NEWS BRIEFS: Johnson Creek Trestle opens after damage … and other items

News items for the North Olympic Peninsula.

SEQUIM — The Olympic Discovery Trail at the Johnson Creek Trestle between Lofgrin Road and Whitefeather Way has been reopened.

The section had been closed since last Thursday because of a downed tree, which caused minor damage to the trestle. The tree has since been removed.

A routine inspection is scheduled for the trestle.

Name that park

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Parks, Fair and Facilities Department is asking for input on naming a new disc golf park in the Blyn area.

The deadline for name proposals is Oct. 30.

The Parks Advisory Board will select a name at a future meeting.

Park name suggestions should reflect a distinctive feature of the area or the county, e.g., Salt Creek, Cline Spit, etc.

Proposals can be submitted by email to or by mail to Clallam County Parks Department, 223 E. Fourth St., Suite 7, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

The park’s completion is anticipated early next year.

The parks department and the Parks Advisory Board are asking for county citizens’ help in naming the new park.

End of life talks

SEQUIM — Assured Hospice is holding a free event for the community at the Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The medical directors for Assured Hospice of Clallam and Jefferson County, Dr. Paul Cunningham and Dr. Michele Stafford, will present how to have the end of life conversation with doctors and family.

Important conversations on advance directives and how to talk to doctors about end of life choices, are vitally important to every adult, regardless of age or health status.

These conversations can help make important decisions on health care in the event when people are unable to communicate for themselves.

Steve Ford of Drennan Ford Funeral Home will lead a discussion on funeral home conversations and Paul Fiorini, chaplain for Assured Hospice, will discuss the final end of life conversation. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, phone Brenda Francis at 360-912-4066 or email

Audubon program

PORT TOWNSEND — Betsy Carlson will discuss the six years she lived on the island of Madagascar at a presentation from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The event will take place at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St.

In 1990-91, Carlson assisted Dr. Eleanor Sterling, who at the time was a Ph.D. candidate researching the Aye-aye, a nocturnal primate found only in Madagascar.

Sponsored in part by Yale University and Kew Botanical Gardens, Carlson collected plants and forest habitat data from Nosy Mangabe, a small protected island off the eastern coast, and many other parts of the island.

From 1996-2001, Carlson returned as the U.S. Peace Corps’ association director for its environmental program to set up new sites and visit established volunteers in and around nascent national parks.

Carlson is the citizen science coordinator for the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.

The public is invited to the program, which is sponsored by the Admiralty Audubon Society.

Sequim library fall and winter storytimes set

SEQUIM — Weekly storytimes for toddlers, preschoolers and babies have resumed at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Toddler storytimes for ages 18 months to 3 years began Oct. 5 and will continue through Dec. 14. Storytime begins at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Preschool storytimes for ages 3 to 5 also began Oct. 5 and will continue through Dec. 14. Storytime begins at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Baby storytimes for ages 0 to 18 months began Oct. 7 and will continue through Dec. 16. Storytime is at 2 p.m. Fridays.

Age recommendations for each storytime are guidelines; all children are welcome.

Baby storytimes feature fun action songs and nursery rhymes, with time for parents and caregivers to meet and visit after each session.

Toddler storytime and preschool storytime programs include age-appropriate books, music, rhymes and action songs, with a simple craft for participants to take home.

Library storytimes create critically important learning opportunities for young children and their parents or caregivers.

Young children who become regular library users will benefit from the early literacy experiences offered at storytimes, which help develop the communication and social skills needed when preparing to enter school.

For more information, phone the Sequim Library at 360-683-1161, email or visit

Shelter meeting

PORT ANGELES — The Shelter Providers Network of Clallam County will meet in room 160 of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Sign in begins at 9:45 a.m.

Proposed changes to the Uniform Building Code to guide construction of tiny houses, which are 400 square feet or less, will be reviewed, continuing the discussion of ways to increase the supply of affordable housing and services.

Network members will report on changes in services, housing openings, funding and plans for the sixth annual Regional Forum on Homelessness, coming up Nov. 16 at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, Blyn.

Everyone who is interested in ending homelessness in Clallam County is welcome.

There is no charge to attend.

For more information, phone Martha Ireland at 360-452-7224 ext. 307 or email

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