Keith Thorpe

A group of horses stand amid the sprinklers on a farm along Kitchen-Dick Road west of Sequim. A prolonged dry spell on the North Olympic Peninsula has prompted many farmers to turn to irrigation to keep their fields green. Only trace amounts of rain fell in Port Angeles in July, with no measurable rain in Sequim or Port Townsend. Forks recorded 0.35 inches of rain. (Keith Thorpe /Peninsula Daily News)

Chillin’ on a summer’s day

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Top: Kathryn Kudron of Port Angeles parades with Gavin, a great dane, during judging Saturday at Carrie Blake Park in Sequim. Above: Michael Bryant of Everett brushes the coat of G.G., a Havanese, prior to entering the show ring at the Hurricane Ridge Kennel Club’s All-Breed Show and Agility Trials. The event, which continues today at 
8 a.m., brought in hundreds of dogs from across the region for the American Kennel Club-sanctioned show.

Dog show

Michael Bryant of Everett brushes the coat of G.G., a Havanese, prior to entering the show ring at the Hurricane Ridge Kennel Club’s All-Breed Show… Continue reading

 

Charles Alice of Port Angeles uses a level to line up pickets in a fence around the Generation II Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles on Sunday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Dream Playground II nearly ready for final phase

Artificial turf to be installed in August

 

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A variety of flowers bloom in a city planter on Thursday in downtown Port Angeles. Numerous planters scattered around the downtown area add splashes of color for visitors and residents alike.

Downtown Port Angeles in bloom

A variety of flowers bloom in a city planter on Thursday in downtown Port Angeles. Numerous planters scattered around the downtown area add splashes of… Continue reading

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A variety of flowers bloom in a city planter on Thursday in downtown Port Angeles. Numerous planters scattered around the downtown area add splashes of color for visitors and residents alike.
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The centerpiece play structure of the Generation II Dream Playgroun at Erickson Playfield stands over the surrounding play area on Thursday in Port Angeles. Organizers from the nonprofit Dream Playground Foundation have scheduled a work session to complete the playground from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. Volunteers are asked to bring their own cordless woodworking and landscaping tools. Play surface installation is sheduled to begin Aug 2 with a soft opening and ribbon cutting planed for Aug. 14.

Volunteers sought for Dream Playground work session

The centerpiece play structure of the Generation II Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield stands over the surrounding play area Thursday in Port Angeles. Organizers from… Continue reading

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The centerpiece play structure of the Generation II Dream Playgroun at Erickson Playfield stands over the surrounding play area on Thursday in Port Angeles. Organizers from the nonprofit Dream Playground Foundation have scheduled a work session to complete the playground from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. Volunteers are asked to bring their own cordless woodworking and landscaping tools. Play surface installation is sheduled to begin Aug 2 with a soft opening and ribbon cutting planed for Aug. 14.
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Clallam County Chief Corrections Deputy Wendy Peterson, center, speaks at a retirement ceremony honoring her for 37 years of service with the Clallam County Sheriff's Office as Sheriff Bill Benedict watches at right. Peterson was recognized by county commissioners, friends and colleagues during Tuesday's commission meeting in Port Angeles in a ceremony that included a presentation of a chest full of memorabilia. Sheriff's Sgt. Don Wenzl will be promoted Aug. 2 to chief corrections deputy.

Peterson retires in Clallam County

Clallam County Chief Corrections Deputy Wendy Peterson, center, speaks at a retirement ceremony honoring her for 37 years of service with the Clallam County Sheriff’s… Continue reading

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Clallam County Chief Corrections Deputy Wendy Peterson, center, speaks at a retirement ceremony honoring her for 37 years of service with the Clallam County Sheriff's Office as Sheriff Bill Benedict watches at right. Peterson was recognized by county commissioners, friends and colleagues during Tuesday's commission meeting in Port Angeles in a ceremony that included a presentation of a chest full of memorabilia. Sheriff's Sgt. Don Wenzl will be promoted Aug. 2 to chief corrections deputy.
Traffic backs up on East First Street in Port Angeles on Tuesday, the result of lane closures at Golf Course Road, which is being repaved from East First Street to East Fifth Street. At times, traffic was snarled as far as downtown Port Angeles with backups on many side streets and arterials. Construction on Golf Course is expected to continue through Friday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Traffic jam

Traffic backs up on East First Street in Port Angeles on Tuesday, the result of lane closures at Golf Course Road, which is being repaved… Continue reading

Traffic backs up on East First Street in Port Angeles on Tuesday, the result of lane closures at Golf Course Road, which is being repaved from East First Street to East Fifth Street. At times, traffic was snarled as far as downtown Port Angeles with backups on many side streets and arterials. Construction on Golf Course is expected to continue through Friday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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Tami Johnson of Mukilteo strolls down a path between rows of lavender at Lavender Connection northwest of Sequim, a participating farm with Lavender Weekend.

Lavender Weekend blooms in Sequim

Sequim-area lavender farms scented the air while visitors swarmed over the blooming plants this weekend. Events continue today and throughout the rest of the summer… Continue reading

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Tami Johnson of Mukilteo strolls down a path between rows of lavender at Lavender Connection northwest of Sequim, a participating farm with Lavender Weekend.
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Kris Foulk of Port Angeles and his daughter, Lulu Foulk of Broomfield, Colo., along with her dog, Jazz, walk along near water's edge at Freshwater Bay County Park west of Port Angeles on Thursday. A marine layer of clouds dissipated by afternoon, creating pleasant conditions for a beach stroll.

Pleasant day for a stroll on the beach

Kris Foulk of Port Angeles and his daughter, Lulu Foulk of Broomfield, Colo., along with her dog, Jazz, walk along near water’s edge at Freshwater… Continue reading

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Kris Foulk of Port Angeles and his daughter, Lulu Foulk of Broomfield, Colo., along with her dog, Jazz, walk along near water's edge at Freshwater Bay County Park west of Port Angeles on Thursday. A marine layer of clouds dissipated by afternoon, creating pleasant conditions for a beach stroll.
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Volunteers put the finishing touches on a treehouse play structure on Saturday at the Generation II Dream Playground in Port Angeles.

Final push substantially finishes Dream Playground

Surface to be installed in August

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Volunteers put the finishing touches on a treehouse play structure on Saturday at the Generation II Dream Playground in Port Angeles.
Ann and Steve Johnson of rural Port Angeles dance to the music of John Huard at the season opener of the Concerts on the Pier music series on Wednesday at Port Angeles City Pier. Huard was the opening act for a garage surf music performance by Port Angeles-based AntBath, signaling a return to live music after the weekly series was put on hiatus in 2020 by COVID-19. Abakis will perform vintage country music at the next performance, set for 6 p.m. on July 14. Concerts on the Pier are presented by the Juan de Fuca Foundation, Elwha River Casino, the Port Angeles Parks and Recreation Department and the Peninsula Daily News. Sequim offers free weekly concerts in its Music Where You Park series every Tuesday through July 27. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Concerts on the Pier return

Ann and Steve Johnson of rural Port Angeles dance to the music of John Huard at the season opener of the Concerts on the Pier… Continue reading

Ann and Steve Johnson of rural Port Angeles dance to the music of John Huard at the season opener of the Concerts on the Pier music series on Wednesday at Port Angeles City Pier. Huard was the opening act for a garage surf music performance by Port Angeles-based AntBath, signaling a return to live music after the weekly series was put on hiatus in 2020 by COVID-19. Abakis will perform vintage country music at the next performance, set for 6 p.m. on July 14. Concerts on the Pier are presented by the Juan de Fuca Foundation, Elwha River Casino, the Port Angeles Parks and Recreation Department and the Peninsula Daily News. Sequim offers free weekly concerts in its Music Where You Park series every Tuesday through July 27. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Portions of the Generation II Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles remain unfinished on Wednesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Volunteers needed for Dream Playground

Second round slated this weekend

Portions of the Generation II Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles remain unfinished on Wednesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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Cliff Hales of Port Angeles and his daughter, Julie Hales, 14, work on a play structure at the Generation II Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield on Saturday in Port Angeles. Playground organizers held an informal build session attended by about 50 people on Saturday to make progress on portions of the playground left unfinished during last week's six-day community build. The Dream Playground Foundation will hold a two-day community build this Friday and Saturday with the hope of completing playground construction. Signups for the build can be found at padreamplayground.org.
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Cliff Hales of Port Angeles and his daughter, Julie Hales, 14, work on a play structure at the Generation II Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield on Saturday in Port Angeles. Playground organizers held an informal build session attended by about 50 people on Saturday to make progress on portions of the playground left unfinished during last week's six-day community build. The Dream Playground Foundation will hold a two-day community build this Friday and Saturday with the hope of completing playground construction. Signups for the build can be found at padreamplayground.org.
Feiro Marine Life Center docents Tom Herber, left, and Mary Cochran clean a fish tank on Thursday in preparation for today’s reopening to walk-up guests. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Feiro opens its doors to walk-up visitors Friday

Capacity reduced to protect children without vaccine

Feiro Marine Life Center docents Tom Herber, left, and Mary Cochran clean a fish tank on Thursday in preparation for today’s reopening to walk-up guests. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Safety fencing surrounds portions of the idled Generation II Dream Playground on Wednesday at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Playground work still to be done

Skilled workers sought for 2-day weekend build

Safety fencing surrounds portions of the idled Generation II Dream Playground on Wednesday at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Volunteers work to secure a turret as it is lowered by crane on Sunday, the final day of the community build for the Generation II Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Crane lifts turrets into place at Dream Playground

Weekend in July possible to put on finishing touches

Volunteers work to secure a turret as it is lowered by crane on Sunday, the final day of the community build for the Generation II Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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A beachcomber, who asked not to be identified, roams the waterline at Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles on Friday during the lowest tide of the year. Port Angeles and Sequim each experienced a minus 3.3 tide, Crescent Bay and Neah Bay dropped to minus 3.0, La Push was minus 2.9 and Port Townsend was minus 3.7. Minus times will continue today and Monday at locations around the North Olympic Peninsula.

Lowest tide of year in Port Angeles

A beachcomber, who asked not to be identified, roams the waterline at Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles on Friday during the lowest tide of the… Continue reading

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A beachcomber, who asked not to be identified, roams the waterline at Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles on Friday during the lowest tide of the year. Port Angeles and Sequim each experienced a minus 3.3 tide, Crescent Bay and Neah Bay dropped to minus 3.0, La Push was minus 2.9 and Port Townsend was minus 3.7. Minus times will continue today and Monday at locations around the North Olympic Peninsula.
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Chynna Penird of Port Angeles uses a drill to drive screws into a support structure on rhe Generation II Dream Playground  at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles on Saturday morning.

Volunteers race to complete Dream Playground

More help needed for Generation II

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Chynna Penird of Port Angeles uses a drill to drive screws into a support structure on rhe Generation II Dream Playground  at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles on Saturday morning.
Volunteers, from left, John Albiso, Tien Vo and Bill Chastain cut boards that will become part of the Generation II Dream Playground during the first day of a six-day community build on Tuesday at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. The playground will replace an antiquated version that was built by volunteers in 2002 and torn down earlier this year. Organizers are still seeking volunteers to help with construction, the loan of woodworking tools and monetary donations. More information on the build is at www.padreamplayground.org. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Dream Playground

Volunteers, from left, John Albiso, Tien Vo and Bill Chastain cut boards that will become part of the Generation II Dream Playground during the first… Continue reading

Volunteers, from left, John Albiso, Tien Vo and Bill Chastain cut boards that will become part of the Generation II Dream Playground during the first day of a six-day community build on Tuesday at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. The playground will replace an antiquated version that was built by volunteers in 2002 and torn down earlier this year. Organizers are still seeking volunteers to help with construction, the loan of woodworking tools and monetary donations. More information on the build is at www.padreamplayground.org. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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Peninsula College graduate Mackenzie Jay of Sequim looks at her cellphone in Pirate Square prior to the beginning of Saturday's ceremony to award associate of arts degrees on the Port Angeles campus. A total of 413 students were qualified to receive degrees and certificates as part of the Class of 2020 and 2021.

Peninsula College graduation held Saturday

Peninsula College graduate Mackenzie Jay of Sequim looks at her cellphone in Pirate Square prior to the beginning of Saturday’s ceremony to award associate of… Continue reading

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Peninsula College graduate Mackenzie Jay of Sequim looks at her cellphone in Pirate Square prior to the beginning of Saturday's ceremony to award associate of arts degrees on the Port Angeles campus. A total of 413 students were qualified to receive degrees and certificates as part of the Class of 2020 and 2021.