Illahee 10/9/17 Port Meeting Wednesday, Port Comp Plan, Picnic Shelter Dedicated, WYA Work Party Report, Preserve Community Work Party Saturday, Interest in 1986 Illahee Salmon Pen Fight?

Port Meeting Wednesday.  The Port of Illahee’s regular monthly meeting is Wednesday 10/11/17 at 5 pm.  If the weather is nice the meeting may be outside at the former Illahee Food store.  If not there, the meeting will be held at its usual location, but with two parking spots being available at the lower level (which is considered marginally ADA accessible because of the need to drive down and back up the dock access road).

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Port Comp Plan.  The Port’s September meeting included an opportunity for the community to review the 2018 Comprehensive Plan and comment on it.  The Commissioner’s have left the opportunity to comment on it until the October 11th meeting at which time they will act on it.  
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Picnic Shelter Dedicated.  The Rotary Club of East Bremerton dedicated their new Shelter on 9/28 with a run down of the history of the Preserve, comments by Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, and a review of future acquisition plans for the Preserve.  The photo below is when guests started to arrive.
WYA Work Party Report.  With the threat of rain on Friday 9/29 the Washington Youth Academy work party started late, but was able to get much of the desired work completed. The thrust of the work was to move tree debris from nearby trees that threatened the new shelter, and to cover the trails with wood chips before the winter rains.  Left were a bunch of wood chips for a community work party.  Thanks to John P. for the photos.
Preserve Community Work Party Saturday.  Wood chips remain to get the Preserve trail system ready for winter so the Park Stewards are looking for community help this coming Saturday (10/14) from 8 am to 1 pm. Wheelbarrows and hand tools have been accumulated and stored in a GoMini container that will be staged in the Almira parking lot.  Show up when you can and as long as you are available.   Questions?  Call 360-479-1049.
Interest in 1986 Illahee Salmon Pen Fight?  We borrowed an old file from 1986 when Illahee successfully fought off efforts to put salmon pens out in front of Illahee to commercially raise salmon.  There are current concerns following the accidental release of pen raised Atlantic salmon in the San Juan’s this summer as we have salmon pens in Rich Passage.  If not for a few interested Illahee residents, some of those pens might have been right here in Illahee.  Let us know if you want to hear the rest of that story.
Jim Aho

Illahee 8/7/17 Wildlife Photos, Band-Tailed Pigeons, Port Meeting Wednesday, Illahee Day Saturday, Illahee Store Progress?

Wildlife Photos.  Thanks to Fred, who lives near the Illahee Preserve, for the following photos:

Band-Tailed Pigeons.  The photos are of a band-tailed pigeon, with the following 2005 book found at the Amazon website about these interesting birds.  Anyone have more information on band-tailed pigeons?
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Port Meeting Wednesday.  The Port of Illahee will be holding its August monthly meeting outside of the Illahee Store on Wednesday 8/9/17 at 5 pm.  The meetings are being held there to make the meeting available to those unable to navigate the steep slope to the Port meeting room at the base of the Illahee dock.
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Illahee Day Saturday.  The public is invited to Illahee Day on Saturday, August 12th, from 4-7 pm.  Beverages and food will be provided.  Come and meet your friends and neighbors and celebrate Illahee’s 101 anniveresary!
Illahee Store Progress?  The Port has been actively pursuing the purchase of the abandoned Illahee Store and is currently waiting for an anticipated Sheriff’s sale.  Contamination has been found on the site and cleanup will be required.  A second site survey, which installed four monitoring wells confirmed the findings of the first tests, with estimates of the cleanup cost expected later.  Historical photos of the pumps from the old store were requested and found from 1945 from Marie Reed’s photo album.
Jim Aho

Illahee 3/7/17 Port Meeting Wednesday, Past Commissioner To Share, Kitsap Ports, Local Ports Map, Port Relationship With Preserve, Port Salmon Projects, Port Watershed Study, Port Mission, Port Website

Port Meeting Wednesday.  The Port of Illahee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5 pm at 5500 Illahee Road.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  The sign provides the details.

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Past Commissioner To Share.  Past Port of Illahee Commissioner Lew Noah will share about his tenure on the commission including when they installed a diving reef in front of the Illahee Dock.
Kitsap Ports.  Interestingly, Kitsap has more port districts than any other county in Washington.  See the map and the list of ports.
Port Districts Map
Port Districts Legend
Local Ports Map.  The bulk of the districts are local, and relatively small compared with the Port of Bremerton whose area seems to cover most of the county without a port district.  The numbers and red borders are precincts.
Local Port Districts Map
Port Relationship With Preserve.  The Port has had a varying relationship with the Illahee Preserve depending on the mix of commissioners. Some residents, and commissioners, think the mission of the Port is to just be concerned with the Illahee Dock.  Others think the mission is more, such as salmon projects and the Illahee Creek watershed with its stormwater issues. 
Port Salmon Projects.  Salmon rearing projects both along Illahee Creek and at the Illahee Dock were Port supported.  Many volunteers were needed to feed the fry in the fish pens that were tied to the Illahee Dock around the years 1999 and 2000.  We wish there were some photos of the pens (if anyone has some we would like to get copies).  The photo below is a chum salmon returning to Illahee Creek from one of the projects.
Port Watershed Study.  A number of years ago the Port applied for and received a $268,000 Centennial Clean Water Grant from the Department of Ecology to conduct a watershed study of Illahee Creek.  The results showed some major problems that needed to be corrected.  Many of the recent stormwater improvements at the headwaters of Illahee Creek are a result of the grant, and there will be more in 2017.  
Port Mission.  This is from the Port’s website.
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Port Website.  The Port has a relatively new website,, designed to host all the public information associated with the Port.  If you have suggestions please let the commissioners know.
Jim Aho

Illahee 12/11/16 Photos, Humming Bird Correction, Illahee Preserve Work Party, Old Gas Tanks Inspected, Illahee Store UST Drilling Monday, Port Meeting Wednesday


Humming Bird Correction.  Thanks to Paul for correcting me as I incorrectly identified the humming bird in the last Update.   
The exposure is a bit dark, but the hummingbird in the photo appears to be a male Anna’s hummingbird.  If the photo was taken recently, the photographed bird cannot be a rufous.  Rufouses winter in Mexico and along the Gulf Coast of the United States.  The larger and hardier Anna’s hummingbirds are year-round residents in western Washington.  Anna’s hummers are the birds hitting the hummingbird feeders hard right now.
Illahee Preserve Work Party.  A week ago a small group of Olympic High School volunteers helped haul rocks, which are many times heavier than wood chips, to fill a particularly wet section of a trail.  
Old Gas Tanks Inspected.  The Department of Ecology recently conducted their routine inspection of the gas tanks at the Illahee Store.  The inspector said she would like to have these tanks taken care of as they have not received the required cathodic protection (necessary for steel tanks) when the power to the store was shut off many years ago.
Illahee Store UST Drilling Monday.  We found some colorful “locate” markings around the vacated Illahee Food Store the other day and understand soil testing will occur Monday, to determine if the underground gas storage tanks ever had any leaks.  We also noted the septic system was checked the other day and the drainfield lines located. 
Port Meeting Wednesday.  Just a reminder the Port of Illahee monthly meeting is this Wednesday (12/14/16) at 5 pm.  Also a reminder that two port commissioner positions will be up next year and interested residents need to apply in May for the November 2017 election.
Jim Aho

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