Discovery Bay Shellfish Closure

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michael Dawson, Water Quality Manager

Jefferson County Public Health

360-385-9444 ext. 301

Port Townsend, WA Recent shellfish samples taken from Discovery Bay 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 Discovery Bay beaches for shellfish harvest for all shellfish species. Danger signs have been posted at public access points warning people not to consume shellfish from this area.

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Marine Science Center Raises $123,634 at Virtual Auction

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) is grateful to the many supporters who attended its first-ever online auction, “You, Me & The Salish Sea.” The March event, held in conjunction with the annual PTMSC fundraiser to promote scientific and educational programs for conservation of the Salish Sea, raised $123,634.

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League of Women Voters Releases Videos for Office-Seekers

The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County (LWVJC) has posted three informational videos about running for, and serving in, public office. These videos, composed of questions and answers with city and county officials, were conducted via Zoom and are available for viewing at Transcripts of the interviews are also available at the web site.

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Behind the Scenes at the Voice

Meet four Port Ludlow Voice staff members who have recently accepted editor positions:

Photography Editor: Brian Jennings. The new photo editor grew up just north of Spokane and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a major in communications and minors in business and English. Having worked at the campus radio station, he continued his radio career in Spokane, Portland, and Seattle; then served as vice president of programming for Citadel Broadcasting for 14 years. At the same time, he ran his own radio consulting company for 23 years. He became serious about photography in 2014 when he was working for an outdoor conservation group in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest. At that time, he produced TV segments that required professional outdoor photography. Jennings said he loves to travel and take road trips with his wife Karen. They moved from Oregon to Port Ludlow in 2019 and enjoy the small-town atmosphere. Of his Voice work Jennings said, “I love finding front cover photos that tell a story and put a smile on the face of the reader.” Additional samples of his work can be found at

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Meet Your Firefighters – A Challenge for A Worthy Cause

By Ron Dawson, Contributing Writer

On May 15, a team of our firefighters will participate in a fund raiser to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in the annual Stair Climb held since 1991. The effort supports blood cancer research. Since its inception, the LLS Firefighter Stair Climb has raised over $20 million. Because of the Covid-19 virus and restrictions, the Stair Climb in the Columbia Center in Seattle is being handled in a different fashion.

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Spring Reminders from Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue

by Brad Martin, Port Ludlow Fire Chief

With the arrival of daylight saving time in March, you had many reminders to turn your clocks ahead. But some other highly recommended actions also need your attention. One sure way to remember them in the future is to pair them up with your clock-turning ritual. Even if you forgot them last month, there’s still time to attend to the following tasks:

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