Forks: City officials traveling to D.C. to stop planned Quillayute Coast Guard station closure

Closing the Coast Guard's Quillayute River Station and transferring its equipment and personnel to Neah Bay, Port Angeles and Port Townsend is the preferred of three alternatives in a new environmental assessment from the Coast Guard.

The station building would be turned over to the Quileute tribe, the recommendation proposes.

A public comment period on the plan runs from today through Oct. 3. Then the final recommendation will be passed up the chain of command to the Coast Guard commandant, Adm. James M. Loy, in Washington, D.C., for a final decision.

That chain of command includes Rear Adm. Erroll M. Brown, in charge of Washington and Oregon Coast Guard operations; and Vice Adm. Ernest R. Riutta, in charge of West Coast operations.

But two Forks city officials aren't waiting for the public comment period or the chain of command.

Mayor Phil Arbeiter said Sunday that he and City Attorney/Planner Rod Fleck will travel to the nation's capital Wednesday to meet with Loy.

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