Former deputy prosecuting attorney files $3 million claim against county

A former deputy prosecuting attorney has filed a claim for $3 million in damages against Jefferson County, alleging her constitutional rights were damaged when her employment was terminated in May …

Quilcene man accused of strangling ex-girlfriend

Deputies responding to a 911 hang-up call arrested a 27-year-old Quilcene man for allegedly choking his ex-girlfriend during a dispute over their 3-year-old daughter. Luke Alan McCormick is facing …

UPDATE | Pilot was headed to Olympia from Friday Harbor before crash

  A pilot of a Cirrus SR22 crashed near Maynard Peak Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office     UPDATE | Pilot was headed to Olympia from Friday …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 230 calls for service between Saturday, July 9 and Friday, July 15. Below are selected reports. At 1:59 p.m. Thursday, July 14, an employee of …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 230 calls for service between Saturday, July 9 and Friday, July 15. Below are selected reports. At 1:42 p.m. Monday, July 11 in Port Ludlow, an …
Only a parent who has lost a child can know the depth of such a loss. Still, Sheila Bender has managed to translate both the overwhelming ocean and the process of learning to swim through it in …
A small aircraft crash claimed the life of the pilot west of Discovery Bay Wednesday. The name of the pilot has not been released. Authorities said a witness near the suspected crash site gave …
A 17-year-old Port Townsend teen was arrested after he allegedly stole an SUV, fled from police, and then abandoned the vehicle before trying to get away on foot at Fort Worden State Park. The …

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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.

Meet Cindy Hill-Finnie, New Board Chair of First Fed

It’s been nearly 30 years since Cindy Hill-Finnie first fell in love with Port Townsend - the Victorian architecture, idyllic neighborhoods, and seaside vistas. Today, she is woven …

WSP investigating body found near Brinnon

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the death of a man who was discovered in a tent Sunday along the Maple Valley Trail near Dosewallips State Park. Jefferson County Sheriff Joe Nole said …

Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | Campers stalked by cougar

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 230 calls for service between Saturday, July 9 and Friday, July 15. Below are selected reports. At 10:10 a.m. Saturday, July 9 in Chimacum, an …
Arts and Entertainment
PTHS prodigy returns with what he’s learned
The local superstition Chetzemoka’s Curse goes something like this: Supposedly anyone who has lived in Port Townsend, if they …
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Kirtan group freely offers music
The call-and-response singing style of kirtan has a history that reaches back thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, says …
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Art fair returns to Port Ludlow Inn
  The Port Ludlow Inn will once again host the Labor Day Art Fair on the Saturday of the holiday weekend. The art fair will …
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Departure Festival goes wild in the wilderness | Photo Gallery
There were flowers in their hair, fire dancing duos, and light shows like you wouldn’t believe last weekend at Departure Fest …
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Coronavirus coverage
County begins testing wastewater for COVID-19
Jefferson County health officials have started testing sewage water to help determine the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Dr. …
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Upcoming COVID-19 clinics to offer free vaccinations to children
Jefferson County Public Health will host clinics in Quilcene over the next three months for families with children 6 months and older …
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County offers appointments for COVID-19 shots for children
Jefferson County Public Health will offer COVID-19 vaccinations to children aged 6 months and older beginning the first week of July, …
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Hours cut back at Jefferson County waste facility

Jefferson County officials have announced that its household hazardous waste facility will no longer be open on the first Saturday of each month.    The change was prompted by low …

Farmers markets celebrated this week

The Jefferson County Farmers Markets joined markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from Aug. 7 through Aug. 13. National Farmers Market Week is an annual …

JUMP! seeks helpers to work on playground

Organizers with the Jefferson Universal Movement Playground, better known as JUMP!, are looking for volunteers to help them erect an all-inclusive playground. This supervised community build will …

UPDATE | Port Townsend ferry down due to mechanical issues

The Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry route will remain out of service for the rest of the day on Wednesday, Aug. 10 due to unscheduled maintenance. The M/V Chetzemoka will replace the M/V Salish and …

Port Townsend ferry down due to mechanical issues

On the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 10, it was announced that the PT/coupeville ferry would return to service by midafternoon. The  route was declared out of service until further notice due to …
Obituaries

Donald (Woody) Ray Woodward

A celebration of life for Woody will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St. Please bring your stories to share. Full obituary to …

Steve Southards

Steve Southards (Barbé) of Chimacum, Washington, passed away July 25, 2022, in Port Townsend, Washington of natural causes. He was 73. Steve served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam as a SEAL in …

Betty Lemex Petrie

Betty Lemex Petrie, 79, passed peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of Friday, July 22, 2022, at Mat-Su Regional Hospital in Wasilla, Alaska. Ms. Petrie was born Nov. 24, 1942, in …

Rosaline Eugenia Crump

Rosaline “Ro” Eugenia Crump passed away peacefully April 27, 2022 at Life Care Center in Port Townsend two months after her 97th birthday. She had lived at Avamere at Port Townsend for …

Kathryn Leone Long

A beloved and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and sister-in-law Kathy Long sadly left us on July 9, 2022.  She is survived by her parents, Helen and Harold Faust; husband, Bruce; …
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Opinion
Army gas in Honolulu, Fort Worden | Mann Overboard
Military memories of an Army brat: That short Leader news item and photo recently about plans to restore the tiny gas station at Fort …
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Vegetable caviar: Yummy on everything | Kitchen to Kitchen
What’s a vegetable caviar?  It’s a dish made from finely chopped vegetables. A chunky, flavorful, roasted …
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Port Ludlow’s getting out of the house | Life in Ludlow
I thought the town was empty except for the tourists. The locals wanted to stay home to handle the heat. How wrong could that …
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The Morning Show at Point Hudson | Field Notes
Dawn comes early, even now, a full month after Solstice.  I roll out of bed at 4:45 a.m. — wakened by the gulls’ …
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BLOGS
I’M ABOUT A WEEK BEHIND here and am skipping over piled-up notes on various topics to get in a few licks for women’s freedom, which is taking a beating these days. Too bad the U.S. …
Presidential Oath of Office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect …
Letters
Praise for Hadlock-Port Ludlow motorists | Letter to the editor
The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County has been doing road clean-up on Nesses’ Corner Road from Rhody Drive to Flagler Road on …
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Children’s center helps children, families | Letter to the editor
Jumping Mouse Children’s Center is a true treasure for our community.  This nonprofit provides transformative mental …
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COVID case number was wrong in letter | Letter to the editor
In response to Lynne Stryker’s letter concerning COVID carelessness, I would like to correct her statement that there were …
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COVID-19 assistance needs improvement | Letter to the editor
I contracted COVID volunteering outdoors. I brought it home to my husband who is almost 80. He came down with a positive test on a …
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COVID is still around, and so is carelessness | Letter to the editor
I’d like to remind the people of our lovely town that 712 cases of COVID (of those reported) happened in the past two weeks; 712 …
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Sports

Rivals cross-country teams ready to race

Following one of their most successful seasons in the past two decades, the East Jefferson Rivals boys and girls cross-country teams are hungry for more in Year Two under the EJ banner. The …

Team Justice League wins JeffCo tourney

What started as eight local softball teams was narrowed down to one after Justice League defeated Arrow Lumber 13-8 to reign victorious in the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Adult Softball …
Twenty-one ladies with the Discovery Bay Women’s Club and Port Townsend Women’s Club came out to the golf course in Discovery Bay to take part in the annual Memorial Golf …
Well, it’s almost soccer time in the Sound. With the dogs days of summer almost out of sight, the East Jefferson Rivals girls soccer team is ready to return to action following a stellar season …
Seven ladies with the Discovery Bay Women’s Golf Club made their way to the fairway for a classic game of “Blind Nine” last week. The rules for “Blind Nine” are …
Naval Magazine Indian Island will once again host the Navy installation’s annual Deer Run 5k and 1-mile Fun Run in August. The popular event is returning after a two-year break. It will be …
Whether it’s the crackling sound of colliding shoulder pads, the commotion of the crowd, or the special feeling of the Friday Night Lights, there’s nothing quite like football in the …
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Recreational shellfish harvesting shut down
Recreational shellfish harvest for all species of mollusks has been banned at Fort Flagler, Mystery Bay, and Kilisut Harbor, Jefferson …
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Golfers mark Fourth with golf tourneys, barbecue
To celebrate America’s Independence Day the Discovery Bay Women’s Club and men’s club brought out the irons for a …
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R2AK wraps up after three weeks of sailing
Well, it’s finally over. This year’s Race to Alaska — a sailing competition from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, …
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Disco Bay golf ladies play ‘Bingo, Bango, Bongo’
Bringing their irons, woods, wedges, and putters out to the golf course, the Discovery Bay Women’s Club gathered Thursday for a …
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EJ all-stars compete in Earl Barden Classic
Three all-star players from the East Jefferson Rivals football team trekked to Yakima last weekend for another taste of the gridiron …
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