NEWS BRIEFS: Tickets on sale for June’s ‘Taste of Port Townsend’ … and other items

PORT TOWNSEND — Tickets are now on sale for the Port Townsend Main Street “Taste of Port Townsend” fundraising event scheduled Thursday, June 15.

The 21-and-older event will feature samples from various local restaurants, breweries, wineries and cideries at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St.

Tickets for the event are $50 for food and alcohol tastings and $35 for food tastings. They can be purchased by visiting or Safeway, 442 W. Sims Way.

Also available at the event will be a drawing for a food-themed gift basket valued at $250, according to a news release.

Admission purchased before Monday, June 12, will allow early entry at 5 p.m.

At 6 p.m. June 15, tickets will be available at the door by a space-available basis.

For more information, visit

Flight practice set to occur this week

COUPEVILLE — Field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the outlying field Monday through Friday.

Training is scheduled in the late afternoon Monday.

It will continue in the afternoon Tuesday and Friday.

Operations will occur evening to late night Wednesday and may occur afternoon and late night Thursday.

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.

Over-the-counter permits

SEQUIM — The city’s Department of Community Development will begin issuing over-the-counter permits for selected activities beginning Monday.

The permits will be offered to customers and contractors for re-roofing, demolition, heat pump installation/replacement and ductless heat pump installations.

Applications can be filled out at the city’s website,

Permit applicants need to print out a completed application and submit it to the development department, located on the second floor of the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.

Staff will perform an analysis, determine the fee, approve the application and direct the applicant to the finance department to pay the fee to complete the process.

Required inspections follow the completion of the permitted job.

The development of the permit is a result of the LEAN process the DCD completed — in partnership with the state auditor’s office — last fall, according to a news release.

For more information, contact Ann Hall, building official, at 360-683-4908 or

Pride march

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend pride march and celebration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) people will commence Saturday, June 10.

All are invited to participate.

Attendees will assemble at 9:30 a.m. at Port Townsend’s Pope Marine Park on Madison Street, across from Port Townsend City Hall.

At 10 a.m., the group will then march four blocks to Haller Fountain, at the corner of Washington and Taylor streets, for numerous short speeches and other community-building activities.

Marchers are welcome to bring signs, flags, musical instruments or any way they see fit to display their pride.

According to a news release: “At a time when the rights and freedom of LGBTQIA people and other minorities are under attack, it is essential to both protect and expand those rights.”

The march is sponsored by Jefferson County Healthcare, Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Boiler Room.

For more information or to volunteer, 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: Veteran Bill Ellis and Dungeness golf pro Garrett Smithson discuss an upcoming golf tournament and concert in Sequim to benefit disabled vets and their families.

Second segment: Kevin Hoult, a certified small-business adviser with the Washington Small Business Development Center, discusses the center and services he offers.

Tuesday: Port Angeles School District athletic director Dwayne Johnson and students discuss Port Angeles High School athletics, academics and their joint success.

Second segment: Amanda Stringham brings community awareness to her runaway sister, who has been missing since Jan. 28, 2017.

Wednesday: Danetta Rutten and Craig Ritchie discuss the Marijuana Literacy Forum for the Crescent Community Coalition.

Second segment: Matt Acker, managing owner of the Port Angeles Lefties baseball team, and general manager Ryan Hickey discuss their upcoming opening season.

Thursday: Clallam County commissioners.

Honor band students

PORT TOWNSEND — Two students from the Port Townsend School District band program performed with honor bands during the National Association for Music Education Northwest conference.

The conference was held Feb. 16-19 in Bellevue.

The students were selected through a recorded audition process submitted in October.

High school freshman and clarinetist Kincaid Gould performed with the All-Northwest Wind Symphony.

Blue Heron Middle School seventh-grade trumpeter Maya Dow was selected for the Jr. All-State Baker Band.

The wind symphony students — composed of musicians from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming — rehearsed under the direction of composer and California State University band director Gary Gilroy.

They performed in Seattle at Benaroya Hall on the evening of Feb. 19.

The all-state band rehearsed under the direction of Professor Larry Gookin, a retired Central Washington University director of bands.

The band performed at Bellevue High School on the evening of Feb. 18.

Competition results

AUBURN — Nine Stevens Middle School recently participated in the State History Day competition at Green River Community College.

The event was coordinated by the Washington State Historical Society.

The students advanced to the state competition after competing and placing in the Olympic Regional History Day in March at Olympic College in Bremerton.

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

“Talia Anderson, Maizie Tucker and Abby Sanders made finals with their documentary ‘Unleashing the Beast: The Elwha River Restoration Project,’ ” reported Darren Mills, Stevens teacher.

They did not qualify for nationals in Washington, D.C., said Mills.

Other Stevens projects competing at the competition were Kathryn Guttormsen, “The Stand Against Executive Order 9066 by Ralph Carr”; Treyton Walde and Isaiah Martinez, “Wiliam Wilberforce: The Abolitionist”; and Henry Shaw, Blake Parker and Carter Droz, “The Atomic Bomb.”

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

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