Salty Girls’ PT location finally comes out of its shell

Salty Girls Port Townsend officially opened for business late last week — with fingers crossed. The Sequim favorite expanded to Port Townsend’s Taylor Street last year. Salty Girls …
Jefferson County commissioners have agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit that claimed county officials violated the First Amendment rights of a Port Townsend man who was blocked from the …
The crest of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to be felt in Washington state, Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke said Monday. Locke, in his weekly coronavirus …
Funding to continue studying the effects of the Hood Canal Bridge on migrating fish has been included in the Legislature’s recently passed …
The Chamber of Jefferson County recently announced the finalists for this year’s Community Leadership Awards. The virtual ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15 via Zoom. The …
Coronavirus coverage
Four more COVID-19 infections found in Jefferson County
Four new COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in Jefferson County, public health officials reported late Thursday. Three of the …
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Whale watching group recalls struggle to stay afloat amid sea of viral troubles
With people the world over forced to remain at home and limit travel to the bare necessities, tourist-centered businesses like Point …
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Four new COVID-19 cases reported in Jefferson County
Jefferson Public Health officials have reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county since Monday. As of Wednesday, …
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COVID-19 case case count rises in Jefferson County
Two additional cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County were confirmed Friday by Jefferson Public Health officials. A man and a woman, …
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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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Arts and Entertainment
Olympic Music Festival presents virtual series this spring
Olympic Music Festival is hosting a May concert series, “Sounds of Spring.” The showcase features Grammy-nominated …
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Northwind Art presents slate of summer art classes for youth
Northwind Art recently announced a summer packed with new youth classes. From buttons to patterns to papers and more, this …
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Award-winning author talks about latest book
The Jefferson County Historical Society is teaming up with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center to present “An Evening with …
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Registration starts for summer photo classes at Northwind Art
Adjust your lens this summer to focus on Northwind Art. Among its multitude of art classes, photography is included in the mix. The …
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Local news

Disconnection notices are mailed by mistake

Some customers of the Jefferson County Public Utility District in Port Townsend may have received erroneous disconnection notices with their May 4 statements. The Jefferson County PUD tweeted an …

Port Townsend mayor announces KPTZ Day

Port Townsend Mayor Michelle Sandoval recently declared Friday, May 14 as KPTZ Radio Day in the city of Port Townsend. In preparation of KPTZ’s 10th year of service to the Northeast Olympic …

PT teacher honored as Teacher of the Week

Don Halquist, better known as Dr. D, was recently honored as the STAR 101.5 Teacher of the Week on Thursday, May 6. The second-grade teacher at Salish Coast Elementary school was nominated in the …

Center Valley Animal Rescue hosts online auction

Center Valley Animal Rescue will kick off its spring online auction, “For the Love of Animals,” on Saturday, May 15. The benefit will raise funds for the Quilcene nonprofit’s …

Kayak tours now offered on Marrowstone Island

Olympic Kayak Tours is now offering excursions from Fort Flagler State Park, led by naturalists with extensive knowledge of local wildlife and history of the Olympic Peninsula and Salish Sea. The …
Obituaries

Louise D. Abshire

Louise D. Abshire was born in Altadena, California in 1944 to Grace and Sheldon Hunt. After a fulfilling life with many family and friends who shared her love, Louise fought a courageous battle …

Barry Anderson

Barry Anderson, longtime Washington resident, passed away peacefully at the family home in Port Townsend on April 15, 2021. He was surrounded by Hilda, his wife of 59 years, his daughter and …

Caron Leverne McCloud

Caron McCloud flew peacefully and powerfully into her future at her home in Port Townsend, Washington. Caron was born in Oakland, California to Eden McCloud and Eugene Grant. Caron was married to …

Phillip Eugene Marlow

Phillip “Bo” Eugene Marlow passed away on Jan. 12, 2021. He was born on Oct. 7, 1972 in Port Angeles, Washington to Phillip and Mary Marlow. Phillip lived in Omak, Washington, …

Kurt Grinnell 

The family mourns the loss of Kurt Grinnell who passed away in Port Angeles on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Kurt was born to Fred and Elaine Grinnell in Port Angeles, Washington in November …
Opinion
Learning To Fly: Lessons through song | Liner Notes
I had a professor in college who said Tom Petty was the last thing America could agree on. At the time, I knew the lanky, …
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Community visioning report - a fascinating summary | Local 20/20
At the start of the pandemic, Local 20/20 invited residents to share how they were impacted, and what values, priorities, and visions …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols.
Activities are picking up around JeffCo
Whilst waiting for a meeting in downtown Port Townsend I ambled into the Bishop Hotel. The new proprietors as of last summer were …
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So many items in two PT blocks
Our quest today: Can several items be extracted within a quarter-mile radius in PT? Challenge accepted! First, we go to the …
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Letters
Let’s prove we know how to plan for a UGA | Letter to the editor
Two good pieces of news this week. First, JeffCo secured a $21 million-plus grant for the Hadlock infrastructure …
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Still time and energy to stop development | Letter to the editor
A plan is in the works, approved by the county, to allow the Discovery Bay Golf Club to develop 48 parcels surrounding the course with …
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Guns, cars more deadly than vaccine | Letter to the editor
We should ban cars and guns and drugs before we ban the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. There have been six blood clots in the 41 …
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Get your vaccine and the care you need | Letter to the editor
Basic public health measures have played a role in stopping pandemics for centuries. The Black Plague killed more than 25 million …
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Serious plan needed to repurpose homes | Letter to the editor
In his April 21 letter, Kellan Lynch offers hope but does not detail a plan to “repurpose empty houses” to address …
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Sports
Buccaneers solid in play against EJ
Kingston collected a win in girls varsity tennis with a 5–2 victory against East Jefferson on the Chimacum courts …
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EJ teams are tops in track and field
East Jefferson squashed Sequim and Port Angeles in boys and girls track last week in Port Angeles. Both EJ squads posted team …
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Trojans too tough in varsity girls tennis
Myka Briggs was the standout star for East Jefferson girls varsity tennis last week against Olympic. Olympic won big, finishing out …
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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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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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