Congressman Kilmer plans visits to Port Angeles, Port Townsend

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Congressman Derek Kilmer will conduct a field panel on collaborative forest harvest agreements in Port Angeles on Friday as part of a two-week tour of the 6th Congressional District.

He intends to discuss and receive testimony from the public about forest harvest from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St.

The panel is open to the public, but those who want to attend are asked to RSVP to joe.dacca@mail.house.gov.

Kilmer, a Democrat from Gig Harbor, represents a district that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.

The Port Angeles meeting is “part of his effort to have a comprehensive conversation about land-use issues on the [North Olympic] Peninsula,” said Kilmer spokesman Stephen Carter.

The discussion will be followed by open office hours from 11:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Friday at 332 E. Fifth St.

PT on Saturday

On Saturday, Kilmer will be available to the public at the Jefferson County Farmers Market and the Uptown Street Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Port Townsend.

Both the market and street fair will be on Tyler Street. The market is between Lawrence and Clay streets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the street fair is near the Port Townsend Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The visits are part of the Conversations with Kilmer Tour announced Wednesday that will include a series of public events and office hours in communities throughout the region he represents.

The tour follows a listening tour in January, a series of community town halls in May, two telephone town halls and a Twitter town hall, Carter said.

Over the next two weeks, Kilmer will hold office hours and attend farmers markets, ferry terminals in Kilmer on Your Dock events — none is scheduled for Port Townsend — and other public events.

“In addition to public forums, it's important for folks to have the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with their representative,” Kilmer said, “so I hope everyone will have the chance to come out to one of our events, say hello and tell me what's on their minds.”

Kilmer will be part of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus in Tacoma on Tuesday and hold Tacoma office hours.

He plans appearances in Bremerton, Bainbridge Island and Kingston, and office hours in Amanda Park and Poulsbo.

He also plans to attend more than a dozen public meetings with Rotary clubs, chambers of commerce and Kilmer at Your Company events to discuss issues with constituents.

Park weeds

He also will help eradicate weeds in Olympic National Park.

On Aug. 24, Kilmer will work “along with Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum in removing exotic weeds” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Peabody Creek between the park visitor center at 3002 Mount Angeles Road and the park administrative office at 600 E. Park Ave.

The work party is open to the public, but those who want to participate are asked to RSVP to Judith Morris, Kilmer's field representative on the North Olympic Peninsula, at Judith.morris@mail.house.gov or phone 360-797-3623 by Tuesday.

After the work party, Kilmer will be available at the picnic tables at the administrative office from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to meet with constituents.

For more information, phone Kilmer's office in Port Angeles at 360-797-3623.

Last modified: August 14. 2013 7:04PM
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