Black, Rohrer Spar over West End DUI Court

Candidates for District court 2 judge that covers the West End met in a candidate forum, at Peninsula Coillege in Forks this week.

Judge Eric Rohrer and Attorney John Black are the candidates. Black wants a DUI court in Forks similar to the one in Port Angeles.

Rohrer says that DUI court is costly – and instead of hammering drunk drivers – he says oit coddles them.

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Black says many domestic violence cases are the result of drug and alcohol use – and he says personal attention to each case can make a difference.

Rorher says just 41 people have graduated from the PA DUI court since 2004 – Black says 17-20 people are coming out of the DUI court annually – but because it’s a 5-yewar program, the graduation numbers are lower.

Commissioner Candidates Clash in Forks

Candidates for County Commission in district which covers the West met in a voter forum at the Forks Branch Peninsula College Tuesday.

Incumbent republican Bill Peach says fighting forest fores is dangerous – and it’s “disturbing” that National Forest Service and state Department of Natural Resources lack the workforce and resources to handle large fire such as the one that threatened Forks in 1951.

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Former County commissioner and democrat Mike Doherty says when he was commissioned a study showed the increase in forest fires from climate is growing,

Doherty criticized Peach for being the only member of the Board of Natural Resources to vote against the marbled murrelet long-term conservation strategy.

Peach said he would support more ONF land being designated as wilderness – if the same acreage was opened to logging.

Ballots Mailed Today

Ballots are being mailed today to more than 77,500 voters in Clallam and Jefferson counties. The ballots are due in drop boxes or at county auditors’ offices by 8 p.m. Nov. 6 or must be postmarked by Nov. 6.

Voters in both counties will cast ballots for contested races for the U.S. Senator, 6th District U.S. House of Representatives, state Supreme Court Justice Position 8, and the 24th District in the state House of Representatives, Positions 1 and 2.

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Clallam County voters will cast ballots for contested races for West End-Port Angeles-District 3 county commissioner, sheriff, prosecuting attorney-coroner, director of community development, District Courts 1 and 2 and county Public Utility District 1 commissioner.

The countywide races are for sheriff, prosecuting attorney and director of community development.

More than 52,400 Clallam County voters will be mailed ballots.

There are uncontested races for assessor, auditor and treasurer.

Seahawks Owner Paul Allen Dead at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died Monday, due to complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The billionaire philanthropist was 65 years old. Childhood friend and former partner Bill Gates says personal computing “would not have existed” without Allen, while current Microsoft C-E-O Satya Nadella called Allen’s contributions to the company and industry “indispensable.” Iain Anderson is executive chair of the Cicero Group, a communications and market research agency.

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Allen also owned the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks.

Lewis Sentenced to 8 1/2 More Years for Threatening Witness

A convicted arsonist who admitted sending threatening letters to a former girlfriend testifying against him will now spend 19 years in prison.

100 months was added to the 10 ½ year sentence of 39-year old Marshall Jay Lewis for breaking into the 40-year-old Beaver woman’s  Lewishome while she was gone and setting fire to her bed and closet New Year Day 2016.

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Last week Lewis then pleaded guilty to harassment and intimidation for writing the woman a letter from jail earlier this year threatening violence to her and her family, including her two school-age children.

Lewis will spend 19 years in prison for both crimes.

The woman testified that she had broken up with him following her discovery that he was a convicted sex offender with a third-degree rape conviction.

Court records say the woman knew Lewis when both attended Forks High School, and they became re-acquainted as adults..  He gained her trust and they became involved before he started demeaning her, grew threatening, and persisted in contacting her after she ended the relationship.