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...

Crab season: Your Handy Guide

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Crab season starts Thursday.  Insider tip: There’s a secret way to consistently get Dungeness crabs here in Port Townsend. You can’t miss. Here it...

A Boating Conundrum

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Boating season is here! There are a lot of boats in Jefferson County, but is anyone aware that those who go out on the...

SuperNatural BC? Do Not Enter

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The B.C. provincial government has greeted spring with a stern order to those who would recreate in “Beautiful British Columbia”:  Stay home. With a...

The Good News: Puget Sound Herring

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Spring on Puget Sound is about gardens bursting with tulips and daffodils, white sails set against glistening blue seas, and massive, shimmering schools of...

Remembering Jerry Gorsline

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Just before Jerry Gorsline died he loaned me a book: “Black Brant: Sea Goose of the Pacific Coast.” We had exchanged stories about this...

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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...

Garth Hudson’s PT Performance Remembered

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Ten years ago this month Port Townsend music fans were all atwitter about an appearance by Garth Hudson, a key member of the revered...

What Puget Sound Pilots Want You to Know

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It may sound counterintuitive, but when a big ship leaves the high seas and enters the restricted waters of Puget Sound, it is entering...

Sockeye & Me: Two Journeys Cross Paths

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Like so many of our neighbors, I was drawn to Port Townsend by saltwater and sawdust, and by the amazing wooden boats that blend...

On the hard: Thea Foss

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories Movie Stars, Depth Charges and Tugboat Annie: The Story of the Thea Foss I still can't think of...