Monthly Archives: October 2016

3-year Road Project Could Impact Tourism

Clouds over Lake Crescent

Construction work on Highway 101 the next three years – starting in 2017 – could have an impact on West End tourism.  That from ONP Spokeswoman Barb Maynes to businesses at the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit last week.

Maynes says starting in March 2017, the Park Service and Federal Highway Administration, will begin a total rehabilitation of 12 miles of Highway 101 along Lake Crescent. The project will run from March through November of 2017, 2018 and is expected to be completed by November 2019.


Maynes says thirty-minute delays are expected along with occasional four-hour delays which will be announced two weeks in advance.

She says  the roadwork could be an opportunity to induce people to stay longer in Forks and other West End areas so as to avoid delays — especially those four-hour delays, which will be mostly in the morning.

The OPVB plans to debut a new website and new mobile app in 2017 to make planning a trip to the Olympic Peninsula easy for tourists.

Maynes says ultimately, the Highway 101 construction project will be good for the park and surrounding communities, especially since the project also comes with upgrades to a bike trail on the opposite side of the lake.

Report: Wash. Families Still Struggle Under Improved Economy

Washington state’s economy shows signs it’s improving, but workers in low-wage jobs still are having a hard time covering some of the basics. A new report says raising the minimum wage could help people in these low-wage jobs.

Eric Tegethoff reports:


Voter Registration Deadline Monday

Turnout is now close to 20% in Clallam County for the November 8 general election.


Auditor Shoona Riggs says almost 10,000 of the over 50,000 ballots mailed out October 18 have been returned for a 19.7% turnout.

If you are not yet registered elsewhere in the state, Monday is the final day for new Washington state voters to register in person at the Clallam County Auditor’s Office to participate in the 2016 General Election.

New registrants must be at least 18 years of age on or by Election Day, Nov. 8, and register in their county of residence.

Voters who have lost, damaged, or never received their ballot should contact Clallam County Elections at 417-2221 or to request a replacement. They may also access a printable ballot via the secure website MyVote at

Clallam Doctors Prescribing Suboxone

As the North Olympic Peninsula medical community looks to treat heroin and opioid addiction in Clallam and Jefferson counties, more doctors are turning to medically assisted treatment.

About a dozen doctors in Clallam County and several in Jefferson County prescribe Suboxone, a drug that contains buprenorphine and is used to treat people addicted to opioids.


North Olympic Healthcare Network’s doctors make up a good portion of the doctors that prescribe Suboxone, and the health center is looking at expanding its medically assisted treatment program, said Katrina Weller, chief medical officer.

As of September, the community health center had five doctors treating nearly 90 patients, with Weller and another doctor preparing to also prescribe Suboxone.

Suboxone is a partial agonist, meaning it fulfills the physical craving for opioids but doesn’t produce the same high. The drug also contains Naloxone, which counteracts opioid overdoses and helps prevent people from abusing Suboxone.

Forks and Neah Bay Post Huge Wins

Forks 46, Elma 38 Triple OT


Garrison Shumack’s 6-yard run in Triple OT lifted the Spartans to a come-from-behind 46-38 win over Elma in triple overtime Friday.

Forks (4-3) secured the final playoff berth in the Evergreen League.

Forks trail 22-8 at halftime, but were led back by Dalgren who finished with 141 yards on 29 carries with 3 TDs.

Overall Forks finished with 380 yards on the ground.

Forks completed their regular season schedile next Friday with a home game vs. Hoquiam.  Kick time at 7 PM

Neah Bay 64, Tulalip Heritage 0