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Big pile of roadside dirt irks resident dirt. They wanted it,” said Bob Scarsella, vice president of Scarsella Bros., who declined to comment on how much DelHur is being paid. DelHur officials did not return repeated requests for comment. Scarsella Bros. has been working since April on a $27.1 million BY JOE SMILLIE state Department of TransportaPENINSULA DAILY NEWS tion project that will widen the SEQUIM — Ed Telenick is last 3.5-mile stretch of the twobothered by a massive mound of lane highway between Sequim dirt from a state project to widen and Port Angeles to four lanes. a portion of U.S. Highway 101 that has replaced a wooded valley Finished next year across from his home on SherThe project is expected to be burne Road. completed next year. “I call it Mount Sherburne,” For most of the spring and Telenick said at his home about 6 summer, excavators and dump miles west of Sequim. “And every trucks have been removing earth day, it’s gotten a little bit bigger.” for the new lanes and hauling it to Scarsella Bros., the Kent-based the Sherburne Road site, which contractor building two new lanes sits south of the highway almost on the highway for the state, pays exactly at the midpoint of the widPort Angeles-based DelHur ening project. Industries to dump leftover dirt In an environmental analysis on the 15-acre property owned by of the project, the state and fedDelHur. eral departments of Transporta“We needed a home for our tion estimated that 234,800 cubic

‘Mountain’ results from U.S. 101 work


Ed Telenick of Sequim stands on top of “Mount Sherburne,” his name for fill from the U.S. 101 widening that was dumped across from his home.

yards of dirt cut from hills and 62,000 cubic yards of fill would be exported from the highway project. Scarsella said the plan is to dump about 125,000 cubic yards of dirt from the highway project at the Sherburne Road site. Scarsella has another dump site permitted to hold 50,000 cubic yards of dirt behind the old Midway Metals shop at 258010 U.S. Highway 101, west of Barr Road, said Clallam County senior planner Greg Ballard. No permit was needed to dump dirt at the site, Ballard said. Telenick said he didn’t know the valley across from his home would be filled in by the sand, loam and clay highway soil until trees started coming down. “I know the dirt’s got to go somewhere, and I’m as happy about the new lanes on the highway as anybody,” he said. “But nobody told us this was going to be here, and nobody seems to know how much bigger it’s going to get.”

Election: Port Townsend council races set 24.46 CONTINUED FROM A1 or percent. Garrison, Clinefelter, 53 and a Nordland resident, is a who served retired maritime heavy- on the City industry worker and owner C o u n c i l of Mystery Bay Charters & from 1999Services. 2001, took Putney, 67, lives in Port 743 votes, or Clinefelter Townsend and is a retired 21.95 perproject engineer-manager. cent. Quinn, 59, also of Port Sandoval, 55, has served Townsend, is an entrepre- three terms on the City neur, the executive director Council, two as mayor. She of the Economic Develop- is a real estate broker and ment Team Jefferson and co-owner of Windermere CEO of the Quimper Mer- Real Estate in Port cantile. Townsend. Garrison, 69, is semiPT City Council retired from construction Sandoval, the incumbent and land development. Jautz, 74, worked for 20 in the Port Townsend City Council Position 1 seat, won years as a stockbroker on 1,789 votes, or 52.85 per- the New York Stock cent. Jautz won 828 votes, Exchange and 15 years as a

transportation surveyor for the California Department of Transportation. He has never Quinn held elective office. There is no incumbent running for the Position 5 seat on the Port Townsend City Council. Mark Welch, a former mayor who had served on the council for 10 years, decided not to seek another term. Sherwood won 1,361 votes, or 44.32 percent, while Adams, who ran for the council in 2011 but was disqualified because she did not meet residency require-

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ments, won 1,157 votes, or 37.68 percent. Oakford took 517 votes, or 16.83 perSandoval cent. Adams, 69, is a retired chiropractor who teaches at the Port Townsend School of Massage. Sherwood, 65, is a veterinarian who has served two terms on the Port Townsend School Board. Oakford, 69 and retired, worked for 15 years for the King County Metro Transit, five years at Virginia Mason Hospital and 25 years in the hospitality industry. In the primary election race for Position 3 on the commission for Clallam County Fire District 3, which includes Gardiner, incumbent James Barnfather won 4,029 votes, or 62.37 percent, in tonight’s count of votes in Clallam and Jefferson counties, assuring him a spot on the November general election



ballot. Sean Ryan appears to be his challenger for the Nov. 5 election, with 1,382 votes, or 21.39 percent. Charles Perdomo took 1,052 votes, or 16.24 percent. Port of Port Townsend commissioners oversee a budget that this year includes a $5.6 million general fund and a $2.4 million capital improvement fund. The port has 28 employees by head count. They are paid $114 per diem for meeting days up to 96 per year, and $254 monthly to a cap of combined salary and per diem of $13,992 annually, have mileage reimbursed at 56.5 cents per mile and have insurance. Port Townsend City

Council members oversee a budget that this year is $14.6 million, adopt city laws Adams and approve city contracts and set policies and hire a city manager who is responsible for 89 employees by head count. The terms are for four years. Each member receives $500 monthly, except for the mayor who gets $750 a month. Jefferson County voter registration coordinator Betty Johnson said all 5,463 ballots received by mail Tuesday were counted Tuesday night, except for those placed in drop boxes. Those ballots, plus those postmarked Tuesday to arrive later this week, will number 500 to 700. The next count will be at about noon Friday, said Jefferson County Auditor Donna Eldridge.

Lawmakers not holding back education dollars BY DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SEATTLE — A group of Democratic lawmakers say they are not trying to push back the deadline for implementing school funding reform. Despite statements to the contrary last week, they say they want to see the state fully pay for basic education, as ordered by the Washington Supreme Court in the McCleary decision — which refers to a Chimacum resident Stephanie McCleary who filed the suit — in time for the 2017-2018 school year. At a committee hearing in Olympia on July 31, Rep. Jaime Pedersen, D-Seattle, asked what exactly the Supreme Court meant when it set a 2018 deadline in the school funding lawsuit. Does it mean Jan. 1, 2018? Does it mean fiscal year 2018, which begins July 2017? Or does it mean

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‘Enemy is us’ “We have met the enemy and he’s us,” Pedersen said during the meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation, which is assigned to report back to the Supreme Court by Aug. 29 on progress toward fully paying for basic education. The Supreme Court ruled in January 2012 that the state isn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to amply pay for basic public education. In the ruling, the court ordered the Legislature to

make yearly progress reports on its efforts. In an email sent Monday, the four Democratic members of the committee, including Pedersen, clarified that they had no intention of putting off their constitutional and moral obligation to fully fund basic education. Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, said Tuesday no one is trying to delay the work. “We have to get it done,” Sullivan said, acknowledging, however, “the problems and difficulty will be equally challenging in the next biennial budget, unless there’s a miracle and our economy recovers at a surprising rate.” Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Poulsbo, said last week’s discussion led her and others to recognize that because of the way the Legislature creates the state budget their deadline really is months earlier than the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Gun: Built for WWII use


the 2018-2019 school year, which begins in Sept. 2018. Senior Assistant Attorney General Dave Stolier said the court has not been clear on what the deadline means. He noted that the ruling mentions several pieces of education reform legislation that was equally vague about the deadlines the Legislature set for itself.

CONTINUED FROM A1 hydraulics were removed, and some components were “We have turned this welded together, said into a training mission,” he Dorow. said. Dorow, of Tacoma, said “A lot of times, we have the gun was built for use in to disassemble and move World War II, but he did not artillery, and this helps know its specific history. teach how to do that.” “Its 120 mm shells were The gun, with a barrel filled with shrapnel and extending about 30 feet, is were timed to explode when out of commission. Its they were in proximity to

enemy aircraft,” Dorow said. “It was meant to shoot down prop plans so a direct hit wasn’t necessary,” he added. “It would be too slow to shoot down a jet.”

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