KPTZ Local News

KPTZ provides news coverage at high noon, six days a week. The Compass weekly news magazine airs Mondays and Saturdays. KPTZ Local News compiled by Charlie Bermant airs Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Lily Haight reporting on Wednesdays. The week concludes with KPTZ Local News: What’s Out There on Fridays, when Diane Urbani DelaPaz weighs in on the most compelling weekend entertainment options. Local News is repeated Tuesday through Thursday at 5pm, with What’s Out There rebroadcast Saturday at 10am. The weekly Compass newsmagazine debuts at noon Saturday and repeats on Monday at noon and 5pm. Archived reports are available here, soon after initial broadcast.


October 28, 2020: Local News – City debates using controversial police policy writing company Lexipol. (TRANSCRIPT

October 27, 2020: Local News – Voter turnout; new fire chief. (TRANSCRIPT

October 23, 2020: What’s Out There – Mushroom event; Fort Worden Words. (TRANSCRIPT

October 22, 2020: Local News – Ballot avalanche, census wrap up. (TRANSCRIPT

October 20 2020: Local News – Ballots collected, roundabouts proposed. (TRANSCRIPT)

October 16, 2020: What’s Out There – Aldrich’s Opening, Centrum Gala, Modern Dance Class. (TRANSCRIPT

October 15, 2020: Local News – Census ends; Taxes due. (TRANSCRIPT)

October 14, 2020: Local News – Golf course news; Indigenous People’s Day ideas; city budgets for 2021. (TRANSCRIPT)

October 13, 2020: Local News – Recovery effort in progress; Great Shakeout coming up. (TRANSCRIPT)

October 9, 2020: What’s Out There – Engage PT project, new local anthology. (TRANSCRIPT)

October 8, 2020: Local News – Great Shake Out; Election details. (TRANSCRIPT)

October 7, 2020: Local News – City looks at alternatives to policing; candidate forum on Oct. 8. (TRANSCRIPT)

October 6, 2020: Local News – Aldrich’s reopens, Census continues. (TRANSCRIPT)

October 2, 2020: What’s Out There – Animal fundraiser; PT Film Fest winds up. (TRANSCRIPT)

October 1, 2020: Local News – Kilmer seeks to streamline government; burn ban rescinded. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 30, 2020: Local News – Bayside takes over Cherry St. project; city approves new downtown signs. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 29, 2020: Local News – Census in turmoil; Jail phone service enhanced. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 25, 2020: What’s Out There – RBG, Thai takeout, Undersea Gardens. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 24, 2020: Local News – Census update; Former Port Townsend mayor joins fire commission. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 23, 2020: Local News – Baby orca sighted; city starts 2021 budget process. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 22, 2020: Local News – Gifts declined; hospital gets grant. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 18, 2020: What’s Out There – Coastal clean-up; Del Rey online. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 17, 2020: Local News – Updates about our fractured world. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 16, 2020: Local News – Air quality news; wild bird rescue, streateries (TRANSCRIPT)

September 15, 2020: Local News – Air quality news; Political battles. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 11, 2020: What’s Out There – Virtual Wooden Boat and Film Festivals. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 10, 2020: Local News – Ferry stabbing, COVID updates (TRANSCRIPT)

September 9, 2020: Local News – Smokey skies in PT; Blue Lives Matter mural sparks controversy (TRANSCRIPT)

September 8, 2020: Local News – Air advisory, downtown fundraisers. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 4, 2020: What’s Out There – Museum opening; more about the Port Townsend Film Festival. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 3, 2020: Local News – County commissioner attends freedom march; Solid waste milestone. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 2, 2020: Local News – City considers Uber; hiker rescued. (TRANSCRIPT)

September 1, 2020: Local News – Rally brings out both sides. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 28, 2020: What’s Out There – Virtual Film Festival; Independent Bookstore Day. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 27, 2020: Local News – Census continues, Shellfish harvest moratorium. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 26, 2020: Local News – City briefed on police budget; Lake Cushman closed for public health. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 25, 2020: Local News – COVID-19 case increase, “other” vaccinations available. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 21, 2020: What’s Out There – Come Sew studio; Cafe Tenby; “Miss Juneteenth”. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 20, 2020: Local News – OlyCap rental assistance; fighting noxious weeds. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 19, 2020: Local News – Golf course update; BLM street mural. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 18, 2020: Local News – County mask survey causes retailer panic. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 14, 2020: What’s Out There – Story slam; library service.

August 13, 2020: Local News – Mask enforcement; trail extension. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 12, 2020: Local News – Engage PT; CARES Act funding; PT schools. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 11, 2020: Local News – Census rushes toward deadline; County picnic goes virtual. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 7, 2020: What’s Out There – What’s Out There: New play; restaurant review.

August 6, 2020: Local News – School reopening; COVID-19 guidelines clarified. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 5, 2020: Local News – Initial primary results; Crescent Lake fire. (TRANSCRIPT)

August 4, 2020: Local News – Three new COVID cases; Primary today. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 31, 2020: What’s Out There – Popcorn festivities; dining options.

July 30, 2020: Local News – Reopening postponed; help needed to spot invasive species. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 29, 2020: Local News – City council on policing in PT; pregnant killer whales. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 28, 2020: Local News – Mask message received; Fort Worden seeks deferment. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 24, 2020: What’s Out There – Gallery action; pop-up book sale.

July 23, 2020: Local News – Fort Worden reopening; Courthouse facilitator resumes. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 22, 2020: Local News – Land Trust to expand Quimper Wildlife Corridor; Wilke drops out of race. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 21, 2020: Local News – COVID-19 testing issues; Kilmer honors John Lewis. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 17, 2020: What’s Out There – Lavender love; forest bathing, socially distant fundraiser.

July 16, 2020: Local News – More COVID-19 cases; mask clarification (TRANSCRIPT)

July 15, 2020: Local News – Unknown future of PT Golf Course; no injuries in plane crash. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 14, 2020: Local News – More about masks; roundabouts. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 10, 2020: What’s Out There – Gallery opens to actual people; new source for chocolate.

July 9, 2020: Local News – Courts reopen; primary ballots. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 8, 2020: Local News – PT bans plastic straws; Adam Kelly pleads guilty in Bramson death. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 7, 2020: Local News – Aldrich’s reborn; mask requirement goes to next phase. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 3, 2020: What’s Out There – Art galleries reopened; Yoga options.

July 2, 2020: Local News – Jefferson Community Foundation relocation controversy. (TRANSCRIPT)

July 1, 2020: Local News – City creates committee on policing; 8 coronavirus cases in June. (TRANSCRIPT)

June 30, 2020: Local News – Congressman Derek Kilmer explains the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

June 26, 2020: What’s Out There – Leroi Bell virtual concert; online book club.

June 25, 2020: Local News – COVID case increase, masking directive. (TRANSCRIPT)

June 24, 2020: Local News – New farming fund; renaming PT streets. (TRANSCRIPT)

June 23, 2020: Local News – Jefferson Community School transitions; Phase 3 upgrade. (TRANSCRIPT)

June 19, 2020: What’s Out There – Libraries offer services; Drive-In movies.

June 18, 2020: Local News – Joint governmental COVID-19 committee formed; Sheltering at the Fairgrounds. (TRANSCRIPT)

June 17, 2020: Local News – City Council approves Black Lives Matter mural. (TRANSCRIPT)

June 16, 2020: Local News – Mask directive could last a year; Dog Park reopens. (TRANSCRIPT)

June 12, 2020: What’s Out There – Online theaters; forest bathing.

June 11, 2020: Local News – Demonstration safety; mask directive. (TRANSCRIPT)

June 10, 2020: Local News – Remembering Brion Toss; library to reopen. (TRANSCRIPT)

June 9, 2020: Local News – Commemoration of the life of George Floyd. (TRANSCRIPT)

June 5, 2020: What’s Out There : Hotdogs in the sun; audiobook option.

June 4, 2020: Local News – Kilmer: New resolutions will effect systemic changes. (TRANSCRIPT)

June 3, 2020: Local News – Black Lives Matter protest; Fort Worden faces financial threat. (TRANSCRIPT)

June 2, 2020: Local News – Mask protocol; cops pledge respect. (TRANSCRIPT)

May 29, 2020: What’s Out There: Online movies; restaurant recommendations.

May 28, 2020: Local News – Fort Worden plans; Drive-In theater reopening. (TRANSCRIPT)

May 27, 2020: Local News – Masks required; OCEAN program update. (TRANSCRIPT)

May 26, 2020: Local News – Phase 2 reopening; graduation scheduled. (TRANSCRIPT)

May 22, 2020: What’s Out There – Take-out restaurant options.

May 21, 2020: Local News – Reopening meetings held; street plan implemented. (TRANSCRIPT)

May 20, 2020: Local News – Meat prices skyrocket; 50 attend reopening rally. (TRANSCRIPT)

May 19, 2020: Local News – Reopening guidelines; protest rally scheduled. (TRANSCRIPT)

May 15, 2020: What’s Out There – Virtual cake picnic; online trivia nights.

May 14, 2020: Local News – Reopening the county; parks host crowds.

May 13, 2020: Local News – Tom Locke’s recommendation; OCEAN program in trouble. (TRANSCRIPT)

May 12, 2020: Local News – One new COVID-19 case reported; reopening rally scheduled.

May 8, 2020: What’s Out There – Birdwatching; home movies.

May 7, 2020: Local News – City and County conduct planning meeting; Drive In movie news.

May 6, 2020: Local News – Board of Health to meet; Victory Garden movement grows.

May 5, 2020: Local News – Three county commissioner candidates; hornet warning; parks reopen.

May 1, 2020: What’s Out There – Three new reflective books.

April 30, 2020: Local News – Farmer’s Market update; Sheriff supports stay at home.

April 29, 2020: Local News – County sewer project; planting Gary oaks. (TRANSCRIPT)

April 28, 2020: Local News – Hygiene station for the homeless; chamber provides resources.

April 24, 2020: What’s Out There – Virtual gallery visit; video art instruction.

April 23, 2020: Local News – Schools are still in session; Chamber publishes directory.

April 22, 2020: Local News – Unemployment highs; native wildflowers bloom. (TRANSCRIPT)

April 21, 2020: Local News – Cases count stabilizes; Tattletales discouraged.

April 16, 2020: Local News – Farmer’s Market update; Census marches on.

April 15, 2020: Local News – Emissions study; one-boat ferry service. (TRANSCRIPT)

April 14, 2020: Local News – Cases leveling off; Help for the uninsured.

April 10, 2020 – What’s Out There: Virtual dating advice.

April 9, 2020 – Local News: Aldrich’s to close; Covid 19 cases stabilized.

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

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. (TRANSCRIPT)

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. (TRANSCRIPT)

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. (TRANSCRIPT)

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. (TRANSCRIPT)

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. (TRANSCRIPT)

March 4, 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.