Monthly Archives: December 2018

Forks Police Led on 7-mile Chase

Authorities are looking for the driver of a vehicle who led Forks police on a 7-mile pursuit on U.S. Highway 101 Thursday.

Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King says the pursuit was initiated by a Forks police officer who had attempted to stop the driver for investigation of reckless driving on the north side of Forks at about 1:18 p.m.

KBDB Morning News Fri, Dec 28

King says the driver headed north and east on U.S. Highway 101 toward Beaver with the officer in pursuit.

The chase was discontinued at Milepost 200 near the turnout to Lake Pleasant Road.

Later that day, a West End deputy found the BMW involved in the chase – unoccupied – at the Lake Pleasant county park

The State Patrol helped the Sheriff’s Office search for the involved parties, said Trooper Chelsea Hodgson, State Patrol spokeswoman.

New Laws Take Effect Jan 1

As we close out 2018, state officials are reminding residents about new laws going into effect January 1. 

The State Minimum Wage increases to $12 per hour Jan 1

After Januray 1, you can be fined up to $500 for the misuse and misrepresentation of regular animals as service animals. The new law changes the definition of “service animal.

The statewide minimum wage in Washington will increase to $12 after the start of the year. This minimum wage will apply to all jobs, but employees ages 14-15 may be paid 85 percent of minimum wage ($9.78).

KFKB Morning News Dec 27, 2018

People under 21 years old won’t be able to buy a semi-automatic rifle come January. The purchase age for those firearms will increase from 18 to 21 on January 1 after voters approved Initiative 1639 in November. Other parts of the initiative, which includes incentives for safe storage and new enhanced background checks for rifles that are similar to handguns, won’t go in effect until July.

11 Vying to Replace Rohrer

11 applicants are vying to be appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee as the new Clallam County Superior Court judge replacing Eric Rohrer – who is resigning to be the West End District Court 2 judge. 

Judge Eric Rohrer is stepping down to take the West End District Court 2 Judgeship

More than half of the applicants work for the prosecuting attorney’s office or Clallam Public Defender.

Inslee chose Superior Court Commissioner Brent Basden in November to replace Christopher Melly, who is resigning by this coming Monday with two years left in his term.

Wed, Dec 26 KBDB Morning News

Many of the people who applied for that position are now applying for the new opening.   

They include Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michele Devlin and Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Steven Johnson and April King, and Clallam Public Defender Director Harry Gasnick and Clallam Public Defender lawyers John and Suzanne Hayden.

They also include Administrative Law Judge Lisa Dublin, Cathy Marshall of the state Attorney General’s Office, Steve Robins of the Northwest Justice Project, and Port Angeles attorneys Lauren Erickson and Carol Mortensen.

The governor’s spokesperson says Inslee wants to name a successor by Jan. 14.

Enter Park at Your Own Risk

Most ONP Roads Closed Until Government Shutdown Ends

Olympic National Park’s Visitor’s Center and most park roads are closed until the federal shutdown ends

The Federal Government shutdown is entering its third day today.
Olympic National Park says most roads in the Park were already closed due to storm damage – and that won’t change during the government shutdown.

Monday, Dec 24 KBDB Morning News

Wind Storms Knock Out Power

Power is still out to 1100+ West End residents
– photo by Lonnie Archibald

The Severe Weather on the North Olympic Peninsula continues with EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS and electric utility crews scrambling yesterday to restore power and clear roadways.    

Just over 1100 PUD customers in Clallam County remained without power as of this morning.  Most between Sekiu and Neah Bay.  At the wind storm’s peak yesterday some 10,000 Peninsula customers lost power.

Olympic National Park also closed U.S. Highway 101 at Lake Crescent from 11:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. from East Beach Road to Fairholme due to severe weather conditions.

Friday Dec 21 KBDB Morning News

The National Weather Service recorded peak gusts 52 mph near Forks and 36 mph in Port Angeles Thursday morning. It said that a 72 mph gust was reported on Hurricane Ridge and a 117 mph gust was reported from Mount Baker. It reported winds of 75 mph 65 miles offshore west of La Push.

Washington State Ferries canceled most of the runs for the day between Port Townsend and Coupeville.

But after a quiet Friday, a “relatively strong” weather system is expected to move into Clallam and Jefferson counties Saturday night and Sunday, National Weather Service Meteorologist Kirby Cook said Thursday afternoon.