Jefferson Healthcare takes next step on $112 million expansion

  Jefferson Healthcare officials are moving forward on a $112 million makeover of the south campus of the hospital in Port Townsend. The hospital district has indicated it expects to place …
The National Weather Service office in Seattle has issue a gale warning for the Washington Coast. The warning will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22. South winds of 25 to 35 knots …
The top choice for the post of county administrator for Jefferson County has told officials he's no longer interested in the job. County Commissioner Kate Dean told staff in an email Wednesday …
US 101 crash kills Oregon man An Oregon man injured last week in a one-car crash on U.S. Highway 101 south of Quilcene died Thursday morning at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to …
Another Jefferson County resident has passed away from COVID-19, public health officials reported Wednesday. The death marks the 17th fatality in the county from the disease. Jefferson County …
Coronavirus coverage
Hundreds leave WSF, State Patrol and other agencies as vaccination mandate takes effect
  Washington officials across multiple state agencies were bracing for impacts this week as Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine …
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Port OKs order for vax proof
  The Port of Port Townsend is now requiring people who want to enter a port-owned property at Point Hudson to show proof of …
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Resolution against COVID misinformation falls flat with hospital board commissioners
Hospital commissioners have decided against joining with the Jefferson County Health Board on a joint resolution to declare health …
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Two new COVID-19 deaths in Jefferson County
Two more Jefferson County residents have died from the coronavirus and the total number of COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County hit …
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Eight new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Jefferson County
Eight new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Jefferson County Wednesday, according to Jefferson County Public Health. The total …
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Arts and Entertainment
Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra returns for first post-COVID concert
Excitement is coming to a crescendo for the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra as it prepares for its first concert of the season at the …
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From emotion to ocean, songwriter emphasizes embodiment
  A pandemic is a performers’ worst nightmare. Singer-songwriter Keeth Monta Apgar was crushed when he was forced to …
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Informal ‘flower spas’ encourage spirit of joy, creativity
    A bookkeeper swaps columns of numbers for rows of flowers, and finds a perfect fit. A lonely sweet-pea …
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Rural Health Day recipe and art contest for kids
    The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November to …
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Local news

Port Hadlock man arrested for alleged assault of police officer

A 33-year-old Port Hadlock man arrested for allegedly assaulting a Port Townsend police officer made his first court appearance Friday, was punctuated by exaggerated yawns, a loud belch, and calling …
STRINGING MEMORIES

Archer adds color and quality to aim high

  Tucked into a little strip mall off of East Sims Way is a small business with a big reach. Brent Kinchen of A3 Archery Custom Bowstrings twists scores of colored strands into strings for …

Jefferson County drops plan to buy Jefferson Community School building for housing

Jefferson County commissioners have abandoned plans to buy the former Jefferson Community School building in downtown Port Townsend and convert it to housing for the homeless. County officials …

Jefferson County property taxes come due in November

  Jefferson County is reminding property owners that second installment property taxes are due soon. Mailed payments must be postmarked, put in a drop box, or paid online by Monday, Nov. 1 …

PT school district sees outbreak of violent acts between students

Multiple fights between students in Port Townsend schools have prompted parents to fear for the safety of their children as administrators scramble for solutions. The Port Townsend School District …
Obituaries

Mark Crumbo O’Neill

Mark Crumbo O’Neill was born at Port Hueneme Naval Base hospital near Oxnard, California on May 28, 1954 to Patricia Loling Evans Elliott and Ted O’Neill. Mark’s stepfather, Major …

Kurt Steinbach

Kurt Steinbach arrived in Port Townsend in the spring of 1989, having left a settled and successful life in Philadelphia to find his dream of land and water. He found his refuge on Marrowstone …

Robert Almont Prill

A second-generation Olympic Peninsula, Washington-area resident, Bob was born in 1928 to Adlard and Gladys Prill in Chehalis, Wash. After several moves and schools throughout the Olympic Peninsula …

Catherine McNabb

Catherine was born July 16, 1953 in Bellflower, California to Lee and Eleanor Crosland. She had one older brother, Steve Crosland. She would tell you that she was the good one. She graduated high …

Tommy Everett Hall

The mountains, streams and hills of the Pacific Northwest now have a guardian angel. Tommy Everett Hall, 70, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 6, 2021. He was born and raised in Port Townsend, the …
Opinion
Six hundred columns of local and high-quality baloney | Life in Ludlow
Sometimes things just seem to come together nicely, as most things did this past week.  I mean vanilla ice cream and apple …
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Local churches hold WAVE food drive | Guest Viewpoint
In our first year of marriage, the Incredible Mrs. Cadorette and I won a trip to Southern California.  At Knott’s Berry …
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Hit Netflix series thinly disguises PT, Whidbey | Mann Overboard
— Cleaning Up a Few Details: We have a friend who’s moved to PT and once lived over in Victoria.  She’s …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols.
It’s not just housing that helps — it’s community | Guest Viewpoint
What if we told you that we can’t solve the homeless crisis by building houses? That’s a pretty counterintuitive …
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Letters
County treasurer is a tireless worker | Letter to the editor
  Jefferson County Treasurer Stacie Prada is an outstanding elected official. The responsibilities of the treasurer and her …
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Vega thinks outside of the box as councilman | Letter to the editor
Tyler Vega’s political skills are becoming more apparent as the campaign progresses, and I am really glad he is taking the risk …
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Elect Wennstrom to Port Townsend council | Letter to the editor
Libby’s ready.  Libby has lived in Port Townsend for 23 years and has pitched in to help with numerous community events …
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Why I’m voting Vega for city council | Letter to the editor
Given the Primary Election’s results for Position 5 of Port Townsend City Council, you may think the race is all but over. Yet, …
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Wennstrom is clear choice for city council | Letter to the editor
I’m writing in support of Libby Urner Wennstrom for city council.  In looking at the two candidates’ backgrounds, …
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Sports
Rivals football winning streak continues after blowout victory
The East Jefferson Rivals football team has now won four straight games after a 47-6 thrashing against Bellevue Christian School on …
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Weekly rollercoaster for EJ Rivals soccer
The East Jefferson Rivals girls soccer team has had a mixed bag of performances in the past two weeks, with a win, loss, and tie in …
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Rangers stun Lions, 72-26
It was halftime of the Rangers’ Saturday night football game against Sound Christian Academy and Quilcene Coach Trey Beathard …
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Rivals XC wins big at home meet
The East Jefferson Rivals boys and girls cross-country teams each placed first at their only home meet of the season Oct. 5 at the …
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EastJeff runners improve times during fourth meet
The Blue Heron Middle School cross-country team completed their fourth meet of the season last Wednesday at Lincoln Park in Port …
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Bellevue Christian, Annie Wright win out in volleyball
Bellevue Christian claimed straight-set victories in girls volleyball over East Jefferson during their meeting Oct. 6. The Vikings …
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Rangers roll to third straight volleyball win
The Quilcene girls volleyball team claimed its third win in a row with a straight-set victory over Sound Christian Academy last …
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Unexpected venue ends in Rivals swim team win
East Jefferson left Klahowya in its wake as the Rivals girls swimming team topped the Ealges 99-62 late last week. The Rivals won …
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Port Hadlock teen takes gold twice in state, regional BMX races
Chimacum High School senior Chase Schweitzer is not only BMX racer, but a great one at that. The teen has won two first-place medals …
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Where is the Love? In the end zone
Jayden Love got a view of the Quilcene football field that most eighth-graders don’t get. An aerial view. And he got his …
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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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