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Olympic National Forest asks “Which roads are important to you?”

Olympic National Forest Seeks Input on Identifying a Sustainable Road System

The Olympic National Forest is hosting open houses asking the public to share the areas and roads they use on the Forest.  This information will help the Forest identify a financially sustainable road system that meets diverse access needs, minimizes environmental harm, and is safe and dependable because it is scaled to available resources.

 

“Your participation will help us understand your access needs,” said Forest Supervisor Reta Laford.  “It would be particularly helpful to know what areas you use on the Forest and what roads you use to get there.”

 

The open houses will be held around the Olympic Peninsula during the summer of 2014.

 

DATE TIME LOCATION
July 30 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Quinault  – Olympic National Forest, Quinault Ranger Station • 353 South Shore Rd.
August 19 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Shelton  – Shelton Civic Center • 525 West Cota St.
August 21 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Aberdeen – Rotary Log Pavilion •1401 Sargent Blvd.
August 27 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Olympia  – Olympic National Forest, Supervisor’s Office •1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW

 

In addition to attending open houses, the public may provide comments using the web-based map or on-line questionnaire on the Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/olympic/sustainableroads.  Questionnaires are also available at any Olympic National Forest office.  Comments will be taken until August 31, 2014.

 

Forest road.

Approximately 2,000 miles of roads on the Olympic National Forest provide access for resource management, recreation, and a variety of other uses. About 1,200 miles are open to motorized vehicles and 600 miles are closed, that may be opened intermittently for resource management.

As part of a National effort, we are conducting a road system analysis to identify the minimum road system needed “for travel and for administration, utilization, and protection of National Forest System lands” [36 CFR 212.5(b)Forest Service Manual 7710Forest Service Handbook 7709.55(20)].

By the Fall of 2015, we will integrate agency and public input to produce a travel analysis report that will provide the basis for developing future proposed actions for travel management.

Your participation will help us understand your access needs! Learn how to help.

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Washington Attorney General sues owner of Olympic Animal Sanctuary

Olympic Animal Sanctuary

A Forks resident who raised $300,000 for a non-profit dog rescue organization, but failed to register with the Secretary of State or produce required records of how the donations were spent, has been sued by the Attorney General’s Office for violating Washington’s Charitable Solicitations Act and Consumer Protection Act.

Stephen C. Markwell, founder of Olympic Animal Sanctuary, is accused of unlawfully soliciting and collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in charitable donations while not being registered as a charity with the Secretary of State.

According to the Attorney General’s complaint, filed today in Clallam County Superior Court, Markwell also failed to maintain records of how the charitable donations were spent.

“Olympic Animal Sanctuary failed to account for how charitable money was spent,” said Attorney General Bob Ferguson.  “When organizations don’t comply with the law, we step in to protect both the public and the vast majority of our state’s charities that do comply with the law.”

Markwell registered Olympic Animal Sanctuary as a federal, tax-exempt non-profit organization in 2007.  However, his operation was not registered in Washington as required by law, until April 2013, when he was contacted by the Secretary of State.

During the six-year interim, his organization reported more than $300,000 in revenue generated from public donations.

As of Dec. 2013, Markwell no longer operates the Olympic Animal Sanctuary and has surrendered the dogs to a shelter in Arizona.

The Attorney General’s action does not address allegations of animal abuse or neglect as those issues do not fall within the Consumer Protection Act or Charitable Solicitation Act.

Concerns regarding animal welfare should be directed to city or county law enforcement and local animal care and control agencies. Consumers with concerns specifically about Olympic Animal Sanctuary and Stephen Markwell can contact Clallam County Animal Control at (360) 417-2459, or the Forks Police Department at (360) 374-2223.

For more information on finding charities, visit the SOS charity lookup. Consumers can also visit the SOS website for tips on giving wisely.

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State and local police asking the public to “Tweet Smart” at crime scenes

Washington State Patrol

Social media has become the tool of choice for sharing life events, from mundane things like family dinners to major, life-changing, emergencies

Seattle-area law enforcement agencies are asking you to “Tweet Smart” during emergencies, to help public safety responders keep you safe.

“Please don’t tweet about the movements of responding police officers, or post pictures,” said Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. “Sooner or later we’ll have an emergency where the suspect is watching social media. That could allow an offender to escape, or possibly even cost an officer their life.”

The agencies’ concern began to grow after watching events in Moncton, New Brunswick and Portland, OR.

“We watched these incidents as they unfolded on social media. In both cases, there was real-time information posted by individuals that could have compromised officer safety,” said Chief Bret Farrar of the Lakewood Police Department.

Along with not posting information about police movements, posting pictures can also put officers at risk.

“If it’s safe to do so, go ahead and take pictures of our deputies in action,” said Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer.  “We’re very proud of the work they do. We’d simply ask that you wait to post those pictures until the emergency is over.”

In fact, pictures posted after the emergency can help investigators determine what happened as the event unfolded.

Here are some suggested dos and don’ts for the use of social media in emergencies.

  • Do get to a safe place and call 911 if possible. Live telephone calls to dispatchers are law enforcement’s best source of real-time information in an emergency.
  • Do feel free to let family and friends know you’ve reached safety.
  • Do feel free to warn friends if you have first-hand knowledge of a developing emergency.
  • Don’t tweet or post about the movements of police, or post pictures of officers. Even what seems like vague information could be used by a criminal familiar with the area.
  • Don’t endanger yourself to get a picture, no matter how compelling.
  • Don’t spread rumors. If you’re not sure, don’t post, tweet or re-tweet.
  • Do feel free to tweet about the response and post pictures after the emergency is over.

 

Although the term is “Tweet Smart,” the advice applies to whatever is your preferred social media platform.

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Hoquiam council passes on marijuana laws, again

WA 502

The Hoquiam city council failed to adopt any of 4 proposed ordinances last night, “OK Fellas, let’s do something. We’re a deliberative body and we’re supposed to make decisions.” Mayor Jack Durney expressed some frustration after the council failed to pass either of two resolutions to further extend moratoriums, one was on Medicinal Marijuana Collective Gardens, the other was on Recreational Marijuana Businesses and expires August 9th.
Councilwoman Jasmine Dickoff said she thought adoption of the moratoriums failed because some council wanted to address the issues – one of which is two years old. They didn’t address the issue though, with 5 versions of a proposed ordinance to zone marijuana two were proposed and failed by one vote before the council decided they should wait until the two remaining members were at their August meeting.

Councilman Richard Pennant made a strong point for commerce; “$25 grams should be against the law.”

The city council also failed to adopt an ordinance placing handicap parking on a section of street downtown – because the ordinance didn’t include the address of the section.

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New home construction to begin in East Hoquiam, Summerhaven is also hiring

Summerhaven Homes LLC meets Mayor Jack Durney

There’s some new developers at Summerhaven in East Hoquiam, Mayor Jack Durney told his city council last night “They have brought contractors down interested in investing and building some houses. It’s the first – really substantial housing development in Hoquiam since the 60′s or 70′s.”

The unfinished housing development past Hoquiam Plywood was once a senior-living community. Developer Michael Zblewski explained before the city council meeting “It was 55 and older, and now we’re developing single family homes. We’re just finishing the financing on Wednesday and hopefully we’ll begin construction within the next two weeks.
Co-Developer Michael Velanni said they’re also looking to hire as much local workers as possible on the new homes. They plan to launch a website with more details soon.

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Grays Harbor Community Foundation reaches $50 million milestone

Grays Harbor Community Foundation

As of July 15, 2014, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation has exceeded a threshold of $50 million in assets, through a substantial distribution from the Estate of Ann R. Weatherwax.  This now makes GHCF the sixth largest Community Foundation of the 29 in Washington State.

 

In existence for twenty years, the Foundation has been serving the Grays Harbor community through its grants and scholarships programs, assisting hundreds of local nonprofit agencies fulfill their missions and more than a thousand students attain their educational dreams.  The Foundation is working to make Grays Harbor a better place to live, by supporting efforts to improve the community, by building a “community of giving” and being a resource for local nonprofits.

 

“We are pleased to be able to continue our work in Grays Harbor in perpetuity,” said Executive Director, Jim Daly. “The exceptional growth of the Community Foundation would not be possible without strong investment returns and the continued support of our donors who believe in our community and the Foundation programs.

 

In 2014, we have chosen 332 students to receive $553,000 in scholarships for students of any age pursuing college or vocational/technical education after high school. We also expect to award at least $1.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in Grays Harbor through our discretionary grants program, as well as our donor advised and designated grant distributions.”

 

Some of our recent grants have included support for: Hope From Horses, a riding program for physically and mentally challenged youth; the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Domestic Violence Center, and Beyond Survival; playground equipment replacement at four parks; Meals-on-Wheels, for a new delivery vehicle; two school STEM programs and two Robotics Clubs; a “Technology in the Classroom” initiative; and, funding to send every sixth grade student in Grays Harbor County to the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” in Seattle through the Gladys Phillips Cultural Tours fund, which originated with the E.K. and Lillian Bishop Foundation.

 

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished through our scholarship program and many projects and processes that work through or are in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle.

 

Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550

 

You may find out more by checking the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  [email protected].

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Olympic National Park to move Enchanted Valley Chalet

Enchanted Valley Chalet in the Olympic National Park

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) – Olympic National Park says it’s moving forward with a plan to move a historic chalet that’s being threatened by the shifting east fork of the Quinault River.

The Enchanted Valley Chalet, located 13 miles from the nearest road, was built as a backcountry lodge in the 1930s, before the creation of the park. More recently, it has been used as a wilderness ranger station and emergency shelter.

Visitors last winter noticed the river had come within 18 inches of the chalet, and recent photographs show the river undercutting the building by about 8 feet. Park Service officials said Monday that an expedited environmental review has been completed, giving them the green light to move the building.

They’re worried that if the chalet falls into the river it could harm protected bull trout.

Plans call for moving it away from the river bank before fall rains begin, and then undertaking a more complete study and public review to figure out what to do with the structure long-term.

Officials said they do not yet have details about how and when they will move the chalet.

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