KPTZ is thrilled to ring in the New Year with Grace Love! performing at the Palindrome on Saturday, December 31 at 9pm, for an intimate set with dance party to follow, and a champagne toast at midnight. KPTZ listeners can enter a ticket giveaway to win a pair of Grace Love New Year’s Eve tickets. Just submit your 2023 New Year’s resolution to [email protected] by noon on Friday, December 30. The winner will be hand-chosen based on your emails. Create new, fancy memories and reminisce with Grace Love this New Years Eve. And to ensure you get tickets to this celebration, you can purchase tickets here.
Next Public Health Briefing is 1/03
Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meetings are now held twice a month. Due to the New Years holiday, the next meeting will be Tuesday, January 3 at 9:45am. KPTZ continues to broadcast these live to provide you with the latest public health and emergency preparedness reports. Tune in to hear the latest information and guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, flu, and the Monkeypox virus. You may submit your public health questions to Dr. Allison Berry and to Willie Bence by emailing [email protected]. Please send your questions by the previous Friday, December 30 at noon to be answered at the following week’s BOCC meeting. Archived recording will be available for streaming later that same day, via kptz.org.
Solitary Soldiers of Service ~ Volunteering in the Shadows
(Airdate: December 27, 2022) This episode highlights a subset of volunteers: those individuals independent of nonprofit associations who serve humbly and discreetly from behind the scenes. More often than not, these folks choose to remain unnoticed. Missy Nielsen, host of Everybody Can, was able to convince one of these solitary soldiers of service to speak on what inspires and informs their decision to volunteer in this way. Join our conversation with videographer and storyteller Dennis Daneau, and be inspired to consider in what unique way, large or small one can make a difference in the lives of others.
Nature Now #598
Walking Anacortes Community Forest Lands
(Airdate: December 21, 2022) Bob Jepperson and Mary Robson introduce the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, 3000 acres of undeveloped land where he has walked and photographed for over 11 years.
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County Public Health Report ~ 12/19/22
The following is a recording 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. The summary below was provided by Jim Burke, producer of KPTZ’s Tuesday’s Local News.
In Jefferson County, the two-week COVID-19 case rate last week was 451 but is now 398 per 100,000 people. Two people are currently hospitalized. 73 new cases were added this week for a total of 6,536 cases. Dr. Berry said three viruses are still challenging our community, that nationally COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise, and 400 people are dying from COVID-19 every day across the U.S. Statewide, there is also a rise in cases, but she said in Jefferson County case rates are relatively flat. In Clallam County there IS a rise with 6 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
Influenza is being reported at a 33% rate in testing, which is high, and there is a high presentation of cases in hospitals and clinics, but she says they might be seeing a plateau in flu cases. 40 people have died due to influenza in Washington State this season.
In terms of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), Dr. Berry said we are seeing a plateau and even a drop in RSV cases in the central Puget Sound. This is freeing up some pediatric bed space in the major hospitals there, which is making it possible to transfer more severely ill young patients to children’s hospitals in the I-5 corridor. She feels we could see a downtrend on all three viruses soon, but she said, “It all depends on US!”
“The biggest thing for all three of these is to wear a mask indoors. It does reduce transmission of Covid, RSV, and flu. For flu and Covid, there are highly effective vaccines available that can reduce your likelihood of getting infected with the virus and spreading it to others, and dramatically reduce your risk of getting severely ill. The COVID-19 bivalent boosters are available to anyone 6 months and up, so if it’s been more than 2 months since your kiddoes got their vaccines, we recommend moving forward with the bivalent booster. Flu vaccines are also available for anyone 6 months and older. And last, but not least, staying home when you are sick is really critical.”
Cycling for World Rejuvenation
(Airdate: December 29, 2022) Rachel Dunn and Kellen Lynch share some of the highlights of their travels through Western Europe, a tour they undertook by bicycle and train in search of sustainable practices in agriculture, housing and community. Hosted by Phil Andrus.
December 16-31 KPTZ Programming Highlights
For a compendium of upcoming featured programs, check out Spotlight for December 16-31. Many of our program hosts provide specifics about what’s planned for this half month. If you’re not already a Spotlight subscriber, you’re invited to join our Mailing List. See KPTZ’s current Weekly On-Air Schedule and Daily Program Schedule.