NEWS BRIEFS: University of Washington’s professor talk on carbon emissions, I-732 moved to Oct. 28 … and other items

News items on the North Olympic Peninsula.

FORKS — A University of Washington professor’s presentation about carbon emissions and Initiative 732 has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 28.

The 7 p.m. talk, one of the Olympic National Resource Center’s Evening Talks at 1455 S. Forks Ave., originally was scheduled for last Friday but was canceled due to last week’s storm predictions.

Bruce Lippke, professor emeritus of the School of Environmental and Forest Science of the University of Washington, will speak about how to keep fossil emissions out of the atmosphere and potential policy impacts on carbon emissions.

He also will discuss I-732, a measure to tax fossil carbon emissions that is on the Nov. 8 ballot, in relation to its potential to have the state become a global leader in developing environmental-enhancing polices, said Frank Hanson of the Olympic National Resource Center.

Refreshments will be served, and a potluck of a favorite dessert is encouraged.

Evening Talks at ONRC is funded through the Rosmond Forestry Education Fund, an endowment that honors the contributions of Fred Rosmond and his family to forestry, and the Forks community.

For more information, contact Hanson at 360-374-4556 or

PA’s Drug Take Back Day Saturday

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Police Department and Clallam County Sheriff’s Office will hold a free National Drug Take Back Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event in the main parking lot of the county courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., will be staffed by the Port Angeles Police Department, Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and Clallam County Health Department, according to a news release.

The public can drop off potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

No questions will be asked, and people will not be asked for identification.

Individuals can bring controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs, as well as over-the-counter medications, to the courthouse collection site.

Intravenous solutions, injectibles, syringes or medical waste will not be accepted due to potential health hazards.

During the rest of the year, individuals can drop off unwanted drugs and medications at the Sequim Police Department; in the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St.; and at the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office in the courthouse during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, except holidays.

For more information, email

Red ribbon week

PORT ANGELES — Students at Stevens Middle School will host a “National Red Ribbon Campaign,” a weeklong drug and alcohol prevention program, in collaboration with Drug and Alcohol Interventionist Leeann Peterson.

Activities begin Monday and extend through Friday, Oct. 28.

Daily events are planned to raise awareness.

Skits will be performed on the Student News Network, and prevention activities will occur during lunch each day.

On Thursday, Oct. 27, students will gather at 7 p.m. in the main gym with classmates and family members for a presentation by Peterson on the power of parents.

Participants will hear music presentations by the Stevens Jazz Band, Orchestra and Choir, and have the opportunity to make a symbolic commitment to stay drug-free by tossing a stick in to the bonfire.

For more information, phone Peterson at 360-565-1786.

PA support group sale set Saturday

PORT ANGELES — In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, employee-owned Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply will donate 5 percent of all retail sales to the local cancer support group Operation Uplift on Saturday.

Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. Inc. is located at 1601 S. C St.

Hartnagel Building Supply Inc. is located at 3111 E. U.S. Highway 101.

Gospel singalong

PORT TOWNSEND — The Unity Spiritual Enrichment Center, 3918 San Juan Ave., will host a gospel singalong from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. today.

All are invited to join in a celebration of traditional gospel music, led on the piano by Theresa Chedoen and an eclectic backup orchestra of local musicians.

Song “menus” will be available for participants to call out their favorite songs, and the words will be projected on a screen for easy reading.

Admission is free.

For more information, contact Walter Vaux at 360-344-3337 or, or visit

Unity in the Olympics

PORT ANGELES — Unity in the Olympics will host guest speaker the Rev. Donna Little on “Our Positive Core” at its 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday.

Unity is located at 2917 E. Myrtle St.

Little is a resident of Sequim with 11 years’ experience as 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.

Fellowship service

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship will host the Rev. Michael Dowd at its 10 a.m. service Sunday at the fellowship at 73 Howe Road.

The subject will be “Ecological Wisdom for Chaotic Times.”

Following the service, Dowd will deliver a talk titled “Religion as if Survival Mattered.”

This program, geared for adults and teens, builds on Dowd’s most recent TEDx talk, “Reality Reconciles Science and Religion,” and his 17-minute video: “Reality’s Rules: Ten Commandments to Avoid Extinction and Redeem Humanity.”

Dowd is a best-selling evolutionary storyteller, eco-theologian and pro-science evangelist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover and on television nationally.

Taize service

SEQUIM — All are welcome to the ecumenical Taize service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., at 7 p.m. ­Monday.

There will be a meditative, candlelit atmosphere that includes singing simple, repetitive songs during the hourlong service.

Taize will continue to be held the fourth Monday of each month, except for December.

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