Community News Briefs - Sept. 26, 2013

Last Chance Salmon
Derby on tap

The Last Chance Salmon Derby, an annual event co-sponsored by Forks Chamber of Commerce, the Quileute Tribe and the City of Forks, will be Oct. 5-6 in La Push.
Tickets for the two-day event are priced at $25 and are available now at the Quileute Marina, Swain’s in Port Angeles, Forks Outfitters, Olympic Sporting Goods in Forks and the Forks Chamber of Commerce and during the derby at the Quileute Marina.
Cash prizes for largest chinook $500, $250 for second largest, and $100 for third largest; and $500 for largest coho, $250 for second largest, and $100 for third largest. There is also a $100 prize for largest bottom fish. All ticket holders are eligible for drawing prizes. Drawing for prizes is done on the dock in La Push within an hour of the close of the derby, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 6.
Coffee, donuts and camaraderie are available in the Quileute Marina prior to and during the derby.
Visit or phone 360-374-2531 for more information.

Parent night at
Forks Elementary

Forks Elementary School invites parents to its Parent Information Night from 6-7:30 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 26
Parents will meet in the school gym first to hear about school issues from principal Rob Shadle, then have opportunities to meet with their children’s teachers and receive more information about what they will be doing in their classrooms this year.
Parents are encouraged to leave children home if possible so they can have more meaningful conversations with school staff.

Domestic Violence
survivors group meets

Forks Abuse Program has a Women’s Group for survivors of Domestic Violence every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m.
The group meets at 81 Second Ave. For more, call Amanda Hull at 374-6411 or e-mail For more about Forks Abuse, see its website:
Resourceress’ Retires
Eve Datisman, better know as “The Resourceress,” retired from teaching in her current incarnation as Port Angeles High School’s head librarian, having moved to that position from her busy years as the energetic and beloved librarian at Forks High School.
A retirement party is being held on the grounds of Sally Milici’s house, 122 Bloedel Blvd., Beaver, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
The community, especially her former students, colleagues and friends from her years in Forks are cordially invited to attend.
The Theme is “50 Shades of Eve” so everyone wear sunglasses!
A money tree will be available.
Libations and cake will be provided and guests are invited to bring an hors  d’oeuvres, along with cards and memories to share.

Society class Saturday

The Clallam County Genealogical Society is continuing its education classes during its regular last Saturday of the month open house, from noon-4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28, is another beginner’s class at 12:30 p.m., followed by a census workshop at 2 p.m.
Non-members donation cost for each class is $5 to cover materials. There is no charge for members.
Due to limited space, call in advance to reserve your spot.
The Research Center is at 402 E. Lauridsen Blvd. Call 360-417-5000 Tuesday-Friday during office hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Visit the website at

Young Life skating party in PA
Young Life is kicking off the school year for high school students with a skating party in Port Angeles.
Leaders from Forks, Port Angeles and Port Townsend will take youths there and have rented out the skating center.
The event is free and there will be games, prizes, root beer floats and more.
The skating party is from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
For more, contact Nicole Rasmussen, Forks YL Team Leader, 640-8042.
Olympic Medical Cancer
Center Support Groups

Olympic Medical Cancer Center has scheduled a series of support groups for those with cancer at several locations in Clallam County next month.
Oct. 8, from 1-3 p.m., a Women’s Cancer Support Group will meet in the OMCC library. This is a drop-in group facilitated by Maggie Jamison, Ph.D.
A Men’s Cancer Support Group will meet Oct. 15 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Oct. 22 from 1-3 p.m. in the OMCC Conference Room, facilitated by J. Fields, faculty, Harmony Hill.
Also Oct. 15, OMCC will offer a program to focus on skin and hair care treatment for those undergoing cancer treatment from 1-2:30 p.m. in the OMCC Conference Room. Attendees must register by calling either American Cancer Society, 800-395-5665 or the Patient Navigator, 360-582-2845.

Gates close at Forest
Seven gates within Olympic National Forest will be closed and locked for the winter beginning on Oct. 1.
The closures will last through April 30, 2014, and will occur on the 2451 road in the North Fork Skokomish watershed; on the 2354, 2353, and 2361 roads in the South Fork Skokomish; and on the 2294 (two gates) and 2270 roads in the Wynoochee watershed.
These closures are part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Olympic National Forest and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. They are designed to: 1) increase wildlife utilization of habitat; 2) reduce the siltation of lakes and streams; 3) provide diverse recreational hunting opportunities; 4) reduce harassment levels on deer and elk; and 5) increase the survival rate of buck deer and bull elk.
The closures extend only to the use of motorized vehicles; accessing the road systems behind the gates via hiking or mountain biking is still permissible. For questions, contact Betsy Howell, Wildlife Biologist, at Olympic National Forest, 360-956-2292.

PC journalism instructor to share Fulbright experiences at Oct. 3 Studium
Peninsula College Journalism Professor Rich Riski has a lot to share with his journalism students and community residents about the role of media in other parts of the world and he will do so on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Peninsula College’s Studium Generale program.
Riski’s presentation, entitled “Trespassing in Azerbaijan: Fulbright Knows No Bounds,” will begin at 12:35 p.m. in the Little Theater on the main campus in Port Angeles. It is based on his experiences as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Baku, Azerbaijan,
During November and December 2012, Riski spent seven weeks in Baku as a Fulbright Visiting Professor in Communications and Journalism at the Caucus School of Journalism and Media Management.
His assignment was to teach mass communications and news writing and reporting to students studying at the master’s degree level. All of them were experienced journalists and were or had been employed in state broadcasting jobs or by state-owned publications and newspapers. He also was expected to get them out of the classroom and onto the street, so they could learn how to put theory into action by conducting spontaneous, onsite interviews with people.
Riski has been a journalism associate professor at Peninsula College for five years and served as adjunct faculty for more than 10 years. He is on the editorial board of the Newspaper Research Journal and formerly worked as general assignment reporter and photographer for the Peninsula Daily News. For more than nine years he has advised The Buccaneer, the college’s award-winning student newspaper, and arranged for visits from three Pulitzer Prize winners, an Overseas Press Club publisher and multiple authors to the Peninsula College campus.
He was named “Outstanding Graduate Student 2004” in the Department of Journalism at the University of Memphis, where he completed his master’s degree.
For information on other upcoming events, please visit the college website at or

San Francisco poet to
read at College Foothills

San Francisco poet Klipschutz will open Peninsula College’s Foothills Writers Series on Oct. 4 when he reads from his newest book of poetry, “This Drawn & Quartered Moon.” The reading will begin at 12:35 p.m. in Maier Performance Hall on the main campus in Port Angeles.
His work has appeared in several periodicals in this country, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and France as well as numerous anthologies. Also a songwriter, he has co-penned more than a hundred songs, chiefly with Chuck Prophet, including the recent critically acclaimed “Temple Beautiful” in 2012, “a love letter to San Francisco stained with tears.”
Klipschutz has lived in San Francisco for the past 30 years.
For information on other upcoming events, visit the college website at or

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