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Tsunami dock removed ‘Challenging’ operation ends on debris from Japan tragedy BY ROB OLLIKAINEN PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
LAPUSH — The dock is gone. A Port Townsend contractor has finished removing a 185ton Japanese dock that broke off in a massive tsunami in March 2011, floated across the Pacific Ocean and washed ashore on a remote beach divid-
ing Olympic National Park and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary last December. State and federal officials officially announced Thursday that the Undersea Co. had removed what was left of the 65-foot-long, 7½-foot-tall structure after winds and ocean currents had driven it to a wilderness beach near the mouth of
Mosquito Creek between the Hoh River and LaPush. “Thanks to the extraordinary teamwork of all involved, the dock has been removed,” said Carol Bernthal, sanctuary superintendent. “No one was injured, and the potential for environmental impacts has been reduced significantly. But this cannot erase the tragedy experienced by the people of Japan.” Crews began dismantling the dock — a concrete hull filled with plastic foam — with wire saws March 17.
Chunks of the structure were lifted out by helicopter and taken to a landing site on privately owned Rayonier Inc. land nearby, Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes has said. From there, it was trucked to a Forks recycling station. John Nesset, president and chief executive officer of Undersea Co., said the last of the equipment was removed from the dock site Wednesday. “This operation was challenging,” Nesset said. TURN
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Ed Leitz, owner of Leitz Farms Inc. in Mount Pleasant, is moving his business closer to Port Angeles — at the former Price Ford Lincoln Mercury location on East Front Street.
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A rescue worker from Naval Magazine Indian Island rappels about 125 feet down to rescue Jake, a 90-pound black Labrador retriever that slipped and fell down the Fort Worden State Park bluff.
Dog tumbles down bluff, rescued OK BY JOE SMILLIE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND –– A 90-pound black Lab named Jake is unhurt after stumbling halfway down a 200-foot cliff at the north end of Fort Worden State Park. Rescue crews from East Jefferson FireRescue, Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue and Naval Magazine Indian Island spent two hours Wednesday evening bringing the Labrador retreiver to safety on the beach below. Jeff Passerotti, father of Jake’s owner, Sara Passerotti, reported Thursday that Jake was shaken but not seriously injured from the ordeal. “She told me he’s tired and a little bit shaken up, but he’s fine,” Jeff Passerotti said in a phone interview from his Eugene, Ore., restaurant. TURN
Feed, farm supplier set for former Ford locale BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — One of the area’s largest farm stores will be moving to bigger digs in April because the store’s
owner said the business has grown beyond his expectations over the past four years. Ed Leitz, owner and operator of Leitz Farms Inc. at 173 Mount Pleasant Road, said he expects to have moved into the former space of Price Ford Lincoln Mercury at 1527 E. Front St. by April 8. “So it’s coming up quick,” Leitz said Thursday. Leitz, 29, said he decided on the move
from the Mount Pleasant location, the farm store’s home since 2009, to take advantage of nearly twice the square footage the Front Street space offers and three times the parking space. “We actually outgrew [the Mount Pleasant location] a couple of years ago, so it was time to expand a little bit,” he said. TURN
Border agent guilty of assault PA-stationed supervisor admits choking another during meeting BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
TACOMA — A Border Patrol supervisor stationed in Port Angeles has pleaded guilty in federal District Court to misdemeanor assault on a federal officer. Mauricio G. Benitez, 42, of Port Angeles admitted Wednesday in his plea agreement that he choked his acting field operations supervisor, identified in court records only as “J.W.,” and DOG/A7 pinned him against a chair dur-
ing a work meeting with other supervisors Sept. 29, 2011. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and Benitez agreed to a sentence of three years’ probation and the possible condition that Benitez complete an angermanagement program. Misdemeanor assault of a federal officer is a federal crime punishable by imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $100,000. Benitez will be sentenced at 10 a.m. June 5 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.
He remains a supervisory Border Patrol agent in Port Angeles and “remains on administrative leave while this matter is pending,” said his lawyer, Ronald Friedman of Lane Powell in Seattle. Agents based in Port Angeles patrol both Clallam and Jefferson counties.
Personnel matter Friedman said the altercation was over “policies and personnel matters” but would not elaborate on what prompted the fracas, which occurred at a midmorning meeting. The Border Patrol does not comment on personnel matters
regarding specific employees, agency spokesman Jeffrey Jones said in an email. “We do not tolerate unlawful misconduct or abuse within our ranks,” Jones said. He did not respond by midday Thursday to a request to describe the agency’s disciplinary process for agents who plead guilty to misdemeanor assault of a federal officer. The incident involving Benitez was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the investigative arm of the federal Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Border Patrol. TURN
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Comedian still hurting from diving mishap COMEDIAN LOUIE ANDERSON said he’s been in pain all week from a recent diving mishap during a taping of the ABC celebrity diving show “Splash.” Anderson, who weighs more than 400 pounds, was trying to do a flip from the 5-meter Anderson board when he slammed into the water, landing on his face and chest. “If I were lying down right now, you would have to help me up,” the 60-yearold Anderson said Wednesday. “It’s been almost a week, and it still hurts almost as much.” Anderson, who skipped diving practice Tuesday night to take the stage in Sioux Falls, S.D., for a show benefiting the Brennan
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Charlie Daniels, 76, shown in 2005, reportedly is recovering after having had a pacemaker implanted Thursday at a Nashville, Tenn.-area hospital. Rock & Roll Academy, said he asked the “Splash” staff after the accident if he was suffering internal bleeding or damage but was told no. “They said, ‘That’s your abs. You’ve never worked
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WEDNESDAY’S QUESTION: North Korea’s People’s Army Supreme Command was placed on “highest alert,” threatening to attack South Korea and the U.S.’s Guam and Hawaii with missiles. Are you worried?
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GORDON STOKER, 88, a member of The Jordanaires vocal group that backed Elvis Presley, died Wednesday. His son, Alan, told The Associated Press that Mr. Stoker died at his home in Brentwood, Tenn., Mr. Stoker after a lengthy illness. Mr. Stoker got his start playing the piano on WSM radio and its signature show, the Grand Ole Opry. He joined the Jordanaires as a piano player but then became tenor vocalist. The group was already well-known for their gospel singing when Presley recruited them to perform on his recording of “Hound Dog” in 1956. The Jordanaires originated in Missouri and came to Nashville, where they backed Red Foley on a segment of the Opry called the “Prince Albert Show,” according to John Rumble, senior historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The quartet recorded and performed for years with Presley, Rumble said. The Jordanaires also per-
1979 to 1983. Ms. Kanin was nominated for an Acad_________ emy Award for 1958’s DON PAYNE, 48, an Ms. Kanin “Teacher’s Emmy-winning writer and in 2006 producer for “The Simpsons” Pet” alongwho also wrote the hit movie side her husband and writ“Thor,” has died. ing partner, Michael Kanin. His friend and former The film starred Clark writing partner, John Frink, Gable and Doris Day. told the Los Angeles Times Ms. Kanin also was recthat Mr. Payne had bone ognized for her television cancer and died Tuesday at contributions, winning two his Los Angeles home. screenwriting Emmys in Mr. Payne shared four 1974 and another for proEmmys won by “The Simpducing the TV special sons.” “Friendly Fire” in 1979. He also wrote the 2006 Details on Ms. Kanin’s Uma Thurman comedy “My cause of death were not Super Ex-Girlfriend” and 2007’s “Fantastic Four: Rise immediately available. of the Silver Surfer.” formed with Patsy Cline on “Crazy,” with Jim Reeves on “Four Walls,” on George Jones’ 1980 hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and on Kenny Rogers’ “Lucille.”
_________ FAY KANIN, 95, an Emmy-winning and Oscarnominated screenwriter, has died. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed Ms. Kanin’s death Wednesday. She served as president of the film academy from
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Peninsula Lookback From the pages of the PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
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The Charles Nelson Co. lumber mill, for 25 years a prominent landmark on the Port Angeles waterfront, is well on the way toward becoming only a memory. Machinery in the big plant east of the base of Ediz Hook is being sold off Seen Around piece by piece under fedPeninsula snapshots eral court jurisdiction. A SEAPLANE TAKMechanics and laborers ING off from William R. are removing items of Fairchild International Air- equipment gradually for Laugh Lines port in Port Angeles. Yes, it various buyers up and had wheels with the ponTHERE’S A GROWdown the Pacific Coast. toons . . . ING trend of older AmeriThe mill, which the San cans who are using mariFrancisco-based Charles WANTED! “Seen Around” juana in their retirement. Nelson Co. acquired in Send them to PDN News That makes sense because items. Desk, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles 1916, was the prime factor old people are always talk- WA 98362; fax 360-417-3521; or in developing Port Angeles ing about their joints. from a village to a thriving email news@peninsuladailynews. Jimmy Fallon com. small city.
Sidney M. Hauptmann of San Francisco is the federal trustee for the bankruptcy proceedings.
3,922 mbf, but log rafting in the harbor increased by 1,314 mbf.
1988 (25 years ago) 1963 (50 years ago) Lumber shipments by ship and barge from the Port of Port Angeles showed a sharp increase in 1962 over the previous year, port Manager Jack P. Hogan reported to commissioners. The 1962 volume of outbound lumber was 35,818 million board feet, or mbf, an increase of 8,578 mbf over 1961 shipments. Hogan said log shipments to Japan decreased by 2,704 mbf. Logs dumped at the port dock in 1962 decreased
Plans are under way to double the floor space and holdings of the Clallam Bay Library by moving it to a house recently bought by the North Olympic Library System. The library board agreed to pay $39,000 for a 640-square-foot house and three lots across the street from Clallam Bay School. Plans call for expanding the house to about 1,200 square feet and moving the library’s collection to the new site by 1989, said Hal Enerson, library community relations coordinator.
Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS GOOD FRIDAY, March 29, the 88th day of 2013. There are 277 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On March 29, 1973, the last United States combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War. In an address to the nation, President Richard Nixon declared, “For the first time in 12 years, no American military forces are in Vietnam.” On this date: ■ In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware. ■ In 1812, the first White House wedding took place as Lucy Payne Washington, the sister of
first lady Dolley Madison, married Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd. ■ In 1912, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, his doomed expedition stranded in an Antarctic blizzard after failing to be the first to reach the South Pole, wrote the last words of his journal: “For Gods sake look after our people.” ■ In 1943, World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese began in the U.S. ■ In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. They were executed in June 1953. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I” opened on Broadway.
■ In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC’s “Tonight” show for the final time, though the network aired a repeat the following night. Johnny Carson debuted as host the following October. ■ In 1971, Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre. Calley ended up serving three years under house arrest. A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for cult leader Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 TateLa Bianca murders. The sentences later were commuted. ■ In 1993, “Unforgiven” won the Academy Award for best pic-
ture as well as best director for Clint Eastwood. Emma Thompson won best actress for “Howards End,” and Al Pacino won best actor for “Scent of a Woman.” ■ Ten years ago: Michelle Kwan became only the third American to win five World Figure Skating Championships, after Dick Button and Carol Heiss, at the competition in Washington, D.C. ■ Five years ago: Anti-American Shiite militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers to defy orders from the Iraqi government to surrender their weapons. ■ One year ago: Stanford routed Minnesota 75-51 to win the NIT title.
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A3 Briefly: Nation Woman arrested on Colorado gun transfer charge HOUSTON — Colorado authorities have arrested a woman accused of illegally transferring the gun allegedly used to kill the state prisons chief, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Police believe Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City, Colo., legally bought the gun from a licensed dealer in Vigil the Denver suburb of Englewood before transferring it to Evan Ebel, 28, a felon barred from possessing a firearm, the CBI said. Ebel, who died last week after allegedly using the same gun in a shootout with officers in Wise County, Texas, is suspected in the shooting deaths of Colorado Department of Corrections head Tom Clements, 58, on March 19 and Nathan Leon, 27, who was shot March 17 while working as a pizza delivery driver around Denver. Vigil was arrested Wednesday on one felony count of unlawful purchase of a firearm, her bail set at $25,000.
NATO job nomination WASHINGTON — A senior
Air Force general is being nominated to take over as commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Europe. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove is the top Air Force commander in Europe. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Breedlove is particularly well-qualified. Hagel announced the nomination Thursday. If confirmed, Breedlove would be the first Air Force general to hold the top NATO job since Joseph Ralston served in the post from 2000-2003. Breedlove would succeed Navy Adm. James Stavridis, who has held the job since 2009. President Barack Obama chose Breedlove after his first choice for the job, Marine Gen. John Allen, said he would retire.
New anti-smoking ads NEW YORK — Government health officials launched the second round of a graphic ad campaign Thursday that is designed to get smokers off tobacco, saying they believe the last effort convinced tens of thousands to quit. The ads feature sad, real-life stories: There is Terrie, a North Carolina woman who lost her voice box; Bill, a diabetic smoker from Michigan who lost his leg; and Aden, a 7-year-old boy from New York, who has asthma attacks from secondhand smoke. “Most smokers want to quit. These ads encourage them to try,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Associated Press
Briefly: World apartheid leader was responding well to treatment and the medical team was acting SEOUL, South Korea — In a with extreme show of force following weeks of caution North Korean bluster, the U.S. because of Mandela on Thursday took the unpreceMandela’s dented step of announcing that advanced age. two of its nuclear-capable B-2 The Nobel laureate was stealth bombers joined joint miladmitted Wednesday to a hospiitary drills with South Korea, tal in Pretoria, the South Afridropping dummy munitions on can capital, in the latest in a an island range. series of such trips in a year. The announcement is likely to further enrage Pyongyang, which has already issued a flood Pope washes feet of ominous statements over the ROME — Pope Francis drills and U.N. sanctions over washed and kissed the feet of a its nuclear test last month. dozen inmates at a juvenile But there were signs Thursdetention center in a Holy day that it is willing to go only Thursday ritual that he celeso far. A North Korean indusbrated for years as archbishop trial plant operated with South and is continuing now that he is Korean know-how was running pope. Two of the 12 were young normally, despite the North’s women, a remarkable choice shutdown a day earlier of comgiven that the church’s current munication lines used to move liturgical law says only men workers across the border. should participate. U.S. Forces Korea said that The Mass was held in the the B-2 stealth bombers flew Casal del Marmo facility in from a U.S. air base in Missouri Rome, where 46 young men and and dropped dummy munitions women are detained. on the South Korean island Many are gypsies or North range before returning home. African migrants, and the 12 selected for the foot-washing Mandela hospitalized rite included Orthodox and JOHANNESBURG — A lung Muslim detainees, reports said. Vatican Radio carried the infection that has plagued NelMass live, and Francis told the son Mandela has struck again, detainees that Jesus washed the prompting doctors to admit the feet of his disciples on the eve of 94-year-old former president to his crucifixion in a gesture of a hospital late at night. love and service. South Africa’s presidency said Thursday that the antiThe Associated Press
U.S. sends B-2s to South Korea for exercises
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama urged lawmakers Thursday to remember the children gunned down in America and not “get squishy” in the face of powerful forces against gun control legislation, as supporters struggle to win over moderate Democrats before a Senate vote expected next month. Obama, flanked by grim-faced mothers who lost their children to guns, said Washington must do something after the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., three months ago. He called out to the families of four children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School sitting in his audience. “Shame on us if we’ve forgotten,” Obama said. “I haven’t forgotten those kids.” Obama’s event came as gun control legislation faces an uncertain future, even though more than 80 percent of people say in polling they support expanded background checks. Backed by a $12 million TV advertising campaign financed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, gun control groups scheduled rallies around the country Thursday aimed at pressuring senators to back the effort. Obama said the upcoming vote is the best chance in more than a
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President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and mothers of children killed by guns, speaks Thursday in the East Room of the White House. decade to reduce gun violence. He encouraged Americans, especially gun owners, to press lawmakers to “turn that heartbreak into something real.” “Don’t get squishy because time has passed and it’s not on the news every single day,” he said.
Shunning Bloomberg Moderate Senate Democrats like Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota are shunning Bloomberg as a meddling outsider while stressing their allegiance to their own voters’ views and to gun rights. While saying they are keeping an open mind and that they support keeping guns from criminals and people with mental disorders, some moderates are avoiding specific commitments they might regret later.
“I do not need someone from New York City to tell me how to handle crime in our state,” Heitkamp said this week. “I know that we can go after and prosecute criminals without the need to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of lawabiding North Dakotans.” Heitkamp does not face reelection next year, but Pryor and five other Senate Democrats in closely divided states do. All six, from Southern and Western states, will face voters whose attachment to guns is unshakeable — not to mention opposition from the National Rifle Association, should they vote for restrictions the NRA opposes. “We have a politically savvy and a loyal voting bloc, and the politicians know that,” said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the NRA.
Adam Lanza’s secret arsenal detailed INVESTIGATORS FOUND A trove of evidence in Newtown, Conn., shooter Adam Lanza’s house — three photos of dead people covered in plastic and possibly blood, and a cache of 1,400 rounds of ammunition in his room, search warrants unsealed Thursday showed. Also in the Rocky Hill, Conn., home: three samurai swords with blades ranging from 13 to 28 inches, 10 other knives, both Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation game consoles, and handwrit-
ten notes with locations of gun shops. A military-style uniform was in his bedroom. The 85 pages of unsealed search warrants also offer new details about the shooting spree that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown the morning of Dec. 14. Lanza already had killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, and then turned a gun on himself. The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — Late in the argument over same-sex marriage in California, Justice Anthony Kennedy made this comment: “You might address why you think we should take and decide this case,” he said to lawyer Charles Cooper, representing opponents of same-sex marriage. One might have thought the court already crossed that bridge. But now the justices were openly discussing essentially walking away from the case over California’s Proposition 8, a voterapproved ban on gay marriage, without deciding anything.
Indeed, this case offers a rare glimpse at the court’s opaque internal workings, in which justices make political calculations about what to do, and Kennedy’s often-decisive vote can never be far from his colleagues’ minds.
Two days of arguments The court Wednesday concluded two days of arguments involving gay marriage. In the second case, a constitutional challenge to a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a majority of the court appeared likely to rule that legally married gay couples should receive bene-
fits that the law currently reserves for straight married couples. From their comments and questions Tuesday, Justices Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia indicated they preferred what they called the cautious approach: allowing the debate over gay marriage to play out in the states and not overturning by judicial fiat the will of California voters who approved Proposition 8 in 2008. Justice Clarence Thomas, as is his custom, said nothing during the argument, but Chief Justice John Roberts had tough questions for lawyers for same-sex couples who sued for the right to marry, and the Obama administration.
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World: Appellate judge stands by Knox’s acquittal
A FORMER MAYORAL candidate in Tucson, Ariz., is launching a privately funded program to provide residents of crime-prone areas with free shotguns so they can defend themselves against criminals. Shaun McClusky said the program, modeled after one recently started in Houston, would provide training and enough money to buy a basic shotgun to residents who pass background checks, the Arizona Daily Star reported. Donors have committed about $12,000 to the program that McClusky said could start handing out guns within 60 days, the newspaper said.
THE COAST GUARD has asked the Justice Department to investigate possible pollution violations by both the drilling rigs Shell used in its botched efforts to explore for oil last year in the Arctic Ocean waters off the northern coast of Alaska. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo said he’d turned over to the Justice Department for review and possible prosecution an investigation into the troubled Shell drilling rig Kulluk Kulluk.. The Coast Guard earlier had sent the Justice Department a list of 16 safety and environmental violations by the other rig used in Shell’s Arctic efforts, the Noble Discoverer. Discoverer.
A GEORGIA SHERIFF said seven dogs fatally mauled a toddler in her backyard as the attack went unnoticed by the girl’s mother and other adults. Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith said Thursday that Monica Renee Laminack, who would have turned 2 years old in June, slipped out a dog door and into the fenced-in yard where she was attacked. By the time the child’s grandmother looked outside, the girl was dead, and her clothes were in shreds, he said. Authorities said the dogs were pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Animal Control officers euthanized them after the attack Wednesday night.
THE ITALIAN PRESIDING appellate judge who acquitted student Amanda Knox in the murder of her British roommate said he remains certain there is no evidence of her guilt. Now retired, Judge Pratillo Hellmann was quoted in Italian newspapers as saying the only evidence tying Knox of Seattle and Italian co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito to the crime was refuted by expert testimony. Italy’s highest criminal court this week overturned the acquittals and ordered a new appeals trial for the two. Hellmann said he would draw the same conclusion again “without a doubt.”
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Kayak symposium scratched this year BY ROB OLLIKAINEN PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — The 2013 Port Angeles Kayak Symposium has been called off. Olympic Raft and Kayak, which has hosted the popular spring paddle convention for a dozen years, announced that this year’s symposium has been canceled. Morgan Colonel, secondyear owner of the store at 123 Lake Aldwell Road, said he made a difficult “business decision” to scratch the event, which had been planned for April 12-14. “I know this decision will not be a popular one, and I do understand what PAKS means to everyone,” Colonel
wrote in an email to paddlers that he posted at www. raftandkayak.com. “Please believe me, this has been a heavy weight on my shoulders, but ultimately I have to put the business before anything, even my own heart sometimes. I believe that this was such a difficult decision for me because I do understand what an event like this means to the local and regional community.”
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Kayaks line Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles during the 2012 Kayak Symposium.
The Port Angeles Kayak Symposium typically is held at Hollywood Beach and the Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel. It offers clinics for beginners and seasoned paddlers, attracts guest speakers and
provides “test-drives” of new and used kayaks. The symposium was organized by former Olympic Raft and Kayak owner Dave King, who retired
more than a year ago. In 2011, King delegated some of the responsibilities of the symposium to a business partner in Oak Harbor. The symposium hosted
hundreds of attendees in its later years. Colonel, who could not be reached for comment Thursday, apologized in his letter for not announcing the cancellation sooner. “We would also like everyone to know that our enthusiasm for the event has not faded,” Colonel wrote. “As we mentioned, this is a business decision but a symposium type of event is still something that has a big place in our hearts. “Our future plans are to involve the other local kayak shops, local vendors, etc . . . and re-create the event but as of right now, we cannot do that. “However, rest assured,
we will be busy figuring out how we can.” Olympic Raft and Kayak offer river trips, sea tours, whitewater and sea kayak instruction and rentals at its shop west of Port Angeles. It also puts on the Hobuck Hoedown, a surf kayak festival-competition at Hobuck Beach near Neah Bay. This year’s hoedown is scheduled for Oct. 6-7. “As of right now, we will be focusing our energy and resources into the core of the business and our event planning for the Hobuck Hoedown,” Colonel said.
________ Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com.
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PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles School District is expected to end the 20122013 school year more than $276,000 in the hole, with the difference paid with reserves, the School Board was told this week. Kelly Pearson, director of finance and operations, presented midyear budget projections to the board Monday that show that the district’s total revenues will be $36,616,917, while expenses are expected to reach $36,893,040, a difference of $276,123. The 0.7 percent shortfall includes both lower-thanexpected revenues and h i g h e r- t h a n - e x p e c t e d expenses, and was anticipated by the School Board, staff members said. The district is currently even more over budget, by more than $600,000, but Pearson said the higher deficit amount is not expected to continue to the end of the school year. “March is the lowest point of the year. Then, the taxes come in,” she said. Pearson said the district currently has a “committed fund balance” of $1.4 million, about 4 percent of the district’s annual budget, which cannot be spent. She said an additional $1.8 million of the general
New board meeting schedule?
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PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles School Board has tabled the idea of changing the day of regularly scheduled board meetings in the 2013-2014 school year to Thursdays instead of Mondays. The first suggestion, to meet the first and third Thursdays of each month, was rejected because of scheduling conflicts for board member Steve Baxter. A schedule of second and fourth Thursdays was suggested, and the revised board calendar is expected to be brought back for a vote at the April 8 board meeting at 7 p.m. at the Central Services Building, 216 E. Fourth St. The new schedule would begin in July. Meetings that conflict with latemonth holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, could be rescheduled to a week earlier, board members suggested. Moving the board meeting to Thursfund balance is considered “undesignated, unreserved” funds, which will be used to pay for the shortfall. “The balance was built up a few years ago in thoughtful anticipation of such a possibility,” Pearson said. The district is expecting a 5 percent to 7 percent cut in federal funds as a result of sequestration. Existing district levies help make up for some of these funding losses,
days would allow the district to make changes to meeting agendas more easily than the current schedule, in which agendas are finalized by Friday and changes cannot be considered until just before Monday meetings, said Superintendent Jane Pryne. The board’s first meeting of the month for the current second-and-fourthMonday schedule is held at the Central Services Building, and the second meeting location rotates between the district’s school buildings, with a presentation from that school’s principal on its current achievements, challenges and activities. The board also approved the 20132014 school calendar, with a beginning date of Sept. 3; winter break Dec. 23 to Jan. 3; spring break March 31, 2014, to May 4, 2014; and the final school day June 13, 2014. Two snow day makeup days are scheduled for June 16 and 17, 2014, if needed.
Pearson said. “Without local support in the form of levy dollars, we would have to make some difficult cuts that would certainly impact our ability to provide the quality of education that our community has come to expect,” she said. Enrollment is slightly higher than anticipated. On March 1, the district counted an average of 3,423.26 full-time-equivalent enrolled students, 21.45
more than estimated. According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction records, the district averages $9,473 in annual spending per student, with 70 percent of funds being spent in the classroom, 12 percent for district and building administration, 8 percent in maintenance and operations, and 4 percent each for food services and transportation expenses.
PORT ANGELES — A 64-year-old Oregon man has been charged with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon in what the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is calling a probable incident of road rage. James E. Jones of La Pine, Ore., was arrested March 22 after allegedly pointing a gun for an extended period of time at a car containing two adults and their two children while Jones drove behind them in the vicinity of Spath Road, McCawley Road and Kitchen-Dick Road between Port Angeles and Sequim. Jones, who was charged Wednesday, is on his own recognizance as he awaits his arraignment at 9 a.m. April 5 in Clallam County Superior Court. “It appears that Mr. Jones was unhappy with an unsuccessful attempt to pass the other vehicle,” Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Troberg said Thursday. “Mr. Jones was upset at the other driver. “That’s typically what you would call road rage, I guess.” The arrest report from county Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Wagner gave this account of the couple’s allegations: At about 6:30 p.m. March 22, the couple and their two children were traveling on Spath Road when Jones attempted to
pass them. When Jones almost ran them off the road, they sped up. The driver looked in his rear-view mirror and saw Jones pointing a silver pistol at the family’s car. The woman said Jones was driving his vehicle with his left hand and pointing the pistol out the window with his right hand. Jones turned off at McCawley Road but then apparently returned to Spath because the couple said they saw him behind them again still pointing the gun. He followed them to Kitchen-Dick Road. They sped north on KitchenDick, and Jones turned around on Spath and headed east on that road, they said. The couple “feared for their safety and the safety of their children,” Wagner said in his report. Authorities obtained a search warrant and retrieved a loaded Taurus .45-caliber pistol from a West Buena Vista Drive home, arrested Jones and booked him into Clallam County jail. A friend of Jones’ lives at the house, Troberg said. Jones was released Monday on his own recognizance after the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office unsuccessfully requested $10,000 bail. Jones was ordered to surrender any firearms in his possession and maintain a physical residence at an address in Port Angeles.
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Pole fixed after wreck Driver uninjured in crash BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
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Emergency workers treat a bicyclist who was involved in a collision with a passenger van Thursday at Eighth and C streets in Port Angeles. Police said Jeremy May, 35, of West Virginia was riding the bicycle eastbound on Eighth Street and reportedly ran the stop sign, striking the side of a Dodge Grand Caravan that was southbound on C Street. May was taken to Olympic Medical Center, where he was listed in satisfactory condition.
The repair forced the temporary shutoff of electricity for two homes in the area, Howe added. Paramedic units from the fire district received a 9-1-1 emergency call about the single-car wreck at 3:43 p.m., Young said. The fire department did not identify the driver, citing privacy concerns.
SEQUIM â€” Clallam County Public Utility District crews repaired a power pole on the eastbound side of Woodcock Road after it was severed in a single-car wreck Wednesday. The 69-year-old driver was not hurt when his sport utility vehicle ran into the power pole north of Sequim and sheared it off its base, Recoup costs said Patrick Young, spokesHowe could not estimate man for Clallam Fire Disthe cost of repairs Thurstrict 3. day, though the utility disInvestigation continues trict will charge the driver for expenses incurred by The Clallam County the work. Sheriffâ€™s Office continued to â€œWe do try to recoup the investigate the cause of the cost,â€? Howe said. wreck Thursday. ________ Crews repaired the pole in about five hours WednesReporter Jeremy Schwartz can day, Michael Howe, utility be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. district spokesman, said 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsula Thursday. dailynews.com.
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Libraries closed PORT ANGELES â€” All libraries in the North Olympic Library System will be closed Friday, April 12, to allow staff to attend an in-service training day. The libraries in Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks and Clallam Bay will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13. The libraryâ€™s website is always available at www. nols.org. For more information, phone library Director Paula Barnes at 360-4178500, ext. 7715, or email email@example.com.
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Famed railway talk SEQUIM â€” Hank and Barbara Offerman will discuss their adventures on the Trans-Siberian Railroad at the next meeting of the Computer Genealogy Users Group on Friday, April 5. The talk will be held at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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PT mercantile to lose money at first Not unusual, stockholders told at inaugural meeting BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND â€” The Quimper Mercantile Co. will lose money during its first year of operation, which is exactly what the managers of the community-owned retail outlet said they predicted. â€œWe are planning to lose money in 2013,â€? said CEO Peter Quinn during the publicly traded companyâ€™s first stockholder meeting Wednesday night. â€œThat is not unusual in a new business, especially in retail, where the first quarter is always challenging, and this past quarter has been especially difficult for retailers in Port Townsend,â€? Quinn continued. Quinn said the store will follow a common retail pattern, where sales during the final five months of the year sustain the operation for the less-busy times. Quimper Mercantile Co., or QMC, opened its doors in October and celebrated its grand opening in November. Wednesdayâ€™s meeting represented the first formal report to stockholders and took place in a vacant part of the store, located at 1121 Water St. QMC was formed after
Swainâ€™s Outdoor, which was in the same location, closed in early 2011 after having operated in Port Townsend since 1996. The store showed a $220,103 net loss for the year, but the profit outlook will be more optimistic in future years since $250,000 in startup costs is not an expense that will be repeated, Quinn said. A new board of directors was elected Wednesday, with 3,398 shares voting and providing 99.79 percent approval of the unopposed slate of candidates. Elected were incumbent board members Quinn, Marty Gay, Deborah Stinson, Ian Keith, Tim White and Steve Moore, along with new members Ron McElroy and Xoe Huffman. Stockholders had the option of approving or rejecting the new list of board members but not of voting on individual members. Gay, the chief financial officer, said there is room for one more person on the eight-member board but attempts to solicit someone for that position were unsuccessful. About 120 stockholders attended the meeting. Most stood during proceedings.
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Quimper Mercantile CEO Peter Quinn, right, addresses the storeâ€™s first stockholder meeting Wednesday in the unused space of the store in Port Townsend. About 120 people attended. About 40 chairs were set up. The unused retail space where the meeting was held is where store officials eventually hope to expand the inventory.
Money raised Through its stock offerings, QMC has raised $576,000, which is short of the $750,000 goal and the $950,000 limit. Initially, the offering was to end Jan. 1, but the store was granted an extension until Feb. 1, 2014, and stock sales have continued at
what Gay characterized as â€œa trickle.â€? The store was able to operate when it raised $425,000, with all additional funds to be allocated toward inventory development. The store now has about $245,000 worth of inventory, an amount that Quinn said he would like to double. â€œWe had a minimum amount of money that we needed to open the store,â€? Quinn said. â€œIf there is anything that weâ€™ve heard most frequently from people, itâ€™s that the
inventory is a little sparse and there isnâ€™t a lot of depth,â€? said Steve Moore, board member. â€œWe have a store open, and we are in business, although we feel that if we had around $750,000 or $800,000, weâ€™d have a level of inventory that weâ€™d really like,â€? Moore said. â€œWeâ€™d love to be able to respond by offering more product and what people are asking for.â€? Moore said the best way to build inventory is to sell stock, which should be a less difficult process now
that the store is open. â€œThe nice thing is that unlike when many of you stepped up and bought shares, we exist now,â€? Moore said. â€œI remember people asking, â€˜Are you going to carry this or do that,â€™ and we couldnâ€™t answer because those were forward-looking statements. There is no more forward looking because there is a pretty good indication of what we will have.â€? Moore said the sale of another $175,000 in stock would bring inventory to an adequate level. â€œWe hope you can help us to reach more people,â€? Moore said. â€œWe are all in this together,â€? he said. During a question-andanswer session, stockholder Deborah Hammond said she found the numbers encouraging, even if they were in the red. â€œYou already made so much money in a limited time, you are covering your losses,â€? she said. â€œIt would look a lot worse if you werenâ€™t doing so well, but this doesnâ€™t look so terrifying to me. â€œIt could be a lot more terrifying, but itâ€™s not.â€?
________ Jefferson County Editor Charlie Bermant, who owns two shares of QMC stock at $100 each, can be reached at 360-385-2335 or at charlie.bermant@peninsuladaily news.com.
Editor of Forks Forum retires Jefferson PUD Newsman, prepares to flip wife to head for California power switch BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
FORKS â€” Forks Forum Editor and Publisher Chris Cook will hang up his press badge today after 25 years in the industry, the past six years covering the West End for the weekly community newspaper. The Forks Chamber of Commerce honored Cook on Wednesday with a cake and send-off at its regular weekly meeting. â€œChris is the best editor we ever had,â€? said Marcia Bingham, chamber director of customer service. Cook arrived in Forks in March 2007 with a diversity of experience and willingness to learn more that made him an integral part of the Forks community, Bingham said. â€œHeâ€™s always connected LONNIE ARCHIBALD/FOR PENINSULA DAILY NEWS with everything. He didnâ€™t Chris Cook, editor and publisher of the Forks mind being included in Forum, stands outside the newspaper office in things,â€? she said.
â€˜Understand my rootsâ€™ After spending most of his life in New York City and Hawaii, Cook said he found that Forks is a lot like life in rural Idaho, the home of his pioneer family. â€œI understand my roots better now,â€? he said.
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Forks on Wednesday. Cook retires from his position today. He and his wife will move to Crescent City, Calif.
At 63, Cook said it was time to hang up his journalistic hat and concentrate on other parts of his life, including writing more books and spending more time with his wife, Evelyn Cook, who has health concerns. His current project is a nonfiction version of the first chapters of James A. Michenerâ€™s novel Hawaii, he said. The Cooks are moving to Crescent City, Calif., a fishing and logging community near the Oregon border,
where they already own a home, he said.
Island newspaper on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, as an Associated Press and United Press International stringer in Hawaii, and as editor of the Coeur dâ€™Alene Press in Idaho. Cook, who also has spent time traveling to the best surf spots in the world, has published more than 15 books, he said. Among them are Twilight Territory: A Fanâ€™s Guide to Forks & LaPush and Forks (Images of America), with Larry Burtness.
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PORT TOWNSEND â€” There will be no ceremonial throwing of a switch when electrical power service in East Jefferson County transfers from Puget Sound Energy to the Jefferson County Public Utility District at 12:01 a.m. Monday. If all goes according to plan, the 19,000 customers wonâ€™t notice the difference. â€œWeâ€™re ready to go,â€? said PUD board President Barney Burke earlier this week. â€œIâ€™m feeling good about this. â€œWeâ€™ve done a lot of work in the last four years.â€? In 2008, voters granted the public agency â€” which already provided water and sewer service â€” the authority to offer electrical service to East Jefferson County residents, severing a relationship with PSE that spanned about 100 years.
In tourism He worked as a tourism industry spokesman, was part of the effort to bring â€œJurassic Parkâ€? filming to the island of Kauai and was a state spokesman during Hawaiiâ€™s recovery from Hurricane Iniki in 1992, he said. The Forks Forum is delivered each Thursday to every postal address in the West End of Clallam and Jefferson counties and counts a circulation of 5,000. Sound Publishing Inc., owner of the Forks Forum, is working toward finding a new editor but has not yet found one, Cook said. Until a permanent replacement writer and editor can be found, a reporter from the Sequim Gazette, also owned by Sound Publishing, will cover local news for the Forum, Cook said. The Peninsula Daily News also is owned by Sound Publishing.
Unnoticeable Burke expects that the changeover wonâ€™t be discernible to the average user, nor will the customer experience appreciably change, he said. He hopes the service will improve because of the smaller customer base â€” compared with the 1.1 million electrical customers in 11 counties that the Bellevue-based PSE has served â€” and that the local point of contact will offer more thorough information than is currently available during a disaster. â€œWhen there is an outage, people can call 360385-5800 anytime for information,â€? he said. â€œAnd anyone who has a question or a problem can call me directly â€” Iâ€™m in the
Cookâ€™s involvement in journalism included delivering newspapers in New York in 1963. â€œI was in journalism before the Beatles were on â€˜The Ed Sullivan Showâ€™â€? in ________ 1964, Cook said. He studied journalism at Reporter Arwyn Rice can be the University of Hawaii reached at 360-452-2345, ext. and, beginning in the 1980s, 5070, or at arice@peninsula worked for The Garden dailynews.com.
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