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As the weather warms up, the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest can shine. It may be a good time to learn more about the natural history and ecology of our landscapes. In Jefferson County, … more
The court proceedings involving a man charged with eight counts of animal cruelty for allegedly starving his bison ended in a mistrial Feb. 11, after he was charged for a separate incident in which he fled the court Feb. 6 and led police on a chase. Dennis “Denver” Shoop, 73, was charged with eight counts of first-degree animal cruelty in April 2018, after Terry Taylor, animal control officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, received calls from people who saw one of Shoop’s bison lying dead at his property in Chimacum. more
Port Townsend Bay can become more enticing for sailors as the weather warms up. more
Hypothermia was determined as the leading cause of death for a Port Townsend woman Feb. 4, according to the Jefferson County coroner’s report. Cassandra Aldrich, 56, was cold to the touch and barely breathing when her significant other, Edwin Delbert, called 911 about 6 p.m. Feb. 4, according to the police report. Aldrich had been living in a tent encampment behind Les Schwab Tire Center on Sims Way in Port Townsend, said her daughter, Alicia Artis-Reynolds. Port Townsend police and East Jefferson Fire Rescue found Aldrich lying in a tent with a faint pulse and moved her to an ambulance for evaluation, according to a news release from the fire department. “The patient went into cardiac arrest in the ambulance,” the news release stated. “Subsequent CPR efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.” more
The Jefferson Interfaith Action Coalition will open a warming shelter in Port Townsend on Feb. 16 at 1433 West Sims Way. The site will be open for three months, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. seven days a week. The OlyCAP winter shelter has been open 24 hours a day since Feb. 2. Once overnight temperatures return to normal, the shelter will return to its regular winter hours of 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. The new warming shelter will act as a place for people to stay indoors in the morning, when the OlyCAP shelter is closed for the day. more
East Jefferson County’s two libraries have no shortage of educational, entertaining activities to keep community members of all ages engaged through the end of winter and spring. more
While others wait for the sun to rise, the Morning Ball Club gets a head start by turning out for thrice-weekly basketball games, which players see as an excellent remedy for the winter blues. more
Before the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader came into circulation in 1889, there were at least 12 other newspapers that had come and gone in the Key City. more
The Jefferson County Public Utility District kept busy responding to power outages caused by snowfall Feb. 8-10 and is still anticipating snowfall-caused difficulties to come. Will O’Donnell, communications manager for the PUD, expressed relief that the weather was not nearly as formidable as had been forecast. “Potential heavy snow, combined with potential strong winds and low temperatures, meant our county was likely to experience outages at the worst possible time for any resident to lose power,” said O’Donnell, who expected snow, ice and wind to bring down trees and limbs, causing “havoc” with portions of the electrical grid. more
Jefferson County school districts opted to play it safe last weekend as they announced plans to send students home early before the first snow of the day had fallen on Feb. 8. The weekend off … more
When Sara Penhallegon found out she and the volunteers at Center Valley Animal Rescue would be taking care of eight malnourished bison, she knew she had a big job in front of her. “They’re not like cattle, and they’re not like horses,” Penhallegon said. “They are a semi-wild animal. They’re somewhat dangerous.” The bison had been placed in the care of Center Valley after they were taken from Chimacum’s Dennis “Denver” Shoop, who had been charged with eight counts of animal cruelty. “When Terry Taylor (Jefferson County animal control officer) got the first call about the bison in the field, he called me, and we did an assessment over the fence,” Penhallegon said. Once Shoop was charged, Center Valley transferred the bison to its center. more
As snow began to fall Feb. 8, schools in Jefferson County announced early release times for students. more
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