NEWS BRIEFS: Officials for Clallam County set to meet … and other items

PORT ANGELES — The three Clallam County Commissioners will convene for an executive session in response to a July 18 letter from the land use counsel of Judy Lee today.

Following the session in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room (160), 223 E. Fourth St., the council will reconvene in an open session and take action, if any, on the record.

Patient airlifted

FORKS — A Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island Search & Rescue (SAR) team transported a Forks Community Hospital patient to higher care in Seattle late night Aug. 1.

Due to adverse weather conditions, it was determined the safest place to land was the Quillayute Airport — west of Forks — for the evacuation, according to a news release.

An ambulance delivered the patient to the helicopter from the hospital.

The SAR team took off from the airport with the patient at about 10:50 p.m. and landed at Harborview Medical Center by approximately 11:30 p.m., according to the release.

This marks the second patient transported from the area Aug. 1 because weather grounded available civilian helicopters, according the release.

A SAR team transported a different patient earlier in the morning from the hospital.

NAS Whidbey Island SAR has conducted 32 total missions throughout the state this year, including 21 rescues, seven searches and four medical evacuations, according to the release.

Time change

PORT ANGELES — The start time has been changed from 10 a.m. Monday to 1:30 p.m. Monday for a Clallam County Public Utility District Commissioners Ted Simpson and Will Purser meeting to consider applicants for former Commissioner Hugh Haffner’s vacant position.

The meeting was moved to the board’s regularly scheduled meeting time after a resolution was added to the agenda, a utility district spokeswoman said Thursday.

“There was enough need for a regular meeting that it was just converted into a regular meeting,” PUD spokeswoman Nicole Clark said Thursday.

The meeting will be held at the main office at 104 Hooker Road, Carlsborg.

Simpson and Purser will consider authorizing interlocal agreements to buy and operate a TransBanker training laboratory that will be located in Grays Harbor.

They also will consider approving Energy Northwest managing the Horn Rapids Solar, Storage and Training Project in Richland described at

Demolition scheduled next week

ESQUIMALT, B.C. — The land-based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be in use from Tuesday to Friday; and Monday, Aug. 13, the Royal Canadian Navy announced.

The range will be in use from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during that time.

Bentinck Island is located near Race Rocks in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is used as a terrestrial demolition range by the Canadian Armed Forces.

Local residents will likely be unaware of the activities except on days when environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and wind direction affect how far the sound will travel.

Studies conducted on the potential environmental effects of Bentinck Island demolitions have found that blast noise in the marine environment during land-based demolitions is almost undetectable by acoustic equipment above that of other underwater background sounds such as waves and marine life, the Royal Canadian Navy said in a news release.

Brewery schedules opening fete

PORT TOWNSEND — Discovery Bay Brewing, 948 N. Park Ave., will hold its grand opening celebration Saturday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Seven brews — made in Discovery’s brew room — will be on tap.

At 4 p.m., Big Hands Colvin and the Band will play blues, country and soul tunes in the beer garden.

The public is invited to attend the family-friendly event featuring special pricing on

pints, flights and merchandise.

The brewery is owned by brewers Patrick Raymond and Glenn Jansen.

It’s operating hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact the brewery at 360-344-2999 or; or visit or Facebook.

Unity speaker scheduled for weekend

PORT ANGELES — Unity in the Olympics’ 10:30 a.m. Sunday service speaker will be the Rev. Donna Little.

Her lesson at the church at 2917 E. Myrtle St. is titled “Willing and Willful.”

Little is a resident of Sequim and is a licensed and ordained Unity minister.

A time for silent meditation will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Child care is available during the service.

Spiritual camp

PORT TOWNSEND — An Adult Spiritual Summer Camp is offered by the Unity Center of Port Townsend.

Registration is required and ongoing.

To register, call Unity’s office at 360-385-6519.

Camp sessions are $15 and will occur Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. until Aug. 23 at Unity, 3918 San Juan Ave.

The Rev. Pam Douglas-Smith will guide attendees using Colette Baron-Reid’s “The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards” and “The Map” to cover topics such as “Who is Guiding You?,” “Allies & Companions,” and “Treasures & Talismans.”

A new topic is featured each week.

For more information, call Unity’s office.

Choir performance

SEQUIM — The Seattle Girls Choir will visit Trinity United Methodist Church for a performance 4 p.m. Saturday.

Offerings for the choir will be taken during the event the church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

Included in the program are pieces “Shenandoah,” “Casey at the Bat” to “Mary Speaks” (including a poem by Madeleine L’Engle) and “Zion’s Walls,” a revivalist song arranged by Aaron Copland.

“The group returned recently after winning second prize in folk music at the Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, billed as the world’s largest music competition,” according to a news release.

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