Slideshow: Fall colors linger on the Olympic Peninsula.
Photos sent in by various Jefferson County residents.
November 2020 UPDATE: The Jefferson County, WA page has now been marked as a 'fan page' by Facebook, indicating it is NOT an official county page.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, WA - There seems to be growing controversy over the unofficial Jefferson County, WA Facebook page which appears to be run by Clallam County resident Joe D'Amico and former PT Leader contributor Patrick Sullivan.
With a plethora of low 1-star reviews, the Jefferson County, WA Facebook page appears to be more about promoting the agenda of Mr. D'Amico (his proposed gun range in Quilcene, his discontent for County Sheriff Dave Stanko, etc.) and less about promoting that of Jefferson County or its citizens.
Recent and previous reviews on the page highlight just what the community thinks...
This page is NOT an official page for Jefferson County, Washington. It was created by a man who is a disgrace to our county, Joe D'Amico. Joe doesn't even live in Jeffrson County. He and his friend Patrick Sullivan administer this page. Don't be fooled into thinking this page has anything to do with the county administration.
“This page's byline is "Jefferson County Washington is manage [sic] by the citizens of Jefferson County Washington" but it is, in fact, managed by one particular resident and his business interests. This page is fraudulent, has no relationship to the government of Jefferson County, is not reflective of the views of the other residents of Jefferson County, and is a giant conflict of interest for Joe D'Amico and his private security company. He should turn the page over to Jefferson County.”
“Don't spread slanted news & views. Don't claim to be an official mouthpiece for the county.”
Not an official page. Whoever is running this should turn it over to the county officials
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Prepared by the Tarboo Ridge Coalition
September 8, 2018
The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) voted in December 2017 to declare a one-year moratorium on considering applications for commercial shooting facilities. The moratorium ordinance created a committee charged with developing draft legislation regulating commercial shooting ranges. The goal of this proposed ordinance was to protect the viability of gun ranges in the face of increasing population pressure with a focus on public safety, environmental protection, and compatible land use. The moratorium ordinance referenced recent legislation on the regulation of gun ranges from Kitsap County, which has withstood legal challenge, as a model.
The review committee consisted of County Prosecutor Phil Hunsucker, County staff from DCD, the Sheriff’s office, and Environmental Health, representatives of the Sportsman’s Club and the Point-No-Point Treaty Council, a citizen from each of the three legislative districts, and Joe D’Amico of Fort Discovery Inc. as a citizen-at-large. The committee met 15 times during the summer of 2018 and Mr. Hunsucker presented the draft ordinance, encapsulated in the bulleted points below, to the BoCC on August 27, 2018.
Quilcene Fire Rescue Residential Key Box Program
QUILCENE, WA – Quilcene Fire Rescue (QFR) has established a free residential loaner key box program for the residents of Jefferson County Fire District #2 (Quilcene, Dabob, Coyle).
The objectives of the program are to expedite emergency responders reaching a patient and to minimize or eliminate damage to property by forcible entry. The key box is a secure steel box which residents can place the key to their home for rapid access by fire department crews. The Key Box is then placed over the top of the front door, no other installation is needed. Only on-duty Quilcene Fire Rescue personnel have the master key used to access the key box.
The Residential Loaner key box is available as a one-year loan subject to renewal, if necessary. We do require a security deposit of $50.00 which will be returned to the resident when the box is returned to the Fire District. Essentially, the program is free to residents with the small refundable deposit. The Residential Loaner Key Box remains the property of Quilcene Fire Rescue and is to be returned to the Fire District when the condition of the individual no longer warrants the use of the box.
Quilcene Fire Chief Larry Karp said “it’s unfortunate, but sometimes we get called by an elderly or injured resident who can’t unlock the door so our crews can begin treating them. We are then forced to either wait an extended length of time for a family member to arrive or we must force entry and potentially damage a door or window. These unfortunate situations can be avoided if the resident or their family put up a key box to allow the fire district access to assist when needed”.
The department has a limited supply of residential lock boxes available for this program. So, if you, or someone you know needs a key box, give us a call at 360-765-3333 or stop into the administrative offices at 61 Herbert Street to get set up.
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