Monthly Archives: February 2018

Peninsula College Students To Talk Gun Violence

Peninsula College’s Associated Student Council is hosting a forum on school gun violence Wednesday.

That in tn the wake of the school shooting earlier this month that left 17 people dead in Florida

      Wed Feb 28 News

ASC President Kelly Kevershan says see if students have concerns and talk about what our student government is trying to do,”

Kevershan will be joined on the panel by Marty Martinez from Campus Safety, Cathy Engle from Student Development and Port Angeles Police Chief Brian Smith. Janet Lucas, an English professor at the college, will moderate the forum.

Kevershan said she hasn’t heard of any concerns about Peninsula College specifically, but said there has been discussion on campus about the safety of students across the country.

The forum is set for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Pirate Union Building on the Port Angeles campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Inslee Hammers Trump on Plan to Arm Teachers

Governor Jay Inslee is hammering President Trump over his proposal to arm some teachers in classrooms – as a response to the schools hootings in FL that killed 17.  The President hosted Inslee and other governors at the WH on Monday.

      Tue Feb 27 News

President Trump has said he supports stronger background checks and banning bump stocks – but so far has not endorsed or introduced any legislation on guns.

Bump Stock Ban Passes State House

A bill that would ban bump stocks in WA state, a device that increases a weapon’s rate of fire, is closer to becoming law.

The State House of Representatives passed the ban Friday – 56-41 largely along party lines. The bill passed in the Senate 29-20 on Jan. 25.

      Mon Feb 26 News

Before going to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for a signature, the bill will go back to the Senate for consideration on an amendment.

The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, D- Sequim, who represents legislative District 24.

It would ban the sale and manufacture of bump stocks by July of this year, and ban owning them entirely by July of 2019.

Van De Wege: Don’t Pay Property Tax Bills Yet

“Don’t pay your property tax bills – at least not yet.” That from 24th district state senator Kevin Van Wege to constituents who began receiving tax bills this week.

Van De Wege is urging property owners to wait until the end of the legislative session on March 8 in anticipation of a tax relief bill passing.

      Fri Feb 23 News

He says the plan outlined in a senate bill would leave taxpayers who have already paid their full 2018 tax bill out of luck if tax relief is approved because an outright refund would not be allowed under state law.

New Elwha Bridge set for Summer 2020

The state Department of Transportation provided updates Wednesday on its efforts to replace the Elwha River bridge on U.S. Highway 101.

Steve Roark – assistant regional project manager for the Elwha River Bridge replacement project – appeared at the WEBPA meeting.

      Thu Feb 22 News
      Elwha River Bridge Replacement full story

He expects the current bridge which is not built on bedrock to last until the new bridge is build

Roark says Tilt meters and crack meters have been installed to keep track of any bridge movement.  He says DOT conducts safety inspection on the bridge every quarter.

The bridge goes out to bid by late 2018 or early 2019 – with a completion date planned for the summer of 2020.