Community news briefs — Sept. 13, 1023

Highway roadwork set between Blyn, Sequim

Travelers using U.S. Highway 101 between Blyn and Sequim will see a new work zone near West Sequim Bay Road at milepost 268.5, as state transportation crews work to remove fish barriers.

Started on Sept. 11, the work zone forces daytime shoulder closures and occasional night one-lane alternating traffic in the area.

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation are building a two-lane bypass road. Traffic will shift onto the two-lane bypass road during late fall. The temporary change will allow crews to build a new bridge over Discovery Creek, state officials said. Traffic will shift onto the new bridge when it is completed in late summer of 2024.

Drivers are asked to slow down and pay attention when traveling through work zones to keep crews and all roadway users safe. They are also encouraged to sign up for email updates for major roadwork in Jefferson and Clallam counties (go to

Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app and travel center map.

Learning Our Landscape to spotlight PA regrade project

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library, in collaboration with the North Olympic History Center, presents “Sluicing the Hogback: The 1914 Port Angeles Regrade Project” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, on Zoom.

Part of the Learning Our Landscape series, the presentation is led by David Brownell, Executive Director of the North Olympic History Center. He will talk about the 1914 “sluicing of the hogback,” when the street levels of Port Angeles were raised more than 10 feet in some areas by sluicing the “hogback,” a hill on the east side of the city. The North Olympic History Center recently digitized an album of over 100 photos documenting the project from start to finish, which are now available online.

Join the presentation through library website at or (meeting ID 815 0577 7609).

For more information, call 360-681-4632 or email to

Guild goes Italian for fundraiser

The Sequim Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital’s September Bunco Party is an “Italian Buffet Special” set for noon-3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N.Fifth Ave. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Attendees can win prizes playing Bunco and enjoy a special Italian-themed buffet lunch, made by guild members, of lasagna, spaghetti and more, including an Italian “twist” on the desserts. Attendees can also bid on 22 choices at a silent auction, including many special autumn items.

Cost is $15 at the door, with all proceeds going to Seattle Children’s Hospital for uncompensated care and research. It’s the guild’s final Bunco party of 2023.

For more information, contact

Natural landscaping course offered

Registration is open for the Jefferson County Conservation District fall Natural Landscaping course.

The interactive three-classroom, two-field trip course emphasizes native plants and sustainable landscape design and maintenance practices. Course participants will learn how to analyze unique ecological conditions of their properties and develop site-specific landscape plans in harmony with the environment while meeting homeowner needs.

Classroom sessions are set for 4-5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Washington State University classroom facility in Port Hadlock classroom, starting Oct.9. Field trips will be 4-5:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 and Oct. 19.

A $10 registration fee covers the cost of facility rental and handouts. Register online at The deadline to register is Oct. 2.

The course is taught by conservation district manager Joe Holtrop who has been teaching about sustainable landscaping on the Olympic Peninsula for more than 30 years.

For more information, email to or call 360-554-8066.

Free legal aid clinic scheduled

The Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers will offer a free, virtual legal aid clinic offering legal advice for members of the public via telephone or Zoom from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Legal aid clinics are geared to help those who are financially unable to otherwise access a lawyer. Attorney volunteers will be available to answer legal questions pertaining to civil matters, direct people to local services that might be able to assist them, and to explain the legal process to them.

Clients must pre-register for this event by calling 360-504-2422 or by emailing to no later than Friday, Sept. 15. Once registered, additional directions for the event will be provided. Attendees are also encouraged to have relevant legal documents with them during consultation(s).

For more information, contact Shauna Rogers McClain at 360-504-2422 or, or Mary Margolis at 360-504-2422 or

Committee to make recommendations for forest projects

The Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Port Angeles on Monday, Sept. 18, to discuss potential funding for projects that benefit watersheds and forest-related resources on national forest lands in Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Mason counties.

Projects will be reviewed on Sept. 18 and, if needed, on Sept. 29, at the Field Arts and Events Hal, 201 W. Front St. and virtually via Zoom, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. or until committee work is completed.

A total of $906,965 is available for natural resource projects in the four counties in which Olympic National Forest lands reside — in Clallam ($334,359), Grays Harbor ($154,465), Jefferson ($356,803), and Mason ($109,072) counties.

All committee meetings are open to the public; a block of time has been reserved for members of the public to comment on proposed projects.

For more information, visit

United Way to host free screenings, community discussion

Join United Way of Clallam County representatives as they “explore unconscious and implicit bias” through a series of short films produced by the New York Times.

This series — hosted from noon-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, on Zoom — takes a closer look at the “unfair effects of our subconscious.” Each short film will be followed by time for audience reactions and community discussion.

Register at

CCGS series to spotlight ‘Super Sleuths’

The Clallam County Genealogical Society’s Speaker’s Series will host a day-long seminar on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave., and on Zoom.

Jill Morelli will explain the methodology of “Becoming a Genealogical Super Sleuth” in a series of four lectures.

Registrations for the event are being accepted. Fees are $45 for society members, $50 for non-members and couples. Save $5 on registrations before Sept. 20.

The Zoom meeting number and passcode will be emailed to participants upon receipt of payment. A schedule of events will be included.

For information about the schedule and the four presentations, visit or call 360-417-5000.