Hot Weather Prompts Fire Warnings

Hot dry temperatures on the Olympic Peninsula  have some concerned about the possibility of wildfires.  Temperatures were in the 80’s yesterday and could get that high today.  However, the DNR says the fire danger is still low in Clallam County, and Dustin Guy at the NWS in Seattle says things should start cooling off soon.

      Mon June 18 News

A heat wave is expected in Washington state, including the North Olympic Peninsula, this week.

The high temperature in Forks is expected to be 82 degrees today and Tuesday, 78 on Wednesday and 76 on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Neah Bay is expected to see high temperatures of no more than 74 degrees this week.

However, the heat wave might produce temperatures in excess of 90 degrees on both sides of the Cascades.

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said in a press release  “Fire season is here,” and she’s urging vigilance in making road fires are not started accidentally”

The DNR says four of every five wildfires in Washington are started by human activities.

Perez Cleared of Rape Charges

A Forks man has been exonerated of rape and assault charges more than nine months after his arrest.

40-year-old Martin C. Perez was charged last September with first- and second-degree rape and second-degree assault for an alleged attack on a 45-year-old woman at his job site near Forks.

A Clallam County jury was unable to reach a verdict in Perez’s first trial in March. A second trial had been scheduled for this week.

      Fri June 15 News

Perez’ lawyer John Hayden of Clallam Public Defender says he was unwilling to take a plea deal in the case.

Mamie Perez, Martin’s wife, told the PD  she’s glad her  husband has been cleared of of charges.

At trial, Hayden argued that the physical evidence did not support the alleged victim’s testimony and that the state failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a rape or assault occurred last Sept. 6.

Whidbey Island Photo Looks Like Missile Launch

So what exactly was that mysterious orange streak in a photo taken off Whidbey Island early Sunday morning.

Photographer Greg Johnson says it appears to be a missile launched from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

But the Navy says it isn’t – and can’t be.

      Thu June 14 News

Tom Mills, a spokesperson for NAS Whidbey Island,says there are no missile launch capabilities on the Navy base at Whidbey Island. But Navy workers are wondering what it is too.

The picture – snapped at 3:56 a.m. Sunday by a high-quality, 20-second exposure camera – shows a bright orange streak in the early morning sky over Whidbey Island.

Mills suggested it could be lens flare. “But said it’s definitely not a missile launch.”

Click on this pic to see an enlarged version of the photo of Whidbey Island with the mysterious orange streak on the left

Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, posted the photos on his blog Monday.

He wrote “It really looks like an ascending missile.”

Green Crabs Arrive in Neah Bay – Hundreds Caught

The European green crab, an invasive species that first appeared in the Sequim area in April of 2017, has arrived in Neah Bay.  And efforts are underway to trap them.

Adrianne Akmajian, marine ecologist with Makah Fisheries Management in Neah Bay, tells the Peninsula Daily that staffers and volunteers have caught 392 green crab as of Tuesday.

      Wed June 13 News

That’s four-times the number found on the Dungeness Spit last year.

Up to 100 traps a week are being set in rivers and on nearshore of Neah Bay

Akmajian said the Neah Bay crab range from 17½ millimeters to 84 millimeters and could pose a threat to native species.

Intense trapping efforts began after someone identified the green crab in Neah Bay and notified Washington Sea Grant.

To volunteer with the Makah Tribe’s green crabbing effort, email marine.ecologist@makah.com

Forks High School Graduation 2018

Photos by Lonnie Archibald.

FHS Valedictorian Marissa Bailey receives her diploma from Quillayute Valley School District administrators and Board Members during the FHS graduation ceremony Saturday.

FHS Salutatorian Scott Archibald. addresses the crowd Saturday evening at Spartan Gym during the Commencement Ceremony

The FHS Class of 2018 begins to celebrate following their completion.