NEWS BRIEFS: Power restored after outage east of Port Angeles … and other items

News items on the North Olympic Peninsula.

SEQUIM — About 90 PUD customers near O’Brien Road, east of Port Angeles, lost power at about 7:45 a.m. Friday morning after trees fell on a power line.

Power was restored at about noon Friday, according to Michael Howe, PUD communications and government relations manager.

Enrollment event

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College will offer current and prospective students a one-stop event to take care of enrollment for the upcoming winter quarter.

“Get Started Saturday” will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Student Services Building on the Port Angeles campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Classes for the winter quarter will begin Jan. 3. The last day to register is Dec. 30.

At the enrollment event, students will be able to complete orientation, meet with an adviser, apply for financial aid, take placement tests, register for classes and win prizes.

Registration is encouraged. To do so, go to

For more information, contact Jessie Manzer at or 360-417-6471.

Internet safety

SEQUIM — A social media safety trainer will present ways to keep children safe while using the internet at a meeting Wednesday.

The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the auditorium at Sequim High School, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

Darren Laur, co-owner of Personal Protection Systems Inc. of Victoria, will discuss “Social Media Safety & Digital Literacy for Parents.”

Laur retired from the Victoria Police Department as a staff sergeant. He had more than 29 years of experience.

He is a certified advanced open source intelligence/social media investigator.

Fine Arts Night

SEQUIM — An annual exhibit showcasing fine arts programs at Sequim Middle School is planned Thursday.

The Fine Arts Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the school at 301 W. Hendrickson Road.

Among the activities are a drama presentation in Tom Saffold’s classroom, performances by David Upton’s band students in the gym and John Lorentzen’s choir group in the cafeteria, hands-on activities by Caleb Gentry’s game design and digital media classes, and Paul Pinza’s yearbook class. Joshua Capp’s art students also will be featured.

Flight landing practice

COUPEVILLE — There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the Ault Field from Tuesday through Friday.

Operations are also scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field.

From Tuesday through Thursday, operations will occur from afternoon into late night.

On Friday, training will be in the early afternoon at Ault Field, while carrier operations will occur from late morning to early afternoon.

The schedule is subject to change to meet mission requirements.

Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to the station’s comment line at 360-257-6665 or via email at

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

Writer readings

PORT HADLOCK — Author and historian Paula Becker will read from her recently published biography about Betty MacDonald, the author of 1945’s “The Egg and I,” at the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Becker will read selections from “Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg,” “The Plague” and “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I.”

Becker is also co-author with Alan J. Stein of the books “The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy” and “Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington’s First World’s Fair.”

More than 300 of Becker’s essays documenting all aspects of Washington’s history appear on, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history, where she is a staff historian.

This event is free and all are welcome, but seating is limited, so participants should arrive early.

For more information, phone 360-385-6544 or visit

Society meeting

CHIMACUM — The Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will meet in the backroom of the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Ben Meersman will speak about his recent trip to western China on the Tibetan Plateau, covering “Plants and People of Sichuan China.”

Meersman has worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon as a rare-plant botanist, for the University of Washington in its tropical and desert collection, and currently works for the Rhododendron Botanical Species Garden in Federal Way.

The public is invited, and refreshments will be provided.

Sound orcas talk

PORT TOWNSEND — Howard Garrett will present “Puget Sound Orcas” at the Northwest Maritime Center east maritime meeting room, 431 Water St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Garrett began working with the center for whale research on San Juan Island in 1981 and has since studied, written and spoken about orcas and other whales, dolphins and marine mammals.

The waters are home to seals, sea lions, porpoises and whales of both the baleen and toothed varieties, including two different populations of orcas.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, phone 360-385-3628, ext. 104.

Wilderness lecturer

Educator and conservationist Scott Woodward, a lecturer with the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, will lead multifaceted conversations about the lasting wilderness legacy of Theodore Roosevelt at three North Olympic Library System branches this week.

The talks will be at:

Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St. — 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. — 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Forks Library, 171 S. Forks Ave., 1 p.m. Saturday.

Woodward taught and coached in the Richland School District and at Columbia Basin College, before retiring in 2002.

He is currently a full-time volunteer and president of the Ridges to Rivers Open Space Network, which promotes education, recreation and conservation in the Mid-Columbia region of Washington state.

The programs are sponsored by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library, the Friends of Sequim Library and Friends of the Forks Library.

For more information, contact Theresa Tetreau at 360-374-6402, ext. 7793, or

Caretaker Conference

PORT ANGELES — The Caregivers Coalition will present the 10th annual “Building Your Caregiver Tool Box” conference at the Port Angeles Senior & Community Center, 328 E. Seventh St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Park View Villas Retirement and Assisted Living will provide sack lunches.

The event is sponsored by the Port Angeles senior center and the Olympic Area Agency on Aging.

Registration is required, as space is limited.

Phone Linette at 360-417-8553 prior to Friday to reserve a space.

‘Hunger Games’ talk

SEQUIM — A discussion of the novel “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins will occur at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Copies of the book are available in various formats, including regular print, large print, audiobook on CD, Playaway, and downloadable e-book.

This event is free and supported by the Friends of Sequim Library.

For more information, phone the library at 360-683-1161 or visit

Members sought

SEQUIM — The Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., is seeking new members.

The gallery has openings for painters, sculptors, silversmith/goldsmith and mixed-media artists.

Visit to download the application form.

For more information, phone Deborah Sterk at 360-461-7625.

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