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May 28, 2012
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PT climber to father: It’s harder than 2010 BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND — After not having spoken to their Everest-ascending son, Leif Whittaker, for more than a week, Jim Whittaker and Diane Roberts of Port Townsend finally spoke with him Sunday morning. The elder Whittaker was the first American to reach the Everest summit in 1963. His 27-year-old son, who first scaled the 29,046-foot Himalayan peak in 2010, spent a short time with his climbing expedition team of four at L. Whittaker the oxygen-depleted elevation, shortly after 9:30 p.m. Pacific time Friday before descending to base camp. “He said it was the hardest thing he had ever done — harder than the first time,” Jim said. “People tend to forget what is painful or difficult,” he noted.
Grateful for his service Lewis-McChord team gives late veteran honors burial
Last on the mountain Jim said that his son told him that his group was the last on the mountain Friday. They waited on the lower south summit for more than an hour while the previous group cleared summit. He may have been among the last groups to summit this year, as the monsoon season began, ending the window of relatively good weather that allows a spring climbing season. Talking to his father Sunday, Jim said Leif told him that while on the summit, famed mountaineer Conrad Anker, 49, came up behind the group and did not carry any oxygen, Leif told his father. “He said Anker was groggy, so they went back down with him,” Jim said. Anker was a member of the 1999 search team that located the remains of legendary British climber George Mallory. TURN
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Piper Nancy Frederick, left, plays “Mist-Covered Mountains” as Cpl. Nicholas Wells, carrying ashes, and Pvt. Christopher Ricketson, with flag, proceed to the site of Duane Quenten Harris’ service at Fort Worden Military Cemetery. Harris, of Oakville, had wanted to be buried at the site.
BY JENNIFER JACKSON PORT TOWNSEND — His parents met at the USO club — now the American Legion hall — in Port Townsend after World War II. He was born at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Seattle and raised on military bases from Washington, D.C., to Port Angeles. In 1969, he enlisted in the Army, took basic training at Fort Lewis and volunteered for duty in Vietnam. He also served in Okinawa, Japan, and as a special forces medic in Korea. In a 22-year military career, he earned a nursing administration degree and a master’s in business administration, and served at military hospitals across the U.S.
Mother of Green Beret breakfasts with Obama BY ARWYN RICE
Capt. Joseph William Schultz, a decorated Green Beret, was killed PORT ANGELES along with two — Nothing can members of his assuage the grief Army special forces Betsy Reed Schultz team May 29, 2011, bears this Memorial when the Humvee Day — not even a they were riding in breakfast with the B. Schultz was hit by an president. improvised exploThough the Port sive device in Afghanistan’s Angeles woman was “proWardak province. He was 36. foundly honored” to be “Memorial Day last year, I invited to the White House went on an airplane to Dover for breakfast with Barack and Michelle Obama, the trip Air Force base to accept his body,” Schultz said. is the result of the death of her only son. TURN TO SCHULTZ/A4 PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
tioned at Fort Gordon in Georgia. He played “Amazing Grace” at mili■ Ceremony to retire worn flags in tary funerals at Tahoma Veterans CemePort Ludlow today/A9 tery and was in the Clan Stewart and Tacoma Scots bagpipe bands, she said. On the Monday before Memorial Day, “Duane was very active in his Scottish Master Sgt. (Ret.) Duane Quenten Harris heritage,” Gibson said. was laid to rest at Fort Worden Military Boatbuilding school Cemetery with full military honors. The 593rd Sustainment Brigade HonAfter retiring from the military in ors Team of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, 1990, Harris, as an Oakville resident, led by Cpl. Nicholas Wells, performed the attended the Northwest School of flag ceremony, gun salute and taps. Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock. Port Townsend piper Nancy Stewart He was a volunteer deckhand on the played “Mist-Covered Mountains” for the Coast Guard cutter Comanche and a processional as well as “Amazing Grace” member of the Lake Union Wooden Boat during the graveside service. Foundation. Harris’ wife, Lori K. Gibson, said he TURN TO SERVICE/A4 learned to play the bagpipes while sta-
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Peninsula salmon hatchery forced by virus to kill stock BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — A deadly fish virus known to affect wild salmon has hit a Peninsula fish farm, forcing American Gold Seafoods to kill the entire stock of Atlantic salmon it had at its Bainbridge Island site, and triggering concerns of a possible spread of the disease among fish in the Salish Sea. Tests earlier this month confirmed the presence of an influenza-like virus called infectious hematopoietic necrosis, or IHN, in the fish contained in 2 acres of nets near the shores of Bainbridge Island. The virus does not affect
It first appeared in two British humans but occurs in wild sockeye salmon and can be carried by Columbia fish farms, forcing the other fish, such as herring, that destruction of almost 600,000 sometimes pass through fish net fish, the Kitsap Sun reported. TURN TO SALMON/A4 pens, affecting the farmed fish.
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Tim McGraw to give 25 vets houses SINGER TIM MCGRAW announced on Thursday that he’s going to give away 25 mortgage-free houses — one for each stop on his upcoming “Brothers of the Sun” tour with Kenny Chesney — to wounded or needy service members. The campaign, which kicks off with a Memorial Day concert for military members at the Beacon McGraw Theater in New York, was inspired by the close relationships McGraw has with veterans in his life. “My sister’s a veteran, my uncle’s a veteran, my grandfather was a veteran, one of my best friends is a veteran,” McGraw said in an interview. “I’ve known people my whole life who are in service to America. And I think in my position to be able to do something like that is probably the ultimate thing. So to be able to go on tour and provide sort of a stable foundation for a veteran and their family is something I really look forward to.”
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liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth. The controversy was a blow to the predominantly Muslim country’s reputation for combining free speech and democracy with a mostly moderate brand of the faith.
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SANDY DAHL, 52, the wife of the pilot of the United Airlines flight that crashed into a Pennsylvania field after being taken over by terrorists on 9/11, has died of what her charity said was natural causes. Family friend David Dosch told the Denver Post Mrs. Dahl passed away in her sleep. The CapMrs. Dahl tain Jason in 2011 M. Dahl Scholarship Fund said on its website that she died near Denver. Her body was found Friday. Mrs. Dahl’s husband was the captain of United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. Mrs. Dahl founded a scholarship fund in her husband’s honor to provide funding for young pilots to receive their education. She also spoke publicly to ensure that the heroism of those aboard Flight 93 wasn’t forgotten.
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drilling operations in the area. The 300-foot rig is being towed by two tugboats. Its tower extends 185 feet above the deck.
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All is well at the state’s newest penal institution, the new warden says, following a shake-up last week that removed the first superintendent of the Clallam Bay Corrections Center. The interim superintendent, state assistant prisons director Robert Jones, said steps are being taken to ensure — through improved communications among staff and inmates — that a two-day work protest doesn’t happen again. Gov. Booth Gardner’s 1962 (50 years ago) spokesman said Clallam Bay Superintendent Tom Western Offshore No. 2, Waters was transferred to the largest floating oil rig another position in the in the world, has been state corrections system towed into Port Angeles because the prison needed Harbor for a day’s layover. new leadership. Owned by Western OffOne immediate goal, shore Drilling Co. of Long Jones said, is to clear up a Beach, Calif., the rig is on its way from California to backlog of paperwork that Cook Inlet, Alaska, to begin has held up inmate releases.
Looking Back From the files of The Associated Press
TODAY IS MONDAY, May 28, the 149th day of 2012. There are 217 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On May 28, 1912, the Senate Commerce Committee issued its report on the sinking of the Titanic. Sen. William Alden Smith, R-Mich., chairman of the special subcommittee that looked into the disaster, cited a “state of absolute unpreparedness,” improperly tested safety equipment and an “indifference to danger” on the part of the ship’s captain, Edward Smith, as being among the causes. On this date: ■ In 1533, the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, declared the marriage of England’s King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid. ■ In 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, made up of freed blacks, left Boston to fight for the Union in the Civil War. ■ In 1892, the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco. ■ In 1918, the Battle of Cantigny began during World War I as American troops captured the French town from the Germans. ■ In 1934, the Dionne quintuplets — Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne — were born to Elzire Dionne at the family farm in Ontario, Canada.
■ In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington signaling that vehicular traffic could begin crossing the just-opened Golden Gate Bridge in California. ■ In 1940, during World War II, the Belgian army surrendered to invading German forces. ■ In 1959, the U.S. Army launched Able, a rhesus monkey, and Baker, a squirrel monkey, aboard a Jupiter missile for a suborbital flight that both primates survived. ■ In 1972, Edward, the Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the English throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, died in Paris at age 77.
■ In 1985, David Jacobsen, director of the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, was abducted by pro-Iranian kidnappers; he was freed 17 months later. ■ Ten years ago: NATO declared Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance. ■ Five years ago: The United States and Iran broke a 27-year diplomatic freeze with a four-hour meeting in Baghdad about Iraqi security. ■ One year ago: President Barack Obama praised Poland’s transition to democracy following a meeting in Warsaw with President Bronislaw Komorowski.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Rodney Berget lives in a cell on South Dakota’s death row. Rarely leaving the tiny room, he is scheduled to die later this year for bludgeoning a prison WASHINGTON — The U.S. can’t count on Russia — a major guard to death with a pipe during an attempted escape. arms supplier to Syria — to Berget is the second member force President Bashar al-Assad of his family to be sentenced to from power, Sen. John McCain said Sunday, blaming President death. His older brother was Barack Obama for embracing a convicted in 1987 of killing a man for his car. Roger Berget “feckless” foreign policy and spent 13 years on Oklahoma’s punting tough decisions until death row until his execution in after the fall election. 2000 at age 39. It was a The Bergets are not the first sharp pair of siblings to be conrebuke even demned. Record books reveal at for McCain, least three cases of brothers R-Ariz., who who conspired to commit crimes as a longand got the death penalty. time critic But these two stand out of Obama’s because their crimes were sepawar stratrated by more than 600 miles egy hasn’t and 25 years. McCain pulled many Bell factory burns punches. As the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services HAMPTON, Conn. — One of Committee, McCain’s viewpoint the oldest continuously operaton world events often finds its ing factories in Connecticut that way into GOP election-year talk- made bells was destroyed in a ing points. late Saturday night fire. “This administration has a Little remains of the Bevin feckless foreign policy which Brothers Manufacturing Co. abandons American leadership,” factory, the only remaining comMcCain told “Fox News Sunpany manufacturing just bells day.” in the United States. “What the conclusion you can The company dates its East draw is that this president Hampton bell manufacturing to wants to kick the can down the 1832, makes sleigh, hand, road on all of these issues until house, cow, sheep, door and after the election . . . it’s really ship’s bells. Its products were an abdication of everything that featured in the classic movie America stands for and believes “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The Associated Press in,” he later added.
Nearly half of new vets are filing for disability 45 percent of troops returning from overseas seeking benefits BY MARILYNN MARCHIONE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MILWAUKEE — America’s newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen. A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are servicerelated. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press. What’s more, these new veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average, and the most recent ones over the past year are claiming 11 to 14. By comparison, Vietnam veter-
ans are receiving compensation for fewer than four, on average, and those from World War II and Korea, just two. It’s unclear how much worse off these new veterans are than their predecessors. Many factors are driving the dramatic increase in claims — the weak economy, more troops surviving wounds and more awareness of problems such as concussions and PTSD.
Close to one third granted Almost one-third have been granted disability so far. Government officials and some veterans advocates said that vets who might have been able to work with certain disabilities may be more inclined to seek benefits now because they lost jobs or can’t find any. Aggressive outreach and advocacy efforts also have brought
more veterans into the system, which must evaluate each claim to see if it is war-related. Payments range from $127 a month for a 10 percent disability to $2,769 for a full one. As the nation commemorates the more than 6,400 troops who died in post-9/11 wars, the problems of those who survived also draw attention. These new veterans are seeking a level of help the government did not anticipate, and for which there is no special fund set aside to pay. The Department of Veterans Affairs is mired in backlogged claims, but “our mission is to take care of whatever the population is,” said Allison Hickey, the VA’s undersecretary for benefits. “We want them to have what their entitlement is.” The 21 percent who filed claims in previous wars is Hickey’s estimate of an average for Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. The VA has details only on the current disability claims being paid to veterans of each war.
Briefly: World The official, Fereydoon Abbasi, also announced that Iran would start DAMASCUS, Syria — The building two Syrian government Sunday denied responsibility for killings nuclear power plants in Abbasi in a string of villages that left 2013, and he more than 90 people dead, said that its only active nuclear blaming the killings on “hundreds of heavily armed gunmen” reactor was near full production after a delay of many years. who also attacked soldiers in He made clear there would the area. be no suspension of enrichment Friday’s assault on the cenby Iran, a crucial demand of a tral area of Houla was one of handful of United Nations Secuthe bloodiest single events in rity Council resolutions. Syria’s 15-month-old uprising, and gruesome images of dozens of children killed in the attacks Airlines resumes flights prompted a wave of internaMARKA AIRBASE, Jordan tional outrage. — Palestinian Airlines is back The U.N. said 32 children in the skies after being younger than 10 were among grounded for seven years by the the dead and issued a statedeepening enmities of the ment appearing to hold the Syr- Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ian regime responsible. PersisOnce hailed as a symbol of tent violence has cast doubt Palestinian statehood dreams, about the future of international the carrier is a tiny operation, efforts to halt 14 months of with just two 48-seat turboprop bloodshed between the regime planes, two weekly flights and a and forces fighting against it. borrowed hub in Egypt. Diplomats said the Security But Palestinians say just Council met in an emergency being on the map again is what session to discuss the massacre. matters. “My hands were shaking Iran defiant on uranium when I bought the ticket . . . and it said the name of the carrier is TEHRAN — Iran will not Palestinian Airlines,” said halt its 20 percent enrichment recent passenger Zuhair of uranium, the country’s Mohammed, a 38-year-old nuclear chief said Sunday on teacher from Gaza. state television, backing away The 15-year-old airline’s forfrom an earlier offer that sugtunes have been closely tied to gested Tehran might be prepared to cease production of the the quest for a Palestinian state. higher-grade nuclear material. The Associated Press
Syria denies responsibility for killing 90
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A Marine salutes as some of the estimated 400,000 motorcyclists coming to the nation’s capitol for the annual Rolling Thunder Memorial Day parade drive past in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.
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Tropical Storm Beryl already was wrecking some Memorial Day weekend plans Sunday, sending shoreline campers packing to head inland and canceling some events in the southeastern U.S. Beryl was still well offshore, but officials in Georgia and Florida were already bracing for drenching rains and driving winds. Campers at Georgia’s Cumberland Island, which is reachable only by boat, were told to leave by 4:45 p.m. The island has a number of undeveloped beaches and forests popular with campers.
In Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday’s jazz festival and Memorial Day ceremony were canceled. Workers are also out clearing tree limbs and debris that could be tossed about by the storm’s winds, which had reached 65 mph Sunday.
Tree limbs down Winds had already knocked down tree limbs and power lines in parts of coastal Georgia, leaving hundreds without electricity. Officials all along the coast warned of rip currents, waves and high tides — all of which can be dangerous but also tend to attract adventurous surfers. The waters
had already become dangerous in South Carolina, where rescuers were searching for a swimmer. Beryl was centered about 110 miles east of Jacksonville, and about 120 miles southeast of Brunswick, Ga. Current forecasts have it making landfall late Sunday or early today. Tropical storm warnings were in effect for the entire Georgia coastline, as well as parts of Florida and South Carolina. Once Beryl comes ashore, it was expected to continue dumping rain over parts of Florida and Georgia today before slowly moving back out to sea.
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World: Austrian director wins in Cannes a 2nd time
AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED the names of four young men killed in a small plane crash at a Utah airport. St. George city official Marc Mortensen said the victims were Colby Hafen, 28, and Christopher Chapman, 20, both of Santa Clara; Tanner Holt, 23, of Washington City; and Alexander Metzger, 22, of St. George. He said officials believe all four people aboard the single-engine Cessna 172 were killed upon impact. The plane crashed at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday some 400 feet from the runway. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the cause of the crash hasn’t been determined.
WILL SMITH’S SEQUEL “Men in Black 3” debuted as the No. 1 movie over Memorial Day weekend with $55 million domestically. That bumped Disney’s “The Avengers” into second place after three blockbuster weekends. “The Avengers” took in $37 million over the three days to push its domestic total to $514 million and become only the fourth movie ever to top a half-billion dollars. Universal’s “Battleship” was No. 3 its second weekend with $10.8 million. Paramount’s comedy “The Dictator” made $9.6 million to finish fourth. Warner Bros.’ horror tale “Chernobyl Diaries” opened at No. 5 with $8 million.
A FAMED BATTLESHIP that saw action during World War II and the Korean War and carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a wartime summit traveled along the California coast Sunday on its final voyage. The iconic USS Iowa left San Francisco Bay on its way to its new home in Southern California. The 887-foot long, 58,000-ton ship passed under the Golden Gate Bridge at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. “Everything has gone beautifully,” said Bob Rogers of the Pacific Battleship Center, which will operate a naval museum aboar the USS Iowa at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.
MICHAEL HANEKE WON the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize for a second time Sunday with his stark film about love and death, “Amour.” The Austrian director’s powerful and understated film stars two French acting icons — 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva and 81-year-old Jean-Louis Trintignant — as an elderly couple coping with the wife’s worsening health. Haneke won the Palme in 2009 for “The White Ribbon,” and is the seventh director to take the top prize twice. The second-place Grand Prize to Matteo Garrone’s Italian satire “Reality.” Ken Loach’s comedy “The Angels’ Share” won the third-place Jury Prize.
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Schultz: Community, military support â€˜amazingâ€™ CONTINUED FROM A1 C a p t a i n J o s e p h â€œIt comes in waves, and it H o u s e . comes in cards and phone Named for calls and emails and flowers. her son, it â€œThe circle gets smaller will be a because people get back to v a c a t i o n for their lives and their activi- home families of J. Schultz ties. Itâ€™s not that theyâ€™ve fallen solforgotten; itâ€™s just that life diers, under the auspices of goes on.â€? the Captain Joseph House Schultz said the commu- Foundation. nity support and military She hopes to have it runresponse in the past year ning by next year. has been â€œamazing.â€? A community volunteer, She is turning her per- businesswoman and past sonal tragedy into an oppor- president of the Port Angetunity for others suffering les Regional Chamber of the same loss she has had. Commerce, Schultz was one She is transforming The of seven women honored as Tudor Inn at 1108 S. Oak the Soroptimist of Port St. in Port Angeles into the Angeles-Jet Set organiza-
tionâ€™s 2011-2012 Women of Distinction for making a difference in the community. She found out she was invited to the White House when she checked her email at 5 a.m. Wednesday. â€œIâ€™m profoundly honored that I could be a part of this recognition of families who have lost their military person,â€? Schultz said. â€œItâ€™s an opportunity to pay respects to other people, to other families, that have been down the same road. Their loss is every bit as great as mine,â€? she said. â€œIf my being there can touch them in some way that is important in their lives because weâ€™re sharing this time, then itâ€™s a good
thing.â€? Before her arrival in D.C., Schultz was scheduled to spend two days in Fayetteville, N.C., for a special ceremony at the special operations forces headquarters at Fort Bragg to honor the four Green Berets who were killed in the past year.
Family joining her Joining her at the Green Beret memorial were her brother, Bob Stokes of Port Angeles; her sister, Mary Jo of Auburn; and her mother, Mary of Sonoma, Calif. The four were scheduled to drive to Washington on Saturday to visit Capt. Schultzâ€™s grave at Arlington, where
Betsy Reed Schultz has mourned several times in the past year. Joseph William Schultz grew up in Sacramento, Calif., and Springfield, Ill., and graduated from the University of Oregon with bachelorâ€™s degrees in political science and economics. He received three medals â€” the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star â€” after he died in a blast that killed two other soldiers. His Chi Psi fraternity brothers helped organize a â€œLetâ€™s Run for Joeâ€? fundraiser for the Captain Joseph House at the Big Sur International Marathon on the central Califor-
nia coast. Among the participants in the April 29 event were members of Capt. Schultzâ€™s team in the Green Berets. â€œThat was an emotional time,â€? Betsy Reed Schultz said. â€œThe soldiers had not met a lot of Joeâ€™s friends outside of the military. â€œIt was a healing time for [the Army team], having lost three of their 12 members in one swoop.â€? Schultz fought back tears as she looked at a photograph of her son during a Wednesday interview. â€œI just really miss him,â€? Schultz said. â€œYou canâ€™t put it into words. Words just donâ€™t match the loss.â€?
Service: Cremated remains interred at Worden CONTINUED FROM A1 Harris was the owner of an offspring of the famous trotter Dan Patch and every New Yearâ€™s rode around the neighborhood on Mo, Gibson said. Harris died at his Oakville home on March 11, 2009. He was 60. His remains were cremated, and a memorial service was held April 6, 2009, at Puget Sound Health Care in Olympia. Chaplain (Major) Robert Kinnune conducted the funeral service at Fort Worden, talking about Harrisâ€™ life and faith. Harris belonged to the Puyallup Church of the Nazarene, where he was a member of the choir and a gospel quartet. Chaplain (Capt.) Barry Malone read the 23rd Psalm. Duaneâ€™s brother, Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. (Ret.) J.J. Harris, read a poem. Also attending the ser-
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vice was Diane Harris Rice, Duane and J.J.â€™s sister, who was born at the post hospital at Fort Worden. Their father, Clarence J. Harris, was a career Coast Guardsman who met his future wife, Mary Jean Cop-
per, at the USO in Port Townsend. Clarence Harris was stationed in Port Townsend from 1946-51, and on the Coast Guard cutter Winona out of the Port Angeles Coast Guard Air Station
Sgt. William Mejia presents the American flag to Lori Gibson in gratitude for her husbandâ€™s military service. Seated next to Gibson is Katie Lundstrom, the daughter of Diane Rice, the sister of the late Master Sgt. (Ret.) Duane Quenten Harris.
battle zone. Gibson said the decision for interment at Fort Worden derived from her and Duaneâ€™s childhoods as military dependents. Gibson was born on an Army base in Anchorage, Alaska. Her father, Chief Warrant Officer Cecil Curtis Gibson, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
from 1958-60, J.J. Harris said. His father was transferred to Juneau, Alaska, where the children spent most of their school years. Duane Harris graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School and was in the National Guard when he volunteered for active service, his brother said. According to Gibson, Duaneâ€™s motivation for volunteering for combat duty in Vietnam was to prevent his brother, a junior officer, from being sent into a
vices,â€? Wells said. â€œThey never fail to strike a chord in the heart that will leave a lasting mark. â€œI am honored to be able to give the deceased one final military honor and show the family how grateful we are for their loved oneâ€™s service to our great country.â€? Gibson said when the time comes, she will be buried at Fort Worden Military Cemetery next to her husband. â€œReturning to post for both Duane and I gave us a comfortable feeling of being able to go back to where we both felt secure growing up,â€? Gibson said. â€œSafe on base â€” safe on post.â€?
Cpl. Wells said his honors team, a term he prefers to funeral detail, has conducted 17 services this month. His job: to instill a passion for the work in his young team, all of whom volunteer for the duty, and ________ to help them stay focused in the face of the familyâ€™s grief. Jennifer Jackson is a freelance â€œI have been in the mili- writer and photographer living in tary for nine years and been Port Townsend. To contact her, a part of many of these ser- email email@example.com.
Salmon: Tests returned positive it safely back CONTINUED FROM A1 supervisor for the Washington Department of Fish and Tests on the Bainbridge Wildlife, said the virus is a fish came back positive for big concern. â€œAny first time it occurs, the virus this month, after fish farm employees noticed you donâ€™t fully understand a higher than usual die-off the impact to wild fish,â€? Kerwin said. in April. American Gold Seafoods, â€œWe know it can impact affiliated with Icicle Sea- (farm) fish. If we move fast, foods of Seattle, operates we can try to minimize the two hatcheries near Roch- amplification.â€? ester, and has 120 pens off American Gold Seafoods Port Angeles, Bainbridge plans to remove more than Island, Cypress Island and a million pounds of Atlantic Hope Island in Puget salmon from infected net Sound. pens in Rich Passage off the The companyâ€™s Port southern tip of Bainbridge Angeles pens are on Ediz Island. Hook, near the Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field â€˜Very, very big lossâ€™ Office Port Angeles. â€œItâ€™s a very, very big loss No company representatives answered phones at for us,â€? Alan Cook, Icicleâ€™s the Port Angeles hatchery vice president of aquaculSunday, but the company ture said. â€œWeâ€™ll clean up website www.american and start again.â€? The company plans to goldseafoods.com lists the pens at Port Angeles as remove all dead or dying fish by the end of June. being â€œjuvenile pens.â€? John Kerwin, fish health Nets from 2 acresâ€™ worth of
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pens will be removed and disinfected. The fish farm could be running again in four months. Cook said the company has increased monitoring of net pens in Clam Bay near Manchester in Puget Sound, which is about a half-mile from the infected pens. The recent outbreaks have prompted Washington-based Wild Fish Conservancy to call for tougher testing rules and limits on net pen salmon aquaculture. Even though the virus occurs naturally in Northwest salmon, the group worries that densely packed fish farms can amplify the virusâ€™ spread, foster its mutation and infect wild fish that pass in or near the pens. Cook said his company is taking the virus seriously. Its plan to remove all the farmâ€™s fish is not required by law, he said. â€œItâ€™s good husbandry to
limit the risk to other fish,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re not letting the situation sit and fester and then explode.â€? Adding another disease outbreak to the list of threats to wild salmon concerns local fishermen. â€œThey have enough problems right now,â€? said Curtis Reed, manager of the Waters West Fly Fishing Outfitters in Port Angeles. Local fishermen are more concerned with the sea lice problem in salmon, which is concentrated by the salmon in pens and then can infect young wild salmon as they pass by the pens on their way out to sea, Reed said. â€œWild fish are unique and pretty special,â€? he said.
________ Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula dailynews.com. The Associated Press and the Kitsap Sun contributed to this report.
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to base camp CONTINUED FROM A1 tains left for Leif to match his fatherâ€™s feat of being the Mallory died in 1924 on first American to climb, but there are other firsts. Mount Everest. â€œEvery time someone The group made it back climbs a mountain they to base camp safely, with havenâ€™t climbed before, itâ€™s a Anker, but Leif was unable first for them,â€? Jim believes. to contact his family It is uncertain when the because of a malfunctioning younger Whittaker will satellite phone. return to Washington, but Leif and his team Leif told his father he hopes delayed their ascent after to be back before a June 3 more than 200 climbers memorial service for a attempted the feat in a mountain-climbing friend week, resulting in four at Mount Rainier. deaths May 19, apparently When he does return, he from altitude sickness and will be welcomed in grand exhaustion. style by his family. The younger Whittaker â€œWe told him we have a spent his teenage years couple of New York steaks climbing Mount Rainier waiting for him in the freezer,â€? Jim said. and other mountains. Leif was introduced to ________ Everest in 2003, when his Reporter Arwyn Rice can be parents took him to the reached at 360-452-2345, ext. base of the mountain. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula There are few moun- dailynews.com.
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