Wednesday, August 19, 2015

One For The Ladies

I've heard that Barb Frederick's financial drought is over. Yes, that bumbling boneheaded butterball will soon be "going into business" for herself. Well, for her family, anyway. Word is that Barb's family, sensitive to her "situation" (unemployed) and to her "standing in the community" (unemployable), have decided to open yet another junk...I mean, antique shop for Barb to manage.

No doubt you will agree with me that this is exactly what Port Angeles needs.

But it fits in with some other people and unresolved plotlines that I've been curious about of late. For instance, whatever happened to Toxic Teresa Pierce, the Harlot of Hypocrisy? She may have left City Hall behind her, sort of, in a protracted manner, but I doubt she left behind her the need to do things like eat and pay the bills. So what's Teresa doing with herself these days? How is she making ends meet? (If you'll pardon that hostile and inappropriate phrase...)

On another end of the moral spectrum, has anyone heard anything about what's up with Yvonne Ziomkowski? A couple of people have landed on this blog in the last week after searching for her name (spelled correctly and everything), so I'm wondering if perhaps something is in the air. Anyone heard anything about her resolving her dispute with the City?

Then there's Sheila Roark Miller, the former Pitbull of Planning. She had family troubles, got voted out of office, and, most horrific of all, was rumored to be "involved" with Andrew May. But again, none of that pays the bills.

Ah, but we know how Karen Rogers pays the bills. Fangs plus neck equals eternal life for charming Karen, who is like Barb Frederick with the soul of a viper. No, make that a nest of vipers. But if anyone has any recent scuttlebutt on Karen, feel free to share that as well.

38 comments:

  1. Wasn't Karen Rogers heading the OMC Foundation? Or is she done with that now?

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    1. Rogers is still large and in charge. Notice where all the tax money is spent? It will always be spent in such a way to enhance the value of property belonging to her friends.

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  2. Another junk shop? Really? That is the best "new business" they could come up with?

    Yes, I guess that shows us all where things stand, here.

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  3. So I see where the PDN finally has a "story" about the "Best Town Ever" non-story. And they're getting around to it a couple of weeks after the magazine came out, and nearly a week since it was first discussed here.

    Way to go, PDN! You can't rush quality, and apparently you can't rush the PDN, either.

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    1. Scooped on their own stupid story by a part-time blog...Indeed, way to go PDN!

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    2. If Port Angeles can "compete with any town anywhere" for being the best place ever, then I guess all those other cities also have a third of their residents who can't pay their utility bills each month?

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    3. I have to wonder who these rah-rah people are trying to convince with all this effort into proclaiming they are "the best"? It sure isn't putting people on the sidewalks or in the stores here.

      Saying it over and over doesn't make it so.

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    4. And still no comments on the rah-rah, "Best Town EVER" stories...Not even from the people who were boosting it so much...Hmmm...Maybe they're feeling a little gritty?

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    5. Seattle Times, 2001 article: http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20010410&slug=portangeles10m0

      "The town is on a plateau," says John Brewer, publisher of the Peninsula Daily News in Port Angeles. "Obviously, the old days, when you could drop out of school, marry your high-school sweetheart and make a good living at the mill, are long gone. But people don't really know what they want to do next."

      The town remains the gateway to Olympic National Park and its 4 million-plus annual visitors. Nearby Sequim has attracted increasing numbers of retirees. Local entrepreneurs are promoting sea kayaking and other "adventure tourism."

      But tourism remains highly seasonal, not the kind of work likely to replace year-round jobs at the mills. Besides, Port Angeles is not sure it wants to be a tourist attraction.

      That economic limbo is one of the reasons Bart Phillips left his job at the economic-development commission and took a similar job in Vancouver, Wash.

      "Vancouver is finally coming into its own," he says. "There is enormous growth here.

      "Port Angeles hasn't hit that point yet. There is a new-car dealership, a new cinema. They have a great cadre of professionals. But there's never enough money to do what needs to be done. Port Angeles is on the cusp."

      Cusp on that.

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    6. I'm (not) surprised the PDN hasn't picked up on this article about how great the weather here is and how businesses are moving here:

      http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2015/08/12/port-angeles-weather-business/31573283/

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  4. Oh joy! Yet another depressing, trashy junque shop downtown, this one managed by Barb Frederick! Please tell me you're joking, because that's one of the lamest ideas I've heard....Surely she doesn't expect to succeed, to make a living???

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  5. While we're at it let's find a job for Cherie Kidd. Once she's out of office Bob will have to put up with her full time and they may be injurious to his/her health. She would be great to run an antique store. She could wear all the old timey shit they bring in and most of the items would be as old as she.

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  6. She's how OLD and needs her parents to rescue her by opening, yet another, junk shop? What a loser.
    Meanwhile, the women mentioned are probably making money the old fashioned way -- by hooking some men into paying for what they need.

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  7. Cherie Kidd doesn't need a job. She's a professional speaker.

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    1. Every time I hear Cherie Kidd speak it reminds me of fingernails on the chalk board. Trouble is she talks all the time, says the same thing, "I want to congratulate the staff for their hard work and out of the box thinking and...
      This is the staff that spent us into historic debt and all their new projects are faulty. Would she recognize excellence if it bit her?

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    2. While we're at it we need to find John Brewer a new job. He will announce his retirement from PDN in Sunday's paper.

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    3. If Brewer is retiring, then the paper must be folding, because I can't imagine him leaving if there was still a single nickel for him to squeeze out of that rag. He's very greedy and extremely incompetent. No wonder he fits in here.

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    4. Brewer is just an employee of Black Press, that owns the pathetic rag. Black Press kept him on as a lame duck figurehead after they bought the paper years ago.

      But, you're right. Yet another of Port Angeles' leadership that is happy to do nothing but sit collect a big salary.

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    5. Nope, Black Press is an amazing organization with many good papers. The PDN will live on and hopefully with independent reportage instead of the promotion of the status quo as exemplified by Brewer of late.

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    6. I was puzzled by your comment, 7:01 PM, until I remembered that pot is legal now.

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    7. Anon 7:01 Are you really aware of what you're saying? What kind of drivel are you spouting?

      Black Press has systematically bought out community newspapers in the region, and turned them into garbage. All they focus on is non controversial happy talk to continue the pretense that they are an actual newspaper, so that they can continue collecting ad revenue.

      Seriously. Look into the subject before making public comment.

      Unless you work for Black Press, of course. In that case, all we can expect is more garbage, like your "post".

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    8. my bad, I was mostly speaking of some of their papers in Canada, actually those published in the US are as described above.

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    9. Oh, you mean like Vic News? Or the rest of the community papers in and around Victoria that Black Press have take over?

      They are just fluff, and 98% ads. Real junk. To add insult, those papers are free, and dropped off on ones' doorstep. The Blue Bin recycling boxes are filled mostly with Black Press papers!

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  8. @9:26... Source?

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  9. Port Angeles, best town ever? Can compete with any town, anywhere? Ha! How about "Port Angeles: Not ready for prime time." Especially since the sidewalks roll up and everything closes around 6 PM.

    "Grittier feel." Yep.

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    1. You ever try keeping a downtown business open past six? It isn't worth it. The only people downtown are killing time until their table opens up at Next Door Gastropub. No one is shopping.

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    2. Well, there is no reason to go downtown, except for a couple of restaurants (and especially the Gastropub). I don't need more junk. I don't brew. I don't need much else.
      We need some solid stores there, not all "cutesie" ones.
      Oh well.

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  10. Indeed, 9:25, the self-serving "we're doing such a great job" b.s. that spews from Cherie's mouth are just words to make her feel like she's relevant,and doing something. She's not. It's just talk.

    Brewer leaving? Then what?

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    1. Clearly HE IS leaving: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20150823/NEWS/308239982/peninsula-daily-news-editor-publisher-john-brewer-to-retire-in

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    2. I'm wondering the same thing. Brewer leaves, then what? After the adjustment period is over will it get any better? Stay the same? Most likely there will be lots of promises made to get everyone's hopes up and then it will stay pretty much the same.

      I'd say it can't get any worse but of course things can always get worse.

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  11. McEntire remains consistent in his distaste for moratoriums of all kinds, including one on water use. Based on his interpretation of the Dungeness River flows, McEntire said the average annual flow is on an uptrend since 1988.

    And then we have Big Jim McEntire in Sequim, telling his constituents what they want to hear. Reality be damned.

    This from the Sequim Gazette:

    “We’re not running short of water on the east end of this county so a moratorium is totally unnecessary,” he said. “Mother Nature has historically taken care of water storage for us, and this year is an exception to that, but I fully expect over the years the snowpack to be as normal.”

    So, this is responsible leadership?

    Science and history means nothing in making critical decisions for the community he sought the job of doing?

    The "water storage" that Mother Nature used to provide has been disappearing for decades now. The glaciers in the mountains have been melting away, and are expected to be gone in the near future. The snow line in the mountains has been documented to be at higher and higher elevations, over the last number of decades.

    A few months ago, there was a meeting of the regional professional water managers to brainstorm on ways to deal with the future water issues in the area. It was preceded by hours of charts, graphs and computer modeling representing a myriad of scientific studies on the changing climate HERE.

    The representatives from Jefferson and Clallam Counties, PUD, peninsula cities and tribes all spoke of concerns about water and the delivery of it in the near future.

    But Big Jim displays his complete disregard for reality and responsibility by saying he expects everything to remain as it was in the past. Sadly, he obviously cares more about getting re-elected by pandering to so-called "conservatives", instead of taking definitive action to address a well documented problem.

    Clearly, the only way to ensure a stable community and it's economy is to have a stable, reliable and predictable water supply. Hoping things will return to the good old days is not the way to address real problems. Responsible leaders face problems; trying to avoid them with wishful thinking, happy talk and denial of reality only creates uncertainty and unreliable conditions few will invest in.

    Clearly McEntire is more interested in party politics, and maintaining the party line, than facing the obvious realities, and being the leader our community needs.

    We need real life solutions, not more lock-step party rhetoric.

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  12. Sheila's "reign of terror" continues in Kitsap County. She works in the same department, but in a different county - and certainly not as the Director. I wonder if she will get voted Miss Congeniality by her coworkers. She is an opportunist and has likely left Andrew May in the dust.

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  13. Karen Rogers is no longer with Exeltech. Perhaps they figured out how full of crap she really is?

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