News briefs 06-04-08

Call for accommodations

Olympic Theatre Arts' fall musical production of "A Night On Broadway" will feature a large cast and orchestra, many of whom will be coming from out of town. Traveling from as far away as Denver, Portland, Bellevue and Marysville, their personal costs will be significant. OTA is seeking accommodations for as many as possible in the form of guesthouses, housesitting or even RV parking. The time period will be evening of Sept.14 through the morning of Sept. 29. These are responsible mature individuals, mostly educators. Please contact OTA at 683-7326.

Komen Puget Sound

Race for the Cure

The 15th annual Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure takes place June 21 at Qwest Field and Event Center in Seattle. Susan G. Komen for The Cure's Race for the Cure(r) is one of the most recognized names in organized races. With more than one million participants worldwide, it is the largest 5K walk and run series in the world. Last year, the Puget Sound Komen affiliate raised more than $1.6 million for research, education, screening and treatment in the Puget Sound through this event. This year, the goal is to raise $1.85 million. For more information, call 206-633- 6586 or visit

Passport fair for children

From June 23-27, the week after school is out, the Clallam County auditor's office will have a passport fair with an emphasis on children under the age of 16. As passports or other Homeland Security acceptable documents soon will be required for all persons crossing the border by land or sea, it's time to think about getting passports for the children. The auditor's office accepts passport applications from 8:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m. daily and no appointments are needed. To apply for a passport for a child under 16 years of age, the following need to be presented: _A completed form DS-11 (passport application) which is available in the lobby of the courthouse or online at; the child needs to appear in person; both parents need to appear, or present sole custody or adoption records; parents' picture ID (driver's license or state ID card); certified copy of the child's birth certificate; two passport photos taken recently; check or money order for $60, payable to the U.S. Department of State. ($75 if 16 or older); _$25 cash, check or money order to the Clallam County Auditor. For further information, contact or 417-2222.

Get ready for Relay

Relay for Life of Sequim will be at Sequim's Open Aire Market, Saturday, June 7. There will be information on the relay, which will be Aug. 9-10 at the Sequim High School soccer field. Luminary forms will be for sale for $5. These are to remember those lost to cancer, those fighting cancer and those who have fought cancer and won. You also can sign up to form a team for the relay.

Scooters require rider training

and endorsement

As gas prices soar, many drivers are turning to fuel-efficient motor scooters to help ease their pain at the pump. The Department of Licensing reminds drivers that most scooters, known in state law as mopeds or motorcycles, require riders to have a motorcycle endorsement.

State law requires the operator of any two- or three-wheel vehicle capable of traveling faster than 30 miles per hour to have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver license, regardless of the size of the vehicle's engine.

A regular driver license is enough if the moped travels 30 miles per hour or less and has an engine smaller than 50ccs.

Many motorcycle training schools statewide offer classes on mopeds or "step through" motorcycles. For more information, log on to

Shrine club offers screening clinic

The Olympic Peninsula Shrine Club will offer a screening clinic for children under 18 years of age from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 7, at Sequim Masonic Hall, 700 S. Fifth Ave., Sequim. Shriners hospitals offer services for children with bone, joint or muscle problems, as well as burn centers, free of charge. For more information, call 683-4021.

Sleep Country USA sponsors

clothing drive for foster children

Sleep Country USA will sponsor a new clothing drive for foster children from June 9-July 20. Donations of new clothing items such as shirts, dresses, pants, shorts, baby clothing and socks can be made at the Sequim Sleep Country USA, 1041 W. Washington St.

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.

Gazette reporter gets 2 awards

in regional journalism contest

Michael Dashiell, sports editor for the Sequim Gazette, took home two first-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists-Western Washington Pro Chapter's Excellence in Journalism contest.

Dashiell won in the Best Sports Reporting (non-daily newspapers) division for "Heart of the Order," a profile of Sequim High School softball player Chantal Hughes (May 16, 2007).

He also took first in the Best Photo-Sports (non-daily newspapers) division for "Keep Your Boots On," an action photo of rodeo rider Brett Hale at last year's Clallam County Fair (Aug. 22, 2007).

The contest is open annually to professional journalists, from newspapers, radio, magazines, television and online publications in Western Washington and the Northwest.

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