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DISTRACTED DRIVING LAW GOES INTO EFFECT
Written by: KSQM NEWS
07/23/2017

Washington State’s tough new driving while distracted by cellphone law goes into effect today.  While texting and holding a phone to your ear while driving is already illegal in Washington state, the new law that went into effect on Sunday, July 23rd will forbid handling a phone or any other kind of electronic device while behind the wheel for any reason, even when stopped in traffic or at a red light. It includes all electronic devices, even tablets, laptops and video games. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste says you can also be ticketed for eating, sipping coffee, starting a video or grooming if a trooper sees you driving badly as a consequence.


“So it’s a hands free situation and that’s why we tell them that before you get in your vehicle, if you’re going to use GPS, get that started before you turn the key.  If you’re going to listen to music, get that all programmed and start before you head off down the roadways.”


Drivers can still use their phones to make emergency calls.  Using voice commands to make a phone call or get directions while the phone is in a cradle or connected to your car with Bluetooth will still be allowed.  Hands-free devices must not take more than what are described as “minimal” finger touches to activate or deactivate. State Patrol Chief Batiste says the first effort of troopers will be to include a heavy emphasis on educating people, so they will likely be giving out a lot of warnings.  A first ticket for driving under the influence of electronics – it’s being called E-DUI – will cost $136.  A second violation within five years will cost $236. And, cell phone violations will now be reportable to auto insurance companies. Previously, cell phone tickets were exempted from disclosure to insurance companies.  Using cell a phone or other electronic device is deemed to be a secondary infraction – meaning another infraction such as an improper lane change would need to be observed before you can be pulled over. 

HOW DO YOU SAY SEQUIM?
Written by: KSQM NEWS
07/16/2017

How Do You Say Sequim?  A new video produced by the Communications Department of the City of Sequim, WA.

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK PLANS TO ELIMINATE MOUNTAIN GOATS
Written by: KSQM NEWS
07/25/2017


Officials at Olympic National Park have released a plan to reduce or eliminate its population of non-native mountain goats – a plan that includes the options of either relocating the animals, or killing them.  A draft plan released yesterday for public comment says the park’s preferred alternative calls for capturing and relocating the goats to national forests in the North Cascade Mountains, where the goats are native.  However, the proposed plan includes the backup option of killing goats that escape capture. The park began studying ways to manage the goat population after a Port Angeles hiker, 63-year-old Robert Boardman, was fatally attacked by a goat in 2014.  A survey last year found that more than 600 mountain goats graze in the alpine meadows of the Olympics. Nearly a dozen goats were introduced to the Olympic Mountains in the 1920s, in an apparent effort to establish a hunting population.  However, hunting was prohibited after the park was established in 1938. The photogenic, but pesky animals have multiplied ever since.  The earliest biologists and park rangers could begin to carry out the plan is next summer. Park officials say the ultimate objective is to reduce the Olympic Mountain goat population to zero. 

WELCOME!
Written by: LYNDA PERRY
07/25/2017

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KSQM NEWSREEL: Calling all turkeys!
Written by: JEFF BANKSTON
07/16/2017

The song is all about turkeys.  And straw. And Grass. And various musical instruments.

And, (contrary to the activities demonstrated by the boys), we encourage safe sax.

Name the hill-billy-band and win a prize!


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