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Greater security vowed at Jefferson courthouse Screening with metal detector will increase BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND â€” An increased number of visitors to the Jefferson County Courthouse may be subjected to a screening process if they want to enter the courtroom area, a result of a new program instituted by the Sheriffâ€™s Office. â€œMore people will be screened as they enter the courtroom area. The metal detector will have a larger presence,â€? said Sheriff Tony Hernandez on Thursday. â€œSometimes, there are trials that are sensitive in nature or where threats have been received, so we are looking for ways to make the courtroom area more secure.â€? TURN
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Visitors to Jefferson County District Court and Superior Court will be screened more often, according to a new program instituted by the Sheriffâ€™s Office.
Jefferson sheriff is staying put BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND â€” Jefferson County Sheriff Tony Hernandez expects to remain in his current post after not being selected the Hernandez new Bremerton police chief. â€œBremerton is in my rearview mirror right now,â€? Hernandez said Thursday. â€œFrom here on in, I am going to be the best sheriff that I can possibly be.â€? Hernandez, 42, said he was told privately that another of the five finalists for the job was chosen after candidates were interviewed earlier this week. Becky Hasart, Bremertonâ€™s director of financial services, said a candidate was selected and is negotiating with the city, but she would not identify him. TURN TO SHERIFF/A4
Auditors counting down to election filings BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND â€” North Olympic Peninsula election officials are in countdown mode for the Nov. 5 off-year election, with 91 nonpartisan seats up for grabs and 101 days to go before the May 13-17 candidate filing period. They have been contacting the
myriad districts that contain eligible seats to ensure election and district officials agree on who is up for election and whether, for example, resignations have occurred that election officials do not know about, Jefferson County Auditor Donna Eldridge and Clallam County Auditor Patty Rosand said this week. There are 48 seats up for elec-
tion in November in Jefferson County and 43 seats in Clallam County. There are no partisan seats up for election. The statewide primary is Aug. 6. If three or more candidates file for a position, their names will appear on the Aug. 6 primary ballot.
If two candidates file, they automatically proceed to the general election and do not appear on the primary ballot.
Jefferson County Itâ€™s not unusual to have 48 open seats in an off-year election, Eldridge said. TURN TO ELECTIONS/A4
Art park restarts Small army of volunteers revives Websterâ€™s Woods BY DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” Websterâ€™s Woods, the art park hit by vandals six weeks ago, is open again. The 5 acres of forest and meadow surrounding the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center returns today to its sunup-to-sundown schedule, offering an unusual experience, free of charge, to city residents and visitors â€” with a special party planned next weekend. The park, a convergence of nature and outdoor art alongside the center at 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.,
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shut down after unprecedented vandalism the night of Dec. 19 or 20. Thirty-five works of art were damaged. The city Police Department still has no leads, Officer John Nutter said Thursday.
Smashed sculptures Ceramic sculptures were smashed and large installations shoved over. Arts center Executive Director Robin Anderson, who estimated that the damage could exceed $10,000, closed the woods and began contacting the contributing artists. TURN TO WOODS/A4
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Robin Anderson, Port Angeles Fine Arts Centerâ€™s executive director, admires â€œLinger,â€? the restored installation by Seattle artist Carolyn Law, in Websterâ€™s Woods outdoor art park Thursday.
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Fanning, at 18, bares all for first time DAKOTA FANNING HAS been inching her away toward adulthood for a while now. First came a provocative ad for Marc Jacob’s fragrance Oh, Lola!, which showed the then Fanning 17-year-old with the bottle suggestively positioned between her legs. Then she opened up to Glamour magazine about dating and going braless for the paparazzi. Now Fanning, 18, recently filmed her first nude scene for the movie “Very Good Girls.” The movie, slated to come out later this year, follows Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as two best friends who, fresh out of high school, are determined to lose their virginity. Unlike “American Pie” in every way but the pact, the two friends end up falling for the same guy. “Yeah, well, I’ve never done that before, and I’m very newly allowed to do that,” said Fanning when asked if showing skin was a tough decision. “I was newly 18, so yeah, it was, it’s kind of a sensitive thing, but it’s a part of life.” As for how comfortable the whole situation was, the young star candidly
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In line for five Justin Bieber continues his reign on the pop charts. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, “Believe Acoustic” will take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 200 next week. That makes five chart-toppers for the 18-year-old singer. The actual figures will be out Wednesday, but Billboard expects the album to move 100,000 units.
“Believe Acoustic” is a follow-up to 2012’s “Believe,” which saw Bieber transition from Bieber a purely teen sensibility to a more adult songwriter and performer (signaled in part by the album’s guest features: Drake, Big Sean, Ludacris and Nicki Minaj). The acoustic album doesn’t feature any other vocalists.
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MARY SHIRLEY, 73, an arts benefactor who was a driving force behind Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park and the Bellevue Arts Museum, has died after a brief illness. A collector of modern and contemporary art, Mrs. Shirley was an equal partner in philanthropy with her husband, Jon, who became very wealthy as Microsoft’s president from 1983 to 1990. Jon Shirley joined the board of the Seattle Art Museum, or SAM, in 1997, with Mary as his partner in leading several initiatives, from a $180 million capital campaign to the transformation of brownfields on Seattle’s waterfront into the Olympic Sculpture Park.
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The couple donated an estimated $30 million to help SAM buy land and create an endowment that keeps the park open and free to the public.
________ RICHARD P. MCWILLIAM, 59, who founded the Upper Deck trading card company, died Jan. 5 at his Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., home. The cause of death is still unknown, although Mr. McWilliam had a his-
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tory of heart disease and had undergone open heart surgery in 2008, an Upper Deck statement said. Mr. McWilliam founded Upper Deck in 1989 and served as its chief executive officer until his death. The company is best known for its creativity with baseball cards, including those that had pieces of game-worn jerseys, bats swung during games, holographs and other features. At its height, Upper Deck featured pro hockey, basketball, baseball and football cards, and other entertainment products.
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1938 (75 years ago) R. Adeline Beam, 69, who lived in Port Angeles since 1901 and former principal of Tumwater School — later known as Lincoln School — died Jan. 28. She was born April 2, 1868, in Cresco, Iowa, came to Port Angeles with her mother in 1901 and immediately joined the Port Angeles school staff, teaching at Central, Pine Hill and Tumwater schools before being named Tumwater principal. She was past president of the Reading Club, one of the pioneer local organizations. Survivors include her husband, J.E. Beam, vice president of the Filion Mill and Timber Co. in Port Angeles.
SEA GULLS BY the dozens flocking around a couple feeding them on a lawn at Valley Creek Estuary Park in Port Angeles . . . 1963 (50 years ago) A log truck driver WANTED! “Seen Around” jumped from his cab items. Send them to PDN News when the truck lost its Desk, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angebrakes and plummeted les WA 98362; fax 360-417-3521; down Lost Mountain or email email@example.com. Road near Sequim.
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1988 (25 years ago) Quilcene residents Al and Marie Jakeway were named Jefferson County’s 1987 Citizens of the Year. East Jefferson service clubs honored the couple in Port Townsend with a silver pitcher and framed certificate. The couple are wellknown to Quilcene residents for their tireless efforts on behalf of the community. They ran a dairy farm until their “retirement,” although Al Jakeway said he’ll really retire when he’s buried in a box “six feet long and four feet deep.”
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TODAY IS FRIDAY, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2013. There are 333 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On Feb. 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members. On this date: ■ In 1790, the U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time in New York. However, since only three of the six justices were present, the court recessed until the next day. ■ In 1861, Texas voted to leave the Union at a secession convention in Austin. ■ In 1862, “The Battle Hymn
of the Republic,” a poem by Julia Ward Howe, was published in the Atlantic Monthly. ■ In 1922, in one of Hollywood’s most enduring mysteries, movie director William Desmond Taylor was shot to death in his Los Angeles home; the killing has never been solved. ■ In 1942, the Voice of America broadcast its first program to Europe, relaying it through the facilities of the British Broadcasting Corp. in London. ■ In 1943, one of America’s most highly decorated military units, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up almost exclusively of Japanese-Americans, was authorized.
■ In 1946, Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations. ■ In 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they’d been refused service. ■ In 1968, during the Vietnam War, South Vietnam’s police chief, Nguyen Ngoc Loan, executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head. A photo image of the execution became a lasting image of the Vietnam War. Richard M. Nixon announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. ■ In 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile. ■ In 1991, 34 people were killed when an arriving USAir jetliner crashed atop a commuter plane on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport. ■ Ten years ago: At least 50 people were killed in a Zimbabwe train collision. ■ Five years ago: Exxon Mobil posted the largest annual profit by a U.S. company — $40.6 billion — and the biggest quarterly profit to that time, breaking its own records. ■ One year ago: Facebook announced plans to go public with a stock offering.
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A3 Briefly: Nation There was no public disclosure of the two trips until now. “The senator paid for KAUFMAN, Texas — An the two trips assistant district attorney was out of his per- Menendez shot and killed Thursday morning near the North Texas county sonal account, and no reporting requirements courthouse where he worked, apply,” Menendez spokeswoman and authorities said they were Tricia Enright said Wednesday searching for two suspects. night. Mark Hasse, who was in his The FBI searched the West 50s, had exited his vehicle in Palm Beach, Fla., office of the the parking lot behind the donor — eye doctor Salomon Kaufman County Courthouse Melgen — Tuesday and early annex and was walking toward Wednesday, but it was unclear if the building when he was shot just before 9 a.m., said Kaufman the raid was related to Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat. County spokeswoman Pat Laney, who said Hasse was Ala. boy held hostage taken away in an ambulance. Investigators were searching MIDLAND CITY, Ala. — A for two suspects believed to standoff in rural Alabama went have fled in a brown or silver into a second full day as police older model Ford Taurus. surrounded an underground Officials didn’t indicate any bunker where authorities said a motive for the shooting in retired truck driver was holding Kaufman, located about 33 a 5-year-old hostage he grabbed miles southeast of Dallas. off a school bus after shooting the driver dead. Menendez on trips A dirt road was teeming with WASHINGTON — Sen. Rob- activity Thursday around the siege that began late Tuesday. ert Menendez’s office said he A staging area for law reimbursed a prominent Florida political donor $58,500 on Jan. 4 enforcement was lit by bright for the cost of two of three trips lights overnight. The boy being held was Menendez took on the man’s watching TV and getting mediplane to the Dominican Repubcation sent from home, accordlic in 2010. ing to state Rep. Steve Clouse, Details of Menendez’s trips who met with authorities and emerged as his office said unsubstantiated allegations that visited the boy’s family. Clouse the senator engaged in sex with said the bunker had food and electricity. prostitutes in the Dominican Republic are false. The Associated Press
Prosecutor shot near courthouse in North Texas
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary Thursday defended his views of the military and global threats in a combative confirmation hearing, pushing back against criticism of his past statements on Israel, Iran, Iraq and nuclear weapons. Chuck Hagel told senators that America “must engage — not retreat — in the world” and insisted that his record is consistent on that point. The former two-term Republican senator faced strong GOP resistance and was forced to explain past remarks and votes even as he appeared on a path to confirmation as Obama’s secondterm defense secretary and the nation’s 24th Pentagon chief. His fiercest exchange came with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a fellow Vietnam veteran. Hagel’s evolving opposition to the Iraq War caused a split between the two men that was on full display. McCain pressed him on whether he was right about his opposition to the influx of 30,000 U.S. troops in Iraq in 2007. Hagel, who voted to authorize
Briefly: World movements and help erect better defenses to block them, the Times and computer-security experts have expelled the attackers and kept them from breaking back in. The timing of the attacks VIENNA — The U.N. nuclear coincided with the reporting for agency has told member nations an investigation, published that Iran is poised for a major technological upgrade of its ura- online Oct. 25, that found that nium enrichment program, in a the relatives of Wen Jiabao, Chidocument seen Thursday by The na’s prime minister, had accumulated a fortune worth several Associated Press. The move would vastly speed up Tehran’s billion dollars through business dealings. ability to make material that Security experts said the can be used for both reactor fuel hackers broke into the email and nuclear warheads. accounts of the Times’ Shanghai In a statement that described the project as “a cause bureau chief, David Barboza, for concern,” the British Foreign who wrote the reports on Wen’s relatives, and Jim Yardley, the Office confirmed Iran had told Times’ South Asia bureau chief the International Atomic in India, who previously worked Energy Agency of its plan to install a new generation of ura- as bureau chief in Beijing. nium-enriching centrifuges. Syria may retaliate In an internal note to member nations, the IAEA said it BEIRUT — Syria threatened received notice last week from Thursday to retaliate for an Iran’s nuclear agency of plans to Israeli airstrike, and its ally mount the high-tech devices at Iran said the Jewish state will its main enriching site at regret the attack. Natanz, in central Iran. Syria sent a letter to the U.N. The machines are estimated secretary-general stressing the to be able to enrich up to five country’s “right to defend itself, times faster than the present its territory and sovereignty,” equipment. and holding Israel and its supporters accountable. Chinese hackers “Israel and those who protect SAN FRANCISCO — For the it at the Security Council are past four months, Chinese hack- fully responsible for the repercussions of this aggression,” the ers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating letter from Syria’s Foreign Ministry said. its computer systems and getU.S. officials said Israel ting passwords for its reporters launched a rare airstrike inside and other employees. After surreptitiously tracking Syria on Wednesday. the intruders to study their The Associated Press
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Republican Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington on Thursday. military force in Iraq, later 12 years of Senate votes and opposed the conflict, comparing it numerous statements. to Vietnam. “No one individual vote, no one individual quote or no one indi‘On the wrong side’ vidual statement defines me, my “I think history has already beliefs or my record,” Hagel told made a judgment about the surge, the Senate Armed Services Comsir, and you’re on the wrong side mittee. “My overall worldview has of it. And your refusal to answer never changed: that America has whether you were right or wrong about it is going to have an impact and must maintain the strongest on my judgment as to whether to military in the world; that we vote for your confirmation or not,” must lead the international community to confront threats and McCain said. Hagel, 66, was the lone witness challenges together; and that we in a jampacked hearing room. He must use all tools of American spoke out forcefully for a strong power to protect our citizens and military while trying to explain our interests.”
14-year-old wounded at Atlanta school
U.N. says nukes in Iran a ‘cause for concern’
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the school are safe. Campos said the teen was shot outside of the ATLANTA — Authorities said a 14-year-old school building Thursday afternoon. was wounded in a shooting at an Atlanta midAtlanta Fire Capt. Marian McDaniel said the dle school and that a suspect had been taken teen was shot in the head. into custody. McDaniel said a teacher suffered minor cuts Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos and bruises but was treated on the scene about said the wounded student has been taken “alert, 2 miles south of downtown. conscious and breathing” to Grady Hospital. TV news helicopters showed a swarm of He said the suspect was tentatively identiAtlanta police officers at the school and parents fied as a student and that all other students at standing outside.
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PHOENIX — A body found early Thursday among bushes in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa has been positively identified as the man who killed a company CEO and critically wounded a lawyer a day earlier, police said. A landscaper found the body of Arthur Douglas Harmon, 70. He died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and a handgun was also found, police said. Nearby in a parking lot was a rented Kia Optima sedan he drove to the shooting scene Wednesday, authorities said. Harmon drew a gun and shot both men at the end of a mediation session Wednesday morning at an office building in north-central Phoenix, police said. Steve Singer, 48, died hours later. Mark Hummels, 43, with
the Phoenix law firm Osborn Maledon, is in critical condition. A 32-yearold woman also was shot but suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. Harmon “We believe the two men were the targets. It was not a random shooting,” said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a Phoenix police spokesman.
Witness followed him Harmon also shot at someone who tried to follow him to get his license plate number,. “As he left the scene, an individual witness got in his own car and actually followed Harmon in his Optima, and he drove into a neighborhood, and Harmon actually got out of his car and shot at that witness,” Thompson said. Singer was the CEO of Scottsdale-based Fusion Contact Cen-
ters LLC, which had hired Harmon to refurbish office cubicles at two call centers in California. According to court documents, Harmon was scheduled to go to a law office in the building where the shooting took place for a settlement conference in a lawsuit he filed last April against Fusion. Fusion said Harmon was paid nearly $30,000 under the $47,000 contract. But the company asked him to repay much of the money when it discovered that the cubicles could not be refurbished, according to the documents. Harmon argued that Fusion hung him out to dry by telling him to remove and store 206 “worthless” work stations after the mix-up was discovered. Harmon said Fusion then decided to use a competitor. Harmon’s lawsuit had sought payment for the remainder of the contract, $20,000 in damages and reimbursement for storage fees and legal costs. Hummels represented Fusion in the lawsuit.
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West: Snowmobile rider injured at X Games dies
Nation: Fla. man arrested after pocket-dialing 9-1-1
Nation: Fisherman say cod curbs will ruin them
World: 57 rhinos killed in South Africa since Jan. 1
CALEB MOORE, AN innovative freestyle snowmobile rider who was hurt in a dramatic crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died Thursday morning. He was 25. Moore had been staying at a hospital in Grand Junction since the crash in Aspen one week before. His death was the first in the Games’ 18-year history. A former all-terrain vehicle racer, Moore switched over to snowmobiles as a teenager. He was attempting a backflip Jan. 24 in the freestyle event when the skis on his 450-pound snowmobile caught the lip of the landing area, sending him flying over the handlebars.
AUTHORITIES SAID A Florida towtruck driver landed in jail after his cellphone pocket-dialed 9-1-1, and dispatchers listened in on a conversation about the sale of drugs. Deputies said 19-year-old Matthew Dollarhide was surprised when a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy pulled him over late Tuesday and asked him about his conversation with two passengers. The Daytona Beach News-Journal said 9-1-1 dispatchers pinpointed the phone’s location and sent deputies to investigate. Deputies said they found a crack pipe on Dollarhide. The Orange City man was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
NEW ENGLAND FISHERMEN said their centuries-old industry is facing collapse after regulators Wednesday approved cuts in cod catch limits. “I’m bankrupt. That’s it,” said Paul Vitale, 40, a third-generation Gloucester, Mass., fisherman. “I’m all done. The boat’s going up for sale.” The New England Fishery Management Council approved a year-to-year cut of 77 percent on the Gulf of Maine cod limit and 61 percent for Georges Bank cod. The move is expected to be backed by federal managers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
OFFICIALS IN SOUTH Africa say that 57 rhinos have been killed by poachers so far this year. The Department of Environmental Affairs said Thursday that floods in Kruger National Park, thick vegetation and two weeks of bright moonlight contributed to the high number of deaths. The department said 18 suspected poachers have been arrested this year. A record 668 rhinos were killed in South Africa in 2012, an increase of nearly 50 percent over the previous year. Demand is growing in Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia, where rhino horn is believed to have medical benefits despite evidence to the contrary.
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Woods: â€˜A park that belongs to the communityâ€™ CONTINUED FROM A1 emails, the people coming up here â€” whole families Then came the small with kids saying, â€˜Weâ€™re army of volunteers and art- gonna get whoever did ists from Port Angeles to that!â€™ â€” created this whole tide of affection. Port Townsend. â€œI realized how much They came to put such sculptures as â€œPaul Bun- this is a park that belongs yanâ€™s Chair,â€? Dani LaBlondâ€™s to the community,â€? Ander10-foot-high wooden struc- son said. â€œThat made me want to ture, back in place and to repair others such as â€œWater design programs for people Shed,â€? Karen Hackenbergâ€™s to participate, more than house made of plastic water they have in the past.â€? Already, parents bring bottles. Some sculptures, such as their children to the park two of the three ceramic regularly, neighbors stroll figures made by Viva Jones, the place with their dogs, were damaged beyond and tourists find their way up to the center, which has repair, Anderson said. But one of them survived a view of Port Angeles Harand has been brought up to bor. the arts center patio. â€œWe can keep an eye on â€˜Restart the Parkâ€™ it,â€? Anderson said with a Anderson is inviting smile. them â€” and everyone in She recalled her first walk in Websterâ€™s Woods the surrounding commuafter the vandalsâ€™ rampage. nity â€” to a â€œRestart the Parkâ€? party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 9. Wept on first walk Sheâ€™s still firming up the â€œSeeing the effect of that schedule of activities but kind of negativity on a posi- said it will include a findtive place,â€? Anderson said, the-art-in-the-park contest, a nature walk guided by â€œbrought tears.â€? But then something Peninsula College professor unremittingly positive hap- Barb Blackie, special membership offers and refreshpened. â€œThe phone calls, the ments inside the center.
the works. Vicci Rudin, chairwoman of the centerâ€™s board of trustees, said Thursday that plans for a rain garden, a redesigned parking area and a more conspicuous gateway have been approved by the city. â€œIn the next several months, weâ€™re concentrating on fundraising,â€? Rudin said, adding that the arts center also seeks in-kind Olympic Peninsula and donations of labor and materials. beyond. A trio of Port Townsend artists, each with works in â€˜Peopleâ€™s parkâ€™ the woods, drove over to In the wake of Decemright the â€œWater Shedâ€? in berâ€™s vandalism, â€œso many January. neighbors have come forHackenberg, its builder, ward to say they will be hammered the aluminum keeping their eyes on whatâ€™s sides back into shape, Mar- going on,â€? Rudin said. gie McDonald used her sailThe story of Websterâ€™s rigging skills to help cross- Woods has become one of brace and lash the sides, renewal and participation, and Deanna Pindell swept she and Anderson believe. and washed debris from the The vandals damaged this bottles. place but could not dismanâ€œI have new thoughts tle its community of art lovabout the shed,â€? Hacken- ers. â€œItâ€™s definitely the peoberg said, â€œand may transform it into a living house pleâ€™s park,â€? Anderson said. by planting some seeds in ________ the bottles.â€? Features Editor Diane Urbani A new entrance to Web- de la Paz can be reached at 360sterâ€™s Woods and the 452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane. fine arts center also is in firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists Margie McDonald, kneeling, and Karen Hackenberg, both of Port Townsend, make repairs on Hackenberâ€™s art installation â€œWater Shedâ€? last month in the Websterâ€™s Woods art park at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.
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There, in an exhibit by Oregon artist Marlana Stoddard Hayes, is another nature-art connection: Stoddard Hayesâ€™ canvases are layered with oil paint, transparent glazes and a third medium: spore prints from fungi growing under her trees. The exhibit, titled â€œThe Open Circle,â€? has been
extended through Feb. 17. For information about this and forthcoming shows at the center, visit www. PAFAC.org or phone 360457-3532. In Websterâ€™s Woods, meanwhile, visitors will find scores of sculptures, paintings and mixed-media art pieces created by artists from across the North
Elections: Opens seats on fire, water districts CONTINUED FROM A1 Board members Ted Friedrich, Cammy Brown and The Nov. 5 election will Kevin Miller; Quilcene be countywide if Port of School District School Port Townsend Commis- Board members Gary Rae sioners Dave Thompson and Bonnie Hitt; and Brinand Leif Erickson draw non School District School general election challeng- Board members Valerie ers. Schindler and Wendy RyanAlong with the two port Hogan. positions, other open posiThere also are open tions include those held by seats on the boards of seven Jefferson Healthcare hospi- fire districts, three water tal commissioner Marc districts and three cemeMauney; Port Townsend tery districts. City Council members No one has yet inquired Michelle Sandoval, Catha- about running for office, rine Robinson and Mark Eldridge said. Welch; Port Townsend School District School Clallam County Board members Holley Rosand and Clallam Carlson and Jennifer James-Wilson; Chimacum County Elections CoordinaSchool District School tor Shoona Radon discussed
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FORKS â€” Demolition of a charred state Department of Natural Resources building has been indefinitely delayed while the agencyâ€™s insurance company comes up with a monetary replacement value for the structure, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. Port Angeles-based 2 Grade excavation won the $20,000 contract for the work and has equipment parked at the 411 Tillicum Lane site but is unable to begin, DNR spokesman Bryan Flint said Wednesday. But exactly when demolition can begin â€œis undetermined at this point,â€? he said, adding that the building is fenced and off-limits. Thatâ€™s because Lloydâ€™s of London wants to make a second site visit, he said. â€œItâ€™s just part of their due diligence,â€? Flint added.
the filing period and upcoming off-year November election at the Port Angeles Business Associationâ€™s regular Tuesday breakfast meeting. â€œIf any of you out there are interested, thereâ€™s the port, hospital, cities, school districts, fire districts, water districts and parks and recreation,â€? Radon told about two dozen participants at the PABA breakfast. Forks- and Sequim-area voters currently are casting ballots in Feb. 12 special elections. Sequim School District voters are being asked to approve a four-year $5.8 million educational programs-and-operations levy and a one-time $1.6 million
transportation levy. The Quillayute Valley School District has proposed a replacement fouryear maintenance-andoperations levy that would collect $628,000 each year from 2014 through 2017, the same amount now annually being collected. Preparing for and running elections is not just a once-a-year process that takes place in the fall, Rosand said in an interview. The February election is the 106th election she has worked on. â€œPeople donâ€™t realize that itâ€™s really a year-round occupation,â€? Rosand said. Open positions in the November election include
those held by city of Port Angeles council members Brad Collins, Max Mania, Patrick Downie and Brooke Nelson; Sequim City Council members Ted Miller, Dennis Smith and Genaveve Starr; Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center (county Park and Recreation District No. 1) board members Susan Sorensen and Robert Macaulay; city of Forks Mayor Bryon Monohon and Forks City Council members John Hillcar and Bruce Guckenberg; Port Angeles School Board members Sarah Methner and Cindy Kelly; and Port of Port Angeles Commissioner Paul McHugh. The port position would entail countywide balloting
if two candidates are in the Nov. 6 election. Six county fire districts, five school districts, two park and recreation districts, and two water districts have open seats. â€œThis is a typical oddyear election, where you have all the local jurisdictions up for election and about half of their boards,â€? Rosand said. Radon said no one has yet inquired about running for any of the open seats. A countywide election would cost about $130,000.
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Security: Screening machines Sheriff CONTINUED FROM A1 staircase, culminating in a checkpoint on the secondHernandez said he has floor landing. The second staircase will no schedule for screening and that it will be insti- be used as a downstairs tuted on an as-needed basis. path. Those arriving on the Prosecuting Attorney Scott Rosekrans, who per- elevator will not be allowed sonally witnessed several onto the floor until they violent acts at courthouses have passed through the when he worked in Texas, screening machine. Jefferson County had no said he thinks any increase security machines until in security is a good idea. While there have been 2010, when the magnomeno such incidents in Jeffer- ter was purchased for just son County, Rosekrans said under $5,000 for use in the judicial personnel have first trial of Michael J. received threats from dis- Pierce, a high-profile double-murder trial in which gruntled citizens, â€œWe do need more secu- the Quilcene man was convicted of killing timber rity,â€? Rosekrans said. â€œMost people who come industry icons Pat and Janto the courthouse arenâ€™t ice Yarr on March 18, 2009, happy about being there, in their farmhouse near unless they are getting a Lake Leland. marriage license or finishMurder charge retrial ing an adoption.â€? The screening process Pierce, 37, now faces a was in place Wednesday but retrial on the murder was being performed as a charges March 4 after the test of the system, accord- state Court of Appeals overing to officers who were turned his conviction. running the equipment. Since 2010, the machine When screening equip- has been stored in the jury ment is being used, foot room and brought out for traffic up to the second floor high-visibility trials. will be routed onto a single The present increase in courtroom security corresponds with a reorganization of the Sheriffâ€™s Office, consolidating the 16 deputies who are on the courthouse and the jail details. The new program will
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Hernandez said the increased security isnâ€™t a reaction to any violent incident but is something he has considered for some time. â€œIn the past, jail staff was only in the courthouse when they were transporting inmates, and the courthouse staff was rarely in the jail,â€? Hernandez said. â€œUnder the new structure, it increases our ability to move personnel back and forth and be used in the areas where they are most ________ ________ needed.â€? Hernandez said those Jefferson County Editor Charlie Jefferson County Editor Charlie attending a time-critical Bermant can be reached at 360- Bermant can be reached at 360courthouse hearing may 385-2335 or at charlie.bermant@ 385-2335 or at charlie.bermant@ want to arrive early since it peninsuladailynews.com. peninsuladailynews.com.
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Dozens apply for pot adviser post BY GENE JOHNSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TACOMA — The job description requests an unlikely mix of skills: five years of regulatory experience, with a law degree preferred, and extensive knowledge of all things marijuana. But that didn’t stop dozens of people from turning out Wednesday — in flannel and suits, ponytails and hemp necklaces — to find out more about becoming the state’s official marijuana consultant. As officials figure out how to regulate the state’s newly legal marijuana, they’re hiring an adviser to fill in the gaps of the typical bureaucrat’s education: how cannabis is best grown, dried, tested, labeled, packaged, regulated and baked into brownies. The Liquor Control Board, the agency charged with developing rules for the marijuana industry, reserved a convention center hall for a state bidding expert to take
questions about the position and the hiring process. “Since it’s not unlikely with this audience, would a felony conviction preclude you from this contract?” asked Rose Habib, an analytical chemist from a marijuana testing lab in Missoula, Mont.
Felony conviction OK? The answer: It depends. A pot-related conviction is probably fine, but a “heinous felony,” not so much, responded John Farley, a procurement coordinator with the Liquor Control Board. Washington and Colorado this fall became the first states to pass laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and setting up systems of state-licensed growers, processors and retail stores where adults older than 21 can walk in and buy up to an ounce of heavily taxed cannabis. Both states are working to develop rules for the emerging pot industry. Up in
the air is everything from how many growers and stores there should be, to how the marijuana should be tested to ensure people don’t get sick. Sales are due to begin in Washington state in December. Bids for the adviser post are due Feb. 15, with the contract awarded in March. After the questions ended, the bidders mingled, exchanging business cards and talking about how they might team up. One Seattle-area marijuana grower, a college student who declined to give his name after noting that a dispensary he worked with had been raided by federal authorities in 2011, approached Ed Rosenthal, a co-founder of High Times magazine and a recognized expert on marijuana cultivation, star-struck. “It would be my dream to smoke a bowl with you after this,” he said.
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A Clallam County sheriff’s deputy and State Patrol trooper respond to a one-car rollover wreck on state Highway 110 west of Forks.
Sore back reported after car overturns BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
FORKS — A 23-year-old Beaver man reported only a sore back after his car drifted off state Highway 110 and overturned on the side of the road about 6 miles west of Forks on Thursday morning, a State Patrol spokesman said. The one-car rollover wreck was at about 8 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of state Highway 110 and Goodman Mainline
Road west of Forks, Trooper Russ Winger said. John Robinson was driving east on Highway 110 when his 1992 Acura sedan drifted onto the shoulder of the road for unknown reasons, left the asphalt and flipped onto its roof, Winger said. Robinson was not seriously hurt in the wreck, Winger said, adding that an ambulance crew checked him out. “[Robinson] had a sore back, he said,”
Winger added. Robinson was cited for driving on the shoulder. Winger said drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the wreck. Robinson was taken to a private residence by a Clallam County sheriff’s deputy who, along with a State Patrol trooper, arrived at the scene, Winger said.
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Eagle Lucas, 18, second from left, pitches his business proposal for The Stack House, a bodybuilding gym, to Brian Kuh, left, a business lender and judge for the Port Angeles High School Business Expo, while Lucas’ teammates, Celia Gracey, 18, Shane Clark, 18, and Jessica Bauers, 18, wait to pitch their portion of the presentation at Thursday’s expo.
Students showcase business ideas at expo BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — Boffering is a business idea with potential, agreed two of the business leaders judging presentations at the Port Angeles High School Business Expo on Thursday. About 100 members of the Class of 2013 made small-business presentations at the event, a final exam for Dave Uranich’s contemporary issues class, a single-semester required class for seniors that deals with the real-life issues students may face after graduation from high school.
Business proposals Students were required to create a business proposal, including financial plans, market projections and research, and some kind of demonstration of their business or example of work they would do. For some seniors, the class serves as their senior culminating project, a state graduation requirement. At the expo, Hunter Jones, 18, Billy Moulton, 19, and Justin Bradley, 18, made an audacious proposal. Give us money to build foam weapons, they said in their presentation for their imaginary business, “Boffering Items Plus.” On the display table,
foam-and-fabric weaponry sat alongside the folding display board — models of what they intended to build for sale. Wes Ochs of Sound Commercial Bank and Brian Kuh, business lender for Craft 3, each said the three young men had created a viable business concept. “As a lender, I would be seriously intrigued. It’s a good prospect for someone like me,” said Kuh, who is also a Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce president. The custom boffering equipment business is an ultra-niche market with virtually no competition, Kuh said. It has a small, growing and dedicated consumer base, Internet sales and with one-off — or one-time-only — custom work, customers would prepay for everything, he added. Ochs said there were some errors in the cash-flow portion of the proposal but that it was a solid business idea. “They’ve tapped into something that has some potential,” Ochs said. Boffering is a Middle Ages martial-based melee sport in which participants use heavily padded weaponry for individual and group battles. There are about 30 bof-
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Other student business proposals were more mainstream. Bakeries, cafes, gyms, a charter fishing service, pet boarding, massage therapy and a horse boarding farm were among them. Eagle Lucas, Celia Gracey, Shane Clark and Jessical Bauers, all 18, proposed a gym in which Lucas said, “you gain, not lose weight.” The Stack House would feature personal trainers with a focus on building muscle. “We’ll get you stacked,” Lucas promised. Kuh seemed impressed with the presentation and the business concept. “You clearly did your homework,” Kuh said, but he noted that there are several gyms already in town and that they would have to set New road themselves apart if a new The new road will loop gym was to succeed. around the back of the Deer Park Cinema, go under the ________ highway and tie into Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. Buchanan Drive near C’est 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula Si Bon restaurant. Right-turn highway dailynews.com.
acceleration lanes will be added at Buchanan Drive and Deer Park Road. A median will discourage motorists from turning left from either of those roads. The scenic overlook and rest stop on the westbound side of the highway will be upgraded as part of the overall $9.2 million project. County officials have been planning for an underpass at Deer Park Road for several years. Data from 2001 to 2009 showed a high incidence of wrecks in the area, including four fatalities. The three commissioners purchased the last right of way the county needed for the project in October. Federal funds account for about 80 percent of the total cost. Clallam County is covering the rest with real estate excise tax revenue. James said local contractors have expressed an interest in the project. “We expect several of them to bid on it,” he added. Even if the county awards the bid to an out-oftown contractor, local companies will have an opportunity for major subcontracting work, James said. Meanwhile, the state Department of Transportation began construction of
RICH JAMES Clallam County transportation program manager the long-awaited $60 million widening of U.S. Highway 101 between KitchenDick and Shore roads Jan. 7. Scarsella Bros. Inc. of Kent was awarded the $27.1 million bid in November. The first phase in the 3.5-mile widening is building a new bridge over McDonald Creek. The existing McDonald Creek bridge will be torn down and rebuilt. Once completed in the fall of 2014, motorists will have two lanes of travel in both directions for the entire corridor between Port Angeles and Sequim.
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PORT ANGELES — Construction of a new underpass near Deer Park Road will start this summer or early fall, Clallam County officials said. The county is building a new road with an underpass of U.S. Highway 101 east of Port Angeles to eliminate the hazardous left turns onto the four-lane highway from Deer Park Road and Buchanan Drive. Final contracts and drawings are being prepared for state Department of Transportation approval. “We’re definitely heading into the final phase,” Clallam County Transportation Program Manager Rich James said Thursday. “We’re still hoping to go out to bid in March.” During construction, highway traffic will be detoured onto a temporary road on an adjacent gravel pit to allow crews to build the underpass structure. The state highway will reclaim its existing alignment and grade after the underpass is finished late this year or in early 2014. Timing of the $7 million construction largely will depend on the weather. “The goal is to get as far as we can get this year,” James said. The two-lane county road and its 10-foot-wide pedestrian and bicycle path will be constructed after the underpass is finished.
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Young musicians qualify for state winners in 29 solo and 14 ensemble categories. Up to 16 students are in an ensemble. P e n i n - Hennessey sula students attending the competition are listed by their schools. They are: â– Port Angeles High School Port Angeles will send seven soloists and seven ensembles to the state competition. Orchestra director Ron Jones estimated that 75 students would compete. They will show off their skill in a free Showcase Concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center, 304 E. Park Ave., said Doug Gailey, Port Angeles band director. Solists are Jeremy Choe on cello, John Doster on baritone, Jeffrey Mordecai-Smith on clarinet, Natalie Tagg on flute/piccolo, Michael Helwick on string bass and vocalists Elizabeth Brackett, mezzo soprano, and Hope Chamberlain, soprano. Ensembles are the PA Brass Choir, large brass; Bozich Feeley Duet, small brass; Hisakata Ensemble, large mixed-vocal; PAndemonium, large percussion; the Port Angeles High School Chamber Orchestra, large strings; the Turine Trio, small strings; and Vocal Unlimited Women!, large vocal. Hennessey, a senior, did not apply to compete as a soloist this year but did qualify for the state competition as a member of a string trio, Jones said Tuesday. Many of the competitions
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PORT ANGELES â€” About 100 North Olympic Peninsula music students, including 12 solo performers and those in eight ensembles, have qualified for state competition. They qualified at Saturdayâ€™s North Olympic Music Educators/Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Solo and Ensemble Festival at Port Angeles High School. The student musicians will perform at the Washington Music Educators Association State Solo and Ensemble Contest on April 26-27. They will include the champion 2012 violin soloist, Erin Hennessey of Port Angeles High School, who will return to state competition as a member of a small string ensemble. More than 300 student musicians from four high schools and three middle schools on the North Olympic Peninsula gathered at Port Angeles High last Saturday for the 2013 North Olympic Music Educators Solo and Ensemble Festival. The competition included 102 solo and 50 ensemble performances. At the high school level, the festival is a regional competition for student musicians to qualify for the statelevel competition. Student performances were graded by qualified judges in their categories as superior, excellent or good and were critiqued to help students improve their future performances. The top superior performance from each category advanced to the state contest, where they will compete against the other 21 regional
Hennessey has taken part in do not allow winners to return, Jones said. Until a week before the competition, the violinist thought last Saturdayâ€™s festival was one of those, he said. â– Sequim High School Two Sequim High School soloists and an instrumental ensemble qualified for state competition. The soloists are Haleigh Harrison, a soprano, and Hillary Smith on alto saxophone. Polarbear Tuesday, small woodwinds, was the instrumental ensemble. â– Port Townsend High School Three soloists qualified to go to state competition from Port Townsend High School. They are Renada Walcome on the piano, Forest Walker on the viola and Rinnah Becker on the violin. â– Chimacum High School Max Peet of Chimacum High qualified for two positions in the state competition, on the snare drum and on mallet percussion. Peet was the only musician in the region to qualify for state for more than one category. Students from Stevens Middle School, Sequim Middle School and Blue Heron Middle School performed but did not qualify for state competition. There were no entries from Forks High School this year. Forks music teacher Erika Rudnicki said Wednesday that she expects Forks students to take part in the competition in 2014.
________ Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula dailynews.com.
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OLYMPIA â€” This may be the worst year for Washington parents looking to buy prepaid-tuition credits for their children. If a Republican-led coalition and a liberal Democrat have their way, lawmakers would spend the next couple months developing a plan to scrap the Guaranteed Education Tuition program altogether. Other lawmakers from both parties, meanwhile, are looking to put enough money into higher education that the price of prepaid tuition could plummet in the coming years. The Legislature has left itself few options for the GET program after years of cutting state support for univer-
met from $17,200 to $14,400. If funding continues to increase to a goal touted by some Democrats, the price of a prepaid year would drop to $12,300 â€” a drop of 28 percent from todayâ€™s rate. Matt Smith, the actuary who put together the alternate GET projections, said GET officials will have to consider the impact of unit prices that could create inequity in the system. â€œHow do they want to handle the two or three yearsâ€™ worth of purchases that took place at a higher price?â€? Smith said. â€œThatâ€™s certainly a consideration.â€? The price of prepaid tuition has never dropped in the programâ€™s existence, and GET program director Betty Lochner cautioned that prices may never fall.
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