Unthank Appointed Clallam County Health Officer

Dr. Allison Berry Unthank is the new Clallam county health officer.

That from The Clallam County Board of Health who says she was appointed on Sept. 4.

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Unthank graduated from Johns Hopkins University, where she earned her medical doctorate and a masters in public health in epidemiology and biostatistics, according to a press release.

She completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Washington, where she practiced primary care and hospital medicine at Harborview Medical Center.

Unthank has been working as a family physician at Jamestown Family Health Center in Sequim, where she also leads the addiction medicine department.

She replaces Dr. Tom Locke who is now the Jefferson County health officer.

10-year Salmon Preservation Plan Lowers Harvest

Canada and the U.S. states of Alaska, Oregon and Washington would all reduce their catch of fragile salmon species under the terms of an updated international agreement that, if approved, will spell out the next decade of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to keep the migratory fish afloat in Pacific waters.

Members of the Pacific Salmon Commission on Monday recommended a conservation plan that stretches to 2028 after two years of intense negotiations involving fishermen, tribes on both sides of the border and state and federal officials. It must be approved by both the U.S. and Canadian governments.

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The international commission first met in 1985 to create more cooperation between Canada and the U.S. on protecting salmon, which migrate thousands of miles from inland streams to the Pacific Ocean and then back to their spawning place. The agreement covers pink, coho, sockeye, chum and chinook salmon and spans a territory from Cape Falcon, Ore., in the south to southeast Alaska in the north. The current agreement expires Dec. 31.

Anderson will be new PUD Commissioner

David Anderson will be the new PUD commissoner replacing Hugh Haffner who resigned July 15.

Commissioners Ted Simpson and Will Purser agreed Monday to offer the role of PUD commissioner to Anderson and he accepted.

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Simpson and Purser say they chose from a pool of experienced and talented candidates including Patricia “Patti” Morris and Harold “Butch” Thayer of Port Angeles; and William M. Hannan and Ricky “Rick” Paschall of Sequim.

The PUD offered the position to Anderson on Monday and he accepted, according to Teresa Lyn, PUD executive assistant.

Anderson is a Port Angeles resident, and the former Seattle City Light project manager.

Hugh Haffner was a 24-year incumbent.  He resigned with two years left on his term after it was revealed he was being investigated for sexual harassment.  The investigation was dropped after he resigned.

Kilmer, Womack Talk Park Service Maintenance Backlog

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Democrat, is hosting the Republican chair of the House Budget Committee on a tour of his district.  That as the two appropriators look at how the federal budget affects the Olympic Peninsula and the Puget Sound region.

Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., was with Kilmer at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park on Sunday, where park officials told them of their $120 million maintenance backlog and about how Congress’ inability to pass budgets slows projects and makes funding unpredictable.

Womack  says    he’s looking to learn about the differences and similarities in the issues the Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound face when compared to his district in Arkansas. He was also looking to build a relationship with Kilmer.  In an earlier interview, Kilmer was pushing bi-partisanship.

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The two also viewed the Elwha dam removal project, and had plans Sunday and today to visit the Port of Tacoma, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, a timber mill and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Kilmer says he plans to visit Womack’s district in the near future.

On Thursday, the House Natural Resources Committee voted to advance the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act, a bill Kilmer co-sponsored in July that would use half of the federal government’s income from energy production on federal lands and offshore to address the $12 billion National Park Service maintenance backlog.

Kilmer told park staff of a bipartisan bill that would help address the $120 million maintenance backlog at Olympic National Park.

ONP Mountain Goats on the Move

Olympic National Park’s mountain goats have begun a historic journey back to their native habitat in the North Cascades.

Operations to move as many of the estimated 700 mountain goats as possible began this week — an effort that includes helicopters, tranquilizer darts, nets and refrigerated trucks.

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ONP wildlife branch chief Patty Happe tells the PD they were catching as many as 10 goats a day.  But some days things move faster than others.

Veternarians including Dr Alison Case of northwest trek wildlife park are checking every animal – and will continue to monitor them after release.

Monday marked the beginning of a five-year operation.