NEWS BRIEFS: Overturned log truck closes Highway 101 at Lake Crescent for four hours … and other items

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — U.S. Highway 101 was closed near Lake Crescent for four hours last week after a log truck overturned.

No injuries were reported, said Penny Wagner, Olympic National Park spokeswoman.

The log truck overturned at milepost 229 at Sledgehammer Point on Highway 101, Wagner said. The highway was closed in both directions from 10:15 a.m. to 2:18 p.m. Thursday.

New hours

PORT ANGELES — The Department of Licensing in the auditor’s office at the Clallam County Courthouse will shorten office hours beginning Monday, June 19.

The department will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The change affects only the vehicle/vessel licensing office in the courthouse at 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles.

All other departments within the auditor’s office at the courthouse, including recording and elections, will continue operating on the standard open hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Clallam County’s two sub-agencies — West End Vehicle Licensing in Forks and the Sequim Licensing Depot — also are unaffected and will continue operating on their set hours.

The Department of Licensing provides vehicle and vessel licensing services including tab renewal, issuing license plates, replacing lost titles, transferring ownership and renewing boat registrations. It can be reached at 360-417-2218.

Landing practice

COUPEVILLE — There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the outlying field late morning to late Tuesday morning and to early afternoon and then late night.

Training will continue late morning and late night Tuesday.

Operations are scheduled for late afternoon and late night Wednesday.

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.

Applicants sought

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Fairgrounds are currently accepting applications for the fine art building superintendent position for the upcoming Clallam County Fair, which will be held Aug. 17-20.

The position is open to anyone 18 or older and will be present all four days of the fair.

Volunteers are suggested to aid in setup for the fair, which will begin Sunday, Aug. 13.

Training for the position will be provided.

Those interested in applying can phone 360-417-2551 or visit to receive an application.

For more information about the position, phone 360-417-2251.

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: Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict and Chief Corrections Deputy Ron Sukert, discuss the jail “now and then” and the dramatic changes that have taken place over the years.

Second segment: Soroptomist Jet Set members Danetta Rutten and Helen Fox discuss the upcoming Grand Tea Fundraiser, with proceeds going to the Rose House, a safe home for women and children who are escaping domestic violence.

Tuesday: Seniors from Port Angeles High School and Lincoln High School discuss their future plans.

Wednesday: Alan Barnard and Dan Gase discuss the Wings of Freedom World War II plane tour that’s coming to Port Angeles.

Second segment: Clallam County Fire District No. 2 Deputy Fire Chief Jake Patterson and Todd Rankin discuss fireworks safety and forest fire prevention.

Thursday: Pre-empted by Seattle Mariners game.

Garden party fundraiser set Saturday

PORT ANGELES — Soroptimist Noon Club and Soroptimist Jet Set clubs will host a garden party high tea and silent auction fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Naval Lodge Ballroom, 131 E. First St.

Tickets of $30 per person can be purchased from any Soroptimist member, the Elks Club or Northwestern Territories Inc. Engineering & Surveying office, 717 Peabody St.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling 360-452-9622.

Food and desserts will be served and Witherow will provide entertainment.

The auction will feature a rose painting by Karen Sistek, lawn art, crystal treasures, planters, fused glass and theme baskets.

Proceeds from the event will help finance a privacy fence for Rose House.

Donations are accepted.

For more information, phone 360-452-9622.


SEATTLE — Several former North Olympic Peninsula students graduated from West Governors University during its sixth annual commencement ceremony at KeyArena.

The students were:

• Joyce: Nora Williams, Bachelor of Science, accounting.

• Port Angeles: Abigail Riordan, Bachelor of Arts, special education; Allisa Guntharp, Laura Dotlich, Colleen Nicholson and Katie Roszatycki, B.S., nursing; Danika Johnson, Rebeka Eller and Norma Van Orman, B.A., interdisciplinary studies K-8; Julie Cerge, Master of Science, nursing, leadership and management; Katrin Junghanns-Royack, M.S., nursing, education; Aaron Petroff, Master of Business Administration; and Jeremiah Johnson, M.S., management and leadership.

Honor roll

MADISON, S.D. — Former Port Angeles student Eric Wahl was named to Dakota State University’s spring honor roll.

To qualify for the honor roll, a student must be either a full- or part-time student with a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.

PA graduate finishes Air Force training

SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Air Force Airman Jeffrey M. Mordecai-Smith graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

The airman completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.

Mordecai-Smith is the son of Erik and Angela Mordecai-Smith and grandson of Stuart Smith, all of Port Angeles.

He graduated in 2015 from Port Angeles High School.

PLU graduate

TACOMA — Former Chimacum resident Amelia Rose Brummel, 20, recently graduated magna cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University.

She earned an international honors program Bachelor of Arts, majoring in political science and minoring in anthropology.

Brummel will be taking a gap year to pursue internships and volunteer opportunities, after which she will apply to law schools with the goal of becoming a public service attorney focusing on international human rights, according to a news release.

As part of the university’s honors program, she completed a semester of study at the University of Oxford in England.

While at the university, Brummel was a copy editor/journalist for the school’s publication The Mast, a Resident Council Social Justice director, Associated

Students of Pacific Lutheran University senator and was named to the school’s dean’s list every semester.

SkillsUSA results

YAKIMA — Fourteen students from Port Angeles High School and the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center recently competed at the Washington State Leadership and Skills Leadership Conference.

Contests were hosted at Perry Technical Institute, Yakima Public Schools and the Yakima Convention Center.

First-place medalists will be invited to compete at the National Leadership and Skills Conference from June 19-23 in Louisville, Ky.

The results are as follows:

• Machining: Ryan Moore, first; and Bradley Lightfoot, second.

• Collision repair: Hunter Dougherty, fifth, $1,000 scholarship; and Zach Baier, sixth, $1,000 scholarship

• Cabinetmaking: Kaytlin Turner, first; Marcus Trujillo, ninth; and Cody Anderson, 10th.

• Actionskills: Lucas Verstegen, second.

Scholarships awarded

SEQUIM — Sequim Elks Lodge 2642 awarded 10 Sequim High School seniors a total of $11,000 in scholarships at a recent meeting.

Each student was awarded $1,500 or $1,000 each by the local lodge.

The recipients are Kaylee Gumm, Sydney Lestage, Nicole Anders, Konnor Parrish, Elizabeth Rosales, Adrienne Haggerty, Evan Chatters, Dusty Wessel, Morgan Bingham and Tatum Jensen.

Wessel was awarded a $2,500 grant and Chatters received a $1,900 grant from the Washington State Elks Association.

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