Boys 100 Nik Erickson: 5th, 12.02 Jasper Dances: 6th, 12.17   Girls 100 Carina Shiflett: 4th, PR 13.19 Clara Camp: 7th, 13.57   Boys 200 Nik …
  On Saturday May 11, the East Jefferson Track & Field Team traveled to Vashon Island to compete in day one of the 1A Nisqually District Championship Meet. Other schools in …
    One of the glorious spectacles of spring in Jefferson County is the flowering fruit trees that grace home gardens and small orchards throughout our towns and rural areas. …
  I don’t know what I was expecting from an extremely loose sci-fi adaptation of Henry James’ 1903 novella “The Beast in the Jungle,” but I don’t think anyone …
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Irwin stars in Emma Macklin and Daniel Karan’s “Our Highest Priority.”

Short films about youth mental health screen May 15

  The Port Townsend Film Festival is partnering with OWL 360 and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) to help highlight youth mental health issues through its second …
Celtic guitarist Tony McManus called The Palindrome a “classic independent music venue.” He returns to Port Townsend May16.

Celtic guitarist Tony McManus at The Palindrome May 16

    Rainshadow Recording welcomes the return of Celtic guitarist Tony McManus to Port Townsend, for an evening of what concert coordinator Matt Miner deemed “stringed …
“Ingress” took advantage of generously donated shooting locations on Bainbridge Island.

‘Ingress,’ shot on Bainbridge Island, screens here May 10

    The Port Townsend Film Festival’s “Focus Film” series offers a double-header in May. The Balcony Theatre in Suite 401A at 211 Taylor St. is set to host …
The Port Townsend High School Players are giving it their all for “The Tempest.”

PTHS Players’ ‘The Tempest’ runs through mid-May weekends

    Although “The Tempest” is thought to be one of the last plays that William Shakespeare wrote, for a number of the Port Townsend High School Players, it’s …
Studious Edwin (George Rexstrew), psychic Crystal (Kassius Nelson), temporarily fairy-possessed Niko (Yuyu Kitamura) and impulsive Charles (Jayden Revri) visit the Point No Point Lighthouse (or rather, British Columbia’s nearest approximation of it) in Netflix’s “Dead Boy Detectives.”

‘Dead Boy Detectives’ misses details about PT, but still proves fun

    It looks like Forks won't be the only corner of the Olympic Peninsula to gain fame from a supernatural entertainment franchise, given the critical and audience acclaim that …

News from local businesses

Community Spirit Day with First Fed and Habitat

 First Fed is partnering with Habitat for Humanity for the bank’s first ever Community Spirit Day on June 5, 2024. You’re invited to participate in this special volunteer event …

Key Tips for Maintaining Financial Wellness

Key Tips for Maintaining Financial Wellness     As April begins, so does Financial Literacy Month, an opportune time to reevaluate and bolster our financial well-being. It's …

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Obituaries

Sandra K. Summers

Sandra K. Summers of Sequim died at Sherwood Assisted Living in Sequim. She was 83. Sequim Valley Chapel, Sequim, is in charge of arrangements.  

Don Leonerd Matheson

Death Notice Don Leonard Matheson passed away on April 29, 2024. Celebration of life is being handled by- Quilcene First Presbyterian Church with services scheduled for June 1, 2024 at 1pm. …

Marie Pavish

Marie Pavish passed away at home with family members on May 13, 2024. She was under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County for the last two months of her decline due to dementia. She was 77 years …
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Opinion & Columnists
Jaman case tracks with national Trumpian politics
If ever there were a Devil, they could not have timed their diabolical deeds better. Within the same 24-hour period that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump declared, on a …
Of passports and parking tickets
Many years ago, in the fall, BJ and I were bringing her mother home to Kansas City from her vacation cottage in Central Lake, Michigan. I was in the lead driving the mother-in-law car when I took a …
In the vicinity of the Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones’ visit to Seattle on May 15 has brought back memories of when I covered the Stones for the Montreal Gazette back in the day and what turned out to be a scary experience on …
KITCHEN TO KITCHEN: Make Your Own Flavorite Barbecue Sauce
By Sidonie Maroon Culinary Educator for the Food Co-op   Would you like to develop a signature barbecue sauce, but need help understanding what makes them tick? Well, I’m …
A recent photo of a 1,500-year-old Nolan Creek Cedar.
No respect: The dreadful state of Washington’s largest tree
My wife Susan, our pal Elliott, and I drove 130 miles last month to gaze upon Washington's largest tree, the Nolan Creek Cedar. As we neared the colossus at the end of a gravel road, the …
Mushroom Caviar
Picnic-Ready Vegetable Caviars
Editor’s Note: An incomplete version of this column appeared last week so The Leader is republishing it.    What’s a vegetable caviar? A delicious roasted …
BLOGS
  After seeing her star-making turn in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” last year all that Hulu had to do to get me to watch its true-crime miniseries …
Letters
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      Sewer project is noisy I just wanted to congratulate Samantha Harper and all the others involved with the sewer project in Port …

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      Column advanced deer conversation I want to express my appreciation for the piece that Scott Doggett penned on May 1 about deer.  …

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      Solid citizens pay taxes Your article about property tax due dates should have included a reminder that property taxes are not just a chore …

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      The water’s fine   Wars start by misunderstandings, by distortions of fact - or by seeing things through different lenses. …

Sports
  On Thursday, May 2, most of the East Jefferson Rivals track and field team traveled to Bob Larson Stadium in Stanwood to compete in the Stanwood Twilight Invitational. Conditions at …
  The East Jefferson Rivals track and field teams’ trip to the Coupeville Classic on Wednesday, April 17, came close to falling through, due to transportation difficulties. After …
    A vanful of East Jefferson Rivals track and field students traveled to Bellingham on Saturday, April 6, to compete in the limited-entry 39-team Birger Solberg Invitational. …
    The Port Townsend Women’s Golf Club opened its season April 2 at the newly envisioned Port Townsend Golf Park. On a misty morning that ended in sunshine, eight club …
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