Community news briefs — Sept. 11, 2019

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:30am
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Highway ramp repairs delayed

Scheduled maintenance and repairs to the US Highway 101/Sequim Avenue ramp this week have been postponed because of inclement weather. A new date for the repairs has not yet been announced.

The Washington State Department of Transportation had scheduled the repairs for Sept. 9-12, with a signed detour at River Road, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. See for updates on this and other area road projects, or follow via twitter ( tacoma).

Mushroom uses for medicine

The medicinal uses of psylicybin mushrooms for treating medical conditions is the topic of this months meeting of Olympic Peninsula Mycological Society, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road. The guest speaker is Jay Doty, who will speak about research work by Roland Griffiths from John Hopkins University. (Note: the identification of psychoactive mushrooms will not be covered in this talk.) There is no charge for this event and it is open to the public.

Paddlers host speaker from Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

The Olympic Peninsula Paddlers welcomes guest speaker Loni Greninger, Deputy Director of Social and Community Services for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, who will presenting “ʔənʔá či! (“enn-ah chee”, Come!) from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave.

This event is free and the general public is invited.

Greninger details the perspective of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe regarding an ancient event that has been celebrated even to this day: the annual Canoe Journey. The journey is a traditional event in which the tribes travel from tribe to tribe, sharing food and song and dance. For a time the event had faded away, but in 1989 the fires were stoked again and the Canoe Journey has become one of the most well-known events for the Pacific Northwest tribes.

For more information, call 360-461-7008, email to info@olympic or see

Learn to stay safe on hikes

Get more information about how to stay safe on hiking trails at a free meeting set for 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Bryan Murphie, District 15 Wildlife Biologist for the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife for Mason, Kitsap and East Jefferson Counties, presents “How to Stay Safe Hiking During Hunting Season.”

Murphie will have (to take home) the 2019 Hunting Season & Regulations Guide for Washington state, explain the hunting season dates, how to dress and act safely while hiking on national forest, Department of Natural Resource and other lands open to hunting, how to read a Game Management Unit map as how they relate to hiking maps, and more.

‘Rock the House’ set at SCC

Rock the House returns to Sequim on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Sequim Community Church fellowship center, 1000 N. Fifth Ave.

The fun starts with a car and motorcycle show at 6 p.m. featuring the Rat Racers, followed by dinner and dancing at 7:30 p.m., with music by local band In the House and Seattle favorite Soul Siren.

Drop the children off at the free KidzRock Party across the church parking lot.

Tickets are $10 each or $15 for two, and are available at the Sequim Community Church office during business hours, at KONP (721 E. First St., Port Angeles), online via and at the door.

Strait ERN meeting set in Blyn

The next quarterly meeting of the Strait of Juan de Fuca Ecosystem Recovery Network (Strait ERN) is set for 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Red Cedar Hall, 1033 Old Blyn Highway.

The Strait ERN is one of the Puget Sound Partnership’s Local Integrating Organizations who are working to implement the Action Agenda, the “leadership and coordinating document, meant to focus the region around a shared agenda” for Puget Sound protection and recovery.

The Strait ERN includes all of the tribes and local jurisdictions and most of the non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and key business groups with interest in the Strait of Juan de Fuca Action Area (Strait Action Area); see

The meeting’s speaker forum will include presentations on a variety of oil spill prevention, preparedness and response related topics. The public is encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Strait ERN Coordinator John Cambalik at

‘Caring’ day set at Carrie Blake

The annual United Way of Clallam County’s Day of Caring in Sequim is set for 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Carrie Blake Community Park, 202 N. Blake Ave.

United Way volunteers will be leading a park cleanup. Attendees are asked to come prepared with work clothes, gloves and rakes/shovels. Snacks and water will be provided.


Library Friends set monthly sale

The Friends of Sequim Library hosts its monthly book sale from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Friends building behind the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. New donations featured at this month’s sale include pop-up children’s books, bird identification manuals, six seasons of “Game of Thrones” on DVDs, multiple Tom Clancy volumes and complete sets of Erin Hunter’s “Warrior” young adult series. In addition, the Friends received more than 400 volumes of U.S. military history, most of which are about all aspects of the Vietnam war. This collection is available at both the inside and outside sales areas.

Proceeds from the sale benefit children’s and adult programs at the Sequim Library.

Learn about bioluminescence

The next Learn By Light Of Moon Speaker Series showcases Neil Harrington, environmental biologist for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Dungeness River Audubon Center’s outdoor amphitheater, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

Harrington will present “Bioluminescence: Who needs the light of the moon when you can make your own?”

The event is free and held rain or shine; in case of inclement weather, the presentation will be moved to the nature center. Bench seating will be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

For more information, call the center at 360-681-4076 or email to

Closures set at ONF campgrounds

Campgrounds on the Olympic National Forest will begin closing for the season.

In the Hood Canal Ranger District, the following campgrounds are slated to close on Sept. 15: Dungeness Forks, Seal Rock, Collins, Hamma Hamma, Lena Creek, Brown Creek (except sites 1-6) and LeBar Horse Camp. Big Creek Campground will close on Sept. 29, while the Lena Lake Campground is open year-round.

In the Pacific Ranger District the following campgrounds will close: Falls Creek and Gatton Creek, Oct. 1; Klahowya, Oct. 15; Willaby, Nov. 1; Campbell Tree Grove, Nov. 15. Littleton Horse Camp is open year-round.

For more information about the Olympic National Forest, see

Culvert repair scheduled on Hurricane Ridge Road

Repairs to the Switchback Trailhead culvert at mile 14.5 on Hurricane Ridge Road are scheduled to begin during the week of Sept. 16.

Visitors should expect short traffic delays of less than five minutes for alternating single-lane traffic during weekday work hours. For visitor and worker safety, Switchback Trailhead and parking area will be closed for the duration of the repairs. The trailhead parking area will be used as the staging area for equipment and materials for the project.

The entire repair project and trailhead closure is anticipated to last four weeks.

For information about visiting Olympic National Park, see

Tribe presentation details native presence in PT

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library presents “qatáy — A S’Klallam History of Port Townsend,” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Red Cedar Hall on the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Campus, 1033 Old Blyn Highway, Blyn.

The presentation will cover a general timeline of pre and post-contact native presence in and around Port Townsend, with a focus on primary sources, maps, photographs and oral traditions. Speakers will examine 10,000 years of archaeological evidence of human activity around Admiralty Inlet, the effects of European contact on Native populations and the early relationship between the Port Townsend pioneers and their S’Klallam and Chemakum neighbors.

This event is open to the public and is appropriate for all ages.

Call 360-681-4632 or email to for more information.

Bunco party to raise funds for Seattle Children’s

It’s an “Italian Buffet Special” at the Sequim Guild of Seattle Children’s hospital’s September Bunco Party, set for noon-3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave. Win prizes playing Bunco and enjoy a special Italian-themed buffet lunch (lasagna, spaghetti and more, including an Italian “twist” on dessert) made by guild members. The silent auction includes 26 unique items.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Cost is $15 at the door, with all proceeds going to Seattle Children’s Hospital for uncompensated care and research.

For more information, call Pam Herd 360-683-3089 or email to sequim

OPAS sets beginners, newcomers birdwalk

The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society hosts a “Beginners and Newcomers” birdwalk at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, Railroad Bridge Park, beginning at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road.

The walk will feature birds commonly found at feeders in Sequim in the fall, bird feeding tips, and the opportunity to discuss other places in Sequim to see birds.

The event is free, and binoculars may be available to borrow.

Visiting friends and family will also enjoy this short guided walk over the Dungeness River. The Railroad Bridge and the Olympic Discovery Trail are paved, appropriate for those with limited mobility.

Each of the four seasons, the “Beginners and Newcomers” series walks will focus on the new birds arriving in the area. For more information, see the website under “Events.”

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