KPTZ Local News

KPTZ now provides news coverage at high noon, six days a week. The Compass weekly news magazine airs Mondays and is repeated Saturdays. KPTZ Local News compiled by Charlie Bermant is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while Port Townsend Leader reporter and KPTZ volunteer Lily Haight reports feature story news from the Leader on Wednesdays. The week concludes with KPTZ Local News: What’s Out There on Fridays, when Diane Urbani DelaPaz reports on the most compelling weekend entertainment options. Archived reports are available here:


April 8, 2020 – Local News: Blood banks need donors; locals make field shields.

April 7, 2020 – Local News: Increase in county cases; Rhody and THING Festivals cancelled.

April 3, 2020 – What’s Out There: Wearable Art substitute; Port Townsend School for the Arts postcard project.

April 2, 2020 – Local News: Centrum events postponed; Transfer station requires ID.

April 1, 2020 – Local News: Hospital needs ventilators; Rhododendron Festival update.

March 31, 2020 – Local News: Farmers Market opening postponed; Community masks available.

March 27, 2020 – What’s Out There: The lost art of phone conversation; hand washing songs; free eBooks.

March 27, 2020 – Special Report: US Rep. Derek Kilmer discusses the federal role in the COVID-19 battle.

March 26, 2020 – Local News: Local testing gets closer; Face masks explained.

March 25, 2020 – Local News: Testing supplies inadequate; landlords suspend rent.

March 24, 2020 – Local News: Farmers Market plans to open; Cannabis stores will not close.

March 23, 2020 – Special Report: P.T. Mayor Michelle Sandoval advocates compassion and volunteerism.

March 21, 2020 – Local News: Shortage of COVID-19 supplies at Jefferson Healthcare; hospital institutes temperature screening.

March 20, 2020 – What’s Out There: Nature, podcasts and poetry.

March 19, 2020 – Local News: Joint City Council/County Commissioners meeting; no utility shut offs; latest COVID-19 testing.

March 18, 2020 – Local News: New case confirmed; students say goodbye.

March 17, 2020 – Local News: City emergency declaration; drive-up testing begins.

March 14, 2020 – Special Report: Second Jefferson County Case reported; COVID-19 updates.

March 13, 2020 – What’s Out There: Key City Public Theatre PlayFest.

March 12, 2020 – Local News: Derek Kilmer addresses COVID 19’s ramifications.

March 11, 2020 – Local News: Coronavirus update; airport news; WAVE message mystery.

March 10, 2020 – Local News: COVID-19 update; County provides alternate contacts.

March 6, 2020 – What’s Out There: Taylor Swift documentary; PT Community Read.

March 5, 2020 – Local News: Automatic weapons shooting event; COVID-19 update; presidential primary.

March 5, 2020 – Local News: Coronovirus update; cannabis business; Admiralty Apartments renovation.

March 3, 2020 – Local News: Coronavirus update.

February 28, 2010 – What’s Out There: Carlene Carter, Hounds of Townsend, Savannah Fuentes.

February 27, 2020 – Local News: Coronavirus update; Republican caucus; Census still needs workers.

February 25, 2020: Local Coronavirus prep; Shooting moratorium passed.

February 20, 2020: Current job openings – PT Police Chief and JeffCo Commissioner.

February 18, 2020: Jefferson County gets involved in the presidential primary; property tax increase.

February 13, 2020: Presidential primary news; Port Townsend port of call.

February 11, 2020: Public Works Director selection; Washington presidential primary.

February 5, 2020: Leader editor resigns; Kilmer reacts to Trump.

February 4, 2020: Community Read selected; County Commissioner’s Bob Dylan tribute.

January 30, 2020: Jefferson Mass Transit Plan.

January 28, 2020: New trash collection process; mail delivery delays.

January 23, 2020: Census preparation: first Friday lectures.

January 21, 2020: Public art vandalism; cheese merchant closes.

January 16, 2020: Weather followup; ferry ridership numbers.

January 14, 2020: Winter weather; census preparation.

January 9, 2020: Utility service updates.

January 7, 2020: New leaders on Port Townsend City Council;
Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.

January 2, 2020: Looking forward to the new decade.

December 31, 2019: Cellar Door reopens; Polar Bear Plunge.

December 26, 2019: Pool renovations planned; Fire board expands.

December 24, 2019: Recovery Cafe construction begins; No white Christmas here.

December 19, 2019: Port Townsend Mayor selection.

December 21, 2019: Operation Grinch thwarts mail theft; New grant supports KPTZ.

December 17, 2019: Recovery Cafe delay; Psychedelic decriminalization proposed.

December 10, 2019: Shooting range moratorium enacted;
Wild Olympics passes out of committee.

December 5, 2019: Warming shelter opens; county submits budget.

December 3, 2019: Derek Kilmer visits; city government transitions.

November 26, 2019: Food Bank prepares for Thanksgiving;
Congressman Derek Kilmer compared to Teddy Roosevelt.

November 21, 2019: New city manager welcomed; ‘No Vaping’ signed posted.

November 19, 2019: Rose Theater wins KING5 poll; County confronts homelessness.

November 14, 2019: Online battle continues; Medicare advice available.

November 12, 2019: Jefferson County WA Facebook page under fire.

November 7, 2019: Election update; septic system repair.

November 6, 2019: Local election results.

November 5, 2019: Election wrap up; more money for Fort Worden.

October 31, 2019: Community portrait; the final daylight savings time switch.

October 24, 2019: Write-in campaign for hospital commissioner;
More about Pete Townshend and Port Townsend.

October 22, 2019: Pete Townshend plugs Port Townshend;
Hospital Commissioner candidate write in.

October 17, 2019: Shellfish permits called into question; Cellar Door to reopen,

October 15, 2019: JeffCo Commissioner declines White House invite;
Murray supports permanent Daylight Savings Time.

October 10, 2019: Halloween community portrait scheduled; KPTZ to broadcast football.

October 8, 2019: Daylight Savings Time update; new government Facebook page.

October 3, 2019: Eleanor Stopps award recipient; a tool to battle vaping.

October 1, 2019: U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer discusses impeachment.

September 26, 2019: Port gains environmental compliance; PT police to get body cams.

September 24, 2019: Jefferson County ban on vaping; PTFF Jury Awards.

September 19, 2019: Dog sculpture leads parade; Vega confirms he’s suspended campaign.

September 17, 2019: Council candidate apparently quits race; new Pane d’Amore location.

September 12, 2019: Faber ethics complaint dismissed; Kilmer calls for gun legislation.

September 10, 2019: Cellar Door update; Film Festival preview.

September 5, 2019: Glamping comes to Fort Worden; Cellar Door to close.

September 3, 2019: Maritime Academy expands; Beach cleanup scheduled.

August 29, 2019: City water test; New DHSS building.

August 27, 2019: THING! followup; Jeff Tweedy’s melon.

August 22, 2019: Dog park opens; THING! arrives.

August 20, 2019: Protesters claim spraying was out of bounds; roundabout news.

August 15, 2019: Vacant elected positions; dog park almost ready.

August 13, 2019: Abortion rights event; election update.

August 8, 2019: New software at the county; ferry fender bender; T-shirt souvenirs.

August 6, 2019: Evicted have few options; Kilmer gets optimistic.

August 1, 2019: Earthquake drills; Shellfish closure.

July 30, 2019: Kilmer supports impeachment inquiry;
Veteran’s Stand Down provides needed support.

July 25, 2019: Ballot measure seeks to expand East Jefferson Fire Rescue Board of Commissioners.

July 23, 2019: PT Film Festival meets fundraising goal; Group advocates decriminalization of psychedelic drugs.

July 18, 2019: New City Manager Starts November 1.

July 16, 2019: PT City Council Anti-Nuclear Resolution.

July 11, 2019: Recovery Cafe Open House.