Point Hudson jetty project funding could be on the way

Things are looking more certain for the Port of Port Townsend’s as it works to secure matching funds through the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration …
A 38-year-old Brinnon man was arrested early Monday morning for attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend with a machete. James Nathaniel Parker was booked into …
The number of travelers on Washington State Ferries has dropped to its lowest level in nearly 50 years, the agency announced last week. Annual ridership plunged by nearly 10 million customers in …
Port Townsend police received 138 calls for service between Dec. 7 and Dec. 13. Below are selected reports. At 11:48 a.m. on Dec. 7, officers received a report of a foul odor near the intersection …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 292 calls for service between Dec. 5 and Dec. 11. Below are selected, notable incidents. At 2:36 p.m. Dec. 6, police stopped a man for …
Coronavirus coverage
Trio of mid-county residents test positive for COVID-19
Three more Jefferson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, Jefferson County public health officials reported …
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Hundreds debate fast-action bill to skip first phase of recovery plan | 2021 Legislative Session
OLYMPIA - Dozens of business owners — from restaurant owners to bowling alley managers — told state officials that …
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Inslee lowers age of those eligible for vaccines | 2021 Legislative Session
OLYMPIA - Just when residents of Washington will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine depends on how many doses the federal government …
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Port Townsend woman tests positive for COVID-19
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County rose to 274 Wednesday as Jefferson County public health officials reported …
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Jefferson Healthcare expands vaccines to 80-year-olds
Jefferson Healthcare announced Monday that it will now be offering COVID-19 vaccines to individuals 80 years old and older. Last …
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Arts and Entertainment
Candlelight Concerts return with mid-winter solo show with Joe Euro
Trinity United Methodist’s Candlelight Concerts will return later this month after a COVID-caused nine-month intermission in an …
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Young musicians sought for annual competition
The show will go on. But where, that’s something to be sorted out still. The second annual Young Artist Competition …
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First-time artist honors dedicated Read to Rover volunteers
Visitors to Port Townsend’s Elevated Ice Cream Co. in the next two months will be greeted by the faces of 23 dogs.  And …
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Winter program covers past, present and future of Port Townsend Paper Mill
The Port Townsend Paper Mill will be the focus of programs this winter that will share stories about the mill, from its history and …
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Local news

Jefferson County Superior Court trials may be canceled again due to COVID-19

The cancellation of the start of all criminal and civil trials in Jefferson County Superior Court because of the surge in COVID-19 infections last fall may be extended into the coming …

Two local students honored for excellence

Spokane Falls Community College has recognized two standout students from Jefferson County for their outstanding academic performance. Nathan Cantrell of Port Townsend and Diamond Young of …

Brinnon couple announce birth of son

Ariel Becker and Michael Elverston of Brinnon are celebrating the arrival of their new baby boy. Oliver James Elverston came into the world Oct. 22, 2020 at Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend. …

PT resident gets new term on parks board

The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners has appointed Marianne Walters to another term on the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Walters, 68, is a Port Townsend …

Port Townsend hosts ‘Meet and Greet’ for prospective top cops

Port Townsend got a chance last week to meet the four candidates being considered to fill the role of chief for the Port Townsend Police Department. With more than a century’s worth of …
Obituaries

Ralph Jay Wilson

Ralph Jay Wilson passed away peacefully on Jan. 10, 2021 at Liberty Shores Harbor House Memory Care in Poulsbo, Washington at the age of 81. He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Ethel …

Scott Landis

Scott’s mother has always said, “Scotty was born with a smile.” And that is how Scott’s friends and family remember him: the guy with an infectious smile and an exuberant …

Don Schussler

Don Schussler died peacefully at his home in Port Townsend, Washington on Dec. 16, 2020 at age 80, following a courageous battle with prostate cancer. Don was born in Yakima, Washington, where he …

Jewel Marie Cline Atwell

Mother, sister, wife, grandmother, aunty and friend. It is with great sorrow, yet also with a sense of calmness and release that we share with you Jewel’s passing on Dec. 13, 2020 in Port …

Fredric Miller

Fredric Miller was a big man, drawing attention wherever he went with his commanding presence. But this was quickly forgotten as he got down to your level and showed unending interest in you. He had …
Opinion
Conifer care and winter pruning | Garden Notes
Conifers have a long history, dating back nearly 300 million years. Our Washington state tree, the western hemlock, descended from the …
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Three I’s, some vaccine, and some playoff football | Life in Ludlow
Yes, it was another week of history.  I wrote much about it last week and received more feedback than any other column I have …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols.
Will the sedition coalition return Jan. 20? | Mann Overboard
One week to go until The Orange Peril is gone.  Thank God. That is, unless a new superspreader attempted coup has …
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What are you looking forward to in the new year? | Word on the Street
As 2020 folds into memory and 2021 emerges, there is so much to reflect on.  We made it through an extremely difficult year, …
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Letters
Please thank our school board members for their service | Letter to the editor
By proclamation of the governor, January is School Board Recognition Month. It’s a great time to recognize our elected community …
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Chimacum Schools levy supports our students, staff and teachers | Letter to the editor
One of the highlights of my career was being a director on the Chimacum School Board for 16 years. Connecting with the students and …
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Take responsibility for who your party has embraced | Letter to the editor
A brief rebuttal for Ned Luce in his “homespun” column on the Republican response to the riot; he decided to re-quote the …
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Columnist question was answered four years ago | Letter to the editor
In his Jan. 13 column, Ned Luce quoted a friend of his asking “how the Democrats might have behaved had Trump actually won the …
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Plans should already be in place for mass vaccinations | Letter to the editor
Sunday evening a Seattle TV news feature reported that statewide, less than 30 percent of the hundreds of thousands of doses of …
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