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County lawmaker Pier PRESSURE to be challenged GOP hopeful seeks post of Chapman BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
An endorsement Chapman, 48, praised the Board of County Commissioners he first was elected to in 2000 for governing with â€œa very centrist perspective.â€? He said he had heard Roth would file to run against him. If re-elected, he will â€œcontinue to represent the public and work on our budget and make sure we maintain our services,â€? Chapman said. â€œI do think Iâ€™m doing a good job on all those issues.â€? Roth has already picked
Mike Chapman To seek re-election
Maggie Roth Wife of ex-candidate
up some high-profile support: Republican County Prosecuting Attorney Deb Kelly said Thursday she is endorsing Roth, who was Kellyâ€™s 2010 campaign manager. â€œMaggie is a good friend, sheâ€™s done her homework, sheâ€™s a hard worker, and I believe she will make a great commissioner,â€? Kelly said. Chapman and Roth will square off in the Aug. 7 primary, which is limited to District 2 voters, even if no one else files for the position because itâ€™s a partisan seat, county elections supervisor Shoona Radon said.
Rothâ€™s husband, Terry, was defeated by Chapman in the 2008 general election 23,645 votes to 11,7670 votes, or 67 percent to 33 percent. Roth, who has never held elective office, is a precinct committeewoman and is on the finance committee of the county Republican Party.
Other positions Other Clallam County seats up for election are the three Superior Court positions held by George L. Wood, S. Brooke Taylor and Ken Williams and the Clallam County Public Utility District seat held by Ted Simpson.
Retired retailer She is the retired operations manager for the dutyfree store she ran with her husband until it closed four years ago. Roth criticized Chapman on Thursday for what she claimed was his change of position on the Wild Olympics Campaign, an effort that would protect watersheds by setting aside 132,000 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness. TURN
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Port Angeles Fire Department Capt. Terry Reid, right, hoists a rolled fire hose to the landing of the tower of Port Angeles City Pier as training officer Trevor Warren watches his progress during a training session this week. Firefighters assembled a series of obstacle course-style activities to test their stamina, with the results becoming grounds for good-natured ribbing around the fire hall.
Gustin rides off today from Olympic National Park post BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” On her first day as Olympic National Park superintendent fewer than four years ago, Karen Gustin signed an agreement she said she had no part in writing but much to do with enacting: A pact between the park and eight area tribes that pledged to keep open lines of communication. The memo of understanding was signed by the Quileute, Lower Elwha Klallam, Jamestown Sâ€™Klallam, Quinault, Hoh, Makah, Port Gamble Sâ€™Klallam and Skokomish tribes. Its signing July 10, 2008, set a fast-paced tone right from the start for Gustinâ€™s brief though busy tenure as the parkâ€™s 14th superintendent, a stint that ends today with her retirement from
As for Gustin, she said she and her family will move to Lexington, Ky., to indulge her lifelong love of horses in the â€œThe Horse Capital of the Worldâ€? and to be closer to her daughter, Keely, herself a freshman equine business management student at the University of Kentucky. The memo of understanding Gustin signed her first day of work in Port Angeles provided a context for the cooperation that resulted in President Barack Obama signing legislation Monday regarding the Quileute tribeâ€™s flood-prone, 1-square-mile reservation at LaPush, Gustin said. Karen Gustin The legislation transferred 785 Moving to Kentucky acres of safer, higher-elevation the National Park Service at the parkland to the tribe in return for public access through tribal lands age of 55. Deputy Superintendent Todd to hugely popular Rialto and SecSuess, 46, will be acting superin- ond beaches on the Washington coast. tendent and said this week he will apply for Gustinâ€™s position. TURN TO GUSTIN/A4
One will be Irrigation Fest queen Saturday BY JEFF CHEW PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
SEQUIM â€” Seven contestants will vie Saturday for the Sequim Irrigation Festivalâ€™s royal court. The coronation of the queen and three princesses â€” the royal court for the 117th festival â€” will be at 7 p.m. at the Sequim High School auditorium at 601 N. Sequim Ave. The oldest continuing event in the state, the Irrigation Festival will run from May 4-13 at Jones various locations around Sequim, including the Grand Parade. TURN
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PORT ANGELES â€” Maggie Roth intends to run as a Republican for the Clallam County commissioner seat now held by Mike Chapman â€” an independent and himself a former Republican â€” in the Nov. 6 general election, Roth said Thursday. Chapman said Thursday he intends to run for a fourth term for the Port Angeles-area District 2 position. Filing week for the general election is May 14-18, and the primary is Aug. 7. â€œI donâ€™t think the man is doing his job,â€? said Roth, 57. â€œI think I can do a better job.â€?
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Lady Gaga starts youth foundation POP STAR LADY Gaga descended on Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., with some powerful friends Wednesday to launch her new foundation aimed at empowering young people. The singer was joined by Oprah Winfrey, spiritual leader Deepak Chopra Lady Gaga and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to kick off the Born This
Way Foundation that Gaga’s mother and inspiration will help steer. Gaga spoke to more than 1,100 students from several states, faculty and invited guests at Harvard, urging the young audience to “challenge meanness and cruelty.” “I believe that if you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better place and use it,” she said. She reminded them that there is no law to make people be kind to one another and added: “I wish there was because, you know, I’d be chained naked to a fence somewhere trying to pass it.”
Streep donates Actress Meryl Streep has donated $10,000 to a
Rhode Island scholarship fund in honor of fellow Oscar nominee Viola Streep Davis. Davis established the fund with her sister in 1988. Upward Bound Director Mariam Boyajian said Thursday that the check for the Upward Bound Scholarship Endowment Fund arrived Monday. Boyajian said Streep’s donation is the largest single award the fund has received. The Segue Institute for Learning in Central Falls, R.I., also received $10,000 from Streep on Monday in Davis’ honor. Davis grew up in Central Falls.
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ANDREW BREITBART, 43, a caustic commentator who was loved by conservatives who championed his viral Internet exposes that brought down politicians and hated by others who said he selectively used the truth to do it, has died in Los Angeles. Mr. Breitbart’s website, big journalism. com, said Thursday he died of natural Mr. Breitbart causes. He was walking in 2011 near his house in the Brentwood neighborhood shortly after midnight when he collapsed, said actor Orson Bean, his father-in-law. Mr. Breitbart had had heart problems a year earlier, but Bean said he could not pinpoint what happened.
The conservative media publisher and activist was embraced by anti-tax, conservative tea-partiers and reviled by liberals for his Internet investigations that led to the resignations of former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner and former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod. His loudmouth style was lionized by his fans for exposing government corruption and media bias.
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1937 (75 years ago) U.S. Rep. Mon Wallgren’s bill creating Mount Olympus National Park out of national monument and national forest lands in the Olympic Mountains has been given a unanimous endorsement by the Port Angeles Rotary Club. A telegram was sent to Wallgren, D-Everett, and Rotarians were urged to write individually to the state legislators who
are pushing an amendment in Olympia that would alter the boundaries outlined in the Wallgren bill. The lawmakers are favoring a smaller national park that essentially eliminates Grays Harbor County and protects financial interests in Jefferson County. Three Port Angeles Rotarians visited the Port Townsend Rotary Club to discuss the Port Angeles
sites, a campfire circle for 400 people and a campground ranger station. The project will cost $116,500. It was approved in legislation that also cre1962 (50 years ago) ates a new campground at A new Olympic National Cougar Rock in Rainier Park campground is National Park. planned for the Fairholme area west of Lake Crescent 1987 (25 years ago) in the fiscal year starting Listing the northern July 1, U.S. Sens. Warren spotted owl as an endanG. Magnuson and Henry gered species would M. Jackson announced. severely reduce the timber The proposed campharvest in Olympic ground will consist of 80 club’s support and encourage support of it by Port Townsend Rotarians.
National Forest and other national forests in the Northwest, a top Forest Service official said. If powers of the Endangered Species Act were invoked, “we would have to protect all of the [owl] population,” said George Leonard, associate chief of the Forest Service. The Forest Service plans to release the final version of a supplemental environmental statement on owl management in June.
Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS FRIDAY, March 2, the 62nd day of 2012. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a game against the New York Knicks, an NBA record that still stands. Philadelphia won, 169-147. On this date: ■ In 1793, the first president of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, was born near Lexington, Va. ■ In 1836, the Republic of Texas formally declared its independence from Mexico. ■ In 1861, the state of Texas, having seceded from the Union,
was admitted to the Confederacy. ■ In 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote. ■ In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship as President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act. ■ In 1932, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which moved the date of the presidential inauguration from March 4 to Jan. 20, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. ■ In 1939, Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected pope on his 63rd birthday;
he took the name Pius XII. ■ In 1943, the World War II Battle of the Bismarck Sea began; U.S. and Australian warplanes were able to inflict heavy damage on a Japanese convoy. ■ In 1951, the East beat the West 111-94 in the first NBA AllStar Game, which took place at Boston Garden. ■ In 1972, the United States launched the Pioneer 10 space probe, which flew past Jupiter in late 1973, sending back images and scientific data. ■ In 1989, representatives from the 12 European Community nations agreed to ban all production of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) by the end of the 20th century.
■ Ten years ago: Eleven Israelis were killed in a Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox neighborhood. ■ Five years ago: A charter bus carrying a college baseball team from Bluffton University in Ohio plunged off an Atlanta highway ramp and slammed into the pavement below, killing seven people. ■ One year ago: The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that a grieving father’s pain over mocking protests at his Marine son’s funeral had to yield to First Amendment protections for free speech in a decision favoring the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan.
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A3 Briefly: Nation Charges filed against teen in Ohio shooting CHARDON, Ohio — An aunt says relatives of T.J. Lane, the 17-year-old suspect in a deadly Ohio high school shooting, are grieving with the community but don’t have answers to questions surrounding the attack. Charges filed Thursday in Geauga County juvenile court accuse Lane of killing three students and wounding two others in the shooting Monday at Chardon High School, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. It’s the first step in proceedings that could see him charged as an adult and facing the possibility of life without parole if convicted. The Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh reported that Lane’s aunt, Heather Lane, said earlier by email that her family is “weeping and praying” for Chardon.
the Los Angeles Times. The email was sent from the judge’s court email account. Cebull, who’s been Montana’s Cebull chief federal judge in Billings since 2008, was appointed to the bench by former President George W. Bush. The Great Falls Tribune said the judge conceded the content was racist but said he had forwarded it because he doesn’t like Obama. He said he doesn’t consider himself a racist.
Rutgers webcam trial
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The man prosecutors say was secretly watched via webcam while kissing a Rutgers University freshman in a dorm room could testify as early as Thursday in the privacy-invasion trial of the student’s roommate. The man, who has been idenJudge: I’m not a racist tified only by as M.B., has been HELENA, Mont. — Monmentioned often in the first tana’s chief federal judge three days of testimony in the Wednesday admitted forwarding trial of Dharun Ravi, 20. an email to friends about PresiRavi’s roommate, Tyler Cledent Barack Obama that menti, committed suicide in appears to equate AfricanSeptember 2010, days after Americans with dogs and raises prosecutors say Ravi briefly questions about the president’s watched streaming footage of mixed racial ancestry. the encounter with M.B. “I want all of my friends to Parry Aftab, a lawyer, said feel what I felt when I read this. prosecutors are trying to keep Hope it touches your heart like M.B.’s name and image private it did mine,” Chief U.S. District because he’s the alleged victim of invasion of privacy, which is Judge Richard Cebull wrote considered a sex crime. before forwarding the email, a The Associated Press copy of which was obtained by
Briefly: World last week sent anti-Americanism soaring in a nation that has long distrusted foreigners. The killings come at a time when international troops have stepped up training and mentoring of Afghan soldiers, police BEIRUT — Syrian rebels and government workers so the retreated Thursday from a neighAfghans can take the lead and borhood in Homs they had held the foreign forces go home. for months, saying they were The latest victims were running out of weapons and that killed on a joint U.S.-Afghan humanitarian conditions were base in Zhari district of southcatastrophic after almost four ern Kandahar province by two weeks of government bombardment. The army promptly moved Afghan soldiers and an Afghan civilian literacy instructor who in, a government official said. fired from a sentry tower, Within hours of the rebels’ according to officials. withdrawal, President Bashar NATO forces shot and killed Assad’s government granted pertwo of the assailants, apparmission for the International ently the soldiers, said Pentagon Committee of the Red Cross to press secretary George Little. enter the neighborhood on Friday. Human rights workers have Cost of bail: $5 million been appealing for access to Baba Amr for weeks. CAIRO — A plane carrying The Syrian Red Crescent has seven American pro-democracy only been able to briefly enter workers on trial over their the area twice in the last week activities took off from Cairo because of fighting. airport after sunset Thursday Also Thursday, Syria’s main after the U.S. posted nearly opposition group formed a mili$5 million in bail, officials said, tary council to organize the easing a deep diplomatic crisis armed resistance and funnel over charges that their groups weapons to rebels, a sign of how funded and promoted anti-govdeeply militarized the conflict ernment protests in Egypt. has become over the past year as With the seven Americans Syria veers closer to a civil war. safely on their way home, Washington indicated that its anger 2 more troops killed over the affair has not abated. State Department spokesKABUL, Afghanistan — Two U.S. soldiers were gunned down woman Victoria Nuland expressed relief that the Ameriby two Afghan soldiers and an accomplice Thursday, the latest cans were free, but she pointedly noted that no decision has of six American service members killed by their Afghan part- been made about U.S. aid to Egypt. ners since the burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. base The Associated Press
Syrian troops takes suburb as rebels leave
Senate kills reversal of birth control rule Democrats overrule bill BY LAURIE KELLMAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday defeated a GOP effort to roll back President Barack Obama’s policy on contraception insurance coverage in the first vote on an issue that raised questions of religious and women’s rights and riled Americans in this volatile election year. The 51-48 vote killed an amendment that would have allowed employers and insurers to opt out of portions of the president’s health care law they found morally objectionable. That would have included the law’s requirement that insurers cover the costs of birth control. Democrats said the measure would have allowed employers and insurers to opt out of virtually any medical treatment with the mere mention of a moral or religious objection.
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Senate Democrats speak to the media in Washington after the defeat of the GOP health care effort. From left are Patty Murray of Washington, Charles Schumer of New York, Harry Reid of Nevada and Richard Durbin of Illinois.
pay for contraception even if their faith forbids its use. Democrats said the amendment, sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo, was an assault on women’s rights and could be used to cancel virtually any part of the law. In the end, the vote hung on a handful of centrists as Democrats Would deny coverage chose a parliamentary maneuver “We have never had a con- that required only 50 votes to kill science clause for insurance com- the amendment. Only three Dempanies,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, ocrats and one Republican defied D-Calif. their parties. The measure would have given insurers more opportunities to Handful of centrists deny coverage for certain treatVoting with Republicans were ments, she added. “A lot of them don’t have any consciences. They’ll Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, both take it,” Boxer said. Republicans argued that the up for re-election, and Ben Nelson law needs to be reversed because of Nebraska, who is retiring. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, it violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom by who only this week abandoned forcing insurers and employers to her re-election bid out of frustra-
tion with the polarized Congress, was the lone Republican to vote to defeat the amendment. Democrats pounced on the symbolism of Snowe’s decisions. “If Republicans keep this up, they’re going to drive away independent voters, women and men, just as they are driving moderates out of their caucuses,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Republicans kept one such senator in the fold on the vote, Snowe’s fellow senator from Maine. Sen. Susan Collins kept all sides on edge until just before the vote, saying on the Senate floor that she was troubled that the administration could not assure her that faith-based self-insured organizations would be protected from the mandate to cover contraception.
Twister death toll rises to 13 BY JIM SUHR THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG, Ill. — Crews cleared splintered plywood and smashed appliances from smalltown neighborhoods Thursday, a day after tornadoes killed 13 people in the Midwest and South. But the forecast held a menacing possibility: More twisters may be coming, and they could be even stronger. Damaged communities tried to take advantage of the brief break in the weather, mindful of one meteorologist’s warning that by today, both regions would again be “right in the bull’s eye.” Skies were sunny in the southern Illinois community of Harrisburg, where Darrell Osman was back in the rubble of his dead mother’s home, trying to salvage what he could before more storms roll in. When he arrived, a neighbor handed him his mother’s wallet, which the storm had deposited in a truck near her home. If another twister hit the same area, the blow to the town would be grave, he said.
More storms coming National Weather Service meteorologist Beverly Poole said severe storms are expected to roll through the region again after midnight Thursday and linger
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St. Joseph’s Catholic Church stands in ruins in Ridgway, Ill., after a Wednesday twister swept across the Midwest. into early today, possibly bringing hail and rain. Then yet another system is expected to arrive this afternoon. Poole said both rounds of violent weather carry the potential of more tornadoes. The Weather Service planned to bring a severe-weather specialist to the region’s command center to provide up-to-the-minute information before and during the storms. Osman awoke before Wednesday’s storm because he was alerted by his special weather
radio. He said early warning equipment was essential. “The peace of mind you get from it sitting on your dresser is well worth the cost,” he said. Ryan Jewell, a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center, said the next system will take a similar path as Wednesday’s storms and has the potential for even more damage. Sixteen tornadoes were reported from Nebraska and Kansas across southern Missouri to Illinois and Kentucky, the Storm Prediction Center.
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West: 3.2 earthquake reported in California
Nation: ‘Black Madam’ held for buttocks injections
World: N. Korean coming to U.S. security conference
World: Costa cruise ship arrives in Seychelles port
A SHALLOW EARTHQUAKE measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale was reported Thursday morning near Salinas, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 8:31 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.1 miles. According to the geologic survey, the epicenter of the quake was 10 miles from Pinnacles, 11 miles from Tres Pinos, 14 miles from Gonzales, 17 miles from Hollister and 60 miles from San Jose City Hall. In the past 10 days, there has been one earthquake magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby, researchers noted.
A WOMAN DUBBED the “Black Madam” could face charges in the death of a London tourist who received illegal buttocks-enhancement injections last year in a Philadelphia hotel, police said Thursday. Padge Victoria Windslowe, 42, was arrested Wednesday as she prepared to host a “pumping party” to illegally inject clients, police said. She faces charges including aggravated assault and deceptive practices after one of her clients suffered serious lung problems after an injection, Police Lt. John Walker said. Windslowe was arraigned Thursday and was being held on $10 million bail.
IN ANOTHER SIGN of warming relations between two wartime foes, a senior North Korean nuclear negotiator will attend a security conference in the United States, a person with knowledge of the negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang told The Associated Press on Thursday. Word of Ri Yong Ho’s visit to the forum at Syracuse University comes on the heels of a breakthrough agreement that will provide much-needed U.S. food aid to North Korea in exchange for a rollback of its nuclear programs. The agreement announced Wednesday sets in motion a plan laid out by North Korea’s late Kim Jong Il.
THE COSTA ALLEGRA docked in the Seychelles on Thursday nearly three full days after a fire broke out in the ship’s generator room, leaving passengers without working toilets, running water or air conditioning. Cabin temperatures were 110 degrees, passenger Gordon Bradwell of Athens, Ga., estimated, forcing passengers to sleep on deck chairs. “Things became very primitive,” he said, despite the fact the couple had paid $8,000 for the multiweek cruise. The fire came only six weeks after the Costa Concordia capsized off Italy. The Allegra was towed to the island of Mahe by a fishing boat and two tugs.
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Library finishes Pink House remodel BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND â€” The first phase of renovation scheduled for the Port Townsend Library, the Library Learning Center at the Charles Pink House, is now complete and will be celebrated Saturday. A ribbon-cutting is planned at 2 p.m. at the building adjacent to the main library at 1120 Lawrence St. Until 3 p.m., the public will be invited to tour the newly renovated center, which will be used for library programs, events and staff and trustee offices. â€œThis is very exciting for us,â€? said library Director Theresa Percy. â€œIt has always been part of our plan to provide a separate space for daytime programs. â€œIt also means that we can move on to the next phase, which is the seismic
retrofit of the main building.â€? The library had budgeted $174,000 for the Pink House renovation, but once final costs are known, the project probably will cost less than that, Percy said. â€œItâ€™s looking very good that it will be coming in under budget,â€? she said. Renovation of the Pink House was funded through the libraryâ€™s capital campaign, with no public money used, Percy said. The city of Port Townsend administered the project, which was completed by Hoch Construction of Port Angeles. The Pink House renovation is the first of three phases â€” which also will include the retrofit and the addition of a new wing â€” and is expected to cost about $9 million, which will come from a variety of federal, state and local sources,
Percy said. Percy said all three phases probably will be completed in 2014, a year later than originally expected.
Conference rooms In the Pink House, the first floor was renovated to include two conference rooms, a 420-square-foot space and a smaller 200-square-foot room. The areas can be used together or separately as they have different entrances, Percy said. The two meeting spaces already are in use by such library programs as job training and reading activities. Other potential uses are author readings, tutoring, book groups, literary groups CHARLIE BERMANT/PENINSULA NEWS and homework help. It also will be available Port Townsend Library Director Theresa Percy, left, reviews the plans for on a limited basis to some the Charles Pink House in the large meeting room of the Victorian structure with youth services librarian Jean Marie Tarascio. community groups.
Royalty: Queen to receive $1,000 scholarship CONTINUED FROM A1 dents, for the 2012 Royalty Pageant are: â– Abigail Berry, a junior. Cindy Bacon, in her final year as festival pageant Her parents are Dr. J. Allen chairwoman after 13 years, and Judy Berry. She is said royalty selection is one sponsored by Solar Cityâ€™s of the first activities to take Tesa Boutique & Tanning place as the Irrigation Fes- Retreat. â– Courtney Cassal, a tival begins to gear up for junior. Her parents are the first week in May. â€œThe girls have been Kevin and Robin Cassal. working hard, and their She is sponsored by Vern speeches are great,â€? Bacon Fonk Insurance. said. â– Amanda Dronenburg, Each participant will a junior. Her parents are wear a ball gown, demon- Robert and Charity Dronenstrate a talent, answer burg. She is sponsored by impromptu questions and Inspired Creations. â– Arianna Flores, a give a speech. The contestants, all junior. Her parents are Sequim High School stu- Arturo and Linda Flores.
She is sponsored by Graysmarsh Farm Inc. â– Chyrell Jones, a senior. Her grandmother is Patti Bowery. She is sponsored by Pantry and Latch. â– Natalie Stevenson, a junior. Her parents are Craig and Rebecca Stevenson. She is sponsored by Joseâ€™s Famous Salsa. â– Bailey Thomas, a junior. Her parents are Eric and Kim Thomas. She is sponsored by The Lodge at Sherwood Village. The queen will receive a scholarship of $1,000. Each princess will be given a $750 scholarship. They also will receive
travel and float wardrobes, parade travel expenses and speech and poise training. The festival theme this year is â€œ117 & Still Growinâ€™ Green.â€?
Float rolled out The new float will be officially rolled out at 5 p.m. March 24 at the Irrigation Festival Kickoff Dinner and Auction. The event takes place in the Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino in Blyn. The major fundraising event benefits the festival and the first official introduction of the 2011 royalty, pioneers and parade
grand marshal. The royalty court is one of the most visible parts of the Sequim Irrigation Festival. It makes appearances around town to represent the Irrigation Festival, travels with the float around Western Washington to other community parades and also performs community service in the area. The Saturday pageant, Bacon said, â€œis an opportunity to see and listen to these intelligent and involved high school students as they vie to become part of this yearâ€™s
festival royalty.â€? Clallam Co-op Farm and Garden is the sponsor of the pageant. Tickets are $5 and are on sale at Solar Cityâ€™s Tesa Boutique & Tanning Retreat, 135 W. Washington St.; Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St.; Kitsap Bank, 1320 W. Washington St.; and Clallam Co-op, 216 E. Washington St. For more information, visit www.irrigationfestival. com.
________ Sequim-Dungeness Valley Reporter Jeff Chew can be reached at 360-385-2335 or at jeff. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Election: Chapman became an independent CONTINUED FROM A1 port the Wild Olympics Campaign.â€? But Roth suggested It also would add 37,000 acres of state trust lands Chapman is wishy-washy and private timber com- on the proposal, accusing pany land to Olympic him of changing his position National Park as wilder- to being against it after ness on a willing-seller, will- county Republican Party ing-buyer basis, meaning no Chairman Dick Pilling preone would be forced to sell sented a resolution to the commissioners at a heavily their land. attended Nov. 29 board meeting that asked the Signed letter board to rescind its support. Chapman, fellow Comâ€œI donâ€™t think he takes a missioner Mike Doherty, a stand,â€? Roth said of ChapDemocrat, and then-Com- man. missioner Steve Tharinger, â€œI think he jumps all also a Democrat, signed a over as far as making a 2010 letter to U.S. Rep. commitment, like on Wild Norm Dicks, D-Belfair â€” Olympics,â€? she said. whose 6th Congressional â€œI would like to say that District includes Clallam if I make a commitment, and Jefferson counties â€” thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m going to do.â€? Chapman said he has that â€œasks that [Dicks] sup-
not changed his mind about the letter and there is no public record to prove it. He reiterated what he said at the Nov. 29 meeting, which was that the willingseller, willing-buyer provision was key to him signing the letter. He said then that property owners, if they were interested in selling, should have that right but added: â€œIt appears to me now that no private-property owners in this proposal wants to sell, so I actually told representatives of [Sen. Patty] Murray and Dicksâ€™ office you should just remove the private-property owners and look at it as a federal issue.â€? On Thursday, Chapman
said: â€œI, like many in the community, still have concerns about how Wild Olympics will impact our economy. â€œThe letter the board sent was a broad framework that said, â€˜Letâ€™s take a look at Wild Olympics and make sure thereâ€™s a willingbuyer and -sellerâ€™â€? provision, Chapman said, â€œand the facts will come out.â€?
Public representation Roth said Chapmanâ€™s first four years as a commissioner from 2000 to 2004 were productive but that after that, he did not effectively represent the public. â€œYou have to be out there after 5 oâ€™clock, go to meet-
ing, participate in the community,â€? she said. â€œI donâ€™t think he represents people in the community.â€? Chapman said he is always available by cellphone, readily gives out the number and constantly checks his email. â€œI have not had any specific complaints from any constituents that they could not get hold of me,â€? Chapman said. As a Republican, Chapman defeated incumbent Carole Boardman in 2000 and ran unopposed in 2004. In February 2008, the county Republican Party said Chapman violated its bylaws by supporting Tharinger, who defeated Repub-
lican Bob Forde in the November 2007 election, and barred Chapman from â€œholding yourself as a Republican with any standing.â€? The party suspended its support for Chapman for two years. Chapman became an independent and never asked to be reinstated to the party. â€œI was elected in 2008 as an independent, and it was important to me to maintain that commitment to voters who hired me as an independent in 2008,â€? he said.
________ Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-417-3536 or at paul.gottlieb@peninsuladaily news.com.
Gustin: Retiring park superintendent to move CONTINUED FROM A1 long gone. In mid-March, Gustin â€œ[The memo] served as will move to the rolling hills an umbrella framework for of Kentucky. Joining her after the us to move forward,â€? Gustin school year is over will be said. Gustin â€” who earned her martial arts-loving high about $130,000 a year, was school son, Ross, a sophoresponsible for up to 300 more on the verge of getting employees and managed a his black belt in tae kwon $12 million-$13 million do, and her husband, Grant, annual budget â€” said she a retired contractor. The second woman does not expect her permanent replacement to be superintendent in Olympic named for at least six National Park history said months. her 55th birthday last SepBy then, she will be tember got her thinking
about her future. At 55, she could receive full retirement benefits because she had more than 30 years of federal government service â€” three with the National Forest Service and 28 with the National Park Service. â€œI thought now maybe is the time,â€? she said, sitting in her second-floor office at the parkâ€™s rustic, 71-yearold headquarters on Park Avenue in Port Angeles. â€œI was kind of reaching that threshold,â€?
Gustin said. â€œThere are opportunities I might want to take advantage of, and I donâ€™t want to wait until Iâ€™m 90 to do it. â€œI still have a lot of energy, a lot of interests,â€? she said, adding she wants to do â€œanything that has to do with horses.â€? Why horses? â€œI tend to be pretty fastpaced, and they taught me to slow down and be in the moment,â€? she said. â€œYou canâ€™t concentrate on anything but riding
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when youâ€™re on a horse.â€? Gustin worked for the Forest Service before she began working for the Park Service in 1983 as a seasonal interpreter in Death Valley National Monument, which became a national park in 1994. She was a superintendent at various National Park Service enclaves, including Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Fla., for three years before moving to Port Angeles.
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removal project in U.S. history put a crimp in her plans to get away from the office.
Elwha River project Gustin has presided over the beginning of the Elwha River Restoration Project, a National Park Service effort to remove the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams with the weighty goal of restoring the Elwha Riverâ€™s sorely depleted salmon run. The extent of preparations leading up to the beginning of demolition of the dams last September â€” a signature event in the $325 million restoration project â€” crimped her style, she said. Still, â€œI tried to get outside as much as I could,â€? Gustin said, mussing about the verdant richness of her soon-to-be Kentucky home as well as the alpine beauty of the North Olympic Peninsula. â€œThereâ€™s no reason to stay inside all the time around here,â€? Gustin said.
On July 24, 2008, after just two weeks on the job, she vowed to get out of the office as much as possible, telling the Peninsula Daily News in an interview: â€œI donâ€™t care too much about the box,â€? meaning the confines of park headquarters. While on the North Olympic Peninsula, she went on her first mule-pack expedition, an 18-mile round trip to the parkâ€™s guard station on the Hoh River, and took numerous ________ day hikes, including at Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb Cape Alava and Lake can be reached at 360-417-3536 Ozette, Gustin said. or at paul.gottlieb@peninsuladaily But the largest dam news.com.
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Lower Elwha tribal chair at D.C. conference Charles to be part of panel discussion on river restoration BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
WASHINGTON, D.C â€” Lower Elwha Klallam tribal Chairwoman Frances Charles will participate today in a White Housesponsored conference in Washington, D.C., that will focus on the link between conservation and strong local economies, the White
House announced Thursday. The â€œWhite House Conference on Conservation: Growing Americaâ€™s Outdoor Heritage and Economyâ€? will bring together boaters, anglers, farmers, land and historic preservationists, small-business owners and local governments to â€œexplore the link between conservation and strong local economies through
tourism, outdoor recreation and healthy l a n d s , waters and wildlife,â€? the W h i t e House said. Charles Charles will be on a panel titled â€œRestoring Rivers: Building Resilience for People and Wildlife.â€? The conference will be live-streamed from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at www.doi.gov/live.
A specific time for Charlesâ€™ participation was not available Thursday, and Charles was unavailable for comment Thursday. Conference participants will include Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
â€˜Vital rolesâ€™ In selecting Charles, the White House cited her â€œvital rolesâ€? in the recovery of the ancient Tse-whit-zen village off Marine Drive in
Port Angeles, which was uncovered beginning in 2003 and is among the largest archaeological finds in the nation. The White House also cited Charlesâ€™ support of the Tribal Canoe Journey and the tribeâ€™s native language program. Department of Interior Deputy Press Secretary Jordan Montoya, in an email Thursday, also cited Charlesâ€™ involvement in the $325 million Elwha River restoration project. â€œFrances Charles has
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ments, such as copies (not originals) of other PORT ANGELES â€” awards, newspaper artiWith a Monday deadline looming, now is the time cles or letters of support. â– Anyone who lives to nominate your hero in Clallam County can for the 2012 Clallam be nominated. County Community SerRecipients of the vice Award. Community Service The award, sponAward in the past are sored by Soroptimist not eligible for a 2012 International of Port award. Angeles-Noon Club and But those previously the Peninsula Daily nominated, but not News, recognizes the selected, for a Commudedication, sacrifice and nity Service Award are accomplishments of eligible for renominalocal people who do tion. extraordinary things for A panel of judges will their neighbors, their review the nominations community or the enviand select one to seven ronment. people to receive a ComThis is the 33rd year munity Service Award for the award. at an evening reception Nominations must be in Port Angeles on accompanied by a couApril 26. pon that has been pubQuestions? Please lished in the PDN along phone Brewer at 360with a list of previous 417-3500 (if heâ€™s not in, award recipients every Sunday since mid-Janu- thereâ€™s 24/7 voice mail). Or email Brewer at ary (it will be repeated this Sunday for the last john.brewer@peninsula dailynews.com. time). There is a similar It can be downloaded award in Jefferson at www.peninsuladaily County â€” the Jefferson news.com (search County Heart of Service â€œClallam County Community Service Awardâ€?). Award â€” sponsored by â– Nominations must the countyâ€™s three be received at the PDN, Rotary Clubs and the Peninsula Daily News. 305 W. First St., Port Nominations for the Angeles, by 5 p.m. MonHeart of Service will day. â– A letter describing close at 5 p.m. Monday, March 26. the merits and accomInformation about plishments of the person being nominated should this award can be accessed at www. be submitted with the peninsuladailynews.com coupon. (search â€œHeart of Serâ– If possible, the viceâ€?) or by contacting nomination should include supporting docu- Brewer.
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SEQUIM â€” Kathleen Drew, a Democratic candidate for secretary of state, stopped by the North Olympic Peninsula this week to meet with supporters. Drew, who also met with Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette reporters, talked with about 30 people Wednesday at the Sequim home of Pat Johansen, a Clallam County representative to the state Democratic Party, before heading back to her Olympia home. â€œPeople just loved her,â€? Johansen said. â€œShe is warm and smart and wellorganized and articulate â€” everything you hope and pray you have in a candidate.â€? Drew, 51, is a former state senator who authored the stateâ€™s ethics policy and recently worked on environmental issues for the governorâ€™s policy office. She is seeking the seat held by Republican Sam Reed, who is not running for re-election. Also running for the office are Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman, a Republican, and Democrats former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, state Rep. Zack Hudgins and state Sen. Jim Kastama. Hudgins and Kastama both
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Kathleen Drew, a Democratic candidate for the office of secretary of state, explains her stance during an appearance in Port Angeles on Wednesday.
Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-417-3536 or at paul.gottlieb@peninsuladaily news.com.
into the state system, and they should be able to share that information,â€? she said. Additionally, Drew said she would speed up the scanning of government documents to make them more accessible to the public, add drop boxes for ballots in counties that are currently underserved and focus on problems related to voter participation. Drew said she supports the creation of a state Voting Rights Act that could resolve issues regarding minority representation. The act, which died in committee this month in the state Legislature, could require communities with a history of racial discrimination to move from at-large seats to districts, which would draw lines that supporters say would increase minority voter influence. â€œItâ€™s not something that happens across the state, but in select places, you have to have appropriate laws in place to make sure there is a fair opportunity for everybody to run for office,â€? she said. Clallam County Commissioner Mike Doherty is endorsing Drew.
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been an important leader of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe during a critical phase of the restoration of the Elwha River, and her unique perspective on river restoration will greatly add to the discussion at the conference,â€? Montoya said. The conference is connected with President Barack Obamaâ€™s Americaâ€™s Great Outdoors Initiative.
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PORT ANGELES â€” A Port Angeles man who allegedly stole dozens of bronze vases from the Mount Angeles Memorial Park cemetery was arrested Wednesday for investigation of second-degree theft. Jason E. Diltz, 36, tried to sell about 30 vases to a ________ Bremerton scrap yard earReporter Rob Ollikainen can be lier this week, Clallam County Sheriffâ€™s Sgt. John reached at 360-417-3537 or at rob. email@example.com. Keegan said. The vases were valued at $103 each. A scrap yard employee recognized the vases as the kind found in cemeteries and notified law enforcement, Keegan said. The employee had photocopied Diltzâ€™s driverâ€™s license and taken down his license plate number, Keegan said. Sheriffâ€™s deputies served a search warrant on Diltzâ€™s $ up to 3 people residence on Pioneer Road near the cemetery and booked him into the Clallam $ up to 5 people County jail. He was scheduled to make G ift C ertificates Available his first court appearance late Thursday afternoon. In addition to the theft charge, the Sheriffâ€™s Office See Charter is recommending that the Flight Rates Clallam County Prosecutat ritebros.com ing Attorneyâ€™s Office charge him with 28 counts of 1406 Fairchild Int. Airport unlawful removal of a grave Port Angeles marker.
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Fallen state trooper honored at service BY MANUEL VALDES THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
KENT — Addressing an arena filled with mourners, Gov. Chris Gregoire said State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu of Port Orchard died protecting others. Speaking at the fallen patrolman’s memorial service Thursday in Kent, Gregoire said she considered Radulescu “one of my own,” noting that he had served on one of her security Radulescu details. “Tony gave his life protecting you, protecting me, protecting every Washingtonian,” she said.
700 vehicles in procession Before Gregoire spoke, about 700 law enforcement and emergency vehicles with lights flashing escorted the white hearse carrying Radulescu’s body. Other drivers pulled over, and people watched respectfully from overpasses and roadsides as the
“Tony gave his life protecting you, protecting me, protecting every Washingtonian.” CHRIS GREGOIRE Washington governor procession made its way from the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale through Port Orchard and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where Radulescu’s son Erick is stationed. It joined a procession from a Lakewood funeral home to the 1 p.m. service at the ShoWare Center in Kent. The procession passed under an American flag hanging from an arch made by firetruck ladders. The 44-year-old Radulescu, a 16-year veteran, was shot Feb. 23 near Gorst by a driver who later took his own life. Six people have been charged with rendering criminal assistance. An honor guard stood by as THE ASSOCIATED PRESS mourners filed into the center. Family members look on as the body of State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu is carried Law enforcement personnel came from as far away as Montana and by fellow troopers to the ShoWare Center in Kent, where the slain trooper’s memorial service took place. Radulescu was killed during a traffic stop near Gorst. Canada to pay their respects.
Meeting in PA will outline Legislators call ‘transition town’ movement for change in BY TOM CALLIS PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — Organizers hope to make Port Angeles the next city to become part of the “transition town” movement. Transition towns are communities that aim to make themselves models for finding new ways to overcome global issues, such as climate change, oil dependency and economic shifts and crises, at the local level. Port Angeles City Councilwoman Sissi Bruch and Sequim resident Dave Taylor want Port Angeles to join this effort and are hosting a kickoff meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 15 at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. Port Townsend resident Shelly Randall, who runs www.sustainable together.com, will be the guest speaker.
Bruch said becoming a transition town could involve promoting high-tech or renewable industry and even encouraging people to buy locally made food or grow Bruch their own.
“The age of cheap energy is over,” she said. “Transition says let’s not wait until things get really bad until we try to organize a response,” Randall added. Local 20/20 became a recognized transition town initiative Jan. 1, she said. There are 114 transition towns, including Port Townsend, in the United States, according to the website www.transitionus.org. Local 20/20 started in Port Townsend in 2006 and has several “action groups” that focus on issues associated with waste, climate action, transpiration and others.
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has outperformed the economy at large since the depth of the recession in OLYMPIA — Washing- 2009. ton state’s freshman Opponents say capital House Democrats have gains are more volatile called for wide-ranging than other sources of tax changes to the state’s tax revenue and so taxes gen‘Lifestyles have to change’ code, from creating a state erated from them are hard capital gains tax to elimi- to forecast. “It’s about realizing our lifestyles nating the out-of-state A bill championed by have to change because our energy sales tax exemption. Jinkins to enact a 5 peruse and lack of resources,” she said. A dozen lawmakers — cent tax on capital gains Looking ahead to the future, she one of the 13 freshmen on stocks and said: “When gas gets to $5 a gallon, it’s was caught assets of changing our lifestyle one way or in traffic — more than another.” said at a ________ $10,000 Randall, a steering committee Wednesday per year member of Local 20/20 in Port Reporter Tom Callis can be reached at 360press conper couple Townsend, said being a transition 417-3532 or at tom.callis@peninsuladailynews. ference received a com. town is all about “resiliency.” that the p u b l i c measures hearing are necesWe d n e s sary to day in the make the H o u s e state’s tax Ways and are being encouraged to The innovative schools The Daily Herald system M e a n s reports the information is project results from a mea- participate. more equiCommitin court documents filed sure approved by last table and tee. year’s Legislature. Scary ‘bucket list’ Monday by prosecutors stable. 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Briefly . . . on Saturday. Members of the City Council are at the market in The Gateway pavilion at First and Lincoln streets from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each SEQUIM — A memorial month. service for David Randle, The tentative schedule 19, of Dungeness, who was for upcoming Saturdays is: fatally shot Feb. 21, is ■ April 7 — Mayor planned Saturday. Cherie Kidd and CouncilThe service will be at man Max Mania 4 p.m. at the King’s Way ■ May 5 — Deputy Foursquare Church at 1023 Mayor Brad Collins and Kitchen-Dick Road in Councilmen Di Guilio and Carlsborg. Patrick Downie. Randle was shot at his ■ June 2 — Kidd and home on Woodcock Road Di Guilio. near Meyer Andrew Lane. Authorities said he was PDN speakers killed by John Loring, 45, who committed suicide PORT ANGELES — Feb. 22 while holed up in a Representatives of the Penwest Port Angeles apartinsula Daily News are availment as law enforcement able to speak to clubs, orgaofficers tried to get him to nizations and other gathersurrender. ings across the North OlymLoring also was suspic Peninsula. pected of murder in the How the newspaper operdeath of Ray Varney, 68, ates in print and on the whose body was found in Internet, how letters to the the Diamond Point area 10 editor are handled, advertismiles east of where Randle ing and subscriber issues, was killed. the dos and don’ts of submitA funeral service for ting a news item — PDN Varney, a Korean War vetspeakers are happy to eran, was at the Seventhaddress these and other day Adventist Church in issues. Sequim on Wednesday. To arrange to have a speaker address a gathering, PA council table phone John Brewer, PDN publisher and editor, at 360PORT ANGELES — 417-3500 or email him at Council members Dan Di Guilio and Sissi Bruch will john.brewer@peninsuladaily news.com. staff a table at the Port Peninsula Daily News Angeles Farmers Market
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Water gushes up from beneath the pavement along Marine Drive near Hill Street in Port Angeles on Thursday morning after the seal around an 8-inch water pipe broke beneath the street. Crews planned on bringing in heavy equipment to excavate around the line to make repairs. It was expected to be repaired at about 6 p.m. Thursday.
Retiree group seeks volunteers, mainly in Clallam BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
The Olympic Peninsula Bluebills are looking for Clallam County volunteers to help build wheelchair ramps, install handrails and do other minor construction projects that can help make homes safer for the elderly and disabled. The Bluebills started out as a group of Boeing retirees who, with their spouses and friends, do volunteer work with local agencies and schools. Their primary goal is
to make it possible for senior citizens to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Not all volunteers have connections with Boeing, said Larry Elton, a Jefferson County Bluebill. Any volunteer, with or without building skills, is welcome, Elton said. “If you can hold a hammer, we can use you,” he said. The organization has struggled to find volunteers in Clallam County, where the group tries to complete one project each week.
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PORT ANGELES — United Way of Clallam County will vote on a proposed slate of officers at its annual meeting March 13. The meeting, from noon to 1 p.m. at Port Angeles School District offices at 216 E. Fourth St., is open to the public. Those who want to attend are asked to RSVP by March 9. The proposed slate of
officers is Lisa Meyer, manager of the Port Angeles branch of U.S. Bank, as president; Don Bradley of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Sequim Marine Research Operation, operated by Battelle, as vice president; and Betsy Fulwider of Pierce Jones and Associates as treasurer. Current board President Pat Deja of Deja Consulting will chair the meeting and will serve as past president in the coming year.
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EVERETT — A mudslide hit railroad tracks early Thursday in the same area they were hit Feb. 22 at Everett. In both cases, the rails were quickly cleared by Burlington Northern Santa Fe crews for freight trains, but passenger trains have a 48-hour safety moratorium. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the slide at 1:45 a.m. Thursday was detected by sensors that signaled a train to stop. Mud, rock and trees covered about 20 feet of track
about 5 feet deep. BNSF equipment cleared the track by 9 a.m. Melonas said eight freight trains were delayed. For safety reasons, Sound Transit and Amtrak passenger trains can’t use railroad track for 48 hours after a mudslide. Rail passengers are taking buses.
Board members who have completed their terms and are retiring from the board include Simon Barnhart, Platt Irwin Law Firm; Tricia Gormley, Peninsula College student; Sandy
Long, community volunteer; and Jamye Wisecup of Clallam County Emergency Management. Also leaving the board after a year of service as 2011-2012 fundraising campaign co-chairs are Tom and Jackie Baermann, Pacific Office Equipment. To RSVP, phone the United Way office at 360457-3011.
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Materials for Bluebill projects are provided through Olympic Community Action Programs and Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. Recipients of the projects are identified through the Clallam County Health Department or Catholic Community Services. For more information on volunteering, phone Elton at 360437-0758.
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PORT ANGELES — Kindergarten registration for the 2012-2013 school year for the Port Angeles School District will begin March 12. Schools will accept registrations between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through June 28. After that, registration will re-open Wednesday, Aug. 15, through the opening of the 2012-2013 school year. Children must be 5 years old prior to Sept. 1, 2012, for kindergarten enrollment for the 20122013 school year. Parents or guardians are asked to provide their child’s birth certificate and immunization record during registration. Parents should register their children at the elementary school nearest their home: The schools are: ■ Dry Creek Elementary, 25 Rife Road, 360457-5050. ■ Franklin Elementary, 2505 S. Washington St., 360-457-1343. ■ Hamilton Elementary, 1822 W. Seventh St., 360-452-6818. ■ Jefferson Elementary, 218 E. 12th St., 360457-4231. ■ Roosevelt Elementary, 106 Monroe Road, 360452-8973. For more information, phone the school district’s Central Services Building staff at 360-457-8575.
The Bluebills serve Jefferson, help us in Clallam,” Elton said. Elton said a wheelchair ramp Kitsap and Clallam counties, but Elton said the distribution of vol- is typically finished in one day, while smaller projects, such as the unteers and projects is uneven. installation of handrails, take only a few hours. High demand in Clallam The Bluebills can provide letMost of the Bluebills volun- ters of reference for use in job teers are in Jefferson County, hunting for volunteers who have while the greatest demand is in worked on projects. Clallam County, Elton said. The group has a standard plan Jefferson County volunteers for wheelchair ramps that has make the long drive to Clallam received a blanket approval from locations when necessary. the Clallam County Planning “It would be easier on us if Department, so the permitting there were more volunteers to process is streamlined, he said.
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Caucuses not just for political types NO ONE WILL win when the Republican presidential nominee selection melee brushes by Washington state this weekend. (To read more about the Martha M. local caucuses, Ireland see Page A12 today.) A straw poll taken at precinct caucuses will inspire the media to announce a “winner,” but the poll won’t affect who ultimately wins the state’s 43 Republican delegates. Winning delegates does not come that easy in this state. A 1988 voters’ initiative to the Legislature birthed a presidential preference primary. However, the major political parties never wholeheartedly embraced the concept. In 2008, the Democratic Party chose all its delegates via the historic caucus/convention system. They treated the presidential primary as a nonbinding straw poll.
Republican caucuses chose 20 delegates, and primary voters decided which candidate would get the other 20 delegates. Despite its scant impact, that 2008 presidential primary cost the state roughly $10 million. Perceiving the 2012 presidential primary as an unnecessary extravagance, the Legislature deleted it from the budget. Instead, Washington returns to its historic caucus/convention system. Of course, President Obama has a lock on the Democratic nomination. But Democrats still need to draft a platform and choose delegates, using a superdelegate formula specific to their party. They will caucus to do that Sunday, April 15. This Saturday, Republicans — with four candidates still in the hunt for the party’s nomination— will caucus across the state. Most caucuses will be “pooled,” which means that multiple precincts will meet at each location. Specifics on Clallam County caucuses are available online at www.clallamrepublicans.org or by phoning 360-417-3035. For Jefferson County it’s www. jeffGOP.com or phone 360-343-
4041. With no presidential primary this year, the caucuses are voters’ only opportunity to indicate their preferred nominee. However, the greater advantage of attending a caucus is the opportunity to guide development of the county platform and resolutions. Demonstrating the potential impact, platform planks and resolutions have advanced from Clallam County in past years to be included in the state and national platforms. In Clallam County, a draft platform based on the 2010 platform is available as a starting point for discussions. (Disclosure: I am a member and past-chair of the platform committee.) Each precinct also elects two or three delegates plus alternates to the county convention. Delegates to the county convention are mostly chosen on the basis on who is available and wants to go. Many precincts — my own Robin Hill included — are often unable to fill all the delegate and alternate seats to which they are entitled. The GOP county conventions — set for March 24 in Jefferson
Peninsula Voices GPS technology Now that the Supreme Court unanimously agreed to bar police from installing GPS technology to track suspects without first getting a judge’s approval (PDN Jan. 23), what will become of the ones already in place, presumably without a judge’s approval? Will those already installed be grandfathered in or perhaps given a continuance until they can be removed? How will the removal be done if required? Will police track down the blissfully unaware citizens who have been unknowingly broadcasting their every movement to watching police or will those folks be notified to bring their vehicles in to police headquarters to have them extricated like a bad tooth?
County and March 31 in Clallam — will elect delegates to the state convention in Tacoma on May 30-June 2. The state convention will elect 40 of the state’s 43 delegates to the Republican National Convention, Aug. 27-30 in Tampa Bay, Fla. The state party chairman and two national committee people are automatic delegates. Only as they go to national will delegates become committed to support a particular candidate. Even then, they are committed only for the first round of voting. At the county convention, the pool of potential delegates to the state is also limited to those who are willing and able to go. The number of willing delegates almost always exceeds the number of delegates and alternates allowed. Voting is by secret ballot, with delegates typically being chosen more for their personal qualities than for which presidential candidate they support. Caucuses are easy entry points to political action. Every registered voter who is willing to sign a form pledging not to participate in any other party’s nomination process is welcome to
Ecology do not follow the practices in this proposed legislation, these agencies continually violate private property rights.
Consequently, individuals lose control of or cannot develop their land. Local economies suffer from reduced employment
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Davy Jones holds up a photo of his Monkee self during a memorabilia show about five years ago. in the real Monkee’s voice,” said Sohmer. “Almost no one left them in the original packaging, but if you did, it could be worth $500 or more.” A good-condition poster could net $1,000 or more, unless you happen to have the holy grail of Mon-
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THAT DUSTY MONKEES lunchbox in your attic still won’t put both your kids through college, but yes, says a pop culture collectibles expert, the death of Davy Jones might make this a good time to cash in on it. Gary Sohmer, longtime appraiser on PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow,” says a Monkees lunchbox in good shape could bring $400-$500 or more. That could be up to 40 percent more than it brought a week ago, said Sohmer, largely because the publicity around Jones’ sudden death from a heart attack at the age of 66 on Wednesday has stirred up a flurry of interest in both him and the Monkees. The band’s “The Best of the Monkees” was the No. 3 most downloaded on iTunes, while the song “Daydream Believer” was the No. 12 on the music site’s charts Wednesday. The most desirable items are the ones made from 1966 to about 1970, and the most valuable often are fragile items in their original boxes — like Monkees hand puppets. “You had four heads and when you wiggled them, each one talked
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Are there plans in the works to address these issues since, presumably, the police are breaking the law? Rodney Donelan, Port Angeles Passed in the state House 97-0, HB 2335 now awaits Senate vote. Who could logically oppose this bill? This proposed legislation mandates that the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Ecology identify peerreviewed literature and other sources of information supporting all public policy and/or regulations these organizations impose. House Bill 2335 establishes standards for peerreviewed literature to be used. Because the WDFW and
participate. A voter registration card or photo ID is required. Caucuses convene at 10 a.m., but check-in takes a bit of time so arrive early. The doors may be locked to latecomers. In Clallam County, registration starts at 8:30 a.m. for pooled caucuses at Sequim Community Church, the Port Angeles High School student center and Forks Community Center. Jefferson County caucus sites are the Port Townsend Community Center, Chimacum Grange, Port Ludlow Conference Center and Quilcene Community Center. Caucuses are grass-roots-level neighborhood meetings. They are not just for political junkies.
kees concert posters — from one of the three shows where Jimi Hendrix was their opening act. Sohmer says one of those sold for $10,000 three years ago, and he estimates it would be closer to $15,000 now. Peninsula Daily News sources
“Ecology Replies,” the Feb 29 letter in Peninsula Voices criticizing my Feb. 3 letter, contained several mistakes. The Feb. 29 letter, by Tom Loranger, deputy program director for state Department of Ecology Water Resources, claimed that I had written that “Ecology has never shown scientific evidence that wells impact the amount of water in the Dungeness River.” This is a nonsensical statement . . . and I never made it. I did say that “they have never shown scientific evidence that all wells covered by their rule actually impact the amount of water the Dungeness River carries (emphasis added).” and reduced property tax The word “all” is what revenues. the whole debate is about. In my comments on Property owners face Ecology’s draft rule, I said critical need to challenge Ecology should produce unjustifiable, big governpeer-reviewed scientific ment regulations, but few studies showing which can bear the cost of lawwells in which specific areas suits to recover or protect and drilled at what depths their land. into which aquifers have Ecology’s and WDFW’s unaccountable, nonelected, hydrologic continuity with streams in the Dungeness authoritarian bureaucrats basin. do not lack state funds to Only those wells for defend their regulations. which hydrologic continuProperty rights organiity with rivers in the zations such as Pacific Dungeness basin has been Legal Foundation and proven should be subject to Mountain States Legal restrictions. Foundation receive support The letter also claims solely from private donors Ecology used Clallam who must concurrently pay County’s 2005 Dungeness taxes supporting the unjust watershed plan as the bureaucratic assaults. basis of the rule. In the words of County Every big government expansion diminishes free- Commissioner Mike Chapman: “The county has a dom. The Economic Freedom lengthy written record of our Network World Index mea- opposition to well metering and other components of sures policy and instituDoE’s [Ecology’s] plans. … tional effects upon eco“DoE’s plans to meter nomic freedom. EFN established property rights secu- new wells fly in the face of rity as a fundamental com- the state Legislature, current laws and local governponent of liberty. ment recommendations.” Experiencing one of the It is interesting that Ecolgreatest 10-year drops ogy itself admits that it proamong 141 nations, the poses to set required “flows U.S. slid into 10th place on at a high level not frequently this freedom index. achieved,” and that the milEFN identified lions of dollars in impact fees increased government it proposes to charge people spending and borrowing to use water from their own and property rights violawells “are not intended to tions as primary causes. restore flows.” Susan Shotthafer, Kaj Ahlburg, Port Angeles Port Angeles
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GOP campaign turns Greek tragedy RICK SHOULD SCAT. Mitt Romney needs to be left alone to limp across the finish line, so he can devote his full time and attention to losing to President Obama. Robo-Romney, who pulled Maureen out victories in Dowd his home state and in Arizona, and Sanctorum are still in a race to the bottom. Yet the once ruthless Republican Party seems to have pretty much decided to cave on 2012 and start planning for a post-Obama world. Not even because Obama is so strong — simply because their field is so ridiculously weak and wacky. John McCain has Aeschylated it to “a Greek tragedy.” And he should know from Greek tragedy. “It’s the negative campaigning and the increasingly personal attacks,” he told The Boston Herald, adding, “the likes of which we have never seen.” When a man who was accused of having an illegitimate black child in the 2000 South Carolina primary thinks this is the worst ever, the GOP is really in trouble. The Arizona senator, who’s supporting Romney, grimly noted: “I know he’s going to be the nominee, but I also worry about how much damage has been done.” Sparring this week, Romney called Rick Santorum an “economic lightweight,” and Santorum called Romney “a lightweight on conservative accomplishments,” “uniquely unqualified” and “a bully.” In the old days, the Republican ego had control of the party’s id. The id — sometimes described as a galloping horse or crying baby, “the dark, inaccessible part of our personality . . . chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations,” as Freud called it — was whipped up obliquely by candidates. Nixon had his Southern strategy of using race as a wedge, Bush Senior and Lee Atwater used the
Willie Horton attack, and W. and Karl Rove conjured the gay marriage bogyman. Once elected, those presidents curbed the id with the ego, common sense and reason. But now the GOP’s id is unbridled. The horse has thrown the rider; the dark forces are bubbling. Moderates, women, gays, Hispanics and blacks — even the president — are being hunted in this most dangerous game. Asked in Michigan why he couldn’t excite the base, Romney said he is not willing to make “incendiary comments” or “light my hair on fire.” In the latest sign that moderate Republicans feel passe, Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine shockingly announced her retirement, decrying “ ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies” and a vanishing political center. The apogee of apathy for Romney was on Friday, when the man who says he’s an expert manager spoke to a mostly empty football stadium in Detroit. Stephen Colbert defended Romney, saying he connected with the sea of empty chairs because they, too, were “plastic and uncomfortable.” Some Republicans at the annual winter governors’ meeting here murmured that it was over for Mittens even before he cited his wife’s two Caddies and his NASCAR team-owner pals, and awkwardly mocked the plastic ponchos of Daytona racing fans: “I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks.” They said Mitt was damaged as a contender against Obama when he was forced to admit that he had a 15-percent tax rate (given, as The Huffington Post points out, that Romney averaged $6,400 an hour at Bain Capital while creating lots of jobs with paltry wages). Romney defended himself in an interview to Fox News on Tuesday, sitting in front of a poster of his dad with the slogan: “Romney Great in ’68.” Romney pere lost his dream of becoming president when he
claimed he was brainwashed on Vietnam. Now Santorum should forfeit his chance after making a far dumber remark: Kids should beware of college because they’ll get brainwashed. Pandering to Tea Partiers, Santorum, who has a BA, MBA and JD, and who supported higher education in his 2006 senatorial campaign, absurdly turned the American dream inside-out and into sauerkraut. He called the president “a snob” for encouraging people to get more educated and asserted that Obama only wants Americans to go to college so they can be remade in his image, while being indoctrinated by liberal college professors. Does he think that defining ambition down and asking kids to give up hope is a good mantra? Even Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, who was trying to mandate that women seeking abortions be shamed with vaginal ultrasounds that Democrats dubbed “legal rape,” thought Santorum went too far. As Mitt’s remarks get curiouser, Rick’s get creepier. In an interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, Santorum offended the Catholics he’s courting by saying that the JFK speech ratifying the separation of church and state made him want “to throw up” because Kennedy had thrown “his faith under the bus.” “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state are absolute,” Sanctorum said. It didn’t work in Michigan and Arizona, where Romney won the Catholic vote. If he is willing to cross that line, the only two possibilities are that he doesn’t understand the nature of the United States or that he wants to do damage to the United States. Neither is acceptable.
________ Maureen Dowd is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times. She appears in the PDN every Friday. Email http://tinyurl.com/ dowdmail.
The autoworkers Obama left behind THE WHITE HOUSE fairy tale about the Happily Ever After Auto Bailout is missing a crucial, bloody page. While PresiMichelle dent Barack Obama bragged Malkin about “standing by American workers” at a rowdy United Auto Workers meeting Tuesday, he failed to acknowledge how the Chicago-style deal threw tens of thousands of nonunion autoworkers under the bus. In a campaign pep rally/sermon billed as a “policy speech,” Obama nearly broke his arm patting himself on the back for placing his “bets” (read: our money) on the $85 billion federal auto industry rescue. “Three years later,” he crowed, “that bet is paying off for America.” Big Labor brass cheered Obama’s citation of GM’s “highest profits in its 100-year history” as the room filled with militant UAW chants of “union made.” “Union made” — but who paid? Scoffing at the criticism that his bailout was a massive union payoff, Obama countered that all workers sacrificed to save the auto industry. “Retirees saw a reduction in the health care benefits they had earned,” Obama told the congregation, er, crowd. “Many of you saw hours reduced,” he sympathized, “or pay and wages scaled back.” Let’s clear the fumes (again), shall we? The bailout pain was not distributed equally. It was redistributed politically. Bondholders standing up for
their property and contractual rights got shortchanged and demonized personally by the president. Dealers and suppliers faced closures based on political connections and lobbying clout, rather than neutral efficiency evaluations. And as I first reported in September 2010, in the rush to nationalize the auto industry and avoid contested court termination proceedings, the White House auto team schemed with Big Labor bosses to preserve UAW members’ costly pension funds by shafting their nonunion counterparts. These forgotten nonunion pensioners (who worked for the Delphi/GM auto parts company) lost all of their health and life insurance benefits. Hailing from the economically devastated Rust Belt — northeast Ohio, Michigan and neighboring states — the Delphi workers had devoted decades of their lives as secretaries, technicians, engineers and sales employees. Some have watched up to 70 percent of their pensions vanish. They’ve banded together to seek justice in court and on Capitol Hill under the banner of the Delphi Salaried Retiree Association. Through two costly years of litigation and investigation, the Delphi workers have exposed how the stacked White House Auto Task Force schemed with union bosses to “cherry pick” (one Obama official’s own words) which financial obligations the new Government Motors company would assume and which they would abandon based on their political expedience. Obama’s own former auto czar Steve Rattner admitted in his recent memoir that “attacking the union’s sacred cow” could “jeopardize” the auto bailout deal. Ohio Republican Rep. Michael
Turner last month called attention to the glaring conflicts of interest that entangled Obama moneyman Tim Geithner’s multiple meddling roles in screwing over the Delphi workers. Geithner served simultaneously as co-chair of the Auto Task Force, board member of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (the federal agency overseeing pension payments to bankrupt companies) and Treasury secretary. The General Accounting Office raised eyebrows at Geithner’s “multiple roles” in the deal-making. Thanks to a separate Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, we already know that Geithner’s department and General Motors closely coordinated their PR strategy and collaborated on making fraudulent claims about GM repaying all of its government loans. The cash-strapped Delphi retirees are suing the transparencyducking PBGC in federal court to unearth documents that may yield key details of the improper Obama administration influence over Delphi’s bankruptcy organization. As ebullient UAW officials hooted and hollered on Tuesday, Obama smugly attacked Republicans for “anti-worker policies” and their “same old you’re-on-yourown philosophy.” The Delphi workers know better: One union’s government-subsidized, government-manipulated “success story” is the rest of the workforce’s nightmare.
________ Michelle Malkin’s nationally syndicated column appears in the PDN every Friday. Email email@example.com.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012
FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012
PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Caucuses last stop before Super Tuesday State’s voters known for independence BY RACHEL LA CORTE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OLYMPIA — The fight to emerge as the Republican challenger to Barack Obama turns next to Washington state — a Democratic bastion known not just for majestic mountain ranges and good coffee, but also for independent-minded voters. This Pacific Northwest state has a nonconformist streak and a rule that any registered voter can participate in the Republican contest, giving libertarianleaning Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s hope that he can engineer his first victory of the nomination race.
Paul’s investment But even though he had a strong showing here four years ago and is investing heavily in the state, Paul faces stiff challenges in Saturday’s statewide caucuses from GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. By Saturday, all four will have visited the state at least once, some twice. At first glance, Washington — a state that just
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Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, smiles as he holds Alexandria McDonald, 6 months old, while her father, Orville McDonald, looks on in October at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond.
Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, right, and his wife, Callista, wave during a campaign stop at the Bing Crosby Theatre in Spokane in February.
legalized gay marriage and has a labor-union, blue-collar history — would seem ill-fitting for Republicans to come courting voters. It’s voted exclusively Democratic in presidential elections since backing Ronald Reagan and has elected only Democratic governors for nearly 30 years. Its governor and two senators all are Democratic women, and most of its House members are Democrats. Yet Republicans have held the Secretary of State’s Office since the 1960s, illustrating the state’s proclivity for doing its own thing. “There is a real independent streak that runs through here,” said independent pollster Stuart Elway, noting that while
in contests thus far. Registered voters of all political stripes can participate in the caucuses, but they must sign an affidavit identifying themselves as Republican and promising not to participate in a caucus for another party. There’s also another possible explanation for the candidates competing for caucuses in which only about 50,000 people are expected to attend, according to one Republican official’s estimate. “It’s a psychological boost going into Super Tuesday if one candidate dominates or stands out,” state GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said. That may be particularly true in a contest as volatile as this, with Romney, San-
voting patterns lean Democratic, his polling has regularly shown that 45 percent of the population identifies as “independent,” compared with 35 percent who say they’re Democrats and 25 percent who identify as Republicans. There are a series of factors that explain the wooing by Republican candidates. The GOP race has turned into a drawn-out hunt for delegates instead of a contest where candidates build momentum by racking up a series of victories state by state and force opponents from the race. At stake are 40 delegates to the Republican national nominating convention later this summer, a cache second only to Florida’s 50
torum and Gingrich all having won previous contests.
Super Tuesday Washington’s contest is the last before 10 states vote Tuesday, offering a total of 419 delegates. Wyoming Republicans also will hold county conventions from Tuesday through March 10, with 12 delegates to the party’s national convention up for grabs. So it’s little wonder, then, why Paul, desperate for his first win, started running a TV ad in the state attacking his opponents and plans to return to hold a rally tonight in Seattle. Paul is the only candidate on the air, having spent roughly $40,000 to run ads on cable channels
in the state. A pro-Gingrich super PAC has spent only a fraction of that. Santorum, who visited the state in February, was back Thursday for rallies in the more conservative eastern region, while Romney, who has been working to build support from establishment Republicans here and rolled out dozens of local endorsements, planned to hit a fundraiser in Washington state the same day. Their visits come on the heels of one by Gingrich last week. Four years ago, Republican John McCain won the GOP caucuses, but just barely. He got 25 percent of the vote, just ahead of Mike Huckabee’s 23 percent and Paul’s 21.5 percent. This is the first year since 2004 that Republicans won’t hold a presidential preferential primary in addition to the caucuses. The primary was canceled this year for budgetary reasons, as was the one in 2004. Until 1992, the state relied solely on caucuses. But after 1988, when backers of television evangelist Pat Robertson swamped the meetings and ultimately took the nation’s largest Robertson delegation to the GOP convention in New Orleans, the Legislature quickly moved to create a presidential primary.
GOP caucuses slated across Peninsula on Saturday PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Republican Party members across the North Olympic Peninsula will hold caucuses Saturday. The GOP is using caucuses and conventions statewide to gauge support for presidential candidates and elect delegates to the national convention in Tampa, Fla. Attendees should bring a voter identification card or photo ID. Last-minutes changes have been made in some Jefferson County locations.
Clallam County Doors will open at the Clallam caucus locations at 8:30 a.m. for registration. Events begin at 10 a.m. Pooled caucuses for three Clallam regions will be held at: ■ Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave.: Precincts Agnew (201), Bell Hill (207), Blue Mountain (209), Blyn (211), Carlsborg (214), Cline (217), Coyote (218), Diamond Point (221), Dungeness East (222), Dungeness West (223), Eagle (226), Elk (229), Happy Valley (237), Jamestown (240), Klahhane (243),
Lost Mountain (245), Miller Peninsula (246), Macleay (247), Monterra (249), Olympic (254), Parkwood (256), Port Williams (258), Prairie North (259), Prairie South (260), Riverside (265), Robin Hill (266), Sunland North (270), Sunland South (271), Sequim 1 (401), Sequim 2 (402), Sequim 3 (403), Sequim 4 (404), Sequim 5 (405) and Sequim 6 (406). ■ Port Angeles High School student center, 304 E. Park Ave.: Precincts Port Angeles 1-26, Bayview (203), Belleview North (205), Belleview South (206), Black Diamond (208), Bluffs (210), Clark (216), Deer Park (220), Dry Creek (224), Eden (227), Edgewood (228), Elwha (230), Fairview (232), Freshwater Bay (233), Joyce (241), Madison Creek (248), Mount Angeles (250), Mount Pleasant (251), O’Brien (253), Piedmont (257) and Twin Rivers (274). ■ Forks Community Center, 91 Maple Ave.: Precincts Beaver (204), Bogachiel (212), Clallam Bay (215), Hoko (238), Quileute (262), Raven (264), Sappho (267), Sekiu (268), Sun (269), Thunderbird
(273), Forks 1 (301), Forks 2 (302), Forks 3 (303), Forks 4 (304) and Forks 5 (305). For Clallam information, visit www.clallam republicans.org, email caucuses@clallam republicans.org or phone 360-417-3035.
ference Center (Grace Christian Center), 200 Olympic Place: Precincts 501, 502 and 503. ■ Quilcene Community Center, 294952 U.S. Highway 101: Precincts
110, 302, 200, 201, 203, 204 and 206. ■ Carol Young home, 1623 Oil City Road: Precincts 600 and 601 in Queets and Hoh. Precincts will choose del-
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Jefferson County Jefferson County Republicans made some last-minute changes Thursday. A caucus on the West End has been added. Caucus locations remain as formerly announced in Port Townsend, Chimacum, Port Ludlow and Quilcene. All caucuses will meet at 10 a.m. Also, the location and date of the county convention has been changed. It is now at Chimacum School auditorium, 91 West Valley Road, on Saturday, March 24, at 1 p.m. ■ Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St.: Precincts 701, 702, 703, 704 and 705. ■ Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive: Precincts 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305 and 401. ■ Port Ludlow Con-
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