Community news briefs

Flood plan delay

The Clallam County commissioners have extended the public comment session for the Dungeness River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 12.

Commissioner Mike Chapman called for an extension due to the lack of attendees at the June 9 public hearing.

Those wishing to make comments can e-mail or mail County Commissioners, 223 Fourth St., Suite 4, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

The proposed plan is available under "current issues" at

Theft suspect held

Clallam County Sheriff's deputies may have solved a string of thefts of GPS units and iPods from vehicles that occurred during the past week, mostly in the Solmar area.

Ryan Michael Vanwinkle, 20, address unknown, was arrested and booked into Clallam County Jail late Monday night on six counts of second-degree vehicle prowl and three counts of second-degree theft.

Vanwinkle was arrested without incident Monday on an outstanding warrant. Deputies searched a home where Vanwinkle recently stayed and found one satellite radio unit, two iPods, three GPS units, drug paraphernalia and brass knuckles.

School district

retirees feted

The Sequim School District invites the public to the Sequim School District retirement reception to honor its retirees.

The reception will be held in the high school library 4-5:30 p.m. June 15. Cake, coffee and punch will be served.

Retirees include Glenna Campbell, Mary Ann Clayton, Shirley Klein, Jo Chinn, Cindy Moore, Susan Magner, Derrell Sharp and Glenda Carroll.

Peace prospects


Gaza Peace Prospects will be explored at 5 p.m. June 14 at Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 73 Howe Road, off North Barr Road.

Kit Siemion, representing the 160-member International Peace Delegation and Code Pink, will report on the most recent efforts to craft a peace plan to relax tensions that could explode into a war that might even involve Iran.

The program is free; donations will be accepted.

Call 683-0867.

Shoulder sweeping

Drivers on U.S. Highway 101 can expect minor delays as crews continue cleaning both shoulders of the road from Port Angeles to Discovery Bay.

According to Bill Riley, maintenance superintendent for the Washington State Department of Transportation, the work will be done from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Thursday.

Group needs monitors

Streamkeepers, Clallam County's volunteer stream monitoring program, is seeking new volunteers to help collect stream health data, perform data entry and analysis, conduct education and outreach.

New volunteers join existing stream teams and perform quarterly stream monitoring and other stewardship activities on streams throughout the county - or may volunteer to provide other kinds of program support, both outdoors and indoors.

The free training is on two Monday evenings, June 22 and 29, followed by two Saturday trainings in July and August.

To register or inquire, call Streamkeepers at 417-2281 or e-mail

Streamkeepers' Web site is at

State of the cleanup

Dr. Peter deFur will speak on the state of the hazardous waste cleanup at the Rayonier mill site on Monday, June 15.

DeFur is the technical consultant to the Olympic Environmental Council, the local nonprofit organization funded by the state Department of Ecology to do public outreach and education on the Rayonier cleanup of contamination.

His presentation will cover the current status of the process of the cleanup under the state Department of Ecology Model Toxics Control Act and the contaminants of concern to public health and the environment such as dioxins, PCBs and heavy metals relevant to Port Angeles soils, Port Angeles Harbor sediments and the mill site.

He will compare this site to others he consults on, such as the Duwamish River in Seattle.

The free event will be held from 7-9 p.m. Monday, June 15, in the Raymond Carver Room at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

The event is free.

Science teacher


Peninsula College will dedicate the new Edward L. Tisch Memorial Arboretum at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 12. The public is invited to attend the ceremonies and arboretum open house.

Tisch was born at Lake Dawn, south of Port Angeles, and taught at Peninsula College for more than 40 years. He began the first college arboretum shortly after he arrived at the college in 1966. A dedicated teacher, scholar and arborist, he taught biology and botany. He died Sept. 6, 2007.

Speakers include Peninsula College President Dr. Thomas Keegan, Tisch's son Ehrin Tisch, local poet and conservationist Tim McNulty and retired Olympic National Park botanist Ed Schreiner.

The arboretum is on the east side of the campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. Visitors may park in the college's north parking lot and follow the sidewalks and signs to the arboretum.

For more information, call 417-6575.

May fire calls

Clallam County Fire District 3 responded to 479 service calls in May, said public information officer Lt. Robert Rhoads. They consisted of 459 EMS calls, 10 fires and 10 vehicle collisions, he said.

The district serves about 30,000 residents in 135 square miles from east of Deer Park Road to the Jefferson County line, including the city of Sequim.

It has career firefighter stations at Sequim, Carlsborg and Blyn plus four other volunteer stations at Dungeness, R Corner, Diamond Point and Lost Mountain.

First Step gets grant

Clallam County's First Step Development Center has received a grant of $12,500 from Children's Trust Foundation. A total of $196,000 was awarded to support programs that prevent child abuse and neglect across Washington.

These grants help bridge the gap created by more than $1.4 million of cuts to state prevention agencies during this year's budget crisis.

Over the past 10 years, the Children's Trust Foundation has given more than $1 million to support more than 50 community-based prevention programs in family support centers in 15 counties throughout Washington.

Opulent Art Show planned

Burning Down the House, a creative collective based in Sequim and Port Angeles, is looking for artists to participate in the second annual Opulent Art Show, 10 a.m.-

5 p.m. Sept. 12 at The Cutting Garden, 303 Dahlia Llama Lane, Sequim.

Artisans can sell their handmade products at the show. Cost per vendor is $30 or $50.

Contact renne@unique,,, or

Sequim duplicate bridge club

• May 29 game

N/S: 1. Gloria Runyan-Phyllis Thompson; 2. David Jackson-Frank Brown; 3.Rick Zander-Charles Jones; 4. Bruce Beh-David Carter.

E/W: 1. John Anderson-Jack Real; 2. Charles Williams-Bob MacNeal; 3. Eldon Hill-Pete Mayberg; 4. Mary Norwood-Jim Tilzey.

• STaC game, June 1

N/S: 1. Carol Keller-David Jackson; 2. Paula Cramer-Wilma Lambert; 3. Suzanne Berg-Tom Loveday; 4. Julie Gray-Gloria Runyan.

E/W: 1. Jim Wiitala-Charles Williams; 2. Frank Brown-Jim Tilzey; 3. Jack Real-John Anderson; 4. Pete Mayberg-Ruby Mantle.

• New Thursday (STaC) game, June 4,

1. Leonard Hills-Sharon Hills; 2. Ted Miller-Eldon Hill; 3. Charles Williams-Jim De Vogler; 4. Vern Nunnally-Jim Tilzey.

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