Winter Colors. This time of year it is often hard to find colorful objects to photograph. The first photo is from the Illahee Preserve, the second taken from the Illahee dock.
Friday Road Work. We were surprised to hear jack hammers early Friday morning along Illahee Road, especially since the contractor for the stormwater project doesn’t normally work on Fridays and we thought they had finished laying the new piping. It turns out this was a gas company crew working to extend the gas line to three new customers before that section of Illahee Road is repaved. See the attached photos.
On Friday I was walking my dog and I heard and saw 3-4 pickers harvesting in Illahee Preserve @ about 1:30pm.
Walking north from Compass Circle it was on the ridge to the left and across from the first East path intersection.
I called 911 and a unit was dispatched. I received a call from the officer who said he was in the Almira parking lot. @that time I was at the Riddell lot and explained if he walked in to the 2nd main N/S path and travel S he would find them and I would approach from the other side. I ended up running into two of them on my way. Of course there were no police. So I was detaining them hoping the police would soon arrive. So after having a discussion that it was illegal to be harvesting in the Preserve, I left. I called dispatch who had the officer call me again to find out that he was still sitting in the lot waiting for back up. I met them in the lot and escorted them to the area but by this time they were nowhere to be found. You can see the paths and the reduction in vegetation.
Christmas Film Sales. We have had a number of residents purchasing Illahee DVDs for Christmas presents. One of the comments we received from those who saw the film at the Admiral Theater is the colors on the DVDs are much more vivid and bright than it was on the theater’s screen. The film was done in high definition (HD) which provides the great colors and is why there are also Blu-ray copies available. Simply call 479-1049 to have them delivered, or for more information about the film.
Preserve Cleanup Volunteers. We couldn’t find any of the Illahee Preserve cleanup volunteers who would pose for a picture so we took a picture of their orange vest, their pickup tool, and trash bag after a trip through the Preserve. They reported only a small amount of trash was found, most of it around the Thompson Lane parking lot.
A check with the Kitsap County assessor indicated that the original five properties have been combined into three properties following the gifting of the riparian properties (21 acres) to the Port of Illahee. The remaining parcels are:
a. 012401-1-001-2003, 4.54 acres, current assessed value $45,180 (the west end/remaining Garrison)
b. 062402-2-014-2000, 5.42 acres, current assessed value $143,500 (the center plus small north piece)
c. 062402-2-013-2001, 5.3 acres, current assessed value $141,390 (the Avery Homestead piece)