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Inmate gets 90 months for drug smuggling conspiracy at West End prison

Luis Natanel Reyes said he wasn’t feeling well when they came for him in his jail cell in Port Hadlock on the morning of his sentencing in court for smuggling drugs into Olympic Corrections …

Appraisal for Short’s farm arrives three days before LOI deadline

The long-awaited appraisal of the Short’s Family Farm has come in. The market value of the 253.4 acres of land was appraised at $1.3 million in a document released to the Port of Port …

City of Port Townsend to offer telecommuting options for employees

The city of Port Townsend is trying a new strategy for worker retention and attracting prospective employees by adopting a telecommuting policy for city staff. Unanimously approved by the Port …

Roads, housing dominate State of the City speech

Much to the joy of local residents, the city has a plan for Port Townsend’s dilapidated roads and plentiful potholes. That was one of many topics and challenges discussed by City Manager …
The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 146 calls between Friday, Jan. 13, and Thursday, Jan. 19. Below are selected reports. At 11:18 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, a noise complaint was …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received calls for service between Friday, Jan. 13 and Friday, Jan. 20. Below are selected reports. At 2:26 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Port Ludlow, a …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received calls for service between Friday, Jan. 13 and Friday, Jan. 20. Below are selected reports. At 8:07 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 in Port Hadlock, a …
The Port Townsend Public Library will be injected with $10,000 to support Community Read, the library’s annual reading event in March. The Port Townsend City Council unanimously approved the …
Non-union employees with the Jefferson County Public Utility District could soon receive a cost-of-living increase, but at the cost of higher dental insurance prices. The PUD’s board of …

News from local businesses

Scheduling Your Annual Financial Checkup

Scheduling an annual doctor’s appointment is common practice, but your finances could use an annual health checkup as well. A financial checkup, or a financial review, is an in-depth look at …

Holiday Gifts that Support Local Communities

Small businesses are essential to a healthy community. A healthy small-business environment encourages people to stay and invest in their towns, perpetuating better public resources. It also …

Lifestyle Stories
Arts and Entertainment
Storytelling premiere by Quinault Native woman
Land, water, women — voices too often on the edges these days. That has not always been the case though. To recenter those …
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West Coast premiere of play uses humor to soothe
Studies show that laughter is associated with the release of tension. To keeping audiences laughing when things are tight, Natalie …
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Laugh attack set to crash at Beach Club
The instantaneous joy of improvisational comedy returns to Port Ludlow with Disorderly Conduct’s performance at the Beach Club …
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Pro-Am of Music concert series to close out at Northwest Maritime Center
The Pro-Am of Music concert series is set to conclude with an exciting final performance at the Northwest Maritime Center, featuring …
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Coronavirus coverage
Virus burden ‘enormous’ for hospital
Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center is filling up with people with respiratory problems, Jefferson County Public Hospital District …
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Safeway to host drive-up vaccination clinic
The Port Townsend Safeway will hold a drive-up vaccination clinic this weekend. Safeway pharmacists will provide vaccinations for …
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Peninsula College adjusts COVID policy as class starts
Peninsula College has announced that COVID vaccinations are not needed for students to attend in-person classes. The college said …
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Local news

Water line breaks on Washington Street

The city had another bad break. A water line burst last week on Washington Street near the Harborside Inn, as a 6-inch asbestos concrete water line failed, sending water bubbling up to the …

East Jefferson Fire Rescue holds town halls as Special Election approaches

No one likes to be kept waiting, especially when it’s a matter of life and death. Yet call volumes and response times have been rising for East Jefferson Fire Rescue over the past years as …

Bills push for improving salmon habitat, removing barriers | 2023 Legislative Session

OLYMPIA - Starting at the Olympia Ballroom in the state capital’s historic district, students from across Washington carried inflatable orcas and salmon and marched through the streets of …

Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | Vexing video

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 291 calls for service between Friday, Jan. 6 and Friday, Jan. 13. Below are selected reports. t 3:33 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 in Port Hadlock, a …

Security drill planned at Indian Island

Naval Magazine Indian Island will hold a security drill this week. The Navy has scheduled security training exercises for Tuesday, Jan. 24. Officials said the training will involve flashing …
Obituaries

Melva Arlene Pickrell

Melva Arlene Pickrell, age 92, of Poulsbo, Washington, passed away peacefully on Jan. 1, 2023. Melva was born on Sept. 24, 1930 to Ivar and Leah Moen in Queen Anne, Seattle. On June 14, 1964, she …

Robert (Bob) Maguire

Bob Maguire passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2023, after celebrating his 80th birthday on Christmas Day. His passing was unexpected as he worked his way through the many trials of dementia, …

Audrey Mae Wilson McBride

Audrey Mae Wilson McBride passed away Jan. 1, 2023 at the Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center. Born Dec. 12, 1937 in Tieton, Washington to Herman P. Wilson and Dorothy M. Harris. Audrey had three …

Karen De Lorenzo

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held 3-5 p.m. Friday, January 20 at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center Museum (on the shore) at Fort Worden State Park. Tribute and sharing will take place …

Larry J. Marshlain

Larry died unexpectedly on Oct. 16, 2022. Larry was born in Arlington, Washington on Aug. 8, 1945 to Stuart, Sr. and Lois Marshlain. He lived there until junior high, when the family moved to Port …
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Opinion & Columnists
An anniversary, some classified documents, and winning | Life in Ludlow
Whilst in the U.S. Navy a few decades back, I handled many classified documents and one day they made me feel much …
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Flood insurance is available; know your risk | Guest Viewpoint
The Jefferson County Department of Community Development would like to notify the public that Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) …
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Creating an appropriate, more inclusive zoning policy | Good Bones
When Realtors, contractors, or homeowners lovingly say a house has “good bones,” what they mean is that its foundation is …
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Harry, Meghan, and the tabloids | Mann Overboard
There’s an old truism among the sensational tabloid newspapers on Fleet Street: “Never let the truth stand in the way of a …
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A birthday party, the general store, and taxes | Life in Ludlow
Are the holiday parties over yet? Are you doing anything about your New Year’s resolutions? Are you done preparing your taxes …
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A resolution together | Guest Viewpoint
The transition to a new year is an opportunity for reflection, an opportunity for cultivation, an opportunity for commitment. How did …
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TOONS

Today's cartoon for Friday, Jan. 27

Today's cartoon is by Dave Granlund, PoliticalCartoons.com.

Today's cartoon for Thursday, Jan. 26

Today’s cartoon is by Dave Whamond, Canada, PoliticalCartoons.com.

Today's cartoon for Wednesday, Jan. 25

Today’s cartoon is by Jeff Koterba, patreon.com/jeffreykoterba.

BLOGS
I like the way the rainbow above ends aboard the local ferry chugging to or from its berth . . . and the calm manner in which the local gull poses for the photo. MEANWHILE, models predict that …
So here we are in 2023—Ukraine in a shambles as Putin sits uncaring at the head of an ill-informed and incompetent Russian military, bombarding civilian targets in Ukraine in the dead of an icy …
Letters
Take home-grown authoritarians seriously | Letter to the editor
Many Democrats in leadership positions have spoken out against the violence and the intentions of Bolsonaro’s supporters …
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Levy lift is a dire need for fire department | Letter to the editor
This letter is to ask for your support in the upcoming levy lift for East Jefferson Fire Rescue. EJFR has not had a rate increase …
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Help readily available for people in need | Letter to the editor
Some people in need (and their families) are not aware of help that is readily available. Low-income folks who need assistance paying …
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Join me this week for Point in Time count | Letter to the editor
Everybody knows that Jefferson County is in the middle of a housing crisis. We all know good people who have been negatively impacted …
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Last bits of what’s ‘under-developed’ | Letter to the editor
Forty-five and more years ago, Port Townsend was like Cannery Row. Decently-paid, productive jobs were available. There were more …
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Sports

EJ boys fall short versus Cascade Christian, lose 61-50

The East Jefferson Rivals varsity boys basketball team faced the Cascade Christian Cougars Thursday, losing 61-50 in a tight Nisqually League matchup. The EJ boys gave it their all, coming back …
SPORTS GALLERIES

Varsity boys basketball: East Jefferson vs. Bellevue Christian High School | Photo Gallery

The East Jefferson Rivals varsity boys basketball team  faced Bellevue Christian High School in hoops  Jan. 5.  The Leader's James Sloan captured the action courtside  as the …

Varsity Girls Basketball: East Jefferson vs. Seattle Christian | Photo Gallery

The East Jefferson Rivals varsity girls basketball team  earned their first win of the season Monday, Dec. 12 versus Seattle Christian at home in the Chimacum High Gymnasium.  The …
The pain followed the fall. With 11 seconds to go and the Rangers with possession and trailing by one point against the Lions, 64-63, Quilcene used its last timeout to set up a play to get the …
Northwest Yeshiva High School emptied the bench for their 35-21 win over the Quilcene Rangers in girls varsity basketball last week. Just five of the Lions’ six players suited up for the …
The Rivals girls’ defensive wall was mighty, but the Cascade Christian Cougars managed to barely scale the wall and come out on top. The East Jefferson Rivals varsity girls basketball team …
The East Jefferson Rivals basketball boys and girls teams’ double header matchup today against Life Christian Academy was rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 30. Due to illnesses among the Life …
The East Jefferson Rivals’ wrestling campaign continued to Bainbridge last weekend as 15 grapplers crossed the canal Jan. 14 to participate in the annual Bainbridge Island Invitational …
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Rivals girls earn away win over Eagles
The East Jefferson Rivals varsity girls basketball team defeated the Klahowya Eagles Friday in Silverdale. Winning by slim …
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Kings, Lions outshoot Rangers in basketball
The Quilcene varsity boys basketball team will return home this week after a disappointing week on the road. The Kings conquered …
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Tough week on the road for Quilcene
The Lady Kings escaped with a 28-27 win against the Quilcene Rangers in girls varsity basketball last week in Auburn. Quilcene …
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Warriors outpace Rangers in varsity matchup
Outside, inside: Crosspoint Academy had answers on offense everywhere as the Warriors upended the Rangers 82-62 late last week in boys …
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Tough winter break for Ranger squad
The Warriors came out to play-ay. Crosspoint Academy cruised to its fourth straight conference win by beating the Rangers on their …
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