NEWS BRIEFS: Clallam park board meets Wednesday … and other items

SEQUIM — The Clallam County Park & Recreation District No. 1 Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Candidate interviews for a vacant board position will be held during the meeting at the Sequim YMCA, 610 N. Sequim Ave, according to the agenda.

Voting on candidates is on the board agenda following an executive session.

Commission applications due Feb. 21

PORT ANGELES — The city announced Wednesday, Feb. 21 as the application deadline for a position on its Civil Service Commission.

To obtain an application, visit the city’s website at, or visit the City Manager’s Office in City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St.

The commission investigates concerns and reports on all matters relating to enforcement and effect of civil service rules, hears and determines appeals or complaints on administrative work of chief examiner, and decides on disciplinary actions (when needed) for civil service employees of the city.

Members are appointed to four-year terms, with a limit of two consecutive terms.

No person shall be appointed a member of the commission who is not a citizen of the United States and a resident of the city for at least three years.

For more information contact City Clerk Jennifer Veneklasen at 360-417-4634 or at

Public safety board

PORT ANGELES — The city is accepting applications to fill two vacancies on its Public Safety Advisory Board.

Applications are due by Wednesday, Feb. 21. To obtain an application, visit, or drop by the City Manager’s Office in City Hall, 321 E. Fifth Ave.

A board member and student representative are needed.

Members of the advisory board advise and make recommendations to the city manager, chief of police, and fire chief concerning the provision of public safety services within the city, including enhancing police and fire department-community relations.

Also, review and recommendations concerning police and fire department policies, procedures, programs, accreditation standards, and budgetary implications; review of qualifications and performance of licensees.

The advisory board meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Police Department at City Hall.

For more information, contact Jennifer Veneklasen, city clerk, at 360-417-4634 or

Free college class

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Clemente Foundation will offer an inter-disciplinary humanities course in March.

To apply for the course visit to download an application. Submission directions are available on the application form.

The course is intended for low-income adults, and will run Mondays and Wednesdays, March 19 to May 30 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pope Marine Building, 1000 Madison St.

Instruction, as well as books, travel and childcare, are all free.

The course is taught by area faculty members who cover history, philosophy, literature, art, critical thinking and writing.

The course is offered due to donations from community members and sponsors, including the city and United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County.

“Clemente students can receive free college credit through a long-standing relationship with Bard College in New York State; but the purpose of the program is primarily to empower students to participate fully in their lives, in whatever direction that may lead,” according to a news release.

For more information, contact Arendt Speser, academic director, at 360-774-6635 or

PT coffee talk

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Main Street Program will host a winter merchant coffee talk titled “Project Updates By Land & Sea” from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Feb. 28.

Those interested in attending must make reservations before 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26.

They can be placed by emailing or calling the program’s office at 360-385-7911.

The cost for the event at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St., is $5 for Main Street members and $7 for nonmembers.

Laura Parsons, civil engineer for the city, will provide an update and progress about the 2018 Water Street Enhancement Program slated for completion in June 2018.

Christopher Bruning, an assistant project engineer for the state Department of Transportation, will discuss the state Highway 20 paving project scheduled for this summer.

Sam Gibboney, the port’s executive director, will present plans to replace the south jetty at Point Hudson.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit

Olympic Medical Heart Center staff feted

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Medical Center CEO Eric Lewis and Board President John Beitzel honored four Olympic Medical Heart Center staff at a board meeting.

Terri Church-Kropp, Lindi Matthews, Julie Sexton and Chrystina Westcott each received recognition for their efforts to improve access to cardiac services during the past several months at the Feb. 7 meeting.

Church-Kropp, a cardiac wellness technician II performs ambulatory monitor (Zio patch) hook-ups in Sequim, which has reduced the need for patients to travel for the service, according to a news release.

Matthews’ work to streamline staffing and wait times for cardiac rehabilitation services has resulted in an increase from 3,000 visits in 2016 to 4,200 in 2017, according to the release.

Referral coordinator Sexton oversees the heart center customer service operations including referrals, scheduling and initial patient contact for nearly 10,000 center outpatient visits annually.

Westcott, a cardiac device technician II, has been key to maintaining services to more than 700 cardiac device patients during the implementation of a PaceArt database.

Her work has allowed the cardiac device clinic to move toward a fully electronic records system.

For more information, call 360-565-0500.

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