NEWS BRIEFS: U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer to host town hall meetings next week … and other items

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, will hear from residents of Washington’s 6th Congressional District at a series of town hall meetings throughout the region next week.

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions following a short presentation from Kilmer.

“The most important thing I can do as an elected representative is hear directly from my bosses — the people of our region.” Kilmer said in a press release.

“I am looking forward to sharing my ideas about getting our economy and this Congress on track and hearing from the folks I represent.”

The Clallam County town hall meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the Peninsula College Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

He will be in Jefferson County at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Quilcene School Multipurpose Room, 294715 U.S. Highway 101, Quilcene.

Reservations are not required to attend Kilmer’s town hall meetings.

He will also have meetings in Pierce, Grays Harbor, Kitsap and Mason counties.

According to the press release, if Kilmer is called back to Washington, D.C., to keep pushing for an end to the federal government shutdown he will host a FacebookLive Town Hall instead of the in-person meetings.

For more information, go to Kilmer’s website at, his Facebook page at or his Twitter account @repderekkilmer.

Forks man injured

AMANDA PARK — A Forks man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after a wreck on U.S. Highway 101 near Amanda Park in Grays Harbor County, according to the State Patrol.

Willie E. Gilley, 58, was traveling southbound Sunday in a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado when he veered off the roadway to the right, over-corrected and slid broadside into a ditch, troopers said.

Gilley, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the pickup as it rolled, according to a State Patrol collision memo.

He was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen before he was airlifted to Harborview.

A Harborview spokeswoman could not be reached by phone or email Monday so Gilley’s condition was unknown.

The wreck was reported at 1:40 p.m. at milepost 127. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

The State Patrol said the crash remained under investigation Monday.

Special meeting

PORT ANGELES — The City Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday.

During the meeting, set for 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St., the council will view a webinar titled “Ethical Considerations for Local Government Staff and Officials,” according to a press release.

Municipal Research Services Center provided the one-hour video.

The meeting is open to the public. No action will be taken.

Art association fetes 50 years

SEQUIM — The Olympic Peninsula Art Association recently announced that it is celebrating 50 years serving the community.

According to a press release, the association was formed by Sequim artists Mary Bartlett, Aina

Hubbard, Joy McCarter and Ardean Robertson in 1969.

Originally named Sequim Arts, the association renamed itself in 2016 to reflect the broader base of its membership.

In addition to holding art shows, the association offers scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in art, fine arts, art education or commercial art.

The association meets at 9:30 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month from January to June and September.

Meetings are held in the parish hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth St.

Meetings begin with a coffee social followed by a brief business meeting at 10 a.m.; they conclude with a presentation by a local or visiting artist.

Local sand sculptor Kali Bradford will be the presenter at the association’s next meeting Thursday, Jan. 24.

For more information, visit

Advisers promoted in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — Financial services firm D. A. Davidson recently announced the promotion of two of its Port Angeles financial advisers.

According to a press release, Jodi Kortman has been promoted to senior vice president and Eric Schaefermeyer to vice president.

Kortman and Schaefermeyer work at Port Angeles Wealth Management, 917 E. Front St.

For more information, call 360-565-7500 or visit

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