>Miscellaneous – 5-14-11

>Where Are The Updates?  We have been asked about when the Updates will resume, so it must be time to continue them.  We had a nice trip around the Baltic Sea, visiting and touring in Germany, Finland, Sweden, and Denmark.  We were surprised at the low salinity and lack of tidal fluctuations in the Baltic Sea.  After the trip I ended up with pneumonia and have finally recovered enough to want to sit at my computer.  Not too many items to report so should be able to catch up with all I know in this Update. 

Fawn Reports.  Two sets of twin fawns have been reported, with one being hit by a car last Saturday just south of University Point.  Some gardeners are reporting daily and nightly visits by deer and are realizing they need to get nets up if anything is going to survive.

Gosling Report.  Not as many young Canada goose goslings reported, possibly because some of the seagulls are reportedly getting them when they are really small.  We have seen this ourselves a few years ago where the goslings were swimming in a line between the two parent geese, and a seagull quickly swims up and takes a gosling before the adult geese can react.

Baby Possums.  We had two reports of strange looking rat type creatures, which of course were small baby possums.  These babies are cute when they are small and we have been surprised that cats seem to leave them alone. 

Humming Bird Report.  We received the following email regarding a large hummingbird:
Today 5-4-11, I saw or at least what I thought was the largest Hummingbird I have ever seen around this area (off of Wise Street). It seems to be about 4 or 5 inches long. Has a dark hood with white stripe from back of eye to back of head. Body is green, but may have dark/ Dk Blue back. I think at times you can see a red spot on the forehead area.  It perches on on top of a 40 to 50 foot ceder tree of a neighbor. Attached are photos taken through a telescope. I could not ID this bird. See attachment.
Beverly Deitch Obituary.  Received the following note while on our trip and heard a number of Illahee residents attended the memorial service.
Just to let you know that Bev Deitch has passed away.  Her obituary appeared in the Kitsap Sun this morning (Thursday) . We are saddened to learn of her passing. 
Commissioner Brown’s May Newsletter Mentions Illahee Film.  There is a nice write-up about what is happening in Illahee in Josh Brown’s May newsletter, which can be read by clicking on the following link:  

Garden Tour?  Have not had a chance to find out if a determination has been made about an Illahee garden tour this summer.

Jim Aho

>Miscellaneous Items – 7/25/10

>We were out of town for awhile and missed a number of events.

Bill Green Memorial Event at the Elks.  We heard the memorial at the Elks was nice tribute to Bill Green, and that Bill Enger did a nice job of moderating the event .  We were glad to see the coverage in the Kitsap Sun which is at the following link:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/jul/16/bill-green-remembered-as-a-reliable-coworker/ target=”_blank”

Sunken Sail Boat at the Illahee Dock.  We also heard a sailboat sunk at the Illahee community dock last weekend and hope that someone may have taken photos and/or have more information, so we can pass them on.

Illegal Dumping.  We receive several emails about some illegal dumping, but without the photos or location.  We need more information so we can pass that information on also.

Gun Shots Fired.  We noticed the following story in the Kitsap Sun and hope someone has some more information on this incident.  Two Arrested in Illahee After Multiple Gun Shots  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/jul/17/two-arrested-illahee-after-multiple-gun-shots/ target=”_blank”

Some Responses Regarding Shoreline Walking.  A couple of weeks ago we asked if anyone had thoughts regarding the Public Trust Doctrine and being able to walk on the beaches in Illahee.  We only received two email comments which are:

Re: Beach walking: I suggest you look into the public trust doctrine in Washington. Here is a good overview to start with:
In Caminiti v. Boyle, the Court upheld the dock leasing statute.  But, in a lengthy analysis, it acknowledged that the public trust doctrine has always existed in Washington.  While the state may convey title to tidelands and shorelands, the private owner does not receive the full “bundle of sticks” that all first-year law students learn about in property law.  Instead, the state retains a “jus publicum” or public easement on the lands.  The state may no more dispose of these public rights than it may abdicate its police powers to run the government or preserve the peace.

Why shouldn’t you be able to walk on the beach. If your just walking and looking at critters and rocks… why not. Unless things are out of hand, people are abusing the area or being disrespectful, you should be able to cruz by without being scorned and bullied.  It’s on loan from God anyway. 

Homeless Reports in the Kitsap Sun.  We received a number of inquires about the recent articles in the Kitsap Sun about problems with the homeless in an encampment along state highway 303, with people wondering if the homeless were in the Illahee Preserve.  The answer is that the encampment is behind Safeway, though some of people had previously been in the Illahee Preserve.  The major concern with homeless in the Preserve is the fire danger with the Preserve and surrounding forested areas being roughly about 600 acres surrounded by houses.  There are no fires of any kind allowed in the Preserve, but that rule was routinely violated by those who were camping in the Preserve and a number of months ago a transient with a fire was burned so bad he had to be flown to Harbor View for treatment.  The Parks Department and Illahee Preserve groups are carefully watching the homeless situation across the road at Safeway since if it is not resolved the people may be looking at returning to the Preserve.

Reports and Comments.  If it is easier for you to report on any if the events we noted earlier rather than sending an email, please feel free to call at 479-1049.

Jim Aho

>Miscellaneous Items – 10/20/09


Stray Dog?  We just were sent an email with a picture of a dog that showed up at an Illahee residence.  If anyone knows who this dog belongs to please call Rodney Mansfield or send us an email and we will pass the info on.
Passing of Long Time Residents.  We are sad to report the passing of two long time Illahee residents – Ron Grunden, age 78, on September 19, and Ed Fisher, age 95, on October 13.  Attached are the links to their obituaries in the Kitsap Sun.  It was from Ed Fisher that we were given a glimpse of the number of salmon that came up Illahee Creek to spawn in the early 1900’s.  There is a notation in the Illahee Community Plan that “He also remembers scooping salmon out of Illahee Creek (then referred to as Lamotte’s Creek) and bringing them home where his mother would smoke and can the fish for the winter.”
Timbers Edge Decision Appeal?  We have been asked if the Illahee Community is going to appeal the Commissioner’s Timbers Edge decision.  We haven’t been able to get an answer yet to that question.  We were told the written decision has to be prepared and sent out and then a 21 day period begins, during which an appeal must be filed.
Illahee Preserve Logs.  When the new parking lot at Almira was put built it was felt that the non-marketable logs should be put to some use, and they were therefore set aside.  It was good to see that a good use was found for them, and that the story made the front page of the Kitsap Sun.  Below is the link to the story.
University Point Dock Approved.  We reported on the hearing for this private dock in an earlier update, and attended the first hearing.  The hearing was continued to get the Suquamish Tribe’s input, and from what we hear other testimony was also given.  Below is the story in the Kitsap Sun that the dock was approved by the Hearing Examiner.
Illahee Community Club (ICC) Annual Meeting.  We just got word that the Illahee Community Club’s annual meeting will be held on November 14, 2009 at the Kitsap Regional Library on Sylvan Way, beginning at 1:30 pm.   The ICC meets quarterly with meetings in Feb, May, Aug, and Nov, with November being the annual meeting.  
ICC Membership.  Any Illahee resident is eligible to be a member and the dues are only $10 a year, which we understand will cover the rest of this year and 2010.  We have attached the membership form.
Jim Aho

>Miscellaneous Items – 9/21/09


Shoreline Meetings Tonight (Monday 9/21/09) & Thursday (9/24/09). The Illahee community has been blessed with 3 miles of shorelines. We want everyone in Illahee to be aware that the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) is in the process of being updated and that informational meetings are being held nearby. Attached is the information that was posted on the Kitsap County website.

County Hosts Shoreline Update Outreach Meetings
Stakeholders Asked to Join Kitsap County Shoreline Management Plan Update Advisory Group

(Port Orchard) – Kitsap County is required to update its Shoreline Management Master Program (SMP) by 2012. The Washington Department of Ecology is providing funding to conduct the update. The SMP is a comprehensive land and water use management plan that includes policies and regulations for use and development of Kitsap’s shoreline. Kitsap County has about 230 miles of saltwater, stream and lakefront shorelines that support diverse environmental, economic, and recreational uses. The Department of Ecology ultimately approves the updated plan, but citizens and County government cooperatively develop an updated plan that is proposed to Ecology. We planned several information outreach meetings to kick-off this effort, and encourage stakeholder participation in an advisory group to guide these efforts. The meetings start at 6:30 PM and wrap-up at 8:00PM.

Meetings are scheduled at these locations:
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Kingston Fire Station
    26642 Miller Bay Rd NE, Kingston
  • Monday, September 21, 2009
    Keyport Bible Church
    15270 Washington Ave NE, Keyport
  • Thursday, September 24, 2009
    Kitsap County Fairgrounds, The Eagle’s Nest
    1200 NW Fairgrounds Rd, Bremerton
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2009
    Seabeck Christian Conf. Center “Dining Hall”
    15395 Seabeck Hwy NW, Seabeck
  • Monday, October 5, 2009 at the
    Kitsap County Administration Building, Chambers
    619 Division St., Port Orchard
Illahee Preserve Parking Lot Logs. We received the following update from Vic Ulsh on the status of the log pile next to the new Illahee Preserve parking lot along Almira:

Logs at Almira
Lori Raymaker has made arrangements with Kitsap Community Resources and AmeriCorp to cut up the logs at the Almira parking lot at Illahee Forest Preserve. They will cut the logs as fire wood for those in need. Target date for their big work party is Friday, October 16th. They also expect to be available to do a few other chores while their personnel are on-site. I suggested weeding the rain garden (it will need it again by then). I plan to meet with Lori and a rep from KCR at 9AM on Wednesday, October 14th to go over a game plan, especially hoping to have them avoid driving over the sidewalks to get to the logs.
Brownsville Appreciation Day (BAD) on Saturday (9/26/09). You have undoubtedly seen the signs for Brownsville’s Appreciation Day on September 26, 2009, so don’t forget our Port of Brownsville neighbors to the north on Saturday. The link to their web site is attached below.

Passing of John King. Illahee lost a good friend on September 8, 2009, when John King passed away. A number of us enjoyed talking with John as he worked on his vintage cars in the Sunset Avenue area. His obituary link is attached.

Lost Cat – Was it Found? We have been asked if the lost cat was ever found. We have not heard what happened, even though information was passed on. If you have any information, please let us know so we can pass it on.

Send in Information. Keep sending us your information and we will try to pass it on.

Jim Aho

>Miscellaneous Items – 11/8/08

>Noise From Gillnetters. We had reports from some Midwest people that is sounded like it was pheasant hunting season in Illahee on Friday with all the shotgun blasts. It was also reported there were a few less seals on the area floats on Saturday morning. Evidently the shotgun noise was coming from the gillnetters protecting their catches from the seals.

People Passing Away. We haven’t always known what to do when local Illahee residents pass away. Do we wait for the obituary to show up in the paper, which sometimes can be weeks, or do we just pass on whatever we know? There will be a website advisory group meeting soon that will discuss what should be reported. We have decided to pass the information on when we receive it as sometimes neighbors aren’t always aware or they may be on travel.

Helga Wright Passing. We were notified Friday of Helga Wright’s passing. It doesn’t seem like it was very many years ago when her husband died. It was quite sudden. The following was received from one of her neighbors:

Helga Wright passed away yesterday afternoon. She was admitted to Harrison Tuesday for stomach problems, operated on Wednesday and because of severe complications wasn’t expected to survive much longer. Her family decided to take her off life support 2 PM yesterday. We’ll miss her.

CAG Near Final List. We have completed compiling the list of Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) members that were involved with the Illahee Community Plan between 2006 to 2008. The county supplied the 2008 list, and the community supplied the names from 2006 through 2007. Since the names will soon be listed in the Plan we have printed the list here. If you helped and your name isn’t on it, please let us know asap as the names will be sent to the county on Monday, 11/10/08.

John & Marilyn Adair, Elysa Aho, Kay & James Aho, Irene & Jack Aylward, Vicki Bartlett, Barney Bernhard, Audrey Boyer, Emily Boyer, Dale Boyle, Cynthia Brackstad, Jim & Kathy Brady, Tom Brittell, Bob & Julie Brooke, Michael D Brownell, Steve Bryant, Hugh Coe, Terry & Julie Cox, Delores Crist, Gwen Detweiler, Don Dietch, Dolores Doninger, Dedrick & Deloris Easely, Merrill Evans, Kathleen & Martin Francom, Michael Greer, Barb Gutierrez, David Haynes, James & Sabine Hazel, Bob & Carol Henning, Cindy Holben, Steve Jackson, James & Sandy Jacobson, Don Jahaske, Robert H & Doris B Jarvis, Berni Johnston, Laurie Jones, Teresa Jones, Bill Kettenring, Irwin & Judy Krigsman, Merilee Kuklinski,Laural Kuklinski, John & Peg Lesser, John R. & Arlene Lind, Sharon Looper, Lynn Lund, Rodney & Marina Mansfield, Mike Mantzke, Dennis M May, William & Pat McCauley, Danya McConnell, Wayne & Jan Morris, Larry Newton, Michael Nicolaus, Arden Norvold, Nancy Nystrom, Joe & Joyce O’Hara, Tom & Katie Proteau, Tom Rutter, Steve Ryder, George Schaefer, Christie Schultz, Dennis Sheeran, Lenny Smith, Lynn Smith, Jim & Judy Stelson, Cathy & Paul Stensen, Chris & Lynn Stone, Anthony Strickland, Jim & Alice Trainer, Hazel Witte, Rob Woutat, Dan & Mary Ann Wright

Jim Aho