The new normal? PT ponders open streets

A portion of Taylor Street in Port Townsend was closed over Memorial Day weekend as part of the city’s “Open Streets Initiative.”
Public Health Officer Tom Locke issued a masking directive May 28 requiring all individuals in Jefferson County to wear face coverings over their noses and mouths when they are at indoor and outdoor public locations and cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
Both Clallam and Kitsap county were approved to move to Phase 2 of the governor’s “Safe Start” plan for COVID-19 recovery today, just five days after Jefferson County.
Last week, Sean Dulaney said he had no doubt that if he could open his barber shop in Port Townsend, he would have customers.
Rick Fourmont is the guy you want by your side when you get bad news.
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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County moves to Phase 2
State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved Jefferson County’s application to move to Phase 2 of the governor’s …
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Chimacum grad now leads large-scale virus-testing lab
It was the first day of his college microbiology class when Chimacum High School graduate Alex Higgins realized he wasn’t going …
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Commissioners approve application for ‘Phase 2’
The Board of County Commissioners voted in favor of moving to Phase 2 of the governor’s “Safe Start” plan for …
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Check to make sure you aren’t a victim of unemployment fraud
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, along with other Washington state law enforcement agencies, has received numerous calls …
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Arts and Entertainment
University Women’s Foundation awards scholarships to Jefferson County students
Amidst the COVID-19 shut-downs, 28 local women and girls received scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year. The University …
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‘Feel Good, Do Good’ yoga supports Dove House with online class
The next “Feel Good, Do Good” yoga benefit will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 1, with an online yoga class to …
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Online photography, Photoshop classes still open to local home-schoolers
It’s “Take 2” for 20-year Port Townsend resident Jeff Eichen’s online workshop covering photography …
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Site listing local takeout, delivery services launched in Jefferson County
Port Townsend web designer Frank DePalma has the website for those who want to support local restaurants while still practicing social …
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Local news

OCEAN parents and school district find middle ground

OCEAN parents and the Port Townsend School District might have found middle ground after contention earlier this month regarding changes to the OCEAN program.

Pick up your dinner at Short’s Family Farm

Across the nation, beef prices are skyrocketing because of coronavirus outbreaks at meat-packing plants. But Jefferson County has its own local supply of organic, grass-fed beef at Short’s Family Farm.

PT seed steward named an ‘Extraordinary Woman Working in World of Plants’

Port Townsend’s Cara Loriz was recently in the spotlight for her work as an international leader in the food and farming industries when she was featured in Jennifer Jewell’s book, “The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants,” published this year by Timber Press.

Marrowstone Island fire extinguished by East Jefferson Fire Rescue

Units of East Jefferson Fire Rescue responded to a fire engulfing a one-story residence on Heinzinger Road in Nordland at 2:16 p.m. May 19. Units arrived to find flames consuming the house. No one …

A peek inside Port Townsend’s aquarium

This time of year, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s aquarium on the Fort Worden dock is typically crawling with visitors each weekend who peer through the glass at fish swimming in their marine habitats or reach  into the touch tanks to feel the textured skin of a sea star.
Obituaries

Jerry Proutt

Jerry was born Jerome Miller Proutt to Thomas & Leah (Miller) Proutt in Annapolis, Maryland on June 12, 1932. He was raised in rural Maryland by his mother and his grandmother, Grace …

Don Frederick Carson

Our beloved family member and friend, Don Frederick Carson, passed away on March 26th, 2020 in Seattle, Washington due to complications following heart surgery. He was preceded in death by Jean, his …

Thomas Lee “Tom” Carpenter

Tom Carpenter died peacefully on Friday, May 8, 2020. His family and friends who remember Tom span the globe. While he dealt with the increasing difficulties of COPD for the last decade of his life, …

Orville John Wise

Port Ludlow resident Orville Wise, 60, died in the early hours of May 4, 2020, at home in the comforting care of his loving companion Tina. He had fought a long and difficult battle with …

Richard (Scott) Westwood

Scott passed away at his home on April 25, two weeks before his 65th birthday. He was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho to Richard and Helen Westwood. After finishing high school in Moscow, he …
Opinion
Building the future of Jefferson County
Jefferson County is in a pivotal moment.  On one hand we have great challenges to face. Over 4,000 people have lost their jobs. …
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Are we having a masked ball yet?
-A comedian friend wisecracked the other day, “You know you’re getting ugly when people recognize you with your mask …
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A yearly tradition: the Memorial Day flags
You saw them over Memorial Day last weekend. We didn’t break the “social distancing” rules, at least not much. For …
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The engine of the economy keeps running
With the closure of school buildings in March, it has been made very clear the essential role schools play for families and our …
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