NEWS BRIEFS — Ferry Sealth in dry-dock for inspection, repairs . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

ANACORTES — The 90-vehicle, 1,200-passenger Sealth will be lifted out of the water and onto dry-dock at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes on Monday to investigate issues found during sea trials and diver inspection.

The Sealth was removed from service on the San Juan Islands/Anacortes route Feb. 12 because of mechanical issues.

Crews have made several repairs to the steering system but have been unable to return the vessel to service, state ferries system officials said.

“We've been working day and night to determine the cause of Sealth's recent mechanical issues,” David Moseley, state Department of Transportation assistant secretary, said Friday.

“Underwater video and sea trials suggest the problem could be with the rudder system beneath the vessel, requiring us to move the vessel to dry-dock for further investigation.”

Washington State Ferries expects to reinstate the Sealth after dry-dock inspection and necessary repairs.

The ferries system has temporarily replaced the Sealth with the 87-car, 983-passenger Evergreen State.

Officials anticipate that the San Juan Islands/Anacortes route will be back to full service Tuesday, with the 124-car, 1,090-passenger Chelan operating on domestic routes and the Evergreen State returning to the inter-island route.

Salish Sea documentary

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College's Magic in Cinema film series continues with “Beneath the Salish Sea” in the Maier Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Admission is $5.

Following the film, director, filmmaker and BBC cinematographer Florian Graner will talk about shooting the documentary.

“With all the negative press about the state of the Sound, people easily resign themselves to thinking that nothing can be done anymore,” Graner said.

“That idea is both wrong and dangerous. There are beautiful and functioning ecosystems in our inland waters. I hope this footage will help people reconnect with them.”

“Beneath the Salish Sea” is filled with underwater images, including orcas and porpoises, and features the stormy seas around Cape Flattery.

The Salish stretches from the southern end of Puget Sound northward to Desolation Sound in Canada.

For more information, email Sean Gomez at

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Plant clinics start Monday

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County Master Gardener plant clinics will resume for the season Monday.

Every Monday through Sept. 29, the Washington State University Extension office, 380 Jefferson St., will answer gardening questions from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Plant and insect specimens can be brought in.

There are no plant clinics on holidays.


Free reading set

PORT ANGELES — Judith Kitchen, winner of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes, will give a free reading at Wine on the Waterfront this Tuesday night.

The North Coast Writers are hosting the 7 p.m. event at the wine bar upstairs in The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

Kitchen, who lives in Port Townsend, will offer passages from her books In the Circus Train and Half in Shade: Family, Photography and Fate.

Lovers of literature are invited to come early to Wine on the Waterfront for snacks and beverages.

For more details about this reading and the North Coast Writers, contact Suzann Bick at 360-797-1245 or

Sons of Norway meeting

PORT ANGELES — The Sons of Norway Lodge No. 37 will host a meeting at 131 W. Fifth St. at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10.

Members and anyone interested are invited to attend.

The group will practice speaking Norwegian under the guidance of Roxanne Grinsted, social director.

Activities include bingo, singing Norwegian songs and more.

The youngest-ever lodge president, James Jarvis, 26, will be ratified. Refreshments will be served.

Irish dinner slated

PORT ANGELES — Mount Pleasant Grange will host a beef and cabbage dinner at the Community Hall, 2432 Mount Pleasant Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

Limited tickets are $15 per person for the annual St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Luck of the Draw will provide live entertainment.

For more information or to purchase tickets, phone Francie Louden at 360-452-2250 or email

No carrier landings this week

WHIDBEY ISLAND — No field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field in Coupeville between today and Saturday.

Flight operations are subject to change due to weather, operational and/or training requirements.

Updates or changes in operations at Coupeville may be found on NAS Whidbey Island's Facebook page.

The landing practices have prompted noise complaints in Port Townsend/Jefferson County and on Whidbey Island, where the air field is located.

Dean's list honor

MEDFORD, Mass. — Mariah Crowley of Port Angeles has been named to Tufts University dean's list for the fall 2013 semester.

Dean's list honors at Tufts University require a semester grade-point average of 3.40 or greater.

Beach-watch program

PORT TOWNSEND — Registration for the Washington State University Beach Watchers program is open.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 14.

This year's Beach Watcher training classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday from March 25 through May 6, plus an additional four Tuesdays in October.

The cost is $140 to enroll, plus a $50 deposit that will be refunded when required volunteer hours are completed.

Scholarships are available.

The seven-week program emphasizes learning about water-related resources and then “paying back” through community-based volunteer actions centered on educational outreach, research and stewardship.

Along with classes, training consists of field trips to help increase understanding of watersheds, water quality, the marine and shoreline environment, streams, freshwater wetlands and the animals that share these resources.

For more information or an application, phone Cheryl Lowe 360-379-5610, ext. 230, or email

Additional information is at

Red Cross classes

CARLSBORG — The American Red Cross will offer three CPR/first-aid courses this month at the Red Cross office, 151 Ruth's Place, off Business Park Loop.

The scheduled classes are:

■ Adult first aid/CPR and external defibrillator (AED) training, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and March 14, $90.

■ Adult and pediatric first aid/CPR/AED, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 14, $110.

Participants may also choose only the CPR/AED portion of the class Friday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost of $70.

Course materials are available in digital format free of charge or may be purchased in print form.

Those completing the course will receive a two-year certification, and digital refreshers are available.

Pre-registration is required.

To register for any class, phone 800-733-2767 or visit

Information about the Red Cross and its activities is available locally from the Carlsborg office, 360-457-7933, or the Port Townsend office, 360-385-2737.

Stevens students recognized

PORT ANGELES — Twenty-two Stevens Middle School students recently were recognized by their teachers as Students of the Month of January.

As a reward, they dined on lunch prepared by skills center culinary arts students at the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center.

The seventh- and eighth-grade students who were recognized for their integrity are Hannah Black, Andrew Borde, Kelsie Brown, Peyton Cable, Evan Cobb, Jacob Droz, Anthony Garcia-Gregory, Blake Hobbs, Cyrus Johnson, Makyla Johnson, Madelynne Jones, Madeline Linson, Rylan MacDonald, Colton McGuffey, Emily Metzler, Cassandra Middlestead, Meghan Shields, Shayla Smith, Matthew Tiemersma, Lauren Waldron, Lori Webb and Joel Wood.

Sequim Library book discussion

SEQUIM — This month's book discussion at the Sequim Library starts at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese will be discussed.

Drop-ins are welcome, as registration is not required.

Copies of the book are available at the library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., or through the library catalog.

For more information, visit

Soroptimist scholarship applications

PORT ANGELES — Soroptimist International of Port Angeles is sponsoring the J.P. Pettersen Teddybear Award in the amount of $1,000.

The purpose of the award is to assist women who have faced economic and social barriers and personal hardship, and are seeking to gain additional education or training.

Eligible applicants should be head of households with the primary financial responsibility for supporting family, are attending or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program, have financial need, are motivated to achieve educational and career goals, live in the Port Angeles area and maintain a 2.50 grade-point average.

The application deadline is Monday, March 10.

Applications are available through Peninsula College's Financial Aid Office or by phoning Wendy Shea at 360-460-2844.

Sequim girls recognized by Soroptimists

SEQUIM — Sequim High School seniors Katherine Harker and Christie Honore recently were recognized as Girls of the Month of January and February, respectively, by Soroptimist International of Sequim.

Harker is taking advanced classes at Sequim High and has a 3.7 grade-point average.

She is involved in Link Crew, photography advisory and volleyball.

Harker plans to become a physical therapist and has been accepted into three schools: Seton Hall University, Loyola Marymount University and Gonzaga University.

Honore said her first passion is theater and has been since her first performance of “Hansel and Gretel” at age 8.

She has performed in 12 productions at Sequim High and serves as president of the school's Operetta Club.

Honore has served as a princess for the Sequim Irrigation Festival and volunteers at the Sequim Library.

She will attend Vassar College in New York and major in theater.

Tech course event

PORT ANGELES — An information session about Peninsula College's tuition-free composites technology courses will be held at WorkSource Clallam County, 228 W. First St., Suite F.

The event is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

An orientation and facilities tour will follow Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center, 905 W. Ninth St., Room 208.

The cost is free.

For more information, phone Sandra Kint at 360-457-2128 for the Tuesday events and Maitland Peet at 360-417-6336 for the Wednesday event.

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