Politics

Two take large leads for Quilcene School Board seats

Ron Frantz and James Hodgson have won seats on the Quilcene School Board, according to the initial count of ballots Tuesday. Frantz had… Continue reading

Walde winning over Baker for Cape Flattery seat

Challenger Cathy Walde was leading against incumbent Donald Baker for a contested Cape Flattery School Board seat after a second count of ballots… Continue reading

A voter drops off their ballot Monday morning at the Clallam County courthouse. Ballots must be postmarked or placed in an official dropbox by 8 p.m. tonight in order to be counted in the general election. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)

Today is final day for general election ballots

More than 29 percent returned so far in both Peninsula counties

A voter drops off their ballot Monday morning at the Clallam County courthouse. Ballots must be postmarked or placed in an official dropbox by 8 p.m. tonight in order to be counted in the general election. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)
Sandra Long speaks at a forum for Port Angeles School Board candidates hosted by the Port Angeles Business Association. The District 4 incumbent is running for one of three uncontested seats on the five-member board. The two other candidates, Kirsten Williams, who is running for the District 5 position, and Stan Williams, who is running for the District 3 position, did not participate in the event. (Paula Hunt/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Angeles School District incumbent speaks at forum for candidates

Three running unopposed in November election

Sandra Long speaks at a forum for Port Angeles School Board candidates hosted by the Port Angeles Business Association. The District 4 incumbent is running for one of three uncontested seats on the five-member board. The two other candidates, Kirsten Williams, who is running for the District 5 position, and Stan Williams, who is running for the District 3 position, did not participate in the event. (Paula Hunt/Peninsula Daily News)

Ozias challenger drops out of race

Clallam County Commissioner Mark Ozias no longer has an opponent in his bid to be re-elected to the District 1 seat. His… Continue reading

Election outcomes unchanged after new ballot count

Outcomes of Tuesday’s primary elections in the Sequim School Board and Port Angeles County Council races remain unchanged after additional counts of ballots on Thursday.… Continue reading

Incumbents map out spots on November ballot

Incumbents did well in the initial count of primary election ballots in Clallam and Jefferson counties on Tuesday night as line-ups began to be formed… Continue reading

Mike Chapman.

Chapman to run for state Senate

Aims to fill seat vacated by Kevin Van De Wege

Mike Chapman.

Port Angeles City Council election forum set today

Incumbent Port Angeles City Council member Navarra Carr and her two opponents in the Aug. 1 primary election, Mark Karjalainen and Nicholas… Continue reading

Kevin Van De Wege.
Kevin Van De Wege.

Candidates file for Peninsula positions

Day three of candidate filing week resulted in more contests for several elected positions on the North Olympic Peninsula. Contests with three or more candidates… Continue reading

Sequim School Board draws primary contests

Candidates file to run for office on Tuesday

State passes drug law in single-day session

New law keeps drug possession illegal, boosts treatment resources

  • May 17, 2023
  • By Ed Komenda and Gene Johnson The Associated Press
  • Regional News
A volunteer cleans up needles used for drug injection that were found at a homeless encampment in Everett on Nov. 8, 2017. A temporary law that makes possession of small amounts of drugs a misdemeanor expires on July 1, so if lawmakers fail to pass a bill, Washington would become the second state — after neighboring Oregon — to decriminalize drug possession. Lawmakers said Tuesday they were increasingly optimistic a compromise will be reached to avoid those consequences. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press, file)

Drug policy sparks special session

State would decriminalize possession if law expires

A volunteer cleans up needles used for drug injection that were found at a homeless encampment in Everett on Nov. 8, 2017. A temporary law that makes possession of small amounts of drugs a misdemeanor expires on July 1, so if lawmakers fail to pass a bill, Washington would become the second state — after neighboring Oregon — to decriminalize drug possession. Lawmakers said Tuesday they were increasingly optimistic a compromise will be reached to avoid those consequences. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press, file)

Peninsula lawmakers optimistic

Legislators believe compromise will be reached

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks before signing multiple bills meant to prevent gun violence on April 25, 2023, at the Capitol in Olympia. On Monday, Inslee announced he does not plan to seek a fourth term. He was most recently re-elected in 2020, making him only the second Washington state governor to serve three consecutive terms. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press, file)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee won’t seek fourth term

Washington Gov. Jay Inlsee, a Democrat who sought to make the state a leader on progressive policies from climate change to gun violence… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2023
  • By Gene Johnson and Ed Komenda The Associated Press
  • Regional News
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks before signing multiple bills meant to prevent gun violence on April 25, 2023, at the Capitol in Olympia. On Monday, Inslee announced he does not plan to seek a fourth term. He was most recently re-elected in 2020, making him only the second Washington state governor to serve three consecutive terms. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press, file)
Paul Gottlieb.

Special legislative session in works

Carbon credits bill to return in future

Paul Gottlieb.

State Senate backs ban on sale of assault-style weapon, again

Senators debated and voted for a second time, after the House rejected what they passed April 8.

Lawmakers gather outside the State Reception Room on the second floor of the state Capitol. The legislative session ends April 23. (Paul Gottlieb/for Peninsula Daily News)

Latest bill version enforces orca boundary

An orca protection bill has come full circle, making 1,000-yard boater restrictions mandatory instead… Continue reading

Lawmakers gather outside the State Reception Room on the second floor of the state Capitol. The legislative session ends April 23. (Paul Gottlieb/for Peninsula Daily News)