TRAVEL ADVISORY | Beaver Valley Road to be closed Tuesday

Beaver Valley Road will be closed Tuesday morning while the Jefferson County Public Utility District will replace a transmission pole on Highway 19. Starting at 8 a.m. Aug. 16, both lanes of …

Quinault Indian Nation suggests new name

The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names heard the first proposals from Tribes within the state to rename features bearing a derogatory term that refers to Indigenous women and approved two …

Judge agrees that Navy failed to properly assess expansion of Growler program on Whidbey

A federal judge has shot down the U.S. Navy’s environmental review for the expansion of the Growler jet program on Whidbey Island. Increasing the number of Growlers — …

Former deputy prosecuting attorney files $3 million claim against county

A former deputy prosecuting attorney has filed a claim for $3 million in damages against Jefferson County, alleging her constitutional rights were damaged when her employment was terminated in May …
Poetry while picnicking beside a field of flowers. Could there be a more literary way to spend a Sunday afternoon? Just such an idyl will take place at Wilderbee Farms at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 …
Gathering together to get better has been going on for 10 years at the annual All County Picnic, and yet again all of Jefferson County is invited to celebrate community resilience on Saturday, …
The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 156 calls between Friday, July 29, and Thursday, Aug. 4. Below are selected reports. At 3:40 a.m. Sunday, July 31, in the 1000 block of …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 267 calls for service between Saturday, July 16 and Friday, July 22. Below are selected reports. At 6:29 a.m. Saturday, July 16 in Chimacum, a …
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 230 calls for service between Saturday, July 9 and Friday, July 15. Below are selected reports. At 1:59 p.m. Thursday, July 14, an employee of …

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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.

Meet Cindy Hill-Finnie, New Board Chair of First Fed

It’s been nearly 30 years since Cindy Hill-Finnie first fell in love with Port Townsend - the Victorian architecture, idyllic neighborhoods, and seaside vistas. Today, she is woven …

PT teen charged with vehicle theft, hit and run, eluding police

A 17-year-old Port Townsend teen was arrested after he allegedly stole an SUV, fled from police, and then abandoned the vehicle before trying to get away on foot at Fort Worden State Park. The …

New app launched for local adventurers

With summer’s song still beckoning to outdoor adventurers, The Northwest Straits Foundation has released its Passport to Marine Adventure travel game to provide an engaging way to explore the …
Arts and Entertainment
PTHS prodigy returns with what he’s learned
The local superstition Chetzemoka’s Curse goes something like this: Supposedly anyone who has lived in Port Townsend, if they ever try to leave, will be forced to eventually return. While …
Kirtan group freely offers music
The call-and-response singing style of kirtan has a history that reaches back thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, says Natavar Knudsen, who helps to lead a local kirtan group. It …
Art fair returns to Port Ludlow Inn
The Port Ludlow Inn will once again host the Labor Day Art Fair on the Saturday of the holiday weekend. The art fair will feature unique works for sale by local artists, including jewelry, …
Departure Festival goes wild in the wilderness | Photo Gallery
There were flowers in their hair, fire dancing duos, and light shows like you wouldn’t believe last weekend at Departure Fest NW. From Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7, attendees camped …
Coronavirus coverage
County begins testing wastewater for COVID-19
Jefferson County health officials have started testing sewage water to help determine the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Dr. Allison Berry, Public Health Officer for Jefferson and Clallam …
Upcoming COVID-19 clinics to offer free vaccinations to children
Jefferson County Public Health will host clinics in Quilcene over the next three months for families with children 6 months and older who are seeking COVID-19 vaccinations. The clinics will be …
County offers appointments for COVID-19 shots for children
Jefferson County Public Health will offer COVID-19 vaccinations to children aged 6 months and older beginning the first week of July, county health officials announced late last week. “We …
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Chimacum School District on final year of deficit spending

The Chimacum School District has been operating on a budget deficit for the last three years with excess funds to cover the difference, but this will be the last year it can do so before those …

Port Townsend looking to move on from troubled Cherry Street Building project

Originally planned as a structure for affordable housing and now laying vacant and run down, the city of Port Townsend’s controversial Cherry Street Project property could soon be sold or even …

Port Townsend Police Log | Brawl at Boat Haven

The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 156 calls between Friday, July 29, and Thursday, Aug. 4. Below are selected reports. At noon Friday, July 29, a caller in the 800 block of …

Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | Missing wife

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 230 calls for service between Saturday, July 9 and Friday, July 15. Below are selected reports. At 1:17 p.m. Sunday, July 10 in Quilcene, a man …

WSP investigating body found near Brinnon

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the death of a man who was discovered in a tent Sunday along the Maple Valley Trail near Dosewallips State Park. Jefferson County Sheriff Joe Nole said …
Obituaries

Donald (Woody) Ray Woodward

A celebration of life for Woody will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St. Please bring your stories to share. Full obituary to …

Steve Southards

Steve Southards (Barbé) of Chimacum, Washington, passed away July 25, 2022, in Port Townsend, Washington of natural causes. He was 73. Steve served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam as a SEAL in …

Betty Lemex Petrie

Betty Lemex Petrie, 79, passed peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of Friday, July 22, 2022, at Mat-Su Regional Hospital in Wasilla, Alaska. Ms. Petrie was born Nov. 24, 1942, in …

Rosaline Eugenia Crump

Rosaline “Ro” Eugenia Crump passed away peacefully April 27, 2022 at Life Care Center in Port Townsend two months after her 97th birthday. She had lived at Avamere at Port Townsend for …

Kathryn Leone Long

A beloved and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and sister-in-law Kathy Long sadly left us on July 9, 2022.  She is survived by her parents, Helen and Harold Faust; husband, Bruce; …
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Opinion
Army gas in Honolulu, Fort Worden | Mann Overboard
Military memories of an Army brat: That short Leader news item and photo recently about plans to restore the tiny gas station at Fort Worden grabbed me.  That’s because it looks like an …
Vegetable caviar: Yummy on everything | Kitchen to Kitchen
What’s a vegetable caviar?  It’s a dish made from finely chopped vegetables. A chunky, flavorful, roasted vegetable spread, that’s perfect for toast or with chips, on meats …
Port Ludlow’s getting out of the house | Life in Ludlow
I thought the town was empty except for the tourists. The locals wanted to stay home to handle the heat. How wrong could that be?  A lot. Brian Belmont thinks there may have been around …
The Morning Show at Point Hudson | Field Notes
Dawn comes early, even now, a full month after Solstice.  I roll out of bed at 4:45 a.m. — wakened by the gulls’ squawking outside my window — in order to get down to Point …
BLOGS
I’M ABOUT A WEEK BEHIND here and am skipping over piled-up notes on various topics to get in a few licks for women’s freedom, which is taking a beating these days. Too bad the U.S. …
Presidential Oath of Office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect …
Letters
Praise for Hadlock-Port Ludlow motorists | Letter to the editor
The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County has been doing road clean-up on Nesses’ Corner Road from Rhody Drive to Flagler Road on a quarterly basis for more than 20 years.   The …
Children’s center helps children, families | Letter to the editor
Jumping Mouse Children’s Center is a true treasure for our community.  This nonprofit provides transformative mental health therapy for children from age 2 to 12. Their unique approach …
COVID case number was wrong in letter | Letter to the editor
In response to Lynne Stryker’s letter concerning COVID carelessness, I would like to correct her statement that there were 712 new cases of COVID in Port Townsend in the past two weeks. There …
COVID-19 assistance needs improvement | Letter to the editor
I contracted COVID volunteering outdoors. I brought it home to my husband who is almost 80. He came down with a positive test on a Saturday morning in Port Townsend. After calls, and call …
COVID is still around, and so is carelessness | Letter to the editor
I’d like to remind the people of our lovely town that 712 cases of COVID (of those reported) happened in the past two weeks; 712 cases in a town of less than 10,000 people. I am a frequent …
Sports

Rivals cross-country teams ready to race

Following one of their most successful seasons in the past two decades, the East Jefferson Rivals boys and girls cross-country teams are hungry for more in Year Two under the EJ banner. The …

Team Justice League wins JeffCo tourney

What started as eight local softball teams was narrowed down to one after Justice League defeated Arrow Lumber 13-8 to reign victorious in the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Adult Softball …
Twenty-one ladies with the Discovery Bay Women’s Club and Port Townsend Women’s Club came out to the golf course in Discovery Bay to take part in the annual Memorial Golf …
Well, it’s almost soccer time in the Sound. With the dogs days of summer almost out of sight, the East Jefferson Rivals girls soccer team is ready to return to action following a stellar season …
Seven ladies with the Discovery Bay Women’s Golf Club made their way to the fairway for a classic game of “Blind Nine” last week. The rules for “Blind Nine” are …
Naval Magazine Indian Island will once again host the Navy installation’s annual Deer Run 5k and 1-mile Fun Run in August. The popular event is returning after a two-year break. It will be …
Whether it’s the crackling sound of colliding shoulder pads, the commotion of the crowd, or the special feeling of the Friday Night Lights, there’s nothing quite like football in the …
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Recreational shellfish harvesting shut down
Recreational shellfish harvest for all species of mollusks has been banned at Fort Flagler, Mystery Bay, and Kilisut Harbor, Jefferson County Public Health announced Wednesday. The Washington …
Golfers mark Fourth with golf tourneys, barbecue
To celebrate America’s Independence Day the Discovery Bay Women’s Club and men’s club brought out the irons for a tournament full of bogeys and barbecue. The annual Fourth of …
R2AK wraps up after three weeks of sailing
Well, it’s finally over. This year’s Race to Alaska — a sailing competition from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska involving non-motorized boats— wrapped up as Team …
Disco Bay golf ladies play ‘Bingo, Bango, Bongo’
Bringing their irons, woods, wedges, and putters out to the golf course, the Discovery Bay Women’s Club gathered Thursday for a game of “Bingo, Bango, Bongo,” named after the …
EJ all-stars compete in Earl Barden Classic
Three all-star players from the East Jefferson Rivals football team trekked to Yakima last weekend for another taste of the gridiron over the off-season. Rivals seniors Chris Fair (lineman), Logan …
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