Weather hinders Rainier search; Kalakala now sitting upright; Candidate to meet at open house; Airport showcases area musicians; Port signs lease with ferry line; Commissioner named to court; $50,000 in damages to Wolf Haven

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Weather hinders

Rainier search

Park officials say a storm prevented a search on Tuesday for four climbers and campers missing on Mount Rainier.

National Park spokeswoman Patti Wold says an intensive search over the past week has turned up no signs of the two parties.

Mark Vucich, of San Diego, and Michelle Trojanowski, of Atlanta, were due to return from a snow-camping trip on Jan. 15. Climbers Sork “Erik” Yang, of Springfield, Ore., and Seol Hee Jin, of Korea, were due back from a summit attempt on Jan. 16.


Kalakala now

sitting upright

The Kalakala is no longer listing and wasn’t responsible for a sheen at the Port of Tacoma, but the Coast Guard and Corps of Engineers are still keeping an eye on the historic ferry as a hazard to navigation.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Nathan Bradshaw says inspectors checked out a sheen on the Hylebos Waterway on Monday and determined it was not coming from the Kalakala.

Corps spokesman Bill Dowell says high tide apparently lifted the Kalakala off a sunken barge and it’s no longer listing. He says the corps likely won’t step in unless something catastrophic happens.

Once the pride of Puget Sound, the 77-year-old streamlined ferry has been parked in Tacoma for six years, awaiting restoration.


Candidate to meet

at open house

Traci Pierce, the Lake Washington School Board’s preferred candidate for superintendent, will meet with the public in an informal open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the district Resource Center, 16250 N.E.74th St. in Redmond Town Center.

Another meeting with Pierce will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, at Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E. A meeting will also be held in Kirkland, but has yet to be scheduled.

Three meetings were postponed last week because of severe weather. The School Board last month named Pierce, currently deputy superintendent of instructional services, as its preferred candidate for superintendent after an internal search for a replacement for Superintendent Chip Kimball, who is leaving to take a post in Singapore.


Airport showcases

area musicians

Baby got bags? Then you’re ready for a dose of Sir Mix-A-Lot and other Northwest artists at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The airport announced Tuesday a new initiative to promote the region’s musicians, including Quincy Jones, Pearl Jam, Ben Gibbard, Macklemore and Sir Mix-A-Lot. A number of those artists have recorded informational and safety announcements about Northwest music, the airport’s environmental practices and that there’s no smoking.

Their music will play on overhead speakers, and some of the video screens at Sea-Tac will feature segments on the artists.

Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton says it’s a great opportunity to introduce the 32 million travelers who pass through Sea-Tac every year to a big part of the region’s culture.

Port Angeles

Port signs lease

with ferry line

Port of Port Angeles commissioners agreed Monday to a 30-year lease with the new owners of the Black Ball Ferry Line, which operates the Coho on a route to Victoria, B.C.

The agreement calls for the company to replace its timber pier with a $4 million concrete dock.

The Peninsula Daily News reports ( the $116,000 annual lease will also give the Black Ball owners a chance to purchase the ferry dock after five years.



named to court

Lori Kay Smith, King County Superior Court commissioner, was named to the King County Superior Court bench on Tuesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Smith replaces Steven González, who was appointed to the state Supreme Court effective Jan. 1.

“I look forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of King County,” Smith said in a news release. “I am committed to increasing meaningful access to the court for litigants and will work hard to ensure they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. I will strive to uphold excellence and professionalism on the bench.”

Smith started her legal career working in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s Family Support Division, which establishes paternity and enforces responsibilities to pay for child support. She was later named a senior deputy prosecuting attorney and managed legal teams responsible for support-enforcement cases. She also handled civil- commitment, welfare-fraud and felony drug trials during her more than 20 years with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, according to the news release from the governor’s office.

In 2006, Smith was named King County Superior Court Commissioner, where she presided over domestic-violence-protection-order hearings, family-law motions, support modification, domestic partnership and nonparental custody matters. She has also served as judge pro tem in family law trials.

“Lori Kay has spent her career serving the citizens of King County, and has a tremendous track record of success,” Gregoire said in the news release. “Her professionalism, combined with her compassion, has earned the respect of her judicial colleagues and those who have stood before her.”

Tenino, Thurston County

$50,000 in damages

to Wolf Haven

Falling trees in last week’s snow and ice storms caused about $50,000 damage at Wolf Haven International.

KING reports ( falling trees damaged fence enclosures and took out the surveillance system that keeps an eye on the 50 wolves on the 82-acre sanctuary.

Director Diane Gallegos says the damage is devastating for the small nonprofit. It’s trying to clean up habitats in time for the breeding month in February.

Times staff and news services