Drug dealer asks for treatment, gets 10 years in prison

    A Kitsap County man who was stopped for speeding on Highway 104 and found with hundreds of fentanyl pills as well as 52 grams of methamphetamine and 40 grams of heroin in his …

Man hurt in accidental shooting

  A 34-year-old Port Hadlock man was injured during an accidental shooting Jan. 2, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Joe Nole said 911 dispatchers were …

Kilmer to deliver presentation during Port Townsend council meeting

Congressman Derek Kilmer will deliver a special presentation to Port Townsend city council during its business meeting Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Kilmer, a Gig Harbor Democrat, represents Washington's 6th …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 218 calls for service between Saturday, Dec. 18 and Friday, Dec. 24. Below are selected reports. At 11:52 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20 in Port Hadlock, …
The Port Townsend Public Library has a new and helpful gadget to show patrons in the new year. Through an American Rescue Plan Act funding grant from the Washington State Library, two fresh …
The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 140 calls between Friday, Dec. 31, and Thursday, Jan. 6.  Below are selected reports.
  A potential plea deal with prosecutors did not come to fruition Friday in Jefferson County Superior Court for a  Bremerton man charged with second-degree domestic violence assault …
    David Crozier, Kiwanis Pacific Northwest governor-elect, couldn’t stop smiling. “Kiwanis is all about kids,” he said. “An all-access playground is just …
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Beloved Ferry Reconnects Peninsula with Canada

After an 18-month hiatus, the Black Ball Ferry Line is sailing again, reconnecting the Olympic Peninsula with Victoria, British Columbia.   Our local community cheered and welcomed the first passengers coming in from Canada as they disembarked.

Coronavirus coverage
Number of COVID-19 deaths in Jefferson County climbs to 21
  Another person in Jefferson County has died from COVID-19, health officials reported late Tuesday. The deceased,  a …
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19 new COVID-19 infections reported Tuesday in Jefferson County
Jefferson County Public Health reported 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, Jan. 11. Most of the new cases — 12 …
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COVID cases spike to new high in Jefferson County
    Jefferson County saw an increase of 125 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, public health officials announced …
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Jefferson County commissioner gets COVID
Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Brotherton has become a statistic. Brotherton announced during the board of county commissioners …
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COVID-19 shot clinics to be held in Chimacum
    Two COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held next week in Chimacum, according to Jefferson County Public …
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Arts and Entertainment
Walk-by Port Townsend exhibit showcases textile art
    “Rhythm of Light” is the theme of a new walk-by textile art exhibit that will be on display in Port …
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Commissioner’s creative videos explore tales of Olympic trails
Greg Brotherton is perhaps best known for his role as a Jefferson County commissioner. But beyond the county courthouse he’s …
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Museum speaker series, new exhibition to open next month
    Jefferson County Historical Museum’s First Friday Speaker Series will celebrate Chinese-American voices from …
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Chimacum sculptor lives on in truant-turned-artist
  John Powers was one of the art kids in his Chicago high school and he attracted trouble like a magnet. “I was a …
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City of PT considers adding electric vehicle charging station near skate park

Electric vehicles have rapidly grown in popularity over the past decade in the United States, and with the growth in numbers, a need for charging stations has risen as well. There are currently …
‘We want better pay’

Port Townsend school workers demand higher wages

Around 40 demonstrators gathered outside the Port Townsend School District’s front office on Blaine Street Thursday evening to protest school wages for paraeducators, custodians, bus drivers, …

I see you in there | Jefferson County Sheriff's Log

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 218 calls for service between Saturday, Dec. 18 and Friday, Dec. 24. Below are selected reports. At 8:36 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 in Port Hadlock, …

'They stole my umbrellas' | Port Townsend Police Log

  The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 93 calls between Friday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 30. Below are selected reports. At 10:40 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, a caller …

Quilcene community meeting rescheduled

  The Port of Port Townsend has pushed back a community meeting in Quilcene that was scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 5, according to Eron Berg, executive director of the port. Berg cited …
Obituaries

Paul Richard Harder

Former resident Paul Richard Harder died unexpectedly at home in Hawai’i on Dec. 13, 2021 of a heart attack. Paul was born Aug. 22, 1951, in Seattle to Ole and Mary Harder. Paul was a …

Calvin Fremont Leech

The family of Calvin Fremont Leech, regrets to share his passing on Jan. 3, 2022 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle.  We are grateful that Calvin enjoyed a healthy and independent life up to his …

Mary Medin

Mary (O’Meara) Medin of Hansville, Washington, died on Dec. 24, 2021, after a five-year battle with cancer. She was born to A.M. “Bud” and Dorothy O’Meara on Nov. 25, 1946, …

Ian Anthony MillerMohn

Ian Anthony MillerMohn was born to Ruby Mohn and William Miller in Urbana, Illinois, on Dec. 4, 1981. Ian moved to the Pacific Northwest with his mom and two of his siblings when he was a small …

Sterling Eugene Huntingford

Sterling Eugene Huntingford, 79, of Chimacum, Washington, passed away, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 surrounded by his close family. Sterling was born Feb. 15, 1942 in Minot, North Dakota. He graduated …
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Opinion
Behind the scenes with WSU Master Gardeners | Garden Notes
WSU Extension Master Gardeners recently gathered online for their state-wide Advanced Education Conference. Experts shared the latest …
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Doug Van Allen presents the basics of fruit-tree pruning | Garden Notes
The new year brings a fresh opportunity to prune fruit trees to benefit their health and structure. I reached out to a fellow pruning …
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I’ll take ‘More LA jokes’ for $400, Ken | Mann Overboard
We’ve been enjoying watching Ken Jennings host “Jeopardy!” and presiding over one of the highe$t winning streaks …
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Bring those divas to your table | Kitchen to Kitchen
Citrus fruits are the divas of the taste world, trilling notes to awaken our taste buds. They brighten, allure, and make the other …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon by Nhatt Nichols.
Letters
Leverage existing homes to create more | Letter to the editor
My wife and I moved to the area in July of 2018, eager to start my work as the new Director of Jefferson County’s Department of …
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You’ve got to be flocking kidding | Letter to the editor
The Port Townsend High School Class of 2022 is kicking off annual fundraising efforts with their “Flocking” campaign in …
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Housing hard to find for frontline workers | Letter to the editor
Among the many reasons that make Jefferson County special are the services provided to the community. Although our population is among …
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Sunrise Rotary gives back to our community | Letter to the editor
Port Townsend Sunrise Rotary approved their grants for 2022. North Olympic Salmon Coalition will receive $500, Christmas for Children …
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Egregious behavior with postal delivery | Letter to the editor
I’d like to address the rampant mail theft in the area. Notably, Cape George Colony. We purchased a locking mail box after …
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Sports
Rivals fall to Cougars after amassing first-half lead
The Rivals dropped their boys basketball game against Cascade Christian School Thursday, with the Cougars winning by thin …
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EJ girls blown out by Cascade Christian; basketball team loses seventh straight
The East Jefferson girls basketball team’s season continued Thursday with another tough test: a matchup versus the Cascade …
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Rivals wrestling teams compete in Battle of the Ax tourney; girls win silver
The East Jefferson Rivals boys and girls wrestling teams traveled to Port Angeles over the weekend to compete in the annual Battle of …
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Rivals’ Haddenham recaps stellar season, Coach of the Year honors
For most head football coaches, the first season at the helm involves a lot of learning, player development, and trial and error. …
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Rivals XC coach discusses Coach of the Year award
East Jefferson Rivals Cross Country Coach Alice Fraser was selected as the Boys Coach of the Year in the Nisqually League after an …
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‘Oh, my goodness.’ | The sideline stylings of Coach Trey Beathard
The woman in purple laughed and looked over at the person next to her who was also leaning on the chain link fence. It was partway …
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Rangers split in final week before break
Quilcene clobbered Mary M. Knight High in boys varsity basketball last week, overpowering the Owls 76-28 at home. The Rangers …
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Oakville outlasts Rangers again in girls hoops
Those tough nuts have done it again. The Oakville Acorns beat the Quilcene Rangers in girls varsity basketball during an …
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Rivals XC athletes, coach named All-League
After winning district championships and competing at the state level, the East Jefferson boys and girls cross country teams have yet …
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Game Film

Both boys and girls teams notch victories for East Jefferson

The East Jefferson boys and girls wrestling teams showcased their grappling prowess, with both teams winning big over Klahowya High School.  The squads met last Wednesday at Klahowya with the …

EJ boys basketball falls to Seattle Christian

The Rivals boys varsity basketball team took another loss on Friday, marking their fourth straight loss of the season. The boys fell 72-41 to Seattle Christian School at home. “It’s …

Rivals XC athletes, coach named All-League

After winning district championships and competing at the state level, the East Jefferson boys and girls cross country teams have yet another reason to look back fondly on their 2021 season. Four …

EJ girls narrowly lose at home, winless hoops season continues

The Rivals girls almost prevailed but ended up losing their game against Seattle Christian School 24-20 on Friday. Although the EJ girls remained competitive with Seattle Christian, especially in …

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