BUSINESS BRIEFS: Port Angeles graphic designer nets national award … and other items

PORT ANGELES — Laurel Black of Port Angeles received Certificates of Excellence for her display banners and a logo during the 2017 American Graphic Design Awards competition.

Sponsored by Graphic Design USA, the design awards have been active for more than 50 years.

This year, 15 percent of designs submitted were chosen from a field of approximately 10,000 entries, according to a news release.

Her winning logo design was created as the identity for Olympic Research Inc. of Port Townsend, and the banners were created for the Feiro Marine Life Center.

Black’s company, Laurel Black Design, created the marine center’s logo several years ago and was commissioned to design outdoor display banners to showcase the center’s hands-on educational opportunities.

Black’s designs are slated to appear in a future issue of Graphic Design USA.

For more information, visit Olympic Research’s website at, the marine center’s website at or Black Design’s website at

New loan officer

PORT ANGELES — Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. recently hired Trina Cook as its senior loan officer.

Cook, of Port Angeles, is knowledgeable of the mortgage business, as well as current loan programs, guidelines and regulations, according to a news release.

She can assist clients with purchasing or building a new home, or refinancing an existing home.

She is available at Cherry Creek, 771 E. Front St., Suite B, to address any lending needs.

For more information, contact Cook at 360-477-6374 or [email protected], or visit

Committee visit

PORT TOWNSEND — The Health Care & Wellness Committee of the state House of Representatives visited Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center in September.

The committee wanted to learn how the center meets the needs of the surrounding communities, as well as to hear about challenges it faced.

Following a tour of the facility, Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn, members of his leadership team and members of the hospital’s Board of Commissioners briefed the representatives on issues of community access to specialty, dental, integrating behavioral health, services, dental services, as well as making charity care understandable, accessible and inclusive.

KONP talk guests

PORT ANGELES — Here is this week’s schedule for the 1:05 p.m. to 2 p.m. local talk show segment on KONP radio, at 1450 AM, 101.7 FM and on the internet outside the Port Angeles area.

Station General Manager Todd Ortloff hosts the Monday through Thursday segments.

This week’s scheduled lineup:

• Monday: Master Gardeners Bill Wrobel, Jeanette Stehr-Green and Judy English take calls from listeners.

• Tuesday: Local woman Madeline Irwin, who was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) and is involved in the “Body Positive” movement, is competing in the Miss Washington USA Pageant.

Second segment: Author Liza Mundy discusses her new book, “Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War 2.”

Wednesday: Port Angeles City Manager Dan McKeen.

Thursday: Sherry Jones, adoption specialist; Valerie Brooks, CASA coordinator; and Winter and Susan Holmgren, adopted child and parent, discussing an upcoming Adoption Day event.

Second segment: Reath Ellefson discusses her annual community Thanksgiving dinner.