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Closed-door meetings. Secret sessions. No public hearings. Then, suddenly, action. If public officials with Jefferson County, the City of Port Townsend, the Port of Port Townsend or Jefferson … more
On the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, perhaps there is time to take a moment to ponder community priorities. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to take in a few free music events and … more
Thank you. Just two words, but they need to be said more often and not just during Thanksgiving. Thank you to United Good Neighbors (UGN) and to all the people who will donate to the upcoming … more
First and foremost, a brief round of applause and thanks to all those who have stepped forward to run for local office this year. Almost all of the nonpartisan positions that were open this year … more
Talk by Port of Port Townsend officials to install electronic-card access locks on showers used by both tourists and transients begs for a stakeholders meeting sooner rather than later. The alarm … more
A parade of nonprofit leaders has been quietly voicing concerns in recent weeks about the lack of community participation and involvement. Last week, Brandi Hamon, vice president of the … more
It’s easy to point a finger and blame officials for not acting fast enough to take action when a problem surfaces. The truth is, the wheels of government move slowly. As a result, when things do … more
Tom Thiersch and Michael Belenski have sat patiently for years, listening to and watching what government officials say and do. Over those years, they’ve challenged public officials to take … more
Jefferson County residents are savvy to the realities of climate change. Back in 2007, Jefferson County commissioners and the City of Port Townsend passed a resolution agreeing to collaborate with … more
It’s time to start talking about all the openings in junior taxing districts that are coming open this year – and then consider a run for those important public positions. There are dozens of … more
One of the interesting statistics The Leader discovered while working on Profile, a new special section devoted to showcasing Jefferson County “by the numbers,” was the number of dogs that are … more
Jefferson County commissioners took a bold and well-worded step on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 by approving a human rights proclamation. Every county elected official, with the exception of the superior … more
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