NEWS BRIEFS: Kilmer given highest Navy civilian award … and other items

News items for the North Olympic Peninsula.

BREMERTON — U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer has been awarded the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award.

It is the highest honor a civilian not employed by the Navy can receive from the Secretary of the Navy, according to a news release.

The award is given to individuals with an exceptional record of public service to the Navy, Marine Corps or Department of the Navy, the news release states.

Kilmer represents the 6th Congressional District, which includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Kilmer, a democrat, is a Port Angeles native and Gig Harbor resident seeking his third term.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus presented Kilmer with the award during an address to local leaders and military personnel in Bremerton last Friday.

The news release states that Kilmer’s efforts in office have included supporting the end of the spending cuts known as sequestration that caused the furlough of many civilian defense workers, supporting a fleet of 11 aircraft carriers while fully funding the Ohio-class submarine replacement program, and securing investments for construction at key local military installations such as Naval Base Kitsap.

Improve odds talk

PORT ANGELES — The city of Port Angeles and Clallam PUD No. 1 will host their fourth “Improve the Odds Talks” at the Vern Burton Auditorium, 308 E. Fourth St., from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday.

The talk will discuss how to improve the odds of increased home comfort and a lower utility bill by heating a home with a ductless heat pump.

Ductless heat pumps are a proven efficient technology for heating and cooling homes and buildings which might save a homeowner up to 50 percent on their electric bills compared to a forced air furnace, according to a news release.

Port Angeles residents and commercial businesses can register in a drawing for one of two ductless heat pumps.

Two ductless heat pumps will be given away; one for a residential home and one to a commercial business located within Port Angeles.

The value of the ductless heat pump is up to $4,500.

Representatives of local heating and cooling companies will be on hand to demonstrate their products and answer questions.

Free refreshments will be provided.

Landing practice

COUPEVILLE — There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the Ault field from Wednesday through Thursday.

Operations are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon into the night and Thursday.

The schedule is subject to change to meet mission requirements.

Comments, including noise complaints, can be directed to the station’s comment line at 360-257-6665 or via email at

All other questions can be directed to the public affairs office at 360-257-2286.

Public art proposals

SEQUIM — The Sequim City Arts Advisory Commission is seeking proposals for a public art installation in the City Council Chambers at the Civic Center at 152 W. Cedar St.

The opportunity is open to established professional artists living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California.

Artists cannot be a member or an immediate family member of the Sequim City Council, City Arts Advisory Commission or an employee of the city of Sequim.

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.

For more information, artists should visit the city website at to review the full request for proposal or phone City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese at 360-681-3428 or email

PFOA fundraiser

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula Friends of Animals will host a dining fundraiser at H2O Waterfront Bistro, 222 N. Lincoln St., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

There also will be an auction and raffle for gift baskets and surprise items.

A percentage of the dining proceeds will be donated to assist with medical expenses for recent special-need rescues.

The event will be held in advance of National Cat Day, which is Oct. 29 each year.

For more information, phone 360-452-0414, ext. 3; email; or visit

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