Manual Recount Starts Wednesday in West End Judge Race

The manual recount in the race for West End District Court II Judge will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Clallam County Canvassing Board authorized the recount Monday at the request of John Black, the candidate for District Court II judge who was trailing Clallam County Superior Court Judge Erik Rohrer by 28 votes out of more than 3000 votes cast.

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The 28 vote margin represents less than a 1% difference between the candidates.

Members of the canvassing board are Clallam County Commissioner Mark Ozias; Chief Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Alvaraz, designee of county Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols; and Clallam County Auditor Shoona Riggs.

Once the ballots are counted, the canvassing board will hold another meeting, tentatively set for 8:15 a.m. Friday to certify the results.

Black told the board Monday he was concerned because the county used new tabulation software this year.   He also says he has talked to people in Forks who said their ballots were dropped from the election due to signature issues.

Recount in District Court II Judge Race

It’s a recount in the race for District Court II Judge in Forks between John Black and Eric Rohrer.

Black requested a manual recount of the 2,837 votes cast in the Nov. 6 election, in which Black received 28 fewer votes than Rohrer, a difference of just under 1%.

      Mon Dec 3 News

The Clallam County Canvassing Board will meet today to authorize conducting the recount.

Clallam County elections manager Becky Pettigrew says that’s already tentatively set for Wednesday or Thursday.  A meeting to certify the results of the requested recount is expected Friday.

Holiday Events Highlight Weekend

The Christmas season gets going in earnest this weekend in Forks and the West End with several celebrations. Here is the schedule.

      Fri Nov 30 News

(photo by Lonnie Archibald)
• 5 p.m. — 17th annual Cherish Our Children, Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Road.

• 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Breakfast with Santa at Forks Congregational Church, 280 S. Spartan Ave. Adults are $5, kids 12 and younger are $3. Photos with Santa are $5.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Christmas Bazaar at VFW Hall, 110 S. Spartan Ave.
• 1 p.m. — Santa Bucks drawing at Forks Outfitters, 950 S. Forks Ave.
• 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest Festival of Trees Open House at Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave.
• 2 p.m. — Rain Shadow Players Bell Choir of Sequim, in conjunction with the Congregational Church of Forks, concert to benefit the Forks Food Bank.
• 5:30 p.m. — Forks Community Orchestra (Forkestra) at the Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave.
• 6:30 p.m. — 17th annual Twinkle Light Holiday Parade along Forks Avenue from C Street to Sol Duc Way.
• 6:45 p.m. — Tree Lighting ceremony at the triangle on Sol Duc Way.
• 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest Festival of Trees Open House at Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave.
• 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Moonlight Madness at participating businesses.

• 1 p.m. — Soroptimist of the Olympic Rainforest 22nd annual Festival of Trees Auction at the Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave. Doors open at 1 p.m., and the auction starts at 2 p.m.
• 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — 30th annual Children’s Winter Faire at the Sekiu Community Center, 42 Rice St.

Forks Woman and Her Dog Rescued from Bogachiel River

A Forks woman and her dog are OK – after being swept down the Bogachiel River Tuesday morning.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Deputies say 43 year old  Heidi Wenberg of Forks was attempting to save her dog, Jasmine, after she floated down the river.

      Wed Nov 28 News

Wenberg told deputies she was playing with her two dogs near the Bogachiel River bridge when one of her dogs, Jasmine, jumped into the flooded river. She ran down river a short distance, grasped a tree and tried to reach out into the river to grab her dog, but was unable to do so.

A call for help went out at about 11:30 am to local first responders.

Crews located the woman about three quarters of a mile downstream from the Bogachiel River Bridge on U.S. Highway 101. Her dog was found a short time later.

The Sheriff’s Office said “Wenberg was cold and wet but was otherwise unharmed.”

The dog is also doing well.

Washington State Residents Are Charitable

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over – it’s Giving Tuesday, a campaign aimed at appealing to the generosity of people who just spent a bunch of money.

      Tue Nov 27 News

With a third of all annual giving taking place in December and the U.S. ranking No. 4 overall in the 2018 World Giving Index, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Most Charitable States as well as accompanying videos, along with its Charity Calculator to help donors decide whether to give time or money for maximum philanthropic impact.

Generosity in Washington (1=Most Charitable; 25=Avg.)

  • 27th – Charities per Capita
  • 12th – % of Donated Income
  • 5th – % of Population Who Donated Time
  • 19th – % of Population Who Donated Money
  • 27th – % of Population Collecting/Distributing Food
  • 17th – Volunteer Rate
  • 8th – Volunteer Hours per Capita