David Silliman of Simply Beautiful Builders clears the parking lot at 213 E. Washington St. with his ATV-mounted snowplow on Jan. 14. “I can get into a lot of places other plows can’t,” Silliman joked. Snowfall on Jan. 15 canceled and postponed a number of community events and forced closure of Sequim schools. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

David Silliman of Simply Beautiful Builders clears the parking lot at 213 E. Washington St. with his ATV-mounted snowplow on Jan. 14. “I can get into a lot of places other plows can’t,” Silliman joked. Snowfall on Jan. 15 canceled and postponed a number of community events and forced closure of Sequim schools. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Snowstorm cancels flurry of Sequim events

This may come as a surprise to only those without access to a window, but a blistering winter storm and snowfall is wreaking havoc across the North Olympic Peninsula.

The City of Sequim Public Works crew is working 24 hours a day in 12-hour shifts to keep city streets clear of snow.

The Public Works Department is asking the community to help by not parking on the street to allow more efficient plowing and to help clear snow from the sidewalks that adjoin their homes and businesses.

Contact the Public Works Department at 360-683-4908 with questions.

City officials announced that the Civic Center would close early on Jan. 15.

Schools

For the third consecutive day, the Sequim School District has canceled classes and all school activities for Thursday, Jan. 16. See www.sequimschools.org for updates.

Sequim High School’s S.T.E.M. club was scheduled to host a S.T.E.M Night for students in grades 6-12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, but with school’scancleation all activities have been postponed. The district has not announced a make-up date.

Peninsula College

Peninsula College Port Angeles and Forks closed on Jan. 15 because of inclement weather and road conditions, while the Port Townsend branch was operating on a two-hour delayed start. See pencol.edu for updates.

The college postponed its basketball double-header scheduled for Jan. 15 at Skagit Valley (Mount Vernon). PC’s women’s team will make up the game at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, while the men will make up their game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Olympic Medical Center

The Board of Commissioners of Olympic Medical Center has cancelled their regularly scheduled 6 p.m. board meeting on Jan. 15 because of the inclement weather. This meeting will be rescheduled as soon as possible, OMC representatives said today.

YMCAs

The YMCA of Sequim and YMCA of Port Angeles closed today, Jan. 15, including all classes and programs. Check www.olympicpeninsulaymca.org for updates.

Other community events

The League of Women Voters’ “The Story of Water” lecture series continues next week with “Water Law in Washington: Who Owns the Water and What Are Our Rights,” set for 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the council chambers at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St. The event was rescheduled from its original Jan. 15 fate because of inclement weather.

Puget Sound Anglers-North Olympic Peninsula Chapter’s Jan. 16 meeting has been postponed to Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the usual meeting time (6:30 p.m.) and place (Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.). The featured speaker is John Beath, an author, club member, fishing guide and tackle manufacturer.

The Genealogical Society of Clallam County’s Wednesday Webinar with Pizza is being canceled for today, Jan. 15, and is being tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22. The webinar was set for noon at the Genealogical Research Center, 402 Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. See www.clallamcogs.org or call 360-417-5000 for more information.

Because of the wintry weather conditions, the Adventure Travel Series presentation scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17, is cancelled. Brian Anderson of the Peninsula Trails Coalition said organizers will attempt to re-schedule for Saturday, Feb. 8. The event was scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. See olympicdiscoverytrail.org for updates.

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