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June 1-2, 2012
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Cork pops on privatized liquor today Stores display hard spirits for first time BY ROB OLLIKAINEN PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Spirits go on sale today at North Olympic Peninsula grocery outlets as voter-approved Initiative 1183 takes effect. “They’ll be available,” confirmed Jim Nimz, manager of the Sequim Costco at 955 W. Washington St.
The initiative, backed by warehouse giant Costco Wholesale Corp., was touted by supporters as a free-market reform for an industry monopolized by the state since the end of Prohibition. It allows stores larger than 10,000 square feet and some smaller specialty shops to sell liquor. Opponents filed suit, arguing that the measure violates state rules requiring initiatives to address only one subject because it included a provision to set aside $10 million for public safety. In a 5-4 decision, the state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the challenge, saying the
disputed “portion of I-1183’s ballot title is not palpably misleading or false” (see story at right). Safeway, with two stores in Port Angeles and one in Port Townsend and Sequim, published an advertisement this week showing introductory prices for Jameson whiskey ($23.99 for a 750-milliliter bottle), Grey Goose vodka ($22.99), Jose Cuervo tequila ($13.29) and Smirnoff vodka ($10.19). A Rite Aid ad lists 750-ml prices for Jack Daniel’s whiskey ($17.99), Pinnacle vodka ($11.99) and Bacardi rum ($9.99). TURN
Split Supreme Court upholds liquor initiative PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
OLYMPIA — A split state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a voter-approved initiative privatizing liquor sales, one day before the measure takes effect. Initiative 1183 allows stores larger than 10,000 square feet and some smaller stores to begin selling liquor today. Voters approved the plan last fall, and the state already auctioned off the rights to sell liquor at state stores. TURN
Downtown PT party postponed
Carrying the TORCH
Construction delays move fete to July 7 BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
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Special Olympics runner Brandy Doty, center, is the first to cross the finish line at the east end of the Hood Canal Bridge, followed closely by Travis Nollette, carrying the Special Olympics Torch. Also pictured are runners Matt Krysinski, far left, and Katie Nole, right. A variety of North Olympic Peninsula law enforcement officials — including Jefferson County Sheriff Tony Hernandez — conducted a 12-hour torch relay that began in Port Angeles in support of Special Olympics of Washington Games that open Saturday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, south of Tacoma.
PORT TOWNSEND — When the construction is finished, that’s when people will party. Work on Taylor Street between Washington Street and Union Wharf, originally expected to be completed by the end of May, won’t be finished until the end of June, according to the city of Port Townsend. So a street party originally scheduled for Saturday — the “Hard Hats and Carhartts” party — to celebrate progress on the downtown construction project has been postponed to July 7. “We decided to put this off to a time when everything was going to be finished,” said Port Townsend Main Street Director Mari Mullen. “By then people will really be ready to party.” Mullen said that several merchants said the party should wait until the project was finished and that scheduling the party around the construction schedule was also a challenge. TURN
A blessed event seen in orca pods Calf swims with mom off San Juans THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BREMERTON — Orcas have returned to Puget Sound waters with a new baby. All three pods — J, K and L — were spotted this week in the San Juan Islands. Howard Garret of Orca Network said it was the first time since October that they had been seen together. Often the large gathering, known as a “superpod,” occurs when the whales return to the
San Juans in May or June to begin a summer of feasting on chinook salmon, the Kitsap Sun reported. Whale watchers were excited to see the baby orca, which has been designated L-119 by the Center for Whale Research. It’s the second known offspring for the mother, L-77, a 25-year-old named Matia. Her first baby two years ago survived only a few months. Counting the new calf, the popJEANNE HYDE/FOR THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ulation of the endangered southern resident orcas now stands at A baby orca, designated L-119, swims in foreground with its mother Matia, in the San 88 — 26 in J pod, 20 in K pod and Juan Islands in this photo taken May 19. The calf is the second known offspring for Matia. Her first baby two years ago survived only for a few months. 42 in L pod.
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Newsmakers Celebrity scoop ■ By The Associated Press
Possible duet with Thicke? Wife or son ROBIN THICKE IS a mentor on the new ABC singing series “Duets,” but the R&B crooner could find himself partnering on a song with his 2-year-old son or his wife, actress Paula Patton. Thicke said both his wife and son can sing. Patton, whose film credits include Thicke “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” and “Mission Impossible 3,” sings a small part on a song Thicke produced for Usher, the slow groove “Can U Handle It.” It appears on Usher’s Grammy-winning 2004 effort “Confessions.” “The song called for a female vocal, a very simple, more like a talk-whisper part and . . . I said, ‘Hey, honey, you mind putting something down for me?’” he recalled.
Winehouse home The family of Amy Winehouse has put the late singer’s London home up for sale for $4.2 million. The three-bedroom
FRIENDLY BILL Legendary entertainer Bill Cosby performs at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on May 25. “Hello Friend” is a foundation named after his late son Ennis’ favorite greeting. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
property in the Camden neighborhood of northwest London had become a shrine of sorts for mourning fans who left flowers and tributes following Winehouse’s death last July from alcohol poisoning. Chris Goodman, a spokesman for the Winehouse family, said Thursday the singer had loved the house, and her family put it on the market because they felt it would be inappropriate for any of them to live there.
“It was not practical to keep it empty while paying the costs of its upkeep,” he said in a statement, adding that the family had reached the decision with “great regret.” The 2,500 square-foot home features three bedrooms — including an “impressive master suite with vaulted ceiling” — three living rooms and private front and rear gardens overlooking the tony Camden Square, according to online listing agent House network.co.uk.
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JACK TWYMAN, 78, a basketball Hall of Famer and one of the NBA’s top scorers in the 1950s who became the guardian to a paralyzed teammate, has died. Mr. Twyman died Wednesday at a Cincinnati hospice of complications from an aggressive form of Mr. Twyman blood cancer, in 1965 his son, Jay Twyman, said Thursday. Mr. Twyman played for the University of Cincinnati and spent 11 seasons in the NBA with the Rochester and Cincinnati Royals. He averaged a careerhigh 31.2 points per game in the 1959-1960 season, playing in six All-Star games. In 1958, after teammate Maurice Stokes was left
paralyzed after a head injury suffered during a game, Mr. Twyman became his guardian to help Stokes receive medical benefits. Mr. Twyman later worked as a television analyst on NBA games. Mr. Twyman scored 15,840 points in his career and was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983.
__________ JIM PARATORE, 59, who developed and steered series including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Tyra Banks Show” as a Warner Bros. TV executive, has died. Warner Bros. said Wednesday that Mr. Paratore suffered a heart attack Tuesday while bicycling in France. Mr. Paratore was Warner Bros. Telepictures Productions president from 1992 to 2006 and executive
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Peninsula Lookback From the pages of the PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
1937 (75 years ago) A sturdy 35-foot yawl, Teal of Honolulu, entered Port Angeles Harbor with three adventurers aboard who completed a stormy passage from Honolulu to Cape Flattery in 31 days. The three, Roy Durhack, Francis L. Langdon and Neva Hedden, all employed at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, left Honolulu in April, ostensibly bound on a month’s cruise about the Hawaiian Islands. Instead, they pointed their sailboat toward open sea on a trip they had planned secretly for months. Durhack’s first act after stepping ashore at Port Angeles Boat Haven was to find a telephone and notify his parents, who had feared that the party had been lost at sea.
attend the Seattle World’s Fair. The funds are for road maintenance and extra seasonal rangers and ranger naturalists. In addition, the park must bring utility lines to new motel units at Lake Crescent Lodge. “This all represents local employment that we would normally do — but we wouldn’t get started so early,” Doerr said.
1987 (25 years ago)
Six adults and 15 Boy Scouts from Port Angeles hiked 5,300 feet up the Seen Around south side of Mount St. HelPeninsula snapshots ens. They were the first SMALL BOY PLAYScouts to climb the mounING with ground fog in an tain since it was reopened to uptown Port Angeles parkclimbers earlier this year, ing lot: watching the fog seven years after the volrise, then jumping over it cano erupted May 18, 1980. and turning to chase it 1962 (50 years ago) The climbers said they away before starting the had breathtaking views of Olympic National Park game over again. . . . the volcano. Superintendent John E. WANTED! “Seen Around” “It’s somewhat spectacuDoerr said extra funds for items. Send them to PDN News Olympic National Park add- lar,” said Scoutmaster Craig Desk, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles ing up to $58,300 have been Ritchie. WA 98362; fax 360-417-3521; or “It’s like looking down allotted to accommodate visemail news@peninsuladailynews. itors coming to the region to into nothingness.” com.
Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS FRIDAY, June 1, the 153rd day of 2012. There are 213 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On June 1, 1912, Paramount Pictures had its beginnings as Adolph Zukor incorporated the Famous Players Film Co., which later merged with the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. On this date: ■ In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state of the union. ■ In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state. ■ In 1812, President James Madison, in a message to Congress, recounted what he called Britain’s “series of acts hostile to the United States as an independent and neu-
tral nation”; Congress ended up declaring war. ■ In 1813, the mortally wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence, gave the order, “Don’t give up the ship” during a losing battle with the British frigate HMS Shannon in the War of 1812. ■ In 1862, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. ■ In 1868, James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, died near Lancaster, Pa., at age 77. ■ In 1933, financier J.P. Morgan Jr., waiting to resume testifying before the Senate Banking Commit-
tee on the 1929 stock market crash, was startled as a publicist for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus placed a female dwarf named Lya Graf on his lap. As photographers snapped pictures, the bemused banker told Graf, “I have a grandson bigger than you.” Graf replied, “But I’m older.” ■ In 1967, the Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was released. ■ In 1979, the state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia, which lasted only six months, came into existence. ■ In 1997, The Chicago Tribune published a pretend commencement speech by columnist Mary Schmich that urged graduates to, among other things, “wear sunscreen”; the
essay ended up being misattributed online to author Kurt Vonnegut. ■ Ten years ago: President George W. Bush told West Point graduates the United States would strike pre-emptively against suspected terrorists if necessary to deter attacks on Americans, saying, “The war on terror will not be won on the defensive.” ■ Five years ago: The FDA warned consumers to avoid using toothpaste made in China because it might contain a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze. ■ One year ago: Space shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts returned to Earth, closing out the next-to-last mission in NASA’s 30-year program.
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A3 Briefly: Nation NYC may ban larger-sized sugary sodas NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in the city’s restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity — an expansion of his administration’s efforts to encourage healthy behavior by limiting residents’ choices. The proposal would take 20-ounce soda bottles off the shelves of the city’s delis and eliminate super-sized sugary soft Bloomberg drinks from fast-food menus. It is the latest health effort by the administration to spark accusations that the city’s officials are entering matters that should be left to individual consumers. “There they go again,” said Stefan Friedman, spokesman for the New York City Beverage Association, who called the proposal “zealous” in a statement. But City Hall officials, citing a 2006 study, argue that sugary drinks are the largest driver of rising calorie consumption and obesity. They note that sweet drinks are linked to long-term weight gain and increased rates of diabetes and heart disease.
Court backs gay unions BOSTON — A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples, a ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court. In its unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman discriminates against gay couples because it doesn’t give them the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples. The court didn’t rule on the law’s other politically combustible provision, which said states without same-sex marriage cannot be forced to recognize gay unions performed in states where it’s legal. It also wasn’t asked to address whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.
Abortion bill fails WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday fell short in an effort to ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus The bill would have made it a federal crime to perform or force a woman to undergo a sexbased abortion, a practice most common in some Asian countries where families wanting sons abort female fetuses. “It is violence against women,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said of abortions of female fetuses. The Associated Press
Edwards trial ends in mistrial, acquittal Ex-senator does not react as verdict read in N.C. court THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
GREENSBORO, N.C. — John Edwards was acquitted on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions and a mistrial was declared on five other counts when jurors said Thursday they couldn’t decide if he illegally used donor money to hide his pregnant mistress, Rielle Hunter, while he ran for president. The monthlong trial exposed a sordid sex scandal that dashed Edwards’ White House aspirations in 2008, and the jury’s decision came on a confusing day. The judge initially called jurors in to read a verdict on all six counts, before learning that they had only agreed to one. About an
hour later, the jury sent the note to the judge saying it had exhausted its discussions. It was not immediately clear whether prosecutors would retry Edwards Edwards on the other counts. Edwards did not react when the verdict and mistrial were announced.
A nine-day decision Earlier, however, when the jury said it had reached a verdict on one count after nine days of deliberations, he was smiling.
The jury found Edwards not guilty on one count of illegal campaign contributions involving $375,000 wealthy heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon gave in 2008. The trial recounted intimate details of Edwards’ affair with Hunter, including reference to a sex tape of the two together that was later destroyed. It also rehashed the cover-up that involved a trusted aide, the aide’s wife, an elderly heiress and a wealthy Texas donor. Edwards was accused of masterminding a plan to use money from the wealthy donors to hide Hunter from the media and from his breast cancer-stricken wife while he sought the White House. Prosecutors said Edwards knew of the roughly $1 million being funneled to former aide Andrew Young and Hunter, and said that he was well aware of the $2,300 legal limit on campaign donations.
Briefly: World Syria blames fresh violence on rebel forces BEIRUT — Syria on Thursday blamed up to 800 rebel fighters for the massacre in central Syria last week that killed more than 100 people, nearly half of them children, in its most comprehensive explanation to date of the bloodshed. The narrative starkly contradicted accounts of witnesses who blamed “shabiha,” or the shadowy gunmen who operate on behalf of Pres- Assad ident Bashar Assad’s regime. The U.N. also said it had strong suspicions those pro-regime gunmen were responsible for much of the carnage Friday in a cluster of villages known as Houla. Facing international outrage over the killings, Damascus launched its own investigation as the U.N. chief warned of civil war and pleaded with the regime to stop its attacks. At a news conference Thursday, Qassem Jamal Suleiman, who headed the government’s investigation into the massacre, categorically denied any regime role. He said hundreds of rebel gunmen carried out the slaughter after launching a coordinated attacks.
Body parts suspect MONTREAL — A porn actor is wanted in a gruesome case of dismembered body parts that were mailed to different places including the headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada, police said. Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is wanted for homicide, Montreal police said Wednesday. Canadian authorities believe he may have fled overseas. Magnotta’s name has been added to Interpol’s “wanted persons” list. It was behind his Montreal apartment building that police found a man’s torso in a suitcase in a heap of garbage Tuesday, police said. That same day, a foot was found in a package mailed to the Conservative party headquarters in Ottawa, and a hand found at postal warehouse in the Canadian capital. The package with the hand was addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada. Early testing shows the three body parts come from the same man, police said. Police said Magnotta is also known by the names Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov. They described him as white and 5 feet 8 inches tall with blue eyes and black hair. Police discovered the severed foot after a top political adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper opened a bloodstained box at Conservative party headquarters Tuesday. The Associated Press
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Former President George W. Bush stands next to his official portrait during the unveiling ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday. Among those in attendance at the unveiling were his parents, former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, and President Barack Obama.
SpaceX capsule parachutes into Pacific after 9-day flight THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
you’re like, ‘Wow, OK, it didn’t fail,’” Musk said, laughing, from CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — his company’s headquarters in Triumphant from start to finish, Hawthorne, Calif. the SpaceX Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific on Thurs- Goal: To repeat its success day to conclude the first private delivery to the International The goal for SpaceX, he told Space Station and inaugurate reporters, will be to repeat the NASA’s new approach to explora- success on future flights. tion. The unmanned supply ship “Welcome home, baby,” said scored a bull’s-eye with its arrival, SpaceX’s elated chief, Elon Musk, splashing down into the ocean who said the old-fashioned splash- about 500 miles off Mexico’s Baja down was “like seeing your kid California. A fleet of recovery come home.” ships quickly moved in to pull the He said he was a bit surprised capsule aboard a barge for towing to hit such a grand slam. to Los Angeles. “You can see so many ways It was the first time since the that it could fail, and it works, and shuttles stopped flying last sum-
mer that NASA got back a big load from the space station — more than half a ton of experiments and equipment. Thursday’s dramatic arrival of the world’s first commercial cargo carrier capped a nine-day test flight that was virtually flawless, beginning with the May 22 launch aboard the SpaceX company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral and continuing through the space station docking three days later and the departure a scant six hours before hitting the water. The returning bell-shaped Dragon resembled NASA’s spacecraft of the 1960s and 1970s as its three red-and-white striped parachutes opened.
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West: Drug dealer texts police officer accidentally
Nation: Motorcyclist clocked at almost 200 mph
World: German hostage killed in Nigerian raid
World: Lesotho premier resigns to lead opposition
POLICE SAID A drug dealer mistakenly sent messages to a California central coast police officer in an attempt to sell methamphetamines. The Santa Maria officer notified Santa Barbara County sheriff’s detectives about the errant text messages Tuesday. The officer and detectives then set up a meeting with him. Sheriff’s spokesman Drew Sugars said they arrested 39-year-old Reymundo Carlos Escobedo and seized about 2 grams of methamphetamine. Escobedo’s suspected supplier, 37-year-old John Martin Silvera, arrived and was arrested with about 7 grams of methamphetamine, police said.
A 28-YEAR-OLD MAN in upstate New York was charged with driving his motorcycle at nearly 200 mph on a highway in the rain, authorities said. State police said a trooper clocked Anthony Anderson of Poughkeepsie driving at 193 mph around 8 p.m. Wednesday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 87 just south of Albany — the same stretch of road where another motorcyclist was spotted doing 166 mph earlier this month. Troopers stopped Anderson in the town of Rosendale. He told them he was going to a hospital to visit a patient. Anderson was issued 14 traffic tickets, including one for speeding.
NIGERIA’S MILITARY SAID it didn’t know a German hostage was inside of a house it raided in the country’s Muslim north, an operation that saw the man killed. A statement from the military issued late Thursday said soldiers raided the Kano house after receiving information that there was an “ongoing meeting of senior commanders of the terrorist element” there. The military said it killed five suspected terrorists and later found the handcuffed body of Edgar Fritz Raupach, an engineer working for a construction company, who was kidnapped in January by al-Qaida.
THE POLITICIAN WHO led Lesotho for the past 14 years will now be leading the opposition after his party failed to win a majority in parliament in weekend elections in this mountainous southern African country. A day after Pakalitha Mosisili resigned as prime minister, Lincoln Ralechate Mokose, the secretary general of his Democratic Congress Party, said in a telephone interview Thursday that “our stand is to concede and work in parliament as opposition.” Mosisili’s party secured 48 of parliament’s 120 seats during elections Saturday, more than any other party but not enough to govern alone.
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012
Panel to discuss profiling Federal agencies not invited, commission chairwoman says BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
FORKS â€” The state Commission on Hispanic Affairs will visit this West End city tonight for a panel discussion on racial profiling of Latinos and the relationship that North Olympic Peninsula law enforcement agencies have with the U.S. Border Patrol. The meeting of the 11-member commission, which does not include anyone from Clallam or Jefferson counties, will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Forks Community Center, 91 Maple Ave. According to the agenda, panelists are Forks Mayor Bryon Monohon, Clallam County Sheriffâ€™s Office Sgt. Brian King, Jefferson County Sheriff â€™s Office West End Deputy Derek Allen, Susan Trettevick of the state Department of Natural Resources and Kenia Rios of the state Human Rights Commission. A Border Patrol representative was not invited to
sit on the panel, Border Patrol spokesman Jeffrey Jones said Thursday afternoon. Commission Chairwoman Lillian Ortiz-Self, who did not return calls for comment Thursday morning and early afternoon, said last week that the Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Office of Air and Marine â€” the federal agencies that investigate immigration violations and enforce related laws â€” would not be invited.
â€˜Too scared to show upâ€™ Ortiz-Self said in a May 22 interview that even Latinos who are legally in the U.S. â€œwill be too scared to show upâ€? if the federal agencies are present. The commission â€œgets lots of calls on racial profilingâ€? and is holding its meeting in Forks because of those concerns, she said. Jones said the Border Patrol does not use racial profiling. Lesley Hoare of the
Forks Human Rights Group said the distrust among Latinos toward the Border Patrol has trickled down to distrust of law enforcement agencies on the North Olympic Peninsula that contact the Border Patrol for translation assistance or help with emergency calls. Because those encounters sometimes end up with the Border Patrol questioning or arresting Latinos over immigration issues unrelated to the call for assistance, Latinos overall are becoming increasingly afraid to call law enforcement to report crimes, Hoare said. The Forks Human Rights Group monitors Border Patrol activity on the West End, where many Latinos work in the forest products industry, by filming and documenting traffic stops. â€œThereâ€™s a high level of distrust, of being afraid to call local law enforcement because of what might come after it,â€? Hoare said Thursday. The level of distrust toward local law enforcement is â€œstrong,â€? Hoare said. â€œIt wasnâ€™t always like that,â€? she said.
â€œPeople used to feel they could call the police. That feeling is not there anymore, so weâ€™re trying to move back to what used to be.â€? Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict said Border Patrol agents have radios that monitor the frequencies of all North Olympic Peninsula law enforcement agencies and can respond on their own to anything they hear. â€œItâ€™s an officer safety issue,â€? Benedict said Thursday. Benedictâ€™s office has not requested translation assistance in the Forks area for â€œa year or two,â€? he said in an earlier interview. The number of Border Patrol agents who canvass Clallam and Jefferson counties has jumped from four in 2006 to 42 as of February. The Commission on Hispanic Affairs also will hold its regular meeting tonight. It meets throughout the state of Washington to discuss concerns among Latino residents.
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PDN launches new online calendar PENINSULA DAILY NEWS now has a new, easy-to-navigate online calendar for the North Olympic Peninsula at www.peninsula dailynews.com. Itâ€™s easy to use even for those of us who donâ€™t know how to work an iPhone. You can find the calendar on the right side of www.peninsuladaily news.com, just above our popular Peninsula Poll. The calendar requires no login or password, and listings are free. You can post photos. And if you list a street address for your event, a map will appear in the listing. And the website for the event, if there is one, also will appear in your listing, linked to your event. You also can spread the word about your event in Jefferson or Clallam counties to Facebook and Twitter from our calendar. In addition, readers can add events from our calendar to their personal online calendar (Google, Yahoo, iCal, Outlook, etc.). A PDN newsroom
staffer will check each item before it posts to make sure it complies with our guidelines, which lead off the event submission form. Like the form, the guidelines are simple since the calendar is for community, not commercial, events. Online calendar items may also appear as news items in the PDNâ€™s print edition. You can also continue to send us your submissions via email â€” news@peninsuladaily news.com â€” or fax (360417-3521) or the postal service (P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles 98362). The PDNâ€™s online calendar is a great way to create buzz about your local organization or your event. Itâ€™s a fun way to let the Peninsula know about your gathering â€” from a club meeting to an art exhibit or poetry reading to a new class â€” and to use the virtual world to help create meaningful community. Questions? Phone Michael Carman at the PDN, 360417-3527. Peninsula Daily News
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PORT TOWNSEND â€” Historical walking tours will take place this weekend in uptown and downtown Port Townsend, courtesy of the Jefferson County Historical Society. Guides in vintage costume will set out across downtown at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Saturday and KEITH THORPE/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS into the uptown neighborhoods at 2 p.m. Sundays ENDING TO FUTURE BOUNTY through Septemberâ€™s end. Admission is $10, or free Floyd Liljedahl of Port Angeles tends to the edging around his plot in the Port Angeles for historical society memcommunity garden Wednesday. As spring progresses toward the warmth of summer, bers. plants in the community plot on East Fifth Street are showing promise of a bountiful The guides fill their harvest in the fall. hourlong tours with stories about Port Townsendâ€™s people and architecture. The walks are geared toward tourists and local residents alike. The starting point each Saturday is the Jefferson strength, energy and preits annual summer usedWhitman graduates Museum of Art and History, serving your bones and book sale at the Port inside historic City Hall at WALLA WALLA â€” Townsend Community joints 540 Water St., with admisNorth Olympic Peninsula The cityâ€™s centennial team Center, 620 Tyler St., on students recently graduated sion to the museum Saturday, June 9. has partnered with the included in the tour price. from Whitman College. The sale will open at 8 Dungeness Valley Health & Sunday tours of uptown Christine Kiely of Port a.m. for Friends members Wellness Clinic to present start at the Rothschild SEQUIM â€” Jay Bryan Townsend received a Bachand at 9 a.m. for the public â€œHealthy Solutions on Our will present â€œYounger by elor of Arts in environmen- House Museum, at the corWay to Turning 100,â€? a series and will end at 3 p.m. ner of Franklin and Taylor Friday: De-Aging Your Gently used books, CDs tal humanities. of health and wellness classes. streets, with admission Body with Exerciseâ€? on Heather Smith of and DVDs for adults and These classes will conincluded there, too. Thursday. Sequim received a Bachechildren will be available. tinue through 2013. The historical society The free event will be lor of Arts in sociology. Except for specially Visit tinyurl.com/cmyywxz. welcomes new tour guides held at the Sequim Transit Seth Smith of Port priced books, all adult Center, 190 W. Cedar St., at Angeles received a Bacheitems will cost $1 and chilFriends book sale noon. lor of Arts in biology-envidrenâ€™s books 50 cents. PORT TOWNSEND â€” Bryan will discuss how to PENINSULA DAILY NEWS Starting at 1 p.m., bags ronmental studies. The Friends of the Port exercise specifically to deThe commencement of books will sell for $2.50. Townsend Library will hold age your body, gaining PORT ANGELES â€” speaker was Eric Schlosser, All proceeds go to fund Olympic Peninsula Motorjournalist and best-selling library programs. cycle Club will host its bianauthor of Fast Food Nation. For more information, phone 360-379-1061. Peninsula Daily News nual Hill Climb on Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10. The event will be held on the lower portion of the clubâ€™s property; attendees should follow the signs on Deer Park Road that lead to the property.
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Costumed guides, like Lynn Sterling, will lead Jefferson County Historical Society walking tours of downtown and uptown Port Townsend this weekend. and provides training, so previous historical knowledge isnâ€™t required. For details about tours or becoming a guide, phone 360-385-1003.
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nity in terms of leadership, safety and risk. â€œBy being a member of the Port Angeles Healthy Youth Coalition, you are getting involved in your community and supporting a local effort to reduce problems and strengthen cooperation,â€? said Dale Holiday, grant coordinator and prevention specialist with the county department of Health and Human Services and a candidate for county commissioner. â€œYou are contributing your time, your skills, your point of view, and more. You arenâ€™t just saying you care; youâ€™re showing you care.â€? The coalition is seeking parents, youth, health care professionals, business owners, teachers, county employees, non-profit workers, volunteers, pastors, law enforcement and others. Anyone interested can phone Clallam County Health and Human Services at 360-417-2436 or e-mail dholiday@co. clallam.wa.us.
PORT ANGELES â€” The Port Angeles Healthy Youth Coalition is looking for volunteers to help prevent substance abuse among youth, the Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services announced. The Port Angeles-based coalition works with the community and youth to change perceptions and lower the risk factors that contribute to substance abuse. The coalition is focused on the impacts of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug abuse.
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Jonny and Ali, who both declined to give their last names, comfort each other Thursday at the Seattle cafe where a gunman killed four people and severely wounded another on Wednesday. The pair were close friends of two of the men killed.
Police: â€˜Heroâ€™ saved lives in Seattle cafe shootings
Rights of tenants, homeowners topic of Tuesday seminar PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
FORKS â€” Information about the rights of tenants and homeowners faced with eviction or foreclosure will be presented at the Forks Library on Tuesday. The program will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the library at 171 S. Forks Ave. The program, facilitated by Northwest Justice Project attorney Steve Robins, will tell of the processes that must be followed by financial institutions and landlords, discussing landlord-tenant issues and Washington law with regard to foreclosures â€” especially a recent state law that requires mediation â€” and answer questions about tenantsâ€™ and homeownersâ€™ rights, mediation and foreclosure, eviction proceedings and other housing issues The sessions are free, and preregistration is
not required. Robins graduated from Ohio State University in 1972 and Capital University Law School in 1975. He served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Columbus, specializing in appellate cases, and argued cases to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and Ohio Supreme Court. Robins also practiced probate law, specializing in real estate investment trusts, for 14 years and has been with legal aid since 1989, arguing cases to courts of appeal in both Ohio and Washington. Northwest Justice Project is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that provides pro-bono civil legal assistance and representation to qualifying people and communities throughout Washington state. For more information, phone 360-374-6402, email Forks@nols.org or visit www.nols.org.
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SEATTLE â€” Someone inside an artsy Seattle cafe where a gunman opened fire threw stools at the assailant during a shooting rampage police described as â€œcallous, horrific and cold,â€? a move that allowed others to run to safety. Ian Lee Stawicki was armed with two .45 caliber handguns and began shooting Wednesday morning at Cafe Racer, killing four people. Police said he fled and later killed a female motorist, taking off with her SUV. Stawicki later killed himself as police closed in.
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36-year-old Kimberly Layfield. In addition to killing four at the cafe, Stawicki wounded a fifth. The medical examiner identified the motorist as 52-year-old Gloria Leonidas. The medical examiner says the other victim IDs, as well as the cause and manner of death, would be released today.
Distracted shooter Police said more could have been injured or even killed at the cafe were it not for the actions of a man, whom they did not identify. They did not say whether he was a patron or an employee. â€œThe hero picked up a stool and threw it at the suspect. Hit him. Picked up another stool, as the suspect is shooting and now pointing [a gun] at him and hits him with another stool,â€? Assistant Chief Jim Pugel said. â€œDuring that time, two or possibly three, people made their escape,â€? he said, adding, â€œHe saved three lives.â€? The only survivor of the cafe shooting, Leonard Meuse, was upgraded from critical to serious condition at Harborview Medical Center. A memorial in front of the cafe grew Thursday as people stopped by to drop off flowers, cans of beer and toy instruments.
â€œIn my almost 30 years in this department, Iâ€™ve never seen anything more callous, horrific and cold,â€? said Deputy Chief Nick Metz at a Thursday news conference after reviewing video footage of the killings. The gunmanâ€™s father struggled Thursday to understand how his son could have gone on a shooting rampage and apologized to the victimsâ€™ families. â€œThe first thing I can say, and it doesnâ€™t go very far at this point, is Iâ€™m so sorry,â€? Walter Stawicki said, his voice quivering. â€œIt sounds so trite, that I feel their grief . . . I just hope they understand he wasnâ€™t a monster out to kill people.â€?
Gunmanâ€™s family The gunmanâ€™s family, meanwhile, is struggling with what could have been had they been able to get Stawicki help sooner. Ian Lee Stawicki, 40, had suffered from mental illness for years and gotten â€œexponentiallyâ€? more erratic, his father said, but family members had been unable to get him to seek help. Walter Stawicki said he was â€œbitterâ€? that it was so hard to get his son help.
â€œHe wouldnâ€™t hear it,â€? he said. â€œWe couldnâ€™t get him in, and they wouldnâ€™t hold him . . . The only way to get an intervention in time is to lie and say they threatened you. Our hands were so tied.â€? Walter Stawicki recalled a son who liked dogs, kids and plants. He joined the U.S. Army after graduating high school, but the Army honorably discharged him after about a year, he said.
Worked as roadie Since then, Ian Stawicki had bounced around serving as a roadie for bands and helping his mother with gardening. According to the Seattle City Attorneyâ€™s Office, police cited Stawicki in 1989 for carrying a concealed knife and, in 2008, a girlfriend who lived with him claimed he had assaulted her and had destroyed her property. She later recanted, and charges were dismissed because she would not cooperate with prosecutors. Stawicki obtained a concealed weapons permit in 2010 from the Kittitas County Sheriffâ€™s Office. The permit shows he owned six firearms.
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The King County medical examinerâ€™s office has identified three of the victims, including two people killed at a cafe and a woman carjacked near downtown Seattle. Friends earlier identified two of the Cafe Racer victims as Drew Keriakedes and 52-year-old Joe Albanese, saying they were oldtime musicians and cafe regulars. On Thursday, the medical examinerâ€™s office confirmed the identification of the 49-year-old Keriakedes and identified a woman tries: Norway, Sweden, Den- fatally shot at the cafe as mark, Iceland and Finland. Tori Twedt will anchor the show, with â€œreportersâ€? from each nation sharing the news. A weatherwoman pre(serving the Peninsula since 1983) dicts the climate changes. We have the largest selection of fabrics on the Peninsula The program â€œsponsorâ€? is â€˘ Custom Draperies â€˘ Shades â€˘ Custom Bed Spreads Ole and Lena and their Goat Gerdaâ€™s Cheese. â€˘ Free In Home Estimates â€˘ The event is free and open to the public. Call Jan Perry to schedule an appointment Scandinavian refresh(360) 457-9776 ments will be served. For more information, phone 360-379-1802.
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Party: Delayed CONTINUED FROM A1 also will be paved today. Once that is completed, Weather was also a fac- paving will begin on the tor, since some forecasts northbound lane which will predicting rain for the also require one-way routing during June, Rogers weekend, she said. The party in July is said. The final phase, to be expected to coincide with the cityâ€™s monthly art walk, completed by the end of and to include childrenâ€™s June, includes the creation activities, a costume contest of a wooden walkway on the north side of Taylor Street and live music. adjacent to Union Wharf that will create a clear path City project between Haller Fountain The city project is esti- and the dock. mated to cost a total of $3.5 No parking will be million: $2 million for side- allowed on the walkway walk and street repair â€” 87 side and cars on the south percent of which is covered side will park perpendicuby federal grants â€” and an lar to the curb instead of additional $1.5 million for parallel. the placement of utility Mullen said that no lines underground, which is spaces will be lost, since the a cost born entirely by the new configuration accomcity, according to City Man- modates 38 spaces as ager David Timmons. before. City officials predict that While the party has been all the downtown work will postponed, the name of the be complete by the end of winner of the $500 â€œTaylor June, about a month behind Made for Youâ€? gift prize the original schedule but package still will be drawn still ahead of the most on Saturday. active tourist season. The name will be drawn Washington Street was from stamped yellow loyclosed Thursday at the Tay- alty cards that are due lor Street intersection in today at the Main Street preparation for for paving office at 211 Taylor St., Suite 3. that will continue today. For more information, The street will be open for traffic late today, accord- phone 360-385-7911 or go to ing to project spokesperson www.ptmainstreet.org. Kara Rogers. ________ Water Street will be conJefferson County Reporter densed to one-way traffic at Charlie Bermant can be reached at the Taylor Street intersec- 360-385-2335 or charlie. tion. bermant@peninsuladailynews. The southbound lane com.
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A doe and two fawns make their way up the hill on Washington Street earlier this week in Port Townsend.
Liquor: Available at groceries CONTINUED FROM A1 Advertised prices were generally lower than those listed by the state Liquor Control Board. Managers and staff at Safeway, Walmart, Albertsons, QFC and Rite Aid stores in Clallam and Jefferson counties confirmed the opening of liquor sales at their stores. Further inquiries were directed to corporate offices.
Former state liquor stores In addition to the grocery outlets, liquor will be available at the former state liquor stores in Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Sequim under private ownership. The state already auctioned off the rights to sell liquor at those stores. The Port Angeles liquor store at
1331 E. Front St. had been closed since May 22 because of statewide staffing issues prompted by the changes brought on by the initiative, which voters approved with a 59-percent yes vote in November. Four smaller, former state-contract stores in Quilcene, Brinnon, Port Hadlock and Clallam Bay will operate as private businesses beginning today. Forks liquor store â€” the Peninsulaâ€™s fifth former state contract store â€” has closed. However, liquor is available beginning today at Forks Outfitters, which includes a Thriftway store at 950 South Forks Ave. â€œThey just assembled a new section, and it will be opening tomorrow,â€? said Shyliah Justus, who works at the Ace Hardware department at Forks Outfitters. Under the measure, restaurants
and bars were allowed to begin buying liquor directly from distributors March 1, and they can begin buying directly from retail stores today.
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However, the measure also imposed an additional 10 percent distributor fee and a 17 percent retail fee on spirits to reimburse state and local governments for millions of dollars in lost revenue. Some retailers say that likely means higher prices for consumers, regardless of where they buy their spirits.
Washington Street is scheduled to open this afternoon with a new coat of asphalt, but traffic will be blocked until that time.
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________ Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at rob.ollikainen@ peninsuladailynews.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ruling: Public safety funding CONTINUED FROM A1 However, initiative opponents filed suit, arguing that the measure violates state rules requiring initiatives to address only one subject. The measure included a provision for public safety funding, which says that in addition to existing laws controlling the distribution of monies received by the state Liquor Control Board Board, a portion of fees from retail spirits licenses and spirits distributor licenses are to be distributed to border areas, counties and cities to enhance public safety programs. A judge rejected the claim that the measure violated state rules, but opponents appealed to the Supreme Court. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the oppo-
â€œThis initiative would violate the constitution if our Legislature had passed it, and it is equally unconstitutional as an initiative of the people.â€? CHARLES K. WIGGINS Supreme Court justice nents had not overcome the presumption that the initiative meets single-subject rules. â€œThe challenged portion of I-1183â€™s ballot title is not palpably misleading or false,â€? a majority opinion by Justice Steven Gonzalez, adding that it will not void a law duly enacted by voters based upon â€œthe technical significance of a word, where it can hardly be contended that anyone was likely to be deceived.â€? Joining Gonzalez in the majority opinion were Chief Justice Barbara
Madsen and Justices Debra Stephens, James Johnson and Susan Owens, who is a former Forks District Court judge. The measure would have been nullified if the court had determined that voters would have rejected the initiative without the public safety provision.
leadingly imply that it does not. The other two justices were Mary Fairhurst and Charles Johnson. â€œThis initiative would violate the constitution if our Legislature had passed it, and it is equally unconstitutional as an initiative of the people,â€? Wiggins wrote. In a separate dissenting opinion, Justice Tom Chambers concurred with the majority that there is a â€œrational unityâ€? between liquor regulation and public safety. But he ultimately agreed with the dissenters that the initiative was unconstitutional because the title failed to mention a new tax.
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SEATTLE â€” Seven roadside charging stations on Interstate 5 and three on Highway 2 opened Wednesday, giving people the option to drive their electric cars across Washington state. The free sites are funded by a $1.5 million federal stimulus grant, using equipment by AeroVironment, a publicly traded company. â€œToday moves us a giant step closer to the day when we can drive our electric cars from Bellingham, Washington, to San Diego, California, along Interstate 5, secure in the knowledge we can quickly recharge our vehicles along the way,â€? said a statement by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire. Ten high-speed charging stations opened in Oregon earlier this year, mostly south of Eugene, also near I-5, on what is being called the West Coast electric highway. California is also expected to develop I-5 stations. There are only about 1,500 all-electric cars registered in Washington state that can travel at highway speed, not counting the dual-mode Chevy Volt or the Toyota plug-in Prius, which use both gasoline and electricity. Thatâ€™s a small fraction of the total 6.9 million motor vehicles. New stations are in Blaine, Bellingham, Burlington, Tumwater, Centralia, Ridgefield and Vancouver, Wash., on I-5, and in Sultan, Skykomish and Leavenworth on Highway 2. Eight sites (except Vancouver, Wash., and Blaine) have a direct-current fast
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Bear reported PORT ORCHARD, â€” Hidden Creek Elementary School in Port Orchard is telling parents not to let children walk to or from school while a big bear may be in nearby woods. South Kitsap School District spokeswoman Lisa Kirkemo says parents should drive their children, if they donâ€™t take the bus. The school went into a modified lockdown Thursday after a staff member reported seeing a â€œvery large bearâ€? and three coyotes behind the school near some woods. No students are allowed on the playgrounds or outside without an adult. Kirkemo says state Fish and Wildlife agents responded but didnâ€™t find the bear. She says they may return with a trap. Itâ€™s apparently a coincidence that the coyotes were seen with the bear. She says â€œCritters are just out there.â€?
â€˜Mural cityâ€™ TOPPENISH â€” Toppenish will get its 74th mural Saturday in a â€œmural-in-adayâ€? event. A dozen artists will create the mural at Pioneer Park. It eventually will be mounted on the outdoor wall of a grocery store. The Yakima HeraldRepublic reported that it will depict a vintage butcher shop. The murals are a tourist attraction in the Yakima Valley town with the slogan, â€œWhere the West Still Lives.â€? The Associated Press
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WAG seeks donations for dog facility Own place will let group to help additional animals BY JEFF CHEW PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
SEQUIM â€” A group of dog lovers with the sole purpose of rescuing abused, abandoned, lost or surrendered dogs, has launched a fundraiser to purchase developed acreage for a new Sequim-area facility they would call Half Way Home Ranch. The Sequim-based nonprofit Welfare for Animals Guild â€” or WAG â€” that serves Clallam County and the North Olympic Peninsula needs $620,000 by the end of the year to purchase the property. Itâ€™s an effort to expand its growing service in hard economic times. WAGâ€™s nine-member board and about 30 members are experts in canine foster care and doggie-people matchmaking, they say â€” experience they have gained over the past 11 years.
From all over â€œI had someone who flew in from Idaho, and we matched her with a dog, and she just loves it, canâ€™t live without it,â€? said Judy Stirton, WAG board president, adding the group matches dogs with owners from as far east as Pennsylvania and north to Canada. WAG recently rescued 10 dogs from a California â€œkill shelterâ€? and has found them all new homes. Since Stirton founded it in 2001, WAG has rescued 829 dogs through 2011, with an all-time high last year of finding and relocating 140 dogs to warm new homes. â€œIf we could own our own facility we could help many more,â€? said WAG treasurer Mary Ann Langan.
She added that group members believe the new 9.5 acres â€” all adequately cross-fenced â€” with a home, caretaker quarters and barn, would allow the group to rescue between 360 and 600 dogs annually. Such a large property, Stirton said, could allow space for a training center. Stirton, Langan and secretary Paula Creasey say the new facility would allow them to help the Peninsulaâ€™s lost dogs â€œwag more and bark less.â€? â€œWe could do better because the demand is here,â€? Creasey said.
Services WAG finds dogs in need, has them spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and provided with appropriate veterinary care. The group provides loving foster homes for dogs until they are adopted. Dogs with behavioral problems stemming from their plights are identified and addressed with a professional trainer who donates her time. WAG provides a resource for people who can no longer take care of their dogs, such as senior citizens who are ill and for those seeking homes for dogs after a death in the family. It also offers shelter to dogs whose owners are in financial straits and can no longer afford to feed them.
Groupâ€™s mission WAGâ€™s mission â€œis to protect animals from neglect, abuse and exploitation; to advocate for their interests and welfare and to inspire awareness and compassion for the animals whose world we share.â€?
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Welfare for Animals Guild leaders, from left, are board member Paula Creasey, treasurer Mary Ann Langan and president Judy Stirton with rescue dogs, from left, Susie, Gabe and Heidi. WAG is launching its fund drive to purchase an existing home, barn well-fenced acreage for a new rescue facility in Happy Valley.
Garage sale fundraiser in June WAGâ€™S THIRD ANNUAL garage sale is set June 15-16 at 165 Howe Road in Agnew (between Port Angeles and Sequim). The sale is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The groupâ€™s annual garage sale raised $8,000 last year. WAG members hope to raise much more at this yearâ€™s sale with an eye toward raising money to purchase land for a new facility. The group seeks donations of $5,000 to $100,000, with the high donor having
Gabriel, an energetic brown Labrador puppy who was with Stirton, Creasey and Langan on Thursday, was found alongside a West Coast highway on Christ-
the facility given that donorâ€™s name. Any donation amount will be gladly accepted, WAG leaders said. To donate to WAG, write a check to P.O. Box 3966, Sequim, WA, 98382. For more information, email email@example.com, visit welfare4animalsguild.org or phone Judy Stirton, board president, at 360-5829636, treasurer Mary Ann Langan at 360-683-0932 or secretary Paula Creasey at 360-452-8192. Peninsula Daily News
mas Day. Hit by a car, they rescued him as a foster dog with a broken leg and swollen abdomen that required surgery to remove damaged
more such situations to end happily. WAGâ€™s leaders said a new facility would expand their service to help dog owners who can no longer keep their beloved companion because of a life-changing event, find a loving home environment for their dog until a permanent home can be found. The dogs will have their own warm beds, plenty of good food, recreation and space to lounge, they said. â€œThe day we acquire it,â€? Langan said of the property, â€œwe could start rescuing dogs â€” thatâ€™s how good it is.â€?
intestine and bowel. Gabe needs a home. ________ There are hundreds of Sequim-Dungeness Valley Edisad tales with happy endtor Jeff Chew can be reached at ings like Gabeâ€™s, the WAG 360-681-2390, ext. 5052 or at jeff. leaders said, and they want firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit fuels interest in Port Angeles-Victoria tourism BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” Entrepreneurs from both sides of the Strait of Juan de Fuca joined with city of Port Angeles officials this week for an enthusiastic, hopeful afternoon of trading tourism ideas. The get-together of business owners from Port Angeles and Victoria concluded with pledges for more acrossthe-water visits â€” and hopes that efforts to bring more Canadian visitors to Victoriaâ€™s smaller southern neighbor will bear fruit. â€œThis is a new beginning, and we should not let it rest,â€? Port Angeles businessman Ed Bedford, owner of Northwest Soda Works, said Wednesday at the close of a Port Angeles CrabHouse restaurant luncheon attended by about 30 participants. â€œItâ€™s important to all of us on both sides of the water,â€? Bedford said. â€œWe will reciprocate on behalf of the city. If we make the opportunity to expand on it, it wonâ€™t do anything but benefit all of us.â€? Luncheon participants heard presentations about Port Angelesâ€™ $17 million waterfront improvement project and the cityâ€™s wireless-access upgrades for Internet users within the city limit along with Victoriaâ€™s plans for its upcoming 150th birthday celebration. The 15 Canadians at the
luncheon were greeted upon their arrived on the 12:05 p.m. MV Coho sailing by Mayor Cherie Kidd and Necessities & Temptations gift shop owner Edna Petersen. Upon disembarking the ferry, the guests received gift bags with candy, a commemorative Elwha River Restoration Project cup, a $5-off discount slip for Petersenâ€™s store and the greeting, â€œWelcome to our Victoria neighbors!â€?
spend a weekend in Port Angeles, and come home,â€? Chan said, adding that Port Angeles is â€œvery walkable.â€? The Wednesday gettogether was initiated by Kidd and organized by her and Frederick. It will be followed by a
Kidd said Thursday, adding that every Canadian who attended the luncheon and toured the city returned to Victoria as a new â€œambassadorâ€? for Port Angeles. â€œWe have to let them know why they need to come here,â€? Kidd said, add-
ing that Wednesday afternoonâ€™s activities represented a step in that direction. â€œWe have a huge, untapped market for tourism in Victoria, and they donâ€™t know why they need to come,â€? she said.
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Tours The Victoria visitors also joined their Port Angeles hosts in a post-luncheon tour of Westport Shipyardâ€™s yacht-building facility. The tour was followed by a walkabout of downtown and the cityâ€™s â€œundergroundâ€? led by underground tour guide and former City Councilman Don Perry and Downtown Association Executive Director Barb Frederick. The Canadians returned to Victoria on the 5:20 p.m. sailing. â€œWe need to educate more people about the ease of going back and forth to the states,â€? Ed Chan of Victoria, a retired chef and an organizer of Wednesdayâ€™s visit, said in a telephone interview Thursday, referring to the 90-minute ferry ride home. â€œItâ€™s fairly inexpensive to hop on a ferry, spend the day in Port Angeles or
Port Angeles delegationâ€™s visit to Victoria on July 1 for Canada Day and Victoria Mayor Dean Fortinâ€™s visit to Port Angeles for the cityâ€™s July Fourth parade, Kidd said. â€œGetting the word out to Victoria, thatâ€™s our focus,â€?
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Wilderness vows made, not kept THE BENEFITS OF an enduring resource of untrammeled wilderness were promised by passage of the federal Wilderness Act in 1964. The act has delivered 110 Martha M. million acres of designated wil- Ireland derness nationally. Of those, 962,249 acres — more than 1,500 square miles — are on the Olympic Peninsula, in five designations. Wilderness makes up 95 percent of Olympic National Park. The Brothers, Buckhorn, Mount Skokomish and Colonel Bob wildernesses all abut the park but are in Olympic National Forest. (One square mile is equal to 640 acres. I accidentally dropped a zero from the square miles figure in my May 18 column.) The park boundary drawn in 1938 has kept its promise to protect and preserve the most scenic and fragile areas of the Olympic
Mountains. The four wilderness areas added in 1984 preserve mountain peaks outside the park. Surrounding federal land that did not make the cut for preservation was designated as working forest, to be managed to produce timber and support for local schools and roads forever. That promise was largely derailed by the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan. With the push to designate everything as wilderness, other promises are also at risk. Various designations are available, including backcountry and roadless, but Wilderness — with the capital “W” — is the most restrictive classification. Designating all wild areas as Wilderness is like setting aside “90 percent of the land for one percent of the people,” warned the late Ken Wilcox, a founder of Backcountry Horsemen of Washington and brother of Port Angeles retiree Lorraine Wilcox Ross. “A rabid segment of our population has been using every means at their disposal to get every acre of unroaded land designated as Wilderness,” Wilcox
wrote in newsletters, which Ross compiled into a book after his death. Common Sense Environmentalist — Ken Wilcox — A Burr Under Bureaucratic Saddles airs his view that Wilderness is not always the best option for people or for the environment. For example, even outhouses, which would help protect the environment, are prohibited in Wilderness areas. While working in the 1970s to 1990s to develop facilities that would support low-impact horse camping, Wilcox discovered “restrictions that Wilderness designations placed on hunting and other forms of recreation.” Testifying before Congress, he supported a “spectrum of alternative land-use designations [reflecting] the public’s tastes for widely diverse kinds of primitive settings.” Hunters and fishermen who favored the Wilderness designation, thinking it would protect and expand their recreational opportunities, were getting snookered, Wilcox warned. After designations were through, established hunting camps were removed, no matter
Peninsula Voices Crosswalk dangers It was neat to see the picture of me and my dog Zera in the paper recently. Had it been two months ago, it would have been almost just me. Like my friend Kyle and his dog Peter (the great), I, too, was involved in a crosswalk altercation. We were crossing at Mount Pleasant [and U.S. Highway 101]. As the light changed, we started across in the northern direction. As we got into the street, I noticed a car speeding toward us in the inside lane. I took one more step, and Zera — on a short leash, I might add — was in the inside lane. I looked up and saw a young woman, speeding and on a cellphone. I jerked Zera completely off her feet as the idiotic triple-lawbreaker sped by, completely oblivious as to what almost happened. I want to alert people about that crosswalk, the one at KFC [east Port Angeles, and every one on the highway of death (101). I have complained to the police. Mount Pleasant is out of their jurisdiction. I have told the sheriff’s department. They tell me that is the State Patrol’s responsibility. So, I call the City Council, thinking maybe I’ll go to a meeting and complain. The lady I talked to, bless her heart, asked me if maybe I would rather have the cops out looking for “drug dealers and child
how historical, and all wheeled conveyances were strictly banned, including single-wheel, pack-out carts. “If Wilderness is the only primitive setting offered in the land-use spectrum, it will be forced to accommodate all roadless activities including uses more appropriately carried out elsewhere,” Wilcox testified. A mix of designations would give users more options and dispersal space so they are not crowded together in ways that threaten the environment, he advised Most distressing, Wilderness managers clearly favored leaving trails unmarked or poorly marked. Wilcox and his Backcountry Horsemen were ordered not to put up signs that would have reduced hazards for horsemen, hikers and the environment by keeping visitors on approved paths. Keeping the view free of manmade signs trumped reducing incidence of people getting lost and injured on unsafe routes. Descriptions online at www. wilderness.net confirm that attitude prevails to this day.
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Honor Flight I have just returned from an Honor Flight to Washington D.C., to view the World War II Memorial. It was fantastic. It is a trip every veteran should take, and it is free because as a veteran, you have already paid enough. They fly you from Sea-Tac [airport] to Baltimore and put you up two nights in a Hilton hotel, all meals furnished. Tour Washington, D.C.; everything is furnished, including wheelchairs food and any special needs. In the evenings, you can sit in the hotel and refight the war and make new friends. The only expense to you is from your home to the airport, and from the airport home. I was treated like a king all the way. For more information go to www.honorflight.org or call me at 360-681-3802. Remember this: If you can read, thank a teacher; if you can read this
THE CAMPAIGNS FOR President Barack Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney and allies already have spent $87 million on TV ads in the nine most hotly contested states. It’s an early and unprecedented level of spending for a general election race that’s just weeks old. The Obama campaign has been the largest single advertiser so far, pouring $31 million into commercials. Romney’s campaign has spent
Besides the stage venues, in English, thank a veteran. Bob Barbee, there was art and entertainSequim ment going on outdoors. The beautiful weekend Fuca Festival I added to the fun and what Many thanks to the Juan appeared to be a large turnde Fuca Festival of the Arts out. Again, bravo to all who committee for an amazing helped make this weekend a weekend. memorable celebration. It was a enriching and Trevor Gloor, gratifying to see and listen Sequim to extraordinary musicians from around the world. Some of the cultural vari- Fuca Festival II ety I experienced came from Recently, our local schoolAfrica, Russia, Ireland, Can- children took a field trip to a ada and the Caribbean. East “show” at the Juan de Fuca and West Coast U.S. and Festival. local groups also contributed The show was supposed to the festivities. to be about culture of the Along with the dedication Baka people of the rain to and mastery of their forest. instruments came a message Not only did our children of tolerance, love and under- see the show, they took part in it. standing across cultures. The only problem is that Issues of social justice it was the Baka religion that were shared along with a joyful connection through the students were told to music. participate in.
slightly more than $5 million on ads. But deep-pocketed, conservative-leaning independent groups have more than made up the difference by spending $42 million to date on ads to defeat Obama. Independent groups interested in seeing Obama get re-elected have spent nearly $9 million on campaign ads. So where are these commercials airing? Obama’s campaign has aired
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molesters.” No, I answered, I don’t do drugs, and I don’t have children. What I do have is a strong desire to cross the street safely. Is that too much to ask? I want to add that one day soon, someone will be killed in a crosswalk, and I’ll be the guy at the courthouse with a sign saying, “I told you so!” Timothy Morgan, Port Angeles
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Most of the Mount Skokomish Wilderness “is wild and ruggedly free, penetrated only by four short and wondrously neglected trails,” the site boasts. “Enjoy challenging recreational activities . . . and extraordinary opportunities for solitude,” it promises. It gives instructions in “leave no trace” camping on trails that are unmarked traces. Disabled and physically unfit people can view these wildernesses only from the windows of an airplane, yet a few purists object to over-flights, wanting silence with their solitude. Promises of expanding recreational opportunities echo as hollowly as timber harvest promises — promises made but not kept.
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They were singing songs, dancing and chanting to a god worshipped by the Baka people. Their religion is an animism religion, meaning they believe everything is connected and everything in nature has a spiritual component. They also have a culture that makes good use of the materials found in the forest and has little waste. Using resources wisely is a good thing, and it’s necessary to teach our students to take care of our earthly resources. However, it’s considered idolatry to those who have biblical beliefs to dance, sing and chant to a false god. We believe in being good stewards of the Earth. But we do not worship the creation, we worship the Creator. We do not worship “Mother Earth,” we worship Father God. Our children should not be made to participate in the worship of false gods. Donna Hendrix, Port Angeles
Source of pride I had the privilege of attending the SequimDungeness Hospital Guild annual luncheon and fashion show attended by 165 people including recipient medical organizations and supporters consisting of the general public [“Sequim Hospital Guild Donates Thousands,” PDN, May 24]. Addie Curtis spoke of the history of the guild and its
significant contributions to our health and fire department organizations. Addie, as vice president, spoke with pride when she said, “An organization is only as good as its CEO, Jean Janis.” Yes, I am Jean’s husband, and she is a continuing source of pride to call her my wife, soul mate and trophy. Jean has been at the helm for five years, having just been elected to an additional two-year term. The guild since its inception in 1970 opened its doors of the thrift shop in 1977. Just under $2 million has been raised. A true diamond has many sparkling facets, and a real trophy wife has much in common with that sparkling diamond. With embarrassed pride, Jack Janis, Sequim EDITOR’S NOTE — Jack Janis, his wife Jean and their yacht were the focus of the “trophy wife” feature in PDN in March, which prompted a cascade of letters to the editor.
Looking back Regarding the PDN Peninsula Lookback item of 1937 [May 24] about Clallam County paving 17.5 miles of roads mainly in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley: One of the roads was Fir Street between Fifth Avenue and Dungeness Way. My parents’ property cornered on Fifth Avenue and Fir. I was 7 years old at the time and figured I should supervise the work. One piece of equipment used was a steamroller driven by our neighbor, Percy Govan, brother of local contractor, Hugh Govan. Percy would roll the asphalt about 30 minutes, then take his bucket and basket and fill the boiler with water from the ditch. Then he’d fill his basket with bark from stumps south of Fir Street and fill the firebox. It was a very economic operation for hard times. Harold Edgington, Sequim
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OK, no asteroids but Andromeda’s coming I’VE DEVELOPED A debilitating case of cosmophobia. The truth is out there, sure. But so is a lot of other scary, and potentially fatal, stuff. Perturbed astronomers say that fear of Maureen Dowd the universe has been growing in the past decade. I’m worried about those two small asteroids that buzzed the Earth this week, those two big earthquakes in Italy and the countdown to doomsday on Dec. 21, supposedly prophesied in the Mayan calendar. Will Planet X, or Nibiru, collide with the Earth before Christmas? Will a solar flare cause a geomagnetic reversal of the North and South Poles? Will a black hole swallow us up? It looks to be the hottest spring on record, Fourth of July at Memorial Day as The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore put it. It’s been so boiling, with people getting treated for heat stroke, that it’s redolent of that “Twilight Zone” episode where the Earth spins out of its orbit and moves closer to the sun and everyone’s burning to death. (Except it turns out to be a dream and the Earth is actually moving farther from the Sun and everyone’s freezing to death.) Maybe my eschatological tizzy started with “Melancholia,” Lars von Trier’s gorgeous but weird meditation on the annihilation of the Earth by a passing planet. Or seeing the trailer for “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” an end-of-days romantic comedy with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. But my cataclysmic creeps ratcheted up when I read a book
due out nationally later this month called The Age of Miracles, a debut novel by Karen Thompson Walker. It makes you look around more warily as you walk down the street. Walker has written a tender coming-of-age novel set at the toxic end of the world. The Earth’s rotation slows and days and nights stretch the length of weeks. The magnetic field shielding the Earth from the sun’s radiation withers, gravity goes kerflooey and the temperature is either boiling or freezing. The former book editor got the idea after reading that the 2004 earthquake in Indonesia was so powerful that it changed the shape of the Earth, sped up its rotation and shaved 3 microseconds off each day. Walker says she checked with a graduate student of astrophysics to add verisimilitude. “For example, I had assumed that the slowing would make gravity feel a little weaker, but I was mistaken,” she said in an email. “The rotation of the Earth is responsible for a very slight counter-gravity [centrifugal] force. That means that if the rotation slowed, gravity on Earth would become ever-so-slightly stronger. “Baseballs might not fly quite as far as they used to, and birds and airplanes would be pulled a bit more powerfully toward the Earth.” Feeling a little jittery, I called David Morrison, the senior scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California who answers questions online sent from the public to the Web site “Ask an Astrobiologist.” Even before archaeologists discovered an extended Mayan calendar in Guatemala last month that debunked the idea that the world is ending Dec. 21 (or Dec. 23, depending on who’s counting), Morrison thought the Mayan prophecy was bunk.
People trying to make money are ginning up the hoax, he said. “The worst thing is they really do frighten children, and it’s evil to make up lies to scare children,” he said. “I have at least one email a day from a kid who says he can’t sleep. Some are threatening suicide. “I heard about two sets of parents who talked about killing their children and themselves before the date, and a girl hanged herself in England in the fall, worrying over 2012.” He reassured me that the premises in Walker’s novel and “The Twilight Zone” could not happen. “We can do horrible things to the planet with global warming or nuclear war,” he said. “But we can’t shift the distance to the sun or slow the rotation.” Noting the growing cases of cosmophobia, Morrison asked impatiently, “Why is our society so focused on potential disasters?” Just as I was starting to calm down, he mentioned that the Andromeda galaxy is going to crash into the Milky Way in two billion years. Hearing me keening over the strain of Andromeda, he explained that it would just be two great big fuzzy balls of stars and mostly empty space passing through each other harmlessly over the course of millions of years. “We’ll just have twice as many stars,” he said. “The end of the world is a really silly concept. “It’s been here for four billion years. I can imagine us blowing ourselves up as a civilization, but the planet wouldn’t care.” How can he be sure? “I have a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard,” he replied. OK, then.
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First lady’s ‘civilian’ act hard to follow THE FIRST LADY of the United States is on a whirlwind publicity tour for her hefty new food and gardening book ($30), which the White House hopes will bolster Team Obama’s favorability ratings. I’d say it’s a classic recipe Michelle for rank camMalkin paign hypocrisy and media double standards. While journalists savor chummy chitchats with Mrs. Obama about beets and Beyonce, FLOTUS is once again escaping hard questions about her cronyism, junk science and generous junkets at taxpayer expense. Mrs. Obama’s 2012 campaign media blitz has already brought her to daytime airwaves. This week, she’s hitting up “Good Morning America,” “The View,” Rachael Ray’s cooking show, “LIVE! with Kelly (Ripa)” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” My prediction? As soon as the fawning media frenzy dies down and Mrs. Obama’s book rises to the top of The New York Times best-seller list, POTUS will go back to claiming that FLOTUS is a “private citizen” who should be left alone. The Obamas’ Chicago strategists have long enjoyed invoking selective immunity for the first lady without challenge. Lapdog reporters have assisted in creating an impenetrable bubble of political protection around the profligate, policy-meddling first lady. We’ve seen it before. When conservatives challenged Mrs. O’s caustic 2008 campaign trail statements disparaging America and fear-mongering for votes, her hubby invoked the “civilian” shield. He threatened Republicans to “lay off his wife,” arguing that political spouses should not be
subject to public scrutiny because they didn’t choose public life. When Mrs. O’s lavish vacation in Spain — accompanied by an entourage of 70 Secret Service agents and 250 Spanish law enforcement officers — provoked a massive public backlash in 2010, then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs argued that the first lady was a “private citizen” who should be off-limits to tough questions about her behavior. Horse-hockey. Obama’s outspoken bitter half conscientiously and deliberately inserted herself into the public square long before the family moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — whether it was organizing a Woods Fund panel with her husband and Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, taking a publicly subsidized government job with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, or parlaying her relationship with political mentor Valerie Jarrett into a cushy public job at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she oversaw a patient-dumping scheme that benefited her political cronies. As I reported earlier this month, Mrs. Obama’s signature program (now run by Obama’s best golfing buddy Dr. Eric Whitaker) just received a $6 million grant from an Obamacare agency with zero independent oversight. Just a humble private mom raising her two daughters while Dad does all that hardball politics stuff? Pshaw. Let’s not forget that Mrs. Obama leveraged her hubby’s Senate victory to snag a lucrative seat on the corporate board of directors of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. despite having zero experience in the industry. When her garden gloves are off, her political boxing gloves are on. Mrs. O famously has castigated other Americans’ choices in how they earn their money. She used her East Wing power to push Obamacare. She has exploited the bully pulpit to restrict food advertisers’ speech. She has served the SEIU’s leg-
islative agenda of increasing the welfare state and padding membership rolls with more government schoolworkers under the guise of fighting child obesity. And she has relied on questionable science to declare war on socalled “food deserts” in poor neighborhoods where she claims only fast food is available. But according to two major peer-reviewed and published studies: (1) poor neighborhoods had nearly twice the number of supermarkets and large-scale grocers per square mile as wealthier neighborhoods, and (2) there is no correlation between what students in a large-scale California survey ate, what they weighed and what kinds of foot they ate within the immediate radius of their homes. While she denies a Nanny State agenda, Mrs. Obama successfully has strong-armed several major restaurant chains into redesigning their menus to her exacting healthful standards. One of those targets is Darden Restaurants, which operates Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants across the country. At a time when most food-service providers are struggling under the weight of increased taxes, health care mandates and regulations, Darden Restaurants just happens to be one of the few and fortunate businesses to obtain one of those coveted Obamacare waivers. When Michelle Obama stops using her public office to push new Big Government power grabs and redistribute wealth to her cronies (flashback: Chicago Obamalympics), stoke racial grievances, and meddle in Obama administration personnel decisions that lead to whistleblower firings (ask her about former AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin), I’ll leave her alone. Until then, someone’s got to deliver FLOTUS her just deserts.
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Briefly . . . Semi-truck rolls, blocks Highway 101 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK â€” A semi-truck with a trailer containing crushed cars rolled over at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 101 between East Beach and Barnes Point near the east end of Lake Crescent. No injuries were reported, Olympic National Park spokeswoman Rainey McKenna said. The rollover blocked all the Highway 101 lanes briefly until the eastbound lane was opened shortly after 3 p.m. for alternating traffic, McKenna said. Both lanes were later closed at the rollover site for about two hours while the crushed cars were removed by a tow truck, McKenna said. Vehicles were rerouted to state Highway 112 by state Department of Transportation and State Patrol personnel while the highway as being cleared, she said. Oil spilled from the semi at the rollover had been contained as of 3:30 p.m., McKenna said.
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Ken Reandeau of Reandeau Excavating moves dirt as his son, Andy Reandeau, checks elevations in preparation for installation of a new playground at Shane Park in Port Angeles. A community fund drive helped supplement city parks funds to purchase and install new equipment, replacing an abbreviated set of playground equipment.
â€œbeneficial occupancy date,â€? or when contractor Blackhawk Ventures LLC of San Antonio, Texas, â€œhands possession of the property back over to usâ€? was moved Border Patrol move from Thursday, Jones said. With this weekâ€™s on-site PORT ANGELES â€” walk-throughs of the site The Border Patrolâ€™s sprawlby the U.S. Army Corps of ing new North Olympic Peninsula headquarters at Engineers, which is overseeing the project, â€œthere 110 Penn St. wonâ€™t be are things that need to be ready for computers and looked at and completed furnishings for â€œabout a subsequent to that handweek,â€? and occupancy by over,â€? Jones said. the federal agents is not Corps of Engineers expected until up to 90 project manager Michael days after that, Border Sangren, who conducted Patrol spokesman Jeffrey the walk-throughs, had Jones said Thursday. said in an earlier interâ€œFrom what I am being told, it will be closer to the view that occupancy could have begun as early as end of 90 days, but thatâ€™s Thursday. pretty standard,â€? Jones The 19,000-square foot said. building, the former Eagles What Jones called the
Aerie 483 facility, was gutted and is being renovated as part of a $9.8 million construction project capable of headquartering up to 50 agents â€” there were 42 as of February â€” who patrol Clallam and Jefferson counties. The agents will move from the Richard B. Anderson Federal Building in downtown Port Angeles. Jones said a ribbon-cutting and open house will likely be held in late summer or early fall.
Sequim vacancy SEQUIM â€” The deadline is today for applications to fill a vacancy on the cityâ€™s lodging tax advisory committee. The position must be filled by a representative
from a business required to collect lodging tax within the Sequim city limit. The committee consists of four voting members appointed by the City Council. Two members are business representatives, and two are people involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received from lodging tax funds. The board meets on a quarterly basis. Applications are available at Sequim City Hall, 152 W. Cedar St., by phoning 360-683-4139, or on the website at www.sequimwa. gov.
Meetings hit road GARDINER â€” The Jefferson County Planning Commission will take its
regular meetings on the road this summer, visiting Gardiner, Brinnon and the West End to hear what local residents feel is important for future growth and development. Meetings will be held at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Gardiner Road, on Wednesday; in Brinnon on July 18; and in Clearwater on Aug. 1. The Planning Commission currently is working to review and assess the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan (â€œComp Planâ€?) and Development Regulations to identify possible amendments for a staterequired periodic update. The Washington Growth Management Act aims to help local jurisdictions facilitate growth and development in a coordinated
fashion to ensure a broad array of community values are protected, such as health and safety, economic development, environment and natural resources, public services and facilities, and quality of life. Jeffersonâ€™s comprehensive plan was last updated in 2004. It identified six basic planning objectives: preserve rural character, acknowledge patterns of existing development, enhance rural economy, allocate land to meet anticipated needs, continuous and ongoing public involvement, and compliance with GMA requirements. At the Gardiner meeting, commission members will seek input on the goals and policies of the comprehensive plan, especially those that pertain to the commercial, industrial and agricultural zoned areas. The commission also wants to identify anything from the 1989 Gardiner Community Development Plan thatâ€™s not already covered by the comprehensive plan and is consistent with the GMA. To review materials or for more information, visit tinyurl.com/6uuyope, phone 360-379-4484 or email PlanComm@co. jefferson.wa.us.
Student honored ELLENSBURG â€” Tyler Kennedy has made the Deanâ€™s List for the winter quarter at Central Washington University. Kennedy, a freshman, is majoring in criminal law and justice. He is the son of Randy and former Port Angeles resident Ronna (Pedersen) Kennedy, grandson of Mark and Diana Schildknecht of Sequim and great-grandson of Lois Bakker of Port Angeles. Peninsula Daily News
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$599.99 Reg. $889.99 $549.99 Reg. $1139.99 $599.99 Reg. $1999.99
$699.99 Reg. $1329.99 $679.99
*Tempurpedic & Ekornes on sale with authorized factory pricing.
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