An article in today’s Port Townsend Leader reported that state legislators denied giving their support to Joe D’Amico’s proposal to site a weapons training facility on Tarboo Lake. D’Amico had issued a press release on September 1st stating, “We have support from the 24th District legislators” in addition to the S’Klallam tribe. Upon being contacted, Representatives Tharinger and Chapman denied they had ever given their support. Senator Van der Wege said he gave “conceptual support” to the idea of a more rural location to alleviate noise complaints and increase environmental friendliness. All three stipulated that this is a local land use issue. Note: just because people listen politely does not mean they agree.
Residents of Tarboo Valley are shocked that their location would be considered because of the proximity of homes and the noise issues. The “forested” site is enclosed by a tree farm expected to be denuded in the next 3-5 years, leaving the site exposed on the ridge top, only a mile or two away from many people. Sound ricochets and echoes in our little valleys even with trees present–as we know from prior experience with informal shooting “galleries” at Tarboo Lake and other locations nearby. Sorry, Mr. D’Amico, this area is NOT RURAL ENOUGH!! —Diane Johnson