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January 31, 2017

Two County Nonprofits Merge to Deliver Greater Impact

Jefferson County Community Foundation (JCCF) and United Good Neighbors (UGN) have merged to provide greater impact on philanthropy and volunteer engagement.  The two organizations have worked collaboratively since 2012 through shared staff and facilities. In 2017 the two will become one 501(c)3 nonprofit organization named Jefferson Community Foundation. The aim is to better serve the people throughout all communities of Jefferson County, its donors and its nonprofits.

UGN was founded in 1957 and the organization is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017. It mobilizes the caring power of donors, volunteers, organizations and the community to improve the lives of people in need through its annual fundraising campaign.  The 2016 campaign brought in more than $300,000 according to Ken Dane, Interim Executive Director.  During the last decade, UGN has raised and distributed about $2.5 million dollars within Jefferson County.

Dale Wilson, Executive Director of Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP) said, “we have valued our past partnerships with both UGN and JCCF. Looking forward, we are confident this consolidation will bring new energy, capacity and potential to Jefferson County’s non-profit community. The new Jefferson Community Foundation builds upon a rich history of success, while creating the capacity to strengthen our community today and tomorrow.”

Jefferson County Community Foundation was established in 2005 around a shared set of values and purpose to make Jefferson County a better place to live and work. The organization brings together individuals, families and businesses to support nonprofits through endowments, field of interest funds such as the Fund for Women and Girls, donor-advised funds, giving circles and scholarship funds.

“Our goal,” says Board Chair Rose Lincoln who previously served as the CEO of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, “is to strengthen our community both now and for future generations through engaged philanthropy.”

Lincoln says that changes in society and technology have created new philosophies, approaches and tools for donors and the nonprofits they support. “Our community is creative and progressive; we can be a leader in community giving, family philanthropy and volunteerism,” she notes. “Through the merger, we will embrace emerging trends and technologies to reach more donors, make giving easier, and achieve greater results with more visible accountability. As stewards of our donors’ contributions, it is our obligation to be more efficient and to strengthen our impact.”

Nationwide, community foundations play a key role in identifying and solving community problems in fields that included the arts and education, health and human services, the environment, and disaster relief. In the past 11 years, JCCF has distributed over $ 600,000 in grants supporting a diversity of programs in education, environmental stewardship, youth athletics, and the arts throughout Jefferson County.

Carol McGough, a founding member of JCCF said, “We want to build on the community progress Jefferson County has been experiencing during the last decade — from the dynamic changes at Fort Worden in lifelong learning, to expanded health care services, to the growing focus on locally sourced food and environmentalism.” McGough added, “This is a great place to live: we have new education projects and facilities, our vibrant arts and culture scene is growing, and passionate people are protecting our land, air and water.  It’s an exciting time for our organizations as we become the Jefferson Community Foundation.”

The newly combined organization is creating a shared budget, and will develop a new Strategic Plan as they merge systems and processes for greater efficiency. They are recruiting a new Executive Director to lead the combined organization, and will be assembling a dynamic UGN Campaign Committee that can lead an ambitious, record-setting campaign in this 60th anniversary year. For more information, contact Interim Executive Director Ken Dane at director@jccfgives.org.

 

December 19, 2016

Timber Settlement Agreement Announced

by Beverly Browne, Managing Editor/Reporter

The Jefferson County Commissioners, at their regular meeting on December 19, 2016, announced the outcome of mediation between the County and Port Ludlow Associates (PLA) of a year and a half long dispute involving timber harvesting in Port Ludlow. The County contended that the timber harvesting was in violation of the Port Ludlow Development Agreement; PLA disagreed. The disagreement was subject to mediation.

In brief, the agreement states that, on property owned by PLA located within the MPR and zoned Open Space Reserve, PLA “shall not cut trees or otherwise harvest timber except if: (a) cutting is specifically authorized by the County at its sole discretion upon finding it consistent with aesthetic and open space purposes, (b) it is reasonably incident to golf course operation, management, and operation, and is within 50 feet of the golf course, and (c) it is incident to providing access to or management of a roadway, utility, or storm water drainage facility, or (d) involves access to and removal of a hazardous tree or trees. If more than 50 trees, nine inches or more in diameter at breast height are to be cut in any twelve month period, PLA shall provide the County with written notice at least 30 days before commencing cutting.

In forestry areas not zoned MPR-OSR but within platted or developed land PLA may harvest timber as long as the primary benefit is to improve, maintain, operate, or use the property for purposes other than commercial forestry. The following restrictions apply: (a) a permit must be obtained, (b) PLA shall comply with any limitations, restrictions, or other requirements imposed by the County or DNR, and (c) provide the County with written notice if the harvest involves more than 200 trees in a 12 month period.

In unplatted and undeveloped land where a final plat has not been approved by the County, PLA shall not cut trees except:

(a)    when the harvest is incident to conversion to a non-forestry use,

(b)   reasonably incident to golf course expansion,

(c)    reasonably incident to golf course operation, management, or renovation and within 50 feet of the golf course,

(d)   reasonable incident to providing access to construction of, or maintenance of a roadway, utility, or storm water drainage facility,

(e)    cutting hazard trees, or

(f)    otherwise permitted or required by the County at its discretion.

In all instances PLA is subject to the limitations of governmental regulations and shall comply with the Forest Practices Act, Forest Practices Rules, and other applicable laws, ordinances, orders, regulations, and other regulations imposed by the County and the DNR.

PLA further agrees to cooperate with the County in revising the Development Agreement and the MPR Code. The County may issue “stop work” orders for violations but will not assert claims against PLA, issue press releases, or make public announcements without giving PLA ten business days to provide legal justification for its actions, providing PLA has stopped work. If the County and PLA cannot agree, dispute resolution as described in the the Development Agreement shall take place.

PLA and the County agreed not to sue each other based on specific conditions related to the Timber Harvests.

The above statements are abstracted from the written agreement provided by the County. It is not a complete reprint of the agreement, which contains additional specifications. Fact checkers should refer to County documents.

 

December 15, 2016

South Bay Rejects Property Sale

This month, the South Bay Association (SBCA) sent a letter to Bert Loomis rejecting the offer to purchase property on the hill adjacent to the Bay Club. Loomis had intended to build condominiums and/or an assisted living center.

President Gil Skinner told Loomis that the board believed there was very little likelihood that two-thirds of the members would approve the sale. Two-thirds is the majority that is required before the board could act on the prospective sale. Skinner said that it would not be productive or prudent to incur the expenses that further negotiation would entail.

Loomis had offered to pay $690,000 for the property. SBCA members who attended and spoke at recent meetings indicated a strong belief that the land was valuable in its undeveloped state and should remain in that condition. They also disagreed that the property was zoned for housing as Loomis contended.

 

December 15, 2016

Goat Survey Shows Population Increase

The 2016 National Park Service/Department of Fish and Wildlife survey of the mountain goat population has been completed in collaboration with the US Geological Service. It shows that the population of mountain goats in the Olympic National Park has doubled in the last 12 years. The estimated number of goats in the park is 620.

Three successive aerial surveys have shown increases averaging about eight percent a year. If the rate is sustained, goats will increase an additional 45 percent over the next five years. The information will help park managers develop a plan for managing the goat population.

Mountain goats are not native to the Olympic Range and are not actually goats but antelope. They were introduced in the 1920s. Their population has varied over the years, reaching a high of 1,200 in the 1980s. Large numbers of goats are not sustainable in the drier regions of the park.

 

November 2, 2016

Alzheimer’s Association Offers Help to Caregivers during Disease Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. The Alzheimer’s Association is focusing its attention on the intersection between these two events, the disease and the unique challenges facing Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. The Association offers free resources to guide families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. They are:

Alzheimer’s Association Helpline (1-800-272-3900): This toll-free 24/7 Helpline is the one of its kind. The Helpline is staffed by masters-level counselors and provides information and guidance in more than 170 languages and dialects.

The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center (alz.org/care): This site provides more than 70 pages of information and easy access to resources, such as:

•           Community Resource Finder — Find local resources.

•           Care Team Calendar — Coordinate caregiving responsibilities among family and friends.

•           Safety Center — Access information and resources for safety inside and outside of the home, wandering and getting lost, and dementia and driving.

ALZConnected™, powered by the Alzheimer’s Association (alzconnected.org): This is the first social networking community designed for people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The site is a specialized social network that allows members to connect and communicate with people who understand their unique challenges 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They can ask questions and offer solutions to dementia-related issues, create public and private groups organized around a dedicated topic, and contribute to message boards. ALZConnected combines the features of many social networking sites and the popular Alzheimer’s Association’s message boards. Members create “connections” by extending and receiving invitations.

There are 100,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and 330,000 unpaid caregivers in Washington State, according to the Alzheimer’s Association® 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures. The Alzheimer’s Association will continue to assist families in a variety of ways to best meet their needs, including local programs such as:

Support groups:  Peer or professionally led groups for caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. All support groups are facilitated by trained individuals. Specialized groups exist in many locations for children, individuals with younger-onset and early-stage Alzheimer’s, and adult caregivers and others with specific needs.

Education Programs: Your local Alzheimer’s Association may provide caregiver training classes and workshops. Contact the Alzheimer’s Association locally at alzwa.org

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease or available resources, visit alz.org or call 1-800-272-3900.

About the Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.