Community Announcements

  • Wed Dec 25th, 2019 2:53pm
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Census Bureau now

recruiting for 2020

census operations in Clallam county

The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting hundreds of temporary Census Takers in Clallam County, Washington in advance of its Nonresponse Followup Operation for the 2020 Census.

The pay rate is $15 per hour and applications can be made online at 2020census.gov/jobs.

The primary purpose of the Nonresponse Followup Operation is to count people in person at housing units who have not self-responded to the decennial census questionnaire. Census Takers visit and enumerate those households. This operation requires more field workers than any other operation for the national population count which occurs every 10 years. Nonresponse Followup is an integral part of the 2020 Census program that ensures a complete and accurate count.

The decennial count influences how more than $675 billion from more than 100 federal programs are distributed to states and localities each year.

For more information about 2020 Census jobs, call 1-855-JOB-2020

Holiday Tech Service – Free Assistance!

Are there plans for a new computer or other technical devices in your near future? Do you hate the endless updates and set up process of a new system? Do you know what two-factor identification is and what it means to your computer security? Will the kids just want to play on the new gaming system on Christmas morning?

If any of these issues leave you flustered, do what I do – Call a Gamer!

Now through Jan. 31, the GamerZ staff (a youth charity of the Elks #2524) are available to come to your house and perform the initial setup and security install of your new computer/laptop/gaming system. Imagine the delight of using a device right away, not waiting for the initialization and downloads for half a day!

Nate Pennington or Joe Snell are available to perform this service with no fees attached. Donations to Forks GamerZ will be gladly accepted to go towards new computer software and sponsoring the Junior Art Show next 4th of July. Please contact Joe at 360-640-0681 to set up a time convenient for you.

January: A Month of Creativity

It is time to commit to the FUN-A-DAY challenge. For at least five years, participants have been using the month of January (The Month of Creativity) to explore their creativity and work at it every day. Participation is simple. Each individual commits to exploring whatever their chosen craft for one month and doing it daily.

Choose a project or activity. This is open. It can be writing, woodworking, drawing, photography, sketching, fiber crafts, sewing, sculpture, just anything, Once the medium is chosen, then participants try to work on their project every day. Participants meet at the library in February to share their work.

Creativity is fostered by habit which becomes obvious by the end of the project. To participate you need to commit, chose a medium, work at it every day for one month and attend the reveal in February at the library on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, from noon to 3 p.m. The public is invited. And you really will have fun every day!

Olympic National Forest – Call for Title II Project Proposals

Olympic National Forest is soliciting proposals for Title II projects to be initiated in fiscal year 2020. Funding will be provided through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act which was reauthorized by Congress (spending bill P.L. 115-141) and signed into law by the President on March 23, 2018. This act provides payments to counties as compensation for the loss of tax income associated with federal land within their boundaries.

Title II projects are designed to enhance forest ecosystems, restore and improve water quality and land health, or improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure. By law, projects must be located on National Forest System land or provide benefit to resources on National Forest lands. Past projects have included road and trail maintenance, watershed restoration, culvert replacement or removal, stream stabilization, vegetation management, control of invasive plants, and opportunities for youth training and employment.

The Olympic Peninsula Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will review the proposals and recommend projects for funding. The RAC represents a wide variety of citizen interests, and members are residents of each of the peninsula counties. The Forest Supervisor will review RAC recommendations to ensure projects meet the provisions of the law prior to final approval for project implementation. Olympic National Forest received a total of $313,594 (less 10% for administrative costs) in Title II FY18 funds available for project proposals. The breakdown by county is as follows: Clallam $112,252; Grays Harbor $49,831; Jefferson $111,043; Mason $38,576; and Quinault Special Management Area $1,890.

More information is available at the following website: http://www.fs.fed.us/srs/.

Project submission and supplemental proposal forms are available here on Olympic National Forest’s website. Hard copy submission forms are available at the Supervisor’s Office in Olympia, WA and at district offices in Quilcene and Forks, WA.

Planting native species for pollinators

Clallam Conservation District is offering a free workshop on improving habitat for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Port Angeles Library at 2210 South Peabody Street in Port Angeles.

The workshop is free; however, due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Please register at www.clallamcd.org/events or by calling the Conservation District at 360-775-3747 ext. 5.

Eric Lee-Mader of Northwest Meadowscapes, a native seed farm located on Whidbey Island specializing in pollinator-friendly native flowers and grasses, will give his very popular presentation on ways to improve pollinator habitat. He will walk through a step-by-step process to teach participants how to properly plan, install, and maintain wildflower meadows and native hedgerows, as well as improve existing pollinator habitat. In addition to managing Northwest Meadowscapes, Eric is the Pollinator Program Co-Director for the Xerces Society, which focuses on protecting invertebrates and their habitats.

Conservation District staff will be on hand to talk about their annual Native Plant Sale, which offers many of the species discussed during the pollinator workshop. They are taking pre-orders for bare-root native trees and shrubs through Jan. 27. Descriptions of the plants offered for sale, ordering information and online ordering is available on their webpage www.clallamcd.org/native-plants. Please contact the Conservation District by email at [email protected], by phone at 360-775-3747 ext. 5, or visit their office located at 228 W. First Street, Suite H in Port Angeles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday with questions.

Special City Council Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a majority of the City Council may be in attendance at a new council member orientation scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at 9 a.m. at Forks City Hall, 500 East Division Street. As such, this training will constitute a Special Meeting of the City Council. No action will be taken and the agenda of the meeting will be set by the facilitator with a focus on the operations of the City utilizing the Association of Washington Cities elected officials orientation checklist.

Olympic National Forest Holiday Office Closures

In observance of the Christmas holiday, Olympic National Forest offices will be closed all day on Dec. 24 and 25. Offices will re-open for business on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Office locations included are:

• Hood Canal Ranger Station, in Quilcene

• Forks Ranger Station, in Forks

• Quinault Ranger Station, in Quinault

• Olympic National Forest Supervisors Office, in Olympia

Additionally, all offices will be closed on Jan. 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year’s holiday and will re-open for business on Jan. 2, 2020.

Be prepared for changing conditions and be sure to have your 10 essentials as you venture into the woods this winter. Information on safe winter recreation on the Olympic National Forest and the 10 essentials can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/olympic/home.

For emergencies, please contact 911.

Olympic National Forest employees wish you all a happy holiday season.