Community Announcements

  • Thu May 3rd, 2018 7:53am
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White Cane Auction

The annual Forks Lions Club White Cane Days Auction will be held Saturday, May 5, at Blakeslee’s Bar and Grill. The live auction starts at 1 p.m and goes until everything is gone!

Candlelight Vigil

The Hoh Tribe, Peninsula College and West End Tribal Partners invite you to join them for “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Candlelight Vigil,” on Saturday, May 5 from 7-9 p.m. at the Forks Branch of Peninsula College. Wear Red in Support of MMIW #NationalDayofAwareness.

Alternative School Plant and Bake Sale

Forks Alternative School will hold its annual plant and hanging basket and bake sale May 12 from 10 – 2 p.m. at the FHS auto shop.

You can pre-order Mother’s Day presents by contacting Forks Alternative School at 374-6262 ext.121 and pick up plants and hanging baskets May 11 or 12. Funds raised from the sale benefit school activities.

Master Gardeners Program Motivates Kids to Grow Their Own Food

WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners were scheduled to visit second grade classes in Forks on Wednesday, May 2, and they will visit Neah Bay and Clallam Bay on Wednesday, May 16.

The program, currently in its 23rd season, increases knowledge about a variety of plants, increases awareness of the importance of plants in human lives and provides hands-on experience in starting plants from seeds.

Through the illustration of the “Herbie, the Bean Plant” puppet, students learn about plant parts and the growing cycle.

Each student will plant a bean, radish, corn, pea and sunflower seed in a clear “root viewer” container whereby they can observe the seeds’ germination and root, stem and leaf development.

Master Gardeners work with local teachers to coordinate their program with the second-grade curriculum to reinforce and enhance the children’s learning experience.

Clallam County Master Gardeners, a cooperative program between Washington State University and Clallam County, provides up-to-date information on sustainable gardening practices. Master Gardener volunteers also address environmental and social priorities such as water conservation, the protection of water quality, reducing the impact of invasive species and healthy living through gardening.

For more information, call Lorrie Hamilton, program coordinator, WSU Master Gardeners of Clallam County, at 360-565-2679.

History Tales features Clare Manis Hatler and “Is That a Mastodon in the Front Yard?”

Clare Manis Hatler will tell the story of the Manis Mastodon site at the Clallam County Historical Society’s History Tales presentation on Sunday, May 6, at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Seventh St., Port Angeles. The program will be held in the social hall; parking and entry are on Laurel St.

In 1977, Emanuel “Manny” Manis was digging a hole in his back yard to create a pond. He was surprised to find bones and immediately asked his wife Clare to come and take a look. Although frustrated by dead end phone calls, Clare would not give up and finally got in touch with Dr. Richard Daugherty, Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University. Dr. Daugherty called in Dr. Carl Gustafson, and the adventure for Manis family began.

Manny and Clare invited the archaeologists to “stay and learn as much as we could about this mastodon that had died in their front yard,” stated Gustafson. They learned as much as they could about the treasure coming to light and opened their property to visitors.

Almost 40 years later, the site made headlines again when a new study of the Manis mastodon provided proof of the oldest human settlement found to date in the Americas.

Hatler will talk about how she and Manny, who died in 2000, handled this significant archaeological discovery and persevered to do the right thing.

History Tales is free and open to the public. For further information, call the Clallam County Historical Society’s office at 360-452-2662 or email [email protected]



It’s Torch Run Season for area Law Enforcement Officers. Each year, officers from all agencies on the Olympic Peninsula participate in running the Special Olympics Torch from the Elwha Area to Hood Canal in support of the Special Olympics of Washington Games held in June.

This year, the run takes place on Wednesday, May 30, where deputies, officers, troopers and more will carry the torch and pass it off to Kitsap County that evening. As Kitsap Officers take the torch to Pierce County, the final leg is to Joint Base Lewis McChord on Friday, June 1 where the games are scheduled to begin on Saturday, June 2.

During the Clallam / Jefferson run, Clallam County Sheriff Benedict hopes to lead a group of walkers (open to all) with the torch from the PA City Pier to the old Rayonier Site. There is also a walking section set aside near Sequim for those that would like to participate led by Sequim Police Chief Sheri Crain and the final mile at Hood Canal will be led by Sheriff Stanko before passing the torch on to Kitsap for their leg of the run.

Chief Brian Smith of PAPD and Chief Mike Evans of Port Townsend PD usually commit themselves to run a full leg with the torch for their commitment to the program. National Park Service, Clallam Bay Prison, WSP, Sequim, Port Angeles, Jefferson County, and Port Townsend Police, are just some of the agencies that traditionally participate in this annual event.

As a fund raiser for the program, T-shirts that commemorate this year’s run are available for sale in all sizes for $20. You may contact Ron Cameron at 360-417-2570, or email at [email protected] if you would like one.

Get your order in soon. All funds go to support the program and the money is dedicated to our local teams, the Orcas and the Warriors.


Filing Opens

The five-day candidate filing period for numerous local elected offices is coming up in Clallam County.

Candidates must be registered to vote, and may file for candidacy online, in person, or by mail. The complete list of offices open for filing can be found on the Clallam County Elections website at

Residents may file for candidacy online via the Clallam County Elections website at Online filing begins at 9 a.m. May 14 and ends at 4 p.m. May 18.

Candidates may also file in person at the Auditor’s Office, 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 1 in Port Angeles, from Monday, May 14-Friday, May 18. The Auditor’s Office, located in the Clallam County Courthouse, is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday -Friday.Mailed declarations of candidacy will be accepted April 30-May 18.

Candidate filing fees, regardless of filing method, must be received by the Auditor’s Office no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 18 to complete the filing process. Those filing online will be prompted to pay using Visa, Mastercard or American Express. The Auditor’s Office accepts payments made in-person or by mail using cash or check only. Late payments are not accepted and would thus void any such filings.

Additional filing information, including a complete list of offices open for election and applicable filing fees, is available at Clallam County Elections at 360-417-2222 or [email protected] for more information.

Your Fruits and Veggies!

The Clallam County Gleaner volunteer group is in search of produce to pick and share with the community this growing season. “Gleaning is an old-fashioned word that means harvesting extra fruits and vegetables which are left in the field after a farmer has already picked everything they can sell.

The Clallam Gleaning Program, run through the WSU Extension Office, has the dual goal of reducing food waste in Clallam County, while also addressing hunger and poor nutrition. In 2017, Clallam gleaners rescued more than 50,000 pounds of produce that was distributed to those in need in Clallam County. “This is how it works. A gleaning volunteer will come to your house and pick your extra produce. Our program allows the volunteer take some of the produce for themselves, but they are asked donate at least half of what they pick to food banks, schools, senior nutrition programs, residential facilities, churches, etc.

Our gleaning volunteers take a ladder safety test to be covered under our insurance and produce donors are covered under the Good Samaritan Law. Produce Donors can receive a tax credit receipt for produce donated upon request. Homeowners can contact the WSU Food Recovery Coordinator Sharah Truett at 360-565-2619, or at [email protected] to share produce to be gleaned.

Homeowners with extra fruits like raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, grapes, apricots, kiwi, figs and cultivated blackberries are especially encouraged to donate, because these fruits are scarce. However, any fruit is welcome. Garden fresh vegetables are also in great demand!