Monthly Archives: April 2017

Ayers: Contracting Out Police Won’t Save Money

It was a large turnout for Monday’s Forks city council meeting in which options for the Forks Police were discussed. That with the Police Administrator Rick Bart set to retire at the end of the year.


One of the options being considered is contracting police work to the Clallam County Sherriff’s office.

Councilman Ken Ayers says after a lot of research, he has concluded there is no cost difference between having a local police force and contracting it out.  He is in favor of keeping the Forks Police and jail.

Councilmen Bill Brager and Jon Preston also want to keep the police local.

Councilman John Hillcar says he’s not in favor or against the proposal – but he says things can’t stay as they are.  Hillcar says he doesn’t want to be in the position of telling people they owe more money for police services.

Transit Board Accepts Clark-Getzin Resignation

The Clallam Transit Board has accepted the resignation of General Manager Wendy Clark-Getzin.

The board voting 8-0 Monday after a closed-door executive session.


Later in the meeting, the board voted to appoint Kevin Gallacci as acting general manager.

Clark-Getzin  did not attend the meeting.  She will be on administrative leave until her resignation takes effect May 30.

Long Winter Gives Washingtonians Time to Prepare for Allergy Season

Because of the long, wet winter, Washingtonians who suffer from allergies have a few more weeks to prepare for the pollen season this spring.

Eric Tegethoff reports:


Search Scaled Back for Man Missing in ONP

The search for 22 -year-old Jacob Gray of Bellevue, missing for more than 10-days in Olympic National Park, is scaling back.

That from said Clallam County Sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King.

Gray went missing April 5 when he left a relative’s Port Townsend home on a bicycle towing a trailer full of camping gear.

His bike and camping gear were found the next day about 6.5 miles up Sol Duc Hot Springs Road in Olympic National Park, but there was no trace of Gray.

King says about 30 people searched for Gray over the weekend in teams led by Clallam County Search and Rescue using three cadaver and scent dogs to search the area, but found no evidence of Gray.

He says Clallam County Search and Rescue is no longer leading an active land search of the area.

A group of experienced kayakers were scheduled to search the Sol Duc River on Sunday.

Antibiotic-Free Chicken on Menu at KFC

Consumer groups are calling it a win for anyone who depends on the use of antibiotics to fight infections. They’re responding to the pledge by Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) that by the end of 2018, all chicken purchased by the company will be raised without antibiotics.

Eric Tegethoff reports: