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Jan Whitlow’s equine family gather around her in a circle wearing their new waterproof blankets to help protect them from freezing cold, wind and rain that would flatten their otherwise thick and fluffy winter top-coat that serves as an insulator to keep their bodies warm.  From left are Thunder, Mulla the mini-mule, Orion, Patch, Teddy and Shetland pony Belle. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)

HORSEPLAY: Advice for blanketing horses for winter

SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS AND frost in the lowlands greeted us Tuesday morning, Dec. 21, Winter Solstice and the first day of winter. Which begs the question:… Continue reading

Jan Whitlow’s equine family gather around her in a circle wearing their new waterproof blankets to help protect them from freezing cold, wind and rain that would flatten their otherwise thick and fluffy winter top-coat that serves as an insulator to keep their bodies warm.  From left are Thunder, Mulla the mini-mule, Orion, Patch, Teddy and Shetland pony Belle. (Karen Griffiths/for Peninsula Daily News)
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Marion Mittell, 10, of Seattle takes time off during a visit to the Olympic Peninsula to play an outdoor piano in the 100 block of East First Street in downtown Port Angeles on Wednesday. The piano, placed on the sidewalk as a public music installation by the owner of the nearby First Street Haven restaurabnt, has been available seasonally to passers-by since 2017.

Outdoor piano offers downtown sounds

Marion Mittell, 10, of Seattle takes time off during a visit to the Olympic Peninsula to play an outdoor piano in the 100 block of… Continue reading

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Marion Mittell, 10, of Seattle takes time off during a visit to the Olympic Peninsula to play an outdoor piano in the 100 block of East First Street in downtown Port Angeles on Wednesday. The piano, placed on the sidewalk as a public music installation by the owner of the nearby First Street Haven restaurabnt, has been available seasonally to passers-by since 2017.
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Michael Freestone of Port Angeles sits on the steps in front of the Salvation Army Church in Port Anageles as he enjoys a carry-out Christmas Eve lunch. The organization served dozens of lunches with an outdoor dining twist in its annual holiday tradition.

Salvation Army serves holiday lunch to go

Michael Freestone of Port Angeles sits on the steps in front of the Salvation Army Church in Port Angeles as he enjoys a carry-out Christmas… Continue reading

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Michael Freestone of Port Angeles sits on the steps in front of the Salvation Army Church in Port Anageles as he enjoys a carry-out Christmas Eve lunch. The organization served dozens of lunches with an outdoor dining twist in its annual holiday tradition.
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Jake Thornburg, front, and Chig Martin, both of Port Angeles, take on the Santa persona as they ride a motorized bicycle on West Third Street in Port Angeles on Christmas Eve Day. The pair said the were out to bring good cheer to people for the holidays.

Santas spread cheer in Port Angeles

Jake Thornburg, front, and Chig Martin, both of Port Angeles, take on the Santa persona as they ride a motorized bicycle on West Third Street… Continue reading

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Jake Thornburg, front, and Chig Martin, both of Port Angeles, take on the Santa persona as they ride a motorized bicycle on West Third Street in Port Angeles on Christmas Eve Day. The pair said the were out to bring good cheer to people for the holidays.
Lt. Col. Susan Sorensen (ret.) prepares to lay a ceremonial wreath honoring those who served in the U.S. Coast Guard. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Wreaths Across America honors veterans

Plans being made for next year’s observance

Lt. Col. Susan Sorensen (ret.) prepares to lay a ceremonial wreath honoring those who served in the U.S. Coast Guard. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Severe weather on the way

Forecast calls for 3-11 inches of snow; warming centers open on Peninsula

92 calls affected during 9-1-1 outage in seven counties

A 9-1-1 outage this month that affected about 20 call centers across seven counties, including Clallam and Jefferson, was caused… Continue reading

Sid Anna Sherwood, owner of Annie’s Flower Farm in Sequim, created “Flora,” goddess of blooming flowers, for the Fleurs de Villes show at Pacific Place in Seattle. The 18-piece display stays up through Monday. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Sid Anna Sherwood, owner of Annie’s Flower Farm in Sequim, created “Flora,” goddess of blooming flowers, for the Fleurs de Villes show at Pacific Place in Seattle. The 18-piece display stays up through Monday. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Angeles reopens public restrooms

Facilities to be available 24 hours daily

Barry Swegle plays Santa at the Candy Cane Christmas Cabin at The Answer for Youth (RAFY) Sprouting Hope Greenhouse as he holds 4-month-old Persephanie Svilar of Port Angeles. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)

Port Angeles’ latest Santa once rode a bulldozer

Barry Swegle says he’s turned his life around

Barry Swegle plays Santa at the Candy Cane Christmas Cabin at The Answer for Youth (RAFY) Sprouting Hope Greenhouse as he holds 4-month-old Persephanie Svilar of Port Angeles. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)

Three Peninsula residents appointed to state boards

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed three North Olympic Peninsula residents to state boards and commissions. Sequim residents Richard Hendricksen, retired planning director for… Continue reading

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Winter Wishes granted at Sequim High School

Community helps support more than 400 gifts to, from students

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Bauer denies murders

Accused takes stand in triple-murder trial

Port Angeles water main break affects 230 buildings

City crews were expected to restore water service by early this morning after a 20-inch water main broke on Tuesday, shooting water… Continue reading

Proposed team would work with those at risk of drug overdose

Increase of fentanyl has changed landscape in county, official says

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The Bixby family, Emma, Corey, Tennille and Colin, stand in their yard, which they decorated with Christmas lights that are programmed to change with music.

Sequim family puts on holiday light show

Music also broadcast as neighbors welcomed

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The Bixby family, Emma, Corey, Tennille and Colin, stand in their yard, which they decorated with Christmas lights that are programmed to change with music.
Danica Sebastian, 12, of Bremerton, a member of the Bremerton Figure Skaters Club, gives a skating demonstration on Tuesday at the Winter Ice Village in downtown Port Angeles. Club members put on a four-routine performance of songs featured in their recent holiday show in Bremerton. The Port Angeles skating rink is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with breaks for ice resurfacing through Jan. 3. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Skating demonstration

Danica Sebastian, 12, of Bremerton, a member of the Bremerton Figure Skaters Club, gives a skating demonstration on Tuesday at the Winter Ice Village in… Continue reading

Danica Sebastian, 12, of Bremerton, a member of the Bremerton Figure Skaters Club, gives a skating demonstration on Tuesday at the Winter Ice Village in downtown Port Angeles. Club members put on a four-routine performance of songs featured in their recent holiday show in Bremerton. The Port Angeles skating rink is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with breaks for ice resurfacing through Jan. 3. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Some snow expected on Christmas

Icy conditions predicted over weekend

Deseree Garza, a representative of First Federal, left, and Salvation Army Major Ron Wehnau assemble bundles of Christmas presents for the organization’s Angel Tree program on Tuesday at the Salvation Army Community Center in Port Angeles. Major Barbara Wehnau said 201 families representing more than 500 children would be given packages of presents for the 2021 holiday season. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Christmas angels

Deseree Garza, a representative of First Federal, left, and Salvation Army Major Ron Wehnau assemble bundles of Christmas presents for the organization’s Angel Tree program… Continue reading

Deseree Garza, a representative of First Federal, left, and Salvation Army Major Ron Wehnau assemble bundles of Christmas presents for the organization’s Angel Tree program on Tuesday at the Salvation Army Community Center in Port Angeles. Major Barbara Wehnau said 201 families representing more than 500 children would be given packages of presents for the 2021 holiday season. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)