JeffCom board removes director from post

The board of JeffCom911 ousted the director of the emergency dispatch organization at a special meeting last week. The vote to terminate the employment of Stacie Huibregtse was unanimous, …

School canceled in Brinnon due to snow

The Brinnon School District has canceled at school programs and activities for Friday, Dec. 2 due to the weather. No school busses will run in Brinnon and the school district annonced no high …

Winter storm warning for Olympics, winter weather advisory issued for East Jefferson

The National Weather Service in Seattle has declared a winter storm warning in effect for the Olympic mountains and valleys for 10 a.m. Friday through 10 a.m. Saturday. The winter storm warning …

Stormwater replacement approved amongst a sea of port projects

The Port of Port Townsend has all hands on deck as projects continue piling up. At the port commissioners’ meeting last week, officials approved a $210,000 professional services agreement …
A felony charge of second-degree assault has been dropped against a 19-year-old Port Hadlock man who had been accused of trying to run his ex-girlfriend off the road. During a pretrial hearing in …
The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 156 calls between Friday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Nov. 3. Below are selected reports. At 2:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the 2000 block of …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 270 calls for service between Saturday, Oct. 29 and Friday, Nov. 4. Below are selected reports. At noon Monday, Oct. 31 in Port Ludlow, a …
Following stormy winds and rain that knocked out electricity to more than 3,000 customers on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, most homes have power back. The Jefferson County Public Utility …
The Jefferson County Conservation District will begin taking online orders for bare-root native trees and shrubs on Friday, Dec. 2. To aid customers in plant selection and care, the district is …

News from local businesses

The Gift of Savings: Smart Money Habits 4 Kids

The holidays are fast approaching! Before buying another toy for your child, consider the gift of savings. If your kids are old enough to ask to buy things, take the opportunity to start teaching …

New PNW Song Contest plus Photo Winners

Each year, First Fed holds a photo contest to celebrate the beauty of the PNW. This year they are also hosting a new songwriting contest in honor of their 100th anniversary in 2023. Those who are …

Lifestyle Stories

New deadline for Raccoon Lodge to fit with Port Townsend regulations

Not much has changed since the city of Port Townsend targeted a popular art piece in an Uptown neighborhood for lacking permits in October. Called the “Racoon Lodge,” the impromptu …

UPDATE | Port Ludlow murder victim identified

The Port Ludlow man who was stabbed to death by a 17-year-old teenager at his home Monday has been identified as Robert E. Carpenter. Carpenter, 56, died on the front porch of his home after he …
Arts and Entertainment
Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra to play holiday-themed concert
The Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra is set to bring the holiday spirit via sound in the group’s upcoming concert. The …
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Bluegrass masters reunite as trio for upcoming Rainshadow concert
Three acclaimed bluegrass maestros are set to take the stage together for an upcoming concert in Port Townsend. Chris Luquette, …
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Upcoming speaker series event explores increase in large wildfires in Pacific Northwest
Jefferson County Historical Society’s First Friday Speaker Series continues into December, with University of Washington …
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Unique and new holiday play opens at Key City Public Theatre
A feel good story for all ages is on its way into hearts for the holidays. The curtain is set to rise at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 on …
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Coronavirus coverage
Safeway to host drive-up vaccination clinic
The Port Townsend Safeway will hold a drive-up vaccination clinic this weekend. Safeway pharmacists will provide vaccinations for …
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Peninsula College adjusts COVID policy as class starts
Peninsula College has announced that COVID vaccinations are not needed for students to attend in-person classes. The college said …
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Two clinics offer COVID shots for kids in Quilcene
Jefferson County Public Health will host two clinics in Quilcene in the coming months to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for families …
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City of Port Townsend considering building new health and wellness center

The city of Port Townsend has submitted a “request for qualifications” for the potential construction of a new health and wellness center. The request is for a consultant to provide …

Friends of Fort Worden State Park restore habitat with native plants

Native plants are returning home to Fort Worden. Starting with a “test run” this past year along Battery Way East, the Friends of Fort Worden have added habitat restoration to their …
Deck the Halls, y'all

Port Townsend Main Street gears up for community Christmas events

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Whether its the cheesy Hallmark movies playing nonstop on the TV, the local businesses around town decked out in bright lights and green-and-red …

Toys for Tots returns to Jefferson County

The proper amount of holiday cheer is a busload. That’s why Toys for Tots is bringing back their popular “Stuff the Bus” event on Saturday, Dec. 3. “Stuff the Bus” …

Last meeting of year called off by Jefferson County Board of Commissioners

The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners has canceled its last planned meeting of 2022. The meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 21 has been called off. Commissioner meetings will …
Obituaries

Connie Rae Rogel

Connie Rae Rogel (nee Schuler) of Bonita Springs, Florida passed away peacefully on Nov. 20, 2022, at the age of 79 years. She is survived by Steven R. Rogel (husband); Wendy A. Mueller …

William Ferguson Maxwell

“I pray now that when I surrender and let go, I may claim the promises: that all things may be made new, that I may know even as I am known, that I may be there when mercy and truth meet …

Joseph Noel Criscuola

Noel Criscuola passed away on the morning of Nov. 24 at Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center after a long struggle with dementia. He is survived by a sister, Vicky (Keith) Hutchings; a brother, …

John Boulton

Friends and admirers are invited to a reception in his honor from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022 at the Worthington Mansion, 101 E. Columbia St., Quilcene. John was a prominent member of the …

Joel Franklin Hartline

A Celebration of Life will be at 1 p.m.  Dec. 3, 2022 at the Red Cedar Hall. The address is 1033 Old Blyn Highway, Sequim, WA 98382.
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Opinion
Caution: Raccoon lodge ahead, helmets required | Guest Viewpoint
You might think a town with a lot of environmentally-conscious old folks would have a streetscape where everyone – including …
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Housing for whom? Why Port Townsend needs to get ‘density’ right | Guest Viewpoint
Events this summer brought together local leaders and residents concerned about affordable housing. There was broad consensus that …
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Confessions of a professional couch potato | Mann Overboard
Hey, kids. What time is it? A. It’s the time of the year to watch more TV!  How about getting paid to watch TV — …
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Return of the relish tray | Kitchen to Kitchen
In my comfy rocker, with a stack of classic Thanksgiving issues of “Saveur” and “Gourmet.” I flipped through …
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BLOGS
It will have been 8 years or so since a majority vote of the public first escaped his grasp, as Trump the other day prematurely announced his third shot at the presidency, via the 2024 …
THE .45 PISTOLS ABOVE were featured in an on-line ad that begins: “The ‘Keep America ‘Great’ (KAG) Trump 1911 features the President’s 2020 campaign model engraved on …
Letters
Please help annual Write for Rights | Letter to the editor
The Olympic Peninsula Amnesty International chapter invites everyone to join us in Write for Rights, writing letters to free prisoners …
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Planning director off about community input | Letter to the editor
I am writing in response to the guest opinion piece by Port Townsend’s new Planning and Community Development Director Emma …
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Neglected sidewalks are a bigger hazard | Letter to the editor
What a shame. Whenever I drive up to the library, I like to glance over at the Raccoon Lodge. It’s such a wonderful, whimsical …
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City of Port Townsend leaves golfers in a state of suspense | Letter to the editor
The Port Townsend Golf Course is a municipal golf course designed to serve its city and the neighboring communities.  It …
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Port Townsend neglects means crumbling streets | Letter to the editor
The “pothole” crew did its annual maintenance on my street this week. It reminds me that President Biden’s $1 …
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Sports

East Jefferson volleyball praised for sportsmanship

Following the release of this year’s Nisqually League girls volleyball All-League list, the East Jefferson Rivals volleyball squad earned the accolade of the Team Sportsmanship Award. The …

Port Townsend High sailing team competes in regatta

The Port Townsend High School sailing team made their way to Portland, Oregon for the Fall Champs Regatta, facing off against 20 other high school sailing squads. Port Townsend students Noah …
The East Jefferson Rivals football team brought in close to a dozen All-League awards from the Nisqually League after a great season on the gridiron. Senior standout Siaumau Auseuga collected the …
The East Jefferson Rivals girls soccer team recieved a handful of Nisqually All-League awards after a solid season of soccer this year. Junior Iris Mattern was handed the Defensive Player of the …
The Port Townsend Skatepark has stood as a beacon of community for local skaters since its creation in 2006, providing a collection of bowls to shred, rails to grind, and ramps to jump. But during …
The boys and girls of the East Jefferson Rivals cross country teams made their way to Pasco last weekend for the 1A State Championships, with the girls finishing sixth out of 15 teams and the boys in …
The East Jefferson Rivals varsity football team was beaten by Granite Falls High School 25-6 in the final matchup of the season. The Rivals’ only points of the night came from an 80-yard …
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Quilcene saves the best for last: Rangers test Evergreen Lutheran in district tournament
The Rangers roared into the Sea-Tac League 1B Volleyball Playoffs this weekend, but a rough ride was waiting for Quilcene in their …
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Rivals routed by Bellevue Christian
The East Jefferson Rivals varsity football team’s three-game winning streak was snapped Saturday as Bellevue Christian High …
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Rival girls get gold, boys medal at District meet
Both of the East Jefferson Rivals cross country teams are headed to State after sublime performances with the girls gaining gold and …
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Rangers crush Crescent in football
James Miller rushed for three touchdowns and Deakon Budnek and Dominic Smith each added two more as the Quilcene offense overwhelmed …
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Port Townsend golfers tee off to Apple Pie Scramble, ‘Greens Keeper’s Revenge’
Thirty-two golfers with the Port Townsend Golf Course Players Club and enthusiasts in the area joined up for the second annual Apple …
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