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Public hearing on Camano speed limits

Island County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing March 7 at 10:15 a.m. in the Commissioners Hearing Room, 1 NE Sixth St., Coupeville, to receive input on proposed speed-limit changes within the county, including several roads on Camano Island.

The proposed changes would affect the following Camano roads: Arrowhead Road, when Utsalady Elementary School is in session; Lehman Road; and Triangle Bay Road. To inquire, contact the county’s Public Works Department, 360-629-4522, ext. 7331.

Citizen patrol needs volunteers

The Island County Sheriff’s Office citizen patrol on Camano is looking for a few good men and women volunteers.

Citizen Patrol volunteers have been patrolling Camano Island and assisting deputies for more than 20 years. These civilian volunteers are not law enforcement officers, but conduct vacation house checks, process concealed pistol license applications and deliver materials between Camano and Whidbey islands.

Volunteers must pass a background check and undergo training.

Applications can be found on the Island County Sheriff’s website, islandcountywa.gov/Sheriff, or requested by phone at 360-629-4523 ext. 7310.

SCT on managing traffic congestion

Learn creative ways to addresses traffic congestion Wednesday, Feb. 22, when Chris Comeau, a transportation planner for the city of Bellingham speaks for Snohomish County Tomorrow (SCT) starting at 6:15 p.m. at Snohomish County’s Bob Drewel building, at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

SCT is a cooperative forum of county and 19 city representatives that oversees growth planning policies. It is planning a year of educational programs on innovative, effective ways to ease congestion. They will focus on measures that cities, counties, the region and the state are taking in four areas: pedestrian, bicycle, public transit and motorized vehicles.

For information see snohomishcountywa.gov/168 or contact SCT Coordinator Cynthia Pruitt, at 425-388-3185 or via Cynthia.Pruitt@snoco.org.

State reports initiative fraud

Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s elections division reported to Washington State Patrol potential fraud involving signatures on the four initiatives considered by Washington voters in November.

Though some of the signatures appear to have been invalid, there weren’t enough to have affected certification of the initiatives — I-1433 (labor standards), I-1464 (campaign finance laws and lobbyists), I-1491 (court-issued extreme risk protection orders temporarily preventing access to firearms) and I-1501 (seniors and vulnerable adults).

“Our elections division identified suspicious signatures during the process of validating signatures,” explained Wyman. “The number of potential fraudulent signatures didn’t affect whether any of the initiatives would have been certified for the ballot. However, we take fraudulent activity by initiative signature gatherers seriously. That’s why we have passed this on to the State Patrol for investigation.”

All submitted sheets were examined for fraudulent signatures. Elections division found 96 petition sheets from seven different signature gatherers with potentially fraudulent signatures.

State Elections Division Director Lori Augino said the potential fraud does not threaten the validity of the three measures (I-1433, I-1491 and I-1501) voters approved in 2016. And voters did not pass I-1464 in the General Election.

“All four initiatives clearly had a sufficient number of valid signatures to qualify for the general election, regardless of these questionable signatures,” Augino said.

Spring black bear hunt applications due

Hunters may now submit applications for a 2017 spring black bear hunting permit to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by midnight Feb. 28. A drawing will be held in mid-March for 305 permits in western Washington and 509 permits for hunts east of the Cascades.

Permit winners will be notified by March 31. Applicants can check the results of the drawing on their account online at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.

Hunting licenses, bear transport tags and bear permit applications may be purchased online at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov; by phone at 866-246-9453, or from any license vendor in the state.

Special permit applications require a correct hunt choice number and may be submitted at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov or 866-246-9453.

Hunters should be aware that private timberland owners in some areas are limiting or charging fees for access. Those who cannot secure access in advance should not apply.

More information is available on page 70 of the 2016 Big Game Hunting Rules pamphlet, at wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations.

Any legal weapon that can be used for big game seasons can be used for spring black bear hunts.

Bait or hounds are not allowed in these hunts.

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