By Kirk Boxleitner   The Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center on Sheridan Street in Port Townsend recently entered the next phase of its facility’s development, as confirmed by …
By Leader Staff   Swan School on Kuhn Street in Port Townsend recently celebrated 40 years of service as a community-based educational non-profit. Two special open house events, coming …
BY Barbara Faurot   To get a head start on spring and summer, now is the perfect time to begin starting seeds. It’s an economical way to grow a wide variety of fresh vegetables, …
By Kirk Boxleitner   Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County was on Capitol Hill last week, seeking increased funding for affordable housing from Washington state …
Arts and Entertainment

East Jefferson wrestlers place at state tournament

BY RYAN WHITE   Two East Jefferson Rivals qualified and competed at this year’s Mat Classic State Wrestling Tournament in Tacoma last weekend. Mi Amada Lanphear-Ramirez …

Comeback wins vault Rival boys to playoffs

By Ethan Riker and Gary Zambor    After an upset win over Bellevue Christian, East Jefferson’s boys basketball team split its last two regular-season games to finish at .500 …

Irish fiddler Gerry O’Connor returns to PT Feb. 29

By Kirk Boxleitner   Rainshadow Concerts’ ongoing series at The Palindrome at Eaglemount Cidery, located at 1893 S. Jacob Miller Rd. in Port Townsend, will wrap up the month with …

Tag-team harmonica lessons for beginners Feb. 23-25

By Kirk Boxleitner   If you’re looking to liven up your weekend, the duo of George Yount and “Chicago Bob” Longmire are offering an opportunity to pick up a musical …

Chimacum musical soloists advance to state

By Brian MacKenzie and Steven Woolbright   Four Chimacum High School student musicians took top honors at the North Olympic Regional Solo and Small Ensemble Festival, held at Port …

News from local businesses

Commercial fishing on the Adventurous

With crabbing season just around the corner, the five-person crew of the fishing vessel Adventurous is about to embark. Led by owner and captain Shon Landon, they face brutally long days prepping and …

Annual Check-In with Your Local Banker

As the New Year begins, it brings with it the perfect opportunity for renewal, reflection, and reevaluation—especially when it comes to your financial health. The fresh start of a new year is a …

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Obituaries

William "Bill" Dennis Dauenhauer

It is with saddened heart we share with you the passing of our beloved Bill Dauenhauer on January 26, 2024, at Everett Providence Hospital with his wife Sharon by his side. Born to Joseph and …

Patricia Pauline McMenamin Burns

On February 5th, 2024, we lost one of the sweetest, energetic, spontaneous, and inspirational people to grace our presence. She died peacefully of natural causes at her home in Nordland, WA, on …

Sue Ford

Sue Ford passed away at home in PT at age 81 on January 5, 2024. She will be deeply missed by her daughter Kristi Pimentel (with Ramon) and sister Kathy Monsen (with Jack) as well as many friends and …
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Opinion & Columnists
What will it take to get you to volunteer?
You are a volunteer, aren’t you? You get all those benefits like dealing with people. You are a volunteer ticket taker at a …
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Are you ready for a little ultraviolence?
The best description I ever heard for pro football was “expert violence.”  But I watch it anyway. And I should …
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Father and son take on newbie
During the summer season, Kiwi Ferris and his son, Buster, make the morning trek from their cozy beds to the cold and wet boat ramp at …
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‘Central Park’ idea is fatally flawed
As a bogey golfer, and a lifelong resident of Port Townsend who has spent four decades as a volunteer and elected in city government, …
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Is there a seagull conspiracy in PT?
I confess, I enjoy washing my car and on occasion I enjoy washing BJ’s car. Last weekend was a great weekend to wash a car, so I …
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New movie radiates historic events
On July 16, 1945, the Atomic Age began. And this weekend, a film detailing it, “Oppenheimer,” opens at the …
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Curated by Katherine Darrow   One hundred years ago in Port Townsend, a branch of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was located at Washington and Taylor Streets at the …
Letters
Letters
Facing the changes   Mitzi Jo Gordon   It sounds cliché, because it’s true: Change is the one true …
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Letters
Port Hadlock Looks Ahead   I am writing to express my interest and curiosity about the upcoming installation of a new sewer …
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Letters
Body autonomy   On the front page of your January 24 issue (“Marchers stand up for reproductive rights”) there …
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Letters
Tree Trimming   I understand the poplars along the boat yard are now scheduled for removal in the spring. It’s about …
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Letters
GAZA   Today, the people of Gaza are being attacked and their homes destroyed using weapons we paid for and sent. It is …
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Sports
By Brian MacKenzie and Ethan Riker   In the space of a week, East Jefferson’s basketball boys got blown out at Life Christian and Kennedy Catholic, but then bounced back to …
    The East Jefferson’s boys’ basketball team rebounded from a tough loss to Cascade Christian by beating Seattle Christian a week ago Tuesday, but then fell to …
    East Jefferson boys’ basketball came out strong and kept their playoff hopes alive with a clutch 82-61 road win over the Vashon Island Pirates on Jan. 10. “We …
    The East Jefferson girls basketball Rivals invaded Vashon Island and vanquished the Pirates last Wednesday. The victory improved EJ’s record to 5-2, vaulting the …
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