Naked and afraid: Roadside rendezvous leads to police chase

It’s probably a safe bet to say there won’t be a second date. A 32-year-old Port Angeles man was arrested Saturday night for trying to elude police after he allegedly fled from …

Community celebrates return of Worthington Mansion

What started as a proposed renovation idea in a school cafeteria a generation ago has since become an 11-year restoration project to bring Quilcene’s Worthington Mansion back to its former …

Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | Super soaker

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 240 calls for service between Saturday, April 16 and Friday, April 22. Below are selected reports. Ludlow, a caller near Paradise Bay Road said …

Port Townsend Police Log | Banjo ambush

The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 157 calls between Friday, May 13, and Thursday, May 19.  Below are selected reports. At 6:50 p.m. Sunday, May 15, an officer in the …
The American Legion Marvin G. Shields Memorial Post 26, Bruce F. Matheson Post 7948, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and BPOE (Elks) Lodge 317, Port Townsend will be conducting honor ceremonies at local …
Proud. Four times over. Resignation letters tendered by the four principals who resigned this month in the Chimacum School District all said they were leaving their leadership posts with the …
Local community organizer, renewable energy advocate, and current Jefferson County Public Utility District Commissioner Jeff Randall will seek a second term as commissioner for District 1, …
Jefferson County would have had nearly a hundred residents die from COVID-19 if the county had matched the national average of the disease’s death, Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. Thomas Locke …
The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 157 calls between Friday, May 13, and Thursday, May 19.  Below are selected reports. At 2 p.m. Friday, May 13, a resident in the 700 …

News from local businesses

Meet Chris Neros, New Chief Lending Officer and Executive VP at First Fed

At the heart of community banking is the people. Christopher “Chris” Neros was drawn to First Fed for their long legacy of commitment to their communities and pursuit of innovative ways …

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Arts and Entertainment
Meet PT’s up-and-coming musical duo
Whether it’s planning out an upcoming Alaska tour, finalizing their forthcoming debut EP, or playing gigs around Port …
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Salish Sea Early Music Festival wraps up with Bach, Vivaldi
The final installation of the 2022 Salish Sea Early Music Festival will bring the works of two classical music icons of the 18th …
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Brinnon Shrimp Festival features family fun, food, music
Things will be looking a bit spotty in Brinnon this weekend. The 2022 Brinnon Shrimp Festival will be held Saturday, May 28 and …
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Beloved movie-theatre owner decides to sell business
A rose is a rose is a rose, except for when it’s a theatre. Elegant, well-lit, and timeless, this one is enveloped in the …
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Coronavirus coverage
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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Commissioner Dean tests positive for COVID-19
Jefferson County Commissioner Kate Dean tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday night. Dean, the District 1 commissioner, said she had …
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Jefferson Transit no longer requiring masks on buses
Jefferson Transit is no longer requiring masks on their vehicles or facilities, the transit authority announced via their website …
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Local news

Midday crash in Brinnon results in DUI charges for King County vacationer

A 38-year-old King County woman was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving after she crashed her Chevy Tahoe into a tree next to US Highway 101 near the Mason-Jefferson County line last …

Jefferson County considers courthouse security

Jefferson County will start searching for a company to provide private security services at the county courthouse. Screening of visitors to the county courthouse has been conducted by PPC …

Bridge work will start soon in Quilcene

Work on the Big Quilcene River Bridge in Quilcene will begin in June, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The work on the US 101 span across the Big Quilcene River is …

Marine Science Center looking for volunteers

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center Museum will host a meeting Thursday for people who are interested in volunteering. The meeting is 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at the museum at Fort …

TRAFFIC ADVISORY | Highway 104 reopens after crash investigation

Highway 104 reopened in both directions just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday west of the Hood Canal Bridge. Traffic was detoured from the highway following a 10 a.m. crash that involved five vehicles …
Obituaries

Lisa Kay Aniballi

Lisa came to this beautiful earth on Nov. 21, 1958, in Moline, Illinois. She fell in love with all of nature’s wonders. Lying on the floor of a forest, on the sand at the beach or in her own …

William “Bill” Brown Jr.

William “Bill” Brown Jr., contractor, businessman and community volunteer, passed away Feb. 17, 2022, peacefully at the age 89. Bill and his family spent 25 years in Hawaii. He grew up …

Cecil Frank Atkinson

Cecil Frank Atkinson (“Cec”) was born to Cecil Joseph (“Scotty”) and Pearl Leona Atkinson on June 7, 1929, in Butte, Montana, and passed away in Port Townsend, Washington on …

Arthur James

Arthur James was born in Beaverton, Oregon in 1952 and died in a kayak accident near Neah Bay in April 2022. Art loved the ocean and landscapes outside of cities. He was 69 years old. He grew …

Craig Reid Hausler 

Craig Hausler was born in Lewiston, Utah on Aug. 7, 1942, and spent his early years on his grandparents’ farm. When he was 6 years old, the family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where Craig spent …
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Opinion
Some friendly advice and thoughtful observations | Life in Ludlow
Several friends of mine seem more than glad to share quotes, sayings, advice, and observation with me on a regular basis. I do …
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Interviewing the funny and famous | Mann Overboard
  I read a Page 1 New York Times profile last week about much-missed comic George Carlin. There’s also a new HBO special …
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Resilient gardens: Planting for the future | Garden Notes
Resilient gardens work in concert with nature. They take advantage of their surroundings and support native wildlife. They also …
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Gratitude, dining, and accordion and a clarinet | Life in Ludlow
You may recall that last week I included in this column the Associated Press article about the woman who fell through the …
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BLOGS
An early coastal defense cannon is installed at Fort Worden about 1914. This photo is as good as any to illustrate how quickly history goes by, as it’s a Port Townsend event of about 108 years …
However, as we near our annual festival, we will be worshipping a state flower that once flourished throughout the wayside but now has been plowed under by a burgeoning population. The GOP has …
Letters
Glamping, dirt, and money at Fort Worden | Letter to the editor
The May 4th Leader article pegs the total cost for the PDA Fort Worden Glamping nonsense at $1.9 million ($1.3 million already spent …
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Let’s break the hold of minority control | Letter to the editor
It is time for Democratic leadership to go on the offensive with Republicans. About abortion rights, healthcare, the environment, …
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Critics of temporary housing make wild claims | Letter to the editor
Last week the Leader published two angry letters speaking out against the county’s proposed Temporary Housing Facilities …
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Plankton should be viewed as aquatic heroes | Letter to the editor
Seventy percent of the Earth is covered in water. Billions of microscopic plants and animals floating at the ocean’s surface …
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Ordinance will provide dignity, respect for homeless | Letter to the editor
We are in a housing crisis. There simply is not enough affordable housing for individuals or families.  The proposed modifications …
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Sports

Ranger fastpitch team makes 10th straight trip to championships

Following a convincing win against Muckleshoot and a barnburner with Darrington, the Quilcene girls fastpitch softball team is heading to the 2022 1B State Fastpitch Softball …

Quilcene cruises into playoffs in girls varsity fastpitch softball

Quilcene ignited with a 5-0 first-inning lead and the Ranger bats exploded with 23 more runs over the next three innings to topple Pope John Paul II School 28-3 in girls varsity fastpitch last …
Eleven women from the Discovery Bay Golf Club gathered recently for a game of “Tombstone” at the golf course in late April. Tombstone involves participants adding their handicap score …
Tanner Minnehan is certainly celebrating a stellar shot. Minnehan hit a hole-in-one on Saturday, May 7 at Discovery Bay Golf Course. Jeff Kent, head professional at the course, said the …
The East Jefferson Rivals track and field teams wrapped up the Nisqually League Championship meet on Vashon Island with the girls team finishing at the No. 2 spot and the boys ending with a …
After two years away from the the waters of Port Townsend Bay, the Classic Mariner’s Regatta will be back at sea. But this year brings a special twist. For the first time in the …
The East Jefferson Rivals baseball team was eliminated from the Nisqually League playoffs after losing 8-12 to Cascade Christian School in Puyallup. The Rivals clinched a playoff berth after …
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Registration underway for Jim Caldwell Memorial Golf Classic | Rhody Fest
The Jim Caldwell Memorial Golf Classic will return to the links at the Port Townsend Golf Course this weekend. The two-day event, …
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Rhody Run back after two-year hiatus | Rhody Fest
Rhody Run Redux 2022 will kick off in a new location this year. The event — which includes a 5K walk/run or the 10K walk/run — …
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Rivals track and field teams wrap up regular season with top times
The East Jefferson Rivals track and field teams concluded their regular season with a pair of meets in Silverdale and Renton. The …
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Rangers rout Kings to win league fastpitch title
The Quilcene girls fastpitch softball team clinched another Sea-Tac League championship with a convincing 13-1 win over the …
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Rivals stomp Annie Wright Gators to win on Senior Night
A wild final home game for the East Jefferson Rivals boys soccer team saw the squad earn a Senior Night victory after a back-and-forth …
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