Ellensburg Daily Record: "Teanaway binders available to view online"
By Mary Swift, staff writer
KITTITAS COUNTY — The contents of binders that went missing from the Kittitas County’s Community Development Services (CDS) office and were later recovered during the course of a police investigation are now available for review online, the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners has announced.
The binders contained information related to administrative segregation requests submitted several years ago by the American Forest Land Co. (AFLC) for land the company owns in the Teanaway. Though, there is no guarantee the information available now is the same as what was in the binders when they went missing.
A former county employee, Scott Turnbull, told police he returned two of the binders to the company in March when a company representative, Jeff Jones, submitted a handwritten letter asking for their return. Turnbull told police he was not aware at the time that he was not supposed to return the material in the binders.
Earlier this year the county launched a sub-area planning process at the company’s request aimed at developing a long-term plan that identifies and protects the important characteristics of the study area and identifies future uses for much of the area. A series of public meetings aimed at gathering information drew vocal criticism from a number of community residents and conservationists who question what they believe are AFLC’s long-range goals and the impact they would have on the area.
One of those critics is Catherine Clerf who, on Oct. 29, filed a report with the Ellensburg Police Department saying the binders were public documents that had been missing since July.
On Nov. 3, the Board of County Commissioners temporarily suspended the Teanaway sub-area planning process to complete an investigation into the two binders that were returned to AFLC.
Last week, Paul Sander, an attorney with the Kittitas County Prosecutor’s Office, said it is too early to say when the investigation will be complete.
While the investigation is ongoing, the information contained in the missing binders along with other materials related to AFLC’s administrative segregation requests is available for by clicking here.