Edgar Elected to HOF

 For Edgar Martinez, patience once again has paid off. And this time, the reward is a plaque in Cooperstown.

Edgar Martinez has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

It took 10 long years of waiting, a decade of wondering, but one of the greatest designated hitters to play the game is headed at last to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Martinez, who spent his entire 18-year Major League career with the Mariners, got the call on Tuesday to the Baseball HOF in Cooperstown.

KBDB Morning News 1/23/19

ONP Remains Without Visitor Services

As the government shutdown is into its 32nd day today, Olympic National Park is reminding visitors that while park roads, lookouts, and trails at Olympic National Park  remain accessible to visitors, emergency and rescue services will be limited. 

No Visitor Service Available at ONP during Government Shutdown

And there are no visitor services including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance (including plowing). All park programs have been canceled, including guided snowshoe walks at Hurricane Ridge.

Many park areas, including Lake Crescent, park beaches, Ozette, and the Quinault, Queets and Hoh Rain Forests are currently accessible by vehicle. The Elwha Olympic Hot Springs Road remains closed to vehicle access due to flood damage and the Staircase area remains closed to vehicle access due to a washout just outside the park boundary.

KBDB Morning News 1/22/19

Vehicle access to Rialto Beach remains closed since last Thursday’s storm surge. Deer Park Road and Sol Duc Road are closed to vehicles for the winter season. Hurricane Ridge Road will remain closed to vehicles until the lapse of appropriations is resolved.

PUD to Charge $30 a month to Opt-Out of Smart meters

If you don’t want one of the new smart meters being rolled out by the Clallam County Public Utility District, it’s going to cost you $30 a month.    

Clallam County Public Utility District began ordering smart meters last week.

It’s a 5-year $3.75 million project.  However, many ratepayers object to the smart-meter, electric-usage measuring devices, which emit low-level electromagnetic radiation.

PUD says as areas are converted, customers can pay a $30-a-month fee for a meter reader to record a ratepayer’s electric usage in person rather than have information transmitted directly to and from the utility through smart meters.

Eloise Kailin, a board member of Protect the Peninsula’s Future, which has protested the move, said there are health concerns including sleep disorders and malignancies associated with smart meters.

KBDB Morning News 1/21/19

PUD says From 2019-2023, the utility will install 22,000 smart-meters on homes and businesses, starting with Neah Bay and Sequim and ending, in 2023, in the Port Angeles area.

Forks Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

A Forks man accused of hiding methamphetamine in a baby’s diaper was sentenced this week to 66 months in federal prison for distribution of heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Dennis Jason Wayne Fisher accepted a plea deal in August. Court papers say his sentencing was delayed until Monday as he cooperated with a secret federal investigation involving a grand jury.

KBDB Morning News 1/18/19

As a result of the plea deal, several charges were dismissed, including possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, a second count of distribution of heroin and distribution of methamphetamine.

Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is crediting the Forks police and OPNET in identifying a bad actor in their community and bringing him to justice.

The FBI began investigating Fisher in  2017 after Forks Police Officer Joseph Solberg stopped Fisher and allegedly found a golf-ball-size chunk of meth in a baby’s diaper.

Federal court papers say OPNET investigators found several messages on Fisher’s cellphone in which he talked about dealing heroin..

King says Fisher was also dealing firearms. 

Kalaloch Razor Clam Dig Cancelled

The Razor Clam Dig this weekend at Kalaloch Beach has been cancelled

The razor clam digs scheduled for Kalaloch beach Saturday through Monday are the latest casualty of the partial federal government shutdown now into its 27th day. 

The state DFW says that’s been cancelled at the request of Olympic National Park.

Fish & Wildlife and Olympic National Park co-manage razor clam digs at Kalaloch, which is located within the park. Coastal shellfish manager Dan Ayres said the request came as a result of the government shutdown saying the park doesn’t have personnel for law enforcement or to collect harvest data at the digs.

KBDB Morning News 1/17/19

That’s a disappointment to author Dan Berger, who says Razor Clams Digs draw out the whole community.

Berger says Razor Clams are only found in Washington coastal waters. 

Kalaloch is on the list of proposed digs set for  Feb. 16-18.  However that’s depending on the results of toxin testing and the re-opening of the federal government.