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.

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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.

County Bans Non-Native Fish Pens

Clallam County Commissioners are setting another roadblock for companies interested in farming Atlantic Salmon in Pacific waters.

On Monday commissioners instituted an interim ban on building new facilities that grow the salmon and other non-native species.

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The interim ban will be imposed as part of a state-mandated update to the county shoreline development master program.

Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Mark Ozias says he hopes that will be completed by March 31.

The temporary measure will be in place at least until county commissioners conduct a 2020 review of the shoreline regulations.

Gov. Jay Inslee and Department of Natural Resources’ Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, whose agency manages aquatic leases for fish farms, last year established a moratorium on new and pending fish-farm applications.

That after the mid-August collapse of Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture Pacific’s fish farm off Cypress Island and the resulting escape of hundreds of thousands of non-native fish.

The moratorium put the brakes on the company’s pending Clallam County permit for a fish farm off Port Angeles at Morse Creek to replace its existing fish farm off Ediz Hook.

Comments Taken on ONP Fire Update Plan

Public comment is being taken now on a proposed revision of Olympic National Park’s Wildland Fire Management Plan.

Two alternatives are under consideration: to take no action or to update the plan to meet the most current National Park Service and federal policies. The plan provides park managers guidance for making fire decisions.

A public meeting is planned for Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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The public comment period ends March 2. Comments can be mailed or hand-delivered to Superintendent, Olympic National Park – FMP Scoping, 600 East Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Preliminary alternatives can be reviewed at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/FMPscoping.