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A portion of Sequim’s original Sequim Prairie irrigation ditch is tentatively set to be piped as part of a conservation effort to help the Dungeness River’s flow and endangered fish. Some neighbors and shareholders are opposed to the project because they feel they weren’t given an opportunity to provide input to project owner the Sequim Prairie-Tri Irrigation Association (SPTIA). They feel enclosing the ditch will kill nearby vegetation and negatively impact wildlife. (Lucinda Hayes)

Sequim irrigation pipe proposal draws ire

Conservation District says it’s within legal right

A portion of Sequim’s original Sequim Prairie irrigation ditch is tentatively set to be piped as part of a conservation effort to help the Dungeness River’s flow and endangered fish. Some neighbors and shareholders are opposed to the project because they feel they weren’t given an opportunity to provide input to project owner the Sequim Prairie-Tri Irrigation Association (SPTIA). They feel enclosing the ditch will kill nearby vegetation and negatively impact wildlife. (Lucinda Hayes)
Sequim residents will see a change in their water utility bills this month as city staff couldn’t read meters due to snow and ice in January. Water consumption fees will be deferred to March. City staff estimated most residents pay less than $5 for water consumption rates this time of year. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Sequim to defer portion of February utility bills

The City of Sequim will defer charges on February utility bills to March because inclement weather made it difficult to read meters. Sequim… Continue reading

Sequim residents will see a change in their water utility bills this month as city staff couldn’t read meters due to snow and ice in January. Water consumption fees will be deferred to March. City staff estimated most residents pay less than $5 for water consumption rates this time of year. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
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Sequim Library expansion opens for construction bids

Current building to close March 9, temporary space to open April 1

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Makah Fisheries Management staffers shifted to trapping year-round in 2023 for the European green crab due to its continued presence in the Neah Bay area. The crab was also discovered within Neah Bay for the first time late last year. Staff also plan to continue tracking the crabs with a new system that tags their muscles instead of their shells to better see their movements and growth. (Makah Tribe)

Makah Tribe steps up green crab trapping

Dungeness Refuge sees its highest catch rate

Makah Fisheries Management staffers shifted to trapping year-round in 2023 for the European green crab due to its continued presence in the Neah Bay area. The crab was also discovered within Neah Bay for the first time late last year. Staff also plan to continue tracking the crabs with a new system that tags their muscles instead of their shells to better see their movements and growth. (Makah Tribe)
Deputy chief Justin Grider with Clallam County Fire District 2, center, has accepted an offer to become Fire District 3’s next fire chief. Here he stands with, from left, Port Angeles Fire Department Chief Derrell Sharp, Joel McKeen, Port Angeles Fire Department assistant chief, Joyce Fire and Rescue chief Greg Waters and Fire District 3 interim fire chief Dan Orr. (Jay Cline)

Fire District 3 chooses Grider as new chief

Finance manager, new district leader set to start March 1

Deputy chief Justin Grider with Clallam County Fire District 2, center, has accepted an offer to become Fire District 3’s next fire chief. Here he stands with, from left, Port Angeles Fire Department Chief Derrell Sharp, Joel McKeen, Port Angeles Fire Department assistant chief, Joyce Fire and Rescue chief Greg Waters and Fire District 3 interim fire chief Dan Orr. (Jay Cline)
Sequim City Council members Rachel Anderson and Brandon Janisse were voted in by fellow council members to serve as deputy mayor and mayor through the end of 2025. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Janisse elected mayor by Sequim City Council

A tenured city council member is Sequim’s mayor after newly elected and re-elected council members were sworn in at the first council meeting… Continue reading

Sequim City Council members Rachel Anderson and Brandon Janisse were voted in by fellow council members to serve as deputy mayor and mayor through the end of 2025. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
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Sequim agave victim of cold weather

Stalk grew to 22 feet

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Teen survives falling in frozen Diamond Point lagoon

Quick-thinking neighbors and a Clallam County Fire District 3 first responder helped rescue a teen from the water after he fell through… Continue reading

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Sequim’s Centennial Place design options up for perusal

Three design concepts for the downtown Centennial Place intersection will be up for review through an open house today and online survey. City… Continue reading

The first phase to revamp the parking and stormwater collection at Dr. Standard Little League Park is anticipated to be finished in January. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

First phase of Sequim Little League park revamp nears finish

No timeline, funding for final phases yet

The first phase to revamp the parking and stormwater collection at Dr. Standard Little League Park is anticipated to be finished in January. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
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Sequim approves city budget with bridge, street work

Utility rates continue 3 percent increase plan

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Butch Zaharias, a captain and division chief with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), checks in on drivers and fellow CERT members in festive garb during the Family Holiday Meal Bag distribution in Sequim’s Carrie Blake Park. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Sequim event hands out 1,200 holiday meals

Volunteers gather at Carrie Blake Community Park

Butch Zaharias, a captain and division chief with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), checks in on drivers and fellow CERT members in festive garb during the Family Holiday Meal Bag distribution in Sequim’s Carrie Blake Park. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
After 28 years, Isobel Johnston’s agave plant started to bloom this summer and rose to about 22 feet. “I never ever thought it’d get that tall,” she said. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

After 28 years, Sequim agave reaches 22 feet tall

Owner, fire district plan to start anew with seedling

After 28 years, Isobel Johnston’s agave plant started to bloom this summer and rose to about 22 feet. “I never ever thought it’d get that tall,” she said. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Judy Willman, the daughter of Joe Rantz, is interviewed by Danika Chen, a 2023 Sequim graduate, in the Sequim High School Auditorium on Friday about elements of “The Boys in the Boat” film and how her father is portrayed. Willman said her dad would not want attention but would be OK with it if it supported causes such as restoring the historic ASUW Shell House and building a homeless youth house in Sequim. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Students share in ‘The Boys in the Boat’ excitement

Momentum builds for Sequim homeless youth house

Judy Willman, the daughter of Joe Rantz, is interviewed by Danika Chen, a 2023 Sequim graduate, in the Sequim High School Auditorium on Friday about elements of “The Boys in the Boat” film and how her father is portrayed. Willman said her dad would not want attention but would be OK with it if it supported causes such as restoring the historic ASUW Shell House and building a homeless youth house in Sequim. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
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Peninsula pet agencies say surrender rates are on rise

Rescues seek more people to adopt, foster

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Community Aid seeks support for Toys for Sequim Kids

Nonprofit helps hundreds of children with Christmas presents

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Proposal to rename Sequim road put on hold

Rotary, city to consider other options to honor local Olympian

District 3 chief pick bows out

Fire officials could resume search in ’24

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Sequim veterans home begins remodel

‘Minsky Place’ to open tentatively spring 2024

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Bruce Emery, Clallam County’s director of Community Development, chats with about 30 farmers on Nov. 7 to seek input on updating the county’s code in order to better help farms come into compliance. “This is going to be cooperative, constructive, and it’s not going to be punitive,” he said. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Clallam working on farm guidelines

Survey open to public; action possible in ’24

Bruce Emery, Clallam County’s director of Community Development, chats with about 30 farmers on Nov. 7 to seek input on updating the county’s code in order to better help farms come into compliance. “This is going to be cooperative, constructive, and it’s not going to be punitive,” he said. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)