Hotel’s modern menu meets Victorian charm

    It’s been just a year since Jessica Jennings and Eric Wennberg took over the keys to the Bishop Hotel, a 16-suite boutique getaway in downtown Port Townsend. The …
Libby Urner Wennstrom Q: What are your three biggest substantive actions to prioritize if you win the council member position? A: Our critical housing shortage is the top issue facing our city, …
  The Port Townsend City Council will meet in regular session to hold a public hearing to consider property tax levies. The hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. City staff …
Seven seasonal gates on the southern part of the Olympic National Forest have been closed, including Road 2451 in the North Fork Skokomish River watershed; on Roads 2354, 2353, and 2361 in the South …
    The Jefferson County Public Utility District will require all 54 employees to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 6. The PUD, the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, and …
Coronavirus coverage
Jefferson County reports 17th death from COVID-19
Another Jefferson County resident has passed away from COVID-19, public health officials reported Wednesday. The death marks the …
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Hundreds leave WSF, State Patrol and other agencies as vaccination mandate takes effect
  Washington officials across multiple state agencies were bracing for impacts this week as Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine …
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Port OKs order for vax proof
  The Port of Port Townsend is now requiring people who want to enter a port-owned property at Point Hudson to show proof of …
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Resolution against COVID misinformation falls flat with hospital board commissioners
Hospital commissioners have decided against joining with the Jefferson County Health Board on a joint resolution to declare health …
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Two new COVID-19 deaths in Jefferson County
Two more Jefferson County residents have died from the coronavirus and the total number of COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County hit …
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Arts and Entertainment
Local artist leads the way toward inclusivity, consent
    Krysten Dae’s tattoo shop is the best kind of hole-in-the-wall place. Walk in off of Water Street in Port …
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Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra returns for first post-COVID concert
Excitement is coming to a crescendo for the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra as it prepares for its first concert of the season at the …
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From emotion to ocean, songwriter emphasizes embodiment
  A pandemic is a performers’ worst nightmare. Singer-songwriter Keeth Monta Apgar was crushed when he was forced to …
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Informal ‘flower spas’ encourage spirit of joy, creativity
    A bookkeeper swaps columns of numbers for rows of flowers, and finds a perfect fit. A lonely sweet-pea …
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Chimacum man says he’s not guilty in death of bicyclist

A Chimacum man accused of the vehicular homicide of a bicyclist riding alongside Highway 20 this summer entered a pleading of “not guilty” during his arraignment Friday in Jefferson …

Most voters in Jefferson County have not yet voted | 2021 General Election

With one week to go before the 2021 General Election, approximately 22 percent of voters in Jefferson County have completed and returned their ballots. According to the Washington Secretary of …

UPDATE | Search continues for missing hiker in Olympic National Park

    The search for Duane Miles, 78, of Beaver, continued Wednesday in Olympic National Park.  Despite extensive search efforts involving both dog teams and foot searchers, so …

Last chance to guess weight for giant pumpkin

    The Food Co-op in Port Townsend is taking part in fall festivities this year, giving shoppers a chance to take a gander at the gourd-geous and gargantuan pumpkin on …

Bluebills present check to Dove Hose

Port Townsend domestic violence shelter Dove House was recently presented with a check in the amount of $17,662 from the Olympic Peninsula Bluebills.  The money was raised at the Dove House …
Obituaries

Mark Crumbo O’Neill

Mark Crumbo O’Neill was born at Port Hueneme Naval Base hospital near Oxnard, California on May 28, 1954 to Patricia Loling Evans Elliott and Ted O’Neill. Mark’s stepfather, Major …

Kurt Steinbach

Kurt Steinbach arrived in Port Townsend in the spring of 1989, having left a settled and successful life in Philadelphia to find his dream of land and water. He found his refuge on Marrowstone …

Robert Almont Prill

A second-generation Olympic Peninsula, Washington-area resident, Bob was born in 1928 to Adlard and Gladys Prill in Chehalis, Wash. After several moves and schools throughout the Olympic Peninsula …

Catherine McNabb

Catherine was born July 16, 1953 in Bellflower, California to Lee and Eleanor Crosland. She had one older brother, Steve Crosland. She would tell you that she was the good one. She graduated high …

Tommy Everett Hall

The mountains, streams and hills of the Pacific Northwest now have a guardian angel. Tommy Everett Hall, 70, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 6, 2021. He was born and raised in Port Townsend, the …
Opinion
How big is your dining room table? | Housing Hub
With darkness falling earlier it has become more obvious how many of the trailers and RVs parked in driveways around Jefferson County …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols.
What’s new at the Community Seed Project | Garden Notes
“Every seed is life.” That simple idea is at the heart of the Community Seed Project, a collaborative effort to plant, …
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Six hundred columns of local and high-quality baloney | Life in Ludlow
Sometimes things just seem to come together nicely, as most things did this past week.  I mean vanilla ice cream and apple …
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Local churches hold WAVE food drive | Guest Viewpoint
In our first year of marriage, the Incredible Mrs. Cadorette and I won a trip to Southern California.  At Knott’s Berry …
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Letters
City can put homeless camp in Uptown area | Letter to the editor
I want to congratulate the director of development services, presumably with the full support of the city manager, and city council, …
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Just spend money on housing people | Letter to the editor
  I’m more confounded and confused with every issue of The Leader I read. Somewhere in the mix we buy 30 acres at …
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Wennstrom will serve our city with integrity | Letter to the editor
Libby Wennstrom is the right choice for city council! Over the past decade, I have observed Libby tackle issues head-on. She is not …
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Wennstrom has my vote for council | Letter to the editor
Hi friends — vote for Libby! Elections are always important. Always. I urge you to vote for Libby this November. Libby is …
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County treasurer is a tireless worker | Letter to the editor
  Jefferson County Treasurer Stacie Prada is an outstanding elected official. The responsibilities of the treasurer and her …
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Sports
Rivals football winning streak continues after blowout victory
The East Jefferson Rivals football team has now won four straight games after a 47-6 thrashing against Bellevue Christian School on …
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Weekly rollercoaster for EJ Rivals soccer
The East Jefferson Rivals girls soccer team has had a mixed bag of performances in the past two weeks, with a win, loss, and tie in …
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Rangers stun Lions, 72-26
It was halftime of the Rangers’ Saturday night football game against Sound Christian Academy and Quilcene Coach Trey Beathard …
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Rivals XC wins big at home meet
The East Jefferson Rivals boys and girls cross-country teams each placed first at their only home meet of the season Oct. 5 at the …
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EastJeff runners improve times during fourth meet
The Blue Heron Middle School cross-country team completed their fourth meet of the season last Wednesday at Lincoln Park in Port …
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Bellevue Christian, Annie Wright win out in volleyball
Bellevue Christian claimed straight-set victories in girls volleyball over East Jefferson during their meeting Oct. 6. The Vikings …
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Rangers roll to third straight volleyball win
The Quilcene girls volleyball team claimed its third win in a row with a straight-set victory over Sound Christian Academy last …
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Unexpected venue ends in Rivals swim team win
East Jefferson left Klahowya in its wake as the Rivals girls swimming team topped the Ealges 99-62 late last week. The Rivals won …
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Port Hadlock teen takes gold twice in state, regional BMX races
Chimacum High School senior Chase Schweitzer is not only BMX racer, but a great one at that. The teen has won two first-place medals …
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Where is the Love? In the end zone
Jayden Love got a view of the Quilcene football field that most eighth-graders don’t get. An aerial view. And he got his …
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Game Film

Varsity boys tennis: East Jefferson vs. Annie Wright Schools | Photo Gallery

The East Jefferson boys varsity tennis team hosted Annie Wright Schools on the Rivals' home courts in Chimacum. The Leader's Brian Kelly serves up these shots from the back-and-forth contest.

Varsity football: Quilcene vs. Muckleshoot | Photo Gallery

The Quilcene Rangers hosted the Muckleshoot Kings for their first home game of the season.  Brian Kelly of The Leader was there for all the action; here are some of his favorite shots.

Varsity volleyball: Quilcene vs. Mary Knight | Photo Gallery

The Quilcene Rangers beat Mary Knight High School in the volleyball season opener in three straight sets, 3-0. The Leader's Brian Kelly was there for all the action. Here are a few of his favorite …

Varsity football: Quilcene vs. Tacoma Baptist | Photo Gallery

Quilcene crushing the Crusaders, 40-6, in the Rangers' final home game against Tacoma Baptist. The Leader's Brian Kelly was there for all the action. Here are some of his favorite shots.  

Varsity boys football: Quilcene vs. Evergreen | Photo Gallery

The Quilcene Rangers overwhelmed Evergreen Lutheran 41-20 in boys varsity football at home. The Leader's Brian Kelly was there for all the action. Here's a gallery of his favorite shots.

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