Logging at historic cemetery upsets family, community

    Her family wouldn’t have chosen to rest in peace next to a sawmill, Helen Gunn is sure of that. Five generations of her ancestors are buried in the Redmen Cemetery off of …

Search for missing man moves from rescue effort to recovery operation

Efforts to find a missing man in Yellowstone National Park shifted from a search-and-rescue focus to a recovery operation in Yellowstone National Park Friday, National Park officials said. Search …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 333 calls for service between Friday, Sept. 3 and Friday, Sept. 10. Below are selected reports. At 1:13 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 in Chimacum, a …
A 54-year-old Stanwood man was injured when his 1997 Ford Explorer hit a deer on Highway 104 Thursday night. The driver was heading west on Highway 104 and was near Milepost 6, west of Beaver …
  Director Marq Evans of “Claydream” hadn’t expected to be a documentary filmmaker. But as circumstances had it, he fell into the craft. Evans, who studied business and …
  A conversation with screenwriter Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith will probably      involve a lot of laughter. Her effervescent personality makes it clear why this woman has …
Coronavirus coverage
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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27 new COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County since Friday
Jefferson County health officials reported Tuesday that 27 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since Friday. Two new residents …
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McDonald’s ‘mom’ to a greater community dies of COVID
  Tim Hartzell tried to talk his mother into getting vaccinated for COVID. He’d done it, he argued, it was …
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29 new COVID-19 cases in two days in Jefferson County 
Jefferson County health officials have reported 29 new COVID-19 cases in two days. The new cases pushed the total number of …
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Quimper Grange dances canceled
The Quimper Grange has announced that all grange dances will be canceled or postponed due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Jefferson …
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Arts and Entertainment
When 21 young activists impacted by climate change sue Uncle Sam | Port Townsend Film Festival
With Hurricane Ida, record-high heatwaves in the Western U.S., wildfires ravaging the West Coast, and much more in 2021 alone, …
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Kinetic sculpture race delayed until next year
  Rising From the Ashes – A Return to Racing has been canceled for 2021 for the second year in a row due to concerns …
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Pulling off ‘Holy Frit’ in a church | Port Townsend Film Festival
  Ah, the magic of Photoshop. Create an enormous stained   glass window, with the touch of an oil painter, like …
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Film documents brother’s relationship to family, music | Port Townsend Film Festival
  Producer-director Ken Schneider has one simple thought about relations between America and Cuba. “When politicians …
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Outdoor events are back for the big event, plus streaming | Port Townsend Film Festival

    In a year that’s been a little tough to celebrate, something’s coming you won’t want to miss. The 22nd year of the Port Townsend Film Festival is not just back …

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Police chief to focus on diversity, staffing and future

  Although he’s been working at the Port Townsend Police Department since May,  Chief Thomas Olson officially finished moving to Port Townsend from Auburn over Labor Day …

Library hosts used book sale Saturday

Friends of the Library volunteers will hold a used book sale on Saturday, Sept. 25 in the Bookmobile garage next to the Jefferson County Library, located at 620 Cedar Ave. in Port …

Olympic National Park, Washington State Parks, waive entrance fees on Saturday

The National Park Service will waive all national park entrance fees for National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 25.  Additionally, all visits to Washington State Parks or lands managed by …

Port Townsend Police Log | He's creeping me out

Port Townsend police received 171 calls for service between Friday, Sept. 3 and Thursday, Sept. 9. Below are selected reports. At 1:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, around the 1200 block of Umatilla …

'He's done with it' | Jefferson County Sheriff's Log

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 194 calls between Saturday, Aug. 28 and the morning of Friday, Sept. 3. Below are selected reports. At 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31 in …
Obituaries

Karen Baker

Karen Baker, my mother, was born in Korsor, Denmark on Oct. 11, 1919. She died on Aug. 4, 2021 in Port Townsend, Washington, almost reaching her 102nd birthday. She was the third child of six …

Jane Marie Schwencke

Jane Schwencke, loving wife, beloved mother, dear family member, special friend, and longtime Port Townsend resident died peacefully after a week of hospitalization for congestive heart failure with …

Earl Edward Boroughf

Earl Edward Boroughf passed away in Port Townsend, Washington on Sept. 7, 2021. He was 87. Earl was born to Earl and Margaret Boroughf on July 4, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio. The family moved to Southern …

Helen Abbott (Wallis) Graves

Helen Abbott (Wallis) Graves of Providence, Utah passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday Sept. 14, 2021, at the age of 96 with her daughters by her side. Helen was born on March 16, 1925 to …

Alan James Minish

A funeral mass for Alan Minish will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. There will be a rosary before Mass. Burial to follow at St. Mary Cemetery at …
Opinion
The last weekend of September, what to do? | Life in Ludlow
In a few days it is the last weekend of September 2021, the year being the last year of the Big Pandemic.  I say the last year …
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Navigating the maze of renter protections | Housing Hub
As the housing market climbs and Delta puts our local economy’s recovery back into question, renter protections are more …
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Baseball with a uniquely French flavor | Mann Overboard
With the World Series approaching, I miss baseball — in French, that is. Le lanceur est sur le monticule. Il lance la …
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COVID uncertainty leads to cancelation of Girls’ Night Out, Downtown Trick or Treat | Word on the Street
The leaves are changing, fall is here and it’s time to take a step back to look at the plans for the months ahead now that a …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols.
Letters
There are many pressing needs | Letter to the editor
Brian Kelly’s report on the Sims Way tree corridor project expects a combined cost of $2 million on this work and strong public …
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Leave the poplar trees in place along Sims Way | Letter to the editor
The Sims Way poplars are far more than an emotional experience. These trees first and foremost create a spectacular corridor in all …
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Behavior of anti-vaxxers shows lack of concern | Letter to the editor
As this pandemic continues to ravage our country, I continue to ask myself what is holding the anti-vaxxers back from protecting …
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League wholeheartedly condemns violent threats | Letter to the editor
The League of Women Voters-Jefferson County asks all citizens of Jefferson County and all other civic groups to join us in …
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Prosecute threats and intimidation against officials | Letter to the editor
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen, with hospital Intensive Care Units filling up and death rates rising again, it is more …
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Sports
The roof is on fire: Both Chimacum, PT get burned during rivalry’s war years
During the 1940s, Port Townsend dominated Chimacum in sports. The two schools’ football and basketball teams played each other a …
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Rivals football game cancelled due to Friday’s windstorm
The high school football game between the East Jefferson Rivals and Coupeville Wolves was cancelled Friday Sept. 17, after a windstorm …
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Port Townsend runners finish with top times
The Port Townsend Middle School Cross Country team kicked off the season with eight athletes competing in their inaugural running …
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CWA escapes with three-set win against Rivals
Charles Wright Academy upended the East Jefferson Rivals 3-0 in girls varsity volleyball last week at Port Townsend High. The …
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Quillayute and Sol Duc rivers reopen for fishing this week
The Quillayute and Sol Duc rivers have been reopened to fishing, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced last …
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Rangers rout Mary Knight in volleyball opener
Quilcene came to play. The Rangers run roughshod over the Mary Knight High School in the volleyball season opener last Thursday on …
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Rivals start cross country season in Maple Valley
The East Jefferson Cross Country team claimed 11th place overall in its opening meet of the season Saturday at the Tahoma Coed Relays …
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Girls soccer opener cancelled due to COVID
The first girls soccer game of the season for the Rivals was cancelled last Thursday, after the opposing school had a COVID …
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Golf tourney raises thousands for sports
The Port Townsend and Chimacum high school’s alumni golf tournament raised $6,000 for East Jefferson sports, according to …
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Winners announced in Dove House tourney
George Cave/Greg Miller and Mike Martin/Richard Boyd won the men’s division of the ninth annual Dove House Golf …
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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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