A wish for wheels: Rotary fundraiser gets rolling

Like many 6-year-old boys, Levi Knoche loves to go outside with his family to hike around the Olympic Peninsula. With the help of the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County, he will soon be able to do …
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will join with other agencies across the state and country for "Operation Dry Water," a nationally coordinated effort that focuses on boating-under-the-influence …
The Jefferson County International Airport is back in service as of Thursday evening after a seven-week project to reconstruct the runway that closed it to all fixed-wing air traffic. “On …
You had to see it to bee-lieve it. A massive swarm of bees dash-landed at the picnic area at the Boat Haven last Wednesday, leading Port of Port Townsend workers to close off the area and call in …
Coronavirus coverage
COVID-19 Live Updates
The Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader is dedicated to keeping our community informed and up to date. See updates below: May …
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Commissioners say Jeff Co is ready for Phase 3 approval
As the number of COVID-19 cases skyrocketed in three other states — and Washington state and Jefferson County notched an uptick …
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Statewide mask order begins Friday
By order of Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman, face coverings, or masks, will be required in indoor and outdoor public …
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Jeff Co now eligible for Phase 3
Three weeks after moving to Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” COVID-19 recovery plan, Jefferson County …
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New virus case in Jefferson County
Health officials confirmed a new case of the coronavirus in Jefferson County over the weekend.  Public health officer Tom …
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Arts and Entertainment
For the love of fiddling — for the cause of social justice
The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes is a Port Townsend staple, a gathering of hundreds of players, lovers and listeners of fiddle …
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Festival of American Fiddle returns in virtual form
Centrum’s annual Festival of American Fiddle Tunes is back this year as “Coviddle Tunes,” a condensed, virtual …
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Chamber launches Maskie Awards
Masks are now required in Washington state and some creative Jefferson County residents are making the best of it. The Jefferson …
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823 Photo Collective steps inside a familiar friend
The elegant Hastings Building, designed by Elmer H. Fisher and completed in 1890 in downtown Port Townsend, is the subject of the next …
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Local news

Input sought on science curriculum

The Port Townsend School District’s Middle School Science Adoption Team is recommending the adoption of Activate’s IQWST Middle School Science curriculum.  The Port Townsend …

SmileMobile makes visit to Chimacum

The Arcora Foundation’s SmileMobile — a brightly painted 39-foot-long dental clinic on wheels — will return to Chimacum next week. SmileMobile dentist Paul Phillips and dental …

Spot shrimp fishery to shut down Thursday in Marine Area 6

The spot shrimp fishery will be closed in Marine Area 6 outside Discovery Bay starting Thursday, July 2, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday. The closure includes …

East Jeff Co firefighters respond to raging house fire

Firefighters from East Jefferson Fire Rescue helped knock down a house fire on the eastern shore of Sequim Bay early Wednesday morning. The fire was reported just after midnight, at 12:12 a.m. …

Drivers may see long waits for ferries during Independence Day holiday weekend

Washington State Ferries is warning drivers that there may be long waits for travelers who are driving aboard state ferries over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.Ferries on some routes are still …
Obituaries

Joseph Gabor Watson

Joseph Gabor Watson, 58, of Cherokee, North Carolina passed away on June 15, 2020 after an extended illness at Harris Regional Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents James Watson and …

James Warren Randall

Our hearts are broken trying to accept that James “Jim” Warren Randall slipped away quietly on his final fly fishing journey on his 86th birthday. Jim was a lifelong Washingtonian. He …

Pearl Sayer

  Pearl passed away in her Port Hadlock home on June 8, 2020 due to Multiple Myeloma and heart issues. She was 86. Originally from Lovell, Wyoming, born to Alice and Asa Birdsley, she …

Mitchell Black

Mitch Black passed from this earth, suddenly and very unexpectedly, May 25, 2020 in Thailand at the age of 70. Mitch was born in Hollywood, California. He moved with his family to Irondale in 1952 …

Beth Ruth Lorber

Beth was born in St. Petersburg, Florida to M. Philip Lorber and Joan Hecht Lorber. Her early years were spent in Königstein, Germany where her father was a civilian attorney working with the US …
Opinion
Who is that Masked Man? And other queries | Life in Ludlow
Why wear one of those masks covering your nose and face? Heck, they are inconvenient and until recently were not readily available. …
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Time to seek, ask and listen to diverse voices
What is the role of rural communities in this era of social change and upheaval, much of which is unfolding in major urban centers? We …
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Quarantine-age breakdown: Here’s a guide
More of my Things to Do In Port Townsend, the COVID-19 edition:  - Go down to North Beach and recall back when big cruise …
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Why is Jefferson County so dang white?
People across the country are talking about race, and we should be. Individuals, organizations, and governments are being called on to …
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Lessons from a Family Kitchen Garden
What is a kitchen garden? From ancient traditions in Egypt, Babylon, and Mesopotamia to medieval monasteries and “keyhole” …
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