Rob Stern has been appointed Disaster Preparedness Director by the PLVC Board of Directors. Port Ludlow has been without a Director for almost a year and Mr. Stern brings significant experience to this role. He is the founder and principal of Defense Research, LLC, which develops advanced media for civil defense and emergency response information systems. He has developed a Citizens’ Emergency Response Guide which contains considerable disaster preparedness information and self-help articles. It can be accessed at The Port Ludlow Disaster Preparedness organization involves about 100 volunteers throughout the Community and its mission continues to be threefold:

  • Educate residents
  • Be a communications vehicle
  • Foster self-help when needed

Following a disaster, information can be radioed to Communications Centers at the Bay and Beach Clubs and then is relayed to Jefferson County Emergency Management and Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue. An updated Disaster Preparedness Plan will be developed by Mr. Stern along with assistance from North Bay Coordinator Joe Lanjiahr and South Bay Coordinator Pat Lohrey. The first event of the new organization will be a Community Preparedness presentation by the American Red Cross in March. Details to follow.

Choreographing the change to bridge’s cables

Here’s more information about the cable work that’s occurring beneath the Hood Canal Bridge. Won’t make the long waits while the bridge is closed any easier, yet does provide under-the-water view. Bridge scheduled to be closed through Oct. 2nd.

Reprinted from the Kitsap Sun                                                                                     Updated Sept 27, 2015


NORTH KITSAP — A state contractor is replacing mammoth anchor cables that keep the Hood Canal floating bridge from floating away.

Forty-eight cables keep the 1.5-mile-long bridge in place. They’re 3 inches in diameter and 4,000 feet long in the middle of the canal, where the water is 380 feet deep. There, they travel 2,000 feet to the anchor, loop through it and return to the pontoon.

Under a $7.3 million contact, Manson Construction is changing out 21 of 24 cables securing the bridge’s west side. They’re 31 years old, installed after the west end sank during a Feb. 13, 1979, windstorm. New cables and anchors were added as part of the east-half bridge replacement from 2003 to 2009.

The cables are made of galvanized steel strands banded together and coated with an anti-corrosion film. Anchors are 46-foot-across, three-story-tall concrete tubs filled with rocks, said state Department of Transportation field engineer Amy Amos during a site visit Thursday.

Cables are inspected every two years for broken strands and general condition, the top 50 feet by swimmers, the depths by remotely operated vehicles.

Each cable takes workers three to five days to change. Since the project began July 5, Manson has replaced 14 of them.

Cables are replaced one at a time, but tension must be released equally on the one across from it so the pull on the bridge remains balanced. The anchor has an opening, like the eye of a needle. The new and old cables are connected and the old cable is pulled out, threading in the new one. Nobody even gets wet.

“The goal is you don’t ever have to go down there,” Amos said.

The task is nowhere near as easy as that sounds. The cables are heavy, tides strong and bridge openings for boats intermittent.

Those were among factors that stuck the draw span open for six hours on Sept. 9. Workers were replacing the cable just west of where the draw span splits in opposite directions. During the project, only the east side is being opened for boats, which is required within an hour of a request. After the vessel passed through, the draw span was closed, but it wouldn’t line up. With the end cables loose, an especially strong tide shoved it 14 feet out of alignment. The contractor’s small tugboat tried to nudge it back into place but didn’t have enough power. Larger tugs were brought in from Seattle to finally do it.

Of the six cables remaining, two are on the draw span but aren’t expected to be a problem.

“We shouldn’t have much movement on the draw span for the remaining cables,” DOT project engineer Michele Britton said.

The Department of Transportation can deny boats passage between 3 and 6:15 p.m. during the summer because of the effect on vehicle traffic. The agency has suspended that policy in exchange for requesting that boats request openings during slack tides.

“People may not be aware that the Hood Canal bridge is the only floating bridge in the world in a saltwater environment subject to tidal swings of up to 12 feet,” Britton said. “The huge tides in Hood Canal make bridge construction challenging, requiring a lot of energy and expertise.”

Chimacum School District Facility Update


Submitted by Rick Thompson, Superintendent                                                         September 2015 

In February 2015 the Chimacum School District ran a bond measure for $34.8 million to improve K-12 facilities. While the measure received a simple majority vote of support, it did not gain the 60% supermajority required to pass. Since that time, the district has taken several important steps to move forward.

Those steps include carefully reviewing the 2015 measure, conducting further analysis of facility needs, and gathering feedback from community members to see what changes are needed for the successful passage of future bonds.

The school board remains committed to the goal of improved facilities and the following steps are taking place to better inform a possible February 2016 bond measure.

  1. A main objective of the 2015 measure was to create an elementary campus at the current Chimacum Creek Primary School site. CCP is now a K-2 primary campus only. Expanding this site to house additional grades would create a more efficient elementary program.
  2. Improvements to the infrastructure and building envelope continue, particularly on the main campus, using capital funds. These funds are inadequate to address all of the facility needs. We have hired Construction Services Group (ESD 112) to provide additional insight and analysis (a second level of detail) in the areas of safety and security, space and capacity, and educational programming. CSG are considered experts in the area of school facilities, and will help us create the best possible bond measure for voters. Initial grading of our schools indicate below average conditions. A rating was developed for each school campus.
  3. The stadium concept needs additional review and analysis. Our school architects have been asked to provide more options and details for the community about what athletic facilities might include, along with cost estimates for such facilities or portions of facilities which may be acceptable to voters. The board will carefully consider the stadium concept as part of the overall facility needs of the district. 4. We also expect to engage the community this fall and in the future using online community engagement strategies to see how we are doing as a district and to gather feedback about facilities from a wide variety of stakeholders. You can see this work conducted in other districts and organizations at

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at or by phone at (360) 302-5896 if I can answer any questions you might have. I would be happy to meet with you, your neighborhood, committee or club to discuss school matters.

Thank you for your interest in Chimacum Schools.

Have you hugged a candidate today?


Let’s VOTE for PLVC candidates!


Port Ludlow Village Council (PLVC) Annual Election ballots were sent out a few weeks ago. Ballots must be returned no later than September 30th to be counted, which is coming up soon. You can mail them to our PO Box 65012 (return envelope provided), or simply drop them off at the front desk of the Beach or Bay Club the next time you are there to exercise, attend a meeting or drop by to have coffee with a friend.

Late ballots will be accepted at the Bay Club until 3pm on October 1st

Please take a few minutes to review the biographies of your community neighbors that have expressed interest to serve a two-year term on PLVC. Then make your choices, and drop your completed ballot in the mail. Fairly simple, right?

Who’s Running?   Glad you asked!

From the South Bay:

Caleb Summerfelt – raised in Port Gamble, Caleb always dreamed of living in Port Ludlow. That dream was realized in 2014 when he purchased his home in Olympic Terrace. Has a Master’s Degree in Architecture and is currently working towards a second Master’s in Engineering Technology Management. Serves as the Chief Information Officer and Director of Acquisitions for a fabrication & engineering company. He saysAs a Port Ludlow resident, I want to continue contributing to help this community and see the surrounding area prosper. With my academic and business background I feel I can constructively contribute to PLVC and the community of Port Ludlow.” Caleb was appointed to an unfilled PLVC position last spring, this will be his first 2-year term.

From the North Bay:

Doug Huber – While this would be his first term on the Village Council, Doug has a rich and varied experience of being an active community volunteer & participant in county & local government. Here’s a list of some of the activities in which he is currently participating:

  • Member of PLVC Trails/Natural Resource Committee, vice-chair for two years
  • member of Metropolitan Park District committee (Jefferson County)
  • current member of Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, D#3
  • Observer to UW Jackson School of International Studies Task Force 2015 (2 studies)
  • Supports Jefferson Land Trust as a volunteer
  • Member of Ice Age Floods Institute

Doug says: I participate in the PTYC T-37 RC model sailboat effort & host the Wednesday practice session. I am familiar with the development of goals and objectives of PLVC and the community.”  Born in Toppenish, WA, Doug has lived in Port Ludlow since 1991.

  • Education: MPA Seattle University 1989, BA University of Washington 1975
  • Work Experience with a regional aircraft company in Engineering Operations

Mike Nilssen – Mike and his wife Jackey have been property owners in Port Ludlow since 1990, moving here permanently in 2005. His background has been specific to designing, developing and managing various healthcare systems and serving on several state and national association boards.  Has a graduate degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco. He says The past two years as an appointed PLVC director has afforded me the opportunity to understand the complexities and nuances of Port Ludlow, and I would like to continue serving our community as a council member.”  Mike has served on PLVC since 2013. This dedicated public servant is also currently serving as LMC trustee and is it’s Treasurer.

Larry Nobles – Born in Spokane. BS Caltech; PhD Harvard (Geology). Professor, Dean and Vice President Northwestern University, now Emeritus Professor. Moved to Port Ludlow in 1998. Chair, Operations Committee, LMC, 2000-04. PLVC Board 2005-present (President, 2006-7), Community Development Committee Chair, 2008-present.

Terry Umbreit – Terry and his wife Julie have lived in Port Ludlow for three years and have owned property here since 1999. His professional career consisted of being a college administrator for 28 years in the field of hospitality business management.. Has a Ph.D. from Washington State University in addition to other degrees from Michigan State and DePauw Universities. He mentions For the past two years I have served as PLVC President. Once completing my term of office, I’d like to continue to serve Port Ludlow as a Board member from North Bay. The purpose of my candidacy is to use my expertise to help solve problems and challenges facing the community.”

A few details:

  1. One ballot per lot owner(s) is supplied: so even if you own 6 (six) lots, you are allowed one vote.
  2. IF you’ve forgotten to vote – not a problem (yet).  Just find that envelope in the stack of mail you’ve meant to sort, open it and look over the materials enclosed. Then grab a pen and start marking those Xs.  Easy as that. Drop it in the mail or bring down to your Club & drop it off at the front desk the next time you’re there.

Go-Vote-500x500In the past few years, we’ve seen a drop in the number of residents that return these ballots. Like it really doesn’t matter (it does). Or what’s one vote, more or less? (it means a LOT). We hope you’ll take the time to appreciate the efforts PLVC makes to provide good public service to our community, while also representing Port Ludlow with governmental organizations. Let us know you care about the work we do by mailing that ballot back, please.

 Thank you!

County to enter mediation with PLA



As you may recall, on May 7, 2015 the County sent a letter to PLA stating that PLA’s timber harvesting last year and this spring in the MPR-SFT and MPR-OSR zones within the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort (MPR) was in violation of applicable land use restrictions and proposed certain remedial measures. PLA responded by letter on May 19, arguing that the timber harvesting was not illegal and initiating the dispute resolution process set forth in the May 2000 Development Agreement between the County and PLA’s predecessor-in-interest (Pope). After certain negotiations between the County and PLA did not resolve the dispute, the County decided to retain the services of Patrick Schneider, a prominent land use attorney in Seattle, to advise the County on various legal issues.

Mr. Schneider advised the County of his opinions on those issues in late August. Last Tuesday, September 8, the county commissioners voted unanimously to proceed to the next step in the dispute resolution process, namely, mediation.  On Monday of this week, September 14, the commissioners voted unanimously to hire Mr. Schneider to represent the county in the mediation with PLA.  As we understand it, the timing for selection of a mediator and scheduling of the mediation sessions has not yet been determined.

We regard the County’s decisions to proceed to mediation with PLA and to hire Mr. Schneider for that purpose as positive developments for the County and for the Port Ludlow community. We will endeavor to keep you advised of further developments as that information becomes available.

Ad Hoc Committees on Timber Harvesting – Chairs

                 *Bill Dean (PLVC)   *Dave Jurca (SBCA)*     *Dave McDearmid (LMC)*

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OWSI: Wells are ‘Back to Normal’


August 28, 2015

Things are looking good and customers can resume normal water usage.

The reservoir levels are back to normal for this time of day and the well is still pumping without issue.  The piece of equipment that was disabled by the power surge serves a similar function to a surge suppressor that you might have on your computer or TV.  Unfortunately, it sacrificed itself while doing its job.  A new one is on order and will be installed next week.

Thank you all for your cooperation and patience!

– Larry and the OWSI crew.