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An excavator pulls apart the charred wreckage of the former Castaways Restaurant and Lounge on Thursday in Port Angeles. The resaturant, located at 1213 Marine Drive at Boat Haven West,  was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin on Jan. 31. Jim Bishop Excavating is performing the demolition.

Demolition begins for burned business in Port Angeles

An excavator pulls apart the charred wreckage of the former Castaways Restaurant and Lounge on Thursday in Port Angeles. The restaurant, located at 1213 Marine… Continue reading

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An excavator pulls apart the charred wreckage of the former Castaways Restaurant and Lounge on Thursday in Port Angeles. The resaturant, located at 1213 Marine Drive at Boat Haven West,  was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin on Jan. 31. Jim Bishop Excavating is performing the demolition.
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U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Shane Thompson, accompanied by his son, Malachi Thompson, 10, a member Junior American Citizens, carries a used flag for inceneration on Tuesday at the Northwest Veterans Service Center in Port Angeles on Flag Day. Overseeing the burning were Ginny Sturgeon, left, and Jan Urfer, right, members of the Michael Trebert chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which co-hosted the event with the Clallam County Veterans Association. Eleven used cotton flags were burned during Tuesday's Flag Retirement Ceremony.

Flag retirement ceremony held

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Shane Thompson, accompanied by his son, Malachi Thompson, 10, a member of Junior American Citizens, carries a retiring flag… Continue reading

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U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Shane Thompson, accompanied by his son, Malachi Thompson, 10, a member Junior American Citizens, carries a used flag for inceneration on Tuesday at the Northwest Veterans Service Center in Port Angeles on Flag Day. Overseeing the burning were Ginny Sturgeon, left, and Jan Urfer, right, members of the Michael Trebert chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which co-hosted the event with the Clallam County Veterans Association. Eleven used cotton flags were burned during Tuesday's Flag Retirement Ceremony.
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Curtis Welcker of Freshwater Bay and Amy Joy Sedberry of Port Angeles walk along the tidal flats at Freshwater Bay County Park west of Port Angeles during Wednesday's lowest tide of the year at minus 2.62. Daily minus tides are predicted for most locations in Northwest Washington through the weekend

Lowest tide of year at Freshwater Bay

Curtis Welcker of Freshwater Bay and Amy Joy Sedberry of Port Angeles walk along the tidal flats at Freshwater Bay County Park west of Port… Continue reading

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Curtis Welcker of Freshwater Bay and Amy Joy Sedberry of Port Angeles walk along the tidal flats at Freshwater Bay County Park west of Port Angeles during Wednesday's lowest tide of the year at minus 2.62. Daily minus tides are predicted for most locations in Northwest Washington through the weekend
Special Olympian Deedra Hunter of Port Angeles takes a turn carrying the torch accompanied by fellow Olympian Bonny Ann Cates, left, and Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office during Wednesday’s Law Enforcement Torch Run along a section of the Waterfront Trail in Port Angeles. The relay, which included representatives from the sheriff’s offices in Clallam and Jefferson counties, Port Angeles and Sequim police, tribal police from Lower Elwha Klallam and Jamestown S’Klallam, State Patrol, Quilcene firefighters, U.S. Border Patrol, state parks personnel and Olympic National Park rangers, as well as several Special Olympians, followed a route from the west side of Port Angeles at 7 a.m. to the Hood Canal Bridge to about 5 p.m. in support of Special Olympics, which provides sports training and athletic competition for individuals with disabilities. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Special Olympics torch run

Special Olympian Deedra Hunter of Port Angeles takes a turn carrying the torch accompanied by fellow Olympian Bonny Ann Cates, left, and Chief Criminal Deputy… Continue reading

Special Olympian Deedra Hunter of Port Angeles takes a turn carrying the torch accompanied by fellow Olympian Bonny Ann Cates, left, and Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office during Wednesday’s Law Enforcement Torch Run along a section of the Waterfront Trail in Port Angeles. The relay, which included representatives from the sheriff’s offices in Clallam and Jefferson counties, Port Angeles and Sequim police, tribal police from Lower Elwha Klallam and Jamestown S’Klallam, State Patrol, Quilcene firefighters, U.S. Border Patrol, state parks personnel and Olympic National Park rangers, as well as several Special Olympians, followed a route from the west side of Port Angeles at 7 a.m. to the Hood Canal Bridge to about 5 p.m. in support of Special Olympics, which provides sports training and athletic competition for individuals with disabilities. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Port Townsend High School’s Sidda Hayes, Macy Smith, Charlotte Falge and Maddi Witheridge look over Tusker Behrenfeld’s mortar board to decipher the meaning. Eighty-two seniors received their diplomas before family and friends during the 132nd Commencement at McCurdy Pavilion on Friday night. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)

Chimacum, Port Townsend high school classes graduate

Port Townsend High School’s Sidda Hayes, Macy Smith, Charlotte Falge and Maddi Witheridge look over Tusker Behrenfeld’s mortar board to decipher the meaning. Eighty-two seniors… Continue reading

Port Townsend High School’s Sidda Hayes, Macy Smith, Charlotte Falge and Maddi Witheridge look over Tusker Behrenfeld’s mortar board to decipher the meaning. Eighty-two seniors received their diplomas before family and friends during the 132nd Commencement at McCurdy Pavilion on Friday night. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
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Team Imua members Thiago Silva, left, and Connor Jones, from Mill Valley, CA. pause to reflect on their 70 mile overnight row from Tacoma to Port Townsend to win the annual Seventy48 race for non motorized watercraft. One Hundred twenty-three entrants started the 70 mile race at 7:00 PM Friday from Commencement Bay in Tacoma and they have 48 hours to complete the journey. Team Imua completed the trek in just over 9 and a half hours and taking home the approx. $5300.00 winners prize.

Seventy48 winners paddle in to Port Townsend

Team Imua members Thiago Silva, left, and Connor Jones from Mill Valley, Calif., pause to reflect on their 70-mile overnight row from Tacoma to Port… Continue reading

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Team Imua members Thiago Silva, left, and Connor Jones, from Mill Valley, CA. pause to reflect on their 70 mile overnight row from Tacoma to Port Townsend to win the annual Seventy48 race for non motorized watercraft. One Hundred twenty-three entrants started the 70 mile race at 7:00 PM Friday from Commencement Bay in Tacoma and they have 48 hours to complete the journey. Team Imua completed the trek in just over 9 and a half hours and taking home the approx. $5300.00 winners prize.
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Port Angeles High School graduates, from left, Hannah Basden, Zoe Smithson, Peyton Rudd and Jenna McGoiff inflate balloons that will adorn a car taking part in Friday's graduation parade through the streets of Port Angeles from Ediz Hook to the high school. The parade, which was developed to honor graduates after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of commencement in 2020, was kept as a prelude to the conventional ceremony at Port Angeles Civic Field.

Graduates parade through Port Angeles

Port Angeles High School graduates, from left, Hannah Basden, Zoe Smithson, Peyton Rudd and Jenna McGoff inflate balloons that will adorn a car taking part… Continue reading

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Port Angeles High School graduates, from left, Hannah Basden, Zoe Smithson, Peyton Rudd and Jenna McGoiff inflate balloons that will adorn a car taking part in Friday's graduation parade through the streets of Port Angeles from Ediz Hook to the high school. The parade, which was developed to honor graduates after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of commencement in 2020, was kept as a prelude to the conventional ceremony at Port Angeles Civic Field.
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Tim O’Neill, Ginger Fortier and Honey Neimann, all from Port Townsend and members of Jefferson County Master Gardeners Foundation, pick weeds and do other clean up at Dahlia Park, on the corner of 10th St. and Sims Way in Port Townsend on Wednesday afternoon. The association took over the maintenance of the garden from the city in 2003 and volunteers like these make certain the park is always looking nice and appropriate for the season.

Garden grooming in Port Townsend

Tim O’Neill, Ginger Fortier and Honey Neimann, all from Port Townsend and members of Jefferson County Master Gardeners Foundation, pick weeds and do other clean… Continue reading

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Tim O’Neill, Ginger Fortier and Honey Neimann, all from Port Townsend and members of Jefferson County Master Gardeners Foundation, pick weeds and do other clean up at Dahlia Park, on the corner of 10th St. and Sims Way in Port Townsend on Wednesday afternoon. The association took over the maintenance of the garden from the city in 2003 and volunteers like these make certain the park is always looking nice and appropriate for the season.
Ernie Latson of Port Angeles, left, purchases the first two bags of popcorn as Swain’s General Store employee Shawn Price unveils the popcorn machine on Wednesday morning in Port Angeles. The store, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, resumed selling its signature popcorn after a two-year hiatus imposed by COVID-19 health measures. The price remains the same as it was when Swain’s first offered it to customer in 1966 — 25 cents. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Popcorn is back at Swain’s General Store

Ernie Latson of Port Angeles, left, purchases the first two bags of popcorn as Swain’s General Store employee Shawn Price unveils the popcorn machine on… Continue reading

Ernie Latson of Port Angeles, left, purchases the first two bags of popcorn as Swain’s General Store employee Shawn Price unveils the popcorn machine on Wednesday morning in Port Angeles. The store, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, resumed selling its signature popcorn after a two-year hiatus imposed by COVID-19 health measures. The price remains the same as it was when Swain’s first offered it to customer in 1966 — 25 cents. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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T.J. Farris of Bakersfield, Calif., an employee of the Flims, Swittzerland-based Velosolutions, uses a compactor on Tuesday to create a lane surface on an asphalt portion of a pump track being built at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. The track, designed primarily for bicycles and other wheeled play vehicles, is being constructed by the Port Angeles Parks & Recreation Department in conjunction the Lincoln Park BMX Association with funding from a $350,000 grant from the state Recreation and Conservation Office, $100,000 in lodging tax grants from the city and Clallam County, business sponsorships, individual and community donations and a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. It is expected to be completed by late June or early July.

Pump track paving in Port Angeles

T.J. Farris of Bakersfield, Calif., an employee of the Flims, Switzerland-based Velosolutions, uses a compactor on Tuesday to create a lane surface on an asphalt… Continue reading

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T.J. Farris of Bakersfield, Calif., an employee of the Flims, Swittzerland-based Velosolutions, uses a compactor on Tuesday to create a lane surface on an asphalt portion of a pump track being built at Erickson Playfield in Port Angeles. The track, designed primarily for bicycles and other wheeled play vehicles, is being constructed by the Port Angeles Parks & Recreation Department in conjunction the Lincoln Park BMX Association with funding from a $350,000 grant from the state Recreation and Conservation Office, $100,000 in lodging tax grants from the city and Clallam County, business sponsorships, individual and community donations and a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. It is expected to be completed by late June or early July.
Youths take off from the starting line of Saturday’s Kids’ Marathon, a family-friendly feature of the Olympic Discovery Marathon, along the Waterfront Trail at Port Angeles City Pier. About 300 children were expected to take part in the 1.2-mile fun run. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

KIDS’ MARATHON: Even the little ones run on marathon weekend

Youths take off from the starting line of Saturday’s Kids’ Marathon, a family-friendly feature of the Olympic Discovery Marathon, along the Waterfront Trail at Port… Continue reading

Youths take off from the starting line of Saturday’s Kids’ Marathon, a family-friendly feature of the Olympic Discovery Marathon, along the Waterfront Trail at Port Angeles City Pier. About 300 children were expected to take part in the 1.2-mile fun run. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Clallam Transit operations supervisor Rickie Stimbert attaches balloons to the front of the first bus to make scheduled service from The Gateway transit center to Hurricane Ridge on Wednesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Ride the bus to the Ridge

Clallam Transit now providing seasonal service

Clallam Transit operations supervisor Rickie Stimbert attaches balloons to the front of the first bus to make scheduled service from The Gateway transit center to Hurricane Ridge on Wednesday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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John Kent, commander of VFW Post 1024 of Port Angeles, rings the Liberty Bell replica in honor of Clallam County veterans who have died in the previous month during the monthly rememberance ceremony on Friday at Veterans Park in Port Angeles. A total of 29 veterans were recognized with a chiming of the bell for each.

Monthly memorial ringing

John Kent, commander of VFW Post 1024 of Port Angeles, rings the Liberty Bell replica in honor of Clallam County veterans who have died in… Continue reading

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John Kent, commander of VFW Post 1024 of Port Angeles, rings the Liberty Bell replica in honor of Clallam County veterans who have died in the previous month during the monthly rememberance ceremony on Friday at Veterans Park in Port Angeles. A total of 29 veterans were recognized with a chiming of the bell for each.
Tom Wayne Duke of Langley directs traffic as a North American SNJ-5 Texan based in Diamond Point taxies into a parking spot on Saturday at William R. Fairchild International Airport as part of Armed Forces & Public Safety Airport Appreciation Day and Fly-in. The event featured a variety of modern and vintage aircraft, flying demonstrations, public saftey displays and Young Eagles flights for children. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Armed Forces Public Safety Airport Appreciation Day and Fly-in

A variety of modern and vintage aircraft, flying demonstrations and a World War II reenactment filled the tarmac and sky at William R. Fairchild International… Continue reading

Tom Wayne Duke of Langley directs traffic as a North American SNJ-5 Texan based in Diamond Point taxies into a parking spot on Saturday at William R. Fairchild International Airport as part of Armed Forces & Public Safety Airport Appreciation Day and Fly-in. The event featured a variety of modern and vintage aircraft, flying demonstrations, public saftey displays and Young Eagles flights for children. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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David Fox of Port Angeles uses a rotary tiller on Thursday to prepare soil for planting on a plot in the Fifth Street Community Garden in Port Angeles. The garden, which features plots planted by members of the comnnunty, is in full swing with a wide variety of plants and flowers.

Garden prep work in Port Angeles

David Fox of Port Angeles uses a rotary tiller to prepare soil for planting on a plot in the Fifth Street Community Garden in Port… Continue reading

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David Fox of Port Angeles uses a rotary tiller on Thursday to prepare soil for planting on a plot in the Fifth Street Community Garden in Port Angeles. The garden, which features plots planted by members of the comnnunty, is in full swing with a wide variety of plants and flowers.
Dick Richardson, volunteer coordinator of the U.S. Light House Society, shows off the 1880’s French made fresnel lens at the top of the Point Wilson Light at Fort Worden State Park. The society is the caretaker of the lighthouse, under a license from the U.S. Coast Guard. Public tours are conducted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Because of liability issues and Coast Guard regulations, the top floor, where the lens is located, will be off limits. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)

Lighthouse tours

Dick Richardson, volunteer coordinator of the U.S. Light House Society, shows off the 1880’s French made fresnel lens at the top of the Point Wilson… Continue reading

Dick Richardson, volunteer coordinator of the U.S. Light House Society, shows off the 1880’s French made fresnel lens at the top of the Point Wilson Light at Fort Worden State Park. The society is the caretaker of the lighthouse, under a license from the U.S. Coast Guard. Public tours are conducted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Because of liability issues and Coast Guard regulations, the top floor, where the lens is located, will be off limits. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
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Visitors to Lake Crescent Lodge at Barnes Point contemplate swimming from the lodge's dock on Tuesday in Olympic National Park southwest of Port Angeles. Lake Crescent is one of the parks most visited attractions, drawing thousands of visitors each year to marvel at the interface of mountains and water.

Would-be swimmers at Lake Crescent

Visitors to Lake Crescent Lodge at Barnes Point contemplate swimming from the lodge’s dock on Tuesday in Olympic National Park southwest of Port Angeles. Lake… Continue reading

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Visitors to Lake Crescent Lodge at Barnes Point contemplate swimming from the lodge's dock on Tuesday in Olympic National Park southwest of Port Angeles. Lake Crescent is one of the parks most visited attractions, drawing thousands of visitors each year to marvel at the interface of mountains and water.
A stylized dragon with its mouth operated by Kurt White makes its way down Washington Street as part of the Olympic Theatre Arts entry in Saturday’s Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade. The event returned to an in-person activity with more than 90 entries and thousands of spectators lining the parade route. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Irrigation Festival Grand parade

Awards issued to floats in the Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade on Saturday are Mayor’s, Clallam County Fair Royalty; Chairman’s, Hoquiam Loggers Playday; President’s, Mason… Continue reading

A stylized dragon with its mouth operated by Kurt White makes its way down Washington Street as part of the Olympic Theatre Arts entry in Saturday’s Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade. The event returned to an in-person activity with more than 90 entries and thousands of spectators lining the parade route. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
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Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict, left, reads off the names of Washington law enforcment officers killed in the line of duty as Port Angeles Police Chief Brian Smith looks on during a ceremony of Friday honoring law enforcement personnel as part of National Police Week. The ceremoney, held at the Liberty Bell replica at Veterans Park in Port Angeles, included music from the Port Angeles High School choir, a flag ceremony, a gun salute and ringing of the bell.

Memorial bell ringing in Port Angeles

Above: Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict, left, reads off the names of Washington law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as Port Angeles… Continue reading

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Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict, left, reads off the names of Washington law enforcment officers killed in the line of duty as Port Angeles Police Chief Brian Smith looks on during a ceremony of Friday honoring law enforcement personnel as part of National Police Week. The ceremoney, held at the Liberty Bell replica at Veterans Park in Port Angeles, included music from the Port Angeles High School choir, a flag ceremony, a gun salute and ringing of the bell.
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Port Angeles Business Association member John Brewer fills a wheelbarrow with weeds and dirt during a clean-up effort to beautify the Port Angeles welcome display Front Street and Ennis Cutoff on Saturday. A team of association members along with their friends and families took part in the activity.

Welcome efforts clean up in Port Angeles

Port Angeles Business Association member John Brewer fills a wheelbarrow with weeds and dirt during a clean-up effort to beautify the Port Angeles welcome display… Continue reading

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Port Angeles Business Association member John Brewer fills a wheelbarrow with weeds and dirt during a clean-up effort to beautify the Port Angeles welcome display Front Street and Ennis Cutoff on Saturday. A team of association members along with their friends and families took part in the activity.