Leah Leach

Elwha dams work on hiatus till January

EDITOR'S NOTE — Go to http://vimeo.com/30833233 to watch a short video made by Olympic National Park volunteer John Gussman showing the process of moving the… Continue reading

Firefighters’ avert major explosion of flammables in industrial building on fire

QUILCENE — A fire destroyed a maintenance building containing diesel and propane at Penny Creek Quarry about two miles south of Quilcene on Tuesday afternoon.… Continue reading

Seattle church donates nearly 11 tons of food to Port Angeles Salvation Army

PORT ANGELES — Christmas has come early to the Salvation Army. Mars Hill Church in Seattle collected 21,500 pounds of food — nearly 11 tons… Continue reading

Anderson Lake closed early for season because toxin level rises again

Anderson Lake was closed to fishing, boating and swimming Friday, a little more than a week before it would have been closed for the season.… Continue reading

Toxin level falls below dangerous in Gibbs Lake

The level of a liver toxin created by blue-green algae in Gibbs Lake has dropped below the danger level. However, a warning sign will remain… Continue reading

Filmmakers document removal of Elwha River dams

PORT ANGELES — Filmmakers are documenting the demolition of the two Elwha River dams, and will be filming for the three years the massive project… Continue reading

Filmmakers document dams removal

PORT ANGELES — Filmmakers are documenting the demolition of the two Elwha River dams, and will be filming for the three years the massive project… Continue reading

Algae toxin levels unsafe in Gibbs Lake

The level of a slow-acting liver toxin created by blue-green algae is now over the safety threshold at Gibbs Lake south of Port Townsend, preliminary… Continue reading

All Jefferson lakes open for recreation

The status of lakes containing blue-green algae blooms in East Jefferson County remained unchanged after the latest test results were received Friday, with all lakes… Continue reading

UPDATE — Duckabush forest fire grows to 100 acres overnight

OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST — A forest fire west of Brinnon spread to about 100 acres overnight, said a forest service spokeswoman this morning. The fire,… Continue reading

Gibbs Lake’s status worsens; Anderson Lake still open

Six people were swimming in Gibbs Lake on Thursday, and that worried Jefferson County environmental health specialist Greg Thomason. Thomason was at the lake south… Continue reading

UPDATE — Fire at Duckabush Trail fanned to 50 acres

OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST — Wind fanned a 3-acre fire believed to be caused by an abandoned campfire into a 50-acre ground blaze in the Duckabush… Continue reading

Ailing Anderson Lake reopened for fishing

Anderson Lake was open for fishing and other water recreation Saturday for the first time since it was closed June 10. The decision to reopen… Continue reading

Anderson Lake to be reopened Saturday

Anderson Lake will be reopened for fishing and boating on Saturday. The decision to reopen the lake, which was closed June 10 because of algae-produced… Continue reading

Anderson Lake passes toxin test but stays closed as authorities opt to be cautious

Anderson Lake will remain closed to recreation for at least one more week, despite passing the toxins test for two weeks in a row. But… Continue reading

Bluebills to make special deliveries to nonprofits, schools in Clallam County

The Olympic Peninsula Bluebills don’t wait until the holidays to distribute gifts. Today, on an August morning, about a dozen of the volunteers, most of… Continue reading

Department of Ecology announces penalties for paper mills in Port Angeles, Port Townsend

Both the Port Townsend Paper Corp. mill and Nippon Paper Industries USA Co. in Port Angeles were assessed $4,000 in penalties for violating their permits… Continue reading

Open house set for Sarge’s Place, military veterans’ housing in Forks

FORKS — Sarge’s Place, which provides housing for homeless veterans, still has a few odds and ends to be finished — and doesn’t yet have… Continue reading

Latest Anderson toxin test promising; second good result may lead to reopening

The latest test results found the concentration of a powerful neurotoxin in Anderson Lake had fallen to a safe level for the first time since… Continue reading

Port Townsend activist makes a ‘nuisance’ of herself

PORT TOWNSEND — Brenda McMillan isn’t sure if she will pay a $56 fine for trying to block the road with a 40-foot inflatable missile… Continue reading