NEWS BRIEFS — Washington state's studded tire deadline looms; March 31 last day . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News

OLYMPIA — Studded tires must be removed by midnight March 31, according to state law.

Unless the state Department of Transportation grants a weather-related extension, studded tires are legal in Washington state only from Nov. 1 to March 31.

With forecasts the rest of the month calling for temperatures well above freezing in most parts of the state, the state does not plan to extend the deadline.

Under state law, driving with studded tires after March 31 is a traffic infraction and could result in a $124 ticket.

Crews will keep an eye on forecasts, especially at higher elevations, and will be ready to treat and clear roadways if wintry weather returns.

“If you're heading to the mountains, always check the forecast and keep emergency supplies and tire chains in your vehicle,” said Chris Christopher, Transportation maintenance operations director.

“We often see snow on the peaks and near the passes well into May.”

End-of-life talk set Saturday at Sequim church

SEQUIM — A seminar from Compassion & Choices of Washington will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The free event is open to the public.

Robb Miller, executive director of Compassion & Choices, will give a hands-on seminar about preparing end-of-life documents and guide participants through the advance directive process.

Participants will leave with a completed Compassion & Choices of Washington Advance Directive.

For more information, phone Kathryn Jans at 206-256-1636, email or visit

Silent meditation

PORT ANGELES — Joyous Refuge will host a silent meditation retreat at 231 E. 12th St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

A suggested donation is $20.

No talking will be allowed after the first bell.

Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch.

Coffee and tea will be provided.

Phone Jikyo Cheryl Wolfer at 360-477-5954, email or visit

Last modified: March 19. 2014 4:38PM
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