Illahee 12/12/17 Photos, Port Meeting, Huckleberries, Homeless Camps, Wetland Map, Timbers Edge II, Major Contributions Needed, Preserve Meeting, Tax Deductions & RMDs, Does the Preserve Need Financial Help?, RCO Visit, Preserve Meeting




Coyote Report.  “A pack of coyotes has been causing a massive evening opera outside our place for the last five days.  I am very careful not to let my dog outside alone.  You may want to put something in your updates warning pet owners to be on the alert.”

Wednesday Port Meeting.  Residents are encouraged to attend the Port of Illahee meetings which are held at the Port of Brownsville’s Annex (until the Illahee Store can be acquired).  On the agenda is the Port’s lawyer, Ken Bagwell, presenting actions needed to acquire the Illahee Store.  Also on the agenda is the possible changing of the meeting time (currently 5 pm) to allow more workers and commuters to attend.”


Huckleberries.  We came across someone eating huckleberries while walking their dog in the Illahee Preserve, as there were still berries like these in some areas.


Homeless Camps.  In spite of close monitoring, homeless camps keep showing up in the Preserve.  It doesn’t take long for an area to be trashed, requiring volunteers to clean up the garbage.  Five camps were recently found and posted with a notice to vacate, in this case by a deputy and Preserve Stewards.  They are given time to pack up and leave, but nearly always leave a big mess, like these in the photos. 






Wetland Map.  In past Updates mention was made of an ongoing 10 year wetland struggle.  The wetland was finally delineated this fall and a preliminary map prepared which shows a much larger wetland complex (over 2 acres) than the small less than half acre wetland that was presented during the first hearing in 2007, which is why the appeal was filed.   More on this in a later Update when the stream data is added.

Wetland Map 

Timbers Edge II.  A month ago emails/letters were requested from residents and Preserve users showing support for acquiring the Timbers Edge II property (the former Avery Homestead) for a southeast entrance to the Illahee Preserve.  Those letters of support appear to be efficacious as discussions are looking positive for a possible purchase.  Approximately $400,000 will still need to be raised with grants being a partial possibility, property trades, and community contributions.

Avery Parcels 

Major Contributions Needed.  Many give gifts this time of year and the Illahee Forest Preserve is a 501.c.3 non-profit established to support the Preserve.  Contributions can be made through the Kitsap Community Foundation to the Lost Continent/Timbers Edge Fund, P.O. Box 3670, Silverdale, WA 98383 or directly to the Illahee Forest Preserve, Jon Buesch, Treasurer, 6253 East Blvd, Bremerton, WA 98311.  


Tax Deductions & RMDs.  Gifts qualify for tax deductions to the amount allowed by law.  Also, for those over 70 who need to take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) gifts can be given directly to non-profits so they aren’t taxed as income.  


Does the Preserve Need Financial Help?  The answer is YES!  Property purchases are very expensive, as are wetland battles involving lawyers and experts (reported to be nearly $20,000 this year alone).  The initial Timbers Edge purchase was $565,000 and the community contributed $130,000 in 2015.  A few faithful contributors are keeping the non-profit in the black, but more financial support is currently needed.  Acquisition progress is shown on the slide below.

Progress Slide 

RCO Visit.  A week ago the Preserve was visited by the state Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) representative for Kitsap County.  The visit involved looking at the various properties around the Preserve that have been identified for a possible purchase.  The grant cycle is every two years with 2018 the next one and the Preserve will be applying for an acquisition grant for this cycle, using the earlier Timbers Edge purchase amount to meet the 50% grant match requirement.  

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Preserve Meeting.  The Preserve Stewards meet monthly the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Kitsap Pavilion meeting room, which will be December 19th.  Everyone is welcome.  Find out how the Preserve Stewards are taking care of this amazing forested treasure located in our backyard.  If questions, respond to this email.


Jim Aho

Illahee 10/10/16 Photo, Eel Grass Survey, Deer Hunters, Port Meeting, Commissioner Openings in 2017, Septic Workshop, Preserve Work Party on Friday

Photo.  This was a first sighting of this bird for us.  It is a scrub jay we saw as we were leaving on a road trip a couple of weeks ago.


Eel Grass Survey.  Thanks to Brett for letting us know what this boat was doing in Illahee while we were gone.  We received a photo and a WhatsApp that read: “There’s a research vessel that’s been mulling around in front of the house for the past half hour, so I kayaked out and asked what they were doing.  Turns out is is an eel grass survey being carried out for DNR and the tribes.”


Deer Hunters.  We also received the following  a couple of weeks ago and hope someone explained that it is illegal to deer hunt here.

Warning. Watch for deer poacher/s around Illahee Preserve Around Sunset Ave.
A neighbor and I saw a car parked along road near a known illegal trail, no driver with deer hunting bow and game arrows in plain view in passenger’s seat. Duh!
It was like a blue station wagon shaped car.
Also someone has been blazing trail/s up into the brush onto preserve land . And marking trees. Likely the same guy/s.
Besides the fact that the deer are protected, Arrows could miss and travel dangerously around houses.
Call 911 if you see.

Port Meeting.  The Port of Illahee meets this Wednesday at 5 pm at 5500 Illahee Road and we are hoping to find out more about their efforts to try and purchase the Illahee Store.

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Commissioner Openings in 2017.  There will be two opportunities in 2017 for anyone who wants to be a port commissioner.  Filings need to be completed in the Spring for those interested.

Septic Workshop.  With most of Illahee on septic systems this workshop might be a good one to attend on Tuesday (sorry for the short notice).

Septic Sense Workshop

Learn how to protect your investment and keep it happy for a lifetime of

service. Kitsap County residents who own a septic system are welcome to

attend a FREE workshop from 6:00- 8:00pm, Tuesday October 11at the Eagle’s Nest 1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd, Bremerton.


  • Informative talks
  • Technical assistance
  • FREE “Green” cleaning product kits (one per household)
  • Info about low-interest loan program for septic system repairs


Space is limited. Sign up today!

Details and registration at: (October 11) or call 360.337.7157 ext 3244

Preserve Work Party.  The East Bremerton Rotary and the Washington Youth Academy cadets will be spreading wood chips on trials in the Illahee Preserve on Friday (10/14/16) to get the trails ready for the wet season.

Jim Aho


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 8/11/15 Double Rainbow, Crime Reports, Port Meeting, Preserve Work Party, Wheelbarrows Needed, Illahee Day on Saturday, Port Issues, TE Prelim Plat, Phase 1 Appraised Value?

Double Rainbow.  Thanks to those who share their photos and for this one of a double rainbow taken from Illahee and looking toward Bainbridge Island.

Crime Report.  And thanks to Vic who shared the Sheriff’s report on the breaking and entering, burglary, and theft of a vehicle report.  We hope to get more details soon.
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Local Crime Report.  We do get email notification of local crimes and attached are what they look like.  The one above is from a distance and the one below is closer in.
Port Meeting on Wednesday.  The regular Port of Illahee meeting is the second Wednesday of each month, which is tomorrow, August 12th, at 5 pm at the lower level of 5500 Illahee Road.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  More later on one of the agenda items.
Illahee Preserve Work Party on Friday  There will be a major Illahee Preserve work party on Friday August 14th with over 50 Washington Youth Academy cadets and the Preserve’s Rotary and Community Leadership Team.  
Wheelbarrows Needed!  With lots of wood chips to be spread more wheel barrows are needed.  They can be dropped off at the Almira entrance between 7:30 and 8:30 am and picked up after 3:45 pm.  Larger wheelbarrows are preferred to small ones, but all are needed.
Illahee Day.  Saturday August 15th is Illahee day at the Illahee Dock and at the lower level of 5500 Illahee Road, between 4 and 7 pm.  Food and beverages will be provided by the Port of Illahee.  Come and meet the commissioners and your fellow Illahee residents.
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Port Explanatory Statement.  We haven’t seen the wording for the proposition that will be on the ballot in November to eliminate commissioner districts, but we understand this is what went in to explain it.

The port commissioners adopted a resolution proposing that the Port of Illahee cease using three commissioner districts.  Currently commissioner candidates must come from the commissioner district in which they reside.  If the proposition is approved candidates will only need to reside within the Port of Illahee boundary.  This is authorized by the Revised Code of Washington, Chapter 53.12.021, and requires a simple majority vote for approval.

Voter’s Pamphlet Requirements.  There is a state statute to ensure the right information is included in the voter’s pamphlet, and it it up to the port to find those both for and against a ballot measure.  See the requirements below: 
Resolution FormatVoters Guide 
Pro and Con Statements.  The Port needs help to find both those for and against dissolving district representation in favor of at-large representation for port commissioners and it is hoped attendees will help with the draft statements.  Below are two draft statements to get the process started. 
CON STATEMENT.   The Port of Illahee has been running just fine for the past nearly 93 years with Commissioners elected from the districts in which they live. With such a great record, it is ridiculous to think that we need to change now, especially since there are more and more people living within the districts.  
PRO STATEMENT.   The Port of Illahee is a small port extending three miles along the waterfront and extending approximately one mile inland.  Currently the port is divided into three geographical commissioner districts and commissioners must reside within their district boundaries.  The port has found it difficult at times to recruit within these small districts.  Discussions weighing the advantages and disadvantages of commissioner districts resulted it a Port Resolution to eliminate the district requirement in favor of at-large representation.  Residents of similar small ports, such as Manchester, Keyport, Poulsbo, and Eglon, voted to eliminate their commissioner districts in 1996 – 1998.  Approval of this proposition will eliminate individual commissioner districts, and any resident within the port boundary will be eligible to run for a commissioner position. 
Required Port Committees.  Please consider attending the Port meeting on Wednesday and help out with the required committees and helping develop the statements for the Voters Pamphlet!  Below is the form the county requires to document the committee’s makeup.
TE Preliminary Plat.   Below is the TE preliminary plat the was approved by the Hearing Examiner many years ago.  It is being used now to determine the appraised value of the property that is being purchased as part of Phase 1 of the Lost Continent purchase.  The second drawing shows the number of lots that could have been built, 8 + 18 + 9 = 35.  (Note that with the Phase 1 purchase of the 25.5 acres, there will be no sewers and the 84 small lots shown on the plat will be replaced with 43 larger lots, and Phase 2 plans are to work with a land trust to purchase them.) 
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Appraised Value?  The appraiser needs to determine the net value of those lots in today’s market that could run between $20K – $25K per lot.  We heard the RCO does not consider the open space tracts that we had valued at $10K – $15K per acre.  In either case we feel the price the property is being purchased for will be more than substantiated.
Jim Aho

Illahee 11/10/14 Port Meeting, Community Plan Chapter 4, Poison Mushroom Photo

Port Meeting.  This is short notice to remind anyone interested that the Port of Illahee meets the second Wednesday of the month at 5 pm at the Port meeting room the lower level of 5500 Illahee Road, next to the Illahee Community dock.  This meeting will include discussion of the Port’s 2015 budget, which is posted on the bulletin board at the dock.  

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Community Plan Chapter 4.  This chapter in the Illahee Community Plan is the most interesting to many as it outlines why they like Illahee.  Below is the Table of Contents for the chapter.  The chapter can be accessed at the following web address:
Poison Mushroom Photo.  Thanks to those who pointed out the mushroom in the photo is extremely poisonous.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 8/12/14 Illahee Day, Port Meeting, Illahee Store, Timbers Edge, Squirrels, Gardens

Illahee Day.  We noticed the sign just went up advertising Illahee Day for this Saturday, 8/16/14, and all are invited.  

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Purpose.  It was described at the last Port meeting as a time for residents to gather socially at the dock and waterfront area in front of the Port office facilities at 5500 Illahee Road. 
Food.  The Port is providing food and drinks.  In the past they have provided Subway sandwiches and we understand this year it will be catered by McClouds restaurant, primarily potato salad and hot dogs.
Other.  Copies of the film “Illahee – Saving Puget Sound, One Watershed at a Time” will be available for purchase, with the proceeds going the the Illahee Forest Preserve 501.c.3 non-profit group.

Port Meeting.  The monthly Port of Illahee meeting is the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm at the lower level of 5500 Illahee Road, i.e., this Wednesday, 8/13/14.  It is a public meeting and the public is invited.  
Illahee Store.  There has been some cleaning activity around the Illahee Store and residents are curious if something is going to happen.  We heard that someone cleaned the blackberries off the roof of the store and would like to know more about who is cleaning up the area.  
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Timbers Edge.  We also heard there has been activity at the east end of the Timbers Edge property, at the site of the Avery homestead, where the area was cleared of blackberries. We heard the neighbors reported squatters and Mr Tallmon himself came out to look the situation over, and told nearby residents the area would be logged and developed next year.  The question is whether the site will be developed supporting community interests, or at the higher density, ignoring community concerns.  More when we know what is being planned.
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Squirrels. This squirrel was the only wildlife we saw on a recent walk.  The problem with the non-native grays is they out compete the smaller native brown Douglas squirrels and soon the natives will all but disappear.  It is a difficult dilemma for those who love all creatures.
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Gardens.  We have heard there are some beautiful gardens in Illahee.  Please send us some photos.
Jim Aho

Illahee 2/10/14 Gilberton Creek Meeting, Piebald Deer, Fox Sighting, Snow Tracks, Mussel Program, Port Meeting, Snow Pictures

Gilberton Creek Meeting.   We were advised of this meeting weeks earlier and are sorry for not mentioning it earlier.  The mess they are looking at cleaning up is from the December 3, 2007 storm that washed out the Gilberton Creek culvert and Illahee Road above it.  For those who weren’t here when it happened we were fortunate no one was injured as cars and a school bus had just gone by when the road gave way.  Below are the details about the meeting on Tuesday (2/11/14) evening.

Piebald Deer.   This photo of a local piebald buck is definitly worth sharing and one of the reasons the gene pool continues to show up.  
……with all the questions about the piebald deer, I thought I would send a photo of “Whitey”.  We first saw him as a little guy in 2007 and we last saw him in Sept 2012.  
Below that are some photos taken today (2/10/14) of deer checking us out.
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Fox Sighting.   We have seen a number of differently colored fox in the area, with gray being another one that was sighted the other day.
A large gray fox crossed the street in front of me coming home from work at about 4:30 PM on Friday the 7th. It was just a little way past the fire station coming down the hill on Illahee road. It is the first time I have ever seen one. It looked very healthy.
Snow Tracks.   It is always fun to look at tracks following a new snowfall.  We tracked a racoon for awhile and decided they cover a wide area, see the first photo.  The most interesting tracks on Sunday morning were of an otter, the second photo. 
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Mussel Program.   During Wednesday evening’s low tide scientists will be collecting mussels from the Illahee community dock.  Below is more information on the program along with a map of the other collection sites.
Port Meeting.   The Port of Illahee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5 pm at 5500B Illahee Road.  It is a public meeting and residents and visitors are always welcome.
Snow Pictures.   Thanks for those who forwarded the snow photos.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 12/5/13 Humming Birds, Preserve Work Party, Illahee Good Samaritan, Port Meeting, Port Districts, A Compromise?, Disaster Preparedness Comments

Humming Birds.   With about 6-8 humming birds flying around, these two seemed to be patiently waiting for the sweetened liquid to thaw out this morning.

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Preserve Work Party.   An Illahee Preserve work party is scheduled for early Sunday (12/8/13) morning as they want to get some wood chips down on a new trail section before the rains begin.  Volunteers who can push a wheelbarrow are needed, and new wheelbarrows have been purchased and will be available on Sunday.  See the notice below regarding the details:

We will have a small work party starting 8AM this Sunday morning, December 8th at Illahee Preserve.  Focus is moving some wood chips with wheelbarrows a short distance over relatively level ground for dumping onto a new trail section.  Target time for completion is 10:30AM.  Any hearty souls wishing to participate should arrive at the Almira parking lot of Illahee Preserve (near Fuson & Almira) by 8AM this Sunday.  Your own work gloves are the only tools needed. 

Illahee Good Samaritan.   There was a thankful letter in Sunday’s Kitsap Sun regarding the call from an Illahee resident that resulted in the rescue of the two teenagers a couple of weeks ago.  A photo of the letter is shown below:
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Port Meeting.   The Port of Illahee’s regular second Wednesday of the month meeting is this coming Wednesday (12/11/13) at 5 pm at the Port’s meeting room, lower level of 5500 Illahee Road.  Below is the map of the port boundaries on their website.
Port Districts.   A number of Illahee residents during the recent election agreed that having three separate districts didn’t make a lot of sense.  We decided to repost a report on the subject that went out in an update on April 20, 2013 that noted that other small Ports had eliminated internal districts.  Based on the turnout of this past election 10% of those voting would probably be about 130 to get it on a ballot.  However, the port commissioners could also approve it with a simple majority vote.  
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The current district boundaries are roughly as shown on the map below, with the Illahee Road addresses shown below coming from the county’s website.  
A Compromise?   Another alternative has been suggested for two districts, a north and south district, with the dock and Ocean View being the dividing line, and the other position being at-large from anywhere within the Port boundaries. Again, this is something the commissioners could approve or it could be put on the ballot with a petition signed by 10% of those voting in the last election. What this might look like is shown on the map below.
Disaster Preparedness Comments.   We did get a report regarding the Big Buddy heater (shown below) that was recommended at the community disaster preparedness meeting in November.
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Just wanted to let you know the Big Buddy heaters you showed in your newsletter are available at lots of local stores, including Fred Meyer and Walmart.  The best price for the heater is at Walmart (better than Amazon) and the best prices we’ve seen for the propane cannisters is Fred Meyers (3 for $9).  The heater is small and easy to carry around, and it does put out lots of heat.  We will let you know more about its use if we end up needing to use it for a long period.
Jim Aho

Illahee Community Update 9-11-11 Emails, Coyotes, Preserve Work Party, Port Meeting, Illahee Letter, & Flyover

Garbled Emails. It turns out a number of you are having trouble with text being partially cut off.  We are working on the problem.  Another option when that happens is to go to our website  At the website you will see we are still in transition with pages to finish, but the updates from the past have been transferred and the new updates show in their entirety, complete with the embedded photos.

Coyotes and Pets. We received the following email to notify residents about increasing numbers of coyotes that are now being seen along the shoreline area.

Word of warning to the neighborhood!!   Last Saturday night our housecat and pet of 2 years was killed by a coyote.  If your family pet is small and is sometimes outside please be cautious especially in the evening hours.
Other Reports. We have had other reports recently, of a partially eaten cat and a raccoon.  The rest of the raccoon was moved to the beach where the eagles finished the job.  In the not too distant past we had a family of fox that would often be seen moving along the shoreline, but nothing recently, so we presume the coyotes are now the dominate predator in the area.

Illahee Preserve Work Party. Another big work party with the Washington Youth Academy is being planned for the morning of Saturday, September 17th, rain or shine.  It turns out the 17th is a big volunteer service day in the county for a number of groups and the wheel barrows and tools we normally borrow are already spoken for.  We will let you know in an upcoming update what is needed in case you can help.

Port of Illahee Meeting Time Change. The Port of Illahee normally meets at 5 pm on the second Wednesday of the month, but not in September.  The will instead be meeting at 6:30 pm according to an email we received.  The Port meetings are public meetings and residents are welcome to attend.  They meet at the Port office at 5560 Ocean View Blvd.  Again, the meeting is at 6:30 pm on September 14th.

Illahee Letter to County Commissioners. We saw several versions of a letter being drafted by the Illahee Community’s (the non profit group) Board of Directors raising concerns about reported excessive population projections that may affect Illahee.  We don’t know all the details, but thought we should at least print the text of the shortened version of one of the letters to let residents know about their concern.  The item is on the Commissioner’s agenda for Monday evening, September 12, 2011.


The Illahee Community Board is trying to digest the recent decision from the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) and how the decision might affect Illahee.

We are anticipating the decision will require the reworking of the Land Capacity Analysis and a management analysis of the Urban Growth Areas.

We have been told the BOCC is poised to accept projected growth allocations, which are reported to be excessively high, at the September 12, 2011 Board meeting, which could impact Illahee.  We request any growth allocation decision be postponed until the impact of the GMHB decision is better understood by Illahee residents.

Please reschedule your decision for a future meeting.

Flyover & Camera Some have asked for more information about the flyover and the camera system.  We found some information on the cineflex camera used in the flyover on Wednesday.  The photos are taken at the Port Angeles airport during a refueling stop and shows the helicopter and camera along with cine-photographer, John Trapman, and our filmaker, Shelly Solomon.  The camera system is expensive reported to be about $600,000.  It was developed for the military by General Dynamics with this version used by filmmakers for high quality films, as previously noted in an earlier update.

Jim Aho


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