Restaurants bring warmth and shelter to outdoor dining for winter

It’s not a comeback if they never left. But rising instances of COVID-19 infections have led to major changes locally, including pausing most of what little in-person school was being …
The third time wasn’t so charming for a group of alleged burglars hoping to relieve Fat Smitty’s restaurant of some low-hanging cash. Three men and a woman were arrested early …
Port Townsend police received 112 total calls for service between Monday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 8. Below are selected reports.    At 4:05 p.m. on Nov. 2, a caller in the 400 block of …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 265 calls for service between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6. Below are selected, notable incidents.  At 10:33 a.m. Oct. 31, police were called to the …
A new confirmed case of COVID-19 has been found in Jefferson County, officials with Jefferson County Public Health announced Friday. The total number of COVID cases in Jefferson County stood at …
Coronavirus coverage
First death from COVID-19 reported in Jefferson County
Jefferson County recorded its first death from COVID-19 Tuesday, according to Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke.  The victim …
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Three new COVID-19 cases reported in Jefferson County late Tuesday
Three more confirmed cases of COVID-19 were announced late Tuesday by Jefferson County Public Health officials. The new cases have …
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Subdued celebrations curb viral spread in Jefferson County
COVID-19 has upended turkey time around the table throughout the United States as state and federal health officials warn against …
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Port Townsend School District will go to online learning next week
The Port Townsend School District will pause in-person learning in light of rising local COVID-19 infections starting Monday, Nov. …
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Quilcene School District goes back to remote learning
With COVID-19 cases trending up throughout Jefferson County, Quilcene School District will be going back to remote learning starting …
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Arts and Entertainment
2020 Creative Aging Conference offers seven expert ‘Perspectives on Legacy’
Real old age starts when one begins looking backward rather than forward, to paraphrase writer May Sarton. And the fine folks of …
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JeffCo Historical Society will host auction to benefit education programs
The Jefferson County Historical Society’s silent auction to benefit education programs kicks off with toasts and special guests …
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Registration begins for county library’s virtual contest for gingerbread houses
Edible edifices. Appetizing abodes. Delicious domiciles. Create your own sweet (or savory) structure from anything that can …
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Local author’s ‘Salty’ kids book is good gift for a great cause
It’s a lot to fit into one book. Consider: An enchanting story plus technical glossaries, guitar and piano sheet music and …
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Port Townsend Food Bank receives generous donation as it readies for Thanksgiving rush

Arrow Lumber & Hardware continued its longstanding tradition of giving back to local communities by providing the means to enjoy a proper Thanksgiving dinner — complete with a …

Jefferson Transit services pause for Turkey Day

Jefferson Transit will not operate on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, along with Kitsap Transit and Clallam Transit. Both Jefferson and Clallam will resume normal schedules Friday, Nov. 27, but …

UPDATE: Degraded Port Townsend water main breaks causing flooding, shoreline advisory

A broken water main last week caused significant flooding damage and closed off a section of Water Street last week and prompted a pollution warning to Port Townsend Bay after it caused a sewage …

COVID spike continues as cases climb rapidly in Jefferson County

Jefferson County’s spike in COVID-19 cases continued this week as eight new infections were announced Monday by county public health officials. At least two new cases have been announced …

Brinnon School District adjusts hybrid learning model amid rise in COVID-19 infections

Brinnon School District will be making changes to its hybrid learning model amid a rise in COVID-19 infections throughout Jefferson County. An email sent by Brinnon School District Superintendent …
Obituaries

Florence Jane Jevne

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved Florence Jane Jevne, better known around here as Sis. Florence (Sis) passed on Saturday November 14th in Port Townsend, surrounded …

Virginia May Ramey

Virginia May (Townsend) Ramey passed away on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Port Townsend, Washington. She left this life at 77 years of age as she lived it, with peace and grace. Virginia, or …

Lynn Steven Beckhorn

Lynn Steven Beckhorn, husband and father, slipped the bonds of Earth on Nov. 2, 2020 at his home in Chimacum at the age of 73. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Debbi, and his two sons, Cullen …

Kathleen Anne Johnson

Kathleen Anne Johnson went to be with the Lord on the morning of Nov. 18, 2020. She passed peacefully at home with her family by her side after fighting a long battle with cancer. Her life centered …

Edward C. Carr

Edward C. Carr — husband, father, brother, son, World  War II veteran, B-17 pilot, author, painter, sculptor, designer, traveler, businessman, and storyteller — died on Oct. 18, 2020 …
Opinion
It took a Townsend: A fond memory from 2020 | Local 20/20
It’s hard to believe it has been nine months since I attended a community event of any kind, but just days before Gov. Jay …
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Buy local and support our community, jobs and friends and neighbors | Word on the Street
The news these days is scary and it’s time to summon all our empathy and compassion for everyone affected by the …
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A forecast from the turkey ghost of Thanksgiving 2021 | Life in Ludlow
You of faint heart might have thought I had little to report to you this week given all the COVID restrictions. Well I have a …
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There’s much to keep us grateful | Publisher's Column
This year Thanksgiving has a new meaning for most of us. Traditionally at this time of year we would be making our shopping list, …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols.
Letters
Don’t make it political, please wear a mask  | Letter to the editor
Jefferson County, like the rest of the country, is experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases. There is a requirement to wear a mask …
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Pair of stories show competing interests | Letter to the editor
I think that there is validity in the article “Ferry report” (The Leader, Nov. 18) regarding the potential problems and …
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The end is coming soon for our child king | Letter to the editor
We waited more than 200 years for this child king.  Back in 1776 we fought for life and liberty, but it was the pursuit of …
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Please wear your mask at the park | Letter to the editor
Can someone tell all the people who visit North Beach County Park to wear masks please?  It is not safe to go there now, and …
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A solution before nature takes control | Letter to the editor
I am a fairly recent transplant to Port Townsend, and have become a regular walker of the streets and paths of my neighborhood, either …
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