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  What makes a classic summer salad shine at a backyard potluck? Visuals! Begin with a large low bowl because it’s easier to see the color and textures, tosses evenly to distribute … more
  Port Townsend is too visibly historic not to wonder what life was like in years past. I gleaned some answers during a tour of the Jefferson County Historical Society Research Center back … more
  As an elected city councillor, I don’t usually write to the newspaper editor.   However, I think the recent article on John Mauro’s city manager work was misleading. Here … more
“We’ve returned radio to the underground,” smiled KPTZ board member Fred Flanzer as he gave me a tour of the new KPTZ studios in Fort Worden. KPTZ’s vastly expanded … more
  If you don’t get over to Beaver Valley Road or route 104 or Port Townsend, you might think there aren’t many folks around enjoying the Olympic Peninsula. They are back, with … more
      Every year, prices for things like food and housing go up. Every year, Washington workers get a cost-of-living adjustment to the minimum wage so they and their … more
Healthy soil is the foundation of a flourishing garden. One of the best ways to build and improve soil is to encourage beneficial earthworms.  Earthworms can be surface dwellers, topsoil … more
Washington’s little brown bats are many things, but they aren’t bloodsucking fiends.  Those would be vampire bats and, I’m pleased to report, they don’t hang out … more
‘Tis the season when Roundup bottles fly off store shelves like plush Christmas toys in December. And why not? The world’s top-selling herbicide offers gardeners a take-no-prisoners … more
According to a recent article on aging, artistic endeavors add to the welfare of seniors. “Participating in art-making as you age is good for your mental well-being.”  The article … more
In the past 15 days, I’ve witnessed two candidate events: the Jefferson County Democrats forum with County Commissioner candidates Heather Dudley-Nollette and Ben Thomas, and the CNN … more
    For as much as action thrillers such as “Mission: Impossible” aim to put audiences on the edges of their seats, I have rarely felt secondhand tension as … more
Using wood for heat is something humans have done for more than 50,000 years.  A crackling fire has emotional appeal and it is inexpensive.  However, there are a few drawbacks which apply … more
Politics has always been rough and tumble in America, with the last near-decade hitting dramatic lows. It is natural to want to turn away but resist that urge. The local impact of the decisions to be … more
It increasingly looks like our new community pool, if it’s ever built, won’t be in Port Townsend. It will probably be  in Chimacum or,  more likely, in Port Hadlock. Get ready … more
Paul Rogers and a couple of his friends gave us some great blues music to enjoy at Vintage by Port Townsend Vineyards. We headed for Port Townsend on a nice Saturday afternoon to enjoy some music, … more
Outdoor cooking and family gatherings filled the summers of my childhood in Southern Oregon. Hamburgers and hotdogs sizzled on the grill. My mom prepared her classic three-bean salad, and I was … more
    Donald Sutherland passed away on Thursday, June 20, at the age of 88. He remained a working actor to the last, delivering an excellent performance in “Mr. … more
It was time for the visit that occurred every year around late spring. It wasn’t an easy trek. Thanks to bum knees, on each sojourn my footing was less steady, my grip on the railing … more
A rare opportunity awaits the right public servant. Rather than having to campaign for office, a full-time Port Townsend resident who is a U.S. citizen and registered to vote in Jefferson County can … more
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