Police summoned to former graving yard site

PORT ANGELES — Police were called to the former graving yard Wednesday night after a group of teenagers rattled the gate that blocks public access to the waterfront property.

“At about 9:30 p.m., we called the police because a group of teenagers had parked across the street and rattled the gate,” Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Chairwoman Frances G. Charles said Thursday afternoon.

“They did not realize that a person was guarding the site, and left after the Port Angeles police were called.”

Charles said no one was identified during the incident.

Charles said tribal workers filtering soils as part of the archeology at the site of Tse-whit-zen village on Thursday were yelled at by passers-by.

“They shouted, ‘Have you found any of your ancestors’ bones today?”‘ she said.

Elwha business harassed

Employees at the tribe-owned Elwha Fish Co. reported receiving disturbing calls Thursday, Charles said.

“Employees said some of the messages included that the callers were going to tell people to boycott buying Elwha fish,” Charles said.

Charles plans to inform the Port Angeles Community Multicultural Task Force of the incidents and ask for a meeting after the Christmas holidays.

On late Wednesday night, Peninsula Daily News production staff members found a box with the words “artifacts uncovered” and “Sasquatch” written on it outside the newspaper’s Front Street warehouse, Editor and Publisher John Brewer said Thursday.

The box contained several large animal bones, Brewer said.

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