NEWS BRIEFS: Port Angeles students honored for achievements … and other items

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Education Foundation honored five Port Angeles High School seniors at a recent academic awards luncheon.

Freja Jarvegren-Uecker, Senator Atwater, Lauren Rankin, Owen Nevaril, Aidan Higbee, Erin Edwards and Cassandra Middlestead were awarded in the lobby of the Port Angeles High School auditorium Nov. 3.

To qualify, the students had to earn a consistent 3.5 minimum grade-point average during the past three years.

Foundation board President Bill Kindler called each student to the podium to talk briefly about their accomplishments.

Each was presented with an award certificate.

Parents and other family members were invited to join the luncheon.

Edwards and Middlestead were unable to attend the ceremony, as they were participating in an out-of-town swim team competition.

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Chain gang busy

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Chain Gang filled in pot holes on Little River Road during the week of Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.

Notable items found along roadways were a 22-foot boat, 27 needles, 12 bikes, three tents, 10 tarps, a barbecue, a propane tank, a refridgerator, a washing machine, two microwaves, three TVs, a treadmill, a car door and a plastic sled.

Crew members found illegal dumpsites at Slab Camp, Olympic Discovery Trail, the State Patrol pit, and Deer Park and Freshwater Bay roads totaling 9,280 pounds of garbage from the dumpsites.

Crew members also found 1,200 pounds of scrap metal and 133 pounds of aluminum at Olympic Discovery Trail.

Crew members also cut and chipped downed trees and debris from county right-of-ways on Dan Kelly, Gossett, Whiskey Creek, Eden Valley and Olympic Hot Springs roads.

The chain gang has so far this year cleaned 493.45 miles of roadway, picked up 85,454 pounds of dumpsite litter, picked up 43,000 pounds of roadside litter, recycled 3,392 pounds of aluminum, trimmed 45,761 feet of weeds along guardrails, removed or sprayed 26,815 Scotch broom plants and brushed 27.75 miles of county rights-of-way.

Navy contract

BREMERTON — Platypus Marine Inc. of Port Angeles has been awarded a share of a $75 million federal contract for U.S. Navy vessels.

Work will be performed at U.S. Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facilities in Bremerton (85 percent), Bangor (10 percent); and Everett (5 percent), according to the Kitsap Daily News.

The contract awarded on Oct. 18 was set aside for small businesses engaged in the repair, maintenance, preservation, alteration and modernization of equipment, systems and sub-system components for the U.S. Navy waterborne vessels, surface ships and submarines.

Council position open

SEQUIM — The city announced that it is accepting applications for a vacant City Council seat.

Applications are to be received no later than 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4. To receive an application, visit the Sequim Civic Center at 152 W. Cedar St.; call City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese at 360-681-3428; or visit the city’s webite at

Applicants must be registered voters of the city, have a one-year continuous period of residence in the city and hold no other public office or employment under the city government.

The council term will expire Dec. 31, 2019.

The salary for the position is $250 per month.

The council position is vacant due to the recent passing of council member John Miller.

Per state law, the council is required to fill a vacant position within 90 days of the vacancy, the city said.

Applicants will be interviewed by the council prior to its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 8, at the civic center.

A potential appointment and swearing in of the new council member may occur during the meeting the time of which is yet to be determined, the city said in a press release.

For more information, call Kuznek-Reese or visit the city’s website.

Feiro scholarships

PORT ANGELES — The Feiro Marine Life Center has opened applications for a $1,000 scholarship to support a Clallam County senior planning to attend higher education in 2018-19.

The scholarship is open to any high school senior (including home school equivalent) in Clallam County. Applications must be submitted at by Jan. 15.

The scholarship is made possible by private donations to the Feiro Family Scholarship fund, which was started in honor of Art Feiro, one of the founders of the center and a Port Angeles educator and coach.

Applicants are selected on basis of a personal connection to the center’s mission: Feiro Marine Life Center contributes to a strong community by providing local marine and watershed learning experiences, inspiring all to act on behalf of the environment.

The scholarship winner will be presented the award at the annual Fish on the Fence gala on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Tickets are now also on sale for the gala at

Scholarships for women

PORT TOWNSEND — The University Women’s Foundation of Jefferson County, an affiliate of the Association of American Univeristy Women Port Townsend, is seeking applicants for its university scholarships.

Details, criteria and application forms are posted online at

Applications are due Saturday, March 10; scholarship recipients will be notified in early May.

The $11,000 Elmira K. Beyer Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to an East Jefferson County woman who has completed at least one year of university study and wishes to continue her education.

Additional university scholarships totaling $30,500 also will be awarded, as well as three scholarships that will be given to young women graduating from Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene high schools in 2018 who plan on attending college or university.

For more information, call 360-301-5066 or email

Landing practice

COUPEVILLE — There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the outlying field Tuesday midafternoon.

Operations will continue midafternoon to early evening Wednesday.

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

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

PDN blood drive

PORT ANGELES — The Peninsula Daily News will sponsor a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The blood mobile bus will be located in the parking area on North Cherry Street, next to the Peninsula Daily News building, 305 W. First St.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-398-7888 ext. 2, or visit

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Marrowstone citizen award

MARROWSTONE ISLAND — The Citizen of the Year Committee announced that applications for its 2017 Marrowstone Island Citizen of the Year are available.

Nomiations are due by Sunday, Dec. 31. Nominations can be placed at a ballot box at Nordland General Store, 7180 Flagler Road; or postmarked to Citizen of the Year Committee, Bob and Sandy Barrett, 2544 E. Marrowstone Road, Nordland, WA, 98358.

A nominee must be an island resident, and have been personally involved in the performance of a service which has had a lasting and beneficial effect on the island community.

The service’s area of involvement is not exclusively limited to Marrowstone Island, but should have been in Jefferson County, event organizers said.

Any island resident may submit a nomination.

The award will be presented during the January meeting of the Marrowstone Island Community Association.

Children’s theatre workshop

SEQUIM — Olympic Theatre Arts is offering up a Children’s Theatre Workshop which is slated to begin Monday.

Registration is required for the classes. Registration forms are available by visiting or in person at Olympic’s business office, 414 N. Sequim Ave., Mondays through Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The workshop will be held Monday through Friday at OTA.

The one-week workshop is geared for children ages 8 to 18 to learn and practice techniques to tell an engaging story.

Shipley Center caterers will provide lunch.

Tuition assistance will be offered as needed, event organizers said.

For more information, call 360-683-7326.

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