Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Chairman outlines Salish Village Vision for old Rayonier Mill Site

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES -- W. Ron Allen packs more optimism into a lunchtime talk than most people hear in a year.

In his Thursday presentation to the Kiwanis Club of Port Angeles, the chairman of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe painted a vivid picture of the Salish Village: a green-built development of shops, restaurants, a hotel, homes and an intertribal heritage center proposed for the former Rayonier mill site on the Port Angeles waterfront.

W. Ron Allen speaks to the Kiwanis Club of Port Angeles, with a map of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's proposed Salish Village at right. -- Photo by Chris Tucker/Peninsula Daily News

As Allen sees it, cleanup plans for the Rayonier site have dragged on too long, and it's high time for the Jamestown and Lower Elwha Tribes,  the city and the state of Washington, which is holding Rayonier Corp. liable for site restoration, to form a partnership.

Allen told the Kiwanians he is engaged in talks with all of those entities about his Tribe acquiring the property.

"We want to lay out a game plan to aggressively move forward," he said. "Hopefully we can see something happen within the next year."

The Rayonier site, 75 polluted acres that have lain like a thorn in Port Angeles' side for more than a decade, can be transformed for the betterment of all that surrounds it, Allen believes.

In the noon presentation at the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center, Allen urged his audience to think ahead in terms of generations -- "for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren."

What the Rayonier site needs now, he said, are multiple partners who share a vision, one that will benefit Port Angeles as well as the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Jamestown Tribe.

Allen believes he has that vision.

Working with architects Mike Gentry and Stuart Bonney, he has designed a "living village," with a restored pier, a densely built, mixed-use commercial and residential center, a hotel with conference space and shopping, dining and cultural attractions much like those in Victoria.

Look at that city's Royal British Columbia Museum, Allen said, adding that Port Angeles could have its own version, a Northwest native heritage center surrounded by an attractive cultural district -- all on the old mill site.

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, for its part, has long envisioned its own waterfront museum in Port Angeles.

It is also deeply concerned with the cleanup of heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs and other contaminants left by Rayonier's pulp mill, which operated at the end of Ennis Street for 68 years before shutting down in 1997.

The Lower Elwha Tribe is a partner in the cleanup with Rayonier, which still owns the property, and the state Department of Ecology; the property has been an Ecology cleanup site since 2000. The state and Rayonier have agreed to have a plan in place in 2013.

The property lies east of the Tse-whit-zen village site on Marine Drive where thousands of artifacts, evidence of the Lower Elwha tribe's ancient civilization here, were unearthed earlier this decade.

But "these are Klallam -- S'Klallam sites," and not just Lower Elwha land, Allen said. The Jamestown and Lower Elwha "have mutual interests" in Port Angeles.

And, he emphasized, "we can coexist."

People from all over the world come through Port Angeles, and those visitors "are of high interest to us," Allen said.

This city could do more to show off its Native American history and culture, he said.

The Salish Village, with its commercial, residential and cultural elements, can complement downtown and the rest of Port Angeles, Allen believes.

Thursday, coincidentally, was a historic day for Allen and the Jamestown S'Klallam: Feb. 10 was the 30th anniversary of federal recognition of the Tribe.

The newly recognized Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe started out with a $25,000 federal grant, Allen recalled. A staff of two set up an office in Sequim's Boardwalk Square in 1981.

Today Allen, CEO for the past 29 years, oversees an annual budget of nearly $25 million in tribal enterprises -- from the 7 Cedars Casino and The Cedars at Dungeness golf course to the Longhouse Market and JKT Development Inc. -- that employ some 650.

The new Jamestown medical clinic was finished last year in the city of Sequim, the tribe has plans to expand its casino complex in Blyn this spring -- and Allen is looking farther west, and farther into the future.

"Port Angeles has always been a diamond in the rough. Always," he said. "Now we're redefining ourselves."


Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3550 or at


"Creating Sustainable Communities: Applying Lessons from Success Stories" presented by Perry Spring

Center for Community Design
Wednesday Lunch Forum


Creating Sustainable Communities: 
Applying Lessons from Success Stories
Presented by Perry Spring

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
12:00 - 1:00pm
The Landing Mall ~ 2nd Floor Banquet Room

This will be a BROWN BAG lunchtime event.  If you wish, please feel free to bring your lunch to eat during the presentation.

12:00-12:10  Arrival
12:10-1:00    Program Presentation & Discussion


PERRY SPRING  - Ecologist, Energy Management Specialist, LEED AP

Perry Spring is a 4th generation Washingtonian with an abiding passion for the culture, communities, and environs of the Pacific Northwest. 

He is currently the Clallam County Shared Resource Conservation Manager, facilitating utility expense and resource savings for the facility portfolios of 5 public agencies. 

Mr. Spring has recently been immersed in deep exploration of community-scale sustainability solutions.  He was the first graduate of Cascadia College's  Environmental Technology and Sustainable Practices program in June 2010, receiving Phi Theta Kappa Society honors.   

He brings 25 years of entrepreneurial experience creating sustainability solutions for communities, businesses, government, educational and non-profit organizations. 

Perry was among the early pioneers of sustainability in the built environment through his involvement in the California Association of Building Energy Consultants in the 1980s, and as a co-owner of renewable / clean energy service provider Sunshine Propane in the 1990s.

With a B.S. in Ecology and Certificates in Energy Management and Renewable Energy Technology, Perry has extensive experience in design, specification, and project management of mechanical system (HVAC, hydronics/radiant, gas piping), integrated solar applications (envelope, photovoltaics, active thermal), and energy efficient retrofits for commercial, institutional, and residential facilities. 

Active in the Seattle-based Cascadia Green Building Council, Perry has years of involvement in sustainable site solutions including stormwater management, habitat stewardship, and historic restoration.


"We are in a position today to recreate our peninsula's small cities into incredible live-work-play communities with exceptional integration of net-zero eco-districts, green infrastructure, and urban biophilia" states Energy Management Specialist and Ecologist Perry Spring. 

As Shared Resource Conservation Manager for Clallam County, Perry Spring is in a position focused on reducing energy, water, and material refuse expenses for the portfolio of facilities owned by 5 public agencies in the County.  Mr. Spring has over 25 years experience involved in the intersection between ecological science, public policy, and community development.  His diverse career includes building energy consultant and co-owner of an energy services company (Sunshine Propane), project manager for an integrated facility master plan for King County's Law & Justice system, and as Stewardship Manager for a portfolio of habitat properties (Grays Harbor Audubon Society). 

C4CD's presentation will feature regional examples of eco-districts, community distributed energy, biomimicry, cradle-to-cradle, citizen-led initiatives, 2030 Challenge net zero projects, and the integrative design process.   "Over the last 3 years, I have been engaged in an enthralling exploration of emerging solutions for optimizing our use of energy, water, material resources, and technology that can the underlying goals of sustainability ... "states Spring.   As an active member of the Cascadia Green Building Council , our region's leading sustainable design and development trade association, Mr. Spring organized a panel presentation last fall for the Eastside LEED User Group on "Green Power for Commercial Projects" including his own PowerPoint talk on "Micro-Hydro power from Stormwater".   He has also been a part of the development of a user's guide for the Living Building Challenge v2.0 .

Mr. Spring perceives his role in sustainable communities as one of linking potential projects in need of cost-effective solutions with lessons learned from pioneering / early adopter success stories. "Examples abound throughout the Pacific Northwest in our urban centers of creating truly sustainable communities through active civic engagement, private-public partnerships, and integrative design processes for redevelopment of our existing urban cores" says Spring.  In presenting at the Center for Community Design, Mr. Spring seeks to contribute to a dialogue to action process which contributes to transforming our Olympic Peninsula communities as vibrant communities which achieve triple bottom line sustainability - ecological, economic, and social equity performance in the built environment.



1st Annual Earth Day Challenge ~ April 22-23, 2011


News from Paul & Sarah Cronauer:



Be involved in EARTH DAY Friday and Saturday, April 22 & 23!

The Landing Mall and Wine on the Waterfront invite the Port Angeles community to a weekend EARTH DAY clean-up event!

We invite you to sponsor a team to clean beaches and streams along our unique and cherished waterfront. Organize a team of passionate friends, family and co-workers to participate in cleaning a designated 
shoreline area from Morse Creek to Dry Creek.

Awards will be presented for:  garbage volume, greatest weight, best recycle team costumes, and best "EARTH DAY dance".

Celebrate with us at a community potluck in the Landing Mall following the successful conclusion of our energetic EARTH DAY event.

If you want to be part of EARTH DAY PORT ANGELES email us at: .

Volunteer to be a team captain or a coordinator.  We still need an area coordinator, a communications coordinator and a prize coordinator.

Please call or see Paul & Sarah Cronauer, or Peggy Acorn at the Landing Mall business office.

Landing Mall
115 E Railroad Ave #204
Port Angeles, WA 98362

(360) 457-4407
(360) 457-4349 fax


Hawaii Preparatory Academy Hosts C4CD Architects

HPA Hosts C4CD Architects

Thu September 30, 2010

Group Visits Campus During Big Island Sustainability Field Trip

Architects from the Center for Community Design (C4CD) recently visited the HPA Energy Lab as part of their Big Island Sustainability Field Trip. The C4CD, based in Port Angeles, Washington, is a place for community members to gather, exchange ideas, and learn how to plan and design their community through participation in design thinking exercises guided by local architects and planners.

The purpose of their visit to the Big Island was “to look for similarities—geographically, culturally, and economically—between the Big Island and the Olympic Peninsula back home, where our hometown is,” according to C4CD co-founder Stuart Bonney. “The areas are very similar and the Big Island seems to be taking the steps to prepare for the future a bit better than we are and so we are trying to take some of that home. What you are doing here is really amazing.”

They toured the facility and talked in depth with Energy Lab Director Dr. Bill Wiecking in hopes of starting and maintaining a dialogue between the C4CD, HPA, and other Big Island organizations focused on sustainability. While on island the group also visited NELHA and Puna Geothermal and met with representatives from HELCO and the sustainability committee at the University of Hawai‘i, Hilo.

Link to article and more photos:


"A Conservationist's View of Biomass Incinerators" presented by Diana Somerville

The Wednesday Lunch Forum for December 15, 2010 will be "A Conservationist's View of Biomass Incinerators" presented by Diana Somerville.

Diana Somerville is a freelancer who writes about sustainable living and our personal connection with the environment. She has won national awards for reporting on scientific research and has published more than 800 articles in encyclopedias, popular science magazines, newspapers and magazines.

Diana is a member of the National Association of Science Writers since 1978, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Inside Out Down Under: Stories from a Spiritual Sabbatical, her first book, won two national awards for Excellence.

Her column, Greening the Commons, appears in the Sequim Gazette. 

12:00-12:15  Arrival and lunch
12:15-12:45  Program presentation
12:45-1:00    Questions and Discussion

 There is no charge for attending the event. 

LOCATION: Banquet room on the 2nd floor of The Landing Mall.

For your convenience, a light lunch will be provided by Mystery Bay Seafood.  Cost:  $5.00.  Menu:  Clam Chowder, bread, fresh vegetables and cookies.


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