Leah Leach

Crescent School students honored for suicide prevention work

JOYCE-- Crescent School's youth suicide prevention team has won the Trevor R. Simpson Award, a statewide award, for its prevention efforts for the last school… Continue reading

Tribal leaders want to see if action will follow Obama’s order to his Cabinet

In the wake of an unprecedented gathering of more than 400 Native American leaders with President Obama and Cabinet members last week, a question remains:… Continue reading

Gray wolf plan to be discussed in Sequim this week

SEQUIM -- The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will present details of a proposed wolf management plan -- which could result in gray wolves… Continue reading

Wife of accused bank robber says she had no idea

PORT TOWNSEND -- Their life together sounds idyllic. Before Michael Fenter was taken into custody, accused of one bank robbery and suspected in three others,… Continue reading

PENINSULA POLL BACKGROUNDER: Are wolves at the Peninsula’s door?

Will gray wolves, which had almost disappeared from Washington state by the 1920s, ever return to the North Olympic Peninsula? It's not likely. But there… Continue reading

State sets cougar hunt in Toandos-Quilcene areas

A higher-than-normal number of reports of cougar attacks on livestock in the Toandos Peninsula and near Quilcene has prompted the state to allow private hunters… Continue reading

Elwha River turns red for pre-dam removal test

PORT ANGELES -- Part of the Lower Elwha glowed red Tuesday during one of the tests needed to prepare for the removal of two dams… Continue reading

Toxic algae still keeping Jefferson lakes closed

PORT TOWNSEND -- The amount of potentially toxic blue-green algae in three Jefferson County lakes remains dangerously high on the eve of a seasonal reduction… Continue reading

Seabirds on Northwest coast “chilled to death” by brown algae protein (UPDATE)

LAPUSH — Researchers have confirmed that hundreds of sea ducks found dead and dying on West End beaches were severely chilled rather than poisoned. Several… Continue reading

Humboldt squid beach themselves on Northwest beaches (UPDATE)

SEKIU — The giant Humboldt squid that invaded North Olympic Peninsula waters earlier this month apparently have taken to beaching themselves. Observers in Clallam Bay… Continue reading

State attorney general in Port Angeles for meeting about drugs Monday

PORT ANGELES -- State Attorney General Rob McKenna will focus on illegal use of prescription drugs and methamphetamine during a public meeting in the Clallam… Continue reading

Makah art center, incubator in works; ceremony today

NEAH BAY -- A prayer song about forgiveness will bless the beginning of construction of a community art center and cottage industry incubator next to… Continue reading

Water managers ask for conservation; Fairview system at Stage 3 alert

PORT ANGELES -- Although water managers fear supplies will be strained before the rains come in the fall, the only mandatory conservation measures ordered on… Continue reading

Fire above Brinnon ‘like a fireworks display’

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK -- Despite flames one Duckabush Road homeowner described as "like Roman candles" and thick smoke visible as far away as Olympia last… Continue reading

13 Peninsula schools on federal watch list; WASL results fall short for second consecutive year

Thirteen North Olympic Peninsula schools made a federal watch list for the first time this year, according to preliminary results from testing in the 2008-09… Continue reading

Anderson Lake algae ‘won’t stop’

PORT TOWNSEND -- Anderson Lake, green with algae scum, is so toxic it's in a class by itself in Jefferson County. "If we had a… Continue reading

Officials unsure how heat wave affected algae bloom

PORT TOWNSEND -- The most recent results of testing show no change in the dangers associated with toxic blue-green algae in Jefferson County lakes --… Continue reading

Port Ludlow man hoists the colors for the Fourth

PORT LUDLOW -- This Independence Day weekend, LaMoyne Jevne -- the North Olympic Peninsula's most enthusiastic flag expert -- put more light on his favorite… Continue reading

PENINSULA POLL BACKGROUNDER: Whidbey Island quake reminder of possibility of big one, scientists say

Peninsula Daily News news sources compiled by Leah Leach, managing editor/news Felt by at least one person as far away as Port Angeles, a 3.7… Continue reading

Half-day kindergarten on agenda; tuition for full day revisited

PORT ANGELES -- Free half-day and extended-day kindergarten will be offered next school year, no matter what the School Board decides tonight. But full-day kindergarten… Continue reading