City Council Monday Evening Meetings

KPTZ is live-broadcasting Port Townsend City Council meetings every other Monday evening, starting this Monday, April 6. Meetings start at 6:30pm. KPTZ is honored to make it possible for the public to attend these sessions remotely. Listen on the radio at 91.9FM and stream here on

Also, this Monday at 9:45am, listen to KPTZ for the County Commissioners’ COVID-19 weekly update, from Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke and Emergency Management Director Willie Bence.

Following this Monday's COVID-19 update, the commissioners will hear reports on the health of our local business community. Brian Kuh, Executive Director of EDC/Team Jefferson and Arlene Alen, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, will discuss steps being taken and resources available for recovery during this pandemic. KPTZ will broadcast these briefings live on 91.9FM, and stream at

Compass for 4/04/2020

As the novel coronavirus known as Covid-19 wreaks havoc upon the world, Jefferson County, with fewer than two dozen confirmed cases so far, has been a relatively safe haven from a storm that has elsewhere overwhelmed hospitals and morgues. But how long will we be spared? Can we avert the kind of tragedy that has hit Italy, Spain, and New York?

This week on the Compass, we once again talk with Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke about how the Olympic Peninsula might come through the biggest health crisis of our times.

If you value the local coverage KPTZ has given to the current crisis, please show your appreciation by going to the website and utilizing the “donate now” feature.

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 4/03/20

Host Phil Andrus welcomed KPTZ Virus Watch Team member Kathleen Keenan, who retired after a 20-year career as communicable disease investigator for San Diego Public Health. Topics include the current COVID-19 case count in Jefferson County and local testing capacity, along with recommendations to avoid contamination. This segment will be a regular feature at 1pm opening up the Tossed Salad mix on upcoming Fridays, alternating between Kathleen and KPTZ VTeam member Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN, retired after 36 years.

KPTZ Coffee with the City Manager ~ 4/02/20

On Thursday, April 2, Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro conducted his weekly coffee meeting with the public on KPTZ’s Discovery Road, with host Tim Quackenbush. Mauro shared information about local plans being enacted for the days ahead. The half-hour conversation can be streamed and downloaded here.

Kira Jane Buxton

(First airdate: April 1, 2020) Kira's novel Hollow Kingdom leads us into a post-apocalyptic Seattle. Our guide is a domesticated crow names S.T. who says "Life isn't the same once you learn how deeply a tree feels." It's funny and irreverent, yet such a powerful warning for us all.

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