Deal on Water Rights – Capital Budget Passes

A bipartisan agreement on a Hirst water rights fix was reached Thursday evening and passed from the House floor.  Republicans had been holding up passage of the capital budget until a fix for Hirst was in place.  Now that has passed bringing money for dozens of projects for the North Olympic Peninsula.

      Fri Jan 19 News

For the North Olympic Peninsula, projects in the House’s version of the capital budget include:

  •  $2.9 million for World War I facilities preservation at Fort Flagler.
  •  $649,000 for the Spruce Railroad Trail and Daley Rankin Tunnel restoration.
  •  $3.4 million for a Chimacum Ridge forest pilot.
  •  $3 million and $1.8 million for fish passage barrier removals along Johnson Creek and an unnamed tributary, both in the Hoko Watershed in western Clallam County.

Forks Police Reviewing Jail Procedures

Forks jail staffing and procedures are being reviewed after two inmates escaped Monday night, leading to one found dead by suicide and a corrections officer hospitalized with facial fractures.

That from Police Chief Mike Rowley said Wednesday.

      Thu Jan 18 News

One Dead, One Caught in Inmate Escape Search

The search for two inmates who escaped from the Forks jail after assaulting a female correction’s officer Monday night – has ended with one inmate dead from an apparent suicide – and the other apprehended Tuesday evening.

      Wed Jan 17 News

Police say the body of 35 year-old Boe James Baker  of Forks was found hanging by a piece of his clothing from the branch of a shrub on private property in the 100 block of Fir Street in Forks about 100 yards from the jail.

Brian King of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office says “All evidence suggests suicide,”

The homeowner discovered Baker’s body at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, And police blocked off the area most of the day.

The other escapee – 22 year old Alejandro “Alex” Cendejas-Montoya – also of Forks – was arrested at about 6 p.m. at a family member’s residence in Forks.

McEntire to Run for State Rep

Former County Commissioner and Port of PA commissioner Jim McEntire is running for public office again.

On Monday McEntire said he will announce today that he is running for the 24th District Position 2 seat held by four-term incumbent Democrat Steve Tharinger

McEntire was defeated by Tharinger for the open seat in  2010.

      Tue Jan 16 News

Senate Bill Banning Fish Net Pens Passes Committee

State senator Kevin Van De Wege is a co-sponsor of three bills this session that  involve what he calls  “serious threats to our health and environment.”

Van De Wege’s 24th District covers Clallam and Jefferson counties and part of Grays Harbor County.

      Mon Jan 15 News

Van De Wege co-sponsored Senate Bill 6086, which would prohibit new fish pen licenses and increase oversight of existing operations with the ultimate goal of eventually shutting them down. The bill was heard Thursday by his committee, which recommended a pass and forwarded it to the Ways and Means Committee.

Van De Wege and state Rep Mike Chapman are expected to provide information about legislation concerning net pens at a public meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at the Sequim City Transit Center, 190 W. Cedar St.