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February 6, 2018





Olympic Resource Management (ORM), has advised that they are going to commence timber harvesting operations in mid-February on the 91-acre tract of land called ‘Miller Time’ (see map). It is located between Paradise Bay Road and the previous PLA harvest near the Woodridge Village in South Bay. Harvested trees will be removed from the site south on Teal Lake Road and the parcel will be replanted for future harvest. This harvest has been approved by the Department of Natural Resources.

ORM will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, February 8 from 3:30 to 5 pm, in the Bay Club Auditorium to discuss their specific plans and impacts the harvesting will have on area residents.

For further information, contact Adrian Miller, at 360-697-6626,


February 2, 2018

CONTACTS: Ian Miller, 360-417-6460 or
MaryAnn Wagner, 206-616-6353 or

Calling All Filmmakers: Entries Sought for the Olympic Peninsula’s 5th annual River & Ocean Film Festival

Submit short films by March 2 for April 21 screening at the Rainforest Arts Center in Forks

Forks, WA – The River & Ocean Film Festival, hosted in conjunction with Forks
RainFest and the Washington Coast Clean-up, celebrates the freshwater and marine
environments on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula. Short films from the
peninsula and beyond will showcase this region’s beauty and the issues facing its
aquatic habitats and human communities.

Check out last year’s films at the event website (
Filmmakers everywhere are invited to submit short films.

Entries can be submitted in electronic or DVD formats. Running time must be
under 20 minutes, including credits; stand-alone segments of longer works are
welcome. Entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
on March 2, 2018. Please include:
• The entry’s title, director and producer
• A brief (maximum 250 words) description of the entry, its running time and
its relevance to the natural or human dimensions of the watersheds or marine
ecosystems of the west end of the Olympic Peninsula
• The year it was produced

The festival organizing committee will review all entries as they arrive and make
selections on a rolling basis.

To arrange submission, please send an email to Ian Miller at

Festival screenings will start at 7:00 p.m April 21, 2018 in Forks, WA. The event is
sponsored by the North Pacific Coast Marine Resource Committee, Washington
Sea Grant, North Pacific Coast Lead Entity, Pacific Coast Salmon Coalition, the
West Olympic Council of the Arts and the City of Forks.

Based at the University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant provides statewide marine
research, outreach, and education services. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.


January 26, 2018

Bluegreen Algae Blooms Continue But Toxins Decline

A bloom of bluegreen algae was found by Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) at Lake Leland in January, but test results did not show detectable levels of toxins.  Warning signs have been posted at the boat ramp and fishing pier. At Anderson Lake, no visual traces were left of a previous severe bloom which kept the lake closed for much of 2017. However, laboratory testing did show low levels of the potent toxin anatoxin-a. Since the toxin level of 0.2 micrograms per liter is below the Washington State recreational guideline of 1 microgram, JCPH has recommended that Anderson Lake State Park post the lake with Warning signs. A Warning sign indicates that, while the lake is open, it is recommended that people avoid areas of scum, keep children and pets out of the water and clean fish well and discard the skin and guts. Washington State Parks has informed JCPH that the Anderson Lake State Park gate will be open Fridays through Sundays in winter. A bloom appeared on Gibbs Lake on Friday, January 26. JCPH will test it for toxins and for now the lake is posted with Caution signs.

JCPH has monitored local lakes for bluegreen algae seasonally since 2007. The 2018 monitoring season has begun and testing results will be posted on the JCPH website at If you observe a bloom in a Jefferson County lake, please report it by calling 360-385-9444. For fishing seasons and regulations see the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website Information on visiting Gibbs Lake County Park and the Lake Leland Campground is available at


January 22, 2018

Jefferson County Public Health Flu Announcement

Across Washington, flu taking a toll on people and medical facilities

What: State health officials issue recommendations for when and where to get medical care.

Why: Flu illness is widespread across the state and many health care facilities report full waiting rooms and a high demand for treatment of flu and other currently circulating illnesses. To help ease the crowding at medical facilities, state health officials want the public to know when and where to seek medical care, and to be on the lookout for warning signs of a potentially life-threatening situation.


Unless they require immediate medical attention, people who have symptoms of flu should contact their doctor before going to a hospital emergency room.

The emergency room should be used for people who are very sick. You should not go to the emergency room if you are only mildly ill. If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness (below), you should go to the emergency room.

In most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with the flu have mild or moderate illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.

People who are at higher risk of flu complications should call their health care provider for advice if they get symptoms of the flu.

These groups include:

There are some danger/warning signs that should prompt immediate medical care.

In children:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away if an infant has any of these signs:

  • Being unable to eat
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Has no tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

In adults:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Recommendations for people who don’t have symptoms of flu:

  • Get a flu shot. It’s recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Flu shots are available at most pharmacies and health care providers across the state. Washington provides all recommended vaccines, including flu vaccine, at no-cost for kids from birth through age 18.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Use sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available
  • Cover your cough
  • Stay away from sick people as much as possible. It’s possible to spread flu before you even know you’re sick, so cover your cough, wash your hands often, and stay home if you begin to feel sick.

Typical symptoms of flu illness include:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

The Department of Health has a weekly report of influenza activity posted during the flu season. The department’s website is your source for a healthy dose of information. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


January 17, 2018

Jefferson Healthcare, Jefferson County Public Health, and the City of Port Townsend
are working together to make Community Health a priority. See the flyer here.

Kitsap Humane Society:  A Record-Breaking Year for the Animals!

More than 7,000 animals in need came through the doors of Kitsap Humane Society in 2017, and more than 6,810 were placed with families – an all-time record and the fourth consecutive year of lifesaving growth!

“It’s been an incredible year of growth in our capacity to save lives and serve our community,” said Eric Stevens, the agency’s executive director. “We stretched to serve more animals in need by working with rescue partners to save 2,473 pets through our Rescue Me transfer program. This included saving scores of pets from the tragic fire and flood areas in California, Puerto Rico and Texas. Many of these pets were at risk of euthanasia before they came to us, and were placed into loving homes in our community.”

Kitsap Humane Society’s animal lifesaving rate of 96 percent is among the highest in the country for a shelter of its size, and a testament to the individualized care each pet receives.

Kitsap Humane Society took in 3,204 local stray pets and 1,358 pets surrendered by their owners, for a grand total of 7,035 pets admitted. Best of all, 6,810 pets were re-homed, with 5,910 pets adopted, and a record 731 lost pets in our community were returned to their families.

KHS’ Veterinary Services team performed 5,607 spay and neuter surgeries last year, including reduced cost surgeries for 2,122 pets belonging to low-income community members, and another 300 pets from low-income families received vaccinations and microchips.  KHS’ Animal Control officers investigated a record 3,576 cases, ranging from abuse and neglect to aggressive or hurt animals.

Kitsap Humane Society relies heavily on volunteers, 600 of whom helped with everything from dog walking and kitty brushing, to assisting with surgery, adoptions, and washing dishes and laundry. Volunteers also serve as foster parents, which allows vulnerable pets like kittens and puppies, pets stressed by the kennel environment, and those recovering from surgery to receive care in a home setting. Last year a record 1,230 pets spent time in foster care, including a 75 percent increase in adult and senior dogs needing more personalized care.

In addition to the hundreds of volunteers, nearly 3,000 households donated to KHS last year.  “We are so grateful to our Kitsap community for their love of animals and support for those animals in need,” Stevens said. “We couldn’t do this work without them.”

Kitsap Humane Society is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization that has been caring for animals in need since 1908. KHS’ vision is that every adoptable companion animal has a home. For more information, visit 


January 12, 2018

Smile Mobile in PT and Chimacum Feb. 2018

The SmileMobile, a mobile dental van, is coming to Jefferson Co in February.

Serving children (babies through high school age) and pregnant and postpartum women.

This full service dental van will provide oral health education, examination, x-rays (if needed), cleanings, sealants, fillings and simple extractions.  Written referrals will be provided to individuals with comprehensive dental needs.

  • Port Townsend  February 12 – 16, 2018 at Jefferson Co. Public Health
  • Chimacum February 20 – 23, 2018 at the Tri-Area Community Center
  • Brinnon February 26 – March 1, 2018 at Brinnon School

If you would like to schedule a dental appointment or have questions, please call now1.888.286.9105.

The program accepts Apple Health (Medicaid, Provider One) and offers a sliding fee scale for families limited or no dental insurance.


December 6, 2017

Jefferson Healthcare hires New General Surgeon & Primary Care Physician

David Schwartz, DO has joined the team at Jefferson Healthcare Surgical Associates, Port Townsend, WA specializing in General Surgery and Endoscopy.  Dr. Schwartz recently completed five years of residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, OR after completing medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  His clinical interests in laparoscopy and endoscopy allow him to use his problem solving and critical thinking skills to work collaboratively with his patient panel.  He has created a practice style in which he greets every patient with a smile and without judgment, he is very open to listening to his patients and is thoughtful in his surgical planning.  Dr. Schwartz and his wife (Dr. Crystal Schwartz, Primary Care) joined the JHC team because of the positive work environment they witnessed while visiting, the appealing community size and location of Port Townsend.  Dr. Schwartz’ philosophy in life and medicine is “every day to act in a manner that strives to leave the world and its inhabitants a little better off by sunset than it was at sunrise”.

Chrystal Schwartz, DO has joined the team at Jefferson Healthcare Primary Care, Port Townsend, WA specializing in Family Medicine and Obstetrics.  Dr. Schwartz recently completed five years of residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, OR after completing medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  She is Board Certified Family Medicine and in addition to her Primary Care interests, Dr. Schwartz is passionate about Women’s Health, Maternal and Infant Care.   Dr. Schwartz is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Osteopathic Association.  She and her husband (Dr. David Schwartz, Surgical Associates) live in Port Townsend with their infant son.



October 20, 2017

Resources Available for People Living with Alzheimer’s and Their Caregivers
Caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Alzheimer’s Association family caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of the month, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, at Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Rd, Chimacum, WA 98325. For information call Patricia Smith at (360) 379-4186.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit


Dermatology Team joins Jefferson Healthcare

Dr. Claire Haycox and Leah Layman, ARNP join Jefferson Healthcare and bring high quality dermatological services to the community.  The dermatology team will see patients in the Jefferson Healthcare Dermatology Clinic at 834 Sheridan Street, as well as at the Port Ludlow Clinic at 89 Breaker Lane.

Dr. Haycox is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology.  She graduated from the University of Washington with a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and completed her medical degree at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine.  Leah Layman, ARNP attended the University of Florida for her postgraduate studies.  Dr. Haycox and Nurse Practitioner Layman have a proven track record of strong teamwork, having worked together for the past two years in Florida.  When Dr. Haycox was recruited to Jefferson Healthcare, she asked Nurse Practitioner Layman to join her.  “We are more than colleagues, we’re friends.  We work well together and know that our patients benefit from that closeness,” Nurse Practitioner Layman says.  “We are a full-service practice for the whole family.  Every generation has its own set of skin needs that we can tend to,” adds Dr. Haycox.

Call 360.379.2249 to learn more about Jefferson Healthcare dermatology.  Or, talk to your Primary Care Provider and ask about a referral for your unique skincare needs.


June 13, 2017



January 31, 2017
WIC helps Jefferson County Families Make Ends Meet

As food costs and economic challenges mount, many young families turn to the Jefferson County Public Health. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplementary food program helps them close the gaps in a family food budget. It helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children to the age of five to eat well and stay healthy by providing healthy foods and personalized support.

The program provides organic fruits/vegetables, whole grain bread, breakfast cereals, milk, cheese, eggs, juice, baby foods and infant formula. The WIC food package can add $50-$100, per eligible family member, to your monthly budget. WIC highly encourages breastfeeding, with additional food for breastfeeding mothers.

Since 2000, the Jefferson County median household income of $46,651 has been at least $10,000 below the median for Washington State households, according to the 2014 Community Health Assessment. Lower incomes and higher cost of living here make it challenging for young families to make ends meet. A family of four with an income of $44,955 or less would qualify for WIC. Women, Infants and children that participate in Apple Health are income eligible for WIC.

Whether you are a parent staying home with a newborn, or someone working to meet the needs of your young family, WIC is here for you during this brief time when your kids are young. WIC also serves families with eligible foster kids and grandparents caring for their young grandchildren.

For more information or to enroll for WIC, call 360-385-9400 to schedule an appointment at the Port Townsend, Chimacum, or Quilcene clinic. For more information on programs or services provided by Jefferson County Public visit the website at For questions contact Karen Obermeyer,, 360-385-9400.


February 13, 2016

Announcing the Port Ludlow Hiking Club Website

The Port Ludlow Hiking Club has a new website,, to promote our club and showcase the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula and beyond.  Developed by club member John Fillers, the website includes information and pictures of past hikes, a link to popular hikes, the Hiking Club schedules and other useful information for hikers.

The HIKES tab displays the last twelve hikes photographed by the club with captions describing the photos. The photos allow hikers to share their experience with family and friends and let members who did not participate in the hike see what they missed.

The TRAILS tab displays frequently used trails and can help prospective hikers know what to expect on a given hike.

Information about upcoming hikes can be found on the SCHEDULE page.  The ABOUT page gives the history of the hiking club and information on how to participate.  If you have any questions, please fill out the form on the CONTACT page.



February 10, 2016

Guidelines for Catastrophic Event Preparation

This is part a series of Disaster Preparedness articles prepared by Rob Stern, recently appointed PLVC Disaster Preparedness Director. This guideline and copies of disaster preparedness articles will also be available on the PLVC website,

Are you prepared?

In the event of a catastrophic event it may take days for emergency help to arrive. Be a leader; know how to protect yourself, your family, and our community. In preparation for such an event, it is wise to follow these instructions.

Have a battery powered radio or television in order to monitor news broadcasts and civil defense information. But keep in mind that there may be conflicting reports during and immediately following a mass casualty event.

Do not rely on having electricity.

Purchase a 12v power converter. This will allow you to keep both your laptop and cell phone charged from your car’s 12-volt plug-in.

Use Text Messaging for necessary communications.  Text Messaging may work when other means of communications do not.

To have access to critical information from this Guide, print copies of whatever information you feel is relevant. Print and distribute your family contact plan — and keep it in a binder for immediate reference.

Keep your car’s gas tank at least half full. Service stations will not have electricity to pump gas.

Have some cash on hand with your emergency supplies — ATM and credit card transactions will not be working.

At a minimum keep a 72-hour supply of water and food on hand for each member of your family and for your pets, along with any prescription medications you may require.

The Emergency First Aid section in this guide is intended to help you keep someone alive until trained first responders arrive. Not providing immediate first aid, during the critical first hour, may result in the death of the victim.

If you are in the immediate area of a disaster — rely on the Disaster Preparedness Block Captains, police, fire, and other officials for instructions. If you are not in the immediate area — STAY OUT!

To prevent the spread of disease, wash your hands as often as possible. Consider using a hand disinfectant to save water.

For additional information:


Recycling in Jefferson County Has Changed! 

Jefferson County now accepts: 

Rigid plastic plant pots (12 inch maximum), buckets (limit of 3), tubs (dairy, margarine, salsa containers. Rinse containers. Do not put containers in plastic or paper bags.

Clear, brown, and green glass bottles and jars with or without labels. NO blue glass.

Mixed paper including mail catalogs, newspapers, toilet paper rolls, paper bags, phone books, magazines, paper boxes from cereal, shoes, eggs, etc., unwaxed cardboard. Please breakdown and flatten all cardboard boxes. 

Metal cans with no lids, clean aluminum cans, pans and foil

Plastic bottles and jugs without lids.

Jefferson County does not accept: 

Plastic lids and caps                            Juice cartons

Used paper coffee cups                      Food contaminated paper

Clam shells                                          Pet food bags

Plastic bags                                         Milk cartons

Crinkly plastic containers                    Waxed cardboard

Deli containers                                    Plastic silverware

Food storage bags                               Plastic wrap

Do not place in with recycled glass: 

Ceramics         Light bulbs      Pyrex glass      Window and mirror glass

Recycle these Special Cases at: 

All compact fluorescent bulbs and tubes – HHW facility in the PT Boat Haven

Plastic bags – local QFC or Safeway

Hazardous waste, such as paint, electronics, batteries, motor oil, herbicides, etc – call 360-385-9160 or go to 

Other Information:, 360-385-7678.

Port Ludlow recycling is located at the Village Center, 40 Village Way. It is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.


Board of County Commissioners Meetings

Monday mornings, except fifth Mondays

BoCC Chambers, County Courthouse, Port Townsend.

Get an abbreviated agenda on Sunday in the Peninsula Daily News and a full agenda on the County website at

Meetings are open to the public. Briefings by the Commissioners are followed by hearings, discussions and other business