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Funding sought for air monitor Grant Street school would be location for the device BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND â€” The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency has approved the idea of installing a new air-quality monitoring station at Grant Street Elementary School and is now considering how to fund it. The monitoring station intended for Grant Street, which would be the second in Port
Townsend, would cost about $20,000, and the cost of operation is estimated at about $10,000 a year, said Dan Nelson, spokesman for the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency, or ORCAA. â€œWe are still trying to get funding for this,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s not a done deal.â€? Jefferson County Commissioner Phil Johnson said he was informed by the staff at ORCAA, of which he is board president,
that a monitoring station could be placed at Grant Street. â€œThis is a step forward in the right direction,â€? Johnson said. â€œIt will let us get accurate information about air quality.â€?
March 15 request The action follows a March 15 request from the Jefferson County Board of Health that ORCAA move the present monitor from Blue Heron Middle School at 3939 San Juan Ave. to either Grant Street Elementary School at 1637 Grant St. or Jefferson Healthcare hospital at 834 Sheridan Ave. The idea is to place the monitor more directly in line with the
Port Townsend Paper Corp. millâ€™s emissions and bring monitoring closer to the cityâ€™s most vulnerable populations. The request was made in light of the millâ€™s $55 million expansion of its biomass cogeneration facility, which is expected to be completed in 2013. It will generate 25 megawatts of electricity, about half of which will be used at the mill and the rest sold as renewable energy on the market. A coalition of environmental groups, including local PT AirWatchers, has fought the expansion of the biomass burning facility at both the Port Townsend mill and at Nippon Paper Industries
USA in Port Angeles. The $71 million Nippon biomass facility also is expected to be completed in 2013.
Blue Heron monitor to stay Johnson said Tuesday that the Blue Heron monitor would stay in place. It would work with the Grant Street monitor to provide thorough indication of local air quality, he said. â€œThe original reason for monitoring the San Juan valley still exists because of all the wood smoke in that area, so we want to keep that going,â€? Johnson said. TURN TO MONITORING/A4
PT panel to take up bag ban Petition drive garners almost 1,100 signatures BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
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Jude Rubin, left, and her daughter Hannah Bahls, dress up as bag monsters in support of a disposable plastic bag ban in Port Townsend on Saturday during the Earth Day weekend farmers market.
PORT TOWNSEND â€” A petition to mobilize support for a Port Townsend ban of plastic shopping bags now has the active support of more than 10 percent of city residents, petition sponsors say. â€œAt the close of the Earth Day event on Saturday, we had gathered more than 1,087 signatures,â€? said Jude Rubin, who has gathered many of those signatures dressed as a â€œbag monsterâ€? in a costume made of 500 plastic bags. â€œIn a town of only 9,000, that seems like pretty big news,â€? she added. The petition, directed to the Port Townsend City Council, seeks a ban on disposable plastic bags for environmental reasons. â€œWe donâ€™t need them, theyâ€™re hard to recycle, and many of them end up polluting the Sound and putting wildlife at risk,â€? the petition says. â€œNothing we use for a few minutes should end up in the belly of a whale,â€? it continues. â€œPlease ban disposable plastic shopping bags.â€? The Port Townsend City Council Special Projects Committee will discuss the ban at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in council chambers, 540 Water St. TURN
Police agree to do without pay raise BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND â€” Police officers agreed to postpone a cost-of-living raise in a two-year labor contract. The city of Port Townsend and the Port Townsend Police Department ratified a labor agreement that maintains current salary and benefit levels but does not include a cost-of-living adjustment.
Police officers were due for a 4.3 percent adjustment, which they agreed to postpone, City Man- Timmons ager David Timmons said. â€œWe are very proud that the police force is stepping up to help the community,â€? Timmons said of the cost-of-
living concession. â€œThey recognize our situation.â€? Council members present at Mondayâ€™s meeting unanimously approved the agreement with Local 589 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Councilwoman Kris Nelson and Councilman Mark Welch were not present. The contract is a twoyear agreement with an option for a third year and
includes a 4.3 percent wage concession for 2012. In 2013, department employees could receive the 4.3 percent increase, or the city would base its increase on a wage market analysis, Timmons said.
Cuts through attrition The contract also states there will be no reduction in force except for attrition or retirement, and all other benefits remain the same,
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with minor modifications. Police salaries have been raised 1 percent since 2009, Timmons said. Police Chief Conner Daily, who attended Mondayâ€™s special meeting, which lasted about seven minutes, said he did not know how pay in his department compared with other local departments. He said the force receives â€œa good salary and good benefits,â€? and that he hadnâ€™t
lost any employees because of the salary offered. Daily, who sat in on but did not participate in the negotiations, said the process took several months and there were no serious disagreements, only some language that needed clarification.
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Newsmakers Celebrity scoop ■ By The Associated Press
Hudson hears painful trial testimony THE TRIAL OF the man charged with murdering three of Jennifer Hudson’s family members resumed Tuesday with the Oscar winner shutting her eyes as a police officer described finding her dead family members. Hudson sat next to her fiance as prosecutors shifted their focus to presenting crime scene evidence in Hudson the case against her former brotherin-law, William Balfour. Hudson hung her head and shut her eyes as Chicago Police Sgt. David Dowling described finding her mother’s body sprawled in the living room with gunshot wounds through her back.
Hudson didn’t move as Dowling described finding her brother dead in his bed of a gunshot wound to the head. His sheets were pulled up as if he had been sleeping. Balfour was estranged from his wife, Hudson’s sister, at the time of the killings. He has pleaded not guilty to murdering Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. With no surviving witnesses to the murders, prosecutors must offer overwhelming circumstantial evidence that Balfour committed the grisly crime Oct. 24, 2008. They are expected to introduce evidence in the next few days that includes cellphone records and security-camera footage that place Balfour in the area of the killings because he denies he was there. Another challenge will be tying Balfour to the alleged murder weapon, a silver and black .45-calibre handgun.
Sinead ‘unwell’ Sinead O’Connor said
she is canceling her 2012 tour due to her bipolar disorder. The singer made O’Connor the announcement Monday in a posting on her website. She wrote that she is “very unwell” and had been advised by her doctor to not hit the road after her “very serious breakdown between December and March.” In December, O’Connor announced her split from therapist Barry Herridge after 16 days of marriage. The Irish singer-songwriter is best-known for the early 1990s hit “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Her latest album — “How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?” — was released in February. The 45-year-old said she had planned the tour because of the album’s release but was “attempting to be stronger than I actually am.”
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VALERI VASILYEV, 62, a standout Soviet Union defenseman who won two Olympic gold medals, has died. The cause was heart failure, kidney failure and pneumonia, his wife, Tatania, told the Russian daily Sovetsky Sport. Mr. Vasilyev was a mainstay of the Soviet national team when it won Olympic gold medals in 1972 and ’76 and eight International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships between 1970 and ’82. He also played on the national team when it had two of its biggest losses: the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” match that put the United States into the gold-medal game at the Lake Placid Olympics and the 1972 Summit Series against Canadian NHL players. In the later years of his career, Mr. Vasiliev was the Soviets’ captain, and he accepted the Canada Cup in 1981 after a stunning 8-1 victory in the tournament final in Montreal, where he helped shackle a Team Canada lineup that included Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy and Guy Lafleur. He was known as a strong, rugged, stay-at-home defenseman. He was tough in other ways. Mr. Vasiliev endured chest pains while helping
No the Soviets win the 1978 world championships in Prague but did not tell anyone. When he returned to Moscow, he had a cardiogram. “Yes, you have had a heart attack,” the doctors told him, he recalled in a 2009 interview with Sovetsky Sport.
_________ GEORGE RATHMANN, 84, who as founding CEO took Amgen Inc. from a small company with an unclear mission in a strange new field and helped turn it into the world’s largest biotech drugmaker, has died. Amgen, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., announced Mr. Rathmann’s death Monday in a statement. Mr. Rathmann’s son, James, told The New York Times he died Sunday at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. Son Richard told the Los Angeles Times the cause was complications from pneumonia. Convinced in the 1970s that gene-splicing would become hugely important, Mr. Rathmann set out to make it so. As CEO of Amgen from 1980 to 1988, he developed
two blockbuster drugs that made the company’s name and have remained its bestsellers: Epogen for anemia and Neupogen for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. One of Mr. Rathmann’s chief accomplishments was finding the funds Amgen needed during its start-up years, according to a statement on the company’s website. Nicknamed the “Golden Throat” by friends who admired his persuasiveness, he secured venture capital, built revenue streams through partnerships and guided Amgen through its first public offerings.
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Peninsula Lookback From the pages of the PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
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Clallam County Superintendent of Schools Katherine M. White held a hearing on a petition by a group of Mount Pleasant district residents asking that the Mount Pleasant School District No. 43 be merged into Port Angeles School District No. 7. While several people favoring consolidation attended the hearing, none Seen Around spoke in its favor. Peninsula snapshots However, several speakers from both school disMAN GROCERY tricts spoke in opposition to Lottery SHOPPING while wearthe proposal. ing a robe and pajamas — White informed the LAST NIGHT’S LOTin the afternoon . . . crowd that she would TERY results are available consider the arguments WANTED! “Seen Around” on a timely basis by phonand make known her ing, toll-free, 800-545-7510 items. Send them to PDN News P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles decision to the directors of or on the Internet at www. Desk, WA 98362; fax 360-417-3521; or walottery.com/Winning both districts within a few email news@peninsuladailynews. Numbers. days. com.
1962 (50 years ago) Rainy weather does not always discourage beach enthusiasts. The group of people who found the gates closed and locked at Tongue Point County Park north of Joyce Sunday were disappointed. County park board Secretary Harold Ruthruff said the park is open only on sunny weekends from October until May. The greatest problem, he said, is the expense of a caretaker. Because of vandalism, the park board is reluctant to leave the area unattended.
Juan de Fuca this summer. Fisheries Director Joe Blum said sport anglers will be allowed to fish on the weekends between June 28 and Sept. 30. Fishing out of Neah Bay, which operates under ocean — not Strait — fishing regulations, will be able to fish daily after June 28 west of the Sekiu River.
THERE’S SOMETHING VERY satisfying about fishing — waking up early, catching a fish, gut1987 (25 years ago) ting it and cooking it up The state Department of yourself. Fisheries unveiled a comBut there’s something promise designed to help even more satisfying about struggling Skagit River staying in bed all day and coho salmon runs while then going to a restaurant preserving weekend sport and having fish. fishing in the Strait of Craig Ferguson
Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, April 25, the 116th day of 2012. There are 250 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On April 25, 1862, during the Civil War, a Union fleet commanded by Flag Officer David G. Farragut captured the city of New Orleans. On this date: ■ In 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term “America,” in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci. ■ In 1792, highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine.
■ In 1859, ground was broken for the Suez Canal. ■ In 1898, the United States formally declared war on Spain. ■ In 1901, New York Gov. Benjamin Barker Odell Jr. signed an automobile registration bill that imposed a 15 mph speed limit on highways. ■ In 1915, during World War I, Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Empire out of the war. ■ In 1944, the United Negro College Fund was founded. ■ In 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi
Germany’s defenses. Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations. ■ In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping. ■ In 1972, Polaroid Corp. introduced its SX-70 folding camera, which ejected self-developing photographs. Actor George Sanders was found dead in his hotel room near Barcelona, Spain; he was 65. ■ In 1983, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov invited Samantha Smith to visit his country after receiving a letter from the Manchester, Maine, schoolgirl. ■ In 1992, Islamic forces in Afghanistan took control of most of
the capital of Kabul following the collapse of the Communist government. ■ Ten years ago: President George W. Bush hosted Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at his Texas ranch for a day of talks. ■ Five years ago: Brushing off a presidential veto threat, the House passed 218-208 a $124.2 billion supplemental spending bill ordering U.S. troops to begin coming home from Iraq in the fall of 2007. ■ One year ago: President Bashar Assad of Syria sent the military into the southern city of Daraa, where an anti-government uprising had begun the previous month.
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A3 Briefly: Nation Romney eyes 5 more wins in primaries WASHINGTON — The suspense gone, Mitt Romney glided into five primaries Tuesday as the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting, piling up convention delegates while commanding the spotlight to sharpen his appeal for the campaign against President Barack Obama. Romney was readying a prime-time primary night speech titled “A Better America Begins Today,” to be delivered in New Hamp- Romney shire, one of a dozen or so states expected to be battlegrounds in the fall. There were 209 delegates at stake Tuesday in primaries in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, the first contests since Rick Santorum conceded the Republican race to Romney.
First BP oil spill arrest NEW ORLEANS — The Justice Department said Tuesday it filed the first criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, accusing a former BP engineer of destroying evidence. Kurt Mix of Katy, Texas, was arrested on two counts of
obstruction of justice. The Justice Department said the 50-year-old Mix is accused of deleting a string of 200 text messages with a BP supervisor in October 2010 that involved BP information about failing efforts to cap the well. Today, a federal judge in New Orleans is expected to consider a motion to approve a $7.8 billion civil settlement between BP and a committee of plaintiffs. The BP-leased rig Deepwater Horizon exploded the night of April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and setting off the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster.
Edwards aide on stand GREENSBORO, N.C. — The aide who helped John Edwards hide his pregnant mistress testified Tuesday that the former presidential candidate directed him to seek money from rich friends to provide the woman with a monthly allowance. Former aide Andrew Young took the witness stand for a second day at Edwards’ criminal trial. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to campaign finance violations involving nearly $1 million in secret payments. Young testified that Edwards directed him to start giving money to the mistress, Rielle Hunter, in May 2007 after she threatened to go to the media and expose the affair. Young said he suggested asking Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, an elderly heiress who already had given generously to Edwards’ campaign. The Associated Press
Briefly: World Satellites show Syria is still not abiding by truce GENEVA — Satellite imagery and other credible reports show that, despite its claims, Syria has failed to withdraw all of its heavy weapons from populated areas as required by a cease-fire deal, international envoy Kofi Annan’s spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said Tuesday. Annan, who was giving a speech in Sweden and briefing the U.N. Security Council in New York, called on the Syrian government to implement its commitments under the truce, Fawzi told reporters in Geneva. “This means withdrawal of all heavy armory from population centers and [sending them] back to the barracks. They are claiming that this has happened. Satellite imagery, however, and credible reports show that this has not fully happened,” Fawzi said. Annan also has become aware that U.N. cease-fire monitors were met with brief lulls in the violence when they entered conflict areas such as Homs and Hama in Syria, and that people who speak to them appeared to be in danger afterward. “When they [are there], the guns are silent. We have credible reports that when they leave, the [shellings] start again,” Fawzi said.
Cuban actors missing NEW YORK — In a case of life imitating art, two Cuban
actors have gone missing en route to their film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Javier Nunez Florian and Analin de la Rua de la Torre disappeared in Miami during a layover last week. The film, “Una Noche,” premiered at Tribeca on Thursday. Where the 20-year-old actors went remains unknown, but they are assumed to have defected. A third actor, Dariel Arrechada, continued on to New York, where he has participated in the festival. He is scheduled to return to Cuba. “Una Noche” is about teenagers struggling in poverty who decide to defect to the United States. Director Lucy Mulloy shot the film in Cuba.
Murdoch testimony LONDON — News Corp. executive James Murdoch’s behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign spilled out into the public domain Tuesday, casting a harsh light on the British government’s Olympics czar. Murdoch was speaking before the media ethics inquiry set up in the wake of the country’s phone hacking scandal. Particularly damning was correspondence showing how Olympics head Jeremy Hunt secretly backed Murdoch’s multibillion-dollar bid for full control of satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC. As someone charged with deciding whether to refer the takeover deal to Britain’s competition authority, Hunt was meant to have been neutral. The Associated Press
If health overhaul fails, cuts will be inevitable Businesses will reduce benefits BY RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — If the Supreme Court strikes down President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, don’t look to government for what comes next. Employers and insurance companies will take charge. They’ll borrow some ideas from Obama’s health plan, ditch others and push even harder to cut costs. Experts say to expect: ■ Workers bearing more of their own medical costs as job coverage shifts to plans with higher deductibles. Traditional plans will lose ground to highdeductible ones with tax-free accounts for routine expenses, to which employers can contribute. ■ Smokers facing financial penalties if they don’t seriously try to quit. Workers with a weight problem and high cholesterol will get tagged as health risks and nudged into diet programs. ■ Some companies keeping the health care law’s most popular benefit — coverage for adult children until they turn 26. Others will cut it to save money. ■ Workers and family members being steered to hospitals and doctors that prove that they deliver quality care. These medical providers would earn part of their fees for keeping patients as healthy as possible, similar to the “accountable care organizations” in the health care law. ■ Some workers choosing their health plans from a private insurance exchange, another similarity to Obama’s law. They’ll get
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President Barack Obama appears Tuesday at the University of North Carolina’s Dean E. Smith Center. fixed payments from their employers to choose from four levels of coverage: platinum, gold, silver and bronze. Those who pick rich benefits would pay more.
Problem of uninsured Business can’t and won’t take care of America’s 50 million uninsured. Republican proposals for replacing the health care law aren’t likely to solve that problem either because of the party’s opposition to raising taxes. The GOP alternative would have covered 3 million uninsured people, compared with more than 30 million under the president’s plan. After the collapse of Bill Clinton’s plan in the 1990s, policymakers shied away from health care legislation. Many expect a similar reluctance to set in if the Supreme Court invalidates Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Obama sells loan program CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — President Barack Obama went after the college vote Tuesday, pitching cheaper student loans as he courted the age group where he has a decided advantage over Republican Mitt Romney. Obama told University of North Carolina students he understood their burden, saying he and the first lady didn’t pay off their student loans until eight years ago. Both Obama and Romney have expressed support for freezing current interest rates on loans for poorer and middle-class students. The Associated Press
Pet rehab helps transform four-legged abuse survivors THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES — Snarf was underweight with a heart murmur and a possible ulcer when he was rescued from a Kentucky puppy mill. He had hookworm, fleas and ticks, infections in his eyes and ears, red skin and patchy hair. The 10-year-old Japanese chin wasn’t house-trained. He hardly seemed like anyone’s idea of a pet. But thanks to several months of rehab, he is. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals set up a rehab center for Snarf and the other 117 dogs rescued in October from the puppy mill. The ASPCA is the only national animal welfare organization with a behavior team dedicated solely to rehabilitating cruelty and disaster victims. Last year, the anti-cruelty behavior team coordinated rehab for more than 1,200 cats and dogs. Many pets who end up in rehab are victims of abusive owners who have been arrested for dogfighting, hoarding or puppy mill violations. Other animals survive natural disasters. Snarf had been crated, isolated and used for breeding all his life
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Snarf, a Japanese chin who spent 10 years in a puppy mill, wasn’t used to people. before he spent six months in rehab.
Taught social skills His medical conditions were treated, and he was taught how to socialize and play with humans and animals, and how to walk on a leash. Hoarded or mill dogs that have
been trapped in small spaces and denied human contact lack social skills and often fear sights, sounds and experiences, said Pamela Reid, an animal behaviorist and vice president of the ASPCA’s anti-cruelty behavior team. Reid’s behavior team watches how each dog reacts to pleasant greetings and unpleasant greetings. They watch as workers clip its nails, pull a burr from its fur, give it a toy and food, and take them away. They expose the dog to a toddler-size doll and a life-size dog mannequin, scold it and watch it interact with other dogs. Behaviorists look for eye contact, posture, the dog’s tail and ears, and what it does when it sees a person it knows. As for Snarf? Scott Franke and his wife, Andy Kyle, from New Albany, Ind., saw Snarf’s picture on the Kentucky shelter’s website. “When we went and saw him, it was love at first sight, and we had to have him,” Franke said. In his new home, Snarf loves to curl up on the floor close to the couple. “We hope to give him the happiest rest of his life we can,” Franke said.
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West: New mad cow disease case in California
Nation: Police chief could still resign in a few months
Nation: Houston couple welcomes sextuplets
World: Spanish towns busing in potential brides
A NEW CASE of mad cow disease has surfaced in a dairy cow in California, but the animal was not bound for the nation’s food supply and posed no danger, the Agriculture Department said Tuesday. John Clifford, the department’s chief veterinary officer, said the cow from central California did not enter the human food chain and that U.S. meat and dairy supplies are safe. It’s the fourth such cow discovered in the United States since the government began inspecting for the disease. “There is really no cause for alarm here with regard to this animal,” Clifford told reporters at a news conference.
WHILE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN is free on bail, the Sanford, Fla., police chief criticized for not charging him after Trayvon Martin’s slaying remains under scrutiny, as city commissioners await the results of a federal investigation to decide if they will accept Chief Bill Lee’s resignation. It could take months before they get the information they say they need. Lee remains on paid leave. Meanwhile, the city needs someone to lead its police department. Mayor Jeff Triplett said he’d like to see an interim police chief serve before the panel makes a final decision on Lee’s proposed resignation.
A HOUSTON WOMAN has given birth to sextuplets. Lauren and David Perkins announced on their website that doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston delivered three boys and three girls Monday. The children were born prematurely, at a little more than 30 weeks, and the heaviest of them weighed 2 pounds 15 ounces. But the couple said that the mother and babies are in stable condition. They did not release the children’s names. The couple requested privacy and said they would release further details at a later date.
INSPIRED BY A Hollywood western, a Spanish dating association is trying to slow a population drain from the country’s beleaguered central villages, introducing bachelors to women bused in from the big city of Madrid. Candeleda, a town of 6,000, hosted a weekend fiesta to welcome 68 women for a meet-and-greet with the village’s single men. The association, Asocamu, credits the 1951 movie “Westward the Women,” starring Robert Taylor and Denise Darcel, as its inspiration. The film tells how the American West was populated by organizing wagon trains of women as brides for lonely pioneers.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 — (J)
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TACOMA — A judge in Washington has cleared the way for the voyeurism trial of missing Utah mother Susan Powell’s father-inlaw. PORT ANGELES — Judge Ronald Culpepper The North Olympic Library dismissed Steve Powell’s System board — which oversees public libraries in motion Tuesday to suppress Port Angeles, Sequim, evidence collected during a Forks and Clallam Bay — search of his home last year. will discuss the implemenThose key pieces of evitation of the 2012 plan dence include thousands of when it meets Thursday. images of females being The board will meet at videotaped without their 5 p.m. at the Port Angeles knowledge. Library, 2210 S. Peabody Powell’s attorneys had St. argued that the warrant It also will consider was illegal because it was approval of several policies, essentially a fishing expediincluding those for fees and tion designed to gather genpenalties. eral evidence against his son, Josh, who was Susan Hospital retreat Powell’s husband. Prosecutors said the PORT TOWNSEND — warrant was necessary for Jefferson Healthcare cominvestigators looking into missioners will meet in a Susan Powell’s 2009 disapretreat Thursday. The retreat will be from pearance. Culpepper determined 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the there was probable cause to Home Health & Hospice search the home. Conference Room on the Josh Powell killed himthird floor at 2500 W. Sims self and the couple’s two Way, Suite 300. children earlier this year. The purpose of the speSteve Powell’s trial is cial session is for the CEO scheduled to start May 7. to provide an administraPeninsula Daily News tive update to the commisand The Associated Press sioners.
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HOME FOR MENTALLY ILL RENAMED
Peter Casey, executive director of Peninsula Behavioral Health, left, addresses those attending a ceremony Tuesday when Second Street House, a Port Angeles boarding home for the mentally ill, is renamed the Arlene Engel Home in recognition of Engel’s devotion to mental health care during her life. Engel, inset at left, who was 91 when she died in December, was an Olympic Medical Center commissioner and had served as president of the Clallam County National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and numerous other boards. She was awarded the Clallam County Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
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CONTINUED FROM A1 electronically,” Van Cleve said. “This will be a unique Johnson said the operating cost of the new station opportunity for them; it will possibly could be decreased allow them to see how they if high school students were can apply what they learn involved in the monitoring in the classroom in the real process as part of their class world.” study. Nelson said he didn’t Gaining traction know how the students’ role Grant Street Principal in the monitoring would Steve Finch said several occur. people had talked about “We have nothing in putting an air-monitoring place like this right now, station on the school in the but it’s something we would past, but the idea didn’t love to explore,” he said. gain traction until Johnson Teacher Marcia Van got involved. Cleve said she likes the idea “This is a great place to and wants to make the collect air-quality data, monitoring part of her sci- since it is important for the ence classes. kids to be breathing clean “The kids will collect the air,” Finch said. data and then send it off Finch did not know
where the monitor would be located but assumed it would be on the roof to protect it from vandalism. While the monitoring system is meant to collect information about the mill’s effect on the atmosphere, Finch said the monitor should not have any political implications. “It’s good if kids get involved with this,” Finch said. “But it doesn’t mean that anyone here is worried about the mill or that we are doing anything else than collecting data.”
CONTINUED FROM A1 bags used by one person in a calendar year. During her presentaThe committee will tions, Rubin has stayed in make a recommendation to character as a bag monster, the City Council. Ordinances in other cit- denigrating the position of ies have banned plastic ecologists and saying that shopping bags with han- the destruction of wildlife dles, while lawn and gar- and the environment is no bage bags are not affected. big deal. Rubin said that no one has missed the irony. Enforcement strategy “People take one look at City Manager David me, and they have one of Timmons said that a plastic two reactions,” she said. “Either their jaw drops bag ban would have to include a strategy for and they are speechless, or they come up to me and say, enforcing it. Rubin has made four ‘What can I do? Where can I appearances so far as the sign?’” bag monster, two in front of the City Council and two at Petitions the Port Townsend Farmers Petitions are available at Market. the Port Townsend Marine The 500 plastic bags of Science Center in Fort Worthe costume, which she bor- den State Park. rowed from the Seattle Bag Rubin said that ban supMonster group, is intended porters also can write the to represent the number of city of Port Townsend at 250 Madison St. or email the City Council at City Council@cityofpt.us.
Rubin said her appearances as the bag monster underscore the issue with a sense of humor, which makes the message more poignant than if it were presented in a conventional setting. “If you just come up to someone in public to talk about an issue, a lot of times, they will just turn away,” she said. “When they talk to the bag monster, they smile and laugh and actually have a conversation about the issue.” Rubin would not disclose when the monster’s next appearance will be. Cities in the state that have adopted bans are Bainbridge Island, Bellingham, Edmonds, Mukilteo and Seattle. Seattle’s ban begins July 1, while Bainbridge Island’s ban begins in November.
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Model-car firm eyes Forks patrol vehicle Bags: Ban ordinances BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
FORKS — A toy-car company wants to recreate the Forks Police Department’s Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers, but the Forks City Council isn’t so sure about the deal. The Forks City Council put a hold on a request from GreenLight Collectibles, a model-car company that sells “matchbox”-size model cars, to recreate the Forks police cars in a 1:64-scale die-cast model. The draft agreement doesn’t mention compensation to the city for the use of the image, nor is it made clear how many cars would be made or whether they would be made available to local vendors, said Rod Fleck, Forks city attorney. The council had a lot of questions about the deal and asked Fleck to look into
the contract. It was unclear at first as to why Forks was selected, Fleck said. “It probably has everything to do with Twilight,” he said, referring to the series of novels penned by Stephenie Meyer and set in Forks and movies about the adventures of a mortal girl and her vampire swain.
Hollywood Series GreenLight Collectibles sells a Hollywood Series collection of movie cars that includes vehicles from movies such as “The Fast and the Furious,” “NCIS,” “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Blues Brothers.” GreenLight Collectibles owns the legal rights for Twilight cars and plans to produce both the 1963 Chevy truck driven by main character Bella Swan and the movie version of the
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Forks patrol car, GreenLight founder Kevin Davey said Tuesday. In the Twilight saga, Swan’s father is the Forks chief of police, and his police car is both mentioned in the books and shown in the movie. The real Forks Police Department cruisers are white with blue markings, while the car used in the films is blue with silver and white markings. GreenLight also has a line of model police cruisers called Hot Pursuit and chooses a variety of U.S. cities to recreate police vehicles.
Hot Pursuit The real Forks police car would be part of the Hot Pursuit line, while the movie version would be part of the Hollywood Series, Davey said.
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Attorney to make bid for judgeship BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” Attorney Curtis Johnson is the third candidate to announce his intention to run for the Clallam County Superior Court vacancy that will be created by Judge Ken Williamsâ€™ retirement. Johnson, 58, a lifelong Port Angeles resident who announced his candidacy earlier this week, will run against Forks District 2 Judge Eric Rohrer, 54, and Clallam County Hearings Examiner Chris Melly, 60, of Port Angeles in the Aug. 7 primary. If one candidate among three or more candidates in the primary wins more than 50 percent of the vote, that candidate advances to the Nov. 6 general election as the only name on the general election ballot. The filing period for candidates is May 14-18. â€œI think I have the most
experience in terms of length of practice and criminal and civil trial experience,â€? Johnson said Johnson Tuesday. Williams, 65, whose salary is $148,000 a year, is retiring at the end of this year after five terms on the bench. Incumbent county Superior Court Judges S. Brooke Taylor and George L. Wood have said they intend to run for re-election. Neither had announced opposition as of early Tuesday afternoon. Johnson, a 1971 Port Angeles High School graduate, started his legal career in Port Angeles in 1978 as an associate in the law firm started by Williams and by Johnsonâ€™s father, Gerald Johnson. He has spent 34 years in general law practice trying
civil and criminal cases and was a pro tem Clallam County District Court judge for 19 years until 2008. Johnson also has been an approved counsel for insurance companies in accident litigation. Since 1994, he has been a Superior Court arbitrator with statutory authority to award up to $50,000 in damages in civil suits. â€œI have not ever been reversed on any cases,â€? he said. â€œMy rulings, as far as I know, have held up.â€? He and his wife, Nancy, have two adult daughters and a 14-year-old daughter who attends Stevens Middle School. Superior Court judges are paid $148,832 annually, a cost equally split by the state and Clallam County.
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PORT ANGELES â€” City Manager Kent Myers has selected Byron Olson, Sunnyside deputy city manager and chief financial officer, to serve as the city of Port Angelesâ€™ interim finance director for up to six months beginning May 17. Olson, 60, said in an interview Tuesday that he is â€œ98 percentâ€? certain he will apply for the permanent finance director position vacated March 15 after city Finance Director Yvonne Ziomkowski was fired. During his tenure, Olson said he expects to review with other top city officials the city cash-out policy that led to Ziomkowskiâ€™s termination â€œto do what we can do to make sure the rules and regulations regarding that are explicitly clear to everyone involved.â€? Olson said he will be paid $50 an hour for up to six months, or up to $48,000 at 40 hours a week, but added that he expects a new finance director to be hired before six months have passed and anticipates that a new city manager will be hired first to replace Myers. Myersâ€™ last day is Tuesday before he leaves to
become city manager of Fredericksburg, Texas. The City Council on April 17 tapped city Fire Chief Olson D a n McKeen to fill Myersâ€™ position on an interim basis. Olson, 60, of Prosser, has a sister-in-law in Victoria and friends in Gig Harbor, and has visited Port Angeles and Sequim to golf, he said. He and his wife, Phillis, have been married 18 years and have two adult children.
Permanent post â€œI most likely would want to be a candidate for the permanent position,â€? Olson said. â€œI would say that I am probably 98 percent certain that I would apply.â€? Myers said Olsonâ€™s name was referred to the city by Issaquah-based Prothman Co., an executive search firm the City Council hired April 17 for $17,500 plus expenses to find qualified applicants to permanently replace Myers. Prothman will be paid an as-yet-undetermined additional fee for referring
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Olson to the city, Myers said. The City Council has decided a professional recruiter expected to cost $15,000 plus expenses also would be hired to find a permanent replacement for Ziomkowski, a 24-year city employee. Myers fired her March 15 for violating city policy by taking $28,862 in vacation and sick-leave cashouts that covered three years. The Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Office did not file charges recommended by the State Patrol against Ziomkowski, saying a state Auditorâ€™s Office report determined the cityâ€™s â€œunclear policies and inadequate controlsâ€? resulted in possible incorrect payments, and that no employees intentionally misappropriated money or intentionally did anything wrong. Ten other employees since 2003 also received cash-outs that exceeded city policy. Overpayments were approved by a supervisor or possibly were a result of payroll error, city staff have said.
Gorilla sanctuary topic of two talks this week Garbe, RwandaNOW director and Seattle-based lawyer, to present BY DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
SEQUIM â€” Dr. Jode Garbe, who divides her time between Seattle and Rwanda, is on the North Olympic Peninsula for two presentations this week. First, Garbe, director of the nonprofit RwandaNOW, will speak tonight about her work toward sustainable farming and a Rwandan mountain gorilla sanctuary during a Sequim High School Women in Networks, or WIN, program for students. The presentation by Garbe, a Seattle-based lawyer and veterinarian, will be at the Oak Table, 292 W. Bell St., and there is no charge to hear her 7 p.m. talk. But organizer Mitzi Sanders, Sequim Highâ€™s career center coordinator, urges attendees to make reservations by phoning 360-582-3631 or emailing her at email@example.com. wa.us. Garbe will then give a second presentation at ________ 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, 2781 Towne Road. Hosted ext. 5060, or at paul.gottlieb@ by the nonprofit Readers Theatre Plus, that event is peninsuladailynews.com.
gally captured wildlife and promote the continued protection of the endangered mountain gorillas. The center also aims to support local agricultural improvement, including organic dairy processing and farming. These projects are designed to empower disadvantaged groups such as women and the disabled. Garbeâ€™s program was originally scheduled for mid-January, but it was â€œsnowed out,â€? noted Paul Martin of Readers Theatre Plus. Garbe could not make it here after a blizzard hit the North Olympic Peninsula, but she plans to make up for it with this weekâ€™s pair of presentations.
free and open to the public. Itâ€™s expected to be popular, so free tickets are being distributed by Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St., Sequim, and at Port Book and News, 104 E. First St., Port Angeles. Attendees are asked to arrive at the Dungeness Schoolhouse by 6:45 p.m. to guarantee seats. During these programs, Dungeness resident Jim Dries and KIRO-TVâ€™s Penny LeGate will join Garbe to talk about and show photographs of their encounters with the mountain gorillas in the wild. Listeners also ________ can find out about traveling Features Editor Diane Urbani to Rwanda to see the apes. la Paz can be reached at 360To find out more about de 452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane. the Readers Theatre Plus firstname.lastname@example.org. presentation, phone 360797-3337.
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Proposed is a $12 million project of 30,000 to 35,000 square feet on West Cedar Street on land the city acquired late last year to house police and all city offices under one roof. The council has placed a one-tenth-of-1 percent sales tax increase on the Aug. 7 ballot to raise revenue for a new Sequim police station. City Manager Steve Burkett said $240,000 in additional sales tax revenue certainly would help the city in building a new police station as part of the project, and all under one roof. Burkett has said the city now rents additional space for police and the public works, planning and building departments in two different locations, costing the city about $200,000 a year that could be going toward a mortgage payment for a new civic center. The city owns the existing City Hall at 152 W. Cedar St., and the council most recently approved purchasing about 22,000 square feet of land east of the building to North
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stirred concerns over particulate pollution, especially tiny “nanoparticulates” that SEQUIM — The $73 biomass opponents say can million biomass cogeneralodge in people’s lungs and tion facility expansion at that are not separately regNippon Paper Industries ulated by the EnvironmenUSA in Port Angeles is tal Protection Agency or the none of Sequim’s business, state Department of Ecoland the city is going to stay ogy. out of it, the Sequim City Proponents counter that Council decided Monday. biomass facilities generate Nippon mill manager less pollution than convenHarold Norlund made a tional plants and that presentation to the council nanoparticulates come from during a special work sesa variety of sources, includsion before the regular ing wood stoves. meeting Monday. Norlund provided statisThe council decided by tics from the Environmenconsensus to cancel a town tal Protection Agency and hall forum that had been the Olympic Region Clean planned May 14 on the Air Agency — or ORCAA Nippon project. — that included the most The plant has met all legal requirements, has the common sources of particupermits in hand and isn’t in lates in the air in the North Sequim’s area of influence, Olympic region. The vast majority of council members said. particulates comes from “It clearly meets all the applicable rules,” City Man- slash burning, marine vehicles and ships, and wood ager Steve Burkett said. However, the city has no stoves, according to idea what the air quality is ORCAA. Industrial and commerlike in Sequim, Councilwoman Candice Pratt said, cial sources account for 10 percent of the particulates adding that more information on how to monitor local in the area, ORCAA said. The new plant will air quality would be useful. release fewer particulates The council directed than the plant’s existing Burkett to contact the biomass burner, further appropriate agencies to reducing the plant’s contriresearch what it would bution to pollution, Norlund take to install a monitor. said. The nearest air-quality Burning biomass in the monitors to Sequim are in new plant will be far Port Angeles and Port cleaner than burning slash Townsend. on logging sites, as is done A coalition of environin current practice, he mental groups is fighting both the Nippon expansion added. Current results of airand a $55 million expanmonitoring stations can be sion at the Port Townsend viewed at www.orcaa.org/ Paper Corp. mill. Both projects have with- air. ________ stood several legal challenges from the groups. Reporter Arwyn Rice can be Both are expected to be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. completed in 2013. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula dailynews.com. Biomass facilities have BY ARWYN RICE
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â€˜Bitty Buddyâ€™ makes good: Elk of Year Lodge member is 50th recipient of annual award WHEN YOUâ€™RE THE youngest of six children, you never outgrow your childhood nickname. But when Conrad Oien, 55, of Port Townsend was named Elk of the Year by the Port Townsend Elks Lodge last Saturday, he still didnâ€™t expect his brother Ron and sister Lois to stand up and lead family members in chanting, â€œGo, Bitty Buddy!â€? â€œThat was something they called me from a long time ago,â€? Conrad said. Ron Oien and wife Sonya Oien, who live in Brinnon, and Lois Horn of Seattle were among family and friends who came to see Conrad honored for his contributions to the Elks and the community. The award night included dinner, wine, speeches, gifts and, of course, a few â€œBitty Buddyâ€? stories, including this one from Ron about an incident at Badger Lake.
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Wine event took off The Port Townsend Elks Lodge started holding a wine-tasting and auction to raise money for scholarships 15 years ago, lodge ruler Ken Brink said. But it wasnâ€™t until Conrad Oien, with his contacts in the industry, got involved two years later that the event really took off. â€œIn those 13 years, weâ€™ve given out $71,700 in local scholarships,â€? Brink said. â€œAnother $50,400 has come back to our students from the state [Elks]. â€œTo show how important the wine-tasting is, before it started, we gave $250 a year in scholarships. â€œThis year, weâ€™re giving $11,000.â€? Brink said Oien brought in 25 wineries, all of which donated wine and gifts for the auction, which has grown into one of the most popular events the lodge holds. Gifts to Oien on Saturday included a case of â€œtwobuck chuckâ€? wine and a check from the lodge, which he intends to use for one of his hobbies, photography, fishing or golf.
â€œEating and drinking are my hobby,â€? Oien said. Oien credited Brinkâ€™s constant badgering as the reason he joined the Elks Lodge nine years ago. Brink also recruited him for Kiwanis International, Oien said, which he joined in July 2005 â€” and by 2006 was president. Through Kiwanis, Oien helped raise more than $15,000 for a surgical implant program in Africa, Brink said, and helped build a wing of a hospital in Tanzania, which Oien visited last summer. He also expanded the Christmas gift program for foster children, which serves 200 people, to cover studentsâ€™ fees when school starts. To raise money, Oien organized bar stool bingo, Brink said, and a winemakersâ€™ dinner that raised thousands of dollars for the foster kids and also benefited the Edensaw Cancer Fund. Oien said that being in the Elks and Kiwanis provides a way for him to give back to the community and be part of working for the greater good, something that living in a big city might not have given him the opportunity to do. He is the 50th member of BPOE Lodge 317 to be
named Elk of the Year, said program emcee Mel Mefford. Mefford, who was Elk of the Year in 1977, listed the previous award recipients starting in 1962. Mefford said the Port Townsend lodge is one of a few in the country to have a dinner for the honoree instead of simply handing out a plaque during a meeting. Mefford also noted that only 16 recipients of the lodgeâ€™s Elk of the Year are still living. â€œWhen you look at the odds, the odds arenâ€™t too good,â€? he joked.
Flowers to recipients Linda Hinds presented flowers to the former recipients and spouses who were present, including John Buehler, Rich Stapf, Sylvia Adams, Loren Krieger, Ken and Helen Brink, Al and Kathie Ryan, and Leonard and Billie Fullerton. Mefford also gave a plaque honoring the lodgeâ€™s volunteers to Ken Brink, who accepted it on their behalf, and honored Greg Jacobsen, a 28-year member, for his years of service. Also recognized was Oienâ€™s wife, Karen, aka the
With spouse Karen Oien, seated left, looking on, Conrad Oien, center, receives the Elk of the Year award from Ken Brink, head of the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, on Saturday. â€œVanna White of the Elksâ€™ wine-tastingâ€? because sheâ€™s so good at holding up the bottles to be auctioned. Other family members at Saturdayâ€™s dinner were: daughter Bonnie Lâ€™Heureux and her husband, Michael Lâ€™Heureux, of Port Hadlock; Karenâ€™s mother, Jan Gronseth of Port Townsend; and Karenâ€™s brother, Tim Gronseth. Jim Franklin, who has been an Elk for more than 60 years, said he has known Conrad Oien for six years and had never met anyone as motivated and dedicated to the causes he took on. Franklin also noted Oien is a people person: Invited to the Oiensâ€™ house for a barbecue, he arrived to find it wasnâ€™t just a few couples but the annual block party that the Oiens and their neighbors on Thomas Street throw. Franklin quoted Oien, who once wrote that he believed the purpose of life is to be a growing and contributing human being. As the youngest member of the family, his brother was spoiled rotten, Ron
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said, but grew up to be a fine person everyone is proud of. Although to him, the guest of honor will always be the little brother he carried around on his shoulders. â€œHe was everybodyâ€™s Bitty Buddy,â€? Ron said. â€œEveryone loved him.â€? This yearâ€™s wine-tasting and auction for scholarships is Saturday, May 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St. in the Glen Cove area off state Highway 20 on the outskirts of Port Townsend. The cost is $15. The public is welcome to attend.
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Second-oldest of the Oien sons, Ron is 15 years older than Conrad and used to carry his little brother around on his shoulders. The family lived in Spokane and owned recreational property on Badger Lake. One winter when Conrad was 3, the family packed up and went out to the lake to go sledding and ice-skating. Deciding to walk down to the lake to see if the ice was thick enough for skating, Ron lifted Conrad, who was zipped into a red snowsuit and wearing little white ice skates, onto his shoulders. When they got to the lake, Ron stepped out onto the ice. â€œI took two steps and broke through,â€? he said. â€œWe both went underwater.â€? They werenâ€™t in deep, however, so Ron managed to get them both to dry land. With Conrad on his shoulders, he trudged up the slope to the familyâ€™s trailer, a distance of about a quarter-mile. Every few steps, Conrad would say, â€œRon, Iâ€™m tode,â€? and Ron would reply, â€œIâ€™m cold, too.â€? When they got to the trailer, Ron lowered Conrad to the ground, where he stood frozen, his arms sticking out in front of him. â€œWe took him inside and thawed him out,â€? Ron said. Conrad survived childhood, attended Spokaneâ€™s Rogers High School, where he played in the marching band, and graduated in 1975. After attending technical school, he drove a truck for a wine and beer
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PORT TOWNSEND — KPTZ 91.9 FM Radio Port Townsend has been broadcasting to the region every day, all day for almost a year, and now it’s time to celebrate. The all-volunteer station will hold a fundraising event and party in the Oscar Erickson building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St., from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Local music lovers, fans of the station and their families, DJs and volunteers will mix and mingle for an evening of fun and music, which includes live bands with interludes of tunes spun by listeners’ favorite KPTZ DJs. There will be a bar, snacks, a dance contest and door prizes. Tickets are on sale at the Port Townsend Food Co-op, 414 Kearney St., or at the door for a suggested donation of $20. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. KPTZ program director Larry Stein said the station is planning to expand its news and public affairs programming in the coming months. “We want to fill the time between noon and 1 p.m. and 6 [p.m.] and 7 p.m. with informative local interviews and discussion,” Stein said. Additionally, Stein points to KPTZ’s expansion of its live
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performance capability. This will require some re-engineering of the performance studio. Listener donations will help pay for this upgrade. KPTZ will hold an on-air fund drive with special programming and information in the week before the anniversary. For more information, phone 360-379-6886 or visit www.kptz.org.
Program sign-ups PORT TOWNSEND — Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP) Head Start, Early Head Start and ECEAP programs are recruiting eligible children for the 2012-2013 school year in Forks, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock and Quilcene. Three preschool options are available: a part-day/ part-year preschool; a fullday/year-round preschool and Early Head Start; and a year-round program for pregnant moms and/or children from birth to age 3. Full-day/year-round Head Start and Early Head Start program options currently are available in Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Hadlock. Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded. ECEAP is a statefunded, part-year preschool. The various programs provide meals, limited transportation, education and social/health services to eligible children. For more information, phone OlyCAP’s Early Childhood Resource Center at 360-582-3708. Peninsula Daily News
Death and Memorial Notice JOHN WILLIAM PURVIS JR. December 8, 1926 April 19, 2012 John William Purvis was born in Ripley, Mississippi, to John and Maybelle Purvis, and spent much of his youth in Depression-era Pickwick, Oxford, and Jackson, Mississippi. Upon graduating from Central High School in Jackson, John served in the U.S. Navy for the final year of World War II, thereafter graduating from Ole Miss with a Bachelor of Science in business and lettering four years in golf. From 1948, John worked for more than 50 years in the mid-South insurance and surety bond business, including time as branch manager of the Memphis, Tennes-
see, office of the Fidelity and Deposit Company and as a vice president at Brown and Associates. During his long career, he established many lifelong professional and personal friendships and became recognized as one of the most respected agents and financial advisers nationally. Over many years, John pursued his love of both fishing and golf, at golf winning the MS Amateur as well as the Memphis Pub Links. In recognition of his lifelong contribution to local-area golf, John was inducted into the Memphis Park Commission’s Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1953, John married the greatest love of his life, the beautiful Serita Tucker of Jackson. They raised a family in Memphis and remained together until her passing
in 1991. Very active late in life, John worked part time as a consultant and financial adviser. He also picked up a pool cue and a colorful nickname after 18 holes of golf became a little much for him. In 2009, John finally retired and moved to Sequim, where he resided at The Lodge of Sherwood Village and developed the last of his many friendships, retained his great sense of humor and still, on occasion, enjoyed a cigar. John is survived by his daughter, Shannon; two sons, John and Jay; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at Forest Hill East Funeral Home, 2440 Whitten Road in Memphis, on Friday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with services at 1 p.m.
Death and Memorial Notice RUTH HELEN MCGUIRE October 14, 1912 March 26, 2012
Mrs. McGuire they moved to Portland, Oregon, where they lived until they retired in 1974. Ruth worked in electronics, and she retired as a secretary in the electronic department at United Medical Laboratories in Portland. Loving the Sequim area, they bought a piece of property at Diamond Point and lived there until her husband’s health forced them to move closer to town and medical care. Ruth had many interests in life. She loved to
June 21, 1930 February 5, 2012 R. Parker Gowing, 81, died February 5, 2012, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from head injuries suffered in a traffic accident three days earlier in Bellevue, Washington. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to the late Avis (Dubia) and Earl P. Gowing; his parents had grown up in the Chicago area, where there were strong family connections, and he was baptized at the Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago when he was just a few weeks old. Mr. Gowing attended schools in Louisville, first at St. James parochial school, then Rugby University School. In 1952, he graduated from Princeton University with an AB in economics. He earned a master’s in business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a master’s in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans. His professional life included several years as a caseworker in Cincinnati and California. While studying for a doctorate in business administration, for which he completed all but the dissertation at Arizona State University and Texas Tech University, he taught business statistics, finance and computer programming at Eastern Kentucky University, San Diego State University and the University of Notre Dame. During this time, he had an evaluation to determine the cause of severe headaches that occurred whenever he
Mr. Gowing read for even a short time. A significant defect in eye muscle movement led to solutions that permitted him to study the science courses he had not been able to take while in college. With success in that area, Mr. Gowing enrolled in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane, earning his Master of Public Health in epidemiology, thus applying his strong comprehension of statistics to a discipline that, for him, was more interesting than business and finance. After a long friendship, he and Clover Brodhead of Cincinnati were married in 1967. Remaining childfree, they worked as educators in Ohio, Kentucky, Arizona, California, Texas, Indiana, Tennessee and Illinois before moving to Washington state in 1985. After retirement, the Gowings spent time in New Hampshire and north-central Arizona, but nowhere else could equal the favorable attributes of the North Olympic Peninsula, and they settled in Sequim in 2000. Mr. Gowing was a member of the Freedom
From Religion Foundation of Madison, Wisconsin (www.FFRF.org), the Juan de Fuca Freethinkers of Clallam County, a life member of the Friends of the Sequim Library and a supporter of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (www.planned parenthood.org/ppgnw), as well as local animal welfare and rescue programs. His wife, Clover, survives Mr. Gowing. Also surviving are the children of his late sister, Patricia Gowing Plumb, Kate Plumb and Bob Plumb of Long Island, New York, Annie Plumb and Amy Plumb of Manhattan, New York, and Mary Plumb of Ashland, Oregon; and close relatives Heather Brodhead of Santa Barbara, California, and Kristen Hagen of Sacramento, California. He will be greatly missed by the Western branch of the Gowing family, whose members were unknown to him before moving to Kirkland; they share an ancestor who emigrated from the British Isles to Massachusetts in 1638. The People’s Memorial Funeral Cooperative of Seattle, www.funerals. coop, made final arrangements. There will be no services. An open house will be held in honor of Parker Gowing on Sunday, June 3, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at a private home in Sequim. For information and to RSVP, please phone 360-6835648 or email gowing@ olympus.net. Memorial contributions can be made to Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest or any local animal welfare or rescue agency.
Death and Memorial Notice BARBARA JEAN ANDERSON July 25, 1937 April 20, 2012 Barbara Jean Anderson of Sequim died of a stroke at the age of 74. She was born in Burlington, Washington, to Charles and Virdie Groves and graduated from Burlington High School in 1955. She married Larry E. Anderson on November 22, 1957. They lived in Skagit Valley, where she was a homemaker, raising their three daughters until their move in 1976 to Sequim, where they owned and operated Anderson Trucking until their retirement in 1991. Barbara was a member of the Washington Truckers Association and the Washington State
Mrs. Anderson Horsemen, was a 4-H leader and served as president of Olympic Peninsula Zone. Her hobbies included raising horses and basset hounds, gardening, watching NASCAR, doing crafts, going on family vacations and time spent
with her grandkids. She continued to attend horse shows to watch her grandsons and daughters compete. A second mom to many kids around the neighborhood, her door was always open. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters and a brother. She is survived by her daughters and son-inlaws, Terri and Greg Winters, Tina and Tim Johnson, and Lisa and Lee Hopper; brother Steve Thein; and grandsons Jeremy Johnstad and Cody Chase. A celebration of life will be held at Carrie Blake Park, Sequim, on Saturday, April 28, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, we request that memorials be directed to organizations that help animals.
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On Monday, March 26, 2012, Ruth Helen McGuire passed away from age-related causes at the age of 99. Ruth was born in Riverside, Montana, to Hilda (Peterson) and Martin Paulson. Ruth was the last of four children. Preceding her in death is her husband, Edgar McGuire; sister Marion Rose of Bozeman, Montana; two brothers, Morgan Paulson of Rhode Island and Glen Paulson of Bigfork, Montana; and daughter and son-in-law Elaine (Linden) and Fred Secker. In 1946, Ruth and Edgar McGuire were married in Port Townsend. In 1948, they had a daughter, Rosemary. Ruth had two children from a previous marriage: Elaine Linden, who lived with her mother, and Larry Linden, who lived with his father. Several years later,
help others. She made quilts, enjoyed crossword puzzles, cross-stitch work, sewing and most of all reading and studying her Bible. Ruth moved to Crestwood Convalescent Center about three years ago, when she needed 24-hour care. Even though she was blind and had lost most of her hearing, she always had a smile on her face. Her motto in life was “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Ruth was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for 57 years; she had attended the Sequim Seventh-day Adventist Church for 37 years. Her church family meant a lot to her. Ruth is survived by Rosemary (McGuire) and Paul Schoville of Port Angeles; son Larry Linden (Ruth) of Colfax, California; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. We will miss her greatly, but she is at rest, waiting for the Lord’s return.
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PORT ANGELES â€” Friends, admirers and business associates are invited to a Thursday night reception where seven community heroes will be honored with the Clallam County Community Service Award for 2012. The award honors the â€œdedication, sacrifice and accomplishmentsâ€? of community leaders and volunteers â€œwho have made a difference in Clallam County, who have made our communities a better place by doing extraordinary things for their neighbors, their community or the environment.â€? The honorees are: â– Anna Barrigan, a retired community pharmacist and job counselor who has devoted energy and hard work to the Salvation Army, Project Homeless Connect,
Shelter Providers, Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics and many other groups. â– Cheri Fleck, whose vision, drive and leadership helped create Sargeâ€™s Place in Forks, a center for returning and homeless veterans and their families. â– John Halberg, enthusiastic co-founder and inventive leader of the North Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association for youths and adults. â– Dan Huff, volunteer fire-
Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave. in Port Angeles, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The reception is open to the public and will include beverages and special desserts. Admission is free. A judging committee that included a past Community Service Award recipient selected the seven from 23 nominations made by individuals, clubs, churches, businesses and other organizations. â€œThese are truly local heroes, working to make community life stronger, tighter, happier, richer â€” busy people who unselfishly give their time and energy to help others, who always seem to be able to make time to offer a hand or a shoulder,â€? said John Brewer, PDN editor and publisher.
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fighter/EMT for Clallam County Fire District No. 2 for 35 years and captain of Station 21 (Gales Addition, just east of Port Angeles), with a long resume of other community activities. â– Jim and Robbie Mantooth, selfless, gracious and unwavering protectors of local streams and forests through the North Olympic Land Trust and environmental projects they helped finance.
â– Charles â€œMooseâ€? Parker, who has donated thousands of hours as a coach to young athletes in Clallam Bay and Neah Bay. This is the 33rd year of the award, begun by the Peninsula Daily News and now co-sponsored with Soroptimist International of Port Angeles-Noon Club. The seven recipients will receive framed award certificates at a reception that begins in the downstairs meeting room at Holy
International lavender panel Unemployment set this weekend in Sequim stays flat even BY JEFF CHEW PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
SEQUIM â€” Lavender growers and those who love the fragrant purple flower worldwide are expected at the Sequim International Lavender Conference, which begins Friday. The three-day conference â€” which includes a â€œpost-conference sessionâ€? Monday â€” will feature world-renowned experts in the industry and is drawing international participation, said Scott Nagel, executive director of the Sequim Lavender Farmers Association, event sponsor. The industry-wide conference based at the Sequim Holiday Inn Express, 1441 E. Washington St., will include workshops as well as hands-on farm demonstrations.
Third conference It is the third such conference. Two others have been conducted in Sequim during the past decade. The conference, which costs $325, is scheduled at both the Sequim Holiday Inn Express and at the farms of the Sequim Lavender Farmers Association, combining indoor workshops with â€œboots on the groundâ€? sessions at some of the Sequim lavender farms. About 100 have registered for the conference, Nagal said. Among them are residents of New South Wales, Australia; British Columbia, Canada; Ontario, Canada; Puerto Rico; Arizona; California; Colorado; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Idaho; Illinois; Maryland; Michigan; North Car-
olina; Oregon; Virginia; and Washington state, he added. An additional seminar Monday â€” on â€œCulinary Lavender and the Food Modernization Actâ€? â€” is open to both conference participants and any others interested, Nagel said. The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with lunch included. Single-day registration is $75. As an add-on to the full conference, it will cost $65. The daylong seminar is popular in light of growing concerns over food cleanliness and quality, Nagel said. Itâ€™s for anyone interested in commercial food processing, such as cooking with lavender. â€œWe are developing a program called â€˜Sequim Certifiedâ€™ that will provide scientific grading standards and testing for lavender to be used in food products,â€? Nagel said. â€œSequim lavender is 97 percent clean, which is about as clean as you can get,â€? Nagel said.
Farm visits, workshops On Friday, the conference will begin at 10 a.m., with shuttles leaving the Holiday Inn Express for open farm visits at Jardin du Soleil Lavender, Olympic Lavender Farm, Port Williams Lavender, Purple Haze Lavender Farm, Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm and Washington Lavender. Workshops are scheduled Saturday and Sunday. â€œWhether participants are experienced farmers or just getting started, the
Sequim International Lavender Conference will provide everyone with an opportunity to learn about industry best-practices and see how Sequim farmers have utilized their land, balancing the geography of their sites, developing individual identities and compilations of their acquired knowledge and experience,â€? Nagel said.
Keynote speaker A key draw for lavender growers from around the world, said Nagel, is conference keynote speaker Tim Upson, co-author of The Genus Lavandula, which Nagel calls the â€œlavender bible.â€? Upson â€” curator of Cambridge Universityâ€™s 40-acre Botanic Garden in Cambridge, England â€” will speak at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Nagel also will speak during the conference about lavender festivals and tourism. Saturday speakers and their topics are Michelle Thibert, owner of Soulscents & Bodywork in Enumclaw, on aromatherapy; Victor Gonzales, owner of Victorâ€™s Lavender in Sequim, on propagating and growing lavender; Ann Harmon, owner of Morning Myst Botanics, on hydrosols; Curtis Beus, who served as the Washington State University Extension director in Clallam County for 15 years, on agritourism; and Kathy Gehrt, author of Discover Cooking with Lavender, on culinary lavender. Also, David Simpson of the Department of Agriculture on organic certifica-
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month, mainly in natural resources, professional services and transportation and warehousing, Court said. There were 3,300 Clallam County job-seekers looking for work in March â€” up 50 from February â€” while the labor force remained at 29,450. Jefferson County gained 30 government jobs and 50 private-sector jobs spread across the industries.
There were 1,300 Jefferson County job-seekers looking for work in March â€” down 20 from February â€” while the labor force held steady at 12,440. â€œThings are very, very flat,â€? Court said. Unemployment rates were higher in both counties one year ago: 11.6 percent in Clallam County and 10.9 percent in Jefferson County in March 2011. Washington stateâ€™s unemployment rate for March remained flat at 8.3 percent, but the state added 3,000 jobs last month, marking the third consecutive month of job growth. The stateâ€™s jobless rate is slightly higher than the Commute national rate of 8.2 perPeople who commute to cent. other counties for work ________ can skew the unemployReporter Rob Ollikainen can ment rates in rural counties, as was the case in be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at rob.ollikainen@ March, Court said. peninsuladailynews.com. Clallam County gained 20 government and 60 priThe Associated Press contribvate-sector jobs last uted to this report.
PORT ANGELES â€” Unemployment held flat on the North Olympic Peninsula last month despite the addition of 160 new jobs in Clallam and Jefferson counties, the state Employment Security Department reported Tuesday. Clallam Countyâ€™s unemployment rate went from a revised 11 percent in February to a preliminary 11.2 percent in March. Jefferson Countyâ€™s jobless rate dipped from a revised 10.6 percent in February to a revised 10.4 percent in March. â€œItâ€™s really kind of an unusual situation,â€? said Elizabeth Court, regional economist for Employment Security. â€œBasically, there were 50 additional unemployed people in Clallam County between February and March, and those 50 people raised unemployment from 11 [percent] to 11.2 percent in the labor force. â€œBut when you look at the actual jobs in the county, there was an increase in 80 positions.â€?
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Life as a West End vampire-biologist OUR ATTEMPT TO to help Stephenie Meyer come up with another Twilight novel — to enhance and preserve the sustainable Twilight tourist industry that makes the North Olympic Peninsula so cool — is coming to an end. I’m still expecting StePat phenie’s call Neal any moment. SITTING IN A swamp in the dark with a bucket of chicken-fried owl waiting for the Bigfoot to show up, Edward Cullen reflects that this is not how he envisioned his life would turn out. How the cruel winds of fate had changed Edward from a werewolf-stomping, bloodsucking hero-beast of a vampire, striking terror in the hearts of peasants and their despots alike, to a working man’s hero with a deadend job harassing innocent fish and animals as a government wildlife biologist. Edward thinks for a minute how he’d rather have a wooden stake pounded through his heart
than be a biologist. But the thought of the drycleaning and repair bill to his designer double-breasted biologist suit makes him reconsider. Things are tight at the Cullen home in the West End cabin. Bella is forced to cut Edward’s blood soup with tomato paste. He pretends not to notice, but Edward is getting so skinny and beat up that he looks like a tweaker who spent the weekend in a culvert pipe. That night at dinner, Bella senses that something’s wrong. “Rough day at work?” she asks. “The worst,” Edward rants. “The Boss Biologist read in the paper that the National Park Service is charging for a permit to hunt for Bigfoot. “The Double B says anything the national park can charge for, the state can charge more for. “He’s right, you know. “There’s no reason people should get away with hunting for Bigfoot without a permit. It’s just not right! “I mean, this is Washington. You need a permit to gather seaweed, for crying out loud. “And these Bigfoot hunters have the nerve to think they can pursue a public resource for private gain? We’ll show them!”
Edward is pounding his fist on the table. “That sounds wonderful, honey,” Bella says. “But doesn’t someone have to catch a Bigfoot first? I mean, so we can get a good picture of it — for like, identification purposes? “So there are no more of these unfortunate accidents with loggers or fishermen being mistaken for the creature?” “Do you have to keep throwing that in my face, Bella?” Edward sobs. “That was a mistake, ancient history. What happened was partly their fault. “They never should have wandered into the study area in the first place — without a permit anyway. “They were treated and released the same day with only superficial wounds. I said I was sorry. “They moved on. Can’t you? “Maybe I shouldn’t talk about my work. No one understands,” Edward puts on a sulking face. “I understand.” Bella says. “You do?” Edward sobs. “Of course, I understand,” Bella replies. “You’re a biologist. You shoot owls to protect them, don’t you? So what if you have to shoot some Bigfoot to protect them.
Peninsula Voices sage under U.S. Highway Publicity about the Clal- 101. Bob Campbell, then a lam County Community Peninsula College fisheries Service Award celebrated student and now Feiro our work to restore Ennis Marine Life Center facility Creek and help North manager, provided valuable Olympic Land Trust protect data on habitat conditions qualities we love about livand coho salmon, steelhead ing here. and cutthroat trout populaBut countless others are tions in the stream. valued partners. Clallam Conservation John Willits, to be honDistrict created model ored at the land trust’s con- stormwater-management servation breakfast this Fri- ponds above Ennis Creek. day, first told us about creHundreds of volunteers, ating a legal agreement businesses and other orgawith the land trust to pernizations contributed time manently protect farmland and money so the land trust and forests as well as the could host StreamFest at stream flowing through our our place and enable particEnnis Arbor Farm. ipants to gain inspiration Attorney Gary Colley, and knowledge for appreciwho helped establish the ating and taking care of local land trust, donated his unique qualities of area skills to create the legal lands. agreement. Recognition is satisfying, Mike McHenry and but more special are opporother Lower Elwha Tribal tunities to work with others fisheries specialists making our area a wonderobtained a grant and used ful place to live. their skills to enhance fish Robbie Mantooth, habitat on our land. Port Angeles Volunteer fish expert Dick Goin helped me work Robbie and Jim Manwith state Fish and Wildlife tooth are two of seven recipiofficials to improve fish pas- ents of the 2012 Clallam
County Community Service Award. Award ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the downstairs meeting room at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave., Port Angeles. See story today, Page A9.
Lincoln Park trees A group to save the trees in Lincoln Park met at the Port Angeles Library on St. Patrick’s Day.
Pat’s book-signing PAT NEAL, THE Peninsula Daily News’ “wildlife gossip columnist,” will sign copies of his new book and CD, WildLife, Vol. 2, at the grand opening Sunday of Jerry’s Bait and Tackle, 2720 E. U.S. Highway 101, Port Angeles. Pat describes his work as “a collection of stories where I make friends with the animals the old fashioned way — I stopped shooting them.” He continues: “Store owner Jerry Wright is a fishing guide for salmon and steelhead out on the same West End rivers I fish, so if there is anyway I can keep him off the river and busy in his new tackle shop, I’m there to support a friend and fellow angler.”
“I think it’s the least we can do to save an endangered species. It worked for the hundred-pound salmon didn’t it?” That is one of the things Edward loves about Bella. No matter how crazy things get, she still believes him. That makes Edward believe in himself. Which is a good thing considering that things were about to get even crazier. It began one day when Bella insisted they all go on a picnic. Edward loathed picnics — unless they were at midnight under a full moon. But he suspected that Bella
might be getting cabin fever, a common malady after a dark winter in Forks. Ever the good husband, Edward loads up the van with the car seat for the demon spawn and his idea of vampire picnic supplies, a bottle of diet pop and a can of chew.
_______ Pat Neal is a fishing guide and “wilderness gossip columnist.” Neal can be reached at 360-683-9867 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. His column appears here every Wednesday.
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The last point is actually the focus. The word “underutilized” has been sprouting wings in conversation about this proposed mismanagement of our resources. The park is in constant use by those who have invested and own property in the vicinity of the park, and the six points go to explain their direct concern over cutting trees and may be a class-action lawsuit to protect their interests. It’s very clear that the port and associated interests are “dangling” financially and would be ill prepared for the resulting legal imbroglio. 3. We appreciate the Just as St. Pat drove the It’s clear that flying in shade the trees provide in snakes from Ireland, this jets that have to climb to group seeks to drive the port warm summer. 30,000 feet serves no 4. The trees are an excel- improvement in moving pasand city interests away from lent windbreak. the destruction of our fair sengers compared to the 5. We do not want to town. excellent service already A fair citizen named War- endure noise that would be available. generated from an expanded ren, who lives and owns on I urge immediate reconairport that services jets. F Street, put the agenda sideration of this proposal 6. We do not and cannot into focus: and suggest that it be subtolerate the property depre- ject to some fiduciary scru1. We love the beauty of ciation that would result the trees. tiny. from the loss of the trees in 2. The trees are home to Don Jay Adams, Port Angeles the park. many species of animals.
Heirloom fishing rod for the ages I TAKE IT from its faded cloth wrap every April, the ancient split-bamboo Peerless fly rod my grandfather gave me nearly 60 years ago. It looks much the same Seabury as it did when Blair Jr. he gave it to me. The silver guides and reel seat is just as shiny, though the ferrules show wear. The rod was built in the days when each piece of bamboo was shaped by hand and each wrap carefully laid. The wraps are spaced but a few inches apart, and alternate red, gold and burgundy.
A royal blue velvet-clothed case protected the rod, hugging it to fitted indentions and holding it in place with velvet ties, top and bottom. In the years since it was given to me, the velvet has worn but the case has done its job well. I wish I could say the same for the young angler whose grandfather entrusted him with such a treasure. Like many youngsters then and now, I valued things only for the instant pleasure they provided. So it was that as boy and young adult, I packed the rod on fishing expeditions where it was hardly treated with the respect it deserved. It weathered rainstorms under trees, batted brush beside whispering creeks, sometimes became a sword in battles with a
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knight bearing an uncanny resemblance to my older brother. I caught my first trout on that rod at Lake Taweel in British Columbia. My grandfather was dying of cancer, and my aunt took him, my brother and me on his final fishing outing. Granddad spent most of the week in the little log cabin, too sick to join us on the lake or beside the tumbling outlet stream behind the cabin. I caught the trout in the creek, where I let the current drift the fly downstream. It was pure luck, since I hadn’t learned to read moving water. If the truth were known, that’s still pretty much the case. When I got out of the Army in the late 1960s, I began carrying the Peerless on backpacking
expeditions in the Cascades and Olympics. It felt so different from fiberglass rods — mellow and relaxed, as befitting its age. The last time I fished with it was at Deer Lake in Olympic National Park. I backpacked up to the lake, and after pitching my tent near one of the two wooden shelters that used to be beside the lake, I waded out far enough so I could cast without catching brush behind. I spent about an hour, whipping the rod and bombing the fly to the lake as if it were a massive boulder. Brook trout probably fled downstream to the Sol Duc River. A final cast, and I heard the tip of the rod snap. It seemed as if the noise brought every memory into focus as once, and when I got home, I
put the Peerless into its velvet cocoon to take out only once or twice a year. Like many of the best split bamboo rods, the Peerless came with a spare tip, so not all was lost. I have thought, often when I remove it from its faded wrap, that I should have it rebuilt by a professional. But I’ve put it off. I’m not certain new varnish and polished silver would shine as bright.
________ Seabury Blair Jr. is a veteran journalist and author of several books on hiking and skiing in the Olympics and elsewhere in Western Washington. He appears occasionally in Commentary. Email him at email@example.com.
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SunLand golfers go east to play A DOZEN SUNLAND Golf and Country Club members of Sequim recently traveled to Snake River Canyon country in southeast Washington to compete in the Clarkston Golf and Country Club’s Banana Belt Seniors Tournament. Steve Zipser notched overall Michael low-net honors for the First Carman Flight with a total of 218; Lee Cox was second in gross for the Second Flight with a total of 283; Cheryl Coulter was second in gross for the Second Flight and Dorene Berard was third in the ladies First Flight division. As the tourney’s name implies, Clarkston and neighboring city Lewiston, Idaho, sit in a banana-belt climate zone, at least in winter and early spring. There’s plenty of sunny days and warm-enough temperatures for yearround golf. Before construction of Palouse Ridge Golf Course, the Washington State University men’s golf team would travel the 35 miles down the Lewiston grade to practice and host tournaments. In summer, the weather turns the valley into what my dad and I would jokingly call “the blast furnace” when we would head down from Pullman for the annual pre-fall semester Costco trip. If you find yourself in the area and want to golf, there is one public course, Quail Ridge, in Clarkston, or Bryden Canyon and Lewiston Golf & Country Club in Lewiston. Clarkston Golf & Country Club is open to all players in January and February but only open for members and guests the rest of the year. I’d also suggest the Tomato Brothers Italian restaurant for a preor post-round meal.
ESPN Best Ball slated SunLand General Manager Tyler Sweet passed along word that there are still some entries available for Saturday’s ESPN Best Ball Qualifier. TURN
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Jordy Fickas, left, and Chelsea Drake of Port Angeles play against Sequim’s Melanie Guan and Tenisha Powless in No. 2 doubles at Sequim High School. Fickas and Drake won but the Wolves took the match 4-3.
Wolves edge Riders Sequim improves to 6-1 in Olympic girls tennis PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
SEQUIM — It would be hard to find two teams as equal as the Sequim and Port Angeles girls tennis teams. Their Olympic League match Monday wasn’t decided until the final match with the Wolves coming out on top 4-3. “Many of the matches were very competitive, and it came down to the last match,” Port Angeles coach Brian Gundersen said. “It seems that every match against Sequim is going to come down to the wire, and [Monday] was no different.” The two teams had a doubleheader with the second match a nonleague affair. Even though both teams moved players around, the Wolves won again, by the same 4-3 score thanks to a sweep in singles with wins by Stacy Hanson, Katrina Chan and Hannah Gauthun, and a victory at No. 4 doubles by Calli Norman and Heidi Stallman. Sequim took a different
Preps route in the league match, winning two of three singles matches and splitting the four doubles matches to win by one. The Wolves improve to 6-1 in league and 9-2 overall with the victories. In the league match, the Wolves captured No. 2 and No. 3 singles to get a leg up after the Roughriders took the No. 1 singles match. The Riders’ Caylie Cook beat Anna Prorok 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 but Sequim quickly took the advantage when Hillary Smith beat Kyrie Reyes 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 and Hannah Gauthun defeated Callie Peet 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 3 in one of the most contested matches of the day. Gauthun had an easier time in the nonleague match, beating Peet 6-2, 6-4 when the two Melanie Guan keeps her eye on the ball while playing matched up again at No. 3.
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Today Baseball: Chimacum at Port Angeles, 4 p.m.; Klahowya at Port Townsend, 4:15 p.m.; Sequim at Kingston, 4:15 p.m. Softball: Klahowya at Port Townsend, 4:15 p.m.; Sequim at Kingston, 4:15 p.m.
Thursday Baseball: Bremerton at Port Townsend, makeup game, 4 p.m. Boys Soccer: Port Townsend at Port Angeles, 6:45 p.m.; North Kitsap at Sequim, 6:45 p.m. Golf: Area teams at Higgins Invitational at Kitsap Memorial, TBA. Track and Field: Port Angeles and Bremerton at Port Townsend, 3:15 p.m.; Sequim at Kingston, 3:15 p.m.
Friday Baseball: Port Angeles at Bremerton, 3:30 p.m.; Seattle Christian at Chimacum 4 p.m.; Port Townsend at North Kitsap, 4:15 p.m.; North Mason at Sequim, 4:15 p.m. Softball: Seattle Christian at Chimacum 4 p.m.; Port Townsend at North Kitsap, 4:15 p.m.; North Mason at Sequim, 4:15 p.m. Boys Soccer: Seattle Christian at Chimacum, 4 p.m. Golf: Port Angeles at Bremerton, 3 p.m.
Baseball American League West Division W L Pct GB Texas 13 4 .765 — Oakland 8 10 .444 5½ Seattle 7 10 .412 6 Los Angeles 6 10 .375 6½ East Division W L Pct GB New York 10 6 .625 — Toronto 10 6 .625 — Baltimore 9 7 .563 1 Tampa Bay 9 7 .563 1 Boston 5 10 .333 4½ Central Division W L Pct GB Chicago 10 6 .625 — Detroit 10 6 .625 — Cleveland 8 6 .571 1 Minnesota 5 12 .294 5½ Kansas City 3 13 .188 7 ___ Monday’s Games N.Y. Yankees 7, Texas 4 Boston 6, Minnesota 5 Toronto 4, Kansas City 1 Chicago White Sox 4, Oakland 0 Tuesday’s Games Kansas City at Cleveland, late. Seattle at Detroit, late. Toronto at Baltimore, late. L.A. Angels at Tampa Bay, late. N.Y. Yankees at Texas, late. Boston at Minnesota, late. Chicago White Sox at Oakland, late. Today’s Games Chicago White Sox (Sale 2-1) at Oakland (Parker 0-0), 12:35 p.m. Kansas City (Hochevar 1-1) at Cleveland (Tomlin 1-1), 4:05 p.m. Seattle (F.Hernandez 1-1) at Detroit (Wilk 0-2), 4:05 p.m. Toronto (Drabek 2-0) at Baltimore (Hammel 2-0), 4:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (C.Wilson 2-1) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 2-0), 4:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (P.Hughes 1-2) at Texas (Feldman 0-0), 5:05 p.m. Boston (Buchholz 1-1) at Minnesota (Hendriks 0-0), 5:10 p.m.
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Bo Jackson waves to Fyffe Elementary School students as he pulls into a rest stop in Fyffe, Ala. Jackson and about 100 bicyclists started a five-day, 300-mile bike trek across north Alabama on Tuesday to raise money for storm relief in the state.
Thursday’s Games Kansas City at Cleveland, 9:05 a.m. Seattle at Detroit, 10:05 a.m. L.A. Angels at Tampa Bay, 10:10 a.m. Toronto at Baltimore, 4:05 p.m. Boston at Chicago White Sox, 5:10 p.m.
National League East Division W L Pct GB Washington 12 4 .750 — Atlanta 10 7 .588 2½ New York 8 8 .500 4 Miami 7 8 .467 4½ Philadelphia 7 10 .412 5½ Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 11 6 .647 — Milwaukee 8 9 .471 3 Cincinnati 7 9 .438 3½ Pittsburgh 6 9 .400 4 Houston 6 11 .353 5 Chicago 5 12 .294 6 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 13 4 .765 — San Francisco 9 7 .563 3½ Colorado 8 7 .533 4 Arizona 9 8 .529 4 San Diego 5 12 .294 8 ___ Monday’s Games San Francisco 6, N.Y. Mets 1, 1st game Colorado at Pittsburgh, ppd., rain San Francisco 7, N.Y. Mets 2, 2nd game Chicago Cubs 3, St. Louis 2 Milwaukee 6, Houston 5 Arizona 9, Philadelphia 5 L.A. Dodgers 7, Atlanta 2 Tuesday’s Games Colorado at Pittsburgh, late. Miami at N.Y. Mets, late. San Francisco at Cincinnati, late. St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, late. Houston at Milwaukee, late.
Philadelphia at Arizona, late. Washington at San Diego, late. Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers, late. Today’s Games Colorado (Nicasio 1-0) at Pittsburgh (Ja. McDonald 0-1), 9:35 a.m., 1st game Houston (Happ 1-1) at Milwaukee (Marcum 1-1), 10:10 a.m. St. Louis (Lynn 3-0) at Chicago Cubs (Volstad 0-2), 11:20 a.m. Philadelphia (Hamels 2-1) at Arizona (Cahill 1-1), 12:40 p.m. Colorado (Chacin 0-1) at Pittsburgh (Morton 0-1), 1:05 p.m., 2nd game Washington (Zimmermann 0-1) at San Diego (Wieland 0-2), 3:35 p.m. Miami (Buehrle 1-2) at N.Y. Mets (Dickey 2-1), 4:10 p.m. San Francisco (Zito 1-0) at Cincinnati (Arroyo 1-0), 4:10 p.m. Atlanta (Beachy 2-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Lilly 2-0), 7:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games San Francisco at Cincinnati, 9:35 a.m. Miami at N.Y. Mets, 10:10 a.m. Washington at San Diego, 7 :05 p.m.
Hockey NHL Playoffs FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE Ottawa 3, N.Y. Rangers 3 Thursday, April 12: NY Rangers 4, Ottawa 2 Saturday, April 14: Ottawa 3, NY Rangers 2, OT Monday, April 16: NY Rangers 1, Ottawa 0 Wednesday, April 18: Ottawa 3, NY Rangers 2, OT Saturday, April 21: Ottawa 2, NY Rangers 0 Monday, April 23: NY Rangers 3, Ottawa 2
Thursday, April 26: Ottawa at NY Rangers, TBD Washington 3, Boston 3 Thursday, April 12: Boston 1, Washington 0, OT Saturday, April 14: Washington 2, Boston 1, 2OT Monday, April 16: Boston 4, Washington 3 Thursday, April 19: Washington 2, Boston 1 Saturday, April 21: Washington 4, Boston 3 Sunday, April 22: Boston 4, Washington 3, OT Wednesday, April 25: Washington at Boston, 4:30 p.m. Florida 3, New Jersey 2 Friday, April 13: New Jersey 3, Florida 2 Sunday, April 15: Florida 4, New Jersey 2 Tuesday, April 17: Florida 4, New Jersey 3 Thursday, April 19: New Jersey 4, Florida 0 Saturday, April 21: Florida 3, New Jersey 0 Tuesday, April 24: Florida at New Jersey, late. x-Thursday, April 26: New Jersey at Florida, TBD Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 2 Wednesday, April 11: Philadelphia 4, Pittsburgh 3, OT Friday, April 13: Philadelphia 8, Pittsburgh 5 Sunday, April 15: Philadelphia 8, Pittsburgh 4 Wednesday, April 18: Pittsburgh 10, Philadelphia 3 Friday, April 20: Pittsburgh 3, Philadelphia 2 Sunday, April 22: Philadelphia 5, Pittsburgh 1 WESTERN CONFERENCE Los Angeles 4, Vancouver 1 Wednesday, April 11: Los Angeles 4, Vancouver 2 Friday, April 13: Los Angeles 4, Vancouver 2 Sunday, April 15: Los Angeles 1, Vancouver 0 Wednesday, April 18: Vancouver 3, Los Angeles 1 Sunday, April 22: Los Angeles 2, Vancouver 1, OT St. Louis 4, San Jose 1 Thursday, April 12: San Jose 3, St. Louis 2, 2OT Saturday, April 14: St. Louis 3, San Jose 0 Monday, April 16: St. Louis 4, San Jose 3
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Today 11:10 a.m. WGN Baseball MLB, St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs, Site: Wrigley Field - Chicago (Live) 11:30 a.m. (48) FX Soccer UEFA, Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, Champions League, Site: Estadio Santiago - Bernabeu Madrid, Spain (Live) 4 p.m. (2) CBUT Hockey NHL, Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 7, Site: TD Garden - Boston (Live) 4 p.m. (27) ESPN2 Baseball MLB, Los Angeles Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Site: Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, Fla. (Live) 4 p.m. (25) ROOT Baseball MLB, Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers, Site: Comerica Park - Detroit (Live) 5 p.m. (26) ESPN Basketball NBA, Los Angeles Clippers vs. New York Knicks, Site: Madison Square Garden - New York City (Live) 7:30 p.m. (26) ESPN Basketball NBA, San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns, Site: U.S. Airways Center Phoenix (Live)
Thursday, April 19: St. Louis 2, San Jose 1 Saturday, April 21: St. Louis 3, San Jose 1 Phoenix 4, Chicago 2 Thursday, April 12: Phoenix 3, Chicago 2, OT Saturday, April 14: Chicago 4, Phoenix 3, OT Tuesday, April 17: Phoenix 3, Chicago 2, OT Thursday, April 19: Phoenix 3, Chicago 2, OT Saturday, April 21: Chicago 2, Phoenix 1, OT Monday, April 23: Phoenix 4, Chicago 0 Nashville 4, Detroit 1 Wednesday, April 11: Nashville 3, Detroit 2 Friday, April 13: Detroit 3, Nashville 2 Sunday, April 15: Nashville 3, Detroit 2 Tuesday, April 17: Nashville 3, Detroit 1 Friday, April 20: Nashville 2, Detroit 1
Transactions BASEBALL National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS_Recalled RHP Joe Martinez from Reno (PCL). Selected the contract of LHP Mike Zagurski from Reno. Optioned LHP Joe Paterson to Reno. Designated RHP Jonathan Albaladejo for assignment. ATLANTA BRAVES_Optioned RHP Jair Jurrjens to Gwinnett (IL). CINCINNATI REDS_Placed LHP Bill Bray on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 19. Recalled RHP J.J. Hoover from Louisville (IL). LOS ANGELES DODGERS_Placed RHP Matt Guerrier on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 19. Recalled LHP Michael Antonini from Albuquerque (PCL). NEW YORK METS_Placed OF Jason Bay on the 15-Day DL. Placed RHP Mike Pelfrey on the 15-Day DL, retroactive to April 22. Recalled INF Zach Lutz from Buffalo (IL) and LHP Robert Carson from Binghamton (EL). WASHINGTON NATIONALS_Sent OF Brett Carroll outright to Syracuse (IL).
BASKETBALL National Basketball Association GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS_Promoted Bob Myers to general manager. NEW YORK KNICKS_Promoted Glen Grunwald to executive vice president and general manager. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS_Signed G Xavier Silas for the remainder of the season. WASHINGTON WIZARDS_Agreed to terms with president Ernie Grunfeld.
FOOTBALL National Football League WASHINGTON REDSKINS_Signed LB Chris Wilson.
State police probing Saints over wire tapping THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW ORLEANS — While state police and the FBI started a wiretapping probe into the Saints and general manager Mickey Loomis, assistant head coach Joe Vitt called allegations that Loomis’ had his Superdome booth wired so he could listen to opposing coaches “ludicrous.” “It’s absolutely ludicrous. It’s impossible,” Vitt said Tuesday. “I’ve never heard of it before.” “That’s something from ‘Star Wars.’ When I first heard something about it being a wiretap, I thought they were talking about Sammy “the Bull” Gravano or something. I didn’t even know what they were talking about.” “And then to associate Mickey with that? That’s irresponsible. It’s a shame.” Vitt met with reporters for the first time since being appointed to serve in head coach Sean Payton’s place during Payton’s season-long suspension in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation of New Orleans. Vitt himself will have to serve
a six-game suspension for his role in the cash-for-big hits system the Saints ran from 2009-11, and Loomis will be out for eight games. The bounty probe is unrelated to the investigation a joint Louisiana state police and FBI task force opened after being made aware of anonymous allegations from an ESPN report that Loomis was able eavesdrop on opposing coaches’ radio communications from 2002 to 2004.
Joint effort State police Col. Mike Edmonson confirmed the joint effort Tuesday after discussing the matter with Dave Welker, special agent in charge at the FBI’s New Orleans field office. “I thought that was an excellent opportunity to share resources to see if federal or state wiretapping laws were in fact broken,” Edmonson said by phone from Baton Rouge.” “It’s important for the public to know these are allegations at this point. We will thoroughly, expeditiously, but fairly look into
whether any laws have been broken. If they have, we’ll sit down with the district attorney in that area to determine how to proceed.”
Saints deny Loomis and the Saints have called the allegations “1000 percent false,” and have said they are reviewing legal recourse following the report by ESPN, which could not verify the system was used. Vitt said he has worked with Loomis 17 years in the NFL, dating to their early days in the league together in Seattle, and that one of the reasons he joined the Saints in 2006 was because he understands Loomis’ core beliefs. “Anybody that ever wants to question Mickey’s integrity on something like this. I mean, this is juvenile,” Vitt said. “This is so bad, what’s been reported, and it’s irresponsible. It really is. I just know it’s not true. I know what Mickey’s meant in my life and I know what he’s meant in the lives of a lot of peo-
ple around this league and you can’t get anybody to find fault with Mickey Loomis. That’s just the truth.” The alleged actions would violate NFL rules, if not state and federal laws. Edmonson said he is aware that statutes of limitations — six years under state wiretapping laws — may hinder prosecution but added, “Let’s find out if any laws have been broken first, and that’s what we’re doing right now.” “It’s up to us to find out facts and get with the district attorney, who will then decide” if the time to prosecute has passed. The statute of limitations for federal wiretapping crimes is generally five years. “Where these allegations take us, we’ll certainly go there,” Edmonson said. “Out of fairness to the people involved, let’s find out if any of these allegations are factual.” Under Louisiana law, the only law enforcement agency in Louisiana that can investigate wiretap-
ping violations is the state police. Loomis explained his use of an earpiece and described his gameday setup in the Superdome booth in an emailed statement on Monday afternoon. He said he has a monitor in his booth that provides the leagueissued stats, a small TV with the network broadcast and an earpiece to listen to the local radio broadcast. “To think I am sitting in there listening and actually ... doing something with the offensive and defensive play calls of the opposing teams makes this story and the unnamed sources that provided the false information that much more less credible,” Loomis’ statement said. “It just didn’t happen.” Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was the Saints’ head coach from 2000 through 2005. In a comment the Saints forwarded to the AP by email, Haslett denied knowledge of any system that would have allowed for eavesdropping on opponents.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012
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Preps: Chimacum baseball team undefeated CONTINUED FROM B1 The powerhouse team of Stacy Hanson and Katrina Chan kept the Wolves in the advantage by beating Shayla Bohman and Danielle Rutherford 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles. The Riders stayed in the match by claiming the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches. Chelsea Drake and Jordy Fickas beat Melanie Guan and Tenisha Powless 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 and Kelsey Coffman and Lissy Moriarty defeated Jessica Defilippo and Elizabeth Shore 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in another highly competitive match. One of the key matches of the day, though, was at No. 4 doubles where Sequimâ€™s Heidi Stallman and Calli Norman beat Erin McKenna and Krissy Marvelle 6-2, 6-2. The Riders did win the majority of the nonleague doubles matches as Rutherford and Bohman won at No. 1 on a default, Fickas and Drake won at No. 2 and Moriarty and Coffman won at No. 3. The Riders next host Kingston and the Wolves host North Mason today in makeup league action, weather permitting.
Baseball Port Angeles 4, North Mason 0 PORT ANGELES â€” Junior Wesley Giddings threw a seven-inning nohitter Monday to help the Roughriders keep pace in the Olympic League standings. The Riders claimed their fifth win in a row and improved to 9-4 in league, a game behind rival Sequim (10-3) and a half-game behind North Kitsap (9-3) for third place with the season winding down. Giddings (3-1) threw a stellar game despite not even having his best stuff for the Bulldogs. He struck out seven while giving up no hits and no runs. Giddings, however, had control problems at times, walking five. He had given up just four walks the whole season before Mondayâ€™s game. â€œWesley threw strikes
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Sequimâ€™s Tenisha Powless eyes the ball during doubles play against Port Angeles on Monday. when he needed them,â€? Port Angeles coach Bob Withrow said. â€œHe was pretty effective even though he didnâ€™t have his best stuff. He was competitive and he stayed around the plate.â€? When he did throw balls, Giddings threw them in bunches. â€œI would go out to the mound, settle him down, and he would be fine,â€? Withrow said. â€œHe didnâ€™t try to strike everybody out. He let his defense work behind him. And the defense had a great day.â€? Giddings has the second lowest ERA on the team, just behind big 6-foot-8 Easton Napiontek. The Riders scored two runs in the third and two in the sixth for all they would need. Napiontek had the best day at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double and RBI. Neither team had an error in the game. Port Angeles 4, North Mason 0 North Mason 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 â€” 0 0 0 Port Angeles 0 0 2 0 0 2 x â€” 4 5 0 WP- Giddings (3-1); LP- McKean Pitching Statistics North Mason: McKean 6 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 5 K, 3 BB. Port Angeles: Giddings 7 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 7 K, 5 BB. Hitting Statistics Port Angeles: Napiontek 2-3, 2B, RBI; Gouge 1-2, R; DeFrang 1-2, 2B, BB.
in league and 11-6 overall while North Kitsap, which had a bye Monday, is a halfgame behind at 9-3. Kyler Johnston picked up the win on the mound by giving up just three hits and no earned runs in five innings. Nick Johnston and Jake Hudson pitched one inning each with Nick Johnston giving up just a run in the sixth inning. The three pitchers combined for six strikeouts with Kyler Johnston earning four. The Redskins had a few players in scoring position but couldnâ€™t get them home early. With two outs in the bottom of the third, Kyle Kelly hit a ground-rule double but couldnâ€™t get home. Kelly had an RBI-double in the fifth for Port Townsendâ€™s first run. Karsten Wake had the big bat for the Wolves, going 3 for 4 with a double, four RBIs and a run scored while Hudson had two RBIs on 1 for 2 hitting. Brett Wright went 2 for 3, scoring two runs and stealing two bases. Kelly went 2 for 3 for Port Townsend with two doubles and a stolen base. Sequim 8, Port Townsend 2
Sequim 8, Port Townsend 2 PORT TOWNSEND â€” The Wolves scored four runs on five hits in the first inning and never looked back to stay on top of the Olympic League standings by a half-game with the Monday win. Sequim improved to 10-3
Sequim 4 1 0 0 0 0 3 â€”8 9 4 Port Townsend 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 â€” 2 6 1 WP- K. Johnston; LP- Russell Pitching Statistics Sequim: K. Johnston 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K; N. Johnston 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 B, 1 K; Hudson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K. Port Townsend: Russell 6 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K; Courtney 0 IP, 2 BB, 2 H, 3 R; Goodrich 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K. Hitting Statistics Sequim: Wake 3-4, 2B, 4 RBIs, R; Wright 2-3, 2 R, 2 SB; Hudson 1-2, 2 RBIs, BB, HBP. Port Townsend: Kelly 2-3, 2 2B, BB, SB; Russell 1-3, RBI; Cain 1-3, R.
good performances from Anthony Pinza with an 86, and Brendon Hudson, who PORT TOWNSEND â€” shot his handicap, 87. Sequim took advantage of eight errors and 20 base-onGirls Golf balls to score 25 runs in its Sequim wins victory over Port Townsend on Monday. three-way meet The Wolves (9-1) jumped KINGSTON â€” Sequim on Port Townsend early, improved its season record scoring 14 runs in the top of to 7-1 by taking a nonthe first inning. league match Tuesday They didnâ€™t let up after against North Kitsap and that, adding two runs in Kingston. both the second and third The Wolves scored 271, innings, three in the fourth followed by North Kitsap and four in the fifth inning. 282 and Kingston 302. Demiree Briones batted Hailey Estes topped the a deceptive 2 for 5, reaching Wolves by shooting a 49 on base on error three times the front nine at White and walking once, and scor- Horse Golf Club. ing six runs with five RBIs. Maddy Fisher and BriKinzie Winfield contrib- anna Kettel had seasonuted five RBIs, and Alexas best individual scores of 53 Besand brought in three and 54, respectively. more. Sequim remains 5-0 in Rylleigh Zbaraschuk Olympic League play with and Bailey Rhodefer each three league matches left. scored three runs for Sequim. Judo Makayla Bentz earned the win, pitching two hit- Port Angeles wins less innings and striking three-way meet out four batters. PORT ANGELES â€” Melissa Lewis pitched Takara Andrus and Luke the final three innings for Johnson won all of their the Wolves, striking out two matches for the Roughridand allowing six hits. ers, leading Port Angeles to hard-fought victories over Sequim 25, Port Townsend 3 Kentlake (57-10) and KentSequim (14) 2 2 3 4 â€” 25 9 2 wood (40-20) on Saturday in Port Townsend 0 0 2 0 1 â€” 3 6 8 WP- Bentz; LP- Poliizzi Puget Sound Judo League Pitching Statistics competition. Sequim: Bentz 2 IP, 4 K, 0 H, 0 ER; Lewis 3 IP, 2 Also competing for Port K, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER. Port Townsend: Poliizzi 2/3 IP, 1 H, 14 R, 7 ER, 12 Angeles was Meg Bolton, BB; Lee 4 1/3 IP, 2 K, 8 H, 11 R, 2 ER, 8 BB. Elspeth Charno, Gavin Hitting Statistics Sequim: Briones 2-5, 6 R, 5 RBIs; Winfield 1-2, 5 Crain, Mustang Riggins RBIs, 2 R, 4 BB; Rhodefer 1-1, 3 R, 2 BB. and Derek Smith. Port Townsend: Lee 2-3, 3B, RBI; Poliizzi 1-3, 2B,
Sequim 25, Port Townsend 3
VASHON â€” The Cowboys remained undefeated on the year at 11-0 behind the eight-hit, one unearnedrun pitching performance by Egan Cornachione in Nisqually League action Monday. Chimacum was ahead 6-0 before allowing the one run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Austin McConnell went 2 for 2 at the plate with two RBIs and three runs scored. Chimacum 6, Vashon Island 1 Chimacum 1 0 1 1 0 3 0 â€”6 13 2 Vashon 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 â€”1 8 0 WP- Cornachione; LP- Berneisel Pitching Statistics Chimacum: Cornachione 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 H, 2 K, 2 BB; Nordberg 2 IP. Vashon: Berneisel 6 IP. Hitting Statistics Chimacum: McConnell 2-2, 3 R, 2 RBIs; Cray 2-5, RBI, R; Dukek 2-4, 2 RBIs; Tjemslund 3-4; Cornachione 2-4. Vashon: Lacina 2-3.
Softball Port Angeles 11, North Mason 1 PORT ANGELES â€” The Roughriders blasted the Bulldogs with home runs from Hanna Wahto, Mariah Frazier and Meleny Fors in Olympic League action. The Riders remained in first place after improving to 10-1 in league. Port Angelesâ€™ offense really took off in the third inning when seven runs crossed the plate, turning a 1-1 tie into an 8-1 advantage. The Riders added another run in the fourth inning, and closed out the scoring with two more in the fifth. Frazier had the most potent bat, going 2 for 3 with a double to go along with her homer. She also scored three runs and brought in two more. Pitcher Lauren Curtis (6-0) limited the Bulldogs to three hits and one unearned run in five innings, striking out three. Port Angeles 11, North Mason 1 North Mason 1 0 0 0 0 â€” 1 3 3 Port Angeles 1 0 7 1 2 â€” 11 8 3 WP- Curtis (6-0) Pitching Statistics Port Angeles: Curtis 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 0 BB. Hitting Statistics Port Angeles: Frazier 2-3, HR, 2B, 2 RBIs, 3 R; Holcomb 2-4, 1 R; Wahto HR; Fors HR.
RBI; Rutenbeck 1-2, RBI, 1 R.
Boys Golf Sequim 420, North Mason 452 SEQUIM â€” The Wolves stayed perfect on the season by defeating the visiting Bulldogs at The Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course on Monday. Ryan Oâ€™Mera remained perfect on the year and had the best round of the match for the Wolves, shooting 38 on the front nine and 34 on the back for an even-par score of 72. North Masonâ€™s Andy Renne was the second medalist with an 81, and Sequimâ€™s Casey Torres the third medalist with a round of 85. The Wolves (6-0) also got
Boys Soccer Hoquiam 2, Forks 0 HOQUIAM â€” Despite being shut out, Forks coach Brian Bowers was upbeat following his teamâ€™s loss to powerhouse Hoquiam in SWL-Evergreen Division action. â€œWe played pretty well, considering Hoquiam is the No. 2 team in the league,â€? Bowers said. He singled out the defense, complimenting the efforts of Chito Uzeuca, Jeffery Treichel, Adam Ovenland and goalkeeper Josh Rice, who recorded 14 saves. The Grizzlies broke through the praiseworthy Spartansâ€™ defense to score goals in the 30th and 60th minutes.
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