s Forks-area parents dispute. They said that Beebe contributed
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to Larsen’s demise and have hired a lawyer to look into filing a lawsuit against the state over their son’s death. “They place the blame on Bjorn acting irresponsibly without accepting any blame for their actions,” Peter Larsen, Bjorn’s father, said May 8 on the one-year anniversary of his son’s death. “My biggest question is why they put everyone’s life at risk to chase
The report gave this account of what happened seconds before Larsen died: Larsen and Beebe were exceeding the speed limit around the same curve when they went down a ravine on a 25-mph portion of Deer Park Road 5.8 miles south of where it intersects with U.S. Highway 101. Larsen, 36, vaulted over the embankment at a speed between 47 mph and 49 mph in his 650-cc Honda in a 25-mph zone and died at the scene. TURN
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according to the study, and that is contributing to elevated levals of fecal coliform and nitrogen in Dungeness Bay. The plan, developed over the past year through public meetings held with the department and consulting firm Parametrix, calls for upgrading to more modern and efficient septic systems.
Out-of-date inspections There are 231 lots in the area that produce 62,370 gallons of wastwater per day, the study said, adding that 149 of those lots have septic systems with out-of-date inspection records. The decision to upgrade individual septic systems was preferred over three other alternatives, said project manager Ann Soule of the Environmental Health department. TURN
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Cleo, a 4-year-old Arabian mare, was seized, starving and malnourished, last year from a pasture near Sequim along with 15 other horses. She has fully recovered, started in training and is available for adoption from the local animal rescue organization Eyes that Smile. For story, turn to Page A6.
Poets to fete Carver’s birthday Tess Gallagher, Alice Derry to host free reading tonight BY DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
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“The Ghost Fish,” Alfredo Arreguin’s ode to Raymond Carver. See story on Page A5.
PORT ANGELES — Raymond Carver wrote about Port Angeles, the Northwest and his nightly dreams and everyday adventures. “Suddenly, I find a new path to the waterfall,” he writes in the title poem to one of his books. “I begin to hurry. Wake up, my wife says. You’re dreaming.”
Carver was a dreamer and a realist, a man who wrote short stories and shorter poems that burned his name into America’s literary canon. He lived the last decade of his life in Port Angeles, and died here, at age 50. Now, to mark what would have been his 75th birthday, his widow, poet Tess Gallagher, has assembled the May 9-25 Raymond Carver Festival. A main event comes at 7 p.m.
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tonight. An ensemble of poets of the Pacific Northwest will gather in the Raymond Carver Room at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., for selected readings from All of Us, the Carver collection released in 2000. “At night the salmon move/ out from the river and into town,” goes one of his odes to fish. “We wait up for them. We leave our back windows open and call out when we hear a splash.” Carver also takes us outside town, for “Eagles.” “It was a sixteen inch ling cod that the eagle dropped near our feet at the top of Bagley Creek canyon, at the edge of the
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green woods.” These and other Carver poems will make their way back to Carver’s last home town, to the community meeting space named after him.
Port Angeles poet Port Angeles poet Alice Derry will host the free poetry reading along with Gallagher. If the list of selections is any sign, the poetry will leap and dart like the salmon Carver loved. There’s “Locking Yourself Out, Then Trying to Get Back In;” “Looking for Work;” “Wind;” “Aspens” and “What the Doctor Said.” TURN
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Travis to sue to block DWI video release COUNTRY MUSIC STAR Randy Travis has filed a lawsuit to prevent the release of patrol car video of his 2012 drunken-driving arrest in North Texas. The Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday that the lawsuit names the Travis Texas Department of Public Safety and the attorney general’s office. A judge originally granted a defense request to block the video from release, but media groups requested the video from DPS, and the attorney general’s office ruled this month the judge didn’t have discretion to bar the video’s release. Prosecutors have said the singer was found naked by a road after crashing his Pontiac Trans Am. He pleaded guilty in January to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to two years’ probation.
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Actress Carey Mulligan and actor/ singer Justin Timberlake arrive for the screening of “Inside Llewyn Davis” at the 66th international film festival in southern France on Sunday.
Closer to release The last time O.J. Simpson was in a Las Vegas courtroom, he was convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery. His new defense team feels confident that their client is closer to getting out of prison. With the attorneys now on his side, he has mounted a methodical case that his former lead lawyer botched the 2008 trial so badly that a new one should be granted. “He has a very good
chance now,” said Ozzie Fumo, one of the attorneys who represented Simpson. Simpson’s lawyers presented evidence that showed Miami-based attorney Yale Galanter shared responsibility for the illconceived plan for Simpson to take back personal items and mementos from two sports collectible dealers in a Vegas hotel room. They also built a case that Galanter sabotaged Simpson’s chances for acquittal and appeal to protect himself.
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CYNTHIA BROWN, 60, one of the guiding forces at the international advocacy group Human Rights Watch, has died after fighting cancer. Ms. Brown started with Human Rights Watch as a researcher in 1982, focusing on Ms. Brown the Ameriin 1990s cas. In 1990, she went to Chile for two years for the organization. In 1993, she became its first program director, overseeing every report it published. Human Rights Watch, which said Ms. Brown died Sunday in New York City, describes its mission as striving to protect human rights worldwide by focusing attention where those rights are violated by giving voice to the oppressed. The organization credited Ms. Brown with helping to create its strategy of putting together documentation of abuses along with advocating in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. government to withhold military and political support of governments in other nations accused of violations. Ms. Brown also was instrumental in the formation of Human Rights Watch’s division dedicated to women’s rights, involved in putting together the framework and helping get
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________ FRANCES B. MONSON, 85, the wife of the Mormon church’s president who shied away from the spotlight but whose work behind the scenes left a lasting impression, died early Friday at a hospital in Salt Lake City surrounded by her family, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said. Her daughter, Ann Dibb, said her mom was a supportive wife, a proud mother and Mrs. Monson one heck of in 2010 a fixerupper around the house. Church President Thomas S. Monson said his wife was the family’s beacon of love, compassion and encouragement. Publicly, very little was known about her, despite being the matriarch of one the church’s most important families. She made occasional appearances at the church’s biannual gen-
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Peninsula Lookback From the pages of the PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
1938 (75 years ago)
Expansion of the seed pea business on the North Olympic Peninsula with new processing, storing and shipping facilities on Port of Port Angeles property was announced by port Manager Henry W. Davies. The Milwaukee Road railroad will build a large seed warehouse on the west portion of the port fill in Port Angeles, and it will also construct 600 feet of side track to serve the warehouse, said Milwaukee Road freight representative M.E. Randall. The warehouse will be of heavy frame construction with a large cupola to hold machinery necessary for Laugh Lines blowing, cleaning and sacking the peas for market. WHAT DID THE lawIt will be large enough yer wear at the aerobics to hold about 2 million workout? pounds of seed peas, and A class action suit. Your Monologue will have both truck-load-
ing facilities and the close proximity to port terminals for water shipments.
1963 (50 years ago) Clallam County Public Utility District accounts have reached the 6,500 mark, bolstered by the addition of customers of water systems in Gales Addition and Clallam Bay. The PUD now has more than 750 miles of power lines, plus 50 miles more recently constructed, under construction or in the engineering stage, said PUD Engineer William Fell. The PUD now is valued at about $5 million and has a peak electrical usage of 23,000 kilowatt hours, Fell said.
1988 (25 years ago) Members of Kiwanis Clubs in Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Townsend
celebrated Canada-United States Goodwill Week. Kiwanis International created the week in 1922 and has since placed three dozen Kiwanis Peace Markers along the border between the U.S. and Canada. Peninsula Kiwanians held visits with their counterparts in Victoria and lower Vancouver Island.
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Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS MONDAY, May 20, the 140th day of 2013. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, N.Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France. On this date: ■ In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which was intended to encourage settlements west of the Mississippi River by making federal land available for farming. ■ In 1902, the United States ended a three-year military presence in Cuba as the Republic of Cuba was established under its
first elected president, Tomas Estrada Palma. ■ In 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Because of weather and equipment problems, Earhart set down in Northern Ireland instead of her intended destination, France. ■ In 1939, regular transAtlantic mail service began as a Pan American Airways plane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, N.Y., bound for Marseille, France. ■ In 1942, during World War II, the Office of Civilian Defense was established. ■ In 1959, nearly 5,000 Japanese-Americans had their U.S. citi-
zenship restored after renouncing it during World War II. ■ In 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order. ■ In 1969, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Ap Bia Mountain, referred to as “Hamburger Hill” by the Americans, following one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. ■ In 1970, some 100,000 people demonstrated in New York’s Wall Street district in support of U.S. policy in Vietnam and Cambodia. ■ In 1988, Laurie Dann, 30, walked into a Winnetka, Ill., elementary school classroom, where she shot
to death 8-year-old Nicholas Corwin and wounded several other children. After wounding a young man at his home, Dann took her own life. ■ Ten years ago: The United States banned all beef imports from Canada after a lone case of mad cow disease was discovered in the heart of Canada’s cattle country. ■ Five years ago: Sen. Edward Kennedy was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Some experts gave the Massachusetts Democrat less than a year to live. Kennedy died in August 2009. ■ One year ago: Robin Gibb, 62, who along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, defined the disco era as part of the Bee Gees, died in London.
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A3 Briefly: Nation A police officer aiming at the wouldbe robber opened fire, hitting the 21-year-old colBRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The lege junior as Metro-North commuter rail line well as the exsaid crews will spend days convict who Rebello rebuilding 2,000 feet of track, had entered overhead wires and signals the house. damaged in a derailment and On Saturday evening, flags crash in Connecticut. Metro-North President How- on campus were at half-staff, and students held a silent outard Permut said Sunday that the two-track electrified railroad door vigil in front of a photo of must be rebuilt. Crews will work the young woman. Surrounded by candles and around the clock for days to flowers, they sang “Ave Maria.” make repairs Rebello’s funeral is scheduled Jim Cameron, chairman of the Connecticut Rail Commuter for Wednesday in Sleepy Hollow, Council, said he’s asked officials which is in Westchester County. in numerous towns to suspend Police: Va. driver ill parking rules to accommodate what could be tens of thousands DAMASCUS, Va. — Authoriof commuters driving to unafties believe the driver who fected train stations. plowed into dozens of hikers Seventy-two people were sent marching in a Virginia mounto the hospital after the crash tain town parade suffered from Friday evening. Nine remain a medical condition and did not hospitalized. cause the crash intentionally, an Service is suspended between emergency official said Sunday. South Norwalk and New Haven. About 50 to 60 people suffered injuries ranging from critiSlain student honored cal to superficial Saturday. No MINEOLA, N.Y. — Students fatalities were reported. Three of the worst injured were flown at Hofstra University wore by helicopter to area hospitals. white ribbons at their graduaThe crash happened around tion ceremony to honor a fellow 2:10 p.m. Saturday during the student who was accidentally Hikers Parade at the Trail Days killed by a police officer confestival, an annual celebration fronting an armed intruder. Sunday’s ceremony came two of the Appalachian Trail in Damascus, near the Tennessee days after Andrea Rebello died state line about a half-hour when the masked man entered drive east of Bristol. her off-campus home on Long Island. The Associated Press
Train outage expected for days in Conn.
Aide to Obama calls criticism ‘offensive’ Adviser lashes out at the GOP THE NEW YORK TIMES
A senior White House adviser mounted a combative defense Sunday against Republican lawmakers’ accusations of mismanagement, calling the criticisms of President Barack Obama’s actions and governing style were “offensive” and “absurd.” The remarks came from Dan Pfeiffer, a member of the president’s inner circle, as he appeared on all five major network talk shows in an effort to move the administration past what commentators have described as a “hell week” of serial scandals affecting the White House. Pfeiffer faced tough questioning over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeted reviews of conservative groups; the lethal attack on an American diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11; and the Justice Department’s seizure
of journalists’ records. He repeatedly pointed a finger at the GOP for exploiting the three issues for political purposes. But Republi- Pfeiffer cans appearing on the Sunday shows insisted they would be aggressive in pushing for fuller investigations, particularly of the IRS and Benghazi matters. The administration has promised to cooperate but also is fighting to keep the problems from overshadowing its agenda.
‘Arrogance of power’ Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which held a hearing into the IRS matter Friday, said on “Fox News Sunday” that Americans had lost confidence in their government, adding, “This is arrogance of power, abuse of power, to the nth degree.”
Pfeiffer tried to clarify a key point about exactly when Obama learned that an IRS unit had given extra scrutiny to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. He said repeatedly that the president learned about the matter only weeks ago. “There is no question Republicans are trying to make political hay here,” he said of the IRS scandal. And regarding Benghazi, he said on Fox, “There’s a series of conspiracy theories the Republicans have been spinning about this since the night it happened.” When Chris Wallace, the Fox host, pressed Pfeiffer to explain exactly what Obama was doing last Sept. 11, as reports emerged of the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi — specifically whether the president had gone to the Situation Room to monitor events — Pfeiffer dismissed the question as irrelevant and rejected what he said was an implication of presidential inattention. Four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, were killed in the attack.
Briefly: World N. Korea fires projectiles into coastal waters SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired a projectile into waters off its eastern coast Sunday, a day after launching three short-range missiles in the same area, officials said. North Korea routinely testlaunches short-range missiles. But the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy aimed at easing recent tension, including neardaily threats by North Korea to attack South Korea and the U.S. earlier this year. North Korea protested annual joint military drills by Seoul and Washington and U.N. sanctions imposed over its February nuclear test. The fourth launch occurred Sunday afternoon, according to officials at Seoul’s Defense Ministry and Joint Chiefs of Staff. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, refused to say whether it was a missile or artillery round.
Chinese leader in India NEW DELHI — Just weeks after a tense border standoff, China’s new premier visited India on Sunday on his first foreign trip as the neighboring giants look to speed up efforts to settle a decades-old boundary dispute and boost economic ties. Premier Li Keqiang met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and the two leaders emphasized that efforts should
be made to resolve the border dispute between the two countries which led to a bloody war in 1962, according to India’s Li External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin. The two leaders also underscored the need for maintaining peace and tranquility along the de facto border pending resolution of the boundary issue, Akbaruddin said. In a written statement on his arrival in the Indian capital, Li said China regarded India as an important partner and friend and expressed the hope that his visit would inject new vigor into their cooperative partnership, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
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RAINY DAY IN
People listen in the rain as President Barack Obama, not shown, delivers the commencement speech about work, sacrifice and opportunity Sunday to the 129th graduating class at the historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Small Florida city abuzz: Who has winning Powerball ticket?
Video shows hostages
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CAIRO — Seven men purported to be the members of Egypt’s security forces kidnapped by suspected militants appeared in a video posted online Sunday and urged the government to meet their captors’ demands. The video, posted on YouTube, is the first sign of the six policemen and one border guard since they were pulled by gunmen from taxis in which they were traveling from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to Cairo on Thursday. The Associated Press
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million — the highest Powerball jackpot in history. It’s an amount too high for many to imagine. Compare it to the budget for the city of Zephyrhills: This year’s figure is just more than $49 million. The winning Powerball jackpot is 12 times that. Whoever has the ticket hadn’t come forward Sunday morning. “This would be the sixth Flor-
ida Powerball winner and right now, it’s the sole winner of the largest ever Powerball jackpot,” Florida Lottery executive Cindy O’Connell told The Associated Press. “We’re delighted right now that we have the sole winner.” The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
Wondering about identity Plenty of people in Zephyrhills — population 13,337 — are wondering whether it’s someone they know. Joan Albertson drove over to the Publix Sunday morning with
her camera in hand, just in case the winner emerged. She said she had bought a ticket at a store across the street, and the idea of winning that much money was still something of a shock. “Oh, there’s so much good that you could do with that amount of money,” Albertson said. Zephyrhills is a small city in Pasco County, about 30 miles northeast of downtown Tampa. Once a rural farming town, it’s now known as a hotbed for skydiving activity, and the home to large retiree mobile home parks and Zephyrhills bottled water. And now, one lucky lottery ticket.
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West: Portland, Ore., voters set to weigh in on fluoridation
Nation: ‘Star Trek’ sequel boldly bumps ‘Iron Man 3’
Nation: 2 men convicted of spying hanged in Iran
World: Russian mice, lizards return from month in space
SUPPORTERS AND OPPONENTS of public fluoridation in Portland, Ore., have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars ahead of a Tuesday election that has drawn heavy attention from the city’s mainstream and alternative newspapers. Campaign signs have sprouted alongside roses on lawns across the city, as have reports of people stealing them. Voters living in one of America’s most liberal cities are generally in lockstep; rare is the political issue one feels hesitant to raise at happy hour. But fluoridation emerged as one such topic.
“STAR TREK: INTO Darkness” has warped its way to a $70.6 million domestic launch from Friday to Sunday, though it’s not setting any light-speed records with a debut that’s lower than the studio’s expectations. The latest voyage of the starship Enterprise fell short of its predecessor, 2009’s “Star Trek,” which opened with $75.2 million. The “Star Trek” sequel bumped “Iron Man 3” down to second-place after two weekends on top. Robert Downey Jr.’s superhero saga took in $35.2 million domestically and $40.2 million overseas, shooting its worldwide total to nearly $1.1 billion.
IRAN’S STATE RADIO said authorities executed two men convicted of spying for Israel’s Mossad and the CIA. Sunday’s report said Mohammad Heidari, who was accused of providing Mossad with classified information in return for money, and Kourosh Ahmadi, who allegedly gave the CIA intelligence on Iran, were hanged. The report didn’t say when the men were arrested or tried. Tehran accused Israel and the U.S. of spying on its vital interests, particularly its nuclear program, which the West suspects is aimed at producing an atomic weapon. Tehran denies the charge.
A RUSSIAN CAPSULE carrying mice, lizards and other small animals, including fish and crayfish, returned to Earth on Sunday, landing in a field southeast of Moscow after spending a month in space for what scientists said was the longest experiment of its kind. Fewer than half of the 53 rodents that blasted off April 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome survived the flight, although all 15 lizards did, said Vladimir Sychov, deputy director of the Institute of Medical and Biological Problems. Sychov said the study was designed to show the effects of weightlessness and other factors of space flight on cell structure.
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Sheriffâ€™s Office issues alert on new scam Callers claim to work for PA hospital
director, Friday. â€œWe sent out a notification to our Lifeline patients,â€? she said. â€œThey were not specially targeted, but they may feel like they were.
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The Clallam County Sheriffâ€™s Office issued an alert last week about a new scam in which a person claims to be from Olympic Medical Center and tries to sell Lifeline subscriptions and new equipment. The calls are not authorized by OMC or Olympic Medical Home Health and are not legitimate, the Sheriffâ€™s Office said. After scam calls were reported to OMC, hospital personnel contacted authorities, said Bobby Beeman, OMC communications
â€œWe wanted them to know that it wasnâ€™t us. It was a scam, and they should just hang up,â€? she added. That echoes the advice from the Sheriffâ€™s Office. â€œNever give out your personal information over the phone, and if you receive an unsolicited offer or request for your information over the phone, immediately hang up,â€? the alert said. For more information on scams and how to protect yourself, visit the Federal Trade Commissionâ€™s website at www.consumer.ftc. gov.
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PORT TOWNSEND â€” Inside sweatshops in China, among farmers in India, amid a neighbor-to-neighbor struggle over Walmart in small-town America: Micha X. Peled has been there and lived to make movies about it. â€œThe Art of Documentary Film Making: Behind the Camera with Michaâ€? is the title of a free lec- Peled ture at the Library Learning Center, 1256 Lawrence St., Tuesday night. Peled will step up at 7 p.m. for a free Port
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Townsend Film Institute program, to discuss his films â€œStore Wars: When Walmart Comes to Town,â€? â€œBitter Seedsâ€? and â€œChina Blue.â€?
Screenings Peled also will be on hand for screenings of his films on three consecutive mornings this week at the Rose Theatre, 235 Taylor St.: â€œStore Warsâ€? on Tuesday, â€œChina Blueâ€? on Wednesday and â€œBitter Seedsâ€? on Thursday. All screenings will start at 11 a.m., while tickets are $10 at each one or all three movies for $25. Advance tickets are available at the Rose box office and at the Food Co-op, 414 Kearney St. Peled will speak to media and civics classes at Port Townsend and Chimacum high schools this week, thanks to Port Townsend Film Institute funding. For more information, phone the institute at 360379-1333 or visit www. PTFilmFest.com.
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Members of the Port Angeles High School band play jazz music, at left, while patrons of Blue Flame BBQ pick up food during a fundraiser at the Port Angeles eatery Sunday. The band is raising money to travel to Washington, D.C., next spring.
PT board tables decision on charter school possibilities BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND â€” The Port Townsend School Board said it will put off deciding on whether to become a charter school authorizer until next Monday in order to give the district superintendent time to research the issue. At a work session last Monday, district officials said they were intrigued by the possibility of a charter school bringing innovative learning to Port Townsend but were concerned that the stateâ€™s July 1 deadline for filing an application to authorize the schools gives the district too little time to prepare.
Welcome opportunity â€œIâ€™d welcome provocative, inventive educational opportunities for our kids,â€? Superintendent David Engle said Monday. â€œIâ€™m hoping we can be first at it.â€? Board officials asked Engle to find out if the decision has to be made this year or if the district can put together charter school guidelines for next year. Engle did not make a recommendation for whether the district should move forward,
David Engle Hesitation, excitement wait or drop the matter but was asked to have one ready by the next board meeting, which will be at 6 p.m. Monday, May 27, at the Gael Stuart Building, 1610 Blaine St.
Pluses and negatives â€œI can see the pluses. I can see the negatives. I can see the absolute drain on my energy that it could become,â€? Engle said. â€œI have some hesitation but some excitement about what it could mean for us,â€? Engle said. Under Initiative 1240, which voters approved last fall, up to 40 charter schools can be authorized statewide: up to eight new schools per year for
five years. Charter schools are independent public schools operated by a panel of parents and teachers, and are funded by the state at the same rate as district schools, minus a 4 percent administration fee. The schools may be authorized under a school district â€” and therefore must be located within that district â€” or they may be authorized as corporate schools and operate anywhere in the state. Two school districts on the North Olympic Peninsula â€” Sequim and Port Townsend â€” submitted letters of intent in April to become charter school authorizers. Officials in both districts said at the time that the letters didnâ€™t mean they would actually file applications to authorize the schools by the July 1 deadline. The letters were placeholders to allow them to consider the ramifications. â€œWe are one of a limited number of school districts in the state who said that they would like to become authorizers, or intend to explore the idea of becoming authorizers,â€? Engle said. Sequim School District dropped out last week, he noted. Thirteen districts statewide had shown initial interest. At least one other in addition to Sequim
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Stumbling blocks Engle noted a number of stumbling blocks in becoming a charter school authorizer: â– There will be only 10 days between being notified of state acceptance of being an authorizer and the state deadline to open for charter school applications. â– Districts cannot control the charter schoolâ€™s agenda. â– If a prospective charter applicant didnâ€™t like the districtâ€™s requirements for requests for proposals, it could take its application to the commission. If the district chooses to go forward, there is a lot of work to do, Engle said. â€œWe have to create a strategic vision for chartering: â€˜This is what we would like to authorize and support in our community,â€™â€? he told the School Board. â€œYou create this vision for chartering, the characteristics of the schools we are most interested in authorizing.â€? Short deadlines were identified by both Engle and the school board as the biggest hurdle. â€œItâ€™s scary. If Iâ€™d had a yearâ€™s notice it would be a push,â€? Engle said. Engle told the board there is some guidance to the process, including authorizer capacity and commitment, identified rules and responsibilities.
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Couple to share memories Carver: Ends of friendship with Carver with reading BY DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” What she remembers most fondly: his gratitude for the life heâ€™d found in Port Angeles. Raymond Carver â€œwas always exclaiming, â€˜Arenâ€™t we so lucky,â€™â€? recalls Susan Lytle, the Seattle artist who, with her husband Alfredo Arreguin, enjoyed a long friendship with Carver and his wife Tess Gallagher. The two couples grew close in the 1980s, as Gallagher and Carver built their lives in Port Angeles. Carver was newly sober, having won a life-and-death battle with alcohol. He and Arreguin were kindred spirits. And then Arreguin, having been a drinker for many years, decided to quit.
Eating,telling stories â€œWe could have lots of fun eating and telling stories. Sometimes Ray would take notes,â€? Lytle remembered. On Tuesday, in a free Raymond Carver Festival
Raymond Carver, left, Tess Gallagher and artist Alfredo Arreguin enjoy a day in Seattle in 1987. event, Lytle and Arreguin will give a slide-illustrated talk on the art, poetry and memories from this friendship. Their presentation will start at 3 p.m. in the Little Theater at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. Outside the theater, in the adjacent PUB Art Gallery, an exhibition of Arreguin and Lytle paintings and mementos awaits. Carver enjoyed a creative resurgence here, writing poetry and stories
alongside Gallagher, a daughter of Port Angeles who still lives in Port Angeles. She lost her husband to cancer in August 1988. Ten years later, Gallagher purchased â€œThe Ghost Fish,â€? Arreguinâ€™s painting of Carver, and donated it to the Port Angeles Library for its community meeting space, the Raymond Carver Room. Carver would have been 75 this Saturday. Tuesdayâ€™s program is one of a series of
free events this week; details are at www.PenCol. edu. Arreguin is known across the world for his vivid, mosaic-like art. In 1995 he received the Ohtli Award, the Mexican governmentâ€™s highest honor for civilians living outside of Mexico who have forged a new path abroad for their countrymen and -women. At the University of Washington â€” where he first met Gallagher, then a student, some 50 years ago â€” the Alfredo Arreguin Scholarship was established in 2006; the artist was presented with the university College of Arts and Sciencesâ€™ Timeless Award in 2011. The PUB Art Gallery show offers Arreguin and Lytleâ€™s paintings along with photographs and mounted excerpts of Carverâ€™s stories and poems. In their talk, the two artists will share more reminiscences of their time together. â€œAlfredo loves to tell stories and is very good at it,â€? added Lytle. â€œHis paintings are big and encompass the whole world; mine are small and personal.â€?
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That one came after Carver learned of his advanced cancer, the disease that would end his life in August 1988. The Carver Festival is a celebration of a life full of Gallagher Derry comedy, tragedy and love. Chadwick, Charlotte Warâ€˜For Tessâ€™ ren and Joan Swift. They will step up to the The poetry reading will podium beside Alfredo Arreend with â€œFor Tess,â€? Carvguinâ€™s dreamlike painting, erâ€™s ode to his wife. Gallagher will read the â€œThe Ghost Fish.â€? From it, Carverâ€™s eyes look out piece that ends: â€œAs I was laying there through a mass of redfinned swimmers. with my eyes closed, Carver and Arreguin, a just after Iâ€™d imagined Mexican-born artist who what it might be like lives in Seattle, were fisherif in fact I never got up men and close friends. again, I thought of you. More information about I opened my eyes then these and other Carver Fesand got right up and went back to being tival events this week, visit cosponsor Peninsula Colhappy again Iâ€™m grateful to you, you legeâ€™s website at www. PenCol.edu. see.â€? ________ Gallagher and Derry have also invited poets Features Editor Diane Urbani including Kate Reavey, Car- de la Paz can be reached at 360men Germain, Tim Roos, 452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane. Holly Hughes, Howard firstname.lastname@example.org.
Septic: Multiple options available to owners CONTINUED FROM A1 treatment facility, such as the city of Sequimâ€™s. â– Group sewage collection Based on community input, systems. the county opted to use the first â– A local sewer system for col- option: upgrading individual seplection, treatment and disposal of tic systems with a more thorough wastewater. level of monitoring and review by â– Central collection and the county. export to an existing wastewater Parametrix and Clallam
fixed by the county will be able to tap a low interest Clean Water Loan program to fund replacement. Another option included in the Low interest fund plan is to assess a fee of $10 to Those with septic systems that $20 a year to owners of septic are either more than 25 years old, systems throughout the county to are failing, or have been ordered pay for improved monitoring. County Environmental Health seek a recommendation from the Board of Health to the county commissioners.
To view the report, and for more information, consult the countyâ€™s website at http://tinyurl. com/dungenesswastewater. A dedicated phone line also is available for comments at 360417-2542. For more, contact Soule at 360417-2424.
Larsen: Trooper received one-day suspension CONTINUED FROM A1 suspended for one day without pay for violating the Larsenâ€™s blood-alcohol State Patrolâ€™s vehicle-purcontent was .16, twice the suit policy by getting into the collision, State Patrol legal limit of .08. Less than two seconds spokesman Dan Coon said. Colleen Larsen, Bjornâ€™s later, Beebe, 37, entered the same curve at 61 mph, stepmother, said she and her going over the embankment husband were shocked by just east of the motorcycleâ€™s the State Patrolâ€™s findings. path. Beebe put everyone who â€œWhen he came over the lives on Deer Park Road in rise in the road, [Beebe] saw danger by chasing her son the bike with its rear tire at such high speeds, she locked, disappearing over said. the bank,â€? the report said. â€œWe are just stunned â€œAnalysis shows the they are claiming this most reasonable location for entire accident is Bjornâ€™s the trooper when he saw fault,â€? she said. the bike tire locked was 134-157 feet and 1.50-1.75 Both from Forks seconds behind.â€? Larsen and Beebe, who Beebe, who sustained bumps, cuts, bruises and both lived in Forks as teensprains, was treated at agers, went to Forks High Olympic Medical Center and School at the same time, Larsenâ€™s parents said. released later that night. Larsen had â€œample His unmarked Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor, opportunityâ€? to stop during which State Patrol spokes- the chase, Nelson said. The report said at one man Shane Nelson said was valued at $40,000, was point Larsen slowed to 5 mph, â€œwaved [Beebe] up,â€? destroyed. Beebe, stationed with then sped off. While the report says the State Patrolâ€™s Port Angeles detachment, was the proximate cause of the
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Horses rescued early 2012 recovering well Cleo, a 4-yearold Arabian mare, is handled by rescuers Valerie Jackson and Diane Royall, co-vice presidents of Eyes that Smile, an animal rescue organization that specializes in horses. Eyes That Smile contributed to the rescue of 85 horses in the last year, and recently received its 501(c)3 recognition from the IRS.
BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
SEQUIM — Fat and glossy, Cleo is a living testament to the care she received from volunteer horse lovers in Clallam County. In February 2012, the then-emaciated Arabian filly, along with two other horses and a pony, were turned over to Eyes That Smile, a Sequimbased horse rescue organization. “She’s just amazing now,” said Valerie Jackson, co-vice president of Eyes That Smile, showing off the bright-eyed, friendly mare Sunday. Now that Cleo has filled out, it is clear that she is a well bred Arabian, Jackson said. “Starvation as a 2- and 3-year-old set her back,” she said. Cleo and the other three mares cared for by Eyes That Smile represent a quarter of 16 horses seized by the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office from a pasture near Sequim last year, after the owner of property rented by Campbell called the Sheriff’s Office, concerned about the animals’ condition. The animals were suffering from starvation and malnutrition and were estimated to be underweight by between 50 and 200 pounds each. A veterinarian certified that their condition was caused by neglect. Buffy Campbell, 42, and her daughter, Heather Gouldart, 20, who kept the horses in a rented pasture off Olson Road southwest of Sequim, agreed to give up custody of the horses in March 2012. Twelve of the horses were released to the Sheriff’s Office for transfer to a registered animal rescue organization, and four were returned to legal owners. Over the last year, the four at Eyes that Smile recovered beyond the hopes of the volunteers. When Karma, a bay pinto
filly, was rescued as a yearling, she was about the size of a 5-month-old foal. Today, Karma stands nearly 15 hands high, and Mandy, a bay mare — once skin and bones — also is wellfed and coddled by her foster caretakers. Mindy the pony recently was adopted, and there is an adoption pending for Karma and Mandy, as well, Jackson said. Eyes that Smile specializes in horse rescue, but it rescues other animals as the need arises, said Diane Royall, co-vice president. In the past year, Eyes that Smile has contributed to the
store would be coming out of Jackson and Royall’s own pockets. It costs $500 to $700 per adoption for most horses, but for those who have received extra training or expenses, ARWYN RICE/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS other they may ask $800, Jackson said. care of many animals, includThe fee is nowhere near ing 85 horses, 12 goats, 40 pigeons, 50-plus chickens and the cost of saving some of the animals, she said. one llama. The organization recently Not all of them end up in got its 501(c)3 tax-exempt the care of Eyes that Smile status from the Internal Revvolunteers, Royall said. enue Service, and can offer tax receipts for donations. Difficulty paying Donations can be sent to In some cases, feed is given Eyes that Smile, P.O. Box 252, to owners who may be having Sequim, WA, 98382. More information on the difficulty paying for their animals’ feed or they may con- organization, and adoptable nect an owner with someone horses and other animals, can who wants to adopt an ani- be found at www.tinyurl. com/at9wrkw. mal, she said. Feed, veterinarian and far________ rier services often are covered Reporter Arwyn Rice can be by donations, but Sunday, the reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, group was down to a few bales or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladaily of hay, and a trip to the feed news.com.
Man gets 12 years for drug offenses PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — A 47-year-old Sekiu man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of Oxycodone with intent to distribute. James G. “Chipper” Rode pled guilty to the charges last Nov. 9. He was sentenced Friday, May 10. Officers with the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team said they discovered 40 15-milligram Oxycodone pills and several firearms when serving a search Rode warrant at Rode’s residence on state Highway 112 west of Sekiu in March 2012. OPNET Supervisor Jason Viada said Rode sold Oxycodone to OPNET informants at least five times. Court papers said those sales amounted to $990. Rode, a registered Level 3 sex offender, previously had been banned from Makah tribal lands because of prior drug-dealing activity, Viada said. The case was investigated by Neah Bay police, OPNET, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF. The case was moved to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in November.
12 prior convictions Rode had 12 prior felony convictions. As part of his guilty plea, Rode admitted that the firearms found in his bathroom heating vent were used to further his drug trafficking activity. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton ordered Rode to serve five years of supervised released following his prison term. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Tate London. In another OPNET case, Expy Sanabria of Lakewood was charged in Clallam County Superior Court on Thursday with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of Oxycodone with intent to deliver. Sanabria, 35, was arrested in Neah Bay by tribal police, Clallam County sheriff’s deputies and an OPNET investigator in April.
Senate to consider five-year farm bill PENINSULA DAILY NEWS NEWS SERVICES
WASHINGTON — This week, the Senate will take up a five-year farm bill, while the House schedule was to be announced.
Contact legislators (clip and save) “Eye on Congress” is published in the Peninsula Daily News every Monday when Congress is in session about activities, roll call votes and legislation in the House and Senate. The North Olympic Peninsula’s legislators in Washington, D.C., are Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Mountlake Terrace), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Bothell) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Gig Harbor). Contact information — The address for Cantwell and Murray is U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510; Kilmer, U.S. House, Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone Cantwell at 202224-3441 (fax, 202-2280514); Murray, 202-2242621 (fax, 202-224-0238); Kilmer, 202-225-5916. Email via their websites: cantwell.senate.gov; murray. senate.gov; kilmer.house.gov. Kilmer’s North Olympic Peninsula is located at 332 E. Fifth St. in Port Angeles. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. It is staffed by Judith Morris, who may be contacted at email@example.com or 360797-3623.
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Learn more Websites following our state and national legislators: ■ Followthemoney. org — Campaign donors by industry, ZIP code and more ■ Vote-Smart.org — How special interest groups rate legislators on the issues. ■ DODD-FRANK FINANCIAL RULES: Voting 235 for and 161 against, the House on Friday passed a bill (HR 1062) imposing time-consuming requirements on the Securities and Exchange Commission as it puts the 2010 financial-regulation law known as DoddFrank into effect. In part, the bill would require the SEC, an independent agency, to conduct cost-benefit analyses of Dodd-Frank’s impact on free-market forces such as
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capital formation and market liquidity. Dodd-Frank was enacted in response to the Wall Street meltdown in 2007 and the Great Recession that followed. The SEC has issued more than half of the 400plus rules needed to implement the 2,300-page law. The bill also requires the SEC to conduct cost-benefit analyses every five years of every regulation it has issued on any subject since 1933. The bill provides no new funding to cover its projected cost of $26 million and addition of 20 SEC staff members. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate. Kilmer voted no.
first responders and teachers or protect U.S. companies from foreign takeovers. A yes vote backed the Democratic motion. Kilmer voted yes.
than 30 to change it. The law is designed to provide more than 30 million legal U.S. residents with health insurance they did not have at the time of enactment. Some parts already are in operation, and the law’s two most expansive sections will take effect in 2014. They are an enlargement of Medicaid and the opening of exchanges — online marketplaces — in all states where the uninsured can buy health policies at affordable rates. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate. Kilmer voted no.
■ FIRST RESPONDERS, FOREIGN TAKEOVERS: Voting 179 for and 217 against, the House on Friday defeated a Democratic bid to prevent HR 1062 (above) from reducing the Security and Exchange Commission’s ability to safeguard the pensions of
■ C O S T- B E N E F I T ANALYSES: Voting 165 for and 233 against, the House on Friday defeated a Democratic bid to replace HR 1062 (above) with a nonbinding description of the multiple cost-benefit analyses that the Securities and Exchange Commission already is required to conduct in regulating the financial-services industry. A yes vote backed the Democratic amendment. Kilmer voted yes. ■ 2010 HEALTH-LAW REPEAL: Voting 229 for and 195 against, the House on Thursday passed a GOP bill (HR 45) to repeal the sweeping health law enacted in 2010 and upheld last year by the Supreme Court. House Republicans now have conducted three votes to repeal the law and more
■ CORPS OF ENGINEERS PROJECTS: Voting 83 for and 14 against, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill (S 601) overseeing nearly 700 Army Corps of Engineers water projects costing tens of billions of dollars that directly benefit every state. Now awaiting House action, the bill authorizes or reauthorizes projects for
flood control, navigation, shoreline protection, environmental restoration, harbor maintenance, levee safety, wastewater treatment and lock and dam upgrades. It authorizes $12.5 billion over 10 years for new projects on top of a backlog of unfinished projects budgeted at $60 billion. The bill contains no earmarks; puts environmental reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act on a fast track; expedites rules for Great Lakes harbor dredging; bolsters the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and allows premium increases to take effect for the National Flood Insurance Program. A yes vote was to pass the bill. Cantwell voted yes, and Murray did not vote. ■ MEDICARE, MEDICAID ADMINISTRATION: Voting 91 for and seven against, the Senate on Wednesday confirmed Marilyn B. Tavenner, 61, as chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an agency with jurisdiction over health care for one in three Americans. In addition to administering Medicare and Medicaid, the agency oversees the Children’s Heath Insurance Program and runs part of the 2010 health law. Tavenner had been acting director of the CMS, and before that she was a nurse, hospital administrator and the top health official for Virginia. A yes vote was to confirm Tavenner. Cantwell and Murray voted yes.
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Mideast war over oil? Try water From Tel Abyad, Syria
JUST SPENT A DAY in this northeast Syrian town. It was terrifying — much more so than I anticipated — but not because we were threatened in any way by the Free Syrian Army soldiers who took us around or by the Islamist Jabhet al-Nusra fighters who stayed hidden in the shadows. It was the local school that Thomas L. shook me up. Friedman As we were driving back to the Turkish border, I noticed a school and asked the driver to turn around so I could explore it. It was empty — of students. But war refugees had occupied the classrooms, and little kids’ shirts and pants were drying on a line strung across the playground. The basketball backboard was rusted, and a local parent volunteered to give me a tour of the restrooms, which he described as disgusting. Classes had not been held in two years. And that is what terrified me. Men with guns I’m used to. But kids without books, teachers or classes for a long time — that’s trouble. Big trouble. They grow up to be teenagers with too many guns and too much free time, and I saw a lot of them in Tel Abyad. They are the law of the land here now, but no two of them wear the same uniform, and many are just in jeans. These boys bravely joined the adults of their town to liberate it from the murderous tyranny of Bashar Assad, but now the war has ground to a stalemate, so here, as in so many towns across
Syria, life is frozen in a no-man’s land between order and chaos. There is just enough patchedup order for people to live — some families even have rigged up bootleg stills that refine crude oil into gasoline to keep cars running — but not enough order to really rebuild, to send kids to school or to start businesses. So Syria as a whole is slowly bleeding to death of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. You can’t help but ask whether it ever will be a unified country again and what kind of human disaster will play out here if a whole generation grows up without school. “Syria is becoming Somalia,” said Zakaria Zakaria, a 28-yearold Syrian who graduated from college with a major in English and who acted as our guide. “Students have now lost two years of school, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, and if this goes on for two more years it will be like Somalia, a failed country.” This is the agony of Syria today. You can’t imagine the war here continuing for another year, let alone five. But when you feel the depth of the rage against the Assad government and contemplate the sporadic but barbaric sect-on-sect violence, you can’t imagine any peace deal happening or holding — not without international peacekeepers on the ground to enforce it. Eventually, we will all have to have that conversation, because this is no ordinary war.
HIS SYRIAN DISASTER is like a superstorm. It’s what happens when an extreme weather event, the worst drought in Syria’s modern history, combines with a fastgrowing population and a repressive and corrupt regime and unleashes extreme sectarian and religious passions, fueled by
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A city street in the Homs province of Syria shows rows of buildings — both commercial and residential — destroyed by shelling from Syrian government forces a week ago. money from rival outside powers — Iran and Hezbollah on one side, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar on the other, each of which has an extreme interest in its Syrian allies’ defeating the other’s allies — all at a time when America, in its post-Iraq/Afghanistan phase, is extremely wary of getting involved. “The drought did not cause Syria’s civil war,” said the Syrian economist Samir Aita, but, he added, the failure of the government to respond to the drought played a huge role in fueling the uprising. What happened, Aita explained, was that after Assad took over in 2000, he opened up the regulated agricultural sector in Syria for big farmers, many of them government cronies, to buy up land and drill as much water as they wanted, eventually severely diminishing the water table. This began driving small farmers off the land into towns, where they had to scrounge for work. Because of the population explosion that started here in the 1980s and 1990s, thanks to better health care, those leaving the countryside came with huge families and settled in towns around cities like Aleppo. Some of those small towns swelled from 2,000 people to 400,000 in a decade or so. The government failed to provide proper schools, jobs or services for this youth bulge, which hit its teens and 20s right when the revolution erupted.
Then, between 2006 and 2011, some 60 percent of Syria’s land mass was ravaged by the drought. With the water table already too low and river irrigation shrunken, it wiped out the livelihoods of 800,000 Syrian farmers and herders, the United Nations reported. “Half the population in Syria between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers left the land” for urban areas during the past decade, said Aita. Young people and farmers starved for jobs — and land starved for water — were a prescription for revolution.
UST ASK THOSE WHO were here, starting with Faten, whom I met in her simple flat in Sanliurfa, a Turkish city near the Syrian border. Faten, 38, a Sunni, fled there with her son Mohammed, 19, a member of the Free Syrian Army, who was badly wounded in a firefight a few months ago. Raised in the northeastern Syrian farming village of Mohasen, Faten, who asked me not to use her last name, told me her story. She and her husband “used to own farmland,” said Faten. “We tended annual crops. We had wheat, barley and everyday food — vegetables, cucumbers, anything we could plant instead of buying in the market. “Thank God there were rains, and the harvests were very good before.
“And then suddenly, the drought happened.” What did it look like? “To see the land made us very sad,” she said. “The land became like a desert, like salt.” Everything turned yellow. The drought was particularly hard on young men who wanted to study or marry but could no longer afford either, she added. Families married off daughters at earlier ages because they couldn’t support them. Faten, her head conservatively covered in a black scarf, said the drought and the government’s total lack of response radicalized her. So when the first spark of revolutionary protest was ignited in the small southern Syrian town of Dara’a, in March 2011, Faten and other drought refugees couldn’t wait to sign on. “Since the first cry of ‘Allahu akbar,’ we all joined the revolution. Right away.” Was this about the drought? “Of course,” she said, “the drought and unemployment were important in pushing people toward revolution.”
________ Thomas L. Friedman is a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times. His column, which appears here every Monday, is edited from his original dispatch from Syria. The full column appears today at www.peninsuladailynews.com. Email him via nyti.ms/ friedmanmail.
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Clallam gets funds for Lower Elwha Road BY ROB OLLIKAINEN PORT ANGELES â€” Clallam County has secured $726,930 in state funds to widen and resurface a narrow three-quarter-mile section of Lower Elwha Road. The three commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved an agreement with the Rural Arterial Program that enables the County Road Administration Board to authorize payments to spruce up the tribal access road from its southern terminus at Edgewood Drive to the three-
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Rangers rewrite history books THE QUILCENE BASEBALL team produced a couple of historical firsts at the 1B state playoffs. The Rangers won their first Brad state baseball game ever in the LaBrie 1B quarterfinals, and then captured third place after losing in the semifinals Saturday. That was the first time a Quilcene boys team has ever placed in state in the school’s 102-year-old history. And it was just the second time a Quilcene boys team has even won a state game. The basketball team won a state game a couple of years ago. The Rangers ripped the monkey off their backs when they blasted Pateros 7-2 in the quarterfinals at Yakima’s West Valley High School. “It was a special moment,” Quilcene coach Forrest Thomson said. “It was our goal [to win at state].” The second game didn’t go quite so well as Lake Quinault beat Quilcene 11-1 in the semifinals. Lake Quinault advances to the state championship game against Liberty Christian this coming Saturday. “Quinault has a very strong team, and they have six seniors,” Thomson said. “They could win it all.” Still, Thomson wishes the Rangers could have played the Elks a little closer.
‘Long day’ “We were a little tired, which is no excuse,” he said. “Our defense was horrible, but it was a long day.” The Rangers played Pateros at 10 a.m., and then had to wait around a couple of hours after that game to wait for the Elks to finish their quarterfinal contest. It didn’t help that Quilcene had only 10 players suited up for the Saturday games. “We have low numbers,” Thomson said. The Rangers have only two seniors, co-captains Tyson Svetich, the catcher, and third baseman Lucus Murphy. That means most of the team is coming back next year, all eight or so of them, including junior star Jacob Pleines — a pitcher who has been dominating opposing hitters the past couple of years. “We will be fine next year [in numbers], but we will be graduating five seniors [in 2014] and will be hurting in two years,” Thomson said. There were five juniors on this year’s team, no sophomores and seven freshmen. Quilcene is suffering with low male enrollment from seniors down to eighth graders. “Our classrooms are full of girls,” Thomson said. That’s good for girls athletics but bad for filling up boys team rosters. Thomson doesn’t see those numbers changing anytime soon. Which means that Saturday’s first state win was even more incredible with only 10 players suited up for action. An injury or two would have crippled the Rangers. TURN
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Sequim’s Jayson Brocklesby receives the baton from Oscar Herrera in the 4x400 relay at the 2A tri-district championships in Sumner. Sequim claimed fifth place to qualify for state. Brocklesby also won the 400 meters in school- and district-record time, and was second in high jump.
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SUMNER — Sequim’s Jayson Brocklesby, who set school and district meet records, and Port Angeles’ Jolene Millsap both won individual titles at the 20-team 2A tri-district track and field championships at Sumner High School. Both Sequim and Port Angeles will send five athletes each to state in seven events. The Wolves also qualified two boys relays and one girls relay at Saturday’s meet. Brocklesby and Millsap had the top North Olympic Penin-
Track sula performances with the individual titles, and they both qualified for state in two individual events along with Kyle Tupper of Port Angeles and Jasmine McMullin of Sequim. The 2A state championships are set for Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma on Thursday through Saturday. Brocklesby, a senior, had another stellar day in track with a first place in the 400 meters with a school- and West Central
District meet-record time of The top six places qualify for 49.67 seconds. He also was run- state. Tupper, a senior, qualified for ner-up in high jump with a best leap of 6 feet, 4 inches, which state in two events as he finished in third place in the 3,200 ties the meet record. in 9:46.29, and he took fifth in the 1,600 in 4:26.53. Relay team second McMullin also qualified in He also ran on the second- two events as the Sequim senior place 4x100 relay team (43.89 was second in triple jump with a seconds) with teammates school-record distance of 36-08.5, Lopaka Yasumura, Christian and fourth in long jump with a Miles and anchor Judah Breit- leap of 16-04. Sequim senior Yasumura bach In addition, Brocklesby was claimed second place in shot the anchor on the fifth-place with a put of 48-02.75 while two 4x400 relay (3:29.74) with team- other area athletes grabbed mates Dylan Chatters, Hamish third places. Port Angeles freshman WilPeers and Oscar Herrera. low Suess was third in the 800 Millsap, meanwhile, cap- meters in 2:24.43 while Sequim tured first place in the 100 junior Sarah Hutchison took meters in 12.81 seconds, and the third in pole vault (9-09). junior took fourth place in the TURN TO TRACK/B3 200 in 26.47.
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