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Sequim Balloon Festival organizer Randall Tomaras has refinements in mind for the second balloon festival in 2013.
Single site for 2013 envisioned Inaugural festival separated balloon rides, other events BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
SEQUIM â€” Despite Balloon Festival attendance that fell below expectations over the Labor Day weekend, the show will go on for a second year in 2013 â€” with one big change, event Executive Director Randall Tomaras said Tuesday. Tomaras expects organizers of the first Sequim Balloon Festival will offer balloon rides and festival events at one venue next year. That would differ from what they did this year: morning balloon rides at Sequim Valley Airport while later in the day, food and craft booths and musical events â€” and one tethered ride, a
RE/MAX balloon offering rides as a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula â€” was offered 7Â˝ miles away at 792 West Sequim Bay Road. â€œThat will be a big change,â€? Tomaras said of the single-venue plans.
â€˜Learning curveâ€™ this year â€œIt was a learning curve, and there are a lot of things that will be changing based on what we learned,â€? he said. â€œRight now, Iâ€™d say itâ€™s certainâ€? there will be a 2013 festival, Tomaras added. He estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people a day attended the Sept. 1-3 festival.
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PORT ANGELES â€” Last weekendâ€™s sprint boat races at the Extreme Sports Park ended with the co-owner of the venue allegedly the victim of an assault, the Port Angeles police chief said Tuesday. Dan Morrison, coowner with wife Kelie Morrison of the sports park off Edgewood Drive in west Port Angeles, reportedly was assaulted at about 2 a.m. Sunday, Police Chief Terry Gallagher said. Morrison was Morrison attempting to stop the occupants of a vehicle that was being driven erratically in the Extreme Sports Park campground when those in the car got out and reportedly assaulted him, Gallagher said. The number of alleged assailants was not known Tuesday afternoon. Port Angeles police are investigating the incident as a misdemeanor assault, Gallagher said. As of Tuesday, police had interviewed more than one person about the alleged assault but had not arrested anyone, Gallagher added. TURN
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County maps $1.5 million budget fix BY ROB OLLIKAINEN
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PORT ANGELES â€” Clallam County will make up a $1.5 million budget shortfall in the next three months without layoffs or asking voters for a sales tax increase. Last yearâ€™s negotiations for two yearsâ€™ worth of union employee concessions â€” 16 unpaid furlough days per year and relief from 2012 cost of living raises â€” will ensure no new layoffs for at least another year, County Administrator Jim Jones told commissioners Tuesday. TURN TO COUNTY/A6
SEQUIM â€” When Ronnie Coleman, 71, of Sequim went to his regular pickleball practice session at the Sequim Community School courts Tuesday, he sat on the sidelines, watching two men he calls his heroes. â€œThese guys are the men of the hour,â€? he said, indicating fellow players Dave Herndon, 62, and Bob Sester, 66, of Sequim. â€œThese are wonderful people,â€? he said. He credits the two with saving his life just over two weeks ago. On Aug. 18, Coleman was putting away his pickleball equipment and already was KEITH THORPE/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS thinking about his next stop for the day, a Sequim pickleball players Dave Herndon, left, and Bob Sester, right, are credited trip to the barber shop.
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Newsmakers Celebrity scoop ■ By The Associated Press
Jolie hears ‘horrific’ tales of refugees HER EYES WELLING up with tears, actress Angelina Jolie said she heard “horrific” and “heartbreaking” accounts from Syrian refugees she met Tuesday during a visit to a camp in Jordan that has provided shelter for those fleeing the civil war in the neighboring country. The Hollywood star, who is also the U.N. refugee agency’s special envoy, spoke after meeting a group Jolie of women refugees at the Zaatari camp, which hosts about 30,000 Syrians displaced by the 18-month conflict. “I am very concerned; the world is very concerned,” Jolie said during a
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Seven-year-old beauty queen and reality show star Alana Thompson is shown at her home in McIntyre, Ga. Alana and her family are featured on the hit show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” on TLC. high-profile visit U.N. refugee agency’s special envoy aimed at focusing international attention on the plight of Syrian refugees and attracting more fund-
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MONDAY’S QUESTION: Which political party had the better national convention?
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ALBERT MARRE, 87, the Tony Award-winning director of the original Broadway production of “Man of La Mancha” — and three of its four Broadway revivals — died in New York City on Sept. 4. His wife, Mimi Turque Marre, confirmed his death. Mr. Marre directed or staged more than twodozen Broadway shows during his more than 50 years in theater, among them the musicals “Kismet” and “Milk and Honey.” But it was “Man of La Mancha” (written by Dale Wasserman, with lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh), the musical adaptation of Don Quixote, that brought him his greatest acclaim. The famous story of a deluded would-be knight, presented as a play within a play performed by the novel’s author, Miguel de Cervantes, and his fellow prisoners as he awaits trial during the Spanish Inquisition, “Man of La Mancha” began Off Broadway but soon moved uptown and went on to become one of the biggest hits in Broadway history. It ran on Broadway for 2,328 performances, from November 1965 through June 1971. The show was perhaps best known for one song: “The Impossible Dream,” which became a popular inspirational anthem.
Democrats Mr. Marre won the Tony for best director of a musical. He remained closely identified with the show for many years, directing its Broadway revivals in 1972, 1977 and 1992, as well as numerous productions around the country and internationally.
_________ MARIO ARMOND ZAMPARELLI, 91, an internationally renowned artist who for nearly 20 years created the distinctive, often colorful logos, images and posters for reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes’ many companies, has died. Mr. Zamparelli, who had homes in the Los Angeles suburbs of La CañadaFlintridge and San Marino, died Saturday of heart failure, his family said. The artist, who worked in numerous styles and forms, was an illustrator for major magazines and movie posters in the early 1950s when Hughes came looking for someone to design posters for his RKO Pictures’ movies. What followed was an association between the artist and the increasingly reclusive billionaire that continued until Hughes’ death in 1976.
During that time, and for a few years afterward, Mr. Zamparelli created numerous logos, images and designs for such companies as TWA, Hughes Helicopters, Hughes Aircraft, the Summa Corp. and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
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1937 (75 years ago) Carrying out a provision of the new state highway code, all parking on city streets that are part of the Olympic Highway have been converted from “angle” parking to parallel parking. In Port Angeles, this includes First Street from the eastern city limit to Lincoln Street, then south on Lincoln from First to Lauridsen Boulevard, then west on Lauridsen to the west city limit. Similar actions have been taken on the Olympic Highway in the cities of Sequim, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Montesano and Shelton. All primary highways throughout the state now must have parallel parking in cities, according to the new highway code. Olympic Highway is Primary Highway 9.
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Mel Hilt, operator of the Elwha Resort, caught a A YOUNG WOMAN 16-pound, 13-ounce chinook driving a large tractor on a salmon to win first prize in rural road while texting . . . the 25th Port Angeles Salmon Derby. Laugh Lines WANTED! “Seen Around” Although it was the Send them to PDN News smallest fish ever to earn I DON’T LIKE working items. Desk, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles the top prize, it was good out; I’d rather work at WA 98362; fax 360-417-3521; or enough for Hilt to win a home. email news@peninsuladailynews. 1962 Buick sedan. Your Monologue com.
Hilt caught the prize ■ Port of Port Townsend fish off the tip of Ediz Hook commissioners will meet in mooching with herring bait. Quilcene on Thursday in a morning public workshop 1987 (25 years ago) starting at 9:30 a.m. and an The Wilkes Heritage Flo- afternoon regular meeting starting at 1 p.m. Both sestilla, with crew members sions will be at the Quilcene wearing blue-and-white Community Center, 294492 striped shirts, sailed into U.S. Highway 101. Port Townsend Bay as the An item on Page A9 Sunhighlight of this year’s Port day gave the wrong day of Townsend Wooden Boat the meetings. Festival. The flotilla was orga■ A sale is expected to nized by the state Centenclose in October or Novemnial Commission in honor of ber for The 3 Crabs restauNavy Lt. Charles Wilkes, rant property in Dungeness. who led a mapping expediThe restaurant closed tion of the region nearly Aug. 25. 150 years ago. A photo caption on Page That mapping expediA1 in Monday’s Clallam tion was responsible for County edition misreported naming about 300 places, that the property already including Port Ludlow, had been sold. Its sale to the Point Defiance and Point state Department of Fish No Point. and Wildlife is expected to Following the Wooden close later this fall, said Boat Festival visit, the floJames Alcaraz, Realtor with tilla will sail to Seattle as Torres Real Estate in part of its tour retracing the Sequim who is handling the Wilkes expedition’s route. sale for Norma Marshall,
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Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, the 256th day of 2012. There are 110 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On Sept. 12, 1942, during World War II, a German U-boat off West Africa torpedoed the RMS Laconia, which was carrying Italian prisoners of war, British soldiers and civilians. The German crew, joined by other U-boats, began rescue operations. On Sept. 16, the rescue effort came to an abrupt halt when the Germans were attacked by a U.S. Army bomber; some 1,600 people died while more than 1,100 survived. As a result, U-boat commanders were ordered to no longer rescue
civilian survivors of submarine attacks. On this date: ■ In 1814, the Battle of North Point took place in Maryland during the War of 1812 as American forces slowed the advance of British troops on Baltimore. ■ In 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed questions about his Roman Catholic faith, telling a Southern Baptist group, “I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me.” ■ In 1962, in a speech at Rice University in Houston, President John F. Kennedy reaffirmed his support for the manned space pro-
gram, declaring: “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” ■ In 1977, South African black student leader Steve Biko died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry. ■ In 1986, Joseph Cicippio, the acting comptroller at the American University in Beirut, was kidnapped; he was released in December 1991. ■ In 1992, the space shuttle Endeavour blasted off, carrying with it Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space; Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space; and Mamoru
Mohri, the first Japanese national to fly on a U.S. spaceship. ■ Ten years ago: Raising the specter of war, President George W. Bush told skeptical world leaders at the United Nations to confront the “grave and gathering danger” of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq — or to stand aside as the U.S. acted. ■ Five years ago: Oil prices briefly topped a record $80 a barrel. ■ One year ago: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the perceived frontrunner in the Republican presidential contest, endured an onslaught from seven rivals during a fractious two-hour debate in Tampa, Fla.
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A3 Briefly: Nation say was led by Army soldiers from Fort Stewart who stockpiled weapons and talked of bombing a Savannah park fountain, poisoning apple crops in the state of Washington and ultimately overthrowing the WASHINGTON — Defense U.S. government. Secretary Leon Panetta said a A Liberty County grand jury retired Navy SEAL may be punindicted the five on charges of ished for writing a book giving illegal gang activity and various an insider’s account of the U.S. other counts. raid that killed terrorist leader Those crimes were commitOsama bin Laden. ted to help fund the militia Asked if group, which called itself the writer F.E.A.R., short for Forever should be Enduring Always Ready, Disprosecuted, trict Attorney Tom Durden said. Panetta The new indictments bring to said: “I 10 the total number of people think we charged in connection with the have to take militia group. steps to make clear Panetta Teacher strike, Day 2 to him and to the AmerCHICAGO — Rose Davis ican people that we’re not going wasn’t letting her grandchildren to accept this kind of behavior.” walk alone through one of ChicaPanetta was referring to the go’s most violent neighborhoods. newly published account of the So Davis, who has a painful U.S. SEAL raid that led to bin diabetic condition that affects Laden’s killing in May 2011. nerves in her legs, walked with In an interview, broadcast them Monday the six blocks to Tuesday on “CBS This MornBenjamin E. Mays Elementary ing,” Panetta said that if the Academy in Englewood. Defense Department fails to “They had to go out of their take action, “then everybody home zone, and you never know else who pledges to ensure that what gang violence is going on,” that doesn’t happen is gonna said Davis, 47, who with other get the long signal, that someparents and caregivers scramhow they can do it without any bled to figure out what to do penalty to be paid.” with more than 350,000 idle children after the teachers 5 more militia charges union and district failed to SAVANNAH, Ga. — Five reach a settlement to end the more men have been charged in first strike in the city’s schools connection with an anti-govern- in a quarter century. ment militia that authorities The Associated Press
Panetta: Author of book should face punishment
Briefly: World lance has drawn up a plan to safeguard China’s sovereignty of the islands, and the ships were sent to assert those claims, said the Chinese government’s official news agency, Xinhua. The rocky islands, known as VIENNA — The U.N. atomic Senkaku to Japanese and agency has received new and significant intelligence over the Diaoyu to Chinese, have been past month that Iran has moved the focus of recurring spats between the countries and also further toward the ability to are claimed by Taiwan. The build a nuclear weapon, diplomats told The Associated Press. China-Japan dispute has been heating up in recent months. They said the intelligence shows that Iran has advanced NATO copter destroyed its work on calculating the destructive power of an atomic KABUL, Afghanistan — warhead through a series of Afghan insurgents bombarded a computer models that it ran U.S. base and destroyed a sometime within the past three NATO helicopter, killing three years. Afghan intelligence employees, The diplomats said the infor- officials said Tuesday. There mation comes from Israel, the were also NATO personnel United States and at least two aboard and wounded, the coaliother Western countries and tion said without providing furconcludes that the work was ther details. done sometime within the past Separately, a teenage suicide three years. bomber Tuesday walked into a The time-frame is significant shop in western Afghanistan because if the International and blew himself up, killing five Atomic Energy Agency decides people, Afghan officials said. that the intelligence is credible, The bombing and the strike it would strengthen its concerns at Bagram Air Field outside that Iran has continued weapKabul came as U.S. and its ons work into the recent past — allied military forces marked and may be continuing to do so. the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks China-Japan flare-up with a tribute to the more than 3,000 foreign troops killed since BEIJING — A territorial the invasion of Afghanistan — flare-up between China and including about 2,000 members Japan intensified Tuesday as of the U.S. military. two Beijing-sent patrol ships The attacks were a reminder arrived near disputed East that the Afghan war launched China Sea islands in a show of less than a month after 9/11 anger over Tokyo’s purchase of the largely barren outcroppings. continues to rage. The China Marine SurveilThe Associated Press
Atomic agency gets information on Iran nukes
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One World Trade Center, now up to 104 floors, is seen across the Hudson River, in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, as people read names in New Jersey’s 9/11 memorial.
Fewer families attend 9/11 remembrances Cities, politicians also mainly avoid ceremonies across U.S. BY JENNIFER PELTZ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — Americans marked the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks Tuesday in familiar but subdued ceremonies that suggested it’s time to move on after a decade. As in past years, thousands gathered at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., to read the names of nearly 3,000 victims killed in the worst terror attack in U.S. history. But many felt that last year’s 10th anniversary was an emotional turning point. For the first time, elected officials weren’t speaking at the ceremony, fewer families attended, and some cities canceled their remembrances altogether. “I feel much more relaxed” this
year, said Jane Pollicino, who came to ground zero Tuesday morning to mourn her husband, who was killed at the trade center. “After the ninth anniversary, that next day, you started building up to the 10th year. This feels a lot different.”
Bagpipes played As bagpipes played at the yearold 9/11 memorial in New York, families clutching balloons, flowers and photos of their loved ones bowed their heads in silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment that the first hijacked jetliner crashed into the trade center’s north tower. Bells tolled to mark the moments planes crashed into the second tower, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama observed the moment in a ceremony on the
White House’s south lawn, then laid a wreath at the Pentagon, above a concrete slab that said, “Sept. 11, 2001 — 937 am.” Victims’ families in New York tearfully read the names of the attack victims, often looking up to the sky. A crowd of fewer than 200 swelled to about 1,000 by late morning, as family members laid roses and made paper rubbings of their loved ones’ names etched onto the 9/11 memorial. A few hundred attended ceremonies at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. New York’s Joe Torres, whose sister-in-law was killed in the attacks, said another year changed nothing for him. “It could be 50 years from now, and to me, it’ll be just as important as year one, or year five or year 10,” he said. As in 2001, this Sept. 11 was on a Tuesday for the second time since the attacks. The early fall weather was much like the morning on 2001.
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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has awarded an ex-banker $104 million for providing information about overseas tax cheats — the largest amount ever awarded by the agency, lawyers for the whistleblower announced Tuesday. Former Swiss banker Bradley Birkenfeld is credited with exposing widespread tax evasion at Swiss bank UBS AG. Birkenfeld served roughly 2½ years in prison for a fraud conspiracy conviction related to the case, which resulted in a $780 million fine against the bank and an unprecedented agreement requiring UBS to turn over thousands of names of suspected American tax dodgers to the IRS. “The IRS today sent 104 million messages to whistleblowers around the world — that there is now a safe and secure way to report tax fraud and that the IRS
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Before getting his millions, Bradley Birkenfeld spent 2½ years in prison. is now paying awards,” Birkenfeld’s lawyers, Stephen M. Kohn and Dean A. Zerbe, said in a statement. “The IRS also sent 104 million messages to banks around the world — stop enabling tax cheats or you will get caught.” The IRS, which doesn’t usually confirm individual award payments, said Birkenfeld signed a
disclosure waiver, allowing the agency to confirm his award. “The IRS believes that the whistleblower statute provides a valuable tool to combat tax noncompliance, and this award reflects our commitment to the law,” IRS spokeswoman Michele Eldridge said in an email. Birkenfeld has become something of a cause célèbre among whistleblowers because of the magnitude of his case and the fact that he was jailed after cooperating with authorities. Federal prosecutors had said Birkenfeld withheld information about his own dealings with a former UBS client who pleaded guilty in 2007 to tax charges. In 2006, Congress strengthened whistleblower rewards. The 2006 law targets high-income tax dodgers, guaranteeing rewards for qualified whistleblowers if the company in question owes at least $2 million in unpaid taxes.
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West: Salton Sea may be possible foul odor culprit
West: Portland weighs fluoridating water supply
Nation: Ex-professor pleads guilty to murder
World: Protesters scale U.S. embassy wall in Cairo
AIR QUALITY MANAGERS in Southern California are awaiting an analysis of air samples as they try to determine the source of a foul, rottenegg odor that invaded the region. The South Coast Air Quality Management District took the samples late Monday in the Coachella Valley and near the Salton Sea, a massive saltwater lake 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles that could be the culprit. The rotten-egg smell appeared to have dissipated Tuesday. Officials, who received 200 complaints about the odor, said a storm could have stirred up decay from a recent fish die-off at Salton Sea.
PORTLAND, ORE., IS the largest city in the U.S. still to approve fluoridation to combat tooth decay, a distinction that could change at today’s city council meeting. Mayor Sam Adams and two commissioners announced their support, ensuring a majority on the panel. The issue presents a clash between two progressive positions: the desire to improve the dental health of low-income children and the impulse to avoid putting anything unnecessary in the water. “The fact that Portland stands out as the largest U.S. city without fluoridation is not the kind of weird we should be,” the mayor said.
AN EX-PROFESSOR PLEADED guilty Tuesday to fatally shooting three colleagues and wounding three others during a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2010, court officials said. Amy Bishop, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of capital murder involving two or more people and three counts of attempted murder. She had earlier pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty against the Harvard-educated Bishop. Sentencing will be after arguments are heard at a hearing Sept. 24 before Madison County Circuit Judge Alan Mann in Huntsville.
PROTESTERS, LARGELY ULTRACONSERVATIVE Islamists, climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, made their way into the courtyard and brought down the flag, replacing it with a black flag with an Islamic inscription to protest a film attacking Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. Hundreds of protesters marched to the embassy in downtown Cairo, gathering outside its walls and chanting against the movie, which was reportedly produced in the United States. Dozens of protesters then scaled the embassy walls, took down the flag from a pole in the courtyard and brought it back to the crowd outside.
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PORT TOWNSEND â€” More than 60 volunteers have signed up so far for the United Good Neighbors Day of Caring on Friday. Coordinator Laura Souza said more volunteers are needed. â€œIf anyone wants to volunteer, they can call the officeâ€? through Thursday, she said Tuesday. Volunteers will meet between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday for a continental breakfast at the Mountain View campus at the corner of Blaine and Walker streets. During the breakfast, United Good Neighbors will award its second annual Good Neighbor Award, said Carla Caldwell, executive director of UGN and the Jefferson County Community Foundation. After a proclamation is read by the mayor, volunteers will pick up
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their T-shirts and head out to the work sites until about noon. All the projects scheduled are in Port Townsend. The sites are: â– Dove House â€” Sheridan and 10th streets. â– Haller Fountain city park â€” Center of town on Washington Street. â– Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County building site â€” 1910 Eddy St. off Hastings. â– YMCA office â€” Mountain View School campus by the public pool. â– Haines Street cottages â€” Haines and 19th streets. â– Jumping Mouse Childrenâ€™s Center â€” 1809 Sheridan St. The Day of Caring in Clallam County, led by United Way, was last Saturday. For more information, email Souza at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the office at 360-385-3797.
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Sourdough Jack flies over the last hurdle in front of the grandstand at the Spokane Interstate Fair on Monday in Spokane. The All-Alaskan Racing Pigs entertained the crowd on Senior Day. The pig kept its lead and won by a whisker on its chin to claim the top spot during the morning races.
Briefly . . . places throughout the city Thursday and Friday. Work will begin at 6:30 a.m. Thursday on Lauridsen Boulevard and Eighth Street, and then move to other areas, said OLYMPIA â€” Two State city spokeswoman Teresa Patrol detectives with Pierce. experience in computer The next day, crews will crimes against children work in the downtown corwill be available for a ridor, again beginning at 90-minute question-andanswer session on Internet 6:30 a.m., with the aim of finishing before most stores safety this afternoon. open for business, Pierce Members of the public said. can tweet questions City crews will assist by between 2:30 p.m. and setting out traffic cones 4 p.m. to #askWSP about and wet-paint signs, she how to stay safe on the Internet, and the detectives said. Work is expected to be will respond. completed daily by 4 p.m. The only topics off-limits Dates may change, will be anything related to Pierce added, and work active cases, the State could be extended if necesPatrol said. sary in case of bad weather. The detectives are: â– Sgt. Carlos RodriComposting class guez, commander of the stateâ€™s Missing and PORT ANGELES â€” A Exploited Childrenâ€™s Task free backyard composting Force. workshop is planned at the He most recently has Vern Burton Community been involved in the Center, 308 E. Fourth St., arrests of accused Internet from 11 a.m. to noon Saturpredators in Elma and day. Spanaway. All participants will â– Sgt. Jesse Regalado, receive a countertop foodcommander of the agencyâ€™s scrap collection bucket and High-Tech Crimes Unit. a copy of the booklet Home Regalado is an expert at Composting Made Easy. recovering information off They will be told how to the hard drives of both turn vegetable scraps, fruit missing persons and suspeels, coffee grounds, eggpects, the State Patrol said. shells, fallen leaves and yard trimmings into free, Street work in PA nutrient-rich compost for PORT ANGELES â€” yards and gardens. Clallam County crews will No preregistration is paint edge lines and bike necessary. lane stripes in various For more information, contact the Solid Waste Division Recycling at 360417-4874 or recycling@ cityofpa.us, or visit www. cityofpa.us/pwSolidW Recycling.htm. Peninsula Daily News
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Two in court Friday in OPNET drug case rant and found heroin and marijuana in a room that Smith shared with another woman, and a broken glass pipe with heavy methamphetamine residue in the Knotek’s room. Several glass pipes with methamphetamine residue were found in the common areas of the residence, court papers said. “After examinations of the evidence had been completed and the case had been reviewed by the Clallam County prosecutor, Smith and Knotek were charged,” OPNET Supervisor Jason Viada said in a Monday news release. Smith and Knotek are not in custody.
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Authorities said Smith had a total of $21,650 in warrants from Clallam County District Court, Clallam County Superior Court and Jefferson County Superior Court. The arrest report gave the following account: On April 19, 2010, the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team — or OPNET — conducted a surveillance of the residence and followed Smith as he drove away in a Jeep Cherokee. Smith led a State Patrol trooper on a 1.6-mile highspeed pursuit on Blue Moun________ tain Road before pulling over. Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be After Smith was arrested reached at 360-452-2345 ext. 5072 on the warrants, investiga- or at rollikainen@peninsuladaily tors obtained a search war- news.com.
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Eileen Schmitz, owner of JACE The Real Estate Co., peers from the window of a log playhouse that will be given away in a drawing as part of her real estate agency’s Jace Memorial Everything But Food Drive to collect non-food items for distribution to needy individuals and families.
‘Everything But Food’ Drive to begin today PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — The Jace Memorial Everything But Food Drive begins today, with non-food items — such as shampoo, soap, baby supplies, paper towels and toilet paper, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, pet supplies, anything useful but food — solicited for food banks in Port Angeles and Sequim. Items can be left at JACE The Real Estate Co.’s offices at 1234 E. Front St. (Front and Liberty streets) in Port Angeles and 761 N. Sequim Ave. in Sequim. Those residents donating items will be entered into a drawing for a childsized, 64-square-foot log playhouse, built by John Robertson, husband of Kimi Robertson, a JACE real estate agent. If the winner doesn’t have children or the space for the playhouse, another prize will be awarded. The Everything But Food Drive continues until 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. This year’s effort honors Jace Schmitz, the founder and co-owner of the real estate company who died in January. “Jace and I conceived the idea of the Everything But Food Drive eight years ago, when the then-director of the Port Angeles Food Bank said that some of the food bank recipients were home-
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and bags of chocolate kisses because he believed everyone needed both chocolate and a good kiss for life to be worthwhile. “Companywide, we continue to honor his dedication to service, education and community service.” For more information, phone Schmitz at 360-5652030 or 360-452-1210, or email mrsjace@jacereal estate.com.
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OLYMPIA — U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks will receive the 2012 Humanities Washington Award on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Dicks, D-Belfair, whose congressional district includes Jefferson and Clallam counties, will be honored by Humanities Washington at a reception at Triple Creek Farm, 5041 Houston Road in Olympia. The reception will begin at 4 p.m., with the program starting at 5:15 p.m.
T h e reception is free, but an RSVP is requested. The congressman, who is r e t i r i n g Dicks this year after 18 terms, is being given the award “for his work as a tireless champion for the humanities, culture and the arts — most recently as the top Democrat on the House Committee on Appropria-
tions,” Humanities Washington said in a press statement. Dicks also served for 36 years as a member of the House’s Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. RSVP to info@ humanities.org with “Norm Dicks Reception” in the subject line and the names of the people in your party within the body of the email. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/ 9lg5yhk.3
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OLYMPIA — When Thurston County District Court Judge Michel “Brett” Buckley answered his door Monday night at his home in Olympia, a man threw a liquid in his face. Police said the man said nothing and walked away. Buckley initially felt no reaction to the liquid after the incident at 9:25 p.m., but he later went to the hospital for skin irritation. The Olympian reported that he was released Tuesday morning with minor injuries. Samples of the liquid are being analyzed. No suspects or motive has been identified. Buckley described the suspect as a man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall with a medium build, dark complexion and black hair. He had a short beard and was wearing a maroon knit cap, dark sweater and light khaki pants.
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PORT ANGELES — Two housemates at a Blue Mountain Road residence have been summoned to appear in Clallam County Superior Court on Friday to answer to drug possession charges stemming from an Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team investigation nearly 21/2 years ago. Preston J. Smith, 40, and Sharon L. Knotek, 46, were charged Aug. 23 with possession of heroin and methamphetamine, respectively, in April 2010. Investigators said Smith and Knotek shared a residence at 1690 Blue Mountain Road at the time.
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Willie Van Nostrand of Sequim peers down on the Dungeness Valley from 3,000 feet as Dungeness Spit stretches off in the distance on Labor Day weekend for the inaugural Sequim Balloon Festival.
Balloon: Tethered rides difficult CONTINUED FROM A1 â€œThey were hoping there would be 10,000 a day, but for a first-year event, we are happy with what we did,â€? Tomaras said. About a dozen balloons, costing between $30,000 and $250,000, and their pilots took part in the festival and gave rides over the Sequim-Dungeness Valley from the airport, where the 15-acre parking lot was filled with ridersâ€™ and spectatorsâ€™ vehicles around 6 a.m., he said. â€œBasically, they filled the parking lot,â€? Tomaras said. The tree-filled terrain combined with nearby power lines would have made it dangerous and impractical to give rides from the Grant family field on West Sequim Bay Road where the festival action was taking place, he said. But in any case, balloon rides would not have been offered at midday because of weather that was too warm and windy.
Even tethered rides during midday are too hard on the balloons, which have a lifespan of 500 hours of flight, Tomaras said. â€œOne hour of tethering is equal to four hours of flight because of the thermals,â€? he said. â€œThatâ€™s why they go up early, when the earth has been cooled and thereâ€™s not as much wind,â€? Tomaras said. â€œWe made the decision a long time ago to do it from the airport.â€?
Festival grounds At the festival grounds â€” which opened at 10 a.m. â€” there were 46 food and craft booths at the festival grounds and 17 performing bands. â€œWe tried to bring in as much music in the day as we could and arts and crafts, to try to give them something to do all day long from morning to evening,â€? Tomaras said. Financials for the festi-
val are still being figured out, he said. â€œWeâ€™re still collecting bills and figuring out what needs to be paid,â€? Tomaras said, adding that heâ€™s hoping sponsorships can help fund the 2013 event.
percent of the rooms at the 77-room Holiday Inn Express in Sequim â€” about one-tenth of a mile from the festival grounds â€” were occupied by Sequim Balloon Festival participants, hotel general manager Toni Skinner said Tuesday. â€œA lot of people were surprised they were in the middle of a festival who were getting away for a quiet weekend from Seattle,â€? she added. â€œThe usual holiday families were pleased to find it available to them.â€? Among those who visited the North Olympic Peninsula solely for the balloon festival, a sense of purpose prevailed, Skinner said. â€œA lot of people said, â€˜This is on my bucket list,â€™â€? she recalled. â€œIt gave people in this part of the world an opportunity to fulfill a dream.â€?
â€œWhen I talked to restaurants and hotels and motels, they all said they were really busy,â€? Tomaras added. In his effort to make the festival a complete experience, Tomaras spent last week and Monday ushering around professional photographers to the Hoh Rain Forest, Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent and other popular destinations to experience what he called, weather-wise, the best 10 days in Washington. â€œWe went all over the Peninsula,â€? Tomaras said. ________ â€œHopefully, that transSenior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb lates into more tourism for can be reached at 360-452-2345, our Peninsula.â€? ext. 5060, or at paul.gottlieb@ About 20 percent to 30 peninsuladailynews.com.
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TACOMA â€” The Pierce County Medical Examinerâ€™s Office said the second of two bodies recently recovered from a Mount Rainier glacier is that of a 54-year-
old Springfield, Ore., man who was one of four people who vanished in January storms. The medical examiner Tuesday identified the body of Eunsork â€œEricâ€? Yang. His body was recovered
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the two most recent bodies were found was searched extensively last Saturday. Trojanowski and 37-year-old Mark Vucich of Agoura Hills, Calif., failed to return from a camping trip on the Muir snowfield. Vucichâ€™s body was found Aug. 6. Melting snow exposed the bodies. Bacher said the two sets of climbers were last seen near each other. He said circumstantial evidence indicates â€œthey joined forces when things got ugly.â€?
Clallam Countyâ€™s budget shortfalls are not deficits However, the county will because of a rainy-day continue to reduce staff reserve that was built up in through attrition and adjust better economic times. grant-funded positions to a dwindling supply of grant Reserve fund money. Of the $10.1 million budThe county is projecting geted for next yearâ€™s reserve to take its annual 1 percent fund, $7 million is restricted. increase in property tax, as The remaining $3.1 million the law allows without a is intended for emergencies, vote, for about $90,000 in such as replacing an outnew revenue. dated core computer system No new sales tax propos- without borrowing money, als are being considered. or any other surprises that come up. Preliminary figures â€œI think weâ€™re in a real Jones presented a â€œpre- good position,â€? Jones said. Jones said all 34 county liminary roll-up budget,â€? which assumes no change administrators that he regularly communicates with in spending, on Tuesday. Projected revenue in the at conferences â€œwould general fund is $29.85 mil- dearly love to be in the posilion. Projected expenses in tion that weâ€™re in in Clalthe current services budget lam County because theyâ€™re in a lot worse shape.â€? is $31.36 million. Among the spreadsheets â€œThis leaves a $1,515,182 shortfall that we have to and charts that Jones prodeal with, one way or vided was a staffing history another, by the time the that showed the county final budget is approved in workforce shrinking by 35.5 full-time workers from December,â€? said Jones while 412.9 in 2009 to a budgeted reading the executive bud377.4 employees next year. get summary into the Union concessions will record. save the county about The three commission- $1.8 million per year until ers will adopt a balanced they expire at the end of final budget by Dec. 11, pos- 2013. sibly after the second of two â€œWe need to reduce budget hearings Dec. 3. expenses or increase reveRevenue in the roll-up nues, or some combination budget is down $1.74 mil- of both, and make decisions lion â€” or 5.5 percent â€” over the next 12 months to from 2012. determine major â€˜priorities â€œGeneral fund revenues in governmentâ€™ reductions are still being held back by and/or tax increase requests the weak economy,â€? Jones from the voters to deal with said. the reality of these permaâ€œThe big changes in rev- nent revenue reductions enue are the cuts we are into the future,â€? Jones said receiving from the state in in his executive summary. grants and contracts for Commissioners took no services, losing more than action on the roll-up budget $900,000 in Community other than to accepted Development [Environmen- Jonesâ€™ presentation as tal Quality] and $200,000 required by charter. in Health and Human SerThe county charter lays vices [Environmental out the annual budget proHealth] from last yearâ€™s cess in detail. budget, together with a significant reduction [$80,000] Budget requests in fines and forfeits as more Jones and Budget Direcand more people are choostor Kay Stevens will meet ing to perform community with elected and nonelected service rather than pay for department heads in closedtheir traffic tickets with door meetings beginning cash.â€? Tuesday to discuss their budget requests. Projected expenses A preliminary budget Projected expenses in will result from those meet2013 are down $317,710 â€” ings, with public hearings or 1 percent â€” from this Oct. 2-4 in Port Angeles, Forks and Sequim. year. Department heads will The county is paying the second of three mandatory get a second chance to pitch increases to the state retire- their budget requests in ment fund, dealing with a open meetings with com2.7 percent Consumer Price missioners in late October. Jones will present a balIndex change and preparing to honor 2013 cost-of- anced recommended budget living adjustments for staff. to commissioners Nov. 13. Two public hearings will A $1.5 million shortfall be held in Port Angeles on at this stage shouldnâ€™t come as a surprise, Jones said, Dec. 3 before a final budget adding that the average is adopted by resolution. The preliminary roll-up shortfall in the past four roll-up budgets was budget and budget calendar $2.8 million, which trans- are available at www. lated into a $1.2 million- clallam.net under the â€œBudper-year draw on reserves. get and Financeâ€? tab on the â€œThis is very natural and left of the siteâ€™s homepage. ________ normal to be in a deficit situation at this time of the Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be year when weâ€™re not antici- reached at 360-452-2345, ext. pating economic growth,â€? 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com. Jones said.
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Under clear but cool skies Tuesday, staff, personnel and friends of Lacey Fire District No. 3 congregate in front of Station 1 near Olympia for a memorial service to honor those lost in the 9/11 attacks 11 years ago. After opening remarks by Chief Steve Brooks, a fire bell on one of the departmentâ€™s engine was tolled three times with five rings each by firefighter A.J. Paulsen at 6:59 a.m., the time of the World Trade Centerâ€™s collapse, and station flags were lowered. The memorial concluded with an invocation from Chaplain Bob Sievers. See related story on Page A3.
CONTINUED FROM A1 Medical Center in Bremerton three days after his colâ€œI donâ€™t remember any- lapse with a pacemaker and implanted defibrillator. thing else,â€? Coleman said. Coleman toppled from Amazed and pleased the bench. Herndonâ€™s wife saw Herndon and Sester said Coleman collapse and called they were amazed and for the two men. pleased by Colemanâ€™s recovHerndon, a retired para- ery. medic, and Sester, a retired After years on the job, firefighter, sprang into both had seen less-thanaction. ideal outcomes for those They discovered Cole- whom they treated. manâ€™s heart had stopped â€œI called the next day to and began CPR within see if he was still with us,â€? moments. Herndon said. â€œThe amazing thing to The nurse offered to put me is when everything falls Coleman on the phone, he into place,â€? Herndon said said. later, recalling that day. The rescue was unlike He ticked off the many anything the two retired things that went right: professionals had experiâ– Two people who knew enced. CPR, Herndon and Sester, â€œWith someone off the were able to begin working street you donâ€™t know, it can on Coleman within seconds be special because of their of his collapse. circumstances,â€? Sester said. â– Clallam County Fire When itâ€™s someone you District No. 3 paramedics know, a friend, it becomes were on scene within min- something entirely differutes and were able to get a ent, he said. Since that day, several pulse quickly. â– Coleman was trans- other members of the pickported to a hospital where leball group have taken doctors were able to imme- CPR classes, and Herndon diately begin the exact and Sester urged more people to take classes. treatment he needed. Several organizations in â– Because of his physical fitness, Coleman was fit the North Olympic Peninenough to bounce back sula offer regular CPR classes, the two men noted. quickly. Coleman, who had had _______ two heart bypasses in the Reporter Arwyn Rice can be past and passed a stress reached at 360-452-2345, ext. test two weeks earlier, 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula walked out of Harrison dailynews.com.
Prosecutor: Quilcene recall action can move forward Sprint: Finals BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND â€” The absence of numbered lines on the petitions submitted for the recall election of two Quilcene fire commissioners does not invalidate the petitions, the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Office found. On Monday afternoon, petitions were submitted to Jefferson County Auditor Donna Eldridge calling for a recall election that would remove Dave Ward and Mike Whittaker as commissioners for the Quilcene Fire District. Whittaker and Ward have been under fire since 2010 over allegations of impropriety regarding the
creation of a chief operating officer job for the fire district and the hiring of Ward for that position. Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Anna Laurie in October struck down three allegations brought by the plaintiffs. She permitted one charge: that Whittaker and Ward participated in falsifying meeting minutes. After accepting the 79 pages of petitions Monday, Eldridge discovered the signature lines on each page were not numbered, a possible violation of state law. She contacted Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor David Alvarez, who issued his opinion Tuesday morning, saying he interpreted
Donations pay for new park sculpture Mixed comments on 10-foot-tall work THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BELFAIR â€” Private donations paid for a new 10-foot-tall sculpture in a Belfair park. Chiropractor Brian Petersen and his wife, Jacquie, raised thousands of dollars for the work by Southworth artist James
Kelsey, which was commissioned by the Belfair Public Art Society. The Kitsap Sun reported that donations to the society have kept beautification projects moving forward during the recession. Peterson said there have been mixed comments about the sculpture â€” stainless steel arcs cradling a sphere with a mirror finish.
the law to say that the within one month. numbers are not required. Proponents of the recall action hoped to get the elecFive days tion on the Feb. 12 ballot, but Eldridge told the group Eldridge has five days from Monday, when the that a special election could petitions were submitted, to be held before Christmas. The ballots, which would certify the petitions and verify there are enough be mailed to all voters within valid signatures for the the Quilcene Fire District, recall election to go forward. would provide the opportuPlaintiff Linda Saunders nity to support or oppose said signature gatherers individually the recalls of collected 25 percent more Whittaker and Ward. The ballot would include than what was needed to compensate for any invalid the ballot language for the recall action, which asks or duplicated signatures. If the same person signs voters to decide if the two a petition twice, both are commissioners are guilty of â€œmisfeasance, malfeasance invalidated, Eldridge said. Signature-gathering and violation of oath of began Aug. 9 with 180 days officeâ€? because of their alleged falsification of meetto gather them. They were collected ing minutes.
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Sequim panel says sign code changes donâ€™t go far enough BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
SEQUIM â€” The City Council has approved several amendments to city ordinances that will allow more business signs outside of stores, with both business owners and council agreeing that they still are overly restrictive. The council Monday approved, 4-0, new ordinances that allow signs that are 2 feet by 2 feet â€” including sandwich board-type signs â€” to be placed adjacent to storefronts more than 40 feet from the property line for stores located inside a multi-business property, such as a strip mall. The existing ordinance did not allow for any temporary, sandwich board-type signs in Sequim, except for some sidewalk signs in the downtown â€œwalking corridor.â€? That left businesses located in other areas and in strip malls without the ability to post specials near roads, where drivers can see sales and specials offered, business owners argued. â€œThis is our life. I am not a hobbyist. If I donâ€™t work, I donâ€™t pay my mortgage,â€? said Karen Kester, owner of Karenâ€™s Quilt Shop, located in a strip mall on West Washington Street. The quilt shop is located deep inside the shopping center, next door to the -Join Us2012 North Olympic Peninsula Walk To End Alzheimerâ€™s Saturday, September 29th, 2012
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Sequim officials are considering a plan to reconfigure the water reclamation ponds such as this one at the Water Reuse Demonstration Park north of Sequimâ€™s Carrie Blake Park.
Sequim acts on park pond project BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
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Karen Kester, owner of Karenâ€™s Quilt Shop, holds a display sign that can as of now only be displayed immediately in front of her store. Sequim Police Department, and is not obvious from the street. Kester showed the council a 27-inch-by-18-inch lawn sign she wants to put on the grass divider, with an arrow and the words â€œQuilt Shopâ€? to direct people into the shopping center. â€œThis is the terrible sign I canâ€™t put out,â€? she said. She asked how people are supposed to see the sign if it is located all the way in the back of the mall. Four members of the council were present at Mondayâ€™s meeting. Erik Erichsen and Laura Dubois were absent, and one seat recently was vacated. The remaining council
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members voted unanimously with enforcement of the sign to approve the amendments ordinance. to allow for more signs. â€œIf there are 20 businesses, there could be 20 More leeway signs out there,â€? said City Manager Steve Burkett. They directed city staff to City staff members testifind a way to allow business fied that before the sign ordiowners to have more leeway nance was enforced, there to place signs. was a â€œmessâ€? of signs along â€œIâ€™m in favor of the amendments. If anything, it will the city-owned grass strips help the business owners. between sidewalks and Then sit down and see what Washington Street. At one point, the city additional amendments we can make,â€? said Councilman began receiving complaints from city residents about the Ted Miller. The new amendments signs proliferating on city should be fast-tracked, Miller property, Burkett said. ________ said. Burkett said he was Reporter Arwyn Rice can be uncertain how that could be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. done without re-creating the 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula problem that was solved dailynews.com.
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SEQUIM â€” An amended state Department of Ecology water reclamation grant agreement and a contract approved by the Sequim City Council could lead to improvements at the Water Reuse Demonstration Park next to Carrie Blake Park. The council approved the agreement in a unanimous 4-0 vote Monday night. Council members Erik Erichsen and Laura Dubois were absent, and one seat recently has been vacated. The Reclaimed Water Grant amendment will provide a grant time extension to next year for the city to receive $465,566 for engineering work, said Paul Haines, public works director. Sequimâ€™s public works department has plans to expand the wastewater reclamation ponds at the cityâ€™s Reuse Demonstration Park and improve the adjacent amphitheater. Full funding is not complete, and fundraising
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