News briefs

NOLS improves online

information access

North Olympic Library System has updated its Web site to be better organized and easier to read. The changes go online Jan. 16.

The Web site provides basic information about the library and its services, easy ways to search the library's catalog, place holds and research magazine and newspaper databases.

There will be a new NOLS blog featuring news and announcements and an online suggestion box.

The design and construction of the new Web site was a joint project of the North Olympic Library System staff and Blue Tux Internet Services.

The Port Angeles Friends of the Library and the Friends of the Sequim Library provided funding for this project.

The library's URL remains For more information, visit the Web site or contact Paula Barnes, library director, at or 417-8525.

Monitoring Web site launched

Clallam County Sheriff's Office launched a new Web site to enhance registered sex offender monitoring in the county and state.

"OffenderWatch" assists in tracking sex and kidnapping offenders to ensure registration requirements are met, community notifications are sent out and the public can access information on registered sex offenders in their communities.

The Web site includes a searchable database of Level II and Level III registered offenders and Level I offenders who are transient or noncompliant with their registration, and a map and offender list within two miles of an address.

The new Web site can be accessed at www.

The program is a collaborative effort of the Clallam County Sheriff's Office, Port Angeles, Sequim and Forks police departments.

Solutions to disappearing

fish presented

Gary Loomis presents a free program of solutions to the disappearing fish population in the Pacific Northwest called "Where Have All the Salmon (and Steelhead) Gone?" at 7 p.m. tonight, Jan. 14, in the Sequim High School auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

Loomis is founder of G. Loomis Co., Fish First, and the Northwest chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association.

Be better prepared in 2009

Winter is far from over and with burgeoning snow packs, emergency management officials remind residents that personal preparedness remains a priority in the Pacific Northwest.

Dennis Hunsinger, Federal Emergency Management Agency acting regional administrator, advises homeowners to take action before warming temperatures or prolonged precipitation forces floods.

His suggestions include inventory and restock of 72-hour emergency kits at home, in the car and at work with fresh water, food, prescription, medication, flashlight and radio batteries and other emergency supplies.

Ecology: permits needed

to burn flood, storm debris

Clallam County residents who want to burn debris from recent floods and storms should contact the Washington Department of Ecology or the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency for permit information.

In counties where a state of emergency has been declared, permits can be issued so residents can burn natural vegetation left by storms or floods. Debris must be burned by the property owner or a designee on the same land where it was deposited, according to Washington law.

It's illegal to burn anything other than natural vegetation for disposal. Permits for burning woody storm debris may be issued if no other alternatives are available.

Clallam County Fire District 3 is allowing regular residential burns during the winter season, a program that encompasses 10-foot by 10-foot burn piles. The Ecology permit is needed for larger piles.

Ecology encourages citizens to find composting alternatives to burning due to the release of fine particles and a toxic mix of other carcinogens that are hazardous to human health.

ONP officials urge public to

review environmental assessment

The environmental assessment to relocate the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center Station in Olympic National Part on Hurricane Ridge recently was released and is available for review.

The weather station presently in the park is operated by NWAC in cooperation with Olympic National Park.

The weather station provides hourly readings on wind speed and direction, temperature, snow depth and precipitation.

These are posted online at and are used to develop specialized mountain weather forecasts, including avalanche forecasts important to both park staff and winter visitors.

In its current location, the Hurricane Ridge Weather Station provides accurate data on wind speed and direction but wind exposure at the site causes snow to drift there in winter, making the precipitation and snow depth data unreliable.

To address this problem and improve the accuracy and reliability of the data, NWAC and Olympic National Park propose to relocate the precipitation, snow depth and temperature sensors to a nearby location at Hurricane Ridge.

Comments should be submitted online by visiting, the Web site for the National Park Service's planning environment and public comment system, no later than Feb. 9.

Entrepreneur Youth

Challenge deadline

The deadline to enter the Entrepreneur Youth Challenge 2009 is fast approaching.

It is an opportunity for high-school-aged youths who have a innovative idea for a new business to enter this business plan competition presented by the Peninsula College Entrepreneur Institute and the Incubator @ Lincoln Center and sponsored by the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.

Entrants have a chance to win two $1,500 awards. The competition consists of a written business plan, an oral presentation of the plan and a visual display showcasing the business or product.

All documents, including the 2009 Intent to Enter form, eligibility and business plan submission requirements and project outline are available to download at

Intent to Enter forms will be due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 16 - this form provides notification of participation in the competition and does not require a draft business plan. A completed business plan is due by 5 p.m. Feb. 4.

For more information, contact Linty Hopie at 417-6504 or

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