Jefferson County Community Health Michael Dawson, Water Quality Manager 360-385-9444 ext. 301
Port Townsend, WA. Recent shellfish samples taken from multiple locations in Jefferson County were found to contain elevated levels of the marine biotoxin that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). As a result, the Washington State Department of Health has closed beaches in Jefferson County for recreational harvest for all shellfish species, from the Clallam County line to the Hood Canal Bridge. The closures include Admiralty Inlet, Port Townsend Bay, Oak Bay, Kilisut Harbor, Mystery Bay, Mats Mats Bay, and Port Ludlow. Discovery Bay has been closed since July. Hood Canal beaches are under a Vibrio Warning to cook all shellfish. Danger signs have been posted at public access points warning people not to consume shellfish from this area.
EFFECTIVE July 2, 2021 — AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, a burn ban will be in effect for all outdoor burning, INCLUDING RECREATIONAL FIRES, PITS AND THE USE OF CHARCOAL BRIQUETTES, within Jefferson County, per Resolution 31 21, as recommended by the Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Jefferson County Board of Fire Chiefs and the Jefferson County Fire Marshal. The burn ban is in alignment with the Department of Natural Resources Commissioner’s Order banning all fires on state lands. Any outdoor burning is illegal.
September 2, 2021 Allison Berry, MD, MPH, Health Officer for Jefferson and Clallam counties.
JEFFERSON AND CLALLAM COUNTIES—All patrons entering an indoor restaurant or bar in Jefferson and Clallam Counties must provide proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, beginning Saturday, September 4, according to a public health order issued today by Doctor Allison Berry, Health Officer for Jefferson and Clallam counties.
Jefferson County Public Works Starting today (9/1) and Thursday (9/2) Jefferson County will be in Port Ludlow to chip seal and fog seal major roads. There will be substantial traffic delays due to lane closures and flagged, alternating traffic approximately between the hours of 7 AM and 4 PM: Wednesday, 9/1, expect delays on Oak Bay Rd between Montgomery Ln and Paradise Bay Rd for chip sealing.Thursday, (9/2), expect delays in and around the intersections of Oak Bay Rd, Paradise Bay Rd and Osprey Ridge Dr for fog sealing. Weather and other issues may delay these plans, we will update you with any major changes. Fog sealing will continue in following weeks. Our current plan is to do Oak Bay Rd next Wednesday (9/8), Paradise Bay Rd on 9/9 and 9/14 and Walker Way on 9/15. A number of minor roads in the area will be included each day while we are in the area. Fog sealing requires dry weather, and we will move faster or slower in proportion to temperature, sunlight and wind. Travelers can expect delays especially when working in intersections, work zones will be controlled with traffic control personnel, signs and in some cases by pilot car. Emergency responders will be given priority. If you have any questions or need further information please contact the Port Hadlock Office at 360-385-0890.
Oh, happy day! For those of us who love watching thespians tread the boards at local theaters, our enjoyment is returning after a long break! I have checked the theaters in the area to see what their plans are for the next few months, and here is what I have found:
Of course, Ludlow Village Players is one of our favorites because we get to watch our neighbors performing close to home. And they are excellent! They spend months rehearsing, and it really shows! Director Val Durling’s article is in this issue, so check it out.
Due to the rise of the Delta variant and the surge of local Covid-19 cases, the in-person legal seminars planned for Sept. 9 and Sept. 21 at the Bay Club have been canceled. The seminar sponsors said that they made the cancelation decision to safeguard the health of the community. Ongoing estate-planning programs, to be held live on Zoom, can be found at https://www.sherrardlaw.com/seminars.
Medicare open enrollment is coming. Are you ready? Medicare 101, an online educational seminar, will be held Thursday, September 16, at 11:30 a.m.
Stephanie Kirk, associate agent of JC Madison in Poulsbo, can help you gain the clarity you need to sort out complex Medicare rules and guidelines. Her Medicare 101 presentation will address this year’s costs, eligibility requirements, enrollment deadlines, and opportunities to change coverage.
The award-winning writer of the Longmire mysteries will appear in a livestreamtalk on Thursday,September 16, from7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Craig Johnson, whose best-selling books formed the basis for the Longmire TV series on Netflix, is this year’s Huntingford Humanities Lecture guest speaker. The event will be streamed on big screens at three locations (reservations required): Jefferson County Library, Quilcene Community Center, and Brinnon Community Center.