NEWS BRIEFS: More Hood Canal Bridge closures scheduled through Saturday morning … and other items

SHINE — Crews working for the state Department of Transportation are continuing a series of night construction closures of the Hood Canal Bridge to vehicular traffic.

The bridge will be closed between 11 tonight and 4 a.m. Friday, as well as from 11 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday.

The bridge also was closed overnight Wednesday.

During each five-hour time frame, crews will open the bridge to traffic several times to ease congestion.

The traffic openings will be unscheduled and performed as workloads allow.

Contractor crews are replacing the Hood Canal Bridge’s gear boxes, hydraulic hoses and adjusting and aligning the guide rollers that are responsible for operating the draw span for marine traffic.

Transportation awarded the $5.2 million project to Northbank Civil and Marine Inc. in October.

Work is expected to be completed this fall.

Drivers can get information at

Notification of construction-related closures also is posted at the Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates web page.

PUD crews work on Sequim roads

SEQUIM — Clallam County Public Utility District crews have begun an electrical power line project at East Fir Street and North Sequim Avenue.

Both vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be altered during the project, which began Wednesday, said City Engineer Matt Klontz.

“A three- to four-hour power outage is expected in the middle of the night at the beginning of the project and a shorter outage will occur at the end of the project,” Klontz said in a press release.

“All affected customers will be notified in advance of the outages,” he said.

The two- to three-week project will expose buried power lines and extend them to a new switch cabinet a short distance east on East Fir Street.

The work is part of a larger project to remove the old Sequim substation from 410 E. Washington St., Klontz said.

New switches and circuit reconnections will allow the PUD to feed all of the downtown electrical loads from other sources, he said.

“The update removes old equipment from downtown and saves the PUD approximately $1.5 million in upgrades to the old Sequim substation that would have been needed,” he said.

The work lays the foundation for new buried power lines to replace overhead lines in conjunction with the city’s West Fir Street rehabilitation project between North Sequim Avenue and North Fir Street, Klontz said, adding that the West Fir Street project is tentatively scheduled to begin construction in 2018.

Public Safety tests

PORT TOWNSEND — The first step for those interested in a law enforcement career is Public Safety Testing.

Testing is scheduled at 10 a.m. Sunday at Blue Heron Middle School, 3939 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend.

Agency recruiters will arrive at 9 a.m.

Firefighter written exam and the written and physical test for law enforcement and corrections offices are both at 10 a.m., according to the Public Safety Testing

Facebook page at

The site also said the dispatcher exam will be at 10:30 a.m.

Physical ability tests are at 1:30 p.m.

Bees topic of presentation today, Friday

The public is invited to hear two speakers present about bees today and Friday.

Richard Lewis will present “Backyard Beekeeping” in the Port Townsend Library’s Charles Pink House from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.

Lewis, a Washington State University (WSU) extension entomologist, will discuss equipment, types of bees and the effort and time commitment of beekeeping at the house, 1256 Lawrence St.

He will also discuss native bees, different types, how to attract them and their benefits.

Lewis, of Vermont, holds two etymology degrees, a Bachelor of Science from University of Delaware and a Master of Science from WSU.

For more information, call 360-344-3054.

Sarah Red-Laird, the “Bee Girl,” will present about bees and honey at Nash’s Farm Store at 11 a.m. Friday.

She will also provide information about the Bee Girl Organization’s programs and research, as well as its work with farmers, bees and beekeepers with Washington State University, at the store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way.

Red-Laird is the founder and executive director of the Bee Girl Organization, a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, flowers and food systems, according to a news release.

She is a graduate of the University of Montana’s College of Forestry & Conservation with a degree in resource conservation, with a focus in community collaboration and environmental policy.

She is also the kids and bees director for the

American Beekeeping Federation, a member of the Northwest Farmers Union, Western Apicultural Society’s Oregon director, Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association’s regional representative and a brand “ambeesador” for Mountainsmith.

For more information, call 360-683-4642.

PA salon brings on new stylist

PORT ANGELES — Hair Connections, 2937 E. U.S. Highway 101 recently gained a new employee.

Janine Warren is Connection’s newest cosmetologist, who specializes in up-do styles, color and working with curly hair.

Warren brings 12 years of cosmetology experience to the salon.

Both Warren and business owner Michelle Smith are currently accepting bookings for hair, waxing, spray-tanning, make-up and ear piercing services.

To book an appointment, visit

For more information, call 360-461-4582.

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