NEWS BRIEFS: Bentinck Island demolition range in use this week … and other items

ESQUIMALT, B.C. — The land-based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be in use Monday through Saturday the Royal Canadian Navy announced.

The range will be in use from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during that time.

Bentinck Island is located near Race Rocks in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is used as a terrestrial demolition range by the Canadian Armed Forces.

Local residents will likely be unaware of the activities except on days when environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and wind direction affect how far the sound will travel.

Studies conducted on the potential environmental effects of Bentinck Island demolitions have found that blast noise in the marine environment during land-based demolitions is almost undetectable by acoustic equipment above that of other underwater background sounds such as waves and marine life, the Royal Canadian Navy said in a news release.

Landing practice

COUPEVILLE — Field carrier landing practice operations will commence for aircraft stationed at Ault Field from evening to night Monday through Wednesday.

Practice will continue evening to late night Thursday.

Operations will also be held late morning Friday.

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

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

Committee member sought

PORT ANGELES — The city is seeking applicants to fill a position on its Utility Advisory Committee.

The position will remain open until Saturday, Sept. 30. To apply, download an application from, or pick one up from the City Manager’s Office in City Hall, 32 E. Fifth St.

The utility committee gives advisory recommendations to city council on matters relating to city utility policy and operation.

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

The utility committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. in City Hall.

For more information, contact City Clerk Jennifer Veneklasen at 360-417-4634 or [email protected]

‘Exercise and Thrive’

PORT ANGELES — Local cancer survivors will have access to a free YMCA strength and wellness program beginning Monday, Oct. 2.

The 12-week program, titled “Exercise and Thrive,” is available to cancer survivors 18 and older who are 90 days out after the conclusion of cancer treatments and have medical clearance from Olympic Medical Center physical therapist Karen Rushby.

For a consultation and to receive a medical screening permission form, call Rushby at 360-417-7116.

Sessions will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Y, 302 S. Francis St.

During the program, participants will strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve endurance while receiving coaching from Y personal trainers and wellness coaches.

The ultimate goal of the program is to help survivors develop their own physical fitness regimen and become lifelong exercisers after the program ends, according to a news release.

The curriculum was developed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

The program is funded in part by the Y’s annual Power of Community Campaign and a grant from United Way.

For more information, contact Mikki Hughes at 360-452-9244, ext. 133, or [email protected], or visit

Child advocates

The guardian ad litem program — a division of the Jefferson County Juvenile and Family Court — has announced an application deadline of Wednesday, Oct. 4, for volunteers interested in the program.

Applications can be accessed online by visiting

The class will meet Wednesdays and Saturdays starting Oct. 11 for four weeks at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St.

During the classes, attendees can learn to advocate in court and in the community to increase the chances that children can have a safe and permanent family, according to a news release.

Volunteers will also receive ongoing training and support from the guardian office when they begin to take cases.

County guardians work to advocate for the best interest of children involved in the dependency and foster care system.

The program is part of National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as appointed members of the court, according to the release.

For more information, call guardian program coordinator Anne Dean at 360-385-9190.

Conflict workshop

SEQUIM — Joy Helmer will hold a free community workshop titled “Ending the Suffering: Finding Peace After Painful Conflict” on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Those interested in attending are asked to reserve a spot by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. To place a reservation call Helmer at 206-601-6563.

The location of the event will be given after placing a reservation.

Helmer is a recently retired psychiatric nurse who will “share the peace and happiness she discovered from her years of experience in personal and professional settings to help those determined to resolve the unhappiness of chronic conflict,” according to a news release.

AmeriCorps grads

PORT ANGELES — 13 AmeriCorps members graduated after completing a year of service in the Port Angeles School District during a ceremony at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center on July 15.

AmeriCorps program coordinator Michell Gentry honored Teresa Hanson, Ceci Warfield, Charlie Belle, Mary Jacobs, Loren Johnsen, Mitchell Brown, Libbey Harp, Chris Edwards, Mariah Crowley, Jaedyn Joers, Ethan Arlt, Joe Zimmermann and Grace Bauman.

Each graduate served a minimum of 1,700 hours during a 10.5-month period beginning in September 2016 and received a living allowance, as well as a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

The members were placed at eight schools in the school district, providing academic and mentor support to K-12 students, as well as partnering with Sodexo Food Services to provide after-school meals.

For more information, call 360-565-1976, email [email protected] or visit

Chain gang busy

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Chain Gang picked up the mobile kitchen at Sol Duc Hot Springs and brought it back to the jail during the week of July 31 through Aug. 4.

Notable items found along roadways were a boat, two ratchet straps, a screwdriver, a ratchet, a plastic container and an axle to a pickup.

Crew members found illegal dumpsites on Blue Mountain and Black Diamond roads, totaling 720 pounds of garbage from the dumpsites.

Crew members pulled approximately 1,230 Scotch broom plants at the city dump and Quillayute pit.

Crew members also disposed of a deer on O’Brien Road obstructing county right of way and cut down willow trees, as well as blackberries at Retention Pond on Mount Pleasant Road.

During the week of Aug. 14-20, the crew members set up its booth and worked at it for the Clallam County Fair.

During the week of Aug. 21-25, the crew members cleaned up its booth at the fair.

Notable items found along roadways were a mattress, a love seat, a car hood and two seats from a car.

Crew members found illegal dumpsites on Lower Elwha River and Little River roads, totaling 1,060 pounds of garbage from the dumpsites.

Crew members pulled approximately 1,960 Scotch broom plants in Quillayute and Whitcomb-Dimmel pits.

Crew members also weed-eated approximately 2,002 feet of guardrail on Old Olympic Highway from the State Patrol building to North Barr Road.

During the week of Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, crew members moved supplies for Tammy Sullenger in Human Resources and painted over graffiti on Lower Elwha Road Bridge.

Crew members pulled approximately 1,040 Scotch broom plants on Herrick Road pit and Place Road.

Crew members also brushed 1.75 miles of county right of way on Place and Seibert’s Creek roads.

During the week of Sept. 4-8, crew members removed a dead deer on Leighland Way and Deer Park Road.

Crew members found an illegal dumpsite on Pioneer Road with 400 pounds of garbage at the illegal dumpsite.

Crew members also cleared gravel piles and pulled approximately 2,700 Scotch broom plants at Whitcomb-Dimmel Pit.

During the week of Sept. 18-22, crew members brushed approximately 0.25 miles of county right of way and hauled away debris of Gagnon and Emery roads.

Crew members also weeded sand piles and pulled approximately 550 Scotch broom plants at Kirner Pit.

The chain gang has so far this year cleaned 451.45 miles of roadway, picked up 70,260 pounds of dumpsite litter, picked up 39,500 pounds of roadside litter, recycled 3,234 pounds of aluminum, trimmed 40,371 feet of weeds along guardrails, removed or sprayed 26,365 Scotch broom plants and brushed 26 miles of county rights of way.

Complete eats program

The state Department of Health and Safeway’s Complete Eats program has begun at 150 Safeway locations across the state.

Local participating grocery stores are:

• Port Angeles: 2709 E. U.S. Highway 101; and 110 E. Third St.

• Sequim: 680F W. Washington St.

• Port Townsend: 442 W. Sims Way.

The program makes fruits and vegetables more affordable for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) customers by rewarding participants with coupons and rebates, according to a press release.

Shoppers who buy at least $10 worth of qualifying produce using their SNAP card and their Safeway Club Card receive a coupon for $5 off their next purchase.

The program is slated to run for two years or until funds run out, according to the release.

Complete Eats is jointly funded by Safeway and Albertsons and the department’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant awarded by the National Institute of Food & Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more information, visit

Army training grad

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Melissa L. Kinney, a student at the University of Texas, has graduated from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet initial entry training.

The training is a 30-day outcome-driven event that trains and educates cadets on basic military tasks and develops the critical thinking skills necessary to become a U.S. Army officer, according to a news release.

Basic rifle marksmanship, small-arms tactics, drill and ceremony, military communications, combat water survival training, rappelling, land navigation and squad-level operations field training are also components of the program.

Kinney is the daughter of Andrea Owens of Port Hadlock and granddaughter of Kim and Andrew Owens of Bristow, Okla.

She is a 2016 graduate of Lakes High School, Lakewood.

UW dean’s list

SEATTLE — Several Olympic Peninsula natives have been named to the University of Washington’s spring 2017 dean’s list.

To qualify, a student must have completed a minimum of 12 graded credits and have a grade-point average of at least 3.5.

The students were:

Forks: Esther My Nguyen, Esther Rebeckah Palmer, Marianna Rose Palmer and Brooke Ellen Peterson.

Port Angeles: Anna-Elisabeth Baumann, Jesse Alton Calvert, Anders Cade Chapman, Chi Him Chiu, James Louis Gallagher, Laurel Nicole Gieseke, Ginue Justin Han, Carly Lynn La, Karina Mary Paup Byrnes, Sydney Jo Roberts, Samson Moss Waddell and Man-Sing Wong.

Port Ludlow: Karin Amber Muggli.

Port Townsend: Daria-Rosemary Bugel-Shunra, Kate Darby Flanagan, Ian Mckenzie Hadden, Emma Charlotte Kelety, Sophia Anise Nelson, Amber Nicole O’Connell, Kaila Alyann Olin, Francis Paoli and Natalie Jean Toews.

Quilcene: Peter Christian Adler.

Sequim: Juliana Ayala-Flores, Karen Chan, Jessica Lynn Craig, Victoria Ashton Cummins, John David Luongo Galm, Wesley James Gilchrist, Katherine Louise Hedgecock, Anna Elizabeth Kirchan, Austin George Law, Allison Caitlin Masangkay, Sydney Mae McCrorie, Amanda Kristin Meier, Dylan Lee Miller, Tessa Lynn Owen, Travis Steven Priest, Audrey Maureen Shingleton, Alexandra Mclellan Stuart-Lovell, Riesa Ann Sumida and Sheena White.

Scholarship winner

GREENVILLE, SC. — Former Brinnon resident Sharon Small received a $500 scholarship from the Homeschool Community Scholarship Program.

The award is delegated by a panel of judges composed of youth and adult community leaders, home schooling parents and volunteers who review a student who has been home-schooled for at least two years, according to a news release.

Criteria include volunteer, leadership and extracurricular activities.

Small is currently studying elementary education at Bob Jones University.

Education grant

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Chapter IV of the Philanthropic Education Organization recently awarded Sarah Pierce a $2,200 grant from the Program for Continuing Education.

The grant is for women who have returned to college and are within two years of completing their course of study, according to a news release.

Pierce is entering her final year of the nursing program at Peninsula College.

For more information, visit

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