NEWS BRIEFS — KONP radio's AM signal is restored . . . and other items

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PORT ANGELES — KONP's AM signal was back on the air early Tuesday afternoon.

The station's 1450 AM signal was knocked out at about 3:45 p.m. Friday after the transmitter's primary and backup power modules failed.

Replacement parts for the transmitter were ordered from Maine.

The power modules are responsible for converting electricity into an AM radio signal, station manager Todd Ortloff has said.

The outage did not affected the Port Angeles station's broadcast on the 101.7 FM frequency or streaming feed online at

Vehicle fire

PORT TOWNSEND — The cause of a recreational vehicle fire in Port Townsend was under investigation Tuesday.

No one was hurt in the fire in an abandoned fifth-wheel recreational vehicle in the 100 block of West Horton Street on Monday night, said Bill Beezley, East Jefferson Fire-Rescue spokesman.

Firefighters were called at 9:51 p.m. after a man living in a nearby recreational vehicle heard a “pop,” saw the trailer engulfed in flames and called 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers.

According to the caller, the trailer had been abandoned, and no one was living in it.

Firefighters had the fire under control in minutes, Beezley said.

Forks 'Stand Down'

FORKS — “Stand Down: Voices for America” will be held at the Forks Elks Lodge No. 2524, 941 Merchants Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Admission is free.

A “Stand Down,” open to all veterans, is a one-day operation offered three times a year: Forks on Thursday, Port Townsend on July 28 and Port Angeles on Oct. 2.

It provides direct services and connects veterans with more than 25 different organizations and local businesses all located in one place, such as medical, dental, housing, employment, benefits, counseling, haircuts, food, pet supplies, legal aid and clothing.

For more information, email or visit

In addition, a Department of Veterans Affairs' Mobile Outreach Team will be in Forks on Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Lower Elwha Klallam Heritage Training Center, 401 E. First St. in Port Angeles.

For more information or to make an appointment, phone Jason Scott or Mark Buckler at 253-565-7038.

Veterans are also welcome for walk-in services.

Property taxes

Payment for the first half of the year's property taxes must be postmarked or placed in drop boxes by today.

In Clallam County, payments can be mailed to the Clallam County Treasurer's Office, Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 3, Port Angeles, WA 98362; paid in person at the treasurer's office or online at; or placed in the drop box at the courthouse.

In Jefferson County, payments can be mailed to the Jefferson County Treasurer's Office, Jefferson County Courthouse, P.O. Box 571, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend, WA 98368; paid in person at the treasurer's office, online at or by phone at 877-812-8072; or placed in one of five drop boxes.

They are in the rear parking lot of the courthouse, at the Bank of America branch at 734 Water St. in Port Townsend, at the Bank of America branch at 10 Oak Bay Road in Port Hadlock, at the Columbia Bank branch at 9500 Oak Bay Road in Port Ludlow and at the U.S. Bank branch at 14890 Center Road in Quilcene.

Most credit and debit cards can be accepted. A 2.5 percent fee is charged for credit card payments. Electronic checks can be used to make payments.

For information in Clallam County, visit or phone 360-417-2344.

For information in Jefferson County, visit or phone 360-385-9150.

Sex trafficking

PORT ANGELES — “Rape for Profit,” a documentary film about the sex trade in Seattle, will be followed by a panel discussion on human trafficking tonight.

The Soroptimist Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula are hosting the event at the Little Theater at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Representatives of the Port Angeles Police Department, federal Department of Homeland Security and Washington Engage, a nonprofit organization that aims to prevent sex trafficking in Washington state, will be on the panel.

A suggested donation of $10 will help defray costs for the Soroptimist Stop Trafficking program and support Washington Engage.

Razor clams

OLYMPIA — Razor clamming on Grays Harbor and Pacific County coastal beaches is underway after state shellfish managers set dates for a weeklong dig that began Sunday.

“This has been a great year for razor clams,” said Dan Ayres, state shellfish manager.

“Clams this year have been bigger than average and abundant enough to add another series of digs.”

The rest of this week's digs are scheduled on these dates, beaches and low tides:

Today: 8:03 a.m. — 1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Thursday: 8:43 a.m. — 1 foot, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Friday: 9:23 a.m. — 0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Saturday: 10:04 a.m. — 0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Sunday: 10:47 a.m. — 0.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

No digging is allowed after noon.

If enough clams remain for more digs, the best tides for another dig are around the weekend of May 17, Ayres said.

Diggers can keep only 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig.

Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers are reminded that they may not harvest any part of another person's daily limit, except for those who possess designated harvester cards.

Diggers 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches.

Fishing licenses are available online at and from license vendors around the state.

Big-band workshop set

PORT TOWNSEND — The 2014 Northwest Big Band Workshop, a gathering of musicians from six U.S. states and Canada, is underway with a jam session open to the public at the Highway 20 Road House, 2152 W. Sims Way, tonight.

Chuck Easton of Port Townsend and Craig Buhler of Sequim direct the big band, which will explore music of the 1930s, '40s and '50s starting at 7:30 p.m.

There is no cover charge, and dancers and listeners are invited.

On Saturday, the Northwest Big Band will give its culminating concert at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., where admission will be a suggested $5 per person.

Proceeds will benefit the Jefferson County Winter Shelter.

To find out more about the workshop and band, email Buhler at or coordinator Sally Rodgers at

Flight landing practices set on Whidbey

WHIDBEY ISLAND — Field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are scheduled at the outlying field in Coupeville on Thursday evening and early afternoon Friday.

Residents living in Coupeville and around the field should anticipate an increase in jet noise because of practice requirements in preparation for combat deployments around the world.

The operation's tempo is driven by the Fleet Replacement Squadron student training curriculum and pre-deployment carrier EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler squadron flight qualifications.

It can also fluctuate due to weather, maintenance and operational requirements.

Updates or changes in operations at Coupeville may be found on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Facebook page.

Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to the station's comment line at 360-257-6665 or by emailing

There's also a PDF comment form at that can be filled out online and emailed to

All other questions can be directed to the Public Affairs Office at 360-257-2286.

Earth Day planting

PORT ANGELES — Franklin Elementary School students in Barry Burnett's, Terri Longin's and Shannon Turner's fourth-grade classrooms recently celebrated Earth Day by planting trees on private property west of the Elwha area.

Led by Cam Field of Merrill & Ring, students planted several hundred fir trees, continuing a 25-year-old tradition of student-involved tree planting.

Dry Creek Elementary School fourth-graders in Gunnar Thomason's and Nancy McHenry's classes planted trees with Field and his crew the previous Thursday.

Stand-up paddleboard focus of talk

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College's Magic of Cinema film series will screen “That First Glide,” an inspirational tale about stand-up paddleboarding, one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world.

The film will show in the Maier Performance Hall, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., at 7 p.m. Friday.

Admission to the film is $5 general, free to students with IDs.

Following the film's screening, Sound Bikes and Kayaks will offer a drawing for a gift certificate for two for a four-hour stand-up paddleboard rental.

The evening will include a question-and-answer session led by Rob Casey, a Seattle-based stand-up paddleboard instructor, guide, photographer and author.

In the film, some of the original old-timers from Waikiki, as well as today's greatest water men, share their stories of how the sport changed their lives and how it has progressed into something anyone can enjoy.

The next film in the Magic of Cinema film series is “Mike's Migration,” which will screen May 13.

For more information on the film series, email Sean Gomez at

Crotchet group

PORT ANGELES — A free crotchet study group will be held at the Cabled Fiber Studio, 106 N. Laurel St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Explore crotchet without a formal class, and learn to read patterns, a new stitch or how to work with a different yarn.

Drop-ins are welcome.

For more information, phone Beth Witters at 360-504-2233, email or visit

Water health, film

PORT ANGELES — A free movie, “Your Brain on Water,” by Corinne Allen will be shown at the Natural Healing Clinic, 162 S. Barr Road, at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Following the screening, a water education seminar will be held at 7 p.m.

Participants can learn about the differences between bottled, well, reverse osmosis and ionized water as it relates to their health.

Presented by international speaker and author Rick Marschall, this will be a hands-on workshop in which participants will be able to see, taste and feel the differences.

To reserve a spot for one or both events, phone 360-457-1515.

Storynight slated

PORT TOWNSEND — First Friday Storynight at Better Living Through Coffee, 100 Tyler St., will feature guest teller Mitch Luckett from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

There is a $10 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.

Luckett is a Missouri native who combines music and storytelling into humorous and sometimes poignant stage performances.

Begun in November 2009, this monthly event explores the art and ritual of the oral tradition, sharing the old myths, folk tales and fairy tales along with more modern stories and personal sharings.

There also will be an open-mic section.

For more information, phone 360-531-4395.

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