Archive for March 2013

Steve Steinman March 2013 Part 4

Amanda Knox says it’s “painful” to have acquittal overturned

SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox says an Italian court’s verdict overturning her acquittal and ordering a new trial is “painful.”

Knox said in a statement through her spokesman, Dave Marriott, it was “painful” that Italy’s highest criminal court ruled Tuesday that the case of her former roommate’s death must be reheard.

The Seattle native and her Italian ex-boyfriend were accused in the 2007 death of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. Kercher’s body was found in her bedroom in the house she shared with Knox and other roommates in Perugia, an Italian university town where the two women were exchange students.

Prosecutors alleged Kercher was the victim of a drug-fueled sex game gone awry. Knox and Raffaele Sollecito denied wrongdoing. An Ivory Coast man, Rudy Guede, was convicted of the slaying in a separate proceeding and is serving a 16-year sentence.

Knox says she and her family will “face this continuing legal battle as we always have.”

Italian law cannot compel Knox to return from the U.S. for the new trial. The appellate court hearing the case could declare her in contempt of court but that carries no additional penalties.

Hoquiam and Department of Corrections to Open City Jail April 1

HOQUIAM, Wash. – No fooling, as we reported to you last week, the city of Hoquiam will open their jail full time soon. Police Chief Jeff Myers said last week “Our first two Police Service Officers graduated, with the three we’re thinking that we’re going to get started. Having a little bit of a twisted sense of humor, I’m thinking we’re going to open officially on April 1st.”
After 4 weeks at the academy in Burien, PSO Kevin Noffsinger, and Jerad Spaur were sworn in at the council meeting last night by Mayor Jack Durney “This is a great opportunity for these fellas, needless to say, but also for us. We’ve got enough people in place now to get to work.” The PSO’s will join retired Detective Sgt. Roy Kinney, rehired as a third PSO.
Chief Myers said he’s been very frugal, but very busy at the jail over the past year; “Through savings and very frugal spending we utilized existing funds to make a lot of capitol improvements in anticipation of reopening this year.”
The city of Hoquiam contracted with the Department of Corrections last summer to open the jail full time for the first time in over 10 years. Mayor Durney said that reopening the jail has been one of his goals since taking office in 2003, and thanked Chief Myers, along with Senator Jim Hargrove, DOC, and city staff for their work to make it happen.

Steve Steinman March 2013 Part 3

Steve Steinman March 2013 Part 2

Steve Steinman March 2013 Part 1

NBCIA welcomes County Commissioner and Chair, Herb Welch

NBCIA North Beach Community Improvement Association
Guest Speaker’s Event welcomes Grays Harbor County Commissioner and Chair, Herb Welch

Topics will include the Resident Deputy Program, The Shell Fish Protection District and the Pacific Beach Sewer Treatment Plant.

NBCIA is open to everyone on the North Beach.
Please join us on 4/02/2013 at 6:30 p.m.
GHC District #7 Fire Station community Hall
2670 State Route 109
Ocean City, WA
Directions: North past the “S” curve in Ocean City. School Administration building on right. Followed immediately with a wood sign with arrow pointing to driveway to the Community Hall.
Dessert potluck to follow.

Cantwell Joins President Obama for Signing of San Juan Islands National Monument Declaration

I was proud to work with Senator Murray, Representatives Larsen and DelBene, and the many stakeholders involved in helping to make today a reality.”

The citizen-driven effort to preserve this land has generated widespread, passionate support from the community. In February 2012, Cantwell, Salazar and members of the community held a public meeting in Anacortes to discuss federal efforts to preserve the land. In July 2011, Cantwell and Larsen held a community listening session in Friday Harbor to hear feedback on the effort to create a National Conservation Area. The effort to preserve the land is supported by Salazar, who visited the region in April 2011 to view the parcels proposed for protection and discuss the proposal with local stakeholders.

During the 112th Congress, Cantwell led legislation in the Senate with support from Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) that would designate the land a National Conservation Area. Larsen led companion legislation in the House. Earlier this month, Cantwell reintroduced her legislation again with support from Murray. Larsen and DelBene introduced companion legislation in the House.

Permanent protection of the approximately 1,000 acres of federally owned land ensures the land remains in its current state and publicly accessible, despite higher use. The federally owned lands include over 60 locations that range from pine forests to lighthouses and are visited by more than 70,000 people every year.

State and federal agencies respond to boat beached at Long Beach

LONG BEACH – Local, state and federal agencies are responding to an approximately 20-foot boat that washed ashore today on the Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County.

Possible Tsunami BoatAgencies are evaluating whether the boat was swept into the Pacific Ocean during the devastating tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. The boat is also being inspected for potential aquatic invasive species. No oil or hazardous materials have been associated with the boat.

Officials from the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission ask that the public stay clear of the boat so the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) can take precautionary actions including steam cleaning the vessel and removing potential invasive plant and animal species.

In addition to State Parks and DFW, agencies coordinating in the response are the Pacific County Department of Emergency Management; the Emergency Management Division of the Washington Military Department; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The multiple agency effort is focused on coordinating any actions that might be necessary to protect public health, safety and the environment, and on working with the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle to find out if the boat came from Japan and to locate its owner.

D&R Theater Contemplates Two Names For “Thank You” Concert

ABERDEEN, Wash. – With the reopening of the D&R Theater in Aberdeen, Owner John Yonich said this morning that he has two names in mind for a reduced, or free “thank-you” concert he wants to hold for the community “I got this guy named Jesse Cook, he’s coming through no matter what he a classic guitarist, I’ve got him #1, I don’t know if that’s the one I want to do for the reduced show – or free one. The next one I have is a guy called Almost Elton, I saw him in New York, I probably saw 40 shows and he was the top two or three, this guy flat out has it down.”
Despite frustrations with local and state government that prompted the closure and plywood wall in front of the theater earlier this month, Yonich says he’s continuing to invest in the downtown “We are almost done with the old Clevenger building, a couple more weeks and we’re done. And we are expanding Amore starting in a couple weeks, we got that property.”
Yonich has purchased the gravel driveway alongside his Italian restaurant, we should see a grande Amore’ by this summer “You’re going to see a larger Amore with a cocktail lounge.”
As far as the future of the D&R, the developer said he’s delegating some authority to a group of local leaders that have come forward to help him with the day-to-day operations including recently retired Tony Halikakkis “…he’s going to get involved in the ticket and promotional marketing side. Jill Bellis is going to help out some, and Daryl Westmoreland is going to help out a little bit. All of these guys, they’re pros in their own field, and I just need them to step in. That’s a, you know, that’s a bigger deal than you think.”
Concerts planned for this summer include Burton Cummings of The Guess Who, Three Dog Night, Whitesnake, Taj Mahal, Montgomery Gentry and Scotty McCreery.