NEWS BRIEFS: Sequim Visitor Information Center plans new volunteer training Wednesday … and other items

SEQUIM — The Sequim Visitor Information Center will hold a new volunteer orientation class at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The public is invited to attend the free training at the center, 1192 E. Washington St.

For more information, phone Jodi Minkler at 360-683-6197.

Grief support group

PORT ANGELES — Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County will offer a grief support group in Port Angeles starting July 11.

It will run for six weeks Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hospice House, 810 S. Albert St., behind Volunteer Hospice’s office.

This group is free and open to anyone in the community, but registration is required, as group size is limited.

For more information and to register, call 360-452-1511.

Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County has been providing free services to terminally ill patients and their families since 1978, and provides bereavement services to anyone in the community.

Volunteer Hospice depends entirely on the generosity of the community through volunteering and donations.

To learn more about hospice, call the office at 360-452-1511.

Fire-rescue testing

PORT TOWNSEND — East Jefferson Fire-Rescue will test potential volunteers and volunteer resident firefighters July 27.

The testing process will include a written exam, physical agility test and interview.

Completed applications are due in the fire department’s administrative offices at 24 Seton Road no later than July 19.

Candidates who wish to prepare for the agility exam can take a practice test July 25.

Exact times are to be determined.

Volunteers can fulfill a variety of roles with the department, including station maintenance, public education, tender operations and emergency medical technician response.

Volunteer resident firefighters typically join the department in pursuit of a career in the fire service. The department pays for their training to become certified as IFSAC (International Fire Service Accreditation Congress) Firefighter I and National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B).

Residents usually work 48-hour-per-week shifts alongside career firefighters and receive monthly stipends.

In-district residency is not required.

For more information and to obtain an application, log on to

Lavender Weekend volunteer training

SEQUIM — The city of Sequim and Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a Sequim Lavender Weekend volunteer training workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

The workshop will be at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.

Anyone who volunteers during Sequim Lavender Weekend, scheduled July 21-23, or who is curious about everything that is happening during the weekend event is welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Barbara Hanna, Sequim communications and marketing director, at 360-681-3422 or [email protected]

KONP talk guests

PORT ANGELES — Here is this week’s schedule for the 1:05 p.m. to 2 p.m. local talk show segment on KONP radio, at 1450 AM, 101.7 FM and on the internet outside the Port Angeles area.

Station General Manager Todd Ortloff hosts the Monday through Thursday segments.

This week’s scheduled lineup:

Monday: Cynthia Warne and Carol Sinton discuss Fourth of July plans for Port Angeles.

Second segment: Craig Fulton, director of Public Works and Utilities for the city of Port Angeles, discusses the state of city streets, alleys and sidewalks, as well as funding issues.

Third segment: Danette Grady of Peninsula Friends of Animals discusses pet safety over the Fourth of July.

Tuesday: Closed for Independence Day. There will be special holiday programming.

Wednesday: Port Angeles City Manager Dan McKeen.

Thursday: Retiring Clallam County Jail Supervisor and Chief Corrections Deputy Ron Sukert and Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict discuss the changes that have taken place at the jail over the years, especially in regards to type of crimes being committed, opioid addiction, programs to deal with inmates who are going through withdrawals, etc.

Mental health training

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula Behavioral Health invites the public to attend its Youth Mental Health First Aid Training program July 12-13.

The $75 class will be held both days from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at PBH, 118 E. Eighth St.

The program is designed to teach adults a six-step action plan about how to help a youth ages 12-18 who might experience a mental health, addiction challenge or crisis, according to a news release.

Registration is required for the event.

To register, phone Kathy Hansen at 360-457-0431, ext. 139, or visit

Art proposals sought

SEQUIM — The city’s Arts Advisory Commission is currently seeking art proposals for the Sequim Civic Center at 152 W. Cedar St.

Art is asked to be an original piece of work which is to be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 14.

For more information, contact Karen Kuznek-Reese at 360-681-3428 or [email protected] or visit

Member sought

SEQUIM — The city council is currently seeking a representative to serve on the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

The appointee must be a representative of a business that is required to collect lodging tax funds pursuant to RCW 67.28.

The committee consists of five voting members appointed by the council.

The voluntary board meets on a quarterly basis to perform the duties as established by RCW 67.28 and Ordinance No. 2010-018.

Applications are available at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.; by phoning 681-3428; or by visiting

Applications are to be submitted to Karen Kuznek-Reese, city clerk, at the civic center or [email protected]

This position is open until filled.

For more information, visit

Member honored

PORT ANGELES — Soroptimist International of Port Angeles Noon Club recognized two-term President Gwyn Callis with the Woman of Distinction Award at a recent meeting.

The award honors Soroptimist members who have made outstanding achievements in their professional, business or voluntary activities while demonstrating exemplary character integrity and leadership, according to a news release.

Callis has been a member since 1988, has chaired a majority of committee and is the long-term history chair.

She is also a co-owner of Callis Insurance and has two adult sons.

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