Castle & Crown Cellars’ long and winding road toward opening a tasting room in downtown Port Townsend was complicated by the interruption of COVID, but co-founders …
Washington State Ferries is holding two public meetings to share updates about crewing, hybrid-electric vessels and efforts to restore full service. The first meeting is scheduled for noon on …
    We watch the Olympic Mountains undress in the spring heat, our last year’s pride flags tattered from twelve months tossed in storms.   We, too, have …
Arts and Entertainment
The current Nightcats, who are set to perform in Port Townsend June 21, include keyboardist, “organ wizard” and bass player Lorenzo Farrell, singer and harmonica player Rick Estrin, multi-instrumentalist Christoffer “Kid” Andersen and drummer Derrick “D’Mar” Martin.

Blues and roots band Rick Estrin and the Nightcats return

    California-based blues and roots band Rick Estrin and the Nightcats are returning to Port Townsend, to perform at The Palindrome at the Eaglemount Winery and Cidery, on …
Bill Porter, a.k.a. Red Pine, has attended exhibitions of the biopic about him, in theaters from Port Townsend to Seattle.

‘Dancing with the Dead’ screening, Q&A with Porter by Castro Luna

    The film “Dancing with the Dead: Red Pine and the Art of Translation” returns to Port Townsend for two screenings only, at 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at …
Anya Taylor-Joy, Tom Burke and Chris Hemsworth dominate the screen almost as much as the car chases and pyrotvechnics in “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.”

‘Furiosa’ satisfies more than box office would suggest

    “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” is not only the direct sequel to 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” but also the fifth installment in writer-director George …
“Concerts in the Barn” have packed the Quilcene Barn with fans of classical chamber music.

‘Concerts in the Barn’ returns for eighth season

    The Quilcene Barn is back for its eighth season of free chamber music “Concerts in the Barn,” this year but it roots go much deeper.  Leigh Hearon, …
Naomi Fitter escaped from Ohio at the age of 22 to open for Bil Dwyer, Laurie Kilmartin and Whitney Cummings, and has performed in the All Jane Comedy Festival.

‘Nerd Comedy Tour’ comes to FairWinds Winery

    Fairwinds Winery in Port Townsend is set to host a group of touring comedians with an unusual theme on Fri., May 31, as the five-person “Nerd Comedy Tour” comes to …

News from local businesses

What Can You Do with Your Home Equity?

When you own a property, your home equity is the difference between the current market value of your home and the outstanding balance on your mortgage. There are two main financial tools for …

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 …

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Obituaries

Susan Solley

In loving memory of Susan Solley, who gracefully departed this world in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 4, 2023. Her mischievous wink and infectious laughter brightened all of our lives. …

Rima Blair (Novin) Phillips

Rima Blair (Novin) Phillips, 92, passed away on May 22nd in New Jersey of complications associated with a fall. She was surrounded by family at the time of her death. Born in New York in 1931, …

Stephen Randolph Van Cleve

Steve Van Cleve passed away on August 8, 2023 surrounded by his family in the home he built for them on the land he called Fiddler’s Green. He had been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary …
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Opinion & Columnists
An herb spiral is a simple way to experiment with the idea of permaculture, using available materials and siting each plant to take advantage of water, sunlight, wind, and other natural elements.
Designing with nature: the wisdom of permaculture
The practice of permaculture was developed and nurtured by indigenous people for thousands of years. Today, permaculture combines traditional knowledge with current research, and its principles can …
Lola (Franka Potente) marks her Sisyphean race against time to the beat of a killer techno soundtrack in Tom Tykwer’s “Run Lola Run.”
‘Run Lola Run’ is worth repeating the race, even 25 years later
"Run Lola Run" has returned to select theaters for the 25th anniversary of its American release, and rewatching it reminded me of everything that made the independent cinema wave of the 1990s so …
Honoring dads who cook
In our community, there are many versions of dads in the kitchen. From professional chefs to occasional sous chefs and backyard grillers, dads who bake pies and sourdough loaves, brew ale, and make …
A Marbled Murrelet at sea.
Living among some of Earth’s most extraordinary seabirds
One of the most extraordinary birds on Earth shares the Olympic Peninsula with us but there's a good chance you're unfamiliar with it.  That's because the Marbled Murrelet is grueling to …
Power outage in Ludlow and other lessons learned
The power went out one evening last week in Port Ludlow and it prompted a lot of activity around our house. First of all, we gave thanks to whatever being controls these things because the power …
Snooping around a dog cartoonist
A PBS documentary called him the wealthiest American artist ever. It wasn’t Walt Disney.  The answer: Cartoonist Charles Schulz. And I used to occasionally play golf with …
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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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      Roundabout etiquette, please Let’s talk about the magical world of roundabouts, where the rules of the road seem to disappear faster …

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      Be Part of the Solution So sad to see community contention deepening regarding a recent event at our local pool. This is a time when, more …

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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
    Seven East Jefferson Rivals track and field athletes traveled to Yakima to compete over three days in the 1A WIAA State Championships at Eisenhower High School. The qualifiers …
    A rousing Senior Night victory over Charles Wright helped the East Jefferson boys’ soccer team finish sixth in the Nisqually League and qualify for a postseason contest …
    Rivals varsity golfers managed just one team win, but Ryan Olson advanced to the district tournament, while the girls’ team earned the Nisqually League sportsmanship …
    Offensive fireworks and defensive errors highlighted East Jefferson’s 31-21 fastpitch road win over Vashon Island on May 1. Shaking off a late-season scoring slump, …
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