Neah Bay Woman Honored By Native American Group

A Neah Bay Woman is receiving a Special Recognition Award from the National Conference of American Indians at a ceremony in Washington DC.

Julie Johnson, a member of the Lummi Nation and resident of Neah Bay, was recognized for her support of Native women leaders and her continued commitment to the success of Native women.

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Johnson is the current Washington State Committeewoman for the Clallam County Democratic Party and vice-chair of the 24th Legislative District Democrats.

For the past 22 years, She has organized the National Indian Women’s Honoring Luncheon.

The National Congress of American Indians was founded in 1944.  It is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country.

McKinley Won’t Re-Open Shuttered Plant this Year

The planned restart later this year of the shuttered Nippon Paper plant in PA – bought by McKinley Paper last year –  has been put on hold.

That from a company official Monday.

      Tue Feb 20 News

Vice President Herb Baez says a planned startup date of December is NOT going to happen.

McKinley plans to retool the plant for manufacturing cardboard linerboard.

Baez says he hopes the plant can begin production in 2019 but says they have nothing specific – noting that changes are happening in the market.

Man Dies After Boat Capsizes at Deep Creek

A Clallam County man died overnight Saturday near Deep Creek after the boat he and his girlfriend were in capsized.

The body of 36-year old Ryan Romero was found Sunday morning by Sgt. John Hollis of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and a U.S. Border Patrol agent

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Officials say the girlfriend, who swam to shore, was treated for mild hypothermia.

Hollis said the couple was staying on property in the area, which is between the West Twin River and Pysht, when they decided to take out a 15-foot boat.

As the weather worsened, foot-tall waves rocked the boat and the current became stronger.  It was about freezing and was snowing at the time.

When the boat capsized, she swam to shore with him behind her.

When she got close enough to shore she could feel the rocks with her feet, Romero’s headlight went out and she heard him coughing.

Then when she made it to shore, she called for help.

Arraignment Set for Forks Man in Jail Escape

The Forks man who allegedly escaped from the Forks jail Jan. 15 with a second inmate who later hanged himself has a Feb 23 arraignment date.

22 year-old Alejandro Cendejas-Montoya remained in the Clallam County jail Thursday in $150,000 bail.  He will be charged with on charges including second-degree jail escape, and assault related to an attack a female corrections officer when the inmates fled.

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The injured officer Sue Roberts remains on paid injury leave


Authorities say the other inmate in the escape – 35 year old Boe James Baker of Forks hanged himself with a piece of clothing from his orange jail garb in the yard of a private residence about five blocks from the jail soon after the escape.

Quilcene Girl OK in Oregon

The 16-year-old Quilcene Girl missing since Feb 2 is OK

Bailey Scott called for her father to pick her up from Portland, Ore., on Monday night, That according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

      Wed Feb 14 News

Detective Joe Nole spoke to Bailey on Tuesday morning and said “she was pretty upset,” but she is safe.

Nole says “There’s no indication of force, kidnapping or luring,” but he still doesn’t know the details of how Scott made it to Oregon.