2021: The Year in Photos

Sequim’s 2021 in photos

Locals found ways to keep Sequim’s longstanding traditions, help community memories in various ways, find the beauty of the area and much more in 2021. Here, Gazette staff, Sequim agencies and contributors capture some key moments in the last year.

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell
Robin Worth-McIntyre, a nurse technician, gets a Pfizer vaccine shot from Walgreens pharmacist Steve Sommers at Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation of Sequim on Jan. 5.

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell Robin Worth-McIntyre, a nurse technician, gets a Pfizer vaccine shot from Walgreens pharmacist Steve Sommers at Avamere Olympic Rehabilitation of Sequim on Jan. 5.

Contributor Phil Milliman caught this image of the Aurora Borealis on Nov. 4 in the Jamestown area.

Contributor Phil Milliman caught this image of the Aurora Borealis on Nov. 4 in the Jamestown area.

Sequim’s Walker Ward gouges the Bainbridge defense for a big gain in the second half of a Sequim 38-0 win on Feb. 20. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Walker Ward gouges the Bainbridge defense for a big gain in the second half of a Sequim 38-0 win on Feb. 20. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Photo courtesy of Silas Crews
Last year’s queen Lindsey Coffman crowns the newest Sequim Irrigation Festival queen Hannah Hampton in a virtual royalty pageant on Feb. 27.

Photo courtesy of Silas Crews Last year’s queen Lindsey Coffman crowns the newest Sequim Irrigation Festival queen Hannah Hampton in a virtual royalty pageant on Feb. 27.

Photo by Fire District 3/Facebook page
Clallam County Fire District 3 personnel battle a mobile home fire on the 900 block of South Third Avenue on Feb. 23. A resident who was able to get out of the home died a day later, according to relatives.

Photo by Fire District 3/Facebook page Clallam County Fire District 3 personnel battle a mobile home fire on the 900 block of South Third Avenue on Feb. 23. A resident who was able to get out of the home died a day later, according to relatives.

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell
Alex Baker of Port Angeles playfully tries to avoid doses of yellow — courtesy of volunteers from the Olympic Peninsula Visitors Bureau — at a color station near the end of the Sun Fun Color Run 5k on March 6.

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell Alex Baker of Port Angeles playfully tries to avoid doses of yellow — courtesy of volunteers from the Olympic Peninsula Visitors Bureau — at a color station near the end of the Sun Fun Color Run 5k on March 6.

Sequim Irrigation Festival royalty don facemasks prior to the float reveal event on April 3. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell Alex Baker of Port Angeles playfully tries to avoid doses of yellow — courtesy of volunteers from the Olympic Peninsula Visitors Bureau — at a color station near the end of the Sun Fun Color Run 5k on March 6.

LeeAnn Nolan said her wisteria, nicknamed Medusa, has become an attraction for people with many stopping by to snap photos while it’s in bloom. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

LeeAnn Nolan said her wisteria, nicknamed Medusa, has become an attraction for people with many stopping by to snap photos while it’s in bloom. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Going by the name Rubber Band Ball Guy on TikTok, Sequim’s Jayson Brocklesby amassed more than five million likes on his videos as he inches towards making a 500-pound rubber band ball. Submitted photo

Going by the name Rubber Band Ball Guy on TikTok, Sequim’s Jayson Brocklesby amassed more than five million likes on his videos as he inches towards making a 500-pound rubber band ball. Submitted photo

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell
It’s feeding time for these local starlings, perched atop a fence near downtown Sequim in mid-May.

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell It’s feeding time for these local starlings, perched atop a fence near downtown Sequim in mid-May.

Sequim Police ruled the cause of a June 6 fire that destroyed a home, dental lab, garage and trailer inconclusive. All the structures were ruled uninhabitable. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Sequim Police ruled the cause of a June 6 fire that destroyed a home, dental lab, garage and trailer inconclusive. All the structures were ruled uninhabitable. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Class of 2021 Sequim High seniors toss caps into the air after completing their graduation ceremony on June 11. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Class of 2021 Sequim High seniors toss caps into the air after completing their graduation ceremony on June 11. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Bob Fermanis of Port Angeles admires the mural at A Stitch in Time Quilt Shoppe in June. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Bob Fermanis of Port Angeles admires the mural at A Stitch in Time Quilt Shoppe in June. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Velia Bobadilla of Illinois stops by Washington Lavender for some photos during her recent road trip in July. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Velia Bobadilla of Illinois stops by Washington Lavender for some photos during her recent road trip in July. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Firefighters respond to an early-morning fire at Olympic Ambulance early on the morning of July 13. Photo courtesy of Clallam County Fire District 3/Facebook

Firefighters respond to an early-morning fire at Olympic Ambulance early on the morning of July 13. Photo courtesy of Clallam County Fire District 3/Facebook

Hailee Williams of Puyallup enjoys the smell of drying lavender at B&B Family Farm in mid-July during Sequim’s 2021 Lavender Weekend. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Hailee Williams of Puyallup enjoys the smell of drying lavender at B&B Family Farm in mid-July during Sequim’s 2021 Lavender Weekend. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Jason Patterson of Tacoma lines up a shot of his dog Beaujo (@Beaujobaby) for their Instagram page at Lavender Connection in July. Patterson and his wife Lauren document their 11-year-old dogs’ adventures on hikes and more as a way to explore and promote Washington. Patterson said it was amazing out here to visit and they were happy to find lavender pet products at the farm, too.

Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash Jason Patterson of Tacoma lines up a shot of his dog Beaujo (@Beaujobaby) for their Instagram page at Lavender Connection in July. Patterson and his wife Lauren document their 11-year-old dogs’ adventures on hikes and more as a way to explore and promote Washington. Patterson said it was amazing out here to visit and they were happy to find lavender pet products at the farm, too.

Sequim photographer Keith Ross snapped some shots of the USS Teddy Roosevelt on July 22 as it passed the New Dungeness Lighthouse. His image was shared later on King5 news, he said. The U.S. Navy ship, along with 2,500 sailors and their families, are calling the Puget Sound their new home for the next year and a half at  Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton. For prints, visit keithsframeofmind.com/proofing/landscape. 
Photo by Keith Ross/ Keith’s Frame of Mind

Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash Jason Patterson of Tacoma lines up a shot of his dog Beaujo (@Beaujobaby) for their Instagram page at Lavender Connection in July. Patterson and his wife Lauren document their 11-year-old dogs’ adventures on hikes and more as a way to explore and promote Washington. Patterson said it was amazing out here to visit and they were happy to find lavender pet products at the farm, too.

Sequim Gazette photo by Emily Matthiessen
Katie Knudtson of Roy washes Zin who won best of breed for Australian Shepherds in preparation for the herding group and owner handler competition, in the Hurricane Ridge Kennel Club Dog Show at Carrie Blake Community Park on Aug. 1.

Sequim Gazette photo by Emily Matthiessen Katie Knudtson of Roy washes Zin who won best of breed for Australian Shepherds in preparation for the herding group and owner handler competition, in the Hurricane Ridge Kennel Club Dog Show at Carrie Blake Community Park on Aug. 1.

Firefighter/paramedic Margie Brueckner with Clallam County Fire District 2 looks for hot spots at a brush fire near Sherburne Road in July. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Firefighter/paramedic Margie Brueckner with Clallam County Fire District 2 looks for hot spots at a brush fire near Sherburne Road in July. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Janine Ledesma, a Tour de Lavender first-timer from the Snoqualmie area, pauses for a moment to record the lavender at B&B Family Lavender Farm rejoining the tour ride with her family on Aug. 7. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Janine Ledesma, a Tour de Lavender first-timer from the Snoqualmie area, pauses for a moment to record the lavender at B&B Family Lavender Farm rejoining the tour ride with her family on Aug. 7. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

King Lear (Mark Valentine) laments to the skies as the hard hearts of his daughter begin to drive him mad in a scene from Shakespeare’s King Lear in the parking lot of Olympic Theatre Arts in Sequim on Aug. 22. Sequim Gazette photo by Emily Matthiessen

King Lear (Mark Valentine) laments to the skies as the hard hearts of his daughter begin to drive him mad in a scene from Shakespeare’s King Lear in the parking lot of Olympic Theatre Arts in Sequim on Aug. 22. Sequim Gazette photo by Emily Matthiessen

Photo by John Gussman
Work continues in September at Clallam County’s Lower Dungeness Floodplain Restoration Project as workers with Scarsella Brothers install a new culvert in Meadowbrook Creek, is a tributary to the Dungeness River. The ecosystem restoration effort includes setting back a portion of the Dungeness Levee will offer greatly improved flood protection while restoring acres of lost floodplain needed as habitat for endangered salmon, according to project manager Cathy Lear of the Clallam County Department of Community Development. Project funding comes from Floodplains by Design and the Puget Sound Partnership’s Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Program. The project is identified in the Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Plan. Dungeness Chinook population must be recovered in order for endangered Puget Sound Chinook to be delisted.

Photo by John Gussman Work continues in September at Clallam County’s Lower Dungeness Floodplain Restoration Project as workers with Scarsella Brothers install a new culvert in Meadowbrook Creek, is a tributary to the Dungeness River. The ecosystem restoration effort includes setting back a portion of the Dungeness Levee will offer greatly improved flood protection while restoring acres of lost floodplain needed as habitat for endangered salmon, according to project manager Cathy Lear of the Clallam County Department of Community Development. Project funding comes from Floodplains by Design and the Puget Sound Partnership’s Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Program. The project is identified in the Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Plan. Dungeness Chinook population must be recovered in order for endangered Puget Sound Chinook to be delisted.

Sequim’s Riley Pyeatt leads the pack at the outset of an Olympic League meet on Sept. 29 at the Dungeness Recreation Area. Pyeatt cruised to a win by nearly 50 seconds. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Riley Pyeatt leads the pack at the outset of an Olympic League meet on Sept. 29 at the Dungeness Recreation Area. Pyeatt cruised to a win by nearly 50 seconds. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Contributor David Kruth and his dog Captain spot this double rainbow over Dungeness Bay on Oct. 6.

Contributor David Kruth and his dog Captain spot this double rainbow over Dungeness Bay on Oct. 6.

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell
Sequim High’s Homecoming King and Queen, Pryce Glasser and Alex Schmadeke, smile for the crowd at the Homecoming game halftime festivities Oct. 16.

Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell Sequim High’s Homecoming King and Queen, Pryce Glasser and Alex Schmadeke, smile for the crowd at the Homecoming game halftime festivities Oct. 16.

Sequim Gazette photo by Emily Matthiessen
Mark Valentine, as King Lear, portrays a scene at Olympic Theatre Arts’ “Kings, Queens, & Royal Scenes, A Renaissance Faire” on Aug. 22. Looking on are, from left, Matt Forest as the Squire to the Queen, Susan Cates as Goneril, Patricia MacArthur as Queen Elizabeth I and maid-in-waiting played by Merrin Packer.

Sequim Gazette photo by Emily Matthiessen Mark Valentine, as King Lear, portrays a scene at Olympic Theatre Arts’ “Kings, Queens, & Royal Scenes, A Renaissance Faire” on Aug. 22. Looking on are, from left, Matt Forest as the Squire to the Queen, Susan Cates as Goneril, Patricia MacArthur as Queen Elizabeth I and maid-in-waiting played by Merrin Packer.

Using a chisel and hammer, Chris Smith chips away white mortar from the headstone of the infant son of R. and Eleanor Irwin at Pioneer Memorial Park in October. "God for him his angels sent," can be read. George Caskedy's headstone was cleaned and reset in the corner of Pioneer Memorial Park along with a collection of other headstones from the late 1800s to the early 1900s by volunteers. Sequim Gazette photo by Emily Matthiessen

Sequim Gazette photo by Emily Matthiessen Mark Valentine, as King Lear, portrays a scene at Olympic Theatre Arts’ “Kings, Queens, & Royal Scenes, A Renaissance Faire” on Aug. 22. Looking on are, from left, Matt Forest as the Squire to the Queen, Susan Cates as Goneril, Patricia MacArthur as Queen Elizabeth I and maid-in-waiting played by Merrin Packer.

David Herbelin, Olympic Theatre Arts’ new executive manager, has a big vision for the future of the theater in the community. Herbelin, seen here standing in the Olympic Theatre Arts Gathering Hall in November, says the job draws on all his past experience, educationally and professionally. Sequim Gazette photo by Emily Matthiessen

David Herbelin, Olympic Theatre Arts’ new executive manager, has a big vision for the future of the theater in the community. Herbelin, seen here standing in the Olympic Theatre Arts Gathering Hall in November, says the job draws on all his past experience, educationally and professionally. Sequim Gazette photo by Emily Matthiessen

in December, the Bixby family, Emma, Corey, Tennille and Colin stand in their yard which they have decorated with Christmas lights that are programmed to change with music. Sequim Gazette photo by Emily Matthiessen

in December, the Bixby family, Emma, Corey, Tennille and Colin stand in their yard which they have decorated with Christmas lights that are programmed to change with music. Sequim Gazette photo by Emily Matthiessen

With lights and music throughout the courtyard, Helen Haller Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization hosted a Winter Wonderland on Dec. 16 with lights, popcorn, music, hot cocoa, a photo booth and an appearance by Santa Claus. Here, Samantha Rossi takes a selfie with her daughters Olive and Elliana. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

With lights and music throughout the courtyard, Helen Haller Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization hosted a Winter Wonderland on Dec. 16 with lights, popcorn, music, hot cocoa, a photo booth and an appearance by Santa Claus. Here, Samantha Rossi takes a selfie with her daughters Olive and Elliana. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

With Kathryn Bates — team leader of the North Olympic Peninsula Quilts of Valor group — looking on, volunteers drape a patriotic quilt on Frank Hurlbut during a special Memorial Day ceremony at Sinclair Place on May 29. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

With Kathryn Bates — team leader of the North Olympic Peninsula Quilts of Valor group — looking on, volunteers drape a patriotic quilt on Frank Hurlbut during a special Memorial Day ceremony at Sinclair Place on May 29. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

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