Commissioners vote to require all employees, visitors to wear masks in county buildings

All people entering Jefferson County buildings will need to wear face masks, county commissioners decided during a special board meeting Wednesday. Previously, just those who were not vaccinated …
Six news cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Thursday in Jefferson County. The new infections increased the cumulative number of coronavirus cases in Jefferson County to 508. All of the new cases …
Peninsula College will require all employees and students coming back to campuses for the fall quarter to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Waivers will be granted for specific exemptions, college …
Five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday in Jefferson County. The number of people hospitalized due to the disease also climbed in the most recent COVID-19 update, from 35 to …
The Port Townsend City Council confirmed a package of committee and commission appointments during its July 19 meeting. The appointments were: • Diane Walker was appointed to Position 4 on …
Coronavirus coverage
Under 20 age group has largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in county
People under the age of 20 have had the most COVID-19 infections in Jefferson County, according to data compiled by Jefferson County …
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Leadership change made in county health officer as resurgence of COVID-19 pandemic hovers on horizon
Dr. Allison Berry will serve as public health officer for both Jefferson and Clallam counties. Berry has been Clallam …
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Unvaccinated residents causing uptick in COVID
With COVID-19 infections rising rapidly in the county and across the country, Jefferson County health officials are recommending a …
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Four more COVID-19 infections found in Port Townsend
Jefferson County public health officials reported four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Port Townsend Friday. The additional …
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Three more COVID-19 cases reported Thursday
Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday in Jefferson County. The three new infections pushed the total number of …
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Arts and Entertainment
Seeing climate change through art
The Jefferson Museum of Art and History will present an interdisciplinary exhibition that features the 47 consecutive years of Arctic …
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Photographer, jeweler are featured in August with the Port Ludlow Art League
A new pair of featured artists and jewelers will be exhibited at Port Ludlow Art League for the month of August. The …
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More opportunities to experience live music at Fort Worden
Joining forces, Rainshadow Recording and Matt Miner Presents, in cooperation with KPTZ, are working to bring live music back to Fort …
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Annual film festival announces 22nd season
In a mingling of in-person and virtual events, a hybrid Port Townsend Film Festival is back. The 22nd annual fest launches Sept. 23 …
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Local news

Boatbuilding school fills instructor position

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding recently announced their newest full-time instructor. Mark Stout — a former student of Bob Prothero, one of the school’s founding …

UPDATE | Deputy not injured in Highway 19 collision

A Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy escaped serious injury in a T-bone crash Saturday morning near Oak Bay Road. The crash happened just after 11:30 a.m. July 24 on the stretch of the …

Organizers plan return of Rhody Fest parade

After having been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the annual Port Townsend Gala recently announced the return of the Rhododendron Festival’s Parade. The …

Public invited back into Port Townsend council chambers

Port Townsend City Council chambers will reopen to the public starting Monday, Aug. 2. The reopening coincides with the scheduled city council meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. City officials are …

Timber thief who started forest fire convicted in federal court

A man who caused a forest fire in the Olympic National Forest near Hood Canal during a timber theft in 2018 was convicted after a six-day trial in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. Justin Andrew …
Obituaries

Betty DeLeo Caldwell

Betty Caldwell, the daughter of Louis and Maudie (Richards) DeLeo, was born and raised in Port Townsend. Nammie, as she is known to her grand and great-grandchildren, spent her life helping people …

Ruth Lee Parsons Neill Johnson

Ruth Lee Parsons Neill Johnson died peacefully at her home in Port Ludlow, Washington on July 10, 2021.  Ruth was born on March 6, 1932, in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Dr. Willard H. Parsons …

Teresa Swanson

Terri was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, of Francis L Zappone and Phyllis (Barnes) Zappone. She has two brothers, Larry Zappone and Don Zappone, and a sister Toni Zappone. She attended …

Orene Mae Udd

Orene Mae (Dragland) Udd was born July 1, 1936, in Seattle, Washington, and passed in Port Townsend, Washington, shortly after her 85th birthday. She graduated high school in Siletz, Oregon, …

Caroline F. Gibson

We will forever hold our wonderful Caroline Gibson in our hearts. Caroline passed away at home with her partner Walt and her sister Mary Jane by her side in Port Townsend on July 11, 2021 following a …
Opinion
If you see me getting smaller: Leaving songs | Liner Notes
Waylon Jennings told Willie Nelson in song “If you see me gettin’ smaller, I’m leavin’/Don’t be …
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Grandson’s Camp Week in Port Townsend and Ludlow | Life in Ludlow
You probably know grandchildren have the energy of a hummingbird, particularly if they are under 10 years old. It doesn’t seem …
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Help is available for customers struggling with utility bills | Guest Viewpoint
The financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdowns continue to reverberate in our community. As of early July, the …
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Nuclear weapons: Rising danger | Marc Pilisuk 
After a war has ended, historians, elected officials, and faith leaders, no less than the people involved, often raise doubts over …
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The fight over voting rights | Lee H. Hamilton
Call me naïve, but I’ve never quite gotten why some politicians want to limit voters’ ability to cast their ballots. …
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Letters
Outdated, incomplete studies used during review | Letter to the editor
Outdated, incomplete studies used during review When I learned Jefferson County Department of Community Development (JCDCD) had …
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Sam is back again with salty humor intact | Letter to the editor
“Don’s Lunch Counter South”: A Leader article and photo a few years ago featured Sam, the genial and well loved …
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Proposal for purchase of Manresa Castle is a clunker | Letter to the editor
No doubt about it — County Commissioner Greg Brotherton is in need of medical help. Otherwise, it’s the …
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Make PT better: Vote Wennstrom | Letter to the editor
I was raised in Port Townsend. I know the entirety of the town like the back of my hand and I have immense pride to say I am from Port …
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Candidates for office need to get out there | Letter to the editor
I live in rural Port Ludlow, south of the Hood Canal Bridge, in Jefferson County’s Fire District 3.  I received my …
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Sports
Ta-ta, tennis: Courthouse County Park pivots to pickleball
This might be a big dill. Or a bit jarring to local tennis aficionados. Jefferson County commissioners have agreed to convert …
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JeffCo wrestlers compete at State
Jefferson County wrestlers wrapped up the season in the Washington State Wrestling Association’s WSWA Folkstyle State …
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Golf Players Club ‘Scramble in the Rain’
The rain did not discourage 26 diehard golfers from playing a nine-hole “Players Club” Scramble at Port Townsend Golf Club …
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Online workshop offers tips before opening day of crabbing seasion
A virtual workshop is planned this week to help crabbers get ready for the season. The workshop is 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June …
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PT, Chimacum continue plan to combine sports programs
If local students have their way, they will be dragon a mascot on the field next year. The Chimacum and Port Townsend school boards …
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Seventy48 racers battle with wind, waves and tides
Racers in the Seventy48 this year fought against gusting winds, choppy seas and uncooperative tides through the night as they used …
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Monohull sailboat claims first place in first-ever Washington360 race
The High Seas Drifters were crowned the champions of the first-ever Washington360 race. The Olson 30 monohull sailboat rounded …
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Human power reigns supreme during first leg of WA360
As of Tuesday morning, racers competing in the Washington360 were setting their respective courses for the South Puget Sound to round …
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Whitecap and Sunshine sailing series coming to a close
The competition is friendly while the action remains intense this season as sailors on Port Townsend Bay near the end of …
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Racers ready for Seventy48 and WA360 races
The Northwest Maritime Center is preparing to launch two races that are expected to present challenges that will test the resolve and …
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Light winds haunt Protection Island race
Racing for just shy of 18 hours aboard the Thunderbird Mabuhay, it was skipper Greg Barron who would be going home with the bragging …
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NPFC makes league premiere with a win
Port Townsend Memorial Stadium welcomed some 200 fans for the debut game of the Western Washington Premier League’s newest …
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Trio ties for win in British Stableford play
Discovery Bay Women’s Golf Club took to the course earlier this month for a game of “British Stableford.” In this …
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Wrestlers win with pins against Bainbridge
East Jefferson battled Bainbridge in varsity wrestling Saturday and the two teams finished even, with five wins on each side. For …
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Strong start for EJ wrestling team
East Jefferson wrestlers opened the season last week against Port Angeles and Kingston.  East Jeff fell to the Roughriders but …
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EJ track team finishes season with meet on Vashon
The East Jefferson Track and Field team traveled to Vashon High School for the final meet of the season Saturday and in the overall …
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Ranger fastpitch team wins out for Sea-Tac League title
The Quilcene Rangers girls fastpitch softball team went on a tear last week, winning three games in a row in a COVID-19 shortened …
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Golf team notches PR scores during league championship 
Just a cool side note from the Olympic League championship. All the athletes from EJ either tied their best scores or beat …
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PT Tennis Club looking for new members as season begins
Port Townsend Community Tennis is now in season. The Port Townsend Tennis Club is seeking new players for regular Wednesday and …
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Women’s golf clubs announce latest winning teams, golfers
Linda Deal and Katherine Buchanan tied with a net 34 over nine holes in the April 27 outing for the Port Townsend Women’s Golf …
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Game Film

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.

Port Townsend Shipwrights' Regatta | Photo Gallery

2021 saw the return of the Port Townsend Shipwrights' Regatta return for its 30th 

Varsity boys football: Quilcene vs. Crescent | Photo Gallery

The Quilcene Rangers cut down the Crescent Loggers 33-12 in six-man football in the opening game of the season for the Rangers. The Leader's Brian Kelly was there for all the action; here's a …

Varsity girls volleyball: East Jefferson against Olympic | Photo Gallery

The East Jefferson girls varsity volleyball team played Olympic High in a mathcup at Chimacum High School. The Leader's Brian Kelly was there for the action; here's a gallery of selected shots.

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