County health officer says falling COVID case rate will prompt repeal of rule

Falling numbers of COVID-19 cases over the next month may mean the end of the proof-of-vaccination rule for eating in Jefferson County restaurants in March, Public Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry …

Port Townsend council reappoints committee members

The Port Townsend City Council unanimously approved the reappointment of members from the Historic Preservation Committee for the chair and vice chair positions for the committee at the …

Brinnon levy essential to small school district

    Brinnon School District No. 14 is asking voters to approve an educational programs and operations replacement levy during the Feb. 8 Special Election. The levy is expected to …
tak, Inc. of Redmond has been awarded a contract to provide engineering services for the construction of the segment of the Olympic Discovery Trail between the Larry Scott Trail and Anderson Lake …
A 53-year-old Brinnon woman is facing charges of second-degree negligent driving after she allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and collided with another car just before 5 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 177 calls for service between Saturday, Dec. 25 and Friday, Dec. 31. Below are selected reports. At 1:46 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27 in Brinnon, the …
    The Port of Port Townsend’s 300-ton Marine Travelift has widespread leaks in its hydraulic system and needs emergency repairs to be ready for late winter/early spring heavy …
A solar-panel system at Salish Coast Elementary and a seismic retrofit of Port Townsend High School’s facilities are just two of many plans the Port Townsend School District has for revenue …
News from local businesses

Beloved Ferry Reconnects Peninsula with Canada

After an 18-month hiatus, the Black Ball Ferry Line is sailing again, reconnecting the Olympic Peninsula with Victoria, British Columbia.   Our local community cheered and welcomed the first passengers coming in from Canada as they disembarked.

Coronavirus coverage
COVID cases jump by 100 in Jefferson County
The number of COVID-19 caused deaths in Jefferson County increased by two last week. Health officials announced Thursday afternoon …
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Another COVID death reported in Jefferson County
Another Jefferson County resident has died of COVID-19 — the second in the past week — according to Jefferson County …
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Number of COVID-19 deaths in Jefferson County climbs to 21
  Another person in Jefferson County has died from COVID-19, health officials reported late Tuesday. The deceased,  a …
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Arts and Entertainment
Quilter embellishes material memories
    I was a little nervous about meeting up with Pam Garlock, a real-life quilter. My past experience with the dark …
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Local musician to perform at upcoming Candlelight Concert
Trinity United Methodist’s Candlelight Concerts will host Mike James, a Port Townsend singer and instrumentalist, as he performs …
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Admiralty Audubon Society hosts walk
    Interested in an expedition from Kah Tai Lagoon to Froggy Bottoms near Quimper Village? Vaccinated and boostered …
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Woodturning expert talks to Strait Turners
    Strait Turners wood turning club will have its first general meeting and demonstration for 2022 later this …
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Free N95 face masks now available in county

Jefferson County Emergency Management began delivering N95 masks to locations throughout the county late last week, and officials said a total of 7,480 masks have been distributed. “Wearing …

Mill fire reached 6 floors; production impacted

    A fire at the Port Townsend Paper Company left production crippled Saturday as a conveyer that spanned six stories was engulfed in flames. Black smoke rising from the paper …

Employment test for marijuana use questioned | 2022 Legislative Session

    OLYMPIA - Washington marijuana users won’t face losing their job over a positive drug test if a proposal under consideration in the state Legislature wins …

Port Townsend man who threatened stranger with knife accepts plea deal

A homeless man who threatened a stranger with a knife outside a Port Townsend smoke shop was given a reduced sentence for second-degree assault after he accepted a plea offer from …

Transient jailed after tearing down dining tent at new homeless camp

A 34-year-old transient man was arrested for second-degree malicious mischief after he allegedly tried to destroy the dining tent at the homeless shelter on Mill Road. Christopher Ryan Baldwin …
Obituaries

Lewis Peter Hanke

Lewis Peter Hanke, born Sept. 6, 1935, passed away the morning of Dec. 28, 2021, in peace, at home. Peter was a farmer, sailor, pilot, dreamer, most of all a loving husband of 65 years and a great …

Michael Preston Ryan

Mike was born and raised in Port Townsend, Washington by his parents Rene A. Ryan Jr. and Joyce M. Ryan (Minnihan). He left Jefferson County to join the US Navy, but returned home to be close to …

Phillip F. Spindor

Phillip F. Spindor passed away peacefully at home in Everett, Washington on Dec. 18, 2021, after a brave battle with dementia. Phillip was born on July 16, 1948, and raised in Port Townsend, …

William J. Eppick

Bill Eppick passed away with family nearby at home in Port Townsend, Washington. He was born in Reedley, California to Joseph and Evelyn  (Adden) Eppick. He grew up in Milwaukee, Oregon, …

Barbara Ann McClary

Barbara Ann McClary, age 87, of Sequim, Washington died Jan. 18, 2022. She was born Dec. 15, 1934, in Port Townsend, Wash. Kosec Funeral Home is in charge of the private family funeral. …
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Opinion
75 years leaves a lot to be covered | Mann Overboard
As if my 75th birthday didn’t make me feel old enough, I recently received a list of albums that were released 50 years ago. …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols.
Elevate the ordinary with this powerful trio | Kitchen to Kitchen
Winter’s here, the endless days of gray, wind, cold, and rain.  As a Northwest native, and after 28 years in …
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Repair, don’t toss, those damaged goods | Local 20/20
Are you familiar with the concept of a circular economy?  Simply put, this approach addresses the idea of extending a …
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Keep your hat on - it’s a hard choice, I know | Life in Ludlow
  Things seem to be quiet and slow as we hunker down and succumb to the seemingly endless cycles of COVID spikes up and down. …
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Letters
Grateful to share our small property | Letter to the editor
  I am writing this letter in support of the Housing Solutions Network’s campaign to encourage local homeowners to find …
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Employees are almost at the breaking point | Letter to the editor
Family, friends and neighbors. When I was in practice decades ago, there were plenty of doctors, nurses and other staff to share the …
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Help keep the light of democracy shining | Letter to the editor
Bernice King, CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, asks us all to treat Jan. 17 not as a day off but …
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Unvaxxed are now paying the price | Letter to the editor
It’s 2022 and we’re still talking about the damn election, masks and vaccinations. COVID has been ravaging this country …
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Take a stand for our children by voting yes | Letter to the editor
There are many things that seem to be out of our control right now — COVID, national politics, Putin, that ridiculous yapping …
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Sports

EJ girls fall to Bellevue Christian

The losing streak hit eight straight for the East Jefferson Rivals girls basketball team after being defeated 53-24 at home against the Bellevue Christian Vikings Jan. 22. Saturday’s loss …

Rivals wrestlers shine at Bainbridge tourney; multiple EJ grapplers win gold

The East Jefferson Rivals wrestling teams brought three boys and five girls to compete in a tournament over the weekend on Bainbridge Island. The grapplers put in one of their best performances of …
In the past year, Chimacum and Port Townsend school districts have been collaborating together on multiple fronts. Whether working together to hire individual superintendents over the summer, or …
With the surge of COVID-19 cases among Jefferson County residents in the past week, multiple East Jefferson athletic events have been canceled as a result. The Rivals boys basketball team …
Sophomore Mi Amada Lanphear Ramirez of the East Jefferson Rivals girls wrestling team was selected as the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Athlete of the Week for Jan. 16 through …
Crosspoint Academy outlasted Quilcene 27-16 in girls varsity basketball, with the Warriors running to a 27-16 victory on their home court in Bremerton. The loss dropped the team’s record to …
The Rivals dropped their boys basketball game against Cascade Christian School Thursday, with the Cougars winning by thin margins. At the final whistle East Jefferson fell short on their home …
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EJ girls blown out by Cascade Christian; basketball team loses seventh straight
The East Jefferson girls basketball team’s season continued Thursday with another tough test: a matchup versus the Cascade …
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Rivals wrestling teams compete in Battle of the Ax tourney; girls win silver
The East Jefferson Rivals boys and girls wrestling teams traveled to Port Angeles over the weekend to compete in the annual Battle of …
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Rivals’ Haddenham recaps stellar season, Coach of the Year honors
For most head football coaches, the first season at the helm involves a lot of learning, player development, and trial and error. …
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Rivals XC coach discusses Coach of the Year award
East Jefferson Rivals Cross Country Coach Alice Fraser was selected as the Boys Coach of the Year in the Nisqually League after an …
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‘Oh, my goodness.’ | The sideline stylings of Coach Trey Beathard
The woman in purple laughed and looked over at the person next to her who was also leaning on the chain link fence. It was partway …
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