Wednesday, October 01, 2014

$25 Entrance Fee for Olympic National Park?

Under a proposal from the National Park Service, entrance fees would be drastically increased at 131 national parks.  The fee at Olympic National Park would jump from the current $15 per car to $25 a car.

And that brings us to today's Peninsula Poll:

Compared with other prices, do you think a $25 per car entrance fee to Olympic National Park and other national parks is reasonable?

Number of votes cast: 615 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sissi Bruch and Bill Peach to Debate at PABA meeting

Two weeks after their debate at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Clallam County commissioner candidates Sissi Bruch and Bill Peach will be squaring off again at this Tuesday's meeting of the Port Angeles Business Association.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sequim Anti-Labor Initiatives Will Not Be On November Ballot

Two proposed Sequim union-busting initiatives will not be on the ballot this November.  The proponents of these initiatives a deep-pocketed rightwing think tank and its local tools had filed a lawsuit demanding that the initiatives either be enacted by the Sequim City Council or placed on the November ballot.

But Clallam County Superior Court Judge Erik Rohrer has ruled that “genuine issues of material fact” need to be “resolved at trial.”  A trial date will be set during a hearing this Friday in Clallam County Superior Court.  In addition to the City of Sequim, Teamsters Local 589, which represents 50 of the city's 73 employees, will be added as a defendant in the upcoming lawsuit.

Salmon Restoration on the North Olympic Peninsula

Today's online PDN poll question is:

Do you think the millions spent on salmon restoration on the North Olympic Peninsula is helping to bring back salmon?

Number of votes cast: 816


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Clallam County Auditor Candidates to debate at PABA meeting

At this Tuesday's meeting of the Port Angeles Business Association, the guests will be the candidates for County Auditor:  Shoona Riggs and Kim Yacklin.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sissi Bruch and Bill Peach to Debate at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Tomorrow's Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce Luncheon will feature a debate between the candidates for District 3 Clallam County commissioner:  Sissi Bruch and Bill Peach.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sequim City Council Nixes Anti-Union Initiatives

The Sequim City Council has voted unanimously to not act on two anti-union initiatives that were presented to the Council in late July.  Personally I wouldn't have a problem with placing these two ALEC-financed We're taking our country back!  To 1850 initiatives on the ballot.  Presumably, a majority of Sequim residents would be smart enough not to be conned into voting against their own interests.  And if not, well, like they say, we get the government we deserve.

But according to the City Council and the Sequim City Attorney, these initiatives would be in violation of certain state laws and court rulings and would open up the city to unfair-labor-practice lawsuits.  Councilman Ted Miller said:

“It would be hard for any proponents to come up with initiatives that violate more statutes and more court decisions than this one.  It's a total waste of taxpayer money to vote on a totally meaningless election.” 

City Attorney Craig Ritchie said:

“These initiatives, if passed, would put the city at some risk of being forced to commit unfair labor practices if they were complied with or not committing unfair labor practices and then not complying with them.”

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Prosecuting Attorney Candidates to speak at next PABA meeting

Clallam County prosecuting attorney candidates Mark Nichols and William Payne will be the guest speakers at this Tuesday's meeting of the Port Angeles Business Association.