Brunell: State employment numbers are strong, but warning lights are flashing

The good news is Washington is separating itself from the national jobless rate. In July, an average 6.2 percent of Americans were looking for work, while Washington’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent.

  • Aug 19, 2014

Change is coming for Washington’s state health insurance exchange

It has been nearly three years since Washington began to build its state-based insurance exchange and profoundly expanded Medicaid.

  • Aug 16, 2014

Verbatim: Mia Underwood

Mia Underwood, an eighth-grade student at Olympic Peninsula Academy in Sequim, and her family went on a 10-day vacation on Vancouver Island recently.

  • Aug 15, 2014

Verbatim: Paul Haines

Last week, Paul Haines, 62, the City of Sequim’s Public Works director, announced he is moving on this November after four-plus years in town. The news comes after Haines took a three-month leave of absence to walk 500 miles along El Camino de Santiago or The Way of St. James across northern Spain.

Burbank: Grads well versed in economics

In June, I got to watch the seniors at Ballard High School graduate into the next phase of their lives. They were happy. They had more than just made it through their childhoods.

  • Aug 13, 2014

Stack: The true story of a scam

It all happened on Tuesday, July 29 — a typical summer day in Sequim, a foggy morning. Then, sunny by 11 a.m. or noon, the phone rang.

  • Aug 13, 2014

Verbatim: Tim Wheeler

Tim Wheeler is a Sequim High School graduate from the Class of 1958. In the July edition of the The Ditchwalker, the Sequim Alumni Association’s newsletter, Wheeler recounts a chance encounter with a man whose son would become President of the United States.

  • Aug 6, 2014

Editor’s Corner: More odds and ends for the editor’s desk

A few weeks back, I wrote about the burden we seem to be placing on students coming out of college. Now I have a number: $23,293.

The nature of Sequim

I was a city dweller most of my life. I grew up in Seattle outside the city limits in the early days in a neighborhood with small new houses with yards, flower gardens and picket fences. The wildest life we saw were robins and garter snakes.

Verbatim: Boy Scout Troop 1492 (via leader Mike Cobb)

Among other activites, Boy Scout Troop 1492 holds it annual Scout fruit fundraiser. The fruits are all organic, including peaches, pears and nectarines available for pick up late August with apples and cider available for pick up in early November. Order at scoutfruit@gmail.com or 504-1960.

  • Jul 23, 2014

SARC board pleads; the public pays

The SARC board of commissioners is now broadcasting doom and gloom before the district’s voting public when pleading for support for the proposed February 2015 M&O levy. Chairman (Frank) Pickering is quoted as saying, “It was time to act, so we acted.”

  • Jul 15, 2014

Verbatim: Tracy Blume

After four years away from the event she co-founded, Tracy Blume Thompson returns to Jazz in the Alley during Sequim Lavender Weekend.

  • Jul 15, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Odds and ends for the editor’s desk

It just so happened that I was thumbing through a particular book that piqued my interest when I heard about Richard Olmer’s passing. The book’s title? “The Book of Dead Philosophers” by Simon Critchley.

Think About It … Fact? Fiction? Fabrication?

Reading this column just might save you $54. Although if you have an extra need – in my case a need that can reach neurotic levels depending on the issue — for facts and data you probably already have bought or borrowed America’s Ranking Among Nations (“A Goal Perspective of the United States in Graphic Detail”).

Guest Opinion: Standards for good stewardship

How has the United States solved problems like hazardous waste, the pollution and fuel efficiency of cars and cancers from tobacco?

  • Jul 2, 2014

Guest Opinion: Celebrate veterans this Fourth of July

The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. Each year Americans celebrate on the Fourth of July with fireworks, parades, barbecues, baseball games and family reunions. As we celebrate our veterans who served from the American Revolution, to the Civil War, to World Wars I and II, to the Vietnam War, to the war in Iraq, we remember and thank our veterans who have been protecting our freedom since our country was born.

  • Jul 2, 2014

Verbatim: David Westman

We caught up with Pastor David Westman of the Sequim Worship Center at the Sequim Royal Rangers, Outpost 147 fireworks stand this week. It’s opens 9 a.m.-10 p.m. in the Sequim JC Penney parking lot through July 4.

  • Jul 2, 2014

Have a conversation about our schools

Two years ago when I first arrived in Sequim, I set out to meet as many people possible so I could not only introduce myself, but more importantly, learn about our school district and our community. I have attended a variety of civic meetings and community events as well as frequented a number of local businesses and restaurants.

  • Jun 24, 2014

Verbatim: Brennan Cusack

On a two-month working road trip from California to Minnesota, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania stopped into Sequim for a few days to gather information for her senior English thesis.

  • Jun 24, 2014

Verbatim: Mary Griffith

It’s been a while since we last caught up with Mary Griffith, who last appeared in the Gazette on this page in August 2012 as she prepared for a two-year-plus adventure in Fiji as part of the Peace Corps.

  • Jun 18, 2014