Community Tides

Community Tides ~ 9/11

Exploring new developments, new paradigms, and the new normal facing Jefferson County, with KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of the Jefferson Community Foundation.

On today’s Community Tides, Siobhan Canty and Chris Bricker talk about escalating real estate activity and its relationship to future outcomes in affordable housing. Housing champions have started to gather to discuss and strategize. A new childcare cooperative has started here in Port Townsend, and Siobhan gives us the details. Siobhan and Chris also discuss PT’s recent designation as a Creative District. PT has received funding to develop a plan for how we can do more to support local artists and makers. Finally, Siobhan gives us an update on the Foundation’s COVID response — moving from the COVID Fund to the United Good Neighbors campaign.

Hear From Your Commissioner Candidates!

Election day approaches… KPTZ news reporter Lily Haight talks with commissioner candidates Heidi Eisenhour and Lorna Smith, who are both running for the District 2 seat on the Board of County Commissioners. They discuss everything from COVID-19 recovery, to affordable housing, and the future of law enforcement in Jefferson County.

County Public Health Report ~ 9/14

On Monday, September 14 at 9:45am, Vicki Kirkpatrick, Jefferson County Public Health Director, and Willie Bence, Director of Emergency Management provided public updates during the County Commissioners’ weekly meeting about COVID-19 and our county’s preparedness.

Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke joined the meeting also, to address questions from KPTZ listeners. Potential for Phase 3 designation for Jefferson County was discussed, along with advise for getting the new flu shots.

Regarding the challenges for providing fresh air to reduce Covid-19 transmission, while smoke particles are at a dangerous level, Willie Bence stated that N95 masks are available to at-risk populations. Other options for safe open air space, are being explored.

KPTZ broadcast via 91.9FM and streamed at KPTZ.org this timely COVID-19 information, which was also videostreamed live and recorded for online viewing any time thereafter at the Jefferson County website.

Submit your Public Health questions to Dr. Tom Locke by emailing contactus@kptz.org.

Compass for 9/12/20

This week on the Compass, we bring you two important stories:

First, as the U.S Census Bureau struggles to overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and political maneuverings seemingly aimed at hampering its mission, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker spoke with the 2020 Census Jefferson County Project Director Jeannie McMacken and Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Brotherton about the logistics, the challenges, and the successes that good planning have brought to our County’s efforts.  Both emphasize convincingly the importance of being counted before October 31st.

And then we catch up with the Board President of an amazing volunteer organization that is seeking to expand its mission to help foster children and their families at a time of most urgent need.

The Compass airs Saturdays at noon and repeats the following Monday at noon and 5 pm, exclusively here on KPTZ, 91.9 FM in Port Townsend

County Public Health Briefings ~ Tuesday, 9/8

Because of the Labor Day holiday, this week’s County Public Health Meeting was rescheduled for Tuesday, September 8 at 9:45 am.

KPTZ broadcasts Public Health Updates on COVID-19 live from the Board of County Commissioners’ weekly meeting. Dr. Tom Locke, Public Health Officer for Jefferson County answered questions from KPTZ listeners including information about Covid-19 vaccine priorities, thoughts on herd immunity, and advice on flu vaccinations. Willie Bence, Director of Emergency Management, provide information also spoke about the County’s mask and PPE preparedness.

Submit your Public Health questions to Dr. Tom Locke by emailing contactus@kptz.org.

Compass for 9/05/20

This week on the Compass, we talk with the director about the triumph of imagination and technology that prevented the 44th Annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival from becoming yet another victim of COVID-19.

#159 Isabel Hammet, PTHS H.S. grad

(Airdate: August 25, 2020) UNIVERSITY BOUND IN THE COVID ERA. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Izzy (Isabel) Hammett, a member of the Port Townsend High School Class of 2020. It was a weird senior year. Izzy is dyslectic and says online learning was quite difficult. But she was determined to succeed. She went for every extra credit that she could. It paid off – she raised her “Bs” to “As” and won the prestigious Andy Palmer Scholarship. Izzy was accepted into her dream college, PLU (Pacific Lutheran University). The PTHS class of 2020 had no prom. And avid athlete Izzy also saw team sports cancelled. Graduation at the Drive-In was – well – unique experience. This fall PLU has announced that it’s online learning. Like most entering freshmen, Izzy would love to have the full college experience, including the dorm room. But she wants to go into psychology and is willing to do whatever it takes to get there.

County Public Health Report ~ 8/24

On Monday, August 24 Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke shared about the recent Jefferson County uptick in COVID-19 cases. He answered questions from KPTZ listeners regarding mask recommendations and enforcement, and overall public health strategies.

Some topics Dr. Locke addressed included: types of masks, the need for ventilation in public places, potential for super spreaders, safety at hospitals, and school reopenings.

Submit your Public Health questions to Dr. Tom Locke by emailing contactus@kptz.org.

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 8/21

Through Science to Health, a continuing bi-monthly interview and commentary with Lynn Sorensen, RN and KPTZ Host Chris Bricker began today with a public service announcement from the Jefferson County Public Health Dept. The announcement, authorized by Dr Tom Locke, Health Officer, was sent to KPTZ on August 20 asking for people who had attended a social gathering at Tarboo Lake on August 15 and 16 to contact their provider or call the Nurse Hotline at JHC at 360-344-3094 for possible exposure to coronavirus. Two persons from these gatherings were positive for COVID-19. The Health Dept has already identified 23 contacts at this party and is working quickly to get these people into isolation and quarantine.

Other topics include clinical studies of trial therapeutics for those already infected with coronavirus: Convalescent Plasma Therapy, and Remdesivir (antiviral) and Interferon beta in combination. Both of these therapies may prove to shorten hospital stays for those with COVID-19 by 4 days. The ongoing issue of masking included the care and feeding of your mask. Local case numbers are compared with Kitsap and Clallam county.

Amanda Funaro

(Airdate: August 14, 2020) Amanda Funaro, Candidate for Jefferson County Commissioner and esteemed local businessperson, on campaigning during COVID times and the future of Jefferson County.

Brewocracy Now with John Mauro ~ 8/13

Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro is on KPTZ with a web-based format, in a weekly time slot Thursdays, from 12:10 to 12:40pm. Discovery Road DJ host Tim Quackenbush hosts John’s virtual online meeting as a live broadcast, with updates on the fast-changing local world in and around Port Townsend.

Topics covered today include:
– A Day In The Life Of A City Manager
– Police Chief and Finance Director to be at this Saturday’s Farmers Market
– Kai Thai Park Status
– Schools and COVID-19
– Importance of collaboration with other agencies

Stay tuned for the weekly chance to learn more about developments for the City of Port Townsend. John will take questions and encourage productive dialogue (and exemplary virtual meeting etiquette) to steer through a range of topics. 

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#158 Kris Nelson, Sirens & Alchemy Owner

(Airdate: August 11, 2020) Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Kris Nelson, owner of four Port Townsend restaurants and bars (Sirens, Alchemy, The Old Whiskey Mill and The Inbetween). Like virtually all business owners, Kris has suffered significant losses through the great COVID-19 shutdown of 2020. She says she loses money every day she stays open throughout the spring and summer. Take out and limited seating does not really translate into profits in the restaurant business. But Kris is a fighter and hopes to weather the COVID storm and emerge with her business intact. Here’s her strategy: “I want to focus on how to succeed, not whether we will succeed.”

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 8/07

Today’s Through Science to Health program with KPTZ host Chris Bricker and Lynn Sorensen, RN discussed local and national news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Articles from the National Institute for Health (NIH), NPR, and The Atlantic were sources for their discussion regarding vaccine development, therapeutic tests, infection and death projection numbers through 2020, and the human immune system – its usual response to pathogens and its unusual response to coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) where it over-performs, causing more damage to the human body. The question of school re-opening is still that – a question. Local school districts have yet to announce their plan for this academic year.

Oceanna Van Lelyveld

(Airdate: August 7, 2020) Oceanna Van Lelyveld, owner of the Cellar Door, on the service industry in Port Townsend and the things COVID-19 teaches us.

Community Tides ~ 7/31

Exploring new developments, new paradigms, and the new normal facing Jefferson County, with KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of the Jefferson Community Foundation.

Today, Siobhan gave us her regular Foundation update. Then Siobhan and Chris Bricker discussed development of the new Family Resource Navigator; the next phase of COVID-19 response funding through United Good Neighbors; working from home; and the importance of mental health resources.

Brewocracy Now with John Mauro ~ 7/30

Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro is on KPTZ with a web-based format, in a weekly time slot Thursdays, from 12:10 to 12:40pm. Discovery Road DJ host Tim Quackenbush hosts John’s virtual online meeting as a live broadcast, with updates on the fast-changing local world in and around Port Townsend.

Topics covered include: Engage PT (the City’s new community engagement program will launch in one week); Shoreline Master Program Update; Fort Worden PDA Update; Reckoning (a conversation between BIPOC and Law Enforcement to air on July 30 from 7-9 pm); and COVID-19 regulation updates.

Stay tuned for the weekly chance to learn more about developments for the City of Port Townsend. John will take questions and encourage productive dialogue (and exemplary virtual meeting etiquette) to steer through a range of topics. 

Brewocracy Now Call-In Line
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#157 Jake Soule, Admiralty Distillers/Sanitizer Supplier

(Airdate: July 28, 2020) FROM DISTILLED SPIRITS TO SANITIZER. Our Town host Maryanne McNellis interviews Jake Soule, owner of Admiralty Distillers. Jake grew up in Calgary, Canada, which is better known for cowboys than sailors. But he fell in love with sailing and ended up on the crew of a tall ship. To help pay the bills he became a skilled carpenter and all-round construction guy. That led to Port Townsend’s own Wooden Boat School. Jake also loves spirits and he soon realized that the town lacked its own craft distillery. After considerable study and a pass through the regulatory maze, he opened Admiralty Distillers. But that business, like every business around, was slammed by the COVID virus. However, Jake realized he could help the community. He turned his still into a hand sanitizer production facility. Admiralty’s sanitizer is playing a crucial role in community safety.

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 7/24

Today’s Through Science to Health conversation between Lynn Sorensen, RN and Chris Bricker, KPTZ host, touched on many topics: the local and national numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S.; the rapidly increasing rate of confirmed cases from 3 million to 4 million in the past 15 days; travel advisories with 14-day quarantine rules now in place in states with fewer COVID-19 cases for travelers from ‘hot spot’ states, Washington state included; vaccine development and eventual access to a COVID-19 vaccine; who will get it and who can afford to get it; and the question of how schools will re-open this academic year, virtually or in person.

Jefferson Community Foundation ~ 7/17

On alternate Fridays at 12:10pm, Chris Bricker and Co-Host Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of JCF, talk about new developments, new paradigms, and the “new normal” facing Jefferson County through the work of Jefferson Community Foundation and the local nonprofits the organization supports. Discussed on today’s show were an update on the COVID-19 Fund and its need for flexibility, the Good Neighbor Campaign, an update on the Interlocal Collaboration Group, back-to-school issues; and how we can grow our local economy while lessening our dependence on tourists.

Brewocracry Now with John Mauro ~ 7/16

Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro is on KPTZ with a web-based format, in a weekly time slot Thursdays, from 12:10 to 12:40pm. Discovery Road DJ host Tim Quackenbush hosts John’s virtual online meeting as a live broadcast, with updates on the fast-changing local world in and around Port Townsend.

Topics covered included: Update on status of City services, City Council Ad Hoc Committee on Policing, Call-In Questions about COVID-19 advice, and Community engagement.

Stay tuned for the weekly chance to learn more about developments for the City of Port Townsend. John will take questions and encourage productive dialogue (and exemplary virtual meeting etiquette) to steer through a range of topics. 

Brewocracy Now Call-In Line
(call in your question during the 12:10 to 12:40pm broadcast):
360-215-7270

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 872 1438 1087
Password: 816197