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David and Carla Sue, members of the Olympic Kiwanis Club, string Christmas lights on a curbside tree in the 200 block of West First Street in downtown Port Angeles on Saturday. The service club was given the task of adorning trees in the downtown area with strings of lights supplied by the Port Angeles Downtown Association. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Kiwanis light up Port Angeles

David and Carla Sue, members of the Olympic Kiwanis Club, string Christmas lights on a curbside tree in the 200 block of West First Street… Continue reading

David and Carla Sue, members of the Olympic Kiwanis Club, string Christmas lights on a curbside tree in the 200 block of West First Street in downtown Port Angeles on Saturday. The service club was given the task of adorning trees in the downtown area with strings of lights supplied by the Port Angeles Downtown Association. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Joshua Wakefield, 11, of Sequim tries to keep his balance while learning the fine nuances of ice skating on Friday’s opening day of the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village in downtown Port Angeles. The village will be open for skating daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with breaks for ice resurfacing through Jan. 3. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Skating rink open

Joshua Wakefield, 11, of Sequim tries to keep his balance while learning the fine nuances of ice skating on Friday’s opening day of the Port… Continue reading

Joshua Wakefield, 11, of Sequim tries to keep his balance while learning the fine nuances of ice skating on Friday’s opening day of the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village in downtown Port Angeles. The village will be open for skating daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with breaks for ice resurfacing through Jan. 3. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Shawn Kidwell, an employee of Ice-America, a California-based company that rents portable ice rinks, applies water on Tuesday to the refrigerated surface of a temporary rink that will be the highlight of the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Peninsula ice skating rink to open

Six-week season begins Friday

Shawn Kidwell, an employee of Ice-America, a California-based company that rents portable ice rinks, applies water on Tuesday to the refrigerated surface of a temporary rink that will be the highlight of the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Firefighters and medics from Clallam County Fire District 2 pose for photos in front of a flaming house, part of a training exercise on Sunday at 2354 E. Fifth Ave. in the Gales Addition east of Port Angeles. The burn of the donated house allowed firefighters to hone their skills in a live-fire scenario through two days of training sessions. Once extinguished, the site will be cleared to make way for future development. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Hands-on training for firefighters and medics

Firefighters and medics from Clallam County Fire District 2 pose for photos in front of a flaming house, part of a training exercise on Sunday… Continue reading

Firefighters and medics from Clallam County Fire District 2 pose for photos in front of a flaming house, part of a training exercise on Sunday at 2354 E. Fifth Ave. in the Gales Addition east of Port Angeles. The burn of the donated house allowed firefighters to hone their skills in a live-fire scenario through two days of training sessions. Once extinguished, the site will be cleared to make way for future development. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Marla Tolliver of Neah Bay examines wreaths and hanging holiday decorations on Saturday at the annual Christmas Cottage craft fair at Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles. The free event, which continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features a wide variety of holiday crafts created by a collection of local artists and artisans. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Christmas Cottage craft fair continues Sunday

Marla Tolliver of Neah Bay examines wreaths and hanging holiday decorations on Saturday at the annual Christmas Cottage craft fair at Vern Burton Community Center… Continue reading

Marla Tolliver of Neah Bay examines wreaths and hanging holiday decorations on Saturday at the annual Christmas Cottage craft fair at Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles. The free event, which continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features a wide variety of holiday crafts created by a collection of local artists and artisans. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Firefighters for Clallam County Fire District 2 prepare for training on Saturday at a donated house at 2354 E. Fifth Ave. in the Gales Addition east of Port Angeles. The unoccupied house is scheduled to be used for live fire training after noon today when the structure will be ignited and burned to the ground for firefighters to hone their skills in a controlled fire situation. People seeing the blaze or corresponding smoke column are requested not to call 9-1-1. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Firefighters training in Gales Addition on Sunday

Firefighters for Clallam County Fire District 2 prepare for training on Saturday at a donated house at 2354 E. Fifth Ave. in the Gales Addition… Continue reading

Firefighters for Clallam County Fire District 2 prepare for training on Saturday at a donated house at 2354 E. Fifth Ave. in the Gales Addition east of Port Angeles. The unoccupied house is scheduled to be used for live fire training after noon today when the structure will be ignited and burned to the ground for firefighters to hone their skills in a controlled fire situation. People seeing the blaze or corresponding smoke column are requested not to call 9-1-1. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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A work crew erects a tent on Wednesday that will cover a temporary ice skating rink to be installed for the annual Winter Ice Village in the 100 block of West Front Street on downtown Port Angeles. Daily ice skating will begin on Nov. 19 and continue through Jan. 3.

Ice Village coming together in Port Angeles

A work crew erects a tent on Wednesday that will cover a temporary ice skating rink to be installed for the annual Winter Ice Village… Continue reading

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A work crew erects a tent on Wednesday that will cover a temporary ice skating rink to be installed for the annual Winter Ice Village in the 100 block of West Front Street on downtown Port Angeles. Daily ice skating will begin on Nov. 19 and continue through Jan. 3.
Rian Anderson, Port Angeles district manager for Black Ball Ferry Line, stands on the forward deck of the MV Coho, which will resume daily journeys across the Strait of Juan de Fuca today, 20 months after it was docked by international border restrictions due to COVID-19. The Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce plans a small send-off when it leaves for its first run at 8:20 a.m. and a large welcome of Canadians, who have sold out the ferry, at noon at the ferry terminal. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Coho ferry resumes Monday

Rian Anderson, Port Angeles district manager for Black Ball Ferry Line, stands on the forward deck of the MV Coho, which will resume daily journeys… Continue reading

Rian Anderson, Port Angeles district manager for Black Ball Ferry Line, stands on the forward deck of the MV Coho, which will resume daily journeys across the Strait of Juan de Fuca today, 20 months after it was docked by international border restrictions due to COVID-19. The Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce plans a small send-off when it leaves for its first run at 8:20 a.m. and a large welcome of Canadians, who have sold out the ferry, at noon at the ferry terminal. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Debbi and Richard Szabo of Port Angeles, along with their dog, Tipsy, walk along the Port Angeles Waterfront as the bulk carrier Great Faith takes on cargo in the rain at the Port of Port Angeles Terminal 3 on Thursday. Unsettled weather is expected across the region through the weekend. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Rainy weekend

Debbi and Richard Szabo of Port Angeles, along with their dog, Tipsy, walk along the Port Angeles Waterfront as the bulk carrier Great Faith takes… Continue reading

Debbi and Richard Szabo of Port Angeles, along with their dog, Tipsy, walk along the Port Angeles Waterfront as the bulk carrier Great Faith takes on cargo in the rain at the Port of Port Angeles Terminal 3 on Thursday. Unsettled weather is expected across the region through the weekend. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Jefferson County Elections Coordinator Quinn Grewell, left, and Chief Deputy Auditor Brenda Huntingford tabulate ballots Wednesday afternoon in the Auditor’s Office for the second round of ballot counts released late in the afternoon. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)

Second ballot count

Jefferson County Elections Coordinator Quinn Grewell, left, and Chief Deputy Auditor Brenda Huntingford tabulate ballots Wednesday afternoon in the Auditor’s Office for the second round… Continue reading

Jefferson County Elections Coordinator Quinn Grewell, left, and Chief Deputy Auditor Brenda Huntingford tabulate ballots Wednesday afternoon in the Auditor’s Office for the second round of ballot counts released late in the afternoon. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)
About 50 people lined the sides of Water Street in Port Townsend near the ferry terminal Wednesday morning, as part of the "World Wide Walkout" created by the National Health Freedom Coalition in opposition to COVID-19 vaccination mandates. According to the Coalitions event page: "Citizens around the globe are protesting loss of liberty, illegal mandates and tyrannical government overreach."
Signs carried by local residents held a variety of sayings, with different versions of calling for no mandates or forced vaccinations, "my body my choice", shirts that said "we will not comply", and that the mandates violated the U.S. Constitution. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)

Vaccine mandate protest in Port Townsend

About 50 people lined the sides of Water Street in Port Townsend near the ferry terminal Wednesday morning, as part of the “World Wide Walkout”… Continue reading

About 50 people lined the sides of Water Street in Port Townsend near the ferry terminal Wednesday morning, as part of the "World Wide Walkout" created by the National Health Freedom Coalition in opposition to COVID-19 vaccination mandates. According to the Coalitions event page: "Citizens around the globe are protesting loss of liberty, illegal mandates and tyrannical government overreach."
Signs carried by local residents held a variety of sayings, with different versions of calling for no mandates or forced vaccinations, "my body my choice", shirts that said "we will not comply", and that the mandates violated the U.S. Constitution. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)
Bigfoot, portrayed by YMCA wellness couch Stan Dame, directs trick-or-treat traffic during Saturday's Halloween drive through at the YMCA of Sequim. Those seeking treats were offered the opportunity to make their way around the facility's parking lot as costumed characters delivered curb-side confections.

Big, hairy and scary

Bigfoot, portrayed by YMCA wellness couch Stan Dame, directs trick-or-treat traffic during Saturday’s Halloween drive through at the YMCA of Sequim. Those seeking treats were… Continue reading

Bigfoot, portrayed by YMCA wellness couch Stan Dame, directs trick-or-treat traffic during Saturday's Halloween drive through at the YMCA of Sequim. Those seeking treats were offered the opportunity to make their way around the facility's parking lot as costumed characters delivered curb-side confections.
The camp host for the Point Hudson campground has their corner of the RV park decorated for Halloween. While many annual Halloween events have been cancelled this year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the health officer for North Olympic Peninsula believes that normal trick-or-treating for kids can be done safely tonight. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)

Spooky sightings

The camp host for the Point Hudson campground has their corner of the RV park decorated for Halloween. While many annual Halloween events have been… Continue reading

The camp host for the Point Hudson campground has their corner of the RV park decorated for Halloween. While many annual Halloween events have been cancelled this year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the health officer for North Olympic Peninsula believes that normal trick-or-treating for kids can be done safely tonight. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)
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Port Angeles Parks and Recreation Department seasonal worker Destiny Walters removes unwanted growth from the garden in front of the Port Angeles welcome sign at Lincoln Street and Lauridsen Boulevard on Wednesday. The sign includes a greeting dto visitors in the Klallam language.

Welcome weeding at Port Angeles sign

Port Angeles Parks and Recreation Department seasonal worker Destiny Walters removes unwanted growth from the garden in front of the Port Angeles welcome sign at… Continue reading

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Port Angeles Parks and Recreation Department seasonal worker Destiny Walters removes unwanted growth from the garden in front of the Port Angeles welcome sign at Lincoln Street and Lauridsen Boulevard on Wednesday. The sign includes a greeting dto visitors in the Klallam language.
Ryan Belardi, 8, rides a zipline Wednesday at the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield as siblings James Belardi, 6, and Hayleigh Belardi, 2, along with their mother, Rachel Belardi, all of Port Angeles, wait at the launch platform. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Weekend sale to raise money for security lighting

Foundation board members donating funds

Ryan Belardi, 8, rides a zipline Wednesday at the Dream Playground at Erickson Playfield as siblings James Belardi, 6, and Hayleigh Belardi, 2, along with their mother, Rachel Belardi, all of Port Angeles, wait at the launch platform. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Rachel Hill, the e-commerce lead for the Port Townsend Safeway, cuts the ribbon during the store's "Grand Reopening" on Wednesday while surrounded by current and retired employees of the store. Hill has worked for the Port Townsend grocery store for 32 years. 
The reopening is celebrating the completion of a four-month remodel for the store that began after the Fourth of July. The remodel brought in new refrigeration units, display windows for the departments like the deli and meat/seafood, new paint and a new "Ready? Go" section of pre-cooked meals. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Townsend Safeway celebrates remodel

Rachel Hill, the e-commerce lead for the Port Townsend Safeway, cuts the ribbon during the store’s “Grand Reopening” on Wednesday while surrounded by current and… Continue reading

Rachel Hill, the e-commerce lead for the Port Townsend Safeway, cuts the ribbon during the store's "Grand Reopening" on Wednesday while surrounded by current and retired employees of the store. Hill has worked for the Port Townsend grocery store for 32 years. 
The reopening is celebrating the completion of a four-month remodel for the store that began after the Fourth of July. The remodel brought in new refrigeration units, display windows for the departments like the deli and meat/seafood, new paint and a new "Ready? Go" section of pre-cooked meals. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)
Jeffery Evalt of Sequim and his dog Rex look for agates and other interesting rocks along the shore of Sequim Bay as wind-driven waves churn behind him on Tuesday. Blustery winds, the remnants of a strong storm system that visited the region on Sunday and Monday, rolled across the bay, pushing water against the shoreline. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Choppy waters

Jeffery Evalt of Sequim and his dog Rex look for agates and other interesting rocks along the shore of Sequim Bay as wind-driven waves churn… Continue reading

Jeffery Evalt of Sequim and his dog Rex look for agates and other interesting rocks along the shore of Sequim Bay as wind-driven waves churn behind him on Tuesday. Blustery winds, the remnants of a strong storm system that visited the region on Sunday and Monday, rolled across the bay, pushing water against the shoreline. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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Six-year-old Rocky Bright of Port Angeles picks his pumpkin at the start of a pumpkin carving workshop hosted by the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center on Saturday. The event was part of the center's Celebration of Shadows Fall Festival, which included carved pumpkin judging, a shadow puppet theater workshop and the "Chasing Shadows" gallery show.

Carving some great pumpkins

Rocky Bright, 6, of Port Angeles picks his pumpkin at the start of a pumpkin carving workshop hosted by the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center… Continue reading

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Six-year-old Rocky Bright of Port Angeles picks his pumpkin at the start of a pumpkin carving workshop hosted by the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center on Saturday. The event was part of the center's Celebration of Shadows Fall Festival, which included carved pumpkin judging, a shadow puppet theater workshop and the "Chasing Shadows" gallery show.
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Officer Mike Johnson of the Port Angeles Police Department accepts a drop-off of unwanted drugs on Saturday in the parking lot of the Clallam County Courthouse as part the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The annual event, organized by the U.S. Drdug Enforcement Administration, allowed people to get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal.

Drug Take Back Day

Officer Mike Johnson of the Port Angeles Police Department accepts a drop-off of unwanted drugs on Saturday in the parking lot of the Clallam County… Continue reading

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Officer Mike Johnson of the Port Angeles Police Department accepts a drop-off of unwanted drugs on Saturday in the parking lot of the Clallam County Courthouse as part the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The annual event, organized by the U.S. Drdug Enforcement Administration, allowed people to get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal.
Ham radio operator Kathleen Reiter, training coordinator for Amateur Radio Emergency Services, relays radio messages outside the county courthouse during Thursday’s Great ShakeOut, an international drill to practice how to drop, cover and hold in the event of an earthquake. In Clallam County, numerous schools and other agencies practiced what to do in an emergency. Included in the drill was the sounding of tsunami sirens across the state. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Great ShakeOut

Ham radio operator Kathleen Reiter, training coordinator for Amateur Radio Emergency Services, relays radio messages outside the county courthouse during Thursday’s Great ShakeOut, an international… Continue reading

Ham radio operator Kathleen Reiter, training coordinator for Amateur Radio Emergency Services, relays radio messages outside the county courthouse during Thursday’s Great ShakeOut, an international drill to practice how to drop, cover and hold in the event of an earthquake. In Clallam County, numerous schools and other agencies practiced what to do in an emergency. Included in the drill was the sounding of tsunami sirens across the state. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)