Brinnon park district dissolving, but not disappearing

After eight years of leading community programming, the Brinnon Parks and Recreation District is dissolving.  In a special meeting called July 22, the four active commissioners of the …
One vacancy has been filled, but a new vacancy has since popped up for the Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees. The board has seen several resignations during the pandemic. Sylvia White …
Chimacum School District Superintendent Richard Thompson’s professional reputation and his constitutional rights were damaged by the “wrongful conduct” of the Chimacum School Board …
A 37-year-old Port Hadlock woman was injured when she drove off Highway 20 Thursday afternoon and rolled her car near Discovery Bay. The woman was traveling east and had just passed Eaglemount …
A one-car rollover crash on Highway 20 near Discovery Bay left the roadway blocked to traffic in both directions Thursday afternoon. According to the Washington State Patrol, the crash occurred …
Coronavirus coverage
COVID-19 cases in JeffCo now number 57
The number of confirmed infections of COVID-19 has risen to 57 in Jefferson County, according to a Thursday afternoon update from …
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COVID-19 cases rise in Jefferson County
Two more cases of COVID-19 have been discovered in Jefferson County over the past week. The number of confirmed infections of …
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Gov. Inslee: JeffCo schools free to consider in-person school for elementary students, hybrid model for high schoolers
Let the locals decide. That was the primary philosophy behind recommendations around returning Washington students to school as …
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COVID-19 cases in JeffCo rise to 54 infections
The number of confirmed infections of COVID-19 grew to 54 Tuesday in Jefferson County, according to the latest update from county …
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New COVID-19 cases in JeffCo linked to group fishing trip
Two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been found in Jefferson County, Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke said Monday. The new …
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Arts and Entertainment
JeffCo Library uses grants to aid internet access, support curbside services, protect staff
Timing-wise, the onset of the pandemic worked out as well as it could have for the Jefferson County Library. Not that anyone …
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Wine is double gold winner for PT Vineyards
Port Townsend Vineyards recently announced the release of its 2019 Estate Madeleine Angevine, a double gold winner at the Seattle Wine …
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All County Picnic comes to your front yard
You might notice an unusual amount of people picnicking in their front yards this weekend.  These people will be participating …
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Luke’s List: A TV triumph from ‘Curaçao’ featuring screen stars old and new
In the last years of his life, screen icon George C. Scott worked almost exclusively in made-for-TV movies, a format generally …
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Local news

Port Townsend man arrested for drug possession, evading police after high-speed chase

A pair of Port Townsend residents were arrested in the early morning hours Tuesday, Aug. 11 for a number of alleged offenses including eluding a police vehicle, a felony, and possession of a …

JeffCo EDC urges public to take part in state broadband survey

As part of an ongoing effort to accurately identify and map areas with low or no high-speed internet service, the State Broadband Office is asking residents to participate in a 1-minute survey …

New reporter joins team at The Leader

Nick Twietmeyer has joined the newsroom at The Port Townsend-Jefferson County Leader. Twietmeyer has covered breaking news, court cases, education, health, environmental issues, business and many …

JeffCo farmers get major boost

A local woman has stepped up to power the Jefferson County Farmers Markets and its farm vendors through the end of a season that has seen a dramatic decrease in sales due to the COVID-19 …

More chip seal work on US 101 means traffic delays near Discovery Bay

Traffic is expected to be delayed this week and next on US 101 near Gardiner Road in Jefferson County. Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will continue pavement …
Obituaries

Steve Mangutz

It is with our deepest sorrow and loss to say goodbye to our dearest one, Steve Mangutz, who passed peacefully on July 11, 2020 in Jefferson Healthcare Hospital to the sound of his wife of 44 years, …

Marilynn Marie Holmes (Knutsen)

Marilynn Marie Holmes passed away peacefully on August 1, 2020 with her loving son Kurt Holmes by her side at home in Port Townsend. She was born in Los Angeles, California on March 25, 1929. Her …

Thomas Harry Boyd

Tommy Boyd, 67, born in Port Townsend, WA, died of natural causes on Wednesday, July 22nd surrounded by his Quilcene Food Bank volunteer family. A lifelong resident of Quilcene, Tommy worked as a …

Joanne E. Mason

Joanne E. Mason born September 18, 1934 in Port Townsend passed away August 1, 2020. She is survived by her daughters Nancy Hayward (Richard), Debra Sophie (Steven), Shelley Williams, and Kim …

Bruce Breitenbach

Bruce David Breitenbach, age 81, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2020 in Port Ludlow, Washington. Bruce was born in Fargo, N. Dakota on October 20, 1938 to Helen Eline Simmons and William John …
Opinion
The joy of summer tree pruning | Garden Notes
Good pruning is both art and science. According to WSU Extension, “The science of pruning a tree means being aware of how light …
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‘Cheating’ my way through the COVID-19 pandemic | Life in Ludlow
What are you doing to pass the time during your pandemic imposed “staycation” at or near home?  The boredom, …
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On COVID-19 and climate perils | Local 20/20
Just to top it all off, on top of a global pandemic and increasing efforts to achieve racial justice, we still have a climate …
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Just who is a car guy? I am that guy | Life in Ludlow
By at least some metrics I am a “car guy.” I have read several car related books such as “Go Like Hell” by …
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Letters
Can anybody tell me who is the real enemy? | Letter to the editor
Who is the enemy? What is the crime? Who are the criminals? Angry, justifiably aggrieved people of the United States of America, …
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Smith is best choice for commissioner | Letter to the editor
Lorna Smith has the experience in local government, the Planning Commission and serving as a long time community advocate that defines …
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Emergency crews deserve our praise | Letter to the editor
The morning of the July 14 I had my first personal contact with East Jefferson Fire Rescue.  My 911 call was handled quickly …
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New tech solution may help Anderson Lake | Letter to the editor
As a relatively recent transplant to PT, I soon discovered the sad condition of Anderson Lake.  Recently my family in Ohio …
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Masking policies are about power, control | Letter to the editor
Regarding Sheila Westerman’s July 15 letter:  Board of Health member Westerman suggests that, because she’s …
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