Category Archives: News

Ocean and River Film Fest Saturday

The Ocean and River Film Festival is coming the RAC on Saturday as part of this weekend’s Rain Fest activities.  Ian Miller is a coastal hazard specialist for Washington Sea Grant – and is one of the coordinators of the film festival.

      Thu April 19 News

Miller says one film focuses on Cooke Aquaculture’s release of Atlantic Salmon from their fish farm into Puget Sound.  Another focuses on steelhead fishing on the Sol Duc river.

That festival is at the RAC, doors open at 6, the films start at 7 and it’s about a 2-hour show.

Tribal Rights, Salmon Habitat Tested in Supreme Court Case

A case in U.S. Supreme Court today will test how far Native American treaty rights go to protect salmon habitat. Washington tribes say the state needs to fix its hundreds of culverts – the pipes that carry streams under roads – for impeding salmon migration.

Eric Tegethoff has more:

      Wed April 18 News

Trudeau Assures Pipeline Will Move Ahead

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s starting   talks with Kinder Morgan to “remove the uncertainty” hanging over the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project that would nearly triple the flow of oil from Canada’s oil sands to the Pacific Coast.

Trudeau also said Sunday that legislation is coming that will “reassert and reinforce” the fact that the federal government is well within its power to approve the project and ensure it goes ahead.

      Tue April 17 News

Kinder Morgan has suspended all non-essential spending on the project spending pending reassurance from Ottawa that it will be able to go forward.

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by the Canadian division of Texas-based Kinder Morgan would dramatically increase the number of oil tankers traveling the shared waters between Canada and Washington state, including the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Trudeau approved the project in late 2016, saying it was in Canada’s best interest.

Rohrer will Seek West End Judgeship

A two-man race has emerged for the West End District Court 2 judge position after Clallam County Superior Court Judge Erik Rohrer said Friday he wants to return to the part-time, four-year post he resigned from in 2012.

Attorney John Black of Sequim, who has offices in Port Angeles and Forks, announced March 9 that he will seek the three-days-a-week position.

      Mon April 16 News

Current Judge John Doherty announced last week he will not seek re-election.

To retake the West End judgeship, Rohrer would resign from his Superior Court position with two years left on his four-year term.

Gov. Jay Inslee would name a replacement to fill out the term until the 2020 election.

Filing week for the general election, which includes several countywide seats including sheriff and prosecuting attorney, is May 14-18.

Interior Reverses Tripling Park Fee Increase

The US Department of the Interior is reversing its previous decision to raise entry fees at seventeen National Parks including ONP from $30 to $75 per car this year.

The new fee increase will be just $5 per car this year – from $30 to $35.

      Fri April 13 News

In a statement, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) called it good news.  Kilmer had questioned Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about the proposed fee hikes Wednesday.

The increased fees were meant to fund an $11B    maintenance backlog at the national parks.

Kilmer says a better way to maintain the Parks would be passage of a bill he sponsored called the National Park Service Legacy Act that he says would generate dedicated funding for park maintenance over the next 50 years.