Illahee 7/10/16 State Park Dock, Rabbit, Illahee Facebook Page, Sunset Homeless Check, Opossum Article, Preserve Response, Similar Response, Illahee Store, Port Meeting on Wednesday

State Park Dock.  We saw the boat hauling a long dock passing through Illahee and wondered where it was going.  Seems it was going the Illahee State Park, thanks to Dennis who sent us the following photos:

Rabbit.  This is the first rabbit we’ve seen in Illahee.  Thanks to George for passing the photo on.  When we lived in Seaford, Virginia we needed a 2 foot high fence around the garden to keep the rabbits out.  

Illahee Facebook Page.  We forgot there was an Illahee Community Facebook page until we received the following: 

One of our members on the Illahee Community Facebook page reported that there were some vehicle break-ins in the vicinity of Rest Pl and Wise St.  There also have been reports of what appears to homeless in the area seen coming from and going into the woods (Preserve) off both Sunset and Rest.  Not sure if they are camping out there or not. 
Sunset Homeless Check.  Whenever a homeless report is received it is responded to quickly and all that was discovered were some trails with some read painted markings and some great scenery.  Homeless are not allowed in the Preserve for a number of reason with fire being the main one as local fire departments are not equipped to fight a forest fire.
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Opossum Article.  Most people who receive the Kitsap Sun remember the front page photo of the opossums on June 30th.  What they don’t know is that they first wanted to release them in the Illahee Preserve.
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Preserve Response.  The response from the Illahee Preserve was opossums should not be released in a nature preserve.  Opossums are not native to the area and according to wildlife biologists out compete other mammals for food and are also impacting ground nesting birds.  Just like non-native plants, non-native species are not wanted in the Preserve, which is a designated wildlife habitat conservation area.
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Similar Response.  The Preserve opossum responders were happy to see the following letter to the editor that appeared in the Kitsap Sun on Friday (7/8/16):
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Illahee Store.  Thanks to those who responded to be part of a group advocating for the purchase of the Illahee Store.  We heard a local grant trust was contacted last week about the possibility of submitting a grant to help purchase and renovate the store to a community center, but found it wasn’t a good fit and nothing happened.  The group is looking for someone to help look for other grants.  Below are some excepts from the grant request letter.

The Illahee Community is looking to obtain a building, that may soon be available, for a Community Center.  


Illahee is a long time recognized community in Kitsap County and is celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year.

We just found out the former quick stop food store, located in the center of the community, that has been vacant for years, may be going up for auction at a sheriff’s sale at a date yet to be determined.
The location is ideal for a community center as is the size of the building.  Because of this we are looking into what it would take to purchase it.  
Since the building has been vacant it will need some work, but not that much since it was built in the 1970’s and is primarily concrete block construction.  The biggest issue currently is a hole in the roof where someone removed an air conditioner unit, likely for salvage of the metal.  
Port Meeting on Wednesday.  A reminder that the Port of Illahee meets at 5 pm on Wednesday (7/13/16).  Port information is available at their website:
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Jim Aho

Illahee 6/28/16 Photos, Illahee Store, Store Interest Group Forming, Illahee Preserve Trails, Piling Worms?

Photos.  It is good to be back after being gone most of June and realize again what a beautiful area we live in.  We were alerted today about what looked like a house moving down the bay, which was actually a boat house being moved by the boat inside.

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Illahee Store.  Thanks to Mark Moshay for pressure washing at the Illahee Store!  We heard the former owners are out of the picture regarding the store, which likely means lien holders will be trying to recoup their money through an eventual sale of the store.  If this is true then the community should be prepared to act if they would like to see it become a Community Center.  
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Store Interest Group Forming.  Some of us are interested in the store becoming a future Community Center and want to meet soon to discuss what our options might be.  If you would like to join this group just respond to this email.
Illahee Preserve Trails.  During the hot weather it is especially nice to have the Illahee Preserve to walk, jog, and to bike in, and were  amazed today at how well kept the trails are.
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Piling Worms?  While watching the squid fishermen at the Illahee Dock we noticed what looked like a snake swimming near the surface of the water.  It is a little hard to see in the photo with the seaweed and reflection from the lights.  We were informed that the snake like creature is actually a piling worm which we hope someone can verify.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 5/25/16 Webcam, Illahee Store Meeting, Store Comments, Dog Attack Comments, Dog Park Needed, Fill-in Reporter?


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Webcam.  The webcam is up and operational and working fine.  There were issues with the processing computer which have been cleared up.  The webcam was getting 20 plus hits a day until the problems occurred and now it is single digits.  Some use it to check the weather when they are away from the area, so it may be that the lower spring/summer hits are because the snowbirds have returned.


Illahee Store Meeting.  We saw an email summarizing the meeting of the Illahee Community Club at the Illahee Store on Sunday evening, which read:

While there weren’t very many attending we looked from the outside at the store and property and decided to keep moving forward with the gathering of information.  

One of the concerns was financial, i.e., who would be incurring the costs for purchase, maintenance and upkeep?  But that discussion would be for later as there are many questions that need to be answered first, such as is the store even available to us and can it be converted into a community center?   

The good news is we are beginning the discussions, the bad news is there are lots of unknowns at this point that make it hard to know what the outcome will be, and for those who want to make it be part of Illahee’s 100th anniversary it will take some dedicated efforts to make it happen this year.  

We did have another Illahee resident who wants to help clean up around the store, and is looking at pressure washing the area.

Some Store Comments.  Mostly positive comments about trying to secure the Illahee Store for a Community Center, with some wondering about why the Port of Illahee isn’t involved.

Some Comments re the Dog Attack.  Lots of initial comments came in regarding the dog attach a few weeks ago so we have selected some representative ones. The last response is from the injured person who was responding to a request for more information.

Oh no! so sad! Glad everyone is going to be okay. I would be devastated if something like that happened to my lab, and I usually walk there with my toddler in a stroller too.

I am so sorry about the lady and dog.  I’ve lived in Illahee for over 15 years and only recently thought of cruising thru the preserve.  Have to say I would be armed.

Without being overly dramatic, this is why sensible people obtain a Washington Concealed Pistol License, then carry said pistol with them on dog walks.  My wife and I both have them.  No one likes to think of having to end a confrontation with a gunshot, but I submit that it is preferable to having your dog torn to pieces and yourself mauled trying to defend your dog and yourself from an out of control pit bull.  Versions of this story are repeated numerous times every year in Washington.  An untrained pit bull is little different from a wild tiger.

I’m sorry to hear the sad news of the dog attack to a person and her dog. Prior to this, I was close to sending an email to you voicing my concerns with off leash dogs at the preserve.
I go to the park once in a while to cycle, and walk with my 7 year old daughter.  I have seen dogs attack other dogs, right after I told the owner that she needs to leash her dogs.  I have been rushed and growled at with my daughter with me by off leash dogs until I grabbed a big stick and the owner finally got a hold of their collars, it was scary. A stick really would do nothing if the animal attacked.  To be honest I have been nearly bitten by a leashed dog as well when the owner didn’t expect, their dog lunged and chomped but fell short off getting me. I have also been bitten twice while cycling in other public hiking/cycling areas in the county. All while being polite and talking friendly when encountering them. 

I am seeing many, many off leash dogs, up to about 90% of them are off leash out there.  I have had many close calls in the preserve as well as other recreational areas in the county and see the same percentage… dog owners think they can simply call their dogs, or hold their collar and that’s not right because it doesn’t work. A high percentage of people say “Oh, she’s nice (the dog).” – As they bark at me or rush up to me.
I think action needs to be taken. The police should do a patrol (if even once a week or month) because they patrol every street for people doing anything wrong… why not protect people from animals where there is constant issues. They should give tickets, make some money and make a point.

People tell me they are afraid of the preserve being frequented by cyclists, but the place is already overrun with dogs, it’s a dog park now.
There’s my rant, I feel powerless to curtail the amount of dogs that are off leash but believe me I politely remind most people of the rules out there.

Thanks for sharing.  I’d like to say that off-leash dogs are a big problem in the preserve.   My husband has been nipped at twice and my Mother-in-law was nearly knocked over by an over-zealous dog.   When we remind people that leashes are required, we hear things like “everyone does it”, or “my dogs are friendly”.   It is a nature preserve, so allowing dogs to run loose disturbs the wildlife and the plants.   Your last line in your email saying that you hope “vicious dogs” will be kept on leash only scratches the surface. None of the owners think that their dog is a problem, and all should follow the leash laws to make it more enjoyable for all involved, including the other dogs. I believe everyone would be more comfortable if it was enforced. 

Jim forwarded us your request for any additional information about the dog and handler that attacked me on Tuesday, May 3rd, in the preserve. The dog was a large black Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix that may have had a small amount of white on the feet and possibly chest. I believe it to be a mix only because of it’s size. The dog was wearing what looked like a choke chain. Did not notice tags of any kind or hear jingling.

The handler was an African American male in his late 20’s or early 30’s. His hair was short, and he was clean shaven. He wasn’t wearing glasses of any kind. He was wearing dark pants, possible jeans, shirt and a vest. He was of average height and weight. I saw no distinguishing marks or tattoos. Appeared clean cut, and to be holding a leash or something in his hand.

The handler did not have any control of the animal. He called the dog by a name, but I was unable to make out that name. The dog did not come when called, in fact turned and went in the opposite direction. The handler chased after the dog, but was unable to secure the animal. The dog may have possibly been new to the handler. When the attack was happening the handler appeared fearful himself to reach for his dog by it’s collar or choke chain and pull it off myself and my dog. After the dog stopped the attack, which I’m not sure how that came about, he did return to help me up off the ground, but had still not secured his animal. I told him to leash his dog because I feared the dog would return and attack again. When I got up and saw that both myself and my dog were bleeding, I called to him, but he kept walking away and I never saw him again.

I don’t recall ever seeing this dog or handler in the preserve before this past Tuesday. I hope this will be of some help.

Dog Park Need.  There have been discussions about whether the former Eastside Auto Wrecking Yard could be obtained for a dog park.  Those sites are normally brown fields that are hard to reclaim for other uses.  After seeing the above comments, it might be time to see if a grant could be obtained to purchase it for a dog park. 

Fill-in Website Reporter Needed.  We are always looking for other contributors to this website, and especially when we are either busy with other things or out of town.  Let us know if you would like to help.

Jim Aho

Illahee 5/20/16 Photos, Options Agreement Ends, Grant Application, The Critique, Park Needed, Theme Ideas, Timeline, Illahee’s 100th Anniversay, Illahee Store, Community Meeting Sunday 7 pm

Photos.  Some photos around the community.

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Options Agreement Ends.  The Options Agreement to purchase the remaining 10.7 acres of the Timbers Edge project ended on May 15, 2016.  This was reported earlier as it was known in March that appropriation funding was not successful (the escrow process needed to begin in April to meet the May closing date).

Another Opportunity.  The good news is that there is another opportunity to secure most of the necessary funding, through a Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant, which the county is submitting.  The property owner, Mr. Jim Tallman, has agreed to give the community and the county more time to see if they can secure a grant.

Grant Application.  The grant application has been submitted and a technical review of the project occurred this past week, on Tuesday 5/17/16.  We found the Power Point presentation on the RCO website:  Below is a copy of their first slide.  It turns out the presentation is just a preliminary one that is critiqued before a final one is presented in August that will be ranked with all the other projects in the state.

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The Critique.  The technical review was important because the briefing, though good, did not cover what the evaluators were wanting to see for a local park category grant, i.e., a more concentrated focus on the features to be in the park than on what has already been accomplished with previous Preserve acquisitions.

Park Needed.  While the property provides the necessary public access, it is also ideal for a local park with features not provided anywhere else in the Preserve which is why the local park grant category was chosen.

Theme Ideas.  One of the things being looked at is coming up with a theme for the 10.7 acre park.  Only two theme suggestions so far: “Lost Continent Park” and “Homestead Park”.  Natural features such as rocks and logs are what was envisioned for the play area so if anyone has theme ideas, let us know.

Timeline.  The grant timeline now is to perfect the application and make changes to the presentation with the goal to have the project score high enough that funding will be essentially assured.  Even with a high score the property will need to be purchased before funding is distributed (June 2017) possibly needing a bridge loan.  We will try to keep track of the progress and keep everyone informed.

Illahee’s 100th Anniversary.  The Illahee Community was established in 1916 so this is the 100th anniversary.  The Port of Illahee has selected August 13th for Illahee Day, and Port Commissioner Cassie Magill is looking to the Illahee Community Club  to help with ideas of how the celebrate the anniversary.

Illahee Store.  Would the former Illahee Store building make a good Illahee Community Center?  It is roughly 50′ by 32′ or 1600 square feet.  Can the building be saved?  What does the local community want?

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Community Meeting Sunday 7 pm.  The Illahee Community Club (ICC) would like to meet on the store property to look at it to see what would need to be done to make it a Community Center and they set a date and time to do so:  Sunday (5/22/16) at 7 pm.  Anyone interested in the idea is encouraged to come.  If it is raining they will hold their discussion in the Port meeting room, lower level, across the street.

Jim Aho

Illahee 5/6/16 Dog Attack Update, Website Stats, Webcam, Audrey Boyer Memorial Service, Goslings Report, Great Give Results

Dog Attack Update.   We asked how everyone was doing after the dog attack at the Preserve on Tuesday.  Notices about the attack were posted on Thursday.

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The dog I was walking actually belongs to my daughter and her family. Mia is going back to the vet today for a bandage change and check to make sure her broken leg is healing correctly. I’m still very sore and changing bandages daily. A lot of swelling and bruising. Thank you for checking on us.
Website Stats.   Periodically we check website statistics and noticed webcam views were down, due to a loose connection problem, which was easily reconnected.  We thought you might be interested in what the site stat page looks like.
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Webcam.   It appears we still have a minor problem with the webcam, not with the current view, but with the recording of the current day.  It doesn’t seem to affect the posting of the previous day’s recording, which we took a snapshot of below.
Audrey Boyer Memorial Service.   A reminder of the Audrey Boyer memorial service on Saturday at 3 pm at the United Methodist Church in Brownsville.
Goslings Report.   We noted it was nap time in the photo of some local goslings, whose number has dropped from 6 to 5.
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Great Give Results.   Thanks for those who contributed to the Illahee Forest Preserve through the Great Give.  The results on the website are:
Jim Aho

Illahee 5/3/16 Dog Attack at Illahee Preserve

Visious Dog Attack Today.   “Visious” is my word after receiving the following information in an email tonight.

Here is information that transpired at the Illahee Preserve today at about 9:45 a.m.  
My wife was walking a medium size lab mix dog, on leash and was attacked by a large black pit bull or pit bull mix which was off leash.  
The handler, and I use the term loosely, was unable to control the dog either verbally or physically and was unwilling to attempt to stop the fight.  The man was approximately 30 years old, of medium build, and African American.  He would not give his name and left abruptly after the attack ceased.  
Our dog had it’s leg broken by the bite along with other wounds.  It survived after extensive veterinary treatment  My wife had multiple bite wounds in the legs and one on the shoulder.  She was knocked to the ground during the attack.  She was treated and released at an urgent care facility.  
The incident was reported to the health department by the doctor and vet.  It was also reported to Kitsap County Sheriff’s Dept.  
We hike in the Preserve frequently and have encountered many friendly dogs and handlers.  This attack was sudden and unexpected.  So, heads up to all of you who enjoy the tranquility of the Preserve.
We plan on making an enlarged copy of the above and post it on the kiosk.  If you know the individual whose dog did the attack it would be good to let the Sheriff’s Department know.  Up until this point we haven’t heard of incidents like this.  We hope by posting a notice people with viscous dogs will keep their dogs on leash.  
Jim Aho

Illahee 5/3/16 Great Give Deadline Extended, Bird Identity Corrected

Great Give Deadline Extended.   Because of technical errors with the donation website the deadline for Great Give giving has been extended until tomorrow (5/4/16) evening at 9 pm.  Below is what the website screen looks like when you get to the Illahee Forest Preserve.  The box on the screen don’t show anything being the Illahee Forest Preserve,  but we know that is wrong because we already received a receipt for our modest test contribution.  The link for contributing is below and it finally worked out well for us.

Bird Identity Corrected.   Thanks to Megan for pointing out we misidentified the bird below in our last update.  Our excuse is we rarely saw the bird until we got close to its next and snapped the photo, thinking it was the same bird, a black-capped chickadee, that nested close by last year.  The all black head tells us it is a dark-eyed junco.  Thank you Megan for pointing out our error, and for others, please let us know when you find an error like this.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 4/30/16 Baby Birds, Bird Calls, Grant Application Ready, Kitsap Great Give

Baby Birds.  Nesting birds are having their young and it will be interesting to see how many make it too adulthood.  We first saw the goslings on Friday.  Birds were using holes in an old apple tree but have not seen them since the squirrel appeared.  The small holes in the tree trunk are from a red-breasted sapsucker we saw a few days earlier checking out the holes previously made for insects.  The black-capped chickadee in the photo was concerned when we got close to its nest outside of a garage.   The baby robins in the nest in the rafters are getting regular feedings.  There is a white-crowned sparrow and a golden-crowned sparrow (in the photo below) hanging around together and we are wondering if they will be nesting or leaving in May as the bird books say most do.  If you have some baby birds or active nest photos we would like to share them in an update.

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Bird Calls.  Early on Thursday the loons were heard making their tell tale calls, and then a pheasant could heard on a trip to pick the paper, and when reading the paper a strange bird call was heard coming from the roof.  It was a bird call I didn’t recognize and went out and looked up as it looked down at me.  It was a California quail with the distinctive forward-facing plume hanging down from its head.  Wasn’t ready with a camera so hope someone can get a photo of one.  There used to be some big coveys of quail in the area years ago, but haven’t seen any recently until this single sighting.
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Grant Application Ready.  Earlier we reported an appropriation request from the state legislature was not successful.  Subsequently, the Kitsap County Parks Department is putting in a grant application with the RCO (Recreation and Conservation Office) to purchase the remaining 10.7 acres of the Timbers Edge Development.  We just got word the property owners, the Tallman’s, signed a Landowner Acknowledgement Form indicating they understand a grant will be submitted to purchase their property.  This was necessary because the Options Agreement to purchase the property was not completed because of the failed appropriation request.  There are still major funding issues because the grant (if successful) wouldn’t be funded for over 14 months, and interim funding will need to be found.  Also, the community will need to raise at least an estimated $50,000 toward the ~$800,000 purchase price. 
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Kitsap Great Give.  On Tuesday, May 3, will be an opportunity to support local charities, including the Illahee Forest Preserve as it attempts to expand the Illahee Preserve and save and preserve some of the unique natural features in the area.  Simply click on the attached link and go to the Illahee Forest Preserve page to contribute.
Jim Aho 

Illahee 4/25/16 Illahee Photos, TE Purchase Option Expires, Another TE Purchase Option?, Kitsap Great Give, Audrey Boyer Memorial Service, Preserve Work Parties

Illahee Photos.   Vibrant colors and the seasonal sightings of loons.

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TE Purchase Option Expired.   Without an appropriation and without benefactors the Options Agreement to purchase the remaining 10.7 acres has essentially expired.  The closing date is May 15, 2016 but the escrow process needed to start 30 days prior, which was April 15th.

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Another TE Purchase Option?   Kitsap County is pursuing a state Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant to purchase the property, if the property owner will still consider selling with a later purchase date.  This is an ongoing process that needs to be resolved soon as the grant deadline is May 2, 2016. The Illahee Forest Preserve non-profit group is supporting the grant and is working to raise the anticipated $50,000 additional funds required for the purchase.

Kitsap Great Give Opportunity.   Kitsap’s Great Give is May 3rd and the Illahee Forest Preserve (IFP) is registered and in hopes of receiving donations during the campaign as there are additional funds that will be distributed depending on giving each year.  Last year there was a small but significant match which increases the size of donations.  This is a great opportunity to help the IFP and it is definitely needed at this time.

Audrey Boyer Memorial Service.  We just received word that long time Illahee resident Audrey Boyer died and that there will be a memorial service for her at the Brownsville United Methodist Church on Saturday May 7th at 3 pm.  Audrey was instrumental in saving the Illahee Preserve as you can see from the photo below and her obituary.


Audrey Boyer, age 97, died peacefully of natural causes on April 22 at her residence in Bellevue. Born Audrey Lucille Fredrickson in Toppenish, she majored in art at the University of Washington and taught school in Castle Rock and Burlington. She loved skiing and would head for Mount Baker and other Cascade slopes on weekends. She married Lyman Albert Boyer on June 19, 1942. They settled in Bremerton where he worked as a chemical engineer in the Navy Yard and she continued to teach school, completing her Master’s in Education as she worked. She taught fourth grade at View Ridge Elementary, and English, Yearbook, Drama and Debate at East High School.

She lived for 64 years in Illahee, where she was President of the Community Club, a Democratic Party precinct committee officer and a leader in many campaigns and causes, including Amnesty International. She worked persistently and wisely at living a simple, sustainable life. Her belief in the value of education led her to encourage and support many students in completing degrees in higher education. With her former student, Washington State Speaker of the House of Representatives Frank Chopp, and many allies in Illahee, she was instrumental in getting a large tract of forest saved as the Illahee Forest Preserve.

Audrey was predeceased by her husband Lyman and by daughter Virginia Boyer, and is survived by son David Boyer, daughter Helen Boyer, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, in Washington, Oregon, Minnesota and Wisconsin. We remember her for her love of family, her love of friends, her love of nature, her generosity, her artistry, her humor, her high ideals and her hard work. Her children send heartfelt thanks to Grace Alzheimers Home Care in Bellevue, for their excellent care in her most recent years. 

A memorial service and reception will be held at the Brownsville United Methodist Church, 8811 Illahee Road NE, on Saturday, May 7, at 3 PM. The family is pleased to invite all members of the community Audrey loved so much. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to support the Illahee Forest Preserve,, or Amnesty International,


Preserve Work Parties.   The first work party was the replanting of the rain garden plots at the Almira entrance to the Preserve.  The second set of photo’s is from last week’s work party (note the green shirts) with Starbucks with some of the employees coming from Seattle to help.

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Illahee 4/11/16 Missing a Cat?, Spring Photos, Big One Presentation, Reference Materials, Appropriation Failed, RCO Grant, Port Meeting Wednesday, Wildlife Photos

Missing a Cat?  “The attached photo is of a cat that’s been coming around for the past week (6000 block of Illahee Rd).  First day it showed up it was skittish and hungry.  Since, it’s coat has been getting dirtier and she is more defensive;  maybe getting used to being outside.”  Let us know if this is your cat so you can be reunited.

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Spring Photos.  So many vibrant colors this spring it is hard to pick what photos to include.

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Big One Presentation.  What a great earthquake and preparedness presentation was put on by the Kitsap Sun at the Admiral Theater on March 29th.  We are slow on reporting the success and the fact that it was recorded and was going to be shown on BKAT.
Reference Materials.  The earthquake meeting was so well attended the few handouts they had quickly disappeared so the Kitsap Sun provided the following information in an email:

The Danger Below Us: Our Big One

Thank you for attending the Kitsap Sun’s “Our Big One” forum at the Admiral Theatre on Tuesday! 

Our panelists shared several links and helpful resources for preparing your home and neighborhood. In case you missed them, here are some that were mentioned.

• FEMA’s website: Visit for a broad range of information. To see resources on preparations for an earthquake and how to react during and after, visit download guides that show you how to protect various aspects of your home and property in an earthquake, visit

• Kitsap County’s Department of Emergency Management website:Visit for information on emergency preparedness provided by the county. To learn more about the Map Your Neighborhood program, click here For information on home retrofitting, visit To see a collection of resources on preparedness, visit

Kitsap County Liquefaction Susceptibility Map: One of our audience members wanted to see a map that showed the susceptibility of liquefaction in various parts of the county. Find the Washington State Department of Natural Resources map by clicking here.

Kitsap Sun “A Year of Prepping” graphic: For a copy of the graphic that we handed out at the event, click here.

For Kitsap Sun coverage: To read our series “Our Big One”and other earthquake coverage, visit

Appropriation Failed.   A request was submitted for appropriation funding from the State Legislature for help to purchase the remaining 10.7 acres of the Timbers Edge development.  It was a tough year for funding requests and like many others, it failed.
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RCO Grant.  The Plan B was to try and obtain a Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant if the appropriation attempt failed, and there are people working on it as part of The Lost Continent Project Phase II.  
Port Meeting Wednesday.  Just a reminder the Port of Illahee meets on Wednesday at 5 pm.  Also, on Monday the Port contractor was working on the inner float.
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Wildlife Photos.  Thanks to those sending in wildlife information and/or photos.  It is why so many people have asked to receive the updates by email, so they can keep up with the wildlife sightings.  We were remiss a few weeks ago about reporting a gray whale passing through and tried to get photos but it was mostly submerged and only spouted a few times, and were weren’t quick enough with the camera.
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Jim Aho