ONP Installs Temporary Bridges on Olympic Hot Springs Road

Olympic National Park has installed two new temporary bridges on Olympic Hot Springs Road across the Elwha River, but visitors will still need to walk or bike in if they want to see the Elwha Valley.

The park finished installing the two bridges Friday, allowing park staff to work on projects beyond the former Elwha Campground where the road washed out last winter.

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ONP spokesperson Penny Wagner says public access is going to be by foot or by bicycle even while we have those temporary bridges.

She says crews are also going to spend the summer working on Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road in anticipation for winter storms.

Once the weather starts to worsen in late summer or early fall, the park will remove the two new bridges and the older bridge the was put in temporarily after a nearby section of river washed out in 2015.

Once the bridges are out, anyone looking to access the Elwha Valley will need to use the bypass trail that takes visitors around the washout area.

The Park must conduct a study and then prepare a second environmental assessment before deciding to relocate the road or modify it on its current alignment.

Paddle Journey to Stop in La Push, Neah Bay this week

The Power Paddle to Puyallup 2018 Canoe Journey is underway – and are making some West End Tribal stops along the way.

The pullers were in Quinault on Saturday, and in Queets Sunday.

Today the canoe journey is joining with the Hoh Tribe, and will be in La Push with the Quileute Tribe on Tuesday.  Then on Wednesday they join the Makah Tribe in Neah, turn the corner on the Pacific ocean and head east along the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Pillar Point on Thursday before landing at Hollywood Beach along the Port Angeles’ downtown waterfront Friday.

At least 19 canoes from Beecher Bay and Esquimo in Canada are expected to come into Hollywood Beach, the third largest rally point among more than 40 landings.

The culminating final stop is July 28 at the Puyallup tribal reservation on South Puget Sound, the home of the Canoe Journey’s host tribe.

More than 70 tribes are listed as taking part in this year’s power paddle.

For more on the Canoe Journey, see http://paddletopuyallup.org/.

Forks Man in Custody after Campground Standoff

A Forks man is in custody after a 3-hour standoff Friday at the Klahowya Campground that forced some campers to leave their campsites.   on US Forest Service land.

28 year old Tommy Lee Cook, Jr. was in the Clallam County jail Saturday on $450,000 bail after the standoff with authorities, including a narcotics enforcement tactical team

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Campers who were staying Cook’s recreational vehicle were evacuated during the standoff, which began at 10:15 a.m. Friday and ended at about 1 p.m. with Cook walking out of the RV

The warrants were for heroin possession and delivery charges, which included a firearms enhancement..

Authorities say Cook had two felony bench warrants against him totalling $450,000 when law enforcement officers received information he was staying at the campground, When law enforcement personnel arrived, they saw Cook moving around inside the trailer – tried to engage him in conversation but he didn’t respond.

More than a dozen law enforcement personnel arrived at the campground including an Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team tactical squad, the State Patrol, and the Forks and La Push police departments.

Crisis negotiators spoke to Cook through loudspeakers installed in the vehicles. No additional charges would be recommended against Cook as a result of the standoff.

Clallam Bay – Sekiu Fun Days Start Today

The 37th annual Clallam Bay- Sekiu starts today and runs through Sunday.

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The highlights are on Saturday with the grand Parade at 11 AM, then it’s the 2nd annual day of music in the Clallam Bay Spit
park.   Mark Lamb is the emcee for Music in the Park. He’ll have lots of giveaways, including free stays at Red Roof Inns, and your chance to win one of two four packs of Mariners tickets that Forks 1490 is giving away for the Saturday evening game on July 21st against the White Sox.  Entry forms will be available at the event. Imagine what a great evening that would be for your family or friends!

Here’s the schedule:
Clalam Bay – Sekiu Fun Days PROGRAM2018

PUD Warns of Scammers

North Olympic Peninsula public utility districts are warning customers to be wary of scammers as fraudulent activity is being seen across the state.

Several Jefferson County businesses received calls Monday from a man claiming to be a representative of the Jefferson County PUD, demanding immediate payment of a supposed overdue bill or face services being shut off.

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Clallam County PUD Communications Manager Nicole Clark said there was a round of scammer activity in June in her area.

Jefferson PUD Customer Service Coordinator Jean Hall said that the Jefferson County calls were scams and that the PUD would never act in that manner.

“The scammers ask for payment by a credit card or checking account. In some instances, they tell customers to get a prepaid card from the grocery store and make an immediate payment, or they will shut them off.”

She said as far as she knows, no one has fallen for this scam. Several customers called the PUD to verify if they paid their bills.