Complaint over ‘proof of vax’ mandate accuses officials of treason

    Jefferson County will join with Clallam County to defend against a “criminal complaint” claim made by a Port Angeles woman who claims the adoption of the “proof …
The city of Port Townsend is advancing on the purchase of a 14-acre property on Evans Vista as a site for future affordable housing on the Olympic Peninsula. In early November, city council held a …
Jefferson County’s “proof of vaccination” requirement for indoor dining will stay in place until the county’s two-week COVID-19 case rate drops, Public Health Officer Dr. …
  A Brinnon woman is facing felony counts of first-degree theft from a vulnerable adult and first-degree trafficking in stolen property after she allegedly stole 48 gold Krugerrand coins from …
    Washington state Representatives Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger will hold their annual state of the state meeting this week, where they will discuss Washington’s response …
Coronavirus coverage
Jefferson County reports 19th death to COVID-19
    Local public health officials reported another death from COVID-19 in Jefferson County on Nov. 23 — the …
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Jefferson County reports 19th death to COVID-19
Jefferson County health officials reported another death from COVID-19 late Tuesday — the second death of a resident in the …
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Jefferson County hosts COVID clinics for children
The Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management and Jefferson County Public Health will hold two COVID-19 vaccination clinics …
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Another COVID death reported in Jefferson County
Jefferson County health officials reported the death of another resident from COVID-19 Monday. The person is the 18th to die from …
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Jefferson County workers to get COVID hazard pay
Jefferson County employees will get $1,000 in “premium pay” for working during the COVID-19 pandemic. County …
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Arts and Entertainment
Local author uses rivers as metaphor to arrive at true love
    Years of writing newspaper articles on Alaskan adventures for a Sunday outdoor section of the Anchorage Daily News …
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Quimper Arts hosts art show and sale for members
Quimper Arts — Port Townsend’s oldest drawing group — will hold a members-only figurative art show and sale from 10 …
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PT Symphony Orchestra back in action with December concert featuring Chimacum High soloist
After their return from a long, COVID-induced hiatus, the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra will perform their second concert of 2021 …
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Northwind Art School releases winter course catalog
The Northwind Art School is excited to return to pre-pandemic levels as the organization has announced it will return with a large …
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Board Hopefuls to Champion Marine Trades | Working Waterfront

    Two folks joining the Port Townsend Marine Trades Association board this fall will be some of the youngest members yet. Melanya Nordstrom, a finisher for the Port Townsend …

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Holiday celebration postponed in Quilcene due to big football game Saturday

Santa Claus is coming to town. But thanks to the Quilcene Rangers football team, St. Nick is going to be a day late. With the Rangers heading to the state 1B football championship at Mount …

Brinnon Fire has holiday open house

  The Brinnon Fire Department elves will be working hard to dress up the fire station for Christmas. The public is invited to come join them at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 when the lights go …

Chimacum woman seeks $430,000 from JeffCo after crash with on-duty sheriff’s deputy vehicle

A Chimacum woman is seeking more than $430,000 for injuries she allegedly suffered after an automobile crash with a Jefferson County sheriff’s patrol vehicle in April 2019. Jessica J. …

Inslee appoints Dean to leadership council

    Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Jefferson County Commissioner Kate Dean to the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council, the governing body of the Puget Sound …

New officer brings a ‘sense of service’ to the community

    Kamal Sharif knows what corrupt law enforcement looks like. He watched his family suffer from crimes while no one stepped in to protect or reassure them. In Somalia, 1996, …
Obituaries

Charles “Chuck” Theo Goodwin

Charles “Chuck” Theo Goodwin of Chimacum, Washington, passed peacefully with his family by his side on Nov. 7, 2021. He was 68. Chuck was born in Port Angeles, Wash. and was the …

Douglas Wylie Palmer III

Douglas “Doug” Wylie Palmer III, 80, born in West Seattle Jan. 10, 1941, to Douglas Wylie Palmer II and Alezena Francis Riley (née Spanier) died at home in Port Townsend, …

Robert L. Higdon 

Robert “Scratch” Higdon died in his sleep at Jefferson Healthcare hospital on Nov. 24, 2021, due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was born to Edwin and Marguerite …

Clinton Ray Schoenleber

How do we write a goodbye letter that captures the soul of our Dad? The guy we have loved our whole lives, and who has done so many interesting things that he could be the subject of his own book? …

 Jim Watson-Gove

Jim Watson-Gove died in the wee hours of Monday, October 4, 2021. My beloved is gone, but left me with the poetry/memories and the color/abstract paintings of our life together. Wish him well. Lewy …
Opinion
Care for Christmas teevee, anyone? | Mann Overboard
I was glancing at a Christmas TV supplement in another local paper with the usual jaundiced eye of a veteran newspaper TV critic. A …
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The most important upcoming birthday | Life in Ludlow
In the best spirit of the times may I hope your turkey breath is subsiding thus making your life and the lives of others in your zip …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols.
A brief history and future of Kah Tai, Sims Way corridor | Guest Viewpoint
In 1963, the Army Corps of Engineers dredged 231,000 cubic yards of nearshore sand to expand the Port Townsend Boat Haven and dumped …
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Turkeys, gratitude, and the Christmas Bird Count | Field Notes
At this time of the year, many of us enjoy gathering for a traditional Thanksgiving feast, honoring the (somewhat embellished) story …
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Letters
A Rhody Way welcome to Port Townsend | Letter to the editor
It would be nice to see a more graceful ending to the signature lines of Lombardy Poplars that have enhanced a crucial span of the …
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Keep Port Townsend a welcoming place | Letter to the editor
As an Uptown Port Townsend resident I strongly agree with Peter West’s letter, “City can put homeless camp in Uptown …
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Elected leaders get paid a piddling amount | Letter to the editor
The recommendation of the Port Townsend Salary Commission to raise the salary of city councilmembers from $500 to $700/month — …
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Keeping down the poor in Port Townsend | Letter to the editor
So Port Townsend government is about to give raises to the council members and mayor. Also county employees all get “hazard …
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The Rivals provide needed inspiration | Letter to the editor
I am so tired of the divisions in our great country caused by small groups of people who need to maintain their income by stirring …
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Sports
ACH Warriors win state 1B football title over Quilcene Rangers
Almira-Coulee-Hartline powered past Quilcene 50-20 to take the Washington 1B state football championship Saturday at Mount Tahoma High …
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Rivals gridders get All-League, MVP honors
Ten players for East Jefferson’s football team were nominated for All-League selections for the Nisqually League’s first …
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Quilcene Rangers beat Odessa Tigers, will play for state title in 1B football
History. They made it. But they aren’t yet done living it. The Rangers ran roughshod over Odessa 36-12 in the state 1B …
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Rivals girls soccer players make All-League team
Five East Jefferson soccer players made the Nisqually League’s All-League list, with two making the first team, two making the …
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Rivals cheer member earns Athlete of the Week honors
Senior Peyton Clanton of Port Townsend High School and the East Jefferson Cheer squad received the award of Athlete of the Week by the …
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Rivals senior selected for All-League volleyball team
East Jefferson Rivals senior Akira Anderson was selected for the All-League Second Team in the Nisqually League.  The senior …
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Make way for the Rangers: Quilcene advances to state semifinals in 1B football
The Quilcene Rangers advanced to the semifinals of the Washington state 1B football playoffs after a come-from-behind 51-28 win …
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EJ boys team defeated in home opener
The East Jefferson basketball team shook off the rust in their first game of the season on Monday, but it wasn’t quite enough to …
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Quilcene Rangers beat Odessa Tigers, will play for state title in 1B football
The Rangers tamed the Tigers 36-12 as Quilcene stopped Odessa in the Washington state 1B football semifinals Saturday in Moses …
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Rivals eliminated from playoffs after 58-0 loss against Eatonville
The East Jefferson Rivals lost their opening round playoff game 58-0 to Eatonville High School on Saturday. In their first-ever …
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Game Film

Varsity boys tennis: East Jefferson vs. Annie Wright Schools | Photo Gallery

The East Jefferson boys varsity tennis team hosted Annie Wright Schools on the Rivals' home courts in Chimacum. The Leader's Brian Kelly serves up these shots from the back-and-forth contest.

Varsity football: Quilcene vs. Muckleshoot | Photo Gallery

The Quilcene Rangers hosted the Muckleshoot Kings for their first home game of the season.  Brian Kelly of The Leader was there for all the action; here are some of his favorite shots.

Varsity volleyball: Quilcene vs. Mary Knight | Photo Gallery

The Quilcene Rangers beat Mary Knight High School in the volleyball season opener in three straight sets, 3-0. The Leader's Brian Kelly was there for all the action. Here are a few of his favorite …

Varsity football: Quilcene vs. Tacoma Baptist | Photo Gallery

Quilcene crushing the Crusaders, 40-6, in the Rangers' final home game against Tacoma Baptist. The Leader's Brian Kelly was there for all the action. Here are some of his favorite shots.  

Varsity boys football: Quilcene vs. Evergreen | Photo Gallery

The Quilcene Rangers overwhelmed Evergreen Lutheran 41-20 in boys varsity football at home. The Leader's Brian Kelly was there for all the action. Here's a gallery of his favorite shots.

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