Classic Mariner’s Regatta returns: Come one, come all

After two years away from the the waters of Port Townsend Bay, the Classic Mariner’s Regatta will be back at sea. But this year brings a special twist. For the first time in the …

Port Townsend Police Log | Noisy neighbor

The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 160 calls between Friday, May 6, and Thursday, May 12. Below are selected reports. At 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, a theft was reported in the …

Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | Bad dog

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 235 calls for service between Saturday, April 9 and Friday, April 16. Below are selected reports. At 12:03 p.m. Sunday, April 10 in Port …
The Port Townsend City Council unanimously approved an ordinance allowing  streateries — open-air, tent-like structures used for outdoor dining — as a long-term part of the …
Port Townsend High School students are asking the Port Townsend City Council to consider an idling ban for vehicles inside city limits. Members of high school’s Students for Sustainability …
Construction is now underway for an exciting, new recreational feature for youngsters at Jefferson County’s HJ Carroll Park. Organizers with Jefferson Universal Movement Playground nonprofit …
The Port Townsend Marine Science Center will host its fifth annual, 24-hour BioBlitz at Fort Worden State Park this weekend. The BioBlitz is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, to 10 a.m. Sunday, May …
A school-wide mask mandate was imposed at Chimacum Junior/Senior High School Monday. The requirement for masks was announced Friday by Dr. Allison Berry, public health officer for Jefferson and …

News from local businesses

Meet Chris Neros, New Chief Lending Officer and Executive VP at First Fed

At the heart of community banking is the people. Christopher “Chris” Neros was drawn to First Fed for their long legacy of commitment to their communities and pursuit of innovative ways …

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Arts and Entertainment
‘Peter Pan’ ballet to take the stage in June
An original rendition of “Peter Pan” will come to Port Townsend this June as a ballet with a full showcase of dance style …
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Port Ludlow Art League names its featured artists of the month
The Port Ludlow Art League presents Gail Larson as the organization’s Artist of the Month for May, and Mary Lynn Laker as its …
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87th annual Grand Parade to bring celebration, commemoration back to town | Rhody Fest
For locals, it’s relatively easy to notice when the Rhododendron Grand Parade is around the corner. Whether it’s the …
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Oodles of noodles: Longtime Elks volunteer gets set for saucy Saturday | Rhody Fest
The sauce may be the boss, but if you’re looking for the real commander of the kitchen, look no further than Bob Kelvy. Kelvy …
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Coronavirus coverage
Commissioner Dean tests positive for COVID-19
Jefferson County Commissioner Kate Dean tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday night. Dean, the District 1 commissioner, said she had …
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Jefferson Transit no longer requiring masks on buses
Jefferson Transit is no longer requiring masks on their vehicles or facilities, the transit authority announced via their website …
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Congressman Kilmer tests positive for COVID-19
U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Thursday. Kilmer, a Gig Harbor Democrat and …
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Quilcene will host next JeffCo Repair event

The fix-it squad is coming to Quilcene for a JeffCo Repair event at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 20 at Quilcene Schools. The event will be in conjunction with Quilcene’s Show Us Your Community …

Celebration planned for longtime teacher Greg Reseck

Greg Reseck of Cedarbrook Adventist Christian School is retiring after 38 years of teaching, and a celebration is being planned to honor him for guiding many students through their learning …

‘LEAN Thinking’ is topic of next EDC webinar

EDC Team Jefferson will welcome Jay Bakst as guest speaker for the organization’s next webinar at noon Thursday, May 19, Bakst will talk on the topic, “LEAN Thinking, Improve Your …

Local attorneys named Volunteers of the Year

Bill Meyer of Port Townsend has won the Volunteer of the Year award from Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers. Meyer, along with Harry Gasnick, chief public defender of the Clallam Public …

Orca Action Month kicks off with virtual event

June is Orca Action Month in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. The month-long celebration will unite researchers, advocates, and orca lovers, and helps raise awareness of the threats …
Obituaries

Craig Reid Hausler 

Craig Hausler was born in Lewiston, Utah on Aug. 7, 1942, and spent his early years on his grandparents’ farm. When he was 6 years old, the family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where Craig spent …

​​Philip “Flip” Wingrove

Philip “Flip” Wingrove died Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Port Townsend, one month shy of his 92nd birthday. Flip grew up with his two brothers in the logging town of Morton, where his …

Robin Dennis McMillen

Robin McMillen was known as a man of strong will and convictions. Admired by many and scorned by some, he left a lasting mark in the hearts of those who knew him. Born to Barbara Kay and Pete …

John Graham Boulton

John Graham Boulton, a 75-year resident of Quilcene, Washington, died peacefully on April 23, 2022, at the age of 94. He was born in Seattle, Washington on Dec. 7, 1927, to Arthur William Boulton Sr. …

Frederick David Naslund

Frederick Naslund was born at the cusp of a new year in Seattle, Washington, to Margaret and Grover Naslund, the fourth of their five children. He died March 4, encircled by his daughters and …
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Opinion
Interviewing the funny and famous | Mann Overboard
  I read a Page 1 New York Times profile last week about much-missed comic George Carlin. There’s also a new HBO special …
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Resilient gardens: Planting for the future | Garden Notes
Resilient gardens work in concert with nature. They take advantage of their surroundings and support native wildlife. They also …
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Gratitude, dining, and accordion and a clarinet | Life in Ludlow
You may recall that last week I included in this column the Associated Press article about the woman who fell through the …
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Mothers’ Day brunch and a hanging plant | Life in Ludlow
It was a special Mothers’ Day on several levels.  Hard to miss were the Major League baseball teams sporting uniforms …
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BLOGS
An early coastal defense cannon is installed at Fort Worden about 1914. This photo is as good as any to illustrate how quickly history goes by, as it’s a Port Townsend event of about 108 years …
However, as we near our annual festival, we will be worshipping a state flower that once flourished throughout the wayside but now has been plowed under by a burgeoning population. The GOP has …
Letters
Critics of temporary housing make wild claims | Letter to the editor
Last week the Leader published two angry letters speaking out against the county’s proposed Temporary Housing Facilities …
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Plankton should be viewed as aquatic heroes | Letter to the editor
Seventy percent of the Earth is covered in water. Billions of microscopic plants and animals floating at the ocean’s surface …
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Ordinance will provide dignity, respect for homeless | Letter to the editor
We are in a housing crisis. There simply is not enough affordable housing for individuals or families.  The proposed modifications …
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Help stop the expansion and development of state park | Letter to the editor
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (WSPRC) is on the brink of implementing  irreversible plans for the major …
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Temporary shelters are essential part of the solution | Letter to the editor
Over the past two years the Jefferson County Department of Community Development planning staff has drafted revisions to the ordinance …
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Sports

Rivals baseball eliminated from Nisqually League playoffs

The East Jefferson Rivals baseball team was eliminated from the Nisqually League playoffs after losing 8-12 to Cascade Christian School in Puyallup. The Rivals clinched a playoff berth after …

Registration underway for Jim Caldwell Memorial Golf Classic | Rhody Fest

The Jim Caldwell Memorial Golf Classic will return to the links at the Port Townsend Golf Course this weekend. The two-day event, presented by the Port Townsend Golf Club, is at 8 a.m. Saturday, …
Rhody Run Redux 2022 will kick off in a new location this year. The event — which includes a 5K walk/run or the 10K walk/run — is Sunday, May 22. The revamped race will start and …
The East Jefferson Rivals track and field teams concluded their regular season with a pair of meets in Silverdale and Renton. The majority of the team traveled to Klahowya Secondary School on May …
The Quilcene girls fastpitch softball team clinched another Sea-Tac League championship with a convincing 13-1 win over the second-place Muckleshoot Kings last week. The Rangers broke open a 1-1 …
A wild final home game for the East Jefferson Rivals boys soccer team saw the squad earn a Senior Night victory after a back-and-forth affair with the Annie Wright Gators. A goal from EJ forward …
Competing against Klahowya, Seattle Christian, and Neah Bay high schools, the East Jefferson Rivals track and field teams finished at the top in their final home meet of the 2022 season. …
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Twisters Gymnastics team wins 23 medals at Regional Championships
After a fantastic 2022 season, the Twisters Gymnastics Level 6 team capped it off with a stellar showing at the Region 2 Gymnastics …
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Scanlon nets five as EJ’s playoff push continues
Beckoned by the home crowd and full of jubilation, the East Jefferson Rivals boys soccer team was fired up after crushing the Cascade …
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Rivals fall short against Seattle Christian
The East Jefferson Rivals boys soccer team’s losing skid moved to three straight after a close 3-2 defeat by the feet of Seattle …
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New EJ Rivals athletic director hired
For newly-hired East Jefferson Athletic Director Shelby Box, excelling “on the court and the field, as well as academics and in …
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EJ baseball loses to Cascade Christian in baseball doubleheader
After back-to-back games against Cascade Christian High School Friday, the East Jefferson Rivals boys team lost both to the baseball …
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