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  • 2017 SMP Update on (CMZ) and (CMHA)

    NOV 9, 2017 DURING A ONE HOUR CONVERSATION WITH CLALLAM COUNTY DCD DIRECTOR MARY ELLEN WINBORN…

    MARY ELLEN WINBORN INFORMED ME THAT THE CHANNEL MIGRATION ZONE (CMZ) AND CHANNEL MEANDER HAZARD AREA (CMHA) (BLACK LINES AND PURPLE)  SMP UPDATE RESTRICTED USE ON 20 ACRES OF OUR 40 ACRES OF PRIVATE SOL DUC RIVER SHORELINE PROPERTY, ARE  FOR OUR OWN PROTECTION…..

    YEP, MARY ELLEN INFORMED  ME, THE 2017 SMP UPDATE, THE (CMZ) and (CMHA) ON THE RAINS SR. TRUST LAND ON OUR SOL DUC RIVER  PROPERTY ARE  FOR OUR OWN PROTECTION, ON OUR OWN PRIVATE PROPERTY, THAT HAD BEEN IN OUR FAMILY FOR OVER 60 YEARS…

    NANNY… NANNY… NANNY…

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    AS PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED…..

    HOW’S THE SYSTEM WORKING OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

    OUR FAMILY, SURE AS HELL, DOESN’T NEED A CLALLAM COUNTY DCD NANNY TO PROTECT US FROM ANYTHING ON OUR OWN PRIVATE PROPERTY. PERIOD

    IT IS ONE THING, FOR FEDERAL, STATE AND CLALLAM COUNTY 2017 UPDATE, TO RESTRICT,  TO PROVIDE NNL OF ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION BY HUMAN CONTAMINATION,

    AND RESTRICT THE PUBLIC USE OF PUBLIC LAND, FOR THE PROTECTION OF LIFE…..  

    Behind My Back | For the Protection of Whose Life?

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/01/30/for-the-protection-of-wildlife-and…

    FOR THE PROTECTION OF WILDLIFE AND RESTRICTION OF PUBLIC USE To protect the EPA Clean water Act, DOE shorelines of Statewide significance, to restore pristine …

    For the Protection of Whose Life?

    Posted on January 30, 2013 2:11 am by Pearl Rains Hewett

    FOR THE PROTECTION OF WILDLIFE AND RESTRICTION OF PUBLIC USE
    To protect the EPA Clean water Act,  DOE shorelines of Statewide significance,  to restore pristine conditions on our beaches, PROVIDE NNL OF ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION BY HUMAN CONTAMINATION, AND RESTRICT THE PUBLIC USE OF PUBLIC LAND,
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    EVERYTHING STARTS SOME WHERE

    FIND THE LAW- FOLLOW THE LAW

    RCW 86.12.200: Comprehensive flood control management plan …

    https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=86.12.200

    (2) Establishment of a comprehensive scheme of flood control protection and improvements for the areas that are subject to such periodic flooding, that includes: (a) Determining the need for, and desirable location of, flood control improvements to protect or preclude flood damage to structures, works, and improvements, …

    (3) IT IS THE INTENT OF THE LEGISLATURE TO DEVELOP A COORDINATED AND COMPREHENSIVE STATE POLICY TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS OF FLOODING AND THE MINIMIZATION OF FLOOD DAMAGE.” [ 1991 c 322 § 1.]

    Purpose1991 c 322: “The purpose of sections 3 through 13 of this act is to permit counties in cooperation

    1991 The terms Channel Migration Zone (CMZ) and Channel Meander Hazard Area (CMHA) are described in the glossary. As used in this document, these terms are synonymous.

     CMHA IS USED WHERE IT IS SPECIFICALLY REFERRING TO THE PROVISIONS OR APPLICABLE STANDARDS OF THE CLALLAM COUNTY CRITICAL AREAS CODE (CCC 27.12.410)

    The Dungeness River and associated floodplains are governed by numerous federal, state, and local regulations.

    1991 THE CLALLAM COUNTY CRITICAL AREAS CODE AND SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM are directly relevant to flood hazard reduction on the Dungeness.

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    MAJOR STUDIES RELEVANT TO DUNGENESS FLOOD HAZARD MANAGEMENT SINCE 2001:

     Recommended Land Protection Strategies for the Dungeness River Riparian Area (Hals/ DRRWG, 2003): THE “GREEN BOOK” (ALSO KNOWN AS THE LAND PROTECTION STRATEGY) is a detailed analysis of every parcel in the lower 11 miles of the river describing fish use, habitat value, bank stability, current land use, development potential and restoration needs. Further, with the long term objective of optimizing salmonid habitat, the DRRWG prescribed and PRIORITIZED RECOMMENDED ACTIONS TO PURCHASE PROPERTY or conservation easements, and highlighted parcels where technical assistance could benefit landowner stewardship.

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    WHO KNEW? DID YOU FEEL THEM BREATHING DOWN YOUR NECK?

    WHILE THEY WERE DOING a detailed analysis of every parcel in the lower 11 miles of the Dungeness River describing fish use, habitat value, bank stability, current land use, development potential and restoration needs.

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    PDF]Dungeness River Comprehensive Flood Hazard … – Clallam County

    www.clallam.net/environment/assets/…/DRCFHMP-FINAL-LOWRES_5-2010.pdf

    Dungeness River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan. Clallam County, WA. Report available from: Hannah Merrill, Project Manager. Clallam County Department of Community Development. 223 East Fourth Street; Port Angeles, WA 98382. Report prepared by: Ann Seiter Technical Writing and Editing; Sequim …

    THIS PLAN IS AN ADVISORY DOCUMENT PREPARED PURSUANT TO RCW 86.12.200. Implementation of the  Dungeness Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan is subject to adequate staffing, funding, and partnerships with cooperating organizations. Implementation is further guided by other regulatory programs,

    such as the Clallam County Critical Areas Code and SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM.

    UPDATES AND AMENDMENTS TO THESE REGULATORY PROGRAMS, AS RECOMMENDED HEREIN, ARE SUBJECT TO STATE GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS, AND ANY REGULATORY CHANGES TO BE ADOPTED BY CLALLAM COUNTY WILL FOLLOW PUBLIC NOTIFICATION AND HEARING PROCEDURES PRIOR TO ADOPTION

    The terms Channel Migration Zone (CMZ) and Channel Meander Hazard Area (CMHA) are described in the glossary. As used in this document, these terms are synonymous. CMHA is used where it is specifically referring to the provisions or applicable standards of the Clallam County Critical Areas Code (CCC 27.12.410)

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    ODDLY ENOUGH IN CLALLAM COUNTY 2009 THERE WAS NO ELWHA OR SOL DUC RIVER COMPREHENSIVE FLOOD HAZARD MANAGEMENT PLAN  OR ADVISORY DOCUMENT PREPARED BY CLALLAM COUNTY PURSUANT TO RCW 86.12.200.

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     (But in 2009 not directly relevant to flood hazard reduction on the Elwha and Sol Duc Rivers?)

    [PDF]Hazard Mitigation Plan FINAL 2010 – Clallam County

    www.clallam.net/…/documents/ClallamHazardMitigationFINAL10252010.pdf

    SEP 9, 2009ROADS ENGINEER, WSDOT, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), public input, interview with Forks’ Timber Museum, newspaper articles, and review of (a) the 2004 Clallam County. HIVA, (b) Dungeness River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan 2009, (c) City of Forks.

    1. STEERING COMMITTEE

    Penelope Linterman, Program Coordinator for the

    Emergency Management Division, was the main contact for Clallam County. A Steering Committee was formed at the beginning of the process in July 2009 and the members and their respective affiliations are listed below.

    IN JULY 2009

    Emergency Management Division, was the main contact for Clallam County.

    THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (WSDOT) COOPERATED BY PROVIDING INFORMATION ON BRIDGES, HIGHWAYS AND THEIR MAINTENANCE PLANS.

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    Clallam County Hazard Mitigation Plan ^Arrow to Top^

    The Clallam County Hazard Mitigation Plan was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on December 7, 2010.

    Click to view/print the final version.

    Hazard Mitigation Plan FINAL 2010 (2.0 MB PDF)

    UNFORTUNATELY IN 2009 CLALLAM COUNTY DID NOT HAVE AN ELWHA OR SOL DUC RIVER COMPREHENSIVE FLOOD HAZARD MANAGEMENT PLAN OR ADVISORY DOCUMENT PREPARED BY CLALLAM COUNTY PURSUANT TO RCW 86.12.200.

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    CLALLAM COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

    PAGE  68 AUGUST 2010

     PROJECT #2 – 2010

    INVENTORY OF DIKES, LEVEES, AND FLOOD PROTECTION STRUCTURES ON CLALLAM COUNTY RIVERS TO ASSESS WHAT LEVEL OF PROTECTION IS INTENDED, WHAT LEVEL OF PROTECTIONS IS ACTUALLY PROVIDED, AND WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR LONG-TERM MAINTENANCE.

    PRIORITY RATING: 

    HIGH. DEVELOPMENT AND BUILDING DECISIONS ARE, IN SOME CASES, BEING

    MADE WITHOUT AN ADEQUATE BASIS OF INFORMATION REGARDING FLOOD HAZARD,

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    Like AFTER THE DAM REMOVALS The increased water flow resulting from two dams being removed from the river have caused much material to wash downstream. Since 2012, the riverbed at the bridge has lowered 14 feet.

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    ??? DUE TO THE FACT THAT TOO LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT FLOOD CONTROL STRUCTURES THAT ARE ASSUMED TO BE PROVIDING PROTECTION.

    RESPONSIBILITY:

    DCD, PUBLIC WORKS, USACE, WDFW, AND WSDOT.

    TIMING:

    2 – 4 YEARS.

    POTENTIAL FUNDING:

    GRANTS

    HAZARD MITIGATED:

    FLOODING. (BM)

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    2010- 2017 CLALLAM COUNTY RESPONSIBILITY:

    DCD DIRECTOR MARY ELLEN WINBORN…

     PUBLIC WORKS,

    WA STATE  RESPONSIBILITY WA State Dept of Fish and Wildlife  (WDFW), AND  WA State Dept of Transportation (WSDOT).

    FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE),

    AND IN JULY 2009 REPRESENTING AND STEERING CLALLAM COUNTY?  CATHY LEAR,  SALMON RECOVERY PLANNER

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    (2) COUNTY LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE AND COORDINATE ALL THE REGULATORY, PLANNING, AND FINANCING MECHANISMS AVAILABLE TO THOSE COMPREHENSIVE MANNER.

    (3) It is the intent of the legislature to develop a coordinated and comprehensive state policy to address the problems of flooding and the minimization of flood damage.” [ 1991 c 322 § 1.]

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    RCW 86.12.200 Flood Control 1991

     FindingsIntent1991 c 322: “(1) THE LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT:

    (a) FLOODS POSE THREATS TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY

    INCLUDING LOSS OR ENDANGERMENT TO HUMAN LIFE;

    DAMAGE TO HOMES;

    DAMAGE TO PUBLIC ROADS,

     HIGHWAYS,

     BRIDGES,

     AND UTILITIES;

     INTERRUPTION OF TRAVEL,

     COMMUNICATION,

    AND COMMERCE;

    DAMAGE TO PRIVATE AND PUBLIC PROPERTY;

    degradation of water quality; damage to fisheries, fish hatcheries, and fish habitat; harm to livestock; destruction or degradation of environmentally sensitive areas; EROSION OF SOIL, STREAM BANKS, AND BEDS; AND HARMFUL ACCUMULATION OF SOIL AND DEBRIS IN THE BEDS OF STREAMS OR OTHER BODIES OF WATER

    AND ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LANDS;

    (2) COUNTY LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE AND COORDINATE ALL THE REGULATORY, PLANNING, AND FINANCING MECHANISMS AVAILABLE TO THOSE COMPREHENSIVE MANNER.

    (3) It is the intent of the legislature to develop a coordinated and comprehensive state policy to address the problems of flooding and the minimization of flood damage.” [ 1991 c 322 § 1.]

    INDEED, THE Purpose1991 c 322: “The purpose of sections 3 through 13 of this act is to permit counties in cooperation

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    AS PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD ASK…..

    HOW’S THE SYSTEM WORKING OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

    RCW 86.12.200 Flood Control 2017

    Behind My Back | Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/…/battered-by-dam-removal-elwha-bridge-destroye…

    Jan 11, 2017 – US 101 Elwha River Bridge. A logging truck makes its way across the U.S. 101 bridge over the Elwha River last week. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News) DEC 30, 2016. —————————————————————————-. What’s wrong with these pictures?

    Behind My Back | WSDOT is Planning the New Elwha Bridge

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/03/15/wsdot-is-planning-the-new-elwha-bridge/

    Behind My Back | Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge. www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/…/battered-by-damremoval-elwha-bridge-destroye… Jan 11, 2017 – Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE MARCH 11, 2016 Andy Ritchie, project …

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    US 101 – Elwha River Bridge – Bridge Replacement

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    Status

    December 2017

    • The US 101 Elwha River Bridge is open to traffic with no restrictions.
    • Toll Free Information Hotline: 1-888-633-4005.
    • This project is currently in the design stage.

    Why is WSDOT focusing on the US 101 Elwha River Bridge?

    Built in 1926, the 3-span, 388-foot concrete arch bridge has served the community over 90 years. Over the last couple of years, the Elwha River has dramatically changed its course and flow, leading to significant erosion around the bridge foundations.

    Preventive measures

    WSDOT is monitoring the bridge closely using a variety of tools. Motorists can assume that if the bridge is open to traffic, it is safe to use. If the condition of the bridge begins to change, WSDOT could implement restrictions ranging from weight restrictions or lowered speed limits, to single-lane closures, to a total bridge closure.

    The increased water flow resulting from two dams being removed from the river have caused much material to wash downstream. Since 2012, the riverbed at the bridge has lowered 14 feet.

    The lowered riverbed revealed the piers’ seals, promoting WSDOT to do borings to verify the depth of the foundations. The borings, done in October 2016, revealed that the foundations are on gravel, not bedrock. This finding was in contrast to what the original 1926 engineering plans showed. As a result, WSDOT immediately installed over 3,300 tons of riprap (large boulders) around both piers to help prevent further erosion. Additional monitoring using tilt meters, crack meters, water flow meters, surveys and visual observations are also taking place.

    The End Result

    WSDOT is exploring several options to keep traffic moving around the Olympic Peninsula. These options can be viewed on the project library. A reliable US 101 crossing over the Elwha River is vital to the well-being of the communities on the Olympic Peninsula. To that end, we have removed Alternatives 1, 2 and 3 (options that did not include a bridge) from further consideration because they do not meet that need. Additionally, we have removed Alternative 4 (retrofitting the existing bridge) as a long-term solution due to the 90-year-old age of the structure.

    We are currently pursuing Alternative 7. We do not have a firm timeline for a construction, but we are moving forward aggressively.

    We encourage you to review the alternatives and send your thoughts about them to WSDOT. You can also view alternatives suggested by members of the public on the Public Route Suggestions web page.

    Project Benefits
    The US 101 Elwha River Bridge is vital to the well-being of the communities on the Olympic Peninsula. Replacing the bridge will ensure that the US 101 route continues to be an option for decades to come.

    What is the project timeline?

    Financial Information

    Financial Data for PIN 310135F

    Funding Source

    Amount ($ in thousands)

    2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)

    $0

    2005 Gas Tax (TPA)

    $0

    Pre-Existing Funds (PEF)

    $29,281

    CWA

    $252

    Total

    $29,533

    Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

    How can I get more information?
    Contact:

    Claudia Bingham Baker
    Communications Manager
    WSDOT Olympic Region
    360-357-2789

    Toll Free Information Hotline

    Information about bridge status is available by calling 1-888-633-4005. Please note this number does not accept messages.

    Email Updates

    Sign up for US 101 Elwha River Bridge alerts via email by doing the following:

    1. Sign up for email updates
    2. After entering your email information, scroll down until you find “Construction Reports – Road Closure Information and Project Updates.”
    3. Select “US 101 Elwha River Bridge”
    4. Enter “Submit”

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    AS PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD ASK…..

    HOW’S THE SYSTEM WORKING OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

    June 28. 2011

    Olympic National Park mea culpa: ‘Inholder’ blocked from family property

    Click here to zoom...

    Pearl Rains Hewett stands at a blockade on Olympic Hot Springs Road in Olympic National Park on Monday. — Photo by Chris Tucker/Peninsula Daily News

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    HOW ARE THINGS WORKING OUT FOR ONP INHOLDERS THAT HOLD OUT?

    December 5, 2017

     

    Vaughan Lester of Port Angeles picks his way through the rubble of Olympic Hot Springs Road at the site of a washout in the Elwha River Valley of Olympic National Park on Thursday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)Vaughan Lester of Port Angeles picks his way through the rubble of Olympic Hot Springs Road at the site of a washout in the Elwha River Valley of Olympic National Park on Thursday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

    Olympic Hot Springs Road wrestles with Elwha River

    Elwha River takes out Olympic Hot Springs road — yet again | The …

    https://www.seattletimes.com/…/elwha-river-takes-out-olympic-hot-springs-road-yet-agai…

    4 days ago – New flood damage has closed the road not long after the National Park Service spent $450000 on a temporary fix to reopen it after the last flood.

     


  • The Elwha River Limbo Land

    The Elwha River Limbo Land

    SOME 1,100 ACRES OF LAND WITH AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE?

    ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUGUST 10, 2012  By Lynda V. Mapes  Seattle Times staff reporter

    WHAT WILL BECOME OF “THE SO CALLED PROJECT LANDS”? THAT USED TO BE UNDER THE ELWHA DAM AND LAKE ALDWELL?

    THEY WERE TO BE SET ASIDE FOR USE, AS, BY ELIGIBLE PARTY’S?

    THAT IS THE SO-CALLED PROJECT LANDS WERE SET ASIDE, “ACCORDING” TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ELWHA ACT, PASSED BY CONGRESS IN 1992.

    WERE THEY FACTUALLY?  SPECIFICALLY? SET ASIDE BY CONGRESS IN THE 1992 ELWHA ACT??

    WHY IS CLALLAM COUNTY WA NOT LISTED AS AN ELIGIBLE PARTY FOR A CLALLAM COUNTY RECREATIONAL AREA?

    WHEN CONGRESS AUTHORIZED REMOVAL OF THE DAM SOUTHWEST OF PORT ANGELES IN 1992, THE SO-CALLED PROJECT LANDS WERE TO BE SET ASIDE EITHER FOR USE AS

    1. A STATE PARK,
    2. A NATIONAL PARK OR
    3. A NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, OR
    4. BE TRANSFERRED TO THE LOWER ELWHA KLALLAM TRIBE.

    SO FAR, THE TRIBE IS THE ONLY ELIGIBLE PARTY THAT HAS A PLAN AND A DESIRE FOR THE LAND.

    AUGUST 10, 2012 THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INTENDS TO LAUNCH A PUBLIC PROCESS TO DECIDE THE LONG-TERM DISPOSITION OF THE LAND, BUT AT THE MOMENT HAS NO FUNDING TO PAY FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OR ENVIRONMENTAL-IMPACT STATEMENT, NOTED TODD SUESS, ACTING SUPERINTENDENT FOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

    THE AGENCY IS AWARE THE TRIBE WANTS THE LAND, BUT CAN’T JUST TURN IT OVER. “WE NEED TO HAVE A PUBLIC PROCESS,” SUESS SAID.

    FOR NOW, THE PARK SERVICE, WHICH ALREADY MANAGES 85 PERCENT OF THE ELWHA WATERSHED, IS MANAGING THE LANDS. PARK RANGERS ARE PROVIDING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OFFERING INTERPRETIVE WALKS ON SOME OF THE PROJECT LANDS, EXCLUDING THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES, WHICH ARE CONFIDENTIAL AND PROTECTED.

    NO MATTER WHO ENDS UP OWNING THE LAND, MORE THAN 700 ACRES OF IT ALONG THE RIVER AND IN ITS FLOOD PLAIN WILL REMAIN IN ITS NATURAL STATE IN PERPETUITY,

    WITH PUBLIC ACCESS MAINTAINED.

    THAT IS ACCORDING TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ELWHA ACT, PASSED BY CONGRESS IN 1992.

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    QUESTION THIS….. SOME 1,100 ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND WAITING IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK LIMBO LAND SINCE AUGUST 10, 2012?

    ACCORDING TO ???? 

    THAT IS “ACCORDING” TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ELWHA ACT, PASSED BY CONGRESS IN 1992.

    READ THE ELWHA ACT, WHAT DID IT PROMISE? CLEAN WATER? HOW MUCH WATER? POWER REPLACEMENT? PUBLIC ACCESS INTO PERPETUITY? 

    WITH ALL THE FALSE NEWS NOW DAYS….

    THIS IS THE LAW, READ IT,  YOU DECIDE…

    Public Law 102-495 102d Congress An Act

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/STATUTE-106/pdf/STATUTE-106-Pg3173.pdf

    Oct 24, 1992 – 24, 1992. 106 STAT. 3173. Public Law 102-495. 102d Congress. An Act … SHORT TITLE. This Act may be referred to as the “Elwha River Ecosystem … of the Projects and his plans for the full restoration of the Elwha.

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    ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUGUST 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm Updated February 11, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Elwha tribe finds legendary creation site, wants uncovered land

    WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE LANDS THAT USED TO BE UNDER THE ELWHA DAM AND LAKE ALDWELL, including sacred lands of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe?

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    By Lynda V. Mapes Seattle Times staff reporter

    SLOWLY EMERGING FROM WHAT USED TO BE UNDER LAKE ALDWELL AND ELWHA DAM ARE SOME 1,100 ACRES OF LAND WITH AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE.

    WHEN CONGRESS AUTHORIZED REMOVAL OF THE DAM SOUTHWEST OF PORT ANGELES IN 1992, THE SO-CALLED PROJECT LANDS WERE TO BE SET ASIDE EITHER FOR USE AS A STATE PARK, A NATIONAL PARK OR A NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, OR BE TRANSFERRED TO THE LOWER ELWHA KLALLAM TRIBE. SO FAR, THE TRIBE IS THE ONLY ELIGIBLE PARTY THAT HAS A PLAN AND A DESIRE FOR THE LAND.

    That desire became even more intense last month, with the discovery of the tribe’s creation site. Long passed on in oral tradition, the sacred site is where, by tribal teaching, the Creator bathed and blessed the Klallam people, and where tribal members for generations uncounted sought to learn their future.

    But the site was covered by the waters behind Elwha Dam, and had not been seen by anyone in the tribe since construction of the dam between 1910 and 1913. Many feared it had been destroyed by blasting during dam construction — and some came to doubt if it had ever existed at all.

    Frances Charles, chairwoman of the tribe, said she and other tribal members visited the site last month after receiving a call from National Park Service cultural-resources staff, who believed they had found the site.

    “A group of us walked to the site and actually stood on the rock known to us as the creation site,” Charles said this week. “It was eerie in some ways. We were walking on the soil that had been underwater for 100 years, and witnessing the old cedars. It was emotional, with joy and happiness. We sang a prayer song and an honor song, and had the opportunity to stand there and really praise our ancestors and the elders for telling the stories.”

    To see that those stories actually were true was overwhelming, Charles said.

    “To so many out there, it was a myth,” she said. “To be able to feel the spiritual tie to the land, and know, yes, this is real, the stories that you have heard, they are true. It is very, very powerful and very humbling.”

    The park service also reported this week finding a site in another location within a former reservoir that documents human use as far back as 8,000 years ago, establishing it as one of the oldest known archaeological sites on the Olympic Peninsula. The park service collected material for analysis and reburied the site.

    For the tribe, the recovery of its cultural sites is a deeper dimension of the Elwha restoration, affirming the truth of the tribe’s presence here for so long.

    “The land continues to show us, it speaks,” Charles said. “To be able to go down there and feel the power of the water and the land, and look at a landmark that has been covered for so many years, now being able to breathe.”

    THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INTENDS TO LAUNCH A PUBLIC PROCESS TO DECIDE THE LONG-TERM DISPOSITION OF THE LAND, BUT AT THE MOMENT HAS NO FUNDING TO PAY FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OR ENVIRONMENTAL-IMPACT STATEMENT, NOTED TODD SUESS, ACTING SUPERINTENDENT FOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

    THE AGENCY IS AWARE THE TRIBE WANTS THE LAND, BUT CAN’T JUST TURN IT OVER. “WE NEED TO HAVE A PUBLIC PROCESS,” SUESS SAID.

    FOR NOW, THE PARK SERVICE, WHICH ALREADY MANAGES 85 PERCENT OF THE ELWHA WATERSHED, IS MANAGING THE LANDS. PARK RANGERS ARE PROVIDING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OFFERING INTERPRETIVE WALKS ON SOME OF THE PROJECT LANDS, EXCLUDING THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES, WHICH ARE CONFIDENTIAL AND PROTECTED.

    NO MATTER WHO ENDS UP OWNING THE LAND, MORE THAN 700 ACRES OF IT ALONG THE RIVER AND IN ITS FLOOD PLAIN WILL REMAIN IN ITS NATURAL STATE IN PERPETUITY, WITH PUBLIC ACCESS MAINTAINED. THAT IS ACCORDING TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ELWHA ACT, PASSED BY CONGRESS IN 1992.

    But the tribe, if it comes to steward the lands, also would like to use some portions of the remaining property outside the archaeological sites and river corridor for housing or economic development, said Robert Elofson, director of river restoration for the tribe.

    In addition to protecting the tribe’s cultural resources, transfer of the property to the tribe would help the Lower Elwha Klallam realize a long unmet need for an adequate land base, Elofson said.

    When the United States purchased the core of what is now the tribe’s reservation in the late 1930s, the superintendent of the then-Office of Indian Affairs stated that six sections of land, almost 4,500 acres along the Elwha River, would be the appropriate size of the reservation for the tribe — which was far smaller then.

    But in the end, the government acquired only 300 acres for the tribe — and took another three decades to finally convey the land for the tribe’s reservation in 1968, in part because of opposition by sport fishermen.

    The tribe has continued to buy land ever since on its own, and today has about 1,000 acres along the Elwha River. But the reservation still is missing the lands that used to be under Elwha Dam and its reservoir.

    “We lost a lot of land,” said Adeline Smith, one of the oldest living members of the tribe. “There were campsites along the river, and at least two big settlements. The medicinal plants, the berries, the wildlife, they were all part of our life by the river.

    “It was ours and our way of life. I hope someday it will be again.”

    Lynda V. Mapes: 206-464-2736 or lmapes@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @lyndavmapes.

    Lynda V. Mapes: 206-464-2736 or lmapes@seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @LyndaVMapes. Lynda specializes in coverage of the environment, natural history, and Native American tribes.

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    WHAT WILL BECOME OF “THE SO CALLED PROJECT LANDS”? THAT USED TO BE UNDER THE ELWHA DAM AND LAKE ALDWELL?

    A CLALLAM COUNTY CONCERNED CITIZEN EXPRESSED INTEREST ON MARCH 9, 2017

    THE ELWHA RIVER PROJECT LANDS THAT WERE A PUBLIC TOURIST RECREATIONAL DESTINATION?

    WHAT HAS BECOME OF THE ELWHA RIVER CAMP GROUNDS, FOR PUBLIC CAMPING, PICNICS, FISHING, ALLOWING A PRIVATE WALKS ON PUBLIC TRAILS,  UN-ESCORTED BY ONP PARK RANGERS, PEACEFUL HIKING TRAILS,  SOLITUDE WITHOUT ONP RANGERS INTERPRETATIONS ,  A BOAT LAUNCH, RESTROOMS, A STORE, AND OUR CITIZENS WAY OF LIFE. I HOPE SOMEDAY IT WILL BE AGAIN.”

    THIS IS A  CLALLAM COUNTY CONCERNED CITIZEN EXPRESSING  INTEREST

    Behind My Back | The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop?

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/03/09/the-new-elwha-bridge-and-rest-stop/

    Mar 9, 2017 – With the replacement of the Elwha River bridge by WSDOT at an … Why stop with just a Clallam County rest stop on the Norm’s Resort Property …

    THESE ARE CONCERNED CITIZEN’S OF CLALLAM COUNTY EXPRESSING  INTEREST

    Clallam County WA | Citizen Review Online

    citizenreviewonline.org/category/clallam-county-wa/

    Posted on March 9, 2017 by Pearl Rains Hewett, www.behindmyback.org. The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop? Who knew? What Rest Stop?


  • ONP Elwha River Inholders

    Olympic National Park Elwha River Inholders that hold out…

    AND,  THE  133  ELWHA PARK RECREATIONAL INHOLDERS  CAMPSITES THAT WERE WASHED OUT.

    AND SOLD OUT AS WILLING SELLERS.

    The full list of  133 names and dates are below

    There are many tragic stories of private property owners who have lost their private property to the National Park thugs.  Strangely these tales seldom see the light of day.

    SOMETHINGS HAPPEN THAT MUST BE DOCUMENTED, TO BE REMEMBERED

    On Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM, pearl hewett <phew@wavecable.com> wrote:

    Destroyed Inholder  Private Elwha Recreational Sites

    Frankie White Called me from Oregon yesterday. She owned one of the 134 INHOLDER private Elwha Recreational lots 25 years ago when it was destroyed by ONP. She called it the FLOOD.

    The NPS/ONP gave Frankie three choices on her private property.

    1. Sell you lot to us now for full appraised value.
    2. Sell it to us now, use it for 5 years and we will give you 1/2 of the appraised value.
    3. DO NOTHING and we will take it by immanent domain.

    The White family had enjoyed the ONP private Inholder campsite for 14 years.

    My Dad, George C. Rains Sr. told her not to sell, that the ONP could not take it.

    Their family did not have money to fight. They did not know HOW to fight the ONP.

    They were afraid, they didn’t know what to do, and they sold their site to ONP.

    Frankie said, “I cried and cried, BUT THE ONP LEFT US NO CHOICE, so we sold it to them”

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    SOMETHINGS HAPPEN THAT MUST BE DOCUMENTED, TO BE REMEMBERED

    excerpt from

    [PDF]Conspiracy Exposed – Citizen Review Online

    www.citizenreviewonline.org/2011/Jul/George_Rains_Statements.pdf
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    Jack Del Gussi, John H. Lewis and I created the finest recreational campground facilities the Elwha River has ever known. We subdivided and developed campsites with underground electric power, water system and good roads and restrooms.

    In the course of our development I noticed a small breach through a narrow strip of land on the south of the big island which is owned by the park. I could foresee a lot of damage if something was not done to protect our property below and the Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    I contacted Del Hur Industries to get an estimate on what it would cost to plug the breach and put a small rock dike to prevent further damage to our property and the road.

    After getting an estimate I contacted the park people and they would do nothing to help remedy the situation. I also offered to provide free of cost all rip rap from our rock quarry on Little River.

    The problem was ignored. Finally sometime later the river came up high enlarging the breach, washing out a section of the Olympic Hot Springs Road and cut a channel through our development and took out our bridge……

    To this day they have done nothing to remedy the threat and a good portion of our property was destroyed through their sheer negligence. The National Park has no respect  for private property rights and ownership.

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    MAR 29, 2017  To this day they have done nothing to remedy the threat to the Olympic Hot Spring Road, our access to our inholder property is gone and a good portion of our property is still being destroyed through their sheer negligence. The National Park has no respect  for private property rights and ownership.

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    Destroyed Inholder  Private Elwha Recreational Sites

    There are many tragic stories of private property owners who have lost their private property to the National Park thugs.  Strangely these tales seldom see the light of day.

    WAS A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY “A WILLING SELLER”  LIKE FRANKIE WHITE, TO THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK ?

    INHOLDERS ELWHA PARK RECREATIONAL CAMPSITES
    Hand written sales by George C. Rains Sr.

    Dated Sept. 22, 1970

    Hand written income by George C. Rains Sr.

    ending Dec. 1973

    TOTAL CAMPSITES (133) Documented
    OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD CLALLAM COUNTY WA
    NUMBER OF CAMPSITES SITES DESTROYED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK?
    NUMBER OF DESTROYED SITES PURCHASED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK?
    OWNER PURCHASE PRICE
    1 Donald Salonen $2,500.00
    2 Peters, Jones and Salonen $2,500.00
    3 Peters and Jones $2,500.00
    4 McGinnis $2,500.00
    5 Mahoney $2,500.00
    6 Woodley $2,500.00
    7 Wenko $2,500.00
    8 James Arnold $2,500.00
    9 Cedon and Koski $2,500.00
    10 Louise Colby $2,500.00
    11 Adeline Knopman $2,500.00
    12 Uklenbott $2,500.00
    13 Donald Bray $2,500.00
    14 Adams $2,500.00
    15 Ainsworth $2,500.00
    16 Correia $2,500.00
    17 McDonald $2,500.00
    18 Gilbert Spenser $2,500.00
    19 McEachern $2,500.00
    20 Hutchinson $2,500.00
    21 Abbot $2,500.00
    22 Purvis $2,000.00
    23 McDonald $2,000.00
    24 Rylandar $2,500.00
    25 Rylandar $2,500.00
    26 Haggerty $2,500.00
    27 Croven- Byers $2,500.00
    28 Byers $2,500.00
    29 Karl Gustfason $2,500.00
    30 Anton $2,500.00
    31 Mitchel $2,500.00
    32 Gregon $2,500.00
    33 Knotek $2,500.00
    34 Paulis $2,500.00
    35 Inglin and Miemyick $2,500.00
    36 Stiles $2,500.00
    37 George Rains Jr. $2,500.00
    38 rest room priceless
    39 restroom priceless
    40 Corbin Cook $2,500.00
    41 Wheeler $2,500.00
    42 Scanano $3,200.00
    43 Cargo $3,200.00
    44 Yeaw $3,200.00
    45 Loopt and Lyman $2,500.00
    46 Loopt and Lyman $2,500.00
    47 Taylor $2,500.00
    48 Scoles $2,500.00
    49 Thocker $2,500.00
    50 Hansen $2,500.00
    51 Hansen $2,500.00
    52 Buchnell $2,500.00
    53 Robert Wry $2,500.00
    54 Larsen $2,500.00
    55 Tony Masi $2,500.00
    56 Glidden $2,500.00
    57 Stefono $2,500.00
    58 Johnny Key $2,500.00
    59 Lars gustofson $2,500.00
    60 Locks Louchs $2,500.00
    61 Louchs $2,500.00
    62 Reidel $2,500.00
    63 George Rains Jr. $2,500.00
    64 Don Kono $2,500.00
    65 George Rains Sr. $2,500.00
    66 Christanson $2,500.00
    67 Lee York $2,000.00
    68 George Rains Sr $2,500.00
    69 Don Kono $2,500.00
    70 Donald Arnold $2,500.00
    71 Creten $2,500.00
    72 Harry Arnold $2,500.00
    73 Nona Rains Preston $2,500.00
    74 Grauberger $2,000.00
    75 Grauberger-George Stevens $2,000.00
    76 Nona Rains Preston $2,500.00
    77 Libby $2,000.00
    78 Christensen $2,000.00
    79 Burchnell $2,000.00
    80 Owens $2,500.00
    81 Owens $2,500.00
    82 Owens $2,500.00
    83 Waldron $2,500.00
    84 30 foot road $2,500.00
    85 23-7 and 8 $2,800.00
    ADDITIONAL SALES 1970-1973
    PAYMENTS MADE BY
    86 Chester Blevins
    87 Clarence Colby
    88 Micheal Sanders
    89 Howell
    90 Klahn
    91 Wagstaff
    92 Joe Chase
    93 Donald Brady
    94 Glen Larson
    95 Micheal Sconogo
    96 Warren Schrader
    97 Barrow Sahor
    98 Nesbit
    99 Herbert Sahor
    100 Leonard Schroeder
    101 Jack Clark
    102 Mary Knapman
    103 Austin Glidden
    104 Dorothy Wheeler
    105 Joseph Mahoney
    106 William Bucknell
    107 Leonard McDaniel
    108 Wallace Adams
    109 Dom Solomen
    110 Max Ainsworth
    111 Robert McGinnis
    112 Earl Blevines
    113 Glen Waldron
    114 Elmer Wenko
    115 Donald Reidel
    116 Norman Taylor
    117 Gilbert Spencer
    118 Bill Preston
    119 Fred Correai
    120 Bert Wall
    121 Bertha Knotek
    122 Kenneth Owens
    123 Wallace Louchs (1)
    124 Wallace Louchs (2)
    125 Russel Stark
    126 Peter Lucal
    127 Peter Busch
    128 L. Durfraine
    129 Donald Bray
    130 James Howell
    131 Landoher
    132 James Klohn
    133 Michael Gort
    134 Tom Tinklham
    135 Bert Reid

  • WSDOT is Planning the New Elwha Bridge

    WSDOT is Planning The New Elwha Bridge

    Replacing the  Elwha River Bridge is a “Federal” top down government issue.

    I emailed my Mar 9, 2017 comment to the elected that should be concerned?   And others that are genuinely concerned.

    WSDOT is working now on (option #7)  bridge design, environmental issues, land acquisition, permitting and programming. MAR 3, 2017.

    WSDOT is ONLY planning the “Transportation” future of Clallam County’s  lifeline of highway 101.

    I saw the new proposed option #7 bridge design on Mar 7, 2017, and I immediately saw the possibilities for CLALLAM COUNTY’S ECONOMIC  FUTURE LIFELINE OF TOURISM.

    The bad news  on Mar 7, 2017?  I was informed that  there has been NO planning, cooperation or coordination between WSDOT and Clallam County elected officials on the New Elwha Bridge. period

    Someone suggested that I go to a Commissioners meeting, and give them my two (2) minutes worth.

    This is not a bottom up government issue, this is a top down government issue.

    “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

    So as a concerned Clallam County citizen I posted this on my website.

    The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop?

    Posted on March 9, 2017 10:29 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop? The possibilities are endless

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    Indeed, Replacing the  Elwha River Bridge is a “Federal” top down government issue. I emailed my comment to the elected that should be concerned?   And others that are genuinely concerned

    WA State’s elected Federal Rep. Derek Kilmer and his new local rep.

    WA State elected Reps Steve Tharinger, Kevin Van DeWege, and Mike Chapman.

    Clallam County elected Commissioners, Mark Mosias, Bill Peach and Randy Johnson, and, elected DCD director Mary Ellen Winborn.

    I sent it to WSDOT as a public comment

    I sent it  ONP Brian Winters project manager for the Dam Removals. As an informed Clallam County citizen there is also the issue of Federal accountability, responsibility, restoration for the irreparable destruction of the bridge caused by the removal of the Elwha River Dams and the tribes manmade log jams upriver from the bridge.

    Behind My Back | Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/…/battered-by-dam-removal-elwha-bridge-destroye…

    Jan 11, 2017 – Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE MARCH 11, 2016 Andy Ritchie, project …

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    And the cost of replacing the Battered Elwha River Bridge is only $29.5 million dollars of tax payers money.

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    A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE

    The feds removed the Elwha River Dams. The Tribes got what they wanted for the fish, the Feds financed the removal of the Elwha River Dams with citizens taxpayer money. When the feds removed the dams, the citizens of Clallam County were the biggest losers. Citizens  lost their clean inexpensive hydro electric power producing dams, flood protection, and water storage for drought.

    The tribes were allowed by the feds to install huge manmade log jams for the fish on the Elwha River inside the Olympic National Park.

    During subsequent  flooding events, Nov 17, 2015, a devastating flood event occurred, the 300,000 public tourists and  private land Inholders  access road to Olympic National Park was lost, Gated by the ONP.

    During subsequent  flooding events the huge logs from the tribes manmade log jams became battering rams that destroyed public and Inholder campground recreational facilities. And, eventually battered and destroyed the Elwha River Bridge.

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    Restitution from  the federal government to the citizens of Clallam County for the financial loss incurred by the removal of the Elwha River Dams, is long overdue.

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     March 7, 2017  After looking at the WSDOT plans for the New Elwha Bridge and the  importance of Norm’s Resort property plus the WDFW boat launch property combined is nearly 50 acres of previously developed recreational land.

    The importance to the citizens of Clallam County, the economic necessity for tourism, Indeed, the possibilities and opportunity for a Clallam County rest stop, picnic area, a river walk on both sides of the Elwha River, that could provide another new Clallam County Recreational Park.

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    WSDOT is planning Clallam County’s transportation future. period

     The limited opportunities to get the rest area/river walk/picnic area/camping area idea in front of WSDOT in support of coordinated planning with the Clallam County Board of commissioners, prompted the posting on my website.

    The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop?

    Clallam County elected representatives should be in position “NOW”  to plan the Economic future of its citizens with WSDOT so they can do something about it “NOW”

     “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

    How important is Clallam County’s economy

    Mar 12,2017 I called our local newspaper  PDN and  and radio station KONP

    They have access to my comment “The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop?”

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    I was reminded, that there is public tourist recreational access on the Elwha River

    The Highway 112  The Elwha River Trail bridge.   This segment of ODT starts with a crossing of the Elwha River on a new 586 ft trail bridge suspended 70 ft above the river underneath the auto deck. with views of the river and flood plain below.

    INDEED, THE ODT A CYCLING DREAM COME TRUE

    ATTRACTION: MOUNTAIN BIKE ENTHUSIASTS

    MAY YOU BE YOUNG ENOUGH AND FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO RIDE THE DREAM!

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    PUBLIC RECREATIONAL ACCESS TO ELWHA RIVER PUBLIC FACILITIES

    TO THE EXCLUSION OF OTHERS THAT ARE TOO OLD, DISABLED AND HAVE  LESS INCOME?

    ————————————————————————————–

    The New Elwha Bridge and Norm’s Resort

    Who’s Norm?  What’s he got to do with it?

    IN 1979  Norm’s Resort on the Elwha River gave free public recreational access on ten or more acres of private land.

    Norm’s Resort  was at the intersection of the Highway 101 Elwha River Bridge and the defunct Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    As a  witness with living memory of what Norm’s Resort provided to our community

    Norm’s Resort provided “we the people”  and tourists with free public access,  a peaceful walk on the banks of the Elwha River under towering trees, fishing holes to fish in, a store, cabins, picnic area and rental boats.

    What a store it was… a very public establishment with very friendly people, food, snacks and then there was the fishing tackle.

    How do I know all this stuff about NORM’S RESORT?  because it was personal.

    In 1979, my two teenage sons and i spent an entire summer at our family Elwha River. “Inholders” recreational property inside the Olympic National Park,  accessed using the Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    The boys spent half of their time fly fishing, and the other half of their time walking 3 miles on the Olympic Hot Springs Road (one way) down to NORM’S RESORT to replenish their mosquito flies.

    The old guys met, drank coffee, socialized and even spent their time to teach my boys how to play “Ship Captain and Crew”

    NORM’S RESORT  was the go to Place. And it was very busy.

    Got tourists? Need fishing gear? Got milk? Need groceries?

    Indeed, in 1979 Clallam County had millions of tourist and our city and county flourished.

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    i could stop at this point because it’s personal, But I won’t because IT IS PERSONAL

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    Later in the early 1980’s, Norm’s Resort provided their  boats to the Clallam County  Law Enforcement Explorer Post.( LEEP’S)  for search and rescue.

    As a  witness with living memory of  what NORM’S RESORT PROVIDED TO OUR COMMUNITY

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    A drunk driver missed the curve at the Elwha River bridge on highway 101.

    Directly in front of NORM’S RESORT, the truck flipped upside down as it plunged into the river

    A  young woman was thrown from the truck and missing in the Elwha River.

    The response was Clallam County search and rescue, the Sheriff’s Dept. dive team, Reserve’s and The Law Enforcement Explorer Post.( LEEP’S) and an advisor (Pearl Hewett).

    NORM volunteered his small rental row boats to The Law Enforcement Explorer Post.

    ( LEEP’S) SEARCH AND RESCUE TEENAGERS and an advisor (Pearl Hewett) so they could search for young woman.

    The Sheriff’s Dept. dive team gave up their search and left.

    With due diligence and perseverance the  ( LEEP’S) SEARCH AND RESCUE TEENAGERS and an advisor (Pearl Hewett) continued the search up and down the river in the NORM’S RESORT small rental row boats.

    That afternoon a 14 year old member of the LEEP and an advisor (Pearl Hewett) found  the body of the young woman, pinned underwater in a log jam, on an island in the middle of the Elwha River.

    (I could stop at this point)

    But, I won’t…. It was a traumatic incident for both the 14 year old and myself.

    Our boat came to rest in the log jam directly over her body, her lost wooden clog was above her,  an unbearable  view of her.  The 14 year old boy jumped up to get out of the boat, I made him sit down, he said he was going to be sick.

    The Elwha River was roaring so loudly it took us over a half an hour of yelling to attract the attention of someone one the east bank. (no cell phones back then)

    Using hand gestures we indicated that we had found her body.

    We sat in the boat and waited. while another teenage  LEEP ran up to Norm’s store and called the Sheriffs Dept.

    We sat in the boat and waited  until the Sheriff Dept Dive team arrived.

    We sat in the boat and watched as the Dive team tied off her body so it would not  be washed downstream.

    We sat in the boat and watched as she was pulled across the river and laid face down in a sheriff’s Dept. boat.

    Traumatic? face down? because rigor had her knees bent and set at a 90 degree angle ….and the purple socks she was wearing….

    THE PDN REPORTED on the incident

    WITH NO MENTION OF THE PART THE TEENAGE  LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPLORER POST.( LEEP’S) PLAYED in finding and recovering.

    Indeed, the destruction of NORM’S RESORT is personal.

    AND NOW 2017 ?  use the same worst case scenario?

    A drowning recovery on the Elwha River without Norm’s Resort and his small rental boats?

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    Yep… It’s Personal…

    IN 1979 WE HAD FREE ACCESS TO ELWHA RIVER  RECREATION ON PRIVATE LAND

    IN 2013 REQUESTS WERE MADE IN PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE SHORELINE MANAGEMENT UPDATE (SMP)

    REQUESTING, THAT THE NEARLY 50 ACRES IN U.S.A. LIMBO LAND, SHOULD BE GIVEN TO CLALLAM COUNTY FOR PUBLIC ACCESS.

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    MAR 3, 2017 ENGINEERS ARE LOOKING AT BUILDING A 36-FOOT-WIDE BRIDGE WITH 12-FOOT LANES FOR VEHICLES AND 6-FOOT PEDESTRIAN LANES, WYNANDS SAID.

    MAR 9, 2017 I posted, The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop? The possibilities are endless

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    March 13, 2017 Rep Derek Kilmer’s News Letter….

    Subject: Helping Those in Need

    Kilmer’s bottom line,  PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO HOLLER IF I CAN BE OF ASSISTANCE.

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    MARCH 14, 2017,  I  post another comment first

    “WSDOT is Planning The New Elwha Bridge”

    Then, I email my comment to the elected that should be concerned?  

    And others that are genuinely concerned.

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    HELLO REPRESENTATIVE DEREK KILMER…..

     I AM REQUESTING THAT THE NEARLY  50 ACRES OF HISTORIC PUBLIC RECREATIONAL IN CLALLAM COUNTY, OWNED BY THE U.S.A. IN LIMBO LAND,   BE GIVEN BACK TO THE CLALLAM COUNTY etal.,  ELECTED COMMISSIONERS FOR THE ECONOMIC RECOVER OF TOURISM.

    Other opportunities,  I encourage anyone interested, from the public side of this equation, to send a comment to your elected federal state representative, a comment for WSDOT

    And, a note of support, for the idea to the Clallam County Board of commissioners.

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    Department of Transportation designing new Elwha River bridge for …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/department-of-transportation-designing-new-elw…

    Mar 3, 2017 – Department of Transportation designing new Elwha River bridge for … after funding and permitting the new bridge, plans would likely move …

    The public overwhelmingly told DOT it should replace the bridge and put it on a new alignment. The cities of Forks and Port Angeles, Clallam County and the Port of Port Angeles also urged DOT to build on a new alignment.

    DOT is working now on bridge design, environmental issues, land acquisition, permitting and programming, Wynands said.

    ENGINEERS ARE LOOKING AT BUILDING A 36-FOOT-WIDE BRIDGE WITH 12-FOOT LANES FOR VEHICLES AND 6-FOOT PEDESTRIAN LANES, HE SAID.

    He said the hope is DOT will acquire funding during this legislative session. DOT has submitted its budget and requested about $29.5 million, he said.


  • Obama’s Infrastructure “The Fast Act”

    (a) SHORT TITLE.—This Act may be cited as the ”Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” or the ”FAST Act”.

    TALL ORDERS, this is a 490 page document

    WITH ALL THE  DEMOCRAT’S BELLS AND WHISTLES EMBEDDED

    Elaine Chao sworn in as transportation secretary – The Washington Post

    www.washingtonpost.com/…sworn-in…transportation…/3d12bd26-e80b-11e6-903d-9b…

    Jan 31, 2017 – Elaine Chao was sworn in as transportation secretary by Vice … STORY: Trump transportation secretary pick Elaine Chao confirmed in Senate, …

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    I’m sure somebody in the Trump Administration  is reading it….
    TO FIND OUT WHAT’S IN IT.
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    I did not read the full report.
     BUT, I DID READ ENOUGH TO RED FLAG PARTS! (below)
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    Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act or the FAST Act – FHWA …

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/

    On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. No. 114-94) into law

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    THE DEMOCRAT’S FACT SHEET AND THE DEMOCRAT’S  FUNDING
    HOW MANY AMERICAN TAXPAYERS DOLLARS HAVE THEY SPENT SINCE ENACTMENT?
    HOW MUCH HAVE THEY GOT STASHED?

    Sec. 1402. Highway Trust Fund transparency and accountability.

    Sec. 1403. Additional deposits into Highway Trust Fund.

    Apportionment – FAST Act Fact Sheets – FHWA | Federal Highway …

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/factsheets/apportionmentfs.cfm

    Total funding for Federal-aid highway formula programs. 

    THE FAST ACT AUTHORIZES A TOTAL COMBINED AMOUNT ($39.7 BILLION IN FY 2016, $40.5 BILLION IN FY 2017, …

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    JUST ASKING? JUST SAYING…

    HOW MANY TIMES HAVE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS BEEN TAKEN BY THE GRANTED?

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    Surface Transportation Block Grant Program – FAST Act Fact Sheets …

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/factsheets/stbgfs.cfm

    [FAST Act § 1109(a)].

    THE STBG PROMOTES FLEXIBILITY IN STATE AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION DECISIONS AND PROVIDES FLEXIBLE FUNDING TO BEST ADDRESS STATE AND LOCAL …

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    RED FLAGS?
    THE  DEMOCRAT’S BELLS AND WHISTLES EMBEDDED
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    TAKEN BY THE GRANTED UNDER SEC. 79002?
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    SEC. 79002. REALLOCATION OF FUNDS.

    TITLE LXXX—CHILD SUPPORT ASSISTANCE

    Sec. 80001. Requests for consumer reports by State or local child support

     enforcement agencies

    TITLE LXXVIII—TENANT INCOME VERIFICATION RELIEF

    Sec. 78001. Reviews of family incomes.

    TITLE LXXIX—HOUSING ASSISTANCE EFFICIENCY

    Sec. 79001. Authority to administer rental assistance

    Sec. 32101. Revocation or denial of passport in case of certain unpaid taxes.

    Sec. 75001. Exception to annual privacy notice requirement under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

    Sec. 1409. Milk products.

    Sec. 24303. Vehicle event data recorder study.

    Sec. 1301. Satisfaction of requirements for certain historic sites

    Sec. 1302. Clarification of transportation environmental authorities.

    Sec. 41009. Funding for governance, oversight, and processing of environmental reviews and permits.

    Sec. 1415. Administrative provisions to encourage pollinator habitat and forage on transportation rights-of-way.

    Sec. 5512. Access to National Driver Register.

    Sec. 1413. National electric vehicle charging and hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling corridors.

    Sec. 1414. Repeat offender criteria.

    TITLE XLIII—PAYMENTS TO CERTIFIED STATES AND INDIAN TRIBES

    Sec. 43001. Payments from Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund

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    [PDF]FAST Act – Congress.gov

    https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr22/BILLS-114hr22enr.pdf

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) SHORT TITLE.—This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Fixing Amer-

    ica’s Surface Transportation Act’’ or the ‘‘FAST Act’’.

    (b) TABLE OF CONTENTS.—

    The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

    1. R. 22 (A 490 page report

    Subtitle C—Acceleration of Project Delivery

    Sec. 1301. Satisfaction of requirements for certain historic sites

    Sec. 1302. Clarification of transportation environmental authorities.

    Sec. 1303. Treatment of certain bridges under preservation requirements.

    Sec. 5512. Access to National Driver Register.

    PART I—DRIVER PRIVACY ACT OF 2015

    Sec. 24301. Short title.

    Sec. 24302. Limitations on data retrieval from vehicle event data recorders.

    Sec. 24303. Vehicle event data recorder study.

    TITLE XXXII—OFFSETS

    Subtitle A—Tax Provisions

    Sec. 32101. Revocation or denial of passport in case of certain unpaid taxes.

    Sec. 41007. Litigation, judicial review, and savings provision.

    Sec. 41008. Reports.

    Sec. 41009. Funding for governance, oversight, and processing of environmental

    reviews and permits.

    TITLE XLIII—PAYMENTS TO CERTIFIED STATES AND INDIAN TRIBES

    Sec. 43001. Payments from Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund

     

    DIVISION F—ENERGY SECURITY

    Sec. 61001. Emergency preparedness for energy supply disruptions.

    Sec. 61002. Resolving environmental and grid reliability conflicts.

    Sec. 61003. Critical electric infrastructure security.

    Sec. 61004. Strategic Transformer Reserve.

    Sec. 61005. Energy security valuation

    TITLE LXXV—ELIMINATE PRIVACY NOTICE CONFUSION

    Sec. 75001. Exception to annual privacy notice requirement under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

    TITLE LXXVIII—TENANT INCOME VERIFICATION RELIEF

    Sec. 78001. Reviews of family incomes.

    TITLE LXXIX—HOUSING ASSISTANCE EFFICIENCY

    Sec. 79001. Authority to administer rental assistance

    1. R. 22—10

    Sec. 79002. Reallocation of funds.

    TITLE LXXX—CHILD SUPPORT ASSISTANCE

    Sec. 80001. Requests for consumer reports by State or local child support

     enforcement agencies

    Subtitle E—General Provisions

    Sec. 5501. Delays in goods movement.

    Sec. 5502. Emergency route working group.

     Subtitle D—Miscellaneous

    Sec. 1401. Prohibition on the use of funds for automated traffic enforcement.

    Sec. 1402. Highway Trust Fund transparency and accountability.

    Sec. 1403. Additional deposits into Highway Trust Fund.

    Sec. 1404. Design standards.

    Sec. 1405. Justification reports for access points on the Interstate System.

    Sec. 1406. Performance period adjustment.

    Sec. 1407. Vehicle-to-infrastructure equipment.

    Sec. 1408. Federal share payable.

    Sec. 1409. Milk products.

    Sec. 1410. Interstate weight limits.

    Sec. 1411. Tolling; HOV facilities; Interstate reconstruction and rehabilitation.

    Sec. 1412. Projects for public safety relating to idling trains.

    Sec. 1413. National electric vehicle charging and hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling corridors.

    Sec. 1414. Repeat offender criteria.

    Sec. 1415. Administrative provisions to encourage pollinator habitat and forage on transportation rights-of-way.

    Sec. 1416. High priority corridors on National Highway System.

    Sec. 1417. Work zone and guard rail safety training.

    Sec. 1418. Consolidation of programs.

    Sec. 1419. Elimination or modification of certain reporting requirements.

    Sec. 1420. Flexibility for projects.

    Sec. 1421. Productive and timely expenditure of funds.

    Sec. 1422. Study on performance of bridges.

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    TITLE LXXV—ELIMINATE PRIVACY NOTICE CONFUSION

    Sec. 75001. Exception to annual privacy notice requirement under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

    SO WHAT’S NEW ON WIKI LEAK?

    “YEAR ZERO”… 8000 PAGES

    IN 1954 THOSE IN POWER KNEW IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF TIME.


  • Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

    Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed

    A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE

    MARCH 11, 2016

    Andy Ritchie, project hydrologist with the National Park Service at Olympic National Park, EXPLAINED THAT DAM REMOVAL HAS ALLOWED THE RIVER NOT ONLY TO RUN FREE, BUT TO GATHER WOOD, SEDIMENT AND ROCK FROM ITS WATERSHED — TOOLS WITH WHICH IT IS REWORKING ITS CHANNEL.

    THE ELWHA IS MUSCLING BACK AND FORTH, “BATTERING” ITS BANKS WITH ENTIRE TREES IT CHEWS DOWN, and building massive jams of logs. “It’s alive,” Ritchie said.

    ENJOY THIS PICTURE OF WHAT’S BATTERED AND WHAT’S IS BATTERING


    US 101 Elwha River Bridge

    A logging truck makes its way across the U.S. 101 bridge over the Elwha River last week. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

    A logging truck makes its way across the U.S. 101 bridge over the Elwha River last week. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News) DEC 30, 2016

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    What’s wrong with these pictures?

    US 101 Elwha River Bridge WSDOT website

    US 101 Elwha River Bridge

    MISLEADING PICTURE?

    MISLEADING PICTURE?
    Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge. by Associated Press. Sunday, December 25th 2016. Photo shows the Highway 101 bridge over the …

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    Forks council joins call for new Elwha bridge, new alignment …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/forkscouncil-joins-call-for-new-elwhabridge-new-…

    Dec 30, 2016 – PORT ANGELES — The Forks City Council has joined the chorus of … state to replace the battered U.S. Highway 101 Elwha River bridge on a …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/forks-council-joins-call-for-new-elwhabridge-new-…

    DEC 30, 2016… THE STATE TO REPLACE THE “BATTERED” U.S. HIGHWAY 101 ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE … at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-elwhariverbridge, shows a new bridge built …

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    HERE ARE THE LINKS TO MAKE A WSDOT PUBLIC COMMENT

    WSDOT – Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates

    www.wsdot.wa.gov › Regions › Olympic Region › Olympic Region – Construction

    3 days ago – CONSTRUCTION No active construction projects are occurring at this time. MAINTENANCE Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: …

    SCROLL DOWN CLICK ON  LINK

    1. For more information about the bridge or to see alternatives being considered for the future, please visit elwhariverbridge.com.

    2. US 101 Elwha River Bridge

    3. Information for the US 101 Elwha River Bridge is available at the following web page that features

    All of three of the links above take you to the same place (screen)

    LINK TAKES YOU HERE SEE THAT “COMMENTS” BELOW squint it’s in small print.

    It is where I finally made my  disgruntled comment to WSDOT.

    US 101 Elwha River Bridge

    US 101 Elwha River Bridge

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    WHAT A NICE MISLEADING PICTURE

    WHEN WAS THE ABOVE WSDOT ELWHA BRIDGE PICTURE TAKEN?

    want to make a comment on the pictures?

    Comments

    ANOTHER NICE MISLEADING PICTURE

    WHEN WAS THE BELOW ELWHA BRIDGE PICTURE TAKEN?

    Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge | KOMO

    komonews.com/news/local/replacement-is-preferredoption-for-elwhariverbridge

    Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge. by Associated Press. Sunday, December 25th 2016. Photo shows the Highway 101 bridge over the …

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    I finally found this on line today documentation  and facts

     US 101 Elwha River Bridge – Library

    Design Alternatives – US 101 Elwha River Bridge  (pdf 729kb)

    We encourage you to review the alternatives and send your thoughts about them to WSDOT.

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    Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20151123/…/311239985

    Peninsula Daily News

    Nov 22, 2015Peninsula Daily News

    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The Elwha River flexed its new muscles during the most recent round of storms and severely damaged Olympic Hot Springs Road and effectively buried a campground in silt.

    When the water receded, Olympic National Park officials discovered the water had washed out a 60-foot-long section of Olympic Hot Springs Road, and much of Elwha Campground had nearly disappeared under more than a foot of silt and debris, Barb Maynes, spokeswoman for the park, had said over the weekend.

    “Other areas in the [Elwha] valley have seen damage — extensive damage,” Maynes said.

    Maynes said there is no established timeline yet for repairs or reopening damaged Elwha roads and campgrounds.

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    MARCH 11, 2016 THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD,

    Elwha Valley access limited after river wrecks campgrounds, road  VIEW

    Olympic National Park is grappling with recreation choices as the restored river gives lessons in co-existing with nature. Here’s how to find your way in…

    ELWHA VALLEY, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK —

    THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD, DEVOURING THE MAIN ROAD INTO THE ELWHA VALLEY AT OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, AND DEMOLISHING TWO CAMPGROUNDS.

    AND THAT WAS JUST IN ITS FIRST WINTER FLOOD SINCE DAM REMOVAL.

    THERE’S SURELY MORE TO COME, CREATING A QUANDARY FOR PARK OFFICIALS CHALLENGED WITH PROVIDING PUBLIC ACCESS INTO THE RIVER VALLEY THE PUBLIC JUST PAID $350 MILLION TO RESTORE.

    Andy Ritchie, project hydrologist with the National Park Service at Olympic National Park, EXPLAINED THAT DAM REMOVAL HAS ALLOWED THE RIVER NOT ONLY TO RUN FREE, BUT TO GATHER WOOD, SEDIMENT AND ROCK FROM ITS WATERSHED — TOOLS WITH WHICH IT IS REWORKING ITS CHANNEL.

    THE ELWHA IS MUSCLING BACK AND FORTH, BATTERING ITS BANKS WITH ENTIRE TREES IT CHEWS DOWN, and building massive jams of logs. “It’s alive,” Ritchie said.

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    SINCE THE DAM REMOVAL , THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD AND THERE’S SURELY MORE TO COME, CREATING A QUANDARY

    I found this on line today documentation  and facts  US 101 Elwha River Bridge – Library

    Design Alternatives – US 101 Elwha River Bridge  (pdf 729kb)

    On Dec. 20, 2016, WSDOT announced that Alternatives 1-4 had been removed from further consideration. Alternatives 5, 6 and 7 are continuing to be evaluated based on public input, funding availability, environmental considerations, the condition of the existing bridge and detour routes, real estate requirements, and other factors.

    Historical Timeline of Events:
    1913 – Elwha Dam was built
    1926 – The US 101 Elwha River Bridge was built
    1927 – Glines Canyon Dam was built
    1954 – US 101 Elwha River Bridge was widened from a 20-foot bridge to 28 feet
    2012 – Elwha Dam was removed
    2014 – GLINES CANYON DAM WAS REMOVED

     TODAY THE RIVER ROARS THROUGH THE TIGHT ROCK CANYON ONCE PLUGGED BY ELWHA DAM.

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    2014 – GLINES CANYON DAM WAS REMOVED

    Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

    SINCE THE NOV 17, 2015

    PDN Reported this on Nov.23, 2015

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    MARCH 11, 2016 THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD

    AND THERE’S SURELY MORE TO COME…

    CREATING A QUANDARY?

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    SEP 28, 2016

    Crews examining erosion at Elwha River bridge to cause series of …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/crews-examining-erosion-at-elwhariverbridge-to-c…

    SEP 28, 2016PORT ANGELES —SEDIMENT WASHING DOWN FROM THE FORMER LAKE ALDWELL HAS ERODED THE AREAS AROUND THE PIERS FOR THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE ON …

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    Elwha River bridge could need replacement after dam removal | Q13 …

    q13fox.com/2016/10/…/elwhariverbridge-could-need-replacement-after-dam-remo…

    OCT 20, 2016  PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Officials say the U.S. Highway 101 bridge over the Elwha River could need replacement or retrofitting

    NOW THAT TWO DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED.

    The Peninsula Daily News reports that THE NOW-WILD RIVER is eroding the riverbed under the bridge. When state Department of Transportation crews drilled bore samples earlier this month, they learned that the bridge’s two piers sit atop gravel — not bedrock, as they had hoped.

    The bridge was built in 1926, after the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams were constructed. With THE DAMS REMOVED AS PART OF A $325 MILLION NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PROJECT TO RESTORE THE ELWHA RIVER TO ITS WILD STATE, the state has placed boulders at the base of the piers to stem erosion. But that’s just a short term fix.

    The DOT says the bridge remains safe to drive on. EXPERTS ARE MONITORING it closely to detect any movement.

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    WSDOT – Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates

    www.wsdot.wa.gov › Regions › Olympic Region › Olympic Region – Construction

    2 days ago – View Clallam County construction map (pdf 270 kb) CONSTRUCTIONDESCRIPTION: ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE MONITORING. Work schedule: No …

    Highway: US 101 Region:OlympicCounty: Clallam Location: Milepost(s) 238.7 to 239.5
    Contact: Doug Adamson, 360-357-2716
    Description: ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE MONITORING
    Work schedule: No scheduled impacts.

    For more information about the bridge or to see alternatives being considered for the future, please visit elwhariverbridge.com.

    Preventive measures
    The increased water flow resulting from two dams being removed from the river have caused much material to wash downstream. Since 2012, the riverbed at the bridge has lowered 14 feet.

    The lowered riverbed revealed the piers’ seals, promoting WSDOT to do borings to verify the depth of the foundations. The borings, done in October 2016, revealed that the foundations are on gravel, not bedrock. This finding was in contrast to what the original 1926 engineering plans showed. As a result, WSDOT immediately installed over 3,300 tons of riprap (large boulders) around both piers to help prevent further erosion. Additional monitoring using tilt meters, crack meters, water flow meters, surveys and visual observations are also taking place.

    The End Result
    WSDOT is exploring several options to keep traffic moving around the Olympic Peninsula. We believe that a reliable US 101 crossing over the Elwha River is vital to the well-being of the communities on the Olympic Peninsula. To that end, we have removed Alternatives 1, 2, and 3 (options that did not include a bridge) from further consideration because they do not meet that need. Additionally, we have removed Alternative 4 (retrofitting the existing bridge) as a long-term solution due to the 90-year-old age of the structure.

    We are still evaluating the three remaining options that include building a new bridge using three different approaches. We do not have a firm timeline for a decision, but are moving forward aggressively.

    COMMENT…CLICK BELOW…

    We encourage you to review the alternatives and send your thoughts about them to WSDOT.

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    YEP…THE EXPERTS ARE MONITORING…..

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    Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge | KOMO

    komonews.com/news/local/replacement-is-preferred-option-for-elwhariverbridge

    Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge.

    BY ASSOCIATED PRESS. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25TH 2016.PHOTO SHOWS THE HIGHWAY 101 BRIDGE OVER THE …

    THE Peninsula Daily News REPORTS THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RECEIVED NEARLY 300 PUBLIC COMMENTS ON WHETHER TO ABANDON, RETROFIT OR REPLACE THE DILAPIDATED U.S. HIGHWAY 101 ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE. IF ABANDONED, TRAFFIC WOULD BE REROUTED ONTO STATE HIGHWAY 112.

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    State officials tell of possibility Elwha River bridge will be closed …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/state-officials-tell-of-possibility-elwhariverbridge-…

    NOV 11, 2016 – PORT ANGELES — If the Elwha River bridge on U.S. Highway 101 west … also close as crews eventually work to retrofit or replace the bridge.

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    Jan 11, 2017 The bottom line

    MARCH 11, 2016 THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD

    AND THERE’S SURELY MORE TO COME…

    CREATING A QUANDARY?

    Design Alternatives – US 101 Elwha River Bridge  (pdf 729kb)

    We encourage you to review the alternatives and send your thoughts about them to WSDOT.

    For more information about the bridge or to see alternatives being considered for the future, please visit elwhariverbridge.com.


  • NPS Director Testifies on ONP Access

    March 20, 2016 PDN Reports

    Olympic Hot Springs Road temporary bridge in works; no time set yet to begin construction

    03.16.2016 – The House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee holds a hearing to review the FY 2017 budget request for the National Park Service. NPS Director Jon Jarvis testifies.

    Kilmer represents the 6th Congressional District, which covers the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas and most of Tacoma.

    U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, questioned Jarvis about the status of the road in a House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee hearing on the National Park Service budget Wednesday.

    You can view it here.

     

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    How bad is it? February 16. 2016

    Click here to zoom...

    Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
    Olympic National Park chief electrician Robert Perina crosses a temporary plank bridge over a side channel of the Elwha River as electrician apprentice Kevan Keegan looks on near the Elwha Campground in Olympic National Park, southwest of Port Angeles on Tuesday.

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    March 2o, 2016

    Olympic Hot Springs Road temporary bridge in works; no time set yet to begin construction

    Click here to zoom...

    Rob Ollikainen/Peninsula Daily News
    This section of Olympic Hot Springs Road washed out in a November flood. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis told U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer that a one-lane bridge would be installed over the washout area in six to eight weeks.

    PORT ANGELES — Funding has been requested and plans are under review for a temporary one-lane bridge over a 60-foot washout near the Elwha Campground on Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    Once plans are approved by such agencies as the Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Fish and Wildlife, construction would take from six to eight weeks, said Barb Maynes, Olympic National Park spokeswoman.

    She didn’t know when plans would be approved or when construction would begin.

    The washout has blocked access to the Elwha River Valley west of Port Angeles since November. Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls trailhead, about a mile north of the washout itself.

    Temporary bridge

    The temporary bridge would be in place for as long as five years before a more permanent structure is built.

    The Elwha Campground, which was severely damaged in fall and winter floods, isn’t expected to be reopened this year, Maynes said.

    The National Park Service has requested emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration to install a temporary bridge over the washout, National Park Service Director John Jarvis said last week.

    U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, questioned Jarvis about the status of the road in a House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee hearing on the National Park Service budget Wednesday.

    “We’ve got a lot of private landowners and park users and research scientists and park service staff who are very heavily impacted by the loss of this single access point,” Kilmer said.

    “So I was hoping you could just discuss what the service is doing to expedite repairs to the road and ensure that access is restored as quickly as possible.”

    Said Jarvis: “We expect that to take about six weeks, six to eight weeks, to get that installed.

    “And that will serve — not great — but it will serve access to the landowners that are up that road and our own administrative access. We’ve got park housing, we have a maintenance facility up there and the public access as well.”

    Kilmer represents the 6th Congressional District, which covers the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas and most of Tacoma.

    Maynes confirmed that a FEW  private landowners have land past the park entrance.

    Kilmer said. “We’ve got a LOT OF  private landowners and park users and research scientists and park service staff who are very heavily impacted by the loss of this single access point” “So I was hoping you could just discuss what the service is doing to expedite repairs to the road and ensure that access is restored as quickly as possible.”
    National Park Service Director John Jarvis said
    “And that will serve — not great — but it will serve access TO THE LANDOWNERS that are up that road and our own administrative access. We’ve got park housing, we have a maintenance facility up there and the public access as well.”
    “These visits do more than provide inspirational, educational and recreational opportunities; in 2014, they drove over $30 billion in economic impact, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in communities around the country,” he said.
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    Indeed, there is always the “Rest of the Story”
    Achieving accountability from the U.S. Government?
    Referring to the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, a project that began in 2011.

    Olympic National Park mea culpa: ‘Inholder’ blocked from …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/…/30628999…
    Peninsula Daily News

    Jun 28, 2011 – Olympic National Park mea culpa: ‘Inholder’ blocked from family property. Previous Photo. Next Photo …. From the PDN: See more special …

    Click here to zoom...

    Pearl Rains Hewett stands at a blockade on Olympic Hot Springs Road in Olympic National Park on Monday. — Photo by Chris Tucker/Peninsula Daily News June 28. 2011

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    And, “The Rest of the Rest of the Story”

    Requesting Help from the my U.S. elected representatives?

    U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, represents the 6th Congressional District, which covers the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas and most of Tacoma.

    Behind My Back | Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/01/…/go-find-your-park-comefixmyro

    Jan 28, 2016 – DEC 12, 2015 COME FIX MY ROAD REQUEST TO MY WA DC ELECTED … the full text of this 1430 word comment is on behindmyback.org.

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    On Feb 19, 2016  Rep. Kilmer held a Clallam County Town Hall in Sequim WA.

    I gave a print out of my Feb 18, 2016 posting to Judith Morris.

    Behind My Back | PDN What’s Wrong With These Pictures?

    www.behindmyback.org/…/pdn-feb-17-2016-whats-wrong-with-these-pi…

    Feb 18, 2016 – “Bridging water troubles” on the Olympic Hot Springs Road. … JAN 19, 2016 STILL, NO RESPONSE TO COME FIX MY ROAD FROM OLYMPIC …

    I sat down to wait for the meeting to start. I showed people the two pictures on the front page of the PDN, with the people around me. I had an real issue with Rep. Kilmer priorities, ignoring the emergency road repair for Olympic National Park tourism and instead promoting an art thing at Fort Warden?

    After a few minutes Judith called me into a side room. Rep. Kilmer and I had a 15 minute conversation on my economic concerns for our community  and his failure to prioritize  and act on the emergency flooding disaster.

    Feb 19, 2016  I did remind Rep. Kilmer, of what an  economic driver tourism is to our community.

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    Back to the PDN  news report…
    Olympic Hot Springs Road temporary bridge in works; no time set yet to begin construction
    March 2o, 2016 Kilmer said….“I’m often reminded of just what an economic driver it is, not just in terms of hotel stays and restaurants and things like that,
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    $424,000 request
    The park service requested $424,000 for the project, Maynes said.The temporary bridge would be expected to be in use for about five years, she said.“During those five years, we will pursue plans and funding for a longer-term fix,” she said Saturday.Since the road is in an active floodplain, “a longer-term solution will take much larger effort,” she added.

    With a five-year funding bill in place, the National Park Service will work with the highway administration to complete “a major reconstruction on that site,” Jarvis said.

    But he also said that would take years.

    “We’ll be living with that temporary fix for three to five years,” Jarvis said.

    Washed out

    The road washed out when a dry Elwha River side channel was reactivated in a Nov. 17 flood.

    A second flood that occurred Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 caused additional damage to the road and nearby Elwha Campground.

    The damage to the Elwha Campground was extreme, Maynes said.

    “Some picnic tables were moved by the force of the water. Some are buried in silt. It’s unlikely that we will be able to get that open this year,” she said.

    Altair Campground was also damaged in the Nov. 17 flood. It had been closed because of damage done in a December 2014 storm.

    “Our neck of the woods has had a really tough winter,” said Kilmer, a Port Angeles native.

    Pedestrian bridge

    A pedestrian bridge over the side channel has been replaced by a small wooden bridge that can support emergency vehicles.

    Seedlings have been planted along the banks of the surviving road sections to prevent further erosion.

    “I know you’ve been getting a lot of rain up there,” Jarvis told Kilmer.

    “At least we’re getting some snowpack, both in the Cascades, the Olympics and the Sierras this year, which is a good thing.

    “The good thing on the Elwha is that it’s helped flush out all that sediment that was backed up on the rivers,” added Jarvis, referring to the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, a project that began in 2011.

    Kilmer described Olympic National Park as an “extraordinary asset that draws a whole bunch of people to our region.

    “I’m often reminded of just what an economic driver it is, not just in terms of hotel stays and restaurants and things like that, but my grandfather helped pave the road up Hurricane Ridge, so it’s been an extraordinary asset,” Kilmer said.

    The National Park Service system has 410 sites, including 58 national parks.

    The service has recently restored seasonal ranger hiring to peak levels, coordinated more than 400,000 volunteers, completed deferred maintenance projects and expanded partnership through a centennial program, Jarvis said.

    “All of these actions will help sustain our parks for another 100 years,” he told the committee.

    The National Park Service drew a record 307 million visitors in 2015 nationwide, Jarvis said.

    “These visits do more than provide inspirational, educational and recreational opportunities; in 2014, they drove over $30 billion in economic impact, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in communities around the country,” he said.

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    Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

    Last modified: March 19. 2016 5:18PM

    By Rob Ollikainen

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    Where there’s a will, there’s a Clallam County Commissioner named Bill Peach.

    Behind My Back | Find Your Park Open Doors Remove …

    www.behindmyback.org/…/go-find-your-park-open-doors-remove-barri…

    Feb 10, 2016 – Bill asked if the Olympic Hot Springs Road would be open by the 4th of …. On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation …


  • Olympic National Park Inholders 1970-1973

    Find your park. Tell your Story.

    Things happen that should always be remembered

    (133)  Elwha River Inholder  private Campsites were destroyed inside the Olympic National Park, they are listed below by name and number

    My “inside store” is kind of like the original Grimm’s Brother  fairy tale

    You know the one… It starts off great.. 

    Once Upon A Time in Olympic National Park

    THERE WAS A PRIVATE  ELWHA RIVER RECREATIONAL PARK

    “My Dad, George C. Rains Sr  developed one of the finest recreational campground facilities the Elwha River area has ever known. We subdivided and developed it into campsites with underground electricity, water system, good roads and restroom facilities.”

    And you remember what happens next, the Big Bad Wolf gobbles up the grandmother, swallows her whole and then the wolf eats Little Red Riding Hood..

    Unfortunately (133) Olympic National Park Inholder Campsites were destroyed they are listed by name and number below

    The names 133 people purchasing recreational sites and making payments between 1970-1973 are documented below.

    However the actual number of inholder’s ownership in ONP  may have been 250 or more.

    Many of the Inholder’s  that purchased and lost their Private recreational property in the Elwha River Recreational Park were local families.

    Many of the original purchasers are no longer living. Somebody needs to tell their story.

    Read the names on the list. Was your family one of the many families that lost their recreational campsite due to flooding by ONP  and ended up as a NOT SO WILLING SELLER?

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    Frankie White ended up as a NOT SO WILLING SELLER

    This is Frankie’s story given to me in a telephone conversation.

    Frankie was a single parent, she bought, made a small down payment on the recreational lot for she and her son. They spent delightful times together on the Elwha River, as much time as a working mother could afford to spend.

    When the Olympic National Park devastating flooding event started, she was offered an opportunity to sell her property to the park. Frankie still owed a lot of money on her purchase.but when she was first offered an amount of money, she said she did not want to sell, she wanted to wait and see what would happen.

    Hmmm…  Parks willing seller approach, if you sell it to us RIGHT NOW we will give you X amount if you wait until next year the offer will be reduced by $500.00.

    Frankie was afraid,  Was she bullied? Threatened? Intimidated?  Whatever…  Frankie became a NOT SO WILLING SELLER TO THE ONP for the higher amount.

    —– Original Message —–
    From: pearl hewett
    To: Frankie White
    Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 9:29 AM
    Subject: ELWHA RIVER LOTS
    Dear Frankie,

    I hope you are still on line, I doing a story for my website behindmyback.org and I would like you to tell your story about the taking of your lot by the Olympic National Park.
    email or call me

    Pearl (360) 417-9452.

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    If Frankie responds I will update her story

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    Many of the original purchasers are no longer living. Somebody needs to tell their story.

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    to read the statements of George Rains. – Citizen Review …

    Access into the private property into  Olympic National Park was the Road Olympic Hot Springs Road.

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    The total number of Inholder’s (133) names are listed below, however the actual number of inholder ownership may have been 250 or more.

    TOTAL NUMBER OF INHOLDERS CAMPSITES SITES WASHED OUT AND DESTROYED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK?

    TOTAL NUMBER  OF INHOLDER CAMP SITES PURCHASED?

    TOTAL NUMBER OF OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK ACQUISITION OF INHOLDER PROPERTY FROM WILLING SELLERS?

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    INHOLDERS ELWHA PARK RECREATIONAL CAMPSITES

    Hand written sales by George C. Rains Sr. Dated Sept. 22, 1970
    Hand written income by George C. Rains Sr. ending Dec. 1973

    OWNER PURCHASE PRICE
    1. Donald Salonen $2,500.00
    2. Peters, Jones and Salonen $2,500.00
    3. Peters and Jones $2,500.00
    4. McGinnis $2,500.00
    5. Mahoney $2,500.00
    6. Woodley $2,500.00
    7. Wenko $2,500.00
    8. James Arnold $2,500.00
    9. Cedon and Koski $2,500.00
    10. Louise Colby $2,500.00
    11. Adeline Knopman $2,500.00
    12 Uklenbott $2,500.00
    13 Donald Bray $2,500.00
    14. Adams $2,500.00
    15. Ainsworth $2,500.00
    16. Correia $2,500.00
    17. McDonald $2,500.00
    18. Gilbert Spenser $2,500.00
    19. McEachern $2,500.00
    20. Hutchinson $2,500.00
    21. Abbot $2,500.00
    22. Purvis $2,000.00
    23. McDonald $2,000.00
    24. Rylandar $2,500.00
    25. Rylandar $2,500.00
    26. Haggerty $2,500.00
    27. Croven- Byers $2,500.00
    28. Byers $2,500.00
    29. Karl Gustfason $2,500.00
    30. Anton $2,500.00
    31. Mitchel $2,500.00
    32. Gregon $2,500.00
    33. Knotek $2,500.00
    34. Paulis $2,500.00
    35. Inglin and Miemyick $2,500.00
    36. Stiles $2,500.00
    37. George Rains Jr. $2,500.00
    38. rest room priceless
    39. restroom priceless
    40. Corbin Cook $2,500.00
    41. Wheeler $2,500.00
    42. Scanano $3,200.00
    43. Cargo $3,200.00
    44. Yeaw $3,200.00
    45. Loopt and Lyman $2,500.00
    46. Loopt and Lyman $2,500.00
    47. Taylor $2,500.00
    48. Scoles $2,500.00
    49. Thocker $2,500.00
    50. Hansen $2,500.00
    51. Hansen $2,500.00
    52. Buchnell $2,500.00
    53. Robert Wry $2,500.00
    54. Larsen $2,500.00
    55. Tony Masi $2,500.00
    56. Glidden $2,500.00
    57. Stefono $2,500.00
    58 .Johnny Key $2,500.00
    59 .Lars gustofson $2,500.00
    60. Locks Louchs $2,500.00
    61. Louchs $2,500.00
    62. Reidel $2,500.00
    63. George Rains Jr. $2,500.00
    64. Don Kono $2,500.00
    65. George Rains Sr. $2,500.00
    66. Christanson $2,500.00
    67. Lee York $2,000.00
    68. George Rains Sr $2,500.00
    69. Don Kono $2,500.00
    70. Donald Arnold $2,500.00
    71. Creten $2,500.00
    72. Harry Arnold $2,500.00
    73. Nona Rains Preston $2,500.00
    74. Grauberger $2,000.00
    75. Grauberger-George Stevens $2,000.00
    76. Nona Rains Preston $2,500.00
    77. Libby $2,000.00
    78. Christensen $2,000.00
    79. Burchnell $2,000.00
    80. Owens $2,500.00
    81. Owens $2,500.00
    82. Owens $2,500.00
    83. Waldron $2,500.00
    84. 30 foot road $2,500.00
    85. 23-7 and 8 $2,800.00

    ADDITIONAL SALES 1970-1973
    PAYMENTS MADE BY
    86. Chester Blevins
    87. Clarence Colby
    88. Micheal Sanders
    89. Howell
    90. Klahn
    91. Wagstaff
    92. Joe Chase
    93. Donald Brady
    94. Glen Larson
    95, Micheal Sconogo
    96, Warren Schrader
    97. Barrow Sahor
    98. Nesbit
    99. Herbert Sahor
    100. Leonard Schroeder
    101. Jack Clark
    102. Mary Knapman
    103. Austin Glidden
    104. Dorothy Wheeler
    105. Joseph Mahoney
    106. William Bucknell
    107. Leonard McDaniel
    108. Wallace Adams
    109. Dom Solomen
    110. Max Ainsworth
    111. Robert McGinnis
    112. Earl Blevines
    113. Glen Waldron
    114. Elmer Wenko
    115. Donald Reidel
    116. Norman Taylor
    117. Gilbert Spencer
    118. Bill Preston
    119. Fred Correai
    120. Bert Wall
    121. Bertha Knotek
    122. Kenneth Owens
    123. Wallace Louchs (1)
    124. Wallace Louchs (2)
    125. Russel Stark
    126. Peter Lucal
    127. Peter Busch
    128. L. Durfraine
    129. Donald Bray
    130. James Howell
    131. Landoher
    132. James Klohn
    133. Michael Gort
    134. Tom Tinklham
    135. Bert Reid

    Please call me, send an email.. Tell your story

    Things happen in National Parks that should always be remembered.

    to read the statements of George Rains. – Citizen Review …

    www.citizenreviewonline.org/2011/Jul/George_Rains_Statements.pdf

    The notarized document “Conspiracy Exposed” was written on Oct. 8,1992 by. George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old. The referenced “Conspiracy” was …


  • Where There’s a Will There’s a Way

    Our U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer is a very busy man.

    On Feb 18, 2016 our  Representative scheduled time for a Clallam County Town Hall meeting in Sequim WA.  He usually gives a slide show presentation first and then provides an opportunity for local citizen, to voice their concerns and ask questions.

    Because, my written posted comment, as a printed statement, was given to Derek Kilmer prior to the meeting. requesting, that as our local  representative, he give ERFO emergency relief work,  on the Elwha River, Olympic Hot Springs Road repair his prompt attention, and priority over non-emergency work.

    Feb 18, 2016 PDN What’s Wrong With These Pictures?

    I was given an opportunity to speak privately with Rep Kilmer and his local Rep Judith Morris.

    If our local Representatives aren’t informed that their local community is  having an ERFO federal emergency problem,  how can they fix them?

    Just saying….

    Emergency Relief for Federally Owned …

    As required in the ERFO guidelines, under the  program, Federal agencies and local government entities have the responsibility to perform emergency repairs, shift project and program priorities, give emergency relief work prompt attention and priority over non-emergency work, and assist the Office of Federal Lands Highway in its stewardship and oversight responsibilities.

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    Feb. 20, 2016  I am directing specific questions to Rep. Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray

    The ERFO emergency response  to the Olympic Hot Springs Road repairs is bogged down in a quagmire of federally required prerequisites.

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    What have you done? And, What are you going to do?

    To expedite the ERFO emergency relief work,  on the Elwha River, Olympic Hot Springs Road repair? To restored full public and private access for the tourist season that opens the end of May 2016?

    Where There’s a Will There’s a Way

    Determination will overcome any obstacle.

    To not speak is to say something. To not act is an action.

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    It is not my intent to embarrass anyone, my intent is simply to inform our representatives at every level of government, educate citizens and business’s of the financial impact that government action or inaction can create for our families.

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    DEC. 12, 2015, I requested help from my elected  representatives in WA DC

    Dec 12, 2015  I sent a request to Dear Rep. Derek Kilmer, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray

    ONP All Access Denied to all citizens – public land – U.S. population 320 million, plus foreign tourists including Inholders, on the Elwha River

    Olympic National Park paying public -tourist and many private property owners, along the Elwha River in WA State need your commitment and support to provide legal certainty of road repairs and continued public access on the Olympic Hot Springs Road, in for and to all public facilities and private property areas located within the Olympic National Park.

    Road Closed – Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha)  (storm damage)

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    Jan 28, 2016 – Come fix my road? request to my WA DC elected representatives.

    Behind My Back | Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

     … the full text of this 1430 word comment is on behindmyback.org.
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    To not speak is to say something. To not act is an action.

  • Obama’s 1.8 Million Acre Public Land Grab

    Obama’s 1.8 Million Acre Public Land Grab

    IN MAR 3, 2015 – NEARLY HALF OF THE WEST WAS OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    Obama’s new 2016 MONUMENTAL, monuments LAND grab will almost double the amount of land Obama has already Grabbed from “We the People” of the United States of America
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    Divided Lands: State vs. Federal Management in the West …

    www.perc.org/articles/divided-lands-state-vs-federal-management-west
    MAR 3, 2015 – NEARLY HALF OF THE WEST IS OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. In this … to replace the failing public land system, this study is required reading.”.

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    GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT OR MISMANAGEMENT?

    U.S. Code: Title 43 – PUBLIC LANDS | US Law | LII / Legal

    www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/43
    Legal Information Institute

    U.S. Code: Title 43PUBLIC LANDS … LAND MANAGEMENT (§§ 1 to 25) · CHAPTER 2 – UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (§§ 31 to 50d) · CHAPTER …
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    This brings the total land and WATER Obama has unilaterally Grabbed UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES ACT to about 265 million acres, far more than any previous president.

    After Obama had already grabbed 1,142,036 acres of public land? And provided recreational opportunities as defined under Wild Olympics, Wilderness, Wild and Scenic Rivers?

    Republicans slam Obama’s latest ‘land grab’ – Washington …

    www.washingtontimes.com/…/obama-designates-…
    The Washington Times

    Jul 10, 2015 – Obama’s designation of monuments just anotherland grab,’ … than 1 million acres in California, Texas, and Nevada, designating the land as …

    THE DESIGNATIONS FREQUENTLY ANGER CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS, WHO SAY HE IS ABUSING HIS POWER AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACT WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF CONGRESS AND STATE LEGISLATURES.

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    THESE WILD DESIGNATIONS FREQUENTLY PROVOKE AMERICAN CITIZENS.

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/
    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.
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    A MILLION HERE… A MILLION THERE …

    Obama grabs another million acres of land for ‘monuments’

    www.americanthinker.com/…/obama_grabs_another_…
    American Thinker
    Jul 11, 2015 – Obama grabs another million acres of land for ‘monuments’ … More than 330,000 acres have also been set aside for a monument at Berryessa …
    RECREATION OR OTHER TYPES OF LAND-USE ACTIVITIES SHOULD HAVE AS MUCH LOCAL INPUT …

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    REALLY BIG WORLD THINGS THAT PROVOKE AMERICAN CITIZENS

    WOW… Feb. 2016 OBAMA’S almost infamous (well known for some bad quality or deed). for the world’s second largest Public land grab, since Public land grabbing by the government started.

    With 3 new monuments, Obama creates world’s second …

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/…/with-3new-…

    The Washington Post

    3 days ago – President Obama declared three national monuments in Southern California on Friday, creating the world’s second-largest desert preserve and …

    united-states.world-news.online/…/with-3-new-monuments-obama-create…
    3 days ago – Celebrating the California Desert National Monument. The year 2015 was full of … The Latest: Obama move protects 1.8m acres of Calif. desert … NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Obama sets aside sweeping Calif. desert lands.

    Our Public Land Heritage: From the GLO to the BLM

    www.blm.gov/…/public…/history/…/Our_P…
    Bureau of Land Management
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    1785 – Land Ordinance allows settlement of public domain lands and …. Act preserves and protects prehistoric, HISTORIC, AND SCIENTIFICALLY SIGNIFICANT SITES ON PUBLIC …. RESOURCES PROTECTION ACT REQUIRES PERMITS FOR EXCAVATION OR REMOVAL OF THESE.

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    Biggest WORLD GRABS that provoke American citizens

    World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After …

    HISTORIC PLACES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK SCIENTIFICALLY SIGNIFICANT SITES

    HISTORIC PLACES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

    15 Elwha River Hydroelectric Power Plant
    Elwha River Hydroelectric Power Plant
    December 15, 1988
    (#88002741)
    N end of Lake Aldwell
    48°05′42″N 123°33′18″W
    Port Angeles
    18 Glines Canyon Hydroelectric Power Plant
    Glines Canyon Hydroelectric Power Plant
    December 15, 1988
    (#88002742)
    N end of Lake Mills at Elwha River
    48°00′11″N 123°35′54″W
    Port Angeles

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    Our Public Land Heritage: From the GLO to the BLM

    The document is only 27 pages of how the federal government turned
    The GLOW of the Act Establishing Yellowstone National Park (1872) – Our ..

    AS A PUBLIC PARK OR PLEASURING GROUND FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE. INTO A OBAMA’S PERSONAL AGENDA. grabbing of our public land for conservation and protection under federal lands.
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    Little things that provoke the AMERICAN CITIZENS

    Did You Know? You cannot fish from “FISHING BRIDGE” in Yellowstone park?

    The Fishing Bridge was historically a tremendously popular place to fish.

    Until 1973 this was a very popular fishing location since the bridge crossed the Yellowstone River above a cutthroat trout spawning area.
    IT IS NOW A POPULAR PLACE TO OBSERVE FISH.

    Frequently Asked Questions: Fishing Bridge and Lake Village

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    Our Public Land Heritage: From the GLO to the BLM

    FROM GLOW TO GLO THE DOCUMENTED HISTORY BLOW BY BLOW
    From the purpose and intent of Historic Acts of the U.S. congress to…
    OBAMA’S ABUSE OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS etal.
    ACTING WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF CONGRESS AND STATE LEGISLATURES.
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    1872- Establishment of Yellowstone National Park A PUBLIC PARK OR PLEASURING GROUND FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE.
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    1889 – THE ENABLING ACT (not mentioned in this history lesson)

    Behind My Back | The ENABLING ACT February 22, 1889

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/…/the-enabling-act-february-22-1889/
    Mar 9, 2014 – Way back then, the Federal Government and the elected representative gave to and enabled American citizens, they made donations of public …
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    1906 – Antiquities Act preserves and protects prehistoric, historic, and scientifically significant sites on public lands and creates national monuments.

    1911 – Weeks Act permits the federal purchase of private land to protect the headwaters of rivers and watersheds and calls for cooperative fire protection efforts.

    1916 -Stock Raising Homestead Act authorizes homesteads of 640 acres and separates surface rights from subsurface (mineral) rights.

    1926 -Recreation and Public Purposes Act allows conveyance or lease of public lands to state and local governments for outdoor recreation purposes

    Recreation and Public Purposes Act

    Outdoor Recreation Legislation
    https://workforce.calu.edu/confer/…/OutdoorRecreationLegislationI.htm
    Recreation and Public Purposes Act of 1926 … purposes. 21. Watershed-Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954 http://laws.fws.gov/lawsdigest/watrshd.html.

    1934 -Taylor Grazing Act authorizes grazing districts, grazing regulation, and public rangeland improvements in western states (excluding Alaska) and establishes the Division of Grazing (later renamed the U.S. Grazing Service) within the Department of the Interior

    Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 – Bureau of Land Management

    1937 -Oregon and California (O&C) Revested Lands Sustained Yield Management Act requires O&C Railroad lands to be managed for permanent forest production and provides for watershed protection,
    regulation of streamflow, and recreational facilities.

    1942-Extensive withdrawals of public lands for military and defense use begin, with more than 13 million acres withdrawn in 2 years.

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    1946-Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is established within the Department of the Interior through the consolidation of the General Land Office and the U.S. Grazing Service.

    BLM – The Bureau of Land Management

    www.blm.gov/
    Bureau of Land Management

    The Bureau of Land Management administers 264 million acres of public lands, located primarily in the 12 Western States, containing natural, historical, cultural, …

    Grazing Service + General Land Office = Bureau of Land Management

    General Land Office-To handle the rapidly growing public land business,
    Congress created the GLO in 1812. The GLO handled all public land issues, including sales, patents and land entries. Surveyors were sent out with tools of the trade to record in their notebooks all mines, salt licks, salt springs, mill sites, water courses and the quality of the lands. This information helped purchasers and homesteaders make informed decisions about the lands offered.

    Grazing Service- With westward expansion came increases in livestock
    grazing and deteriorating rangelands. Between 1870 and 1900, the number
    of beef cows tripled, and the number of sheep quadrupled. The sheer
    numbers of livestock, combined with drought in the early 1930s, set the
    stage for the development of a new government agency. With the passage of the Taylor Grazing Act in 1934, Congress established the Grazing Service to manage public land grazing

    Bureau of Land Management-On July 16, 1946, the GLO and the Grazing Service merged and became the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of Interior. Eventually, the era of homesteaders and land sales passed.

    Today, the BLM manages land under the principle of “multiple use” to allow all citizens the opportunity to use and enjoy public lands.

    In addition, the BLM now has the National Landscape Conservation System-whose mission is to conserve, protect and restore nationally significant landscapes, which include many of the great American western landscapes.

    Original land surveys and settlement records, still managed by the BLM, help tell the rich history of the American West.

    1953-Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to lease mineral lands more than 3 miles offshore; the BLM assumes responsibility for leasing through competitive sales. Oil well operation

    Recreation & Public Purposes Act

    Feb 11, 2014 – Recognizing the strong public need for a nationwide system of parks and other recreational and public purposes areas, the Congress, in 1954, …

    1954-Recreation and Public Purposes Act amends the 1926 act and allows the sale and lease of public lands for other purposes in addition to recreation
    Recreation and Public Purposes Act
    www.blm.gov/…/recreation_and_public.ht…
    Bureau of Land Management

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    43 U.S. Code § 869 – Disposal of lands for public or ..

    www.law.cornell.edu › … › Chapter 20
    Legal Information Institute
    43 U.S. Code § 869 – Disposal of lands for public or recreational purposes … Lands so classified may not be appropriated under any other public land law unless the Secretary revises such … 741; June 4, 1954, ch. … section 869–2 of this title] may be cited as the ‘Recreation and Public Purposes Amendment Act of 1988’.”.

    1954-The BLM reorganizes and creates a state office system.

    1955-Multiple Surface Use Act withdraws common varieties of minerals from entry as mining claims and allows claim owners to use the surface for mining operation purposes only.

    1959- Wild Horse Protection Act prohibits the roundup of wild horses by aircraft and motor vehicles.

    1960- Public Land Administration Act allows the use of donations and cooperative agreements to improve and better manage public lands.

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    The Public Land Law Review Commission (PLLRC), 1964 …

    is established to study public land laws and make long-term recommendations for public land use.

    One third of the Nation’s land; a report to the President and …

    leg.mt.gov/…/Committees/…/one-third-of-nation.pdf
    Montana Legislature

    We submit with pride the report of the Public Land Law Review Commission with our ….. 43 U.S.C. 5§ 1391-1400 (1964) as amended, (Supp. TV,. 1969). IX …

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    1964-Wilderness Act protects undeveloped federal land to preserve its natural condition.

    1964-The BLM adopts a new logo

    1965-Land and Water Conservation Fund is established for federal acquisition of outdoor recreation areas.

    1966-National Historic Preservation Act expands protection of prehistoric and historic properties.
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    ARE YOU AS SHOCKED AS I AM? Who knew that our Elwha River and Glines Canyon Hydroelectric power plants were placed on the National Register of HISTORIC PLACES listings in Clallam County, Washington on Dec 15, 1988?
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    1968 -Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails System Acts preserve sites with outstanding natural, cultural, scenic, historic, and recreational significance

    National Wild and Scenic Rivers – Bureau of Land …

    www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/…/Rivers.html
    Bureau of Land Management

     The Act provides three levels of protection: wild, scenic, and recreational. “Wildrivers are free of dams, generally inaccessible except by trail, and … river miles and approximately 1,001,358 acres (19% of the national system).

    1968 -Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails System Acts preserve sites with outstanding natural, cultural, scenic, historic, and recreational significance

    National Trails System – National Park Service

    www.nps.gov/nts/
    National Park Service

    The National Trails System is… …the network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. These trails provide for …

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    1968-Johnny Horizon program promotes public awareness of BLM
    administered lands

    OK, so the Poster Child for environmentalists is Johnny Horizon
    This land is your land This land is my land

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    Today is Feb.15, 2016

    LET’S START HERE… 48 YEARS LATER

    HOW MANY ACRES OF LAND IN THE USA?
    Federal Land Ownership: Overview and Data – Federation of …
    2.27 billion acres of land in the United States. Dec 29, 2014
    The federal government owns roughly 640 million acres, about 28%

    AFTER 48 YEARS OF FEDERAL INDIAN GIVING

    By definition an Indian giver is an American expression to describe a person who gives a gift and later wants it back

    WHO’S LAND IS WHO’S

    HOW MANY DESIGNATED KINDS OF LANDS ARE THERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

    Hmmm?
    This would take several postings on my website.

    This land is your land This land is my land

    Just asking?  Just saying..

    For future reference, legal definition, legal ownership, future mitigation, legal action, when is a taking a taking by imminent domain, by restrictions and regulation, by willing seller, by coercing, threatening, bulling,  intimidation, destroying…

    when is a taking a taking? WHO’S LAND IS WHO’S

    This land is your land “YOUR PRIVATE PROPERTY” I shall not trespass on your land.
    This land is my land “MY PRIVATE PROPERTY” You shall not trespass on my land.

    This public land NPS, is your/our million acres of land, in the Olympic National Park.
    THIS INHOLDER’S LAND IS MY PRIVATE LAND INSIDE THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

    This land is your TRIBAL land…. It is special land.
    This WOTUS LAND, THE ENTIRE LAND IS WETLAND

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    IN MAR 3, 2015 – NEARLY HALF OF THE WEST WAS OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    Obama’s new 2016 MONUMENTAL, monuments LAND grab will almost double the amount of land Obama has already Grabbed from “We the People” of the United States of America
    1968- 2016 THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND THIS LAND IS MY LAND

    IN THE SHAD MY PEOPLE
    BY THE RELIEF OFFICE
    I SEEN MY PEOPLE
    AS THEY STOOD THERE HUNGRY
    I STOOD THERE ASKING
    IS THIS LAND MADE FOR YOU AND ME?

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    Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act (1992

    JANUARY 3, 1992 H.R.4844 AN ACT TO RESTORE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK AND THE ELWHA RIVER ECOSYSTEM AND FISHERIES IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON.

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    2014 World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After …

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    Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/20151123/…/311…
    Peninsula Daily News

    Nov 22, 2015 – About PDN … The river rose to 23.19 feet on Nov. 17 during a heavy rainstorm that produced 5.6 inches of rain on that date in the … “The washout was caused by a flooded side channel,” Maynes said Sunday. … 2015 7:08PM.

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    Behind My Back | Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/01/…/go-findyourparkcomefixmyro

    Jan 28, 2016 – DEC 12, 2015 COME FIX MY ROAD REQUEST TO MY WA DC ELECTED REPS …. permalink. « Go Find Your Park ONP History Camp Louella …

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    Feb 14, 2016 Elwha: Roaring back to life

    The Seattle Times2 days ago

    ROARING RESURGENCE – The Seattle Times