NEWS BRIEFS: Power restored after electrical outage in Forks … and other items

FORKS — Electrical power was restored just before noon Saturday to about 500 Clallam County Public Utility District customers who lost power for about two hours.

The outage began at about 10 a.m.

The cause appeared to be a tree in a power line, said Michael Howe, PUD spokesman.

New firefighters

PORT TOWNSEND — East Jefferson Fire-Rescue will add three firefighters/emergency medical technicians in January.

District commissioners have selected Scott Pulido, Stevie Weaver and Alex Morris to become full-time probationary firefighters beginning Jan. 1.

All three have obtained Firefighter I and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) certifications from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress and are now serving as resident volunteers for East Jefferson Fire-Rescue.

The new hires replace three recently departed firefighters and bring the district back to a full complement of 32 uniformed responders on three shifts, officials said.

Canoe Journey tales

PORT TOWNSEND — Marlin Holden, Jamestown S’Klallam tribal member and a canoe skipper, will tell tales of canoe journeys Friday.

Holden’s talk will be at 6 p.m. at the Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence St.

Holden will tell about his experiences on the canoe journey and about how the annual summer journey is strengthening the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s culture.

Photography and objects on display are from the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and Tribal Elder Celeste Dybeck and her husband, Don. The display, which began in October, will be on exhibit until Feb. 17 in partnership with the Northwind Arts Center.

OMC art sale

The Olympic Medical Center Auxiliary is sponsoring a charitable art sale at two locations this month.

The first will be at the Olympic Medical Services Building, 840 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14-15.

The second will be at OMC, 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16-17.

Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit OMC in the purchase of medical equipment, scholarships and local community projects.

Sale items by local artist Jeff Becker include handmade ceramic tiles, fused glass, jewelry, anodized aluminum, horseshoe nail art, painted scarves and cards.

Items can be previewed at

For more information, phone the OMC office at 360-565-9110 or email Bill Whitten at

Candy workshop

CLALLAM BAY — The foundations of sweets-making and techniques for crafting a variety of soft and hard candies will be offered at the Clallam Bay Library, 16990 state Highway 112, at 1 p.m. Monday.

Led by Sudie Parker, “Food for Thought: Old Fashioned Holiday Candy” is a free workshop providing an opportunity to practice making the family’s favorite holiday candy.

Parker is a 4-H leader and judge. An experienced baker, she has interned in bakeries and spent a summer in Italy apprenticing in a bread shop. She has led food preservation workshops at the Clallam Bay Library for two years.

To learn more about this and other events and activities at the library, phone 360-963-2414, email or visit and select “Events.”

Squadron to meet

SEQUIM — The North Olympic Sail and Power Squadron will meet at the Sunland Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, on Monday.

Social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by a business meeting, dinner and a speaker.

This event is free and open to the public.

A dinner can be purchased for $22 per person.

The speaker is Skip Kratzer, an experienced mariner who at one point in his career served as first mate on John Wayne’s Wild Goose.

Kratzer will provide history, stories, pictures and other interesting tidbits about John Wayne, the Wayne family and outings on the Wild Goose.

For more information, visit or phone Mike Witkin at 360-457-1082.

Flight 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 Monday through Friday.

On Monday, operations will occur in the morning and early evening to early night.

From Tuesday through Thursday, training will be from late morning into the night.

On Friday, practice will occur from morning to noon.

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.

Cruising San Juans

PORT TOWNSEND — Point Wilson Sail and Power Squadron members Mitch Poling, Jim Hutton and Natalie Hutton will share photos and tips for boaters as they discuss getting to and cruising in the San Juan Islands at the Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington St., from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Learn how to get to and travel between the islands by riding tidal currents.

Special places to see in the San Juan Islands will be identified.

Point Wilson Sail and Power Squadron, the local branch of the nationwide U.S. Power Squadrons, is an informal group of sailors, rowers, paddlers, fishermen and cruisers dedicated to providing public boating education and improving boating skills.

For more information, phone Linda Newland at 360-437-9350 or visit the squadron website at

Perspectives talk

PORT ANGELES — Olympic National Park’s centennial photographer Grant Longenbaugh will give a talk, “Making Marks in the National Parks: Photography, Preservation and Selfie-Sticks,” at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Longenbaugh will explore how the basic human impulse to “make your mark” translates into the age of the selfie-stick and how visual arts have helped preserve and promote the national parks, according to a news release. He’ll also share images from his time in the park.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dean Butterworth at or 360-565-3146.

Industry exposure

PORT ANGELES — Lakeside Industries recently invited 93 career and technical education students from Port Angeles High School and the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center to tour its Port Angeles facility.

John Hurd of Lakeside was responsible for organizing the event.

Students were given a tour by Lakeside employees and a presentation by union representatives from teamsters, heavy-equipment operators and laborers.

The purpose was to expose students to industry careers after graduation from high school.

Visit and for information about career technical courses offered for students.

Bike safety

PORT ANGELES — Fifth- and sixth-grade Franklin Elementary School students were taught the importance of bicycle safety throughout the month of October.

Educating the students were Franklin Elementary School physical education teacher Campbell Kirkman and paraeducators and local bike enthusiasts Jim Mraz, Todd Ritchie, Deana Volker and Robin Kirkman.

The program was presented through a 2012 Safe Routes to School Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education Program Grant that is meant to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety education to students in the fifth through eighth grades. The grant was obtained through a collaborative effort between the state Department of Transportation and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The grant has allowed for continued opportunities through the years to increase students’ bicycling awareness in several areas: transportation choices, road skills and knowledge, safety issues, health benefits and basic bike mechanic and traffic laws.

Besides allowing for the purchase of bicycles, trailer, helmets and additional safety equipment, the grant has funded professional development for the district’s kindergarten-through-eighth-grade physical education teachers.

For more information, contact Tina Smith-O’Hara at 360-565-3703 or

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