UPDATE | Residents throughout Port Hadlock heard explosions; one resident expected to find 'big hole in the middle of the street'

The Port Hadlock man who lost an arm after a homemade bomb explosion overnight was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, according to a spokesperson for Harborview Medical Center. Port …

UPDATE | Authorities identify Port Hadlock man hurt in explosion

The man injured in an explosion of a homemade bomb has been identified as Jesse Thomas Taylor, 46. Taylor is a Port Hadlock resident and has lived on Ness' Corner Road since October 2016, …

Man loses arm, 6-year-old girl hurt in homemade bomb explosion in Port Hadlock

A Port Hadlock man lost an arm and a 6-year-old girl sustained head injuries in an explosion Tuesday night in Port Hadlock, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives …
The Jefferson County PUD has voted to increase electric rates for residential and general service customers. The actual rates were determined by a study from FCS Group, a consultant group that the …
It’s been a year since protests for racial justice filled the streets of cities across the country and around the globe. In the largest demonstration in a generation in Port Townsend, …
Check-out time came early for Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Brotherton’s idea to buy Manresa Castle in Port Townsend. Brotherton had floated the notion of a county purchase of the …
Jefferson Healthcare is hoping to hear from the public as it works to develop its strategic plan for 2022-2025. The public hospital district will be hosting two virtual community forums in its …
Coronavirus coverage
Three more JeffCo residents test positive for COVID-19
Officials with Jefferson County Public Health reported late Thursday that three more residents have tested positive for …
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Number of Jefferson County COVID-19 cases rises again
Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Jefferson County Wednesday by Jefferson County Public Health. The county's total number …
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COVID-19 shots coming to PT farmers market
A clinic to give shots with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be held at the Port Townsend Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to …
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Jefferson County COVID-19 case level stays steady
Jefferson County's total number of COVID-19 cases remained at 418 Thursday, according to Jefferson County Public Health. The last …
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Vaccinated woman was fourth to die from COVID-19 in Jefferson County 
The fourth Jefferson County resident to die from COVID-19 had been vaccinated against the disease and passed away while being treated …
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Arts and Entertainment
Hollow Moon to perform at upcoming Candlelight Concert
Hollow Moon, a new Indie-Psych-Pop band, will be performing their original music at the next Candlelight Concert. In the online …
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Centrum welcomes summer with live and in-person concerts starting in July
This summer, Centrum’s biggest programs, Fiddle Tunes, Jazz Port Townsend, and Acoustic Blues, will return to Fort Worden. With …
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Discovery Bay Brewing welcomes back Chicago Bob’s Gently Amplified Blues Jam
The blues are back. For the first time in more than a year, Discovery Bay Brewing Co. will host Chicago Bob’s Gently …
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PT publisher back at it again with LeGuin
Winter texts is back at it again with a collection of Ursula K. Le Guin. The collection, “Into the Desert, Across the …
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Local news

Seventy48 racers battle with wind, waves and tides

Nick Twietmeyer ntwietmeyer@ptleader.com   Racers in the Seventy48 this year fought against gusting winds, choppy seas and uncooperative tides through the night as they used only their …

Northwest Maritime Center to purchase Swan Hotel in Port Townsend

The Northwest Maritime Center announced plans Thursday to buy the Swan Hotel by the end of the year. Jake Beattie, executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center, said the center would …

Monohull sailboat claims first place in first-ever Washington360 race

The High Seas Drifters were crowned the champions of the first-ever Washington360 race. The Olson 30 monohull sailboat rounded Point Hudson shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday, June 10, less than four …

Jefferson County OKs contract with Ovivo USA for work on Port Hadlock sewer project

Jefferson County has agreed to purchase vital equipment needed for the Port Hadlock sewer system from a company in Salt Lake, Utah. County commissioners approved a contract with Ovivo USA for the …

Twenty years of treasures: Saying goodbye to Insatiables

Insatiable means you can never have enough. “That’s the way that most people who collect books feel,” Karen Graham said. Now, as the final pages are being turned for the small …
Obituaries

David Linwood Thomas

David Linwood Thomas, lifelong Jefferson County resident, passed away on May 9, 2021 at Saint Michael Medical Center in Silverdale, Washington, after a short illness. Dave was born March 4, 1934 …

Joseph (Joe) Rutter

Joseph (Joe) Rutter passed away on May 20, 2021 at the age of 71. He was born to Wilson and Mary Rutter on Dec. 30, 1949. Joe lived quite an adventurous life. He was born and raised in Seattle, …

Carolyn Ina Ruby

Carolyn Ina (Donald) Ruby was born in Port Townsend, Washington to Toni (Donald) Owyen and Roy Donald. She graduated from Port Townsend High School in 1977. During her high school years she worked …

Michael Clay Winterburn

Michael Clay Winterburn, known by many as “Miguel,” left this world with a smile on his face as he made his final escape in the early morning hours of May 16, 2021. He was 81 years …

Marlene Louise Carroll

Marlene “Coalie” Louise Carroll was born in Yakima, Washington, on March 2, 1933, to Francis and Eva Carroll. Her family eventually settled in Spokane where she attended John Rogers High …
Opinion
Family grows with new additions to PT’s public art | Guest Viewpoint
Public art carries with it a utility that is often overlooked.  Whether providing a marker for a gateway or a point from which …
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A trip to Tacoma and back with masks and a touch of JFK Jr. | Life in Ludlow
A trip to Tacoma and back last Saturday provided a glimpse of life with masks as we transition from the pandemic.  We planned …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols.
Electricity rates are going up for a good reason | Guest Viewpoint
At this stage, it is very likely that the Jefferson County Public Utility District will increase your electricity bill incrementally …
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The Eagles and other guilty pleasures | Liner Notes
Anytime my mother would slide her favorite “The Very Best of the Eagles” CD into the car’s player, I would let out a …
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Letters
Israel should be made to end apartheid | Letter to the editor
The world is finally starting to realize that after 74 years of what’s going on in Israel is apartheid. And like South …
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Oppression doesn’t serve national interest | Letter to the editor
The dominant narrative about the conflict in Israel and the Palestinian Territories is that it is a “both sides” issue, …
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Ongoing mess inside the PDA is no surprise | Letter to the editor
After sitting on the sidelines for seven years watching the chaos taking place with the PDA employees and paid staff members (not the …
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Support a secular, democratic Palestine | Letter to the editor
“Hamas made us bomb them!” is the totality of the argument of the pro-Zionist letter writers this past …
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PT resident is always thankful for this place that we call home | Letter to the editor
In the end all that really matters is how you live your life — day by day and how much kindness you can share with …
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Sports
Human power reigns supreme during first leg of WA360
As of Tuesday morning, racers competing in the Washington360 were setting their respective courses for the South Puget Sound to round …
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Whitecap and Sunshine sailing series coming to a close
The competition is friendly while the action remains intense this season as sailors on Port Townsend Bay near the end of …
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Racers ready for Seventy48 and WA360 races
The Northwest Maritime Center is preparing to launch two races that are expected to present challenges that will test the resolve and …
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Light winds haunt Protection Island race
Racing for just shy of 18 hours aboard the Thunderbird Mabuhay, it was skipper Greg Barron who would be going home with the bragging …
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NPFC makes league premiere with a win
Port Townsend Memorial Stadium welcomed some 200 fans for the debut game of the Western Washington Premier League’s newest …
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Trio ties for win in British Stableford play
Discovery Bay Women’s Golf Club took to the course earlier this month for a game of “British Stableford.” In this …
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Wrestlers win with pins against Bainbridge
East Jefferson battled Bainbridge in varsity wrestling Saturday and the two teams finished even, with five wins on each side. For …
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Strong start for EJ wrestling team
East Jefferson wrestlers opened the season last week against Port Angeles and Kingston.  East Jeff fell to the Roughriders but …
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EJ track team finishes season with meet on Vashon
The East Jefferson Track and Field team traveled to Vashon High School for the final meet of the season Saturday and in the overall …
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Ranger fastpitch team wins out for Sea-Tac League title
The Quilcene Rangers girls fastpitch softball team went on a tear last week, winning three games in a row in a COVID-19 shortened …
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Golf team notches PR scores during league championship 
Just a cool side note from the Olympic League championship. All the athletes from EJ either tied their best scores or beat …
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PT Tennis Club looking for new members as season begins
Port Townsend Community Tennis is now in season. The Port Townsend Tennis Club is seeking new players for regular Wednesday and …
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Women’s golf clubs announce latest winning teams, golfers
Linda Deal and Katherine Buchanan tied with a net 34 over nine holes in the April 27 outing for the Port Townsend Women’s Golf …
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Girls tennis team tops North Mason
East Jefferson jumped to a 5–2 win against North Mason last week in girls varsity tennis at North Mason. Wins in both singles …
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North Kitsap beats EJ on home courts
The Vikings sank East Jefferson in the final match of the girls varsity tennis season in Chimacum late last week. North Kitsap …
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EJ wins season finale against Crosspoint
The East Jefferson boys golf team finished the regular season with a win against Cross Point at Port Ludlow Golf Course on April …
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EJ battles Klahowya in Senior Night matchup
Klahowya upended East Jefferson 2-0 last week on Senior Night for the boys varsity soccer team. Playing host at Memorial Field in …
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Kingston runs away with win in boys soccer
First-half scores by Kingston put the East Jefferson boys soccer team in early trouble during their season-end contest against the …
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Women’s clubs celebrate winners
Give them an “A” for awesome play. Port Townsend Women’s Golf Club played a team game called …
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PRs galore for EJ track & field
The East Jefferson Track & Field Team competed against Bremerton, Olympic, and Bainbridge high schools at Bainbridge Saturday and …
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Game Film

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.

Port Townsend Shipwrights' Regatta | Photo Gallery

2021 saw the return of the Port Townsend Shipwrights' Regatta return for its 30th 

Varsity boys football: Quilcene vs. Crescent | Photo Gallery

The Quilcene Rangers cut down the Crescent Loggers 33-12 in six-man football in the opening game of the season for the Rangers. The Leader's Brian Kelly was there for all the action; here's a …

Varsity girls volleyball: East Jefferson against Olympic | Photo Gallery

The East Jefferson girls varsity volleyball team played Olympic High in a mathcup at Chimacum High School. The Leader's Brian Kelly was there for the action; here's a gallery of selected shots.

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