NEWS BRIEFS: Exercises start Monday at Naval Magazine Indian Island … and other items

PORT HADLOCK — Naval Magazine Indian Island will participate In Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017 beginning Monday and continuing through Feb. 10.

The exercise is a two-part anti-terrorism/force protection exercise conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces and Commander, Navy Installations Command on all continental U.S. Navy installations.

The annual exercise is designed to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and test interoperability among the commands, other services, and agency partners.

It isn’t a response to any specific threat but is a regularly scheduled exercise, the Navy emphasized in a news release.

Cmdr. Nick Vande Griend, Naval Magazine Indian Island commanding officer, said he does not expect area residents in the vicinity of Indian Island to see increased military activity or traffic congestion associated with the exercise.

Advanced coordination has taken place with local law enforcement and first responders, the Navy said.

Levy forum

SEQUIM — A public forum on two Sequim School District levy measures is set for Tuesday.

The forum, which is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Clallam County, will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sequim Transit Center, 190 W. Cedar St.

It will provide information on the two measures that are on the Feb. 14 special election ballot.

Time is set aside for questions after Superintendent Gary Neal’s presentation.

The Sequim School District is asking voters to approve a four-year renewal of the educational programs and operation levy and a three-year capital projects levy.

For more information, phone 360-582-3260.

DHHS moving

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Health and Human Services Department is scheduled to relocate to 111 E. Third St. on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The two-story building directly north of the Safeway grocery store on Third Street currently houses Health and Human Services’ Public Health programs on the first floor.

The department’s administrative staff, Chemical Dependency/Mental Health, Homelessness & Developmental Disabilities programs as well as Environmental Health Division’s Food Protection, Water Quality & Solid Waste program staff, will now occupy the second floor of the building.

Septic system permitting, water sample testing, water laboratory and information about water systems, and opening a food service will continue to be located in Room 130, Department of Community Development, 223 E. Fourth St.

Flight operations

COUPEVILLE — There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the outlying field from Monday through Friday.

Training has been scheduled from early aftertoon to early evening Monday.

Training will continue early morning Tuesday.

Operations will continue midmorning to midafternoon and early evening Wednesay.

Operations might occur in the midmorning to afternoon Thursday and Friday.

The schedule is subject to change to meet mission requirements.

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.

Mason bee talk

GARDINER — The first class of “The Buzz About Mason Bees” will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Wild Birds Unlimited, 275943 U.S. Highway 101.

Christie Lassen, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, will talk about benefits of mason bees as well as the methods used to attract and keep them in one’s garden.

A contribution of $5 to the Community Education Fund reserves a seat at this presentation, with proceeds going to the National Wildlife Research Center and Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue.

Seating is limited, so staff encourages interested parties to reserve seating.

To reserve a seat, phone 360-797-7100.

Emotion code workshop

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula Friends of Animals will host an emotion code workshop Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 11:30 a.m. at the shelter, 257509 U.S. Highway 101.

The workshop will be facilitated by Candance Hall, certified practitioner.

The emotion code system “can help you and your pets by finding and releasing trapped emotions which can cause energy imbalance and illness,” according to a news release.

The event is free, but donations are suggested.

For more information or to make a reservation, phone 360-452-0414, ext. 3.

Benefit dinner

PORT TOWNSEND — Jumping Mouse Children’s Center’s ninth annual Hearts in Bloom benefit dinner will take place Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Center.

Leading sponsors Jefferson Healthcare and Pane d’Amore present this annual fundraising event, which includes a seasonal dinner by local chef Arran Stark.

Seats are $85 per person at the maritime center, 431 Water St., and proceeds go towards mental health therapy services for low-income children in the community.

Jumping Mouse provides mental health therapy to children ages 2 to 12.

No one is turned away for inability to pay.

Due to limited seating, event coordinators encourage those interested to reserve their seating.

To make a reservation, visit, phone 360‐379‐5109 or email

Award deadline

PORT ANGELES — Soroptimist International of Port Angeles is sponsoring the J.P. Pettersen Teddybear Award in the amount of $1,000.

The award will assist a woman who has faced economic and social barriers or personal hardships and seeks to gain additional education or training.

Eligible applicants need to have been accepted or be enrolled in a technical training program at Peninsula College, have financial need, be motivated to achieve educational and career goals, live in the Port Angeles area and maintain a minimum 2.0 grade-point average.

To receive an application, email Sally Pearson at or go to Peninsula College’s Financial Office, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

The application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15.

MSU honor roll

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Two North Olympic Peninsula students — Spencer Aston of Port Townsend and John Krueter of Quilcene — have been named to undergraduate honor rolls for the 2016 fall semester for Montana State University (MSU).

Students must complete a minimum of 12 degree-eligible credit hours and have a grade-point average of at least 3.4.

More in News

Print edition available today, e-edition only this Wednesday

Peninsula Daily News has a print edition available to… Continue reading

Port Angeles High School graduates, from left, Uri Crawford, Samantha Combs and Jordan McTear, decorate a vehicle in preparation for Friday’s graduation parade from Ediz Hook to the high school. Dozens of adorned cars and trucks carried grads through the streets of Port Angeles as a lead-up to the graduation ceremony that evening at Civic Field. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Congrats, grads!

Port Angeles High School graduates, from left, Uri Crawford, Samantha Combs and… Continue reading

Dash Air to leave Port Angeles

‘Nothing to do’ with viability of air service, owner says

Clallam County art barn to get new roof before fair

Commissioners approve $85,000 contract with company from Kent

Sequim schools drop proposal to bump back start time

Survey respondents prefer to keep Greywolf Elementary at 8:30 a.m.

Sequim chamber to host tax credit event

The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a family… Continue reading

Scheduled Hood Canal bridge closures canceled

Overnight closures of the Hood Canal bridge on state Highway… Continue reading

Weekly flight operations scheduled

There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft… Continue reading

Three-year-old Archie Hanson takes a spin on a merry-go-round pushed by his mother, Justine Hanson of Port Angeles, with sister Arlene Hanson 7 months, during Sunday's grand reopening of the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. The playground was rebuilt earlier this month by volunteers after an arson fire destroyed much of the playground equipment in December. Although there are still details to attend to and minor adjustments to be made, the facility will be open daily from dawn until dusk.
Grand reopening at Dream Playground

Three-year-old Archie Hanson takes a spin on a merry-go-round pushed by his… Continue reading

Wind returns for Day 3 of Race to Alaska

Teams pushing north along Vancouver Island

Port Townsend pool on track to open in July

Task force favors Chimacum Park for replacement