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The U.S. Navy owns miles of beachfront along Puget Sound, including all of Indian Island in Jefferson County, extensive coastal territory around Naval Air Station Whidbey Island as well as Bangor … more
Is your hometown newspaper an accomplice in the horror of at least five school shootings in America so far this year? That’s the question we must ask ourselves as more than one letter to the … more
In a small town like Quilcene, every single member of the community counts and matters. That was evident on Sunday, Feb. 11 when more than 100 people turned out to show concern and hope for the safe … more
Volunteers are both the backbone and the heart of a community, and historically, Jefferson County has had an ample supply of them. Last month, there were several stories that indicated some … more
Allison Arthur began her Jan. 10 editorial rightly by praising the citizens of this county who donate their time and energy on advisory boards to work through some of the thornier issues facing our … more
By proclamation of the governor, January is School Board Recognition Month. It’s a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of … more
Citizen advisory boards (CABs) have played important roles over the past 40 years in improving communication between elected officials and the community. Members of advisory boards typically … more
It seems fitting in the new year to do something new. Change, in other words. Change can be greeted with so many emotions – excitement, trepidation, outright fear, resignation, … more
Search for the phrase “buy local” on The Leader’s website and you’ll find 1,177 entries in the past decade. Former Leader owner Scott Wilson wrote about it in April 2006 in a story about … more
Last week, we noted the deadline for commenting on a proposal to increase entry fees to 17 national parks, including Olympic National Park, was Nov. 23. Just as that editorial was going to press, … more
Nov. 23 is the deadline for commenting on a proposal to raise the cost of getting into 17 national parks, including the Olympic National Park. If approved, starting May 1, 2018, the cost of an … more
Good news, bad news. There’s a lot of bad news these days throughout the world. We won’t list the headlines. You know them already. But here in our own backyard, there is a lot of good … more
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