Brinnon thief sent immediately to jail in gold coin case

A “good deal” became less so for a Brinnon woman convicted of stealing 48 gold Krugerrand coins from the 84-year-old man she’d been working for as a caregiver. Yolanda Noreen …

Work begins on merger plan for fire districts

Fire commissioners with both East Jefferson Fire Rescue and Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue have officially agreed to develop a plan that may lead to a merger of the two departments. Any merger of …
John Nowak has been elected by the Post Townsend School District’s board of directors as its newest board member. Nowak was the director of Care Transformation with Jefferson Healthcare for …
The Port Townsend City Council recently discussed a community engagement strategy to explore the future of the Port Townsend Golf Course. The ultimate fate of the course has been in limbo since …
The Jefferson Transit Authority Board has unanimously agreed to buy four new bus shelters. The shelters will cost approximately $42,900. The Jefferson Transit Authority Board met June 21. After …
The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 144 calls between Friday, June 10, and Thursday, June 16. Below are selected reports. At 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, a theft was reported …
More than a dozen students from east Jefferson County have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Washington for the autumn 2021 Quarter. The outstanding students …

News from local businesses

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 …

Free ERC Tax Refund Eligibility Check for Businesses

Was your business impacted negatively by the pandemic? Your business may be eligible for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) tax refund.  PPP and ERC Together The 2020 COVID relief bill …

Driver injured in two-car crash after medical incident on US 101

A 76-year-old Port Ludlow man was injured after he rear-ended another vehicle Sunday afternoon on US Highway 101 west of Discovery Bay. The collision happened just after 2 p.m. June 26 on US 101 …

Shellfish harvesting shut down at Discovery Bay

Discovery Bay beaches have been closed to recreational shellfish harvesting for all shellfish species. The Washington State Department of Health shut down shellfish harvesting after recent …
Arts and Entertainment
Vanishing murals tour by historical society start in July
Coming up in July, the Jefferson County Historical Society will be hosting “Vanishing Murals of Port Townsend: A Walking …
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Concerts in the Barn raises new refrain
Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms. Oh my! All of these well-known composers will be represented at this summer’s sixth season of …
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Field Day at Fort Worden filled with family, fun, food
How many bouncy castles is too many? That’s right, there’s no such thing. This year’s Field Day at Fort Worden on …
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Alice Howe, Freebo to play concert in PT
A rising folk voice and a longstanding rock icon will converge together as Alice Howe and Freebo are headed to Port Townsend for a …
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Coronavirus coverage
COVID death toll hits 30 in Jefferson County
The number of residents to die of COVID-19 in Jefferson County increased to 30 as public health officials announced the death of a …
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COVID death rate in JeffCo well below national average
Jefferson County would have had nearly a hundred residents die from COVID-19 if the county had matched the national average of the …
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Mask mandate returns in Chimacum
A school-wide mask mandate was imposed at Chimacum Junior/Senior High School Monday. The requirement for masks was announced Friday …
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Local news

Convicted drug thief disputes case: ‘I was railroaded’

A Quilcene man was ordered to be held in Jefferson County Jail on $100,000 bail Thursday pending his sentencing on felony drug charges later this month. Charles Eric Coulter was booked into jail …

Burn ban now in effect for Jefferson County

A county-wide ban on outdoor burning — other than recreational fires — has been put into effect starting July 1. The ban does not affect the sale or use of fireworks. Regulations …

Jefferson County PUD earns award for safety on the job

The Jefferson County Public Utility District was awarded third place in the Safety category by the Northwest Public Power Association for utilities with 100,001 to 150,000 hours of annual workplace …

One injured in motorhome fire in Port Hadlock-Irondale

One person was hurt in an early morning fire in Port Hadlock-Irondale when a large motorhome went up in flames. Firefighters from East Jefferson Fire Rescue were dispatched to a reported …
THE RACE GOES ON

R2AK racers’ mental fortitude tested as nautical event continues

To say this year’s Race to Alaska has been an odyssey of its own is an understatement. From capsized vessels to driftwood obstacles to new records and routes to the finish point in …
Obituaries

Timothy Lee Love

Timothy Lee Love was born on March 9, 1964, in Honolulu, Hawaii to David R. Love and Shelby J. Love. Shelby remarried when Tim was 8 months old to Woodrow Colyott and was raised by Shelby and …

Ralph A. Minard II

  Ralph A. Minard II, age 68,  passed away on Monday, June 6, 2022, after a seven-year battle with cancer. Ralph was born Nov. 27, 1953, to Ralph A. Minard Sr. and Mary Jane (Sackos) …

Charles Alfred Nelson Jr.

Charles Alfred Nelson Jr. was born to Charles A. Nelson and Alice (Eldridge) Nelson on July 20, 1946, in Port Townsend, Washington. Charles died “peacefully” at home on June 22, 2022, in …

Carol Colley

Carol Colley passed away peacefully on June 8, 2022 after a stroke. She battled several health challenges with a determined will to live life fully. She was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, …

Katherine Louise Gower Simpson

Katherine Louise Gower Simpson was born at Swedish Hospital in Seattle on Dec. 11, 1948.  A true Northwest woman, she graduated from Newport High School in Bellevue, Class of 1967, and …
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Opinion
We love the visitors in the summer | Life in Ludlow
I don’t really have much sympathy for the horde descending on the Olympic Peninsula almost every weekend from May 1 through …
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Hot enough for you? Hades says yes! | Mann Overboard
When the temperature hits 70, many in Port Townsend start complaining about the heat. I’m one of them. A year ago, when we …
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Touring Germany’s energy village | Guest Viewpoint
In February, my fiancé and I took off from Port Townsend with our bicycles and a plan to tour nine countries across …
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Big little changes are here: Recycling gets simplified in JeffCo | Local 20/20
Gone are the days when a dude with a cart yowls, “Rags, Ashes, Glass!” while passing by dwellings at the crack of …
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BLOGS
NUMEROUS REPUBLICAN OFFICE-HOLDERS have made it clear of late that they pledge their allegiance to the Constitution of the United States rather than to Donald Trump. A notable “for …
Sadly, I don’t have the names of any of these individuals striking a commemorative pose probably a short time before or after 1890. The McCurdy Building was erected in 1887, downtown at the …
Letters
Hardworking volunteers deserve kudos for successful book sale | Letter to the editor
We would like to publicly thank everyone who made our Friends of the Library book sale last Saturday a success.  To everyone …
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Brotherton earns my hearty endorsement for re-election | Letter to the editor
We have a choice.  In the last election for District 3 Commissioner, 13,734 voters overwhelmingly chose Greg Brotherton to …
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We’re being gouged at the gas pump when we try to shop local | Letter to the editor
Remember Bills Gas Station in Chimicum?  Mr. Bills sold gas at 20 cents to 30 cents cheaper than other gas stations. Drivers knew …
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Protest in Port Towsend calls for end to gun violence | Letter to the editor
Last Saturday, June 11, Port Townsend participated in the nationwide protest, March for Our Lives! People of all ages gathered on …
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Reader upset by newspaper headlines | Letter to the editor
I have been a Leader reader since 1971. Never have I seen such provocative headlines and reporting. It seems that most stories in …
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Sports

Rivals athletic director recaps first full year of sports merger with Chimacum

Following the first full year of Chimacum and Port Townsend high schools combining their sports programs into the East Jefferson Rivals, officials with the Port Townsend School District recapped the …

Port Townsend team goes 4-2 in 5x5 tourney

Eight Port Townsend middle school and home school seventh- and eighth-grade boys competed as a team in the Oliveira Classic 5x5 Soccer Tournament at Peninsula College in Port Angeles. Coach Logan …
The Port Townsend Tennis Club is seeking new players for regular Wednesday and Sunday morning matches.  The group mostly plays doubles and generally uses the courts at Port Townsend High …
Pickleball is blowing up right now. Whether it’s the meteoric rise in the game’s popularity over the past year or the fact that it’s become Washington state’s official …
A shocking blowout victory saw Team Pure & Wild take the top spot of the 2022 Race to Alaska as they were the first squad to make it into Ketchikan, Alaska just after 5 p.m. Monday, June …
Team Pure & Wild are in first place and expected to win the 2022 Race to Alaska Monday. At just before 11 a.m. Monday, June 20, the team entered American waters and were south of Duke …
The teams Let’s Row Maybe? and Interslice were in a back-and-forth battle for first place in the Race to Alaska shortly after the start of Stage 2 in Victoria, British Columbia. Racers began …
More Sports
Seventy 48 breaks records with successful sea race
The waters of Puget Sound were packed with paddlers aplenty this past weekend as they raced 70 miles from Tacoma to Port Townsend for …
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Classic Mariner’s Regatta casts off in Port Townsend
Braving the challenging winds and periodical rain all throughout last weekend, sailors participating in the Classic Mariner’s …
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EJ track and field teams earn seven medals at state
The best of the best in 1A track and field came out for the WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) State …
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Discovery Bay golfers play a round of ‘Disaster’
The Discovery Bay Women’s Golf Club set out for another weekly round of golf, this time playing a game called …
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We’re back! Rangers test Hornets, bring fight to the Wildcats
The Rangers’ bats were hot. But the Wildcats’ bats got hotter. Too hot. Wilbur-Creston-Keller cut short …
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