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Travis Britten, second from left, demonstrates how to play the board game “Robinson Crusoe” to several Meeples of Sequim regulars who hadn’t yet played it. Britten says that he regularly brings new games to teach as that kind of experience is a big part of gaming for him. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Meeples bring games to Sequim

Local gaming group shares their passion at the library

Travis Britten, second from left, demonstrates how to play the board game “Robinson Crusoe” to several Meeples of Sequim regulars who hadn’t yet played it. Britten says that he regularly brings new games to teach as that kind of experience is a big part of gaming for him. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
The new sign at the Thrive Church on Sequim Ave. The church combines the Sequim Worship Center and the New Life church into one larger group that according to pastors David Lyke and Dave Westman are “excited” to come together. Photo submitted

Thrive Church unites, brings two congregations forward as one

New church combines New Life and Sequim Worship Center

The new sign at the Thrive Church on Sequim Ave. The church combines the Sequim Worship Center and the New Life church into one larger group that according to pastors David Lyke and Dave Westman are “excited” to come together. Photo submitted
Turnovers cost Wolves against NK

Turnovers cost Wolves against NK

Four turnovers let down Wolves in heated game

Turnovers cost Wolves against NK
DePrez brings comedy, storytelling to OTA stage

DePrez brings comedy, storytelling to OTA stage

One-night show on 9/21 brings laughs, disability to the stage

DePrez brings comedy, storytelling to OTA stage
CTE classes booming at SHS

CTE classes booming at SHS

Both traditional and higher-technology classes give students practical knowledge

CTE classes booming at SHS
Sequim High School junior Dustan Koch waits to strike a ball at a boys tennis practice in September. Head coach Mark Textor named Dustan as one of the players he’s expecting to step up after nine core players from last year’s team graduated, including all five who went to 2A state tournaments. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Fall sports preview: SHS boys tennis set for season of learning

“Very young” Wolves tennis team working to fill a lot of holes from successful 2018 team

Sequim High School junior Dustan Koch waits to strike a ball at a boys tennis practice in September. Head coach Mark Textor named Dustan as one of the players he’s expecting to step up after nine core players from last year’s team graduated, including all five who went to 2A state tournaments. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Football: Wolves rout Patriots in season opener

Football: Wolves rout Patriots in season opener

Tough defense, an offense that looks in mid-season form and plenty of big play highlights. Sequim’s Wolves looked anything but rusty in their season opener… Continue reading

Football: Wolves rout Patriots in season opener
Left, a collection of Beatles memorabilia on display in the KSQM community room, along with classic radios and other musical memorabilia. Collection owner George Dooley, who hosts “Doctor Dee’s Roots of Rock” Friday nights at 8:30 p.m. on KSQM, has what he calls a “significant” rock and roll memorabilia collection that he’s slowly been rotating through displays at the station. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

KSQM shares the history of The Beatles

A large memorbilia display highlights much of The Beatles’ early years

Left, a collection of Beatles memorabilia on display in the KSQM community room, along with classic radios and other musical memorabilia. Collection owner George Dooley, who hosts “Doctor Dee’s Roots of Rock” Friday nights at 8:30 p.m. on KSQM, has what he calls a “significant” rock and roll memorabilia collection that he’s slowly been rotating through displays at the station. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley
Ian Thill describes the work done to restore and enhance a storage shed at Pioneer Memorial Park for his Eagle Scout project. He said the job wound up being “much more work” than anticipated, with several additional structural elements of the shed getting replaced in addition to the planned roof replacement. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Sequim Eagle Scout hopeful finishes Pioneer Memorial Park shed rehab

Local Boy Scout finishes project for top Scouting honor

Ian Thill describes the work done to restore and enhance a storage shed at Pioneer Memorial Park for his Eagle Scout project. He said the job wound up being “much more work” than anticipated, with several additional structural elements of the shed getting replaced in addition to the planned roof replacement. Sequim Gazette photo by 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

Retired James was crucial to Olympic Discovery Trail

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

Retired James was crucial to Olympic Discovery Trail
Back To School Fair a success as about 500 students receive supplies

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

Almost 500 students receive school supplies

Back To School Fair a success as about 500 students receive supplies
Football: Wolves gear up for 2019 campaign

Football: Wolves gear up for 2019 campaign

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

Football: Wolves gear up for 2019 campaign
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

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

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