NEWS BRIEFS: $1,000 scholarship available to single mothers at Peninsula College … and other items

PORT ANGELES — The $1,000 Bright Haygood Copsey Scholarship is available to single mothers attending Peninsula College during the 2016-17 academic year.

The award will be based on potential to benefit and financial need.

Applicants may be part-time or full-time students attending the entire 2016-17 academic year.

Applications for the scholarship are posted on the college’s financial aid website,

The application deadline is Dec. 9.

For more information, contact Julie Elliott at 360-452-9080 or

Book discussion

SEQUIM — “The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases” by Deborah Halber will be discussed at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

All are welcome to join.

“‘The Skeleton Crew’ provides an entree into the gritty and tumultuous world of Sherlock Holmes – wannabes who race to beat out law enforcement — and one another — at matching missing persons with unidentified remains. ‘The Skeleton Crew’ delves into the macabre underside of the Internet, the fleeting nature of identity, and how even the most ordinary citizen with a laptop and a knack for puzzles can reinvent herself as a web sleuth” (Library Journal Reviews).

Copies of “The Skeleton Crew” are available in various formats, including regular print and downloadable e-book; they can be requested online by visiting the library catalog at

For more information about this and other programs for readers and book lovers, visit and select “Events” and “Sequim,” or contact the Sequim Library at 360-683-1161 or

This program is generously supported by the Friends of Sequim Library.

Food bank donations

SEQUIM — The city of Sequim is accepting donations of nonperishable foods now through Friday, Dec. 16, for the Sequim Food Bank.

Donations can be placed in the red barrel in the lobby of the Civic Center, located at 152 W. Cedar St.

The donations will be delivered to the Sequim Food Bank in time for holiday meals.

Business hours for the city are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Applicants sought

PORT ANGELES — The city is accepting applications to fill vacancies on the planning commission. Two members are needed.

Members review long-range planning proposals, including amendments and updates to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, and changes to land use controls, then make recommendations to the city council.

The commission also is authorized and empowered to act as a research and fact-finding agency of the city as generally directed or requested by the council.

Members must be residents of the city.

Members are appointed to four-year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms.

The commission meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in council chambers.

To apply, download an application at or pick one up from the city manager’s office in City Hall.

For more information, contact City Clerk Jennifer Veneklasen at 360-417-4634 or

Selected applicants must undergo an interview process by the council prior to appointment.

These positions are open until filled.

New financial adviser

PORT ANGELES — A graduate of Chimacum High School and Peninsula College has joined First Federal as an Infinex financial adviser.

David Coulter is working in the bank’s retail investment services group, First Federal Investment Services.

He will work with the bank’s clients in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom counties.

Coulter joined the U.S. Air Force after high school and graduated with an assoicate degree from Peninsula College before earning degrees in political science and society and justice from the University of Washington. Prior to joining First Federal, he held a position as a financial adviser.

“We are pleased to welcome David as a valued member of the Investment Services team,” said Dawnya Scarano, vice president and director of retail banking.

“His level of expertise and experience contributes greatly to the level of collaboration within this division of the bank, enhancing the overall customer experience and choice.”

Coulter has volunteered with such organizations as the Kitsap Cancer Services and Search & Rescue K9. He coached girls fast-pitch and also football for Central Kitsap Middle School.

He enjoys coaching youth, golfing, fishing, camping and classic cars. He and his wife, Carri, live in Kitsap County. They have four children and one grandchild.

Launched in 2008, First Federal Investment Services provides access to a range of products and services, including mutual funds, fixed and variable annuities, retirement planning, as well as all types of life insurance and long-term care.

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: Master Gardeners Judy English, Bill Wrobel and Jeanette Stehr-Green.

Tuesday: Port Angeles Police Chief Brian Smith and Lorraine Shore, administrative coordinator for the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, discuss the East Second Street community policing meeting, in which local residents and business owners met with the Salvation Army and The Answer for Youth.

Wednesday: Local Author Dennis Noble, talks about his new book “Hemingway’s Cuba: Finding the Places and People That Influenced the Writer”

Second segment: Jim Buck discusses an emergency water treatment project.

Thursday: Sequim School District Superintendent Gary Neal to discuss the upcoming school levy.

Chain gang busy

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Chain Gang picked up 1,440 pounds of litter on Little River Road as well as a dozen hypodermic needles on Granite Road during the week of Oct. 3-7.

Illegal dumpsites were found on Reynolds, Joyce-Piedmont, Little River, Fish Hatchery and Slab Camp roads, with a total of 2,060 pounds.

The crew also washed auction vehicles at the county shop and brushed back both sides of road off nearly a mile of Forest Service Road 2978.

For the week of Oct. 17-21, the chain gang removed a blown-over tree from the storm at 880 S. Shore Road, as well as fallen trees and debris on Forest Service Road 29.

They also pulled about 840 scotch broom plants at Ranger Pit and weeds and wild carrot plants from Kirner Pit stock piles, and rolled hay bales off Peters Road.

The chain gang cleaned culverts on McGarvie, Schmitt, Whiskey Creek Beach, Gossett, Miller, Bishop, Grauel-Ramapo, Liljedahl, Wasankari, Freshwater Bay, Freshwater Park, Eden Valley and Dan Kelly roads, totaling 252 individual culverts.

For the week of Oct. 24-28, the chain gang removed scotch broom from Morse Creek Pit (Mount Pleasant Road) and Lake Creek Pit, adjusted a storm drain sock at South Brook Street behind Port Angles Power Equipment, cleaned up fallen tree debris on Black Diamond Road and at milepost 3.4 on Hoko Ozette Road, and pulled weeds from Hoko Ozette Road Gravel Pit stock piles.

The chain gang also cleaned up a total of 780 pounds at an illegal dumpsite on East Silberhorn Road and found two sofa couches along roadways.

During the week of Oct. 31-Nov.4, crews moved a safety barricade back from the bluff in Monterra.

They cleaned curbs and drains on approximately 1.25 miles on Mt. Pleasant Road.

Crews pulled scotch broom in the Mount Pleasant Pit, totaling about 450 plants.

They cleaned up old pallets and scrap wood around the county shop and hauled to the Place Road Pit.

They planted for bank retention on Hoko Ozette, Weel and Jamestown roads, totaling about 14.6 miles.

During the week of Nov. 7-11, the chain gang picked up approximately 60 pounds of litter on Little River Road and turned in 43 pounds of aluminum for recycling ($10.75).

The crew filled potholes and brushed both sides of Little River Road.

They pulled scotch broom at the Mount Pleasant Pit, totaling about 150 plants.

Signs were taken down on the following roads: Pioneer, Whiskey Creek, Gosset, Graul-Ramapo and Wasankari.

Crew members removed fallen tree debris from the county right of way and cleaned Deer Park Road.

For the week of Nov. 14-18, the chain gang picked up trash on Elwha River, Deer Park and O’Brien roads, plus along Township Line, totaling 1,220 pounds.

Two mattresses, one printer and seven tires were found.

Crews cleared a total of 91 culverts on Elwha River, Deer Park and O’Brien roads, plus Township Line.

They removed fallen tree debris from the county right of way on Elwha River, O’Brien and South Shore roads.

Crews brushed and chipped the county right of way on Oxenford and Little River roads.

They also washed county vehicles at the county shop.

So far this year, crews have cleaned 225 miles of roadway, picked up 15,710 pounds of litter, cleaned up 84,370 pounds of dumpsite litter, weed-eated 118,052 feet of guardrail, removed/sprayed 13,025 scotch broom plants and brushed 50.50 miles of county right of way.

Honor groups

PORT TOWNSEND — Five music students from Port Townsend schools have been selected to perform with Washington Music Educators Association All-State Honor Groups in Yakima.

Each of these students was selected through a recorded audition process submitted through their school music program in October.

Port Townsend High School band member Maisie Gould is a sophomore who will play trumpet with the All-State Wind Symphony on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Kincaid Gould, an eighth-grade student who plays clarinet in the Blue Heron Wind Ensemble, will perform with the Jr. All-State Rainier Band on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Morgan Trail, Maya Dow and Grace Wentzel are Blue Heron sixth-grade students who were selected to sing with the WMEA Youth Honor Chorus on Feb. 13.

For more information, contact Kim Clarke at 360-531-0324 or

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