NEWS BRIEFS: Road work on hiatus today through Friday on U.S. Highway 101 … and other items

PORT ANGELES — Road work will be on hiatus from today through Friday on U.S. Highway 101, although travelers will find short delays at traffic signals near milepost 229 where rock-scaling work was done.

Road work and scheduled delays will resume Monday, said Penny Wagner, Olympic National Park spokeswoman.

The scheduled four-hour delays will continue Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. into December. Wagner expects the delays to conclude by Dec. 7 but said there is a chance they will continue until Dec. 14.

The rest of the road work on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent is finished for the season with the exception of some cleanup and installation of pavement markings around Fairholme Hill for additional safety over the winter period, Wagner said.

Work began in the spring on the $27.5 million project to rehabilitate 12 miles of U.S. Highway 101 around Lake Crescent and East Beach Road. The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration are managing the project.

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Trail to be closed

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Discovery Trail will be closed between the Dry Creek foot bridge and 18th Street from Dec. 4-8, the city of Port Angeles announced.

The closure is to allow city crews to inspect pipes buried under the trail.

The work involves digging several pits through the trail asphalt.

The trail will be restored, but final repair will be in the spring because of weather.

For more information, contact civil engineer Jeff Bender at 360-417-4809.

Turkey Trot on Elk Creek trail Thursday

FORKS — The third annual Turkey Trot will take place on the Elk Creek Conservation Trail on Thanksgiving morning.

The “lollipop-shaped” 5K course traverses out and back, across a bridge with a single handrail.

Participants can sign up for the 5K starting at 8 a.m. at the Elk Creek Conservation Area, 2156-2290 Calawah Way, by a suggested donation of $10 to United Way of Clallam County. The run/walk begins at 9 a.m. — rain or shine.

The first 100 finishers will receive medals featuring a turkey in a pilgrim hat.

Last year, about 80 people attended, and Coast Guard members nabbed some of the top times, organizer Kerstin Hampton said.

This year, Hampton’s hoping for 100 participants — each one would finish with a medal.

Forks Community Hospital sponsors the Turkey Trot.

Across all its fundraising events, the hospital aims to raise $15,000 for United Way of Clallam County this year, Hampton said.

To RSVP, visit the Turkey Trot’s Facebook page and select “Going.”

Sequim 5K/10K

SEQUIM — The annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K/10K is set Thursday on the Olympic Discovery Trail, starting and ending at the Morse Creek trailhead.

The race will start at 9 a.m. and both events will close at 10:15 a.m. An awards ceremony will take place between 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Bib pickup and day-of registration will open at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning near the trailhead’s parking lot.

Divisions include both men’s and women’s in these age groups: 17-and-younger, 18-25, 26-39, 40-54 and 55-plus.

The cost for the 5K is $20 per person (plus $2.50 sign-up fee) before 6 p.m. Wednesday, $30 up to the day of the race and $35 for day-of-race registration. Fees for the 10K are $27.50 for early registration, $30 before 6 p.m. Wednesday and $35 the day of the race. Families (up to six) are $40 (plus sign-up fee) for the 5K and 10K for early registration, $45 for late registration and $55 on race day.

Each year, race organizers donate food to the food bank in Port Angeles, and they ask participants to bring canned food or other donations. They will have a table set up for donations.

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PT hospital seeks council members

PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson Healthcare is seeking one to two members for its Patient & Family Advisory Council.

Applications will be accepted from Thursday, Nov. 30, to Monday, Jan. 15. Applications can be accessed by visiting; calling 360-385-2200 to request an application sent via mail; or picked up at the main registration desk at the hospital, 834 Sheridan St.

A panel of health care staff will review all applications and then schedule selected individuals for an interview sometime in January.

New council members will be inducted during a meeting Wednesday, March 21.

Interested individuals are encouraged to have a passion for enhancing the health care experience for the community, have respect for a broad range of perspectives and opinions, and be interested in working in a diverse and collaborative environment, according to a news release.

Candidates who qualify are expected to complete an orientation process and commit to a two-year term of monthly meetings held at the hospital’s medical center on the third Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The council is composed of eight community members and five health care medical center staff.

The council provides constructive feedback and recommendations on health care processes and projects that focus on improving patient and family-centered care, according to the release.

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