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Foul weather down coast delays Zuiderdam, scuttles visit BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — Because of rough conditions at sea, the ms Zuiderdam will not visit Port Angeles today — or any other day in the near future.
The Holland America Line cruise ship, which has a passenger capacity of 2,272, was expected to dock at Port of Port Angeles Terminal 1 at noon today and depart at 11 p.m. Instead, the ship will arrive at the Strait of Juan
de Fuca very late and proceed directly to Vancouver, B.C., its scheduled final destination. All local activities scheduled for the ship’s passengers have been canceled, said Mary Brelsford, communications manager for the Olym-
pic Peninsula Visitor Bureau. The Port of Port Angeles was informed of the Zuiderdam’s port of call cancellation about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, said Mike Nimmo, port marine terminal manager. TURN
Clallam death-row conviction tossed Victim’s widow ‘shocked’
High court cites evidence gaffe in trial BY RACHEL LA CORTE
BY PAUL GOTTLIEB PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
SEQUIM — Denise Hoerner, the widow of 1993 murder victim Frank Hoerner, said Thursday she was shocked the state Supreme Court overturned the double-murder conviction of death-row inmate Darold R. Stenson, her husband’s accused killer. “I couldn’t believe it,” Denise Hoerner, 45, said in a telephone interview. “I was shocked. I feel like I just relived everything. I’m not having a very good time right now.” Stenson, 59, owned an exotic-bird farm near Sequim when he was convicted in 1994 for the shooting deaths of his wife, also named Denise, and Hoerner, his business partner. TURN
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OLYMPIA — The state Supreme Court on Thursday reversed the conviction and death sentence of a Sequim-area man accused of killing his wife and business partner and called for a new trial in his double-murder case. In an 8-1 ruling, the state high court said Darold R. Stenson’s rights were violated because the state “wrongfully suppressed” photographs that raised questions about mishandling of evidence as well as an FBI file that wasn’t provided to the defense until 2009, years after Stenson was convicted. Stenson, now 59, was sentenced to death in 1994 for the 1993 slaying of his wife, Denise, and a business partner, Frank Hoerner, at Stenson’s exotic-bird farm near Sequim. Sheryl McCloud, an attorney for Stenson, said she was pleased the court so overwhelmingly sided with their position. “I was just so gratified that the
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Darold R. Stenson sits in Clallam County Superior Court during a 2010 hearing on evidence issues relating to Stenson’s 1997 murder trial. court was willing to make a decision that might be unpopular but is really necessary given what we discovered almost 20 years after the conviction about the evidence being so unreliable,” McCloud said. The high court noted that other than two key pieces of evidence that tied Stenson to the shootings, the remainder of evidence provided at trial was “largely circumstantial.”
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This 1993 photo of Clallam County Sheriff’s Detective Monty Martin wearing Darold R. Stenson’s jeans with the right pocket turned out and Martin’s hands ungloved figures into Thursday’s state Supreme Court ruling overturning Stenson’s capital murder conviction. The TURN TO RULING/A6 photo was not entered into evidence in the 1997 trial.
Irrigation Festival’s big weekend arrives BY JEFF CHEW PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
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■ 117th Irrigation Festival SEQUIM — The 117th Sequim events schedule/A6 Irrigation Festival’s final weekend features men with big saws that has long given life to the valand axes, brawny trucks and tractors pulling heavy objects, and a ley’s rich farmlands. It is the longest continuing grand parade with more than 100 festival in the state. entries proceeding down West The weekend starts this mornWashington Street. The Logging Show opens today ing with the Crazy Days breakand ends with a colorful blast of fast at 7 a.m. at the SunLand Golf fireworks. & Country Club clubhouse, 109 The Irrigation Festival cele- Hilltop Drive. brates more than 100 years of Later today, festival-goers can KEITH THORPE/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS Dungeness Valley irrigation check out the Strong Man ShowSequim Irrigation Festival royalty — from left, Queen Abigail Berry and Princesses Natalie ditches, much of them piped down and Loggers Ball. Stevenson, Arianna Flores and Amanda Dronenburg — color safety posters at last underground during the past 15 weekend’s Kids Day at Carrie Blake Park. The four will ride in Saturday’s Grand Parade. TURN TO SEQUIM/A6 years to conserve valuable water
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Chicago jury deliberates in Hudson case JURORS RETURNED TO a Chicago courthouse Thursday to resume deliberating the case against Jennifer Hudson’s former brother-in-law, who is accused of murdering three of the Oscar-winner’s family members because her sister refused to take him back. Judge Charles Burns ordered the jurors sequestered at a hotel for the night after they Hudson deliberated for four hours Wednesday following closing arguments in the case against William Balfour. Balfour, 30, pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the October 2008 slayings. The former gang member faces a mandatory life prison sen-
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Actor Rarmian Newton, portraying the character Hiccup, poses with Toothless the dragon from “How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular.” The production will launch its North American tour June 27 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. tence if he’s convicted on all charges. Prosecutors said Balfour murdered Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old
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VIDAL SASSOON, 84, whose mother had a premonition he would become a hairdresser and steered him to an apprenticeship in a London shop when he was 14, setting him on the path that led to his changing the way women wore and cared for their hair, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. A spokesman for the Los Angeles police, who were called to the home on Mulholland Drive, confirmed Mr. Sassoon the death, in 2008 attributing it to natural causes. Mr. Sassoon was known to have leukemia. Mr. Sassoon brought a kind of architectural design to the haircut in the late 1950s and early 1960s, developing a look that eschewed the tradition of stiff, sprayed styles with the hair piled high and that dispensed with the need for women to wear hair curlers to bed and make weekly trips to the salon. Company sales reached more than $100 million annually before he sold the company in 1983.
had multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood, in 2009, according to a family statement. He underwent a bonemarrow transplant provided by his son, Stacy, and had entered hospice care. A slender 5 feet 11 inches with blazing speed, Mr. Robinson played all six of his NFL seasons for the Giants after he was drafted 46th overall out of North Dakota State in 1985. His career totals were modest: 749 yards and 7 touchdowns in 43 games. Most of his 48 career receptions came in his second season, when he caught 29 passes for 494 yards.
The group carried out spectacular sabotage raids against factories, railroads and fuel supplies to hamper the German war effort. Mr. Soensteby also led the smuggling of money printing plates from Norway’s central bank to the exiled government in London. In 1946, he received the War Cross with three swords for his bravery. No other Norwegian has received that decoration.
Memories of Prohibition days were revived by Clallam County Sheriff’s Deputies Karl Kirk and W.E. Holenstein. The deputies raided a home on Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles, seized a large quantity of bottled and brewing alcoholic beverage, and arrested the couple making the so-called green brew, Sheriff Charles W. Kemp said. Kemp said the house had about 500 quarts of bottled beverage and two 20-gallon crocks of green brew. Beneath the crocks, he said, were kerosene lamps, evidently used to warm the contents and speed up the brewing process.
GUNNAR SOENSTEBY, 94, a World War II resistance fighter who earned Norway’s highest military decoration for daring raids against the Nazis, has died. The Norwegian government said Mr. Soensteby died Thursday at a hospital in Oslo. The cause of death was not announced. Mr. Soensteby was a member of Kompani Linge, a group of volunteers trained in England for secret missions during the 1940 to 1945 Nazi occupation of Norway.
_________ STACY ROBINSON, 50, a wide receiver who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants before working with the players union, has died. Giants co-owner John Mara announced the death Tuesday. The place of death was not given. Mr. Robinson learned he
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Peninsula Lookback From the pages of the PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
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1962 (50 years ago) Olympic National Forest had a record 191,000 visitors in 1961, representing a 10 percent increase from the year before, Supervisor Lloyd G. Gillmor said in his
annual report covering last year. A total of 1.2 million trees were planted on 3,593 acres, Gillmor reported. The total amount of timber sold was 363 million board feet. There were 19 forest fires, 13 of which were caused by humans. The most costly to fight was the Brotherton fire, caused by a lightning storm Aug. 4, 1961. It was the largest in the national forest since the Bear Creek fire in 1952.
tions Center is approaching 300 employees and 500 inmates. About 22 positions remain to be filled on the prison’s staff. The major portion of the staff — 139 correctional officers — has been hired. The prison, said Superintendent Tom Waters, finally is fulfilling its role as the state’s newest lockup. Its opening as a medium-security prison was delayed a year because of a budget shortfall in the state Corrections Department.
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TODAY IS FRIDAY, May 11, the 132nd day of 2012. There are 234 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: ■ On May 11, 1862, during the Civil War, the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia was scuttled by its crew off Craney Island, Va., to prevent it from falling into Union hands. On this date: ■ In 1647, Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor of New Netherland. ■ In 1812, British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was assassinated in the lobby of the House of Commons by John Bellingham, who was hanged a week later.
■ In 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded during a banquet at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. ■ In 1937, “SPAM” was registered as a trademark by Hormel Foods, producer of the canned meat product. ■ In 1946, the first CARE packages arrived in Europe at Le Havre, France. ■ In 1950, President Harry S. Truman formally dedicated the Grand Coulee Dam in Eastern Washington. ■ In 1960, Israeli agents captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires, Argentina. ■ In 1973, charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the
“Pentagon Papers” case were dismissed by Judge William M. Byrne, who cited government misconduct. ■ In 1981, legendary reggae artist Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital at age 36. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats” opened in London. ■ In 1987, doctors in Baltimore transplanted the heart and lungs of an auto accident victim to a patient who gave up his own heart to another recipient. Clinton House, the nation’s first living heart donor, died 14 months later. ■ In 1996, an Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board.
■ Ten years ago: Israel pulled out of the West Bank town of Tulkarem, leaving Palestinian-run territories free of Israeli troops for the first time in six weeks. ■ Five years ago: Speaking aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Persian Gulf, Vice President Dick Cheney warned Iran the U.S. and its allies would keep it from restricting sea traffic as well as from developing nuclear weapons. ■ One year ago: Former hedge fund titan Raj Rajaratnam was convicted by a federal jury in New York in an insider-trading case of five counts of conspiracy and nine of securities fraud. Rajaratnam was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
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A3 Briefly: Nation Civil rights suit is filed against Arizona sheriff PHOENIX — Federal authorities sued America’s selfproclaimed toughest sheriff Thursday, a rare step after months of negotiations failed to yield an agreement to settle allegations that his department racially profiled Latinos in his trademark immigration patrols. Department of Justice officials said the agency filed a lawsuit only once before in the 18-year history of its police reform work. The Arpaio lawsuit escalates the standoff with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and puts the dispute on track to be decided by a federal judge. At a news conference Wednesday, Arpaio defended himself. “They’re telling me how to run my organization. I’d like to get this resolved, ” he said, “but I’m not going to give up my authority to the federal government. It’s as simple as that.”
The hunt for Adam Mayes and the two young sisters — Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8 — he is accused of kidnapping has encompassed parts of at least three counties in northern Mississippi. Mayes’ mother-in-law, Josie Tate, told The Associated Press that Mayes thought the sisters might be his daughters, and it caused problems in his marriage to Teresa Mayes, who is jailed in the case. “She was tired of him doting on those two little girls that he claimed were his,” Tate said.
Toddler on no-fly list
FORT LAUDERDALE — A New Jersey family is heading home after their toddler was briefly detained for being on a no-fly list at a Florida airport. The family had just boarded a flight heading to New Jersey when a JetBlue employee told the family to get off the plane because Transportation Security Administration agents needed to speak to them. The couple’s 18-month-old daughter, Riyanna, was flagged as a suspected terrorist. “It’s absurd. It made no sense. Why would an 18-monthold child be on a no-fly list?” said Riyanna’s father. After 30 minutes, the family was allowed to reboard the plane, but they refused. Thought girls were his The family, which declined to GUNTOWN, Miss. — A Mis- be indentified, believe they were sissippi manhunt for a fugitive picked on because of their Midaccused of kidnapping and a dle Eastern background. double slaying had small-town JetBlue said it and TSA are residents on lockdown Thursday. investigating the incident.
Same-sex marriages: parties’ defining issue Romney states his opposition PENINSULA DAILY NEWS NEWS SOURCES
OKLAHOMA CITY — After reaffirming his view that marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman, Republican candidate Mitt Romney succeeded in highlighting a sharp contrast with President Barack Obama. Obama declared his unequivocal personal support for same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC News. “My view is that marriage itself is between a man and a woman,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told reporters in Oklahoma City. He said he believes states should be able to make decisions about whether to offer certain legal rights to same-sex couples. “I have the same view that I’ve had since — since running for office,” Romney said. He first ran for political office in 1994. Following a story published in The Washington Post, Romney on Thursday apologized for high
GOP candidate Mitt Romney, shown Wednesday, is trying to counter the notion he bullied high school classmates. school pranks that included an incident where he led a group of young men in pushing down a fellow student who’d been taunted about his suspected homosexuality.
‘I did some dumb things’ “Back in high school, I did some dumb things, and if anybody was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize,” the presumptive Republican presidential nom-
inee told Fox News Radio. The Post article said the student, John Lauber, was often teased because others presumed he was gay. Accounts of the group shoving him and cutting his long, blond hair were attributed to five fellow students at the elite, all-boys private Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. One of the students called the attack “vicious.”
Obama raising funds in Seattle Clooney, following two events earlier in PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA the day in Seattle — one at the said Vice President Joe Biden got “a litMadrona home of Ann and Bruce tle bit over his skis” in publicly embracBlume, and another larger reception at ing gay marriage, which forced Obama the Paramount Theatre in the downto speed up his own plans to announce town area of Emerald City. his historic support for the right of The president said he had planned to same-sex couples to marry. announce his support for gay marriage “Would I have preferred to have done Obama before his party’s convention in early this in my own way, in my own terms, September. without, I think, there being a lot of But he told ABC News that his hand was notice to everybody? Sure,” Obama said. “But forced by Biden, though he said his vice presiall’s well that ends well.” Obama was ready Thursday to dive into the dent spoke out in support of same-sex marriage out of a “generosity of spirit.” embrace of Hollywood’s wealthy elite at a gala The Associated Press fundraising event at the home of actor George
Briefly: World ernment power, officials said. Syria’s state-run TV said 170 people were wounded in what one official said may have been the most powerful of a series of blasts that have hit the capital this year. BEIJING — A Chinese miliThe explosions, which ripped tary newspaper has warned the facade off a military intellithat the country’s armed forces gence building, happened at will not allow anyone to chalabout 7:50 a.m., when employlenge China’s sovereignty of a tiny island outcrop in the South ees are usually arriving at work. An Associated Press reporter China Sea. at the scene said paramedics China and the Philippines wearing rubber gloves were colhave been involved in a tense lecting human remains from the standoff since April 10, when streets after the explosions. the Philippines Navy accused Chinese boats of fishing illegally Heavily damaged cars and the outer wall of the headquarters in waters some 130 miles from the Philippines island of Luzon. collapsed. The Syrian government Both countries claim the shoal, which China calls Huang- blamed “terrorists.” yan Island. Greek talks bring hope Analysts believe the area is rich in mineral resources, natuATHENS, Greece — Hopes ral gas and oil. rose slightly Thursday that “We want to say that anyGreece could end its post-elecone’s attempt to take away Chi- toral deadlock without having to na’s sovereignty over Huangyan hold new elections, as internaIsland will not be allowed by tional partners warned that the Chinese government, people Athens must stick to its hugely and armed forces,” said a report unpopular austerity program or in the PLA Daily, the official abandon the euro. newspaper of the People’s LiberSocialist leader Evangelos ation Army of China. Venizelos, who received the “Don’t attempt to take away presidential mandate to try and half an inch of China’s terriform a government after two tory,” it warned. previous attempts failed, said a meeting Thursday was encourBlasts kill 55 in Syria aging. If this third mandate fails, DAMASCUS, Syria — Two President Karolos Papoulias strong explosions ripped will convene party leaders in a through the Syrian capital last-ditch effort to get a deal; Thursday, killing more than otherwise, new elections will be 55 people and leaving scenes of held in a month. carnage in the streets in an assault against a center of govThe Associated Press
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MOUNT SALAK, Indonesia — The crash of a new, Russian-made jetliner into a jagged, Indonesian volcano during a flight to impress potential buyers threw doubt on dozens of plane sales Thursday just as Moscow seeks a comeback in foreign markets. All 45 people aboard were feared dead. Search-and-rescue teams climbed through jungly terrain to reach the site where the plane roared in at nearly 480 mph Wednesday, raining debris down a nearly vertical slope. When the weather clears, bodies will have to be hoisted onto hovering choppers, said Gagah Prakoso, spokesman for a national search and rescue agency. “We’re still searching for survivors,” he said. “But it doesn’t look good.”
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Tasya Kamagi, 10, holds a picture of her father as he boarded the Sukhoi jet. The Sukhoi Superjet-100 — Russia’s first new model of passenger jet since the fall of the Soviet Union — was supposed to kick-start the nation’s efforts to resurrect its aerospace industry. Indonesia, the fourth stop of a six-nation “Welcome Asia!” tour, was one of Sukhoi’s brightest hopes, accounting for a big chunk
of the 170 orders taken globally. Kartika Airlines, Sky Aviation and Queen Air together were aiming to buy at least 48. Krisman Tarigan, presidentdirector of Sky, said they may back out on placing the orders. “We wouldn’t rule out cancellation if it turned out the crash occurred because the plane was not airworthy.” Russia jumped to the Superjet’s defense. “This all is sad and tragic,” Dmitry Rogozin, deputy prime minister in charge of the military industries, but he blamed pilot error. The ill-fated Superjet was carrying dozens of representatives from local airlines and journalists on what was supposed to be a quick, 50-minute demonstration flight Wednesday. Some excited passengers snapped pictures of themselves smiling and waving in front of the twin-engine jet, which disappeared off local radar about 20 minutes after takeoff from a Jakarta airfield.
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Nation: Teacher faces firing over ‘cone of shame’ collar
Nation: Benedict Arnold is a hero again — at war sites
World: Foreign adoptions fall to lowest point since ’96
A JUDGE OVERTURNED a nearly $10,000 small-claims judgment against American Honda Motor Co. that was won by a car owner who said the automaker misrepresented that her hybrid Civic could get 50 miles per gallon, said a ruling released Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Dudley W. Gray II ruled in Los Angeles on Honda’s appeal of a court commissioner’s award of $9,867 to Heather Peters. Gray’s ruling found, among other things, that Peters had standing to bring the case in state court, but it’s actually federal regulations that govern fuel economy ratings and related advertising claims.
A HIGH SCHOOL science teacher in Zephyrhills, Fla., faces dismissal amid allegations that she used a “cone of shame” dog collar to discipline students. Pasco County Schools Superintendent Heather Fiorentino has recommended firing 47-year-old Laurie Bailey-Cutkomp for putting a dog collar on at least eight of her ninth-graders on two days in April. The collar was reportedly the type used to prevent animals from licking themselves after surgery. “Cone of shame” is a reference to the animated film “Up,” which Bailey-Cutkomp had previously shown to students.
BENEDICT ARNOLD’S HEROIC actions in the Revolutionary War’s Battles of Saratoga, N.Y., are detailed in a new exhibit that opened Thursday at Saratoga National Historical Park, and his capture of British-held Fort Ticonderoga at the side of Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys is being restaged later this month. Most Americans know Arnold as the man who betrayed his nation by trying to turn over fortifications at West Point to the British, then joining the redcoats when the plot was uncovered. But before that, the Connecticutborn Arnold led American soldiers through several historic battles.
THE NUMBER OF international adoptions is at its lowest point in 15 years, a steep decline attributed largely to crackdowns against baby-selling, a sputtering world economy and efforts to place more children domestically. Globally, the number of orphans being adopted by foreign parents dropped from a high of 45,000 in 2004 to 25,000 last year, according to annual statistics compiled by Peter Selman, an expert on international adoptions at Britain’s Newcastle University. Some adoption advocates argue the decrease also is linked to a set of strict international guidelines known as the Hague Adoption Convention.
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Quilcene boys save friend with Heimlich School praises students for quick actions BY CHARLIE BERMANT PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
QUILCENE — Two students at Quilcene Elementary School used an improvised Heimlich maneuver to save the life of a classmate last week. Students were eating lunch in the lunchroom last Friday, May 4, when second-grader Nathan Soderberg noticed his friend Josh Frantz was in trouble, said Principal James Betteley on Thursday. Nathan told his friend,
Josh Frantz, left, was saved from choking by classmates Richard Lont and Nathan Soderberg. ‘Took action themselves’ third-grader Richard Lont, that Josh was choking. Richard jumped up and performed the Heimlich maneuver on Josh, dislodging a piece of hamburger that had become stuck in
his windpipe, Betteley said. Quilcene Volunteer Fire Department personnel arrived at the school after a 9-1-1 call for emergency help to evaluate Josh. The emergency medical
State Patrol seeks witnesses to deadly motorcycle pursuit BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — State Patrol investigators are seeking anyone who may have witnessed parts of Tuesday evening’s chase that led to the death of a Port Angeles motorcyclist. The State Patrol’s major-accident investigation team is investigating the sequence of events that started with a trooper pursuit of a motorcycle in east Port Angeles and ended with both the motorcyclist and State Patrol trooper going over an embankment.
technicians said it was obvious there had been an obstruction, Betteley said, and that he was lucky to have someone perform the maneuver so quickly. Josh’s mother took him to be seen by a doctor, and he returned to school later the same day. Betteley said several adults were in the room when the incident occurred, but none of them saw the incident.
Park Road, Larsen failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and went over a steep embankment. He was killed. Larsen’s father lives in Beaver. He has not been available for comment. The State Patrol car chasing him also went over the embankment. Beebe received minor injuries and was treated at Olympic Medical Center and released, the State Patrol said. Beebe is off work for a few days to recuperate. He is not on administrative leave. Detectives are seeking witnesses to the entire event, from the beginning of the chase on Highway 101 to the crash location. People in the area who saw or heard anything or know someone who did are urged to phone Detective Sgt. Jerry Cooper at 360-805-1192 or Detective Curt Ladines at 360-8051160.
Just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, Trooper Travis Beebe, driving an unmarked blue patrol car, attempted to stop a motorcycle ridden by Bjorn Robert Larsen, saying he was speeding on U.S. Highway 101 near Milepost 252, just west of the Morse Creek curve. _________ The chase, which reached speeds of up to 90 mph, led east on Highway Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 101 and onto Deer Park Road. 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@ Approximately 6 miles up Deer peninsuladailynews.com.
“The kids took action themselves without running to get an adult to help them,” Betteley said. Later, when Betteley asked what happened, Richard said, “Not much. Josh was choking and
couldn’t breathe, so I got it out. No big deal.” Josh, however, thinks it’s a big deal and has gone around school pointing to his friends and saying, “They saved my life,” according to Betteley. Betteley said he did not know how Richard knew the Heimlich maneuver. “His mother was surprised that he knew what to do,” Betteley said. “He probably saw it somewhere.” Betteley said he would ask the Quilcene Fire Department to provide special instruction about the maneuver to students during the school’s regular safety training later this year. Betteley said Richard and Nathan will receive
special recognition at the district’s end-of-year assembly. All three boys will receive a special prize, which Betteley did not identify. Betteley said the school is “so proud” of both Nathan and Richard for knowing what to do and taking immediate action. “It’s especially powerful when something like this happens,” Betteley said. “Student interest is heightened, and they have cause to celebrate something great with one of their own.”
________ Jefferson County Reporter Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or at charlie. bermant@peninsuladailynews. com.
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PORT ANGELES — The trial of Kevin B. Bradfield, a Port Angeles man accused of strangling a developmentally disabled woman to death last October, has been reset from June 23 to Aug. 6. Bradfield, 22, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly strangling 27-yearold Jennifer Pimentel and hiding her body in a wooded area near the Hood Canal Bridge in East Jefferson County. Defense attorney Loren Oakley of Clallam Public Defenders moved to reset the trial in a court hearing last Friday. Clallam County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ann Lundwall did not object. Oakley warned the trial would need to be rescheduled after Lundwall upgraded the charge from second-degree murder to first-degree murder April 11.
The new charge stemmed from an intercepted jailhouse letter in which Bradfield wrote that he planned to murder Pimentel to prevent her from accusing him of rape, court papers allege. Bradfield has maintained his innocence. He is being held in the Clallam County jail on $1 million bail. Clallam County Superior Court Judge Ken Williams scheduled a status hearing for June 22.
DNA testing The trial was postponed in December allow time for DNA testing. In March, Oakley advised that he had more discovery evidence to analyze from the Department of Social and Health Services. Port Angeles police alleged that Bradfield strangled Pimentel in an apartment where his girlfriend, Kendell K. Huether, lived.
Huether, 25, is charged with first-degree rendering criminal assistance and two counts of witness tampering for allegedly helping Bradfield dispose of the body and for allegedly telling two men to lie about seeing Pimentel with an unknown man after her death. She has pleaded not guilty. Huether, who was released from jail in January, has been living in the Port Angeles area on electronic home monitoring and other conditions. Her trial is set for July 30. Court papers said Bradfield and Huether initially claimed Pimentel had fallen down some steps and died from a broken neck. They said they panicked and decided to fabricate a story about Pimentel having run off with an unknown man. In a follow-up investigation, Bradfield admitted to having strangled Pimentel in an Oct. 9 attack, police said.
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PORT ANGELES â€” The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has recognized the city of Port Angeles as â€œtsunamiready.â€? Ted Buehner, warning coordination meteorologist from the National Weather Service forecast office in Seattle, presented TsunamiReady road signs to city officials earlier this month. â€œThe city of Port Angeles is proud to be recognized as a TsunamiReady community,â€? said Mayor Cherie Kidd. â€œThis recognition is the result of a comprehensive preparedness evaluation through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. â€œThis designation could not have happened without a collaborative effort that involved the city, the county, local businesses and the port.â€? The city met criteria that included developing a tsunami safety plan and communications infrastructure, installation of dozens of tsunami hazard zone and evacuation signs and actively promoting tsunami safety through public-awareness activities
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In 2010, when the rule was not in place, the bridge opened 29 times in June, 16 for recreational boats, 12 for Navy vessels and one for a test, according to state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Lisa Copeland. It opened 48 times in July â€” 22 for pleasure craft, 19 for Navy vessels, two for commercial boats and five for tests. In 2011 when the test was in effect, the bridge opened 12 times during the summer period during peak houra, all for Navy vessels, with four requests by pleasure boats to open the bridge denied passage. Information about the signing of the rule has been published in the 13th Coast Guard Districtâ€™s Local Notice to Mariners. For more information, contact U.S. Coast Guard 13th Districtâ€™s public affairs officer at 206-220-7237.
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Vessels that donâ€™t require a bridge opening may continue to sail under the fixed sections of the bridge during this closure period. Most pleasure craft do not require a drawbridge opening, since the bridge accommodates boats that can fit between a 50-foothigh and 230-foot-wide clearance, Overton has said. Under existing rules, any craft can approach the bridge and request that the drawbridge be opened. Opening the drawbridge is at the discretion of bridge personnel. The idea for the closure was suggested by then-state Sen. Phil Rockefeller and Rep. Christine Rolfes, who is now a senator. Both were Democrats from Bainbridge Island. The move also was supported by state Reps. Kevin Van De Wege and Steve
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the summer of 2011, and public comments were solicited. The public comment period closed in April. Most comments were favorable, said Randall Overton, 13th Coast Guard District bridge administrator, earlier this year.
warnings and activating local warning systems. â– Have more than one way to alert the public about tsunami and severe weather warnings. â– Promote public readiness through community education and the distribution of information. â– Develop a formal tsunami plan that includes holding emergency exercises. The designation must be renewed after three years. For more information, visit www.tsunamiready. noaa.gov.
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and training. Both Clallam and Jefferson counties, as well as the city of Port Townsend, also have achieved the distinction. The TsunamiReady preparedness program, which began in 2004, helps communities develop tsunami response plans with NOAAâ€™s National Weather Service and local emergency managers. To be recognized, a community must: â– Establish a 24-hour center for receiving National Weather Service
Port Angeles street department employees Colin Anderson, left, and Jeff Boster install a sign declaring Port Angeles as tsunami-ready near the corner of DelGuzzi Drive and U.S. Highway 101 on Thursday.
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HOOD CANAL BRIDGE â€” The Coast Guard has signed a final rule that forbids summer rush-hour Hood Canal Bridge drawbridge openings for nonmilitary vessels. The rule is intended to stop waits of up to 45 minutes for vehicles crossing the bridge. The rule prohibits drawbridge openings for pleasure crafts from 3 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. every day between May 22 and Sept. 30. Commercial tug and tow vessels and Navy ships would be allowed to halt traffic so the drawbridge can be raised to allow passage. â€œThis modification would relieve heavy afternoon rush-hour road traffic on state Highways 3 and 104,â€? said Cmdr. Daryl Peloquin, 13th Coast Guard District waterways manager. The rule â€” which was signed by the office of Rear Adm. Keith Taylor, 13th District commander â€” is expected to be published in the Federal Register soon. Drawbridge deviations are under district authority, Peloquin said Thursday. â€œWe wanted to get the word out to everyone,â€? he said. â€œIt will go into effect on May 22.â€? The rule will be observed annually. The peak-traffic closure of the drawbridge was tested last year. Bridge openings during rush-hour were banned in
The Coast Guard has signed a rule forbidding drawbridge openings for nonmilitary vessels at the Hood Canal Bridge.
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Sequim: Parades, car show set CONTINUED FROM A1 Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk tonight. The popular attraction is funded by logging show sponsors at a cost of $5,000, said Deon Davis-Kapetan, festival director. The event thus far has gone off without a hitch, Davis-Kapetan said. â€œIâ€™m almost scared to say anything because itâ€™s been going so well,â€? she said. The second annual River Center 5K Run on Saturday will raise funds for the Dungeness River Audubon Center. For the first time, it will be scheduled with three other mainstay events Saturday morning: High Octane Car Cruzz, Kids Parade and the noon Grand Parade. The city will close the parade route on Washington Street between Third and Fifth avenues to traffic, starting at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. As a festival never short on food, the Sequim Valley Lions loggers breakfast runs from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Guy Cole center at Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Sequim Ave. The menu includes allyou-can-eat pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs and orange juice, milk or coffee. Cost is $10 per person and free for children 5 and younger. Other special events include the Sound Community Bank peanut butter drive with the Sequim Irrigation Festival to benefit the Sequim Food Bank.
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Avenue lot. â– Lawn mower races The schedule of events â€” 11 a.m. Saturday, with for the final weekend of the main event at about the Sequim Irrigation 3 p.m. Festival is: â– Chain-saw carving â– Carnival â€” 5 p.m. â€” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satto 11 p.m. today, noon to urday, with a live auction 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to of carvings at about 6 p.m. Sunday; Sequim 5 p.m. High School green field. â– Tractor pull â€” â– Crazy Daze BreakNoon Saturday. fast â€” 7 a.m. today; Sunâ– Logging show â€” Land Golf & Country 2 p.m. Saturday. Club clubhouse, 109 Hillâ– Kids Parade â€” top Drive. 10 a.m. Saturday; Washâ– Logging Show, ington Street from Fifth Truck and Tractor Pull Avenue to Third Avenue. â€” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, â– High Octane Car 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. SaturCruzz â€” 10:55 a.m. Satday; Blake Avenue lot. urday; West Washington â– Helicopter rides Street from Dunlap Avewill be available today nue to Priest Road. and Saturday until dark; â– 117th Irrigation Blake Avenue lot. Festival Grand Parade â€” â– Beer Garden â€” Noon Saturday; on Wash4 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, ington Street from Dun10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturlap Avenue to Seventh day; Blake Avenue lot. Avenue. â– Chain-saw carving â– High Octane Car â€” Noon to 7 p.m. today; Show â€™nâ€™ Shine â€” 4 p.m. Blake Avenue lot. Saturday; Walmart parkâ– Strongman Showing lot, West Washington down â€” 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Street at Priest Road. today; Blake Avenue lot. â– River Center Run â– Country band â€” â€” 10:20 a.m. Saturday; 8 p.m. today; Blake Avestarting and finishing at nue lot. the J.C. Penney parking â– Fireworks â€” lot on Washington Street 9:30 p.m. today; Blake at Seventh Avenue. To donate, either bring a jar of peanut butter to the Sequim branch of Sound Community Bank, 541 N. Fifth Ave., or to the Irrigation
The festival reaches its peak Saturday with the Grand Parade, Kids Parade and Car Show â€™nâ€™ Shine Car Parade. Davis-Kapetan said there are 130 entries in this yearâ€™s parade, comparable with years past, which should keep it rolling for about two hours. The crowd-pleasing Seafair Pirates will return to give the crowd a hardy â€œArrrrrâ€? with honorary parade pioneer Kevin Kennedy, who will be with the pirates. Festival royalty and dignitaries will be in the parade. Kennedy coordinates the festivalâ€™s Logging Show, Davis-Kapetan said.
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The carnival â€” at the Sequim High School playfields north of West Fir Street â€” which began Thursday and where moms can ride for free on Motherâ€™s Day on Sunday, is not the only event there. Performances of the Sequim High School operetta â€œThe Music Manâ€? continue today and Saturday during the festival. Wrist bands for the carnival are $25 for each day. Event times and locations are subject to change as conditions require. For updates, visit www.irrigationfestival. com or www.facebook.com/ SequimIrrigationFestival. Festival Grand Parade on For more information Saturday. about each event, visit www. Employees will wear irrigationfestival.com or green and march with the phone Davis-Kapetan at 360461-6511. bank truck.
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Port Angeles Firefighter Mark Karjalainen tell second-grade students about his departmentâ€™s ladder truck as Firefighter Trevor Warren and teacher Lisa Lisk take a ride in the bucket Thursday at the Port Angeles fire hall. The children were learning about fire safety during the nationally recognized Fire Prevention Week.
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MARBLEMOUNT â€” The state Transportation Department opened the North Cascades Highway at noon Thursday.
The section of state Highway 20 was closed in November. Road crews have been clearing winter snow and avalanches for seven weeks.
Reaction: â€˜God will make it right,â€™ widow says CONTINUED FROM A1 attorneys to determine if she will ask the U.S. Clallam County Prose- Supreme Court to review cuting Attorney Deb Kelly the ruling. Kelly has 30 days from said Thursday in a statement that she was â€œdeeply the issuance of the ruling to disappointedâ€? by the state file an appeal. That means that the earSupreme Courtâ€™s decision. â€œIt is an utter tragedy for liest Stenson, who had filed the victimsâ€™ families that numerous appeals before they are forced to relive Thursdayâ€™s ruling, could return to Clallam County this,â€? she said. from the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla Considering appeal would be after June 10 for a Kelly said in an inter- retrial on two aggravatedview that she will not seek murder charges. review from the state A county Superior Court Supreme Court because the status hearing would be decision was 8-1 but will held the day after Stensonâ€™s consult with appellate return to Clallam Count
and an arraignment held the following week, Kelly said. Kelly said that if Stenson returns for a retrial, she would refile the murder charges against Stenson but would ask family members of the murder victims whether she should again seek the death penalty. â€œIâ€™m going to have to sit with family members to obtain their input and discuss with them what their wishes are,â€? Kelly added. If Kelly seeks the death penalty, the presiding Superior Court judge would be required to appoint a special attorney qualified to try
death penalty cases to represent Stenson, Kelly said. Denise Hoerner told the Peninsula Daily News on March 25, 2010 â€” the 17th anniversary of her husbandâ€™s death â€” that she could not handle a new trial and that Stensonâ€™s execution would allow her to move on with her life.
Hoerner wants retrial On Thursday, she said she wants Stenson to be tried again for the murders of her husband and Stensonâ€™s wife. Stenson â€œdoesnâ€™t scare me,â€? Denise Hoerner said.
â€œMy husband was a wonderful man,â€? she added. â€œGod will make it right.â€? In overturning Stensonâ€™s convictions, the court cited the withholding of evidence from the defense by the county Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Office. Kelly was an appointed District Court judge in 1994, when Stenson was tried. The evidence the court cited consisted of FBI lab notes and photographs of then-county Sheriffâ€™s Detective Monty Martin wearing the same bloody jeans worn by Stenson the day Stensonâ€™s wife and Frank
Hoerner were murdered. Kelly said Martin wore the pants at the request of a Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s Office expert witness who never testified at the trial. Stenson had claimed he kneeled by the victims. The expert witness â€œwas having [Stenson] move in ways to see if the blood on the pants could be created by the movements that Stenson described,â€? Kelly said.
________ Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5060, or at paul.gottlieb@ peninsuladailynews.com.
Ruling: Photograph of bloody jeans was an issue CONTINUED FROM A1 implied at the trial. Stenson had claimed he kneeled next to Hoernerâ€™s Those two pieces of evidence â€” gunshot residue body, accounting for the found inside the front blood on the jeans. But an expert witness pocket of the jeans Stenson was wearing when officers called by the prosecution arrived, and blood spatter had testified that was not on the front of those jeans possible. â€œHad the FBI file and â€œconsistent with Hoernerâ€™s blood protein profileâ€? â€” photographs been properly were at the heart of Sten- disclosed here, Stensonâ€™s sonâ€™s most recent appeal to counsel would have been able to demonstrate to the the high court. jury that a key exhibit in the case â€” Stensonâ€™s jeans Photos of jeans â€” had been seriously misAt issue were photo- handled and compromised graphs showing Sheriffâ€™s by law enforcement investiDetective Monty Martin gators,â€? wrote the majority wearing Darold Stensonâ€™s for the high court, led by jeans with the right pocket Justice Pro Tem Gerry Alexturned out and Martinâ€™s ander. ungloved hands, and an Stenson has long claimed FBI file indicating an agent he didnâ€™t commit the murwho testified did not per- ders. form a gunshot residue test, When Stenson called which the court said was authorities in 1993 to report
the deaths, he suggested that his business partner, Frank Hoerner, had killed Denise Stenson and then shot himself in another room. Prosecutors have said Stenson, struggling financially and in dire business straits, shot the two in order to collect $400,000 in life insurance.
Stays of execution Stenson has filed multiple appeals to his death sentence, and courts have stayed his execution three times, most recently in 2008 when he was less than two weeks from a scheduled execution. In January 2011, a Clallam County Superior Court judge ruled that the prosecuting attorney did not meet its legal obligation
to provide the evidence to the defense but also found it wouldnâ€™t have changed the outcome of the trial, something the high court disagreed with in its ruling Thursday. The high court noted that it already had once affirmed both of Stensonâ€™s convictions and the death sentence in 1997, and has since rejected four prior personal restraint positions filed by Stenson.
prove a personâ€™s innocence. The high court Thursday said those rights were violated. â€œWe are left with the fact that constitutionally significant mistakes were made in Stensonâ€™s trial, resulting in imposition of the ultimate punishment without the full benefit of due process protections,â€? the majority opinion read. Alexander was joined on the majority in Thursdayâ€™s ruling by Chief Justice BarDue process violations bara Madsen; Justices Charles Johnson, Debra But the current petition Stephens, Tom Chambers, cited due-process violations Charles Wiggins and Mary of the so-called Brady Fairhurst; and Justice Pro rights. Tem Teresa Kulik. Those rights are named after the Supreme Courtâ€™s Dissenter Brady v. Maryland case, Justice Jim Johnson, the which says prosecutors violate a defendantâ€™s constitu- lone dissenter, argued that tional rights by not turning the Supreme Court has over evidence that could â€œreviewed and affirmed
both guilt and sentence over the intervening 18 yearsâ€? since Stenson was sentenced. â€œThe interests of finality in justice to provide peace for the families of Stensonâ€™s victims argue for the same result,â€? he wrote. With Stensonâ€™s death sentence now overturned, seven men remain on death row at the state penitentiary. Washington stateâ€™s last execution was in September 2010, when Cal Coburn Brown died by lethal injection for the 1991 murder of a Seattle-area woman. He was the first Washington inmate executed since 2001, after spending nearly 17 years on death row. Since 1904, 78 men have been put to death in Washington.
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No layoffs foreseen for PA schools BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” There will be no job layoffs at the Port Angeles School District this year, Superintendent Jane Pryne announced Thursday. On Wednesday, the district finalized the districtâ€™s list of employee resignations, and an early estimate for the 2012-2013 school year enrollment was completed.
The two numbers were a wash, Pryne said. The loss of teachers and para-educators who are retiring or resigning this year roughly matches the changes expected in enrollment next year, she said. In April, the School Board gave Pryne the authority if needed to give notice to as many as 47 teachers and staff members. At the time, Pryne said
she believed she wouldnâ€™t have to use that authority. Where the teachers will be next year depends on the students. â€œThe staffing is driven by enrollment,â€? Pryne said. Pryne said she expects that most of the eliminated positions will be at the elementary schools.
by more than 90 students last year, and reports from the district indicate that the pattern of students moving out of the school district is expected to continue. On Monday, the Port Angeles School Board said that if the district loses another 100 elementary school students, the process Enrollment will begin to close 58-yearThe districtâ€™s elementary old Franklin School, the school enrollment dropped oldest school in the district.
Hamilton and Jefferson elementary schools have had the greatest enrollment losses, while Roosevelt also has lost students, Pryne said. Only Dry Creek and Franklin enrollments are relatively stable, she said. Enrollment is stable at Stevens Middle School and Port Angeles High School. The district will determine which schools and what grades will lose posi-
tions in June after enrollment numbers come in, Pryne said. There may be some adjustments over the summer, as new students register for classes or transfer requests are received, she said.
________ Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula dailynews.com.
Crash briefly blocks state Highway 112 BY ARWYN RICE PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
pulling a 1985 pup trailer eastbound on 112. Johnson veered to the westbound shoulder and into the ditch, re-entered the westbound lane and crossed the centerline, and Baar veered into the eastbound ditch to avoid collision, Nelson said. Johnsonâ€™s pickup, which was being towed behind the RV, struck the trailer of vehicle two on the left rear dual wheels. The roadway was at least partially obstructed for four hours. Both vehicles suffered reportable damage, the State Patrol said. The RV and Mack truck were driven from the scene, and the pickup truck was towed for repairs. Johnson was cited for driving with wheels off the roadway.
CLALLAM BAY â€” State Highway 112 east of Clallam Bay was blocked for about four hours this week after a collision between a truck being towed by a recreational vehicle and a trailer being towed by a dump truck. The wreck occurred at about 3:23 p.m. Wednesday near Milepost 22, about 5 miles east of Clallam Bay, KEITH THORPE/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS said State Patrol Trooper Alan Nelson. HEN THE DUST UNSETTLES There were no injuries to the drivers or a passenger A sea gull flees ahead of a dust cloud thrown up by a street sweeper clearing debris from in the RV, Nelson said. the boat-staging area near the boat ramp at Ediz Hook in Port Angeles on Tuesday. The The State Patrol gave nearby entrance gate to the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port this account: Angeles was nearly obscured by dust during the operation. Steven L. Johnson, 65, with passenger Susan M. Johnson, 57, both of Oregon City, Ore., were driving a 27-foot 2002 Alfa RV and pulling a 2010 Chevrolet ________ pickup truck westbound on 112. Reporter Arwyn Rice can be Delbert R. Baar, 64, of reached at 360-452-2345, ext. CONTINUED FROM A1 at The Gateway transit center, extended store Clallam Bay was driving a 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula Mary Schimmelman, business hours, a Lower 1994 Mack dump truck dailynews.com. Holland America spokes- Elwha Klallam welcoming BY CHARLIE BERMANT were gathered from Feb. 14 woman, confirmed that ceremony and other PENINSULA DAILY NEWS to May 7. harsh weather delayed the events. High winds on the Aside from Bainbridge ship coming up the Pacific PORT TOWNSEND â€” A Island, four Washington citPacific Ocean can affect Coast and, to make its proposed ban on plastic bags ies have implemented bans; schedule, it must bypass shipsâ€™ ability to make will be submitted to the Port headway or prevent them Bellingham, Seattle, Port Angeles. Townsend City Council for Edmonds and Mukilteo. â€œUnfortunately, thatâ€™s from entering a port or discussion and possible Police said three teens correct,â€? she said Thurs- strait, Schimmelman said. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS approval in June. broke a window early Exceptions to bans Brelsford said similar day. The potential ban â€” WALLA WALLA â€” Dis- Wednesday and grabbed weather conditions caused â€œWe love to be able to based on one approved by patchers at the 9-1-1 center some cigars. None of the cities have visit our home-state ports, the ms Oosterdam to be the city of Bainbridge Island banned plastic bags outright; in Walla Walla witnessed a The three were lodged at being that weâ€™re based in two hours late for its port in April â€” was discussed at rather, there are exceptions burglary at a convenience the Walla Walla County of call in April. Seattle. a meeting of the cityâ€™s Spe- in each jurisdiction, which store across the street. Juvenile Justice Center for â€œItâ€™s a shame,â€? she cial Projects Committee on were presented to the comCancellation surprise Needless to say, police investigation of burglary added. Wednesday. mittee in chart form by City malicious-mischief â€œPort Angeles is such a The exact date of the City Attorney John Watts. â€œKnowing what hap- were quickly called to the and charges. great destination.â€? scene. Councilâ€™s consideration of pened to the Oosterdam, I All of the bans make the proposed ban has not exceptions for produce bags expected the Zuiderdam to Preparations been determined but likely and those protecting wet be three or four hours late will be June 4, according to food, takeout, frozen food â€” but I didnâ€™t expect it to The cancellation caught City Clerk Pam Kolacy. not be here at all,â€? Brelsand prescription drugs. Port Angeles volunteers in The bags that would be ford said. Exceptions for newspaper the middle of preparations subject to the ban are plastic bags, garden and garbage The visit was to have for the more than 1,000 bags with handles that are been a stop on a relocation bags, and dry cleaning bags visitors expected to disemgiven out by retailers at the also are made by all the cruise, transferring the bark today. cash register. â€œThey were in the mid- ship from its Caribbean The Bainbridge Island jurisdictions. Charitable stores and Locally Owned Franchise dle of putting the tents up winter schedule to Seattle ordinance says no retail 136 E. 8th St. â€“ Port Angeles when they got the word,â€? and Vancouver, B.C., for its establishment will provide a food banks also are Corner of 8 th & Lincoln summer schedule. Brelsford said. single-use plastic bag to any exempted. Shuttles for downtown ________ ________ customer, with violation conshopping and cultural www.theupsstorelocal.com/2889 sidered a civil infraction. 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Kalakala finds itself in dire Tacoma straits IT’S TIME TO start writing chanteys — or maybe an epic poem — about the Kalakala. This floating calamity has entered the realm of legend. Like the Flying Dutchman, the decrepit art deco ferry carries a curse, with its saga getting ever more twisted. Maybe it’s inhabited by ghosts, passengers fox-trotting to the Flying Bird Orchestra, which once played swing hits on its moonlight cruises around Puget Sound. Those who get too close to the Kalakala winds up beached on their dreams. The immense, eerily decayed vessel has now snared its owner, its landlord, the Port of Tacoma, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard in its baleful spell. [“Kalakala Beyond the Scrap Heap? Owner, Agencies Wrestle Over Fate of Iconic Ferry,” May 8 PDN] For eight years, the Kalakala has been moored on the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma at a berth owned by businessman Karl
GUEST EDITORIAL Anderson. Anderson must rue the day he offered the spot to the hulk’s owner, Steve Rodrigues. Others who had hosted the haunted hulk, the Makah tribe in Neah Bay and a landowner on Lake Union in Seattle, were ultimately able to get it towed off after extended battles. But Anderson and the port look very, very stuck with it. If it stays put and sinks — only a matter if time, if nothing is done — it could plug navigation on the Hylebos. If it sank, the efforts to salvage it could undo a costly Superfund cleanup by stirring up toxic chemicals now capped beneath the waterway. It’s got to go. But where? How? And who pays? The vision of restoring the ferry to its former elegance has proven a hallucination: too much grog down the hatches, maybe. Peter Bevis, the Seattle sculp-
A private boat passes the rusted ferry Kalakala in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway.
A rendering from a brochure in the Kalakala’s glory days. tor who found it rotting on an Alaskan mudflat, lost a fortune getting it floated again and towed down to Lake Union.
Peninsula Voices The saber-rattling evident here infuriates the The letter [“Lincoln well-informed citizen, Park Trees,” Peninsula Voices, April 25) deserves a because the real issue is not neighborhood property pointed reply. Members of a homeown- values; it is safety and federal regulations. ers’ group located under FAA regulations require the Fairchild Airport flight a 34-to-1 approach slope. approach path apparently If the trees are not believe they alone are in charge of the Lincoln Park removed, the runway shifts again, 2,335 feet westward, trees, and claim that they will be damaged, via lower and you then have only 2,658 feet of runway property values, by a park remaining. renovation which includes It’s not anywhere near tall tree removal. enough for Airlift NorthEven though the city west, making a critical owns the trees and will patient pickup, to land. make the final decision, they threaten a class-action (Each year, they take emergency patients off the Pensuit (against the Port of insula through Fairchild in Port Angeles) if the trees bad weather.) come down. A Cessna Caravan Their letter is unwise turbo, which Kenmore now and representative of poor civics. flies, requires 2,420 feet of
Trees in park
runway. Given poor conditions (instrument flying, wet runway, full load), runway length becomes too marginal. Most companies on the Peninsula have Fairchild Airport and its full use central in their active business plan. A shortened runway will not cut it with any of them. The complainants are playing with the flying public’s safety and with the region’s economic stability. Herbert A. Thompson, Port Angeles
Rainfall compared April 29, 2012, was a historic date for the Peninsula when the annual rainfall of Port Angeles was below that of Sequim. On April 29, the PDN
Rodrigues says his own effort to market the vessel has left him homeless and penniless. Nearly everyone but Rod-
OUR READERS’ LETTERS, FAXES reported the rainfall yearto-date for Port Angeles at 6.40 inches while Sequim was 6.48 inches. Historically, the average rainfall through April for Sequim is 6.07 inches while that of Port Angeles is 10.39 inches. Is this climate change in our own backyard going unreported by the PDN or is it just bad data being published by the PDN? Jeff Becker, Sequim EDITOR’S NOTE: The rainfall figures are gathered through National Weather Service reporting stations.
McKenna sued As I read the Peninsula Daily News article
rigues would now settle for wrecking the Kalakala or towing it out to sea and bequeathing it to Davy Jones. But disposing of it threatens to cost far more than the $1 million the Corps of Engineers says it can get from the National Emergency Sunken Vessel fund. So Tacoma — where else? — gets saddled with this undead, scary-looking derelict. Other doomed vessels – the Titanic, the Lusitania, the galleons of the Spanish Main – achieved immortality by bidding farewell to the living. The Kalakala has achieved it by not taking the hint. Tacoma News Tribune
[“Women Suing McKenna Over Dispute on Health Care Law,” May 4] that 90 or so women are filing a lawsuit against state Attorney General Rob McKenna, I find it very disturbing. Mr. McKenna is right for taking this to the Supreme Court with attorneys general of a majority of other states. And, yes, this is a political move. You betcha. McKenna is running for governor of our state. The majority of our citizens agree that [Barack] Obama and [Harry] Reid and [Nancy] Pelosi overstepped their elected positions with the passage of Obamacare. Why should I, who see a doctor maybe every 10
years or so, have to pay for a woman’s abortion or birth control that are against everything I and a majority of voting citizens stand for? These women can pay for their own women’s health issues. I won’t call them medical issues. These medical procedures are because of a lifestyle these women have chosen. I would not force these people to live my lifestyle, anymore than pay for their lifestyle choices. I am sorry if this offends you, but would you like to support with your dollars my bad choices? I don’t think so. Thom VanGesen, Port Angeles
Wild Olympics perception prevails have worked, some activists say. “The accusations of a land A FEW YEARS back when I grab were completely baseless,” was out on the Olympic Peninsold, would cost anywhere near says Jason Bausher, an Aberdeen sula I saw red protest signs on $900 million (the federal govern- elk and bear hunter who supmore than a few fence lines and ment only spends about $300 ports the plan. signposts: million annually on acquiring “But it was repeated and “Stop Wild Olympics $900 recreation lands in the entire repeated again, even though it Million Land Grab,” the signs nation). was false. In the end it stuck. read. I forgot about the protest “It didn’t matter what was true. I asked somebody about it and because I figured it was so off“It’s disappointing that this is he said the Olympic National base it was no big deal. the way politics works.” Park wanted to force private Olympic National Park is one Yet it’s increasingly common. landowners off their land so it of our crown jewels and a big ecoOthers say the park expancould expand. nomic engine in its own right, sion failed more because local Hmm. When I got home I attracting 3 million visitors a timber companies, the owners of looked up “Wild Olympics.” year. the largest tracts of private land It turned out a group of conWhat could be wrong with it near the park, never got on board servation groups really did want buying key resource lands if the with it. to expand the park. public wanted to sell? Despite no requirement to Only the program would be Then I saw that Congressman sell, nor any mandate to sell to voluntary. Norm Dicks and Sen. Patty Mur- the government if they ever do The park could bid on key, sell, they were leery of anything ecologically important properties ray had dropped the idea of expanding the park. that might reduce the amount of adjacent to its boundaries — It was too controversial. land open to logging. thereby growing the park — but [“A Yield by Wild Olympics. The chairwoman of the Wild only if and when owners wanted Group Will Drop ‘Willing Seller’ Olympics Campaign, Connie Galto sell and were putting the Clause,” May 6 PDN) lant of Quilcene in Jefferson lands on the market anyway. What happened? County, said that is an underNot exactly a land grab. And not one that, if anyone standable worry. It turns out the protest may
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But one that could be negotiated. “We have had a good working relationship with the timber companies,” she said. “This isn’t a plan to shut down logging.” But in the public debate, the facts of the proposal seemed secondary at times to a “rekindling of the old, bad feelings over the timber wars,” she said. “There’s so much suspicion out here about the government. “It seems to overwhelm everything else.” With park expansion off the table, what’s left in the Wild Olympics plan is to designate the park’s rivers as “wild and scenic.” And also to convert 132,000 acres of Olympic National Forest land to a “wilderness” designation. That would mean it can’t be logged (but apparently these particular lands — about 20 percent of the Olympic National Forest — aren’t being logged much anymore anyway).
The point is to try to preserve the watersheds of the Olympic Mountains, while allowing logging in less-sensitive areas. This isn’t going over very well, either, at least in some quarters. In advance of a town-hall meeting in Aberdeen last Thursday, protesters have put up a Web page of new suggested signs showing what they think of the proposal. “Obama: Stop Grabbing Our Land. You’ve Taken Enough.” “Dicks/Murray: Killing Families to Create Wilderness.” And the capper: “Obama’s Land Deal Power Grab. Get Off My Lawn.” These seem to have a few factual shortcomings as well (not least that President Obama has probably never heard of the Wild Olympics plan). But when it comes to what wins in politics, what’s true can rank far down the list.
________ Danny Westneat is a columnist for The Seattle Times.
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Désamour, amour and French toast From Paris
of their partners — Cécilia Sarkozy and François Hollande — IN THE LAST election, Nicowere in love with others, even las Sarkozy lost his wife. though the candidates kept it In this one, he lost France. under wraps. His friends worry about how This time, the French gave a the high-strung, pugnacious banGallic shrug as Sarko ran against tam will adjust to his political his ex-opponent’s ex-partner and Elba. father of her four children. “The falling Thomas Hollande, their Maureen 27-year-old son, worked for his out of love of the French will Dowd mom in 2007 and his dad this gobe worse than round. his divorce with Hollande’s new girlfriend is Cécilia,” a SarValérie Trierweiler, a beautiful kozy friend told reporter for the weekly magazine Le Parisien. Paris Match who covered Royal “It wouldn’t and Hollande when they were the surprise me if Socialist power couple and then he goes through left her husband for Hollande as a small depreshe left Ségolène. sion.” Relations between Royal and This nation Hollande — and between the of elegant formality frowned at a resentful Royal and the possessive leader lacking impulse control, Trierweiler — have long been who could arrive late for a meetfrosty. ing with the pope and then check But the trio appeared on stage his phone, and who could dismiss at the Bastille on election night — a citizen who wouldn’t shake his with the two women spaced far hand at an agricultural fair with a apart — and Hollande kissed profane version of “Get lost, you Royal on both cheeks. poor idiot.” As Steven Erlanger, The New At a jubilant celebration at the York Times’ Paris bureau chief, Bastille on Sunday night, French noted on the TV channel France revelers held up plastic glasses of 24, sometimes it seems as if “a Champagne and signs telling complicated amorous life is a Sarko: “Get lost, you poor idiot.” requirement to be a French presiThe rejected suitor is retiring dent.” from politics to a home in a posh The brutal satyriasis of DomiFrench neighborhood with his nique Strauss-Kahn, however, wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the pushed even the French past their wealthy and sleek singer and forlimit. mer supermodel, and their baby A book and movie have made daughter, Giulia. splashes chronicling the astonishThe French profess not to care ing election day in 2007 when the about the personal lives of candilithe and lovely Cécilia, who had dates, but even they are bemused worked as a political aide to Sarby the roundelay of the first kozy, tried to flee her marriage to already divorced man to get go to her lover in New York, the divorced as president and the first French global events producer never married father of four to get Richard Attias. elected president. Her getaway ended up taking When Sarkozy faced the radifive months. ant Ségolène Royal in 2007, both The impetuous Sarko speed-
dated Carla at Euro Disney, conducted a poll to see if the French would accept the former girlfriend of Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton as Première Dame, and beat Cécilia to the altar (or the French mayor). In a February TV interview, Sarkozy said his anguish over losing Cécilia led to early faux pas that haunted him. At the crowning moment of his political life, he conceded, “part of my head was devoted to” his exploding family. The night of his election, he went to a private dinner with rich friends at the flashy Champs-Élysées restaurant Fouquet’s; the next morning, he and his family jetted off to a billionaire’s yacht moored off Malta and feasted on lobsters. President Bling-Bling, siding with the rich in his Ray Bans and Rolex, was born. Although Valérie is still hesitant about her new role, top Socialists told me she deserves credit for imbuing the secondrank, pudding-faced, scooter-riding party apparatchik Hollande with the confidence to defy expectations at a time when his peers had abandoned him. As the Cinderella civil servant celebrated in the medieval city of Tulle on Sunday night, he wooed Valérie out on stage, gave her a bouquet of red roses, and twirled her to the song she had requested: an accordion rendering of “La Vie en Rose.” The delirious crowd yelled “Un bisou!” A kiss! First the désamour, then the amour. C’est la vie.
________ Maureen Dowd is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times. Email her at http://tinyurl.com/ dowdmail.
Voter fraud facts and fiction WITH SIX MONTHS until Election Day, conspiracy theories are percolating on the Internet like bubbling mud pots at Yellowstone: ■ Left-wing billionaire Michelle George Soros is Malkin going to rig the election for Barack Obama. ■ Foreigners will oversee the nation’s entire vote-counting system. ■ The fix is in, and all is lost. Before conservatives go all Michael Mooremoonbatty, let’s calm down and separate voter fraud facts from fiction. There’s no time to waste worrying about manufactured scares. And there are plenty of legitimate threats to electoral integrity without having to inflate or concoct them. FACT: Scytl is a Spain-based business that specializes in “electoral security technology” and electronic voting applications. Its cryptographic research initially was funded by the Spanish government’s Ministry of Science and Technology and later was spun off as a private-sector e-voting venture. FACT: In January, Scytl acquired U.S.-based SOE Software. SOE writes “election management” programs that assist officials with everything from “Internet voting to election night reporting and online poll worker training.” FICTION: According to alarmists, Scytl’s acquisition of SOE amounts to a complete takeover of America’s election system. No, not really. While SOE boasts of a presence “with 900 jurisdictions as customers in 26 states,” there is no single contract that the federal government has entered into, or could, with Scytl to count the 2012 presidential election votes. Much of the work Scytl/SOE analysts do is number-crunching
and graphics software work after local and state officials have done the vote-counting. Scytl does have a contract with the feds to use its technology to help overseas and military voters participate in elections. In 2009, the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act mandated that U.S. jurisdictions allow uniformed and overseas citizens to receive and track their ballots electronically. Scytl’s online ballot program was used in 14 states during the 2010 midterms. FACT: The security risks of e-voting are still a legitimate concern. University of California at Berkeley computer science professor David Wagner wrote a critical report for the Pentagon about the privacy and accuracy shortcomings of Scytl’s military voting program in 2004 — which prompted the feds to cancel the initial program, according to PBS. In October 2010, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics encouraged outside parties to try to find security holes in their online balloting infrastructure operated by Scytl. A group of University of Michigan students successfully hacked into the system, commandeered passwords, doctored ballots and programmed audio of the school’s fight song to play whenever an e-ballot was submitted. Hackers from Iran and China also came close to breaking in. “After the hack,” according to AOLNews.com, “[D.C.] administrators decided to relaunch under a download-only format, allowing users to access ballots but forcing them to fax or mail them rather than cast a vote online.” The D.C. official who oversaw the system, Paul Stenbjorn, now works for Scytl. FICTION: Chain e-mails about Scytl claim that George Soros owns, operates or controls Scytl. In reality, the company’s investors are Nauta Capital, Balderton Capital and Spinnaker SCR. Soros doesn’t “own” any of these international venture capital firms — and as far as my
research shows, he has no involvement whatsoever with any of them. Moreover, Scytl’s board of directors doesn’t include anyone with Soros financial or management ties. Soros previously funded Project Vote, the notorious voter-mobilization arm of fraud-perpetrating ACORN for whom Obama canvassed in Illinois. And that brings us to the less exotic but far more routine kind of election insecurity that plagues the country. Hardware and software will never be completely fail-safe, no matter where it originates. But it’s the people, personnel and voter registration and verification rules in place right here at home that matter most. FACT: Over the past five months, investigative journalist James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas team have exposed systemic lapses at precincts in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington, D.C. The ballots of famous public figures have been forked over to complete strangers; disenfranchisement of legitimate voters is routine. While Minnesota and New Hampshire legislators have passed new voter integrity/identification laws, O’Keefe now has been targeted for investigation and possible prosecution for blowing the whistle. And Attorney General Eric Holder is striking his usual seeno-evil, shoot-the-messenger, playthe-race-card pose. The solution isn’t to sit back and bemoan a fantastical global conspiracy. The solution is to get off the couch, support election integrity activists like O’Keefe, and turn out in force on Election Day to eject Obama’s voter fraud coddlers. Like the old saying goes: If it ain’t close, they can’t cheat.
________ Michelle Malkin’s nationally syndicated column appears in the PDN every Friday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New Spruce Railroad plan released Clallam wants trail paved, accessible by wheelchair The new document supersedes a controversial environmental assessment from last year. “This project illustrates the value of public input,” Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent Todd Suess said in a statement. “Important issues were raised during last year’s public comment period, particularly around accessibility, safety and visitor experience. The plan has been reworked and is stronger as a result of the public comments.”
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PORT ANGELES — A crushed rock surface for the Spruce Railroad Trail is the preferred alternative in a new environmental assessment for the path that will become part of the Olympic Discovery Trail on the north shore of Lake Crescent. The assessment released Wednesday by the National Park Service suggests a 3.5-mile-long, 10.5-footwide “firm and stable, nonasphalt” surface along the banks of one of Olympic National Park’s signature destinations. The 231-page document is available for public review at http://tinyurl. com/SRRT-Olympic. A 30-day public comment period on the new environmental assessment began Thursday.
Preferred alternative The preferred alternative calls for the existing Spruce Railroad Trail to be made accessible to pedestrians, equestrians, bicyclists and people traveling in wheelchairs along its entire length. Both historic railroad tunnels would be restored and incorporated into the trail. Clallam County, which is building out the Olympic Discovery Trail, envisions a paved, wheelchair-assessable trail from Port
Public meet Thursday A public meeting on the park’s plan will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles.
Townsend to LaPush, using the Spruce Railroad Trail to bypass U.S. Highway 101 at Lake Crescent. The Spruce Railroad Trail connects the Lyre River headwaters to a 6.5mile segment of the Olympic Discovery Trail that Clallam County built above Camp David Jr. Road in 2009. “The county does not accept the new EA argument that a crushed rock surface at Lake Crescent can be firm and stable,” Clallam County Transportation program manager Rich James said in a statement. James questioned whether a gravel trail would meet Americans With Disabilities Act requirements with grades between 5 percent and 8 percent in one segment, a 60-inch annual rainfall and 1 inch of annual tree leaf fall. James said a crushed rock surface with equestrian use is “extremely difficult to maintain free of leaf-based organic muck with mechanized equipment.” Furthermore, the park dismissed consideration of a crushed rock surface last year because it failed to meet ADA requirements.
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“This project illustrates the value of public input. Important issues were raised during last year’s public comment period, particularly around accessibility, safety and visitor experience. The plan has been reworked and is stronger as a result of the public comments.” TODD SUESS acting superintendent Olympic National Park “What has changed since the earlier version of the EA that makes this surface firm and stable now?” James said. Suess said the new preferred alternative “would establish an accessible, multipurpose trail in one of the park’s most popular destinations, while still protecting the unique and nationally significant historic and natural values of Lake Crescent and the Spruce Railroad.” James countered that few road and touring bicyclists could use the trail because it “would be unsafe to operate narrow-tired bicycles on such a surface, and the grit thrown up into expensive wheels, gears and bottom brackets would expose the bicycle owners to costly repairs or breakdowns.” In a related matter,
James said the county is “very disturbed” that the new plan removes the 1.5mile segment of unimproved Spruce Railroad grade west of the top of Fairholm Hill. “It is not known why the park would drop this section of trail from the EA since it has been fully surveyed, designed, and all of the impacts of constructing this segment are known,” James said. “This unjustified route deletion creates a gap in the trail. “Its deletion violates the language of the Lake Crescent Management Plan and the general plan as well as the signed 2010 cooperative management agreement the county has with Olympic National Park.”
Puzzled by deletion
Spruce Railroad Trail 6 feet wide to preserve the original railroad ballast and with a portion of the trial having an 18 percent grade, which is too steep for wheelchairs and many bicyclists. That prompted opposition from Clallam County commissioners, the Peninsula Trails Coalition and the Port Angeles City Council.
Grade modifications James said the county is pleased that the new assessment modifies the steep grades. “The county is also pleased to see the new EA preferred alternative is 10.5 to 11 feet wide across the top of grade, which is close to the county’s preferred alternative [12 feet],” James said. The county proposes an 8-foot-wide paved surface for wheelchairs and bicyclists and a 3.5-foot-wide crushed rock surface for equestrians and hikers. Comments on the current environmental assessment can be submitted through June 8 at the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment website, www.parkplanning.nps.gov. They also can be submitted in writing to: Superintendent — SRRT EA, Olympic National Park, 600 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA, 98362.
Clallam County Public Works Administrative Director Bob Martin added: “I am puzzled and dismayed that the ONP now appears to be recommending a gravel surface” for the lakeshore trail and “proposes ending the trail a mile and a half short of connecting with the ODT and the western ONP boundary as previously proposed.” Martin said a gravel surface would be unusable for a majority of users for which the trail is intended and “completely ignores the vast majority of public comment the ONP received on ________ the previous environmental Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be assessment.” reached at 360-452-2345, ext. Last year, the park con- 5072, or at rob.ollikainen@ sidered plans to build the peninsuladailynews.com.
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An address by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, free tours of Chimacum Woods rhododendron nursery and several Mother’s Day events are among the attractions lined up this weekend on the North Olympic Peninsula. For information about other arts and entertainment events, see Peninsula Spotlight, the Peninsula Daily News’ weekly entertainment guide, in today’s print edition. Other events are in the “Things to Do” calendar, available online at www.peninsula dailynews.com.
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Bob Lovell bags one of the first 50 ducks that came across the finish line during the 22nd annual Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby in Port Angeles in 2011. At center is Zach Grall, and at right is Kacee Garner.
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Ducks to get a little help from Fire Department John Larsen of Port Angeles, center, watches as his daughter, Shasta, 5, hits a golf ball at a mini golf course at the 22nd annual Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby carnival in Port Angeles in 2011.
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PORT ANGELES — Live ducks at Lincoln Park’s pond are not unusual, but the more than 30,000 rubber ducks expected for the 23rd annual Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby will be a first. Festivities will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the pond at Lincoln Park at 1900 W. Lauridsen Blvd. in Port Angeles with family entertainment. The main duck race will begin at 2:30 p.m. It will be preceded at 2 p.m. by the Bub and Alice Olsen Very Important Duck Race. Those who “adopt” rubber ducks for the race have chances to win 42 prizes worth more than $25,000, with the top prize a 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup or Toyota Corolla provided by Wilder Toyota. Proceeds will benefit the Olympic Medical Center Foundation and the Sequim Rotary Club’s charitable projects. Organizers expect to sell more than 30,000 duck tickets for the race, said Bruce Skinner, executive director of the Olympic Medical Center Foundation. The derby, which was relocated to Lincoln Park this year after being displaced from the Nippon Paper Industries USA canal, will provide a challenge.
How will ducks move? In the past, ducks were moved by tidal action in the Nippon canal. But the Lincoln Park pond has little or no current, providing a challenge for organizers to find a way for the ducks dumped into the water to make it to the finish line. “We are depending on momentum to get them halfway there,” said George Hill, director of events for the Olympic Medical Center Foundation. For the remainder of the trip, the ducks
VideOlympics Saturday Hill said. Such tactics had been used in the past when the wind was stronger than the tides in the Nippon canal, Skinner said. The race was moved to the Lincoln Park pond because the parking lot where the festivities were held is now a staging area for the Nippon biomass cogeneration expansion construction project. The race will be held at Lincoln Park for at least two years or until the canal area is available again, Hill said.
Events on Sunday The Kids’ Pavilion will open at 1 p.m. This year, there will be no bounce room, but other children’s activities will be in full swing, Hill said. Holding the event at the park means the event will be more family-friendly, with plenty of space for kids to run, he said. KONP 1450 AM Radio will will get a helping hand from the Port Angeles broadcast live, and refreshments will be Fire Department. available. Firefighters will deploy a fire hose to keep TURN TO QUACK/B2 the ducks moving in the right direction,
Postal carriers to collect food Saturday Sequim drive delayed until May 19 PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Postal carriers in Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Hadlock and Forks will participate in the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive this Saturday, while Sequim will collect food the following Saturday. Letter carriers will collect nonperishable food donations in or near mailboxes in the Port Angeles, Forks, Port Townsend and Port Hadlock areas Saturday. Since the Sequim Irrigation Festival is in full swing this Saturday, Sequim carriers will col-
PORT ANGELES — Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders will speak at a Peninsula Behavioral Health fundraiser today. Reservations must be made by noon today for the 5 p.m. event at Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St. Tickets are $100 per person or $750 for a table for eight. Proceeds benefit Peninsula Behavioral Health’s services for adults, children and families. The theme of the event and the emphasis of Elders’ address is “Education: A Key to a Healthy America.” Elders was the first person in Arkansas to become boardcertified in pediatric endocrinology. She was the 16th surgeon general, the first AfricanAmerican and only the second woman to head the U.S. Public Health Service. Elders also is an expert on prevention of child abuse, teen pregnancy, domestic violence and substance abuse. To purchase tickets, phone 360-457-0432, ext. 227.
lect donations Saturday, May 19. More than 11,000 pounds of food was collected in Port Townsend during the annual event last year, said Butch Marx, Port Townsend post office supervisor. In Port Angeles last year, the drive collected more than 10,000 pounds of food.
Local food banks Donations go to local food banks. Postal carriers deliver bags to homes that can be used for donations of such nonperishable food
as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal. The bags can be left by mailboxes Saturday for pickup.
Twentieth year The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger event, held the second Saturday in May, collected a total of 70.2 million pounds of food nationwide in 2011. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, the number of Americans living in food-insecure homes reached nearly 49 million in 2011. More than 16 million children
— more than one in five — are faced with the prospect of hunger, the study said. Campbell Soup Co. and its partners are producing postcards and shopping bags that will be delivered to more than 90 million homes across the country as a reminder to participate in the drive. Campbell also will donate 1 million pounds of food to Feeding America, which provides food assistance to 37 million Americans every year. For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.helpstamp outhunger.com or www.facebook. com/StampOutHunger, or follow the drive at www.twitter.com/ StampOutHunger.
PORT ANGELES — VideOlympics, a homegrown outdoor film festival starring the talent of local filmmakers, athletes and locations, will return to Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission will be $5 at the door. All ages are welcome at Bar N9ne until 9 p.m. Each submission is judged before the event by a panel of judges for technical merit, production values and “stoke” factor, i.e., how much a video makes the watcher want to get off the couch and get outdoors on the Olympic Peninsula. In addition, there is an award for crowd favorites, so audience participation is mandatory. More than $1,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. Proceeds go to the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club. VideOlympics is sponsored by Adventures Through Kayaking, Sound Bikes and Kayaks, North by Northwest, Lib Tech, Bar N9ne and the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club.
Business seminar PORT ANGELES — “Professional Accounting Tips for Your Practice, ” a business seminar for massage practitioners, will be held in the Fairshter Room of Olympic Medical Center, 939 Caroline St., from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Licensed massage practitioners can earn three continuing education units for a $5 donation at this seminar presented by the Olympic Peninsula Massage Group. Led by accountant Lena Washke, the session will cover business startup and structure, bookkeeping basics, the use of financial software to track income/expenses, IRS form 1099 requirements, federal income taxes and state tax requirements, employees and payroll tax implications. TURN
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will ply parkâ€™s duck pond first CONTINUED FROM B1 The Bub and Alice Olsen Very Important Duck Race â€” also known as the VID Race and featuring oversized rubber ducks â€” will follow an hour later. Businesses and individuals, including those from outside the North Olympic Peninsula who do business with local companies, can purchase special VID ducks emblazoned with their logo for $250 and $500 each. A VID Pavilion will be open for food and drinks for VID duck owners and for those who purchase 50 or more ducks in the main duck race, which will begin a half-hour after the VID race when thousands of rubber ducks slide from a dump truck into the pond. Each duck ticket costs $5; $25 will buy six ducks. For each rubber duck thatâ€™s â€œadopted,â€? the purchaser receives a ticket with a printed number that corresponds to the number on the duck.
All of the numbered ducks are dumped into the Lincoln Park Pond on race day, and the â€œownersâ€? of the first 42 ducks to cross the finish line will win prizes.
Tickets available Duck tickets can be purchased at the Peninsula Daily News, 305 W. First St. They also are available from members of the OMC Foundation, many Olympic Medical Center employees, members of the Sequim Rotary Club and Forksâ€™ Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rainforest, and volunteers. In 2011, 31,329 ducks were â€œadopted.â€? During the past 22 years, the race has raised more than $1,850,000. For more information, phone the OMC Foundation at 360-417-7144 or visit www.omhf.org.
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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsula dailynews.com.
Rick Smitch watches as thousands of ducks are dumped out of a dump truck, down a wooden chute and into the Nippon Canal during the 22nd annual Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby in Port Angeles in 2011.
Events: Lots of loving felines up for adoption CONTINUED FROM B1 fourth annual â€œLetâ€™s Celebrate Moms Luncheonâ€? at Washke has nearly a St. Andrewâ€™s Episcopal decadeâ€™s experience provid- Church, 510 E. Park Ave., ing business consultation, from noon to 3 p.m. SaturQuickBooks setup/support day. The event will include a as well as state and federal tax advice to small busi- meal paired with mimosas, nesses, nonprofit organiza- a display from the Washington Doll Club and piano tions and corporations. For further information accompaniment by Jane about class content, phone Vanderhoof. Washke at 360-452-5334. Attendees also will receive a photo with their Skin cancer checks favorite lady. Tickets are $25 per perPORT ANGELES â€” A free skin cancer screening son and are available by will be held at the office of phoning 360-417-3418 or Dr. Charlotte Metzler, 4407 stopping by St. Andrewâ€™s Fairmount Ave., from 9 a.m. Place at 520 E. Park Ave. First Federal is sponsorto 1 p.m. Saturday. The screenings are first- ing the event. come, first-served, with no Cat adoption appointments. For more information, PORT ANGELES â€” The phone 360-457-0760. Olympic Peninsula Humane Society is running a cat Fete Momâ€™s Day adoption special through PORT ANGELES â€” St. Saturday. Andrewâ€™s Place will hold its Adoption fees for cats
will be waived if the cat has been at the shelter longer than three months, is 3 years of age or older, or if an individual adopts three adult cats. The shelter has a lot of cats to choose from at this time. All adoptions include a spay or neuter, rabies vaccination, microchip and a complimentary vet check. For more information, phone the Humane Society at 360-457-8206 during business hours from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Pet microchips PORT ANGELES â€” A low-cost microchip clinic for dogs and cats will be held at the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, 2105 W. U.S. Highway 101, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The cost of a microchip at the clinic is $25.
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