NEWS BRIEFS: Sequim Irrigation Festival seeking volunteers for May festivities … and other items

SEQUIM — Sequim Irrigation Festival organizers are seeking volunteers to help with setup and breakdown as well as work during the Innovative Arts and Crafts Fair set from May 5-7.

New this year is that volunteers who work a minimum of four hours will receive a 2017 “122 Skies of Blue” volunteer T-shirt.

For a full list of opportunities and to fill out the online application, visit

Temporary closure

PORT ANGELES — A temporary closure of the fishing pond at Lincoln Park in Port Angeles is scheduled for today through Friday.

The annual kids fishing derby is scheduled for Saturday.

State officials say closing the pond for the week preceding the derby will allow cleaning and preparation of the area around the pond while protecting the trout to be planted as they acclimate during the week prior to the derby.

Unity speaker

PORT ANGELES — Unity in the Olympics’ 10:30 a.m. worship service guest speaker today will be the Rev. Dr. Clancy Blakemore.

Her lesson is titled “Up Until Now.”

According to a news release: “This moment is the opportunity to experience a vital, loving and empowered experience. We may feel as if our past has created a pattern for our future.”

Blakemore has been active in religious science for the past 37 years and served as senior minister of the St. Louis Center for Spiritual Living for 10 years before retiring.

A time for silent meditation will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Child care is available during the service.

Re-enactment set

PORT ANGELES — The public is invited to a free alternate re-enactment of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion at 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church.

The re-enactment, titled “The Case of Humanity vs. Pontius Pilate,” will examine Pontius’ role in Jesus’ crucifixion by a pool of jurors — selected by the audience — in the social hall of the church, located at 110 E. Seventh St.

Unlike common crucifixion re-enactments, actors will adorn contemporary clothes and the courtroom will mimic that of modern courtroom proceedings.

Actors portraying biblical characters, such as Joseph, Esther Mary Magdeline and Annas, will testify at the mock trial.

The verdict, the director claims, is not scripted and will be determined by the jurors as they gather information from the trial.

Donations are accepted.

Flight operations

COUPEVILLE — Field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the outlying field in Coupeville midafternoon and late night Monday.

Training has been scheduled midafternoon to evening and late night Tuesday.

Operations will continue night and late night Wednesday and Thursday.

Training will occur afternoon to midafternoon Friday.

Aircraft carrier-based flight training also will occur at Ault Field night to 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.

Volunteers sought

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County commissioners are seeking volunteers to fill 64 vacancies on 22 advisory boards and committees.

The deadline to apply is the close of business Monday, April 3.

To apply, phone the commissioners’ office at 360-417-2233; visit their office at the Clallam County Courthouse, Suite 4, 223 E. Fourth St.; or download an application from the county website,

Descriptions of the advisory panels — and the application form itself — are available under the “Boards, Committees and Groups” link on the county website.

Vacancies exist on the following advisory panels, with specific categories listed where applicable:

• Agricultural Commission (5 vacancies) — Openings for representatives of Farmer in Commissioner Districts 2 and 3, an at-large farmer, and two non-farmer at-large.

• Animal Issues Advisory Committee (6) — Openings for a representative of Districts 1 and 3, tribal government, veterinarian, equine and Friends of Forks Animals.

• Board of Equalization (1) — Opening for a representative of District 3 position.

• Boundary Review Board (4) — Openings for two representatives of governor appointee, cities appointee, and special district appointee.

• Building Code Board of Appeals (4) — Openings for representatives of architect, and an Alternate.

• Carlsborg Community Advisory Council (3) — Openings for representatives of resident of a manufactured/mobile home park community with in Carlsborg UGA, business or real property owner within the Carlsborg Village Center and an at-large member who is a real property owner within the UGA boundary.

• Clallam Bay/Sekiu Community Action Team (1).

• Clallam Bay/Sekiu Sewer Advisory Committee (3).

• Crescent Community Advisory Council (1).

• Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee (3).

• Fair Advisory Board (5) — Openings for representatives of grange, at-large, city of Port Angeles, home arts/hobbies and crafts, and livestock.

• Heritage Advisory Board (2) — Openings for representatives of tribal government, United Way and two homeless or formerly homeless.

• Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (2) — Openings for representatives of collector of the tax and potential user of fund.

• Marine Resources Committee (1) — Opening for a Sequim City Council representative.

• North Pacific Coast Marine Resources (2) — Openings for a Hoh Tribe member and Clallam County Citizen (Conservation/Environmental Groups) representative.

• Park & Recreation Advisory Board (1) — Opening for a representative.

• Peninsula Housing Authority (1) — Opening for a representative.

• Permit Advisory Board (5) — Openings for representatives of building trades, certified septic designer/installer, Homebuilders’ Association, Manufactured Homes/Mobile Home Association and land surveyor.

• Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory Committee (5) — Openings for representatives of Clallam Bay/Sekiu, Forks and unincorporated area, Quileute Tribe, Makah Tribe and Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.

• Solid Waste Advisory Committee (3) — Openings for representatives of solid waste industry (West Waste Recycling), business community and agriculture community category.

• Trails Advisory Committee (2) — Openings for representatives of a large private forest company and city of Sequim.

Current members with expiring terms who wish to retain their position are asked to provide a written statement by mail to the commissioner’s office, fax at 360-417-2493; mail 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 4, Port Angeles 98362; or email

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: Becca Korby, executive director of Healthy Families of Clallam County, discusses Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Second segment: 24th District state Rep. Mike Chapman.

Tuesday: Betsy Reed-Schultz will give an update on The Captain Joseph House, a local nonprofit created to lend support to Gold Star Families, the families of fallen military heroes.

Second segment: Carla Sue and Michelle McFall discuss the Kiwanis Club’s upcoming dinner-auction and membership.

Wednesday: Port Angeles City Manager Dan McKeen.

Thursday: Bob Larsen, CEO of the Composite Recycling Technology Center, with an update.

Surplus sale

PORT ANGELES — The North Peninsula Building Association will hold its annual builders’ surplus sale from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8.

A large selection of new and used building materials will be featured at the Clallam County Fairgrounds, located at 1608 W. 16th St.

Other featured items include home improvement supplies and discounted service certificates for landscaping materials.

The association accepts salable donations from the public.

A limited pickup service is available for oversized items as well as large quantities of items. It can be arranged by phoning 360-452-8160.

Volunteers sought

The Peninsula Trails Coalition is seeking volunteers for its Broom Busters event throughout the month of April to help remove scotch broom along the Olympic Discovery Trail.

Work parties will meet at four separate locations of Olympic Discovery Trail each Wednesday in April at 9 a.m.

Depending on volunteer turnout and the amount of scotch broom in the specific area, work parties may last from 9 a.m. to either 11 a.m. or noon.

The organization will meet April 5 at White Feather Way, Sequim.

On April 12, volunteers will meet at 18th Street, Port Angeles.

On April 19, volunteers will meet at the Deer Park Rest Area in the Joyce area.

On April 26, volunteers will meet at Heron Hall Library, Blyn.

Those interested are advised to bring sunscreen and wear gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, a hat and sturdy shoes or boots.

Tax deductible donations of any amount are accepted, as well and checks can be made payable to Dungeness River Audubon Center and sent to Gretha Davis, 51 Sapphire Place, Sequim, WA 98362.

All proceeds will go to the Audubon center’s educational programs.

For more information, contact Davis at or 360-477-5407.

Stones and bones

BLYN — The Jamestowm S’Klallam Tribe will host a four-week long archaeological course at Red Cedar Hall, 1033 Old Blyn Highway.

Beginning on Monday, April 3 and held every Monday until April 24, Gary Wessen, Ph.D., RPA, will teach about northwest coast archaeology from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The registration fee for this course is $50 and includes meals at the classes.

Wessen is a Port Townsend-based archaeologist who has worked as a consultant with the tribe for several years and will have attendees review the archaeological records briefly highlighting Western Washington sites, and consider what they tell about the prehistoric cultures of this region.

The class size is limited to 30 people, so event planners encourage those interested to register early.

To register, contact David Brownell at 360-681-4638 or email

For more information, phone 360-681-4632 or email

After-school program open for students

QUILCENE — After surveying local residents, the K-12 after-school program in Quilcene has better tailored itself, according to a news release.

The staff — including Washington Reading Corps Jefferson County librarian Martha Aschenfelter, “Coach Camille” Hildebrandt and Justin Lake, a CedarRoot Folkschool instructor — will assist students with homework and teach subjects such as theater, gaming and creative arts, as well as nature-based learning through gardening and outdoor activities.

Older students are coached as mentors to younger students, and some even serve as teachers’ assistants.

The free program begins at 2 p.m. Wednesdays and 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays — all ending at 5:30 p.m. — and is held in Room 8 of Quilcene Elementary School, 294715 U.S. Highway 101.

“This is not a typical ‘child care’ after-school program,” said Jefferson County 4-H Coordinator Tanya Barnett in a news release.

“Our teachers really hold a vision for this group of youth as a community of learners.”

For more information, contact Barnett at or 360-379-5610, ext. 208.

History Day

PORT ANGELES — Thirty-eight sixth- and eighth-grade students from Stevens Middle School participated in the junior division of Olympic Regional History Day, held March 20 at Olympic College in Bremerton.

Students from Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap (excluding Bainbridge Island) and Mason counties competed in the regional event.

This year’s theme was “Taking a Stand,” and participants selected a topic in local, national or world history.

“Nine of our students earned awards and will join winning projects from the other schools to represent our region at the state level,” Stevens teacher Laurie Day said.

Stevens documentary projects that placed were:

• “Wiliam Wilberforce — The Abolitionist” by Treyton Walde and Isaiah Martinez; second place.

• “The Atomic Bomb” by Henry Shaw, Blake Parker, and Carter Droz; third place.

• “Unleashing the Beast: The Elwha River Restoration Project” by Maizie Tucker, Abby Sanders and Talia Anderson; fourth place.

• “The Stand Against Executive Order 9066 by Ralph Carr” by Kathryn Guttormsen; placed fifth in the individual exhibit project category.

Stevens teachers Darren Mills, Angie Gooding and Laurie Day, with support from Leann McComb, ran History Day through their honors language arts and history classes.

The state competition, coordinated by the Washington State Historical Society, will be Saturday, April 29, at Green River Community College, 12401 S.E. 320th St., Auburn.

Microsoft certifications

PORT ANGELES — Twenty-four Port Angeles High School students recieved their Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications at the end of the first semester.

The 10 students who passed the PowerPoint exam were Kiara Amundson, Alivia Carvell, Austin Fisher, Ethan Flodstrom, Hailey Horton, Sierra Hunter, Drake Lacy, Krysten McGuffey, Ben Schneider and Daemeon Thomas.

The 14 students who passed the Word exam were Kaya Boeckermann, Josie Ciaciuch, Crystal Dam, Kailey Droz, Seamus Harris, Shekinah Jones, Easton Joslin, Cyndi McAdow, Nathan Mishler, Dyson Pham, Anthony Quinones, Lainey Sukert, Akasha Thomas and Tabitha Webster.

“These certifications validate the mastery of Microsoft Office skills that are valuable, demonstrating productivity in a wide range of jobs and other life pursuits,” business instructor Lisa Joslin explained.

Teen leader awards

PORT TOWNSEND — The Kiwanis Club of Port Townsend recently awarded 12 teens the Thomas J. Majhan Teen Leaders Award for their service in the club.

The award program was started in 2004 to honor teens who are residents of Jefferson County, aged 14-18, for outstanding leadership and community service excellence for the prior year, with nominations by organizations and members of the public.

The 2016 recipients and their volunteer organizations are Erik Hansen, Salish Rescue; Isabelle and Whitney Hill, Building Futures, Jefferson County Family YMCA; Shauna Lynch, the Boiler Room; Rowan Lynn, Port Townsend Boy Scout Troop 1479; Nicholas Lassie, Port Townsend Food Bank; Akwe McDaniels, Building Futures, Jefferson County Family YMCA; Amy Plastow, East Jefferson Rotary Interact Club; Kathryn Smith, Chimacum High School; Lauren Taracka, 4-H, Washington State University Extension office; Davis Tyler, The Recyclery; and Seamus Waibel, Salish Rescue.

Award recipients were presented their award and a gift by an elected official or community leader, as well as a $155 donation to an organization of their choice in their name.

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