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2015 YEAR IN REVIEW A look back at some of the people, events and stories that made headlines

Top Peninsula story of 2015: Water woes, p.2

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Lower Elwha Klallam tribal member Ben Charles Sr. looks over a rain-swollen Elwha River after it left its banks and spread out over Lower Elwha Road on the Lower Elwha Klallam reservation west of Port Angeles on Dec. 10.

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WATER WOES: The North Olympic Peninsula began 2015 with too little water and ended it with too much. So little snow fell in the Olympic Mountains that Hurricane Ridge had no ski season and by this past summer, the Olympic snowpack had fallen to zero, leaving rivers that have sources in the mountains running at record-low levels. Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought on the North Olympic Peninsula, among other areas, on March 13 and declared a statewide

drought emergency May 15. Port Townsend, Port Angeles and Forks instituted water restrictions, and in July, the SequimDungeness Water Users Association called for its members to curtail irrigation to the point of choosing to let some crops die because of the low flow in the Dungeness River. But in August, rain blew in with high winds that toppled trees and caused widespread outages — and closed Olympic National Park. PLEASE

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The rainswollen Elwha River flows past the closed Olympic National Park gates on Olympic Hot Springs Road in early November.

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for possible future drought. Port Townsend City Manager David Timmons said officials are making plans now as to procedures to take should the coming summer be as dry as last year’s.

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In Port Angeles, city officials are taking preliminary steps to locate a secondary source of domestic water should the Elwha River run low again — although it could be seven years before water might flow from wells on the city’s West End, which a pair of hydrogeologists said was the best place to drill. But so far, the situation looks better. On Dec. 12, Hurricane Ridge had 44 inches of snow, and the opening of the ski season was able to take place Dec. 19. And after a summer of anxiously gazing at barerock mountains, Peninsula residents now can see snow on those peaks.

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POLAR PIONEER: An oil rig doesn’t look — or generally act — much like Santa Claus, but the Polar Pioneer left gifts in its wake as it left for the North Sea in December. The crew on the 350-foot-tall oil rig, which had been parked in Port Angeles harbor since Oct. 28, offloaded about 15 tons of food to be distributed to food banks and food pantries across Clallam County before the rig was floated onto the MV Dockwise Vanguard, a 902-foot semi-submersible heavy-lift

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The oil drilling platform Noble Discoverer, left, is floated onto the transport ship MV Blue Marlin in early December as the oil platform Polar Pioneer, right, waits its turn to be transported away.

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This is $40,000 of food,” Hernandez said. Coalition members sharing in the largess included Serenity House, Port Angeles Salvation Army, Sequim Food Bank, Olympic Community Action Programs’ Senior Nutrition Program and the Jamestown S’Klallam, Quileute and Makah tribes. The donor of the food was platform owner Transocean Ltd. of Zug, Switzerland, Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said.

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ship, on Dec. 15, and departed for the North Sea at the end of December. The donation included frozen meat, vegetables, cheese, pita bread, bulk dry goods, snacks and condiments — enough food to make a significant impact toward getting area food banks through the spring, said Jessica Hernandez, executive director of the Port Angeles Food Bank, who accepted the donation on behalf of the Clallam County Food Bank Coalition. “This is huge for us. . . .


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The gift of food was in addition to the $1 million that city officials, citing a report released by Shell Oil, estimate was injected into the Port Angeles economy while the Polar Pioneer was in the Port Angeles Harbor from April 17 to May 14. The Polar Pioneer’s spring visit was to prepare for a summer of drilling for oil in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska. It drew the attention of protesters opposed to drilling in the Arctic. By the end of September, Royal Dutch Shell — the parent company of Shell Oil — which leased the rig from Transocean Ltd., gave up on a more than $7 billion push to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic, saying it did not find enough oil to make the venture worthwhile. The Polar Pioneer then was returned to Port Ange-

les in October to offload equipment. Just before the Polar Pioneer was taken out of the harbor, the drill ship Noble Discoverer arrived from Everett and was loaded onto the 738-footlong semi-submersible MV Blue Marlin. The Blue Marlin left the harbor with its ship aboard Dec. 14. Port officials have said the Noble Discoverer was headed next to the West Pacific.

The tourism promotion was priceless, and residents in the two communities became friends, with many Chattanoogans vowing to pay the Peninsula a visit and vice versa — and sympathy banners were hand-carried from Port Angeles to the Tennessee city after a gunman killed four Marines and a Navy sailor July 16 at a Navy and Marine Corps reserve center there. During the contest, signs urging residents to vote for their town went up FROM WISHFUL TO on business readerboards, windows and restaurant WINDFALL: Port Angeles’ wild-card tables as organizations entry in Outdoor magazine’s ranging from the Chamber “Best Town Ever” contest of Commerce to Black became a promotional Ball Ferry Line promoted bonanza when the city voting. won several preliminary conGov. Jay Inslee backed tests and finished second to Port Angeles, as did the Chattanooga, Tenn. — nearly Sequim-bred Emblem3 10 times its size — band. U.S. Sens. Maria in the national finals in June. Cantwell and Patty Murray

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The survey sent in November to 9,762 water customers was returned by 4,204. Of those, 2,381, or 56.64 percent, rejected water fluoridation, while 1,735, or 41.27 percent, favored it.

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Dr. Eloise Kailin, corresponding secretary of Protect the Peninsula’s Future, which, along with Clallam County Citizens for Safe Drinking Water, has unsuccessfully challenged Port Angeles water fluoridation in court. Kailin also headed a city committee opposing fluoridation while Dr. Tom Locke, the public health officer for Jefferson County, headed a committee supporting it. The city held a forum on the issue in October. Proponents say fluoride in the water helps fight tooth decay. Opponents say the practice doesn’t work, that it harms health and constitutes putting medication into drinking water. The city began adding fluoride into the water system in 2006. The action was paid for by a grant from the Washington Dental Service Foundation.

Forks is the only other city on the North Olympic Peninsula that fluoridates its water. It has done so since 1956.

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BUILDING BOOM: New construction could be seen springing up all over Clallam County in 2015. In April, nearly 200 West End residents celebrated the grand opening of the $2.1 million, 6,300-square-foot Rainforest Arts Center in Forks. The building at 35 N. Forks Ave. replaced the community’s arts center in the 70-year-old International Order of Odd Fellows Hall, which burned 2½ years earlier. Olympic Medical Center is presently constructing a new 42,000-square-foot, $14.2 million medical office building across from the Port Angeles hospital at 939

Caroline St., has just finished expanding the hospital’s emergency room and is eyeing an expansion of the hospital’s Sequim facilities. The new emergency room opened in September, the office building is expected to be completed by next fall and the Sequim expansion is expected in 2017. In December, OMC neighbor Palmer “Jack” McCarter donated his house at 1035 Columbia St. to the hospital. Officials plan to use the area for office space, parking and relocation of its helicopter landing pad, used by Airlift Northwest. In August, Peninsula College broke ground on a 41,650-square-foot, $25 million building for the Allied Health and Early Childhood Development Center at its Port Angeles campus. PLEASE

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Construction is expected to take 18 months. In September, Port Angeles threw a party to celebrate the opening of its $3.62 million downtown waterfront park, complete with two new sandy 80-foot-deep beaches. Sometimes called West End Park or the esplanade, the 1.5-acre park features colored-glass markers that mark the Olympic Discovery Trail’s winding route through the park along Railroad Avenue, a walkway along the shore of Port Angeles Harbor and recreation areas. The park is the second phase of the city’s $17 million waterfront transportation improvement plan for the waterfront from Valley Creek estuary to City Pier. Also in September, a groundbreaking ceremony celebrated the beginning of conversion of a 25,000-square-foot building at 2220 W. 18th St. into the Composite Recycling Technology Center. Hopes for the estimated $6.5 million facility are that it will provide 340 direct and spun-off jobs at its building on the Composites Manufacturing Campus at William R. Fairchild International Airport.

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ELWHA RIVER DELTA: One result of the dismantling of two dams on the Elwha River was the formation of some 80 acres to 100 acres of new beach at the river’s mouth west of Port Angeles. Elwha Dam, built in 1912 about 5 miles south of the river mouth, was taken down in 2012, and the last vestiges of Glines

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Clallam County had the highest per capita opiaterelated death rate in the state that year, health officials said. The Port Angeles Police Department was the first on the North Olympic Peninsula to begin carrying naloxone, which can reverse an overdose long enough for patients to seek complete medical care. PLEASE TURN TO NEXT PAGE

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Canyon Dam, built in 1927 some 13 miles south of the mouth, were demolished in 2014. Since the dams, built to fuel North Olympic Peninsula development with a source of electricity, were built without fish ladders, the work freeing the river to its wild state opened it to salmon after a century of blockages. Sediment trapped behind the dams was carried downstream to form new land where once was only a moonscape of cobbles. That land grew ever more alive with fish and birds in 2015. As of the end of the year, the new beaches — fed with more sediment pouring out of the river into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and disturbed by storm waves — were still growing and changing.

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TREASURER DISPUTE: Clallam County Treasurer Selinda Barkhuis’ challenges of county commissioners and county Administrator Jim Jones made

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port for a planned Composite Recycling Technology Center. A $285,952 grant to the city of Port Angeles was for the waterfront face-lift between Oak Street and the Valley Creek estuary. Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols in July appointed Jefferson County Chief Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Alvarez to represent Barkhuis. Commissioners Jim McEntire and Bill Peach, with Commissioner Mike Chapman opposed, voted Aug. 25 to seek a declaratory judgment and an order from a Superior Court judge that would have forced Barkhuis to release the warrants. Barkhuis discharged Alvarez of his duties Sept. 2. In September, citing an undisclosed medical condition, she said in an email to Nichols that she would be on medical leave until Oct. 13 and would no longer stand in the way of approval of the grants. McEntire and Peach approved the grants with opposition from Chapman, who wanted them placed in the 2016 budget and fully vetted by the public. Communicating by

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“In my opinion, this is yet another example of the county administrator abusing his authority to harass me, retaliate against me, and otherwise intrude on my office as county treasurer, all of which amounting to an utterly hostile work environment that is damaging my health and my ability to do my job,” Barkhuis wrote. Barkhuis also, in a Nov. 23 email to county commissioners and other officials, said Nichols had evidence that “unauthorized and excessive” Veter-

ans’ Relief Fund payments were made for the benefit of an unnamed Peninsula Daily News Barkhuis reporter. Barkhuis said the reporter covered the District 1 commissioners’ race and $1.3 million Opportunity Fund loan controversy. Rich Sill, Clallam County’s human resources director and risk manager, concluded that no unauthorized or excessive payments were made from the fund to a PDN reporter. A husband and a wife, both veterans who qualified separately for veterans’ relief funds, received proper payments that were recorded under a single account for “convenience reasons,” Sill said in a memo to Jones. “This appears to be the basis of Ms. Barkhuis’ complaint,” Sill said. “With respect to this account, no unauthorized or excessive payments were found to have been made from the county Veterans’ Relief Fund during 2015,” Sill said.

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email in November, Barkhuis called for commissioners to deny an increase in next year’s revenue projections, which she found unrealistic, and to nix a $440,000 expenditure for new staff in the prosecuting attorney’s office, which she said would be used against her. She also called for commissioners to fire Jones, saying the revenue projection was designed to allow him to “maliciously blame me, as county treasurer, for the layoffs he will inevitably recommend when these ridiculous revenue projections fail to materialize.


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In December, also by email, Barkhuis objected to the county’s draft $36.8 million budget on procedural and substantive grounds, saying she reserved “the right to specify the procedural and substantive defects until such time as I have had a reasonable opportunity (access and time wise) to review the 2016 budget processes and documents.” Commissioners have since approved the budget. CHRIS MCDANIEL/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS

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The measure was put before voters after they had rejected a proposed sixyear property tax levy in February. The levy required a 60 percent supermajority. Now, the SARC board will consider an agreement in which the center is managed by the Olympic Penin-

sula YMCA. Port Angeles voters rejected in February a $98 million bond to build a new high school. The board has delayed a decision on when to propose another school construction bond to voters until this year. The Sequim School

District failed to pass a $49.2 million construction bond proposal in February and a $49.3 million construction bond on the Nov. 3 ballot after voters defeated a $154 million measure in April 2014. Bond measures require a 60 percent supermajority.

The Sequim School Board will try again, having voted unanimously to place a $54 million bond on the Feb. 9 special election ballot this year. The bond would pay for a new elementary school, renovation of Sequim High School and other district improvements.

MEASLES: Clallam County residents started searching for spots on themselves and their children after a man was diagnosed with measles Feb. 1. Before it was declared over last spring, six measles cases — one of them fatal — had been discovered. Health authorities contacted 257 people with possible measles exposure, conducted 30 no-cost vaccination clinics and gave some 500 shots of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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He testified that he did not kill Carter and that sex was consensual during his 2006 trial; he was found guilty of first-degree murder. The state Court of Appeals remanded the case to the Superior Court for a new trial in 2009, saying that some evidence had been admitted by error. There never was a second trial. Covarrubias confessed to murder and rape.

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COVARRUBIAS SUICIDE: Robert Gene Covarrubias, who in 2009 confessed to raping and murdering 15-year-old Melissa Leigh Carter in 2004, killed himself in custody Sept. 2. Covarrubias, 35 — who was serving a 34½-year sentence at the Monroe Correctional Complex for Carter’s murder — died of asphyxia by hanging himself, said Heather Oie, Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman. The Lancaster, Calif., native was accused of raping and strangling Carter.


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PAPER MILL SOLD: Port Townsend Paper Corp. was sold in February to a newly formed holding company, Crown Paper Group, purchasing the mill from GoldenTree Asset Management, a New York-based company. The paper mill is Jefferson County’s largest private employer, with 298 people working there. At the time of the sale, the new owners released a statement that promised to improve the safety performance, streamline manufacturing and build on the performance improvements and customer satisfaction that the employees have already achieved. Mill manager Roger Hagan said after the sale that the purchase would not immediately change operations at the facility and there would be no change in personnel in the near future. However, a new general manager, Carr Tyndall, 54, was named in March. Tyndall — who was plant manager for KapStone Paper and Packaging in Summerville, S.C. — has more than 30 years of experience in the industry.

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merce for $500,000; a grant of about $180,000 administered by the Jefferson County Public Utility District; and other sources to be determined, according to City Manager David Timmons. The city of Port Townsend has leased the former Mountain View Elementary School from the Port Townsend School District since 2009. The campus includes MOUNTAIN VIEW UPGRADE: Voters in the Port Townsend Police February overwhelm- Department, the Port Townsend Food Bank, Jefingly approved the sale of up to $3.6 million in bonds ferson County YMCA, the for repairs at the Mountain ReCyclery, the KPTZ 91.9 FM radio station, Working View Commons. Repairs of the 50-year-old Image, the Olympic Peninfacility at 1919 Blaine St. in sula chapter of the American Red Cross and the only Port Townsend are estipublic pool in Jefferson mated to cost $4.1 million. County. Property owners will CHARLIE BERMANT/PENINSULA DAILY NEWS A new roof was installed pay for only part of the Workers gather debris from the roof at Mountain View Commons in Port in the fall. At the end of cost of repairs, with a Townsend in July during the roof replacement process. the year, the city had comproperty tax increase of no missioned a study to determore than 13 cents per mine the future space allo$1,000 of valuation for 15 cation for the campus, as years. many tenants need more The amount between ESTABLISHED 1994 the total cost of the project room. Parallel to the building’s and the amount raised by renovation are plans to the bond measure will build an adjacent YMCA come from grants that are facility, for which a funding already committed from feasibility study is now in the state Department of progress. Ecology for $300,000; the state Department of ComPLEASE TURN TO NEXT PAGE Tyndall said he planned to focus on safety and worker morale. He also hoped that dredging of a runoff pond would sweeten the air, since odors have been a cause for complaint. During the drought this summer, the mill lowered its water consumption from 10 million to 15 million gallons daily to a little more than 10 million gallons.

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GO, REDHAWKS, RANGERS: In its second year as the Redhawks, the Port Townsend High School football team decimated its opponents, finishing the season with the program’s best record since 1977, a second straight Olympic League 1A title and the school’s first state playoff berth since 2004. The team won all nine of its regular season games, six of them widemargin shutouts. The Redhawks blistered Bellevue Christian 51-8 in the district playoffs before losing their state playoff opener to King’s Schools of Seattle 24-7. PLEASE

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general classrooms, a science classroom, a studio-art room, a learning lab, a workforce training room, a student study space, faculty offices and a reception space. Video-equipped classrooms are planned so classes can be conducted in one location and viewed in another. The new space will continue current course offerings, general adult education and associate degrees, as well as eventually expand the curriculum, according to Luke Robins, Peninsula College president. The hospital area at 834 Sheridan St. in Port Townsend has been impacted by construction since the early summer. An office building was demolished to make way for a 50,000-square-foot, $20 million structure that will include an expanded emergency department, an orthopedic clinic and an


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Jefferson Mental Health Services was a key partner in the application and will play a significant role in the development of the service, according to hospital CEO Mike Glenn. Support also came from the Port Townsend Police Department, the Jefferson County sheriff, East Jefferson Fire-Rescue and the Peninsula Regional Support Center, said Adam Marquis, Jefferson Mental Health Services’ executive director. The issue of mental health services was brought to the forefront after the forceful arrest of a reportedly mentally ill man in June. An external investigation found in September that the officer did not use excessive force. By that time, the Port Townsend Police Department had developed new procedures to deal with

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said. The value of the drugs made the July bust the largest in the history of the county, deputies said. The two Port Angeles women found in the car both quickly returned to custody after being released on bail. Colette Marie Vail, 35, of Port Angeles was arrested for investigation of driving without a license, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and one count of introducing contraband into a correctional facility as she allegedly attempted to smuggle heroin into the jail after her arrest. Vail was released on bail Sept. 11 and was arrested again Sept. 14. She was hospitalized for a heroin overdose and then turned herself in to the state Department of

Corrections in Port Angeles. On Oct. 30, she pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license, possession of heroin with intent to manufacture or deliver and unlawful possession of oxycodone, buprenorphine and methadone. She was sentenced to 30 months in prison. A passenger in her car, Marlen Ravelo, 47, also of Port Angeles, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture or deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. She was scheduled for a Nov. 30 trial and released on bond. On Oct. 31, Ravelo was charged with 10 drugrelated felonies in Hamilton, Mont. PLEASE

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Although hospital officials responded that the low annual number of abortions — about 50 — wasn’t enough to establish a specialized clinic, they formed a committee to explore the issue and understand what resources would be needed to offer those services. The task force recommended that the hospital provide abortion services, and commissioners approved adopting them. Implementation will be monitored by the ACLU and members of the community.

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est members of the Port Townsend City Council are in their 30s, which brings an element of youth to a panel that once had no one younger than 45. The ages of other sitting members on the sevenmember council range from their 50s to 70s. David Faber, 32, and Amy Howard, 33, were elected to the council in the Nov. 3 election. Faber succeeds Deputy Mayor Kris Nelson, who chose not to run for re-election. Howard fills the seat vacated by Mayor David King, who also chose not to run again. That, both Howard and Rice have said, will change the balance of the council. Their election means that a heretofore unrepresented demographic now will have a voice on the council, they have said.

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The three-person crew of Team Elsie Piddock — from left, Capt. Al Hughes, Matt Steverson and Graeme Esarey — with their $10,000 cash prize after winning the Race to Alaska.

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Team Elsie Piddock came in first to claim a $10,000 prize, while the second-place award, a set of steak knives, went to team MOB Mentality. The event succeeded beyond the sponsors’ dreams, drawing intense worldwide interest and extensive media coverage. In August, the maritime center announced that a second race was scheduled to begin June 23 from Port Townsend, a later start than 2015 to allow increased student participation.

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THREE FIREFIGHTERS KILLED: The men perished in August after their vehicle crashed and was engulfed in flames in the Methow River Valley. Tom Zbyszewski, 20, Andrew Zajac, 26, and Richard Wheeler, 31, were fighting the Okanogan Complex fire, which as the largest wildfire in state history burned more than about 470 square miles.

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services firm. Gov. Jay Inslee and other top officials have called for him to resign but Kelley maintains he’s innocent. His trial is set for March.

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RIDE THE DUCKS CRASH: An outing for new international students at North Seattle College ended in tragedy when a bus they were on was struck Sept. 24 by an amphibious tour vehicle on Seattle’s Aurora Bridge. Five students were killed, and dozens were injured. Authorities have been looking into whether axle failure on the repurposed military “duck boat” caused

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LEGISLATURE FINED: In August, the state Supreme Court announced $100,000 daily fines for the Legislature because justices said lawmakers have failed to adequately pay to educate the state’s 1 million school children following the McCleary education funding lawsuit. Lawmakers have allocated billions of dollars toward public schools, but critics said that’s not enough to meet the requirements in the state Constitution that education be the Legislature’s “paramount duty.” PLEASE

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SEAHAWKS LOSE SUPER BOWL: Fans anticipating a thrilling, late-fourth-quarter Super Bowl comeback were left dumbstruck when the Seahawks opted for a pass play from the 1-yard line. Russell Wilson’s throw was picked off and the New England Patriots hung on for a 28-24 victory in Super Bowl XLIX.

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