Monthly Archives: September 2016

Forks Inks Deal With County for Police Help

Clallam County has inked an agreement with the city of Forks to provide supplemental law enforcement for the city.

Officials say the county Sheriff’s Office will provide one or more deputies on an as-needed basis while the city recruits two officers to fill a pair of vacancies.

The three commissioners unanimously approved the agreement  Tuesday.

Sheriff Bill Benedict said the pay-as-you-go agreement will be revenue-neutral for the county.


The base rate in the agreement is $43 per hour and the overtime rate is $58 per hour.

Forks Police Chief Rick Bart requested the services in late August after two officers left for other agencies.  They hired Joseph Solberg as a new officer but he’s heading to the police academy this month.

Forks Mayor Bryon Monohon signed the agreement Sept. 12.

Commissioner Bill Peach, whose district encompasses the West End, thanked Benedict for “stepping in and giving a hand at a time when the city needs that assistance.”

Survey Shows Washingtonians Anxious About Retirement Savings

A new survey shows many are worried about their financial future after they retire and may not be saving enough. A number of groups are launching a campaign in Washington state to help people better save for retirement.

Eric Tegethoff reports:


DNR Lifts Burn Ban, Clallam Upgrades Phone

The DNR has lower the fire risk in Clallam County to Low.


That as the state Department of Natural Resources has lifted the burn ban on outdoor burning on state lands in western Washington.

Fall weather conditions west of the Cascades prompted the ban to be lifted, effective today.  It had been expected to run until September 30.

The burn ban east of the Cascades will run through Sept. 30. It does not include federally-owned land.


Clallam County will conduct a systems-wide upgrade to its phone systems starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

As a result of this upgrade, all business lines, including non-emergency phone lines to Sheriff’s Dispatch and the Clallam County Jail, will be down.

The outage is expected to last until approximately midnight Tuesday.

The 9-1-1 emergency phone lines will not be affected.

Two temporary non-emergency phone lines have been established for reporting crimes or contacting sheriff’s deputies during the outage.

The two numbers are (360) 452-4545 and (360) 452-4546.

Working with People Could Protect Brain from Alzheimer’s Disease

An estimated 107,000 Washingtonians have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  Researchers and advocates are in Toronto to discuss Alzheimer’s disease.


Rygaard Remembered

Reaction is coming in to the tragic 3-vehicle collision on Hwy 101 near Laird’s Corner Friday that killed former reality TV star and county commissioner candidate Gabe Rygaard.



Rygaard’s father, Craig, confirmed Friday afternoon that his son died in the crash.

The 45 year-old Rygaard was a Port Angeles native and a 1989 Port Angeles High School graduate

He is also survived by his wife, Katy, and three children.

Rygaard was a certified master logger and co-owner-operator of Rygaard Logging, Inc., of Port Angeles, operated with his brother, Jason, and his son Aden; owner of Ryfield Properties, Inc., of Port Angeles; and Penny Creek Rock Quarry of Quilcene.

He was featured for nine seasons on History Channel’s recently canceled reality TV series “Ax Men.”

He ran as a Republican in the primary election for the District 2 commission seat and did not advance to the Nov. 8 general election.

The family released a statement Saturday night.