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Rescued owl released into the wild Bird’s first flight draws squawking By Keith Thorpe

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PORT ANGELES — Freedom is just another word for putting up with Steller’s jays. A juvenile barred owl that was found tangled in kite string and dangling from a power line in Port Angeles in October was returned to the wild Saturday east of Port Angeles on rural property belonging to the bird’s rescuer. The owl’s first flight was about 30 feet to a nearby tree. Within minutes, the bird had drawn the attention of several resident jays, who squawked their protest of the intrusion into their territory.

Kite-string predicament David Kanters, owner and founder of CliniCare of Port Angeles Inc. — which closed Oct. 29 — discovered the owl and its kite-string predicament hanging from utility lines behind the clinic on East Front Street on Oct. 22. Kanters, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, immediately took the bird under his wing, later transferring it to the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center in Sequim for a more detailed examination. There, the bird was given a clean bill of health and was readied for a return to

A juvenile male barred owl checks out his new surroundings after his release Saturday. flew from tree to tree, staying close to its point of release, checking out the treetop neighborhood. Each hop was accompanied by the increasinglyfrantic chatter of disturbed Steller’s jays. A crowd of about 30 people gathered to witness the event and followed the owl’s progress as it gained its bearings. Moore said it was possible the owl would take up residence in the immediate area if no other owls had previous claim to the territory. Kanters said he was happy to see the owl’s return to freedom. “He belongs out there,” Served as protector he said. “It was a good out“She was really taking come.” care of him,” Randazzo said. ________ Keith Thorpe (2)/Peninsula Daily News “She stuck by him the entire Photojournalist Keith Thorpe time, acting a lot like a sur- can be reached at 360-417-3524 Jaye Moore, left, executive director of the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife rogate mother.” or at keith.thorpe@peninsuladaily Center in Sequim, prepares to release the barred owl into the wild Saturday east of Port Angeles. The newly released owl news.com. the wild. Jaye Moore, executive director of the raptor center, said the bird was in good condition considering the circumstances of his capture. Food and a few straightened feathers were the prescription for rehabilitation. “We got him fat and sassy, and we got him ready to go,” she said. Falcon breeder and raptor center volunteer Melissa Randazzo said Juliette, a one-eyed barred owl who is a permanent resident of the center, served as protector for the younger owl during its stay.

River Road resurfacing to begin Monday By Jeff Chew

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SEQUIM — A project to resurface West Sequim’s River Road entrance from U.S. Highway 101 to the roundabout at West Washington Street will be done at night Monday through Thursday this week. Work will be done from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night until completion, said Paul Haines, city engineer. “The reason we are doing

it at night is to minimize the impact,” Haines said, adding that the city notified businesses in the vicinity of the project on Friday. Access to all businesses will remain open, regardless of whether work is in progress, he said. The west entrance into Sequim’s commercial district will be open during the day but with some lane shifts possible, marked by barriers and detour signs.

During work at night, Haines said, flaggers will direct motorists through the construction site and into restaurants and other business driveways in the vicinity.

750 tons of asphalt Lakeside Industries of Port Angeles, the low bidder on the project, will resurface the River Road stretch with about 750 tons of asphalt.

The $150,755 project is funded with Sequim Transportation Benefit District dollars, Haines said. The project will resurface the roundabout and the West Washington Street approach to it, and flaggers will direct westbound traffic beginning at Priest Road, he said. The existing road surface will have to be ground down in places to the base gravel, where additional

wear and tear has taken place, Haines said. Most of project is an asphalt overlay, he said. River Road work now will delay more extensive future work that could take up to 10 times longer and be far more costly, he said. “Hopefully, they will finish it within a few days,” said Haines, but weather could cause work delays. “This time of year we are holding our breath that we

can get it done.” Lakeside is being given until Nov. 18 to complete the job, taking weather into account, he said. Clallam County is administering the contract on behalf of the city, Haines said, because the city does not have the road staff.

________ Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Jeff Chew can be reached at 360-681-2391 or at jeff.chew@ peninsuladailynews.com.

Legislature: Dems apparently to remain in control But voters send anti-tax message with rollbacks By Rachel La Corte The Associated Press

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Republican Jaime Herrera’s victory Tuesday night in the open 3rd District in southwestern Washington was part of the Republican wave in the U.S. House. Herrera became the first Republican to represent the district in a dozen years and her win narrowed the state’s Democratic majority in the House delegation to 5-4.

Closely watched races Republicans also were closely watching the state’s northern 2nd Congressional Democratic incumbent, where Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen held a slim lead over Republican challenger John Koster. Larsen won his last re-

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election bid in 2008 with 62 percent of the vote. If Koster ultimately overtakes Larsen, it would be the first time Washington’s House delegation had a Republican majority since the late 1990s. Republican consultant Chris Vance points to gains in the Legislature, the Herrera win and the closeness of the Larsen race as proof that Washington state benefited from a nationwide trend in favor of Republicans. “Did a wave hit here, yes. Was it a massive tidal wave like hit the U.S. House, obviously not,” Vance said. “I think now we’re returning back to what we used to be, which is a very,

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And voters sent a clear anti-tax statement, rolling back increased snack taxes, rejecting a $2 billion income tax on the rich and making it harder for the Legislature to raise taxes in the future. “They’re going to return Democratic majorities to the Legislature, but they clipped their wings with respect to the budget process,” Democratic strategist Christian Sinderman said. State Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser said the passage of Initiative 1053 — which requires a higher bar for legislative votes to raise taxes — plus the addition of more Republican lawmakers “is like a

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state’s tax structure. “One of the lessons here, post-Obama’s election, is this is still the age of Reagan,” Murray said, noting that Republicans have been able to make the argument for smaller government and low taxes “on their terms.” “We have not been able to articulate a vision that voters understand,” he said.

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OLYMPIA — Voters overwhelmingly rebuked taxes passed by Washington state’s large Democratic majorities in the Legislature. But while they may have been unhappy with the job Democrats did earlier this year, they appear to be letting them retain control of state government. Republicans made gains in both the state House and Senate in last week’s election, won an open U.S. House seat and were optimistic of their chances in a too-close-to-call race in another. While they are not expected to take the majority in the Legislature as they did in 1994, Republicans have cut into Democrats’ comfortable margins and ran competitive races in other districts.

belt and suspenders.” “Voters said, ’I’m taxed enough already,”’ Esser said. “Hopefully that will chasten many of the Democrats who do remain.” All 98 state House seats and 25 of 49 Senate seats were on the ballot this fall. Many positions were considered safe for either party, leaving intense battles over a relatively small slice to decide which side controls the Legislature. The GOP steadily lost ground during the last decade, finally giving up its one-seat control of the state Senate in 2004. Before Tuesday’s election, Democrats controlled the House with a 61-37 margin and the Senate with a 31-18 majority. As of this weekend, Republicans had moved their margin up to more than 40 seats in the House with a handful of races still too close to call. In the Senate, Republicans appeared to have gained at least four additional seats, with additional close races showing Democrats holding on to three seats needed for the GOP to take the majority.

“They’re going to return Democratic majorities to the Legislature, but they clipped their wings with respect to the budget process.”

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