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  • 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?


  • Keeping Out the Lower Element

    Keeping Out the Lower Element

    $$$$ THE COST OF A DISCOVER PASS WILL HELP KEEP THE LOWER ELEMENT OUT AND OFF OF PUBLIC LAND. WA State Parks Meeting

    Defining the LOWER ELEMENT?

    WORKING CLASS AMERICAN CITIZENS WITH LOWER AND MIDDLE INCOME? FAMILIES WITH KIDS?

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    Behind My Back | (7) WA Parks New Deal and Raw Deals

    www.behindmyback.org/…/7-wa-parks-the-newdeal-and-the-rawdeals/

    Aug 27, 2014 – (7) WA Parks –NEW DEAL AND RAW DEALS  First Posted – In Part, as (9) WOW New Deal – Feb. 21, 2014 snippet, Implicitly, the CCC also led to a …

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    $$$$ THE COST OF PUBLIC ACCESS TO AND ON ALL PUBLIC LAND, FEDERAL, STATE AND COUNTY WILL HELP KEEP THE LOWER ELEMENT OUT AND OFF OF “ALL” PUBLIC LAND.

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    KEEPING THE LOWER ELEMENT OUT AND OFF OF PRIVATE PROPERTY?

    Defining the LOWER ELEMENT?

    TRESPASS,  MALICIOUS MISCHIEF, RECKLESS BURNING.

    AUGUST 10,  2015 CLALLAM COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT. CASE NUMBER 2015-17831

    full text

    Behind My Back | These Crimes Occur Everyday

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/08/11/thesecrimesoccureveryday/

    2 days ago – These Crimes Occur Everyday Trespass ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, THEFT OF POLITICAL SIGNS, malicious mischief, illegal dumping, littering and …

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    GO FIGURE?

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    PUBLIC LAND AT EVERY LEVEL, IS PROTECTED, USING TAXPAYER $$$$, FROM PUBLIC ACCESS BY THE LOWER ELEMENT, FEDERAL, STATE AND COUNTY.

    THE GOVERNMENT HAS ENOUGH LEGISLATED TAXPAYER MONEY TO PAY ARMED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES/GUARDS, POSTED AT ERECT TOLL BOOTHS, WITH GATES, TO POLICE, WRITE TICKETS, TO  IMPOSE AND ENFORCE, 49 PAGES OF WHAT THE PUBLIC CAN AND CAN NOT DO IN AND ON “JUST” WA STATE PARKS PUBLIC LAND.

    THE US GOVERNMENT, FEDERAL STATE AND LOCAL, HAVE THE POWER TO ARREST, COLLECT ENTRANCE FEES, GIVE PARKING TICKETS, COLLECT, TAXES, FEES, COURT COST, POST SIGNS, CHOP UP ACCESS ROADS, CLOSE ROADS AND TRAILS.

    AND, THE US GOVERNMENT, FEDERAL STATE AND LOCAL, OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES HAVE ENACTED MORE TAXPAYER TAXES, AND RAISED THE ENTRANCE FEES FOR PUBLIC ACCESS TO ALL PUBLIC LAND.

    THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR DOI, HAS THOUSANDS OF LAWS AND ADMINISTRATIVE RULES TO PROHIBIT, RESTRICT AND DENY  THE PUBLIC FULL USE AND ENJOYMENT OF “ALL OF AMERICA’S PUBLIC LAND”  BY ALL 330 MILLION AMERICAN CITIZENS AND TOURISTS .  

    HOW WILD IT THAT?

    MOSTLY, WILD, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS (period)

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    GO FIGURE?

    US GOVERNMENT DEFINING, KEEPING OUT THE LOWER ELEMENT?

    WORKING CLASS AMERICAN CITIZENS WITH LOWER AND MIDDLE INCOME? FAMILIES WITH KIDS?

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    PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNER DEFINING, KEEPING OUT THE LOWER ELEMENT?

    TRESPASS,  MALICIOUS MISCHIEF, RECKLESS BURNING.

    AUGUST 10,  2015 CLALLAM COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT. CASE NUMBER 2015-17831

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    JUST, Another Chapter in the Book of Revelations by Pearl Revere

     


  • WA State Parks Buy Now Discover Later

    WA State Parks Buy Now Discover Later

    BUY THE DISCOVER PASS NOW DISCOVER LATER

    49 PAGES OF THINGS YOU CAN AND CAN’T DO AT WA STATE PARKS

    park rules publication. – Washington State Parks and …

    This is the 49 page document (full list of WAC’s below)

    www.parks.wa.gov/DocumentCenter/…/40

    Washington State Park System

    Aug 13, 2013 – PARK RULES. Regulations Governing the. Public Use of Washington State Parks. Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. NOTE …

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    BUY NOW DISCOVER LATER

    Buy Now | Discover Pass, WA – Official Website

    discoverpass.wa.gov/133/Buy-Now

    The Discover Pass allows you to enjoy millions of acres of Washington state-managed recreation lands – including state parks, water-access points, heritage …

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    BUY NOW DISCOVER LATER  THE DISCOVER PASS  PARKING TICKETS 

    THE DISCOVER PASS  PARKING TICKETS  that are issued by Washington State Parks. … You displayed the wrong pass. … You improperly filled out the Discover Pass. Examples … Discover Pass parking tickets are issued by Washington State Parks. … An annual “Discover Pass “ is a white pass mounted on a yellow hanger, with “Discover … YOU DISPLAYED THE WRONG PASS. … YOU IMPROPERLY FILLED OUT THE DISCOVER PASS. AND, FOR IMPROPER DISPLAY OF THE PASS.

    IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE YOU DISPLAYED THE WRONG PASS

    The following are NOT valid at WA State Parks or for DNR.

    • Northwest Forest Pass            
    • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Pass issued with fishing/hunting licenses            
    • Federal park passes            
    • Snow park passes
    • America the Beautiful Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Passport)            
    • America the Beautiful Access Pass            
    • Watchable Wildlife Decal            
    • Senior Pass

    2. YOU IMPROPERLY FILLED OUT THE DISCOVER PASS. Examples include a, failure to fill in license plate numbers or a wrong license plate number on the pass; a   crossed out license plate number, or more than two plate numbers.

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    BUY NOW DISCOVER LATER  WAC 352-32-310 PENALTIES.

    THE PENALTY FOR “NOT HAVING” A DISCOVER PASS IS $99.00 DOLLARS.

    HOWEVER, THE FINE MAY BE REDUCED TO $59.00 DOLLARS IF AN INDIVIDUAL PROVIDES PROOF OF PURCHASE of the Discover Pass to the court within 15 days after the notice of violation is written.

    THE PENALTY FOR “HAVING” A DISCOVER PASS  IS ONLY $59.00

    YOU BOUGHT THE DISCOVERY PASS , YOU’VE GOT THE DISCOVERY PASS, YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GOOD TO GO DISCOVER WA STATE PARKS?

    My sister and my daughter both got a $99.00 ticket on the same day, in two different WA State Parks, FOR IMPROPER DISPLAY OF THE PASS. 

    MY SISTER’S BOUGHT A $10.00 DAY PASS.

    MY SISTER WAS ISSUED A  $99.00 TICKET 

    AFTER PROVIDING PROOF OF THEIR DISCOVER PASS

    MY SISTER’S  TICKET  AND MY DAUGHTERS  TICKETS WERE REDUCED TO $59.00

    MY SISTER’S  TOTAL COST $69.00 FOR A TWO HOUR “DISCOVER” WALK  ON A PUBLIC BEACH

    INDEED  TRUE STORIES  OF,  BUY NOW DISCOVER LATER 

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    Hmmm….WHAT’S THIS? YOU DO NOT NEED A PASS?

    If you just want to drive through state recreation lands managed by DNR and WDFW AND YOU DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE, you do not need a pass.

    BUY NOW DISCOVER LATER

    YOU GOT A TICKET BECAUSE YOU LEFT YOUR VEHICLE TO GO POTTY?

    IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE

    THE BOTTOM LINE “DON’T GET CAUGHT WITH YOUR PANTS DOWN”

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    PLEASE OBSERVE ALL 49 PAGES OF  WASHINGTON STATE PARK RULES  AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE PUBLIC USE OF WASHINGTON STATE PARKS SO THAT ALL PARK VISITORS MAY ENJOY THEIR VISIT. (complete list WAC’s below)

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    EVEN IF YOU’VE GOT A DISCOVERY PASS

    PAID FOR THE DISCOVERY PASS

    YOU REGISTERED AT THE GATE

    AND, THEY HAVE YOUR LICENSE PLATE NUMBER

    BETTER READ  THE COMPLETE  49 PAGES OF  WASHINGTON STATE PARK RULES  AND REGULATIONS, 49 PAGES OF THINGS YOU CAN AND CAN’T DO AT WA STATE PARKS, GOVERNING THE PUBLIC USE OF WASHINGTON STATE PARKS

    SO YOU DON’T GET WAC’D WITH A  TICKET

    park rules publication. – Washington State Parks and …

    Chapter 352-32 WAC

    PUBLIC USE OF STATE PARK AREAS

    WAC

    352-32-010 Definitions.

    352-32-01001 Feeding wildlife.

    352-32-011 Dress standards.

    352-32-030 Camping.

    352-32-037 Environmental learning centers (ELCs).

    352-32-040 Picnicking.

    352-32-045 Reservations for use of designated group facilities.

    352-32-047 Special recreation event permit.

    352-32-050 Park periods.

    352-32-053 Park capacities.

    352-32-056 Peace and quiet.

    352-32-057 Disturbances.

    352-32-060 Pets.

    352-32-070 Use of horses, llamas, sled dogs or similar animals for

    recreation.

    352-32-075 Use of nonmotorized cycles or similar devices.

    352-32-080 Swimming.

    352-32-085 Technical rock climbing.

    352-32-090 Games or activities.

    352-32-095 Squak Mountain State Park—Natural area—Prohibited

    uses.

    352-32-100 Disrobing.

    352-32-110 Tents, etc., on beaches.

    352-32-120 Firearms.

    352-32-121 Other weapons.

    352-32-125 Fires and campfires.

    352-32-130 Aircraft.

    352-32-140 Fireworks.

    352-32-150 Fishing.

    352-32-15001 Little Spokane River natural area—Prohibited uses.

    352-32-155 Lakes located wholly within state parks boundar-

    ies—Internal combustion engines prohibited.

    352-32-157 Lakes located partially within state park boundar-

    ies—Internal combustion engines prohibited.

    352-32-165 Public assemblies, meetings.

    352-32-170 Rubbish.

    352-32-175 Water.

    352-32-180 Sanitation.

    352-32-195 Solicitation.

    352-32-200 Expulsion from state park areas.

    352-32-210 Consumption of alcohol in state park areas.

    352-32-215 Compliance with signs.

    352-32-220 Intoxication in state park areas.

    352-32-230 Food and beverage containers on swimming beaches.

    352-32-235 Use of metal detectors in state parks.

    352-32-237 Geocache.

    352-32-240 Nondiscrimination certification.

    352-32-250 Standard fees charged.

    352-32-25001 Fort Worden reservations and fees.

    352-32-251 Limited income senior citizen, disability, and disabled

    veteran passes.

    352-32-252 Off-season senior citizen pass—Fee.

    352-32-253 Foster parent program.

    352-32-255 Self-registration.

    352-32-260 Sno-park display.

    352-32-270 Sno-park permit—Fees.

    352-32-280 Applicability of standard fees.

    352-32-285 Applicability of standard fees to volunteers in parks.

    352-32-290 Wood debris collection.

    352-32-295 Land exchange—Fee.

    352-32-300 Easement, franchise, license, and special use permit

    applications and fees.

    352-32-310 Penalties.

    352-32-320 Severability.

    352-32-330 Commercial recreation providers—Permits.

    352-32-340 Approval of community-based park improve-

    ments—Policies.

    352-32-350 Seaweed harvest.

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    THE BOTTOM LINE “DON’T GET CAUGHT WITH YOUR PANTS DOWN”

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    Another chapter in the book of revelations by Pearl Revere

    (2) WA Parks-People Hate the Discover Pass – Behind My …

    www.behindmyback.org/…/2-wa-parks-peoplehate-the-discoverpass/

    Aug 20, 2014 – PEOPLE HATE THE DISCOVER PASS “TICKETS” Discover Pass parking tickets are issued by Washington State Parks. … You displayed the …

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    Still have questions? Visit our frequently asked questions or call the Discover Pass customer service office at (866) 320-9933.

     


  • WA State Parks Sloppy Accounting

    WA State Parks Sloppy Accounting

    During fiscal 2013, State Parks had more than $34 million in revenues, of which $11.6 million was collected at the parks and $5.5 MILLION FROM SALES OF THE DISCOVER PASS.

    Now that money’s all gone? Unaccounted for?

    Oct. 9, 2014  AUDITOR: STATE PARKS MUST CORRECT “SLOPPY” ACCOUNTING METHODS

    By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press Published: Oct 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM PDT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs to do a better job of accounting for money spent on motor vehicle fuel and for its Discover Passes and other park revenues, the Washington State Auditor’s Office said Thursday.

    GOV. JAY INSLEE  must be held accountable

    And the WA State Legislators MUST DENY THIS.
    September 25, 2014  GOV. JAY INSLEE TO CONSIDER $100 MILLION PLAN TO FUND STATE PARKS

    BY Tim Haeck  on September 25, 2014

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    If WA State Parks can’t account for $34 MILLION with their SLOPPY ACCOUNTING METHODS?

    How could the ways and means committee even begin to consider giving WA State Parks another $100 MILLION?

    The WA State Legislator is accountable to the people in WA State, let them be accountable, for  the ” MUST CORRECT”,  WA STATE PARKS “SLOPPY” ACCOUNTING METHODS. Before another penny of “TAXPAYER MONEY” is appropriate by ANY  means, including  ANY increase in ANY TAX or PARK FEES.

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    Oct. 9, 2014  AUDITOR: STATE PARKS MUST CORRECT “SLOPPY” ACCOUNTING METHODS

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    DISCOVER PASSES, State Parks does not have written procedures to ensure the proper tracking of passes printed or distributed; does not maintain a daily log stating the number of passes sold; and does not reconcile the number of passes sold to deposit SLIPS TO ENSURE THAT ALL REVENUES WERE DEPOSITED.

    The audit also found that in collecting cash, the agency had no controls to ensure all funds collected through secured boxes were deposited; had only one person collecting cash from boxes at park locations; and did not consistently make deposits in a timely manner.

    That raised the danger that revenue collected could be misappropriated and that theft would not be quickly identified, the audit said.

    In another finding, the report said that, from July 2012 to July 2013, State Parks spent more than $1 million to purchase fuel, including $660,000 on individual fuel cards.

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    COMPLETE TEXT

    Auditor: State Parks must correct sloppy accounting methods

    By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press Published: Oct 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM PDT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs to do a better job of accounting for money spent on motor vehicle fuel and for its Discover Passes and other park revenues, the Washington State Auditor’s Office said Thursday.

    “The Commission must be able to account for its use of public funds and ensure its stewardship of the lands, waters and historic places entrusted to it,” Auditor Troy Kelley said in a press release.

    The auditor’s office criticized the handling of money generated by sales of the Discover Pass, which allows purchasers to access any state-managed park by paying an annual fee. This is the first audit since the Discover Pass was created.

    During fiscal 2013, State Parks had more than $34 million in revenues, of which $11.6 million was collected at the parks and $5.5 million from sales of the Discover Pass.

    The auditor’s office looked at financial procedures at a sample of seven state parks. It found that in relation to Discover Passes, State Parks does not have written procedures to ensure the proper tracking of passes printed or distributed; does not maintain a daily log stating the number of passes sold; and does not reconcile the number of passes sold to deposit slips to ensure that all revenues were deposited.

    The audit also found that in collecting cash, the agency had no controls to ensure all funds collected through secured boxes were deposited; had only one person collecting cash from boxes at park locations; and did not consistently make deposits in a timely manner.

    That raised the danger that revenue collected could be misappropriated and that theft would not be quickly identified, the audit said.

    State Parks concurred with the auditor’s finding, which both parties blamed in part on staff reductions in recent years. State Parks said it had requested funding for an internal auditor in its 2015 budget request, and had taken steps to ensure deposits were made within required time frames.

    State Parks has also started conducting reviews of financial activity in individual parks, and is assessing controls for cash receipts and sales of the Discover Pass.

    In another finding, the report said that, from July 2012 to July 2013, State Parks spent more than $1 million to purchase fuel, including $660,000 on individual fuel cards.

    But the agency has no written policies or procedures on the use of fuel cards; does not reconcile individual receipts kept by state park locations to the monthly fuel card statements; and does not compare vehicle usage and mileage logs to fuel card statements.

    The auditor’s office said the problems increase the risk that inappropriate use of fuel could occur and not be identified in a timely manner, making the commission vulnerable to misappropriation, misuse or loss.

    State Parks said it would accept the auditor’s recommendations to develop written policies on fuel card usage and reconcile monthly fuel card statements to individual receipts and mileage logs.

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    HOW MUCH INCOME FROM THE DISCOVERY PASS?

    The audit also found that in collecting cash, the agency had no controls to ensure all funds collected through secured boxes were deposited; had only one person collecting cash from boxes at park locations; and did not consistently make deposits in a timely manner.

    That raised the danger that revenue collected could be misappropriated and that theft would not be quickly identified, the audit said.

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    The auditors called  this “sloppy accounting”

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    DISCOVERY PASS INCOME?  

    State budget analyst and task force member Jim Cahill said THE DISCOVER PASS has helped, but hasn’t gotten them all the way there.

    “It has not fully replaced all of the funding that’s been lost during budget reductions in 2007-’09,” he said.

    The governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation’s final report recommended three funding sources for parks including an excise tax on travel trailers and motor homes, diversion of money from a watercraft excise tax and a sales tax on bottled water.

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    Auditor: State Parks must correct sloppy accounting methods

    By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press Published: Oct 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM PDT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs to do a better job of accounting for money spent on motor vehicle fuel and FOR ITS DISCOVER PASSES AND OTHER PARK REVENUES, THE WASHINGTON STATE AUDITOR’S OFFICE SAID THURSDAY.

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    The auditors called  this “sloppy accounting”

    Is “sloppy accounting” an oxymoron?

    An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two contradictory terms. ..

     


  • (7) WA Parks New Deal and Raw Deals

    (7) WA Parks -New Deal and  Raw Deals

    First Posted  – In Part, as (9) WOW New Deal –  Feb. 21, 2014

    snippet,

    Implicitly, the CCC also led to a greater public awareness and appreciation of the outdoors

    CCC included improved physical condition, heightened morale, and increased employability

    This should be required reading to enlighten

    The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on WA Parks -Recreation and Tourism

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    The Second New Deal “(1935-1938)

    THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS (CCC)

    THE UNEMPLOYED AND POOR UPGRADED MOST STATE PARKS

    CONSTRUCTED MORE THAN 800 PARKS NATIONWIDE

    At its peak in 1938, it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men and women, as well as youth

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    Aug. 19, 2014 The WA Parks Raw Deal? Recreation? and Tourism?

    The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force?

    What was it that they were all constantly babbling about?

    Public awareness and appreciation of the outdoors and improved physical condition?

    Well, except for the lower element? Those families of the working poor and unemployed?

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    In addition, THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS (CCC) those poor and unemployed

    Updated forest fire fighting methods, and built a network of service buildings, public roadways in remote areas, and planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America

    I repeat, IMPLICITLY, THE CCC ALSO LED TO A GREATER PUBLIC AWARENESS AND APPRECIATION OF THE OUTDOORS AND THE NATION’S NATURAL RESOURCES; and the continued need for a carefully planned, comprehensive national program for the protection and development of natural resources.

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    The first New Deal (1933–34)

    What historians call the 3 R’S: RELIEF, RECOVERY, AND REFORM. that is relief for the UNEMPLOYED AND POOR; RECOVERY OF THE ECONOMY to normal levels; and reform of the financial system to prevent a repeat depression.

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    The Raw Deal Aug. 19, 2014

    The WA Parks Raw Deal? Recreation? and Tourism?

    The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force?

    FOR THE UNEMPLOYED AND POOR The cost of the Discovery Pass discourages the lower element?

    SELECTIVELY prohibits use of WA State Parks by financial affordability to a specific social economic financial class?

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    The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program

    That operated from 1933 TO 1942 in the United states for Unemployed, Unmarried men from relief families, ages 18–25 as part the new deal.  and provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments.

    The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States   while at the same time implementing a general natural resource conservation program in every state and territory.

    In nine years 3 million young men participated in the CCC  (my dad was one of them) which provided them with shelter, clothing, and food, together with a small wage of $30 a month ($25 of which had to be sent home to their families).

    Check with your family, a member of YOUR FAMILY was very likely one of the POOR, UNEMPLOYED, MOSTLY UNSKILLED PEOPLE that participated in the rebuilding of America during the depression.

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    Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA provided almost eight million jobs. it tried to provide one paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment.

    (I am NOT endorsing unions)

    ALMOST EVERY COMMUNITY IN THE UNITED STATES HAD A NEW PARK, bridge or school constructed by  those poor and previously unemployed people.

    New Deal agency  employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads.

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    THE IRONY OF THESE DEALS, THE 1933-1943 DEPRESSION NEW AND THE 2014 RAW, is the incongruity between what actually happened and what might be expected to happen, especially when this disparity seems ABSURD or laughable.

    That the very same type, social economic class of people, THE POOR, UNEMPLOYED AND UNSKILLED,  between 1933-1943

    Physically  BUILT UP THE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL  PARKS, THE ROADS, SHELTERS, TRAILS AND  PLANTED OVER 300 MILLION TREES TO REFOREST AMERICA, when, ALMOST EVERY COMMUNITY IN THE UNITED STATES HAD A NEW PARK, bridge or school that was constructed by poor and previously unemployed people.

    IRONICALLY THOSE POOR AND UNEMPLOYED, UNSKILLED PEOPLE, OUR FOREFATHERS, WERE INVITED TO COME ON PUBLIC LAND, 

    THEY WERE HIRED TO, PAID TO, AND  DID DO, THE WORK TO BUILD AND IMPROVE OUR PUBLIC ACCESS AND USE OF OUR FEDERAL AND STATE PARKS PUBLIC LAND IN AMERICA.

    NOW?  In 2014 shall “We The People”  examine the WA Parks and ONP RAW DEALS?

    OUR FOREFATHERS BUILT THE PARKS.

     NOW? their descendents, AKA the lower element, the FAMILIES OF working poor and/or unemployed people, HAVE BEEN DENIED  affordable PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND,  BECAUSE OF their low income and social status?

    ACCESS Denied? BECAUSE OF  THE PROHIBITIVE  COST, arbitrarily? authoritarians?  using their unlimited power to IMPOSE FEDERAL, ONP AND WA STATE PARKS  fees and passes?

    Is this Really America?

    DISCRIMINATION by exclusion of the lower element?

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     WOW, THE Olympic National Park RAW DEAL  2014

    Senator Murray and Rep.  Kilmer keep proposing and pushing  THE RAW DEALS.

    WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS & WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS ACT of 2014 ) an additional 126,000 more acres of National Forest land would be taken out of planned harvestable Natural Resource  timber production.

    IT WOULD  LIMIT AND RESTRICT PUBLIC USE AND ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND, CLOSE ROADS AND BAR ENTRY WITH LOCKED GATES, CREATING 126,000 WILD ACRES OF NO MAN’S REASONABLE ECONOMIC RESOURCE OR USE OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC LAND.

    LIBERALS ARE TOO DAMNED WILD FOR ME!

    First Posted  – In Part as (9) WOW New Deal –  Feb. 21, 2014

    read  MORE – WOW WAR ON WILD-  PARTS (1) THROUGH (11)

     


  • (6) WA Parks Public Access to Public Land

    (6) WA Parks  Public Access to Public Land

    Comments from the Blue Ribbon Task force on WA State Parks  Recreation and Tourism

    Aug,19, 2014.

    Comment, THE COST (OF THE DISCOVER PASS) DISCOURAGES THE LOWER ELEMENT?

    (like this is a GOOD THING?)

    From the LOCAL PEOPLE’S USE  And Access to WA State Parks?

    REALLY? That is AN unconscionable REMARK?

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    THE COST (OF THE DISCOVER PASS) DISCOURAGES THE LOWER ELEMENT?

    The cost of the Discovery Pass SELECTIVELY prohibits use of WA State Parks by financial affordability and financial class?

    Financial PROFILING? BY USING $$$, Class distinction TO ALLOW, PROHIBIT OR CONTROL THE USE OF PUBLIC LAND BY AMERICAN CITIZENS?

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    CONFIRMING THE OBSTRUCTION OF  AFFORDABILITY.

    Comment,  In a depressed economy LOCAL people in my area can’t afford the $30.00 cost of the Discovery Pass

    The well heeled?  Professional’s? OUT OF TOWNER’S, TOURISTS, RUNNER’S AND FISHERMEN   are WELCOMED AND INVITED to come?   TO  FISH  AND RUN (on the Discovery Trail) PLAY, STAY AND SPEND THEIR MONEY?

    WHILE, THE COST (OF THE DISCOVER PASS) DISCOURAGES THE LOWER ELEMENT?

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    Consider this? Less than half of the governor’s  appointed task force sat through the ENTIRE seven hour discussions on the meeting.

    But? (the table was full)  everybody? showed up to create the final draft?

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    I sat SILENTLY through the entire seven hour WA Park Recreation and Tourism meeting.

    A question was asked “IS ONP A PROBLEM?

    Is the OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK A PROBLEM? With regard to WA Park Recreation and Tourism?

    (not one person on the committee responded?) Including REP. STEVE THARINGER?

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    “IS ONP A PROBLEM?”

    If?  I had been allowed to make more than a strictly enforced, clock timed,  two minute LOCAL public comment?

    Below is my comment Feb. 14, 2013,  POSTED OVER ONE AND A HALF YEARS AGO,

    ON PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND

    THE WILD OLYMPICS – WILDERNESS SCOPING PLAN and to all Federal, STATE Agencies, elected officials, and APPOINTED GOVERNMENT AGENCIES including the ONP and the US fish and wildlife service.

    PAY PER VIEW
    A non-public service provided by the appointed, including, BUT NOT LIMITED to, the National Park Service, ONP and WA STATE PARKS in which every vested American citizen can purchase the right to view public land.

    Continue reading for the full text

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    Pay Per View Or Free On Demand

    Posted Feb. 14, 2013 by Pearl Rains Hewett

    PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND? PAY PER VIEW? OR FREE ON DEMAND?

    This is my comment on public access to public land, the WILD Olympics – Wilderness Scoping Plan and to all Federal State Agencies, elected officials, and appointed government agencies including the ONP and the US fish and wildlife service.

    Expand your entertainment options exponentially with direct FREE use and access to public land ON DEMAND.

    PAY PER VIEW
    A non-public service provided by the appointed, including, but not limited to, the National Park Service, ONP and WA STATE PARKS in which every vested American citizen can purchase the right to view public land. The government requires the exorbitant payment at the same or new government road blocks, time after time, to every Vested American ordering it (as opposed to the right to view public land “FREE ON DEMAND systems, which would allow vested American viewers to see and have reasonable use to public land free at any time).

    PAY PER VIEW
    Paid parks entry can be purchased using an on-line guide, an automated telephone system, or through an automated non-customer service representative.

    PAY PER VIEW
    Government park PAY PER VIEW events often include, restricted use, excessive other restrictions, QUOTAS, conservation, no jogging, no horses, road blocks, reservations, limited campsites, closed trails, permits, more permits, closed roads, denied access, no off road vehicles, no campfires, no fishing, no hunting, no shooting, no pets, no bicycles, and adding additional new enhanced features like surveillance, law enforcement,
    ticketing, court appearance events and exorbitant payment of non-negotiable fines on you, for your entertainment.

    FREE ON DEMAND
    Expand your entertainment options exponentially with direct free use and access to public lands on demand.

    FREE ON DEMAND
    Vested American citizens have instant free access to millions and millions of acre in the hottest NATIONAL PARKS AND STATE PARKS, whenever you want, where ever you want. Enjoy the Olympic National Park, catch up on missed camping episodes of your favorite campsites or rediscover old favorites, like the 7 Lake Basin.

    SUBSCRIBE NOW
    For your free direct public access on demand? To start enjoying free direct on demand access and reasonable use to public land?

    GETTING STARTED
    Sacramento, CA; July 17, 2012: On behalf of off-road motorized recreational users of the Tahoe National Forest, attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation today sued the federal government for illegally closing off more than 800 miles of roads and trails that have been used for decades by the public for environmentally responsible off-road motorized recreation, access to camping and fishing, and to assist in the prevention of forest fires.

    Support Pacific Legal Foundation “We are filing this lawsuit to stop the U.S. Forest Service from illegally padlocking vast areas of the Tahoe national forest and blocking the public from enjoying responsible recreational use of public lands,” said PLF attorney Brandon M. Middleton.

    The Federal Courts will decide.

    PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND?

    FREE ON DEMAND? OR PAY PER VIEW?

    You decide.

     


  • (5) WA Parks – The Unintended Consequences

    (5) WA Parks – The Unintended Consequences of the power of Cyberspace

    I did attend the Sequim Public meeting of the blue ribbon task force, by invitation, promised an opportunity to make public comment  and I did give public testimony on Aug. 19, 2014.

    I did NOT have a good time.

    It was one of the most insulting and dismissive Public Meetings I have ever attended.

    INSULTING by definition, hurtful and offensive, causing offense by being rude or insensitive or by suggesting a low opinion of somebody or something

    DISMISSIVE by definition, contemptuous or indifferent indicating rejection, especially in a contemptuous or indifferent way.

    After I waited for nearly seven hours. I was permitted to give, a clocked and timed, exactly two minute public comment.

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    The  seven hours that I spent on Aug. 19, 2014 listening to the appointed blue ribbon panel?

    When a member of the panel was opposed to putting public comment after the committees conclusions had been completed?

    Adding insult to injury…

    District 24 Rep. Steve Tharinger did not say a word.

    Why bother to solicit OUR input and collect information on regional priorities and suggestions for state action.

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    Things happen for a reason.

    THAT MEETING was why I  posted my comment on  behindmyback.org

    WA Parks Recreation? Tourism?

    It was not intended to promote WA Parks.

    It was in fact an Unintended Consequence of the power of Cyberspace

    The Comment reached #5 on the Google search engine web of over 5.5 MILLION displayed results. (intended to promote WA Parks)

    Does anyone know how posted comments go to? get to? arrive at? and

    show up on the Google information web? I certainly don’t.

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    The comment that I posted on my website, was also, in part, a sarcastic response to the cumulative years of exclusion and omission of “We the People” on the Olympic Peninsula, and the comment was directed to those elected government representative, that  have ignored  our public comments, refused to allow us to ask questions, refused to answer our questions and denied us the due process of law.

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    When the blue ribbon panel convened on Feb. 19, 2014

    And, when the task force was instructed  under EXECUTIVE ORDER 14-01

    and encouraged to hold public meetings across the state to solicit input and collect information on regional priorities and suggestions for state action.

    Feb. 19, 2014 District 24 Rep. Steve Tharinger did not say a word to the people he represents

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    WHERE WAS REP. THARINGER WHEN WE NEEDED HIM?

    And in the following six months Rep. Steve Tharinger did not bother to notify or set up anything in district 24, to hold public meetings across the state to solicit input and collect information on regional priorities and suggestions for state action.

    District 24 Rep. Steve Tharinger did not say a word or lift a hand to the people he represents

    Why bother to solicit OUR input and collect information on regional priorities and suggestions for state action.

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    When the media finally got around to informing “We the People” in  District 24, on Aug. 18, 2014 of the blue ribbon task force Public meeting and comment with one day notice? on Aug. 19, 2014?

    District 24 Rep. Steve Tharinger knew the Sequim meeting was eleven days before

    The Task Force shall complete its draft plan and recommendation by September 1, 2014.

    And, Rep. Steve Tharinger did not say a word, when he knew our public comments after the fact, would be a mote point.

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    IF  REP. THARINGER DOES NOT RESPOND TO, OR NEED OUR INPUT?

    The needs and concerns of  taxpaying, private property owning citizens and families on  the Olympic Peninsula have been ignored by for years, by both our Federal and WA State elected Government representatives.

    Appointed Federal and State Agencies have been allowed to “RULE” us with no intervention on our behalf by our elected.

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    WHERE WAS REP. THARINGER WHEN WE NEEDED HIM?

    Jan. 27, 2011″When American Citizens are afraid of what their Government is going to do to them, that is unacceptable to me.”

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    I have six ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES.

    Federal, Senators Marie Cantwell and Patty Murray, Rep. Derek Kilmer

    State, Rep. Tharinger and, VanDeWege, and Senator Hargrove.

    THEY HAVE ALL FORGOTTEN WHERE THEY CAME FROM.

    And they have voted, and promoted the taking of our public and private land in our surrounding area and have allowed the Federal and WA State Government  to take our land, water, property and our Constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    They DO NOT act in the best interest of the economy or of our communities and they DO NOT protect the Constitutional Rights of the American citizens that they have been elected to represent.

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    Does anyone know why Google removes things from their Google information web?

    I do now!

    keep reading…

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    We all live and learn about the power of cyberspace, my understanding?

    Round and round and round it goes and where it stops nobody knows?

    Google’s search engine,  put my WA Parks comment  in #5 place.

    My comment (1) WA Parks Recreation? Tourism?

    was removed from Google search two days after I posted it.

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    Google  Removal Policies

    read more at: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2744324

    We want to organize the world’s information, but some content on the web is sensitive or not appropriate for everyone to see. This page explains our policies for different types of content that Google will remove from web, image or video results.

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    I will probably never find out WHO  had it removed?

    But, I completely understand the WHY it was removed.

    It is still on my website.


  • (4) WA Parks Executive Order 14-01

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 14-01

    What happens in Olympia,  on Feb. 19, 2014?

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 14-01, Signed and sealed with the official seal of the state of Washington on this 19th day of February, 2014, at Olympia, Washington.

    Should not stay in Olympia until Aug. 18, 2014

    The Task Force is encouraged to hold public meetings across the state to solicit input and collect information on regional priorities and suggestions for state action.

    Many business’s, people and families, on the Olympic Peninsula, would have been interested and sent or attended the Aug. 19, 2014 meeting to make PUBLIC COMMENT, but WHO KNEW?

    The Task Force shall complete its draft plan and recommendation by September 1, 2014.

     

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    EXECUTIVE ORDER 14-01

    ESTABLISHING A BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE TO DEVELOP A TRANSFORMATION STRATEGY FOR

    OUTDOOR RECREATION IN WASHINGTON STATE

    WHEREAS,

    we want our children to experience, enjoy, learn about, and become lifetime

    stewards of Washington’s magnificent natural resources; and

     

    WHEREAS,

    maintaining access to, and facilities in, our state parks and state recreation lands managed by the departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources, as well as the entire network of local, state, federal, and private lands that make Washington an outdoor recreation Mecca important to the state’s citizens and the tourism industry; and

    WHEREAS,

    Washington’s stunning parks, outdoor recreation opportunities, and quality of life are an important incentive for attracting new businesses and retaining all types of employers to the state; and

    WHEREAS,

    outdoor recreation activities in Washington directly support 227,000 jobs and consumers spend $22.5 billion on outdoor recreation equipment, apparel, lodging, and other services, generating $1.6 billion in state and local tax revenue; and

    WHEREAS,

    outdoor recreation such as camping, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, boating, hiking, off-roading, cross-country and downhill skiing, mountain and road biking, scuba diving, surfing, horseback riding, and more strengthen the social and cultural fabric of communities and provide important and valuable contributions to urban and especially rural economies across the state; and

    WHEREAS,

    Washington State Parks, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources have seen significant reductions in funding to operate, maintain, and make capital investments in campgrounds, boat

    launches, and trails, resulting in a continuing maintenance backlog; and public lands managed by federal and local agencies, including the

    United State Forest Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Parks Service face similar operating, maintenance, and capital investment backlogs;

    WHEREAS,

    the state lacks strategies for transforming its approach to outdoor recreation to ensure that this sector is properly recognized as contributing to the economy, creating and sustaining jobs, improving public health, and immeasurably improving the quality of life that Washingtonians cherish;

    NOW THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby create the Washington Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

    The Task Force shall use a holistic strategy to develop an action plan and issue recommendations to manage, transform, better leverage, or develop Washington’s outdoor recreation assets and state programs to increase outdoor recreation activities as well as promote the jobs and businesses associated with outdoor recreation. The strategy, action plan, and recommendations shall:

    1. Support and expand outdoor recreation jobs, businesses, and tourism across the state;

    2. Promote and expand recreational fishing and hunting opportunities as a way of advancing local economies;

    3. Promote outdoor recreation experiences and increase environmental awareness for youth, families, and adults;

    4. Support Washington-based businesses’ use of Washington’s quality of life and outdoor recreation experiences in recruiting and retaining talented employees as well as in attracting new businesses to the state;

    5. Develop long-term sustainable funding sources for Washington State Parks and other outdoor recreation lands and infrastructure managed by the Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources.This action plan shall also include recommendations for establishing an organizational mechanism to oversee implementation of the action plan and for promoting long-term outdoor recreation.

    The Governor shall appoint fifteen (15) voting members to the Task Force, representing a diverse and statewide profile of both the public and private sectors from the following stakeholder groups:

    1. Outdoor Recreation Business

    2. Tourism

    3. Environmental Organizations/Environmental Education

    4. Sportsmen/Sportswomen

    5. Environmental Education

    6. General Business

    7. Local and Federal Recreation Agencies

    8. Outdoor Recreation Participants

     

    The following state agencies shall designate representatives to participate as nonvoting members:

    1. Department of Fish and Wildlife

    2. Department of Natural Resources

    3.State Parks and Recreation Commission

    4. Recreation and Conservation Office

    5. Department of Commerce

    6. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

    7. Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation

    8. Office of Financial Management

     

    The Governor shall also invite one member from each of the two largest caucuses of the Senate and one member from each of the two largest caucuses of the House of Representatives to participate as nonvoting member

    The Governor shall designate one of the voting members as the chair of the Task Force. Non-governmental members of the Task Force may be reimbursed for travel and meeting expenses at the discretion of the Task Force.

    The Recreation and Conservation Office shall provide staff support and administer all contracts and expenses for the Task Force.

    The Task Force is encouraged to hold public meetings across the state to solicit input and collect information on regional priorities and suggestions for state action.

    The Task Force shall complete its draft plan and recommendation by September 1, 2014.

    The Task Force shall complete its final plan and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by September 19, 2014.

    The Task Force shall expire on December 31, 2014.

    This executive order shall take effect immediately.

    Signed and sealed with the official seal of the state of Washington on this

    19th day of February, 2014, at Olympia, Washington.

    By:/s/Jay Inslee Governor

    BY THE GOVERNOR:/s/Secretary of State

     

    http://www.governor.wa.gov/office/execorders/documents/14-01.pdf


  • (3) WA Parks -The We’s Who Want?

    (3) WA Parks -The We’s Who Want?

    WA STATE PARK APPROPRIATIONS

    Governor Inslee WANTS the blue ribbon task force on parks and outdoor recreation,

    that he appointed, to  FOCUS ON RECREATION AND TOURISM.

    I did attend the Aug. 19, 2014  committee meeting in Sequim, and I sat SILENTLY through the meeting from 1 P.M. TO 3 P.M. … TO 8 P.M.

    I was allowed, EXACTLY TWO MINUTES, to make my public comment at 7:50 P.M.

    I listened to what your 28 Appointed Committee member’s “WANT” for about seven hours.

    Rep. Tharinger  mentioned, that what you “WANT” to provide funding for recreation/tourism, and what you may actually get, could be significantly different.

    I do investigative, documented reporting on my website behindmyback.org.

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    Below you will find  an exchange of emails

    Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013 10:43 AM

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Farber, Daniel (PARKS)
    To: pearl hewett ; Van De Wege, Rep. Kevin ; Tharinger, Steve ; Hargrove,Jim etc.

    Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013 10:43 AM

    Subject: RE: WHO IS THE “WE” WHO WANTS? STATE PARKS APPROPRIATIONS

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    Continue reading, for the full text of my questions, comments and the exchanged emails

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    Posted April 21, 2013 Pearl Rains Hewett

    WA STATE PARK APPROPRIATIONS

    PUBLIC ACCESS AND APPROPRIATIONS FOR WA STATE PARKS

    Perhaps YOUR last public hearing opportunity on the topic of our request legislation and the Discover Pass is set for Monday, April 22, 2013 at 9 am before the House $$$$$ Appropriations Committee.

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    To: Daniel Farber, Director
    Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs
    Washington State Parks

    Daniel,

    I am a WA State Park VESTED Stakeholders
    This my comment on YOUR Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Washington State Parks and YOUR requested $$$$ legislation.
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    Washington Wildlife Recreation Program (WWRP)
    The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program provides funding for a broad range of land protection and outdoor recreation, including park acquisition and development, habitat conservation, farmland preservation, and construction of outdoor recreation facilities.
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    MY COMMENT
    I find the title and description of the , WWRP program DISTURBING? It this WA park broad range of land protection, acquisition, development habitat, conservation program designed to provide outdoor recreation facilities for WILDLIFE?
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    Capital Budget (Doesn’t include a possible $5 – $10 million infusion for removal of fish passage blocking culverts)

    Governor Inlsee – $46.6 million (plus $8.3 million in WWRP Grants)
    House – $56.9 million (plus $7.9 million in WWRP Grants)
    Senate – $50.7 million (plus $3.3 million in WWRP Grants)
    Commission October Request – $67.8 million (plus $11.5 million in WWRP Grants)
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    Per Rep. VanDeWege, $20 MILLION SPENT for removal of fish passage blocking culverts this year.
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    MY COMMENT
    Last summer families in Port Angeles were putting up tents and camping in their back yards.

    The abysmal failure of the WA State Discover Pass? The cost, Families simply can’t afford to use WA State Parks.

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    *From: an online email comment that was forwarded to me (name removed)

    *Also if there is going to be a gas tax increase, NOVA needs its appropriate share.

    MY COMMENT
    Do you really think raising the gas tax and grabbing a piece of the pie, is the solution to increasing park attendance, for the jobless, working poor, economically starved people in Clallam County?

    MY COMMENT is the solution to providing free Public Viewing of WA State Parks just as a NOVA image on Television?
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    THIS IS WHAT WA State Park VESTED Stakeholders ARE UP AGAINST
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    *From: online email comment that was forwarded to me (name removed)

    *Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 11:58 PM
    To: ‘bchw-public-lands-committee’ ; BCHWLegis@groupspaces.com
    Subject: FW: State Parks Legislative Report – April 19, 2013

    Bills regarding State Parks funding are coming fast and either moving or dying. The session is winding down. I am okay with SB5897 and SHB1935 (scheduled for public hearing on Monday).

    It is hard to state support for SHB1935 since it may be an entirely different bill when it is heard on Monday.

    This is the problem with these bills. They are amended on the spot in Committee with no prior review by the public so you may say you like a bill on minute but it is an entirely different bill the next.

    We still want $27million for State Parks from the General Fund, at least $60 million for WWRP (and no games with cherry picking projects), and no sweeps of NOVA. Also if there is going to be a gas tax increase, NOVA needs its appropriate share.

    Well one bill we supported passed both houses. Increasing the size of the Horse Park Authority. At least it is something!!
    *online email comment name removed
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    *Context : Politics Definition of CHERRY PICKING Added 4/21/13
    Exercising favoritism to benefit yourself or your argument.
    Context : Politics, Social Life
    Category: Metaphor
    Semantic: bias, slant
    Usage of “cherry pick”
    This is not fair. You have cherry picked your winners before the competition started.
    Both the political Left and Right cherry pick data to prove their points. Both sides are showing heavy bias.
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    From: Farber, Daniel (PARKS) [mailto:Daniel.Farber@PARKS.WA.GOV]
    Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:50 AM
    To: Farber, Daniel (PARKS)
    Subject: State Parks Legislative Report – April 19, 2013

    Dear Park Stakeholders,

    For your information, below is the latest report to park staff of issues affecting State Parks in the legislature.

    Daniel
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    From: Farber, Daniel (PARKS)
    Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:45 AM
    To: Parks DL All Employees
    Subject: Legislative Report – April 19, 2013

    Dear Colleagues,

    I want to provide you a brief update on legislative doings since last week’s report.

    A. The Discover Pass and Agency Request Legislation:

    There is no change on the status of SB5897, which combines four major state parks related elements:

    1.The core of our agency request legislation (SB5653) which works to expand partnerships, expand the role of the Park Foundation, and link us more soundly to cultural celebrations, ethnic heritage and the arts.
    2.Discover Pass reforms (SB5289) that formalize existing practice of not requiring/enforcing the Pass when accessing through DNR and WDFW lands. There is no such change on State Parks lands. The bill also allows for wholesaling of the pass, if all three agencies agree.
    3.Establishing a set of performance measurements for state parks, and a reporting function to the legislature.
    4. Provides $5 million per year funding from the litter tax for 4 years to state parks.

    The bill passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee and now sits in the Rules Committee.

    Perhaps the last public hearing opportunity on the topic of our request legislation and the Discover Pass is set for Monday, April 22 at 9 am before the House Appropriations Committee. SHB1935 is set as the first bill up for a public hearing in the House Hearing Room A. At this time we do not know or any amendatory language for that bill. But here is the most reasonable expectation:

    1 It will be similar to SB5897, however it is unlikely to include the litter tax provision.
    2.It may include some provision related to legislative oversight of the potential State Parks-Public Development Authority Co-Management at Fort Worden.
    B.Boating Safety

    SSB 5437 passed the Senate and the House, but in slightly different forms. It is now on the concurrence calendar in the Senate. The bill provides some law enforcement teeth when it comes to operating a boat while under the influence of intoxicating alcohol.

    C. Snowmobile Funding HB2002 has passed the House and now sits in Senate Ways and Means. It would increase fees for snowmobile registration and allow our Commission to set other fees; enabling funding and services to improve to historic levels.

    D. Horse Park Authority A bill to expand the Authority from 7 to 11 members passed both chambers and is scheduled to be signed by the Governor on Monday. Our Commission appoints members to the Authority Board, but has little other relationship to the organization.

    E. Budgets There are no differences to report from last week. The latest versions of the budget proposals are:

    Operating Budget (General Fund or Other Tax Supported Funding)
    Governor Inlsee – $23.7 million
    House – $23.7 million
    Senate – $16.4 million
    Commission October Request – $27.2 million

    Capital Budget (Doesn’t include a possible $5 – $10 million infusion for removal of fish passage blocking culverts)
    Governor Inlsee – $46.6 million (plus $8.3 million in WWRP Grants)
    House – $56.9 million (plus $7.9 million in WWRP Grants)
    Senate – $50.7 million (plus $3.3 million in WWRP Grants)
    Commission October Request – $67.8 million (plus $11.5 million in WWRP Grants)

    I hope you find this report helpful. Please let me know if you have questions or comments.

    Take care,

    Daniel

    Daniel Farber, Director
    Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs
    Washington State Parks
    P.O. Box 42650
    Olympia, Washington 98504-2650
    Tel: (360) 902-8504
    Mobile: (360) 701-5326
    FAX: (360) 586-6580
    E-mail: daniel.farber@parks.wa.gov

    This email and any responses may be subject to state public disclosure laws.
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    MY COMMENT
    Clallam County Salt Creek Recreation area is a popular FREE ON DEMAND summer refuge for poor working  families.
    Give the WA State parks back to the counties and provide employment for the local people.

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    It would increase fees for snowmobile registration and
    allow our Commission TO SET OTHER FEES

    This entry was posted in Diverting Our Tax Dollars, Public Access to Public Land, WA State Parks,

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    WA State Park Question?

    Posted on April 21, 2013

    Who is this “WE” who still wants? STATE PARKS APPROPRIATIONS?

    Indeed, I asked a simple question?

    just to be clear, the question remains unanswered?

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    RESPONSE
    —– Original Message —–
    From: Farber, Daniel (PARKS)
    To: pearl hewett ; Van De Wege, Rep. Kevin ; Tharinger, Steve ; Hargrove,Jim etc.

    Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013 10:43 AM

    Subject: RE: WHO IS THE “WE” WHO WANTS? STATE PARKS APPROPRIATIONS

    All,

    My name below is listed from an email headline that I wrote to State Parks staff. But just to be clear, I wrote none of the content of the below email. State Parks is not the “we” referenced by Ms. Hewett.

    Daniel

    Daniel Farber, Director
    Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs
    Washington State Parks
    P.O. Box 42650
    Olympia, Washington 98504-2650
    Tel: (360) 902-8504
    Mobile: (360) 701-5326
    FAX: (360) 586-6580
    E-mail: daniel.farber@parks.wa.gov
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    FULL email TEXT INCLUDING QUESTION
    Perhaps YOUR last public hearing opportunity on the topic of our request legislation and the Discover Pass is set for Monday, April 22 at 9 am before the House $$$$$ Appropriations Committee.
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    BELOW, Who is this “WE” who still wants? It is not “WE THE PEOPLE”

    “We” still want $27 million for State Parks from the General Fund, at least $60 million for WWRP (and no games with cherry picking projects), and no sweeps of NOVA. Also if there is going to be a gas tax increase, NOVA needs its appropriate share.

    The same “WE” who wrote
    This is the problem with these bills. They are amended on the spot in Committee with no prior review by the public so you may say you like a bill on minute but it is an entirely different bill the next.

    Set for Monday, April 22, 2013 at 9 am before the House $$$$$ Appropriations Committee.
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    From: Farber, Daniel (PARKS)
    Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:45 AM
    To: Parks DL All Employees
    Subject: Legislative Report – April 19, 2013
    Dear Colleagues,

    From: name removed email from the ”WE” who wants.

    Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 11:58 PM
    To: ‘bchw-public-lands-committee’ ; BCHWLegis@groupspaces.com
    Subject: FW: State Parks Legislative Report – April 19, 2013

    Bills regarding State Parks funding are coming fast and either moving or dying. The session is winding down. I am okay with SB5897 and SHB1935 (scheduled for public hearing on Monday). It is hard to state support for SHB1935 since it may be an entirely different bill when it is heard on Monday. This is the problem with these bills. They are amended on the spot in Committee with no prior review by the public so you may say you like a bill on minute but it is an entirely different bill the next.

    We still want $27million for State Parks from the General Fund, at least $60 million for WWRP (and no games with cherry picking projects), and no sweeps of NOVA. Also if there is going to be a gas tax increase, NOVA needs its appropriate share.

    Well one bill we supported passed both houses. Increasing the size of the Horse Park Authority. At least it is something!!

    name removed email from the ”WE” who wants.
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    FOR CLARIFICATION
    Context : Politics Definition of CHERRY PICKING Added 4/21/13
    Exercising favoritism to benefit yourself or your argument.
    Context : Politics, Social Life
    Category: Metaphor
    Semantic: bias, slant
    Usage of “cherry pick”
    This is not fair. You have cherry picked your winners before the competition started.
    Both the political Left and Right cherry pick data to prove their points. Both sides are showing heavy bias
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    This entry was posted in Reasonable Man understanding, Public Access to Public Land, WA State Parks

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    If you bothered to read this far, I have a few closing comments.

    I listened to you, you gave me TWO MINUTES.

    Round and round and round the table, I listened to you , most members? FOCUSED on what they “WANT “. And, what you wanted was MORE TAXPAYER MONEY! for what YOU “WANT”.

    It took a comment from a WA Parks, Whidbey Islander before the word “AFFORDABLE”  RECREATION was mentioned.

    A question to the WA Parks Fort Wardener, how much does it cost? total?

    The answer? We don’t keep track of it?

    FOLLOW THE MONEY?  We don’t keep track of it?

    Rep. Tharanger’s response… basically was, some from here, some from a grant there, more here, more from matching funds there.

    Rep. Tharanger’s response and I quote “Part of the Game”.

    Really? Following Taxpayer money? keeping track of the total amounts? grants? matching funds?

    THE TAXPAYER’S $$$$ MONEY’S IS ALL GONE FOR WA STATE PARKS? RECREATION? TOURISM? AND THE MILLIONS OF $$$ FOR THE BACKLOG OF MAINTAINACE? AND REPAIRS?

    “Part of the Game?” As a vested WA State taxpayer, perhaps someone in Olympia, could forward a copy of the WA State legislated rules for this WA Parks taxpayer money Game?

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    Please visit my website for the

    The “RESTORATION” Shell Game

    A highly convoluted “GAME OF RESTORATION” that  is involving the sleight of many, many hands, in which hundreds of  inverted Federal agencies, WA State agencies, WAC’S and /or other NGO, NUTSHELLS are moved about, and hard working taxpayers must attempt to spot which is the one, of many thousands, with  NGO’S or other government agencies are underneath the “RESTORATION” plan.

    WOW!  HOW MANY NUTS CAN YOU GET UNDER ONE RESTORATION SHELL?

    “WE’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING THE MORE THAN 600 PARTNERS TOGETHER, designing a unified plan, and making sure money is being spent efficiently, and our region is making progress,” SAYS GERRY O’KEEFE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PUGET SOUND PARTNERSHIP.

    To be continues….

     

     

     


  • (2) WA Parks-People Hate the Discover Pass

    (2) WA Parks-People Hate the Discover Pass

    OPTION? GET RID OF THE DISCOVER PASS?

    WHY DO PEOPLE HATE THE DISCOVER PASS?

    THE HEAD OF WA STATE PARKS? HE LIKES THE DISCOVER PASS?  (a new style  is being created?)

    PEOPLE HATE THE DISCOVER PASS AND THE DISCOVER PASS  PARKING TICKETS  that are issued by Washington State Parks. … You displayed the wrong pass. … You improperly filled out the Discover Pass. Examples … Discover Pass parking tickets are issued by Washington State Parks. … An annual “Discover Pass “ is a white pass mounted on a yellow hanger, with “Discover … You displayed the wrong pass. … You improperly filled out the Discover Pass. AND, for improper display of the pass. Both my sister and my daughter were ticketed on the same day for improper display

    PARKING TICKETS?

    PROBLEMS? WHAT PROBLEMS?

    Confused?

    YOUR ignorance is no excuse?

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    PARKING TICKETS?

    COMMON REASONS TO USE THE EXPLANATION FORM 1. You displayed the wrong pass. The following are NOT valid at WA State Parks or for DNR.

    • Northwest Forest Pass            
    • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Pass issued with fishing/hunting licenses            
    • Federal park passes            
    • Snow park passes
    • America the Beautiful Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Passport)            
    • America the Beautiful Access Pass            
    • Watchable Wildlife Decal            
    • Senior Pass

    2. You improperly filled out the Discover Pass. Examples include a, failure to fill in license plate numbers or a wrong license plate number on the pass; a   crossed out license plate number, or more than two plate numbers.

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    PEOPLE HATE THE DISCOVER PASS.

    NO DUH! The people that have lived in WA State most of their lives,  DON’T WANT TO PAY TO “DISCOVER” WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW THAT WE HAVE. 

    PEOPLE HATE THE DISCOVER PASS “TICKETS” Discover Pass parking tickets are issued by Washington State Parks. … You displayed the wrong pass. … You improperly filled out the Discover Pass. Examples … Discover Pass parking tickets are issued by Washington State Parks. … An annual “Discover Pass “ is a white pass mounted on a yellow hanger, with “Discover … You displayed the wrong pass. … You improperly filled out the Discover Pass.

    An annual “Discover Pass “ is a white OR green  pass mounted on a yellow hanger, with “Discover Pass” written on the front of the white OR green pass.  A valid “Day Pass” is also available at each park.

     If the white pass has “WDFW” written on it, it is not a Discover Pass and is not valid for State Parks.

    1. Pay in full within 15 days. You may use electronic or phone payment options below.
    2. Request a hearing in writing as explained on the ticket within 15 days.
    3. Mail in an explanation in writing by completing and mailing the explanation form with payment and supporting documentation within 15 days.

    If you choose to mail in a written explanation you must use the Explanation Form, which is available by clicking here

    Common Reasons to use the Explanation Form 1. You displayed the wrong pass. The following are NOT valid at WA State Parks or for DNR.

    • Northwest Forest Pass            
    • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Pass issued with fishing/hunting licenses            
    • Federal park passes            
    • Snow park passes
    • America the Beautiful Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Passport)            
    • America the Beautiful Access Pass            
    • Watchable Wildlife Decal            
    • Senior Pass

    2. You improperly filled out the Discover Pass. Examples include a, failure to fill in license plate numbers or a wrong license plate number on the pass; a   crossed out license plate number, or more than two plate numbers.

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    DISCOVERY PASS PROBLEMS? WHAT PROBLEMS?

    DISCOVERY PASS CONFUSION? WHAT CONFUSION?

    WHY DO PEOPLE HATE THE DISCOVER PASS?

    HAVE I ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS?

    NOW IT IS TIME FOR THE  BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE, APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR ON PARKS AND OUTDOOR RECREATION TO  FOCUS ON THE DISCOVERY PASS, HATRED, PROBLEMS AND CONFUSION AND GENERATE ENOUGH MONEY FOR THE BACKLOG OF MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE  RECREATION AND TOURISM.

     to be continued…