Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Peninsula Poll Question 5/19/15

This isn't exactly a local issue, but...

Do you agree or disagree with President Obama on whether local police should have military-style gear?

Number of votes cast: 573 

The poll was based on this article.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Navy Delayed in Plans for Electronic Warfare Testing on Olympic Peninsula

The People Have Spoken. After being deluged with public comments on their plan to zap Olympic National Park and the Olympic Peninsula, the Navy has delayed its target date from September 2015 to early 2016.

The U.S. Forest Service will be hiring a third-party contractor [and who might that be?] to help them process the 3,134 comments. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Derek Kilmer Expresses Concern over Impact of Growler Jet Noise and Electronic Warfare Range

Congressman Derek Kilmer has written to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Federal Interagency Committee on Aviation Noise (FICAN) Chairman Kevin Shepherd, asking them to study the impact of increased jet noise on wildlife and whether tourists would stop visiting Olympic National Park.

He said:

“With the potential for increased noise, I want the government to use the latest science to ensure the soundscape and environment of this iconic landscape is protected and respected.”

He said the Navy has already conducted a noise study, but it “was based on metrics and an analytical framework that is more commonly associated with community noise in urban settings and not appropriate for analyzing the impacts to a national park.”

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Could Port Angeles be “Best Town Ever?”

The website Outside Online is running its fifth annual “Best Town Ever” contest.  Qualifications include good access to trails and public lands, thriving neighborhoods, and a good beer and restaurant scene. 

Winners and runners-up from previous contests are excluded.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

“Multi-modal Transportation and Bicycles” to be topic at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

At tomorrow's Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the topic will be “The Future of Multi-modal Transportation and Bicycles.”

Guests will include Barbara Chamberlain, executive director of Washington Bikes; Jeff Bohman, president of the Peninsula Trails Coalition; Kevin Dayton, state Department of Transportation Olympic region transit liaison; and Wendy Clark-Getzin, general manager of Clallam Transit System.

An introduction will be provided by George Bergner, director of Port Angeles Likes Bikes.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Study: Electromagnetic Radiation More Dangerous Than We Thought

This warning comes from Forbes Magazine, not exactly a hotbed of liberal activism.  Everyday electromagnetic radiation from TV sets, microwave ovens, cell phones, etc. is a lot more hazardous than we thought; especially to children.

Maybe this will galvanize a few more people who haven't been concerned about the Navy's planned electromagnetic warfare experiments in Olympic National Park and adjacent communities.  If nothing else, the Navy's legions of disinformation trolls will have to replace their favorite talking point:  “Aw come on, do you have a cell phone?  A microwave?  Quit your handwringing,” yada yada.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Port Commissioner John Calhoun to speak at PABA meeting

Port of Port Angeles Commissioner John Calhoun will be the guest at this Tuesday's Port Angeles Business Association meeting.  He will be discussing the Platypus Marine Inc. proposal to purchase five acres of port land adjacent to its current location on Marine Drive.