Woman rescued from cruise ship near Port Angeles

A 73-year-old woman who had symptoms of a mild cardiac infarction was airlifted from a cruise ship near Port Angeles Monday. Coast Guard watchstanders at the 13th Coast Guard District Command …

New firefighters certified at Brinnon Fire Department

Three new firefighters have received their badges after completing the fire academy in Brinnon. Justin Matheson, Jennie Glasco, and Crystal Manly all began the three-month firefighter academy in …

Defendant admits guilt in second-degree murder of Quilcene man

A man who was awaiting trial for second-degree murder accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors Friday and has admitted his guilt in the November 2021 killing of a 62-year-old Quilcene man as he sat …

UPDATE | Man shot in Brinnon by police was wanted on allegation of child molestation

Law enforcement had been searching for Timothy Colin Connor in the hours before he was fatally shot by an officer in Brinnon last week, the Washington State Patrol said Friday. Connor, 49, was …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 310 calls for service between Saturday, Aug. 20 and Friday, Aug. 26. Below are selected reports. At 5:43 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 in Port Hadlock, …
Try, try, and try again. So goes the story for Chimacum favorite Farm’s Reach Cafe who are aiming to reopen on Saturday, Oct. 1. Owned and operated by Arianna and William “Bege” …
The East Jefferson Rivals varsity football team added their first mark on the win column this weekend with a dominating 56-14 win over Life Christian Academy. The victory shifts EJ’s record …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 310 calls for service between Saturday, Aug. 20 and Friday, Aug. 26. Below are selected reports. At 2:48 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 in Port …
The Quilcene Rangers recovered from last week’s loss in boys varsity football against Entiat with a big 60-12 win on the road Friday in Concrete. The Rangers caged the Lions 60-12 to improve …

News from local businesses

Step Up with This Adaptive Shoe

As kids head back to school in new shoes, a unique footwear design developed here in Washington continues to gain popularity. BILLY Footwear offers a unique, innovative zipper closure that is both …

Hit us with your best shot of the PNW!

Every year local photography enthusiasts submits their best photos to First Fed’s Proudly PNW photo contest. This year’s contest is now open for submissions! Any photos that showcase the life and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest are welcome.

Lifestyle Stories

Work on Tyler Street Plaza lighting project starts in October

  Tyler Street plaza will soon look a lot brighter at night once a new lighting installation is set up in the square. Starting Monday, Oct. 10, workers will install six steel lighting …

Firefighting-themed First Friday Speaker Series kicks off

Partnering with East Jefferson Fire Rescue, Jefferson County Historical Society’s First Friday Speaker Series resumes with “Wildland Firefighting with Amanda Monthei.” Monthei …
Arts and Entertainment
Pro-Am of Music concert series to raise funds for school trip to LA
Professional musicians and students with the Port Townsend High School Symphony will come together for a series of performances to raise funds for the high school symphony’s planned trip to Los …
Port Townsend Kinetic Sculpture Race rolling through soon
If you’ve ever wanted to take a piece of so-called art and toss it in the ocean or cover it in mud, the Port Townsend’s Kinetic Sculpture Race is not the place for you. On the weekend …
Girls’ Night Out returns to Port Townsend with 1960s flair
It’s time for the ladies to take over town for this year’s Girls’ Night Out event, offering special events, in-store promotions, goodie bags, and more with 36 local businesses …
Film festival success guides future generations
The red carpet has been rolled back up, but this year’s Port Townsend Film Festival lives on in the memories made. Before going into storage though, it was treated to the feel of the feet of …
Coronavirus coverage
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 the flu (kids six months and older), COVID-19 booster, pneumonia, …
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 it is no longer requiring students to be vaccinated, or have an …
Two clinics offer COVID shots for kids in Quilcene
Jefferson County Public Health will host two clinics in Quilcene in the coming months to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for families with children 6 months and older. The clinics are planned for 9 …
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Local news

City invites community engagement for future of PT golf course, Mountain View Commons

The city of Port Townsend is inviting the community to share their thoughts and opinions on the future of the Port Townsend Golf Course and Mountain View Commons on Blaine Street. The process …

Summer season crab catch cards due soon

The the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminder crabbers that their Puget Sound summer crab catch record cards are due by Oct. 1. Come up empty this summer season? Doesn't …

Hoh Indian Tribe in database program

The Hoh Indian Tribe is one of 16 federally recognized Tribes that have been selected by the Department of Justice to participate in the continued expansion of the Tribal Access Program for National …

Two fires in one day keep East Jefferson Fire Rescue on the run

A quick burst of blazes kept East Jefferson Fire Rescue busy last Thursday with two unrelated fires in the district. Just after midnight, neighbors called 911 reporting flames coming from a …

Marine corrosion workshop planned

Washington Sea Grant, the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding and Washington State University Jefferson are co-sponsoring a Marine Corrosion Protection Workshop in October. The workshop is …
Obituaries

Jeannette Marie Wilson

Memories of how an individual affects you is a cornerstone of understanding the merit and impact of the individual. Jeannette conjures many loving memories and stories, each precious and vivid. …

Florence “Janet” Reeves

Janet passed away peacefully on Aug. 17, 2022, at St. Peter's Hospital in Olympia at the age of 85 with her children at her side. Janet was born in Rawlins, Kansas to Harry and Dresslo Trueblood. …

John “JD” David Houck

JD left us unexpectedly at the age of 35. JD was born in Port Townsend on June 2, 1987 to Timothy Houck and Mary (Greene) Houck. JD went to Chimacum schools, he got his GED in 2004. JD loved fishing …

Einar Herbert Evanson

On Thursday Sept. 8, 2022, Einar Herbert Evanson passed away peacefully at the age of 79. He was born Oct. 12, 1942, in Port Townsend, Washington to Bruce and Marjorie Evanson. He served two terms …

Mark Kallen Amos

Mark Kallen Amos passed away Sept. 25, 2022 at the age of 72 due to cancer. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
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Opinion
Squeezing in an old story and some old accordions | Life in Ludlow
After a friends’ visit several years ago, which included doing the tourist tour to Lake Crescent, and the obligatory hike up to Marymere Falls, plus a day in Port Townsend and the fort, what …
Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl | Mann Overboard
All the queenly coverage from Britain the past two weeks has brought to mind two semi-encounters with her:  — Did Queen Elizabeth ever get booed? Very rarely, but I was present at one …
County commissioners consider changing ‘Legal Lot of Record’ status in Jefferson County | Guest Viewpoint
This past Monday, the Board of County Commissioners reviewed the new code regarding “Legal Lots of Record” for Jefferson County that will affect more than 1,900 landowners.  The …
Two stories of local folks helping you | Life in Ludlow
There are many leaders dedicated to improving the lives of people here. Two of them are Scott Mauk and Bret Black.  Scott is the superintendent of the Chimacum School District, and leads the …
BLOGS
THE .45 PISTOLS ABOVE were featured in an on-line ad that begins: “The ‘Keep America ‘Great’ (KAG) Trump 1911 features the President’s 2020 campaign model engraved on …
“I WILL NOT STAND BY AND WATCH. I will not let the will of the American people be overturned by wild conspiracy theories and baseless evidence-free claims and fraud. I will not stand by and …
Letters
Kelbon is exceptional candidate for commissioner | Letter to the editor
I am supporting Marcia Kelbon for Jefferson County Commissioner District 3.   On the local level I vote for the best candidate and clearly Marcia is an exceptional candidate. She has been …
Brotherton came when residents called | Letter to the editor
I thank County Commissioner Greg Brotherton (District 3) for his patient and ultimately successful effort to move the large encampment of homeless people at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds to a more …
Many Einstein quotes not generally relative | Letter to the editor
I read with amusement the “Live life to the fullest ...” a “famed quote” attributed to Einstein used to inspire works of art at the Northwind Gallery. I doubt that Albert …
Person who caused dispute gets a pass | Letter to the editor
Eighty-year-old Ms. Jaman got off easy in her swimming pool incident.  Would I, an 80-year old man, have been treated so kindly?  If I had had concerns about a person’s …
Stop guessing and ask with respect | Letter to the editor
Who are “they”? As we continue to call each other names, who are they? Those who we call out as Nazis? Those who we label as “anti-trans” or …
Sports

EJ Rivals soccer crushes Cascade Christian for first ‘W’ of season

It’s all starting to click for the East Jefferson Rivals girls soccer team. The girls left Memorial Athletic Field Tuesday night with a dependable performance to be proud of, earning their …

Tigers tame Rangers 44-38 in football

The Entiat Tigers came back from a four-point halftime deficit to take the lead in the third and hold on for a 44-38 win in boys varsity 1B football against the Quilcene Rangers Saturday. It was …
The East Jefferson Rivals football team was handily defeated by Nisqually League opponents Cascade Christian School 43-8 Friday at home.  Junior wide receiver Brody Moore scored EJ’s …
Despite overtime and four goals from senior striker Kaylen Pray, the East Jefferson Rivals girls soccer team had to settle for a draw in their home opener matchup last Tuesday against Vashon Island …
The East Jefferson Rivals boys and girls cross country teams started off the season at a good pace, competing against their peers in Silverdale and participating in the 43rd annual South Whidbey Carl …
Nine seconds. That’s how long it took the Rangers to get the undivided attention of the Crescent Loggers during their 1B varsity football matchup Saturday in Quilcene. Jayden Love ran …
The East Jefferson Rivals  varsity football team returned to action Friday, Sept. 16 against  South Whidbey High School. James Sloan of The Leader captured photos from the sideline, as …
More Sports
Rangers undefeated in girls volleyball
The Quilcene Rangers are off to a speedy start in girls varsity volleyball. The Rangers outlasted Clallam Bay in the season opener at home on Sept. 7, prevailing 3-2. Quilcene earned another …
UPDATE | Mossyrock upends Quilcene 54-16 in football
The Mossyrock Vikings scored first and scored last on their way to rolling the Rangers 54-16 in Quilcene’s home opener Saturday in boys varsity football. Penalties plagued the Rangers early …
Rivals girls’ soccer opener ends in 3-3 tie
The kickoff commenced and the East Jefferson Rivals girls soccer team’s season was underway as they faced Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma Friday, ultimately ending with a 3-3 draw. With a …
Rivals cross-country team skips first meet
The East Jefferson Rivals cross-country team was set to start its season at the Gear Up Northwest meet in Bellingham this Saturday, but the boys and girls squads pulled out due to toxic smoke in the …
Bless the Beasts and Children fun run in Port Townsend
Parents, children, and pets with the need for speed can all let loose and run at the Bless the Beasts and Children 0.5K Fun Run. This easygoing “race,” will take place from the PT …
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