Community news briefs — July 1, 2020

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:30am
  • News

Soroptimists seeking scholarship applicants

Soroptimist International of Sequim is currently accepting applications for the group’s Continuing Education Scholarship. One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $2,000.

The applicant must be a female graduate of Sequim High School or GED program, or have a legal address within the Sequim School District. They also must have completed one year of post-secondary education and be enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.

Applications are available to download online at

Complete applications must be postmarked by Aug. 15., 2020 Mail to: SI Sequim-Continuing Education Scholarship, PO Box 126, Sequim WA 98382.

County seeks help with broadband test

Clallam County and its Community Broadband Team partners are performing a Broadband Feasibility Study focusing on ways to enhance and expand broadband access to the internet throughout the county.

The team is seeking residents and business owners to tak part in the State Broadband Speed Test; it’s available online at

Results, team members said, will be a vital component of the planning and feasibility study.

Interested citizens are invited to contact the Clallam County Commissioners’ Office by calling 360-417-2330 or emailing to

Burn ban starts this week

Clallam County burn restrictions take effect July 1 and run through Oct. 1, unless conditions warrant an earlier closure, county officuals said this week.

The burn restriction applies to all outdoor burning except recreational fires used for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, warmth, cooking or similar purposes.

Recreational fires are permitted unless further banned by extreme weather conditions.

Recreational fires are limited to 3-feet in diameter and 2-feet in height. Fires for debris disposal are not legal under any circumstances and are not considered recreational.

If conditions arise the restrictions may be upgraded to a high fire danger, this will prohibit all outdoor burning (including recreational fires; the exception is within the Olympic National Park and other controlled campgrounds.

See for more information.

‘Open the Trails’ event set for July 11-12

The Olympic Peninsula Equine Network (OPEN) hosts an Open the Trails camp-out celebration, set for July 11-12 at the Layton Hill Horse Camp on Chicken Coop Road.

OPEN is a nonprofit organization that rescues at-risk horses.

Cost of the camp-out is $50 and includes: camp site (primitive with a pen if you bring a horse), Saturday Night Social with members of OPEN’s board of directors, live band, community campfire and silent auction. The site has miles of scenic trails open to hiking, biking and horseback riding,plus equine obstacle course and kids playground.

Reservations are required as sites with pens are limited.

Get tickets via PaylPal, sending a check to: OPEN, PO Box 252, Sequim WA 98382 (write “tickets on check) or online at

For more information, contact event coordinator Volanti Clark at or leave a message at 360-207-1688.

IRS deadlines loom

The IRS is reminding taxpayers and businesses that 2019 income tax liabilities as well as postponed April 15 and June 15 estimated tax payments are due July 15. This postponement provided temporary tax relief in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Taxpayers who owe a 2019 income tax liability, as well as estimated tax for 2020, must make two separate payments on or by July 15 — one for their 2019 income tax liability and one for their 2020 estimated tax payments. The two estimated tax payments can be combined into a single payment.

Individual taxpayers can go to to securely access information about their federal tax account. They can view the amount they owe, access their tax records online, review their payment history and view key tax return information for the most recent tax return as originally filed.

Masks available for donation

The Sequim Face Mask Challenge Team is opening its shop for business from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, June 3, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave. Drive to the back of the church to the shop; wear a mask per state health mandate. Suggested donation is $5 per mask.

For more information, call 360-775-7781 or email to

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