Vanessa Renee Casavant

Improvement outpaces backsliding on WASL throughout Peninsula

The number of improved scores on the 2006 WASL --Washington Assessment of Student Learning -- for North Olympic Peninsula students outpaced the number of lagging… Continue reading


Most Peninsula school districts hover at middle on WASL scores

The Port Angeles School District was the only one in Clallam County to have at least 50 percent of its sophomores pass all three of… Continue reading


Navy water purification system headed soon to Neah Bay from California

NEAH BAY -- A system to turn salt water into drinking water is heading toward the Makah reservation on Friday. The 15,000-pound system will be… Continue reading


Makah talking with Navy about desalinization system

NEAH BAY -- The Makah are working with representatives of the Navy to get a temporary back-up system for drinking water, says Ben Johnson, tribal… Continue reading

Fairview School heading into its final year?

PORT ANGELES -- A serene lake with geese, a quaint apple orchard and breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains surround Fairview Elementary School seven miles… Continue reading

Neah Bay residents to hear details of emergency water plan today

NEAH BAY -- The Makah Tribal Council will address community members at 1 p.m. today in the Community Hall on Bayview Avenue about an emergency… Continue reading

Makah consider shipping in water if Waatch River runs dry

NEAH BAY -- If the Makah tribe runs out of water, state agencies will help it ship in drinking water and ensure enough water is… Continue reading

Neah Bay down to last day of water

NEAH BAY -- The community has only one more day of water left, said the Makah Tribal Council Tuesday. Tribal officials declared a state of… Continue reading

Priority issues to be looked at in Port Angeles school closure

PORT ANGELES -- One day down and 90 more to go before the School Board finalizes its plan to close Fairview Elementary School and reconfigure… Continue reading

Fairview Elementary slated for closure; middle schools likely to merge

PORT ANGELES -- The School Board voted unanimously Monday night to set the wheels in motion to shutter the Port Angeles School District's easternmost school… Continue reading

Makah to retire canoe used in 1999 whale hunt

NEAH BAY -- Plans are in the works for retiring the Makah whaling canoe Hummingbird that was involved in a fatal capsizing during the 2006… Continue reading

U.S., Canadian coast guards offer help with future canoe journeys

The death of Joseph Andrew "Jerry" Jack, a hereditary chief of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht tribe on Vancouver Island, has prompted U.S. and Canadian coast guard officials… Continue reading

Forks gets green light for September Drag Races

FORKS -- West End Thunder Club's drag races are on for Sept. 9 and 10 at Forks Municipal Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration granted the… Continue reading

Future of Forks drag races in doubt

FORKS -- The roar of engines for the West End Thunder Club's drag races at Forks Municipal Airport is in danger of being silenced. The… Continue reading

Makah Days celebration begins today

NEAH BAY -- Summer is winding down, but not without one more festival. The 82nd annual Makah Days Celebration kicks off in Neah Bay at… Continue reading

Makah Days queen shares exact same name with woman jailed for drug use

NEAH BAY -- Both are named Nicole Marie Parker. But one is in jail -- and the other is a festival queen who volunteers at… Continue reading

Park, tribe seek to end 50-year-old land dispute

LAPUSH -- Olympic National Park personnel want to reopen public access to Second Beach, one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Washington coast.… Continue reading

Large landowner not interested in selling to park

PORT ANGELES -- A large owner of private timberland in two areas eyed for inclusion into the Olympic National Park doesn't want to sell. Forestry… Continue reading

Crescent superintendent dead at 59 after stroke

JOYCE -- Crescent School Superintendent Doug Kubalek died Wednesday afternoon in a Seattle hospital after having suffered a stroke on Aug. 5. Kubalek, 59, was… Continue reading

Expanding boundary, limiting motor boats at Ozette discussed at meeting on Olympic National Park plan

FORKS -- Proposed changes at Lake Ozette were hot buttons at an open house on Olympic National Park's draft general management plan mapping the park's… Continue reading