SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012
PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Wilderness legislation topic of tour PENINSULA DAILY NEWS NEWS SOURCES
SHELTON — Congressman Norm Dicks and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray took their push for proposed wilderness legislation on the road earlier this week. Accompanied by elected officials from Jefferson and Clallam counties as well as the chairman of the Wild Olympics Campaign, they stopped Thursday at the Skookum Bay Taylor Shellfish facility in Shelton and toured nearby forest areas that would be affected by their proposed Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2012. Dicks, D-Belfair, and Murray, D-Bothell, introduced the legislation in June, roughly three years after conservation and recreation groups started the conversation to expand protection of areas around Olympic National Park. The proposed legislation — a compromise proposal developed from the Wild Olympics Campaign — would designate more than 126,500 acres of new wilderness in Olympic National Forest. Nineteen Olympic Pen-
insula rivers and their major tributaries would be designated “wild and scenic.” Murray and Dicks said they have made compromises to overcome objections that the designations would be too restrictive on logging.
Water quality The legislation would help to protect water quality, said Dicks, who is retiring this year after 18 terms representing the 6th Congressional District, which includes Clallam and Jefferson counties. “We have challenges for water quality and we have been working on Hood Canal and Puget Sound for years,” The Daily World of Aberdeen quoted Dicks as saying on the banks of Skookum Bay at a stop at the Taylor Shellfish offices. “You’ve got to protect these rivers, and this legislation would protect 19 rivers and seven tributaries. “This is a jobs issue. Protecting shellfish is a jobs issue in Washington state.” Bill Taylor, the CEO of Taylor Shellfish, agreed.
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U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks stand Thursday on the High Steel Bridge above the South Fork of the Skokomish River, which would be one river to be declared wild and scenic under their proposed legislation. “This helps ensure the water quality in the Olympic Region, and that is really critical for us,” he said. The last stop on the tour was the Olympic National Forest’s 685-foot High Steel Bridge that rises 420 feet above the South Fork of the Skokomish River. Wild Olympics Campaign Chairwoman Connie Gallant, who lives in Quilcene, said it was important to show off one of the rivers
that would receive protections from the wild and scenic designation. Gallant has said her group supports the DicksMurray plan.
Adding to legacy Clallam County Commissioner Mike Doherty said that Dicks was adding to his “legacy to protect our rivers.” State Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-Sequim — who
represents the 24th District, which covers Clallam and Jefferson counties and part of Grays Harbor County — pledged his support for the Wild Olympics legislation Thursday, The Daily World said. “There’s nothing in the plan that will impact the mills across my district, and that’s really important,” Tharinger said. A consistent complaint among opponents is that the Wild Olympics plan has been crafted to combat a threat that doesn’t exist. Asked if there was a mine or dam or a clearcut proposed at the headwaters of one of the rivers geared for protection, Murray replied: “The risk of not doing this leaves everything up in the air as to whether it will be logged. “Then, when we want to preserve something, it will be too late.”
Harvest, thinning goals Dicks said Thursday that more can be done to reach harvest and thinning goals of the federal Northwest Forest Plan. “There is no doubt in my
mind that we can do more commercial thinning and raise those numbers somewhat,” Dicks said. “It’s not in this legislation, but it’s another issue that should be addressed. “And I wish I had taken more time to try to figure out a way to get those numbers up a bit, but I think it will happen. “And I think that will placate a lot of the concerns from the other side.” Tharinger also told Murray that if the Forest Service was allocated more revenue, then thinning operations would increase and, inevitably, more loggers would be put to work. “I’ve heard that, too,” Murray told Tharinger. The proposed legislation — which has been referred to natural resource committees — is HR 5995, sponsored by Dicks and Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle; and SB 3329, sponsored by Murray. Murray — who has said she will continue pushing forward with the legislation after Dicks retires — said it was unlikely the bill would make it through either the House or Senate this year.
New trial date in strangulation case in PA BY ROB OLLIKAINEN PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — A 23-year-old Port Angeles man charged with choking a developmentally disabled woman to death last October has a new trial date. Kevin A. Bradfield will be tried with first-degree murder for the death of 27-year-old Jennifer Pimen-
tel on Nov. 5, it was decided at hearing in Clallam C o u n t y Superior Court on Bradfield Friday. He is accused of strangling Pimentel, an acquaintance, at his girlfriend’s Port Ange-
les residence and hiding her body in the woods near the Hood Canal Bridge. Bradfield was originally charged with second-degree murder, but Clallam County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ann Lundwall increased the severity of the charge after a jail staffer intercepted a letter that “indicated that Bradfield had planned to murder
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Pimentel to prevent her from accusing Bradfield of rape,” court documents said. Bradfield is being held in the Clallam County jail on $1 million bond. Loren Oakley of Clallam Public Defender is representing Bradfield. Bradfield told Clallam County Superior Court Judge S. Brooke Taylor that he wanted to hire his own attorney but “it ain’t going to happen.” Bradfield said Oakley is “not cooperating with me” and hasn’t responded to points he has tried to raise. “Is there any way I can change to a different public
defender?” Bradfield asked Taylor. Taylor denied the request, explaining that Harry Gasnick, head of Clallam Public Defender, appoints lawyers for clients who can’t afford one. “Mr. Oakley is one of the most experienced criminal defense lawyers he has in that office,” Taylor said. “It’s not unusual, Mr. Bradfield, for a client sitting where you are to think their attorneys don’t know anything, aren’t helping, aren’t cooperating, blah blah blah. “That’s because the clients don’t understand what
the attorneys understand about what it takes to prepare a defense in a case like this.” Taylor reminded Bradfield that he can hire his own lawyer. “Otherwise, it’s up to Mr. Gasnick in the public defender’s office, who is assigned to your case,” Taylor said. “He has assigned to your case, not coincidentally or accidentally, his most experienced trial lawyer.”
________ Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com.
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PORT ANGELES — A 26-year-old Port Angeles man has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for selling cocaine in January 2010. Robert L. Stone pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and was sentenced Aug. 10. He was transported from the Clallam County jail to a state prison last week. Stone’s arrest was the result of an Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team, or OPNET, investigation.
It is one of about 40 OPNET cases that are making their way through the court system in one form or another, OPNET supervisor Jason Viada said. “Nearly all of OPNET’s primary focus has been, and will continue to be, unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, heroin and prescription medication such as oxycodone,” Viada said. “However, OPNET will certainly investigate cocaine cases when they are presented to us.” According to the certification of probable cause, a
Man’s body discovered in Puyallup
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TACOMA — A body has been recovered from the Puyallup River on Saturday, and authorities believe it is a 29-year-old man who went missing last month while floating the river on an inner tube. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet identified the body. The News Tribune of Tacoma reported that two fishermen found the body snagged on a log as they were setting up to fish along the riverbank on Levee Road in Fife.
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confidential informant purchased cocaine from Stone on four occasions over an eight-day period in January 2010. All four sales were for approximately 1 gram of cocaine for $60. Stone pleaded not guilty to three counts of delivery of a controlled substance at his arraignment in February 2010. He changed his plea to guilty after one of the counts was dismissed. Stone will serve 20 months probation after his sentence.
short video featuring children adopted through the Grace Fund also are scheduled. Since its inception in 2006, the Grace Fund has awarded nearly $200,000 to more than 70 adoptive families, Dole said. AAI was founded in Port Angeles in 1983. “Twenty-nine years later, we continue our mission as a humanitarian organization serving orphan and vulnerable children to improve their quality of life through adoption and other services,” Dole said. To donate to the Grace Fund, visit www.adoption advocates.org and select Grace Fund after clicking on the “Donate Now” link. For a minimum $40 donation, the donor will receive a color photography book featuring more than 120 pictures of Ethiopian children.