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Commissioners mull agreement for trail PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

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Despite the lifting of the quarantine, there were no people fishing at Anderson Lake on Saturday morning.

Anderson Lake open — but no one shows BY LEAH LEACH PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

PORT TOWNSEND — Anderson Lake reopened for fishing and other recreation this weekend after having been closed since May 3 — but no one showed up Saturday morning. That perplexed Mike Zimmerman, the state parks ranger in charge of the lake, who had expected a busy weekend at the usually popular trout-fishing lake. “I’m real surprised that we didn’t get a bunch of fishermen and boaters out there,� Zimmerman said at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. “Maybe the word just needs to get around.� Zimmerman also thought that perhaps the overcast weather had

dampened enthusiasm for a day on the water in Anderson Lake State Park, which is west of Chimacum. Fishing should be good, Zimmerman said. Since there has been no fishing in the lake for several months, “the fish should be nicely sized,� he said Friday. The lake was reopened for all recreation on Friday. Hours are from 8 a.m. to dusk.

Lake toxins It will continue to be tested for toxin levels until it closes for the season at the end of October. State Parks rangers closed the lake just a few days after the start of the statewide lowland fishing season at the end of April

because of elevated levels of anatoxin-a, a quick-acting nerve poison created by blue-green algae. Two consecutive weekly tests this month showed the level of the toxin — which can cause paralysis and stop breathing — had fallen to safe levels. That prompted a recommendation on Friday from Greg Thomason, Jefferson County environmental health specialist, that the state reopen the lake in Anderson Lake State Park. Zimmerman, who is the park manager for the Fort Flagler area and who oversees Anderson Lake State Park, concurred. “We’re both very comfortable with this,� Zimmerman said Friday. “It’s been low for two weeks now.�

Paper mill officials expected to meet Technical issues on disputed permit focus of talk with county BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

PORT TOWNSEND — Officials from Port Townsend Paper Corp. are expected to meet with Jefferson County Public Health and state Department of Ecology staff on Wednesday to discuss technical issues surrounding renewal of the company’s disputed landfill permit. Last October, company lawyer Leslie Nellermoe of Seattle said county Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke’s requirement to more tightly regulate the landfill was “arbitrary� and pledged that the company “intends to challenge the decision.� Company spokesman Chuck Madison, vice presi-

dent of human resources, could not be reached for comment Friday. Locke, who is public health officer for both Jefferson and Clallam counties, said Friday that the company’s stance against meeting tighter conditions under a new or revised landfill permit appears to have thawed. Locke has not received anything in writing from the company, but he took the fact that the company is attending Wednesday’s meeting as a good sign. “They have directly communicated to me that they will apply for renewal of their permit,� he said. “I would interpret the fact that they are going ahead

with the technical staff meeting that that’s a goodfaith gesture on their part,� he said. “If they were going to apply for a simple renewal, they would not need to do that,� he added. “That tells me they are working on an application that will meet the new conditions that we are imposing.� The intent of the meeting, he added, is to work on “specifics of the permit language.� That was similar to an interpretation offered by Peter Lyon, the regional waste resources manager for Ecology. “The point of the meeting is to go over or discuss any technical issues for the permit application that the mill may have,� said Lyon, who will be attending Wednesday’s meeting.

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vices, the WSAC budget and county issues. Clallam Transit The WSAC meeting will The Clallam Transit start at 10 a.m. in the small conference room in the com- board will consider approving a transportation coopmissioners’ office. erative agreement with the Quillayute Valley School Port Angeles city District on Monday. The Port Angeles City The meeting will begin Council will consider at 1 p.m. at the Clallam accepting a flood-control- Transit System building at related state grant of up to 830 W. Lauridsen Blvd., $1 million for a Fourth Port Angeles. Street stormwater improveA public hearing will be ment project that includes conducted on Clallam Tran“green� infrastructure fea- sit’s annual report and sixtures such as rain gardens year development plan. that capture storm water. The council will meet at Marine Resources 6 p.m. in City Council Committee chambers at City Hall, 321 The Clallam County E. Fifth St. The grant is from the Marine Resources Commitstate Department of Ecol- tee will hear a presentation on the state’s response plan ogy. In response to concerns to Japanese tsunami debris expressed by residents, the on Monday. The meeting will start at project design includes rain gardens that will not be 5:30 p.m. in the commisconcentrated in one place, sioners’ board room (160) at according to a memo from the Clallam County Courtcity Public Works & Utili- house. The after-hours entrance ties Director Glenn Cutler is off Fourth Street between to City Council members. The rain gardens instead the two main entrances. The presentation will be will be dispersed in or near street intersections to mini- given by Terry Egan, manmize impacts to parking ager of the planning, exerand to “provide traffic-calm- cise and training unit of the state Emergency Manageing benefits,� Cutler said. The council also will con- ment Division. Other agenda items sider approving a memo of understanding with Clal- include an oil spill response lam County Fire District 3 grant and a report on the that will authorize the pur- Shoreline Master Program chase of a mobile data ter- update. minal computer, to be installed in a Port Angeles Carlsborg advisory Fire Department emer- council gency response vehicle and The Carlsborg Commuoperated in conjunction nity Advisory Council will with the city’s new wireless gather for a continued mesh network, the publicmeeting on the Carlsborg access portion of which is sewer project on Tuesday. expected to be 70 percent The meeting will begin completed this fall. at 6:30 p.m. at the Clallam In other action, the counCounty Public Utility Discil will consider accepting trict Facility at 110 Idea two $358,580 Olympic Dis- Place in Carlsborg. covery Trail projects comTopics will include the pleted by Jordan Excavat- sewer incentive program, ing Inc. of Port Angeles. connection policies for new City Council members and existing development also will conduct two execu- and a sewer connection tive sessions. agreement. The purpose of the first executive session, at 5:15 Public utility district p.m. in the council chambers, will be to discuss The Clallam County potential litigation and Public Utility District comadopt a strategy the city missioners’ meeting for will take during collective Monday has been canceled. The next meeting will be bargaining. The purpose of the sec- on Aug. 27.

Wine flies free in tourism promotion THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

YAKIMA — Visitors who fly to the Yakima Valley and buy a case of wine will soon be able to check it for free on an outbound Alaska Airlines flight. The Yakima HeraldRepublic said the “free wine baggage� promotion

announced Friday aims to encourage more visitors to the wine regions of Yakima, Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities. The promotion takes effect Sept. 1 and will last for at least two years. Passengers checking their case of wine will have to package it accord-

ing to airline standards. Local tourism officials say such promotions are important because Washington state no longer has a publiclyrun tourism office. Shipping a case of wine can cost $65 or more, while the minimum fee to check one bag is $20.

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The three Clallam County commissioners will consider a temporary road use permit with U.S. Forest Service for work on the Lake Crescent to Cooper Ranch Road segment of the Olympic Discovery Trail when they meet Tuesday. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ board room (160) at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. Also on the agenda: ■A proclamation recognizing Aug. 24 to 26 as Olympic Peninsula Senior Games Days. ■ An agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services for a hiring program grant. ■ A contract revision with the state Military Department changing contact information and special terms and conditions for E911 wireline and wireless. ■ An agreement with the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for funding a portion of the historic courthouse roof replacement project. ■ An agreement with Hoch Construction, Inc. for the Clallam County Fairgrounds painting project. ■ An agreement with Aldergrove Construction, Inc. for the Fourth Street sidewalk upgrades project. ■ A request from state Department of Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Lands Enhancement Act grant to change officials authorized to sign invoices and payments and to modify expenditure lines. ■ A contract amendment with Norton-Arnold and Company modifying scope of work and compensation. ■ A resolution clarifying membership categories for the Animal Issues Advisory Committee and appointing and confirming members. ■ A resolution reappointing a member to the Carlsborg Community Advisory Council. Commissioners will meet in the same board room at 9 a.m. Monday for their weekly work session to discuss the action items. On Thursday, commissioners will hold a special meeting with Washington State Association of Counties commissioners to discuss legislative issues, ser-

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