NEWS BRIEFS: Infrastructure Fund board meets today … and other items

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County Infrastructure Fund Board members will consider recommending to county commissioners that they streamline county code and align with Revised Code of Washington when they meet today.

The board will meet in commissioners chambers, 1820 Jefferson St., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The agenda also includes a review of the status of prior projects awards and available funds, as well as a discussion of the process and schedule for requests for proposals to fund new projects.

Road closure

FORKS — The Newberry Creek Road, also known as Forest Service Road 2220, will be closed intermittently between milepost, 3.0 and 5.0 for a timber operation, beginning today.

Contractors expect the operation to be completed by Sept. 12.

Helicopter operations for the DUM T Timber Sale will have timber flown over the road during business hours, and the road will be closed to traffic during this process for public safety, Olympic National Forest officials said in a news release.

The road will be open in the evenings and on the weekends. Flaggers and signage will be on the road and drivers should be mindful of traffic delays.

Students study crosswalk safety after accident

PORT ANGELES — Jefferson Elementary School sixth-graders participated in a crosswalk safety-related Project Based Learning (PBL) project during the 2017-18 school year.

The project began following an October 2016 open house night at the school when a parent was hit and severely injured at the crosswalk of South Chase Street and East Lauridsen Boulevard, according to a news release.

Students unanimously agreed that the crosswalk needed safety improvements after a student body poll was conducted.

To aggregate data and information, students involved with the project interviewed a high school student who had been hit in 2016, local state and city engineers, and Port Angeles Police Department members.

The students presented their findings to the Port Angeles School District Board of Commissioners in February and to the City of Port Angeles Traffic Safety Committee in May.

According to the release, the “committee plans to apply for grant funding in 2019.”

“We are very proud of their community improvement project,” said teacher Brooke Hendry.

Demolition range in use this week

ESQUIMALT, B.C. — The land-based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be in use Friday, the Royal Canadian Navy announced.

Practice is also scheduled for Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 7.

The range will be in use from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during those dates.

Bentinck Island is near Race Rocks in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is used as a terrestrial demolition range by the Canadian Armed Forces.

Local residents will likely be unaware of the activities except on days when environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and wind direction affect how far the sound will travel.

Studies conducted on the potential environmental effects of Bentinck Island demolitions have found that blast noise in the marine environment during land-based demolitions is almost undetectable by acoustic equipment above that of other underwater background sounds such as waves and marine life, the Royal Canadian Navy said in a news release.

Copsey scholarship

PORT ANGELES — A $1,000 scholarship is available to a single mother attending Peninsula College during the 2018-19 academic year.

Applications for the Bright Haygood Copsey Scholarship are posted on the college’s financial aid website at www.pencol.edu.

The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 21. The award is based on the potential to benefit and financial need.

Applicants can be part-time or full-time students attending the entire 2018-19 academic year.

Business workshop in Sequim

SEQUIM — Renee Emiko Brock will lead a Creative Small Business Basics workshop Saturday.

The noon workshop will be held in conjunction with the North Olympic Shuttle & Spindle Guild (NOSSG) local fiber arts guild meeting at Sequim Community Church’s portable classrooms at 950 N. Fifth Ave.

Members of the public are invited to the free workshop.

Brock will cover the fundamentals of branding, marketing, creating an active online presence, business licensing and insurance, photographing art, digital storytelling and selling.

NOSSG shares learning and fellowship of the fiber arts through “show and tell” at monthly meetings, weaving study groups, workshops, programs, trips, educational exhibits and demonstrations to the community, according to a news release.

NOSSG meets every first Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church’s portable classrooms.

For more information, visit www.nossg.org.

Grand opening

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula’s Treasures at 116 N. Race St. will celebrate its grand opening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The business sells gently used furniture, tools, jewelry, household items, antiques, collectibles “and everything in between.” Owner Mark Frederick said in a news release.

Festivities during the day will feature a parking lot sale, select inside sales, a prize drawing and refreshments.

The business also provides estate sale services.

For more information, call 360-809-9519 or 360-460-4013.

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