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PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

Ban: Lawmaker

suggests more signs, education

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Caden Moseley, 8, holds out his plate as his mom, Michelle, serves up pancakes cooked by his dad, Paul, at the 10th annual Port Ludlow Kids Club Pancake Breakfast at the Beach Club at the Port Ludlow resort Monday. Wearing reindeer antlers in the background are Piper Diehl, left, and Monica Van Loon.

Briefly: State prosecutors said he and Juan Ortiz went to the north Tacoma home of gang leader Juan Zuniga on May 12, 2010. Zuniga was gunned down, and another man was wounded. TACOMA — A fugitive Prosecutors said Toleafoa teen wanted in connection and Ortiz fled. with a 2010 gang killing Toleafoa has been on has been extradited to the run for more than two Pierce County from Mexico. years. Ortiz is still believed The Pierce County pros- to be in Mexico. ecutor’s office said Monday Seven people have been that a judge will determine convicted of felonies in whether 18-year-old Naita- Zuniga’s death. alii Toleafoa will be tried as a juvenile or an adult. He Victim identified is charged with first-degree ELLENSBURG — murder, assault and unlaw- Authorities said a second ful passion of a firearm. gunshot victim was found Prosecutor Mark in the trunk of a car where Lindquist said Toleafoa a fatally shot man was disshould be prosecuted as an covered last Friday. adult because of the vioKittitas County Underlent, adult-style gang sheriff Clayton Myers said crime. Monday that detectives removed the body of Toleafo was 15 when

Teen faces murder in gang killing

37-year-old Michael Eby from the trunk of the car after the vehicle had been taken in for processing. Eby, of Yakima, had been shot. Authorities earlier found the body of 35-yearold Ryan Pederson in the back seat of the car. A passing motorist had reported the car off the road in the Yakima River Canyon on Friday. An initial statement from the sheriff’s office only mentioned the first victim. Myers said Eby borrowed the car from his father Thursday. Detectives from Yakima and Kittitas County are investigating.

Highway 2 closed STEVENS PASS — U.S. Highway 2 is closed

between Stevens Pass and Leavenworth as transportation workers deal with numerous snow-laden trees bent over the roadways. Transportation spokesman Jeff Adamson said Monday there’s no estimate for when that section of highway will reopen. It has been closed since Saturday night when a vehicle slammed into a fallen tree about 22 miles west of Leavenworth, injuring five people, some seriously. He said crews are hoping for a break in the weather, but more snow is expected this week. Drivers can reach the Stevens Pass ski area from the west side but not from the east side. The Associated Press

Court: Election delays progress CONTINUED FROM A1 includes weekly progress appearances before a judge. For Markow, that makes Progress of the mental health court was delayed by it easier to ensure defenthe Nov. 6 election so staff dants keep taking their could brief new Superior medications. “It gives us another shot Court Judge Keith Harper on the mental health court, to engage those that are willing and able, to motiMarkow said. He and a contingent of vate people toward treatcounty law officials were ment,� Markow said. Jail often works against slated to observe Skagit County’s mental health the mentally ill, Rosekrans court program in Mount said. Mentally ill prisoners Vernon earlier this month, but were blocked when often begin to look up to winds kicked up Admiralty some of the more veteran Inlet waters and shut down inmates who in turn find ways to tap social security the Coupeville ferry. “We’re anxious to get payments or steal medicastarted,� said Markow. “So tion. Jail also tends to put far, I think we’re ready to the mentally ill at higher go.� risk for abusing drugs and The program puts people alcohol, Markow said. with mental illness who Markow said there are have committed nonviolent five or six people in Jeffercrimes into treatment that son County for whom he

thinks the mental health court could have an immediate impact. The mental health court differs from an insanity plea, said Rosekrans, in that defendants will have to be deemed competent of understanding their charges and rights.

Enthusiastic acceptance Rosekrans said the idea gained enthusiastic acceptance from judges, police agencies and the Safe Harbor substance abuse center. Under a grant from the federal Bureau of Justice Administration, the Jefferson County squad consulted with officials who have run mental health courts in Skagit, Spokane and Thurston counties. “All the different stakeholders saw a problem. We

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just needed somebody to pick up the ball,� Rosekrans said. Deputy prosecutor Miriam Norman will act as administrator, but Rosekrans said he would like to hire a coordinator who could devote all their time to the mental health court. “I understand when times are tight, there’s some things you’re going to have to put off for a couple of years,� said Rosekrans. “Unfortunately, somebody with mental illness can’t wait for a couple of years.� To fund the coordinator, Rosekrans noted his 2013 salary of $126,369 is $22,463 lower than what it would be had the county matched the state’s $74,416. “We could take that $22,000 and put it towards hiring a coordinator,� said Rosekrans. “That’s my contribution to the war effort.�

CONTINUED FROM A1 visitors on foot. One such walker was “The reason I am work- injured in a horseback riding on this, though, is that I ing incident, which made think what the Fish and horseback riding a safety Wildlife Service is propos- issue, Ryan said. “The point is, there are ing is extremely unreasonmore people riding here we able. “It would have an impact need to be concerned about on the people who live here and the impact on the peoand the people who visit ple and the wildlife,� he said. here. The horse trail was built “Jogging and horseback riding exist here with very by horse enthusiasts and few problems,� Van de Wege for years has been maintained by them, said Jennisaid. If there are issues with fer Reandeau, outgoing horseback riding and jog- president of Back Country ging, he would address Horsemen of Washington, Peninsula chapter. them with more signs and “I feel it’s not fair,� she education, Van De Wege said of the proposed ban. said. The refuge is overseen Species observers by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As for jogging, it could It is visited by 80,000 scare wildlife and have an people a year, an average of impact on species being 160 horseback riders and observed by birdwatchers even fewer joggers than and photographers, Ryan horse enthusiasts, said said. “Because of the species Kevin Ryan, project leader for the Washington Mari- we have, the public uses we time National Wildlife Ref- have here, we just initially uge complex, which includes found in the draft that [jogthe Dungeness refuge and ging] is not appropriate. “The staff here felt the Protection Island. Under the 1997 National running thing was an issue Wildlife Refuge System and addressed it.� Dungeness Recreation Improvement Act of 1997, each of the nation’s approxi- Area, which is a county mately 450 wildlife refuges park adjacent to Dungeness that are open to the public National Wildlife Refuge, have or are creating com- does allow jogging and prehensive conservation horseback riding. Van De Wege said the plans like the one proposed for the Dungeness Wildlife proposed ban was an example of the worst aspects of refuge. The plan for Dungeness “big government.� “Joggers startling aniis available via http:// tinyurl.com/pdn-refuge, mals, I just don’t think which includes information that’s something people buy on sending comments on into,� he said. “When are they going to the proposal. stop, when are they going to say no humans? Comment period “What is going to be the The comment period was end of limiting public extended to Jan. 28 to access?� address Van De Wege’s conBut Ryan said the refuge cerns, said Miel Corbett, was not intended to serve a deputy assistant regional wide variety of uses. director-external affairs for “This is a national wildthe Fish and Wildlife Ser- life refuge, not a multiplevice’s Pacific region. use property,� he said. “Jogging is an activity “They are public lands that takes place very, very set aside for wildlife, but rarely on national wildlife wildlife comes first. refuges,� Corbett said Fri“The activity has to be day in a telephone inter- appropriate and compatible view from her Portland, with wildlife and not Ore., office. adversely impact them.� The easement is “really Van De Wege said the important� for protecting state would have to address wildlife that uses the inner wildlife protection when it bay during winter, Ryan took back control of the land. said. Revoking the easement Only wildlife-dependent activities — specifically “is not the best answer,� he photography, birdwatching, added. “The best answer is for environmental education, environmental interpreta- Fish and Wildlife not to tion, fishing and hunting move forward with the pro— are allowed on wildlife posal.� Ryan and Van De Wege refuges, although hunting is not allowed at the Dunge- said public comments have been largely against the ness refuge. Jogging and horseback jogging and horseback-ridriding are not wildlife ing bans. dependent, Ryan said. ________ Horseback riding now is Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb allowed on 500 feet of trail can be reached at 360-452-2345, leading down to the beach ext. 5060, or at paul.gottlieb@ on a pathway shared by peninsuladailynews.com.

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spending about 20 minutes in cold water before she was rescued. Authorities were called to a Waterville home at 8:53 a.m. Monday. They found Ernestine Eggers close to unconsciousness in water at the bottom of the approximately 30-foot well. Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Couey said Eggers was found sitting in about 1 to 2 feet of cold water when rescuers arrived. The woman stumbled into the open well after the lid was left off. Firefighters helped pull Eggers from the well and she was transported to a nearby hospital. Her condition wasn’t immediately known. Waterville is about 25 miles northeast of Wenatchee.

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