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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.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.”
(December 19, 2022 – Aphorisms for Modern Living) In a world of daily challenges, Ray offers pithy observations that contain a general truth.
(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.
Community Tides comes to you twice each month, with hosts Chris Bricker and Siobhan Canty, President & CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation. We join special guests to discuss fresh ideas, new developments and new paradigms as we travel into the months ahead. Today, Chris and Siobhan visit with Dick Schneider, who lovingly tends to orphan orchids at Raincoast Farms, a magical place tucked away among fir, hemlock and old growth cedars, just minutes from Port Townsend. In two greenhouses, Dick has a collection of unique species of tropical plants and selected hybrid orchids. Once he rehabilitates donated orchids to flower and health, he re-homes them to Jefferson Health Care.
Today on Brewocracy Now co-hosts Taylor Clark and City Manager John Mauro were joined by Port Townsend City Councilmember Libby Wennstrom. Libby answered questions about her first year on Council. They also talked about tonight’s Planning Commission Open Microphone (6pm in Council chambers) collecting public input on zoning changes to increase housing availability.
(Reprise Airdate: December 14, 2022) Host Debaran Kelso searches for migrating waterbirds with ecologist Geoff Hammerson as our guide (Part 2 of a 2 part program).
(Airdate: December 13, 2022) Missy Nielsen interviews Chris Macklin, head of of the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Department to acquaint us with the multiple opportunities to get involved with the recreational offerings of this department. With a county-wide reach, these programs have impacted hundreds – from toddlers to seniors. Listen in to hear how rewarding it is to work with our youth through this invaluable resource: Jefferson County Parks and Recreations and its recreation center.