Rob Ollikainen

Peninsula confirms 19 more COVID cases Thursday

The North Olympic Peninsula added 19 COVID-19 cases Thursday, mostly attributed to holiday gatherings, as Clallam and Jefferson County health officials continued to refine vaccination… Continue reading

Jobless rate keeps climbing on Olympic Peninsula

Unemployment rose by 1.1 percentage points in Clallam and Jefferson counties last month as the leisure and hospitality sector continued to be saddled by COVID-19… Continue reading

A Clallam Transit bus departs from Gateway transit center in Port Angeles in October. File photo by Keith Thorpe/Olympic Peninsula Daily News Group

Clallam Transit budget keeps services, fares stable

The Clallam Transit board has approved an $11.3 million operating budget that maintains existing service and fares and contributes $1.4 million to reserves. Board members… Continue reading

A Clallam Transit bus departs from Gateway transit center in Port Angeles in October. File photo by Keith Thorpe/Olympic Peninsula Daily News Group

Clallam PUD rates to rise in spring

Clallam County Public Utility District commissioners have approved 2021 operating budgets that include utility rate increases taking effect in the spring. Residential electric rates will… Continue reading

$3.5 million in reserves aids county’s 2021 budget

Clallam County commissioners have approved a 2021 spending plan that uses $3.5 million in reserves to maintain services and respond to COVID-19. The $44.6 million… Continue reading

Clallam County OKs contract extensions for Social Distancing Center

Clallam County commissioners have approved two-month contract extensions for security, medical staff and operations of the COVID-19 Social Distancing Center. The three commissioners voted unanimously… Continue reading

Two treated and released after wrong-way collision in Sequim

A wrong-way driver caused a wreck that injured three on U.S. Highway 101 in Sequim on Nov. 8, the State Patrol said. Jeremiah S. Cannon,… Continue reading

Clallam County approves fireworks ordinance

After more than two years of debate, Clallam County lawmakers have passed a fireworks ordinance based on fire danger in unincorporated areas. The three commissioners… Continue reading

Crews work to replace the north portion of a set of culverts under U.S. Highway 101 at Bagley Creek east of Port Angeles. Photo by Keith Thorpe/Olympic Peninsula News Group

Highway 101 work on schedule to be finished next fall

Bridge construction on U.S. Highway 101 east of west of Sequim is on budget and on schedule to be completed next fall, a state Department… Continue reading

Crews work to replace the north portion of a set of culverts under U.S. Highway 101 at Bagley Creek east of Port Angeles. Photo by Keith Thorpe/Olympic Peninsula News Group

Clallam PUD makes emergency repair in Carlsborg

Clallam County Public Utility District commissioners have authorized an emergency repair for a water main break that occurred Oct. 13 along Carlsborg Road. The “fairly… Continue reading

Clallam County commissioners agreed last week to seek a lease extension and more funding to maintain for the Clallam County COVID-19 Social Distancing Center, pictured here last week. Photo by Rob Ollikainen/Olympic Peninsula News Group

Clallam aims to extend Social Distancing Center into spring

Clallam County will seek a lease extension and more funding to maintain the COVID-19 Social Distancing Center into next spring. The three commissioners agreed Monday,… Continue reading

Clallam County commissioners agreed last week to seek a lease extension and more funding to maintain for the Clallam County COVID-19 Social Distancing Center, pictured here last week. Photo by Rob Ollikainen/Olympic Peninsula News Group

Jobless rate falls on Olympic Peninsula

North Olympic Peninsula unemployment fell by at least 1 percentage point for the second consecutive month in September, but COVID-19 continued to hamstring the region’s… Continue reading

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily NewsMidway Metals, 258010 U.S. Highway 101 east of Port Angeles, shown on Thursday, is under scrutiny for being in violation of county solid waste standards.

Midway Metals owner faces deadline: Standards must be met by Oct. 30

Clallam County has ratcheted up pressure on the owner of Midway Metals to clean up the scrapyard between Port Angeles and Sequim. After a closed… Continue reading

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily NewsMidway Metals, 258010 U.S. Highway 101 east of Port Angeles, shown on Thursday, is under scrutiny for being in violation of county solid waste standards.

Census update could shift Clallam’s district boundaries

Boundaries between Clallam County commissioner districts could shift farther east next year based on population growth in the Sequim area, county officials said. A five-member… Continue reading

Clallam County to disperse more COVID-19 relief funds

Ferry, businesses, child care among recipients of more COVID-19 relief funds

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Five-year, countywide ‘kitchen plan’ complete

Multi-partner, multi-year effort converts surplus U.S. Army kitchens into emergency feeding stations

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FREDS Guns burglar sentenced to prison

Joey A. Maillet has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for smash-and-grab burglaries at FREDS Guns near Sequim and another in Skagit County.… Continue reading

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Group asks Clallam County to review 5G impacts

Clallam County should require 5G wireless companies to comply with federal environmental law, the Charter Review Commission has recommended. The three county commissioners received the… Continue reading

Man charged with assault of Clallam County deputy

A Marysville man has been charged with the alleged assault of a Clallam County sheriff’s deputy. Conner B. McGibney, 25, was charged Oct. 5 with… Continue reading

Rob Ollikainen/Peninsula Daily NewsA bird lands on a sign at Mount Walker.

Mount Walker hike offers spectacular views, variety of birds

Listen to a police scanner on the North Olympic Peninsula and you’ll hear about Mount Walker. The 800-foot pass between Brinnon and Quilcene near milepost… Continue reading

Rob Ollikainen/Peninsula Daily NewsA bird lands on a sign at Mount Walker.