Arts and Entertainment
Gratitude for holiday wild game traditions
We are in the season of traditions and memories. Growing up, I knew duck hunting was the first thing on the agenda Thanksgiving …
Read More
Community calendar for Dec. 11, 2019
Editor’s note: Wednesday before publication is the deadline for calendar additions, which must be emailed to …
Read More
‘Dark Waters’ compellingly examines consequences of corporate malfeasance
Director Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters” is less of a narrative film than it is a political polemic, but it is …
Read More
‘The Irishman’ shows what makes Scorsese’s films so great
It is without question that Martin Scorsese is one of America’s greatest living film directors, so I hope he won’t take it …
Read More
In other news ...
Local news
Copper Canyon poetry title wins National Book Award

Port Townsend’s Copper Canyon Press has done the improbable — again — winning a National Book Award, the literary prize that recognizes the best American fiction, non-fiction, poetry and youth literature of the year.

Farmers markets start dollar-for-dollar SNAP matching
Jefferson County Farmers Markets’ food stamp matching program is in flux due to a lack of grant funding this year.
2019: Three homeless deaths in PT
On the day before his 54th birthday, Edwin Wisbey died of liver failure, another casualty of homeless life in Port Townsend, where untreated chronic illness, addiction and exposure are implicated in three deaths this year.
Vandals break string of car windows in PT
Between 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and 7:30 a.m. Dec. 3, several cars on Landes Street in Port Townsend were vandalized. Similar incidents elsewhere in the city on other days are suspected to be related.
House in Coyle burns down days after family moves in
A Coyle family’s house burned down on Dec. 2, just days after they had moved in, having spent three months renovating it.
On the calendar
Community calendar for Dec. 4, 2019

Editor’s note: Wednesday before publication is the deadline for calendar additions, which must be emailed to calendars@ptleader.com by 5 p.m. Entries submitted after that deadline will not be …

Community calendar for Nov. 27, 2019

Editor’s note: Wednesday before publication is the deadline for calendar additions, which must be emailed to calendars@ptleader.com by 5 p.m. Entries submitted after that deadline will not be …

Obituaries
Wally was born in Port Townsend, Washington on January 14, 1941. He was 78 years old when he passed peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on November 24th 2019. Wally is survived by his wife, …
Bob’s early years were during the Great Depression. In the first thirteen years of his life, he and his family lived in Albion, NE; Albemarle, NC; Glendale, CA; Spaulding, NE; Bremerton, WA: …
Loren was suddenly taken from his family and friends by a brain aneurysm at the age of 64. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. In childhood he spent summers in Chimacum with his …
Port Townsend boatbuilder Jim Blaiklock died Oct. 31, 2019, at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., surrounded by friends. He was 79. Jim was born to Grace and Thomas Blaiklock on July 6, 1940, …
Paul Martin Siefried was a premier restorer of bows for musical instruments for over four decades, servicing a worldwide clientele. For many years he worked from an outbuilding of the Kuhn house on …
Columnists

Some cookies with some history

Festivity filled the plaza in the Village Center last week with the first annual Christmas Tree lighting. Santa Claus showed up to give the signal to turn on the lights and the Chimacum High School …

Certitude, assumptions and the “Silicon Six”

We’re in the throes of a national epidemic of certitude, which is a good time to think about the danger of assumptions. Our brains like these mental shortcuts because they allow us to move …
Opinion

“What are you going to do about all the druggies?”

While I was sitting at the Give Jefferson fair to promote our Interfaith Group’s Welcoming/Warming Center last month, a passerby had a question for me: What were we going to do about all the …

For Edwin

The first time I met you you were standing outside the Food Co-op next to Johnny, holding a little cardboard sign that read: “Anything Helps.” How many pause to think: Who is behind …