Illahee 3/14/17 Abandoned Car Reports, Owner Unknown, Clues, Disposition, Yacht Information, Spring Photos

Abandoned Car Reports.  Calls, emails, and photos coming in about an abandoned car in the Illahee Preserve.  

Owner Unknown.  We are hoping someone will recognize the car as initial contact with the Sheriff’s Department indicated they don’t know whose it is.
Clues?  We thought the VIN number would make it easy to trace, but maybe not if it is an out of state car?  And then there is the handicapped parking pass that was going to be checked this afternoon.
Disposition?  Preserve volunteers want the vehicle out before Friday’s work party.  It will likely be towed with Parks trying to find the owner to be reimbursed for the towing bill.
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Yacht Information.  Several emails regarding the above yacht photo in yesterday’s Update with the following details about the boat, including the weekly charter rate.
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Spring Photos.  Alder catkins and new Indian Plum leaves are more signs Spring is just around the corner.
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

Illahee 3/25/14 Photos, Illahee Meeting 4/2, Meeting 3/12 Report, Grants, Shellfish Warning, Spring Photos Needed

Photos.   Some random Illahee photos taken in March.

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Illahee Meeting 4/2.   The Illahee Community group has contacted the Sheriff’s Department’s Community Resource Officer, Schon Montague, to tell us about the Neighborhood Watch program, how we can protect ourselves, and give us an update of crime in our area.  The meeting will be held at the Sylvan Way library from 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Meeting 3/12 Report.   We were asked how the Emergency Preparedness presentation in Brownsville went on March 12th and found out 50 people attended, with about half learning about it via emails, like this and others.  The report was that those attending enjoyed the meeting and came away with lots of good information, which mirrors what we heard after a similar meeting the Illahee Community group hosted in November.
Grants.   We were asked why the number of updates going out has decreased this month, and we replied we have been working on grants.  For those unaware of the potential benefits of grants to a community, we need only mention that it was an IAC  grant that added about 90 acres to the Illahee Preserve, a National Fish & Wildlife grant that funded work and studies on Illahee Creek, a Coastal Protection Fund grant that added more property to the Preserve, and biggest was the Port of Illahee who put in for a Centennial Clean Water grant with the Department of Ecology (DOE) that funded studies to figure out how to control the stormwater surges plaguing Illahee Creek along with some restoration work.  The Clean Water Grant was a key step in Kitsap County receiving a follow-on DOE grant to fix the surges and with construction beginning 2015.
The grants we have been working on are another Coastal Protection Fund grant, a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Foundation grant, and supporting help with a 2014 Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grant the Parks Department will be submitting.  We never know whether on not we will be successful with these grants, but if past is prologue to future, we should see some successes. 
Shellfish Warning.  We are surprised these shellfish warning signs are still posted at the Illahee dock.  We will try to get more information on how much longer the problem is expected to last.
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Spring Photos Needed.  We are in need of spring photos for the updates, especially of wildlife and flowers.  The photos below are on the North Fork of Illahee Creek.  The ferns on the tree trunk of the last photo are licorice ferns.
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Jim Aho

Illahee 4/24/13 First Illahee School, Green Cleaning Workshop, Spring Photos, Grant Info, Timbers Edge, Deer!

First Illahee School.  The photo below was forwarded to us of the first Illahee school along with some historical information.

Green Cleaning Workshop.  We were asked to let community members know about the following event coming up soon.

Free Green Cleaning Workshop:  Kitsap County is providing a free workshop on ‘Green Cleaning’, including demonstrations and free samples on May 1, 2013.  Limited to 30 attendees, the workshop will be held at the Brownsville church (across from the Brownsville school) between 7 and 8 PM on Wednesday, May 1.  Please make reservations by email at “” or via Sabine Hazel ( 479-0988).
Spring Photos.  Some photos of the Illahee Preserve came in today thanks to Sally.

Grant Info.  The information was forwarded to us because there are at least two non-profits located in Illahee:  The Illahee Forest Preserve and the Illahee Community Group.

I would like to cordially invite you to attend a very special Grantseeking workshop at the Sylvan Way branch of Kitsap Regional Library Tuesday, April 23 from Noon – 1:30 (it’s fine to bring and eat a lunch). Details at the end of this message.

This Grantseeking Basics workshop is intended for representatives of nonprofit organizations, whether new to the process or ready for a refresher  that not only includes insider tips but the introduction of powerful newly available online tools, training and resources for grantseekers available now through the library at no charge to you, including:

·       suggestions for getting ready to seek funds, which includes knowing what funders look for in a nonprofit organization.

·       how nonprofits are supported, with detail on the types of grantmakers and why it’s important to know about them.

·       tips on the funding research process and finding funding partners.

·        information on the Foundation Center resources, and how you can use them effectively to help you in your funding research.

·        how to access other training classes and free online webinars and print resources for more topics and in-depth training

If you are a nonprofit, be sure to send someone to this class, you’ll be glad you did! Please share this invitation/email with everyone you know who might benefit.

There is no formal sign-up process, but I’d greatly appreciate an email reply, to get an idea how many are attending.

If you cannot attend, I would like to make an appointment to see you either here or at your office, to introduce you to the new resources and support available to you as a nonprofit, at the library. These are powerful and worth your time. I look forward to meeting you.

Grantseeking Basics with KRL’s new Foundation Center Resources


Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013, 12 – 1:30 p.m.


Sylvan Way

Age Range


Type of Event

Adults, Special Events, Other Library Events

Library Address/Phone

Sylvan Way Library / 360-405-9100 / 1301 Sylvan Way – Bremerton, WA 98310-3466

Special Event

KRL Special Event


Peggy Branaman leads this Foundation Center workshop about insights into the world of grantmakers, finding funding partners and touring the powerful online grantseeking resources new to the library this year . This class is designed for nonprofit grantseekers, and will help you prepare to get that grant!
Timbers Edge.  We are still hoping the new developers of Timbers Edge will consider the community’s desires regarding the project, which is for a lower density.  What we have heard is the development is moving ahead, see the next email comment.

The North Perry Water Department has been notified (Thursday) that the Timber’s Edge project is proceeding. Just wanted to keep you updated.

Deer!  This is a sore subject as the deer are invading local gardens already.  One person said they destroyed last year’s raspberry crop and they are already trying to do so this year.
Jim Aho