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Pictures of a possible cougar kill at Fort Worden stoked Jefferson County’s rumor-mill last week. Whether the carcass was left by coyotes, cougars or collies, this is a good time for us to get … more
Anthony had been learning new types of knots for several months. Why had he been practicing knots? No one knew. Perhaps more accurately, no one cared. Sitting in our middle school biology class in … more
I haven’t had the courage to swing by my great-great-grandfather’s grave on the west side of Port Townsend lately. I fear I’ll discover him spinning in his grave to learn his … more
I know which side of history I want to be on and it is that of family-owned newspapers and local businesses, not the Silicon Baronies. When our history is told, the fecklessness and greed of … more
This week, the Washington House of Representatives passed a measure that may allow us to ditch the hour we lost this Sunday, permanently.  Now it’s up to Congress to see if … more
Lobbyists get a bad rap. Next week, my brother and I will join a ragtag group of newspaper owners from small communities around the country in our nation’s capital. We will do our best to ensure … more
Capitalism. That’s the number one reason Jefferson County is facing a housing crisis. In 2000, the average home price in Washington was $168,300, according to the U.S. Census … more
I had a phone conversation with a reader last week who asked about our stories from the February special election. We had one glaring omission: total voter turnout. While it wasn’t a number … more
Port Townsend and Jefferson County put more resources into helping the homeless than many surrounding areas. They’re not always enough. A 56-year-old woman died last week and hypothermia was … more
My career in the fire service began humbly more than 30 years ago. I started as a high school intern and progressed to volunteer and then career firefighter. For the past 17 years, I have been one of your elected fire commissioners. more
Did you know that, of the $18 million general fund for the Port Townsend School district, $3 million comes from local levies? While the vast majority (close to $15 million) comes from state and … more
There are subtle quirks on the walls inside Salish Coast Elementary School. One in particular caught my eye. A paper taped near a classroom door depicted a cartoon battery with a plus sign on the … more
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