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Forks Police May Add Officers Soon

Forks police says they may have a new hire.  Police Administrator Rick Bart says they’ve been dealing with a short staff for a while.

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Forks police currently have an arrangement to borrow officers from the Jefferson and Clallam County Sherriff’s department when needed.  He says they are close to hiring another officer as well.

Bart also says they recently filled the position at the Forks jail with a female correction’s officer.

Incumbents Roll in State Primary

Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant easily advanced through Washington’s primary to the November ballot Tuesday night, as did Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and opponent Republican Chris Vance.

In early returns Tuesday night in the state’s top two primary, Inslee had 49 percent of the vote and Bryant had 38 percent. Murray advanced with 54 percent of the vote and Vance had 28 percent.

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U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and challenger Todd A. Bloom will advance to the Nov. 8 general election for the 6th Congressional District seat.

Kilmer, a Gig Harbor Democrat who grew up in Port Angeles, won 52,690 votes, or 58.65 percent. He was first elected in 2012 to the district that includes the North Olympic Peninsula.

Bloom, an accountant and a Navy veteran living in Tacoma, won 21,378 votes, or 23.8 percent.

Clallam County commissioner Mike Chapman won more than 45 percent of the vote and Port Ludlow Republican George Vrable took more than 36 percent in the initial count of primary election ballots Tuesday in a three-way race for a Legislative District 24 state representative seat.

— Democrat Ron Richards was the top choice in Tuesday’s initial count of votes in the primary election for the District 2 Clallam County commission race.

He won 37.54 percent of the vote. Randy Johnson, who filed with no party preference, netted 24.77 percent of the vote, with Republican Gabe Rygaard winning 22.06 percent and Republican Maggie Roth taking 15.63 percent.

If the positions stay the same as more votes are counted this week in the all-mail election, Richards and Johnson will face off in the general election.
 

Three Fires Burning in ONP

There are now three wildfires burning in OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

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A spokesman says all were discovered this week after a series of storms last Thursday, July 21, that led to more than 400 lightning strikes over the Olympic Mountains.

Two firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and were airlifted from one of the fires Thursday.

The largest one, the Godkin Fire in the Elwha River Valley, had grown from 7 acres to 40 acres by Thursday.  It was discovered near the confluence of Godkin Creek and the Elwha River in the geographic center of the park about 15 miles south of Hurricane Ridge.

Another fire, ignited by the same storm, was found near the Godkin Fire on Tuesday. The Hayes Fire covered less than one-fourth of an acre by Thursday.

Cox Valley Fire

And a third blaze was confirmed Thursday. The Cox Valley Fire is closer to Hurricane Ridge than the other two. It is a bit north and east of the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center area at about 4,200 feet.

As of Thursday, it covered about half an acre.

New Old Time Chatauqua in Forks Today

There another parade at noon in Forks today.  That as The New Old Time Chautauqua continues their tour of the West End.

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Paul Magid of the group says the new old time chataqua troupe  consists of 60 to 70 touring members including jugglers, magicians, aerialists, humorists, hula-hoopists and a 25-piece band showcasing musicians able to harness a diverse range of music.

They are also holding workshops at the RAC from 1:30 – 3:30

Paul Magu-ee says the group mixes education with entertainment.  Magid’ workshop is on the doctrine of discovery which he says is the basis for all land ownership.

On Wednesday, the group will return to La Push for a baseball game and a swing dance.

3-Counties Consider Regional Plan For Opioid Abuse

Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties are working towards a regional plan to address opioid abuse.

That from Clallam County public health officer Dr. Christopher Frank.

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Frank says the three-county opioid response plan could supplement Clallam County’s efforts into decreasing opioid abuse and preventing deaths from overdose by expanding access to naloxone – a drug that can counteract heroin overdoses. That’s something Congressman Derek Kilmer is asking for as well.

Kilmers says Clallam county’s overdose death rate was 29.0 per 100,000 people in 2013, while the state rate was 14.8 per 100,000.

Frank said officials are setting up preliminary discussions about the three-county plan.