Work to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park to protect the East Fork Quinault River was completed Friday, September 12.
“I am very proud of our park staff, and appreciative of the contractor and his work,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “We are very pleased to know that the chalet is now further from the river.”
Work to temporarily relocate the chalet began September 1. Contractor Monroe House Moving of Sequim, Washington, used hydraulic jacks to push the structure 100 feet along steel beams and away from the eroding river bank.
Once the move was complete, the building was lowered onto cribbing towers and secured. The building will remain closed to the public while in its current temporary location.
A planning and environmental analysis process will begin within the next year to determine the final disposition of the building.
The chalet relocation project was examined in the “Emergency Action to Temporarily Relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet for the Protection of the East Fork Quinault River Environmental Assessment” (EA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued on July 25.
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The State Auditor’s Office has issued two findings to the City of Montesano after an anonymous tip about a recent property sale. City Administrator Kristy Powell said that State Auditors also agreed with the city that they properly advertised and sold 47 acres of property along the Chehalis River in 2012. Powell said last week “That anonymous caller that turned in the audit suggested that there was something wrong with the land sale. The auditors made a statement that there was nothing wrong with the land sale except that documentation of the sign was not there.”
The errors were found in the city’s accounting. Powell said one finding was the second in a row over the way they pay city employees from different departments, “Last year we were given a finding on the same thing, and we immediately adopted a resolution and started tracking time but the auditors didn’t feel that we did enough.” To address that issue, Powell said they’ll enforce daily time tracking and move to cost-based accounting.
Another finding was issued for the way they transferred funds from one department to another – an error on Powell’s part, she said she plans to review the complicated budgeting, accounting, and reporting manual to resolve.
The last finding to the city of Montesano was in 2011, when then-Police Chief Ray Sowers used a city credit card to make nearly $17,000 in purchases. Sowers pleaded guilty to theft and identity theft charges, and was sentenced to 6 months jail time.
A big thank you to the families and businesses that contributed to the Hoquiam Police Department during their Chief for a Day program. Police Chief Jeff Myers said “I want to thank everyone out there in Grays Harbor. You know we may be a small community, we have a lot of challenges and we often focus on the negative. But when you see a program like this come together, and you see the love in the donations that come from us, it really shows you what a special kind of place this is.”
The department even received a mysterious donation for Dylan Ellefson, in an unmarked envelope. Myers said jokingly “It was thick and bulky I thought it was like a letter bomb. So I gave it to my Deputy Chief to open then I ran to my office. Inside of it was a piece of paper folded up, there were four coin sleeves taped to the paper. Each coin sleeve had a $100 bill in it, and when you unwrapped the $100 bill there were four solid gold coins.”
They don’t know who donated the coins but Myers adds “I’m hoping through getting the word out that whoever donated this wonderful, unexpected, and extremely benevolent gift will know that it was received, and greatly appreciated.” The 4 gold coins, two South African Krugerrands, and two American Eagles, will be sold, and the money used to setup a college fund for Dylan.
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