Michael Dashiell

OMC board approves budget, updated on projects

Olympic Medical Center’s seven-member board of commissioners have approved an operating budget for 2017. OMC’s… Continue reading

Sequim superintendent asks school board to consider two levies

Education programs and operations and capital projects proposals could come in February.

Sequim Schools Superintendent Gary Neal discusses plans for a $55 million bond with board directors at the Sequim Transit Center last week. — Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group ()

Sequim School Board balks at bond measure on November ballot

SEQUIM — The need for refurbished and modernized classrooms — and more of them — is imperative, Sequim School Board members agree. But a proposal… Continue reading

Sequim Schools Superintendent Gary Neal discusses plans for a $55 million bond with board directors at the Sequim Transit Center last week. — Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group ()
Nine-year-old Crystal Rieckhoff of Port Angeles gets instruction from tennis pro Don Thomas of Sequim at the Sequim High School tennis courts earlier this month. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

SPORTS: Free youth tennis academy, tournament coming to Sequim

SEQUIM — As in previous summers, Sequim tennis pro Don Thomas is trying to pass on his love of the sport. Thanks to a bum… Continue reading

Nine-year-old Crystal Rieckhoff of Port Angeles gets instruction from tennis pro Don Thomas of Sequim at the Sequim High School tennis courts earlier this month. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Christy and Willy Rookard of Sequim were vacationing in Cabo San Lucas when Willy was grabbed by men in a car and dragged down the road

Sequim man critically hurt in attack in Mexico; Willy Rookard recovering from brain injuries, collapsed lung

SEQUIM — You hear about these things, Christy Rookard said, and you think, “Oh my gosh.” “We're the 'Oh my gosh' people,” she said. What… Continue reading

Christy and Willy Rookard of Sequim were vacationing in Cabo San Lucas when Willy was grabbed by men in a car and dragged down the road
Richard Houts ()

WEEKEND REWIND: Clallam Fire District No. 3 commissioner retires after five-decade career

SEQUIM — For Richard Houts, fighting fires was a natural fit. His father was a fireman, his uncles and cousins, too. By the age of… Continue reading

Richard Houts ()

Clallam Fire District No. 3 commissioner retires after five-decade career

SEQUIM — For Richard Houts, fighting fires was a natural fit. His father was a fireman, his uncles and cousins, too. By the age of… Continue reading

Helen Haller Elementary in Sequim to get new assistant principal

SEQUIM — The commute for Allyson Cundiff just got a little longer. A Poulsbo resident who works at a Bremerton school serving students in prekindergarten… Continue reading

Serenity House of Clallam County Executive Director Kim Leach

Sequim Cares faith group launching emergency fund

SEQUIM — Just two meetings in, they have a name, a fund to help the homeless (almost) and plenty of momentum. Sequim Cares, a coalition… Continue reading

Serenity House of Clallam County Executive Director Kim Leach

Sequim Elks benefit to raise funds for disabled veterans; organizers hopes it catches on across nation

SEQUIM — It’s a big idea in a small town, and Sequim resident Bill Ellis hopes his plan for raising money for disabled veterans catches… Continue reading

Sequim Middle School student Nicholas D'Amico won the top prize at the 2016 Sequim Education Foundation Student Film Festival for “Knock

Eighth-grader’s film takes top prize in Sequim festival

SEQUIM — Eighth-grader Nicholas D'Amico has this filmmaking thing down . . . almost. After winning the School Spirit Award in 2014 and Best Actor… Continue reading

Sequim Middle School student Nicholas D'Amico won the top prize at the 2016 Sequim Education Foundation Student Film Festival for “Knock
Gayle Stewart greets youths at the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Healthy Community Coalition kickoff event last weekend in Sequim. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

New Sequim coalition advocates healthy start with Ready, Set, Go 5210! initiative

SEQUIM — The shift is on. Members of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Healthy Community Coalition welcomed interested community members of all ages to their health initiative… Continue reading

Gayle Stewart greets youths at the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Healthy Community Coalition kickoff event last weekend in Sequim. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Free workshop to explore end-of-life conversations, decisions Wednesday in Port Angeles

SEQUIM — Awkward, uncomfortable and possibly a bit frightening — but the conversation is worth having. Paul Fiorini, chaplain/bereavement coordinator at Assured Hospice of Clallam… Continue reading

Sequim School District votes to increase facility rental fees

SEQUIM — Rental fees for Sequim School District facilities are going up. The School Board voted 4-0 Monday, with board member Heather Short absent, to… Continue reading

History teacher Craig Frick of Sequim

Port Townsend’s small Jefferson Community School has international reach

PORT TOWNSEND — Small school, big dreams. Nestled in downtown Port Townsend among the boutique shops, cafes and bistros, in a three-story building once used… Continue reading

History teacher Craig Frick of Sequim

Sequim schools eye survey for facility needs, community interest

SEQUIM — After four failed school construction bond attempts in the past two years, Sequim school leaders are seeking a fresh look at the issue.… Continue reading

Sequim churches, police seeking to help homeless

SEQUIM — The Rev. Bob Rhoads noted that things have changed in Sequim dramatically in the past few years, that up until about six years… Continue reading

Anna and Elsa are a pair of horses that Olympic Peninsula Equine Network members rescued in late February. ()

Sequim horse rescue takes animals after Belfair tragedy

SEQUIM — In Greek mythology, it is the phoenix that is regenerated out of the ashes of its predecessor, reborn to live once again. While… Continue reading

Anna and Elsa are a pair of horses that Olympic Peninsula Equine Network members rescued in late February. ()
The Greywolf Parent-Teacher Association is seeking funds to replace a large piece of playground equipment for younger students at the school after some equipment was deemed unsafe. — Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group ()

Pupils, parents raising funds to replace Calsborg playground equipment

CARLSBORG — This school year, recess has changed at Greywolf Elementary School in Carlsborg. Sequim School District officials completed in August an official assessment of… Continue reading

The Greywolf Parent-Teacher Association is seeking funds to replace a large piece of playground equipment for younger students at the school after some equipment was deemed unsafe. — Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group ()
Louie Rychlik

WEEKEND REWIND: Business owner, volunteer Louie Rychlik is named Sequim Citizen of the Year

SEQUIM — On four yellow pieces of notebook paper, Louie Rychlik had penned his acceptance speech. It featured one sentence: “I don't walk on water.”… Continue reading

Louie Rychlik