Conor Dowley

Summer school presents challenges at Sequim High

While summer school classes at Sequim Middle School were fairly smooth, staff at Sequim High School said things were less sedate at the SHS campus.… Continue reading

Head coach Derek Vander Velde gives tactical instructions to his players during a possession drill at a girls soccer practice this summer. “We’ve got a few new things that we’ll be doing this season,” he said. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Fall sports preview: Sequim girls soccer hopes to build on ‘18 success

Coach Vander Velde wants to improve on a tough but impressive 2018 campaign

Head coach Derek Vander Velde gives tactical instructions to his players during a possession drill at a girls soccer practice this summer. “We’ve got a few new things that we’ll be doing this season,” he said. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Sequim High School quarterback Taig Wiker drops back during offensive drills in an early practice session. “I learned a lot from Riley,” Wiker said of becoming the starting QB, “and I’m ready to take this on.” Wiker starred as a running back last year, but Wolves’ head coach Erik Wiker said that his son had always played QB previously, and that he is excited to see his dynamism under center. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Fall sports preview: Wolves’ football ready for change

A much-changed offense and a lockdown defense highlight look ahead to 2019 season

Sequim High School quarterback Taig Wiker drops back during offensive drills in an early practice session. “I learned a lot from Riley,” Wiker said of becoming the starting QB, “and I’m ready to take this on.” Wiker starred as a running back last year, but Wolves’ head coach Erik Wiker said that his son had always played QB previously, and that he is excited to see his dynamism under center. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Jesus Villahermosa gives a lethal threat training seminar to high school students. Villahermosa is a retired sergeant and SWAT officer from the Pierce County sheriff’s department, and has given training seminars around the country. Submitted photo

Sequim schools get lethal threat training

Retired Pierce County SWAT officer dispells myths, gives valuable training to schools

Jesus Villahermosa gives a lethal threat training seminar to high school students. Villahermosa is a retired sergeant and SWAT officer from the Pierce County sheriff’s department, and has given training seminars around the country. Submitted photo
Greywolf Elementary School first grade teacher Kylie Douglas laughs as she puts together supplies on one of her students’ tables. Douglas is a new teacher at Greywolf, having taught in Tennessee before moving to the area in 2018, but will miss the first two weeks of the school year after undergoing back surgery on Sept. 4. “This just reinforces for me that our substitutes are the real heroes of the school district,” she said. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Sequim schools ready for the new year

Greywolf Elementary School first grade teacher Kylie Douglas laughs as she puts together supplies on one of her students’ tables. Douglas is a new teacher… Continue reading

Greywolf Elementary School first grade teacher Kylie Douglas laughs as she puts together supplies on one of her students’ tables. Douglas is a new teacher at Greywolf, having taught in Tennessee before moving to the area in 2018, but will miss the first two weeks of the school year after undergoing back surgery on Sept. 4. “This just reinforces for me that our substitutes are the real heroes of the school district,” she said. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Washington State Reps. Mike Chapman, left, and Steve Tharinger, center, of the 24th legislative district serve lunch for the kids at the Boys & Girls Club in Sequim on Aug. 27. The club serves a free lunch to attendees and to families at several community locations every day during the summer. Sequim Gazette photos by Conor Dowley

State reps serve lunch, make connections at Boys Girls Club

Both 24th district state representatives showed up to serve lunch & talk to kids

Washington State Reps. Mike Chapman, left, and Steve Tharinger, center, of the 24th legislative district serve lunch for the kids at the Boys & Girls Club in Sequim on Aug. 27. The club serves a free lunch to attendees and to families at several community locations every day during the summer. Sequim Gazette photos by Conor Dowley

Retired James was crucial to Olympic Discovery Trail

“There would be no ODT as we know it had it not been for Rich”

Back To School Fair a success as about 500 students receive supplies

Almost 500 students receive school supplies

Football: Wolves gear up for 2019 campaign

In a look ahead at our SHS football season preview, the Wolves have questions to answer

Former Seattle Seahawk offensive lineman Wayne Hunter, center, watches as Sequim Middle School football player Michael Soto, right, runs a defensive line drill at the first annual 7th and 8th grade football camp put on by head coach Sam Salanoa and the SMS football coaching staff on Aug. 24. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Hunter leads SMS football camp

Ex-Seahawk lineman wants to help kids on, off field

Former Seattle Seahawk offensive lineman Wayne Hunter, center, watches as Sequim Middle School football player Michael Soto, right, runs a defensive line drill at the first annual 7th and 8th grade football camp put on by head coach Sam Salanoa and the SMS football coaching staff on Aug. 24. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Overcoming cancer in ‘Stages’: New playwright Bidasha sets Sequim play for January 2020

Going through cancer can be a frightening time for many. For Max Bidasha, dealing with his epithelioid sarcoma meant writing a play about it. Long… Continue reading

From left to right, Stephany Shackelford, James Castell, Malachi Williams, Phil Castell, Saul Williams, Kelsey Sands, Andrea Wellman and Christy Francis stand in the Castell Insurance office on Aug. 24 after their annual shred event concluded as the Williams brothers hold the money raised. The fundraiser that supports the Boys & Girls Club and their efforts to provide school supplies to students and families in need raised over $9,000 this year. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Shred Event raises big money for school supplies

More than $9,000 raised to help Boys Girls Club purchase school supplies

From left to right, Stephany Shackelford, James Castell, Malachi Williams, Phil Castell, Saul Williams, Kelsey Sands, Andrea Wellman and Christy Francis stand in the Castell Insurance office on Aug. 24 after their annual shred event concluded as the Williams brothers hold the money raised. The fundraiser that supports the Boys & Girls Club and their efforts to provide school supplies to students and families in need raised over $9,000 this year. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Former Sequim High School theater director Christy Rutherford helps organize the cleanout of the SHS theater’s costume shop on Aug. 19. “We’ve never had a purge like this,” said current director Ashley Kramer. “We used to have four times this space, but we never got rid of anything.” Kramer was helped by Rutherford and Sequim Middle School teacher David McInnes on Aug. 19 after a work party including theater students on Aug. 12 “didn’t get everything out.” “We still have a lot of work to do, but you can actually move around in here now, and see up and down the aisles,” Rutherford said. Kramer said that the majority of the clothes taken out of the closet were donated to Goodwill, with some going to Sequim Serenity House. “They were happy to take it all with Halloween coming up,” Kramer said. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

A Costume Clean-Out

Former Sequim High School theater director Christy Rutherford helps organize the cleanout of the SHS theater’s costume shop on Aug. 19. “We’ve never had a… Continue reading

Former Sequim High School theater director Christy Rutherford helps organize the cleanout of the SHS theater’s costume shop on Aug. 19. “We’ve never had a purge like this,” said current director Ashley Kramer. “We used to have four times this space, but we never got rid of anything.” Kramer was helped by Rutherford and Sequim Middle School teacher David McInnes on Aug. 19 after a work party including theater students on Aug. 12 “didn’t get everything out.” “We still have a lot of work to do, but you can actually move around in here now, and see up and down the aisles,” Rutherford said. Kramer said that the majority of the clothes taken out of the closet were donated to Goodwill, with some going to Sequim Serenity House. “They were happy to take it all with Halloween coming up,” Kramer said. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Several people from Sequim and Port Angeles work together to learn a new game at Opttacon 2019 at the Guy Cole Event Center on Aug. 17. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Opttacon 2019 brings new games, gamers to Sequim

Smaller-than-expected crowd still had high spirits

Several people from Sequim and Port Angeles work together to learn a new game at Opttacon 2019 at the Guy Cole Event Center on Aug. 17. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Eagle Scout candidate Ian Thill, back, and Dylan Washburn, front, lift up the first section of the Pioneer Memorial Park storage shed roof as part of Thill’s Eagle Scout project. “This roof was in worse shape than we thought,” Thill said.

Pioneer Memorial Park shed getting Scout-fueled facelift

Local Eagle Scout candidate working to improve park structure

Eagle Scout candidate Ian Thill, back, and Dylan Washburn, front, lift up the first section of the Pioneer Memorial Park storage shed roof as part of Thill’s Eagle Scout project. “This roof was in worse shape than we thought,” Thill said.

School district planning for “awfully bumpy” Fir St. to start year

School district still creating plan to work around the continuing construction

Opttacon gaming convention returns this weekend

Tickets are still available online or at the door

‘Big Dill’ bash at Carrie Blake

Janie Dicus, Ron Halpen, Sue Zennan and Carmi Standish play a doubles pickleball match during the Sequim Picklers’ “Big Dill” novice tournament at Carrie Blake… Continue reading

Left: The reenactors portraying the British Army fire on the Colonial Minutemen at the Battle of Concord Bridge while the crowd watches on during the Northwest Colonial Festival’s portrayal. 
                                Below: David Rieve, right, discusses Revolutionary War-era gunsmithing with several families in his tent at the Northwest Colonial Festival. Rieve, who is a trained gunsmith and has made numerous muskets and firearms that would be found in that era, has been coming to the Colonial Festival for several years and said that he enjoys the experience. Sequim Gazette photos by Conor Dowley

Colonial festival brings history to life

The Revolutionary War-era event was drizzly, but entertaining

Left: The reenactors portraying the British Army fire on the Colonial Minutemen at the Battle of Concord Bridge while the crowd watches on during the Northwest Colonial Festival’s portrayal. 
                                Below: David Rieve, right, discusses Revolutionary War-era gunsmithing with several families in his tent at the Northwest Colonial Festival. Rieve, who is a trained gunsmith and has made numerous muskets and firearms that would be found in that era, has been coming to the Colonial Festival for several years and said that he enjoys the experience. Sequim Gazette photos by Conor Dowley
The Pet Posse veterinary transport vehicle parked in front of the Barks & Brews fundraiser event put on at the Peninsula Taproom on Aug. 10 to support the organization. Barks & Brews attracted more than 70 attendees and raised more than $5,000. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Pet Posse gets boost from Barks Brews

Fundraising event raises $5,100 for volunteer-run organization

The Pet Posse veterinary transport vehicle parked in front of the Barks & Brews fundraiser event put on at the Peninsula Taproom on Aug. 10 to support the organization. Barks & Brews attracted more than 70 attendees and raised more than $5,000. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley