Jury trials return to Jefferson County Courthouse next week

Jury trials in Jefferson County will restart next week, county officials announced late Wednesday. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Supreme Court suspended jury trials until …
The COVID-19 pandemic has left a question mark on the finances for Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, according to a recent audit of the fire district by the Washington State Auditor’s …
A paving project has prompted the closure of the access road to HJ Carroll Park in Port Hadlock through Friday, July 10. The road was shut down Tuesday, July 8 as the project got underway. The …
Chimacum residents will have another chance to turn that frown upside down. The SmileMobile — a 39-foot-long dental clinic on wheels — is coming back to Chimacum through July …
Coronavirus coverage
Jeff Co stays stuck in Phase 2 as COVID cases climb
Three more cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Jefferson County over the weekend, Jefferson County Public Health Officer  Dr. …
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‘No mask, no service’ now in effect in Washington
Businesses statewide are now required to refuse service to anyone not wearing a face covering. This and other restrictions announced …
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Commissioners say Jeff Co is ready for Phase 3 approval
As the number of COVID-19 cases skyrocketed in three other states — and Washington state and Jefferson County notched an uptick …
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Statewide mask order begins Friday
By order of Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman, face coverings, or masks, will be required in indoor and outdoor public …
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Arts and Entertainment
Local illustrator’s poster features powerful message
With summer events canceled en masse, once vibrant and colorful bulletin boards around Port Townsend now sit mostly empty. Before …
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For the love of fiddling — for the cause of social justice
The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes is a Port Townsend staple, a gathering of hundreds of players, lovers and listeners of fiddle …
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Festival of American Fiddle returns in virtual form
Centrum’s annual Festival of American Fiddle Tunes is back this year as “Coviddle Tunes,” a condensed, virtual …
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Chamber launches Maskie Awards
Masks are now required in Washington state and some creative Jefferson County residents are making the best of it. The Jefferson …
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Local news

PT council passes prohibition on plastic straws

The last straw will be coming soon to a restaurant near you. We’re not talking about servers wearing masks or tables for diners spread six feet apart. We’re talking plastic, …

Assistant fire chief at East Jefferson Fire Rescue named acting chief

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Tracer has been appointed as acting fire chief for East Jefferson Fire Rescue. Tracer took over as chief last week. The move is expected to be temporary, as officials …

Public urged to comment on plans for Enchanted Valley Chalet

Out with the old, and for real this time.  But rather than Mother Nature, the one doing the razing now is the federal government. The National Park Service has released an environmental …

Deputies bust alleged car thief

A Port Townsend man was arrested June 30 in connection with the alleged theft of three vehicles over the past several weeks, according to a post on the Facebook page for the Jefferson County …

State gears up for wildfire season amid COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is anticipating a significant wildfire season this summer, which poses many  logistical challenges and public health risks during the …
Obituaries

Peggy Jean Atwood Wilson

A precious member of our family passed peacefully at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington with five generations of loved ones around her, she was 88 yrs old. She was born the second child of …

Daniel Neil McCullem

Daniel Neil McCullem passed away peacefully on June 19, 2020. He was born on October 7, 1932. Dan was the last of 12 children born to Mary and Philip McCullem of Port Townsend, Washington. He is …

Gunnar Ingvard Bersos

We’ve lost a great friend, proud family man, and true American patriot. Gunnar lived a full life of 97 years. He was born in Eidsvag, Norway to Inga and Hilmar Bersos. They immigrated to …

Barbara L. Arnn

Barbara was known for her intelligence, her wit, her unsentimental but caring nature, her serious playfulness, infectious sense of humor and raucous laugh, her old soul. She was always modest in …

Joseph Gabor Watson

Joseph Gabor Watson, 58, of Cherokee, North Carolina passed away on June 15, 2020 after an extended illness at Harris Regional Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents James Watson and …
Opinion
Who is that Masked Man? And other queries | Life in Ludlow
Why wear one of those masks covering your nose and face? Heck, they are inconvenient and until recently were not readily available. …
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Time to seek, ask and listen to diverse voices
What is the role of rural communities in this era of social change and upheaval, much of which is unfolding in major urban centers? We …
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Quarantine-age breakdown: Here’s a guide
More of my Things to Do In Port Townsend, the COVID-19 edition:  - Go down to North Beach and recall back when big cruise …
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Why is Jefferson County so dang white?
People across the country are talking about race, and we should be. Individuals, organizations, and governments are being called on to …
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Lessons from a Family Kitchen Garden
What is a kitchen garden? From ancient traditions in Egypt, Babylon, and Mesopotamia to medieval monasteries and “keyhole” …
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