First Responders Drill on Strait Today

The U.S. Coast Guard and more than a dozen other agencies are teaming up for a mass-rescue drill today in

 

First Responders Drill on Strait Today

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The U.S. Coast Guard and more than a dozen other agencies are teaming up for a mass-rescue drill today in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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Port Angeles residents will see activity in the Strait off Ediz Hook and around the Port Angeles Coast Guard base beginning at about 8 a.m. today.

The full-scale international maritime mass-rescue exercise will be the first in Port Angeles, according to Lt. Dana Warr of the Coast Guard 13th District external affairs department.

In the drill, responders from both sides of the border will respond to a simulation of a passenger ship sinking.

300 Remember Rygaard at Memorial

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CARLSBORG — More than 300 people packed a Cralsborg church Sunday to pay tribute to Gabe Rygaard, a logger, reality TV star, former Clallam County commissioner candidate and father of three children — who died Sept. 16 in a three-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles.

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He was featured for nine seasons on History Channel’s recently canceled reality TV series “Ax Men,” and ran as a Republican in the primary election for the District 2 commission seat and did not advance to the Nov. 8 general election.

The residents and visitors attending the memorial offered their condolences to the Rygaard family, and to cry and laugh as they heard stories of Rygaard’s life shared by those who knew him best.

Gabriel Martin Rygaard was 45.

Mall Shooter Suspect Caught

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The 20-year-old suspected of killing five people with a rifle in a Washington state mall will make his first court appearance today. Arcan Cetin has not yet been charged in the shootings Friday night in Oak Harbor. He was captured Saturday evening.

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A neighbor, Amber Cathey, who knew him in high school says he’s, quote, “creepy and obnoxious”.

Officials say Cetin immigrated from Turkey and is a legal permanent resident. More than a half-dozen criminal cases have been filed against him the last three years.

Spartans Fall to Neah Bay in OT

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Neah Bay 26, Forks 20 OT

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Rweha Munyagi’s 1-yard TD run in OT lifted the Red Devils to a come-from-behind voictory over forks at Spartan Stadium Friday.

Forks had taken a 20-14 lead in the fourth quarter on a TD run by Cole Basinger.  Jack Dalgran and Garrison Shumack also scored for the Spartans.

The Red Devils has an interception return for a TD by Cole Svec.  They also score on a pass o Munyagi.

The Red Devils are 3-1 , they have a bye next week before opening their conference play against Morton/White Pass October 7.

Forks (2-2) opens their Evergreen League play next week at Montesano.

 

 

Forks Sees More Lodging Revenue

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Forks is experiencing a 20-percent increase in lodging taxes this year compared to last.  That according to figures supplied by the state Department of Revenue.

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It says lodging taxes collected in Forks from January to August of this year have risen to almost $81K – compared with $67,000 in the same period in 2015, an increase of 20%

 

Port Angeles had the biggest increase as their receipts went from $262K to $320K – a 24% increase.