Monthly Archives: June 2018

Old Fashioned 4th of July Events Start Saturday

The Old Fashioned 4th of July activities in Forks get started on Saturday and run through the 4th on Wednesday.

The Forks High School basketball program is raising money by hosting a FUN RUN starting at the Pay and Save parking lot in Forks.

      Fri June 29 News

Serenity House Night-by-Night Shelter Closing Friday

Serenity House of Clallam County is preparing to close its night-by-night shelter Friday, but could reopen by fall.

That from Director Doc Robinson who says local churches and other organizations have started searching for short-term and long-term funding.

Robinson says “It’s tragic and it’s difficult for staff and clients, but it would be far worse if we were not aiming to be open [this fall].”

      Thu June 28 News

Serenity House announced in April that it would need to close its three shelters — the night-by-night, family and sober shelters — due to lack of funding.

The sober shelter was closed earlier this year and the family shelter has stopped taking new clients.

Robinson said Clallam County would need to provide $200,000 to keep the night-by-night and family shelters operating through the end of the year. The Board of County Commissioners amended a previously approved $55,000 contract that kept the night-by-night shelter open until the end of June.

That led to reaching out to community churches and organizations to find short-term funding and long-term funding to keep the night-by-night shelter open.

Navy Wants Increase in Coupeville Takeoffs, Landings

The Navy says the majority of EA-18G Growler field carrier landing practices on Whidbey Island will occur at an airfield in rural Coupeville surrounded by farmland and homes – but North Olympic Peninsula officials are not thrilled.

The Navy identified that as the  preferred alternative this week that will increase the flights four-fold.

      Wed June 27 News

Meanwhile, field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island tonight  and Thursday.

The Navy says about 12,000 Growler touch-and-go passes, or 23,700 takeoffs or landing would take place annually.Currently, about 6,000 operations occur annually at OLF Coupeville.

Port Townsend Mayor Deborah Stinson told the Peninsula Daily on Tuesday  “This news is not good and we are disappointed,” adding “The noise we hear in Port Townsend is from these takeoffs and landings at this field, typically at night.”

Kilmer Turned Away Twice From Immigrant Detention Center

Congressman Derek Kilmer says he was turned away twice from trying to meet with detainees from the southern border crisis.  He first was turned away from an official visit to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma last Friday due to protest-related safety concerns.

      Tue June 26 News

Kilmer tweeted this from outside the prison.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1010654765896863744

The Tacoma News Tribune says Kilmer, a Democrat, went to the prison Saturday after hearing that a number of migrants who were separated from their children after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border were transferred there from another federal prison in SeaTac.

Kilmer said he had an official tour set up at the Tacoma facility, but it was canceled due to protest-related safety concerns.

And when the congressman tried to visit three detainees during the regularly scheduled visiting hours Saturday, he was told that they were all quarantined due to chicken pox exposure.

Quinault Beach Resort Expansion Complete

The Quinault Beach Resort and casino celebrated its new $30M expansion this past weekend in Ocean Shores.

CEO Donald Kajans  says the construction project has finished on-time and under budget – and has been a boon for the local economy with 300 people working on that project.  And it’s also brought permanent jobs to the area.

      Mon June 25 News
      Donald Kajans of QBRC

Kajans says the buffet is one of the main attractions – and the new expansion means the lines are much shorter.

He calls it the greatest buffet in the country