NEWS BRIEFS: Clallam Public Utility District lifts water restrictions for all areas … and other items

News items for the North Olympic Peninsula.

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Public Utility District has lifted all water restrictions for the Upper Fairview, Gales Addition, Mount Angeles and Monroe water districts.

Tom Martin, PUD water superintendent, said, “We appreciate the voluntary conservation measures customers took during this year’s dry period and we encourage customers to continue conserving water where possible during all months of the year.”

The city of Port Angeles recently lifted its voluntary water restrictions, prompting the PUD to do the same in areas where water is purchased from the city.

The Upper Fairview District had been on Stage 2 voluntary water restrictions since Aug. 31, the other three districts since Sept. 14, according to a news release.

For tips on conserving water, see www.clallampud.net/water-saving-tips.

For more information, visit www.clallampud.net.

Second Street forum

PORT ANGELES — Residents and business owners in the area of Second Street between Peabody and Race streets are invited to a forum on crime prevention from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Port Angeles Police Department and Clallam County Sheriff’s Office are sponsoring the forum, which will focus specifically on that area.

The meeting will be downstairs in the emergency operations center management room at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

The objective is to identify current areas of concern, new quality-of-life issues and areas of common understanding and agreement, according to a news release.

Lodging tax board

PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting Thursday at 9 a.m.

The meeting will take place in county commissioner’s chambers at Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend.

The agenda includes presentations on 2017 funding requests.

Advisory committee

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The meeting will be held in City Council chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St. It is open to the public.

The agenda will include consideration of applications received for lodging tax tourism promotion funding, a review of the 2017 lodging tax budget, approval of event calendar policy for visitportangeles.com and consideration of policies for funding lodging tax event grants.

Hearing rescheduled

QUILCENE — The state Department of Natural Resources has rescheduled a public hearing for proposals to expand conservation areas to Tuesday.

The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Quilcene High School multipurpose room, 294713 U.S. Highway 101.

The hearing, which was previously scheduled for last Thursday, was canceled due to storm advisories.

It will gather input on the potential expansion of two DNR-managed conservation areas near Quilcene: Devils Lake Conservation Area and Dabob Bay Natural Area.

Comments will help DNR and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark determine whether to expand the areas’ boundaries.

DNR also has extended its comment period until close-of-business Friday, Oct. 28.

Written comments can be mailed to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Attn: NRCA Boundary Proposals, P.O. Box 47014, Olympia, WA, 98504-7014; or emailed to AMPD@dnr.wa.gov.

For more information, phone Curt Pavola at 360-902-1032.

For boundary expansion maps, see www.dnr.wa.gov/managed-lands/natural-areas.

Coffee with mayor continues Thursday

SEQUIM — The Coffee with the Mayor program continues this month.

Sequim residents can meet informally with Mayor Dennis Smith at the Bell Creek Bar & Grill, 707 E. Washington St., at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Assistant to the City Manager Joe Irvin will join the mayor for this month’s meeting.

The meeting is open for the mayor to listen to anyone who wants to chat, ask questions, express a concern or make a comment about the city or the community.

For more information, email Smith at dsmith@sequimwa.gov.

Hospice memorial

PORT TOWNSEND — Hospice of Jefferson Healthcare will host its annual community memorial service at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

There will be refreshments and sharing afterward.

Anyone in East Jefferson County who has experienced the death of a loved one in the past year is invited to join with friends and family.

The free, nondenominational service includes music, candlelighting, a program of responsive readings, reflections and sharing, and will be officiated by hospice staff and volunteers.

Musical interludes will be provided by a harpist and a choir.

During the ceremony, a memorial quilt made by the Cabin Fever Quilters will be displayed, and family members and friends are encouraged to add a photo or memento to honor and remember their loved one.

The memorial service is sponsored by the Hospice Foundation of Jefferson Healthcare, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

OTA auditions

SEQUIM — Auditions for Olympic Theatre Arts’ production of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” a live radio play, will occur in the gathering hall of the theater, 414 N. Sequim Ave., at 6 p.m. Thursday and at 3 p.m. Saturday.

This live radio-play version of the iconic 1945 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be directed by Olivia Shea and includes a cast of three to five men, ages 18 to 50, and three to four women in the same age range.

Those auditioning will read from the script and demonstrate the ability to use different voices for various roles, as well as sing a familiar Christmas song and a commercial jingle.

Those interested in working behind the scene or doing radio-style sound effects are also encouraged to come to the auditions.

The rehearsal schedule will run about two to three weeks beginning in November.

Production dates are Thursday and Friday, Dec. 8 and 9; two performances Saturday, Dec. 10; and the final performance Sunday, Dec. 11.

For information regarding the auditions, phone 360-683-7326 or Shea at 360-683-8150.

Friends of park meeting

PORT ANGELES — Spruce Railroad Trail improvements underway at Lake Crescent will be the topic of a talk at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The 450-foot McFee tunnel near Devil’s Punchbowl will be reopened and the trail widened from the Lyre River trailhead.

Rich James, Clallam County transportation manager, will present an update on this and other progress on the Olympic Discovery Trail.

A “State of the Park” news report by Deputy Superintendent Lee Taylor and an award to the “Most Inspirational Friend” also will be on the agenda.

The meeting is sponsored by Friends of Olympic National Park.

Meet-greet slated

PORT ANGELES — The Feiro Marine Life Center and its board of directors will host a meet-and-greet in the Port Angeles CrabHouse lounge, 221 N. Lincoln St., from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The event will serve as a welcome to new facilities director Tamara Galvan, a Feiro volunteer who took over from Robert Campbell in August.

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