Well gosh...What a lot of news there is today. I'd intended to delve into the background of the Gateway Transit Center, but I couldn't just let these other items pass without putting them out for comments. We'll sort of move up the scale, from small to large.
They'll struggle onward in spite of losing Dick's spite...
First up, Dick Goodman of KONP has retired. Obviously KONP has been hampered by this move on Dick's part, since they haven't even got a story about it up on their own website. Dick was responsible for most of the "news" content on said website, and it was always notable for his errors in spelling, grammar and facts, as well as injections of his own personal vitriol and right-wing wackiness. Will KONP be able to maintain the level of "quality" Dick Goodman brought to them? Stay tuned...
From the audio to the visual, we move on to the efforts to revive the very much dead Lincoln Theater. Folks, it's easier to fix a car while it's still functioning, rather than waiting until it dies. Where were all these people when Paul Cronauer and Max Mania tried to save the (still living) Lincoln a few years ago? Do they understand what a hindrance a non-compete clause is? Do they understand how much it costs to convert theaters to digital? Are they prepared to raise and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy the Lincoln, hundreds of thousands more to update it to digital, and then (at a bare minimum) hundreds of thousands more to at least spruce the dump up? Cronauer was at least willing to invest seriously in it - anyone else stepping up to the plate? These people who are envisioning it as being a dinner theater or anything like that obviously haven't been inside the Lincoln for a long, long time. It's a dump. Dark, dingy, rotten, with totally non-ADA compliant bathrooms, etc., etc.
The Lincoln joins the ranks of the local living dead.
I'll say it again: If it could have been saved while still in operation, it would have been smoother and easier to transition to something else, something new. But once a theater has closed, it's very difficult real estate to move. Especially if it's in the kind of rundown shape the Lincoln's in. I fear it will just join the long list of Port Angeles albatrosses that litter the real estate landscape.
Moving on now to a living business that is still having problems...Our friends at Nippon are having heartburn with their boiler. There are cracks in the boiler's water tank, which was obviously built to Port Angeles levels of quality. (Which is to say, expensive and non-functional.)
Well now, I think I see what yer problem is fellas...
Now, as someone who is adamantly opposed to the whole biomess idea, I could gloat about this delay - one in a series of delays affecting this project. (So many delays and "maintenance outages" and other bumps in the road to make one suspicious that they're planned events...) But I will instead focus in on the last quote in the PDN article on this. Given how many different versions of their plans that Nippon laid out prior to building this mess, and given how many outright lies they told during that process as well, it's amazing to see mill manager Steve Johnson quoted as saying: "It shows the value of effective and honest communication on a timely basis." Now that is some chutzpah.
Finally, we come to the ongoing drama at the County Courthouse. That is to say, the ongoing drama at the County Courthouse surrounding Sheila Roark Miller.
Long story short, the State compiled a 515 page report on her, a report which contains many, many troubling allegations and established facts. The State, which doesn't actually do anything to enforce its own rules in most cases - think the Port, for instance, and Karen Rogers - isn't going to do any more with this issue.
Mike Doherty thinks the County Commissioners should at least read the report. But Mike Chapman and Jim McEntire both say they aren't going to do even that. Doherty - rightly - cites concerns about how documents were backdated, altered, and destroyed, as well as how Roark Miller mistreats County employees. Both other Commissioners insist that they're done with this issue. Done, even though, really, they never got started, since they won't even read a report.
The ever-slippery Mike Chapman is quoted as saying "It's up to the public at this point to determine what needs to happen." Never mind that it's your job to do your job, right Mike? And how do we square that statement with these others you made, such as "I don't think there's a need to come back," and "I'm not going to change my opinion"? So you're saying that, sure, the public can weigh in and speak up, but no matter what, you've already made up your mind? That's a predetermined outcome, Mike, not one that the public can affect. So you're not only blind, not only happy to cover these problems up, but you're also a liar and a hypocrite. You and McEntire can circle the wagons all you like, but it doesn't make these problems just go away. Kudos to Mike Doherty for speaking up for the people, and for a thorough and open process to deal with these issues.
Anyway, now it's your turn to speak up. How many missed opportunities can one city survive? How many red flags can one county survive?