Paul Gottlieb

Criteria for removing children from meth-addicted parents to change in 2007

It's a run-of-the-mill day when a doctor or neighbor tells Mike Heard that a North Olympic Peninsula resident is addicted to meth, and that the… Continue reading

Numbers tell tale of increasing meth use on Peninsula

Her mother's drug use is etched into Baby A.'s brief, painful life. The 3-month-old infant has known only tremors, diarrhea and foster care. She's tested… Continue reading

Child placements increase on Peninsula as meth-addicted mothers combat their demons

At her lowest point, Kristen Chilson -- all 74 pounds of her -- was so thin that her bones hurt when she sat in the… Continue reading

Meth withdrawal affects infants of addicted mothers

The impact of a mother's meth addiction on her newborn can be difficult to discern, even among state agencies. The Pediatric Interim Care Center in… Continue reading

Thompson ahead in race for Port of Port Townsend commission

PORT TOWNSEND -- Shipwright, land surveyor and Port of Port Townsend tenant Dave Thompson led retired development specialist Kathy McKenna by a wide margin for… Continue reading

Special report: Low-key conservation districts have little election turnout

Mail-in ballots? Forget it. Optically scanned, computerized ballot counting? You might as well be talking science fiction. Commonplace features of modern-day elections are otherworldly for… Continue reading

Dozens of positions up for grabs in fall Clallam County elections

Candidate-filing week for the Nov. 8 election is still four months away, but elected office-holders and those who follow their comings and goings are already… Continue reading

Jefferson County candidates start thinking about fall voting

Candidate-filing week for the Nov. 8 election is still four months away, but elected office-holders and those who follow their comings and goings are already… Continue reading

Olympic Medical Center gets superior audit

Financially speaking, Olympic Medical Center stands tall among hospitals statewide, an Everett accounting firm's audit has concluded. The hospital also outperforms neighboring public healthcare facilities… Continue reading

Olympic Medical Center $2 million over budget with Sequim project

Construction estimates for Olympic Medical Center's new Sequim satellite campus are $2 million over budget -- an 8.75 percent increase a half-year after hospital commissioners… Continue reading

Gov. Gregoire won’t name task force to investigate $58.8 million graving yard snafu; wants public meetings instead

Gov. Christine Gregoire won't name a task force to investigate the closing of the Hood Canal Bridge graving yard in Port Angeles -- and the… Continue reading

“Of course we believe in contracts,” says Lower Elwha chairwoman

Port Angeles Mayor Richard Headrick "should know better" than to suggest the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe does not abide by contracts, including any that apply… Continue reading

Support mounts for probe of Port Angeles graving yard miscues

PORT ANGELES -- The push for an investigation of the Port Angeles graving yard by a governor's task force has gathered support from Port Angeles… Continue reading

Governor not interested in trying to get graving yard restart in Port Angeles

Gov. Christine Gregoire is not interested in asking the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe and the state Department of Transportation if the Port Angeles graving yard… Continue reading

PDN exclusive: Gregoire supports investigation of $59 million graving yard mistake

Saying that taxpayers deserve an explanation, Gov. Christine Gregoire will approach state legislators about forming a task force to investigate the closing of the Hood… Continue reading

One North Olympic Peninsula city hall passing on Martin Luther King Day holiday

PDN Commentary Columnist Traffic and commerce slow down today across the North Olympic Peninsula to honor the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. City, county… Continue reading

Port Angeles officials view Native burial boxes up close

PORT ANGELES -- City officials were touched emotionally last week by walking through a sacred storage area that contained dozens of cedar boxes filled with… Continue reading

Jefferson-Clallam differences — and similarities — highlighted by election

The residents of Clallam and Jefferson counties have more in common than they don't -- except for politics. They share a 100-mile border, earn median… Continue reading

Port Angeles: Conference center developer walks away from project, blames lack of city cooperation

PORT ANGELES -- Hotel/conference center developer Randal Jay Ehm bid an emotional goodbye to his project and Port Angeles as a whole Monday, ending three… Continue reading

Three-year plan will result in $45 million Olympic Medical Center expansion

Olympic Medical Center will embark in September on an ambitious, $45 million three-year expansion project that will include building a new 15-17 physician clinic and… Continue reading