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The November 2018 election was notable for the many women elected to offices nationwide. In Jefferson County, Mindy Walker, who won her race for district court judge, was the only woman to run in a contested race. more
As marchers took to the streets Jan. 20 for the third annual Port Townsend Women’s March, Nancy Wyatt handed out fliers and gathered signatures to oppose the proposed shooting facility near Quilcene. more
Port of Port Townsend commissioners have declared Point Hudson jetty rehabilitation as a top priority for this year. more
The Port Townsend School District will present two levies on the Feb. 12 special election ballot as essential to preserving the current status of its schools and education. more
The Fort Worden Public Development Authority is preparing for the first phase of development of Makers Square, a 7-acre arts, culture and education district in the heart of Fort Worden State Park. more
While the federal government remains shut down, the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard are among those continuing to work without pay. But the local food bank and American Legion are pitching in to provide for service members. more
More than 1,000 people marched down Water Street on Jan. 20 for the third annual Port Townsend Womxn’s Wave march. more
The ReCyclery, Port Townsend’s nonprofit bicycle-recycling shop, has a new board president and executive director. David Thielk was named president after having served on the ReCyclery’s board for the past two years. Jim Mantell was hired as the ReCyclery’s executive director. Thielk came to the ReCyclery after working as a teacher at Port Townsend High School. He  continued his career as an educator by co-founding the Port Townsend Cycle School last year. more
Port Townsend senior Cole Crawford scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers, and the Redhawks pulled away from the Chimacum Cowboys on Jan. 8 to win the Widge Black trophy. more
Boots on, shovels in hand, a group of about 35 volunteers trudged along the muddy banks of Salmon Creek on the brisk morning of Jan. 12 to plant Sitka spruce trees and snowberry shrubs. During one of five winter tree plantings hosted by the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, the volunteers chose a good morning to get their hands dirty. Despite the cold and mud, the sun shone in a bright blue sky. But even in rain, volunteers are needed to plant trees to improve the salmon habitat along Siebert Creek, Salmon Creek and the Dungeness River, said North Olympic Salmon Coalition project manager Kevin Long. more
The state Department of Ecology has responded to a complaint filed by the Tarboo Ridge Coalition that Fort Discovery Inc. had cleared, graded and filled wetlands at their property on Tarboo Lake without a proper permit. “Based on the information that we have received, we believe that you may have conducted clearing, grading and filling in wetlands, causing a polluting discharge into waters of the state,” the Department of Ecology stated in a letter addressed to Fort Discovery on Nov. 30. The letter said Ecology wished to “conduct a site visit to your property to evaluate this situation.” more
The same stretch of highway was the site of two accidents in an hour Jan. 14 due to icy conditions. The first collision on state Route 104 — near state Route 101, 14 miles east of Sequim — occurred at 7:16 a.m., when a single car rolled over into a ditch, said Trooper Chelsea Hodgson, the public information officer for Washington State Patrol District 8, which includes Jefferson County. “The passenger, a 76-year-old woman, had a laceration to her head and was later transported to Olympic Medical Center,” Hodgson said. more
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