County commissioners are effectiveI have often heard people ask, "What does a County Commissioner do?" I have made it my task to stay informed with statewide issues that impact our county. I attended the Washington State Association of Counties Conference earlier this month and was pleased to hear Tom Fitzsimmons, Director of the Department of Ecology (DOE) explain the new kinder, gentler DOE. The Department has received orders from Governor Gary Locke to make Washington State a more competitive place to do business.
The Department of Ecology has been beleaguered with complaints, lawsuits, and appeals.
There have been at least three situations that have helped to encourage this change.
(1) The Shoreline Guidelines. There have been several attempts to rewrite these Guidelines since 1995. The 1999 Guidelines had over 1,200 people marching on Montesano protesting the unnecessary land use regulations. The 2001 Guidelines tried to implement the Endangered Species Act, and attempted to regulate every area in the State that directly or indirectly drained to the ocean. This rewrite resulted in an appeal to the Shorelines Hearings Board by 23 counties, including Pacific, the Association of Washington Businesses, and the Farm Bureau, the business industry, several cities and many individuals. The hearings board overturned the guidelines. The DOE and the appellants have been in mediation ever since.
(2) The next issue to receive statewide attention was the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study on the Willapa. The study recorded an outrageous saline level that was not supported by the samples recorded at the local level. After several attempts to negotiate, the cities of Raymond and South Bend, the Port of Willapa Harbor, and Pacific County funded a consultant for $130,000 that proved the DOE report was incorrect.
The DOE thanked us for finding their error but did not offer to refund the expenditure. I made an attempt to retrieve the $130,000 through legislation that Senator Synder sponsored at my request. The bill passed and the Governor signed it. However, he removed the $130,000 and left the requirement for DOE to recognize and accept our scientific analysis of their work. The legislation also ordered the Department of Ecology to fund Pacific County's $200,000 to complete the TMDL Study.
(3) The third issue was a Washington Supreme Court ruling against the DOE and its' treatment of a furniture store's attempt to expand in Ferndale. The store owner had completed the permit process and was under construction. The DOE stepped in and tried to revoke the permit. Eventually the owner took the issue to the Supreme Court and won.
I believe that we have had an impact on how this agency views and responds to people in the state. I applaud the Governor's efforts to make the department more reasonable. It serves the citizens of this state best when there is an unbiased scientific review of projects that preserves the environment and ensures a positive healthy economy.
Pacific County CommissionerWho is minding the county store? Currently there are some citizens in Pacific County laying the ground work for some heavy-duty, big time lawsuits, which are the result of some county employees who have abused their authority. Ninety-five plus percent of our county employees are polite, courteous, and hard working - however, some who have positions of authority are abusing their power.
While my opponent is going around the state giving speeches, this county has some employees running amuck. This has to stop. Recently in Grays Harbor county a citizen received a $550,000 settlement apparently because of mismanagement.
Now how is Pacific County going to handle several lawsuits which may cost more than this? As a commissioner I will bring these abusers of authority under control. I will see that they are retrained so that they treat the citizens of Pacific County with the respect that they deserve. There is an old saying in the Navy - 'Shape up or ship out.'
Hopefully as commissioner I will be able to convince these people considering lawsuits to drop them by correcting the injustices that they have endured.
Pacific County needs a commissioner that will stay in the county and do the job that is required. If I, Wayne Estes, am selected as your commissioner, I will do just that.
Candidate for Commissioner
Pacific CountyWayne Estes will work with citizens A working candidate ... is Wayne Estes for Commissioner 3. I'm voting for a new commissioner because he will work with citizens and will not abandon you or your needs whatever they are, and will stay and work in Pacific County, not in Olympia. He will not give false hopes to taxpayers and higher taxes as Democrats have raised taxes three times already. Wayne Estes' concerns are that Pacific County comes first.
Wayne Estes will work one-on-one over permits, will work for better septic tanks, will look into the $7.5 million loan, will look into special employee contracts, will work to reduce lawsuits in the county, will address unemployment in the area currently at 9 percent, is conservative with taxpayers' dollars, and sees a future for light industry in the area.
RaymondIlwaco councilwoman supports Shawa for county treasurer It is with great pleasure and sincerity that I support Tracy Shawa for Pacific County treasurer. In recent years I have had the opportunity to follow Tracy's career in a financial institution. Her duties included serving the needs of customers, handling large sums of money, using computers and systems that are constantly changing in today's fast-paced world. I found her work habits and performance exemplary. She had the respect of her co-workers as well as the customers she served. During her tenure of employment she expressed much enthusiasm and ambition while being a very dependable and reliable employee. Tracy understood her duties well making it possible for her to lead and teach other employees. I found she had a very high energy threshold and considered her to be an outstanding employee.
Tracy is continuing her education in financial endeavors and currently working toward obtaining her license as a Certified Public Accountant. Tracy not only has the educational background, but many years of experience in the financial arena. Tracy's proven working capabilities in the financial world gives her the edge, making her the most desirable and qualified candidate for the position of Pacific County treasurer.
Tracy has roots in Pacific County; she and her husband, Nabiel own a home and cranberry bogs in Long Beach. They enjoy family members living in the immediate area. Tracy, Nabiel and their three children attended local schools while growing up on the Peninsula.
Tracy can be depended upon totally; she will step up to the plate and work very hard and diligently for Pacific County. When long hours are required, she will be there working over and above the normal requisite. Her educational attributes are notable and meet the requirements for this position. Her work experience, which is long and with much integrity, will satisfy the needs of Pacific County citizens for many years to come.
Please help Pacific County obtain higher goals by voting for Tracy R. Shawa, Pacific County treasurer on Nov. 5.
IlwacoDefense attorney supports Bardsley I am a defense attorney practicing generally in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Clark and Lewis Counties as well as limited practice in the state of Oregon. I have done defense work in federal courts of Washington and California. I have obtained substantial experience in working with sheriff's departments in these areas with the exception of federal court.
While practicing in Cowlitz County I have had many contacts with Dan Bardsley. Dan's qualifications are well noted throughout Wahkiakurn and Cowlitz County. He is a highly qualified individual. His criminal reports have been fair, accurate and well organized throughout all of the cases I've handled wherein he has been involved. He showed a strong consistent commitment to his duty and performance. He is a highly respected member of law enforcement throughout your county, as well as his abilities and performance are acknowledged by many attorneys who have worked with him in Cowlitz County. He has a proven success record and I certainly urge his support for the position of Wahkiakum County Sheriff.
C. Michael McLean, Attorney at Law
LongviewCutting spartina causes problems I have been gillnetting in Willapa Bay for 45 years and I know the spartina is a problem. However, the cutting of the spartina is fouling our nets to the point that we cannot fish at times. I think the spartina cutters should give us some consideration on what to do about this problem.
Last year the Port of Peninsula was so full of spartina they had to haul it off so we could use the boat ramp. It also fouls the crab gear pulling buoys down.
We need to address this problem so we can keep fishing. The country is so flooded with farm fish to the point we can't even sell our fish at times. This year we are getting 30 cents a pound for coho.
It seems to me we should get some help with this matter. We need some help Sid, Mark and Brian.
George A. Mosher
Long BeachWhy you should care about the P.U.D. What is our Pacific County P.U.D. doing? Our power rates continue to go up and they start up a big construction job. They are running a transmission line from Nahcotta across the bay to Tokeland, building a sub-station at Tokeland, and from Raymond to Tokeland they are constructing a 24-mile transmission line to Tokeland all for the bargain price of $9.5 million. Is this feasible and justified? Will it raise our rates even more? Will Tokeland be better served? Will this take revenue and jobs away from Grays Harbor P.U.D.? Should this construction be done now?
Our rates are supposed to raise 3 percent to 5 percent on Oct. 1. How much of this can we afford? We still have to feed and clothe our kids. If you want answers, call your commissioner Lawrence Remington and ask him what kind of future they are planning for our P.U.D. Can you fit all of this construction and power cost increases into your budget?
We the stockholders of this P.U.D. are getting the worst of what is being done. 1,594 people in this county are below the poverty level, and we have a 7.9 percent unemployment rate. Do we want to drive more people into this situation? Do we want six more years of this? Is Bonneville our problem or not? What's going to happen if more people lose their jobs? Ask Weyerhaeuser what their power bill is.
Vote for a candidate that will help keep your lights shining. This P.U.D. needs a commissioner that will fight and knows how to fight. I feel any new construction over two million dollars should be a vote of the people. If our P.U.D. was operated like a private company instead of raising our rates 3 to 5 percent, they could be lowered. If you want a square deal, you have a choice.
Gene BarnumP.U.D. Commission candidate
South BendSea Resources needs volunteers this Saturday, Oct. 19 CHINOOK - Sea Resources is dedicated to providing environmental science education to as many people as possible. Many students from Astoria and the Long Beach Peninsula come to Sea Resources to take nature hikes, study the wetlands, and do scientific research. People from all over the United States stop to see the facility.
The current nature trail is in dire need of rehabilitation. Therefore, Sea Resources is hosting a volunteer work day on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The plan is to lay a new path, mulch around trees, plant native plants, and upkeep exisiting flowerbeds. It is hoped that having an improved nature trail will better educate the many who visit here about the local flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest.
But volunteers are needed! Come to Sea Resources at 70 Houchen Street in Chinook on the 19th. Bring sturdy shoes, warm clothes, and work gloves and come help. Refreshments will be provided. For additional information, call 777-8229.
Sea Resources executive directorMore support for Dan Bardsley I believe that the people of Wahkiakum County deserve to have a professional and well-trained law enforcement officer as their sheriff.
Dan Bardsley fits that bill in my book. Dan is not arbitrary or judgmental - he enforces the laws fairly, and leaves those things for the courts, as it should be.
Want to change a law? Vote for a legislator. Want our county and our constitutional rights protected? Join me in voting for Dan Bardsley for sheriff.
RosburgLongtime friend supports Bardsley My vote for Wahkiakum County sheriff will definitely be cast for Dan Bardsley for several reasons, not the least of them being that Dan has been a friend and acquaintance for over 30 years. My early encounters with Dan were as he was an employee at Emerick Dairy on Puget Island, and at that time I also lived nearby on what was formerly a dairy. I was also a cattle hauler and custom farm slaughterer and became well acquainted with Dan as the Emerick Farm was undoubtedly my largest customer all of those years, and additionally, I was meat cutter for the Bardsleys.
As Dan assumed the position as a sheriff's deputy, I have had occasion to have further contacts with the department and with Dan, and have known of others who also have always had a good word as to how Dan handled whatever situations would arise. With Dan's expertise and experience and knowledge and acquaintances throughout the County, now is the time to reward him by electing him our new Sheriff, as I feel he is thoroughly trustworthy and efficient.
CathlametLetters of Thanks Ilwaco merchants would like to thank the following businesses for helping to make our first Ilwaco "Business After Hours" a success. Thank you to Rebecca's Inn, Don's Portside Restaurant, Changes Salon and Day Spa, Festival's Coffee Net, Pepsi, and Ilwaco Museum.
City of Ilwaco
We at Hilltop Elementary School would like to extend a sincere "Thank You" to the Chinook Observer, Sid's Market, and Okie's Market for their many appreciated donations to the Hilltop family barbecue.
We would also like to give a big thanks to the kitchen help and parents who served the food.
All of the above were essential in making this event an enormous success. Kudos to the more than 400 people who endured the rain to enjoy the hot dogs and meet their children's teachers.
Hilltop Elementary School Staff
Thanks for a great Wurst event
Thanks to all who helped make the Ocean Park area Chamber of Commerce's 2nd Annual Wurst Fest another success.
A special thanks to Richard Marshall from the Dunes Restaurant for preparing the food, and his wife, Kathy for decorating, including using her personal collection of German antiques. Also thanks go to the Knights, the Beezleys, and the Stephens who took care of the many details plus served and did clean-up. To friends and families who pitched in, thank you so much. Thanks to Randy and Marie Powell for taking care of the drinks and, a big thank you to Rick Pointer (butcher at Jack's) for making the sausage.
Thanks to Cris Weigardt and crew for donating little neck clams and to Pat Hammond of Ocean Park Crab and Seafood Market for donating a great gift basket of seafood. Both were raffled to benefit the Ocean Park school.
Additional thanks to everyone who joined us for dinner - 'breaking bread together' always leads to closer friendships.
It is very rewarding to see so much willingness and enthusiasm - that's Ocean Park. We should call it a FUN RAISER ... forget the "D". It was a great evening. Thanks!
Ocean Park His Supper Table/Thrift Store Update October 2002"Freely you have received; freely give." Mt. 10:8b. We're telling you our secret! His Supper Table is a targeted ministry! It's a feeding program, yes. But for whom, and why? "Who" includes those struggling financially, physically or emotionally; the lonely; Christians or secular people who are willing or eager to come "break bread" and to fellowship with others; volunteers who seek an outlet for ministry and who usually have a vision or a calling to be there; or volunteers with neither motive in view; and people who take advantage of us.
In regard to the latter, there is a scripture that identifies them and us. It's a command from Jesus: "Bless those who persecute you, pray for those who despitefully use you," a paraphrase later used to describe Mt. 5:42-47. There are those who have a problem with this, especially when it involves take-out meals. Since this is a Christian-based program, some fear that those who takeout meals, for their families or others, do not have ample time to receive scriptural counseling or hear the Good News of the Gospel. Contrarily, since take-out people must wait for their take-outs until those patrons dining in are served, much of the chaplains' conversation, encouragement and prayers are directed to the take-out people who stand or sit and wait.
"Why?" We do not ask questions or require any qualifications to be met before feeding. There is precedent for this in Jesus' ministry when He served the 5,000 with bread and fish. These are not simply "policies" of His Supper Table; this is the "heart" of His Supper Table, expressing the heart of God, Who is love. (I Jn 4:16b). In Jn. 3:16 that love is defined as being for the "world" by the giving of God's only begotten Son. It is ultimately expressed on the cross, when Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." The human "instruments" used at His Supper Table for this purpose are not just representatives from every church on the Peninsula (including Chinook and environs) they are an arm outstretched of the unified church of Jesus Christ in action, the same as Peninsula Christian Council, FISH, Reachout, etc. His Supper Table "feeding program" takes into consideration body, soul and spirit. The unconditional love of God, the unmerited favor of Grace is ladled out lavishly to every recipient, by those who are joyfully experiencing the same. "Freely you have received, freely give." It opens up a whole new world, or should we call it a "kingdom" in our midst. Galatians lists the fruit of the Spirit, with "love" prominently first, and adds: "against such there is no law." We are free to love. This is no secret!
Meals served in September: 3,424; Meals served to date in 2002: 31,972; Meals served in five years; over 130,000.
Donations to His Supper Table may be mailed to P.O. Box 796, Ilwaco, WA. 98624