Santa’s fire brigade to tour Sequim Dec. 4-7
Santa’s Toy and Food Fire Brigade with Clallam County Fire District 3 will once again tour Sequim in December to seek support for local causes. The district’s antique fire truck decorated in lights will travel across Sequim from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Dec. 4-7, with an appearance from Santa Claus and festive music playing.
Milestone: Benedict gets WASPC lifetime award
Retired Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict received some kudos from his peers at the recent Washington Association of Sheriff and Police Chiefs (WASPC) awards banquet on Nov. 8. Clallam sheriff Brian King, undersheriff Ron Cameron and Port Angeles Police Chief Brian Smith nominated retired Benedict to receive WASPC’s Lifetime Member...
Weekly Safety Report: Semi Rollover and Fatal Crash Impact Clallam County, Washington
Two incidents occurred in Clallam County, Washington this week. In the first incident, a semi truck rolled over on the Tumwater Truck Route, causing a 4-hour traffic blockage. The driver was cited for the accident. In the second incident, a fatal crash occurred on Mt Baker Highway, resulting in the death of a 21-year-old woman. The driver lost control of her vehicle, causing it to roll over and ejecting her from the car. Traffic was temporarily closed in both directions at the crash scene.
Group sets Towne Road meeting
A meeting is planned Monday, Nov. 27, for those who want to see Towne Road reopened, according to an email from Jeff Tozzer. The meeting will be at 5 p.m. at the Dungeness Schoolhouse at 2769 Towne Road. Clallam County commissioners will discuss a five-year capital plan and consider 2024...
LETTER: An advantage
Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles, WA) In regards to a recent letter, how can the author possibly know that most seniors in Clallam County did not switch to Medicare Advantage?. I'm a senior, I switched and I am glad that I did. Whatever health insurance we choose is our own...
County planners, farmers discuss updating code language
Planning is underway to update Clallam County’s Code to help farmers who may have been unknowingly out of compliance with various building and zoning guidelines. For weeks, planners with the Department of Community Development have hosted meetings across Clallam County with farmers and the general public to gain input on how to improve the county’s code.
Ferry bridges delivered to Olympic Discovery Trail
Five former walkways from downtown Seattle are being stored east of Port Angeles for future use on segments of the Puget Sound to Pacific Trail Corridor — a combination of the Olympic Discovery Trail and Sound to Olympics Trail in Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties. “It’s a pretty cool...
AE briefs — Nov. 22, 2023
Young musicians who are taking part in their schools’ strings programs are invited to apply now for Music on the Strait’s Alice Rapasky Scholarships, to total at least $5,000 this season. The deadline is Dec. 1 for applications, and the form can be found at pmorg.net/Rapasky. More information is also at musiconthestrait.com.
Fire chief decision could take weeks, consultant reports
Who will be the next fire chief for Clallam County Fire District 3 won’t be announced for about two weeks, according to fire commissioners and consulting firm Prothman of Issaquah. The district’s four finalists gathered on Monday, Nov. 13, for two hours in Sunland’s ballroom north of Sequim for...
Fire chief decision on hold as commissioners’ pick withdraws candidacy
The top choice to become Clallam County Fire District 3’s next fire chief has opted not to accept the position, district officials announced Tuesday. Fire commissioners wrote in a press release that the unnamed candidate “stood out as the clear choice” but turned down their offer citing “it was not the right choice for their family at this time.”
Dungeness Recreation Area: The Battle for Fairness in Clallam County Campgrounds
Website: http://www.clallam.net/parks/dungeness.html. Clallam County campgrounds, despite their exceptional cleanliness, are marred by an unfair reservation system. Although theoretically operating on a first-come-first-serve basis, the reality is different. Many spots are pre-booked for days or weeks, often remaining unoccupied until the weekend. The staff participate in this charade, reserving spots presumably for friends. This practice is especially prevalent during peak season (July-August), making it almost impossible to secure a spot without insider knowledge. The county needs to enforce policies to prevent site 'saving' and ensure fair access to this affordable and limited resource.
Clallam Transit will be latest of many WA systems to go fare-free
When its transit system suspends fares next year, Clallam County will join a surprising number of Washington communities where riding the bus is free. Motivated by concerns about public health, equity, road congestion and environmental sustainability, and supported by new state investments in some cases, more than a dozen public transportation systems serving small cities and rural areas are now operating without fares on all or most routes.
Judge denies motion to stop PA timber harvest
A Clallam County Superior Court judge denied a motion to halt logging operations in the controversial 126-acre Power Plant timber site near Port Angeles. Environmental groups have been trying to stop the project, saying the logging site is too close to the Elwha River — the only source of drinking water for the city.
OMC Foundation awards $292K in scholarships
The Olympic Medical Center Foundation has awarded $292,000 in scholarship funds to the first wave of students who have applied for the newly-established awards that enable students to pursue educational opportunities in medicine. OMC Foundation Executive Director Bruce Skinner, who announced the awards at the OMC Commissioner’s meeting last week,...
Accused murderer pleads not guilty
A Sequim woman accused of killing the daughter of a deceased man for whom she had been a caregiver pleaded not guilty on Nov. 14 to all seven charges against her. A trial date was tentatively set for Jan. 8 for Aline Jones, 44. Jones remains in Clallam County jail...
Woman sentenced for providing drugs to prison inmate who died
An Olalla woman arrested in connection with the Aug. 13 death of a prisoner at Clallam Bay Corrections Center has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison after accepting a plea agreement. Lauren N. Smith, 40, of Olalla was arrested Aug. 24 for investigation of controlled substances...
Invasive European Green Crab Found At Salt Creek Recreation Area
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is praising the efforts of partners and the public in managing a new invasive species sighting. The European green crab was spotted at Salt Creek Recreation Area. The Coastal Watershed Institute (CWI) alerted the WDFW in late October of a sighting of...