Photos. We have been asked to always include photos of Illahee, and whenever possible wildlife photos. If you have some to share just forward them to us.
Photos. Some local photos. We enjoyed watching the native Douglas squirrel eat the maple seeds that got caught in the decking.
for the following photos. (Just a note that if anyone would like to help with putting out these updates, we could use the help as things pile up when we aren’t around.)
What about contacting the DCD? They are very aggressive in protecting the shoreline. Surely the possibility of deteriorating underground gas tanks leaking into the sound would be of some concern to them? What about contacting the sheriff as there is often unseemly looking “meetings” in the parking area? A rash of certified letter complaints to the owner? Isn’t the owner also an owner of a dairy or some type of business? Perhaps a barrage of negative comments on this company’s land management practices on the internet with photos (I believe I recall that they are out of state, but if this is how they manage holding here, is it fair to make the assumption that their practices elsewhere would likewise)? A midnight bulldozer to the site ….
Eagle Photos. The second photo was of a carving we saw on a walk.
Lost Cat. We received the color photo yesterday and noticed copies posted around the area during a walk this afternoon. We hope this helps.
Stream Stewards Class. Last time we mentioned this class at least one Illahee resident signed up and thanked us for letting them know about it. We attended the class when it was first offered and it was nicely done and gets better each year. We highly recommend it.
Learn all about Kitsap streams and watersheds and how you can help preserve and protect them
Do you want to learn about and explore forests and streams? On the Kitsap Peninsula, beautiful forests and small streams abound, making it the ideal place to learn about native plants, forests, wetlands, aquatic insects, and more. We also discuss our interaction with these resources and their protection, conservation, and restoration. We’ll spend plenty of time exploring outdoors.
During the training and field sessions you’ll have the opportunity to connect with experts and other local people who share your interests. We also provide opportunities for continuing education and involvement in volunteer activities around the county, including tree planting, streamside restoration, stream sampling, and teaching others at events like Salmon in the Classroom. This 5 week non-credit training is open to the public and taught by local and regional experts.
When: Thursdays, January 28 through February 25 from 9:00 to 3:00
Where: Room 406 in the Norm Dicks Government Center, Bremerton
Cost: $45, which includes class materials; scholarships are available
Mussel Testing. Mussel testing has been going on for years and there are several sites in Illahee. The Navy has been testing sites around Puget Sound and few years ago Kitsap County, working with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, began testing . The Navy is scheduled to take mussel samples from the Illahee dock on Saturday evening (1/23/16). County personnel and volunteers will pick up the mussels cages that have been in place north of the dock the evening of 2/7/16. Here is some information on the Navy sampling plans.
As part of the Navy’s ENVVEST ambient monitoring program for Sinclair and
Dyes Inlets we are conducting the Winter 2016 Mussel Watch Program to
sample mussel watch stations within the Sinclair/Dyes and Port Orchard
Passage system and are planning to collect mussel specimens from the
Illahee Port District pier on or about Jan. 23, 2106. This is the same
location that we sampled before. We would like to collect mussel specimens
for residue analysis of heavy metals, PAHs, PCBs, stable isotopes, and
lipids. I have a scientific collection permit from WDFW and we will be
following the NOAA Mussel Watch sampling protocols.
Store Comments? We are receiving some interesting comments after posting a photo of the hole in the roof of the old Illahee Store. If you have some thoughts regarding the store, let us know as we want to put them in an update.
Illahee Photos. Some photos from and around Illahee.
Squid Fishing. Only one squid was caught when we stopped to check on how the fishing was tonight. Wish we had gotten a better photo of it. Evidently the fishing is good until seals show up later in the evening.
Wildlife Photos. The first photo shows part of a flock of wigeon, three Canada geese, and a hen and drake mallard enjoying the sun on a cold day. The second photo is of some common goldeneye ducks.
TE Options Agreement Signed. An Options Agreement to purchase the remaining 10.7 acres of the Timbers Edge project was signed on December 21st. This is an extension of many months from the initial Options Agreement which indicates the property owner Mr. Tallman, and the developer John Johnson are willing to work with the Illahee Forest Preserve and the Illahee Community boards of directors to accommodate a possible purchase. The map below shows all the purchases desired for 2016, with the top priority being the remaining TE property.
By Jeffrey Levine, Director of Retirement Education
Follow Me on Twitter: @IRAGuru4EdSlott
It’s taken almost a full year – literally – but Congress is finally set to pass an appropriations act, which will include the much anticipated extenders bill. However, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill extenders bill. This year’s version of the extenders bill – something of a holiday tradition for many professionals at this point – permanently extends several key tax provisions, including the QCD (Qualified Charitable Distribution) provision that allows certain IRA owners to give IRA funds directly to charity without having to include them in income. But wait… there’s more!
Stuffed into the bill under a section appropriately titled “Miscellaneous Provisions” are several other changes to the tax law – that have nothing to do with the extenders – but that may impact your planning for one or more reasons. The following is a brief summary of some of the most important provisions in the law which are most likely to impact you and your family.
(Editor’s Note: Congress did act, and the President signed the PATH Act into law on Friday, December 18, 2015.)
Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) Are Back… “Forever”
The extenders bill will bring back qualified charitable distributions retroactively to January 1, 2015. Although the bill still hasn’t been signed into law, at this point, that’s pretty much just a formality. If you made a “QCD” earlier in the hope that Congress brings back the provision retroactively – as it has every other time it’s expired in the past – you can now rest easy. That distribution will soon become a valid QCD.
There’s more good news too. Never again will you have to wait until mid-December to figure out whether or not you should be making a QCD. The extenders bill brings back QCDs permanently. Of course, as I’ve said before, “permanent” means something different to Congress than it means to you or I. To us, permanent means, well… permanent. Not to be changed. Ever. To Congress, however, permanent just means the way it is until we decide to pass another law to override it.
If you haven’t yet made a QCD for 2015 and want to do so now that there is clarity as to the law, you had better get to work quickly! Charitable distributions must leave your IRA no later than December 31, 2015 in order to be treated as a 2015 QCD. Despite the close proximity between now and the end of the year, there will be no grace period or other extension of that deadline. Remember, QCDs can only be made from IRAs, and only if you are actually age 70 ½ or older at the time of the distribution.
– See more at: https://www.irahelp.com/slottreport/extenders-bill-poised-make-big-changes-what-you-need-know#sthash.7g6mQvAL.dpuf
Port Commissioner Continues in Position. What happens if no one files for a Port Commissioner position, including the incumbent? And what if in the same election voters approve a ballot measure to eliminate commissioner districts in favor of at-large elections? At the Port of Illahee meeting on December 9th we found out the answers to these two questions.
Lapse of election when no filing for single positions—Effect.
Elimination of commissioner districts.
Sgt Jim McDonough
Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
614 Division St, MS-37
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Wood Chips. We need help with getting wood chips to the people who want them. There were four people requesting wood chips and instead this load was dumped at the Preserve. If you see a tree service with chips they want to get rid of, have them contact us and we will put them in contact with people who actually want them. The Preserve doesn’t need anymore at this time.
Trees Down. Some Ocean View Blvd residents had to make some detours today because of downed trees from the latest storm. We found a broken off rear view mirror on the road this morning indicating someone must have had a close call.