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Port Townsend-Seattle ferry popular, but service will end Jan. 6

PORT TOWNSEND - The last ferry to Seattle will leave at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 6. Washington State Ferries won't make the run a permanent fixture.… Continue reading


Man shot during apparent home invasion

QUILCENE - Bruce Bratton was shot in the leg Wednesday night when he fought off a would-be burglar at his home, and he doesn't regret… Continue reading


Postal Service considering sale of historic Port Townsend building

PORT TOWNSEND - A "for sale" sign might soon go up in front of the former U.S. Customs House on Washington Street, built in 1893,… Continue reading


Man who killed deer near city park found guilty

PORT TOWNSEND - A Jefferson County District Court jury found a Port Hadlock man guilty of second-degree unlawful hunting of big game on Tuesday for… Continue reading

$48 million Jefferson County budget includes hiring more employees

PORT TOWNSEND -Jefferson County commissioners approved the 2008 county budget on Monday, with a general fund of $14.5 million and an overall budget of almost… Continue reading

Holiday ferry service between Port Townsend, Seattle starts

PORT TOWNSEND - The attentive might have heard a collective sigh of relief in Port Townsend on Thursday when the Snohomish passenger ferry began making… Continue reading

Port Townsend merchants feel loss of car ferry

PORT TOWNSEND - Merchants smarting from holiday business losses are expected to tell Washington State Ferries officials today that they need a vehicle ferry. Many… Continue reading

Survey shows ‘alarming’ health issues among Jefferson County kids

PORT TOWNSEND - Thirty percent of Jefferson County 10th-graders feel sad and hopeless almost every day and have given up usual activities as a result.… Continue reading

Jefferson County storm damage estimate soars to $5.3 million

Jefferson County's damage estimate from Monday's storm rose to $5.3 million on Friday. "This is the largest [amount of storm damage] in the last five… Continue reading

Contracted public defenders refuse to take more court cases

PORT TOWNSEND - A mammoth caseload has prompted Jefferson Associated Counsel - the county's contracted lawyers who represent low-income defendants - to refuse to take… Continue reading

Navy brings its Indian Island message to the community

PORT TOWNSEND - The chance of a large-scale explosion at the naval base across the bay from Port Townsend is small, very small, said Wayne… Continue reading

Weather woes foul public hearing on proposed Brinnon resort, so another is planned

PORT TOWNSEND - Midway through Monday's public hearing on a proposed master-planned resort in Brinnon, Jefferson County Commissioner Phil Johnson announced a second hearing. The… Continue reading

Wyll keeps 11-vote lead in fire commissioner race, so he’s elected

PORT TOWNSEND - Zane Wyll kept his razor-thin lead in a mandatory recount of ballots cast for Fire Protection District No. 1 commissioner Monday over… Continue reading

Port Townsend businesses feel squeeze of car ferry loss

PORT TOWNSEND - For the first time in eight years, Joanne Saul is working as a waitress in her own places not because she wants… Continue reading

Fire chief who oversaw agency mergers in Jefferson County takes position in California

PORT TOWNSEND - East Jefferson Fire-Rescue Chief Mike Mingee has resigned to take a job as the fire chief of a department in Santa Barbara… Continue reading

Too-close fire district election brings recount; new election to be held in Coyle

PORT TOWNSEND - A recount in a Fire Protection District No. 1 race and another election in a bid for a water district seat in… Continue reading

Busiest ferry run on first day: 33 passengers

PORT TOWNSEND - Those who rode the 149-passenger MV Snohomish passenger ferry between Port Townsend and Keystone on Monday's first full day of operation had… Continue reading

Port Townsend City Council to consider using ‘banked’ tax-raising power on property taxes

PORT TOWNSEND - The City Council plans to discuss on Monday taking measures to allow it to use an additional $466,000 in banked capacity, and… Continue reading

Port Townsend shops have ‘a good day,’ but ferry cancellation takes its toll

PORT TOWNSEND - Even shopkeepers who were busy on the weekend after Thanksgiving - traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year - missed the… Continue reading

State gives no firm date for start of Port Townsend interim passenger ferry run

PORT TOWNSEND - A passenger ferry to Keystone on Whidbey Island could be running as early as today, but may not make its first voyage… Continue reading