Burn Ban Starts Friday

North Olympic Peninsula burn restrictions will take effect Friday. Those run at least through Oct. 1 and can be extended


Burn Ban Starts Friday


North Olympic Peninsula burn restrictions will take effect Friday.

Those run at least through Oct. 1 and can be extended depending upon weather conditions.


Effective Friday, the Clallam County restriction applies to all outdoor burning except recreational cooking fires.

Recreational fires will be permitted unless further banned by extreme conditions.

Recreational fires are limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet in height.

Fires for debris disposal are not legal under any circumstances and are not considered recreational.

If the conditions arise, the restrictions may be upgraded to a “high fire danger,” which will prohibit all outdoor burning.

The exception is within Olympic National Park and other controlled campgrounds.

For more information, visit www.clallam.net.

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear WA State Contraception Case

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The U-S Supreme Court won’t hear a case brought by a pharmacist from Olympia who challenged a Washington regulation requiring pharmacies to stock emergency contraception, based on his religious beliefs. The decision means pharmacies must follow state regulations and stock the drugs.

Eric Tegethoff has more:


WA State Tribes Win in Court on Salmon Habitats

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A federal appeals court has upheld a decision to repair culverts in Washington state in order to protect salmon returning to upstream habitats. The decision is a victory for Native American tribes with fishing rights in the state.


Drill Shows Need for Better Communications


Organizers of Cascadia rising 2016 are sifting through data collected two weeks ago during the four-day exercise.

But one thing is clear, communications need to be a priority.  Forks Mayor Bryon Monohon says during the drill, even people close by were difficult to contact.


Jamye Wisecup is the Clallam County Emergency Management Department program coordinator,  She says  The recommendation is to staff more amateur radio operators per command areas . . . for exercises and real events.

During the exercise — which spanned June 7-10 — organizers assessed how city, county, state and federal emergency responders would handle a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, as well as the resulting tsunami.

Report: Raising SNAP Benefits Would Lead to Healthier Diets

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Nearly one million people in Washington state are food insecure, and a new study from Dartmouth and Wellesley Colleges finds increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by $30 per person, per month would increase food spending, reduce food insecurity and lead to healthier diets for low-income families.

Eric Tegethoff reports: