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KNKX Connects to Port Angeles

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This story originally published in June 2018.

When Rose Crumb first launched a volunteer hospice in Port Angeles, doctors labeled her and her compatriots "the death squad." 

That was 40 years ago, when medical professionals rarely talked with their patients about dying.

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Community groups and churches are working to find temporary funding for an overnight homeless shelter in Port Angeles after money ran out last week.

Port Angeles, as seen from Ediz Hook, on June 5, 2018.
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Port Angeles is changing.

Timber is still key to the economy, if no longer king. Tourism and new industries at once mean hope and a sudden need to manage growth. And a housing crisis looms large, and touches people seemingly regardless of income. Hear more about that in the audio above.

There are challenges and big questions ahead. But no place is defined solely by its challenges. 

Geoffrey Redick



David Jones is the head of the music department at Peninsula College. He loves all types of music. He hears how different styles and formats influence one another, thrilling with the commonalities between classical and jazz, playing pop into fuller melodies.


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Tess Gallagher was born in Port Angeles in 1943. She was the oldest of five children, and she says her childhood was full of responsibility. Her parents worked hard, cutting down trees, and Tess helped them, marking the fallen logs.

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There’s a photo in the hallway of the Port of Port Angeles offices, just down the hall from the office of executive director Karen Goschen. It was taken in the 1980s, from a high angle, looking down at four ships moored at the dock. They’re surrounded by big collections of floating logs.

“It is dramatically different than the number of vessels we have today,” Goschen said.



Jamie Valadez says Klallam is a living language. You understand what she means by the time you’ve spent just a few minutes with her.


 Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue heading into Victoria Harbor for a training exercise Wednesday evening.
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Separated by a ferry ride and an international boundary, Port Angeles and Victoria have a few things in common.

Both are port cities oriented around the water. Both cities have stunning views and a quirky vibe that attract many visitors. 

Both cities are also Coast Guard outposts in their countries. That's likely a comfort for those who spend time diving or boating in the straits separating Port Angeles and Victoria. But in practice, it looks a little different.

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Victoria, B.C., is a popular destination for visitors to the Pacific Northwest. From downtown Seattle, many people take the Victoria Clipper to get there via water.

But another good jumping off point for Victoria – and one that will let you bring a car – is Port Angeles. The city on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula offers service via the Black Ball Ferry to the capital of British Columbia.

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The Olympic Peninsula is often thought of as a destination for coastal hikes along rugged beaches or cozy restaurants with stunning mountain backdrops. Olympic National Park, the "un-dammed" Elwha River, and the annual Lavender Festival in Sequim are some of the main attractions.

There’s also a year-round Saturday farmers market in Port Angeles that has been going since the early 1980s. It was one of the first in the region. At this time of year, it’s rich with all kinds of colorful produce, as well as arts and crafts.

Lefties Team Store

In Port Angeles, the baseball season has just begun. The town is home to the Lefties, one of 11 teams in the West Coast League.

The collegiate summer league gives the best players a chance to keep playing when school lets out. There are many similar leagues around the country. Cape Cod and Northwoods are a couple of other elite ones.


About 10 years ago, a new radio station took to the air in Sequim.

KSQM was established in large part to be an emergency broadcaster. Its founder, Rick Perry, felt the area needed some way to receive information quickly in the event of an earthquake, power outage, or other emergency.