Port Townsend will have to wait for second peak-season ferry

With the peak season of travel approaching, Washington State Ferries has announced it will be delaying the addition of a second boat to the Port Townsend-Coupeville route due to crewing …
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding will be operating a satellite classroom at the Port of Port Townsend’s Boat Haven Marina. The port recently announced that it would re-negotiate a …
Earth Day is an event annually recognized to demonstrate and support the protection of our environment. The preservation of the planet begins and ends with us – human beings taking small steps …
Earth Day activities abound in Jefferson County for the annual day of support for environmental awareness. In celebration of Earth Day and National Poetry Month, …
From noon to 5 p.m. April 22, The Artful Sailor Whole Earth Nautical Supply and Sail Exchange will host a free, outdoor, hands-on, natural fiber rope grommet bracelet-making party.  For more …
Coronavirus coverage
COVID-19 claims third life in JeffCo
A third person in Jefferson County has died of COVID-19, Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke announced Monday. The third fatality to …
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COVID-19 vaccine clinic returns to Chimacum
The Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management and Jefferson County Public Health will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic …
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New COVID-19 infection found in mid-county area
A woman in her 50s has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Jefferson County Public Health. The woman is a resident of the …
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Four new COVID-19 cases reported in Jefferson County
Four new COVID-19 infections have been reported in Jefferson County since last Friday. Two females, and two males, have tested …
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Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinics canceled in Washington
Upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics across Washington state that were set to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were called off …
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Arts and Entertainment
Festival returns with a diverse lineup | Women & Film
Women & Film is back with a diverse lineup. ACTING: The First Six Lessons’ (Narrative feature) Directed by Emily …
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‘No Fear No Favor’: A fight for survival in the place where community and wildlife meet | Women & Film
The camera pans across still waters, and then up to reveal a calm sky. Vivid pinks and soft blues mingle, painting a picturesque …
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‘River City Drumbeat’: A story of music and heart told one beat at a time | Women & Film
With every rolling snare, thumping bass, and crashing cymbal, a heart beat can be heard, steady and strong. Drums sound like strength …
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Organizers call off Brinnon ShrimpFest 
The tale has turned once again for the Brinnon ShrimpFest.  Organizers of the annual event announced earlier this month the …
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Local news

Burglary investigation turns up stolen excavator, mobile home, truck near Brinnon

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who is believed to have stolen a John Deer excavator that was stolen in Quilcene in June 2020. The search for the suspected burglar …

Jefferson County officials: Sewer hookups not planned for unwilling property owners in Port Hadlock area

Jefferson County officials batted back some of the recent criticisms on the proposed Port Hadlock Wastewater System during a special commissioners meeting on the project last week. Officials …

Adams won’t seek re-election to Port Townsend City Council

Nick Twietmeyerntwietmeyer@ptleader.com   Port Townsend City Councilmember Pamela Adams said Thursday that she would not be seeking re-election this year. Adams’ statement …

Port Townsend City Council addresses compensation during workshop

If money talks, it’s only a whisper to those who are elected to serve on the Port Townsend City Council. But if the city wants to see more diversity in its representatives, they’re …

Jefferson County election workers get ready for April vote

Voters no longer have to register in-person in the county where they live, and that means Jefferson County elections staff will be ready to accept ballots and day-of voter registrations on April 27, …
Obituaries

Jeremiah Evarts Gorsline

Jerry Gorsline, naturalist, conservationist, historian, writer, and inspiration to generations who shared his passion for the natural world, died at his Discovery Bay home on March 29, 2021 of …

James Edwin Brooks

James (Jim) Edwin Brooks, longtime resident of Port Townsend, passed away peacefully on Nov. 10, 2020 after a long illness. Born Sept. 23, 1930 to Byrl and Margaret Brooks in Lawton, Oklahoma, he was …

Ronald Edward Hoffman

Ron Hoffman passed away Feb. 7, 2021 of cancer and a heart attack. Ronald Edward Hoffman was born in Bremerton, Washington on July 28, 1960 to Wayne Eugene and Elizabeth Alma (Rutherford) Hoffman. …

Lesley Bosley-Lambert

Lesley Bosley-Lambert, born Nov. 11, 1961, passed away due to complications during heart surgery on April 5, 2021. She was loved and well liked by many. She was survived by brother Roy Bosley Port …

Vernon Mullins 

A memorial service in honor of Vernon Mullins will be held at the Marvin G. Shields American Legion Post, 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Pastor Randy DePriest, …
Opinion
When music is your life, it’s a soundtrack that endures | Life in Ludlow
Folks it is all about the music in your life. Are you listening to the “Bubblegum Pop” of Abba or Adolf Hitler’s …
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These police items (almost) write themselves | Mann Overboard
— A man “brandishing a whip.” Another psychic exile “throwing hot dogs at a door.” I love Leader police …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols.
Musical memories of home | Liner Notes
Like Hank Williams Jr. said in song, “I was one of the chosen few to be born in Alabam’.” I came to Port Townsend …
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Can we survive the swing into spring? | Life in Ludlow
OK, it is spring so settle down. If you have so much energy with the nicer weather you need to control yourself.  It seems as …
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Letters
PDA opinions missing an important point | Letter to the editor
I think that all the pro and con opinions about Dave Robison’s managerial performance for the Fort Worden PDA are missing an …
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Invest in fairgrounds for homeless campers | Letter to the editor
To those who are impatient to evict the homeless campers at the fairgrounds: Take a breath.  Consider these facts: 1. Every …
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Former PDA director was visionary leader | Letter to the editor
As a former employee of the Fort Worden Public Development Authority, I was disturbed at the slant taken regarding Dave …
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‘Sorry,’ but bring on the replacements | Letter to the editor
A few years ago the Board of Trustees of Whitman College elected to change the college mascot, and the name of the sports teams, from …
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Large costs loom with new sewer system | Letter to the editor
In Port Hadlock we’re insulted when told that we need a sewer to give us “dignity and opportunity.” We’re …
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Sports
Penalty kicks stymie EJ soccer team
The East Jefferson boys varsity soccer team hit an offensive wall last week, falling scoreless in games against Kingston and …
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EJ stars shine at home track meet
East Jefferson Track & Field hosted its sole home meet of the season against Klahowya High Saturday and both the girls and boys …
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Spartans lead on the links in Port Ludlow
The Bainbridge Spartans outshot East Jefferson in boys and girls varsity golf late last week at Port Ludlow Golf Course. The …
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Sluggish start for EJ varsity soccer team
The East Jefferson boys varsity soccer club notched a 2-0 loss against Port Angeles and a 1-0 defeat at the feet of Klahowya last …
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Quilcene conquers Kings in girls fastpitch
The Rangers quickly collected six runs in a first-inning blast and broke open a 9-4 game in the third to crush the Kings 27-8 in girls …
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Roughriders come out swinging against EJ
The Roughriders came out gunning against East Jefferson in girls varsity tennis last week and when the smoke cleared, Port Angeles was …
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EJ upends Eagles in girls varsity tennis
East Jefferson corralled Klahowya 5-2 in girls tennis last week. Maddie Hess powered EJ to a win in No. 1 singles, winning 6-3, 6-4 …
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Ranger varsity team even after first week
The Quilcene Rangers boys varsity baseball team opened the season with a 6-5 win against Tacoma Baptist School. The victory was …
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Rangers earn All Sea-Tac League honors
A large part of the Ranger roster has earned honors as members of the Quilcene football team won All Sea-Tac League …
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Spartans rule at home against EJ
The Spartans stymied East Jefferson in girls tennis last week on Bainbridge High’s home courts. Elli Prickett of Bainbridge …
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EJ athletes record PRs in last meet
East Jefferson athletes were outstanding on the track — and field — as EJ competed against Klahowya, Olympic and Port …
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EJ opens track season in Kingston
The East Jefferson track and field team opened the season with a jamboree at Kingston High and the EJ girls dominated in the shot put, …
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Eagles rule the roost in boys and girls golf
Klahowya dropped two wins into the cup against East Jefferson last week, with victories in both boys and girls golf. “Our …
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EJ notches league win in girls tennis
East Jefferson beat Central Kitsap in girls tennis last week, with big wins in No. 1 and No. 2 singles and doubles in recent Olympic …
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Quilcene Rangers win SeaTac League championship in surprise thriller
In the pre-game huddle on the field before the start of last Saturday’s SeaTac League championship game, the Quilcene Rangers …
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East Jefferson runners close out XC season
The East Jefferson Cross Country team ran its final meet of the season at the league championship meet at Battle Point Park on …
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Quilcene romps to fourth win in a row
The Rangers, running away. That about describes the first quarter — and the game — in boys varsity football Saturday …
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Strong start for Quilcene Rangers
In earlier action against Chief Kitsap, the Ranger girls varsity team beat the Bears in three games.  The Quilcene girls …
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Port Angeles tops EJ in JV volleyball
The Port Angeles Roughriders plucked a three-set win from East Jefferson in girls junior varsity volleyball last week. Port Angeles …
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Rangers roll in varsity volleyball vs. Crescent
Quilcene cruised to a win in girls varsity volleyball on the road against Crescent as the Rangers won the first three games, 25-17, …
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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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