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On June 20, the Hannam family sat outside their downtown Sequim home waving to cars in honor of Nora’s third birthday, See story on Page 3. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Honk for a happy birthday: 3-year-old holds honk and wave party

With help from family, friends and complete strangers, Wynn Hannam helped her 3-year-old Nora celebrate her birthday in the age of COVID-19. Wynn asked the… Continue reading

On June 20, the Hannam family sat outside their downtown Sequim home waving to cars in honor of Nora’s third birthday, See story on Page 3. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

No court decision on MAT application injunction

Judge Basden doesn’t give timeline

Updated: Council approves resolution condemning racism

City staff to facilitate community discussions

In March, Nicole Clark, left, and Vicki Lowe, right, along with Shenna Younger asked Sequim City Council to draft a resolution against systemic racism after seeing Facebook posts on the Save Our Sequim Facebook page. Page organizers deleted and denounced the comments, they said. Now Younger seeks a resolution from the city council to denounce racism, discrimination and hate speech. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

City councilors to discuss race, police brutality resolution

Council originally opted to wait on talks

In March, Nicole Clark, left, and Vicki Lowe, right, along with Shenna Younger asked Sequim City Council to draft a resolution against systemic racism after seeing Facebook posts on the Save Our Sequim Facebook page. Page organizers deleted and denounced the comments, they said. Now Younger seeks a resolution from the city council to denounce racism, discrimination and hate speech. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Real estate broker Karen Willcutt with Town & Country, on left, holds Zeke, a husky puppy, as she donates $1,000 from recent home sales to the Welfare for Animals Guild president Barbara Brabant and ranch manager Mel Marshall, holding Zuri the husky puppy. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Milestone: Town & Country broker gives to WAG

With a goal to give back this year, real estate broker Karen Willcutt with Town & Country Real Estate made her first donations of 2020… Continue reading

Real estate broker Karen Willcutt with Town & Country, on left, holds Zeke, a husky puppy, as she donates $1,000 from recent home sales to the Welfare for Animals Guild president Barbara Brabant and ranch manager Mel Marshall, holding Zuri the husky puppy. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

No date set for MAT’s hearing examiner review

Injunction hearing in Clallam Superior Court set for June 19

Olympic Peninsula Academy celebrated its high school graduates on June 12 with, from left, Lily Engeset, Emily Nielsen, Hope Glasser, Gianna Halo, Samantha White, and Silas Thomas participating in a special outdoor ceremony at the Sequim School District stadium’s parking lot. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

OPA hosts outside graduation ceremony

Six honored for Class of 2020

Olympic Peninsula Academy celebrated its high school graduates on June 12 with, from left, Lily Engeset, Emily Nielsen, Hope Glasser, Gianna Halo, Samantha White, and Silas Thomas participating in a special outdoor ceremony at the Sequim School District stadium’s parking lot. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash
Volunteers Nancy Elwert and Bruce Leigh with Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) ready to place food boxes in a trunk on June 10 at Sequim High School. Free food boxes are available through the USDA from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 19. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Volunteers distribute weekly food boxes on Wednesdays

Effort continues through Aug. 19 at Middle School

Volunteers Nancy Elwert and Bruce Leigh with Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) ready to place food boxes in a trunk on June 10 at Sequim High School. Free food boxes are available through the USDA from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 19. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Sequim City Councilors voted on Monday to close a portion of Washington Street for the Fourth of July this year to promote business downtown similar to the Sequim Irrigation Festival’s Family Fun Day, seen here in 2018. What the closure will entail is to be determined, City of Sequim staff said. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

City loosens sign code, creates open space initiative for local businesses

Councilors agree to close portion of Washington Street on Fourth of July

Sequim City Councilors voted on Monday to close a portion of Washington Street for the Fourth of July this year to promote business downtown similar to the Sequim Irrigation Festival’s Family Fun Day, seen here in 2018. What the closure will entail is to be determined, City of Sequim staff said. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell
S. Beckett Thomas, 5, holds a “Don’t shoot” sign with mom Courtney Thomas looking on. Courtney organized the protest, saying, “I’m scared for the world, for my son. This (protest) is the least I can do.” Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Demonstrators hold three days of peaceful protests for Black Lives Matter

Another protest planned downtown for Friday

S. Beckett Thomas, 5, holds a “Don’t shoot” sign with mom Courtney Thomas looking on. Courtney organized the protest, saying, “I’m scared for the world, for my son. This (protest) is the least I can do.” Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

UPDATED: City councilors postpone public race, police brutality discussion

Petition asks councilors to denounce systemic racism

John Graham and Becky Northaven, owners of Sequim Radio Shack, received one of the City of Sequim’s COVID-19 Small Business Rapid Relief Program grants. With the grant, the couple said they plan to increase their inventory, advertise on the radio and keep enough on hand for an extra utility payment. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

City, chamber begin business grant dispersal

Twenty-five chosen so far with 10 more to come on Friday

John Graham and Becky Northaven, owners of Sequim Radio Shack, received one of the City of Sequim’s COVID-19 Small Business Rapid Relief Program grants. With the grant, the couple said they plan to increase their inventory, advertise on the radio and keep enough on hand for an extra utility payment. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
In late June, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s leaders plan to connect the new hotel and its other businesses to the City of Sequim’s sewer system after decades of discussions. The connection became finalized after city officials sought a portion of an approximate $159,000 late fee the tribe owes for being late to connect. Tribal officials paid $50,000 the same day they were requested to pay an upfront cost to connect. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Tribe’s hotel, campuses to connect with city sewer this month

Jamestown avoids litigation by paying portion of late fee

In late June, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s leaders plan to connect the new hotel and its other businesses to the City of Sequim’s sewer system after decades of discussions. The connection became finalized after city officials sought a portion of an approximate $159,000 late fee the tribe owes for being late to connect. Tribal officials paid $50,000 the same day they were requested to pay an upfront cost to connect. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

City councilors considering 2021 Independence Day drone show

Lodging tax funds suggested for financial support

In recent weeks, City of Sequim officials stopped distributing reclaimed water due to a high amount of particulates found in its treated water. City staff attribute the possible increased use of bleach products to the decrease in visibility in the treated water but it will tentatively return to normal levels this week. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

City staff temporarily stops using reclaimed water

Public Works Director encourages people not to flush bleach products

In recent weeks, City of Sequim officials stopped distributing reclaimed water due to a high amount of particulates found in its treated water. City staff attribute the possible increased use of bleach products to the decrease in visibility in the treated water but it will tentatively return to normal levels this week. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
With refurbished computers donated by the Sequim PC Users Group, Sequim School District’s IT staff, from left, Director Beau Young, Richard Seiler, Scott Harmsen and Maria Seabolt helped distribute more than 100 computers for families without the technology in their homes to participate in distance learning for grades 6-12. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Computer club helps school children during coronavirus closure

More than 100 desktops, laptops help students with distant learning

With refurbished computers donated by the Sequim PC Users Group, Sequim School District’s IT staff, from left, Director Beau Young, Richard Seiler, Scott Harmsen and Maria Seabolt helped distribute more than 100 computers for families without the technology in their homes to participate in distance learning for grades 6-12. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Loretta Bilow holds a practice run with Bonnie Hagberg for the Sequim Prairie Grange’s upcoming Drive-Up Ice Cream Social on June 7. Organizers said proceeds support the Grange’s bills and maintenance costs since protocols went into place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

Grange pulls together drive-thru ice cream social

Summer tradition adjusts to coronavirus changes

Loretta Bilow holds a practice run with Bonnie Hagberg for the Sequim Prairie Grange’s upcoming Drive-Up Ice Cream Social on June 7. Organizers said proceeds support the Grange’s bills and maintenance costs since protocols went into place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

New Fir Street traffic signal goes live June 16

City staff are seeing a light at the end of Fir Street in the coming weeks. A new traffic signal is being installed at the… Continue reading

Sequim Beautiful Day brightens Boys Girls Club

A group of dedicated volunteers led by Randy Skoglund helped clean up the landscaping last month at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club as part… Continue reading

Anna Nguyen helps Kaliegh Galvin with her finger nails on June 1 inside Kim’s Nails, 181 W. Washington St. The business reopened that day after being closed due to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” state order. Galvin said she has been coming there for two years and planned to come back once it reopened. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash

Sequim businesses announce reopenings, changes for Phase 2

With Clallam County going into Phase 2 for Gov. Inslee’s “Safe Start Washington” plan, many Sequim area businesses made the shift this week to reopen… Continue reading

Anna Nguyen helps Kaliegh Galvin with her finger nails on June 1 inside Kim’s Nails, 181 W. Washington St. The business reopened that day after being closed due to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” state order. Galvin said she has been coming there for two years and planned to come back once it reopened. Sequim Gazette photos by Matthew Nash