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The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library was moved into the newly renovated Heron Hall in 2012. The library recently was awarded the 2014 Library Institutional Excellence Award.
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The Northwinds Homeschool Band along with, from left, Jerry Brummel, community manager of Suncrest Village; Dan Tutton, director of the band; and Tim Hughes pastor of First Baptist Church of Port Angeles, use the tables and chairs donated by Suncrest Village during a recent practice.

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — A 84-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia was reported missing from his home early Monday morning but was found a few hours later with only a minor injury.

James Minish was reported missing from his house on the 600 block of Cass Street at around 3:30 a.m. by his wife, who woke up to find him gone from bed.

She alerted authorities, beginning a search that included Port Townsend Police, East Jefferson Fire Rescue, Jefferson County Search and Rescue and the Department of Emergency Management.

The search was unsuccessful, but Minish was found outside of the search area in the 1900 block of San Juan Ave. at around 6 a.m. by a resident who was going outside for her morning walk.

Minish was sitting on the front porch and was covered in blood that came from a wound on his chin, according to East Jefferson Fire Rescue spokesman Bill Beezley.

He was otherwise unharmed and was taken to Jefferson Healthcare where he was treated and released.

Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management put out a missing alert at 6:15 a.m. and the notice that Minish was found at 7:28 a.m.

“We’re glad this was resolved so quickly,” Beezley said.

Two-car crash

PORT TOWNSEND — A two-car accident sent a 21-year-old Port Ludlow woman to the hospital Monday when her car was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and state Highway 19.

Hailey M. Beres was treated and released from Jefferson Healthcare hospital’s emergency room early Monday afternoon, a hospital spokesman said.

According to a report by State Patrol Trooper Alisha Gruszewski, the crash took place at 8:27 a.m.

Kenneth L. Jackson, driving a silver 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck, was stopped on Prospect Avenue at Highway 19.

Beres, driving a blue 1986 Honda Accord, was traveling north on Highway 19 following another vehicle, which made a right turn onto Prospect Avenue.

Jackson failed to yield while making a left turn onto Highway 19 and collided with Beres’ Honda, the report said.

Jackson was cited for failure to yield.

Jamestown S’Klallam win library award

BLYN — The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library was awarded the 2014 Library Institutional Excellence Award by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums, or ATALM.

Included in the recognition were Tribal Planning Director Leanne Jenkins, library staff including Siri Hiltz, tribal partner JKT Development Inc. and the Jamestown S’Klallam tribal community as a whole.

Established in 2007, the Guardians of Culture, Memory and Lifeways International Awards Program identifies and recognizes organizations and individuals who serve as outstanding examples of how indigenous archives, libraries and museums contribute to the vitality and cultural sovereignty of Native nations.

In making the award, ATALM commended the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe for bringing its library services into the 21st century, offering opportunities for digital access to tribal collections worldwide and providing a state-of-the-art library serving an active and integral role in community activities, according to a news release.

The creation of the tribally owned and managed “House of Seven Generations” online archival resource website connects current generations with the tribe’s cultural roots, allowing a glimpse into the rich history of the Jamestown S’Klallam people, the news release said.

In 2012, the tribe renovated Heron Hall, a former community meeting space, into a center that serves the cultural and informational needs of the tribal community.

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library first opened in 1988 and is open to the public.

It is located on the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Campus in Blyn, 1070 Old Blyn Highway.

Library hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Port Angeles School Board

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles School Board will meet Thursday for a workshop on the design of the proposed new Port Angeles High School building and to swear in Marc Jackson, the new superintendent of schools.

The workshop will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the North Olympic Peninsula Skill Center, 905 W. Ninth St.

Three presentations will be made at the workshop: the district’s bond capacity and taxpayer impacts; district responsibilities on public disclosure; and an update on the current status of the facilities planning project.

Results of tonight’s capital facilities planning forum, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Port Angeles High School Library, 304 E. Park Ave., will also be discussed.

Members of the public may comment on workshop discussions during public comments at the regular board meeting following the workshop.

The board will begin its regular meeting at 7 p.m. and oversee the oath of office for Jackson, who will replace Jane Pryne as superintendent of the district.

Pryne’s official last day in the district will be June 30, and Jackson will take over on July 1.

Jackson comes from Yermo, Calif., where he was superintendent of the Silver Valley Unified School District.

The board is also expected to officially accept the resignation of Port Angeles High School Principal Garry Cameron and approve a contract for Interim Principal Jeff Clark, previously assistant principal.

Suncrest donates chairs, tables to Northwinds Homeschool Band

PORT ANGELES — Students of the Northwinds Homeschool Band are among the beneficiaries of a donation of tables and chairs by Suncrest Village in Sequim to First Baptist Church of Port Angeles

By way of Suncrest Village, church volunteers said they had an easier time providing an Easter meal for the homeless teens and children served by The Answer For Youth, or TAFY.

The local AA group, which meets at the church each weekday, sits around these tables, and the Peninsula Pre-Three Co-op used the tables for a recent fundraising rummage sale.

On July 19, people from throughout the community will be welcome when the church hosts its annual community barbecue.

Meeting in Port Angeles to focus on gleaning

PORT ANGELES — A gathering at Renaissance Café, 401 E. Front St., to share information on gleaning, collecting excess and unwanted produce from farms and gardens in support of food outreach programs starts at 6 p.m. today.

Meggan Uecker, waste reduction coordinator, WSU Extension Clallam County, will be on hand to share, promote and coordinate organic collection of harvests.

Volunteers are needed.

“We are partnering with local food banks to increase food rescue and gleaning to achieve food waste reduction and increase fresh produce options at food outreach programs,” Uecker said.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments are available for purchase.

For more information, phone Meggan Uecker at 360-417-2279 or 360-809-3305, email or visit

Docents wanted

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center is looking for new volunteers to join their team of docents.

The center will teach new volunteers about each exhibit and about the history of Esther Webster.

To become a gallery host/docent, volunteers must take one three-hour shift per month.

The center is also in need of people who would like to help intermittently by assisting with children’s art classes, clerical duties, grounds keeping and more.

For more information, phone scheduling coordinator Betsy Robins at 360-457-4610 or email her at

Camera club to discuss photo prints

SEQUIM — Witta Priester and other Olympic Peaks Camera Club members will present “Printing Photographs: An Overview and How to Do It” at the Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane.

The presentation starts at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit

President’s Medals

PORT ANGELES — A special ceremony was held recently on the Peninsula College campus to recognize Peninsula College graduating students who have achieved the rank of a President’s Medalist.

The students received President’s Medals for scholarly excellence from college President Luke Robins and Board of Trustee members during the board meeting.

Graduates who were honored include Shana Renee Anderson, Rosann L. Beauvais, Philip Kent Bishop, Daniel Lee Brooks, Gabriel David Carey, Stefanie Marie Carroll, Lauren M. Davenport, Asa Davidson, Ryan O’Roark Dill, Kelly Ray Flanagan, Michelle L. Grimmer, Melissa Reigh Hamilton, Shania Dee Kilmer, Mary Elizabeth King, Grace Claire Koenigsaecker. Gary Kurtz, Grace Tulsi Marshall, Linh Thuy Nhat Nguyen, Sebastian Andrew Ostrovsky, Cassandra Ann Roland, Rick James Skelly, Eric C. Talaska, Christian Paul Tassie, Karen M. Thomas, Jennifer Thompson, Scott Charles Underwood, Justin Patrick VanBuskirk, Catherine Spoelstra Villella and James W. Weishorn II.

Graduating students are eligible to receive a President’s Medal if they complete a degree having earned 45 college-level credits at Peninsula College with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.85 or higher.

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