NEWS BRIEFS: Sequim School District official leaving position after nine years … and other items

News items on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — The Sequim School District’s executive director of business operations is moving to another position after nine years with the district.

Brian Lewis will be executive director of operations for Arlington Public Schools.

He will leave his current position at the end of this month.

“Brian’s efforts during his nine years with the Sequim School District have been very meaningful, and he will be greatly missed,” Superintendent Gary Neal said.

“We all wish him well with his new assignment.”

The job position will be posted soon, said Patsene Dashiell, district spokeswoman.

School volunteers sought

SEQUIM — The Sequim School District is seeking volunteers to assist faculty and staff.

Volunteers must complete a volunteer clearance process and background check each year.

This year, the district has introduced an all-online system to clear volunteers.

Beginning Thursday, individuals interested in volunteering in Sequim schools can fill out online applications at the district’s website,

The online application requires an email address and provides step-by-step assistance. A current state driver’s license or state ID card is required for the background check.

Volunteers should allow at least two weeks for processing before the date they wish to begin volunteering.

Applicants are notified by email when clearance is completed.

For information, call Patsene Dashiell at 360-582-3264.

Feiro ‘Eventide’

PORT ANGELES — In hopes of increasing offerings for families and others on Monday evenings in August, the Feiro Marine Life Center is offering “Eventide: An Open Late Event.”

These events will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 15, 22 and 29.

They will include free admission to Feiro’s exhibits and those of the nearby Olympic Coast Discovery Center, family-friendly activities, Olympic National Park interpretive rangers and “Centennial S’mores” over a beach bonfire.

Activities will vary each night.

On Mondayfrom 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., student interns from the Clallam County Marine Resources Committee will present their summer projects.

Other nights will include underwater robotics and marine mammals features.

For more information, contact event coordinator Tamara Galvan at or 909-973-9566.

Feiro is located at 315 N. Lincoln St.

Flight operations

COUPEVILLE — Field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the outlying field in Coupeville on Wednesday from late afternoon to mid-evening.

Aircraft carrier-based flight training also will occur at Ault Field from Monday through Friday from the afternoon to midafternoon.

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.

Climate change talk

PORT ANGELES — Atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass will present the topic “How Will Northwest Climate Change Under Global Warming?” at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

His presentation will focus on the projected impacts of global warming on the Olympic Peninsula within the scope of warming trends on a global scale.

In addition to reviewing the current science, Mass will evaluate the quality of media coverage regarding climate change.

Mass is a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.

He also runs the most extensive local high-resolution prediction system in the United States and is the chief scientist of the Northwest Modeling Consortium, according to a news release.

For more information, visit and click on “Events,” phone 360-417-8500 or email

Boomfest slated

PORT TOWNSEND — Boomfest 2016 is slated for Thursday through Saturday at The Dragon’s Nest, 1620 S. Discovery Road.

Tickets are $40 for the weekend and include tent camping.

Day passes are available for $15 for Thursday and $20 for Friday or Saturday.

Kids 12 and younger are admitted free.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jumping Mouse Children’s Center.

The gate opens at 3 p.m. Thursday and at 9:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The event includes three days and nights of camping and performance art with workshops, morning yoga, kids activities and informational presentations adding to the experience.

Food vendors and local artisans will be on-site.

A beer garden will be open to those with valid 21-and-older ID.

All are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Nighttime music will boast a light show by Nth Degree Creative.

For online tickets, visit

For more information, contact The High Council (band) at or visit

For questions before the festival, phone 206-954-3772.

Phone 206-422-4717 during the event.

Please do not bring dogs.

NAMI conference

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County NAMI members will host the state conference this year at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St., from Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 2.

Registration is open to the public via

For more information, visit

Dean’s list

SEATTLE — Peninsula students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Washington for the spring 2016 quarter.

To qualify, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 out of 4.0.


Marianna Rose Palmer, senior


Emma Imawaish Acheson, senior

Brady Ray Anderson, junior

Laurel Nicole Gieseke, senior

Jenna Annabell Han, senior

Megan Harrison, sophomore

Nicholas Trevor Ivarson, senior

Carly Lynn La, senior

Lauren Patrice Norton, senior

Christopher Douglas Rotter, senior

Brayton James Ruffcorn, senior

Luciano Joseph Toscano, sophomore


Kali Sue McConnell, senior

Karin Amber Muggli, senior


Andrew Ma Anthony, sophomore

Bentley Scott Breithaupt, senior

Eleanor Glynis Forbes, senior

Luca Nicolas Freier, sophomore

Ian Mckenzie Hadden, junior

Hopi Deva Jayne, senior

Emma Charlotte Kelety, senior

Phoebe Elizabeth Reid, senior

Emmett Clithero Michael Scout, senior

Heather Ann Sherwood-Chohrach, senior

Robert Zachary Smolinsky, sophomore

Natalie Jean Toews, junior


Juliana Ayala-Flores, senior

Victoria Ashton Cummins, junior

John David Luongo Galm, junior

Shannon Ashley Gordon, senior

Katherine Louise Hedgecock, senior

Austin George Law, senior

Idris Vladimir Ostrovsky, senior

Dmitry Vitalievich Parrish, junior

Travis Steven Priest, senior

James Francis Reis, junior

Cheyenne Fan Sokkappa, sophomore

Alexandra Mclellan Stuart-Lovell, sophomore

Jason Daniel Trammell, senior

Sheena White, junior

Queen of Angels teacher

PORT ANGELES — Patricia Frenette of Queen of Angels School was one of 19 teachers from across the state who participated in the 2016 Legislative Scholar Program in Olympia on July 11-15.

The program provides social studies, history, government and civics teachers from across Washington with an opportunity to learn first-hand about the state legislative process and the ways in which the legislature and state Supreme Court interact.

Frenette was also featured on the Washington State Legislature Civic Education Facebook page: “I hope to bring insight and excitement into my classroom. Beyond that, I wish to create a desire [in the students] to participate in our government process.”

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