Posted 6/12/24

council search

Officials with the city of Port Townsend have formally begun the search for a Position 2 council member to fill the vacancy left by Aislinn Palmer.

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council search

Officials with the city of Port Townsend have formally begun the search for a Position 2 council member to fill the vacancy left by Aislinn Palmer.

Palmer announced her resignation May 6. Her last day on the city council was May 31. Palmer will no longer reside in Port Townsend, thus making her ineligible to hold a city council position.

In the event a council member resigns, the city council, per state law, can appoint a council member to serve the remainder of the departed official’s term. The city council has 90 days to fill the vacancy.

On May 20, the city council determined the timeline for the appointment process. On June 3, the council finalized the application packet and interview strategy. The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. on July 5.

Once all the applications are in, the city council will review the applications and select finalists during an executive session on July 15. During a special session scheduled for July 23, the council will interview finalists. On Aug. 5, the council is scheduled to make the appointment.

The appointee's first council meeting is scheduled for Aug. 12, and he or she will serve the remainder of Palmer’s term through November 2025.

To be eligible for appointment, applicants must reside full-time within Port Townsend city limits, and have been residents for at least one year. In addition, applicants must be registered voters in Jefferson County, U.S. citizens and 18 years of age or older.

Application information and materials can be found on the city website.


Hood Canal Coordinating Council board to meet June 14

The next regular meeting of the Hood Canal Coordinating Council Board of Directors is scheduled for 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, June 14.

The meeting will be held in-person and remotely using a Zoom link or call-in options.

The draft agenda is available at


Quilcene hosts adventure bicycle race

On June 15, about 300 bicyclists will converge upon Quilcene for the Bon Jon Pass Out – a 32-to 80-mile gravel road race in the Olympic Mountains.

The races are directed by Peninsula Adventure Sports and hosted by the Quilcene Historical Museum.

Port Townsend’s Social Fabric Brewing (formerly Discovery Bay Brewing) will provide the beer for the beer garden.

Brinnon’s Half Way House Restaurant will cater meals for the bikers and other attendees.

“We expect the largest turnout in the four years these races have been conducted at Worthington Park,” said Brian Cullin, board member of the Quilcene Historical Museum. “It will, no doubt, be one of the biggest events in south county for the year.”

To learn more or register, visit Peninsula Adventure Sports on the web.


DNR seeks comment on Dabob Bay Natural Area

 The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on the proposed expansion of the Dabob Bay Natural Area in Jefferson County.

A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on June 17 at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center at 923 Hazel Point Road in Quilcene.

The public can submit written comments until June 28.

Land and resource managers say the proposed boundary expansion of 3,860 acres would provide more complete protection and improved long-term viability of features within the current site by further protecting hydrologic influences on streams, wetlands and bays, expanding terrestrial-aquatic linkages and improving connectivity of forest habitats.

The Dabob Bay Natural Area was established in 1984 to protect rare examples of intact salt marsh and sand spit plant communities within one of Washington’s highest functioning coastal spit and tidal wetland systems.

Initially created as a Natural Area Preserve (NAP), the site was enlarged in 2009, and again in 2016, to include additional land designated as NAP, along with lands designated as Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA).

The natural area includes mature coastal forests, coastal streams, feeder bluffs, forage fish spawning areas, eelgrass beds, native Olympia oyster beds, nearshore tidelands and mudflats utilized by juvenile salmon and shorebirds, and open marine waters utilized by salmon, marine birds, harbor seals and orcas.

The current NAP-NRCA boundary encompasses 7,735 acres, of which DNR owns and manages 4,094 acres of shoreline, marsh and forestland in the Dabob Bay watershed.

Written comments will also be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 28.

Written comments should be sent to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, ATTN: Proposed NRCA Boundary Expansion, PO Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014.

Comments can be submitted via the web at:


repairs planned on area highways

From June to September, contractor crews working for the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will chip seal the following sections of U.S. 101.

In Jefferson County, crews will repair three miles of U.S. 101 from just north of the the Big Quilcene River Bridge to north of Mount Walker Lookout Road.

In Clallam County, crews will repair 10 miles of State Route 110 between U.S. 101 in Forks to La Push Road and Mora Spur Road.

WSDOT managers anticipate the chip seal repairs should extend the life of each roadway by five to seven years.

Travelers are encouraged to slow down in work zones, watch for road crews and give them room to safely work.