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No makeover for light station

The votes have been tabulated and the New Dungeness Light Station in Sequim did not garner enough votes to be one of the three finalists in the JELD-WEN's Reliable Lighthouse Restoration Initiative. From 50 lighthouses nationwide, 12 were selected by JELD-WEN to compete for a window and door makeover. The Klamath Falls, Ore., company selected the Dungeness Light Station as one of the 12 finalists, leaving selection of the winner to voters. The three finalists are the Bodle Island Light Station in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, N.C., the Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Leelanau State Park, Mich., and the New Canal Lighthouse in New Orleans, La. JELD-WEN will announce the winner by November. Thanks to all who took the time to vote for New Dungeness Light Station.

Washington State Parks

announces winter schedule

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has set its 2008-2009 winter schedule, with more than 100 parks remaining open seven days a week. Each year, the commission publishes a winter schedule of which parks will remain open, which will close and which will offer limited services, such as a reduced number of camping sites and restrooms. The winter schedule is available online at

Transit system hosts

Sequim route tours

Clallam Transit System wants Sequim residents to sit back and enjoy the shuttle.

In an effort to show how easy and handy the transit system can be, the bus company is offering free Sequim area tours on the Sequim shuttle bus, which is Route 40.

A host on the shuttle will discuss transit policies and pending improvements and answer questions during the free event Oct. 2.

Another host will be in the Transit Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to answer any other questions and to give out boarding passes.

The shuttle loops from the Sequim Transit Center, 190 W. Cedar St., along Prairie Street to Sunnyside Avenue. east to Bell Creek Plaza, where QFC is located. Then the shuttle departs from the shopping center and goes past the Sequim Library on its way to West Hendrickson Road and a stop on West Washington Street in front of Safeway before heading back to the transit center.

Transit system organizers will hand out free passes for the tour at the Sequim Transit Center. The shuttle leaves the center at 10:10 and 10:40 a.m. and 1:20 and 1:50 p.m. for this event.

The boarding passes also double as tickets in a drawing to win a Sequim prize basket.

Fall bird migration

cruises offered by PTMSC

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center offers fall bird migration cruises aboard Puget Sound Express' Glacier Spirit, an enclosed motor yacht, beginning Saturday, Oct. 4. The three-hour trips are scheduled from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 31, departing from Point Hudson Marina in downtown Port Townsend.

For reservations and fee information, call the Port Townsend Marine Science Center at 360-385-5582 ext. 104 or 800-566-3932 or e-mail

Sail to Victoria, help Kiwanis

The Sequim-Dungeness Kiwanis Club is planning a Dec. 6-7 trip to Victoria, British Columbia, including Buchart Gardens, as a fundraiser. For further information, including costs, contact Shell McGuire at 681-0805 or Charlotte Frazier at 681-3884. Those interested do not have be a member of Kiwanis to join the tour.

League offers candidate forums

The League of Women Voters will have two candidate and issues forums in October.

The first is at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Sequim High School auditorium featuring the Clallam County commissioner race between incumbent Mike Chapman and challenger Terry Roth and PUD No. 1, District 2, incumbent Hugh Haffner and challenger Bob Jensen. Also on Oct. 9, the pros and cons of Initiative 1000, "Death with Dignity," and the Transportation Benefit District sales and use tax as proposed by the Sequim City Council.

The second forum will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Port Angeles City Council chambers with U.S. House of Representatives, District 6 candidates Norm Dicks and Doug Cloud and State Representatives, District 24 candidates Kevin Van De Wege and Thomas Thomas and Lynn Kessler and Randy Dutton.

Fair royalty applications available

The Clallam County Fair royalty for 2009 is accepting applications from young women or men between 16-20 who are in school and willing to commit to the one-year program. Applications are available at area high schools and Peninsula College. For further information, call Laurie Davies at 681-2024. The application deadline is Oct. 16. Bring completed applications to the orientation meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the fairground kitchen.

Work progresses on Hood Canal bridge

Pontoon assembly work on the Hood Canal bridge project was completed Sept. 19 by WSDOT and contractor Kiewit-General as they connected the final four of 17 pontoons needed to construct the bridge's new east half.

Crews began connecting pontoons U, V, W and X at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle Aug. 12. The operation required that the four pontoons be perfectly aligned, pulled together tightly with steel strands through a process called post-tensioning and grouted.

The work was on schedule and marks the completion of new pontoon assembly for the entire project.

The four pontoons - which stretch to a combined 925 feet - are ready for crossbeams, girders and roadway. The connection of U, V, W and X brings the overall project to 84-percent complete.

Poet opens Foothills Writers series

A physical therapist who is also a poet and an occasional instructor at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, will open the 2008 fall quarter Foothills Writers Series at Peninsula College on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The reading will be staged at noon in the Little Theater on the main campus in Port Angeles and is free and open to the public. Tim Kelly has been a practicing physical therapist in Olympia_area clinics since 1981. Kelly received a Master of Fine Arts degree in English from Boston University and a Master of Science in physical therapy degree from the University of Washington.

Friends of the Fields hosts

annual harvest dinner

The Friends of the Fields will host a "100 mile" harvest dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Guy Cole Convention Center, Carrie Blake Park in Sequim. The Alder Wood Bistro is catering the dinner. Tickets are $100 per person and are available online at or by sending a check to Friends of the Fields, P.O. Box 1201, Carlsborg, WA 98324. Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will benefit Friends of the Fields and be used toward farmland preservation on the North Olympic Peninsula. The group is working to preserve the Finn Hall Farm, a 50-acre historical working farm in Agnew, and is in the process of raising $500,000 to provide matching funds for a state grant to purchase the farm's development rights.

Fiber Festival begins Friday

North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival is Oct. 3-5 in Sequim. Activities include the Natural Material/Material Nature juried exhibit highlighted at the First Friday Art Walk Oct. 3 and running through Dec. 19 at the Sequim Museum and Arts Center; workshops on Friday and Sunday; a fashion show at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Dungeness Schoolhouse; and fiber-related demonstrations and activities at the Sequim Open Aire Market Saturday. Vendors will be at the market and at the schoolhouse. For more information, see

Calling all train enthusiasts

The North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders will have its ninth annual train show and swap meet from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, and from 10 a.m.-

3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road. There is no admission fee.

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