Monthly Archives: April 2018

Veteran’s Stand Down at the Elks Lodge

It’s the veteran’s stand down today at the Forks Elks Lodge of Merchants Road.

Voices for Veterans is hosting theevent from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’s free to homeless vets and all veterans in need along with their immediate family members.

      Mon April 30 News

Hot meals for breakfast and lunch are planned. Medical and dental health screenings will be provided along with employment services, housing assistance, legal aid and haircuts, free clothing, bedding, hygiene kits and outdoor equipment.

Free transportation will be offered through Clallam and Jefferson Transit.

Chesser Not Guilty on 2 Child Molestation Counts, Hung Jury on 3 other counts

A Port Angeles man has been found not-guilty of two counts of child molestation while a jury could not decide on three other counts.

49-year-old David Randall Chesser had been charged for alleged crimes between January 2008 and December 2010.

      Fri April 27 News

The jury was hung on three other counts of child molestation.  Court papers show the jury votes were no closer to a guilty verdict than 6-6.

All five charges against Chesser carried the special allegation that he abused a position of trust to commit the alleged offenses. Investigators said the crimes occurred in Chesser’s home between 2007 and 2015.

Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney Michele Devlin says the case is still open – and she will decide whether or not to pursue a new trial on counts 3, 4 and 5.

Peninsula Jobless Rate Falls But Remains Higher Than Last Year

Jobless rates on the Peninsula are down this month after Clallam and Jefferson county employers added an estimated 350 workers to their payrolls.

The state Employment Security Department says Clallam County’s unemployment rate dipped from a revised 8.0 percent in February to a preliminary 7.5 percent in March

      Thu April 26 News

Jefferson County’s jobless rate went from a revised 7.5 percent in February to a preliminary 7.0 percent last month.

Clallam County added  286 jobs while Jefferson County added 64 from February to March

In March last year the jobless rate was 8-tenths of one-percent lower in both counties.

The seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate went from 4.7 percent to 4.8 percent in March despite a net gain of 3,900 jobs.

National unemployment remained at 4.1 percent in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Clean Car Vehicle Credit to Expire Soon

Last chance to get a state tax exemption for purchasing an electric, hybrid or alt-fuel vehicle. 

A state tax exemption of up the $32k will soon expire.

      Wed April 25 News

That after the state department of licensing says Washington state has reached the 7,500-vehicle threshold for the sales and use tax exemption. As a result, the exemption expires June 1.

Washington residents can take advantage of the sales and use tax exemption through May 31 by purchasing or leasing clean-alternative fuel, electric, and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

To qualify for the exemption, the vehicle must be purchased or leased for a base-model retail price of less than $42,500, meet the expectations outlined by the Department of Licensing, and be delivered to the buyer before the expiration date. Vehicles delivered after May 31 do not qualify. Exemptions apply up to $32,000.  Interested buyers can find more information on which vehicles qualify for the clean-alternative fuel, electric, and plug-in hybrid exemption here.

State Dams Would Get Federal Protection Under House Bill

A bill in the U.S. House (HR 3144) would require federal approval for any action on four lower Snake River dams, essentially locking them into place for years to come. The dams have become a major source of decline for Northwest salmon.

      Tue April 24 News