NEWS BRIEFS: One man injured in semi wreck … and other items

BRINNON — A Kent man involved in a single-vehicle wreck Monday evening about six miles south of Brinnon at milepost 312 was not injured, the State Patrol said.

The southbound lane of the highway was closed for approximately eight hours as crews cleared the scene.

Omrao Singh, 25, was wearing a seat belt as he drove southbound on U.S. Highway 101 in a 2017 Kenworth Tractor with a 2014 Great Dane Cargo Trailer.

According to the State Patrol, he was driving too fast for conditions when the vehicle entered a left-hand sharp curve, lost control and struck the jersey barrier where it came to rest after rolling over.

The semi’s load of seven 6,000-pound rolls of paper were lost and came to rest in a creek on the west side of the highway.

Singh was cited for speed too fast for conditions, the State Patrol said.

Singh was not under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the State Patrol said.

Marine trustees

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Marine Trades Association has announced its 2018 Board of Trustees. Members are:

Seat one: Jim Maupin, Maupin Marine Services; seat two: Bryan Hayes, Bryan Hayes Woodworks; seat three: Bob Frank, Admiral Ship Supply; seat four: Pam Petranek, Cape Cleare Fishery; seat five: Chris Sanok, Port Townsend Shipwright’s Co-op; seat six: Robert D’Arcy, Schooner Martha Foundation; seat seven: Pete Langley, Port Townsend Foundry; seat eight: Ryan Charrier, Western Workboats; and seat nine: John Simpson, Sea Marine Yacht Services.

“The mission of the [Port Townsend Marine Trades Association] is to provide a collective voice for those individuals and businesses making their living in the marine trades within Jefferson County and to promote the economic and political well-being of our community,” according to a press release.

For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Luncheon in PA

PORT ANGELES — The public is invited to hear Andra Smith present at the Newcomers’ Club luncheon at noon Tuesday, Jan. 2.

At 11:30 a.m. socializing will begin the event at Joshua’s Restaurant & Lounge, 113 Del Guzzi Drive.

The optional lunch is $20, and the program-only fee is $5.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by noon Friday, Dec. 29. To make a reservation, call 630-992-5613, email [email protected] or visit

Smith, Sequim Food Bank’s executive director, will talk about the food bank’s mission, vision and values.

Air station in Coupeville set to practice

COUPEVILLE — There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the outlying field mid-afternoon into evening Wednesday and Thursday, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island said Tuesday.

Training will continue early and then late afternoon Friday.

Aircraft carrier-based flight training also will occur at Ault Field on Friday evening.

Comments can be directed to the station’s comment line at 360-257-6665 or via email at [email protected]

All other questions can be directed to the public affairs office at 360-257-2286.

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