New Border Patrol station for Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — A new Border Patrol station in Port Angeles is ready for agents to start moving in.

The contingent that covers Clallam and Jefferson counties will move out of the Port Angeles Federal Building into a renovated building that includes a kennel, two holding cells, a 40-foot radio tower and fitness center.

Border Patrol staffing has increased from four agents in 2006 to 42 this year.

The Peninsula Daily News reported that the renovation cost nearly $10 million. Agency spokesman Jeffrey Jones said a ribbon cutting and open house will likely be held in late summer or early fall.

The group Stop the Checkpoints said it will demonstrate at the ceremony to protest militarizing the border.

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