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PA to cut recreation services position Lack of city revenue means manager will lose job Jan. 1 BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — Richard Bonine, the city’s recreation services manager who spearheaded efforts to get Port Angeles’ new dog park built near Lincoln Park, will be laid off Jan. 1 as part of an effort to help stanch a minimum $600,000 overall deficit projected for 2013, City Manager Dan
McKeen confirmed Wednesday. In a Tuesday email obtained by the Peninsula Daily News, city employees were notified that Bonine’s position will be eliminated because of revenues that are “less than expected while costs are more than expected.” The parks/facilities maintenance division in the Public Works & Utilities Department and the parks-recreation division under
the city manager’s purview will merge, McKeen said. The result: Bonine’s position will be eliminated. This will save the city Bonine about $90,000 in salary and benefits, said city Finance Director Byron Olson on Wednesday. The new agency will be headed by Corey Delikat, currently the city’s acting deputy director of public works operations, who will
report to McKeen. The parks-recreation division manages city-sponsored outdoor and indoor recreation programs and facilities, such as the Fine Arts Center and Senior Center. McKeen said Wednesday a part-time position in his office also will be cut effective Jan. 1. “Other than that, we are hoping reductions in personnel will occur through attrition,” he said. The city will advertise for Delikat’s deputy director position. Bonine, 44, an easygoing man with an Oklahoma drawl, moved to Port Angeles five years ago to take the job and was told of the
layoff Tuesday, he said. “The budget’s tight,” he said Wednesday. “City management has to do what is in the best interests of the citizens, and I understand that.” He couldn’t say what his future plans will be.
‘I’ll be fine’ “I’ll be fine,” Bonine said. “I’ll make sure this transition goes as smoothly possible.” Other positions in the division Bonine now heads are expected to be eliminated through attrition. TURN
Debris plan mainly relies on volunteers
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Nearly one year after the first debris from Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami washed up on the West End’s ocean shoreline, the state has released a plan to respond to the growing mess: Use lots of volunteers. “No state, federal or local entity has the funding, authority or responsibility to remove nonhazardous debris from Washington’s coastal beaches,” concluded the report, which was created by a task force and distributed by the state DepartIKKATSU EXPEDITION ment of Ecology. This Japanese soccer ball The plan released washed up earlier this year. Monday says the bulk of the cleanup must be done by volunteers and volunteer organizations, while state and federal agencies will assist in removing items that need special equipment, training or handling. The task force will host community meetings in Port Angeles, Long Beach and Ocean Shores to discuss the plan, Ecology said. No dates have been announced. In August, the state received a $50,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — or NOAA — to fund trash bins to be placed at popular beaches, to purchase trash bags and gloves, and to employ crews with the Washington Conservation Corps, or WCC.
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Virginia Nelson of Sequim deadheads a stand of dahlias at the Master Gardeners’ Woodcock Demonstration Garden northwest of Sequim. The Master Gardener Foundation of Clallam County will host a plant sale at the garden at 2711 Woodcock Road on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, with a half-price sale from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds will help support public education and demonstration garden projects.
Hit-run accident closes highway near Deer Park BY ROB OLLIKAINEN PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — A rear-end collision on Deer Park Road caused a subsequent wreck involving a Clallam Transit bus in the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 on Wednesday, the State Patrol said. There were no serious injuries in the 11:18 a.m. wreck. “We had a hit-and-run up there,” said Trooper Russ Winger, State Patrol spokesman. “A guy driving a Lexus rear-ended another passenger car driven by a female. It pushed the car into a Clallam County Transit bus. The Lexus, he said, took off and ended up crashing into a tree at 355 Twin Firs Road. The driver of the Lexus, Kelles Cottrell, 60,
of Port Angeles, was arrested for investigation of hit-and-run. The State Patrol said Cottrell drove a 1994 Lexus into a 2002 Ford Taurus driven by Heidi Anderson, 32, of Port Angeles. Anderson was treated for neck and back pain, Winger said.
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George Strait hits the road for final time GEORGE STRAIT IS getting ready to park his tour bus. The 60-year-old country music superstar announced Wednesday that he’ll embark on Strait his final concert tour early next year. He made the announcement at a news conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville, Tenn. Strait will play 20 dates in 2013, then 20 more in 2014 on The Cowboy Rides Away tour. He plans to continue recording music and making occasional live appearances.
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Actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the New York City Ballet Fall Gala in New York last week. Hathaway will perform songs from the musical “Caberet” for a one-night-only appearance titled “Perfectly Marvelous: The Songs of Cabaret with Anne Hathaway and Friends” on Oct. 24 in New York to support The Public Theater’s revitalization of its downtown home at Astor Place.
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ANDY WILLIAMS, 84, the affable, boyishly handsome crooner who defined both easy listening and wholesome, easygoing charm for many American pop music fans in the 1960s, most notably with his signature song, “Moon River,” died Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Mo. He also had a home in La Quinta, Calif. The cause was complications from cancer, said his publicist, Paul Shefrin. Mr. Williams, who had continued to perform until last year, announced in November that he had bladder cancer. “Moon River” was written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, and Audrey Hepburn introduced it in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” but it was Mr. Williams who made the song indisputably his own when he sang it at the 1962 Academy Awards ceremony and titled a subsequent album after it. When he built a theater in Branson, he named it the Andy Williams Moon River Theater.
Awards for outstanding variety series. Although Mr. Williams’s fame came from television, movie themes were among his best-known recordings, including those from “Love Story,” “Charade,” “The Way We Were” and “Days of Wine and Roses.” Decades after he had stopped recording regularly, his old hits continued to turn up on movie soundtracks: “The Most THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wonderful Time of the Year” in “Bad Santa,” for instance, Andy Williams arrives and his version of “Can’t at the MusiCares Take My Eyes Off You” in Person of the Year tribute in Los Angeles “Bridget Jones’s Dairy.” Mr. Williams earned 18 in 2009. Williams, who gold and three platinum had a string of gold albums and hosted albums and was nominated several variety shows, for Grammy Awards five died Tuesday. times, but he never had a gold single. “Moon River” became the In 2000, Mr. Williams theme song for his musical- spoke about the passing variety television series “The years to Larry King on Andy Williams Show,” King’s CNN interview show. which, along with his family“I think everybody feels, oriented Christmas TV spe- ‘Where did it go?’ because it cials, made him a household goes fast,” he said. “But I name. It ran from 1962 to have done a lot of things 1971 and won three Emmy that I love.”
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Laugh Lines A NEW POLL claims that 58 percent of Americans believe Barack Obama would beat Mitt Romney in a fistfight. I didn’t realize that was an option. Maybe we can wrap this election up tonight. Make it a pay-perview event. We could wipe out the national debt in one night. Jimmy Kimmel
Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS THURSDAY, Sept. 27, the 271st day of 2012. There are 95 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On Sept. 27, 1962, Silent Spring, Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking as well as controversial study on the effects of pesticides on the environment, was published in book form by Houghton Mifflin. On this date: ■ In 1854, the first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean passenger vessel occurred when the
steamship SS Arctic sank off Newfoundland; of the more than 400 people onboard, only 86 survived. ■ In 1942, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed together for the last time, at the Central Theater in Passaic, N.J., prior to Miller’s entry into the Army. ■ In 1964, the government publicly released the report of the Warren Commission, which found that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy.
■ Ten years ago: President George W. Bush said the United Nations should have a chance to force Saddam Hussein to give up his weapons of mass destruction before the United States acted on its own against Iraq but told a Republican fundraising event in Denver that action had to come quickly. ■ Five years ago: Soldiers fired into crowds of anti-government demonstrators in Yangon, Myanmar; Kenji Nagai, 50, a video
journalist for Japan’s APF News, was shot and killed. ■ One year ago: Opening statements in the Los Angeles trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, took place as prosecutors accused Murray of killing the superstar through irresponsible use of the anesthetic propofol, and the defense maintaining Jackson had caused his own death. Murray was later convicted of felony involuntary manslaughter.
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A3 Briefly: Nation with students from an adjacent elementary school, to a safe location, police Capt. Randy Dickerson said. The boy was found dead in a hallway, Dickerson said. Jake Green, 14, said he WESTERVILLE, Ohio — heard a shot ring out from an Campaigning at a factory that adjacent hallway. makes commercial spring wire, “We heard this loud boom, Republican presidential hopeful and everyone just got quiet,” Mitt Romney said Wednesday Green said. that he understands the strugA teacher yelled at students gles of working families and has the know-how to fix them as he to get out of the building and head to a playground at the elesought to counteract fallout mentary school, Green said. from a secret video that PresiPolice didn’t say what dent Barack Obama won’t let prompted the shooting but said him live down. With polls showing the presi- no other students were at risk. Superintendent Ann Caine dent ahead in swing states that said counselors would be availwill decide the race, the White able for students. House expressed confidence. “It is with a heavy heart that “As time progresses, you know, the field is looking like it’s I inform you of a tragic incident at our [school] this morning,” narrowing for them,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Caine said in a letter to parents. aboard Air Force One as Obama PTA sues its rival headed for his own rallies in Ohio. CHICAGO — The nonprofit Obama was stopping at two PTA sued a for-profit rival college campuses in the hunt for Wednesday, accusing it of denithe state’s 18 electoral votes, grating the established group in while Romney was here for a a bid to siphon off members. second straight day on a bus The National Parent Teacher emblazoned with, “More Jobs, Association, a group that’s been More Take-Home Pay.” part of America’s cultural backdrop for more than a century Boy kills self in school but whose membership is in decline, filed its lawsuit in U.S. STILLWATER, Okla. — A District Court in Chicago. 13-year-old student shot and The lawsuit names School killed himself in a hallway at an Family Media Inc., the parent Oklahoma junior high school before classes began Wednesday, company of PTO Today, accusing it of trademark infringepolice said. ment, false advertising and Staffers locked down the deceptive trade practices. school and evacuated the 700 eighth- and ninth-graders, along The Associated Press
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Briefly: World Bashar Assad’s embattled regime in flames, state media and witnesses said. ATHENS, Greece — Europe’s The twin fragile financial calm was shatblasts were tered Wednesday as investors followed by Assad worried that violent anti-austerseveral hours ity protests in Greece and of gunbattles between rebel Spain’s debt troubles showed that the region still cannot get a fighters and regime forces in downtown Damascus. grip on its financial crisis and A reporter for an Iranian TV stabilize its common currency, channel was killed by gunfire the euro. near the clashes, and a correPolice fired tear gas at rioters hurling gasoline bombs and spondent for another Iranian station was wounded. chunks of marble Wednesday The brazen rebel attacks in during Greece’s largest antithe heart of the Syrian capital austerity demonstration in six highlighted their determination months — part of a 24-hour to bring down Assad as the general strike that was a test for the nearly 4-month-old coali- country’s civil war intensifies. tion government and the new Baja California quake spending cuts it plans to push through. CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico The brief but intense clashes — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake by a couple of hundred rioters rattled the southern part of participating in the demonstra- Mexico’s Baja California penintion of more than 60,000 people sula Tuesday and was felt came a day after anti-austerity strongly in the city of La Paz. protests rocked the Spanish State civil defense director capital, Madrid. Carlos Rincon said there were Hundreds of Spanish antino immediate reports of damausterity protesters gathered ages or injuries in La Paz, a again Wednesday, ending near tranquil fishing and resort city. parliament in Madrid amid a “We are calling on the public heavy presence of riot police. to remain calm in case there are aftershocks,” Rincon said. Twin suicide blasts The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered DAMASCUS, Syria — Two suicide car bombers struck Syr- about 47 miles north-northeast of La Paz in Baja California Sur. ia’s army command headquarThe USGS said the quake ters Wednesday in Damascus, occurred at about 4:45 p.m. killing four guards and engulfing a key symbol of President The Associated Press
Greek, Spanish rioting shatters calm in markets
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Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.
Morsi: I won’t rest until Syria war ends Egypt’s leader calls deaths of 30,000 ‘tragedy of age’ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
UNITED NATIONS — Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi, making his debut on the global stage at the United Nations, said Wednesday that he will not rest until the civil war in Syria is brought to an end. He called the fighting there, which opposition groups said has killed at least 30,000 people, the “tragedy of the age” and one that “we all must end.” And he invited all nations to join an effort to stop the bloodshed that began about 18 months ago when opposition figures rose up against President Bashar Assad’s regime. Morsi, an Islamist and key figure in the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood, opened his remarks to the U.N. General Assembly by celebrating himself as Egypt’s
first democratically elected leader who was swept into office after what he called a “great, peaceful revolution.” He said the first issue for the world body should be certifying the rights of the Palestinian people. “The fruits of dignity and freedom must not remain far from the Palestinian people,” he said, adding that it was “shameful” that U.N. resolutions are not enforced.
Criticized Israel Morsi decried Israel’s continued building of settlements on territory that the Palestinians claim for a future state in the West Bank. On another subject, Morsi condemned as an obscenity the video produced in the United States that denigrated Islam’s Prophet
Muhammad. He insisted that freedom of expression does not allow for attacks on any religion. Morsi also condemned the violence that swept Muslim countries last week in reaction to the video. At least 51 people were killed, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans targeted in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. He appeared to have been responding to President Barack Obama’s General Assembly speech Tuesday in which the U.S. leader again condemned the video but sternly defended the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of free speech. Earlier Wednesday, Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, known for past fiery denunciations of the United States and Israel, spoke at length about his vision for a new world order without the “hegemony of arrogance.” And of Israel, he cited what he termed the “continued threat by the uncivilized Zionists to resort to military action against our great nation.”
Meteorites to be auctioned 125 cosmic rocks for sale in N.Y.C. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — A New York City auction will offer 125 meteorites for sale, including a large chunk of the moon and a 179pound iron cosmic rock that evokes Edvard Munch’s iconic painting “The Scream.” The sale, one of the largest of its kind, is being held by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions on Oct. 14.
Punctured Chevy The sale also includes a piece of the Peekskill meteorite, famous for puncturing a Chevy Malibu in 1992 about 50 miles north of Manhattan, and the
largest complete slice of the most famous m e t e o rite in the world, the Willamette, a huge specimen that is h o u s e d “The Scream” at the Meteorite to be sold American Museum of Natural History in New York. The moon rock has the highest pre-sale estimate of $340,000 to $380,000; less than 0.1 percent of all meteorites recovered are lunar in origin. The 18-inch-tall meteorite dubbed “The Scream” is estimated
at $175,000 to $225,000. “When I first saw this meteorite [The Scream] I saw the resemblance in a heartbeat,” said Darryl Pitt, who has consigned the piece to the auction.
Evocative of Munch Three of the concave hallows are evocative of Munch’s image of a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked sky. It is classified a Gibeon and was discovered in the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. More than half of the meteorites come from the Macovich collection, the world’s largest grouping of iron meteorites. Specimens from the collection are found at the natural history museums in London, New York and Paris, and The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
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World: Ex-Murdoch staffers to face criminal charges
THE UNIVERSITY OF California is set to pay about $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed during an Occupy protest at UC Davis last fall. UC and plaintiffs represented by the American Civil Liberties Union filed the preliminary settlement in federal court in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday. Under the proposal, UC will pay out $30,000 to each of 21 plaintiffs named in the complaint and an additional $250,000 for their attorneys to split. The settlement also calls for UC to set aside $100,000 to pay other individuals who can prove they were arrested or pepper-sprayed.
A MISSISSIPPI MAN has taken his wife’s last name after being told by state officials that he would need a court order to do so because it was unusual. Robert Everhart, 28, of Pascagoula, born Robert McCarthy, changed his last name on his driver’s license Wednesday by using his marriage certificate, as many women do in taking their husband’s last name. The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi sent a letter to Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz, saying the agency violated state and federal law. The DPS later said men can change their names, just like women do.
A PASSENGER FERRY collided with a ship believed to be carrying liquefied natural gas and sank west of Indonesia’s main island early Wednesday, killing at least eight people, officials said. The ferry carrying more than 200 crew and passengers collided with the ship about 40 minutes into its 90-minute journey, said Heru Purwanto, an official at Bakauheni port on southern Sumatra island. Experts were checking for gas leaks in the carrier. The collision occurred about 4 miles from Bakaheuni in Lampung province, said Bambang Ervan, a Transportation Ministry spokesman.
REBEKAH BROOKS, THE former chief of News Corp.’s British newspapers, and Andy Coulson, the ex-communications chief for Prime Minister David Cameron, will face trial next September over allegations linked to phone hacking. Brooks and Coulson appeared in London’s Old Bailey court Wednesday for a hearing along with five other people charged in connection with the phone hacking scandal that originated at the News of the World tabloid and rocked Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. empire. The defendants, charged with conspiracy to hack voicemails, spoke only to confirm their names. A provisional trial date was set for September 2013.
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Debris: High radiation levels are not expected CONTINUED FROM A1 and driven by winds ahead of the main body of debris. The earthquake and tsuThe state is working with communities to determine nami claimed nearly 20,000 places for bins and to dis- lives, destroyed homes and tribute trash bags and structures, and swept 5 milgloves, and some already lion tons of debris into the have been placed, said Linda Pacific Ocean. An estimated 70 percent Kent, state Department of of the debris sank near Ecology spokeswoman. State Parks asked that Japanâ€™s shore, while the people who want to clean remaining 1.5 million tons debris from beaches focus of debris entered ocean curon small, non-natural items rents. The largest part of the such as Styrofoam, cut lumdebris field is expected to ber and plastic. Volunteers are asked to reach western U.S. and leave natural wood and kelp Canadian shores this winbecause these are an impor- ter, Seattle oceanographer tant part of the beach eco- Curtis Ebbesmeyer has said. system. Gov. Chris Gregoire established a task force to Floats found coordinate state, federal Since October, beach visi- and local activities to monitors in the Pacific North- tor and respond appropriwest have been finding ately to marine debris along items that could be traced to the Washington coast. the March 11, 2011, tsuThe task force, which nami, beginning with large began work in June, floats that were used in is led by Terry Egan Japanese shellfish farming, of the state Military Departtorn free by the tsunami mentâ€™s Emergency Manage-
Manager: 2013 CONTINUED FROM A1 Delikat will determine whether recreation programs will be affected as the new departmentâ€™s budget comes together for 2013, McKeen said. Delikat, 39, has worked for city parks since he was 17, when he groomed ballfields, he said Wednesday. â€œI know the recreation program very well,â€? he said. He said it had always been his dream to be parks and recreation director.
â€˜A challengeâ€™ â€œIâ€™ve got to figure out whatâ€™s best for the city and the budget, and still give a high-quality product,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s going to be a challenge.â€? McKeen will update employees on the budget next week and present a balanced 2013 preliminary general fund budget at the City Councilâ€™s Oct. 23 work session. â€œI believe we have the teamwork necessary to keep our city moving in a positive direction,â€? he said. The general fund budget, which pays for day-today operations such as salaries, is $19.5 million for 2012 compared with $18 million for 2011, a 14 percent increase. The City Council transferred $1.2 million in 2011 reserves to pay for efforts including the waterfront improvement and city wireless projects, Olson said.
Public Works & Utilities Director Glenn Cutler was out of the office Wednesday and unavailable for comment. The combined department will have a 2012 budget of $2.5 million, including $400,000 for recreational programs. Earlier this year, the city faced a projected endof-2012 deficit of $600,000 before not filling vacant positions, including those of a senior accountant in Olsonâ€™s office, assistant fire chief-fire marshal and a front-counter permit person in community and economic development. If those positions stay unfilled, the city would save about $250,000 in salary and benefits, Olson said. A full-time Fine Arts Center assistant position also is not expected to be filled, Olson said. Canceling a project to provide space at City Hall for police and other city records saved $250,000, Olson said. Interest rates are expected to stay at or near current levels through 2015, he said. â€œThereâ€™s still a lot of angst on the part of businesses as well as individuals to either start to spend or continue to spend,â€? Olson said. â€œFolks are just sort of in a holding pattern.â€?
respond to any debris marked with words or symbols that indicate it may be radioactive. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor, located in the tsunami zone, experienced multiple meltdowns, and radioactive water was released from the plant into the ocean.
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Scientists and Bureau of Land Management agents inspect a massive dock with Japanese lettering that washed ashore on Agate Beach in June near Newport, Ore. ment Division. â€œThe state marine debris response plan anticipates that incidents involving debris with high impact will be unique and impossible to predict,â€? Egan said. Hazardous items will be removed by the state Department of Ecology, U.S.
Coast Guard or Environmental Protection Agency. Those items include spilled oil, drums and barrels, fuel tanks, gas cylinders, chemical totes and other containers with unknown fluids. The state Department of Health radiation team will
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PORT TOWNSEND â€” Something new is growing in Anderson Lake, and it isnâ€™t good. â€œFor the first time ever, we have a new genus of toxic algae that has never shown up in our lakes before,â€? said Greg Thomason, Jefferson County environmental health specialist. Coelosphaerium â€” a type of blue-green algae known to sometimes produce the powerful nerve toxin anatoxin-a â€” was discovered in a sample taken Sept. 10 from Anderson Lake west of Chimacum. It is the first time this particular type of blue-green algae has been found in any East Jefferson County lake during six years of testing. â€œThis is not a good sign,â€? Thomason said. â€œSomething different is going on here, and something toward the condition of getting worse. â€œIt doesnâ€™t point in the right direction.â€? Toxin-producing bluegreen algae typically found in the countyâ€™s lakes are anabaena, aphanizomenon and microcystis. All three produce the potentially deadly anatoxin________ a, while microcystis also can Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb produce microcystin, which can be reached at 360-452-2345, can cause skin irritation and ext. 5060, or at paul.gottlieb@ nausea over the short term peninsuladailynews.com. and liver damage if ingested
A trooper who was working at the State Patrol office on U.S. Highway 101 and Old Olympic Highway arrested Cottrell on Twin Firs Estates Drive, which is about 1 mile south of the highway off Deer Park Road. â€œThe trooper did make an arrest for at least a hitand-run,â€? Winger said.
â€œThatâ€™s what we have right now.â€? Clallam Transit General Manager Terry Weed said there were 20 passengers on the No. 30 commuter bus, which was on its way from Port Angeles to Sequim when the wreck occurred. Names of the passengers on the bus were not immediately available. Their injuries were not consid-
Health experts have said they do not expect to find any marine debris with elevated radiation levels. Earlier tests on debris items revealed only low background levels of radiation. Beach-goers who encounter potentially hazardous debris should not touch or attempt to move it. Hazardous items should be reported to the state hotline at 855922-6278. ________ The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will Reporter Arwyn Rice can be respond to possible invasive reached at 360-452-2345, ext. species attached to debris. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula â€œThe floating dock sec- dailynews.com.
New toxin-producing algae at Anderson puzzles county over a long period of time. Coelosphaerium â€œis something new,â€? Thomason said. â€œIt may account for our getting anatoxin later in the season.â€? Thomason had been puzzled by recent test results of water samples taken from Anderson Lake â€” which has been closed for most of the summer because of elevated levels of anatoxin-a â€” that showed the level of that toxin on the rise during a season when it typically falls.
Results Friday Test results received Friday found 15.3 micrograms of the toxin per liter of water. Thatâ€™s more than 15 times the safety threshold of 1 microgram per liter for anatoxin-a, which can cause paralysis and lead to death by stopping breathing. The new level represents a surge from the week before, when the level of anatoxin-a in Anderson Lake had risen to just above the safety threshold: 1.43 micrograms per liter. And prior to that, the levels of the toxin had been so low earlier this month that the county public health department had recommended the lake be reopened. Mike Zimmerman, ranger in charge of the state lake, decided against that because â€” given the history
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ered serious, Winger said. The bus had a broken windshield on its right side and a damaged bike rack above its front bumper.
of the lake â€” he feared toxin levels would rise again and it would have to be closed soon after reopening. The lake will remain closed for the rest of the season. The 410-acre Anderson Lake State Park around the lake remains open for recreation until the end of October. A Discover Pass is needed to park there.
Toxin rise now unusual
paring to build an underpass of U.S. Highway 101 just west of Deer Park Road to prevent similar wrecks by eliminating lefthand turns across the fourlane highway from Deer Park Road and Buchanan Drive. The underpass is scheduled to be constructed next year.
Sheriff: Boy accidentally hangs himself
SEATTLE â€” A 12-yearold boy died Wednesday Cottrell was booked into when he hanged himself on the Clallam County jail at a zip line at his home near 1:25 p.m. on investigation of Redmond in an apparent hit-and-run injury. He has accident, a sheriffâ€™s spokesnot been charged. woman said. Clallam County is pre________ The boyâ€™s mother thought Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be he was riding his bike reached at 360-452-2345, ext. around their home when she peninsuladailynews.com 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsula went to look for him. dailynews.com She found him hanging from the zip line, said King County sheriffâ€™s spokeswoman Cindi West. Investigators were examHearing loss is a problem that can develop at any time. Most ining how the boy got often, it is gradual. You may not realize for several years that this caught and on what, West problem is affecting you because it develops so slowly that at first said. They will look to see if
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Horses seized GRAHAM â€” Authorities have seized dozens of horses from a property in Pierce County. KING5 reported that the Pierce County Sheriffâ€™s Department took 39 sick or starving horses from the property in Graham. Among the horses recovered were a dozen Arabians and some stallions. Pierce County Detective Ed Troyer said Thursday that the operation would continue throughout the day and that multiple agencies and veterinarians were involved. The Associated Press
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