Jefferson County

Ruthann Patterson of Port Townsend, right, checks out at Aldrich's Market on Monday with barista Savanna Smith. Retail and grocery stores must restrict capacity to 25 percent starting today as part of Gov. Jay Inslee's renewed restrictions on businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)

Economic leader says support needed for businesses

State earmarks $50 million to help with restrictions

Ruthann Patterson of Port Townsend, right, checks out at Aldrich's Market on Monday with barista Savanna Smith. Retail and grocery stores must restrict capacity to 25 percent starting today as part of Gov. Jay Inslee's renewed restrictions on businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)

Goats culled from park

Demanding terrain, hazardous air conditions from wildfire smoke and torrential rain, snow and wind impacted Olympic National Park’s ground-based mountain goat… Continue reading

County cases reach record-high numbers

Clallam reports 16 cases in single day; Jefferson jumps into category for high risk

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Pama O'Toole of Port Hadlock was in one of her favorite places as she browsed the books at the Jefferson County Library on Friday. The library has been open for in-person book checkout and other rentals when the county is in the state's low- and moderate-risk categories. The library also offers curbside pick and will continue to do so if it is required to close in-person visits due to rising case numbers of COVID-19. The Port Townsend Public Library hopes to open Tuesday with limited hours for checkout, depending on the county staying in the moderate-risk category. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)

Library services

Pama O’Toole of Port Hadlock was in one of her favorite places as she browsed the books at the Jefferson County Library on Friday. The… Continue reading

Pama O'Toole of Port Hadlock was in one of her favorite places as she browsed the books at the Jefferson County Library on Friday. The library has been open for in-person book checkout and other rentals when the county is in the state's low- and moderate-risk categories. The library also offers curbside pick and will continue to do so if it is required to close in-person visits due to rising case numbers of COVID-19. The Port Townsend Public Library hopes to open Tuesday with limited hours for checkout, depending on the county staying in the moderate-risk category. (Zach Jablonski/Peninsula Daily News)
A sign for curbside pickup is shown outside the Cascadia Grill, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in downtown Olympia, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Sunday that beginning Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, indoor dining will not be allowed and that restaurants and bars will be limited to to-go service and outdoor dining with tables seating no more than five people. Restrictions and limitations were also announced for gyms, grocery stores, and other businesses as the state continues to combat a rising number of coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

New COVID-19 restrictions on dining, gyms

Retail, grocery stores face new 25 percent capacity

A sign for curbside pickup is shown outside the Cascadia Grill, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in downtown Olympia, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Sunday that beginning Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, indoor dining will not be allowed and that restaurants and bars will be limited to to-go service and outdoor dining with tables seating no more than five people. Restrictions and limitations were also announced for gyms, grocery stores, and other businesses as the state continues to combat a rising number of coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Hot ashes blamed for garage fire in Port Townsend

East Jefferson Fire Rescue quickly knocked down a garage fire at a residence on Beech Street near M Street in Port Townsend.… Continue reading

Man gets four years in stabbing incident

Altercation took place on ferry in September

Weekly flight operations scheduled

There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Complex this week.… Continue reading

A GROWING CONCERN: Black Friday holiday gifts for gardeners

I BELIEVE, NOW more than ever, we are looking forward to the holidays and assessing what this time of year means to not only ourselves,… Continue reading

Jefferson County voter turnout highest in state

Clallam votes Democrat in presidential race but GOP in many others

Navy sets training exercise

Naval Magazine Indian Island has scheduled security training exercises this week form Monday through Friday. Training activities will include security boats on… Continue reading

Chef Troy Murrell with Bayside Housing and Services, left, hands a hot meal to Janna Hall on Sunday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds campground in Port Townsend. Hall, who has bipolar disorder, said she has been homeless in Port Townsend for eight years and currently lives in a tent at the fairgrounds. Nicholas Johnson/Peninsula Daily News

Nonprofits ramp up outreach

Homeless camped at fairgrounds since summer

Chef Troy Murrell with Bayside Housing and Services, left, hands a hot meal to Janna Hall on Sunday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds campground in Port Townsend. Hall, who has bipolar disorder, said she has been homeless in Port Townsend for eight years and currently lives in a tent at the fairgrounds. Nicholas Johnson/Peninsula Daily News

Permanent solution elusive

After months of camping, inevitable eviction looms. In May, Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP) temporarily secured 25 campsites at the Jefferson County… Continue reading

A buildup of dust caused an early-morning furnace fire, East Jefferson Fire Rescue said.

Small furnace fire sends smoke throughout house

A fire in a furnace dust trap sent smoke throughout a house but was quickly extinguished, reported East Jefferson Fire Rescue. A… Continue reading

A buildup of dust caused an early-morning furnace fire, East Jefferson Fire Rescue said.

Wind gusts cause Peninsula power outages

High winds Friday caused three major power outages in Clallam and Jefferson counties, briefly leaving 1,570 customers without electricity. Outages were reported in the Forks,… Continue reading

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Dr. Allison Berry Unthank, Clallam County public health officer, speaks during Friday's COVID-19 briefing at the county courthouse in Port Angeles.
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Dr. Allison Berry Unthank, Clallam County public health officer, speaks during Friday's COVID-19 briefing at the county courthouse in Port Angeles.

EYE ON JEFFERSON: Sanitation for non-permitted living conditions before board of health

The Jefferson County Board of Health will conduct a public hearing on the revision of the county enforcement code concerning basic sanitation for non-permitted living… Continue reading