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Applications for businesses to apply for the City of Sequim’s new COVID-19 Small Business Rapid Relief Program goes through May 15. Up to $250,000 is available to support businesses in city limits. Sequim Gazette file photo

City, chamber partner for $250K Small Business Relief Program

New effort runs parallel to chamber’s fund

Applications for businesses to apply for the City of Sequim’s new COVID-19 Small Business Rapid Relief Program goes through May 15. Up to $250,000 is available to support businesses in city limits. Sequim Gazette file photo
Larry Grant, a maintenance worker and driver for Suncrest Village Retirement Community, helps load the bus for residents who signed up for items from the Sequim Food Bank. Grant said they sign up and he returns to pick up their food every two weeks. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Food Bank expands distribution options

Families eligible for meal bags on weekends

Larry Grant, a maintenance worker and driver for Suncrest Village Retirement Community, helps load the bus for residents who signed up for items from the Sequim Food Bank. Grant said they sign up and he returns to pick up their food every two weeks. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Logan Laxson loads a car with rolls on May 2 as part of a team of youths that volunteer at the Sequim Food Bank on Saturdays. That day would have been the second day of the Sequim Irrigation Festival, which Laxson serves on as a prince for the royalty court. “It’s rough not to have a festival, but it could be worse,” he said. “I’ll get a festival in October.” Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Teens continue keep Sequim Food Bank’s Saturday tradition going

Volunteers say they like sense of community, helping out

Logan Laxson loads a car with rolls on May 2 as part of a team of youths that volunteer at the Sequim Food Bank on Saturdays. That day would have been the second day of the Sequim Irrigation Festival, which Laxson serves on as a prince for the royalty court. “It’s rough not to have a festival, but it could be worse,” he said. “I’ll get a festival in October.” Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Agencies talk coronavirus impact on utilities, customers

Shut-offs postponed, relief programs continue

Facebook group looks to “adopt” and support Sequim 12th graders

They’ve worked hard, kept their grades up, served the community, lettered in sports, set up scholarships and future careers, and planned to celebrate the end… Continue reading

Shelley Jefferson, assistant principal for Helen Haller Elementary, adds seasoning to a soup on April 21 for local apartment complexes. The program provides soup four nights a week to four apartment complexes. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

School staff serves soup for Sequim apartment complexes

Staff, churches help cook, deliver four nights a week

Shelley Jefferson, assistant principal for Helen Haller Elementary, adds seasoning to a soup on April 21 for local apartment complexes. The program provides soup four nights a week to four apartment complexes. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Two new members, Sarah Kincaid and Michael “Mike” Pence, were chosen for vacant seats on the Sequim City Council on April 27. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Sequim city council selects two new members

Kincaid, Pence replace Miller and States

Two new members, Sarah Kincaid and Michael “Mike” Pence, were chosen for vacant seats on the Sequim City Council on April 27. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
This time of year, flamingos are seen around Sequim as a fundraiser for the high school’s graduating class’ safe and sober party. However, due to COVID-19 limitations and other fundraisers being shut down, class party organizers seek continued support to honor the class of 2020. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim graduation conversations continue

Safe and Sober Party seeks support for 12th graders

This time of year, flamingos are seen around Sequim as a fundraiser for the high school’s graduating class’ safe and sober party. However, due to COVID-19 limitations and other fundraisers being shut down, class party organizers seek continued support to honor the class of 2020. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Environmental review comment period ends for MAT

City must complete application by May 26

Banners fly high at the 2019 Sequim Irrigation Festival’s Grande Parade. This year, the Grand Parade shifts to Oct. 10 due to state regulations limiting group gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Irrigation Festival shifts to October this year

Organizers hope for enough time to adjust to COVID-19 impact

Banners fly high at the 2019 Sequim Irrigation Festival’s Grande Parade. This year, the Grand Parade shifts to Oct. 10 due to state regulations limiting group gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell
A church congregational vote for a land lease to allow an eight-room family shelter west of Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church is on hold until meeting regulations are lifted due to the coronavirus. Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash

Family shelter on hold due to coronavirus in Sequim

Land lease vote postponed after meeting regulations lifted

A church congregational vote for a land lease to allow an eight-room family shelter west of Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church is on hold until meeting regulations are lifted due to the coronavirus. Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash
Local retailers like Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures offers local puzzles like Sequim photographer Keith Ross’ images to do while staying home during the coronavirus “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” state order. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Sequim things to do at home during the pandemic

As essential workers keep the world going, many Sequimites remain home during Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” initiative. With its tentative end weeks… Continue reading

Local retailers like Forage Gifts & Northwest Treasures offers local puzzles like Sequim photographer Keith Ross’ images to do while staying home during the coronavirus “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” state order. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
For about a week, Katie Smith worked with her children and some neighbors to draw an inspirational chalk mural along her subdivision’s fence facing South Sequim Avenue. Photo courtesy of Isaac Peiffer

Mom’s mural spans South Sequim Avenue subdivision

Spanning her subdivision, Katie Smith said her recent art project is the “best three bucks I ever spent.” In the last week, Smith used chalk… Continue reading

For about a week, Katie Smith worked with her children and some neighbors to draw an inspirational chalk mural along her subdivision’s fence facing South Sequim Avenue. Photo courtesy of Isaac Peiffer
Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce staff and board members recently started a Small Business Relief Fund to help Sequim area businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Chamber of Commerce starts Small Business Relief Fund

Donors, applicants sought

Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce staff and board members recently started a Small Business Relief Fund to help Sequim area businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Ted Miller was elected to the Sequim City Council in 2009 and most recently served as Deputy Mayor until his death on April 10. Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash

Sequim City Councilor Ted Miller, ret. CIA analyst, dies

Family plans Celebration of Life in future

Ted Miller was elected to the Sequim City Council in 2009 and most recently served as Deputy Mayor until his death on April 10. Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash

Technical issue leads to Sequim City Council April 13 meeting cancellation

The seventh seat for Sequim City Council will remain open for at least another two weeks after technological issues for teleconferencing moved city councilors to… Continue reading

A new fence went up around Helen Haller Elementary during Spring Break to limit access into the school. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Security fence goes up at Helen Haller Elementary

Middle School roof, High School cameras also targeted for repair

A new fence went up around Helen Haller Elementary during Spring Break to limit access into the school. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Tessa Jackson with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula accepts a donation of about 400 activity books from Dungeness Kids Co. and community members last week. Children in the club must practice social distancing and must play apart, so activity books are meant to help the children during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Susan Baritelle

Dungeness Kids Co. raises funds for Boys Girls Clubs’ activities during COVID-19

Clubs expand space for more families for child care

Tessa Jackson with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula accepts a donation of about 400 activity books from Dungeness Kids Co. and community members last week. Children in the club must practice social distancing and must play apart, so activity books are meant to help the children during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Susan Baritelle

Communities continue face mask challenge with thousands made so far

Efforts expand to include gowns, 3-D printed face shields

Sequim City Councilors tentatively decide on a new city councilor on April 13 to fill the vacant seat of Jennifer States who resigned earlier this year. Prior to being reelected in Nov. 2019, States was appointed to the City Council. Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash

Four residents seek spot for Sequim Council vacancy

Teleconference interviews held April 13

Sequim City Councilors tentatively decide on a new city councilor on April 13 to fill the vacant seat of Jennifer States who resigned earlier this year. Prior to being reelected in Nov. 2019, States was appointed to the City Council. Sequim Gazette file photo by Matthew Nash