NEWS BRIEFS: Bridge repairs to start near Forks this Monday … and other items

FORKS — Crews working for the state Department of Transportation will repair a bridge spanning the Sol Duc River 10 miles north of Forks on U.S. Highway 101 beginning Monday.

The repair work will occur between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each weekday from this Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Crews will replace steel truss sections damaged by an load that was over the height limit.

Drivers can expect to encounter alternating one-way traffic as well as intermittent bridge closures lasting up to 30 minutes each while crews cut and lift steel sections over the roadway.

The timing of the 30-minute closures had not been determined as of Friday, Transportation said in a press release.

The bridge being repaired is not one of the Sol Duc bridges on Highway 101 that were painted earlier this summer, the release said.

Landing practice

COUPEVILLE — Field carrier landing practice operations will commence for aircraft stationed at Ault Field in the afternoon to evening Monday.

Practice will continue Tuesday morning.

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.

Remembrance ceremony

PORT TOWNSEND — A Remembrance of All Loved Ones, an annual community memorial service, is planned at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The service, sponsored each year by the Hospice Foundation for Jefferson Healthcare, will be at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave.

Music, candlelighting and poetry are planned.

Those attending are invited to bring a memento or picture of their loved ones to attach to the hospice quilt.

For more information, call Jefferson Healthcare Hospice at 360-385-0610.

Open house on tap Nov. 3 at PA hospice

PORT ANGELES — Assured Hospice of Clallam & Jefferson Counties will hold an open house at its new location Friday, Nov. 3.

The location at 1102 E. First St. was acquired to accommodate growth.

A ribbon-cutting by the Port Angeles Ambassadors will be held at noon, after which the open house will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A demonstration of the hospice’s comfort therapies will be available.

For more information, call 360-582-3796, email or visit www.assuredhospiceolympic

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: Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols discusses some recent court cases and recent legislative updates.

Tuesday: Jim Hallet, Diana Somerville and Vanessa Castle discuss the case for divestment from banks that fund pipelines.

Second segment:Dr. Tom Locke and Jesse Farmer discuss the pros and cons of fluoridating the Port Angeles water supply.

Wednesday: Jim House and Marilyn Couture discuss the Olympic Orchard Society’s Fall Fruit Show, featuring fruit tasting, apple ID, experts, tree sales, speakers, bees and pollinators.

Thursday: Clallam County commissioners.

Identity theft workshops set

Two identity theft workshops will be held in Port Angeles and Sequim on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 1 and 2, respectively.

Tracy Wealth Management will host the free events at the Elwha-Klallam Heritage Center, 401 E. First St., Port Angeles; and Sunland Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, Sequim. Both workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to noon.

Reservations are required. To place a reservation, call Kevin Tracy or Brandy Wilkinson at 360-452-9080.

Guest speakers will include Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict and Chief Deputy Brian King.

The workshops will cover who is at risk for identity theft, how thieves get information and their potential use of it, how to protect your information, what to do if you are a victim of identity theft and how identity theft can affect you.

For more information, call Tracy or Wilkinson.

Documentary film

PORT TOWNSEND — A screening of the documentary “Promised Land” will occur at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

Admission is by donation for the screening in Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s sanctuary, 2333 San Juan Ave.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds, event organizers said.

Guests from both tribal councils will be present, as well as the documentary filmmakers Vasant and Sarah Sacedo.

According to a news release: “ ‘Promised Land’ is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest, the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights that have long been denied.”

Funds generated from the event will benefit the Chinook Nation and Duwamish Tribe.

Donations to the tribe also are accepted and can be placed by visiting or

For more information, contact Jo Blair at 425-417-2164 or, or visit

Project funding

PORT TOWNSEND — The North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee announced a project proposal deadline of Monday, Nov. 13, for its 2017-19 funding round.

Proposal forms and additional information about the committee’s requirements can be accessed online by visiting

Project presentations will occur during the marine committee’s meeting in Forks on Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Eligible projects will be designed to promote marine stewardship, restoration and citizen engagement focused on the resources and communities of the North Olympic Peninsula’s Pacific coast.

Projects must fall within at least one of six broad categories as defined by the coastal program performance benchmarks including marine habitats, marine life, marine and fresh water quality, sound science, education and outreach, or coastal communities.

Up to $50,000 will be distributed among competitive projects.

Portland grad

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jenny Blenk of Sequim recently graduated from Portland State University.

Blenk finished her master’s in English literature with a certificate in comics studies at a 4.0 grade-point average.

She plans to continue her research of disability representation in comics and graphic novels, as well as pursue work in the graphic medicine field.

Blenk is a 2007 Sequim High School graduate and the daughter of Susan Blenk of Sequim.

Competition results

SEATTLE — The Peninsula College composites team placed seventh in the I-beam class during the 20th annual International Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Student Bridge Competition.

Seventy-four teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and China competed in eight classes of model bridge building at the competition, held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

The college’s Pirates team was the only two-year school in attendance, and its entry marked the college’s inaugural attendance of the event, according to a news release.

Advanced composites students Dustin Henning, Keith Lesnick and Andrew Martyanov and team leader Scott Ohman designed, built and tested two bridges during a three-week period prior to the competition.

Their final bridge — weighing 43.8 ounces — withstood a load of 6.7 tons before failing, making their bridge the third strongest, according to a news release.

The Composite Recycling Technology Center donated carbon fiber materials and equipment, and provided engineering reviews.

Guy Houser, director of engineering at the recycling center, provided guidance for the team.

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