Neighbors angry over homeless shelter at fairgrounds

A proposal to use part of the Jefferson County Fair campgrounds as an emergency shelter for eight months — with a dozen “tiny homes” and a dozen RVs — has neighbors who live …
Tsunami sirens will be sounded in Jefferson County during this year’s Great Washington Shakeout, officials with the Jefferson County Emergency Management have announced. The annual …
An 18-year-old Grayland woman was injured Saturday evening during a two-car collision on Highway 101 near Brinnon. The crash occurred after the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Classic sedan, a …
Brinnon Fire Department’s Jerry Rule has returned from a two-week deployment fighting the Palmer, Evans Canyon and Bartholomew wildfires. Rule runs Brinnon Fire Department’s Wildland …
    Drivers to face delays during culvert installation near Lake Crescent   Crews will be working to place a new culvert at a section of Highway 101 that runs along Lake …
Coronavirus coverage
Jefferson County Public Health Officer says COVID-19 vaccine isn't coming soon
Jefferson County is seeing the lowest level of COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic, Public Health Officer Dr. Tom …
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New case of COVID-19 found in Port Townsend woman
A new case of COVID-19 was discovered in Jefferson County late Friday. The new confirmed test of someone with the coronavirus …
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No rise in COVID-19 cases in JeffCo during holiday
The number of COVID-19 infections in Jefferson County was still at 70 following the Labor Day holiday weekend, Public Health Officer …
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Labor Day precautions needed to prevent COVID-19 spike in schools, health officer warns
Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke will meet this week with local school district superintendents to go over plans …
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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County remain at 70
A new confirmed case of COVID-19 was discovered in Jefferson County over the weekend, Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke said …
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Arts and Entertainment
History Happy Hour returns to study the ’70s with White Russians, Tequila Sunrise
Throw on some groovy threads and get ready to learn the lowdown.  The latest installment of the Jefferson County Historical …
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Virtual film festival boasts lengthy, diverse lineup of features, shorts | PTFF
The 2020 Port Townsend Film Festival may have moved online, but it has lost nothing in the transition. A truly diverse array of …
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PT watercolorist takes work all outdoors on Water Street
Port Townsend watercolorist Mike Biskup is crafting his colorful, uplifting paintings in a colorful, uplifting spot these days. The …
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Port Ludlow theater group plans future after COVID-forced cancellation
Despite being forced to call off their last production, and an increasingly lengthy reluctant absence from the stage, the Ludlow …
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Local news

Free no-pass day for Washington State Parks planned

Access to Washington State Parks will be free on Saturday, Sept. 26, in recognition of National Public Lands Day. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle, …

Rayonier reopens some forestland properties to access

Rayonier has decided to open access to its forestland properties on a limited basis in Jefferson County, west of the Olympics, to employees, customers, and selected contractors. The company …

Shredding fundraiser coming for Port Townsend Food Bank

Kitsap Bank is joining with the Port Townsend Food Bank in hosting a paper-shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept.  19 at Kitsap Bank’s Port Townsend branch at 2313 East Sims …

Shellfish harvesting ban along Hood Canal 

The Washington State Department of Health has closed the Hood Canal No. 1 Growing Area for the recreational harvest of all species of shellfish after finding marine  biotoxins that cause …

JeffCo Democrats open headquarters

The Jefferson County Democrats opened its campaign headquarters for the 2020 Election last week. The headquarters is in the same location in Port Townsend as in 2016: between the two roundabouts …
Obituaries

Linda Pangrle

Linda Pangrle was loving and generous, full of laughter and kindness.  She loved giving hugs, making blankets for newborns, and sent puns and jokes to people often making it seem that our cat …

Marion Marie Logan

Marion Marie Logan, 75, passed away peacefully on Aug. 22, 2020.  She was born in Indiana on July 28, 1945. Her family later moved to Seattle, where she was a cheerleader in high school and …

Joanne Wentworth Wheatley

Abby and Alex Wheatley grieve the passing of their mother, Joanne Wentworth Wheatley, 70, who died at home with her children on July 28, 2020.  The third of seven, Joanne was born in …

Phyllis Schultz

Phyllis R. Schultz, born on March 9, 1938 in a farmhouse near Cando, North Dakota died in Lebanon, New Hampshire on Sept. 8, 2020. Following a career in healthcare teaching and research that took …

Russell Deane Minter

Russell Deane Minter died just before 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020 at home with the care of hospice and his wife. Blessings to all who knew him. A full obituary will follow.
Opinion
Ripe tomatoes inspire generosity, anticipation and salads | Kitchen to Kitchen
This morning, I harvested 2½ pounds of garden tomatoes. It was a treasure hunt, lifting leaves to search under branches, …
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The Port Townsend Leader: We’re here for you | Publisher's Column
I would like to welcome our Port Ludlow readers this week. The Port Townsend/Jefferson County Leader has been a part of these …
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Here’s how I kill time during a pandemic | Mann Overboard
Things I’ve been doing to while away the time during the pandemic:  — Watching the trucks unload at QFC; — Taking guided …
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Saturation Day is here and, by the way, 2020 sucks!
Most of the time this column is a weekly refuge from the problems and controversies that permeate most of the daily television, …
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Nhatt Attack!
This week's toon from Nhatt Nichols.
Letters
Crime continues, but nothing ever changes | Letter to the editor
Last Thursday evening, a 24-year-old male drove a stolen dirt bike into another car at the intersection of Rhody Drive and Irondale …
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Eisenhour works hard and listens to all sides | Letter to the editor
I sincerely urge you to vote for Heidi Eisenhour for county commissioner.  I have known Heidi for more than 20 years. I met …
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Learn ways to help each other save lives | Letter to the editor
September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide.  The …
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Eisenhour has a great collaborative spirit | Letter to the editor
These are challenging times. So far, 2020 has brought an unprecedented pandemic; the painful, long-overdue recognition of deep, …
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Keep the census going and count everyone | Letter to the editor
The Trump administration plans to end the census count on Sept. 30. Since we have been in a partial lockdown for six months and …
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