Monthly Archives: August 2016

Habitat For Humanity Pulls Out of Forks

Don’t look for any new homes in Forks from Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County for a while.

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That after the group announced will take a two-year break from the Forks community and sell the six remaining lots in its Forks subdivision.

Executive director Cyndi Hueth says the agency is taking a break because of a lack of local support for Habitat, making it difficult to build new homes.

Since 2009, Habitat has built three houses in Forks, with the most recent being finished earlier this month.

Habitat’s board decided last year to finish the most recent build, then assess if it was feasible to continue building new homes in Forks.

Instead, Habitat will sell the six remaining lots in its Forks subdivision and switch gears toward rehabilitating homes.

The plan is for Habitat to develop its Neighborhood Revitalization program in Sequim and Port Angeles before bringing it in to Forks.

Warm Waters, Low Rivers Linked to Poor Steelhead Numbers

Poor water conditions, such as warmer ocean temperatures and the lack of cold runoff from snowmelt, have led to very low steelhead numbers this season.

Eric Tegethoff reports:

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Hayes Fire in ONP Grows to 3100+ Acres

The Hayes Fire has exploded with the return of warm, dry weather.

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The Hayes Fire in the Elwha Valley grew by some 1,522 acres Wednesday, from about 1,617 acres to 3,139 acres, fire managers reported Thursday.

The fire, which was started by lightning July 21 about 20 miles south of Port Angeles on a ridge line between the Lost and Hayes rivers, moved southeast toward Hayes Pass and Sentinel Peak on Wednesday.

The nearby Godkin Fire, 25 miles south of Port Angeles along the Elwha River, saw less activity and was estimated at 517 acres.

Water drops from a helicopter were used Wednesday afternoon to strengthen the confinement barrier on the Cox Valley Fire near Hurricane Ridge. It produced a small amount of visible smoke throughout Wednesday and was holding at 56 acres.

WA Women Prepare to Vote on Women’s Equality Day

Congress designated today (Aug. 26) Women’s Equality Day in 1971 to mark the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which ensured women’s right to vote.

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NPS Celebrates 100th Anniversay Today

The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary today with free entry and a birthday party.

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A drop-in birthday party is set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Storm King Ranger Station near Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls to celebrate the establishment of the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916.

Entrance fees into Olympic National Park will be waived beginning today and continuing through Sunday.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks today only. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks that day.

Today’s celebration also will include plein air artists painting in the Paint the Peninsula competition as they demonstrate their skills at Storm King Ranger Station and Lake Crescent Lodge at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Clark Driese, a Port Angeles-based guitarist, singer and songwriter, will perform acoustic music on the Storm King Ranger Station porch.

At 7 p.m., storytelling will be featured at the NatureBridge campus on Lake Crescent. Professional storytellers Ingrid Nixon and Rebecca Horn will tell tales.

A celebration also is planned at the Kalaloch Campground amphitheater. At 8 p.m., a one-hour program telling of the past 100 years of the park service will begin. It will conclude with a birthday cake and celebration.