Community news briefs — Oct. 4, 2023

Burn ban lifted

The Clallam County burn ban was lifted effective Oct. 1, Clallam County Fire Marshall George Bailey announced in late September. Recreational fires, residential burns and permitted debris burns will now be allowed.

Urban Growth Areas (UGAs), including Sequim, Sequim, Carlsborg, Forks, Joyce, Clallam Bay and Sekiu, are restricted from outdoor debris burning, through Washington state law. Those living outside UGA areas are encouraged to contact their local fire district for burning regulations and permit requirements.

Library hosts tech talks

Community members can learn about free online resources and ask technology questions at Friday Tech Talk, a new program offered at 9:15-10 a.m. on Fridays in October at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. Each week, library staff will introduce a different online resource that can be accessed for free with a library card, and the group will explore it together. Following the discussion, staff will answer technology questions. Participants are encouraged to bring their smartphone, laptop or tablet if they have one. Library laptops will be available.

The Friday Tech Talk topic schedule includes: Oct. 6, Libby and Hoopla for eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies and music; Oct. 13, NoveList reading recommendations and other online reading resources; Oct. 20, Gale Health and Wellness and other online health resources; and, Oct. 27, Zoom video communication platform.

For more information, visit, call 360-683-1161 or email to

Mobile Community Services sets Sequim stop

Residents can get assistance from the Mobile Community Services Office, which makes a stop from 9 a.m.-noon pn Friday, Oct. 6, at the Sequim Food Bank, 144 W. Alder St.

Attendees can apply for cash, basic food and medical assistance, as well as a Medical savings program. They can also drop off paperwork, complete an eligibility review, a mid-certification review or make changes to an existing case.

Olympic National Park reduces trail closures

Fires burning in Olympic National Park had forced the closure of 10 trails but on Thursday the park announced that, because of several days of rainfall on the wildfires, three had been reopened.

Those who want to enjoy trails today and Saturday before an expected federal government shutdown are advised that the following trails remain closed due to fire activity.

• Elwha River Trail from Dodger Point Trail junction to Low Divide.

• Hayden Pass Trail.

• Dosewallips River Trail from Dose Meadows to Hayden Pass.

• North Fork Quinault Trail from Elip Creek trail junction to Low Divide.

• Skyline Trail from Elip Creek Trail junction to Low Divide.

• Martin Park Trail.

• Obstruction Point Road and Trailhead.

Rally in the Alley set for Oct. 14

The City of Sequim, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County and Olympic Disposal, will host the next Rally in the Alley on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. or until dumpsters are full.

Organizers ask that people do not show up early for the event.

Dumpsters will be located at: Carrie Blake Community Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., near the pickleball courts, and at the city Shop at South Third Avenue and West Hemlock Street.

Volunteers will be on site to assist city residents with discarding unwanted items at no cost to the residents. No tires, appliances, liquid paint, gas, fuel or oil will be accepted.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Carrie Blake Community Park location at 9 a.m. for assignments.

For more information, contact Colleen Robinson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County, at 360-775-3742 or

‘Tea to Die For’ slated for Oct. 9, 25

Death Café “Tea to Die For,” sponsored by Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, is set for 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in the KSQM-FM Community Room, 609 W. Washington St.

A second session is set 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the craft room upstairs at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be served. The groups are free and open to all and do not require prior registration.

Conversations are held every second Monday in Sequim and every fourth Wednesday in Port Angeles. They are meant to foster relaxed and informal discussions surrounding death and dying and open to anyone curious or apprehensive about end of life.

For more information, call 360-452-1511.

Guild’s thrift shop is open Oct. 5-7

The Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild Thrift Shop at 204 W. Bell St. will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 5-7. Shop items include Waterford crystal, clothing, Citizen watches, and lots of holiday decor, guild members note. All blue tag items are half off, and merchandise is restocked daily.

Residents are encouraged to donate new or gently used items from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and when the shop is open. The guild is also seeking volunteers to help at the shop.

Ellis selected as PC trustee

Gov. Jay Inslee recently selected Glenn Ellis, Jr., treasurer on the Makah Tribal Council, as Peninsula College’s newest trustee.

Ellis, who lives in Neah Bay with his wife and four children, takes the place of Dwayne Johnson, who has served as a college trustee for 17 years.

“[My family] became the driving force of me wanting to contribute my experience and skills to make a better community. It is our duty to examine the choices we make today to ensure a better future for our youth,” Ellis said. “I am looking forward to serving on the Peninsula College Board of Trustees to help make our college and community even stronger.”

Ellis serves on several regional and national organizations, including: Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy Washington chapter; the Native American National Advisory Committee for Boys & Girls Club of America; Clallam County Housing Solutions Committee, and the National Tribal Advisory Committee for the office of Housing and Urban Development.

“Glenn brings strong commitment to education and community to the Peninsula College Board,” said President Suzy Ames. “I am excited to capitalize on his experience and insight to benefit the college and the region.”