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2016 YEAR IN REVIEW A look back at some of the people, events and stories that made headlines

Port Angeles Police Cpl. Kori Malone, left, receives comfort from Clallam County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Murphy after Malone and other law enforcement officers were involved in a shootout with James Edward Sweet at the intersection of U.S. Highway 101 and Pioneer Road on May 28 east of Port Angeles. For more on the story, please see Page 4. Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News

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tate Sen. Jim Hargrove’s retirement at the end of 2016 after a long career in the state Legislature opened up a musical chairs in regional politics as state Rep. Kevin Van De Wege made a bid for the vacant seat and Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman announced for Van De Wege’s position. Both Democrats won the seats, and voters in the 24th Legislative District — which includes Clallam and Jefferson counties and part of Grays Harbor

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Jamestown S’Klallam tribal members wrap a blanket around state Sen. Jim Hargrove, honoring him for his more than 30 years in the state Legislature.

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spanned not only the North Olympic Peninsula but also the entire Pacific Northwest region was the fourday Cascadia Rising earthquake drill June 7-10. The drill tested emergency response to a hypothetical magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the Oregon coast in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault area that runs about 600 miles off the coast and includes a 700-mile area from Northern California to Vancouver Island.

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Hillary Clinton took 62.4 percent of the vote to Donald Trump’s 29.8 percent. In Clallam County, Trump out-polled Clinton 47.6 percent to 44.8 percent. Clallam County voters also went for Republicans in races for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor and commissioner of public lands. They also voted in Randy Johnson, who filed with no party preference, against Ron Richards, a Democrat, for county commissioner. Another event that

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County — also re-elected a Democrat, state Rep. Steve Tharinger, to the Position 2 legislative seat. But North Olympic Peninsula voters did not completely embrace the Democratic ticket in the Nov. 8 general election. While Jefferson County voters supported Democrats any time they had a choice, Clallam County voters varied in party affiliation. That was especially apparent in the presidential race. In Jefferson County,


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Local, state and federal agencies, including the Army and Navy, participated. In both Peninsula counties, the conclusions drawn from the drill were that more preparation is needed. Navy projects concerning electronic warfare and an increase in the number of Growler jets at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island have raised controversy across the Peninsula. The U.S. Forest Service will accept public comment until Jan. 14 on a draft decision to grant a special-use permit for the Navy’s $11.5 million electronic warfare training project.

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The five-year permit would allow deployment of three camper-sized mobile transmitters at 11 cleared roadside locations in Olympic National Forest near the Quinault reservation. For information, see www. tinyurl.com/PDN-Electro warfare. The Navy also is taking public comment until Jan. 25 on a plan to increase the number of EA-18G Growler jets to 35 or 36 and ramp up training flights, increasing noise both on Whidbey Island and on areas of the Peninsula. The draft EIS is available for review at www.whidbeyeis.com.

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POLICE SHOOTOUT: James Edward Sweet stands charged with firing upon an officer, precipitating a shootout at the Monroe Road-U.S.

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Highway 101 intersection on May 28. Sweet, a convicted felon, is now serving time in Monroe Correctional Complex for violating terms of his probation. He will likely be back in Clallam County to face charges when he is released in October. Port Angeles Police Officer Whitney Fairbanks was trying to stop Sweet, a resident of Bluff Drive in Port Angeles who was 36 at the time of the shootout, for failure to yield to a stop sign at 9:47 a.m., authorities said. He had entered Highway 101 eastbound from a side street near Golf Course Road when he sped up to elude Fairbanks, reaching speeds of about 60 mph before crashing into a vehicle about a mile east at the Monroe Road intersection, they said.

He exited his car through the window while firing at Fairbanks, who had blocked his door with her vehicle, authorities said. Police Chief Brian Smith, who was then interim chief, said Sweet was hit by gunfire from Fairbanks while Sweet was in his car and as he was firing at her. Sweet fled to a nearby grassy corner at Highway 101 and East Pioneer, where he kept firing from 30 to 40 feet away before being stopped by the four officers who fired at him, wounding him at least four times in the abdomen. Fairbanks and a fellow officer were treated for non-gunshot-related superficial wounds and released from Olympic Medical Center. The other officers involved in the shooting and the driver of the vehicle that Sweet crashed into

were not injured. At the scene with Fairbanks were Port Angeles Officer Dallas Maynard and Cpl. Kori Malone, and Clallam County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shaun Minks. The shootout snarled traffic for several hours, backing up westbound vehicles for miles on Highway 101 while drivers snaked around nearby Les Schwab Tire Center, keeping the road clear so law enforcement authorities could gather evidence. Sweet was a convicted felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms. He pleaded guilty Dec. 26, 2014, to amended charges of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and possession of a controlled substance as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced to 22 months in prison and a year of community custody.

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Fluoridation opponents fill the hallway and stairs outside city council chambers at Port Angeles City Hall.

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FLUORIDE DEBATE, ETHICS COMPLAINTS: The city of Port Angeles halted a decade-old practice of fluoridating the city water supply Aug. 2 — at least until Nov. 7, when an advisory vote on the practice is planned. The council has said it will accept the advisory vote as binding. The move was proposed

by Mayor Patrick Downie after protesters packed city council meetings in the wake of a council decision Dec. 15, 2015, to continue fluoridation despite an informal survey, distributed through city utility billings, in which the majority who responded opposed adding fluorosilicic acid to the water. Please

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A boisterous meeting Feb. 2 spawned four ethics complaints against council members. The complaint against Downie was withdrawn three days after the city stopped fluoridation. All others except a complaint against Deputy Mayor Kidd, who had abruptly adjourned the Feb. 2 meeting, were dropped or withdrawn. An ethics board recommended city council discipline against Kidd. The council decided against the suggested verbal admonition and instead read a statement at the

Oct. 4 meeting. “This council will respect the public and follow Open Public Meetings Act protocol for adjourning meetings, and we will do our best to be tolerant, patient and respectful of all,” the statement said.

N-word at him while punching him in the face at about 2 a.m. July 17 as he walked alone in a residential neighborhood at South Cedar and Ninth streets. His attacker was accompanied by several other young people who did not interfere with the beating, he said. RACIAL ATTACK: Smith did not resist as Investigation was continuing in late Novem- the man punched him ber into an alleged racial three or four times in the attack on a Peninsula Col- face while the rest of the lege student. group watched on. He has Quinn Smith, 22, said said he was afraid for his he was assaulted by a life. young white man who When Smith pulled out his cellphone to call police, repeatedly yelled the

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the group fled, he said. As they drove away, Smith took a photo of one of the license plates. That helped investigators identify a suspected assailant and the person who drove the suspected attacker away within a week of the assault. Smith was transported by ambulance to Olympic Medical Center, where he was treated for a facial abrasion and a black eye. Police, who have since been joined by the FBI, had not by the end of November closed the investigation.

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Angeles area — elected Randy Johnson to represent them on the Clallam County Board of Commissioners. Johnson, who filed with no party preference, won 56.4 percent of the vote to Democrat Ron Richards’ 43.6 percent. ELECTION It was the first year RESULTS: Clallam that voting for a county County voters turned commissioner position was out for the Nov. 8 election limited to the district. Prior in numbers greater than the state turnout, with 80.5 to approval by voters of a percent of registered voters change in the Clallam County Charter, voting was casting ballots. only districtwide in the priThe state turnout was mary but was countywide 78.8 percent. in the general election. The voters in District 2 — which covers the Port Please turn to next page

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In another hotly contested local race, voters chose sitting judge Brian Coughenour over Dave Neupert for the Clallam Superior Judge Position 2 seat, despite Neupert’s raising a campaign war chest that was nearly four times larger than Coughenour’s. Coughenour, who had been appointed to the seat by Gov. Jay Inslee in 2015, won 52.5 percent of the vote to Neupert’s 47.5 percent. Voters also approved by more than 70 percent a measure to increase the number of Forks Community Hospital commissioners from three to five. They also recommended to the Sequim City Council that discharge of consumer fireworks be banned within city limits. On Nov. 28, the council approved the ban, which will come into effect in July 2018. Two changes to the Clallam County Charter also were approved. They regard vacancies in public office and county employee appeals of disciplinary matters.

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July 11 custodial assault of a jail officer and the assault of a woman who rented a room at his Port Angeles residence. White has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the assaults on the bus and at his home and not guilty to the custodial assault. White told police that he has seizures because of a brain injury he sustained several years ago and does not remember his actions during his seizures. He was to undergo a second mental health evaluation.

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Riley E. White, left, consults with public defender Harry Gasnick during a status hearing in Port Angeles in connection with an alleged assault on a Clallam Transit bus on May 28 in Port Angeles.

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NATIVE ARTIST KILLED: Investigation continues into the death of a master woodcarver from Neah Bay who was found dead of a blow to the head in an apartment in Port Angeles on March 28. George Cecil David, 65, was on his way to a funeral in Victoria, family members said. The Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has rejected a Port Angeles Police Department recommendation to charge Tina Marie Alcorn, 46, an Arkansas resident who has a relative in Port Angeles, with his murder, saying there is not enough evidence. Alcorn remains the chief suspect in the case, Police Chief Brian Smith said.

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PORT ANGELES LEFTIES: The Port Angeles Lefties, a wooden bat team for elite college players with hopes to be drafted professionally, will begin play at Civic Field in Port Angeles this summer. Port Angeles will host the West Coast League season opener against the Victoria HarbourCats on Thursday, June 1. The team opened a store

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at 117½ W. First St. in downtown Port Angeles this month, saying season tickets would be available there. The store is one of many steps Lefties baseball is taking to settle into the Port Angeles community. In September, co-owner Matt Acker announced several upgrades to Civic Field, including 102 cushioned seats, corporate boxes with couches and a party deck with beer and wine available.

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PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS: Two performing arts venues are in the works in Port Angeles. The largest project — the Port Angeles Waterfront Center — will cost between $15 million and $20 million and is planned for a 1.6-acre

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Craig Rygaard, left, father of Gabe Rygaard, pictured at right — a reality TV star and former Clallam County commissioner candidate killed Sept. 16 in a three-vehicle collision — reflects on his son’s life following a memorial service at King’s Way Foursquare Church near Carlsborg. theater’s first show in the summer. Plans are for the theater to seat 340 to 400 people. Oppelt’s Jam Properties of PA LLC bought the 10,031-square-foot building from Wenatchee Productions Inc., doing business as Sun Basin Theatres, for $225,000 under a deed recorded June 7. The two won’t compete, organizers said. “We will have two differ-

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ent downtown performance venues that will be different, that will appeal to different audiences,” said Brooke Taylor, chairman of the committee creating the waterfront center.

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DEATHS: All deaths are notable. Among the deaths in Clallam County in 2016 were some that were especially notable because of the accomplishments of those mourned.

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parcel at the northwest corner of Front and Oak streets. The late Donna M. Morris of Port Angeles left $9 million to the Peninsula College Foundation to develop the center. Port Angeles resident Dorothy Field donated $1.43 million to buy the land. The nonprofit has hired an interim executive director, chosen an architectural firm and hopes to include a conference center in the allwood structure. Once it opens, which won’t be for at least two years, it possibly could seat 600 to 800 people, though the capacity hadn’t been decided in December. As plans are being made on the waterfront, restaurateur Jake Oppelt’s plans to revive the shuttered Lincoln Theater as a music and theater performance venue are coming to life more than two years after the downtown moviehouse was closed in March 2014. Workers from J Oppelt Development & General Contracting LLC, newly formed this past fall, began gutting the century-old moviehouse at 132 E. First St. in November. Oppelt said he’s working on bringing hip-hop artist and Grammy winner Macklemore of Kent for the

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Seniuk was director of the arts center for 23 years, from 1989 until his retirement in 2012; served as curator for the exhibits; and in 2000 established Webster’s Woods art park. William “Bill” Lammie, a longtime youth sports coach in Port Angeles, died June 10 of a massive heart attack as he stood in line at Safeco Field to watch a Mariners game. He was 56. His team, Paint and Carpet Barn, had just days before won the North Olympic Baseball & Softball league 12-and-younger softball championships. Bill Larson, the first captain of the Lady Washington — the official state ship — died July 5 of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 86. Larson was one of the first Green Berets, and after earning a doctorate in sociology, he taught at three Army colleges. During his 24 years in Port Angeles, he brought steamboats to the city and funded, with his wife, Kristin, a Zen sangha. Michael Lovejoy, a Sequim Schools paraeducator who had been on a kidney transplant list, died July 13 at the age of 51. He was known for his smile as he worked as a traffic

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ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE: The state Department of Transportation was considering in December what to do about the bridge over the Elwha River on U.S. Highway 101. State officials had listed seven possible plans after discovering in October that the now-wild Elwha River has eaten 14 feet of the riverbed around the piers of the 90-year-old bridge, which is west of Port Angeles near the highway’s intersection with Olympic Hot Springs Road. Concern over the stability of the bridge on the primary route to the West End pushed it to the top of Transportation’s bridge work list. In response to the public feedback, Transportation Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News eliminated from further consideration three no-build Tim Roening, assistant superintendent of maintenance for the Olympic Division of the state options. A retrofit of the Department of Transportation, speaks on his phone during an inspection of the U.S. Highway 101 existing bridge was axed as bridge over the Elwha River. The bridge has been undergoing work to shore up its supports a long-term solution. against scouring from the river. Three replacement pneumonia at Swedish county commissioner canAngeles, died at her home options remain under conattendant for Sequim sideration. didate and the father of Medical Center in Seattle. Oct. 21. Skerbeck was 93. School District. The state was expected three children, died in a She died of coronary Dewey Ehling, who was He was 87. to release a preferred alterMusicians and vocalists three-vehicle collision on artery disease. known as the “music man” U.S. Highway 101 west of Don Perry, a former Port native in January and for his 30 years of teaching from across the Olympic Port Angeles on Sept. 16. Angeles deputy mayor and begin the process of comand conducting on the Pen- Peninsula gathered in Port Angeles on Oct. 2 to He was 65. insula with the Port historian credited with sav- plying with the National Environmental Policy Act. perform one last time in Dorothy Maybelle Sker- ing the Port Angeles Townsend Community Comment was being beck, a pioneering advohis name. Underground and its hisOrchestra, the Peninsula solicited at http://tinyurl. Gabe Rygaard, a logger, cate for the developmentory, died of a heart attack Singers and many other tally disabled in Port com/PDN-elwhariverreality TV star, former Oct. 24. He was 71. groups, died Aug. 7 of

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ing, the body of a Hood Canal Bridge maintenance worker was pulled from deep waters below the bridge May 22. Bruce Hilton Cowing, 59, of Port Ludlow went missing after a work shift May 16. Searchers began looking for him at 6 a.m. the next day. Evidence indicated he drove his maroon 1993 Toyota pickup through a pedestrian barrier and off

the bridge’s lower deck, entering the southbound side of the water, said State Patrol Detective Krista Hedstrom. No one saw him go in. Cowing’s body and pickup truck were located by Global Diving and Salvage using sonar and an unmanned submersible rover May 22 in 344 feet of water about 150 feet north of the floating span.

ner, Team Elsie Piddock, to complete the race. Team Skiff Foundation Jungle Kitty came in second in 2016 at 11:59 p.m. June 30 to claim its prize, a set of eight steak knives. The 750-mile race was organized and sponsored by the Northwest Maritime Center. Please

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Brinnon voters declined to impose on themselves a six-year tax levy to fund the Brinnon Park and Recreation District they had approved forming in 2012. The vote was 54.4 percent no to 45.6 percent yes for the levy that would have cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $10 annually. A 60 percent supermajority was needed for passage.

cials expected the reservoir to come online by the first of the year and the water filtration plant by the end of January, said Dave Peterson, city engineer. Construction on the long-planned Howard Street Extension started in the fall, beginning in earnest in October, Peterson said. The total cost of the project — from permitting through construction — is about $5.5 million, Peterson said. PORT TOWNSEND Utilities are expected to CONSTRUCTION: be fully installed by the The city of Port end of January, when work Townsend neared complewill begin on the roadway, tion of one major project beginning at Park and and began work on another Howard streets. in 2016. Work is continuing The Port Townsend this year on a reconfiguration of the Mountain View water filtration plant and Commons at 1919 Blaine 5 million-gallon reservoir St. that is expected to be cost $25 million over four completed by the end of years. 2017. In December, city offi-

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The July ceremony capped a remarkable career for the former Mariner, who debuted in the majors as a teenager and went on to hit 630 home runs, to win 10 Gold Glove Awards in center field, and to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1997. Griffey, who also played for Cincinnati and the Chicago White Sox, was elevated to Cooperstown by 99.3 percent of the ballots cast. He came three votes shy of becoming the first unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame. 7. Hanford workers — Dozens of Hanford workers received medical attention over the past year after reporting exposure to vapors at the nuclear reservation. Workers said they experienced nosebleeds, chest and lung pain, headaches,

coughing, sore throats, irritated eyes and difficulty breathing at the site near Richland where plutonium was made for nuclear weapons. Attorney General Bob Ferguson has asked a federal judge to protect workers from exposure to the chemicals. The waste is stored in 177 massive underground tanks, and it is vapors escaping from some of those tanks that are thought to be making workers sick. 8. Deadlock in auditor trial — In April a federal jury failed to reach a verdict on charges that state Auditor Troy Kelley illegally pocketed millions of dollars in fees while running a real estate services business before he took office. The jury couldn’t reach a conclusion on 14 of 15

charges, including possession of stolen property and money laundering. Kelley was acquitted on one charge of lying to the IRS. After he was charged, Inslee and other state leaders urged Kelley to resign, but he refused. Kelley opted not to run for re-election this year and federal prosecutors have said they’ll try him again. 9. Tacoma officer killed — A Tacoma police officer responding to a domestic violence call was shot and killed in November. Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez, 45, had been with the department since 1999. The suspected gunman barricaded himself inside a house for hours before he was killed by a sheriff’s sniper. At Gutierrez’ funeral thousands of uniformed officers and others

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Peninsula Daily News

2016 Year In Review

Celebrating 101 years with you! To our approximately 22,100 daily readers, we say thank you for selecting Peninsula Daily News as your primary source of news and advertising information. We pledge to work our hardest to warrant your continued loyalty. And to our many, many valued advertisers, we say thank you for using Peninsula Daily News as your primary advertising medium in 2016. Your strong advertising support makes it possible for us to continue

to improve the service to our mutual customers, the readers of Peninsula Daily News. We enter 2017 with great confidence that we will continue to provide a valuable service to all of the people throughout Clallam & Jefferson Counties. The management and staff of Peninsula Daily News thank all of you for making our efforts worthwhile.

Best Wishes To All For A Happy and Healthy New Year.


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Peninsula Daily News

Friday, January 6, 2017

2016 Year In Review

BEST CHOICE OF SUVS ON

THE PENINSULA 23 MODELS TO CHOOSE FROM!

TOP REASONS

TO BUY FROM WILDER! Serving the Local Community for over 39 years as a family owned and operated dealership. Wilder contributes in many ways back to the community. Selection- We offer new Toyota, Honda, Nissan, VW, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. We have over 500 vehicles in stock and can get anything not currently here. Wilder Advantage- Buy with Confidence! Every vehicle comes with The Wilder Advantage, all used vehicles are safety checked and serviced. We offer shuttle services discounts on accessories, loaner vehicles and every 4th oil change is on us - FREE! Buying Experience We understand that purchasing a vehicle is a big decision and can sometimes be stressful. At Wilder we strive to make the buying experience hassle free and simple. We don’t sell cars, we help people buy them. With so many options and information available, nothing is more important for us than your ability to make an informed and confident decision! We’d love to form a lasting and great long term relationship with all our customers. Value Pricing We offer very competitive pricing and will do what it takes to earn and maintain your business. Top Trade Values We will offer you the most we can for your trade in. We will even offer to buy your car outright if you are just selling and not looking to replace it! Financing Terms- We have many lending sources including banks and credit unions. We will compare all your options to find the perfect solution for you! People- We have great people who care about you and your purchasing experience. Our employees are very helpful and look to build great relationships to last for many years to come. Reliable Service- AAA Top Shop in the state of Washington as rated by AAA criteria. We are committed to your satisfaction!

4Runner Durango RAV4 Land Cruiser

Journey Highlander Sequoia

CR-V

Armada Xterra

HR-V Pathfinder

Rogue

Grand Cherokee Golf Superwagon

1ST

FINALIST

FOR BEST AUTO REPAIR CLALLAM CO. WILDER AUTO

Renegade Patriot

Tiguan

BEST AUTO DEALER CLALLAM CO. WILDER AUTO

Pilot

Murano

Wrangler FINALIST

FINALIST

FOR BEST OIL CHANGE CLALLAM CO. WILDER AUTO

FOR BEST SALESPERSON ELLEN DEARINGER

FINALIST

FOR BEST SALESPERSON BILL SCHLICHTING

www.wilderauto.com

101 and Deer Park Rd, Port Angeles • 1-888-813-8545

711746743

WILDER AUTO You Can Count On Us!

Cherokee

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Special Sections - 2016 Year in Review  

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Special Sections - 2016 Year in Review  

i2017010517200878.pdf