Tsunami siren test Monday . . . and other news briefs for Jefferson, Clallam counties

By Peninsula Daily News staff

DUI patrols net 24 arrests through Jan. 1

Law enforcement officers arrested 24 people for investigation of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol between Nov. 21 through Jan. 1 in Clallam County during a statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign.

Jefferson County did not have extra emphasis patrols out during the campaign, said Julie Furlong, spokeswoman for the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3,446 drivers for investigation of DUI.

During the same time period last year in Clallam County, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 26 people for investigation of DUI.

The Port Angeles and Sequim police departments, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol participated in the extra DUI patrols with the support of the Clallam County DUI Traffic Safety Task Force.

The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

For more information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov.

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Siren test Monday

All Hazard Alert Broadcast System warning sirens will sound in communities along the North Olympic Peninsula coast at noon Monday (Jan. 7).

Sirens will sound in Port Townsend, LaPush, Neah Bay, Clallam Bay, Lower Elwha, West Port Angeles, Dungeness and Diamond Point.

Winchester chimes will sound for 10 seconds, followed by a recording saying the alert is only a test.

In an actual emergency, people who are indoors should check for messages from the Emergency Broadcast System on their radios or televisions if possible.

The sound tests are run the first Monday of each month to verify the system’s capabilities to send timely warning notification to the coastal communities of Clallam, Jefferson, Pacific and Grays Harbor counties.

Clallam County would like residents who hear the test to phone in to 360-417-2525.

Phone that number or 360-417-2483 for more information on earthquakes and tsunamis from the Clallam County Emergency Management Department.

For more information from the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management, phone the department at 360-385-9368.

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Nighttime firearms training

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Police Department will conduct nighttime firearms training Monday at the Jefferson County Sportsmen’s Association shooting range off South Jacob Miller Road.

Training will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The training is open to department personnel only.

FBI statistics show a majority of officer-involved shooting incidents occur during hours of darkness.

To improve officer survivability of these situations, low-light training is mandated.

This training typically occurs during the winter months because the sun sets earlier.

Any questions or concerns about the training should be directed to Sgt. Joe Kaare at 360-385-2322.

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Pair of poets in PT

PORT TOWNSEND — Poet-teacher Sheila Bender and poet-musician Molly Tenenbaum will get together to give a free reading at the Northwind Arts Center, 2409 Jefferson St., on Thursday (Jan. 10).

Bender’s books include "Writing in a Convertible with the Top Down" and her latest poetry collection, "Behind Us the Way Grows Wider."

She teaches via her website, www.WritingItReal.com; at Port Townsend’s Writer’s Workshoppe; and other portals.

Tenenbaum is known for her poetry collections The Cupboard Artist, Now and By a Thread, and for playing in an Appalachian string band. Her work can be found at www.MollyTenenbaum.com.

The women will step up to read at 7 p.m. at Northwind, and while there’s no admission, donations to the nonprofit arts center are welcome.

For details, visit www.NorthwindArts.org or phone 360-437-9081.

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Adventure lecture

PORT ANGELES — Chris Duff will present “Rowing from Scotland to the Faroe Islands: The Challenge, the People and the Inner Journey” during a 2013 Adventure Travel Series lecture at 7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 11).

The Friday evening series, a fundraiser for the Peninsula Trails Coalition, continues at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., at
7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, and Friday, Feb. 1.

No presentation will be held Friday, Jan. 25.

Suggested donation is $5, with kids 12 and younger admitted free.

Other talks are “Bavaria, Beer, Bratwurst and Bahnen: Modern Rail Travel in Germany” with Steve Hauff on Friday, Jan. 18, and “Surprising Borneo” with Bill and LaVonne Mueller on Friday, Feb. 1.

Proceeds from the series are used to buy supplies and lunches for volunteers working on the Olympic Discovery Trail and the Adventure Route.

For more information, phone Gunvor Hildal at 360-452-8641 or Gail Hall at 360-808-4223.

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Sequim on Facebook

SEQUIM — The city now has three Facebook pages, said Barbara Hanna, communications and marketing director.

“In an ongoing effort to improve communication with Sequim citizens, the city of Sequim is now incorporating social media into its communications plan,” she said in a statement.

The three Facebook pages are:

■ Sequim city government, which contains news about city meetings and announcements.

■ Sequim tourism, which offers updates on area events.

■ Sequim centennial, which features news of the yearlong centennial celebration that began in October and will end in a grand finale Nov. 2.

“We have been talking about utilizing this tool for a while, but we needed to have our policies in order and systems in place for records retention before we moved forward,” Hanna said.

The city also operates two websites — www.sequimwa.gov and www.visitsunnysequim.com — and a monthly newsletter.

Last modified: January 05. 2013 8:52PM
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