UPDATE | Man shot in Brinnon by police was wanted on allegation of child molestation

Law enforcement had been searching for Timothy Colin Connor in the hours before he was fatally shot by an officer in Brinnon last week, the Washington State Patrol said Friday. Connor, 49, was …

UPDATE | WSP identifies man killed in Brinnon in officer-involved shooting

The Washington State Patrol has identified the man shot and killed by police in Brinnon last week as Timothy C. Connor, 49. The State Patrol also said a handgun was found near Connor's body by …

Sinking trawler safely pulled from Port Townsend Bay

Quick thinking and fast action helped to prevent a sinking trawler from turning into something worse. "Galaxy," a 38-foot wooden fishing vessel, began taking on water about one nautical mile off …

Smooth sailing so far for Point Hudson jetty

A successful first week has removed most of what can be seen of the first jetty to be replaced at Point Hudson. Orion Marine Contractors have been laboring both smart and hard at the …

Mural-in-progress to depict spirit of Port Townsend

A massive wall on the Benton Street side of Port Townsend High School is in the process of a colorful makeover. The 220-foot-long mural has built a level of intrigue from many a passerby, watching …
The Quilcene Rangers recovered from last week’s loss in boys varsity football against Entiat with a big 60-12 win on the road Friday in Concrete. The Rangers caged the Lions 60-12 to improve …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 228 calls for service between Saturday, Aug. 13 and Friday, Aug. 19. Below are selected reports. At 12:22 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19 in Port Ludlow, …
  Tyler Street plaza will soon look a lot brighter at night once a new lighting installation is set up in the square. Starting Monday, Oct. 10, workers will install six steel lighting …
Partnering with East Jefferson Fire Rescue, Jefferson County Historical Society’s First Friday Speaker Series resumes with “Wildland Firefighting with Amanda Monthei.” Monthei …
The city of Port Townsend is inviting the community to share their thoughts and opinions on the future of the Port Townsend Golf Course and Mountain View Commons on Blaine Street. The process …

News from local businesses

Step Up with This Adaptive Shoe

As kids head back to school in new shoes, a unique footwear design developed here in Washington continues to gain popularity. BILLY Footwear offers a unique, innovative zipper closure that is both …

Hit us with your best shot of the PNW!

Every year local photography enthusiasts submits their best photos to First Fed’s Proudly PNW photo contest. This year’s contest is now open for submissions! Any photos that showcase the life and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest are welcome.

Lifestyle Stories

Girls’ Night Out returns to Port Townsend with 1960s flair

It’s time for the ladies to take over town for this year’s Girls’ Night Out event, offering special events, in-store promotions, goodie bags, and more with 36 local businesses …

UPDATE | Deputies involved in shooting near Brinnon

Deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a shooting incident near Brinnon Friday afternoon. Details were sparse on the shooting, and law enforcement agencies …
Arts and Entertainment
Pro-Am of Music concert series to raise funds for school trip to LA
Professional musicians and students with the Port Townsend High School Symphony will come together for a series of performances to raise funds for the high school symphony’s planned trip to Los …
Port Townsend Kinetic Sculpture Race rolling through soon
If you’ve ever wanted to take a piece of so-called art and toss it in the ocean or cover it in mud, the Port Townsend’s Kinetic Sculpture Race is not the place for you. On the weekend …
Film festival success guides future generations
The red carpet has been rolled back up, but this year’s Port Townsend Film Festival lives on in the memories made. Before going into storage though, it was treated to the feel of the feet of …
Quilcene Fair draws a crowd | Photo Gallery
The Quilcene Fair and Parade returned to an appreciative community last weekend, finally emerging from its COVID-caused absence. The Leader's Brian Kelly gathered his favorite photos from the …
Coronavirus coverage
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 the flu (kids six months and older), COVID-19 booster, pneumonia, …
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 it is no longer requiring students to be vaccinated, or have an …
Two clinics offer COVID shots for kids in Quilcene
Jefferson County Public Health will host two clinics in Quilcene in the coming months to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for families with children 6 months and older. The clinics are planned for 9 …
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Local news

Lots to figure out: County close to resolving old plat problems

Jefferson County commissioners are poised to pass a new ordinance that would clear the cloud of uncertainty over property lots that run afoul of the county’s zoning rules. The county has …

Binding wounds with wool

Knitting needles, though sharp, are not often implements of violence. In the hands of Joy Winfrey, they’re even more the opposite of weapons of war; they become instruments of healing and …

Security drill continues at Navy installation

A training exercise that started Monday at Naval Magazine Indian Island will continue through Thursday, Sept. 29, the Navy has announced. Residents near the installation may hear blank ammunition …

Tigers tame Rangers 44-38 in football

The Entiat Tigers came back from a four-point halftime deficit to take the lead in the third and hold on for a 44-38 win in boys varsity 1B football against the Quilcene Rangers Saturday. It was …

Deputies involved in shooting near Brinnon

Deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office were involved in a shooting incident near Brinnon Friday afternoon. Details were initially sparse on the shooting, and law enforcement agencies …
Obituaries

Stephen Carpenter Sykes

Stephen (Steve) Carpenter Sykes passed away at 2 a.m. Sept. 7, 2022 at Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center in Port Townsend, Washington. If you had the fortune to be in the company of a man …

Frances Chambers Joswick

Frances Chambers Joswick died July 22, 2022 in Sequim, Washington at the age of 93. Frances was born May 9, 1929 to Ruth and Jackson Chambers in Bronxville, New York. She is survived by her two …

David Raymond Reed Dinsmore

David Dinsmore, 64, passed away after a short illness at home in Long Beach, Washington. Born Sept. 23, 1959 to Sarah Reed and Duane Dinsmore, David served in the Army and at Desert Storm. He was …

James F. Bunce Jr.

James Frederick Bunce Jr. died peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 17, 2022. He was born on Jan. 19, 1935, in Seattle. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, mostly in Japan, he joined Bendix …

Philip “Flip” Wingrove

The family of Philip “Flip” Wingrove warmly invites his friends and fellow travelers to join us in a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Unity of Port Townsend, 3918 …
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Opinion
The inner life span of plants | Garden Notes
“If a tree dies, plant another in its place.” – Carl Linnaeus Plants have a predictable life span. Virtually all of a plant’s cells, tissues, and organs age and eventually …
How’s ’bout some socializing | Life in Ludlow
This past weekend was the reunion celebration of a sensitively unnamed number of years since BJ graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.  She flew to Indianapolis to join …
Mountain View Pool did the right thing, Julie Jaman has the chance to do the same | Guest Viewpoint
Port Townsend is a special place. Its residents celebrate their differences. Neighbors support one another. So I was heartbroken to see its streets overrun by members of the Washington State Three …
City manager in it for the long haul | Mann Overboard
If this office holder were actually running, nobody in this town would catch him. I ran into trim-looking city manager John Mauro (OK, I was sitting) the other day near City Hall as he was walking …
BLOGS
THE .45 PISTOLS ABOVE were featured in an on-line ad that begins: “The ‘Keep America ‘Great’ (KAG) Trump 1911 features the President’s 2020 campaign model engraved on …
“I WILL NOT STAND BY AND WATCH. I will not let the will of the American people be overturned by wild conspiracy theories and baseless evidence-free claims and fraud. I will not stand by and …
Letters
Brotherton has a proven record | Letter to the editor
Greg Brotherton has outstanding qualifications to serve as the county commissioner representing District 3, and a proven track record that supports re-election.  He knows the district well, …
Community comes together for JUMP! | Letter to the editor
It’s exciting to see the JUMP! playground at HJ Carroll take shape as the result of a wide community effort and collaboration with Jefferson County. The entire JUMP! committee with …
We have become a target of the right | Letter to the editor
I was out of town when the whole “let Julie swim demonstration” happened, so I read the article in the Leader and did a Google search for other coverage. The top search result on …
Nole is a dedicated and  proven leader | Letter to the editor
Joe Nole is the best choice for Jefferson County sheriff! Having known Sheriff Nole in both a professional and personal capacity since 1989, I believe that Joe is the kind of sheriff Jefferson …
Kudos to everyone who helped with THING | Letter to the editor
I attended THING festival for the first time. Because I was working as a food vendor (with Paella House), I didn’t have much time to hear music, but overall, I was really impressed. THING is …
Sports

EJ Rivals soccer crushes Cascade Christian for first ‘W’ of season

It’s all starting to click for the East Jefferson Rivals girls soccer team. The girls left Memorial Athletic Field Tuesday night with a dependable performance to be proud of, earning their …

Rivals varsity football team loses 43-8 to Cascade Christian

The East Jefferson Rivals football team was handily defeated by Nisqually League opponents Cascade Christian School 43-8 Friday at home.  Junior wide receiver Brody Moore scored EJ’s …
Despite overtime and four goals from senior striker Kaylen Pray, the East Jefferson Rivals girls soccer team had to settle for a draw in their home opener matchup last Tuesday against Vashon Island …
The East Jefferson Rivals boys and girls cross country teams started off the season at a good pace, competing against their peers in Silverdale and participating in the 43rd annual South Whidbey Carl …
Nine seconds. That’s how long it took the Rangers to get the undivided attention of the Crescent Loggers during their 1B varsity football matchup Saturday in Quilcene. Jayden Love ran …
The East Jefferson Rivals  varsity football team returned to action Friday, Sept. 16 against  South Whidbey High School. James Sloan of The Leader captured photos from the sideline, as …
Jayden Love ran back the opening kickoff for a Quilcene touchdown as the Rangers routed the Crescent Loggers 36-8 Saturday in 1B varsity football. With the two-point conversion good, Quilcene led …
More Sports
UPDATE | Mossyrock upends Quilcene 54-16 in football
The Mossyrock Vikings scored first and scored last on their way to rolling the Rangers 54-16 in Quilcene’s home opener Saturday in boys varsity football. Penalties plagued the Rangers early …
Rivals girls’ soccer opener ends in 3-3 tie
The kickoff commenced and the East Jefferson Rivals girls soccer team’s season was underway as they faced Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma Friday, ultimately ending with a 3-3 draw. With a …
Rivals cross-country team skips first meet
The East Jefferson Rivals cross-country team was set to start its season at the Gear Up Northwest meet in Bellingham this Saturday, but the boys and girls squads pulled out due to toxic smoke in the …
Bless the Beasts and Children fun run in Port Townsend
Parents, children, and pets with the need for speed can all let loose and run at the Bless the Beasts and Children 0.5K Fun Run. This easygoing “race,” will take place from the PT …
Golf benefit raises funds for Dove House
Low numbers on the greens raised a large number of greenbacks for a local charity. A total of  $28,811 was raised to benefit clients of Dove House for the 10th Annual Dove House Golf …
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