Hood Canal Bridge closure set for next week … and other items

SHINE — The Hood Canal Bridge will be closed to vehicles overnight next week.

The closure will be from 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 to 2 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22.

Bridge maintenance crews for the state Department of Transportation will conduct repairs to the east half of the bridge lift.

The nature of the repairs will require the bridge to be closed to traffic for the full four-hour period, DOT said.

The repairs are routine, said Claudia Bingham Baker, DOT communications manager.

“The bridge always needs work on it,” she said. “We are always going to be working on that bridge. It’s never going to be done. It’s in too harsh an environment.”

Drivers can sign up for DOT email updates and check the DOT Hood Canal Bridge web page at www.wsdot.com/traffic/hoodcanal for up-to-the-minute bridge information.

Other driver tools include self-subscribing for Hood Canal Bridge text messages by sending a text message to 468311 with the words “wsdot hood.”

Reception canceled

PORT LUDLOW — An artists’ reception for watercolorist and boat model builder Gary Griswold and jeweler Georganne Muse that was set for today has been canceled.

The Port Ludlow Art League will announced a new date for the reception at Sound Community Bank and The Gallery on the future.

For more information, call PLAL board President Carol Galvan at 360-437-9801.

Traveler’s Journal

SEQUIM — “Kilimanjaro: Trekking to the Rooftop of Africa,” a lecture originally planned for Thursday has been postponed because of severe weather.

The presentation by Steve and Lucy Nordwell is tentatively set for April 11.

Traveler’s Journal is a presentation of the Peninsula Trails Coalition.

Local adventurers share their stories and photos with the community.

The annual series taking place over eight consecutive Thursdays in the late winter/early spring has a new venue this year: the Guy Cole Convention Center at Carrie Blake Community Park, 202 N. Brown Road.

Shows start at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; youths 18 and younger are admitted free.

Chain gang busy around Clallam area

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Chain Gang cleaned three miles along Tumwater Truck Route picking up 360 pounds of litter and four miles along West 18th Street picking up 200 pounds of litter during the week of Jan. 21-26.

Crew members also found illegal dumpsites on Louella Road, Mount Pleasant Road, North Brook Road and five sites on Little River Road with a total of 2180 pounds of litter.

Notable items found included three needles, a tire, two couches, a love seat, a hot tub, a TV and a chair.

Crew members removed and disposed of items from an office in the courthouse and removed pallets and garbage from the courthouse parking lot.

Crew members chipped storm debris along Blue Mountain, Gellor,Dry Creek, Garling, Mount Pleasant, Glass, Dietz, Henry-Boyd, Conner, Brown, Harrington, Miles, Robinson, Stuart and Old Lower Elwha roads and Old Olympic Highway.

Crew members cut up and removed a fallen tree on East Beach Road.

Crew members picked up storm debris on Shadow land and disposed of it at the county pit.

Crew members also dug a ditch on Evergreen Drive to prevent flooding onto the roadway.

During the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, the chain gang cleaned two miles along Deer Park Loop picking up

200 pounds of litter, 3.2 miles along Whitcomb-Dimmel Road picking up 560 pounds of litter, 5.2 miles along Bogachiel Way picking up 250 pounds of litter, 2.4 miles along Calawah Way picking up 250 pounds of litter, two miles along Deer Park Road picking up 200 pounds of litter and 10.8 miles along Quillayute Road picking up 460 pounds of litter.

Crew members also found an illegal dumpsite on Baker Farm Road with 100 pounds of litter, three dumpsites on Johnson Creek Road with 1,200 pounds of litter, two dumpsites on Fish Hatchery Road with 680 pounds of litter and six illegal dumpsites on Deer Park Road with 1,640 pounds of litter.

Notable items found include three needles, a tire, a microwave oven, a car door, concrete, a metal bed frame, a barbecue frame, metal roofing, tar paper roofing, carpet, a muffler, a TV, a computer monitor, a sectional couch, a table, a fuel tank for a Coleman stove and wood pallets.

Crew members also filled a ditch on Evergreen Way then dug a new ditch to redirect standing water.

Crew members pulled approximately 1,080 Scotch broom plants in the Blyn Pit and approximately 600 more along Deer Park Road.

Crew members removed and disposed of grass clippings in front of the county shop then trimmed and disposed of scrubs growing into the telephone lines.

Crew members also picked up and disposed of storm debris and then dumped sand bags back in the sand pile and disposed of the bags.

So far this year the chain gang has cleaned 32.6 miles of roadway, picked up 2,480 pounds of roadside litter, picked up 11,800 pounds of illegal dumpsite litter and pulled approximately 1,680 Scotch broom plants.

Grants available

SEQUIM — The Beta Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma recently announced an April 15 deadline to apply for its Grants for Professional Educators.

The continuing education grants are funded by a bequest from Helen Gariepy and are available to educators and

paraeducators working in Clallam or Jefferson counties.

Information sheets and applications are available online at www.tinyurl.com/PDN-Beta-Nu-Grant.

For more information, contact Kathy Strozyk at 360-461-5685 or kjstrozy@olypen.com, or email Sharle Osborne at sharleo@stevekoehler.com.

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