Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen: Jan 24th, 2018

The US Dept. of Homeland Security “stops an average of 7 known or suspected terrorists a day – 50 a week- trying to come to our country.”

The press asks zero questions about where this statistic came from.

With such an impressive handle on US Dept. of Homeland Security performance- why do Heroin-Trafficking Cartels continue to move product into local communities?

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Forced separation of migrant children from their parents, National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep meth out of Ohio:

June 20th, 2018 NPR:  A New Wave Of Meth Overloads Communities Struggling With Opioids

“…Congress enacted the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act in 2006, which regulated the sale of certain over-the-counter drugs, like pseudoephedrine, used in cooking meth.”

“What everybody is doing now is buying the cheap Mexican meth, and not cooking anymore,” says Vinton County prosecutor Trecia Kimes-Brown.

“They are more violent,” says Ryan Cain, the lead detective on counternarcotics for the county. He says in a rural county with a culture of hunting, it’s not uncommon to encounter meth users who are hallucinating — and carrying a gun.

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your many years of service in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Tried to have your back with strict post-911 security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, federal agents at border crossings & ports of entry & passports/enhanced & Real IDs to keep us all safe.

We’ll try harder next time.

 

West Texas counties:

San Angelo Car Salesman Pushed a Pound of Meth a Day

 

Minnesota:

Immigration is not the only border issue

“Commander Jody Gladis told the Marshall Noon Rotary Club that the Mexican drug cartel is flooding Minnesota with methamphetamine.”

 

Fayette County, Texas:

Local authorities swing into action after $2.1 million worth of methamphetamine moves past National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, then, on into Fayette County.

Fayette Co. K9 sniffs out major meth bust

 

Western Wisconsin:

‘Beyond An Epidemic’: Meth Abuse Skyrocketing In Polk County, Wis.

 

Don’t worry-

The Super Bowl and public affairs will be safe:

‘No known credible threats ’ ahead of Super Bowl, officials say

If the good guys can tell what the bad guys will do before they do it- surely, these powerful crime fighting tools will be used to shut down gang and cartel activity, heroin trafficking, bank robberies, mass casualty shootings, etc.

State-run media update:

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Photo- A symbol of the free press and federal government credibility

 

Walking past Perego’s Lagoon.

More about the area: Two Bluff Trails

North of Perego’s Lagoon – just off the Bluff Trail.

More about the area: Two Bluff Trails

North of Perego’s Lagoon – just off the Bluff Trail.

More about the area: Two Bluff Trails

Ebey’s Bluff Trail Loop

More here: No collecting or burning driftwood

 

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Photos- Firewood that got away and became driftwood.

 

More about the area: Two Bluff Trails

Looking north towards Perego’s Lagoon.

How to get there: Two Bluff Trails

More here: Two Bluff Trails

June 15, 2018 South Whidbey Record:

“Mucking about in clamming class”

“Last year, signs went up closing the waters around Penn Cove to any shellfish harvesting because testing revealed high levels of paralytic shellfish poison. The biotoxin can potentially lead to fatal paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans if consumed.”

“The Penn Cove ban has since been lifted.”

South Whidbey Record, which Penn Cove beach would you recommend for clam digging?

 

Photo at top of page:

Washington State Dept. of Health image updated June 16th, 2018.

Source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

View Penn Cove water quality for clam digging using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

Love to see newspeople get out and ask questions about why:

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

The beach above (MONROE LANDING) is on the north shore of Penn Cove. Here is another beach on the south shore with the same status:

Public Clam and Oyster Beaches: COUPEVILLE

More here: Penn Cove – Treated Water Not Safe?

 

 

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Looking north towards the San Juan Islands

Image above: Google satellite

When we signed Real Estate papers in 2013- there was just one classic Ford truck between us and the garage.

This inspection report authorized the results seen in the photos below: 

We sent a public records request for more information on how decisions were made in this case. Details here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

2017:

View from inside the living area of our home. Fence in lower part of image is on our property and was installed by us.

Merry Christmas:

Related:

Public Records Request – Fence on North Side?

 

Photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

What we were told by a County Commissioner on Dec 21st, 2017:

“Yes, there was a cease and desist posted a few years ago. Since then, the ownership of the land changed hands.”

The current property owner “…owns a car dealership…”

“The code states that if the cars are tied to a sales business and the vehicles are fully screened from the street, it is legal.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

The car dealership is more than 7 miles away and not in rural residential zoning. The previous property owner also ran the same car dealership:

“He was the owner and operator of O&J Sales on Goldie Road when it was raided by deputies in 2009.”

“…if the cars are tied to a sales business…”

Cars that are sold go home with new owners. They aren’t dumped off in some neighborhood 7 miles down the road near Penn Cove.

County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards

Here is what it says: Island County Code – Junk Cars

 

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

The Rolling Hills neighborhood is the part of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve where property owners pay fees for permits Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve – yet no standards appear to be in place.

This is the portion of the reserve that will not show up on promotional websites, brochures, kiosks, school field trips, etc.

Does ELNHR attempt to maintain any standards in the Rolling Hills community?

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

 

 

Jun 5th, 2018 PBS News Hour:

WATCH: Trump holds ‘Celebration of America’ event after withdrawing invite to Philadelphia Eagles

The military is overemphasized in American culture.

The Dept. of Defense was nowhere to be found on 911. We haven’t won a war since.

We’re told to thank The Troops for defending American rights and freedoms in Iraq & Afghanistan.

 

Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?

0:24

The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

We are living in a land of make believe.

In the coming weeks we’ll have a big celebration of freedom & independence based on the founding of this country.

Jacob G. Hornberger reminds us that the people who founded this country “…didn’t want a strong, powerful, centralized government.”

“They didn’t believe in such things as a Pledge of Allegiance or a national anthem. They didn’t think in those terms. They thought in terms of freedom, not allegiance to the government or to the nation.”

 

2:07

Why not cancel the National Anthem and militarized pageantry at sporting events?

More here:

Glorifying Military Service

 

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Shopping cart owners mandated to have ID on each cart and to put up signs warning customers to please cooperate.

Store owners may face impound fees on carts removed from store property:

June 8th, 2018 Whidbey News-Times:

“Oak Harbor cracks down on ‘nuisance’ shopping carts”

Comments below the article are worth a read.

About a year ago, we blogged about this:

Oak Harbor- Lots of flags and abandoned shopping carts

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5 photos above:

Shopping carts waiting to go home – Oak Harbor, WA

 

May 31, 2018

Stanwood Camano News: Crews clean junk-filled Camano property

“Thirteen tons of junk.”

“The remnants of 14 vehicles still need to be removed, he said.”

“We still don’t know what all they had in there and we don’t know what was below the soil,” Hannold said. “It was the worst (nuisance property) on Camano.”

“The county Health Department also will test the soil for contaminants.”

 

Over in the Penn Cove Watershed:

We live next to a large collection of junk cars located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

How many junk cars are being stored at this property?

We have asked the county and they have no answer.

Details here: Public Records Request – How Many Junk Cars?

 

Applicable Island County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards:

“Junk vehicles shall have all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

We were home when the Island County Health Dept. was out on 11/21/17 to do a report.

We made a public records request for the report. The inspection report is posted on a personal blog here: Packed In 4 Deep?

Cars next door to us are packed in tight– several cars deep. We can’t see how it would have been possible to inspect a vehicle that is surrounded by several other vehicles- so tightly that it would not be possible to open doors, look under the hood, etc.

How long did this inspection take?

When did the inspection start and end?

How many junk cars and trucks were on site on this date?

How many junk cars and trucks were inspected on this date?

The inspection report does not provide this information.

By making public records requests, we were able to determine that no procedures exist for inspecting junk cars to verify that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

By making public records requests, we were able to determine that the Island County Health Department has never found any junk vehicle, anywhere in the county, anytime in the past 5 years that was in violation of code.

Details here:

Public Records Request – 5 Year History – No Junk Vehicle Found in Violation of Code – Anywhere in Island County

 

The previous property owner was issued Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars. This Cease and Desist Order indicates several reasons why junk car storage can not be permitted in this residential neighborhood.

From Cease and Desist Order Case No. COV 025/14:

Page 2 of 4 C. No Junk/Salvage yard can be permitted in a Rural Residential Zone.

Page 2 of 4 D. No more than one junk vehicle can be stored on a lot less than one acre in size.

Page 3 of 4 I. Minimum parcel size for home industry is 2.5 acres. In order to operate home industry on parcel- owner must be full-time resident.

There is no permitted residence on this parcel.

The lot in question is less than one acre in size.

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

 

What we were told by a County Commissioner on Dec 21st, 2017:

“Yes, there was a cease and desist posted a few years ago. Since then, the ownership of the land changed hands.”

The current property owner “…owns a car dealership…”

“The code states that if the cars are tied to a sales business and the vehicles are fully screened from the street, it is legal.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

The car dealership is more than 7 miles away and not in rural residential zoning. The previous property owner also ran the same car dealership:

“He was the owner and operator of O&J Sales on Goldie Road when it was raided by deputies in 2009.”

“…if the cars are tied to a sales business…”

Cars that are sold go home with new owners. They aren’t dumped off in some neighborhood 7 miles down the road near Penn Cove.

County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards

Here is what it says: Island County Code – Junk Cars

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

The Rolling Hills neighborhood is the part of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve where property owners pay fees for permits Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve – yet no standards appear to be in place.

This is the portion of the reserve that will not show up on promotional websites, brochures, kiosks, school field trips, etc.

Does ELNHR attempt to maintain any standards in the Rolling Hills community?

 

Photo-

Penn Cove – Sailing event in the distance

 

 


Take a look at water quality for Penn Cove recreational (sport) harvest of shellfish.

NE shore of Penn Cove:

Treated water not safe?

“This beach is within the closure area for a sewage treatment plant outfall and is unsafe for recreational shellfish harvesting.”

Sounds like the sewage treatment plant is sending unsafe product into Penn Cove?

“State Dept. of Health cautions that Clams,Oysters and Mussels from this beach are not fit for human consumption at any time.”

Washington State Dept. of Health image:

View NE shore Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

See all of Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

Possibly of interest:

We live next to a large collection of junk cars located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

Applicable Island County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards. “Junk vehicles shall have all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.”

We were home when the Island County Health Dept. was out on 11/21/17 to do a report.

We made a public records request for the report. The inspection report is posted on my personal blog here: Packed In 4 Deep?

Cars next door to us are packed in tight– several cars deep. We can’t see how it would have been possible to inspect a vehicle that is surrounded by several other vehicles- so tightly that it would not be possible to open doors, look under the hood, etc.

How long did this inspection take?

When did the inspection start and end?

How many junk cars and trucks were on site on this date?

How many junk cars and trucks were inspected on this date?

The inspection report does not provide this information.

By making public records requests, we were able to determine that no procedures exist for inspecting junk cars to verify that all batteries and fluids have been properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

By making public records requests, we were able to determine that the Island County Health Department has never found any junk vehicle, anywhere in the county, anytime in the past 5 years that was in violation of code.

Details here:

Public Records Request – 5 Year History – No Junk Vehicle Found in Violation of Code – Anywhere in Island County

 

Background:

Island County Code – Junk Cars

 

What we were told by a County Commissioner on Dec 21st, 2017:

“Yes, there was a cease and desist posted a few years ago. Since then, the ownership of the land changed hands.”

The current property owner “…owns a car dealership…”

“The code states that if the cars are tied to a sales business and the vehicles are fully screened from the street, it is legal.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

The car dealership is more than 7 miles away and not in rural residential zoning. The previous property owner also ran the same car dealership:

“He was the owner and operator of O&J Sales on Goldie Road when it was raided by deputies in 2009.”

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

 

Photo- Riepma Pier

WDFW:

“Shellfish on this beach should only be harvested west of the Rolling Hills Glencairn Community dock. The portion of this beach that lies to the east of the dock is inside a prohibited zone for nearby municipal sewage treatement plant outfalls.”

 

Thanks Carl

In the news: Pence warns Coast Guard graduates of the perils facing US

“At this very moment, the world’s most dangerous terrorist and criminal organizations are working to gain a foothold across the Western Hemisphere, to threaten our people and our very way of life.”

Defending against the world’s most dangerous terrorist and criminal organizations results in no shortage of heroin, cocaine or meth anywhere in the US.

Michigan meth supply not yet cut off by National Guard troops, strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security:

Crystal meth, marijuana seizures rising in Ottawa County

“This crystal meth is coming across from Mexico and it’s a huge influx,” he said.

 

Homeland Security Vote of Confidence:

Meth is making a comeback in the Dayton region: 5 things to know

“But most meth available in the United States is produced in Mexico and smuggled across the southern border, the DEA said.”

 

Strict post 911 security protocols and a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security fail to keep 120 gallons of liquid methamphetamine out of NC:

Judge upholds $3 million bonds following $90 million meth seizure

 

Wichita man planned to get a house ‘exclusively’ for storing meth

Much of the meth sold in South Dakota is 100 percent pure, suggesting it is brought to the U.S. from Mexico and is produced and controlled by Mexican drug cartels, the news release said.”

Welcome Home Troops

Thanks for your many years of service in Iraq & Afghanistan- working to keep bad people from coming here to do bad things.

Tried to have your back with strict post-911 security protocols, a $40.6 billion US Dept. of Homeland Security, federal agents at border crossings & ports of entry & passports/enhanced & Real IDs to keep us all safe.

We’ll try harder next time.

 

Women hassled 30 miles from US/Canada border as heroin-trafficking cartels continue to move product over the real border- no questions asked.

Vast enforcement powers- applied nowhere near any border crossing or port of entry- are still no match for the heroin-trafficking cartels that continue to move product into US communities.

Border agent questions 2 women for speaking Spanish

Welcome Home Troops

 

Mexican cartel moves into Northeast Ohio, three-year investigation sends 19 to federal prison

Wonder what was happening at border crossing inspections during the 3 years these folks were under investigation. Do the good guys who made the local bust notify the good guys at the border about the weak links in their process?

Were federal authorities at the border notified of this ongoing investigation?

 

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Side trip up Patterson Lake Road

Inbound – Highway 20

Winthrop

A recent response to a 5/6/18 public records request:

Dear (Name withheld)

“Attached you will find the only record responsive to these 6 requests. This record is responsive to PRR-518, asking for complaints filed in the last 6 months regarding…” Property address withheld.

One record of a complaint was provided for the past 6 months. Our HOA made a complaint in March of 2018. For some reason, the HOA complaint was not made available as a response to this request.

“Regarding requests for records (PRR-517 and PRR-519) I have spoken with both Code Enforcement Planners and there are no responsive records to these requests. In addition the existing code enforcement cases, related to these requests for records have been closed. At least one of the cases shows the follow comment: The Initial Enforcement letter and Cease and Desist have been brought into compliance through use of screening.”

“All 6 of these requests are now closed.”

A few questions:

“At least one of the cases shows the follow comment: The Initial Enforcement letter and Cease and Desist have been brought into compliance through use of screening.”

Why am I told what it says- instead of being provided with a copy of the files for my review?

“In addition the existing code enforcement cases, related to these requests for records have been closed.”

Closed?

I want to read about how enforcement at this property was handled Re: the previous owner.

Telling me cases have been closed means I can not review records/property history/past enforcement actions?

“I have spoken with both Code Enforcement Planners and there are no responsive records to these requests.”

Why the need to speak with planners? Aren’t the records placed in the files/archives available for public review? Why check with anyone on staff? What if some member of the staff has now moved on & can not speak to the matter? I just want to see the records and the methods used to track work history.

I contacted the county and asked a few of the questions above. The result is that an appointment has been scheduled to go to the county offices and review records. The invitation to go and look at records only came after those records were not initially provided.

 

Possibly of interest:

View Penn Cove water quality using the Dept. of Health map at the bottom of this page.

 

Background:

Island County Code – Junk Cars

 

What we were told by a County Commissioner on Dec 21st, 2017:

“Yes, there was a cease and desist posted a few years ago. Since then, the ownership of the land changed hands.”

The current property owner “…owns a car dealership…”

“The code states that if the cars are tied to a sales business and the vehicles are fully screened from the street, it is legal.”

There is no legally established permitted use at this property. A fence may be used to cover up vehicles secondary to a legally established permitted use.

The car dealership is more than 7 miles away and not in rural residential zoning. The previous property owner also ran the same car dealership:

“He was the owner and operator of O&J Sales on Goldie Road when it was raided by deputies in 2009.”

 

Detailed Timeline and Results of Public Records Requests on this Rolling Hills property here:

Island County Records Creation Protocols

 

Junk cars photo timeline here:

Penn Cove Watershed

 

 

 

Photo – Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

 

Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

The Rolling Hills neighborhood is the part of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve where property owners pay fees for permits Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve – yet no standards appear to be in place.

This is the portion of the reserve that will not show up on promotional websites, brochures, kiosks, school field trips, etc.

Does ELNHR attempt to maintain any standards in the Rolling Hills community?

 

A nice time of year to be out there.