Erik Hidle

UPDATE: Water declared safe to drink in Port Townsend following water emergency

. The city of Port Townsend has announced it is again safe to drink the water. Inspection of the water system indicated that while there… Continue reading


Victory is sweet for winners, holders of gingerbread house contest in Port Townsend,

PORT TOWNSEND -- It's the 17th year they have given awards for excellence in gingerbread architecture but the owners of Aldrich's Market said the tradition… Continue reading


Holiday a feast of smiles at Tri-Area Community Center

CHIMACUM -- It was the perfect Christmas for Bud and Pat Peterson. They woke up at about 5 a.m., opened a few presents and then… Continue reading


Community Christmas dinner organizers prepare for 350-plus in Chimacum

CHIMACUM -- Organizers of a community Christmas dinner feast are telling everyone who wants a free meal and pleasant company today to come to the… Continue reading

Volunteers staff Port Townsend shelter for homeless on Christmas

PORT TOWNSEND -- On Christmas Eve, 16 people filed into the emergency winter shelter at 208 Monroe St. and found warm pizza, Christmas movies playing… Continue reading

Fort Worden first project for Port Townsend’s public development authority

PORT TOWNSEND -- The city of Port Townsend's public development authority has identified its first project: Fort Worden State Park. The authority, a nonprofit entity… Continue reading

Mountain View Commons nurtures community policing, togetherness in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND -- At 2:45 p.m. each school day, Port Townsend Police Chief Conner Daily looks out his window and watches children swarm out of… Continue reading

First-of-its-kind deal sells trees for carbon credits, not harvest, in Jefferson County

PORT TOWNSEND -- Jefferson Land Trust has sold 400 metric tons of its timber resources. But it didn't sell the wood. In a transaction unique… Continue reading

Port Townsend Farmers Market enjoys more sales, vendors ’09

PORT TOWNSEND -- Port Townsend Farmers Market vendors made $887,000 -- up $85,000 from 2008 -- during an extended 2009 season in which it added… Continue reading

Free drop-in recreation center for youths victim of budget cuts in Jefferson County

PORT TOWNSEND -- Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Manager Matt Tyler stands in the gymnasium of the county's recreation center and solemnly watches 25 children… Continue reading

Woman banished for Jefferson County shooting allowed to return for Christmas

PORT TOWNSEND -- A woman who pleaded insanity at her assault trial in 2008 will be allowed to return to Jefferson County -- under electronic… Continue reading

Port Townsend Paper withdraws from Ecology study

The Port Townsend Paper Corp. has withdrawn from a voluntary state program that monitored facility performance at its mill location in Glen Cove. Department of… Continue reading

Man accused of killing noted Quilcene couple set to face trial in March

PORT TOWNSEND -- Jefferson County Superior Court Judge Craddock Verser encouraged both defense and prosecution to be ready for a March trial during a status… Continue reading

Donations keep youth coffeehouse going in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND -- Thanks to fans of the Boiler Room, the coffeehouse for youth has enough money to keep going. Board member Catska Ench said… Continue reading

Car hits pharmacy; driver says wet shoes to blame

PORT TOWNSEND -- A Port Townsend man blamed wet shoes for a crash landing into Don's Pharmacy in his car Thursday morning. The Port Townsend… Continue reading

American Legion basement hardest hit by Port Townsend water main break

PORT TOWNSEND -- Water from a broken main earlier this week covered the floor of the Port Townsend American Legion's basement, where a homeless shelter… Continue reading

In wake of Port Townsend water main break, city manager sees need to improve notification system

PORT TOWNSEND -- Now that a broken water main has been fixed and city water has been declared safe to drink -- after a 27-hour… Continue reading

Two injured bald eagles taken to vet: ‘Important to rescue them’

Two injured bald eagles are being treated and observed by a Chimacum veterinarian after they were both found last week in what state Department of… Continue reading

PUD commissioner’s view applauded at Port Townsend forum on open government

PORT TOWNSEND -- There are many definitions of what a government does and how it should serve the public, but Jefferson County Public Utility District… Continue reading

‘Good’ programs caught in PT budget squeeze

PORT TOWNSEND -- Jean Baldwin views the city's decision to take money from a county drug and alcohol program and give it to a new… Continue reading