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  • Thu Mar 25th, 2021 10:33am
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Music Scholarships

Monday Musicale Scholarships are available for high school seniors attending public, private, or home schools who wish to further their musical education. Applications are available from high school scholarship counselors, music teachers, or by contacting Gail McDonald at 360-477-8601, [email protected]

This organization has funded students for over 50 years with awards to date of more than $150,000.

Please send the application and sheet music by March 29 to Gail McDonald.

PENINSULA COLLEGE COMMUNITY EDUCATION OFFERS SPRING COURSES ONLINE

Are online community education classes any fun? Yes! Peninsula College Community Education is earning an “A” average on exit surveys asking about overall satisfaction, instructor quality, and class value despite its remote format.

PC’s Community Education program, which was on hiatus for a few years, has been giving people a social outlet during the pandemic. Students expressed in the surveys how enjoyable it was connecting with others in a digital environment.

“I​t is a great way to connect with other adults in Port Townsend and beyond and to help each other learn in a positive and encouraging environment,” said Mary-Ashley Medeiros, who completed a Spanish class. Laura Dubois, who took a class about wine, enjoyed doing something “new and different” with her spare time. “I especially appreciated this break during the pandemic,” she said.

PC Community Ed currently has 21 courses listed, with topics ranging from introductory language classes in Norwegian and Spanish, to sea glass, to urban homesteading. The program is eager to hear class ideas from the community. Topics of interest may be submitted through the mailing list form, and anyone interested in teaching for Community Ed is encouraged to fill out a course proposal form. Both forms, as well a link to course listings, may be found at www.pencol.edu/CE.

The cost of classes and lectures offered by the Community Ed program range from $39 to $195, with the exception of an upcoming CDL Training Course, which costs $5,499.

Training certificates:

Commercial Driver License Training Course

Flagger Certification Training Course

Languages:

Survival Spanish

Beginning Norwegian

Culture and Special Interest:

Great Directors in Film: David Lynch

Culinary Cultural Traditions

Increase Your Wine Knowledge with the Experts

The Sea Glass Journey: History, Rarities, Pirates, and Mermaids

The Grief Recovery Method

Art and Leisure

Acting for the Camera

British Literature

Introduction to Ceramics: Hand Building

Lunchtime Guitar (Beginners)

Home and Garden:

Sustainable Agriculture: Permaculture Design

Business Training:

Multimedia Graphics

Your Best Art Business

eBook Design and Publishing

Crafts:

Learn How to Wet Felt a Sculptural Vessel

Learn How to Wet Felt a Scarf

Local Interest:

Life in Company Towns

Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and the Cascadia Megathrust Quake

For course listings and descriptions, visit www.pencol.edu/CE.

Elwha River fishing

closures extended to support fish recovery

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Olympic National Park, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced an extension to continue recreational and commercial fishing closures for the Elwha River and its tributaries through July 1, 2022.

In place since 2011, a fishing moratorium in these waters aims to protect depleted native salmonid populations, including four federally listed fish species, to re-colonize habitat between and upstream of the river’s two former dam sites. Fishing in mountain lakes in the Elwha River basin within Olympic National Park and Lake Sutherland, generally occurring from the fourth Saturday in April through October 31, will not be impacted by the Elwha River closure.

Fisheries biologists note salmon spawning and rearing in habitats upstream of the former Glines Canyon Dam is paramount to successful restoration. These early re-colonizers play an important role in establishing spawning and juvenile rearing in habitats of the upper watershed.

Final obstacles to migrating fish were removed from the Glines Canyon Dam site in 2016. Fisheries biologists confirmed upstream passage of adult Chinook salmon, sockeye salmon, coho salmon, winter and summer steelhead, bull trout, pink salmon, and Pacific lamprey past the former Glines Canyon Dam site with some adults reaching as high as river mile 40 in the Elwha. Chum salmon have been documented upstream of the former Elwha Dam site but not above the Glines Canyon Dam site.

Despite these encouraging signs, some fish populations remain low and the lack of habitat utilization in the upper reach of the river indicates that further recolonization and spatial expansion are needed to reach population levels in the Elwha watershed capable of supporting sustainable fisheries.

Fisheries managers note that recreational and commercial fishing will resume when there is broad distribution of spawning adults in newly accessible habitats above the former dam sites, when spawning occurs at a rate that allows for population growth and diversity, and when there is a harvestable surplus of fish returning to the Elwha River.

Monitoring ecosystem recovery in the Elwha is a cooperative effort among the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Olympic National Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and WDFW. The Elwha River project partners evaluate spawner abundance, extent of distribution, and juvenile production each year throughout the system using a variety of tools including sonar, spawning (redd count) surveys, snorkel surveys, tangle net surveys, and smolt trapping.

For updated fishing regulations on waters within Olympic National Park, please visit nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fishing.htm. For waters outside the park, please visit wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.