Becoming a Citizen Scientist

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Citizen scientists brave a hailstorm. Photo by Wendy Feltham. After a career as an elementary school principal, I moved to Port Townsend and surprised myself...

The Loudest Jets in the Quietest Park

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In the summer of 2014, the U.S. Navy established an Electronic Warfare Range on large swathes of Washington's Olympic National Forest and in airspace...

The View From Blyn Lookout

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                                        A couple of months ago my husband, Bruce, and I bought a new-to-us camper, the cabover style, from some folks out near Lake...

Housing: Here’s Something We Can Do

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What if we told you that we can’t solve the homeless crisis by building houses? That’s a pretty counterintuitive statement, especially coming from an...

The Trail: Do We Know the Way to Discovery Bay?

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Every ride or hike on the Larry Scott Trail is an exhilarating jaunt leading to disappointment.  We revel in the views across Townsend Bay,...

Akeyla’s Excellent Adventure: Let’s Finish!

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Sixty miles into the Seventy-48 race, Akeyla Behrenfeld decided she was done.  The 14-year-old Port Townsend middle schooler had rowed her home-built, wooden boat...

Solar Under the Rain Shadow

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At 6 am this morning, our home was using two-tenths of a kilowatt/hour (KWh) of electricity from the regional power grid – just enough...

One Small Fire, Thousands of Seabirds

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This summer, as in countless summers past, Protection Island became a colossal daycare center for tens of thousands of seabirds. Glaucous winged gulls laid their...

What Goes Around Is Coming Around

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Here in Port Townsend, we have seen the future. It’s round, runs counterclockwise, and forces us to turn right. So it’s going...

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The lost commencement address by Tom Robbins

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Photo of Tom Robbins by Dan Wallen. Used with permission of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections MPH1272 When I was the editor of the...

On the Hard: Catalyst

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories Catalyst and the Beautiful Wild Country             Catalyst departed Port Townsend on May 5th to begin her mid-May...

River Otters

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Was that a sea otter or a river otter you just saw swimming offshore? People often think they see sea otters foraging on our...

So Long, Pygmy Kayaks

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More than three decades ago, when guys like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were building technology companies that would change the world, another Ivy...

Diana Talley – Shavings in my brassiere

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I met the unsinkable Diana Talley many years ago. It was at a party of wooden boat people. Diana has been a foundational person...