The 10th Annual All County Picnic 

Members of KPTZ’s Emergency Response Team will be on hand for the 10th annual All County Picnic, at H.J. Carroll Park in Chimacum on Saturday, August 20. At KPTZ’s booth all day, E-Team members can fill you in on station info and activities. At 3pm, in the park pavilion, Nora PetrichRita Kepnerand Tim Quackenbush will join other County emergency situation leaders for a presentation on expected plans for communications during an actual disaster. KPTZ, in partnership with the JeffCo Emergency Operations Center, ensures that vital information reaches the public in emergency situations in the event of traditional forms of communication failure.

As a rural community, our ability to respond to emergencies and recover from disaster is dependent on the networks and relationships we build in advance. Knowing where and how to connect to information and resources before a crisis is key. The All County Picnic is a two-day event that invites East Jefferson County to a community-wide celebration of resiliency and emergency preparedness. Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21. 

On Saturday, August 20 from 11am-4pm at H. J. Carroll Park’s Rotary Pavilion, there will be presentations by engaged leaders from city and county agencies, and leaders from Jefferson County’s network of public health and safety professionals, including KPTZ! Attendees can grab Go Bags and corn on the cob to bring home to your neighborhood “Picnic in Place” gathering. 

On Sunday, August 21, neighborhoods throughout East Jefferson County will host “Picnic in Place” events with the help of their NPREP Team. Events will be social, fun neighborhood gatherings focused on building relationships, networking, and paging up on preparedness topics. To connect with your Neighborhood NPREP Captain, go here

The 10th Annual All County Picnic is a collaborative effort of the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management, Local 20/20’s NPREP Action Group, and The Production Alliance.

KPTZ Goes to the Uptown Street Fair & Parade

The 30th Uptown Street Fair and Parade is right around the corner! Music lineup includes Phina Pipia, John Maxwell, Unexpected Brass Band, and more. Also: kids’ activities, the Farmer’s Market, hoop dancing, food vendors, Arts & Crafts. KPTZ will be on hand for the brief but colorful Uptown Street Fair Parade which starts at 2pm. Please wave as we walk by. Hope to see you there!

County Public Health Report ~ 8/15/22

The following is a summary of the presentation during the Public Health briefings at this week’s Board of County Commissioners meeting made by Jefferson and Clallam County Public Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry. Also Willie Bence, Director of Emergency Management, gave a report. The summary below was provided by and used with the permission of Jefferson County Government.

COVID-19 rates in Jefferson County are trending down, just like those in Washington and the U.S. County Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry continues to recommend isolation when positive, wearing a high quality mask when inside, and be sure the room you are in has good ventilation. She also reminds us to be up-to-date on vaccines. If you are sick, get tested.

Port Townsend’s wastewater is being monitored for COVID-19 and data confirms a decrease in number of cases. “We’ve been getting data back from the sewer system since early July,” Dr. Berry reported. She said there has been a 75% reduction in the sheer amount of COVID-19. Dr. Berry admits that’s only one month of data and that there could be other factors in play that may affect the numbers. For instance, if there is a large festival in Port Townsend and lots of people came in and used the sewer system, that would affect those numbers. But she reports that we are seeing really a consistent trend down since early July.

In Washington, 65 cases of Monkeypox — MPV — have been reported, with no cases in Jefferson. Currently, the vast majority of MPV cases are in gay and bisexual men and other men and transgender individuals who have sex with men. We are seeing that primarily MPV spreads through close skin-to-skin contact, and particularly not exclusively through sex and in the gay and bisexual communities. Dr. Berry cited a large outbreak in Europe after a couple of large dance parties. “If you’ve had an STD in the last year, or if you’ve experienced homelessness or incarceration in the last three months, or if you belong to a historically marginalized racial minority, and you are gay, bisexual or another man or transgender person who has sex with men, all of those things could qualify you for a vaccine,” Dr. Berry said. The Jynneos vaccine is most commonly used to prevent monkeypox infections, and consists of two doses given four weeks apart. No doses have been allocated for Jefferson, but Clallam has 20 doses. If you meet the criteria, call Jefferson County Public Health at 360-385-9400 or Clallam County Public Health at 360-417-2274.

Director of Emergency Management Willie Bence said that we are having a quiet wildfire season so far. According to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, which covers Washington and Oregon, this time last year, had we had 86 large fires in the region which burned a little under 1.5 million acres. This year, we’ve only seen 21. large fires are a little over 100,000 acres. He reminds everyone to take personal actions like using an ashtray, not parking in long grass and obeying the rules of the burn ban to mitigate the risks.

Submit your Public Health questions to Dr. Allison Berry and Willie Bence by emailing [email protected]. Note: The weekly deadline for these to be submitted is on Fridays at noon, to be answered at the following Monday’s BOCC meeting.

Tenth All-County Picnic

(Airdate: August 15, 2022) KPTZ takes you to the All-County Picnic in the company of County Commissioner Heidi Eisenhour, Director of Emergency Management Willie Bence, Deborah Stinson of NPREP, Megan Claflin of The Production Alliance, Nora Petrich of KPTZ’s E. Team and host Phil Andrus.

Soundcheck 2022

For the seven days leading up to THING festival on August 26, KPTZ joins in welcoming Soundcheck, when Port Townsend will be bursting with performances, art and interactive events celebrating our local artists and cultural ecosystem. From Friday, August 19 to Thursday, August 25, Soundcheck lets you choose your own adventure from an incredible array of locally-focused events!  Happenings include outdoor movie nights, a community dance, filmmaker’s showcase, poetry reading, burlesque show, tons of concerts, gallery walk and more. A Soundcheck bus will be available to all takers on Thursday afternoon for a craft beverage tour. For more information and a full list of events visit ptsoundcheck.com

Our Working Waterfront ~ 8/12

In this month’s edition of Our Working Waterfront, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker joins co-host, Port of Port Townsend’s Director Eron Berg, along with the Port’s Chief Engineer, Matt Klontz, for an update on the month’s activities and a review of the timeline for the North Jetty Project set to begin right after the Wooden Boat Festival. Our special guest is Captain Robert D’Arcy, proprietor of Robert D’Arcy Marine Services and Primary Captain and Project Manager for the restoration of the 1907 Schooner Martha. Robert introduces us to Martha, tells us how she got here, and notes her unique place not only as a “living history” project, but also her role in sail training and education.
Robert and Eron emphasize the complementary, dynamic, and organic nature of a Port such as ours and its synergistic relationship with our local community and economy. We truly have a World Class boatyard that includes all facets of the Marine Trades, along with an amazing panorama of expertise.