NEWS BRIEFS: Lecture on perspectives … and other items

PORT ANGELES — “The Importance of International Perspectives (and Opportunities to Acquire One)” will be presented at Peninsula College at 12:35 p.m. Thursday as part of the Studium Generale series.

Scott Hammel and David Copeland will speak at the free lecture in the Little Theater at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

The international student advisor at Peninsula College, Hammel worked in education in Asia from 1995 to 2012, the first 15 years in South Korea and his final two years in Vietnam.

He will share anecdotes and slides from his experience in Vietnam, saying they reflect the broadening and maturation of his view of the world. Hammel completed his bachelor’s at Eastern Washington University.

Copeland is a Peninsula College alumnus who recently graduated with a bachelor’s in political economy. He was a Department of State Gilman Scholarship recipient, which he used to complete his final 10 credits at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

Copeland will talk about his experience in Germany, how it has been helpful to him, and how current students at Peninsula College can take advantage of the Gilman Scholarship.

For more information, contact Janet Lucas at

Running Start

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College will host a series of Running Start Information Nights in Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Forks during February, March and April.

The events are designed to provide prospective students and their parents with more information about the program and how high school juniors and seniors can earn college credit, tuition-free.

They will also learn about strategies for success and what parents and families can do to be supportive.

Students and parents who wish to attend a Running Start Information Night on the main campus in Port Angeles may do so on Feb. 13, March 7 or April 10.

The information sessions and panel discussions will be held in the college’s Little Theater, J Building, on the Port Angeles campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd, at 7 p.m. An optional campus tour will be offered at 6:30 p.m.

The Running Start Information Night in Port Townsend is scheduled for March 19, at the Port Townsend branch campus at Fort Worden, 202 Eisenhower Ave., Room 201, at 5 p.m.

The Forks session will be held on March 6, at Peninsula College Forks, in The Commons, t 481 S. Forks Ave., at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Cindy Lauderback at or (360) 417-6341. Details are also available at

Training to help beach birds set this weekend

The University of Washington Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team will conduct beached bird training in Clallam County.

The session from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday will be held in the Sekiu Community Center, 42 Rice St., Sekiu.

A second session will be presented from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in the Carver Room, Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

No prior experience is needed but volunteers should be interested in surveying a specific beach at least once a month.

The training will provide volunteers with the skills to collect survey data on beach cast marine bird carcasses.

The data collected will help track patterns of marine bird mortality on North Pacific beaches.

There will be a break for lunch in the middle of each session.

To reserve a seat, call 206-221-6893 or email

For more information on COASST, visit

Two firearm safety classes are scheduled

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office will offer citizen’s firearms safety courses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 23.

The free training will be held in the emergency operations center inside the Clallam County

Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

Students will be given the opportunity to use the interactive Use of Force and Firearms Simulation system.

The simulator will put students into the role of a police officer responding to a call and facing a shoot/no-shoot decision.

Although the classes are free, pre-registration is required.

For more information, or to register, call Lorraine Shore at 360-417-2262 or email

Scholarships given

PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula College Foundation recently granted $10,000 to be awarded as scholarships for new students enrolling in the college’s Bachelor of Applied Management program.

Students who meet the program prerequisites are admitted to the program and enroll in applied management courses in spring quarter will be eligible to apply for one of the $1,000 scholarships.

Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis but may not be used to replace other sources of tuition-based aid; they may, however, be awarded in addition to other sources of aid, such as Pell or State Need grants.

For more information, email Amy Williamson at or visit

Caregiver training class is scheduled

PORT ANGELES — The Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence will conduct a 24-hour caregiver core training program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9-10 and March 23-24.

The training will be conducted in the Port Angeles office of the state Department of Children Youth and Families, 201 W. First St., Suite 2.

The training is required for Washington residents who wish to become foster parents.

The training is also available online at

The training is free but registration is required by calling 866-577-1915 or emailing

For more information, call Linda Cortani at 360-640-0869, email

Flight operations

COUPEVILLE — There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Complex for the week of Feb. 11-17.

There will be landing practice at the Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville late afternoon to late evening Monday.

Practice is also slated for morning, then late afternoon to evening Tuesday

Practice is also slated for morning, then evening to late evening Wednesday

Practice is also slated for late afternoon to late evening Thursday.

Operations will continue late morning to early afternoon Friday.

There will be landing practice operations at Ault Field evening to late evening Monday.

There are no landing practice operation scheduled at Ault Field for the remainder of the week.

Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to the station’s comment line at 360-257-6665 or via email at

All other questions can be directed to the public affairs office at 360-257-2286.

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