NEWS BRIEFS: Intersection in PA closed to all traffic … and other items

PORT ANGELES — The intersection at Marine Drive and Cedar Street will be closed today at 7 p.m. and remain closed until 6 a.m. Thursday.

The closure, which will allow no through traffic, is for repair of a sewer line, said Craig Fulton, public works director.

“We want to get it done before the Fourth of July weekend,” he said Tuesday.

Traffic was limited to one lane at the intersection from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to facilitate the same project.

State park bridge opens in Sequim

SEQUIM — Sequim Bay Bridge, a $1.25 million project designated as part of a federal injunction, recently opened in Sequim Bay State Park.

The 210-foot bridge crosses an unnamed creek that formerly housed a buried 3-foot culvert deemed harmful for fish passage, state park officials said. It was one of 15 fish barriers removed in state parks last year.

Crews with Nordland Construction moved the 177,000-pound bridge into place Jan. 19, and it was connected with the Olympic Discovery Trail in May.

A road, building and a sewage lift station along with the culvert were removed for the project.

State parks officials said woody debris and native vegetation were placed along the water banks to improve fish habitat.

Some of the parks with culverts removed have seen salmon come back, but park officials said no salmon have been seen in Sequim Bay State Park.

Sequim’s project was funded by a special appropriation from the state Legislature to improve salmon migration and spawning conditions.

PA invited

PORT ANGELES — An unnumbered amount of citizens have been invited by the Victoria City Council to attend the 150th anniversary celebration of Canada Day on Saturday.

A round-trip ticket is $37 for the event.

At 8:15 a.m., Deputy Mayor Cherie Kidd will lead a group to Victoria on the MV Coho ferry.

From there, the group will proceed to the legislative lawn to participate in the “Maple Leaf” flag, consisting of about 3,000 participants.

Photographers and TV stations from across Canada will be present to document the flag, according to a news release.

Following the flag event, attendees can shop, eat and enjoy the festivities, which will culminate in a dusk fireworks display over the harbor.

The city council will give the group free Canada Day T-shirts, according to the release.

For more information, phone Kidd at 360-457-0226.

WSU graduate

PORT ANGELES — John Spring of Port Angeles graduated from Washington State University on May 6, receiving his Ph.D. in crop science.

Spring will be employed as an area extension agent with Colorado State University.

A 2012 graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla, he is the son of William and Dorothy Spring of Port Angeles.

He is married to Bergen McCurdy Spring, also of Port Angeles.

Air force grad

COLORADO SPRINGS — Averi Richert of Port Townsend graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on May 24.

During the commencement ceremony, she received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

Richert is slated to be stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, where she is expected to begin intelligence officer training.

She is the daughter of L.D. and Julie Richert and a graduate of the Port Townsend High School class of 2012.

Anniversary celebration set Friday

PORT ANGELES — Ruddell Hyundai will celebrate its 10th anniversary at its new hyundai location, 833 E. Front St.

The event will begin with a ribbon-cutting at noon Friday with chamber of commerce ambassadors.

Door prizes will be distributed and refreshments will be served.

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