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PT will ban plastic bags BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND â€” The City Council has approved the concept of a ban on single-use plastic bags. The council unanimously adopted a plastic-bag ban on a first reading Monday night. Before final approval â€” expected when the council votes after a second reading of the new law this month or next month â€” changes will be made to the draft bag ban. The ordinance â€” a first on the North Olympic Peninsula â€” will be returned to the Special Projects Committee, which May 9 recommended council approval, to refine such details as a determination of the rules merchants will
have to follow, as well as how to handle outreach, how long to wait before the law comes into effect and penalties. â€œThis is a no-brainer,â€? said Councilwoman Michelle Sandoval on Monday night. â€œBy passing this, we are taking a leadership role.â€? City Manager David Timmons agreed. â€œThis is the right thing to do, and it sends a message,â€? he said. Bag Monster Jude Rubin made her third appearance in a plasticbag costume before the council Monday. â€œIâ€™m thrilled,â€? she said after showing up in the costume composed of 500 bags intended to CHARLIE BERMANT/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS symbolize the number of bags a Jude Rubin as the Bag Monster addresses the Port Townsend City Council on Monday person uses in a calendar year.
night just before the council passed a ban on plastic bags. Visible are Councilman Mark
BAGS/A7 Welch, City Manager David Timmons and Councilwoman Deborah Stinson.
Getting to bottom of PTâ€™s Froggy Forest THEREâ€™S A FROGGY Bottoms pub near St. Olafâ€™s University in Northfield, Minn., and a bar by that name in North Carolina. On New Yorkâ€™s Long Island, people wear Froggy Bottoms Clogs to keep their feet dry at horse shows. Thereâ€™s a Froggy Bottom Bar in Washington, D.C.â€™s Foggy Bottom district. Michael Millard custombuilds Froggy Bottom guitars in Chelsea, Vt. In Port Townsend, most people know Froggy Bottoms as the seasonal pond and wetland adjacent to San Juan Avenue, south of New Song Church. But they might not know about Froggy Forest, which is what residents call the wooded slope at the other end of their neighborhood, where Cedar Street curves uphill to Cherry. Or that Froggy Forest continues to be a source of concern among the neighbors, who have banded together to form the Friends of Froggy Bottoms. Neither had Ewan Shortess, a Port Townsend High School student, when he chose Froggy
PORT TOWNSEND NEIGHBOR Bottoms as the focus of his Jackson honors research project this spring. Last Thursday, Ewan and other students in Lois Sherwoodâ€™s sophomore science class gave their presentations. None had as strong a local interest as Ewanâ€™s. â€œItâ€™s a real-world project,â€? said Bonnie Buckley, a local resident who came to hear his presentation. It was Buckley, who, hearing that Sherwoodâ€™s students were looking for research subjects, suggested checking on the condition of the wetland. Sherwood passed the idea along to Ewan, who was interested in environmental research.
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Port Townsend High School sophomore Ewan Shortess takes water temperature TURN TO FROGGY/A4 readings for his research project on the health of the Froggy Bottoms wetland.
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LONG SHORE Jackie Aase of Port Townsend takes her dogs, Otis, left, and Maggie, out for a walk at Point Hudson in Port Townsend during the lowest point of a minus tide just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. Todayâ€™s tide tables, weather on Page B12
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â€œHe said, â€˜I wanted you to know I really love you,â€™ and I said, â€˜I really love you, too,â€™â€? she recalled in a telephone interview from her Arizona home, adding that she had raised Drum since he was 3. â€œI should have been suspicious,â€? Suzanne Drum said. â€œIâ€™ve been crying for two days.â€? She also said her stepson, who writes poetry, said he would send her copyrights to his poems. â€œI didnâ€™t understand why he was doing that,â€? she said.
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April 2010 oil spill. Costner’s attorney, Wayne Lee, said his client played no role in Baldwin and Contogouris’ decision to sell their shares in a company that marketed KEVIN COSTNER’S the centrifuges to the FAME is the only reason fellow Hollywood actor Ste- energy company for $1.4 million and $500,000, phen Baldwin and respectively. another person sued Costner over their investments in an oil cleanup device Crow has tumor tried out after BP’s spill in Sheryl Crow revealed the Gulf of Mexico, Costner’s attorney said as trial that she has a benign brain opened in the multimillion- tumor, but her rep said it’s nothing to be alarmed dollar business dispute. about. Baldwin The and friend 50-year-old Spyridon told an Contaudience ogouris claim Costabout her ner and condition at business a recent partner Costner concert, but Crow Patrick her repreSmith duped them of their sentative, shares of an $18 million Christine Wolff, said it’s deal for BP to buy oil-sepa- very common. rating centrifuges after the The tumor is a meningi-
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oma, and it’s typically benign and develops from the protective linings of the brain and spinal cord. Wolff said Crow is doing great and is healthy and happy.
Daughter arrested New York City police say the underage daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis was caught drinking in public and carrying fake identification. The New York Police Department said Tuesday that officers found 20-year-old Scout Wil- S. Willis lis sipping a beer Monday evening in Union Square in violation of an open-container law. Police said she also showed them a fake ID — a misdemeanor.
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HERB REED, 83, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like “Only You” and “The Great Pretender,” has died. Mr. Reed died Monday in a Boston-area hospice after a period of declining health that Mr. Reed included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, manager Fred Balboni said. Mr. Reed was a Kansas City, Mo., native who founded the Platters in Los Angeles in 1953. Then a quartet, the group won amateur talent shows and performed nights and weekends up and down the California coast while the members worked days at a car wash and at other odd jobs. Mr. Reed came up with the group’s name, inspired by ’50s disc jockeys who called their records platters. Mr. Reed sang bass on the group’s four No. 1 hits, including “The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Their
recordings are in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
_________ MARION SANDLER, 81, a business executive who ran Golden West Financial Corp. with her husband for 40 years before selling the mortgage lender to Wachovia Corp. for $24 billion, has died. Mrs. Sandler’s family said she died Friday at her San Francisco home. A cause of death was Mrs. Sandler not released. in 2006 Mrs. Sandler and her husband, Herb, bought Golden West in 1963 and grew it from a two-branch savings-andloan business to a publicly traded company with 11,000 employees and 285 branches. The Sandlers were hailed as the voices of reason while they steered Golden West and its subsidiary, World Savings, through a period of financial recklessness that led to the failure of thousands of other S&Ls in the 1980s and 1990s. They sold the company at the height of the housing boom in 2006 but became vilified as ruthless home lenders after Wachovia
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nearly failed during the 2008 financial crisis and was acquired by Wells Fargo & Co. After selling Golden West, the Sandlers focused on philanthropy, including founding ProPublica, a nonprofit that specializes in investigative reporting.
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Setting it Straight
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Corrections and clarifications
Peninsula and will compete for the title of state dairy Fire originating among princess in Seattle later flammables in the basethis month. ment damaged the building Terri is the daughter of and stock of Willson HardMr. and Mrs. Ferd ware Co., 111 W. First St., Schnuriger of Carlsborg. Port Angeles, with damage Chosen as alternate totaling at least $10,000. princess from a group of Fire damage was coneight contestants was fined to the basement and Betty Robins of Sequim. storage and office rooms to the rear of the building. Proprietor John H. Will- 1987 (25 years ago) Eighty paintings, one of son said the store will be closed indefinitely because them 7 feet tall and all of them inspired by the Book smoke damage to the of Revelations, lean inventory was heavy. Using gas masks to pen- unframed against the walls of Kari Fisher’s Port etrate the dense smoke Townsend studio. pouring from the basePainted with acrylics in ment, Port Angeles city a style of powerful line firefighters checked the drawings and bright colors daytime blaze in about an of comic books, the painthour. ings depict the misery of Smoke went into the the end of the world and adjoining Montgomery the final struggle for souls Ward Department Store and caused an unestimated between good and evil, according to the Bible. amount of damage, manUnlike most gallery ager A.E. Oines said. shows, none of the paintWard’s staff placed blanings is for sale. Fisher kets and other coverings doesn’t know what she will over the exposed stock. do with the collection.
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■ Washington State University Extension Clallam County Master Gardener program coordinator Muriel Nesbitt and veteran Master Gardener Michele Mangiantini will present information on growing squash and pumpkins at the Green Thumb Garden Tips brown bag educational series at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, at noon Thursday, June 14, and at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden, 2711 Woodcock Road, northwest of Sequim, at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16. A story Tuesday on Page A6 omitted the dates and times of their presentations. ■ The middle initial of Patrick Boyd Drum, currently held in the Clallam County jail for investigation into last weekend’s double homicide, appeared incorrectly in the editor’s note of a reprise of a September interview with Drum that appeared Tuesday on Page A1.
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Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, June 6, the 158th day of 2012. There are 208 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On June 6, 1944, during World War II, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on “D-Day,” beginning the liberation of German-occupied Western Europe. On this date: ■ In 1799, American politician and orator Patrick Henry died at Red Hill Plantation in Virginia. ■ In 1844, the Young Men’s Christian Association was founded in London. ■ In 1862, the (first) Battle of Memphis took place during the Civil War as Union naval forces
annihilated a Confederate fleet and captured the Tennessee city. ■ In 1912, the greatest volcanic eruption of the 20th century took place as Novarupta in Alaska began a series of explosive episodes over a 60-hour period. ■ In 1925, Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corp. ■ In 1932, the Senate approved, and President Herbert Hoover signed, a Revenue Act containing the first federal gasoline tax, which was 1 cent per gallon. ■ In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater was opened by Richard Hollingshead in Camden County, N.J. The movie shown was “Wives Beware,” starring Adolphe Menjou.
■ In 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission was established. ■ In 1966, black activist James Meredith was shot and wounded as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration. ■ In 1978, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes. ■ Ten years ago: Stung by intelligence failures, President George W. Bush called on Congress in a nationally broadcast address to remake the government with a terrorist-fighting Department of Homeland Security.
■ Five years ago: Police arrested a suspect in the abduction and death of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith, whose body was found in a Missouri park four days after she’d disappeared from a Kansas store’s parking lot. Edwin R. Hall later pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison. ■ One year ago: After days of denials, New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed that he had tweeted a photo of his bulging underpants to a woman and admitted to “inappropriate” exchanges with six women before and after getting married; Weiner apologized for lying but said he would not resign, which he later ended up doing.
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A3 Briefly: Nation Recall vote takes place in Wisconsin MADISON, Wis. — After a brief but bruising campaign that followed a more than yearlong fight over union rights and Wisconsin’s cash-strapped budget, voters in the narrowly divided state began casting ballots Tuesday on whether to recall Gov. Scott Walker. The first-term Republican was back on the ballot just a year and a half after his election. Enraged Democrats and labor activists gathered more than 900,000 signatures in support of the recall after they failed to stop Walker and his GOP allies in the state Legislature from stripping most public employees of their union right to collectively bargain. Walker faced a rematch with Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, whom he beat in 2010 by 5 percentage points. At an elementary school in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa where he cast his ballot not long after polls opened at 7 a.m., Walker said voting day almost came as a relief. “I think most people are just happy to have the election over,” he said.
Cigarette tax vote LOS ANGELES — Voters Tuesday were deciding whether to approve a California tobacco tax that has been the target of a multimillion-dollar opposition
campaign. Proposition 29, championed by cycling legend and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, would impose a $1-per-pack Armstrong tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products to raise money for cancer research, smoking-reduction programs and tobacco law enforcement. Supporters of the initiative said the additional tax would help longtime smokers quit and prevent thousands of teenagers from taking up the habit.
Equal pay bill blocked WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a Democratic bill calling for equal pay in the workplace. But President Barack Obama and his congressional allies aren’t finished appealing to women on the No. 1 concern for all voters: the cash in their wallets on the heels of recession. As expected, the pay equity bill failed along party lines, 52-47, short of the required 60-vote threshold. But for majority Democrats, passage wasn’t the only point. The debate itself was aimed at putting Republicans on the defensive on yet another women’s issue, this one overtly economic after a government report showing slower-than-expected job growth. The Associated Press
Briefly: World Syria to allow humanitarian workers in GENEVA — Syria has agreed to allow humanitarian workers and supplies into four of its provinces hit hardest by violence, a promise of some relief in a nation where 1 million people need aid urgently due to the fighting, officials said Tuesday. At the same time, however, Damascus plunged itself into further international isolation by labeling U.S. and European envoys as unwelcome in retaliation for earlier Western expulsions of Syrian diplomats. Last week, Western nations expelled Syrian diplomats in a coordinated move after a May 25 massacre in which more than 100 people were slaughtered in Houla. On Tuesday, Syria barred some U.S. and European diplomats, saying they were “no longer welcome.”
Kremlin crackdown MOSCOW — The Kremlincontrolled Russian parliament Tuesday rammed through a harsh bill that raises fines 150fold for people taking part in unsanctioned rallies, a move aimed at discouraging the opposition from challenging President Vladimir Putin. The bill would jack up fines from the current 2,000 rubles to 300,000 rubles ($9,000), and comes after a series of massive
protests that have reflected growing public frustration with Putin’s 12-year rule. The potential punishment is more severe than for many other crimes, including even violations in the storage of nuclear materials.
American drone kills top al-Qaida terrorist Al-Libi second in command BY KIMBERLY DOZIER AND REBECCA SANTANA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ISLAMABAD — A U.S. drone strike in northern Pakistan has killed al-Qaida’s second-in-command, American officials said Tuesday. It was the biggest success so far in the controversial military program and a significant setback to a terror network that has lost a string of top figures since Osama bin Laden’s death last year. Abu Yahya al-Libi was considered a media-savvy, charismatic leader who escaped from an American prison in Afghanistan and was helping preside over the transformation of al-Qaida from a close-knit group into a worldwide movement. White House spokesman Jay Carney called his death a “major blow” to the terror network.
Al-Qaida ‘general manager’ Carney described al-Libi as an operational leader and a “general manager” of al-Qaida. He said alLibi had a range of experience that will be hard for al-Qaida to replicate and his death brings the terror network closer to its ultimate demise than ever before. A hero in militant circles for his 2005 escape from an American military prison in Afghanistan, al-Libi was elevated to al-Qaida’s No. 2 spot when Ayman alZawahri rose to replace bin Laden shortly after the terror leader was killed May 2, 2011. Carney would not confirm how
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Abu Yahia al-Libi is shown in 2007 in a video posted on an Islamic website. he was killed, but an American official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, said it was in a drone strike Monday morning. Pakistani officials had previously said that eight militants died in a drone strike in the Pakistani village of Khassu Khel in the North Waziristan tribal area. Militants and residents in the area told Pakistani agents that al-Libi was in the house when it was hit, Pakistani intelligence officials said. They said the mud and brick house was destroyed in the attack. A vehicle used by alLibi was destroyed during the strike, said one of the officials. The White House maintains a list of terrorist targets to be killed or captured, compiled by the military and the CIA and ultimately approved by the president. The State Department’s Rewards for Justice program had set a $1 million reward for information leading to al-Libi, who had filmed propaganda videos
urging attacks on U.S. targets. The U.S. has carried out a flurry of drone strikes recently, some of which appear to have been trying to target al-Libi. Pakistani officials said al-Libi had been injured in a May 28 attack in a village near Khassu Khel, where he then moved. An Islamic scholar, al-Libi was captured in 2002 and held by U.S. forces at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan until he escaped in 2005 in an embarrassing security breach. After reuniting with his Taliban and al-Qaida brethren, he began appearing in videos released by the terror group.
‘Ideologically extreme’ In a 2009 profile in Foreign Policy magazine, terrorism expert Jarret Brachman described alLibi as “media-savvy, ideologically extreme and masterful at justifying savage acts of terrorism with esoteric religious arguments.”
Official: Mubarak ailing CAIRO — The health of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak deteriorated sharply Tuesday, three days after a court sentenced him to life imprisonment in connection to the killing of protesters, a security official said. The official at Cairo’s Torah prison said that Mubarak collapsed several times and that he was placed on mechanical ventilation Mubarak after having difficulty breathing. He said the ousted president’s condition worsened after a visit by his wife and former first lady Suzanne Mubarak on Monday, who sobbed after seeing Mubarak in a prison blue suit. Prison authorities turned down a request by Mubarak to bring two of his personal doctors to oversee his condition, the official said. But they agreed to transfer his son Gamal, also a prisoner, to a nearby cell to be close to him. The Associated Press
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles; Queen Elizabeth II; Prince William; Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; and Prince Harry, from left, at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
Royal Diamond Jubilee week ends with joy, some sadness THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
sive heir to the throne Prince to the jubilee, which the queen, in Charles alongside wildly popular a televised address, called “a LONDON — There were six Prince William and his wife humbling experience.” figures on the balcony — and one hinted at an uncertain future. Fears that the celebrations large absence. would be met with apathy in Queen Elizabeth II’s appear- Could be queen’s last recession-afflicted Britain were ance at Buckingham Palace with her family Tuesday capped a tri“In a sense, this jubilee looks unfounded. Enormous crowds umphant Diamond Jubilee week- to the future rather sadly,” said greeted the queen over the course end for a British monarchy that royal historian Robert Lacey. “It of the celebration. More than 1 million people has overcome years of crisis. could be the queen’s last jubilee, But the absence of 90-year-old and it is a jubilee in which she has lined the Thames on Sunday for a Prince Philip — hospitalized relegated many of her public river pageant, despite dismal Monday with a bladder infection duties” to younger family mem- weather. And hundreds of thousands packed the Mall outside — was a reminder that the bers. queen’s 60-year reign won’t last Yet the royal family should be Buckingham Palace on Tuesday forever. And the presence of divi- overjoyed with the public response for a glimpse of the royal family.
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West: Gay marriage ban backers look to high court
Nation: Jury selection under way in Sandusky trial
Nation: Driver fatigue called factor in bus crash
World: Body-parts video shows possible cannibalism
A FEDERAL APPEALS court refused Tuesday to reconsider a landmark ruling by two of its member judges that struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriage, a move that puts the voter-approved measure on a path to the U.S. Supreme Court. Backers of the ban, known as Proposition 8, “absolutely” plan to take the case to the high court now that it has run its course in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said Brian Raum, a lawyer with the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal defense group. Prop 8 sponsors have 90 days to petition the court to review the finding that the ban violates civil rights of gays.
THE JUDGE OVERSEEING jury selection in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case says six jurors have been picked. Judge John Cleland said Tuesday that three more jurors were picked in the afternoon. The panel will eventually include 12 jurors and four alternates. Jury selection began earlier Tuesday with some 220 people reporting. Jurors were being chosen from people who live in the State College area, where Penn State’s main campus is located. Former Penn State football coach Sandusky faces 52 criminal counts for alleged abuse of 10 boys.
A TOUR BUS crash last year that claimed 15 lives was caused by a driver suffering from too little sleep and a bus company, World Wide Tours, that provided too little safety oversight, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. The five-member board said the driver, Ophadell Williams, had almost no sleep in the three days leading up to the March 12, 2011, accident except for naps he took on the bus while passengers were at a Connecticut casino. The bus was traveling at 78 mph in a 50 mph zone of Interstate 95 while returning to New York’s Chinatown when it crashed.
VIDEO FOOTAGE FROM the death and dismembering of a Chinese student seems to show the suspect eating the body, Canadian police said Tuesday. Luka Magnotta, the porn actor suspected in the killing, meanwhile, told German authorities he won’t fight extradition to Canada. Montreal Police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere said that although police have not been able to confirm it, they suspect Magnotta did eat parts of the body. “As gross and as graphic as it could be, yes, it was seen on the video,” Lafreniere said. Magnotta, 29, was arrested in Berlin in an Internet cafe Monday.
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Froggy: Only local wetland named for animal researched wireless transfer of electricity. ■ Hana McAdam and Anna Moore, whose father is a glass toolmaker, researched the Stirling engine, which runs on heat differentials and is used in submarines, the space station and for auxiliary power on yachts. ■ Analis Rubida and Madison Braden, whose brother, Tate, is in a rocket club, designed and tested rockets. ■ Eamonn Clarke built an underwater remotely operated vehicle. ■ Grayson Pennell and Harry Doyle tested alternative ways of growing mushrooms, Natalie Toews and Daniel Charlton compared the temperature conductivity of outdoor clothing, and Frances Paoli studied the effect of solar radiation on yeast cells. Her conclusion: “Tanning is really bad for you.”
CONTINUED FROM A1 But she also had a connection. “My daughter, Anna Sherwood, did her senior high school project on it in 1998,” Sherwood said. “She worked with Sam Gibboney, the engineer who designed it.” Ewan talked with Gibboney about the history of Froggy Bottoms, part of the Kai Tai Valley, which used to be traversable by canoe for its entire length.
Name’s origin Ewan also talked to City Manager David Timmons and Erik Kingfisher, stewardship director at Jefferson Land Trust. The name originated, Kingfisher said, with John Barr, who became concerned about the disappearance of wetlands — and the frogs — along San Juan Avenue near his home on 35th Street. Contacted by phone, Barr said he coined the term in a letter to the editor. “The name is unusual,” Barr said. “All the other wetlands in the city except for Kai Tai are named for a person.” Barr also expressed his concern to Bob Wheeler, then-public works director. So, instead of installing a storm pipe to carry the water to the Chinese Gardens Lagoon, the city purchased the Froggy Bottoms property in 1997 to create a seasonal pond. The pond at the north end of the city golf course also was saved from bulldozers, Barr said, and proposed development of land on the west side of San Juan Avenue tabled. “Froggy Bottoms is at the bottom of a closed
In the spring, Froggy Bottoms is a lakefront lover’s lane for amphibians. basin,” Barr said. “The whole Kai Tai Valley is a seasonal wetland. “When they started filling Froggy Bottoms with gravel, Fremont Street flooded. It was cheaper to buy the property and develop the wetland than install a storm drain.” The Friends of Froggy Bottoms believe logging Froggy Forest would create a similar situation. The largest of three orphaned islands of land below Cherry Street, the 125-foot-by-300-foot plot borders a section of Beech Street that was never put in. The prospect of development arose last spring, when the city listed Froggy Forest as a possible site for low-cost housing. The Beech Street rezone, as the proposal was called,
would have allowed a structure with up to seven units. A Planning Commission hearing in November drew letters of protest from neighbors, who pointed out the instability of the slope and the potential for destabilization and neighborhood flooding if logged. The city withdrew the rezoning request as well as the statement of non-significance for the property. There was neighborhood oppostion to the rezone, said Judy Surber, city planner. “The neighbors wanted the city to designate the property as a park in conjunction with the Park and Recreation open space plan,” she said. “We still need to update that plan,” Surber said, adding that the city is not currently working on it, and
that Froggy Forest may be considered. “It’s not NIMBYism,” said John Miricle, who lives north of Froggy Forest. “It’s a key piece of environmental property.” Although those development plans are off the table, Froggy Forest’s future remains cloudy. But Froggy Bottoms’ does not. For his research project, Ewan visited the site this spring, testing pH, conductivity and dissolved oxygen levels at three points — the small settlement pond into which four storm grates drain and each side on the large pond. He found that all except the settlement pond passed standards set for sustainable, healthy wetlands and that it was understandable the pond did not quite reach
standards for conductivity since it gets a lot of runoff from the road, Ewan said. The increase in noise as the water temperatures rose also was an indication of the wetlands’ viability. “The frogs were really active at night,” Ewan said. “It was real loud.” Other student research with a local slant: ■ Molly Brown and Rose Gitelman, whose father works at a fish hatchery, compared methods of growing algae. ■ Calvin Franklin tested the effectiveness of cold laser on healing, a treatment his teacher’s husband, Jim Sherwood, uses in his veterinary practice. ■ Stein Pratt, who likes to work on boats, explored the physics of pulleys. ■ Ian Graham
Copy sent to others Ewan is sending a copy of his Froggy Bottoms research to the city, and Friends of Froggy Bottoms expressed interest in a copy for their website, http:// tinyurl.com/froggybottoms. If you look up Froggy Bottoms, you’ll also come across a cottage business on Pacific Street in Port Townsend. Within croaking distance of the pond, Froggy Bottoms Pottery is where Lori Bernstein makes pots, platters and bowls — some with little frogs on the side.
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Slayings: Ran away from home at age of 14 CONTINUED FROM A1 cause statement. He was enrolled in addicAfter an extensive, helicopter- tion studies for the spring aided manhunt Sunday, Patrick quarter at Peninsula College, Drum, a 34-year-old convicted spokesman Phyllis van Holfelon, was arrested in the Blue land said Tuesday, adding that Mountain area for investigation of he also had enrolled in Penintwo murders and burglary in con- sula College for the summer Drum Ray nection with the deaths of con- quarter of 1994 and spring Blanton victed sex offenders Gary L. Blan- quarter of 2003. Austin, 29, of Port Angeles, said Suzanne Drum said there ton Jr., 28, of Sequim and Jerry W. Ray, 56, of Port Angeles. appears to be two sides to her step- Tuesday the rape charge against Blanton and Ray each had been son, one of which she was com- Blanton grew out of a relationship Blanton had with a teenager shot multiple times, the Clallam pletely unaware. County Sheriff’s Office said. She said her stepson had kept to when he and the teenager were Patrick Drum, whom authori- himself about his personal life but both in high school. Blanton pleaded guilty to ties said admitted to the murders, “had turned his life around” in third-degree rape as part of a plea will be charged with two counts of recent years. aggravated first-degree murder “I never even thought he was bargain, Austin said. and one count each of first-degree capable of doing” what he is accused He later served five years for burglary and unlawful first-degree of doing, she said. attempted first-degree kidnappossession of a firearm in Clallam Authorities said they have ping and was released in April County Superior Court at 1 p.m. linked the 9 mm handgun that was 2010, according to the state today, county Prosecuting Attorney in Patrick Drum’s possession when Department of Corrections. Deb Kelly said Tuesday. Authorities said Monday that he was arrested to the murders. Drum had intended to continue Blanton and Drum were roomtargeting and killing convicted sex Blanton found dead mates, but Austin said Blanton offenders “as long as he could until had moved into the SequimBlanton, convicted in 2001 of Dungeness Way residence less he was stopped by law enforcement,” Kelly said Monday at third-degree child rape, was found than a week earlier and Drum Drum’s first Superior Court appear- dead at the 401 Sequim-Dunge- was in the process of moving out. ness Way residence Blanton and ance. “They had known each other Drum told authorities he Patrick Drum had been renting. for some time,” Austin said. Blanton was found dead Sunshot Blanton and Ray “because they were sex offenders” and was day while authorities were Ray’s body discovered heading to Jefferson County to searching the Agnew area for Jerry Ray, convicted in 2002 of shoot another as-yet-unidentified Drum, who was arrested for convicted sex offender when he investigation of murder at first-degree rape of a child, was found dead by his father, Paul was arrested, according to the 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. Blanton’s sister-in-law, Tiffany Ray, at their 31 Heuslein Road county Sheriff’s Office’s probable-
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PORT TOWNSEND â€” A free screening of the documentary â€œKoch Brothers Exposedâ€? is planned at the Port Townsend Community PORT ANGELES â€” A Center, 620 Tyler St., on â€œHighway 101 Revisited: Thursday. Investing in Downtowns The film will be shown for Increased Health and at 7:30 p.m. Prosperity on the Olympic It is presented by Move Status update Holiday Long Morris Roth Peninsulaâ€? workshop is to Amend/Port Townsend, a PORT ANGELES â€” planned in Port Angeles working group of Occupy lars to run around at trade here and leave it here,â€? Long today. Donald G. Knechtel, a Port Townsend and added. shows,â€? he said. The workshop, which is 48-year-old Marysville man, MoveOn/Port Townsend. Water-use issues also open to the public and â€œWhat local government remained in critical condiThe movie says billions does is get things done for were raised at the meeting. tion at Harborview Medical of dollars have been which will be focused on â€œWater is the next oil,â€? Clallam and Jefferson you on the ground so then Center on Tuesday morning directed toward funding a the private sector can make said Holiday, who said water counties, will be from after he was assaulted at a right-wing ideological their investment decisions often is taken for granted. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vern Port Angeles bar, a hospital agenda that includes repeal Holiday said drilling Burton Community Center, spokeswoman said. and this economy can conof health care, privatization tinue to grow and expand,â€? deeper wells was not a solu- 308 E. Fourth St. Police arrested Casey J. of Social Security, denial of tion and noted that when she Chapman said. Among the speakers will Balch, 21, of Sequim at global warming and fightâ€œI will not support your worked with water issues in be Heather Dudley Nolette, about 11:09 p.m. Friday ing reduction in carbon New England, saline intrudollars to put someone on a Port Townsend Main Street and booked him into the emissions, preventing Wall plane to fly into a Paris trade sion into groundwater was a board president, as well as Clallam County jail on a Street reform, keeping corproblem. show,â€? he said. charge of second-degree speakers from several state porate money in elections, Roth said building water agencies, said Jeff Aken of â€œThat would be a ridicuassault in connection with fighting Internet neutrality reservoirs would be a good lous use of your local tax dolthe attack, police said. Seattle-based Forterra, the and dismantling collective way to deal with water. lars.â€? Balch is expected to be workshopâ€™s sponsor. bargaining rights. â€œWater rights are propThe Port of Port Angeles charged with first- or secAfter Nolette speaks at It is directed by Robert and the cities of Port Angeles erty rights,â€? Roth said. ond-degree assault today 9:20 a.m., there will be disMorris, who moved here cussion involving the audiand Sequim all contributed and is scheduled for a Supe- Greenwald, whose previous to the costs of a booth at the from Arizona in 2001, said ence for about 20 minutes rior Court hearing at 1 p.m., films included â€œRethink Afghanistan,â€? â€œOutfoxedâ€? JEC Europe Composites water storage was common before speakers from state county Deputy Prosecuting Show in Paris in early April. in that state. Attorney John Troberg said and â€œWal-Mart: The High agencies begin, Aken said. Price of Low Cost.â€? Holiday agreed with Balch remained in the A panel discussion is Donations will be Chapman that county com- Water storage Clallam County jail Tuesplanned at 12:30 p.m. accepted at the door to missioners should not be The goal of the workshop day on $200,000 bail. She said it would be cover venue rental. involved in marketing. Police found Knechtel worth looking at storing is â€œto bring a diverse group Instead, Holiday said she water and that the costs of of stakeholders together Peninsula Daily News unconscious late Friday favored looking at other com- such projects also should be from around the Peninsula night in the establishmentâ€™s munities for new ideas. evaluated carefully. parking lot, Port Angeles to explore how to energize Follow the PDN on â€œOne problem weâ€™ve had Long said county resi- downtown areas, focusing on Police Department said here in Clallam County is we dents are â€œvery luckyâ€? to economic development, hisMonday in a statement. just kind of look toward our- have an abundance of clean toric preservation and urban Knechtel was transselves for information,â€? Holi- water and that commission- design,â€? Aken said. ported to Olympic Medical day said. ers should work carefully Center for treatment of a A second downtown â€œThatâ€™s why I look at case with the state Department of workshop focused on the severe head injury before FACEBOOK TWITTER studies from Oregon, whoâ€™s Ecology to help them under- south Olympic Peninsula he was airlifted to HarborPeninsula Daily pendailynews had troubles like ours: mov- stand local water issues. view, police said. will be held in the Port of ing from a local timber econChapman said he and omy into . . . what? Thatâ€™s the others asked Ecology several big question in a lot of our questions about water use northwest cities.â€? but that he has not received Long said itâ€™s the countyâ€™s answers to all of his quesjob to set up infrastructure tions. that will then attract busiâ€œWe will find a solution that works for our communesses. She also wants to see nity so we can meet the needs of the tribe, meet the more marketing. â€œWeâ€™ve got to sell what we needs of the PUD and meet have,â€? she added, saying the the needs of the community,â€? county should attract visitors he said. every weekend, not just dur________ ing festivals. Staff Writer/Photographer Chris â€œWeâ€™ve got to sell Clallam Tucker can be reached at 360-452County to people who will 2345, ext. 5056, or at chris.tucker@ come and spend their money peninsuladailynews.com.
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â€œOur county is going to have to give something to make it an incentive for people to bring their businesses here,â€? Roth said, â€œeither a tax reduction [or] building some kind of a structure of some sort.â€? Roth cited the areaâ€™s shipping facilities and airport as assets for attracting business. â€œIf you donâ€™t market yourself, you donâ€™t get the business,â€? she said. Morris said the county should take a leadership role in determining community priorities and then take steps to realize those focused goals. She said legislators told her they want to hear â€œone voiceâ€? rather than hearing what the varied priorities of the city, port and county are. â€œYou will see that businesses will be attracted here, people will be attracted here, if they understand what we are offering and what they have to gain from it,â€? Morris said. â€œAnd I donâ€™t think we are at that point now because if you called and spoke to various entities in this county, you would get a different message about what we have to offer.â€? Incumbent Chapman said the county shouldnâ€™t market itself but rather should improve infrastructure. â€œLocal government doesnâ€™t spend your tax dol-
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Clallam County tables update, revisions to master parks plan BY ROB OLLIKAINEN PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” Clallam County will hit the refresh button on its parks and recreation master plan to stay eligible for future grants to improve its parks system. The three commissioners Tuesday tabled a resolution to adopt an updated plan for one week, allowing staff to make final adjustments to the 128-page document. The draft update of the 2005-2015 comprehensive park and recreation master plan is available at www. clallam.net. Clallam County Parks, Fair and Facilities Manager Joel Winborn outlined the revisions at a public hearing Tuesday. Most of the changes are technical, with no immediate additions or subtractions to the countyâ€™s 20-park system. â€œIn order for us to continue to apply for state grant funding to assist in acquiring new or improving
existing park lands, our comprehensive parks and recreation master plan must be up to date and Winborn on file with the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board,â€? Winborn said. â€œOnce our plan is approved, it will then be sent on to the state for their approval.â€? The deadline for filing is June 15. The purpose of the plan is threefold, Winborn said. It provides guidelines for the county to develop its parks and recreation potential, identifies specific needs for park facilities and recreation programs, and establishes an action plan. The county Parks Board and staff unanimously approved the proposed changes. Key revisions in the update include:
â– Adds a statement of best-management practices and clarifies the public input process. â– Updates a list of historical sites and resource maps. â– Adds new information on existing parks and a list of public beaches and beach access points. â– Updates Americans with Disabilities Act standards as they pertain to county parks. â– Updates population figures and the results of a Parks Department community interest and opinion survey. â– Adds properties to a list of proposed tideland and upland acquisitions and capital improvement plan for existing parks.
Lake Aldwell Road gate Meanwhile, commissioners said they would schedule a second work session to discuss a request from the National Park Service to put a gate on Lake Aldwell Road, the county road that
provides access to the southwest edge of the former Lake Aldwell. The gate would block vehicle access to the dry lake bed but would permit foot traffic. In a letter to the county road department, Elwha restoration project manager Brian Winter requested permission to install a gate in one of three locations to prevent â€œresource damage and theftâ€? on the dry lake bed. County Engineer Ross Tyler said the request stemmed from off-road vehicles using the lake bed and the theft of a wagon wheel that was posted for sale on Craigslist. Commissioners Monday said they would allow the gate at the site closest to the river lake because it provided the best public access. Tyler added that the parkâ€™s preferred location for the gate â€” the middle of the three â€” had limited parking.
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