NEWS BRIEFS: Coast Guard to continue training exercises today at Port Townsend ferry terminal … and other items

PORT TOWNSEND — Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound will continue training exercises, which may include the use of blank ammunition, at the Port Townsend ferry terminal today.

The Coast Guard began the exercises Saturday and will continue them today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Increased levels of activity will be noticed, the Coast Guard warned.

Boaters and members of the public on land may see or hear training activity, including the use of blank ammunition. Although blank ammunition looks and sounds like real gunfire, there are no bullets.

This exercise will test the ability of personnel to respond to an incident involving various scenarios.

Anyone unsure if a situation is unrelated to the Coast Guard exercise should report it to the Coast Guard or local law enforcement agency.

PA trees, tree wells

PORT ANGELES — City crews will repair tree wells and adjoining sidewalks and remove and replace street trees downtown beginning Monday.

The work is expected to take five weeks.

It will be done from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on First Street between Cherry and Lincoln streets and on the west side of Lincoln Street between First Street and Railroad Avenue.

During construction, portions of sidewalks will be partially or completely closed and there will be some limitations to on-street parking, city officials said.

Power outage

PORT ANGELES — About 1,000 Port Angeles electrical customers lost power for three hours, but all had power restored by 2:30 a.m. Saturday, said Craig Fulton, city public works director.

Gusting wind hit the west side of town at about 11:30 p.m. Friday and broke loose branches from trees along 16th and 18th streets, Fulton said.

“The branches that came down took out the F Street substation at the corner of F Street and 16th Street near Lincoln Park,” Fulton said.

About 1,000 customers were without power until electricity was restored at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, he said.

Sequim school assemblies for vets

SEQUIM — Sequim schools plan assemblies this week to honor veterans.

The public is invited.

The first assembly will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the gym at Sequim High School, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

A short reception is planned after the assembly.

For more information, phone the high school at 360-582-3600.

Another assembly is planned at 8:20 a.m. Thursday at Sequim Middle School, 301 W. Hendrickson Road.

Visitors are asked to sign in at the main office before walking to the assembly in the gym.

For more information, email Richard Miko at

Cheesemaking class

CLALLAM BAY — The basics of cheese making will be taught at the Clallam Bay Library, 16990 state Highway 112 in Clallam Bay, at 1 p.m. Monday.

Led by Sudie Parker, “Food for Thought: Cheese Making Basics” is a free workshop on the different varieties of cheeses, their common ingredients and the processes milk undergoes to become cheese.

An experienced baker and artisan, Parker has interned in bakeries and spent a summer in Milan apprenticing in a bread shop.

Parker has taught food preservation classes at the Clallam Bay Library for two years.

“Food for Thought” workshops are free and open to the public, and preregistration is not required.

For more information, contact Jennifer Doherty at 360-963-2414 or

‘Nature in Action’

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Library will offer a variety of “Nature in Action” programs this month in celebration of the Olympic Peninsula.

Ross Hamilton, naturalist and professional photographer, will share some of his favorite nearby places to photograph at a presentation at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Hamilton has spent more than 40 years exploring the Olympic Peninsula.

He will share anecdotes of his adventures and tips and tricks budding photographers can use while shooting in the field.

The library will also host a pop-up photography exhibit from Nov. 17-30.

To participate, digital submissions will be accepted until Nov. 15 and can be sent to with the subject heading “Nature in Action.”

The first 30 submissions received will feature in the exhibit.

In addition, there will be a photography contest.

To participate,submit one image that explores an aspect of nature for the chance to win one of three prizes.

Digital entries will be accepted from Nov. 1-15 and must have been taken on or after Nov. 1.

The first 30 entries received will display in the library from Nov. 17-30 and be eligible for prizes that include a $25 gift certificate to Swain’s General Store and written feedback from a professional artist.

“Nature in Action” programs are free and open to the public and have been made possible by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

For additional contest and program details, visit and select “Events,” phone 360-417-8500 or email

Political sign cleanup

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County Democrats and other campaigners will fan out over Jefferson County on Wednesday morning to retrieve campaign yard signs.

The local party is working with Republican candidates, nonpartisan candidates and ballot measure committees to collect the signs in one sweep.

Signs will be brought to the parking lot behind Jefferson County Democratic Campaign Headquarters, 2120 W. Sims Way.

Representatives of the campaigns can pick up signs there Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone who wants to save a sign as a keepsake should bring it in election night Tuesday.

For more information, phone 360-774-0092.

Anglers meeting

PORT TOWNSEND — The East Jefferson Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers will meet in the port commissioners’ office, 333 Benedict St., at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Rebecca Benjamin, executive director of North Olympic Salmon Coalition, will speak.

Refreshments will be provided, and the public is invited.

Native film night

BLYN — The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will present “Healing the Warrior’s Heart” at the Red Cedar Hall, 1033 Old Blyn Highway, at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

This film looks at post-traumatic stress disorder through the prism of Native American ceremony and explores the ancient healing traditions that continue to help returning Native American soldiers, as well as non-native veterans suffering from this affliction, according to a news release.

Time for discussion will follow the film and an honoring of veterans.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, phone 360-681-4632 or visit

‘Drink and Draw’

PORT ANGELES — Studio Bob will host its “Drink and Draw” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

A model will pose for three 20-minute sessions upstairs at the Loom, 118½ E. Front St.

Drawing supplies are available or bring your own.

Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Drink and Draw meets monthly the Thursday before the art walk, which is the second Saturday of each month.

For more information, phone Bob Stokes at 415-990-0457.

Blood drive

SEQUIM — The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a blood drive in conjunction with Bloodworks Northwest at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple St., from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

The blood drive will be closed from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Donors must be in good health and 18 years old.

For more information, phone Bill Butcher at 360-461-7113 or 360-681-8679.

Beta nu grants

The Beta Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma announces applications are available for continuing education grants from the Helen Gariepy Grants for School Educators.

The deadline is Nov. 15.

Grants will be made available to selected educators who are working for professional improvement or development of their skills.

Any educator or paraprofessional working in a Clallam or Jefferson County school can apply.

Funding may be for full reimbursement of funds or for partial reimbursement for programs not paid for from any other sources.

For more information, contact Kathy Strozyk at 683-1299 or, or email Sharle Osborne at

Crescent track

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Elks Naval Lodge No. 353 recently helped install a new discus venue for Crescent School track athletes.

The Elks Lodge provided the resources to install new poles and fencing, along with the concrete surface of the throwing area.

Assisting in the effort were Elks Lodge members, John Pearce, Erick Blume and Dennis Osbourne.

Crescent alumni also contributed substantial time and equipment in the project.

The volunteer team included Mike Hazelett, Mark Adolphsen, Dave Andersen, Leon Leonard, Josh Anderson and Tommy Farris.

Westcott Award

SEQUIM — The city of Sequim recently presented the third annual Westcott Award to Mark Caughey for his volunteer service with the Department of Community Development.

Caughey began volunteering in 2012 after he had retired from a 25-year career as a city planner and contract administrator.

He was instrumental in helping city staff develop the 2016-21 Capital Improvement Plan, according to a news release.

Other projects he has worked on in the past year include the creation of a timeline and scope of work to assist with the implementation of a new software program, assisted with the development of a “Project Management Manual for Public Works,” developed a project tracking tool and assisted with the development of a safety manual.

The Westcott Award was named for Emily Westcott in recognition of her commitment to volunteer service within the community.

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: Students from Pakistan discuss their lives here and at home.

Second segment: Laura Starcevich and Corey Darling discuss the upcoming play “The Sea is a Restless Whore.”

Tuesday: Clallam County Fire District No. 2 Chief Sam Phillips and Battalion Chief Jake Patterson discuss carbon monoxide poisoning and home heating.

Wednesday: Sherri Jones and Val Vincent Brooks of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) discuss their upcoming shoe drive, “Kicks for Kids.”

Thursday: Roger Oakes, past president of Hurricane Ridge Ski Area and local ski historian, and current President Greg Halberg discuss Winterfest, the annual fundraiser to support winter sports at Hurricane Ridge.

Second segment: Clallam County Public Utility District.

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