Monthly Archives: July 2016

Three Fires Burning in ONP

There are now three wildfires burning in OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK


A spokesman says all were discovered this week after a series of storms last Thursday, July 21, that led to more than 400 lightning strikes over the Olympic Mountains.

Two firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and were airlifted from one of the fires Thursday.

The largest one, the Godkin Fire in the Elwha River Valley, had grown from 7 acres to 40 acres by Thursday.  It was discovered near the confluence of Godkin Creek and the Elwha River in the geographic center of the park about 15 miles south of Hurricane Ridge.

Another fire, ignited by the same storm, was found near the Godkin Fire on Tuesday. The Hayes Fire covered less than one-fourth of an acre by Thursday.

Cox Valley Fire

And a third blaze was confirmed Thursday. The Cox Valley Fire is closer to Hurricane Ridge than the other two. It is a bit north and east of the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center area at about 4,200 feet.

As of Thursday, it covered about half an acre.

A Washington Mom’s View of Historic Clinton Nomination

Last night, Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination, becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major party in U.S. history.


County to Have New Park in Clallam Bay

Clallam County settled a lawsuit this week and also received an acre of beach-access property near the Strait of Juan de Fuca as part of the deal.

Clallam County commissioners agreed Tuesday to settle a land-use-related records lawsuit.


The settlement and land acquisition cost the county $510,000

Under the agreement, the public will gain an acre of public access to state park land that connects with Clallam Bay Spit County Park on the Strait.

In three 2-1 votes Tuesday, commissioners agreed to settle the 2014 complaint filed by Clallam Bay property owners Scott and Elizabeth Lange, which centered on the construction of a bulkhead by the Langes’ neighbor that the Langes said the county improperly approved.

Commissioners agreed to end litigation with the Langes and purchase two parcels owned by the Langes off Salt Air Street in Clallam Bay.

Thirdly, commissioners agreed to approve a quit-claim deed for a third parcel the county purchased from David and Krisanne Cebelak, neighbors of the Langes, that will restrict usage of the Cebelak property for public-access purposes only.

Hinkle Looks For 2nd Win This Month at Rochester

Miller 200 Takes Place Saturday in Rochester

Former Clallam Bay resident Chad Hinkle is one of the drivers participating in the Miller 200 taking place this Saturday in Rochester.  Hinkle says he’s had pretty good luck at that track this season.

Hinkle won the Fireworks 150 in South Sound earlier this month.

He talks with Forks 1490 Sports Director Oly Archibald:


Oly also spoke with 21 year-old Molly Helnick who is also driving on Saturday:


part two of the interview with Helnick:


Forks Jail Earns $160k for City in 2016

New statistics regarding the use of the Forks jail shows it’s a money maker for the city of Forks.  From January 1 through June 30 of this year the jail has brought in more than $160,000 for the city’s general fund.  That as Forks rents its facility to other police agencies.


Police Administrator Rick Bart says 244 people were held in the last six months with  an average stay is 15 days.  The average age is 37.  And the city cashes in.

Bart says while the Forks PD put the most people in the Forks jail, other agencies pay to use the Forks Facility.

In other news, the Forks Police now have two defibulaters they can carroy arounjd in police cars and use in case of emergency.  Police Administrator Rick Bart says that’s due to the efforts of some volunteers.



Bart says those will available in patrol cars 24-hours a day.