Tag Archive for Port Townsend

Missing Sequim woman’s backpack found

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — Port Townsend police say they have a high level of concern for a missing Sequim (skwim) woman after her backpack was found in bushes near where she was last seen…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

Missing Sequim woman’s backpack found

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — Port Townsend police say they have a high level of concern for a missing Sequim (skwim) woman after her backpack was found in bushes near where she was last seen…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

CANCELED Missing Endangered Person: Port Townsend,WA

By Leap Children have been located safe in Mason County, WA. Thanks to all assisting agencies and media. …read more

From: Amber Alerts – ALL

Montana man dies in Port Townsend capsizing

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — A Montana man died after a small sailboat capsized Sunday near Port Townsend…. …read more

From: AP Washington News


JEFFREY BLANKINSHIP, Age Now: 44, Missing: 03/27/1973. Missing From PORT TOWNSEND, WA. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Kent Police Department (Washington) 1-253-852-2121. …read more

From: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – WA

Port Townsend paper mill drops biomass plant plans

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — The Port Townsend Paper Corp. is scrapping plans for a $54 million project that would have allowed the mill to burn forest biomass for electricity…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

Improving: 3 injured in Port Townsend, Wash., fire

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — Three people injured in a fire that destroyed a Port Townsend, Wash., house are reported to be recovering at a Seattle hospital…. …read more

From: AP Washington News

Sportsmen for Wild Olympics announce new endorsements & video

Sportsmen for Wild Olympics

A group of Olympic Peninsula hunters, anglers, and guides of Sportsmen for Wild Olympics delivered signatures last week from more than 300 local sportsmen and women on a petition to Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer in support of their new legislation to permanently protect headwaters and salmon streams on Olympic National Forest and enhance access.  The signers urge the lawmakers to keep the ancient forests and free-flowing rivers wild, because “Peninsula salmon, trout, and steelhead rely on cold, clean water from upper reaches of rivers & streams on Olympic National Forest. These headwaters & streams are at risk as private industry and small hydro developers try to roll back temporary safeguards on our public lands.”

This new support comes on the heels of new endorsements by over two dozen major hunting and fishing organizations and local guides, including nineteen leading sportsmen groups and Peninsula guides who recently sent a joint letter to Sen. Murray and Rep. Kilmer urging action to safeguard this area.  Those signing the letter include Piscatorial Pursuits (Forks), Waters West Guide Service (Montesano), Angler’s Obsession (Forks), Little Stone Fly Fisher (Port Townsend), Johnson Guide Service (Sequim), Anadromy Fly Fishing (Forks), Game On! Guide Service (Shelton), Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics (Forks), Able Guide Service (Seiku), Gray Wolf Fly Fishing Club (Sequim), Peninsula Sportsman (Port Townsend), Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, the Wild Steelhead Coalition, the Northwest Guides & Anglers Association, the Washington Wildlife Federation, Izaak Walton League, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Association of Northwest Steelheaders and others.


Both the petition and the letter state that “Only full, Congressionally-designated Wilderness and Wild & Scenic River safeguards will permanently protect backcountry elk habitat and sensitive salmon and steelhead spawning grounds against future development.” The group further notes that the final compromise legislation removed all roads from the proposed wilderness boundaries, ensuring Wild Olympics will not close roads or affect any road or trailhead access.


Sportsmen for Wild Olympicsalso released a new video: ”Salmon Streams for Our Future” to spotlight the headwaters, rivers and salmon that would be protected under the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, and the threats they face without permanent protection. It highlights the long list of support for Wild Olympics from 27 leading hunting & fishing organizations and local guides, and features stunning footage of spawning salmon shot by acclaimed local filmmaker John Gussman. An interview with Sequim fishing guide & Sportsmen for Wild Olympics co-founder Norrie Johnson explains how the legislation is vital to protecting the headwaters, rivers & streams on Olympic National Forest that local anglers depend on for salmon & steelhead fishing. The video closes with a call for hunters & anglers to visit the Sportsmen for Wild Olympics website and sign their online petition in support of the Wild Olympics legislation.


Dave Bailey, Past President of the Grey Wolf Fly Fishing Club in Sequim, WA and a co-founder of Sportsmen for Wild Olympics says the group is releasing the video to show people that the threats to local salmon streams are real and that Wild Olympics is broadly supported in the local sportsmen community.

“People think that because these areas appear as they’ve always been, that they are safe.  That is the furthest thing from the truth,” said Bailey. “There is a determined effort in Congress to roll back safeguards on our public lands and open these sensitive spawning grounds to small hydro development, industrial clear-cutting and more road building once more.  That’s bad for fish, game, and sportsmen” said Bailey.

The Sportsmen are concerned that without immediate action on this issue, extreme logging legislation before Congress and the renewed push for small-hydro project development in Washington State are putting the remote backcountry headwaters and salmon streams on Olympic National Forest at risk.  (Click here to read the Sportsmen for Wild Olympics threats report, “Our Rivers & Headwaters at Risk”)

Aaron O’Leary, a member of Sportsmen for Wild Olympics and owner and head guide of Angler’s Obsession (Forks, WA),  put it plainly; “Supporting Wild Olympics will help preserve the salmon and steelhead fishing on the Olympic Peninsula for future generations.”  (Click here to see profiles of all the members of Sportsmen For Wild Olympics “About Us” )


Many area hunters and anglers have long been supportive of legislation introduced earlier by Sen. Murray and former Rep. Dicks, and participated in the four year public process initiated by local stakeholders and the lawmakers to craft a balanced protection plan for upper watersheds on Olympic Forest.

The Sportsmen for Wild Olympics Leaders have also updated their website to help dispel some of the myths about Wild Olympics & access, highlighting the fact that it will not close one single mile of the 2,250 miles of roads on Olympic National Forest and that Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers protect and enhance hunting & fishing access (Click Here to Read Wild Olympics Protects & Enhances Access Without Closing Roads).   “Wild Olympics will not only protect water quality and fish, but enhance public access,” said Roy Morris, Jr., a co-founder of Sportsmen for Wild Olympics and Owner/Head Guide for Able Guide Service out of Seiku, on the northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula. Dave Bailey added that “Wild and Scenic Rivers are managed to protect and enhance the values that make them eligible for designation that include recreational pursuits such as sportfishing.”

“We must not lose this critical opportunity to conserve and protect the headwaters and watershed forests that are vital to our wild fish, birds and wildlife,” said Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Guide Bob Triggs of Port Townsend — one of the co-founders of Sportsmen for Wild Olympics. “It is far simpler and less expensive to conserve the wilderness habitat that we have, rather than to attempt to restore these places later. The value of some wild places cannot be measured in money.”


“Only Congressionally-designated wilderness and Wild & Scenic River safeguards will permanently protect core backcountry elk habitat and critical salmon and steelhead spawning grounds against future development,” said Dave Bailey.  “The Wild Olympics legislation would give our fish, wildlife and salmon streams the gold standard of protection they deserve.”


·             Sportsmen for Wild Olympics Video “Salmon Streams for Our Future”


·             Sportsmen For Wild Olympics Threats Report “Our Rivers & Headwaters at Risk”


·             Sportsmen for Wild Olympics About Us


·             Sportsmen for Wild Olympics Website: www.SportsmenForWildOlympics.org

Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain Tall ships return to Aberdeen

Here’s the ship’s Aberdeen schedule:  


9/21-22: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation per person requested. 

9/21-22: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail (Hawaiian Chieftain only), $39 all ages. 

9/28-29: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation per person requested. 

9/28-29: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Adventure Sail (Hawaiian Chieftain only), $39 all ages. 

10/1-4: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., walk-on tours, $3 donation per person requested.

Walk-on tours are a chance to explore Hawaiian Chieftain and speak to the crews about their educational mission and travels. A $3 donation per person is appreciated. No reservations are required. Adventure Sails are two-hour, family-friendly excursions featuring sea shanties, maritime stories, and a chance to help raise a sail or take the wheel, conditions permitting. Tickets are $39 all ages. To purchase tickets, visit www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.

Launched in 1989 as part of Washington’s centennial celebration, Lady Washington travels to more than 40 ports a year offering educational programs to K-12 students and the general public. The official tall ship of Washington state, Lady Washington has appeared in several television programs, most recently the ABC series, “Once Upon A Time.”  Hawaiian Chieftain specializes in living history education programs that explore our nation’s maritime past. Launched in 1988, Hawaiian Chieftain celebrated the 25th anniversary of its launch in June.

Fish and Wildlife Commission extends octopus protections and sets hunting seasons for migratory waterfowl

The commission called for a review of state rules governing the recreational harvest of octopuses in January, following the legal – but controversial – taking of an octopus at Seacrest Cove 2 in late October 2012.

Working with a 12-member citizen advisory committee that included members of the sportfishing and diving communities, WDFW developed options that ranged from making no rule changes to banning the recreational harvest of the octopuses throughout Puget Sound.  The department received hundreds of comments on the management options during and after a pair of public workshops in the spring in Port Townsend and Seattle. 

Craig Burley, WDFW Fish Management Program Manager, said many sportfishers preferred the status quo, while many divers favored a Puget Sound-wide ban. Burley said the octopus population in the Sound appears to be healthy and that the current recreational harvest is very small.

Several commission members said they favored some additional protections in recognition of the broad appeal of the species to recreational divers around the world, and the potential economic benefits of enhancing the reputation of Puget Sound as a premier diving location.

“Washington is an important dive location, and protection of the octopus is important both to the dive community and to the economy of the state,” said Commissioner Conrad Mahnken of Bainbridge Island.  He said Washington state is the fourth most popular dive location in the U.S. and the only northern state in the top 10.

Also on Friday, the commission:

  • Established the 2013-14 hunting seasons for migratory waterfowl.  The general duck season will be open for 107 days – from Oct. 12 through 16 and from Oct. 19 through Jan. 26. A special youth hunting weekend will take place Sept. 21 and 22.  WDFW Wildlife Program staff members said surveys in the Pacific Flyway show duck populations are near long-term averages, while goose populations are generally at or above management goals.
  • Approved seven land acquisitions – five purchases and two conservations easements – for parcels ranging from 1.3 to 191.4 acres in Pacific and Okanogan counties.  Each parcel is either adjacent to existing state wildlife lands or surrounded by other publicly owned land, said WDFW Director Phil Anderson.  The Pacific County acquisitions will help WDFW preserve and restore salmon habitat.  The Okanogan transactions will protect shrub-steppe habitat, mule deer winter range, and migration corridors used by deer, bighorn sheep and other wildlife.
  • Took public testimony on several proposed amendments to wildlife interaction rules that are designed to implement actions by the 2013 Legislature and to ensure the WDFW administrative rules are consistent with the department’s 2011 Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.  The amendments include a proposal that would make permanent an emergency rule adopted earlier this year, which permits ranchers, farmers, and other pet and livestock owners in the eastern third of the state to kill a wolf that is attacking their animals.  The commission will accept written public comments through Friday, Sept. 20, and is scheduled to adopt the regulations later in the fall.