The Leader wins 13 awards in Washington newspaper contest

The Jefferson County-Port Townsend Leader earned 13 awards in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2021 Better Newspaper Contest. Winners in the competition were announced …
A Port Hadlock man who lost his left arm to a homemade bomb in June was charged Friday in Jefferson County Superior Court with first-degree arson along with two felony counts of possession of a bomb …
The Washington Coalition for Open Government has awarded Brian Kelly, editor of the Jefferson County-Port Townsend Leader, with a Key Award. The honor is made “in recognition of outstanding …
A Port Townsend woman who was involved in a fatality car crash last year on U.S. Highway 101 was not under the influence at the time of the collision and won’t be charged by prosecutors, …
A Chimacum man is facing a charge of vehicular homicide in the July death of Stan Cummings, the former executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center.  Gregory C. Lechtenberg, 81, was …
Coronavirus coverage
Port OKs order for vax proof
  The Port of Port Townsend is now requiring people who want to enter a port-owned property at Point Hudson to show proof of …
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Resolution against COVID misinformation falls flat with hospital board commissioners
Hospital commissioners have decided against joining with the Jefferson County Health Board on a joint resolution to declare health …
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Two new COVID-19 deaths in Jefferson County
Two more Jefferson County residents have died from the coronavirus and the total number of COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County hit …
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Eight new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Jefferson County
Eight new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Jefferson County Wednesday, according to Jefferson County Public Health. The total …
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27 new COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County since Friday
Jefferson County health officials reported Tuesday that 27 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed since Friday. Two new residents …
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Arts and Entertainment
Rural Health Day recipe and art contest for kids
    The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November to …
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Habitat for Humanity art sale features 400-plus works
  Habitat for Humanity will host a fundraising art sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, to find some fresh color for …
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Library adds free kid’s content for streaming
    Jefferson County Library’s streaming video service, Kanopy, now includes Kanopy Kids: thoughtful …
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Communicating climate with art and science
The Jefferson County Historical Society will host a virtual event, “Communicating Climate Change through Art, Science, and …
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Local news

Crew shortages force Washington State Ferries to make cutbacks on ferry routes across system 

Washington State Ferries has announced it will cut back the number of ferry sailings and reduce service on most routes as the ferry system continues to struggle to find enough crew members to work on …
White-collar service, with blue-collar pay

Author who inspired hit Netflix series ‘Maid’ still struggles with feeling ‘home’

    Writer Stephanie Land, who set the opening of her 2019 memoir in Port Townsend, is having her moment in the sun. And it’s about damn time. “Maid: Hard Work, Low …

Point Wilson Lighthouse open house draws massive crowd

A rare chance to peek inside the  Point Wilson Lighthouse drew a large crowd to the far end of Fort Worden. The U.S. Lighthouse Society recently hosted an open house for the lighthouse to …

Summary judgement denied by judge in manhole lawsuit

There will not be a speedy finish to the 2020 lawsuit filed by a tourist from Oak Harbor who fell into a manhole in downtown Port Townsend. Jefferson County Superior Court Judge Keith Harper …

Port Townsend council contenders discuss housing, deer, infrastructure at candidate forum

rastructure, and helping the homeless dictated the debate for Port Townsend City Council hopefuls as they traded ideas at a candidate forum late last week. Candidates for Position 1, Ben Thomas …
Obituaries

Maureen Payne Coe

Maureen Payne Coe passed away peacefully on Oct. 7, 2021, at Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend, Washington, after a short but valiant battle against glioblastoma. She was surrounded by …

Wilma Margaret Martin

Wilma Margaret (Cunningham) Martin, 89, passed away at home July 13, 2021 in her beloved state of California. Wilma was born Dec. 4, 1931 in Port Townsend, Washington to William Harry (Bill) …

Patricia Robb Landis

Patricia Robb Landis believed she was lucky; all the stars aligned for her and she felt blessed with her family, her home, her career and of course her lifelong passion for bridge. Her end came …

Joyce Earline Engle

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, family matriarch, best friend, community pillar, secretary, volunteer, creative, generous, and caring. Joyce Earline (Sullivan) Engle passed …

William “Bill” C. Mahler

William C. (Bill) Mahler, a Seattle native and Port Ludlow resident who centered his life on family and community service, died Sept. 21, 2021 after struggling for many years with a multitude of …
Opinion
Some problems, some friends, some wine, and some numbers | Life in Ludlow
The spice of life is picking up with problems, solutions, some camaraderie, a date night, and some meaningless …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols.
The shocking story of getting my battery charged | Life in Ludlow
Life has occasional annoying and frustrating little problems whether they be on land or sea. I have examples for you from the last …
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Playing hoops to get into Canada | Mann Overboard
Want to jump through more hoops than a circus tiger?  We did. Try visiting Canada right now. I know some of you would like to. …
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Feed your soil: The ancient wisdom of cover crops | Garden Notes
Whether you’re growing vegetables, fruits, herbs, or ornamental plants, everything we grow depends on the soil! A simple and …
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Letters
Turn to local experts to tackle tree project | Letter to the editor
As a tree lover and professional landscaper, I sadly support the decision to remove the Sims Way poplars due to their age and …
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Find solutions to our community’s challenges | Letter to the editor
At a recent candidate forum, the candidates for Port Townsend City Council were asked about their stance on mask and vaccine mandates. …
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Candidate keeps his carbon footprint low | Letter to the editor
Tyler Vega would bring a new perspective, which is needed, to Port Townsend City Council. He is a gentle honorable man and he works …
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Poplar trees are a hazard and need to go | Letter to the editor
I am all for removing the poplars. They are a safety hazard to the community.  The shore pines suggested by Forest Shomer, …
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Community welcome at Recovery Cafe | Letter to the editor
Recovery Cafe Jefferson County is open to the public for free meals served at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. …
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Sports
Where is the Love? In the end zone
Jayden Love got a view of the Quilcene football field that most eighth-graders don’t get. An aerial view. And he got his …
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Rivals rebound to overcome Olympic
The East Jefferson Rivals girls swimming team topped the Trojans 118-33 during their matchup last week. The Rivals competed against …
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Rivals win at home against Annie Wright
East Jefferson upended Annie Wright Schools in boys varsity tennis 4-1 on the Rivals home courts in Chimacum. In No. 1 singles, …
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Third win in a row for cross-country runner
The girls and boys cross country teams from Blue Heron flew to a second-place finish in the third meet of the season, held at Port …
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Rivals pound Pirates for win in volleyball
The Rivals rolled past the Pirates as East Jefferson beat Vashon Island High in girls volleyball Monday night in Port …
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CWA topples East Jeff in varsity boys tennis
Perennial league powerhouse Charles Wright Academy overcame East Jefferson in varsity boys tennis last week as the Rivals fell …
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Ranger volleyball team wins two in a row
The Quilcene Rangers outplayed Oakville High in girls varsity volleyball last Friday on the road. Quilcene cracked the Lady Acorns …
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Great Deal powers golf teams to wins
The Port Townsend Women’s 9-hole Golf Club played a game of “Blind Partners” during their outing Tuesday, Sept. …
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Rivals pitch a shutout, winning big against Vashon
East Jefferson earned its second varsity football win in a row late last week against Vashon Island. The Rivals kept the Pirates …
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Rivals battle Warriors to impressive victory in girls varsity volleyball
East Jefferson sank Seattle Christian 3-2 in girls varsity volleyball Monday night. The Warriors triumphed in the first set, 25-19, …
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Game Film

Varsity boys tennis: East Jefferson vs. Annie Wright Schools | Photo Gallery

The East Jefferson boys varsity tennis team hosted Annie Wright Schools on the Rivals' home courts in Chimacum. The Leader's Brian Kelly serves up these shots from the back-and-forth contest.

Varsity football: Quilcene vs. Muckleshoot | Photo Gallery

The Quilcene Rangers hosted the Muckleshoot Kings for their first home game of the season.  Brian Kelly of The Leader was there for all the action; here are some of his favorite shots.

Varsity volleyball: Quilcene vs. Mary Knight | Photo Gallery

The Quilcene Rangers beat Mary Knight High School in the volleyball season opener in three straight sets, 3-0. The Leader's Brian Kelly was there for all the action. Here are a few of his favorite …

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.

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