Comment Period Extended for the Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range EA

The comment period on a special use permit that would allow U. S. Navy training operations to be conducted from Olympic National Forest has been extended until November 28, 2014. Olympic National Forest received a request from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station for a special use permit that would allow the Navy to conduct training exercises from twelve locations within Olympic National Forest. The current comment period was to end October 31, 2014. Dean Millett, the Pacific District Ranger and Responsible Official for this decision, stated, “I’ve decided to extend the current public comment period to ensure the public has plenty of time to share their thoughts. If you have already provided comments on this project, you do not need to comment again with the same information you’ve already provided.”

In addition to extending the comment period, the City of Port Angeles is hosting Navy and US Forest staff for a question and answer session on Thursday, November 6th from 6-8pm in Port Angeles, WA. The location for this event is the City Council Chambers, located at 321 East Fifth Street, Port Angeles, WA.


I-5 Lane Closures Coming To Olympia Overnight Friday, Saturday

OLYMPIA – Nighttime drivers traveling on northbound Interstate 5 through Olympia are encouraged to expect possible delays during night hours on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8.

Friday night lane closures:
A single northbound I-5 lane will close starting at 9 p.m. between Henderson Boulevard and Boulevard Road SE. A second lane will close at 10 p.m., and a third lane will close at 11 p.m., leaving one lane of northbound I-5 open for drivers. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Saturday. While the lanes are closed, crews will remove an overhead sign mount.

Saturday night lane closures:
Crews will close a single lane of northbound I-5 approaching Pacific Avenue at 9 p.m. A second lane will close at 10 p.m. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 9.


Kitsap County to Host Open House on Final Shoreline Master Program Nov. 17

Kitsap County to Host Open House on Final Shoreline Master Program (SMP) The Kitsap County Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update received conditional approval by the Department of Ecology on October 2, 2014. The Kitsap Board of County Commissioners wishes to provide the public an opportunity to view the required and recommended changes before they take final action to adopt the SMP. Click here for more information

Members Sought For Master Hunter Advisory Group (extended to Jan. 9)

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting letters of interest through Jan 9 for membership on the department’s Master Hunter Advisory Group (MHAG).

Dave Whipple, WDFW hunter education division manager, encourages certified master hunters in Washington – especially those on the east side of the state – to apply for six positions on MHAG coming open next year.

The initial application period ended Nov. 30.

“We have received a good number of applications from western Washington, but we’d like to hear from more master hunters on the east side,” Whipple said. “The advisory group is designed to represent master hunters statewide.”

The group, which represents master hunters statewide, advises WDFW on issues and opportunities affecting master hunters and the Master Hunter Permit Program (MHPP).

Six volunteer positions will be opening on the 15-member group early next year. Five appointed members will serve three-year terms, and one will serve a one-year term. All appointees must retain their certification status during their entire term.