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Man jailed after alleged death threats

A 32-year-old Port Angeles man was arrested for making death threats to a nurse and a security guard early Sunday morning at Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center in Port Townsend. Sheldon Franklin …

Local woman is victim in phone scam

A Chimacum woman was bilked out of more than $17,000 by a telephone scam last month. Jefferson County Sheriff Joe Nole said his office was contacted by a 73-year-old woman on Jan. 19 who said she …

Tax levies on ballot for both East Jefferson fire departments

Inflation is starting a bonfire with everyone’s checkbooks, including multiple fire departments. Jefferson County Fire Protection District 4, home to the Brinnon Fire Department, is bringing …

Port Townsend School District superintendent receives ‘proficient’ grade in job review

It was “proficient” all around for Port Townsend School District Superintendent Linda Rosenbury in her evaluation by the school district’s board of directors for the 2021-2022 …
The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 169 calls between Friday, Jan. 20, and Thursday, Jan. 26. Below are selected reports. At 9:50 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, suspicious activity was …
The wheels are spinning and plans are underway for the city of Port Townsend to potentially add overheard lights to the skatepark on Monroe Street. Providing an update on the potential costs and …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received calls for service between Friday, Jan. 13 and Friday, Jan. 20. Below are selected reports. At 10:08 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in Brinnon, a …
Jefferson Healthcare CEO Mike Glenn is getting a $50,000 pay raise. The hospital’s board of commissioners voted 4-1 to bring the CEO’s salary to $350,000, with Commissioner Matt Ready …
Duck, duck, goose, another goose, too many geese. Center Valley Animal Rescue and Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue are still recovering after being inundated with waterfowl after a hoarding case in …

News from local businesses

Scheduling Your Annual Financial Checkup

Scheduling an annual doctor’s appointment is common practice, but your finances could use an annual health checkup as well. A financial checkup, or a financial review, is an in-depth look at …

Holiday Gifts that Support Local Communities

Small businesses are essential to a healthy community. A healthy small-business environment encourages people to stay and invest in their towns, perpetuating better public resources. It also …

Lifestyle Stories
Arts and Entertainment
Northwind Art’s photography exhibition makes call for submissions
Make sure to have the proper equipment when getting a camera wet. Northwind Art is inviting photography content for an upcoming …
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History explored through sound at Salish Sea Early Music Festival
As the sun crosses the bridge between dark and light, music lovers too are invited to traverse the timeline from the renaissance era …
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Rumpelstiltskin spins theatre gold out of local students
A strange little gnome is coming to town. Join the Missoula Children’s Theatre and more than 50 local elementary students at …
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New workshop plays with possibility
After the reckoning of the last few years, the current moment could use a little magic. Conjuring that hope is the Port Townsend …
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Coronavirus coverage
Virus burden ‘enormous’ for hospital
Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center is filling up with people with respiratory problems, Jefferson County Public Hospital District …
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Safeway to host drive-up vaccination clinic
The Port Townsend Safeway will hold a drive-up vaccination clinic this weekend. Safeway pharmacists will provide vaccinations for …
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Peninsula College adjusts COVID policy as class starts
Peninsula College has announced that COVID vaccinations are not needed for students to attend in-person classes. The college said …
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Local news

Roads, housing dominate State of the City speech

Much to the joy of local residents, the city has a plan for Port Townsend’s dilapidated roads and plentiful potholes. That was one of many topics and challenges discussed by City Manager …

Non-union PUD staff may get pay raise

Non-union employees with the Jefferson County Public Utility District could soon receive a cost-of-living increase, but at the cost of higher dental insurance prices. The PUD’s board of …

Jefferson County issues last call for ARPA funding

The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners is seeking proposals from local nonprofits and organizations for projects that “move the needle” on housing, economic development, or …

Water line breaks on Washington Street

The city had another bad break. A water line burst last week on Washington Street near the Harborside Inn, as a 6-inch asbestos concrete water line failed, sending water bubbling up to the …

Appraisal for Short’s farm arrives three days before LOI deadline

The long-awaited appraisal of the Short’s Family Farm has come in. The market value of the 253.4 acres of land was appraised at $1.3 million in a document released to the Port of Port …
Obituaries

Richard Charles Pullen

Richard left us on Christmas Day after a short battle with cancer. Born in Teaneck, New Jersey to Jack and Mary (Lynch) Pullen, he was the middle of five children. The family moved a few times …

Melva Arlene Pickrell

Melva Arlene Pickrell, age 92, of Poulsbo, Washington, passed away peacefully on Jan. 1, 2023. Melva was born on Sept. 24, 1930 to Ivar and Leah Moen in Queen Anne, Seattle. On June 14, 1964, she …

Robert (Bob) Maguire

Bob Maguire passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2023, after celebrating his 80th birthday on Christmas Day. His passing was unexpected as he worked his way through the many trials of dementia, …

Audrey Mae Wilson McBride

Audrey Mae Wilson McBride passed away Jan. 1, 2023 at the Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center. Born Dec. 12, 1937 in Tieton, Washington to Herman P. Wilson and Dorothy M. Harris. Audrey had three …

Karen De Lorenzo

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held 3-5 p.m. Friday, January 20 at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center Museum (on the shore) at Fort Worden State Park. Tribute and sharing will take place …
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Opinion & Columnists
Want some golf-course alternatives? | Mann Overboard
What to do with all that prime land if we repurpose our golf course?  I drive by the course virtually every day, and even in …
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Whole chickens are yummy and economical | Kitchen to Kitchen
Roast chicken. So delicious — herby, garlicky roast chicken with a crispy skin.  Every couple of weeks, I’ll roast …
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Interrogators, scholars, and winners! | Life in Ludlow
It was back in the middle of the last century when a naïve young man, I, matriculated at that bastion of male single sex higher …
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An anniversary, some classified documents, and winning | Life in Ludlow
Whilst in the U.S. Navy a few decades back, I handled many classified documents and one day they made me feel much …
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Flood insurance is available; know your risk | Guest Viewpoint
The Jefferson County Department of Community Development would like to notify the public that Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) …
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Creating an appropriate, more inclusive zoning policy | Good Bones
When Realtors, contractors, or homeowners lovingly say a house has “good bones,” what they mean is that its foundation is …
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TOONS

Today's cartoon for Thursday, Feb. 2

Today's cartoon is by Dave Whamond, Canada, PoliticalCartoons.com.

Today's cartoon for Wednesday, Feb. 1

Today's cartoon is by R.J. Matson, CQ Roll Call.

Today's cartoon for Tuesday, Jan. 31

Today's cartoon is by Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune.

BLOGS
I like the way the rainbow above ends aboard the local ferry chugging to or from its berth . . . and the calm manner in which the local gull poses for the photo. MEANWHILE, models predict that …
So here we are in 2023—Ukraine in a shambles as Putin sits uncaring at the head of an ill-informed and incompetent Russian military, bombarding civilian targets in Ukraine in the dead of an icy …
Letters
Vote ‘yes’ on the EJFR ballot measures | Letter to the editor
As secretary of the Marrowstone Island Foundation for the past 3 1/2 years, I’ve worked closely with EJFR and I urge you to join …
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Tough decision looms on raising tax levies | Letter to the editor
I’m not sure how I’ll vote regarding the proposed large increase in fire and emergency services levies. My EMS/fire …
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Take home-grown authoritarians seriously | Letter to the editor
Many Democrats in leadership positions have spoken out against the violence and the intentions of Bolsonaro’s supporters …
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Levy lift is a dire need for fire department | Letter to the editor
This letter is to ask for your support in the upcoming levy lift for East Jefferson Fire Rescue. EJFR has not had a rate increase …
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Help readily available for people in need | Letter to the editor
Some people in need (and their families) are not aware of help that is readily available. Low-income folks who need assistance paying …
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Sports

Boling powers Rangers to win

A big dis led to some serious swish. Give much of the credit to the Quilcene Rangers’ Big Fella. Taylor Boling scored a career-high 26 points in leading Quilcene past Northwest Christian …
SPORTS GALLERIES

Varsity boys basketball: East Jefferson vs. Bellevue Christian High School | Photo Gallery

The East Jefferson Rivals varsity boys basketball team  faced Bellevue Christian High School in hoops  Jan. 5.  The Leader's James Sloan captured the action courtside  as the …

Varsity Girls Basketball: East Jefferson vs. Seattle Christian | Photo Gallery

The East Jefferson Rivals varsity girls basketball team  earned their first win of the season Monday, Dec. 12 versus Seattle Christian at home in the Chimacum High Gymnasium.  The …
No welcome mat. Not tonight. The Quilcene Rangers kept Northwest Christian well outside the paint with a dominating defense that took away the Wolverines’ inside game. Left outside, the …
The East Jefferson Rivals wrestling teams brought it all to the mat last Tuesday as the home team gained a hard-earned victory over the Life Christian Eagles in their second and final home meet of …
The East Jefferson Rivals varsity boys basketball team faced the Cascade Christian Cougars Thursday, losing 61-50 in a tight Nisqually League matchup. The EJ boys gave it their all, coming back …
The pain followed the fall. With 11 seconds to go and the Rangers with possession and trailing by one point against the Lions, 64-63, Quilcene used its last timeout to set up a play to get the …
Northwest Yeshiva High School emptied the bench for their 35-21 win over the Quilcene Rangers in girls varsity basketball last week. Just five of the Lions’ six players suited up for the …
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Rivals basketball double header versus Life Christian canceled, rescheduled for Monday
The East Jefferson Rivals basketball boys and girls teams’ double header matchup today against Life Christian Academy was …
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Bainbridge-bound Rivals wrestlers show out in tourney
The East Jefferson Rivals’ wrestling campaign continued to Bainbridge last weekend as 15 grapplers crossed the canal Jan. 14 to …
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EJ boys beat Klahowya in hoops
The East Jefferson Rivals varsity boys basketball squad came up big at home, defeating the Klahowya Eagles 49-41. The big win over …
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Rivals girls earn away win over Eagles
The East Jefferson Rivals varsity girls basketball team defeated the Klahowya Eagles Friday in Silverdale. Winning by slim …
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Kings, Lions outshoot Rangers in basketball
The Quilcene varsity boys basketball team will return home this week after a disappointing week on the road. The Kings conquered …
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