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78.5-cents PUD mileage policy will be restudied the Internal Revenue Service rate, which these days is 55.5 cents a mile. The upcoming review was sparked by Peninsula Daily News inquiries about the taxing districtâ€™s mileage reimbursement policy. â€œItâ€™s something we probably should have looked at five or 10 years ago,â€? PUD Commissioner Hugh Haffner said. Haffner made the motion at a 1995 commissioners meeting that added the 23 cents to an IRS rate that was then 30 cents a mile. The IRS rate will increase Jan. 1 to 56.5 cents a mile, bumping the PUD rate to 79.5 cents a mile. Commission President Ted
Employee repay rate tops in area BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” Clallam County Public Utility District commissioners will review a 17-year-old mileage reimbursement policy that has resulted in employees and commissioners getting paid 78.5 cents a mile when they drive their own vehicles for workrelated travel. Under the policy, the PUD pays 23 cents more a mile than
Simpson also was on the 1995 board that unanimously approved the increase. â€œWe should probably look at that,â€? Simpson said Friday in a telephone interview.
$349 Vancouver trip He said during the interview that he was driving back from a state PUD association conference in Vancouver, Wash. Under the PUD policy, Simpson could receive $349 for what www.mapquest.com says is a 444-mile round trip from Port Angeles. â€œAt the time we looked at it, it was reasonable for an automobile for insurance and all the expenses that go with owning and operating a vehicle that the
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federal rate does not cover,â€? Simpson said. Asked if it was fair to ratepayers, he said: â€œIf you put it that way, no, itâ€™s not.â€? He said the IRS reimbursement rate is obsolete. â€œYou also have to ask, is the federal rate fair?â€? Simpson said. â€œWhen we added the amount to it, [the federal rate] wasnâ€™t fair. â€œIt did not cover the cost of operating a vehicle. â€œThe short answer is, yeah, we should look at that, see where it is, and we will.â€? Commissioners also are paid up to $36,160 a year in monetary compensation, including a BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ guaranteed $1,800 a month.
Measuring new Big Muddy PORT ANGELES â€” A team of hydrologists from the U.S. Geological Survey dropped a rocket-like probe off the Elwha River bridge last week. The probe collected samples of suspended sediment from one of the worldâ€™s most-studied petri dishes. Mark Mastin, surface-water hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Tacoma, said the samples were sent to a USGS lab in Vancouver, Wash., for analysis. The samples will be calibrated with the stationary water turbidity meters on the now-free-flowing river for a continuous record of the Elwhaâ€™s sediment load. Murky sediment is racing down the river because the dams that constricted its natural path for nearly a century are essentially gone for the first rainy season. Contractors removed the last remnants of Elwha Dam, which stood for nearly 100 years west of Port Angeles and 5 miles from the river mouth, in March.
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PORT ANGELES â€” City Hall planning staffers have secured two separate state grants to help fund improvements to the cityâ€™s downtown waterfront, including one that they had all but written off. Roberta Korcz, assistant Port Angeles city planner, said in an interview that the city has been awarded a $302,400 grant from a state Recreation and Conservation Office â€” or RCO â€” program designed to promote public beach access through improvements West to a given cityâ€™s or countyâ€™s aquatic lands. City planning staffers originally applied for this grant in 2010, Korcz said, and initially were told that the cityâ€™s proposed park improvements for the area near the Valley Creek Estuary were not prioritized high enough to receive the funding.
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Mark Mastin, a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, retrieves a probe carrying an Elwha River sample on the Clallam County bridge.
Two years later, RCO officials told Port Angeles planners that other cities whose projects had initially qualified did not use the money in time, meaning it had become available for Port Angelesâ€™ use, Korcz said. The $302,400 joins a $500,000 state community economic revitalization grant, both of which will be aimed at the first two phases of the cityâ€™s $17 million waterfront transportation improvement plan, said Nathan West, the cityâ€™s community and economic development director. TURN
Sequim-born band already may get record pact TV judge Cowell reportedly wants to sign Emblem3 BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. â€” Sequim native Wesley Stromberg, one-third of the Sequim-born band Emblem3, had a pretty good 19th birthday Thursday. For one, Emblem3, made up of Wesley, brother Keaton Stromberg and longtime friend Andrew Chadwick â€” all Sequim natives now living in Southern California â€” garnered enough audience votes to
keep them in the top three of the Fox network musical competition reality show â€œThe X Factor.â€? Secondly, â€œX Factorâ€? judge and music entrepreneur Simon Cowell hinted to reporters after last Thursdayâ€™s results episode that he would be interested in signing Emblem3 to Syco Entertainment â€” Cowellâ€™s record label â€” if the band doesnâ€™t take first prize on the competition show, according to Billboard magazine. Thursday nightâ€™s nationally televised results kept Emblem3 in contention for the grand prize, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ADVOCATE a $5 million contract with Sony Emblem3, at Huntington Beach, Calif., will appear again on national TV this week. From Entertainment. left are Keaton Stromberg, Wesley Stromberg and Drew Chadwick, all originally from TURN
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‘Almost Live!’ stars return for new show STARS FROM THE old “Almost Live!” comedy show are returning to Seattle television in a new satire show called “The 206.” KINGTV said the half-hour show of live and recorded sketches will star John Keis- Cashman ter and Pat Cashman. They were part of the cast of “Almost Live!,” which ran from 1984 to 1999, poking Keister fun at Seattle and its suburbs. The show, which still follows “Saturday Night Live” in reruns, launched the careers of Bill Nye the Science Guy and E! television’s Joel McHale. “The 206” will premiere Jan. 5 immediately following
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“Saturday Night Live” and will be repeated the next day at 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on sister station KONG-TV. KING said audience seats for the taping of the show already are sold out.
Braxton in hospital Singer Toni Braxton has been hospitalized in Los Angeles. The R&B performer said in a tweet Friday that she’s been hospitalized because of “minor health issues” related to lupus. A spokeswoman confirmed the hospitalization but had no other details.
Saturday marked the 32nd anniversary of Beatles singer John Lennon’s death. Lennon, 40, was shot and killed as he left his New York apartment building by Mark David Chapman. The 45-year-old singer of “Un-break My Heart” revealed two years ago she has Braxton lupus, a potentially deadly autoimmune disease that killed Braxton’s uncle. She also suffers from a narrowing of the blood vessels in her heart. Braxton said in a recent “20/20” interview that the disease helped push her into a recent bankruptcy because of a diminished performing career.
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MARTY REISMAN, 82, a wizard at table tennis, the sport in which he captured national championships, won and lost fortunes on wagers and moved crowds to laughter — sometimes using a frying pan as a paddle as an opening act for the Harlem Globetrotters — died Friday in Manhattan in New York City. The death was announced by Table Tennis Nation, an organization he founded two years ago to make his sport even more fun. Cooper Fallek, its chief operating officer, said the cause was complications of heart and lung ailments. Known as “the Needle” for his slimness and quick wit, Mr. Reisman traveled the world to hustle movie stars and maharajahs, winning enough to become a threetime millionaire — and losing enough to be a three-time former millionaire. Once, when an 11-yearold asked for a lesson, he suggested a side bet. “I took on people in the gladiatorial spirit,” he said in an interview with The New York Times in March. He was good enough to win 22 major table tennis titles from 1946 to 2002, including two United States Opens and a British Open. Many consider him one of the 10 best ever to play the game. In 1997, at 67, he became the oldest player to win a national championship in a racket sport by
Total votes cast: 1,281 winning the United States National Hardbat Championship. Mr. Reisman cut a flamboyant figure. He favored Borsalino fedoras and Panama hats and fashionable, bright clothing. If the bet was large enough, he would play sitting down. If it was very large, he would play blindfolded.
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1937 (75 years ago)
Pioneer North Olympic Peninsula resident Sam Irwin, 69, died in a Port Townsend hospital after a year’s illness. __________ He was born in 1868 in JOHN D. SILVA, 92, the Dungeness and spent his Los Angeles television engi- entire life residing in Clalneer who won Emmy lam and Jefferson counties. awards for creating helicopHe was well-known ter news coverage in 1958, among longtime residents has died in Southern Caliwho remember the days when he helped pack fornia. Mr. Silva’s family told the freight into Forks and the West End before there were Los Angeles Times that he roads or established trails. died Nov. 27 of pneumonia His sister, the late Mrs. complications in Camarillo, Merchant, and her husband Calif.. were early settlers in Forks. Mr. Silva was the chief Since 1910, Irwin has engineer for KTLA-TV when lived in the Chimacum valhe outfitted a rented Bell helicopter with a TV camera ley near Center, where he to create a flying TV studio. operated a dairy farm. The station broadcast
mail Christmas cards, he’d better hurry: The 4-cent stamps won’t be enough to carry first-class mail after next week’s postage increase.
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Jefferson County commissioners declared an emergency after heavy rains, swollen rivers, strong winds and high tides continued to flood areas of Quilcene and Brinnon. Damage to public property is estimated at $83,000 so far. No damage estimate for private property was available, though some homes were flooded, County Engineer Bob Nesbitt said. Public Works Director Gary Rowe told the commissioners that half of 1962 (50 years ago) Dosewallips Road above A burglar stole a variety Brinnon has washed away, Seen Around of loot from the Milwaukee and the remaining half is Peninsula snapshots Railroad office in Port Ange- in danger. les early yesterday morning. IN THE SAFEWAY The washout is about 5 store, a small army of Employees told police miles west of U.S. Highway workers scurrying to clean that missing were about $5 101. up a trail of leaked sugar worth of 4-cent Lincoln that wound along several postage stamps with the aisles . . . letters “PS” perforated over Laugh Lines them, a supply of X-Acto WANTED! “Seen Around” knife blades, several ballIF YOU STAY content items. Send them to PDN News point pens, an old white with past accomplishments Desk, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles clock and a Remington por- for too long, you rust on WA 98362; fax 360-417-3521; or table typewriter. your laurels. email news@peninsuladailynews. com. If the burglar plans to Your Monologue
■ Lake Quinault Lodge in Grays Harbor County is open year-round. An article Wednesday on Page A4 should have referenced a speaker’s remarks to Lake Crescent Lodge in Clallam County. ■ A front-page article in Thursday’s Jefferson County edition incorrectly reported the application deadline for the Jefferson County Public Utility District Advisory Committee. The correct deadline is Dec. 31. Details can be found online at http://tinyurl. com/utility-pdn.
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TODAY IS SUNDAY, Dec. 9, the 344rd day of 2012. There are 22 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On Dec. 9, 1942, the Aram Khachaturian ballet “Gayane,” featuring the surging “Sabre Dance,” was first performed by Russia’s Kirov Ballet. On this date: ■ In 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s famous poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” was published in England. ■ In 1911, an explosion inside the Cross Mountain coal mine near Briceville, Tenn., killed 84 workers. Five were rescued. ■ In 1940, British troops
opened their first major offensive in North Africa during World War II. ■ In 1962, the Petrified Forest in Arizona was designated a national park. ■ In 1984, the five-day-old hijacking of a Kuwaiti jetliner that claimed the lives of two Americans ended as Iranian security men seized control of the plane, which was parked at Tehran airport. ■ In 1987, the first Palestinian intefadeh, or uprising, began as riots broke out in Gaza and spread to the West Bank, triggering a strong Israeli response. ■ In 1992, Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. The couple’s divorce became final
Aug. 28, 1996. ■ Ten years ago: President George W. Bush tapped railroad executive John W. Snow to be his new Treasury secretary, three days after firing Paul O’Neill. Senate Republican leader Trent Lott apologized for remarks he’d made praising the 1948 presidential run of then-segregationist Strom Thurmond, saying, “A poor choice of words conveyed to some the impression that I embraced the discarded policies of the past.” United Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection after losing $4 billion in the previous two years. United emerged from bankruptcy protection in 2006. ■ Five years ago: A young
man once affiliated with a missionary school shot nine people at the school near Denver and a megachurch in Colorado Springs; four victims died and the gunman, Matthew Murray, killed himself. ■ One year ago: The European Union said 26 of its 27 member countries were open to joining a new treaty tying their finances together to solve the euro crisis; Britain remained opposed. A jury in New Haven, Conn., condemned Joshua Komisarjevsky to death for killing a woman and her two daughters during a night of terror in their suburban home. The other defendant in the case, Steven Hayes, also had been condemned to death.
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A3 Briefly: Nation Democrats want jobless benefits in ‘cliff’ deal WASHINGTON — Hovering in the background of the “fiscal cliff” debate is the prospect of 2 million people losing their unemployment benefits four days after Christmas. “This is the real cliff,” said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. He’s been leading the effort to include another extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed. “Many of these people are struggling to pay mortgages, to provide education for their children,” Reed said this past week as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, rejected each other’s opening offers for a deficit deal. Emergency jobless benefits for about 2.1 million people out of work more than six months will cease Dec. 29, and an additional 1 million will lose them over the next three months if assistance isn’t extended again.
Switching parties TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Now that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is a Democrat, pretty much everyone in Florida’s political world expects him to seek his old seat. “I will consider it, and I will think about it,” Crist said by phone while boating off Miami and before a planned dinner with former Democratic governor and Sen. Bob Graham. Crist revealed his long-anticipated conversion Friday on
Twitter after more than two years as an independent. Republicans said they will be extra motivated to re-elect Gov. Crist Rick Scott if his opponent is Crist, who left the GOP during a 2010 Senate run. Should Crist run, he could become Florida’s first person to serve as governor as both a Republican and a Democrat.
Today’s news lineups WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for today’s TV news shows: ■ ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas; Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz.; roundtable discussion with George Will, Mary Matalin, James Carville, Matthew Dowd and Paul Krugman. ■ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; journalists Julianna Goldman, Helene Cooper and Bob Woodward; TV host Lawrence O’Donnell. ■ CBS’s “Face the Nation” — Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s Deficit Commission; Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker; panel discussion with Michael Gerson, Joe Klein, Norah O’Donnell and Major Garrett. ■ CNN’s “State of the Union” — Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde; roundtable with Stephen Moore, Jackie Calmes, Mark Zandi and Dana Bash. ■ “Fox News Sunday” — Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Ambassador Michael Oren; panel discussion with Bill Kristol, Kirsten Powers, Kimberley Strassel and Juan Williams.
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Latest school lunch rules get an update Government tosses grain, meat quotas THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids’ meals. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter that the department will do away with daily and weekly maximums of meats and grains.
Kids going hungry Lawmakers had written after new rules went into effect in September and said kids weren’t getting enough to eat. School administrators also complained that set maximums on grains and meats were too limiting as they planned daily meals. “This flexibility is being pro-
vided to allow more time for the development of products that fit within the new standards while granting schools additional weekly menu planning options to help ensure that children receive a wholesome, nutritious meal every day of the week,” Vilsack said in a letter to Sen. John
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TORONTO — A Canadian meatpacking plant involved in a recall of contaminated beef products over E. coli bacteria concerns is again being allowed to ship products to the U.S. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has relisted the XL Foods plant in Brooks,
Briefly: World President Jacob Zuma’s spokesman, said Mandela was doing well and getting medical CAIRO — Struggling to quell care, “which is street protests, President consistent for Mohammed Morsi is moving to Mandela impose a version of martial law his age.” Mandela, by calling on the armed forces who spent 27 years in prison for to keep order and authorizing fighting white rule, became soldiers to arrest civilians, South Africa’s first black presiEgyptian state media dent in 1994 and served one announced Saturday. five-year term. He later retired If Morsi goes through with from public life to live in his vilthe plan, it would represent a lage of Qunu and last made a historic role reversal. For decades, Egypt’s military-backed public appearance when his country hosted the 2010 World authoritarian presidents had Cup soccer tournament. used martial law to hold onto power and to punish Islamists like Morsi, who spent months in China-Canada oil deal jail under a similar decree. TORONTO — Canada A turn back to the military approved China’s biggest overwould come just four months seas energy acquisition, a after Morsi managed to pry $15.1 billion takeover by statepolitical power out of the hands owned CNOOC of Canadian oil of the country’s powerful gener- and gas producer Nexen, but als, who led a transitional govvowed to reject any future forernment after the ouster of eign takeovers in the oil sands strongman Hosni Mubarak. sector by state-owned companies. The flagship state newspaper Prime Minister Stephen Al Ahram reported that Morsi Harper said the government “will soon issue a decision. would only consider future takeover deals in the oil sands by Mandela hospitalized state-owned companies in JOHANNESBURG — South exceptional circumstances. “To be blunt, Canadians have Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela was admitted to a not spent years reducing ownership of sectors of the economy military hospital Saturday for tests, though the nation’s presi- by our own governments only to see them bought and controlled dent told the public there was by foreign governments “no cause for alarm” over the instead,” Harper said. 94-year-old icon’s health. The Associated Press The statement, issued by
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Students Shayla Morgan, left, and Grace Combs eat lunch at Stonebridge Elementary in Brandon, Miss., on Nov. 16.
Egypt’s leader Morsi on path to martial law
Alberta, effective immediately. Canada revoked the plant’s permit to export beef to the U.S. on Sept. 13 at the request of the USDA after several of the company’s beef products were recalled. The plant’s operations have been taken over by JBS USA, the American subsidiary of a Brazilian-owned enterprise. The Associated Press
Hoeven, R-N.D. The new guidelines, aimed at addressing childhood obesity levels, set limits on calories and salt, and phase in whole grains. Schools must offer at least one vegetable or fruit per meal. The department also dictated how much of certain food groups could be served. While nutritionists praised the new school lunch standards, others, including many conservative lawmakers, called them government overreach. Although broader calorie limits are still in place, the rules tweak will let school lunch planners use as many grains and as much meat as they want. In comments to the USDA, many had said grains shouldn’t be limited because they are a part of so many meals and that it was difficult to always find the right size of meat. The new tweak doesn’t upset nutritionists.
USDA chief: Rural America is ‘less and less relevant’ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It’s “becoming less and less relevant,” he says. After an election that Democrats won even as rural parts of the country voted overwhelmingly Republican, the former Democratic governor of Iowa told farm belt leaders last week he’s frustrated with their squabbling. “It’s time for us to have an adult conversation with folks in rural America,” Vilsack said in a speech at a forum sponsored by the Farm Journal. “It’s time for a different thought process here.” He said rural America’s biggest assets — the food supply, recreational areas and energy — can be overlooked by people elsewhere as the U.S. population shifts to cities and suburbs. “Why is it that we don’t have a farm bill?” said Vilsack. “It isn’t just the differences of policy; it’s the fact that rural America with a
shrinking population is becoming less and less relevant to the politics of this country, and we had better recognize that, and we better begin to Vilsack reverse it.”
No farm bill in Congress For the first time in recent memory, farm-state lawmakers were not able to push a farm bill through Congress in an election year, evidence of lost clout in farm states. The Agriculture Department said about 50 percent of rural counties have lost population in the past four years, and poverty rates are higher there than in metropolitan areas, despite the booming agricultural economy. Vilsack criticized farmers who have embraced wedge issues such
as regulation. “We need a proactive message, not a reactive message,” he said. “How are you going to encourage young people to want to be involved in rural America or farming if you don’t have a proactive message? Because you are competing against the world now.” John Weber, a pork producer in Dysart, Iowa, said farmers have to defend their industries against policies they see as unfair. Vilsack, who has made the revitalization of rural America a priority, encouraged farmers to embrace new kinds of markets, work to promote global exports and replace a “preservation mindset with a growth mindset.” He said they also need to embrace diversity because it is an issue important to young people who are leaving rural areas. “We’ve got something to market here . . . We’ve got something to be proactive about. Let’s spend our time and our resources and our energy doing that,” he said.
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West: Alaska reclaims long-missing moon rocks
Nation: N.Y. mostly ignored warnings of a superstorm
World: Berlusconi says he will run for Italian premier
World: Death of nurse sparks anger after prank
A DISPLAY OF moon rocks that disappeared from an Alaska museum after an arson fire nearly four decades ago was returned to the state after a lawsuit by a man who said he rescued the rocks from the rubble was settled. State and federal officials Thursday displayed the returned relic — tiny moon rocks in a golf ball-size acrylic glass ball and mounted on a walnut plaque above a small Alaska flag that traveled to the moon aboard Apollo 11. President Richard Nixon presented the plaque to Alaska Gov. Keith Miller in 1969. It was on display at the Alaska Transportation Museum in 1973 when an arsonist torched the building.
MORE THAN THREE decades before superstorm Sandy, a state law and a series of legislative reports warned politicians to prepare for a storm of historic proportions, spelling out scenarios eerily similar to the towering storm surge that occurred. The Rockaways peninsula was deemed among the “most at risk.” But the requirement in a 1978 law to create a regularly updated plan for the restoration of “vital services” after a storm went mostly unheeded. “I don’t know that anyone believed,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week. Asked how prepared state officials were, Cuomo said, “Not well enough.”
BILLIONAIRE MEDIA BARON Silvio Berlusconi, who resigned in disgrace with Italy tottering through the European debt crisis, said Saturday he is running for a fourth term as premier. Berlusconi, 76, reluctantly stepped down last year after pressure from international financial markets. He was later convicted of tax fraud and is on trial in Milan for alleged sexual misconduct. An unelected government of technocrats, led by respected economist Mario Monti, was appointed to replace him. But Berlusconi said he was confident of a victory.
THE SUDDEN DEATH of a nurse who unwittingly accepted a prank call to a London hospital about Prince William’s pregnant wife, Kate, has shocked Britain and Australia, and sparked an angry backlash Saturday. The prank took a dark twist Friday with the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, a 46-year-old mother of two, three days after she took the hoax call. Police have not yet determined Saldanha’s cause of death but said it appeared to be from natural causes. King Edward VII’s Hospital wrote to 2DayFM radio station’s parent company Southern Cross Austereo, condemning the “truly appalling” hoax.
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Sequim Community Broadcasting radio station KSQM-FM general manager Bob Schilling, left, passes out caps with the station’s logo to First Federal marketing manager Jennine Lee, center, and marketing coordinator Jen Ross during groundbreaking ceremonies for the station’s new broadcast tower Friday at a wooded site off Blue Mountain Road east of Port Angeles. The tower, its located marked by a tape-wrapped stump, right, is expected to be completed by fall 2013, along with an upgraded transmitter, allowing the station to broadcast into Port Angeles, an area previously outside the nonprofit station’s primary coverage area. First Federal made a contribution to tower construction and will receive naming rights to the structure. Clallam County emergency service agencies also are expected to share antenna space on the 155-foot-tall structure.
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SEATTLE — Police credit sharp-eyed residents of West Seattle with helping them arrest four people suspected of stealing packages from front porches. The Seattle Times reported that a woman at one house reported seeing a man run off with a UPS package late Friday morning and get into a white Toyota van. At midafternoon, a woman was seen jumping out of the same van at a different residence. An officer spotted the van, pulled it over and found three men, one woman and several packages. The packages have been returned. Officers are still trying to determine the owners of a pile of objects also found in the van. The four people were booked into the King County Jail for investigation in the robberies and for outstanding warrants.
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PORT ANGELES — Clallam County commissioners will reconsider Tuesday a memorandum of understanding with the state Department of Ecology for implementing the Dungeness water management rule. The three commissioners tabled a vote last week after Sequim land-use lawyer Kristina Nelson-Gross warned them of potential liability. Nelson-Gross cited a portion of the memorandum that lists the county’s responsibilities, specifically the verification of a “mitigation certificate” and confirmation that “applicable mitigation obligations” have been met. Ecology’s controversial rule for the greater SequimDungeness Valley will take effect Jan. 2. “The whole principle behind my caution, if you will, against those two items is that there is case law that says if things are intended to be regulatory in nature, a memorandum of understanding is not the appropriate place for those nondiscretionary, mandatory items,” Nelson-Gross said. Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols
said he was comfortable with the memorandum. “We’ve spent a fair amount of time on this agreement,” he said. “We’ve reached our own determinations as to the county’s appropriate role. “The rule is regulatory; an MOU [memorandum of understanding] is not intended to be. It is a guidance document that the county has gone at lengths to craft to try to ease, minimize and hopefully eliminate any inconvenience to persons across the county.”
Case law review Nichols said he would review any case law that Nelson-Gross could provide “just in the interest of due diligence.” “I think maybe another week just to fine-tune this thing one more time wouldn’t hurt,” said Commissioner Jim McEntire, whose district covers the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. McEntire, D-Sequim, and state Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, negotiated the memorandum with Ecology and helped secure state funds to offset mitigation costs for future water users. The rule is intended to protect existing water rights and water supplies for human consumption
and fish habitat. It sets minimum instream flows and requires owners of new wells to mitigate water use in ways that include the purchase of credits through a water exchange, also known as a water bank. The exchange will be set up by Jan. 2, Ecology officials said. Hundreds of people protested the rule in verbal and written comments as it was taking shape earlier this year. Among the opponents were members of the North Olympic Peninsula Building Association, which is contemplating a lawsuit to rescind the water rule as it currently exists. Nelson-Gross is a member of a building association steering committee that intends to challenge Ecology’s authority. She said the county’s stated responsibilities in the memorandum of understanding expose it to liability. “The issue is that once [mitigation] certificates become recorded or in some other way verified, they become in effect a property right, and so that water right attaches itself to the property,” Nelson-Gross said. “So if there is some error in recording, whether through some disconnect
between the entity at the county or the applicants, if something doesn’t get verified when it has been recorded, that creates some risk of liability. “At some point, some purchaser down the road is going to say, ‘I have paid for this certificate.’ There was no procedure in place to say, ‘I have it recorded, it wasn’t recorded, now what we do?’ “So that’s my concern on those two items.”
‘Incredible’ work Speaking more generally, Nelson-Gross applauded the commissioners and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office “for the incredible amount of work that they have obviously put into this memorandum. “From the rumors that were going around at the very beginning of the process, it appears that you held your ground,” she added. In a related agenda item, commissioners will consider Tuesday a contract amendment with Ecology adding $100,000 to offset the domestic mitigation cost for future water users. Under the amended contract, state funding would be increased from $350,068 to $450,068.
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CARLSBORG — A tree falling across power lines tripped circuit breakers, leaving about 11,500 Clallam County Public Utility District customers without power Friday morning. Most of the area affected — from Gales Addition east of Port Angeles to the Dungeness River — had normal power within an hour of the 11:50 a.m. blackout. The remaining 850 customers — mostly in the area around the Port Angeles Walmart store in the Morse Creek basin served by the PUD’s Deer Park substation — received normal power before 2 p.m., PUD spokesman Mike Howe said.
Inaugural moved OLYMPIA — Gov.-elect Jay Inslee’s inaugural ball is moving back to the state Capitol. The Governor’s Inaugural Ball Committee said Friday that officials have made changes that will help with accessibility and security. The committee initially had planned to hold the event at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey because the venue offered better access and parking for an event that draws up to 5,000 people. The inaugural ball has taken place since 1853 and in recent years has been held at the Capitol. Ticket sales cover the cost of the ball. Tickets are $100 per person.
Free HIV tests Free HIV testing will be available this week at Planned Parenthood’s Port Angeles and Sequim health centers. The tests will be given Monday through Friday at the Port Angeles clinic, 426 E. Eighth St., and the Sequim clinic, 675 N. Fifth St., Suite 2-B. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended earlier this month that all Americans ages 15-65 receive routine HIV testing, not just those most at risk. Cost of the Planned Parenthood clinics’ HIV tests will be paid for by the Someone You Know fund, which provides preventive health services such HPV vaccines, sexually transmitted infection tests, vasectomies and birth control to uninsured and low-income people in the Pacific Northwest. Further information and schedules can be obtained by phoning 800-230-7526. Peninsula Daily News and The Associated Press
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Please give the address of where the display is located so people can see it in person, too. All entries must be submitted on the Web â€” sorry, no entries by mail or DO YOU THINK you have the most amazing Christmas lights display in person. You can enter today through noon on the North Olympic Peninsula? Friday, Dec. 14. The Peninsula Daily News is holdTo view entries as they are posted, ing an online photo contest to find the click the â€œView Entriesâ€? tab on the conbest Christmas lights this season. Submit a photo of your home or test site. business lit up for the holidays. Winners will be chosen by the public Weâ€™re looking for homes and busiin online voting from noon Dec. 14 nesses lined with lights, yards decked through noon Friday, Dec. 21. out with decorations, displays of Santa In addition to the bragging rights and his reindeer â€” whatever youâ€™ve that come with getting voted â€œbest,â€? done to be festive this year. there are also prizes to be won. The contest is free to enter and open The three entries that receive the to residents of Clallam and Jefferson most online votes will win prizes courcounties. tesy of the contestâ€™s sponsors. To enter, visit http://tinyurl.com/ Questions or problems posting a pdnholidaylights. photo? Or click on the â€œHoliday Lightsâ€? butPhone Sue Stoneman at 360-417ton in middle of our website, www. 3555 (thereâ€™s voice mail 24/7) or send a peninsuladailynews.com. detailed email to susan.stoneman@ Click on the â€œSubmissionâ€? tab and peninsuladailynews.com. follow the instructions for registering Peninsula Daily News and submitting your photo.
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SEQUIM â€” A 65-yearold holiday charity needs a little help to reach its goal in providing toys and warm clothes to as many as 400 Sequim-area children. On Thursday, the Toys for Sequim Kidsâ€™ Warm Tree, located in the entryway at Rite Aid, 520 W. Washington St., was still heavily decorated with tags for clothes still needed for the giveaway. Each tag is different, noting the age, gender and the general description of a piece of clothing. â€œTeenage boy, hat and gloves,â€? one tag was marked, while another said, â€œFiveyear old girl, pajamas.â€? But with only two weeks before the giveaway, there are still too many tags hanging on the tree. Toys for Sequim Kids is a Sequim Community Aid program to help low-income parents give Christmas gifts to their children, from birth through the eighth grade, including toys, clothes and cozy winter blankets.
Shop anywhere Donors can shop anywhere for the clothes, then return them, marked with a tag from the tree, to the Rite Aid customer service desk. On Thursday, Rite Aid manager JoAnn Balisteri pulled out a large box of donated clothes ready to be
sorted and given away. â€œThere is some good stuff in here this year,â€? Balisteri said. However, the box, which held about 20 pieces or sets of clothing, represented a small portion of what is needed for the 350-400 children the program serves. The program also needs toys that are not a part of the Warm Tree. Toys can be dropped off at the Clallam County Fire District No. 3 station at 323 N. Fifth Ave. Gifts should not be wrapped, since parents are allowed to choose the toys and clothes most appropriate for their children from the donated selection, said Donna Tidrick, president of Sequim Community Aid.
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he Toys for Sequim Kids program helps low-income parents give Christmas gifts to their children.
In 1983, the organization had fallen on hard times and was nearly defunct, she said. A group of volunteers who wanted to see the tradition continue reorganized the effort and formed a new committee to run it, and the result was renamed Toys for Sequim Kids. â€œIâ€™d like to thank all of the anonymous donors through the years,â€? Tidrick said. Sequim Community Aid also provides emergency utility payments, rents and deposits, local bus tickets and paper products to lowincome families year-round. For more information, phone 360-681-3731 Tax-deductible cash donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1591, Sequim, WA 98382.
was going to rob them both, took the reporting partyâ€™s purse and got out of the car. Hedrich then reportedly joined a fourth person in a car waiting at the beach parking lot and drove away. McNeill told investigators she knew the gun Hedrich had was only a BB gun and that she was never in danger, as McNeill and Hedrich had planned to rob the reporting party beforehand. McNeill would go on to tell authorities about a second attempt to rob the same person, according to police reports, though she said Hedrich was only involved in the Port Williams Beach encounter.
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Sally Mileci, Juanit Weissenfels and Friends sing Christmas carols Saturday at the Festival of Trees at Forks Congregational Church, 280 S. Spartan Ave. The event, organized by Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest, is the clubâ€™s biggest fundraiser. The festival continues today, with doors opening at 1 p.m. and the auction for the trees beginning at 2 p.m. Crescent Blue will perform from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., with additional musical interludes during the auction.
The gifts will be distributed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 19. Only one parent will be allowed into the distribution room, and children will not be admitted, Tidrick said. There is no preregistration necessary, but parents must bring photo identification and proof â€” such as a utility bill â€” that they live in the Sequim School District, she said. Tidrick added that each family can choose one blan________ ket, but families that got blankets last year are not Reporter Arwyn Rice can be eligible for a blanket this reached at 360-452-2345, ext. year. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula Sixty-five years ago, a dailynews.com.
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First-in-the-nation rule on metal use SEATTLE â€” Manufacturers of brake pads are gearing up to meet a firstin-the-nation Washington state law requiring they phase out the use of copper and other heavy metals. Washington in 2010 banned the use of copper in brake pads, as a way to prevent the metal from polluting waters and harming fish. When brakes wear down, they release copper shavings onto roads and are eventually washed into rivers. State officials that could harm marine life. The first phase of the law takes effect Jan. 1, when manufacturers of friction brakes will be required to report the concentrations of heavy metals such as copper, zinc or nickel
SEQUIM â€” A second Sequim-area resident has been arrested in a robbery reported at a Clallam County park just east of Sequim last week. Clallam County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies booked 24-year-old Richard Lee Hedrich, also known as â€œBoston,â€? into the Beach parking lot Clallam County jail for invesAt about 6 p.m. Nov. 15, tigation of one count of firstaccording to a certification of degree robbery. probable cause filed in the Hedrich case, the individual Alleged accomplice who reported being robbed His Thursday booking drove Hedrich â€” known only came one day before Michelle to the reporting party as Patricia McNeill, an alleged Richard â€” to the beach parkassociate of Hedrich, pleaded ing lot to meet McNeill, who not guilty to one count of had driven her own car. first-degree robbery in ClalOnce there, the reporting lam County Superior Court. party and Hedrich joined Hedrich was still in the McNeill in her car, soon after Clallam County jail as of which Hedrich pulled out Saturday on $10,000 bond, what appeared to be a gun while McNeill has been from the back seat. released, with her next SupeAccording to police rior Court appearance set for reports, Hedrich told McNeill Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. and jury and the reporting party he
ichard Lee Hedrich was still in jail as of Saturday, while Michelle Patricia McNeill has been released.
program called Christ in Christmas began in 1947 to help workers at the 200 dairy farms that once dotted the Sequim-Dungeness Valley landscape. The program provided a toy for each child and a basket of food for the families, Tidrick said.
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trial set for Feb. 19. Hedrichâ€™s arrest and the burglary charge against McNeill stem from a reported robbery in which Hedrich and McNeill, according to police reports of the incident, conspired to rob a single individual in the parking lot of Port Williams Beach just northeast of Sequim.
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Elwha: Turbidity has spiked since last summer CONTINUED FROM A1
Glines Canyon Dam 9 miles upstream in Olympic National Park has been lowered to the bottom of its former reservoir and is scheduled to be fully gone in May. Scientists say the two dams blocked 25 million cubic yards of sand, silt, cobble and gravel in the Lake Aldwell and Lake Mills reservoirs behind the dams. â€œThe big issue with removing the dams is how much sediment is going to come out and where itâ€™s going to go,â€? Mastin said. Twenty-five million cubic yards is enough sediment to fill the length of a football field to the height of 11 Empire State Buildings.
ANDY RITCHIE, OLYMPIC National Park hydrologist for the Elwha River restoration project, will share his experience of monitoring and managing sediment flow on the Elwha in a public presentation Tuesday. The free program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles. Peninsula Daily News
Cornerstone project Dam removal is the cornerstone of the National Park Serviceâ€™s $325 million river and salmon restoration effort, the largest of its kind in U.S. history. â€œItâ€™s pretty exciting,â€? Mastin said. The scientific community is focused on the everchanging river, especially now that sediment is pouring over the top of Glines Canyon Dam and the river is running high amid seasonal rains. State and federal agencies and the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe are monitoring the effects of the sediment on fish and changes to the physical properties of the lower river and nearshore zone. Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes said fewer salmon are being collected at the tribal fish hatchery, but itâ€™s too soon to tell how fish are responding to the sediment.
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U.S. Geological Survey hydrological technician Greg Justin, left, records the position over the Elwha River as hydrologist Mark Mastin prepares to lower a probe into the river below from the pedestrian causeway on the Elwha River Bridge west of Port Angeles on Tuesday. John Clemens, USGS spokesman with the Washington Water Science Center in Tacoma, said 4.5 percent of the sediment trapped behind the dams already has moved downstream. Mastin and hydrological technician Greg Justin were tracking that movement by sampling water from the Clallam County bridge not far downstream from the Elwha Dam site. The USGS also collects suspended sediment samples from the Altair area below the once-210-foot Glines Canyon Dam. Before Glines Canyon Dam was lowered to the
bottom of Lake Mills, about 90 percent of the sediment flowing down the river was fine silt. Mastin said the sediment composition has become 50 percent coarser. â€œWeâ€™re seeing a lot more sand coming down the river,â€? he said. â€œWe donâ€™t have a good handle on exactly how much, but weâ€™ve seen it upstream.â€? Flows have risen sharply within the past 1Â˝ weeks â€” from about 2,000 cubic feet per second, or cfs, at the USGS gauging station at the McDonald Creek bridge to about 4,000 cfs Friday. Flows spiked at about
7,000 cfs early last week. The USGS likes to collect suspended sediment samples when flows are high and churning. â€œItâ€™s sort of event-driven,â€? Mastin said. â€œThe most important action occurs when flows increase and rise.â€?
Sediment becomes soil More than half of the sediment stuck behind the dams will remain in the reservoir beds, destined to be covered with vegetation. Turbidity, measured in formazin nephelometric units, or FNU, has spiked dramatically since the summer.
The haze gauge was fewer than 500 FNU in the dry months. It rose to nearly 1,600 FNU early last week. Also last week, sediment and woody debris moving down the river clogged filters at the Elwha Water Treatment Plant. The plant supplies water to the Lower Elwha Klallam hatchery, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife rearing channel and the Nippon Paper Industries USA Inc. mill in Port Angeles. _______ A team of consultants Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be and engineers was on-site reached at 360-452-2345, ext. Monday and Tuesday to 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsula modify the intake system. dailynews.com.
Mileage: Other governments pay less CONTINUED FROM A1 Angeles and Port Townsend school districts. So do the Port of Port Commissioner Will Purser, who was not on the Angeles and Olympic Mediboard in 1995, did not return cal Center. The city of Forksâ€™ rate is calls for comment Friday. Purser replaced Bill 51 cents a mile. The city of Port Angeles McCrorie, who was on the board in 1995 and died in encourages the use of pool cars. 2001. Employees are paid 30 cents a mile if a pool car is IRS rate formula available and they still use a On its website, www.irs. private vehicle, City Clerk gov, the IRS says how it Janessa Hurd said. arrives at the mileage rate. City employees receive â€œThe standard mileage the federal rate if no pool rate for business is based on vehicle is available. an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operat- $58,570 paid in 2011 ing an automobile,â€? the In 2011, Clallam PUD agency says. Clallam and Jefferson paid $58,570 in mileage counties and the cities of reimbursements, agency Sequim, Port Angeles and spokesman Mike Howe said. Of that amount, the disPort Townsend reimburse employees the standard IRS trict paid out $17,944 in mileage rate for work- reimbursements over and above the IRS rate in accorrelated travel. So do the Sequim, Port dance with the 1995 policy.
The portion that is above the IRS rate â€” the 23 cents a mile â€” is taxable. The 23-cent figure was arrived at in a study by thenPUD Treasurer-Controller Shelley Burgett that reflected the true cost of operating a vehicle, Haffner said. â€œShelley thought then that this 23 cents was really true compensation for most peopleâ€™s vehicles over and above what the IRS said,â€? Haffner said. â€œThis was not an arbitrary, flip-the-coin type thing,â€? he added. â€œIt is hoped that this increase in mileage allowance will encourage employees to use their own vehicles and reduce the districtâ€™s fleet,â€? according to the minutes of the April 10, 1995, meeting at which the mileage rate formula was approved. Howe said Friday that
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ner said. â€œWe were concerned back then that if you tell the union people that they have to use their own vehicle, I think you end up having a lot of problems,â€? he said. Timm Kelly, president and business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 997, would not talk to a Peninsula Daily News reporter. Kelly also did not respond Thursday or Friday to an email request for an interview about the PUDâ€™s mileage reimbursement policy. PUD commissioners are scheduled to approve a 2013 budget at their meeting Monday that includes an electricity rate increase of up to 3 percent, likely effective in May or June, Howe said. â€œWe are still awaiting specifics from Bonneville Power Administration on how their increase will impact the PUD,â€? he said. The meeting is at 1:30 p.m. at the PUDâ€™s main office, 2431 E. U.S. Highway 101 in the Gales Addition area east of Port Angeles.
Haffner said the commissionersâ€™ intention in 1995 was, specifically, to keep the number of non-daily-use PUD vehicles to a minimum. â€œWhen you are paying $20,000 or $30,000 for a vehicle, if itâ€™s only used 20 percent of the time, thatâ€™s a lot of money to have sitting around,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s a pain to have to go out and try to rely on a PUD vehicle to go to a meeting in Eastern Washington or in Seattle,â€? Haffner added. Howe said Friday that the number of non-daily PUD vehicles in the districtâ€™s fleet was not available. Haffner said his â€œgut feelingâ€? was that the policy had done its job. â€œI want to find out if it ________ has worked,â€? he added. â€œI will bring it up.â€? Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb Another concern in 1995 can be reached at 360-452-2345, might have been the ext. 5060, or at paul.gottlieb@ PUD employeesâ€™ union, Haff- peninsuladailynews.com.
Rat-bite fever confirmed in central state WENATCHEE â€” Ratbite fever has been confirmed in a few residents of Chelan and Douglas counties in central Washington. The Wenatchee World reported that the ChelanDouglas Health District issued a news release about the disease Friday. The district also says a Grant County resident may have been exposed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said rat-bite fever is a bacterial disease caused by infected rodents or consumption of contaminated food or water.
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Maynes on Friday said the problem is being addressed and that the plant continues to produce clean water. In other project news, park spokeswoman Rainey McKenna said revegetation crews have completed seeding and planting operations for the year. In October and November, Olympic National Park staff, Washington Conservation Corps crews, the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe and a team of volunteers planted 32 acres with 16,800 seedlings in the drained reservoirs. All told, more than 46,000 seedlings have been planted since the project began, McKenna said.
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Dan and Tiffany Coffland of Pasco make some last-minute adjustments to the lights on their 31-foot cabin cruiser before the lighted boat parade in Kennewick on Friday. The parade of about 20 boats launched Saturday, beginning a round trip from Clover Island in Kennewick to Howard Amon Park in Richland.
New trial for convicted murderer — but where? BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND — One day after the state Supreme Court declined to overrule a lower court ruling granting a convicted murderer a new trial, legal sides in the case voiced opposite opinions about a change of venue. Michael J. Pierce of Quilcene was convicted in 2010 of the first-degree murders of Pat and Janice Yarr on
March 18, 2009, in their farmhouse near L a k e Leland. In a July 17 decision, the state Pierce Court of Appeals unanimously reversed the conviction — for which Pierce, 36, is serving a life sentence at Walla Walla State Penitentiary — and sent the case back to
Jefferson County for a new trial. The ruling stated that Pierce was denied access to his attorney and that Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Rosekrans’ closing arguments were inappropriate. Rosekrans filed a request in August requesting that the state Supreme Court review the appellate decision, and on Thursday, the high court in Olympia declined to hear the case.
Waterfront: Extension CONTINUED FROM A1 currently in the works. At full buildout, the park The $500,000 will go is expected to include a new toward the $3.9 million plaza abutting Oak Street, a esplanade project now under gathering area designed way along Railroad Avenue, around the existing whale West said, while the vertebra sculpture and the $302,400 will be set aside for installation of two public work on the $3.2 million beaches separated by a rockWest End Park, slated for lined jetty. West said Spokane-based the waterfront area between North Oak Street and the architectural firm Studio Cascade is about halfway Valley Creek Estuary. The city will be putting done with designs for the up $302,400 in matching park, with the city expecting funds for the RCO grant, construction to begin as Korcz said, while the early as next summer — $500,000 grant requires a just when the esplanade 2.5 percent match, or construction along Railroad $12,500. Avenue is expected to wrap up. Economic development City planners are working with Studio Cascade The $500,000 grant also will allow the city to direct designers to first design some of its own economic those park elements that development funds, previ- the city most likely will be ously prioritized for the able to afford, West said. On the esplanade — esplanade project, to the which has Railroad closed at other project, West said. “It opens up an opportu- Oak Street — West said connity for those [economic struction is on schedule, development] funds to be with all the necessary pileprovided to West End Park,” driving work — the source of the steady banging sound West said. was emanating The city is planning to that construct the park in stages throughout downtown about depending on which por- a month ago — finished. Crews from Primo Contions of the project are the most economically feasible struction of Carlsborg are at the time, West explained, now working to get the sowith an application for a called “in-water” work west second $500,000 RCO grant of the MV Coho ferry land-
ing done by Jan. 15 to comply with construction limitations put in place to protect fish species, West explained. “We have to have everything in that vicinity done by Jan. 15,” he said. Coho owner Black Ball Ferry Line is simultaneously having improvements constructed to the landing and federal Port of Entry at the foot of Laurel Street, including renovation of the large ferry pier’s west side.
Extending esplanade In-water works for the city esplanade describes that which must be done north of the ordinary hightide mark and includes placing caps on the piles already driven under the water so the esplanade itself can be built on top, West said. Work to be done after Jan. 15 will include pouring the concrete for the esplanade and boardwalk that will parallel Railroad Avenue, as well as improvements to the surface of the street itself, West said.
________ Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsula dailynews.com.
Clallam County commissioners will adopt the county’s 2013 budget when they gather Tuesday. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ boardroom (160) at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. Other agenda items for the three commissioners include: ■ A resolution adopting budget emergency appropriations. ■ A resolution adopting the annual road construction program. ■ A resolution rescinding and replacing budget resolutions to comply with state Department of Revenue format. ■ An addendum to Teamsters’ Local Union 589 labor agreement correcting a clerical error. ■ A contract with Peninsula Behavioral Health for dedicated tax funds for mental health counseling services to people with developmental disabilities. ■ A contract with First Step Family Support Center for dedicated tax funds for a supported parenting project. ■ A contract with Olympic Personal Growth Center for activities associated with a state Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery grant as administered by the county. ■ A contract amendment with the state Department of Ecology adding funding to the Dungeness water exchange. ■ A memorandum of understanding with the state Department of Ecology for implementing the Dungeness Valley water rule. ■ An agreement with Jefferson County for funding distribution for the North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee. ■ A resolution reappointing members to the Peninsula Regional Support Network advisory board. ■ A resolution creating an unemployment compensation fund, changing the name of the recreational and boating fund, closing the Public Safety Interoperable Communications grant fund and closing operating transfers. ■ A public hearing on a proposed ordinance amending Clallam County code for general parks and fairgrounds rules and regulations. Commissioners will meet in the same boardroom at 9 a.m. Monday for their weekly work session to discuss the action items. Other topics will include: ■ A report on ocean acidification. ■ The proposed procedure for screening District Court No. 2 judge applicants. ■ Proposed revisions to fee schedules related to the
Eye on Clallam Clallam County Fairgrounds and park facilities. ■ A contract supplement with the state Department of Transportation obligating funds for the U.S. Highway 101 underpass project at Deer Park Road and improvements to the nearby rest area. ■ An agreement with Clallam County Fire District No. 2 establishing a shared small-works roster. ■ A briefing on proposed state Department of Ecology updates to the State Environmental Policy Act.
Clallam PUD Clallam County Public Utility District commissioners will consider adopting 2013 budgets for the electric, water and wastewater operating fund Monday. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Port Angeles main office, 2431 E. U.S. Highway 101. PUD commissioners also will consider 2013 appointments and a resolution establishing the district’s schedule of deposits and charges and electric line extension unit prices.
Fire District No. 2 A meeting of the Clallam County Fire District No. 2 Board of Commissioners will be held Monday. The board will meet at 102 E. Fifth St. in Port Angeles at 9 a.m. to approve December vouchers. An executive session will be held for an employee performance evaluation and is expected to last one hour.
Peninsula College The Peninsula College Board of Trustees will conduct its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. The trustees will meet at 2 p.m. in the Cornaby Center (A-12) on the Peninsula College campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.
Conservation district The Clallam Conservation District will hold its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. The district will meet at 3 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center, 1601 E. Front St., Suite A, Port Angeles.
Port of Port Angeles Port of Port Angeles commissioners will review a monthly report at their regular monthly meeting Monday that includes updates on log handling, marine terminal and other port operations. The commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the meeting room at the port
administrative building, 338 W. First St. in Port Angeles. Marine terminal tanker days have declined from 199 as of November 2007 to 115 as of this November, according to the agenda packet for the meeting. Log yard loads have declined from 10,316 by November 2007 — and 10,194 by November 2011 — to 6,548 as of this November. Slip occupancy at the Boat Haven also has declined, from 316 as of November 2007 to 281 by this November. Slip occupancy at the John Wayne Marina east of Sequim also has declined from 269 as of November 2007 to 227 by this November.
Forks City Council The Forks City Council is scheduled to approve a 2013 budget of $3.58 million when council members meet Monday for their regular meeting. The total compares with a 2012 budget of $5.03 million that included $1.3 million in improvement projects for Division Street and Russell Road. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in City Council chambers at City Hall, 500 E. Division St. Council members also are scheduled to award a contract to demolish the burned former International Order of Odd Fellows hall. They also will discuss a Clallam Transit Center remodeling project and hold a public hearing for the sale and transfer of Industrial Park Lot 4 at 231 Industrial Way. The property consists of 6.3 acres that the Clallam County Public Utility District intends to use for warehousing and vehicle parking.
Port Angeles city Port Angeles City Council members will join members of its Utility Advisory Committee to discuss changes to the city’s industrial electrical transmission rates. The joint meeting starts at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers, 321 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles. The council and committee members will discuss changes to the city’s industrial transmission rate in the wake of Bonneville Power Administration plans to increase wholesale prices of its electricity next year. City Council and committee members also will hear staff reports on an information technology grant award, the city’s wireless mobile data system project and ordinance amendments to the city’s utility discount program.
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Ah, ah ah — don’t touch that pill I AM AWARE that everywhere I go, people are having whispered conversations about me, saying that I’m paranoid. I’ve also been told by W. Bruce my doctor that Cameron I have hypochondria, which is just one of the many diseases she’s treating me for. Between these two afflictions, I barely have time to be lazy, though I always manage to work it in somehow. Being a practicing paranoid hypochondriac means that I am always on the alert for new medications to take when those who are conspiring against me manage to implant me with an affliction. The problem, though, is that when I hear about a new drug, I’m afraid to take it. It’s not my fault: Every time a new pill is advertised on televi-
sion, all they can talk about is the potential side effects. Why can’t they take a page from the manufacturers of alcoholic beverages, who imply that the only side effect you’re likely to encounter using their product is that you’ll wind up dancing with Tyra Banks? Instead, you hear something like this: “Do not take Blisteria if you are pregnant or don’t want to be pregnant. Side effects may include itchy tongues and little knobby things growing out of your face. “Special effects may include flying cars and space aliens. Contact your doctor if your head falls off and rolls around on the floor, as this could be a sign of a serious reaction. “In rare cases, people taking Blisteria sometimes report running for Congress. Even more rare, they accomplish something once they’re elected. “Seek immediate attention if you have priapism for more than four hours, wherein you experience a certain delicate condition,
even though you had this same condition for the entire eighth grade. “Users of Blisteria should not do any wing-walking if they are the only ones on the plane. Once you are off the airplane, good luck getting your luggage. “Drink all you want while taking Blisteria — Tyra Banks is never going to dance with you. Stop taking alcohol if you think it is Tyra Banks. “Blisteria is intended to treat RCT — Remote-Control Thumb, a debilitating disease wherein the thumbs become acutely sensitive from too much channel changing during the playoffs. “It has been proven completely ineffective against nosey questioning, constant criticism and regular flatulence, so don’t bother giving any to your mother-in-law. “Stop taking Blisteria if you are a man and you’ve lost your remote — just sit there helplessly, watching whatever is on, powerless to change it. “If you are a woman, you don’t need Blisteria, but it wasn’t very
nice of you to hide the remote control. “Some users report sudden weight loss, mostly because of the whole head-falling-off thing. Others report weight gain but promise to exercise as soon as their schedule frees up. “Blisteria — for that tinglefree thumb you’ve always wanted. Blisteria.” And that’s just the warning on the television — in print, there is always an entire page of additional potential harmful reactions, written in really, really tiny writing so that you’ll go blind trying to figure out the side effect they’re warning you about, which is blindness. My doctor believes that if she’s going to prescribe a new medicine for me, she needs to examine me in her office and not do it the way I’d prefer, which is via text message. “Come on, Doctor, couldn’t we make an exception just this once and have you phone in the prescription? I’m afraid my thumbs are tingling too much for me to drive safely,” I say to her.
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“We like to go out and cut our own Christmas tree. It’s the whole process of getting ready. It’s so uplifting! And my wife is like a kid, a real nut, when it comes to decorating.”
“Grandchildren and a greatgranddaughter. They’re all so cute and cheerful this time of year. Just mailed some packages off today to them. Also, helping people in need.”
“Thinking about spending time with friends and family. I also like the lights and sounds of Christmas. They’re all so beautiful. And everyone seems to be in good cheer, too.”
“Family has always been a big part of it — the dinners and being together with everybody.”
Peninsula Voices A recent Senate vote shows one of the many reasons I could never be a Republican. Serving, reserve and retired military members may pay into an annuity plan called the Survivor Benefit Plan, SBP, whereby the survivor receives a monthly payment for the lifetime of the beneficiary. Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, DIC, is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of certain deceased veterans, generally members killed in action or as a result of a service-related injury or disease. Currently, it is $1,195 a month. According to the U.S. code, the DIC is reduced by the amount of the SBP, even though the member paid premiums for the SBP. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., introduced an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill to eliminate the reduction of the DIC by the amount of the SBP. Sen. Bob Corker,
Post-election I I read with dismay the two “post-election” letters printed in the Nov. 27 PDN. Why on Earth do you print such letters? To pick just a few quotes from the barrage of hateful rhetoric, one letter claims “repeatedly lying pathologi-
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“My kids do. My wife and I “Everyone “It’s my don’t give each getting together children, Luke and other gifts. and decorating for Skyler. They just Instead, we love the holiday. My get so excited. to watch the kids granddad passed They love seeing open presents. away and left two the lights, hearing Oops! The kids big boxes of the music and already found the Christmas thinking about one big present. decorations — Santa coming. It But they’ll have to like 3-foot candy forces me to get wait.” canes for the into the spirit.” walkway.” INTERVIEWS
R-Tenn., objected with a point of order because it wasn’t paid for. Sen. Nelson requested a vote to put aside the payfor requirement, and a vote was taken (60 yes votes required). The result was 58 yes and 34 no, and the amendment failed. Six Republicans voted yes, and 33 — including John McCain, R-Ariz. — voted no. Republicans seem to be able to give millionaires and billionaires huge tax breaks but are unable to help the survivors of our military who died for us. Thomas See, Port Angeles
What gets you in the holiday spirit?
“Have a neighbor drive you,” she suggests. I think about my neighbor, Tom. “No, that’s no good. His home theater has three remotes,” I reply. “His thumbs are so tingly, if I called, he probably couldn’t even answer the phone.” “Well, why don’t you try setting down the remote?” “What?” I gasp. “You could even go for a walk, get some exercise.” “Oh, sure, I’ll just do that. During the playoffs. Right.” I hurriedly thank her for her time and hang up before she can come up with any more crazy ideas. Sometimes I think my doctor doesn’t care about me at all. But I’m probably just being paranoid.
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Holiday headaches THE HOLIDAYS HERALD a chorus of stresses that can trigger migraines. With the party season in full swing, we tend to throw caution and routine to the wind — and both are critical to warding off painful migraine headaches. Key triggers such as alcohol, chocolate, and nuts, coupled with overindulgence, can easily bring them on. “Sometimes, it’s the first time in a year you’ve had an alcoholic beverage,” said Cleveland Clinic migraine specialist Dr. Jennifer Kriegler. Lack of sleep from late-night revelry is another common trigger for migraines. And then there’s the stress of holiday shopping with crowds and the scents that can set off a migraine. There are ways to mitigate some of these seasonal triggers, Kriegler said. For example, if you find that holiday candles and potpourri bring on pain instead of spirit, try outdoor shopping areas instead of indoor stores. Aol.com
cally and leaving a trail of scandalous outrages,” apparently but ungrammatically referring to President Barack Obama. The other refers to our president as “commander in cheap” and predicts
“Giving to people you don’t even know, people who are really in need. Also, the smell of the Christmas tree. I follow the saying: ‘To spread Christmas cheer, sing loud so all can hear.’”
“many new cockamamie laws by presidential mandate.” I can understand people are disappointed that their candidate and party did not win and even that they fear the future, but can’t
you find someone with those views who can write an English sentence and express their ideas in a rational manner? For good measure, can they have a basic grasp of how our government works? Finally, what is this about dissing Saul Alinsky, for goodness’ sake? He was a creative thinker and actor, and he died 40 years ago. Lyn Muench, Port Angeles
Post-election II The very sad letters [“Post-election I” and “Postelection II,” Peninsula Voices, Nov. 27] would have one believe that the letter writers would welcome the collapse of our nation just so they can say, “I told you so.” I am happy that the election resulted in the disappointment of such narrow, selfish and unpatriotic folk. What kind of person
would welcome harm to their country in order to make a political point? Allan J. Harrison, Port Angeles
Spending problem President Obama’s tiresome mantra “the rich must pay their fair share” grossly misrepresents the total problem. Constantly repeating this one idea is highly deceptive, as taxing the rich even more will never solve our fiscal problems. Letting tax rates revert to the higher rates under [President Bill] Clinton will only provide enough revenue to cover federal government spending for eight to 10 days. We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. The growth of entitlements is accelerating, driving us deeper in debt, and is guaranteed to gobble up any new income. TURN
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Peninsula Voices CONTINUED FROM A8 all tax revenue stream. Obama should show some leadership and presWhat is Obama’s plan ent a comprehensive and for getting entitlements balanced plan rather then back in line with what we his narrow “class warfare” can afford? There must be large cut- approach. Eugene Farr, backs in all government Port Townsend spending, starting with grants and gifts to worthless “green” energy compaWild Olympics nies that helped fund his Response to the front re-election. page, above-the-fold article What is Obama’s plan? “Private Study Sees Job Government bureauLoss from Wild Olympics” cracy is eating up too much [PDN, Nov. 27]: of the incoming revenue. I am what some call a What is Obama going to “fishing widow.” do to slim down the My husband is alive and bureaucracy? well, but every minute he Our economy is being can find free, he’s dreaming stifled by unnecessary and of heading to the West End ineffective regulations and rivers and landing a salmon. rules. When is Obama Over the years, I have going to clean up the regu- listened to many a fish latory morass? story, and I’ve learned a lot, The U.S. business and like salmon and other fish corporate tax rates are need clean water to spawn among the highest in the — no successful spawning, world, therefore limiting no future generations of what can be paid to worksalmon. ers and making products And I’ve learned that noncompetitive in world logging along rivers leads to markets. muddied water and smothDoes Obama propose to ers spawning beds. cut these rates? The study of the Wild Cutting these rates would Olympics Wilderness and increase jobs, keep profits Wild and Scenic Rivers Act here and increase the over- appeared to focus solely on
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I followed with great interest and some tingling down my spine the orderly removal of the two dams holding back the Elwha U.S. CUSTOMS AND Border Protection offiRiver. cers in Southern California have seized nearly I thanked God for the 36,000 Chinese rubber ducks that contain levels of powers that led to the a chemical that may be unhealthful for children. removal, even though it The ducks decorated as Santas, snowmen and took 20 years to make it other holiday figures were seized last week by offihappen. cers and import specialists at the ports of Los To the person who wrote Angeles and Long Beach. this strange letter, has he The customs agency said Friday that it worked read the history of the with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety CommisLower Elwha tribe and the sion in determining that the ducks contain an wrong that our government excessive level of a regulated phthalate, a chemical used to make vinyl and plastics soft and flexible. did to this tribe of many The rubber ducks were valued at more than tribes? $18,000. Has he considered the The Associated Press betrayal by our government of the Native Americans? Has he read with open eyes the stories of the the potential loss of logging restaurants and grocery elders who lived, worked jobs: “4.5 jobs in Clallam stores? and played along the County and 4.7 jobs in JefFrom what I’ve seen, Elwha River? ferson County.” fisherman travel far and Did he understand the What about fishing wide to get to our beloved great loss of homes, lands industry jobs? local rivers, and they bring where babies were born and How many of these jobs money. that the catch of salmon would be lost if our Olympic Keep our rivers clean. Peninsula rivers aren’t kept Claire Roney, was used for daily food? The Creator God is clean? Port Townsend always praised and recogHow many jobs could be nized by the Native Americreated if the rivers are Caring for Earth can. kept clean? Responding to the letter Before cutting down a How about the effect on jobs in related fields such as to the editor “‘Eco-religion- tree, the person thanks ists’” [Peninsula Voices, the Great Spirit for the canning or sporting goods tree and thanks the tree Nov. 29]: or with local motels and
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for its provision. I have to wonder with sadness why this person finds so much anger and negative rhetoric concerning my Native brothers and sisters. Let’s care for the Earth as our Native American brothers and sisters have done for eons. Marti Anthony, Port Townsend
Quiet running I just have to comment, as a solitary quiet runner who rarely disturbs wildlife: Who will monitor those who are still allowed to use the trails [“Plan Would Prohibit Horses, Jogging on Dungeness Spit,” PDN, Nov. 30]? I mean, I walk faster than a lot of runners. Will someone prevent my walking fast on the trails? How about the noisy walkers who probably scare more birds than a quiet, lone runner? I’m not unreasonable here. I get the horse part and I have a horse, but really . . . jogging restrictions? Marca Davies, Port Angeles
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who would give you a box or two of lights to decorate you home or room if you ask. Return them.
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SHAME ON THE [unidentified] city ordinance for prohibiting posting of lost-cat signs on the telephone polls. Shame on the city.
Rave of the Week WOW! THAT’S THE word that comes to mind when I see the beautiful Christmas lights in Sequim, Port Angeles and also the Jamestown [S’Klallam] tribe [Blyn]. What a spectacular site to drive past on Highway 101. Hard work goes into this, I’m sure. A big thank-you to all the volunteers and workers who make it happen.
. . . and other Raves LONG-OVERDUE RAVE FOR a tenacious Andy Nilles and the residents of the Vintage Apartments who persevered in securing crossing signs at Priest and Brackett roads at the Sequim Walmart. IT PAID TO subscribe to the PDN when our carrier, Joan Morrish, happened upon thieves attempting to purloin a boat gas tank in Monterra [Port Angeles]. They left empty-handed, thanks to her headlights and timely arrival. RAVES TO THE folks who decorated the streets of downtown Sequim for Christmas. What a beautiful sight and tribute to our wonderful little town. Thank you.
RAVES TO EMILY Westcott and her army of Christmas elves for decorating downtown Sequim with a big, beautiful tree and gorgeous lights. Their work is appreciated very much. RAVE TO MARTY Hoffman and crew for the beautiful decoration on Diamond Point Road [Gardiner]. Christmas spirit! THE BIGGEST HOLIDAY rave to Santa Claus (Don McIntyre) and the community of Sequim from Sequim Valley Chapel for making our Toys for Tots fundraiser a huge success. With their contributions, we were able to help a lot of foster kids. Thank you. A HUGE RAVE to the nurses and aides at Avamere (Sequim) — especially the ones working in the Dungeness rooms. They make the daily lives of their residents better because of their caring. The families of the residents can relax knowing their family member is in good hands. God bless and thank you for everything you do.
I HAVE A big rave for the jeweler who changed my watch battery and did not charge me because he was super nice. My kids were there, 6 and 8, and he let them “help him” so, in that case, he didn’t charge me. They loved it, thought it was great. A RAVE TO Michael from DelHur [Port Angeles] for pulling me out of the mud in my yard on a recent morning.
Rant of the Week TO THE GAL who checked me out after my appointment at my dentist’s office in Port Angeles: If you are going to work with the public, you shouldn’t have your cleavage hanging out. And shame on the owner for allowing her to look that way.
. . . and other Rants RANT FOR TAKING the LED lights off our display. They were of two different sizes. The grandchildren enjoyed looking at them. There are more people around
A RANT TO to the [unidentified] city: How heartless and cruel you are to take lost-pet signs down from telephone poles. You must enjoy having pet owners suffer. EDITOR’S NOTE: In addition to signs around the neighborhood, owners of lost pets also have another avenue. The PDN publishes free lostpet ads in its daily classified advertising section to help pet owners get their critters back quickly. Each ad can appear for up to four days at no charge. Phone 360-452-8435 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PEOPLE SHOULD GO and look at the Elwha River and the dead fish washing down. I wouldn’t want to drink that water because it’s absolutely filthy. EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes for a response: There are carcasses of spawned-out salmon along the Elwha, as is typical for this time of year (on the Elwha and other salmon streams).
Salmon typically die shortly after they spawn. It is not related to the silt. THIS RANT GOES out to the scumbags who stole from the vendors at the Boys & Girls Club [Sequim] on Dec. 1. What goes around, comes around — remember that. BIG RANT TO businesses on the Peninsula. Whatever happened to being Christian and giving people a chance to start over? What about those poor people with a felony record? They deserve a hiring chance. Rants to businesses that are prejudiced against these people.
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1st of 2 gospel concerts today Peninsula chorus slated to perform BY DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers are ready to give a pair of free Christmas concerts. First, the 13-voice choir, with director Lee Moseley and accompanist Penny Hall, will step up at 6 p.m. today at the Lighthouse Christian Center, 304 Viewcrest Ave., to give a public performance. Then next Sunday, Dec. 16, they will do it again at 2:30 p.m. at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. Today, the program starts out with “Rise Up O Men of God,” “Soon and Very Soon” and “All in the Name of Jesus,” with John Carson offering a solo. Then come “This Little
Light of Mine” and a gospel hymn medley with a solo by Larry Doyle and a duet by Doyle and Mike Perry. The choir will round out the 80-minute concert with “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” “Rejoice with Exceeding Great Joy” and “O Holy Night,” featuring soloist Dave Meyer and the quartet of Michael Craig, Emil Moilanen, Jacob Brown and Mike Stenger. The final song, as is the men’s custom, will be “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”
Christmas music The Dec. 16 date will have more Christmas music on its program, said Craig, the singers’ spokesman. While admission is free to these concerts, donations help the singers with expenses as they travel around the region. To find out more about the ensemble, visit www.PMGospelSingers.com.
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PORT ANGELES — The forthcoming Story Swap is wide open. It’s to be a night of seasonal yarns and tales — about the solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas or just plain winter — at the Camp Fire Clubhouse on Monday. These swaps, held each month by the Story People, typically have a featured teller. The December edition
doesn’t; it’s all open mic. So there will be plenty of time for various storytellers — of any age and style — to come and share. Refreshments will flow along with the stories from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. at the clubhouse, which is at the edge of Jessie Webster Park at 619 E. Fourth St. For more information about the swaps and the Story People behind them, email obscure98382@yahoo. com or phone 360-582-1724.
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A branch sticking up from a log floating in Port Angeles Harbor gives the illusion of a Charlie Brown-style Christmas tree a la the comic “Peanuts” against a backdrop of the ferry MV Coho on the far side of the harbor. Passers-by on Ediz Hook indicated that the log had been drifting around the harbor for several days.
Driver can return to California, judge says Man allegedly traveled wrong way on 101, forced pickup truck off road BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — The California man arrested last week after allegedly driving the wrong way on U.S. Highway 101 near Forks can be released from jail and return to his home state without surrendering his passport, a Clallam County Superior Court judge has decided. Judge Ken Williams decreed Friday that Kirill S. Chumak, 30, can pay $5,000 in bondable bail — meaning Chumak can pay a bail bond company about $500 and the company will foot the rest and collect the difference from Chumak — to be released from the Clallam County jail rather than hand THE ASSOCIATED PRESS in an Anchorage jail, but FBI over his passport to the court. and Anchorage police invesANCHORAGE, Alaska — Agreed to return Investigators who spent tigators said Friday they think he may have had up to hours interviewing an During his arraignment Alaska serial killer said he three additional victims. Friday, Chumak pleaded not “Based on some of the guilty to one count each of may have murdered close to things he told us . . . we hit-and-run on an attended a dozen people and that he killed for pleasure and was believe the number is less vehicle, driving under the only conflicted about how his than 12,” FBI Special Agent influence and first-degree notoriety would affect his Jolene Goeden said. malicious mischief. Keyes slit his wrist and loved ones. The charges stem from Israel Keyes confessed to strangled himself with bed- Chumak’s arrest early last killing eight people across ding last Sunday at the Monday after he allegedly Correctional drove on the wrong side of the country before he com- Anchorage mitted suicide last weekend Facility. Highway 101 just north of Forks, forced a pickup truck off the road and, after a State Patrol officer arrested him, Y O U R D I A B E T E S C A R E C E N T E R kicked out the rear passenger window of the officer’s patrol car. Chumak also agreed to
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sign a waiver of extradition — meaning he will not contest being transported back to Port Angeles from California to face trial on these charges — and consented to being barred from driving, at Williams’ order. “It’ll be public transit and friends for a while,” Williams said. Chumak’s jury trial, expected to last one to two days, was set for Feb. 27, with a status hearing slated for Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. Williams said Chumak can be present by phone for the status hearing but must BMW on opposite side appear in person for the trial. Chumak allegedly was parked in his BMW facing Defense attorney north in the southbound lane During the arraignment, of Highway 101 at Milepost defense attorney Karen 201, a few miles north of the Unger argued that the junction of Highways 101 judge’s original order for and 110, or LaPush Road, Chumak to give up his pass- when a State Patrol trooper port to be released from jail found him at about 5:30 a.m. was too harsh a requirement Monday, according to the considering the nature of the incident report. charges against him. After an interview with “It seems unreasonable the trooper, Chumak was that someone with no crimi- placed under arrest and put nal history should have to into the patrol car. While the trooper was surrender his passport to get out of jail,” Unger told the processing Chumak’s car, court during Chumak’s according to the incident report, Chumak kicked out arraignment. Additionally, Unger said, the rear passenger-door winChumak lives alone in dow of the patrol car. Mountain View, Calif., and ________ has no means to get his passReporter Jeremy Schwartz can port from his home to Port be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. Angeles. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsula Williams said the original dailynews.com.
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The band next performs on this Wednesday’s episode, set to air at 8 p.m. on Fox affiliate KCPQ-TV, channel 13. The results of a subsequent round of viewer voting will be revealed the next night, same time and same channel. Laraine Larson, the mother of the Stromberg boys who moved to California with them in 2011 to help manage their band, said getting signed to Cowell’s record label would be a “release and a reward for all the hard work they’ve put in over the year.”
Surprise party Larson was at the surprise birthday party thrown for Wesley last Thursday and didn’t fail to notice one particular attendee standing among those gathered for the celebration. “And Simon Cowell was right there singing ‘Happy Birthday’ along with the crowd,” Larson said. Kristy Sallee, Sequim resident and mother to Chadwick, said the band getting a record deal with Cowell would be huge, adding that she has the highest hopes for the trio as “The X Factor” winds down. “I’m hoping next year it will be the American Music Awards,” Sallee said. Audience votes held Emblem3 in the third spot of “The X Factor” rankings last week after the trio sang “Forever Young,” made famous by Rod Stewart, and Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” Larson said. Larson said the buzz around Emblem3 is that the trio will make it to the final three, who will all perform during the Dec. 19 episode, with the winner chosen the next night. “It’s up to the public,” Larson said. “Emblem3’s fate is in their hands.” Both Larson and Sallee said the band did an amazing job during last week’s performances, adding that they were both thrilled to see Chadwick get the chance to play his acoustic guitar during “Just the Way You Are.” “I liked the unplugged [song] because I feel like that’s who they are,” Sallee said.
Original song Larson, whose sons Wesley and Keaton play guitar and bass, respectively, said the trio hasn’t played their instruments or sung an original song of their own since they first auditioned for “The X Factor,” adding that she hopes this will be remedied by the time Emblem3 is done on the show. “We’re hoping in the final performance, which would be on [Dec. 19], that they all get to play an original,” Larson said. Throughout their career on “The X Factor” and their year or so in California, the guys of Emblem3 haven’t forgotten where they come from, Larson said. “Just because we live in Huntington Beach, the boys still consider Sequim their hometown,” Larson said. “It’s important for them to have that recognized.”
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PENINSULA DAILY NEWS for Sunday, December 9, 2012 SECTION
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PA girls cruise to win
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KINGSTON — Mariah Frazier swished in 19 points against Kingston to help keep the Port Angeles girls basketball team undefeated in the Olympic League. The Roughriders had four players score in double figures as they stomped the Buccaneers 58-40 on Friday night. Also scoring in double figures for the Riders, 3-0 in league and 3-1 overall, were Macy Walker with 13, Bailee Jones with 11 and Maddy Hinrichs with 10. Kingston fell to 1-2 for league and overall. The game was even until late in the third quarter. The Riders had a good lead after one quarter at 12-5 but the Bucs had narrowed the margin to three, 28-25, at halftime. Kingston’s Savannah Turrieta, a 5-foot-10 forward, hit 4-of-7 3-pointers and scored 17 to keep Kingston close most of the game. Drew Clark, a 6-foot forward, added 14 — many of those also from the outside. “Mariah Frazier had a nice night driving against Kingston’s zone defense,” Port Angeles coach Michael Poindexter said.
Power play All of Jones’ points from the field came from inside. Jones and Frazier were a combined 8-of-12 shooting from the freethrow line. Walker and Hinrichs balanced the strong inside game of Frazier and Jones with timely outside scoring and a few transition baskets. Both teams were tired down the stretch, and both had limited depth because of injuries. “I was very proud of our composure and grittiness in the fourth quarter when we were able to finally pull away from them,” Poindexter said. The Riders next visit Klahowya (0-2, 3-2) in Silverdale on Monday. Port Angeles 58, Kingston 40 12 16 16 14— 58 5 20 10 5— 40 Individual scoring
Port Angeles (58) Frazier 19, Walker 13, Jones 11, Hinrichs 10, Northern 5. Kingston (40) Turrieta 17, Clark 14, Carper 5, Beauilieu 3, Kaye 1.
Olympic 42, Port Townsend 38 SILVERDALE — The Redskins lost an Olympic League heartbreaker on the road Friday night. Port Townsend played with the Trojans the whole game, leading 33-29 going into the final period. But Olympic’s big post Ashli Payne was too much for the shorter Redskins. Despite a box-and-one defense to contain Payne in the fourth quarter, the senior scored 19 points while grabbing 15 rebounds and earning five steals. The Trojans remained a game behind league leaders Port Angeles and Bremerton (3-0 each) by improving to 2-1 in league and 3-1 overall. The Redskins, continuing a strong start to their season, are now 1-2 in league and overall. Irina Lyons led three Port Townsend players in double figures with 11 points. Codi Hallinan and Jewel Johnson were right behind with 10 each. Olivia Williams netted 11 points for Olympic. The Redskins next host North Mason (0-3, 1-4) on Monday night. TURN
Youthful PA has a strong start BY LEE HORTON
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Port Angeles Kingston
Bucs outlast Riders
PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Roughriders fell to 0-4 on the season with a 70-48 loss to Kingston on Friday night. Despite the margin of defeat, Riders coach Brent Stephens saw progress from his team. “I really think we grew tonight,” Stephens said. “We’re making the strides we need to make, and [we’re] improving.” It was evident in the first half when Port Angeles went toe-to-toe with one of the Olympic League’s best teams. The Riders played the Buccaneers to a 10-10 tie in the first quarter behind the scoring of Port Angeles seniors Caleb Treider and Marshall Elliott. The Riders controlled much of the second period and led 19-16 with three minutes remaining in the half. That’s when things went south for Port Angeles. Kingston finished the half on an 11-1 run, and continued to roll in the second half, building a 14-point lead heading into the fourth. In the final period, the Buccaneers’ hot shooting prevented Port Angeles from ever threatening to come back. Hans Shippers hit 3-pointers from the top of the key on consecutive offensive possessions to quickly extend a 49-36 lead to 55-36. Connor Wall took it from there for Kingston, scoring many of his game-high 27 points in the last quarter. “We broke down a little bit [in the second half],” Stephens said. “We didn’t get to the line, didn’t get to the basket as much. “A good team like Kingston
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Port Angeles’ Hayden Gunderson, right, tries to slip past the defense of Kingston’s K.T. Deam during the first quarter Friday night at Port Angeles High School. is going to press you to do those things for 32 minutes [in order to beat them].” Port Angeles came into the game with only one player averaging in double figures — Hayden Gunderson, who averaged 16.7 points in the first three games, including two
games of 20 points or more. Gunderson was held to four points against Kingston but the Riders had three players score in double figures: Treider (14 points), Elliott (13) and Garrett Payton (10). “We have a lot of people will-
ing to contribute,” Stephens said. “The further along we get, the less dependent we will be on Hayden. “He just needs to keep making good reads.” TURN
Wilson leading playoff charge Hawks in position for postseason play thanks to rookie QB BY TIM BOOTH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
RENTON — Pete Carroll desperately wanted to find his quarterback at the end of the win over Chicago, wanted to celebrate in the way he does and no one else, with fist pumps and a huge smile. When he finally found Russell Wilson, the quarterback Carroll took a risk on in April’s draft and later in August when he was Next Game chosen the starter, the QB did not care about Today the winning drive he’d vs. Cardinals just engineered for the at Seattle Seattle Seahawks. Time: 1:25 p.m. Wilson saw his On TV: Ch. 13 receiver Sidney Rice lying prone in the end zone after scoring the decisive touchdown and taking a huge hit, with trainers huddled around. For that moment, the victory to Wilson didn’t matter, and it caught Carroll by surprise. “He was so calm about everything that had happened and was just concerned about his teammate,” Carroll said. “That really struck me that he has a tremendous level of awareness and poise
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Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson (3) gets off a pass under pressure against the Chicago Bears last Sunday in Chicago. Over the last six weeks, statistically, Wilson’s been the best quarterback in the NFL. and it’s surprising that anybody could be like that, not just a rookie or a young guy in his first shot playing in Chicago and all that. “He just continues to be impressive in all of those ways.” Impressive continues to be the word used
most when describing Wilson, the quarterback who didn’t measure up to being worthy of risking a first-round pick on in the NFL draft. Over the last six weeks, statistically he’s been the best quarterback in the NFL. TURN
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2012
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Scoreboard Calendar Today Women’s Basketball: Peninsula College at Pierce Holiday Tournament, TBA.
Monday Boys Basketball: Forks at Clallam Bay, 5:45 p.m.; North Mason at Port Townsend, 7 p.m.; Klahowya at Port Angeles, 7 p.m.; Kingston at Sequim, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball: Port Townsend at North Mason, 7 p.m.; Port Angeles at Klahowya, 7 p.m.; Sequim at Kingston, 7 p.m.; Forks JV at Clallam Bay, 7 p.m.
Tuesday Boys Basketball: Eatonville at Chimacum, 5:15 p.m.; Rainier Christian at Quilcene, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball: Rainier Christian at Quilcene, 5:30 p.m.; Eatonville at Chimacum, 7 p.m. Wrestling: Port Townsend at Olympic, 7 p.m.
Area Sports Bowling LAUREL LANES Wednesday Birch’s Molar Bowlers Men’s high game: Cliff Silliman, 242; men’s high series: Cliff Silliman, 613. Women’s high game: Jeanne Phelps, 187; women’s high series: Aleta Smith, 472. Leading team: Mountain Beavers. Lakeside Big Four Men’s high game: Hal Morrison, 289; men’s high series: Al Angevine, 820. Leading team: Road Warriors. Men’s high game: Gary Wright, 246; men’s high series: Bob Gunn, 657. Women’s high game: Janet Elofson, 210; Sandi Gunn, 210; women’s high series: Sandi Gunn, 566. Leading team: Lakeside. Tuesday Laurel Lanes Seniors Men’s high game: Jack Shields, 188; men’s high series: Steve Campbell, 508. Women’s high game: Sherri Zindel, 188; women’s high series: Sherri Zindel, 486. Tuesday Brunch League High game: Cheri Pysson, 183. High series: Cheri Ptsson, 459. First place team: Avon/Louise Ensor. Mixed Up Mixed Men’s high game: Randy Sandwick, 246; men’s high series: Calen Walz, 595; Bill gannon, 595. Women’s high game: Debbie Nickles, 213; women’s high series: Debbie Nickles, 538. Leading team: Laurel Lanes. Monday Monday Night Mixed Men’s high game: Jeff Brown, 259; men’s high series: Jeff Brown, 620. Women’s high game: Brenda Haltom, 173; women’s high series: Brenda Haltom, 509. Leading team: Sew It Seams. Les Schwab Mixed Majors Men’s high game: Hal Morrison, 258; men’s high series: Kevin Darting, 672. Leading team: Peak’s Pub. Baxter Auto Parts Old Timers Men’s high game: Ken McInnes, 213; men’s high series: Cliff Silliman, 590. Women’s high game: Joan Wright, 190; women’s high series: Joan Wright, 518. Saturday, Dec. 1 Pee Wee Kids League Boys’ high game: Robert Wold, 122. Girls’ high game: Abby Robinson, 92. Bantam Kids League Boys’ high game: Tobias Bellis, 84; boys’ high series: Tobias Bellis, 191. Girls’ high game: Sierra Burkett, 139; women’s high series: Sierra Burkett, 343. Junior Kids League Boys’ high game: Nathan Dewey, 202; boys’ high series: Nathan Dewey, 511. Girls’ high game: Malyssa Gannon, 112; girls’ high series: Malyssa Gannon, 289. Friday, Nov. 30 7 Cedars Mixed Men’s high game: Keith Beck, 236; men’s high series: Keith Beck, 646. Women’s high game: Louise Demetriff, 218; women’s high series: Louise Demetriff, 607 and Rita Berson, 607. Leading team: Team Five.
Golf PENINSULA GOLF CLUB Friday Winter League — Week Eight Team Points 1. Golf Shop Guys 59.5 2. Triggs Dental Lab No. 1 53.5 3. Glass Services 48 4. Triggs Dental Lab No. 2 45 5. Buck’s Hooligans 44 6. Taylor Made Construction 39.5 7. Green Machine 33.5 8. Windermere 32 9. Irwin Dental 30.5 10. Joshua’s 23.5 Gross: Mike DuPuis, 36; Gary Thorne, 36. Net: Jacob Tweter, 33; Vic Ward, 33; Tory Clayton, 34; Sonny Carter, 34; Sonny Carter, 35; Ken Fisher, 35; Mike Tetnowski, 36; Ward Dunscomb, 36. Thursday Men’s Club Throw Out Three Worst Holes Gross: Gerald Petersen, 56; Gary Thorne, 58; Kevin Russell, 58. Net: Bud Fraser, 47; Larry Bourm, 49; Kevin Borde, 50; Terry McCartney, 51; Quint Boe, 52; Sam Hurworth, 52. Team Gross: Kevin Russell and Mike DuPuis, 68; Kevin Russel and Gary Thorne, 68; Gerald Petersen and Gary Reidel, 69. Team Net: Bill Lindberg and Kevin Borde, 60; Steve Main and Bud Fraser, 63; John Pruss and Quint Boe, 64; Jim Cole and Kevin Borde, 65; Greg Shield and Kevin Borde, 65; Darrell Vincent and Quint Boe, 65; Win Miller and Steve Colvin, 65; Sam Hurworth and Duane Vernon, 65. Tuesday Men’s Club Better Nine Gross: Rick Parkhurst, 37; John Tweter, 37. Net: Gene Middleton, 32; Ray Dooley, 33.5; Steve Callis, 34; Tom Lowe, 34.5; Gene Ketchum, 34.5. Team Gross: Rick Parkhurst and Bob Brod-
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hun, 70; Rick Parkhurst and John Pruss, 72; John Tweter and Gene Ketchum, 72. Team net: Steve Jones and Gene Middleton, 62; Ray Dooley and Dave Henderson, 62; Ray Santiago and Bernie Anselmo, 63; Ray Dooley and Tom Lowe, 63; Tom Lowe and Dave Henderson, 63; Lyle Andrus and Gene Middleton, 63. Sunday, Dec. 2 Men’s Club Sub Par Any Two Holes Gross: Gary Thorne, 69; Tim Lusk, 71. Net: Gary McLaughlin, 64; Leo Greenawalt, 66; Todd Irwin, 67; Rick Parkhurst, 67; Mike Sorenson, 68; Bill Lindberg, 69; Don Dundon, 69; Gerald Petersen, 69. Saturday, Dec. 1 Men’s Club Better Nine Gross: Gerald Petersen, 70. Net: Bill Evenstad, 31.5; Gary McLaughlin, 32.5; Dave Wahlsten, 33; Terry McCartney, 33. Team gross: Dave Wahlsten and Paul Reed, 67. Team net: Bill Evenstad and Paul Reed, 60; Bernie Anselmo and Leo Greenawalt, 62; Dave Wahlsten and Mark Mast, 62; Tom Lowe and Leo Greenawalt, 62. SUNLAND GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB Wednesday Men’s Selective Nine Gross: Jay Tomlin, 32. Net: Dave Martin, 26; Ray Aldrich, 28; Bill Wheeler, 28; Russ McClelland, 28.5. Cedars at Dungeness Wednesday Men’s Club ACE Day Flight One (Handicap 5.7—12) Gross: Dave Yasumura, 75. Net: Everett Thometz, 68; Allen Balla, 71; John Raske, 71. Flight Two (Handicap 13.2—17.2) Gross: Rodney Harp, 84. Net: Gary Williams, 69; Paul Ryan, 71. Flight Three (Handicap 17.5—20.8) Gross: Gayle Doyle, 90. Net: Ted Johnson, 72; Pat Lauerman, 73, Mike Sutton, 73 and Ron Fye, 73. Flight Four (Handicap 21.9—33) Gross: Joe Tomita, 96. Net: James Engel, 75, Tim Lane, 75. Closest to pin No. 4 Low division: Don Walker, 2 ft. 7 in. High division: Richard Hansen, 3 ft. 10 in. No. 11 Low division: Rodney Harp, 9 ft. 8 in. High division: Pat Lauerman, 9 ft. 4 in. No. 8 Open: Robert Mares, 8 ft. 9 in.
Basketball PORT ANGELES MEN’S LEAGUE Standings through Saturday Team W L Joshua’s Lounge 5 0 Langston Services 4 0 Skyridge Golf Course 4 1 Anytime Fitness—Seq 4 1 Next Door Gastropub 3 2 7 Cedars Casino 2 1 Baston Enterprises 2 2 Team Atals 2 3 Cougars 2 3 Strait Floor/Energy 1 4 Higher/Grandview 0 4 Westend Bailers 0 4 Sunny Farms 0 5 Wednesday results Anytime Fitness—Sequim 81, Baston Enterprises 65. High scorers AF: Sten Christiansen, 24; Marcus Buren, 18. B: Mark Shamp, 25; Luke Kisena, 9. Skyridge Golf Course 92, Higher Grounds/ Grandview Grocery 43. High scorers S: Nic Camporini, 32; Kenny Meier, 17. HG: Chris Stevens, 10; Brian Gunderson, 10.
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Prep Sports Basketball Friday’s Scores BOYS Almira/Coulee-Hartline 44, Omak 24 Anacortes 65, Burlington-Edison 52 Archbishop Murphy 72, Lakewood 70 Arlington 67, Monroe 56 Ballard 67, Newport 57 Bear Creek School 68, Darrington 29 Bellevue Christian 64, Life Christian Academy 51 Bellingham 88, Nooksack Valley 54 Benson, Ore. 54, Hudson’s Bay 49 Bethel 79, Graham-Kapowsin 53 Bothell 78, Eastlake 51 Bremerton 79, North Mason 55 Brewster 60, Reardan 40 Capital 79, Peninsula 43 Cascade Christian 52, Eatonville 49 Castle Rock 62, Ilwaco 55 Cedar Park Christian (Mountlake Terrace) 61, Lopez 34 Central Kitsap 75, Shelton 27 Central Valley 42, Lewis and Clark 40
Charles Wright Academy 71, Chimacum 40 Cheney 72, Freeman 46 Chief Sealth 75, Bainbridge 56 Christian Faith 84, Mt. Rainier Lutheran 56 Cleveland 51, Ingraham 7 Clover Park 63, Washington 37 Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 59, Chiawana 51 Curlew 43, Columbia (Hunters) 27 Curtis 78, Puyallup 72, OT Cusick 70, Inchelium 19 Deer Park 66, Medical Lake 50 Eastmont 52, Eisenhower 40 Eastside Catholic 66, O’Dea 51 Ellensburg 54, Toppenish 28 Evergreen (Vancouver) 56, Washougal 49 Federal Way 83, Spanaway Lake 52 Ferris 59, Shadle Park 51 Forks 44, Elma 26 Foss 51, Stadium 37 Franklin 84, Nathan Hale 49 Franklin Pierce 60, Sumner 48 Garfield 81, Issaquah 66 Glacier Peak 67, Squalicum 43 Gonzaga Prep 76, North Central 38 Hanford 73, Southridge 64 Heritage 59, Fort Vancouver 57 Highline 64, Tyee 61 Hoquiam 45, Aberdeen 42 Jackson 52, Edmonds-Woodway 48 Juanita 76, Liberty 61 Kamiak 97, Lynnwood 83 Kamiakin 46, Hermiston, Ore. 41 Kennedy 54, Foster 52 Kent-Meridian 65, Kentlake 46 Kentridge 85, Auburn Riverside 77 Kentwood 78, Thomas Jefferson 68 King’s 49, South Whidbey 25 Kingston 70, Port Angeles 48 La Salle 72, Wahluke 50 LaCrosse/Washtucna 70, Tekoa-Oakesdale 43 Lake Washington 61, Interlake 54 Lakeside (Seattle) 51, Blanchet 26 Lincoln 81, Gig Harbor 39 Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 62, Columbia (Burbank) 32 Lummi 50, Grace Academy 46 Lyle-Wishram 78, Dufur, Ore. 41 Mariner 60, Cascade (Everett) 48 Mark Morris 72, Kelso 68 Mary Knight 64, South Bend 35 Mead 80, Rogers (Spokane) 58 Mercer Island 72, Sammamish 48 Mount Tahoma 58, South Kitsap 42 Mount Vernon 72, Snohomish 51 Mountain View 57, Hockinson 41 Mountlake Terrace 70, Meadowdale 37 Mt. Rainier 75, Tahoma 61 Naches Valley 62, Warden 43 North Beach 54, Northwest Christian (Lacey) 24 North Kitsap 65, Klahowya 52 North Thurston 59, Yelm 56 Northwest Christian (Colbert) 62, Liberty (Spangle) 46 Odessa-Harrington 51, Soap Lake 38 Olympia 61, Timberline 50 Olympic 70, Port Townsend 18 Overlake School 56, Bush 48 Pullman 73, Lewiston, Idaho 43 Rainier Beach 84, West Seattle 57 Raymond 65, Ocosta 37 Renton 89, Hazen 56 Republic 57, St. Michael’s 46 Richland 79, Post Falls, Idaho 60 River View 43, Mabton 39 Riverside 70, Priest River, Idaho 69 Riverside Christian 49, Sunnyside Christian 44 Roosevelt 40, Skyline 39 Seattle Christian 51, Vashon Island 43, OT Seattle Lutheran 53, Mount Vernon Christian 44 Seattle Prep 55, Bellarmine Prep 50 Selkirk 69, Northport 51 Shorewood 45, Shorecrest 39 St. George’s 54, Colfax 35 Stanwood 66, Oak Harbor 43 Steilacoom 59, Orting 32 Sultan 61, Granite Falls 45 Sunnyside 61, Davis 60 Taholah 67, Crescent 32 Timberlake, Idaho 60, East Valley (Spokane) 53 Todd Beamer 69, Emerald Ridge 57 Toledo 57, Columbia (White Salmon) 41 Toutle Lake 42, Rainier 36 University 69, Mt. Spokane 57 Wapato 81, White Swan 40 West Valley (Yakima) 73, Selah 36 White River 73, Fife 51 Willapa Valley 54, Naselle 50, OT Woodinville 43, Redmond 37 Woodland 66, Seton Catholic 39 Zillah 63, Kiona-Benton 54 Pendleton Tournament Clarkston 75, Pasco 68, OT West Albany Tournament Union 65, Marshfield, Ore. 28 GIRLS Adna 53, Winlock 22 Almira/Coulee-Hartline 47, Omak 34 Annie Wright 40, Eastside Prep 21 Archbishop Murphy 49, Lakewood 28 Arlington 38, Monroe 33 Auburn Riverside 47, Kentridge 38 Bainbridge 59, Chief Sealth 22 Battle Ground 55, Columbia River 31 Bear Creek School 52, Darrington 39 Bellevue 60, Mount Si 15 Bellevue Christian 45, Life Christian Academy 28 Bellingham 46, Nooksack Valley 45 Bethel 38, Graham-Kapowsin 21 Black Hills 53, Auburn Mountainview 42 Bremerton 45, North Mason 29 Burlington-Edison 43, Anacortes 27 Cascade (Everett) 37, Mariner 19 Cascade Christian 56, Eatonville 48 Cedar Park Christian (Mountlake Terrace) 43, Lopez 42 Cedarcrest 62, Coupeville 24 Charles Wright Academy 56, Chimacum 23 Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 49, Chiawana 35 Colfax 47, St. George’s 28 Columbia (Burbank) 55, Lind-Ritzville/ Sprague 46 Columbia (Hunters) 66, Curlew 47 Connell 45, Goldendale 34 Cusick 47, Inchelium 33 Davis 78, Sunnyside 67 Dufur, Ore. 39, Lyle-Wishram 32 East Valley (Spokane) 48, Timberlake, Idaho 17 Eastlake 68, Bothell 36 Eastmont 65, Eisenhower 44 Ellensburg 45, Toppenish 42 Elma 53, Forks 25 Enumclaw 49, Capital 40
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Evergreen (Vancouver) 49, Fort Vancouver 38 Federal Way 56, Spanaway Lake 46 Forest Ridge 51, Northwest School 31 Franklin 41, Nathan Hale 30 Freeman 58, Cheney 56 Gonzaga Prep 58, North Central 29 Grace Academy 48, Lummi 19 Grandview 80, Ephrata 58 Inglemoor 46, Glacier Peak 28 Ingraham 46, Cleveland 28 Jackson 53, Edmonds-Woodway 50 Juanita 52, Liberty 37 Kamiakin 59, Hermiston, Ore. 43 Kennedy 41, Foster 35 Kennewick 46, Lake City, Idaho 39 Kentlake 60, Kent-Meridian 35 Kentwood 60, Thomas Jefferson 36 King’s 61, South Whidbey 28 La Salle 47, Wahluke 16 LaCenter 50, Ridgefield 45 LaConner 50, Meridian 21 Lake Washington 56, Interlake 48 Lakes 47, Rogers (Puyallup) 42 Lakeside (Seattle) 51, Blanchet 37 Lewis and Clark 66, Central Valley 56 Lewiston, Idaho 66, Pullman 48 Lincoln 42, Gig Harbor 27 Lindbergh 42, Evergreen (Seattle) 21 Lynden 41, Sehome 28 Lynnwood 69, Kamiak 26 Mabton 51, River View 34 Mark Morris 83, Kelso 55 Mead 70, Rogers (Spokane) 24 Meadowdale 55, Mountlake Terrace 47 Medical Lake 35, Deer Park 31 Mercer Island 54, Sammamish 53 Moses Lake 64, Wenatchee 35 Moses Lake Christian Academy 52, Kittitas 24 Mount Vernon Christian 49, Seattle Lutheran 31 Mt. Rainier 76, Tahoma 31 Mt. Rainier Lutheran 57, Christian Faith 43 Mt. Spokane 47, University 41 Napavine 67, Wahkiakum 36 Newport 54, Ballard 43 North Kitsap 71, Klahowya 54 Northwest Christian (Colbert) 71, Liberty (Spangle) 11 Odessa-Harrington 46, Soap Lake 38 Olympia 50, Timberline 35 Olympic 42, Port Townsend 38 Onalaska 54, Mossyrock 26 Overlake School 35, Bush 15 Port Angeles 58, Kingston 40 Post Falls, Idaho 60, Richland 42 Priest River, Idaho 44, Riverside 34 Prosser 52, East Valley (Yakima) 31 Puyallup 42, Curtis 29 Renton 58, Hazen 20 Rosalia 46, Touchet 32 Seattle Christian 32, Vashon Island 29 Sequim 38, Crosspoint Academy 34, OT Selkirk 69, Northport 51 Shadle Park 61, Ferris 58 Skyline 73, Roosevelt 46 South Kitsap 60, Mount Tahoma 43 Springdale 57, Davenport 49 St. John-Endicott 71, Pomeroy 37 Stadium 46, Foss 25 Stanwood 47, Oak Harbor 25 Steilacoom 48, Orting 27 Sultan 46, Granite Falls 37 Sumner 51, Franklin Pierce 39 Sunnyside Christian 57, Riverside Christian 17 Taholah 86, Crescent 16 Tekoa-Oakesdale 63, LaCrosse/Washtucna 9 Todd Beamer 63, Emerald Ridge 48 Toledo 43, Columbia (White Salmon) 38 Toutle Lake 48, Kalama 32 Wapato 53, White Swan 44 Washington 55, Clover Park 30 Washougal 41, Heritage 26 West Seattle 53, Rainier Beach 22 West Valley (Yakima) 55, Selah 41 Weston-McEwen, Ore. 56, Waitsburg-Prescott 20 White River 63, Fife 9 Willapa Valley 45, Naselle 13 Wilson 70, Bellarmine Prep 50 Woodinville 75, Redmond 40 Yelm 66, North Thurston 43 Zillah 54, Kiona-Benton 46 West Albany Tournament Union 56, Marshfield, Ore. 25
College Basketball Men’s Basketball Friday’s Major Scores FAR WEST No major team scores reported MIDWEST Iowa 80, Iowa St. 71 Milwaukee 80, N. Illinois 73, OT SOUTHWEST Prairie View 107, Dallas Christian 59 EAST Canisius 67, Fairfield 55 Fairleigh Dickinson 82, Lafayette 80 Marist 62, Manhattan 58 Mount St. Mary’s 72, Navy 65 Rider 62, Siena 56 UConn 57, Harvard 49 SOUTH South Carolina 91, Jacksonville 74 VCU 83, Old Dominion 70
Women’s Basketball Friday’s Major Scores FAR WEST California 84, CS Bakersfield 46 E. Washington 74, Boise St. 63 Gonzaga 54, Portland St. 40 Idaho 78, UC Riverside 64 Portland 70, Nevada 61 MIDWEST E. Illinois 72, Sacramento St. 67, OT Illinois St. 64, Northwestern 46 Indiana St. 64, Ill.-Chicago 33 Minnesota 87, UMKC 49 Wichita St. 51, N. Colorado 35 SOUTHWEST Texas-Pan American 65, Texas Southern 46 EAST Arizona St. 67, Providence 58 Hampton 81, UMBC 36 Iona 67, Columbia 63 Rider 66, Army 60 SOUTH Florida 89, Pacific 82 Kentucky 96, DePaul 64 Mercer 48, Georgia Southern 44 Mississippi St. 59, FAU 58 Old Dominion 59, NC Central 33 UALR 56, Memphis 44
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Football NFL Standings All Times EST NATIONAL CONFERENCE West W L T Pct PF PA San Francisco8 3 1 .708 289 171 Seattle 7 5 0 .583 242 202 St. Louis 5 6 1 .458 221 267 Arizona 4 8 0 .333 186 234 East W L T Pct PF PA N.Y. Giants 7 5 0 .583 321 243 Washington 6 6 0 .500 312 301 Dallas 6 6 0 .500 280 295 Philadelphia 3 9 0 .250 217 320 South W L T Pct PF PA y-Atlanta 11 1 0 .917 317 229 Tampa Bay 6 6 0 .500 333 285 New Orleans 5 7 0 .417 321 327 Carolina 3 9 0 .250 235 292 North W L T Pct PF PA Green Bay 8 4 0 .667 296 259 Chicago 8 4 0 .667 294 198 Minnesota 6 6 0 .500 262 272 Detroit 4 8 0 .333 300 315 AMERICAN CONFERENCE West W L T Pct PF PA y-Denver 10 3 0 .769 375 257 San Diego 4 8 0 .333 258 257 Oakland 3 10 0 .231 248 402 Kansas City 2 10 0 .167 188 322 East W L T Pct PF PA y-New England9 3 0 .750 430 260 N.Y. Jets 5 7 0 .417 228 296 Buffalo 5 7 0 .417 277 337 Miami 5 7 0 .417 227 249 South W L T Pct PF PA x-Houston 11 1 0 .917 351 221 Indianapolis 8 4 0 .667 265 306 Tennessee 4 8 0 .333 248 359 Jacksonville 2 10 0 .167 206 342 North W L T Pct PF PA Baltimore 9 3 0 .750 303 242 Pittsburgh 7 5 0 .583 254 230 Cincinnati 7 5 0 .583 302 260 Cleveland 4 8 0 .333 229 265 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Thursday’s Game Denver 26, Oakland 13 Today’s Games Chicago at Minnesota, 10 a.m. Baltimore at Washington, 10 a.m. Kansas City at Cleveland, 10 a.m. San Diego at Pittsburgh, 10 a.m. Tennessee at Indianapolis, 10 a.m. N.Y. Jets at Jacksonville, 10 a.m. Atlanta at Carolina, 10 a.m. Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 10 a.m. St. Louis at Buffalo, 10 a.m. Dallas at Cincinnati, 10 a.m. Miami at San Francisco, 1:05 p.m. Arizona at Seattle, 1:25 p.m. New Orleans at N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m. Detroit at Green Bay, 5:20 p.m. Monday’s Game Houston at New England, 5:30 p.m.
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2012
Hawks, Cards headed different ways Two teams meet today BY TIM BOOTH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SEATTLE — Three months ago, Russell Wilson was left running for safety, battered around in his first NFL start for Seattle by a confident Arizona bunch that was taking the initial step toward a 4-0 start. When the Seahawks and Cardinals meet again today, it’s Seattle that’s surging toward the playoffs, while Arizona is suffering through an eight-game losing streak, matching their longest slide since 2006. Looking back to when the season opened with Arizona’s 20-16 win, the current state of the two teams entering the rematch could not have been predicted. “It seems like it was last year. It seems like it was a whole different experience when we did that,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “We just looked different at that time.” The Seahawks (7-5) are legitimate playoff contenders that with a little help could still be in the running for the NFC West title, rallying around their rookie quarterback and with three of the final four games at home a chance at a 10-win season for the first time since 2007. The Cardinals (4-8) are a mess, with a revolving door of candidates to play quarterback and none of the three options stepping forward to take charge of the position. Embattled coach Ken
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Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate (81) is congratulated by center Max Unger after his 12-yard, touchdown reception against the Chicago Bears in the second half of last Sunday’s game in Chicago.
NFL Preview Whisenhunt is going back to John Skelton this week after starting rookie Ryan Lindley in the previous two games, including last week’s 7-6 loss to the New York Jets in which the offense produced a measly 137 total yards. Part of Whisenhunt’s decision was going with a veteran in such a hostile environment. “The two years I’ve been there, it’s always just a dog
fight playing those guys. Their stadium is like an amphitheater, all the sound just stays in there,” Skelton said. “It’s going to be gloomy. It will probably rain. They’re in the midst of a playoff run. “They’re trying to get into the playoffs here, so it will be a tough environment, but I think having a veteran at quarterback and veterans on the o-line and the guys outside will really benefit us.” Wilson is coming off his finest all-around perfor-
mance in last week’s 23-17 overtime victory over Chicago. The win kept the Seahawks a game up in the race for the final wild-card spot in the NFC and kept alive slim hopes of catching San Francisco for the division title. Wilson threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns, and added another 71 yards rushing, the most ever for a Seahawks quarterback. His dynamic effort against the Beas earned him NFC offensive player of the week honors, the first
Seattle player to receive the award since Shaun Alexander in 2005. “Russell and I were just up there watching film and he said how funny it is to watch the game now and how big of a difference it is, that we were completely a different team that we are now compared to then,” said Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin, who cracked two front teeth trying to make a diving catch late in the seasonopening loss. “I think it’s confidence wise. He’s matured a lot. He’s got a better grasp of the offense. “The offensive line has gelled and played more games together now. There is just a lot more confidence on the offensive side of the ball that can only help us.” Additionally, Seattle gets a chance to prove it can avoid playing down to its competition. Some of the Seahawks most impressive wins have come against the elite of the NFL — Green Bay, New England and Chicago. And some of their losses — Miami, Detroit and St. Louis — have come against teams with sub-.500 records. “We need to take that next step as a team,” Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said. “The good teams we need to try and make them look normal. The bad teams or some of those teams that aren’t as good as the elite teams we need to make them look bad. That’s the attitude we need to have going forward.” Seattle will be playing its first game without starting cornerback Brandon Browner, who dropped his
appeal this week of a fourgame suspension for using performance enhancing drugs. Browner will miss the rest of the regular season, but could be back if Seattle makes the playoffs. His departure could be the first major blow to Seattle’s defense. Fellow starting cornerback Richard Sherman is appealing his four-game suspension for a PED violation and could be facing a suspension if his case is not overturned on appeal. Walter Thurmond, a onetime starter last season before suffering a serious leg injury that opened the opportunity for Sherman to start, will step in for Browner and his first challenge will likely be an extended dose of trying to contain Arizona star Larry Fitzgerald. “There is a little bit of rust, but I think I got that rust off with these past couple of weeks with practice and stuff like that,” Thurmond said. “I’m ready for the test. It’s not my first rodeo. I’m looking forward to the challenge.” While Arizona’s offense continues to slide down the ranks to being among the worst in the NFL, its defense has remained stout and the reason the Cardinals have been in so many games during the losing streak. They are the seventhbest defense overall and No. 3 in the league against the pass. The Cardinals’ run defense has struggled, but could get a boost with the possible return of defensive end Calais Campbell.
Nebraska beats Huskies in NCAA regional semis THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska moved within a win of the NCAA volleyball tournament’s final four with a surprisingly easy victory over Washington at the Omaha Regional on Friday night. Gina Mancuso had 14
kills and Morgan Broekhuis and Hannah Werth added nine apiece in the three-set sweep. The fourth-seeded Cornhuskers (26-6) will play against No. 5 Oregon (28-4), with the winner advancing to the national semifinals next week in Louisville, Ky.
The Ducks moved on with a four-set win over BYU. Nebraska’s match lacked the theater of its previous meetings with the Huskies. The Huskies swept Nebraska in the 2005 national championship match; the Huskers rallied
to knock out Washington in the 2008 regional finals; and the Huskies prevailed in a tense regional final in 2010 that ended with coaches John Cook of Nebraska and Jim McLaughlin of Washington having to be separated. The Huskers won by
scores of 25-14, 25-21, 25-23. Nebraska broke a 22 tie in the third set with a Mancuso kill and a Washington net violation. After the Huskies’ Krista Vansant got a kill off a Nebraska fingertip, Broekhuis pounded the game-winner. “At this point, it doesn’t
matter if you play your best or your worst, you’ve just got to win,” Cook said. Vansant led Washington with 11 kills. The 13thseeded Huskies (25-7) hit just .130. “Preparation is something very important to us,” McLaughlin said.
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those tight situations, he is the same person that he is from the first quarter to overtime,” Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. “He goes into the huddle, calls the plays and goes out there like it’s no different. I think that’s crucial when you’re looking at somebody who has to stay calm, especially at the quarterback position, he doesn’t let things rattle him. “He just goes out there and keeps performing. There is no roller coaster effect of emotion or play. He just goes out there and continues to grind.”
Leads NFL Over the past six weeks Wilson leads the NFL with a passer rating of 114.6. He needs three more touchdown passes above his current total of 19 to have the second most for a rookie quarterback. If he keeps the pace of the past four games, Wilson would catch and pass Peyton Manning’s mark of 26 for most TD tosses by a rookie. Seattle has shown a will-
ingness to adapt to Wilson’s talents. A year ago, many running plays came out of a two-back formation with Robinson as a lead blocker ahead of Marshawn Lynch. That still remains the base of Seattle’s run game, but early in the season Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell started examining how other teams, specifically Washington, were using their multi-faceted quarterback. Slowly, the Seahawks started introducing more of the zone-read running plays that give Wilson the ability to keep the ball instead of handing off to Lynch. Last week it reached its pinnacle for the season when Wilson kept nine times for 71 yards, the most by a Seahawks quarterback in a single game. Much of that total came on Seattle’s final two drives — late in regulation, then in overtime — when Wilson rushed for 47 yards. With four games left, Wilson has 298 yards rushing and needs 45 more to equal Rick Mirer’s franchise record by a Seattle quarter-
Riders: Run out of gas at end hired less than a month plateau until the end of the before the season, so Ste- year.” phens anticipates the Riders will experience more Kingston 70, Port Angeles 48 10 17 19 24— 70 growing pains than most Kingston Port Angeles 10 10 12 15— 48 teams. Individual scoring But he expects the Kingston (70) Wall 27, Shuey 2, Rabedeaux 6, Deam 11, Engimprovement to continue. “Most teams plateau in lish 8, Shippers 10, Hamal 6. Port Angeles (48) January,” Stephens said. Andrus 5, Gunderson 4, Treider 14, Payton 10, “But I think we won’t Elliott 13, Schumacher 2.
remains constantly in search of knowledge. Within a short time of taking off from Chicago last Sunday, Wilson found a seat next to Warren Moon on the team charter, ready and willing to be critiqued by the Seahawks radio commentator and Hall of Fame QB. “I’m progressing, but at the same time it’s a constant process,” Wilson said. “You always want to keep learning, you always want to keep striving for perfection.”
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CONTINUED FROM B1 North Mason, which is typical of a young team [like Stephens was particu- Port Angeles]. “It was one of those larly proud of how the Riders responded after a tough games where you can hang loss to North Mason on your head and dwell on it all season, but we learned Tuesday. “One thing I like that from it.” The Riders lack prior has improved is our mental toughness,” Stephens said. varsity experience and have “We had a hiccup against a coaching staff that was
back in a season. “We’ve worked at it very carefully I think to try and keep him moving forward the whole time and not try too hard, too fast and get too excited with the potential,” Carroll said. “We just wanted to maintain an ongoing ascending process, and this was a tremendous game for a kid to be in charge of because he just didn’t do it once, he did it twice.” Yet for the rapid rise that started around the midseason mark, Wilson
Wilson’s been better than Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and all the rookie QBs taken before the Seahawks grabbed him in the third round. Not to mention QBs such as Tom Brady, Peyton and Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers. With four weeks to go in the regular season, Wilson has Seattle (7-5) in the thick of the NFC playoff race, with an outside shot at a division title entering Sunday’s game vs. Arizona. “You see when rookies come in, you just watch them and he was a guy, he didn’t try too hard to fit in,” Seattle fullback Michael Robinson said. “He just worked and kept working and kept working and before you knew it he was our starting quarterback. “You turn around and now he’s making plays and just growing and improving every week. It’s a quarterback-driven league and I’m glad we’ve got a good one.” Wilson is coming off the most dynamic performance of his rookie season.
With Seattle trailing 14-10 and 3:40 remaining, Wilson directed a 97-yard drive, including a fourthdown conversion. The series was capped by a 14-yard TD pass to Golden Tate with 24 seconds left. Then, after Seattle’s defense surrendered a 56-yard pass from Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall that set up a tying field goal on the final play of regulation, Wilson never let the Bears see the ball again. Wilson took the Seahawks 80 yards in 12 plays on the first possession of overtime, capped by a 13-yard pass to Rice. It was the third time this season Wilson has thrown a winning touchdown pass in the final 2 minutes of regulation or overtime, the most ever by a rookie quarterback since 1970. He was NFC offensive player of the week, the first time a Seattle offensive player has been recognized with the award since Shaun Alexander during the 2005 season when he was the league MVP. “His poise when it comes to those close games and
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Preps: Olympic cruises by Port Townsend Quilcene employed a full-court press for much of the game and used clutch possessions in the fourth quarter to overcome a ninepoint deficit. The Rangers benefitted from strong bench play to help them in the fast-paced contest. Sophomore post player Sammy Rae had a monster game for Quilcene with 16 points and 23 rebounds. Eighth grader Allison Jones scored 13 points and freshman guard Megan Weller had seven points, six rebounds and three steals. Bailey Kieffer, also an eighth grader, contributed six points, senior Andrea Lara added five points and five rebounds and junior Sophia Knutzen grabbed six rebounds. With the win, the Rangers move to 1-1 in league play. Next up, they host Rainier Christian on Tuesday.
CONTINUED FROM B1 Olympic 42, Port Townsend 38 Port Townsend 7 14 12 5â€” 38 Olympic 6 13 10 13â€” 42 Individual scoring Port Townsend (38) Lyons 11, Hallinan 10, Johnson 10, Rubio 4, Hossack 2, Meek 1. Olympic (42) Payne 19, Williams 11, Guevera 4, Anderson 4, Pond 2, Timeteo 2.
Sequim 38, Crosspoint 34, OT SEQUIM â€” Alexas Besandâ€™s basket and free throw in overtime gave the Wolves their first victory of the season in the nonleague game against Crosspoint Academy on Friday night. Besand scored on a putback on a missed layup, was fouled, and sank the free throw to help beat the private Bremerton school. Besand had a team-high 17 points and she was deadly on the boards with an amazing 19 rebounds. The Wolves had a strong defensive night as Elise Beuke pulled down eight rebounds and Emily Wallner had six. Crosspoint, 1-3 overall, clamped down on the Wolves with a defensive press that lasted the entire game and limited Sequimâ€™s scoring. It was a homecoming of sorts for Crosspointâ€™s leading scorer DesereÂ´e Doty, who had 20 points. Dotyâ€™s father, Derrin Doty, who was a member of Sequim boys basketballâ€™s state-tournament teams in 1986-89, is an assistant coach with the Crosspoint girls basketball team. Derrin Doty said he set up the game between Sequim, a 2A school, and 2B Crosspoint Academy by emailing Sequim athletic director Dave Ditlefsen. Derrin Doty still is the all-time leading career and season rebounder at Sequim, who played in three straight state-tourney teams, including the state championship game against Rainier Beach in 1989. Sequim (0-2, 1-3) next plays at Kingston (1-2 league and overall) on Monday night. Sequim 38, Crosspoint 34, OT Crosspoint Sequim
11 6 7 7 3â€” 34 10 6 4 11 7â€” 38 Individual scoring Crosspoint (34) Doty 20, Bandara 6, Garguile 4, Nation 2, Laurion 2. Sequim (38) Besand 17, Beuke 6, Stofferahn 6, Wallner 4, Bentz 2.
Charles Wright 56, Chimacum 23 TACOMA â€” The undefeated Tarriers were too much for the Cowboys in Nisqually League action Friday night. Charles Wright, which had two players score in double figures, now is 4-0 on the year. Vanessa Davis led the Tarriers with 18 points. Lauren Thacker and
Boys Swimming Klahowya 106, Sequim 72
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Port Townsendâ€™s Brian LeMaster (5) gets fouled by Olympicâ€™s Quentin Phillips in the first period of an Olympic League game played at Port Townsend on Friday night. Mallori Cossell led the Cowboys with six points each. Kiersten Snyder netted four points for Chimacum, followed by Cydney Nelson with three, and Baily Castillo and Hailee Johnson with two each. The Cowboys, 0-3 on the year, next host Eatonville on Tuesday night.
Boys Basketball Forks 44, Elma 26 ELMA â€” Braden Decker sank a game-high 16 points to spark the Spartans to a victory in their first SWLEvergreen Division game of the year Friday night. Forks remains perfect on the year at 4-0. â€œThis was a big win for us in our first league game on the road,â€? Forks coach Rick Gooding said. â€œWe took control of the game right off the bat. We blocked out very well, and Nick Gilmore got a lot of rebounds for us. â€œWe did a good job of taking care of the basketball.â€? The Spartans jumped out to 12-4 first quarter and 23-7 halftime leads and never looked back. Treâ€™ Harris joined Decker in double figures with 12 points while Leo Gonzales added five. Chance Bremer led Elma with 10 points. The Spartans next play at Clallam Bay on Monday night in nonleague action.
man 8, Hughley 10, Tarabochia 5.
Forks 44, Elma 26 Forks Elma
12 11 9 12â€” 44 4 3 6 13â€” 26 Individual scoring
Forks (44) Decker 16, Harris 12, Gonzales 5, Jacobson 4, Gilmore 4, Raben 3. Elma (26) Bremer 10.
Charles Wright 71, Chimacum 40 TACOMA â€” Kevin Miller, Rafael Pagasian and Orion Weller combined for 30 points for the Cowboys but it wasnâ€™t enough against Nisqually League powerhouse Charles Wright Academy on Friday night. Pagasian, Miller and Weller all scored 10 points each in a well-balanced attack but the undefeated Tarriers sailed to a 20-point halftime lead and never looked back. Charles Wright, 5-0 on the year, led 26-16 at the end of the first quarter and 45-25 at halftime. The Cowboys, 1-2, were held to single digits in the final three periods of play and werenâ€™t able to mount a rally. Chimacum next hosts Eatonville in league action Tuesday night. Charles Wright 71, Chimacum 40
Olympic 70, Port Townsend 18 PORT TOWNSEND â€” The Redskins were held to four points in the second half by the undefeated and Olympic League-leading Trojans on Friday night. Quentin Phillips sparked Olympic (3-0 in league, 4-0 overall) with 19 points. Skyler Coppenrath scored a team-high nine points for Port Townsend. The Trojans led 16-6 after one, 39-14 at halftime and 61-16 after three. Port Townsend next will host North Mason on Monday night. Olympic 70, Port Townsend 18 Olympic 16 23 22 9â€” 70 Port Townsend 6 8 2 2â€” 18 Individual scoring Olympic (70) Phillips 19, Mosely 8, Makiah McInnis 7, Thornton 3, Neal 4, Tyson 4, Makaleb McInnis 2, Grier 2, Setten 2, Samuels 4, Matheny 8, Ellis-Doubuis 7. Port Townsend (18) Coppenrath 9, LeMaster 5, Spaltenstein 2, Davis 2.
Thursdayâ€™s events Girls Basketball Quilcene 51, Puget Sound 45 KIRKLAND â€” The Rangers pulled off a comefrom-behind upset on the road against the Puget Sound Adventist Sharks in Sea-Tac league action on Thursday night.
ary, but that heâ€™s also eager to embrace the challenge of coming back from both the operation and an unbelievably abysmal finish to last season
Itâ€™s expected that Rodriguez, who will be making his sixth trip to the disabled list in six seasons, could be sidelined until the All-Star break.
Dropping time Dunbar also dropped 1.5 seconds off his previous best in the 100 free. He took second place. Brandon Grow, completely new to competitive swimming turned in a 1:20, which earned him sixth. â€œHe is a strong swimmer, and with conditioning and technical development, he will be a great swimmer,â€? Moats said of Grow. In the 500 free, Prosser dropped four seconds off his best time, taking second place. Moats said veteran divers Austin Clement and Cameron Harrison, both state competitors in previous years, â€œscored well for their first meet of the season.â€? Clement won the meet with a 187, and Harrison was second with 186.40. Prosser participated in diving for the first time as a varsity team member and scored a respectable 141.75. â€œOverall, I am proud of the team and how they stepped up this meet to give it their best,â€? Moats said. Sequimâ€™s next meet will be Tuesday at Bremerton.
Port Angeles 94, Kingston 86 PORT ANGELES â€” The Roughriders opened the 2012-2013 swimming and diving season by holding off the Buccaneers and qualifying two relay teams and seven individual swims for the West Central District championships. The 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relays both won and qualified for districts. The medley relay, with John Macias, Jay Liang, Wei-Yan and Avery Koehler, had a time of 1:52.93. The 400 free relay of Macias, Cole Urnes, Koehler and Liang had a time of 3:58.56. Other district qualifiers include Urnes in the 200 free, first; Macias in the 200 individual medley, second; Koehler in the 100 butterfly, first; Wei-Yan in the 100 fly, second; Liang in the 500 free, first; Urnes in the 500 free, second; and Koehler in the 100 backstroke, first. Koehler also won two events, the fly and the back. Port Angeles placed first in nine of the 12 events and outscored Kingston in six of the 12 events. The Ridersâ€™ next meet will be home against North Kitsap on Tuesday.
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