Monthly Archives: September 2018

PA Man Allegedly Steals Two Cars within an Hour

A Port Angeles man allegedly stole a car Wednesday evening, wrecked it on 101 – and then stole the car of a Forks woman who stopped to help him.

30 year old Skyler Vestal of PA will be charged with taking a motor vehicle without permission, driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended following a wreck on U.S. Highway 101 north of Forks.

The State Patrol says 30 year-old Skyler Vestal of PA  was headed southbound on Highway 101 Wednesday evening in a 2001 Chrysler Sebring when it left the roadway at milepost 202.


The vehicle was reported stolen about a half-hour earlier.

A second vehicle, identified as a 2001 Ford Ranger driven by a Forks woman, stopped to provide assistance.

The State Patrol alleged that Vestal then took the Ford and left the scene, heading south.

The Ford was stopped and Vestal was taken into custody without incident at milepost 193.

No injuries were reported.

ONP Goat Removal Done for 2018 – Resumes Next Year

Monday marked the conclusion of the first two-week capture and translocation process in Olympic National Park.

98 mountain goats have been moved from Olympic National Park to the North Cascades — including 11 kids that were released with their nannies.


115 mountain goats in total have been removed from the park.

Six mountain goat orphans were transferred to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. There were six adult deaths during capture.

The helicopter crew used tranquilizer darts and net guns to capture mountain goats and transported them in specially made slings to the staging area on Hurricane Hill Road.

Due to weather, the helicopter crew was able to operate for only 10 of the 14 days, and several of those days ended early.

Operations will continue next year during two additional two-week periods. Capture and translocation may continue in 2020 depending on what happens next year.

The park estimates that there are about 725 mountain goats in the park. Officials anticipate being able to remove only half of them. The rest will be killed.

ONP Taking Steps to Restore Vehicle Access to the Ehlwa Valley

Olympic National Park is taking the first steps in the multi-year effort to restore vehicle access to the Elhwa Valley that’s been limited since the Ehlwa river became free flowing again in 2014.  That eventually led to Olympic Hot Springs Road being unpassable.

On Tuesday, the park said there was no significant impact for a study that will determine the feasibility of relocating a portion of Olympic Hot Springs Road outside of the Elwha River’s floodplain.


Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said in a news release. “Long term, sustainable public access in the Elwha Valley is our goal,”

The Elwha River has carved its way through the Elwha Campground and through Olympic Hot Springs Road. The park installed two temporary bridges that improved foot access over the summer, but will be removing all three temporary bridges next month.

The park has been fighting to maintain visitor access to the Elwha River since the National Park Service led the $325 million effort to restore the Elwha River to its natural state with the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in 2014.

That’s allowed the river to move through its floodplain.

In all, the park has spent more than $450,000 on its temporary efforts to maintain visitor access in Elwha River Valley.

Ferry Service Resumes on Pt Townsend-Coupeville Line

Ferry service on the Pt Townsend Coupeville line is back to the old normal today

That after the Washington State Ferries announced early Monday that the MV Kennewick has been repaired.


The Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry route was reopened for single vessel service as of the 6:30 a.m. departure from Port Townsend.

On Sunday, the ferry was pulled from service after the engine had a water jacket leak.

Before Sunday, the ferry route was already down to one boat because The MV Salish, the other boat that typically serves the route, is now in dry dock after it bottomed out in Keystone Harbor earlier this month.

That ship is expected to be repaired within the next week or two.

Port Townsend – Coupeville Ferry Out of Service

Riding the ferry is going to be long slog today – if you can get on a ferry at all.

That after service on the Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry route was halted due to engine problems on  the MV Kennewick Sunday morning.

The ferry’s engine has a water jacket leak and no one is quite sure how long service will be out.


A spokesperson for the Washington State Ferries says it could take a day, a week or longer.

The latest development adds to problems on the route. The MV Salish, the other boat that typically serves the route, is now in dry dock after it bottomed out in Keystone Harbor earlier this month.

The ship is expected to be repaired within the next week or two.

The state ferry service says motorists should look at alternate routes, including the Kingston-Edmonds ferry and the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry.

Sunday morning, there was a 60-minute wait at the Clinton terminal and a two-hour wait at the Kingston terminal.