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PT arrest after ‘huge’ mail theft Man suspected of stealing checks, creating phony driver’s licenses BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND — A man police said operated an extensive identity- and mail-theft operation across the region was in custody Wednesday as authorities sorted through some 1,000 pounds of stolen mail that was discovered in his Port Townsend apartment and his car Tuesday. Adam Justin Lysiak, 38, remained in custody in the Jefferson County jail Wednesday on $250,000 bail after his arrest for investigation of identity theft and possession of stolen property.
His first court appearance was Wednesday. He will be formally charged in Jefferson County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday. “This is huge,” said Port Townsend Police Officer Luke Bogues. “Since the arrest, we are getting more reports about the bad checks he has passed.” No link has been found so far with Clallam County. Lysiak eventually could be charged with more than 100 felonies, since each 10 pieces of mail potentially could be the basis for
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two Class C felonies: theft of mail and possession of stolen mail, Bogues said. And that doesn’t include potential charges of forgery, pass- Lysiak ing bad checks and using stolen cards, he added. Bogues said police believe Lysiak traveled nightly through Jefferson County and neighboring counties to steal mail, and used the mail to create fake identities, forge identification cards, pass bad checks and use stolen cards. “The scope of Lysiak’s fraud scheme was the largest yet investigated by the Port Townsend police,” Bogues said.
Officers and a U.S. Postal Service inspector, Matthew Rintoul, have been going through plastic bags of confiscated mail, Bogues said. So far, the stolen mail appears to be from Jefferson and Kitsap counties, he said.
No mail from Clallam As of Wednesday, no mail had been found from Clallam County, Bogues said. “Down the road, there might be a link, but now, we don’t have one,” he said. Bogues said there was no apparent connection to a Jan. 30 case in which Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies found Sequim mail in an unoccupied car at Diamond Point that had been linked to Jefferson County burglaries.
Port Townsend police were assisted in arresting Lysiak by the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, the Port Angeles and Sequim police departments, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Department of Corrections and Olympic National Park. That was because the state had a warrant for Lysiak for escaping community custody in Federal Way, Bogues said. A warrant sweep in Port Angeles saw officers joining the Corrections officer in responding. Officers Tuesday found more than 1,000 pounds of mail — along with computers, printers and other evidence — in a search of Lysiak’s apartment in the 1500 block of Sherman Street, Bogues said. TURN TO MAIL/A4
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SEQUIM –– Seventeen new buses will be added to the school district’s fleet and current programs maintained after voters across the district Tuesday night gave two-thirds approval to $24.8 million in property tax levies. “I think this shows an incredible amount of support from an incredible community,” Superintendent Kelly Shea said, citing the work of Citizens for Sequim Schools, which mounted a campaign to garner support. The four-year maintenance-and-operations levy will provide $5.8 million from 2014 to 2017, and the onetime bus-replacement levy will provide $1.6 million.
Called critical to maintaining services Business Director Brian Lewis said the maintenance levy is critical to maintaining services in the $25.7 million annual budget. More than half the funds will be used to pay teacher salaries. “We do have a couple of curriculum needs we were holding off on,” Lewis said. Updated math programs for each of the district’s two elementary schools will cost approximately $600,000, he said. Lewis said the district plans to order eight buses in June 2014 after first-half propertytax payments are collected, and they should be delivered that following December. TURN TO SEQUIM/A4
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Maria Vicente of Angel Crest Farm and Orchard near Joyce arranges a bouquet of roses on the tailgate of a pickup truck at the corner of South Lincoln and East Seventh streets in Port Angeles. Angel Crest employees were selling Valentine’s Day floral arrangements from a temporary tent set up in the Rite-Aid parking lot.
Forks to upgrade schools’ safety Replacement levy also will finance repairs BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
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School Transportation Supervisor Jeff Gossage shows black soot lining tailpipes of Sequim’s older buses.
FORKS — Quillayute Valley School District officials plan traffic-safety upgrades, track resurfacing, repairs and equipment replacement now that voters have approved a four-year property tax levy. A replacement maintenance-and-operations levy passed Tuesday by a 2-to-1 margin, with 663 votes, or 67.93 percent, for, to 313, or 32.07 percent, against. Only a simple majority was needed for passage. Passage not only provides the district with operating funds, but it also means the district can collect an additional
$2 million a year in levy equalization funds from the state. The levy will generate $628,000 annually, which has been earmarked for multiple projects, from 2014 through 2017. “The highest priority is safety,” Superintendent Diana Reaume said Wednesday. The district plans to add safety upgrades to crosswalks and sidewalks on South Elderberry Avenue, near the entrance to Forks Elementary School. The use of “smart boards” — electronic interactive blackboards — at the newly built Forks High School addition has been so successful, Reaume said, that the district will upgrade the electrical systems and install a few each year in classrooms at Forks Middle and Forks Elementary 14706106
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schools. “At the high school level, they are used every day,” she said.
Resurface track The district also plans to resurface the Spartan Stadium track, put new drain vents on the Forks Middle School roof, reroof Forks Alternative School and the Independent Learning Center Annex, replace district motor pool vehicles, replace the middle school freezer and 1970s-era carpeting at Forks Elementary, and purchase textbooks. Continuing expenses funded by the levy include funding painting and cleaning supplies, minor repairs to buildings and school properties, and the replacement of textbooks and classroom supplies. TURN
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Paperback covers commissioned for Harry Potter series THE HARRY POTTER books are getting a makeover. Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday that new covers have been commissioned for U.S. trade paperback editions of J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster series. The first new cover, for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, replaces Mary GrandPre’s iconic sandy-colored design of Harry in flight with a purplish-blue street setting by graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi. The GrandPre illustrations still will be used for hardcovers and mass market paperbacks. The new edition of Sorcerer’s Stone is scheduled for September, the 15th anniversary of Potter’s debut in the U.S. The British editions are published by Bloomsbury. They have long had separate designs from the U.S. versions.
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The cover for the U.S. trade Deal mulled in stalking case paperback editions of J.K. Rowling’s A Canadian actress accused of stalking blockbuster Harry Potter series. Alec Baldwin is considering a plea deal. Genevieve Sabourin appeared Wednesday in a Manhattan court. The case was adjourned until Thursday as she and prosecutors try to hammer out a deal. Sabourin lives in Quebec and has acted in television and film. She and Baldwin met on the set of the 2002 sci-fi comedy “The Adventures of Pluto Nash.” He had a cameo, and she
was a publicist. Baldwin said they had dinner together in 2010. Police originally arrested Sabourin after authorities said she had implored Baldwin to see and to marry her in emails sent only days after he became engaged to yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas. Baldwin and his now-wife are expecting their first child together.
_________ JOHN ALLEMAN, 52, the unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, has died of a heart attack. He was the second unpaid mascot to die in the past two years. Mr. Alleman suffered the attack while waiting at a bus stop in front of the diner last week.
He was taken off life support Monday, the Las Vegas Sun reported. The medically themed diner is famous for its huge hamburgers, extra-fat milkshakes and fries cooked in lard. It uses the tagline: “Taste worth dying for.” Owner Jon Basso told the Sun that Mr. Alleman came to the restaurant daily and encouraged passing tourists to try its calorieladen offerings. “He never missed a day, even on Christmas,” Basso said. “People just loved him. He connected with people in a real way.” Basso said Mr. Alleman, weighed about 180 pounds and that his death showed that heart attacks can happen to anyone. The ominously named diner features tongue-incheek health warnings and casts customers as patients. Eaters are given surgical gowns as they choose from a calorically extravagant menu. In 2011, another unoffi-
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RICK HUXLEY, 72, a bass player and one of the founding members of the Dave Clark Five, has died. Mr. Huxley, who suffered from emphysema, died Monday. Clark announced Mr. Huxley’s death Tues- Mr. Huxley in 2008 day. Mr. Huxley played on the band’s signature hits from the era when they briefly rivaled The Beatles in popularity. They were part of the British invasion that included the Rolling Stones, The Kinks and other bands. Their best-known songs included “Bits and Pieces” and “Glad All Over.” They enjoyed a large following in the United States after appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” the Sunday night television show that also introduced The Beatles to American audiences. The Dave Clark Five broke up in 1970.
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way traffic only after a porThe Port Angeles Coast tion of the eastern approach began washing Guard aviation unit was out due to high water. enlisted to fly a Seattle The state Highway medical specialist to Port Department was putting Angeles for consultation reinforcement rock known with local physicians in as riprap beneath the east diagnosis of a strange case. approach to deflect the ragDr. Edward Hoedeing waters. maker joined attending Pacific Northwest Bell physicians at Davidson and employees notified the Hay Hospital to diagnose State Patrol at 3:45 a.m. the paralysis that followed that the bridge was in danan attack of influenza on ger. The phone company’s an Agnew woman earlier cable is buried under the this week. river near the bridge, and Hoedemaker diagnosed the crew was at the scene the illness as ascending to make sure the cable was Laugh Lines paralysis of the spinal cord unharmed. resulting from the influThe State Patrol began GEOLOGISTS SAY IN enza and termed it a rare one-way alternating traffic a hundred million years, occurrence, according to a at the bridge almost immeAsia and America will hospital spokesperson. diately. smash into each other and The patient was become one big superconti- reported in serious condi1988 (25 years ago) nent. tion. Nineteen Port Angeles How ironic is that? Camp Fire groups created Just about the time 1963 (50 years ago) more than 300 handmade when we have our loan to The U.S. Highway 101 valentines for military vetChina paid off, we are bridge across the Dungeerans across the state, China. including many at North Jay Leno ness River is open to one-
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Olympic Peninsula convalescent homes. One of the recipients, Marguerite Minty, 88, a former president of Sequim’s VFW Post 4760, was recognized by Camp Fire leaders at Crestwood Convalescent Center in Port Angeles, where Minty now resides.
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Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS THURSDAY, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2013. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On Feb. 14, 1963, Federico Fellini’s art-house classic “8½,” a movie about a movie director played by Marcello Mastroianni, was first released in Italy. On this date: ■ In 1778, the American ship Ranger carried the recently adopted American flag to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France. ■ In 1859, Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state. ■ In 1895, Oscar Wilde’s final play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” opened at the St. James Theatre in London.
■ In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor was established. It was divided into separate departments of Commerce and Labor in 1913. ■ In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state in the Union as President William Howard Taft signed a proclamation. ■ In 1913, labor leader Jimmy Hoffa was born in Brazil, Ind.; college football coach Woody Hayes was born in Clifton, Ohio; sports broadcaster Mel Allen was born in Birmingham, Ala. ■ In 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago; its first president was Maud Wood Park. ■ In 1929, the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al
Capone’s gang were gunned down. ■ In 1979, Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police. ■ In 1988, Broadway composer Frederick Loewe, who wrote the scores for “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot,” died in Palm Springs, Calif., at age 86. ■ In 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, a novel condemned as blasphemous. ■ Ten years ago: In a dramatic showdown, major powers rebuffed the United States in the U.N. Security Council and insisted on more time for weapons inspec-
tions in Iraq. Earlier, chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix told the council his teams had not found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. ■ Five years ago: A former student dressed in black walked onto the stage of a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University and opened fire on a packed science class; Steven Kazmierczak killed five students before committing suicide. ■ One year ago: “Linsanity” continued as Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than a second to play to cap his finishing flurry of six straight points, and New York rallied to beat the Raptors 90-87, extending its winning streak to six games.
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A3 Briefly: Nation Carnival cancels 12 more cruises on troubled ship HOUSTON — Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled a dozen more planned voyages aboard the Triumph and acknowledged that the crippled ship had been plagued by other mechanical problems in the weeks before it was left powerless in the Gulf of Mexico by an engine-room fire. The company’s announcement on Wednesday came as the Triumph was being towed to a port in Mobile, Ala., with more than 4,000 people onboard, some of whom have complained to relatives that conditions on the ship are dismal and that they have limited access to food and bathrooms. The ship will be idle through April. Two other cruises were called off after Sunday’s fire. Debbi Smedley, a passenger on a recent Triumph cruise, said the ship had trouble Jan. 28 as it was preparing to leave Galveston, Texas. Hours before the scheduled departure time, she received an email from Carnival stating the vessel would leave late because of a propulsion problem. Passengers were asked to arrive two hours later than originally scheduled.
Westminster winner NEW YORK — Banana Joe didn’t monkey around this time. The little affenpinscher with the bouncy step and shiny black
Remains from burned cabin awaiting ID THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ernesto Lara shows off Banana Joe in New York’s Madison Square Garden. coat walked off as America’s top dog Tuesday night, winning Best in Show at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The 5-year-old wagged his tail after earning his 86th bestin-show title. It was a timely win, too, coming a day before he was set to fly back to the Netherlands with his owner. An old English sheepdog only 20 months old was the runnerup on the green carpet. Also in the best-of-seven final ring were a German wirehaired pointer, an American foxhound, a Portuguese water dog, a bichon frise and a smooth fox terrier. Handler Ernesto Lara kept hoisting Banana Joe after the victory at the country’s premier dog show. He said the playful pooch enjoys tugging at his squeaky mouse toy — now, he’ll be able to put it in the prized silver bowl he won. The Associated Press
Briefly: World EU ministers demand testing for horsemeat
Ex-cop’s hideout may have been near police
Prison fire aftermath
JUTICALPA, Honduras — On the 14th day of each month, Jesus Garcia joins other relatives to hoist a cardboard coffin and carry it to the prison where two cousins died with 360 other BRUSSELS — European Union nations Wednesday called inmates in the worst prison fire in at least a century. for more intensive testing for a It’s their way to demand jusmonth to try to contain the scandal in which horsemeat was tice in the deaths of Antonio and Franklin Garcia, who were sold as beef. among many left locked in their The emercells as fire raced through the gency meetwooden barracks, and the ing at EU guards ran for their lives. headquarters “We go to the jail, in a symincluded bolic procession with a casket, nations most to ask for justice, but we get no affected by answers,” Garcia said. the horseA year after the fire in meat scandal Comayagua, about 60 miles in Europe. Coveney from Tegucigalpa, the investigaIreland’s tion remains open and prosecuAgriculture Minister Simon tors have filed no charges. The Coveney predicted the scandal burned cells and electrical syswould spread farther as more tem are still being repaired. countries test beef. Germany said it had received Battle rages in Aleppo a shipment of tainted frozen meals, and Norway pulled prodBEIRUT — Syrian rebels ucts from its stores. fought battles Wednesday Ireland found horsemeat in against regime forces at a miliburgers last month. tary base that protects a major “Once we got the positive airport in the country’s north in test, and the investigation was fighting that has left more than under way, obviously, other 40 government troops dead, countries followed suit,” said opposition activists said. Coveney, who chaired the meetRebels have been attacking ing. “As they tested, they found the civilian airport in Aleppo for that the problem has been getweeks and now appear to have ting bigger and bigger.” overrun the main defenses The nations also proposed around the facility. that investigations in Ireland, But the airport itself, which France, the Netherlands and stopped handling any flights other nations should now be weeks ago because of the fightcoordinated by the EU’s Europol ing, is still in regime hands. law enforcement agency. The Associated Press
BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — Police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters in their manhunt for a revenge-seeking ex-cop. They had no idea he was hiding among them, possibly holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post. It was there that Christopher Dorner may have taken refuge last Thursday, four days after beginning a deadly rampage that would claim four lives. The search ended Tuesday when a man believed to be Dorner stole two cars, barricaded himself in another vacant cabin miles away and mounted a last stand in a furious shootout in which he killed one sheriff’s deputy and wounded another before the building erupted in flames. He never emerged, and hours later, a charred body was found in the basement of the burned cabin along with a wallet and personal items, including a California driver’s license with the name Christopher Dorner, an official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press. The coroner’s office is studying the remains to positively determine the identity.
Details remain in place LAPD Lt. Andrew Neiman said Wednesday that the protective details guarding possible Dorner targets will remain in place until the remains are positively identified. Dorner, 33, had said in a lengthy rant that police believe he posted on Facebook that he expected to die in one final, violent confrontation with police. The apparent end came in the same mountain range where his trail went cold six days earlier, when his burning pickup truck
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Members of the news media are seen outside a vacation home in Big Bear, Calif., where two women were taken hostage by fugitive Christopher Dorner. was abandoned with a broken axle on a fire road in San Bernardino National Forest near the ski resort town of Big Bear Lake. Fo o t p r i n t s Dorner led away from the truck. Deputies searched door-to-door in the city of Big Bear Lake and then, despite a blinding snowstorm, SWAT teams focused on hundreds of vacant cabins. Hours after police announced Tuesday they had fielded more than 1,000 tips, word came that a man matching Dorner’s description had tied up two people in a Big Bear Lake cabin, stole their car and fled. Jay Hylton told KABC-TV that they were two of his relatives, a mother and daughter pair of housekeepers, who weren’t hurt. Afterward, Dorner fled in a purple Nissan, the Los Angeles Times reported. One maid eventually broke free and phoned 9-1-1, the newspaper said. Game wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife who were part of the
search detail spotted the Nissan and gave chase, department spokesman Lt. Patrick Foy said. The driver looked like Dorner. They lost the car, but two other Fish and Wildlife patrols turned up the road a short time later, when a white pickup truck sped erratically toward them. Dorner, who allegedly stole the pickup truck at gunpoint after crashing the first car, rolled down a window and opened fire on the wardens, striking their truck. One of the wardens shot at the suspect as he rounded a curve. The stolen pickup careened off the road and crashed in a snow bank. The driver then ran to the cabin where he barricaded himself and got in a shootout with San Bernardino County deputies and other officers, two of whom were shot, one fatally. A SWAT team used an armored vehicle to break out the cabin windows. The officers then lobbed tear gas canisters into the cabin and blasted a message over a loudspeaker: “Surrender or come out.” The armored vehicle then tore down the cabin’s four walls. A single shot was heard inside before the cabin was engulfed in flames, the law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
GOP: Obama speech divisive Republicans: Just liberal boilerplate THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — Republicans charged Wednesday that President Barack Obama delivered a State of the Union address studded with tired liberal notions and campaign-style hostility, and said the speech did little to ease partisan tensions over issues like gigantic budget deficits.
‘Retread of lip service’ “An opportunity to bring together the country instead became another retread of lip service and liberalism,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the chamber floor, arguing that the president’s speech offered little more than
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“gimmicks and tax hikes.” “Last night’s speech was a pedestrian liberal boilerplate that any Democratic lawmaker could have given at any time in recent history,” McConnell said. Obama used his speech Tuesday night to call for action on a sweeping agenda that included the economy, guns, immigration, taxes and climate change. His remarks seemed to have little persuasive effect on Republicans, who control the House and hold enough votes to stall legislation in the Senate and believe that government helps best by getting out of the way. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, the GOP’s vice presidential candidate last fall, said Wednesday that Obama’s
leadership style stands in the way of bipartisan efforts to resolve problems like the ballooning deficit. “He seems to Ryan always be in campaign mode, where he treats people in the other party as enemies rather than partners,” the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview on “CBS This Morning.” The morning-after comments came as Obama got ready to take off on a three-state trip, starting in North Carolina, to sell voters on the programs he outlined. In the formal Republican response to Obama’s address, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said:“More government isn’t going to help you get ahead. It’s going to hold you back. ”
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A SAUDI ARABIA air force sergeant stood in shackles Wednesday in a Nevada courtroom and pleaded not guilty to abducting and raping a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel on New Year’s Eve. Mazen Alotaibi, 23, acknowledged that he understood the nine felony charges that could put him in a Nevada prison for the rest of his life. Clark County District Court Judge Stefany Miley set a May 13 trial date on the charges: first-degree kidnapping, two counts of sexual assault with a minor under 14, four counts of lewdness with a child under 14, sexuallymotivated coercion and burglary.
A MAN INVOLVED in a paternity dispute opened fire Wednesday in front of a South Carolina courthouse, wounding a woman and her stepfather, then led police on a 12-mile chase before he was caught, the sheriff said. Curtis Gorny and 21-year-old Olivia Weaver were at the Chesterfield County courthouse for a paternity test, and at about 12:30 p.m., Weaver was shot in the face and torso, said Sheriff Sam Parker. The child was not with her mother. Her stepfather, Donnie Nolan, also was wounded. Parker said Gorny fled from officers, firing from his vehicle before he was forced into a ditch.
DAYS AFTER THE congressional aide met the University of Texas history and journalism graduate in Austin, he boldly proposed marriage. “It is an important decision,” he wrote to Claudia Alta Taylor, the 21-year-old rancher’s daughter known to her friends as “Bird,” in one of the nearly 90 love letters the pair exchanged in 1934 during their whirlwind 10-week courtship. The correspondence between the 26-year-old future president and his future wife are available for public review for the first time starting today at the LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas at Austin.
STARTING HIS PUBLIC farewell to his flock, a weary Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his final public Mass as pontiff, presiding over Ash Wednesday services hours after a bittersweet audience that produced the extraordinary scene of the pope explaining his decision to step down directly to the faithful. The mood inside St. Peter’s Basilica was somber during the Mass. But the basilica erupted in a rousing, minuteslong standing ovation as Benedict exited for the last time as pope. “There’s a veil of sadness on our hearts this evening,” Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Benedict’s longtime deputy, told the pope at the end of the service.
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Lawmakers alter bill on gun control Private-sales records wouldn’t be retained BY MIKE BAKER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OLYMPIA — Lawmakers seeking to expand background checks for gun sales have made a series of changes to their proposal to ease the concerns of gun owners. Under a revised bill considered during a committee hearing Wednesday, lawmakers said agencies that conduct background checks would have to destroy records of the search once it’s complete. Opponents of the bill had expressed concern that the transaction records essentially would provide a foundation for a registry of gun owners. Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, said he received hundreds of emails related to the bill. Some were generic emails or form letters, but he said others included reasonable suggestions. “There are quite a few people who were very thoughtful,” Pedersen said. “Those comments resulted in the changes.” The new bill also allows private parties to bypass the background check if the buyer already has a concealed-pistol license. People involved in a transaction also can skip the background check if a request for such information goes unanswered for three days, responding to concerns that the federal system could be unavailable for periods of time. The new measure also removes a provision that allowed a state agency to request that more detailed information be submitted
as part of the backgroundcheck process. At its core, the bill is designed to require background checks for private gun transactions. People already have to undergo a background check if they purchase a weapon from a federally licensed firearms dealer, but supporters of the measure are concerned that criminals and mentally ill people can simply seek out a private transaction in order to acquire weapons. Opponents, however, said criminals still will find ways to get guns.
NRA concerns Despite the changes, Brian Judy, the Washington state liaison for the National Rifle Association, said he still had concerns about the bill. He believes local law enforcement would be unable to conduct background checks and that gun dealers may lose money on the proposed $20 fee for conducting the checks, essentially freezing private gun transactions. He argued that it would disproportionately impact law-abiding citizens. “This is a misdirected program,” Judy said. “It’s not going to work.” House lawmakers are looking to move ahead with the measure next week. It has support on the committee from Republican Rep. Mike Hope, a Seattle police officer previously supported by the NRA. The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs also supports the idea.
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Ron Scott of Grandpa’s Daycare in Port Angeles, along with his charges, from left, Kaden Kreaman, Konor Tupuola and Ed Scott, all 6, watch as an excavator digs a trench to remove old sewer lines along North Oak Street near the Port Angeles waterfront Wednesday. The construction is part of a combined sewer outflow project that includes replacing lines between downtown and the city’s wastewater-treatment facility.
Forks: Count Friday in Clallam CONTINUED FROM A1 home in 2014, to $1.42 per $1,000 of assessed property It also funds the music value, or $141 annually for program, extracurricular a $100,000 home in 2017. A portion of the school activities such as athletic coach salaries and field district crosses into Jefferupkeep, three teaching posi- son County, so two sets of tions and the cost of field votes were counted, the majority of them in Clallam trips. The amount that will be County. collected is identical to that generated by the existing Voter turnout two-year levy, school offiAs of Wednesday morncials said. ing, a total of 1,030 ballots The estimated levy rate of the 3,242 ballots mailed is expected to decline from to voters were returned in $1.45 per $1,000 of assessed the district, or a 31.77 perproperty value, or $145 cent return rate. On Tuesday, Clallam annually for a $100,000
County counted 948 ballots, and Jefferson County counted 28 ballots. One envelope was empty, said Clallam County Auditor Patty Rosand on Wednesday morning. Another 49 ballots were received Wednesday in Clallam County for a total of 997 ballots received in the county, Rosand said. Rosand said she expects most of those ballots still in the mail system to arrive this week. They will be counted Friday. “By Friday, it will pretty much be done” she said.
The final vote count for straggling ballots that arrive late from overseas and military voters will take place just before the election is certified Feb. 26. An additional five ballots that arrived Wednesday brought the number to 33 in Jefferson County. In Jefferson County, the next ballot count will be Feb. 26, Jefferson Auditor Donna Eldridge said.
________ Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula dailynews.com.
Sequim: Buses CONTINUED FROM A1 Transportation Supervisor Jeff Gossage said two buses date back to 1988. An additional nine buses will be ordered after second-half property taxes are collected in November 2014. They will arrive in time for the start of the 2015 school year. Gossage said the new buses will give the district a “standardized” fleet of buses that will result in reduced costs for parts and maintenance.
Estimated levy rate The estimated levy rate from the Assessor’s Office for the maintenance-andoperations levy is $1.611 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2014, $1.611 in 2015, $1.608 in 2016 and $1.607 in 2017. The transportation levy is an estimated rate of 44 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The upcoming expiration of a 1998 construction bond means that even with these levies, the district’s total tax rate charged to property owners is expected to go down.
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This year, the total school district tax rate is $2.27 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. Next year, it will be $2.18 per $1,000 assessed value. Barring another proposition from the district, property owners will be taxed for only the operations levy from 2015 through 2017.
Voter turnout Auditors in both Clallam and Jefferson counties counted Tuesday night 10,432, or 47.8 percent, of the 21,790 ballots mailed to district voters. Clallam County counted 10,164, or 47.2 percent, of 21,522 ballots. Jefferson counted 153 of its 268 mailed ballots to Gardiner residents, a turnout of 57.1 percent. Since only a simple majority is required to pass, remaining ballots aren’t enough to change outcomes. Clallam County Auditor Patty Rosand said her office received 263 ballots from Sequim voters in Wednesday’s mail. Those will be added to the next count Friday, as will ballots picked up from the drop box in Sequim. Jefferson County Elections Supervisor Karen Cartmel said she received three ballots from Gardiner in Wednesday’s mail. Since the few ballots that likely will come in will not sway the election results, Cartmel said, they will not be counted until certification day, Feb. 26.
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U.S. Postal Inspector Matthew Rintoul, left, and Port Townsend Police Detective Jason Greenspane inspect the evidence confiscated in an identity theft case in which an estimated 1,000 pounds of mail were recovered.
Mail: Evidence to be sorted today
CONTINUED FROM A1 tal and discharged before he was taken to jail, Bogues “The evidence is signifi- said. cant and is expected to take Several several bags of were scattered weeks to process,” Bogues mail said, adding that investiga- throughout the apartment, tors with the Secret Service Bogues added. Lysiak was manufacturhave offered help in searching fake driver’s licenses to ing the computers. Bogues said he received use as identification in a tip from a juvenile direct- cashing checks, Bogues ing him to Lysiak’s apart- said, adding that police conment on Sherman Street fiscated several licenses in and that a search warrant various stages of developfor his apartment and car ment along with the printer and paper used to create was obtained. the facsimiles. The mail was accumuEscape attempt lated over a two-month Officers confronted period, Bogues added. Lysiak at his front door, Jefferson County Deputy Bogues said, after which he Prosecutor Chris Ashcraft jumped from his balcony. said Lysiak has an extenOfficers waiting at the sive criminal history, includ________ back of the building ing dozens of arrests for arrested him. theft and fraud crimes. Sequim-Dungeness Valley EdiLysiak was slightly Ashcraft said it was tor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at injured and was treated at unlikely that the firstname.lastname@example.org. Jefferson Healthcare hospi- cated mail would be
“People would like to get their mail back, but right now, it’s still evidence. It’ll be effective to haul all of these bags into the courtroom and confront [Lysiak] with the seriousness of his crime.” CHRIS ASHCRAFT Jefferson County deputy prosecutor
ness of his crime.” Lysiak did not commit the crimes alone, Bogues said, but no other arrests have been made in the case. “We have identified several people who may have been involved but have not charged anyone,” Bogues said.
Kicking into high gear Bogues said he expected the operation to kick into high gear today as more of the mail is laid out on tables and sorted by ZIP code. Port Townsend police are requesting retailers to phone 360-385-2335 if they believe Lysiak used fraudulent checks or stolen credit cards at their business.
returned to its intended recipients anytime soon. “People would like to get their mail back, but right now, it’s still evidence,” Ashcraft said. ________ “It’ll be effective to haul Jefferson County Editor Charlie all of these bags into the Bermant can be reached at 360courtroom and confront 385-2335 or at charlie.bermant@ [Lysiak] with the serious- peninsuladailynews.com.
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Notification Bill would add potential system pact drug testing for welfare inked by PA BY RACHEL LA CORTE
average monthly payment of $373 through TANF. To be eligible, applicants must either have a child or be pregnant and meet certain income requirements. For example, a family of three with earnings of less than $955 each month would be eligible for cash assistance from TANF. Washington is among nearly two dozen states that have introduced bills this year to require some form of drug testing for public assistance recipients, according to Rochelle Finzel with the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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Clallam agrees to buy advisory setup with city BY ROB OLLIKAINEN PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — Clallam County has inked an interlocal agreement with the city to purchase a new emergency-notification system. The Everbridge system will replace 21st Century, the technology being used at the city-run Peninsula Communications 9-1-1 dispatch center. Under the agreement that commissioners approved Tuesday, the county will administer the one-year contract, and the city will cover the $18,000 maximum cost. The city will pay half the cost in subsequent years, with the various agencies that use the system supplying the rest.
Needed upgrade “This started at the PenCom Advisory Committee as a discussion to upgrade the notification system that’s currently in use by law enforcement,” said Alice Hoffman, Clallam County Sheriff ’s Office chief civil deputy. “It was determined that it was costly and needed to
OLYMPIA — A measure modeled on a new Utah law would add a potential drugtesting requirement to those seeking family welfare benefits in Washington state but would allow them to continue receiving money while seeking treatment as long as they stay drug-free. The bill will have its first public hearing before a Senate committee today. It would require applicants whom caseworkers have determined have a drug problem to undergo a drug test and participate in a treatment program to receive the monthly cash grant that is part of the state’s temporary assistance for needy families program, known as TANF. “I think taxpayers want to make darn sure the money is going for groceries for the kids and not for dope,” said Sen. Don Benton, a Republican from Vancouver who is sponsoring the Senate bill. “I think the taxpayers have a right to confirm that.” Though the numbers vary year by year, as of June, between 121,000 and 134,000 people received an
“You can put cellphone numbers in, you can put your office phone number in — all of that.” STEVE ROMBERG PenCom manager be upgraded.” PenCom Manager Steve Romberg said the Everbridge system is “so much more functional” because people can sign up with any telephone number to receive alerts. “You can put cellphone numbers in, you can put your office phone number in — all of that,” Romberg told commissioners.
Unlimited use “With the current system, it’s just the data we get from CenturyLink, which is just landline phones. And we all know that landlines are really going away,” Romberg said. Another advantage is the unlimited use. “We pay the $18,000 a year, and that is it,” Romberg said. PenCom, a division of the Port Angeles Police Department, has interlocal agreements with 17 agencies for which it dispatches.
Legal challenges Seven states have such laws on the books, but some that have passed blanket welfare drug-testing laws have faced legal challenges amid constitutional concerns. Florida passed a welfare drug-testing program in 2011, but it’s on hold after a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing the case. The implementation of a law passed by Georgia last
can continue receiving benefits while seeking treatment. Utah’s law took effect in August. Currently, the state Department of Social and Health Services determines during a face-to-face interview whether an applicant has a drug problem. If so, the applicant is given a referral they must attend where a determination on treatment is decided, said Babs Roberts, director of the DSHS community services division. If the applicant fails to follow up with the referral or treatment plan, they receive reduced benefits for up to four months, during which time case managers continue to work with them. If they still don’t comply after four months, their benefits are terminated. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee opposes the measure, as does the state ACLU. Because Angel said her bill would not receive a hearing in the Democratic-controlled House, Benton said he offered to introduce it in the Senate, which is controlled by a Republican-leaning majority coalition that includes two Democrats.
year also is on hold, with officials there saying they’re awaiting the outcome of the Florida case. In 1999, a drug-testing program in Michigan was halted after five weeks and eventually ended with an appeals court ruling it was unconstitutional. Additional states require individuals with felony drug convictions to comply with drug-testing requirements to be eligible for assistance. Others, including Washington state, have an interview screening process that does not include a drug test, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Republican Rep. Jan Angel of Port Orchard has introduced a companion bill in the House. She said that because of the constitutional issues raised in other states, she modeled her bill on the measure approved last year in Utah, which requires only those shown through a questionnaire to have a “reasonable likelihood” that they’re using drugs to take a drug test. As in the Washington state measure, applicants in Utah who fail the drug test
Inslee unveils $120 million jobs package THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has unveiled a $120 million jobs package that would provide tax breaks for new companies in certain targeted fields, create 500 new slots in aerospace training programs and assemble a commission to ensure that the state’s colleges and universities are turning out students with math- and science-
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Sway to sweet, savory sounds Briefly . . . SO HE SAID to his sweetheart: “Here’s some chocolates and a dozen roses. Happy Valentine’s Day.” “But honey,” she said, “I want to go dancing with live music.” Don’t be that guy, but be her hero and take her dancing at one of these fine places.
Port Angeles ■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, sing and pick country-style at the jam hosted by High Country from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Special guests are Jim Hanson and Terry Roszatycki. They’ll also remember Phil Adams (see end of this column). On Saturday, Chantilly Lace rocks the club from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, multiinstrumentalist Ches Ferguson returns from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Friday, dance to the acoustic rock and blues of Keith Scott and Brian Adams from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover. Be safe and sane: Call All Points Charters & Tours at 360-775-9128 or 360-460-7131 for a free ride out and back. ■ On Wednesdays from now on, Jason and Paul return as Deadwood Experiment from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ■ On Saturday, a birthday-party performance for Paul Stehr-Green with performances by Green and Jason Mogi will be at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., at 8 p.m. ■ On Saturday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., enjoy the music of Locos Only. $3 cover. On Monday, Justin Scott Rivet goes solo from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ■ On Friday, Rachael and Barry play classic rock and Motown at the Coo Coo Nest, 1017 E. First St., at 9 p.m. ■ On Saturday, BBR (Bill, Barry and Rachael), with special guest Tom Svornich on drums, play classic rock from the 1950s and ’60s at the Eagles Club, 2843 Myrtle St., from 8 p.m. to midnight. ■ On Saturday, Country Aire Natural Market, 200 W. First St., has Twisted Roots dropping by from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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$15 per couple. ouple. LIVE MUSIC It’s “Alll the Buzz” ays at the ■ On Wednesdays Sequim Senior John Friday, Activity Center, Nelson Les 921 E. Hammond ammond WamSt., with boldt Victor and hosting Olde the Tyme Country open mic play old from songs at the Fair- 6:30 p.m. to mount Restau- 9:30 p.m. rant, 1127 W. U.S. High■ On way 101, from 6 p.m. to Friday at Sty8:30 p.m. mie’s Barr & On Sunday, join the Grill at Cedars country jam from 5 p.m. at Dungeness, eness, to 7:30 p.m. 1965 Woodcock dcock ■ On Wednesday, join Road, Trevor and Sam evor in the fun with Dave and perform from 6 p.m. to Rosalie Secord and the 9 p.m. Luck of the Draw Band ■ Today in Club with special guest Tune Seven lounge at Drifters from 6 p.m. to 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, 8 p.m. it’s dance night with the ■ Every Tuesday at the Dukes of Dabob from Port Angeles Senior 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Center, 328 E. Seventh On Friday, guitarist St., the Port Angeles Senior Cody Rentas and his Swingers present Wally’s band show why they’re getBoys playing ballroom ting accolades from 8 p.m. dance favorites from 7:30 to midnight. p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5 cover; On Saturday, dance to first-timers free. 4 More from 9 p.m. to ■ On Friday and Satur1 a.m. day at Dupuis RestauOn Sunday, go on a rant, 256861 U.S. Highway Mystery Tour, a tribute to 101, Bob and Dave play blues from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Beatles’ legacy, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sequim and Blyn ■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Denny Secord Jr. goes solo from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, legendary Chicago blues artist Keith Scott performs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Denny Secord Jr. returns in his trio format from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 233 Bell Bottom Road, Gerald Braude performs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturday, Braude returns from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Red Wine and Chocolate event. ■ Today at the Old Mill Cafe, 721 Carlsborg Road, John Erskine plays love songs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. ■ On Friday, the Old Sidekicks will have a Valentine’s dinner-dance at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Open to the public. Dinner $20; dancing only, $10 or
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Memorial donations in honor of Susan, who passed away February 6, can be made to the Feiro Marine Lab, P.O. Box 625, Port Angeles, WA 98362. An incorrect post office box number appeared in the Death and Memorial Notice published Sunday. The notice is accessible via http://tinyurl.com/ pdn-feiro.
Remembering a Lifetime ■ Death and Memorial Notice obituaries chronicle a deceased’s life. These notices appear at a nominal cost according to the length of the obituary. Photos and ornamental insignia are welcome. Call 360-452-8435 Monday through Friday. A form is at www. peninsuladailynews.com under “Obituary Forms.” ■ Death Notices, in which summary information about the deceased, including service information and mortuary, appears once at no charge. For further information, call 360-417-3527.
Port Hadlock ■ Today at the Ajax Cafe, 21 N. Water St., Trevor Hanson performs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Port Townsend ■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Sue Logg, Janna Marit and Kara Hesse and friends sing in a Valentine’s Day performance. On Friday, Janiva Magness and her band perform at 8 p.m. $25/$30. On Saturday, the Jenny Davis Jazz Quartet (Jenny, vocals; Ed Donahue, trumpet; Chuck Easton, guitar; Ted Enderle, bass; and Tim Sheffel, drums) performs at 7:30 p.m. $8 cover. On Sunday, jazz musicians and fans gather for Rex Rice’s Penultimate Sunday Jazz Jam at 6 p.m. $5 cover. On Wednesday, Ash Devine and friends play contemporary and traditional music with an Appalachian flair at 7 p.m. Voluntary donations.
Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations. ■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., it’s time for the Water Street Prom. On Saturday, Baby Gramps and Petunia play rag, jazz and blues from the 1920s and ’30s at 10 p.m. $7 cover. ■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub and Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., composer and cellist Brandon Smith plays originals from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ■ Today, Steve Grandinetti plays guitar at the Owl Sprit Cafe, 218 Polk St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ■ On Thursdays and Fridays, Steve Grandinetti plays and sings at the Northwest Maritime Center cafe, 431 Water St., from noon till 2 p.m.
ko’s Hot Swing Night (tropical attire encouraged). Maia SanWith M vocals, Al tell on v Alto on guitar, Enderle on Ted En bass and ba Tim MalTi lland on drums, the d band has b been perbee forming for for 25 years at such leading venues/ events as Seattle’s Alley, U.S. Jazz Al dances and ballroom da Blues Music the Gray Sky Blu Festival. Adults, $15; students with ID and disabled, $10. Smoke-free. No partner needed. Attendance supports continuation of live band dancing in Port Townsend. There will be a free (with admission) pre-dance lesson taught by Steve Johnson on breaks and embellishments at 7 p.m. For details, visit www. olympicpeninsuladance. com or phone 360-385-6919 or 360-385-5327.
Ex-exchange student plans Finland talk
CHIMACUM — Emily Felt, a former Rotary exchange student in Finland, will discuss her experience abroad at a meeting of Thea Foss No. 45 Daughters of Norway on Sunday, Feb. 17. The event will be held at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, at 1 p.m. Felt became so fluent in Finnish that upon her return, she taught the language at the Concordia Language School in Minnesota. She is now a post-graduate student in Freeland. Her PowerPoint presentation will include features of that country, her cultural experiences as well as the Rotary program and the language. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, phone 360-379-1802.
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PORT ANGELES — The WISH Group (Women into Scandinavian Heritage) will Low notes meet at the Sons of Norway My friend Phil Adams, Lodge, 131 W. Fifth St., at 10:30 a.m. Monday country and classic-rock Mary Hicks from guitarist and vocalist with many bands over the years, McCombs Nursery will talk died in a vehicular wreck about spring gardening, follast Saturday night at the lowed by a light lunch. age of 69. The meeting is open to He was not only a coun- the public. selor at Peninsula College, For more information, but a mentor to many phone Barbara Claboe at musicians over the past 40 360-457-4235. years or so. High notes Adams last played at Boat pilot course ■ The Third Saturday the country jam a week Quimper Grange Square PORT HADLOCK — An ago in Port Angeles. Dance, Corona and Sheri11-week piloting class will He will be missed. Our dan streets, Port Townsend, be offered by the Point Wilthoughts and prayers go brings Amy Carroll and son Sail and Power Squadout to his family. the Bristlestones. Dancron on Wednesdays from RIP, my friend. ing starts at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday through ________ The monthly square May 1. dance caters to dancers of The course will meet John Nelson is a self-styled music lover and compulsive night all ages and is $5 for each week at the Northwest owl who believes in “KLMA — adults, free for those School of Wooden BoatbuildKeep Live Music Alive” on the younger than 16. ing, 42 Rice St., from 6 p.m. North Olympic Peninsula. His colAll dances will be to 8 p.m. umn, Live Music, appears every taught. It is described as a “basic Thursday. For details, phone Dave Are you performing in or proboat-navigation class featurmoting a live music gig? Contact Theik at 360-385-3308 or ing GPS and dead reckonJohn by phoning 360-565-1139 or ing.” visit www.ptcommunity emailing news@peninsuladaily dance.com. The class is provided for news.com, with John Nelson in ■ The Olympic Penin- the subject line. And note: Nelthe cost of materials to sula Valentine Dance Power Squadron members son’s deadline is Monday at 5 p.m. preceding Thursday’s brings the dynamic Maia and slightly more for noncolumn. Santell and House members. Also, check out “Nightlife,” a Blend to the Port Phone Bob Miller at 360listing of entertainment at nightTownsend Elks Lodge, spots across the Peninsula, in Fri- 385-9585 for more information or visit pointwilson.org. 555 Otto St., from 8 p.m. to day’s Peninsula Spotlight magaPeninsula Daily News 11 p.m. for its annual Hiro- zine.
Death and Memorial Notice JOHN GILBERT MATTHEWS August 13, 1930 January 23, 2013 John G. Matthews was born in Port Angeles to Argalus Harmon and Florence (Campbell) Matthews. At an early age of 12, he was interested in electronics. He had his own “radio shack,” which was attached to the garage of his home. There, he would build crystal radios and fix other electronic devices. John served in the Navy, joining in his early teens. He met his beautiful wife, Elizabeth Angela
Dougherty, and they married on October 3, 1953. He worked at Bessy’s repairing electronic devices, TVs, radios, etc. Two children, a girl and a boy, were born. A third child, a boy, was born. He then moved his family to Seattle, Washington, to begin his new job with Boeing. In 1970, he started his own business, Matthews TV and Radio Repair. Working with electronics was something he liked to do. He enjoyed visiting with his customers, and they him. He loved the outdoors and would take his family hiking and fishing any
weekend he got a chance. He greatly enjoyed his family. He loved being with his wife, kids and grandkids. We had many family gatherings. He lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease and passed away quietly and peacefully with family present on January 23, 2013. John is survived by his sister, Shirley (Ed) Dalgardno of Port Angeles; sister-in-law Eldora Matthews of Port Angeles; Marrian Matthews of Vancouver, Washington; daughter and son-in-law Susan Matthews and Dave Komaroff; sons Wayne (Margo) Matthews and Jerry Matthews; five
grandchildren, John W. Matthews, Neil Dolan, Rachelle Dolan, Kevin Dolan and Katie Dolan; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Matthews; his parents; and brothers Ken Matthews and Floyd Matthews. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 15, 2013, at Queen of Angels Church, 209 West Eleventh Street, at 10:30 a.m., with lunch following at 11:15 a.m. in the church hall. A graveside service will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Mount Angeles Memorial Park, 45 Monroe Road.
RITA M. HANSON Rita M. Hanson, age 84, passed away February 2, 2013. Rita was born April 10, 1928, in Edgewood, Iowa She is survived by two sons, Steven and Richard McClurg; and a brother, Bruce Hamlet. A remembrance will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 100 Valley Farm Court, Sequim, WA 98382. Please visit Barton Family Funeral Service, bartons@bartonfuneral. com.
Death Notices Port Angeles home. He was 52. Services: Celebration of life at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at New Life Dyrene E. Coburn died at Sequim Open Bible Church, 402 E. Sixth St., Health and Rehabilitation from comPort Angeles. plications of diabetes. She was 89. Harper-Ridgeview Funeral ChaHer obituary will be published pel, Port Angeles, is in charge of later. arrangements. Services: To be determined. Linde-Price Funeral Service, Sequim, is in charge of arrangements. Gary M. Fillion
Dyrene E. Coburn
April 2, 1923 — Feb. 8, 2013
a later date. Services: None planned. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements. www.drennanford.com
Helen Anisko Priesthoff June 18, 1921 — Feb. 11, 2013
Helen Anisko Priesthoff died in Port Angeles of age-related causes. She was 91. Nov. 4, 1949 — Feb. 9, 2013 Services: None announced. Michael John Solway Port Angeles resident Gary M. FilHarper-Ridgeview Funeral ChaJuly 11, 1960 — Jan. 16, 2013 lion died at the age of 63. pel, Port Angeles, is in charge of A full obituary will be published at arrangements. Michael John Solway died at his North Olympic Peninsula Death Notices and Death and Memorial Notice obituaries appear online at www.peninsuladailynews.com
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Obama recycles old, failed ideas PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S approach to so-called “climate change” appears to include recycling old ideas. In his State of the Union Cal address, the president recy- Thomas cled the idea of spending more on education, though we are still getting unsatisfactory results — a fact he inadvertently acknowledged by saying we’re not keeping up with other countries in science and math. He maintained there are tens of thousands of jobs available, but companies can’t fill them because public schools aren’t teaching students what they need to know. We spend huge sums on education already, so money and achievement must not be related. Infrastructure? We’ve heard that before, too. Why is nothing ever fixed
with all the money that’s been spent the past four years? Because it’s about maintaining union jobs, not creating new jobs that produce products and services and grow small businesses. The president mentioned the coming sequester, but Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the Congressional Budget Office, told the Senate’s Committee on the Budget that he can’t score the proposal to replace the sequester because he hasn’t yet seen “a specific proposal.” The sequester was the president’s idea, though he now suggests it came from Congress. The House has proposed targeted spending cuts that protect defense. Those proposals have gone nowhere in the Senate. The president spoke of “the basic bargain that built this country — the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead.” Yes, and if you do, you will be taxed at ever-increasing rates, labeled rich and powerful, and accused of not doing your fair share.
What would be fair is for government to stop spending more than it takes in. The president claimed his national health insurance is driving down medical costs. It’s actually the reverse. ABC News reported on the conclusion of the nonpartisan Health Care Institute: “Spending on health care rose 4.6 percent in 2011 — up $4,500 per person, on average.” The network also noted a Kaiser Family Foundation report that said, “Health insurance premiums for individuals and families also climbed year-over-year, up 3 percent ($186) on average for an individual and 4 percent ($672) on average for a family.” The Washington Times reported: “President Obama’s health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.” The president spoke of reducing America’s nuclear arsenal at a time when Iran and North
Korea are building theirs and threatening nuclear attack. This is part of the failed ideology he has applied to the Middle East, which says that if we will just be nice to our enemies, they will be nice to us. The president promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. Instead, he has deepened our deficit and national debt. Jobs? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, since Obama took office in 2009, 8.5 million Americans have given up looking for work. Those lucky enough to find work often receive very low pay. The president’s proposed increase in the minimum wage won’t help create new jobs. If it passes, which it won’t in the House, it will more than likely eliminate new hires. There are so many more recycled ideas, but not enough space here to list them all. Sen. Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, gave one of the better and more substantive responses to a State of the Union address. Rubio sought to identify with
the common man, noting his Florida home is among middleclass people. He retold his story as the son of immigrant parents and made the case for smaller government, rewarding initiative entrepreneurship and improving education through school choice. The state of the union would be much better if government were smaller and if people were allowed to keep and spend more of their hard-earned money. President Obama takes the liberal view, Rubio the conservative view. The debate in the next two elections will be between the party that wants to empower government and the party of individual empowerment, between recycling old and failed ideas and trying new ones.
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The letter deems some children unworthy of life. It My first reaction upon After reading the letter bases its criteria upon ecoreading about the sign to the editor [“Roe v. Wade,” nomic status, and that often ordinance debacle [“Sequim Peninsula Voices, Feb. 8], Sign Code Corrals Its First the story of King Herod and correlates to race. No surprise, since the writings of Fine,” PDN, Feb. 12] was to the killing of the innocents Margaret Sanger (Planned laugh. The whole thing is came to mind. just so ridiculous. The king ordered that all Parenthood’s founder) supI sobered up pretty male children younger than ported eugenics. We can predict the quickly when I realized how 2 must be killed because he unborn child’s race or sex, dangerous foolish laws are feared that his worldly to ordinary people. Many of kingdom would be destroyed. but we cannot predict its impact upon the future. our neighbors and friends Supporters of abortion Whether poor or rich, the are one paycheck away fear that certain unborn child might be a genius or from financial disaster. children threaten their less, athletic or not, gifted or In times like these, it kingdom. mediocre, criminal or saint. isn’t just a good idea to The letter states that We do know that an equally support all busi“unwanted children will innocent person of unknown nesses in our small town — end up being born into a potential loses his or her it’s a moral obligation. world of poverty and crime life through abortion. This City Council seems and end up being a plague “Moral principles do not to think it can handpick to society.” which businesses are worTo speak of children as a depend on a majority vote. “Wrong is wrong, even if thy of a future in Sequim. plague dehumanizes and Maybe it needs to be describes them as an illness everybody is wrong. Right is reminded that voters can of epidemic proportion. This right, even if nobody is right.” do the same thing. fearful and elitist mentality — Cardinal Fulton Sheen Kathy Anita Gonzales, Erin Drum, translates into the utmost Sequim lack of charity. Port Angeles
Climate protesters at Obama’s door FOR THE FIRST time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address. The group joined scores of Amy others protestGoodman ing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which awaits a permitting decision from the Obama administration. The president made significant pledges to address the growing threat of climate change in his Tuesday night speech. But it will take more than words to save the planet from human-induced climate disruption, and a growing, diverse movement is directing its focus on the White House to demand meaningful action. The Keystone XL pipeline is especially controversial because it will allow the exploitation of Canadian tar sands, considered the dirtiest oil source on the planet. One of the leading voices rais-
ing alarm about climate change, James Hansen, the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, wrote of the tar sands in The New York Times last year: “If Canada proceeds and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate.” New research by nonprofit Oil Change International indicates that the potential tar-sands impact will be even worse than earlier believed. Because the proposed pipeline crosses the border between the U.S. and Canada, its owner, TransCanada Corp., must receive permission from the State Department. Among those arrested outside the White House was Julian Bond, former chair of the NAACP. Bond said, “The threat to our planet’s climate is both grave and urgent. . . . I am proud today to stand before my fellow citizens and declare, ‘I am willing to go to jail to stop this wrong.’ “The environmental crisis we face today demands nothing less.” Two weeks of protests at the White House in the summer of 2011 led to the arrest of 1,252 people. Later, in November, thousands
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more joined to encircle 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., calling for denial of the Keystone XL permit. Days later, President Obama announced he would delay the decision until 2013, after the election. He later granted permission to build the southern leg of the pipeline, from Oklahoma through Texas. That decision sparked protests from landowners and environmentalists, including a nonviolent direct-action blockade campaign in Texas, with people chained to pipeline equipment and occupying land with tree-sits to halt construction. Early in the permit process, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was inclined to approve the pipeline, even though the State Department’s mandatory review was incomplete. Controversy erupted when The Washington Post reported that TransCanada’s lobbyist for the pipeline in D.C., Paul Elliott, was a senior staffer on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. The Environmental Protection Agency, headed by Obamaappointee Lisa Jackson, had been critical of the pipeline. When Jackson resigned unex-
pectedly late last December, the New York Post reported, based on an unnamed “Jackson insider,” “She will not be the EPA head when Obama supports [Keystone] getting built.” Jackson’s spokesperson denied the allegation. Obama’s new secretary of state, John Kerry, weighed in on Keystone XL after his first official meeting with a foreign dignitary, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird. Kerry said: “Secretary Clinton has put in place a very open and transparent process, which I am committed to seeing through. I can guarantee you that it will be fair and transparent, accountable, and we hope that we will be able to be in a position to make an announcement in the near term.” In his State of the Union address, Obama gave hope to those concerned with global warming, saying: “For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. . . . “We can choose to believe that superstorm Sandy and the most severe drought in decades and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a
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PA lays out timeline for landfill work Summer â€™14 latest start, officials say BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” City public works staff want to start work no later than summer 2014 to prevent a shoreline bluff abutting the cityâ€™s landfill from failing. If the bluff fails, at least three decadesâ€™ worth of accumulated garbage in the closed landfill will tumble into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. City officials are loath to wait more than two summers to get construction under way and are in talks with state and federal regulators to have all necessary permit applications for the multimillion-dollar landfill bluff-stabilization project submitted by May. â€œOne difficulty with this project is the urgency of it,â€? City Manager Dan McKeen told a joint meeting of the City Council and Utility Advisory Committee on Tuesday. â€œEven with our plans right now, thereâ€™s nothing guaranteeing [bluff failure] wonâ€™t happen tomorrow.â€? No action was taken at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting. The bluff stands 135 feet above the Strait at the west end of 18th Street, with a relatively thin layer of dirt â€” as narrow as 11 feet in some places â€” keeping the waste from the landfill, which closed in 2007, in place.
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Recommended option The recommended option, estimated to cost between $15 million and $20 million, would mean shifting about 350,000 cubic yards of garbage within the landfill farther away from the bluff and upgrading the existing seawall to counter erosion around and behind the structure. Bruch said she also wanted the four other options â€” which included completely removing the existing seawall or armoring a larger stretch of the coastline below the landfill â€” and their associated costs presented in abbreviated form. Herrera presented five options of varying complexity and cost at the council work session last month, with the most expensive being the complete removal of the seawall. Herrera estimated this option could cost between $30 million and $44 million because it would mean removing most, if not all, of the waste accumulated in the landfill.
Remove seawall? The seawall originally was built in 2007 to shore up another stretch of the landfill bluff that was failing. A small amount of the waste packed behind it was exposed. At the meeting, Bruch supported removing the seawall because public works staff and engineering consultants have said in the past that waves reflecting off the structure were exacerbating shoreline erosion on either side of the wall. Puntenney said the recommended option would augment the wall to help decrease that reflection and not force the city to remove all the landfillâ€™s accumulated garbage. â€œ[With the recommended option], we donâ€™t have to pull out as much garbage, keeping the cost down to the citizens,â€? Puntenney said.
Dancing in PA, PT streets urges violence awareness Act allows â€˜a woman to live . . . without fear,â€™ one organizer says PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
â€œViolence against women cannot exist out in the open North Olympic Peninif the community says it is sula organizers are urging not allowed.â€? dancing in the streets today as part of a global celebraNia dance tion to increase awareness of violence against women. Todayâ€™s events will begin Events are set in Port in Port Townsend with a Townsend and Port Angeles Nia dance â€” which blends as part of the global One martial arts, dance arts and Billion Rising Valentineâ€™s healing arts â€” at Madrona Day dance. MindBody in Fort Worden Port Townsend will hold State Park from 9:30 a.m. to an all-day schedule of 10:45 a.m. dance, discussion and celeThat will be followed by bration, while Port Angeles â€œCommunit-Tea Talksâ€? from will have an outdoor dance 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., beginning at 4 p.m. at the with discussion centering Conrad Dyar Memorial around using dance to Fountain at First and Lau- empower women. rel streets in downtown â€œDance is the language Port Angeles. of empowerment,â€? Dey said. â€œItâ€™s a declaration of freeGlobal event dom from violence and â€œThis event is literally allows a woman to live in happening all around the her body without fear.â€? During a â€œdance strikeâ€? world,â€? said Allison Dey, one of the Port Townsend orga- from work from 12 p.m. to nizers and the co-founder of 12:15 p.m. in the courtyard Madrona MindBody Insti- adjacent to Sweet Lauretteâ€™s Cafe and Bistro, 1029 Lawtute. â€œIt brings violence rence St., participants can against women out from â€œtake a break from your behind closed doors and busy workday to join in the into the street and builds rising,â€? according to a statement. awareness.
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A â€œflash mob danceâ€? from 4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Haller Fountain at the corner of Taylor and Washington streets is choreographed to â€œBreak the Chain,â€? the eventâ€™s theme song. Dey has conducted two rehearsals and will rehearse again this morning, but anyone who wants to participate can join in on the spot, she said. A community dance is set from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Haller Fountain with DJ music from Silace Amaro and will be followed by a closing ceremony.
Port Angeles In Port Angeles, Rage Productions will play for two hours at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain, performing all kinds of dance music â€” anything that will get people on their feet, said organizer Naomi Davidson, 37, of Port Angeles. â€œWe want to have people dancing all the way through,â€? Davidson said. The event is designed to create awareness of both domestic violence and other violence against women that is taking place around the world, she said. â€œViolence against women is everywhere,â€? she said.
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â€œ[The event] brings violence against women out from behind closed doors and into the street and builds awareness. Violence against women cannot exist out in the open if the community says it is not allowed.â€? ALLISON DEY co-founder, Madrona MindBody Institute The event includes a raffle of items donated by downtown Port Angeles businesses. Donations will be accepted. Any funds remaining after the bills are paid will be donated to Healthy Families of Clallam County, Davidson said. The celebration is intended for women, men, children and elders, and is open to the public. For more information, visit www.onebillionrising. org. In Port Angeles, email email@example.com or phone 360-504-2760. In Port Townsend, visit http:// tinyurl.com/a7vccf4.
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