Virus Watch Reports

Through Science to Health ~ 9/18

Through Science to Health continues through September with Lynn Sorensen, RN and Chris Bricker, KPTZ Host discussing and commenting on the latest pandemic developments.

County Public Health Report ~ 9/21

At today’s Public Health Briefings to the Jefferson County Commissioners, Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke discussed:
• Latest regional case count statistics
• Folly of non-mask wearing
• Timing for COVID-19 vaccine is not imminently expected
• Need for ventilation to be inside when smoke prevents air flow from outdoors
• Dose exposure of virus is a big factor
• Efficacy of testing

And Willie Bence discussed the additional available N95 masks.

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

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.

Pump-Outs and Boater Sewage

(Airdate: September 16, 2020) Coastal Cafe host Aaron Barnett has a most interesting conversation about boater sewage with Catherine Buchalski-Smith. Catherine talks in great detail about pumpouts, boater sewage impacts and other elements of this small but important federal program.

Brewocracy Now with John Mauro ~ 9/17

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.

This week John’s featured guest was City of Port Townsend Parks, Recreation & Community Services Director Alex Wisniewski.  John and Alex provided background on the golf course lease and took questions from the public regarding the current golf course request for proposals process, and discussed how the public could continue to engage on the topic.

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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A Botanical Ark in Port Townsend

(Airdate: September 15) Biodiversity is a keystone issue for continued health and wellness across the spectrum of our lives and planet. Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can speaks with Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson of the Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy whose  mission  is focused on threatened and vulnerable plants both wild and cultivated.

Everybody Can airs on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:40 pm.

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.

Nature Now #479
Snorkeling Around Port Townsend, Part 2

(Airdate: September 14, 2020) Nan Evans meets Steve Grace on the beach at the Northwest Maritime Center in downtown Port Townsend. Steve had just come out of the water and shares what he just saw while snorkeling in our local waters. Part 1 of their conversation aired in early August.

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

Brewocracy Now with John Mauro ~ 9/10

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.

This week, Port Townsend Library Director Melody Eisler joined the broadcast and shared some of what happened at last week’s Library Strategic Plan Open House, and talked about what’s next.

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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#160 Bakin & Johnson, PTHS Class of 2021

(Airdate: September 8, 2020) HOME ALONE FOR PTHS CLASS OF 2021. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Melanie Bakin & Soso (Sorina) Johnston, members of the Port Townsend class of 2021. This year will be an unusual, if not surreal, experience. Due to the coronavirus, there will be no in-classroom learning first semester. Melanie will be returning full-time to PTHS. She loves the teachers and she loves the school. Upon reflection, Soso is taking a different path. Even though she was student body president during her junior year and was elected senior class president this year, she’s decided not to return full-time. She is going to be taking advantage of Running Start, which is a joint program between Peninsula College and the high school. Both students have their reasons. It is a daunting prospect to be learning entirely at a distance. High school will definitely not be as much fun! It will take real grit to buckle down in front of your computer day after day.

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.

Through Science to Health ~ 9/04

Through Science to Health continues into September with Lynn Sorensen, RN and Chris Bricker, KPTZ Host discussing and commenting on the latest pandemic developments.

Lynn reiterated a number of talking points from Dr Tom Locke, Jefferson County Health Officer’s briefing to the BOCC on Monday, August 31st.
The University of Alberta researchers have developed a possible anti-viral treatment drug that works by stopping the novel coronavirus replication within human cells, thereby stopping the infection process. Also discussed is Dr Scott Atlas, a newly favored consultant to the president, regarding ‘herd immunity’.

Brewocracy Now with John Mauro ~ 9/03

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.

Today’s topics included:

  • Providing for the homeless
  • The future of the Port Townsend Golf Course
  • Coordinating development projects with the County and other government agencies
  • City Council term limits
  • Engage PT

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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Bill Porter #2

(First airdate: September 2, 2020) The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse. Listen to Bill recite the poetry and talk about his travels in China over three decades.  Why are poets so revered in China and even an illiterate farmer can quote passages?

Abandoned and Derelict Vessels

(Airdate: September 2, 2020) Coastal Cafe host Aaron Barnett speaks with Troy Wood, Director of Washington State’s Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Program. Troy discusses the Vessel Turn-In Program or VTIP as well as new legislation that expands efforts to collect and dispose of derelict vessels in Washington waters.

Nature Now #478
Water Predictions with Ann Soule

(Airdate: September 2, 2020) Host Mary Robson and hydrologist Ann Soule discuss limited water availability for September 2020,  when the Pacific Northwest is affected by both ‘snow drought’ and ‘rainfall drought.’

Chaos, Coffee and Covid- Recovery Cafe

(Airdate: September 1, 2020) Catching up with Recovery Cafe manager Brian Richardson and volunteer extraordinaire Tom Young, we learn how a non-profit in the midst of opening with hopes to provide a vital service stays the course during our Pandemic. Consider the progress and promise of this community space with Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can.

County Public Health Report ~ 8/31

At today’s Public Health Briefings to the Jefferson County Commissioners, Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke discussed the latest national and local case statistics, wherein Jefferson County’s count increased over the weekend by one to 70 total. Dr. Locke answered a number of questions submitted on behalf of KPTZ listeners, addressing developments in testing, concerns about essential workers, and potentials for vaccine.

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

Compass for 8/29/20

This week on the Compass, we take a look at the local response and effects of the attack from within on the U.S. Postal Service and then, after an interview with the USPS regional spokesperson, we get an inside glimpse of an apparent rebellion at the Tacoma mail processing center, where postal workers restored some high-speed mail-sorting machines against orders from on high.

Jonathan Evison

(Airdate: August 28, 2020) Jonathan Evison on spiked seltzer, talk radio and Olde Seattle.

Jake Beattie

(Airdate: August 28, 2020) Jake Beattie on Wooden Boat Festival 2020, and how to prepare top ramen.

Brewocracy Now with John Mauro ~ 8/27

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. For the August 27 show, Larry Stein co-hosted John’s virtual online meeting. Topics included were:

  • Engage PT website survey and “Ambassador” opportunity.
  • City preparations to serve the homeless this fall.
  • City Council discussion of the Police Department budget.
  • Ways to improve processing of permits for ADUs and other development.
  • Status of ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft.

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):
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#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.