NEWS BRIEFS: President’s Day protest planned … and other items

SEQUIM — A protest of President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the nation’s southern border is planned at 1 p.m. Monday, organizers said.

The gathering will be at the intersection of North Sequim Avenue and East Washington Street, said Joan Cotta of Indivisible Sequim in an email.

Indivisible Sequim is joining with MoveOn to demonstrate against the declaration Trump issued on Friday to circumvent Congressional refusal to fund a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, Cotta said.

Trump plans to pull funds from the Treasury Department and Defense Department to amass $8 billion for the wall.

“We expect a good turnout, rain or snow, and creative signs,” Cotta said. “Stand with us to defend our Constitution and the Constitutional separation of powers.”

Student rep sought for Sequim board

SEQUIM — The city of Sequim is seeking a student representative for the Parks, Arbor and Recreation Advisory Board.

The board meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month.

Applicants should be high school juniors or seniors who reside within the Clallam County boundaries of School District No. 323.

Applications can be picked up at the civic center, 152 W. Cedar Ave., or found online at The position is open until filled.

For more information, call Karen Kuznek-Reese at 360-681-3428 or email

Making waves

PORT TOWNSEND — The Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Project will present “Making Waves: Rebirth of the Golden Rule” at 7 p.m. Friday.

The free screening will be held at the Port Townsend Friends Meeting House, 1841 Sheridan St.

The 2018 documentary explores the history of the S/V Golden Rule, which attempted to sail into the U.S. nuclear testing zone in the Marshall Islands in 1958 to raise awareness of the effects of nuclear weapons.

According to a press release, the vessel has been rebuilt and is sailing again to campaign for a nuclear-free world.

Crew member Zoe Byrd will be on hand for a question-and-answer session after the 25-minute film.

The event also will feature guest speaker Peter Lumsdaine, a member of Nuclear Weapons Abolition Task Force of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.

For more information, call Byrd at 530-250-7471, email or visit

Awards given

PORT ANGELES — The Soroptimist clubs of Port Angeles gathered Jan. 17 at the Lincoln Center to present 2019 Live Your Dream awards to two local women.

The Live Your Dream awards assist women who are the primary source of income for their families to improve their education.

Soroptimist International Jet Set presented a $2,000 Live Your Dream award to Wendy Everett to complete her associate degree in occupational therapy assisting.

Soroptimist International of Port Angeles presented a $1,500 Live Your Dream award to Rylie Roberts to pursue a pre-nursing program at Peninsula College.

Also attending the event were members of the recently formed “S” Club.

Hope greenhouse

PORT ANGELES — The Answer For Youth has recently announced that its new 1,728-square-foot greenhouse will be put into service this spring.

The Sprouting Hope greenhouse will provide vegetable and ornamental plants for use in its gardens and for the public.

The Sprouting Hope gardens supply fresh vegetables to improve the diets of TAFY clients and to offer clients the opportunity to help grow them.

According to a press release, this is the third year for the gardens.

For more information, call 360-670-4363 or visit at 826 E. First St.

Deadline is extended for nominees

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Chamber is seeking nominations for the Jefferson County Community Leadership Awards.

Nominees should be participants in a Jefferson County business or organization, chamber membership is not required.

Nominations can be made in one of five categories: business leader of the year, citizen of the year, young professional of the year, rising entrepreneur, and future business leader.

The nominees for future business leader must be high school seniors.

Nomination forms are available online at or in the chamber’s office, 2409 Jefferson St.

Nominations may be submitted in person, by U.S. Mail or emailed to

Nominations must be received by Feb. 22.

Winners will be revealed at an awards brunch Sunday, April 7 at the Fort Worden Commons.

For more information, call 360-385-7869 or email

Food bag signup

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles School District recently announced that it will distribute spring break food bags to families of students who are eligible for the Free/Reduced Meal program.

According to a press release, the food bags will contain fresh produce, dairy, meat and bread as well as pantry essentials and dry goods.

Parents who want to receive a break bag must sign up by Monday, March 4.

Sign-up sheets will be placed in Friday food bags and will also be available at each school office.

The sign-up sheets include a short survey regarding the winter break bags and parents are asked to complete it to help program planning.

Students receiving Friday food bags will still receive one Friday, March 29.

Because break bags will be heavier than Friday food bags parents, guardians or designated proxies will need to pick them up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the Port Angeles Food Bank, 402 S. Valley St.

Parents may call 360-452-8568 to arrange proxy pickup.

For more information, call Patsene Dashiell at 360-565-3703 or email

Weekly flight operations scheduled

COUPEVILLE — There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Complex from Monday through Sunday, Feb. 24.

There will be landing practice at the Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville late afternoon to evening Tuesday.

Practice also is slated for late morning to afternoon, then late afternoon to evening Wednesday.

Practice also is slated for late afternoon to late evening Thursday.

There will be no landing practice operations at Ault Field next week.

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.

Bec’s Specs now open in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — Becky Doherty has announced the opening of her new optical shop, Bec’s Specs at 216 E. Fifth St.

According to a press release, Doherty is a licensed dispensing optician who has worked in Port Angeles for more than 30 years.

Doherty was the optical services manager at the Frame and Eye for more than 20 years.

The new business will be the only full-service optical lab on the Peninsula and will be able to provide emergency and same-day service.

As a licensed dispensing optician, Doherty will be able to fill prescriptions from any optometrist.

Doherty also is contracted with TriWest Choice to support local veterans.

For more information, call Doherty at 360-417-1244, email or visit

Teacher mini-grants for Jefferson Co.

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County School Retirees Association recently announced the award of

19 mini-grants to Jefferson County teachers.

Heidi Johnson at Chimacum Creek Primary School was awarded a $500 grant for robotic supplies.

Wanda Leclerc at Salish Coast Elementary received $500 for ceramic supplies.

Lisa Johnston at the Brinnon School was awarded $296 for video equipment.

Salish Coast Elementary teachers Tristan Marcum, Sheri Shaw, Karmen Meier, Tina Giulvezan, Allen Fox and the team of Glenna Nelson, Daniel Saksa, Sandra Markum and Cheryl Garnet were awarded $200 grants.

Chimacum Elementary teacher Kate DeVeaux received a $200 grant and the trio of Michelle Moseley, Shari Glessing and Matt Orr shared a $400 grant.

Brinnon School teacher Elizabeth Frantz was awarded $200.

Quilcene Schools teachers Amelia Mann, Charles Baker and Camille Hildebrant each received $200.

Blue Heron Middle School teacher John J. Burke received a $200 grant.

Chimacum High School teacher Joanne Schmitt and Chimacum Pi Program teacher Thaddeus Jurczynski were each awarded $200.

Port Townsend High School librarian Joy Wentzel also received a grant of $200.

Websites updated

PORT TOWNSEND — The City of Port Townsend recently announced the launch of redesigned websites for the city and the library.

According to a press release, the updated websites, and, should improve access to information, services and local government.

Some of the enhancements include search bars, master menus on each page and email subscription functions that allow users to get updates on certain topics.

The redesigned sites also feature enhanced usability on phones and tablets as well as improved ADA compliance.

The city contracted the design improvements with the web service company Municode.

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