Shellfish Closure North of Hood Canal Bridge

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. 

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2021 Burn Ban Amendment



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.

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Indoor restaurant and bar patrons must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.


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.

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Jefferson County Public Works

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
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Island Walk

by Suyin Karlsen, guest writer

It wasn’t yet sunrise and already a flock of sparrows was engaged in raucous chatter outside. Their living room was a Flame of the Forest tree ablaze with orangey red crab-claw flowers. One single tree rivaling a noisy fish market. Yet, guests at the Golden Sands Hotel in Penang, an island off the northwest coast of Malaysia slept on, as if under a spell. Even when they were awake and walking about, tourists appeared as if under a spell. There was just so much to absorb; first, the tropical heat, then there was the humidity. If they came from afar, there was the jet lag. The island is foreign but friendly, noisy but a bargain – exchange rate, that is – which all adds up to being exotic when you throw in impressive beach hotels with first rate service.

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Port Ludlow Women’s Golf Leagues News

by Kathy Traci, PLWGA and Lady Niners’ Publicity Chairperson

Port Ludlow Lady Niners’ Captain, Sharon Russell, welcomed three new members to the Lady Niners’ league. These three individuals are currently playing rounds with experienced members of the Lady Niners to obtain their GHIN handicap. When their handicap is secured, they will participate in the Lady Niners’ weekly competition for prize money. The Lady Niners “Best of Three Rounds Captain’s Cup Tournament” is being held this year. The winner will be announced at the end of the year Lady Niners’ luncheon.

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The Ryder Cup comes to Port Ludlow

by Tim Propeck, Sports Editor

The Port Ludlow Men’s Golf Association (PLMGA) completed a tournament in July modeled after the Ryder Cup played by a team from the United States against a team from Europe. It is played every two years and the location cycles between courses in the US and Europe. Players in the tournament are selected by their team captains based on the player’s performance in tour events.

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The Klondike Gold Rush and Seattle’s Rebirth

by Milton Lum, Contributing Writer

On the afternoon of June 6, 1889, a glue pot boiled over igniting the wood floor of a factory on the waterfront in Seattle. The fire department arrived 30 minutes too late to prevent the fire from spreading to the adjoining saloons and liquor stores. Fueled by the alcohol, the fire burned out of control until it had consumed 120 acres (twenty-five city blocks) resulting in over twenty million dollars in losses. A year later, aided by financial donations from Tacoma and San Francisco, the city had rebuilt itself with four hundred sixty-five new brick buildings replacing the wooden structures. Seattle’s growth was accelerated by the events in the Klondike which catapulted Seattle from a sleepy frontier town to a major metropolis on the world’s stage.

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