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The tagline describing Jefferson Land Trust’s work and vision for Jefferson County is “Farms, Fish and Forests Forever.” Places that epitomize this for me are the Tarboo Valley and … more
For the past few months, I’ve been hearing from readers about their interest in the Looking Back column that has appeared in previous editions of The Leader. It’s an important part of … more
These pages each week are meant to be read with consistency. Consider a table of contents: News stories will be on the front and additional pages inside the section. Sports will be on the back cover. … more
Hello, Jefferson County. I’ve been working in the background for the past two months as the interim managing editor of The Leader. Today, I can officially say the “interim” tag has … more
The Pew Research Center, a heretofore trusted source, announced last week that social media has outpaced print newspapers as a news source. It now says one in five Americans rely on social media more so than print. more
The Quimper Wildlife Corridor is a ribbon of green that stretches across the tip of the Quimper Peninsula, from Fort Worden to Middlepoint. The 3.5-mile greenbelt connects a string of wetlands, forests and floodplains. more
I love traditions like Jolabokaflod, Iceland’s “Christmas Book Flood,” where books are given as gifts on Christmas Eve. But every time I consider giving books as gifts to my own … more
The internet is not what it used to be. Since its launch, it has changed humanity. more
DASH (Disability Awareness Starts Here) has been working for more than a decade to convince the U.S. Postal Service to make changes to the Port Townsend Post Office that would allow all citizens accessibility. USPS substations were established in Port Townsend to allow access but subsequently closed. All other public buildings in Port Townsend are accessible, including the historic Jefferson County Courthouse. more
As reported by Aaron Brown in Real Clear Markets, “Would it surprise you to learn the greatest global two-year cooling event of the last century just occurred? From February 2016 to February 2018 (the latest month available), global average temperatures dropped 0.56 degrees C.” more
On Nov. 19, I attended the Jefferson County Planning Commission’s meeting on the development of a county code that would regulate the establishment of commercial shooting ranges in Jefferson County. I understand that Jefferson County is prudently advised to prepare for lawsuits from those whose intent is simply to bully the county into enactment of a fearsome public policy. I applaud the county’s effort to resist such aggressive pressure. more
Climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann summarized this succinctly in a recent Washington Post editorial (Nov. 2, 2018) where he stated, “A warmer ocean evaporates more moisture into the atmosphere — so you get worse flooding from coastal storms (think Hurricanes Harvey and Florence). more
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