Leah Leach

North Olympic Peninsula lawmakers split over voluntary pay cuts

Sequim lawmaker Kevin Van De Wege is one of a dozen state House of Representatives members who had opted for voluntary pay cuts — and… Continue reading

‘Flying laboratory’ to dip over Quillayute Airport today

FORKS — A “flying laboratory” testing components destined to become part of a satellite measuring carbon dioxide in the planet’s air will dip over Quillayute… Continue reading

Sequim man assures friends he’s not dead after erroneous report

SEQUIM — Robert Fowler was busy Friday telling his friends he isn't dead. A report in the Peninsula Daily News on Page C1 Friday quoted… Continue reading

Gibbs Lake at ‘warning’ status for algae bloom

A thick algae bloom was found infesting Gibbs Lake last week, prompting a public health downgrade in its status from “caution” to “warning.” Although tests… Continue reading

Divers find SS Governor’s bell, the ‘holy grail’ of a shipwreck, after 90 years underwater

PORT TOWNSEND — A dive team has found the ship’s bell of the SS Governor, which sank off Point Wilson 90 years ago. Divers from… Continue reading

Anderson Lake toxin levels remain lethal

The level of toxin in Anderson Lake has fallen, but the water is still lethal. The lake, which was closed to all water recreation June… Continue reading

Anderson Lake toxin levels still dangerous

Anderson Lake remains closed to all water recreation, including fishing, after test results received Friday show the amount of anatoxin-a, a powerful neurotoxin, has more… Continue reading

More Strait beaches closed to recreational shellfish harvesting

Beaches directly on the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Discovery Bay west to Neah Bay have been closed to recreational shellfish harvesting because of… Continue reading

Anderson Lake remains closed

Still dangerously poisonous, Anderson Lake nevertheless has improved since last week’s reported toxic load of more than 1,000 times the safe limit. The latest test… Continue reading

Inn at Port Hadlock closes for nonpayment of state taxes

PORT HADLOCK — The Inn at Port Hadlock has been closed for nonpayment of state business taxes. The state Department of Revenue posted an order… Continue reading

Algae making Anderson Lake more deadly

PORT TOWNSEND — The latest samples from Anderson Lake contain more than 1,000 times the safe level of a potent neurotoxin, the highest level of… Continue reading

Jefferson County road improvement plan hearing set

PORT TOWNSEND — A public hearing is set Monday on a six-year road improvement plan that includes completion of the Larry Scott Trail and the… Continue reading

Anderson Lake toxins nearly triple

Toxins in Anderson Lake have nearly tripled, said Jefferson County environmental health specialist Greg Thomason after tests of samples taken last week were received Friday.… Continue reading

Sequim daughter’s essay wins her dad a free flight on a B-17

PORT ANGELES — A Sequim dad, described as “all-around amazing” by his 10-year-old daughter, will fly for free on a B-17 after three World War… Continue reading

Shellfish harvesting ban in place along Strait of Juan de Fuca beaches

Discovery Bay beaches on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and some on the west side of the Strait in Clallam County have been closed… Continue reading

PENINSULA POLL BACKGROUNDER: Anderson Lake closed because of toxic algae, but rest of state park operating

PORT TOWNSEND — Anderson Lake was closed to fishing Friday because of a high concentration of a potent neurotoxin created by blue-green algae. “The message… Continue reading

Toxin level increases in Anderson Lake

PORT TOWNSEND — The level of algae-produced toxins has ratcheted up in Anderson Lake, while an algae bloom in a small lake in the Toandos… Continue reading

East Jefferson County lakes’ quality good now; warmer weather may change that

The toxins are low, and the fishing is good for now, but public health officials are wary of the warming weather’s future effect on blue-green… Continue reading

Yellow alert: Research prompts change in warning signs at some Jefferson lakes

PORT TOWNSEND — A new warning will be added this week to the yellow caution signs at Anderson, Leland and Gibbs lakes. Just underneath the… Continue reading

Lakes remain open, but caution signs go up after inspection finds signs of algae

Toxin levels remained low in Lake Anderson and other East Jefferson County lakes in samples taken last week. Lake Anderson, Lake Leland and Gibbs Lake… Continue reading