NEWS BRIEFS — Man killed crossing Interstate 90; Port Angeles driver won’t face charges . . . and other items

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SPOKANE — An Omak man was killed when he was struck by a car driven by a Port Angeles man Friday night.

Dennis M. Stensgar, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene along Interstate 90 at 9:51 p.m. near Milepost 280, the Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle reported.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Stensgar attempted to cross the eastbound lanes of the interstate when he was struck by a 2007 Dodge Ram pick-up driven by William G. Van Gordon, 39, of Port Angeles.

Neither Van Gordon nor his passenger, Jaymie L. Van Gordon, 35, of Port Angeles, were injured, the State Patrol reported.

Van Gordon’s pickup was impounded by A Pro North, the State Patrol reported.

Both Van Gordon and his passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the incident, the State Patrol reported. Neither drugs nor alcohol were factors.

The State Patrol said the cause of the crash was a pedestrian on the roadway; Van Gordon won’t be charged.

Checkpoints meet

PORT ANGELES — The situation of unaccompanied Central American migrant children at the nation’s southern border and throughout the country will be the topic of a Stop the Checkpoints meeting Saturday.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Museum at the Carnegie, 207 S. Lincoln St.

An hour before the meeting, the group plans a sign-waving rally at the intersection of Lincoln and Fourth streets to stop deportations.

National policymakers are considering what to do with tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children within the United States.

“These refugees fleeing from Central America to escape violence are being targeted by right wing anti-immigration groups,” Stop the Checkpoints said in a press release.

“These groups hold protests claiming that the children and youth are a threat,” the group said.

“Counter-protests are occurring across the country, calling for welcoming the children.”

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Ex-ranger promoted

PORT ANGELES — Former Olympic National Park ranger Kevin Hendricks will take over as superintendent for San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park in September.

Hendricks is currently the chief ranger at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

“I’ve had a lifelong interest in ships, sailing and the stories of those who went to sea or made their living on the water,” Hendricks said in a statement.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity to lead such an important park in such a great city, and I look forward to working with the staff, the community and the park partners to protect and promote our rich maritime history.”

Hendricks went to school in the area, earning a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984.

Authors to read at PT shop

PORT TOWNSEND — An evening reading with authors Bill Ransom and Brian Herbert will be held at the Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books, 820 Water St., at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Ransom has published six novels, six poetry collections, numerous short stories and articles.

Learning the Ropes, a collection of poetry, short fiction and essays, was billed as “a creative autobiography,” according to a news release.

His poetry has been nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Twice he was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

His most recent novel is Jaguar.

Herbert is the author of multiple New York Times best-sellers. He has won numerous literary honors and has been nominated for the highest awards in science fiction.

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‘Tails to Trails’ walk

SEQUIM — The Welfare for Animals Guild will host a walk to benefit homeless dogs called “Tails to Trails” at Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., on Saturday.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk opening at 9:30 a.m.

There is a minimum donation of $25 to register the day of the walk.

Contests for dogs, games, raffles, a silent auction and more are on tap.

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