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Celebrate dog park


Sequim Dog Park celebrates its one-year anniversary with cake and time with canine and human friends 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Carrie Blake Park on Blake Avenue in Sequim.

Archivist tells

history tales

Dona Cloud, archivist for the Clallam County Historical Society, will tell the last "History Tale of Clallam County" for the 2007-2008 series on Sunday, June 1. The program will be part of the annual meeting of the historical society, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Port Angeles City Council Chamber, 321 E. Fifth St.

In addition to the history tale, the program will include presentation of the Heritage awards and drawing for the annual raffle to benefit Lincoln School, which is sponsored by the society. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 452-2662.

Masonic Lodge

hosts fundraiser

A public auction will be held Saturday, May 31, to raise funds to allow the Masonic Lodge, 700 S. Fifth Ave., Sequim, to continue to fund its many charitable activities in the community. Items to be auctioned include a fishing trip, exercise equipment, golf equipment, tools, a overnight stay at a bread and breakfast, a camper shell, plus much more.

Viewing starts at 11 a.m. and auction starts at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

Bird garden tips shared

Bob Logue, local garden guru from Port Townsend, will be at Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31, to present a class on creating a bird garden.

He shares his knowledge of local plants that are irresistible to birds and gives tips on making your garden bird-friendly.

Bring a notepad to jot down ideas.

A $5 donation to the Wild Birds Community Education Fund holds a spot for two.

Call 360-797-7100.

Clallam County safety project starts next week

Over the next four months, crews will install guardrail, flatten slopes and post new signs to improve safety on state Route 112, a 62-mile road known as the Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway.

This $2.6 million project, aimed at reducing the number of run-off-the-road collisions, also improves drainage and installs flashing beacons to alert drivers to a sharp highway curve near Hoko-Ozette Road.

The work requires setting up traffic-controlled areas within the project limits, U.S. Highway 101 on the east and the Makah Reservation on the west. Drivers should expect delays.

Work begins Tuesday, June 3, and the project is scheduled for completion in early October.

To stay up to date on the latest traffic impacts, check out the Olympic Region weekly construction report at

Housing issues

meeting scheduled

Growth and its implications for the housing market will be the topic of a meeting from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St.

The North Peninsula Building Association, the Port Angeles Association of Realtors and the Sequim Association of Realtors invite the public to attend the housing issues meeting. The event is an opportunity to receive up-to-date information on the local housing market, the impact of housing on the economy and Clallam County's changing demographics.

The guest speakers are Mike Luis, housing and government expert, and Elliot Eisenberg, senior economist with the National Association of Home Builders. Luis is the manager for the Housing Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring design and regulatory solutions to housing affordability.

To make a reservation, call Michaela Mildebrand at 452-7441 or e-mail her at

Olympic National Park seeks campground

firewood vendors

Olympic National Park is seeking persons or groups who are interested in supplying dry firewood for the next two years in several of the park's campgrounds, including Heart O' the Hills, Altair, Elwha and Deer Park and Mora campgrounds. Two commercial use authorizations will be issued; one will include the four campgrounds in the Port Angeles area while a second will cover the Mora campground. For more detailed information and to receive an application, contact the park's concessions specialist Lisa Hilt at 360-565-3007 or Applications must be received by ONP no later than June 30.

Donation fund arranged for medical costs

A donation fund has been set up at First Federal, 333 N. Sequim Ave., for Michelle Danner, daughter of longtime residents Don and Addie Hansen, both employees at Wal-Mart, Sequim.

Danner, a 32-year-old mother of six, is in congestive heart failure and is awaiting a heart transplant, as well as gastric bypass surgery to alleviate problems that are inhibiting her recovery.

Donations made to the Danner Fund will be used for medical costs.

Fast, high rivers

can be hazardous

With recent warmer temperatures snow is melting fast.

With that much water running down from the mountains, the Olympic Peninsula's rivers end up moving faster and running higher along the bank than usual.

The Washington State Parks Boating Program is warning outdoor enthusiasts to stay out of rivers altogether.

"All people should stay out of rivers at this time because the danger is so great," said Mark Kenny, boating law enforcement coordinator for the program.

With fast moving water, boaters may find themselves unexpectedly falling into water so cold that it quickly numbs a person's reactions and makes it extremely difficult to rescue oneself.

"The rivers are swollen and near flood stage," Kenny said, indicating the environment brings unexpected situations. "They're swift, cold and unforgiving."

Kenny said local law enforcement may close some river access areas to keep people out of the rivers.

Tribal festival scheduled

A grand opening festival for Tribal Edge is scheduled for 9 a.m.-dark Sunday, June 1, at Tribal Edge's training center at the end of Corriea Road, near

7 Cedars Casino in Blyn.

The festival includes activities and demonstrations, training, challenges, feasting, networking, fundraising and a fire circle with stories and music. Tribal Edge teaches survival skills, martial arts, awareness and healing for adults and children.

For more information, contact Ben Sanford at 683-7641, or

New veterans services available

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1024 recently trained five volunteer service officers to file disability claims for qualifying veterans of all branches of service.

The VFW started the program to increase the availability of help for those veterans who need it most.

The five volunteers will be in the Veterans Center at 216 S. Francis St., Port Angeles. They will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The service officers also are available by appointment, which can be set up by calling the office at 417-0294.

Any veteran applying for a claim will need to provide an original or certified copy of their DD-214. If the veteran does not have the form, the service officers can assist in obtaining one.

The program is set up by volunteers and staffed by volunteers. They are accepting monetary donations for postage costs and needed office supplies. Those interested can send a donation to 216 S. Francis St., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Well 101

_Clallam County Environmental Health is offering a free Well 101 class from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim.

No preregistration is required.

The class is for operators of small Group B water systems and for private well owners. Participants will learn how to inspect, maintain and protect their well water system and about testing the water quality.

Call 417-2506.
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