September 05, 2014  |  By Teresa Verraes in News  |  No Comments Yet

$10,000 Race to Alaska – Paddle, Row or Sail

Long distance rowers, paddlers and sailors will compete next summer in a first-ever Race to Alaska that offers a $10,000 prize – and no fuel bill.
The Northwest Maritime Center, based in Port Townsend, WA, has begun accepting applicants for the unique, non-motorized, 750-mile marathon scheduled to begin next June in Port Townsend.
The cash prize of $10,000 will go to the first competitor to reach Ketchikan without the aid of an engine, according to Maritime Center executive director Jake Beattie.   “It’s kind of a Gold Rush thing,” Beattie says.  If you get there first, you win ten grand.”
The Race to Alaska is scheduled to begin June 4, 2015, on Port Townsend Bay, with a 40-mile first leg to Victoria, BC.     Any paddler, rower or sailor is invited to participate in that leg without committing to the full race to Ketchikan.
Racers who complete the first leg without assistance will qualify for the full race, scheduled to begin the following day.
Contestants will not be allowed to have any kind of motor on board – neither gas nor electric,  Beattie says.   There is no limit on the number of crew, but no substitutions will be allowed.  To qualify for the prize, racers must be on board for the entire race.
“People do this trip in engineless boats every year,” Beattie says. “but there’s never been a race.   Our goal is to do something cool that inspires people to adventure, that pays for itself, and which helps raise awareness about accessibility to the water.”
Successful race applicants should be proficient in navigation, first aid, radio use and logistics, and should be able to demonstrate that they have the physical ability and equipment to make the voyage.
For more information go to or contact: Jake Beattie, , 431 Water Street,  Port Townsend, WA 98368, (360) 385-3628 xt 105

September 05, 2014  |  By Teresa Verraes in News  |  No Comments Yet

Energy Lunch September 16


“Achieving Sustainability in a County of Over 800,000 People”

Ryan Dicks, the Sustainability Manager for Pierce County, will be the presenter of this month’s Jefferson County Energy Lunch program. He directs Pierce County programs in Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability Education, Green Purchasing and Recycling, Transportation, and Water Quality and Quantity. Mr. Dicks will present his sustainability goals and policies; describe the action that has been taken within Pierce County government to improve building energy efficiency, to increase the fuel efficiency of county vehicles, to educate county staff on sustainability practices, to reduce county agency water consumption, and to build green purchasing practices and recycling.
The monthly Energy Lunch programs, held every third Tuesday, are aimed at increasing awareness of how energy, energy technology and energy policy affect life and business in Jefferson County.
Participants are welcome to bring their lunch and arrive at noon to join an informal conversation with
local energy professionals before the 12:30 p.m. program. The programs are sponsored by Power Trip Energy Corp., Sunshine Propane, Huber’s Inn, Alaska Power
& Telephone Co., Frederickson Electric, the Port of Port Townsend, Port Townsend Paper Corp., and Spyglass Energy Solutions.

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September 05, 2014  |  By Teresa Verraes in News  |  No Comments Yet

Port Townsend Paper Mill Open House


September 04, 2014  |  By Teresa Verraes in News  |  No Comments Yet

New Member Spotlight – Pleasant Harbor Paddle

Pleasant Harbor Paddle offers wildlife tours and kayak and stand-up paddle board (SUP) rentals from beautiful Pleasant Harbor on the Hood Canal.

pleasantharbor1Pleasant Harbor Paddle, formerly Kayak Brinnon, began as a small kayak delivery service operating in and around Brinnon, Washington in 2008 and now operates from the Pleasant Harbor Marina with a large fleet of kayaks and SUPs.  Owner/Operator Christina Maloney is a former NOAA Fisheries Biologist and also worked for Washington State Fish and Wildlife’s Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory where she fell in love with the beauty of the Hood Canal.  Christina moved to Brinnon from Seattle in 2008 with a dream to help others discover the beauty and amazing wildlife of the area.  In addition to renting kayaks and SUPs for folks to Read More

September 04, 2014  |  By Teresa Verraes in News  |  No Comments Yet

Jefferson County Bar Association Employment Law Day

Jefferson county bar association and The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce present:

 Employment Law day

Registration form Employment Law Day registration

When:     October 17, 2014

Where: Northwest Maritime Center431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA.

7:30 AM, sign in an light breakfast

Noon: Lunch on your own

Training ends at 4:00 PM

Register: Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce (360) 385-7869 or

Cost: $100 per person or $75.00 for Jefferson County Chamber and Bar Members


A comprehensive and interactive training on various aspects of employment law, focusing on hiring, employee policies and workplace expectations, employee discipline, social media, workplace bullying and covering best practices and compliance with anti-discrimination laws, wage and hour regulations, employee leave laws and disability accommodations.


Washington State Bar Continuing Legal Education Credits and HRIC Credits pending approval

A must for business owners, public employers, managers, human resources and legal professionals wanting to learn more about the laws impacting employment


Speakers include:

Eileen Baratuci, J.D., Arbitration, Investigation and Medication Services P.L.L.C an Employment Law Consulting Firm and Neutral in Labor Arbitrations and Mediations.

Heather Bailey, Chief Human Resources Officer, Jefferson Healthcare and Member of ASHHRA, SHRIM and WSHRMA

Kris Nelson, Local Business Owner, Sirens Pub, Alchemy Wine Bar, Deputy Mayor, Port Townsend

Our panel will provide a legal, human resources and business owner’s perspective for practical and useful means of reducing your risk of liability on employment issues

September 03, 2014  |  By Teresa Verraes in News  |  No Comments Yet

WSU Master Gardeners – Growing Kiwi on the Olympic Peninsula

Growing Kiwi on the Olympic Peninsula” is the Jefferson County WSU Master Gardeners September educational lecture series topic. This free brown bag garden lecture takes place Monday, September 15, 12-1, at the WSU Extension office in Point Hudson (380 Jefferson St., Port Townsend).

The “Port Townsend Kiwi Man”, Dennis Schultz, will be discussing kiwi varieties, care, feeding, pruning and harvesting. Dennis has been selling kiwis every fall at a number of Seattle farmers markets since 1997. His kiwi plants are a Siberian variety of fruit with smooth, green edible skins. They are well suited to our climate.

WSU Master Gardeners welcomes the public to come learn how to grow and care for kiwis.

Questions and sharing personal kiwi growing advice are encouraged throughout the lecture. Bring your lunch and have fun learning.

The Brown Bag Lecture Series is sponsored by WSU Jefferson County Master Gardeners and is held March through November, on the third Monday of each month, at noon.

For more information, please email Jefferson County WSU Master Gardeners at .