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Chimacum Prevention Coalition Presentation

Chimacum Prevention Coalition Presents-Understanding the Physiological and Developmental Impact of Marijuana Use: A Navigational Guidebook for Parents Monday January 11th, 6 PM Chimacum High School Library. The recent legalization of marijuana for adult retail sales and the varying perceptions on medical use has a signification impact on youth access and consumption. Jerry Blackburn, faculty member in the Chemical Dependency Counseling Education Program at Bellevue College, will present information on the impact marijuana use has on both the cognitive and physiological development of our young people. Blackburn will consider signs of concern and discuss effective strategies for increasing protective factors and reducing those factors that put kids at risk for use. Mr. Blackburn has worked in the field of chemical dependency for over eighteen years, tackling this area of healthcare from every angle, working in roles ranging from an intervention/prevention specialist to clinical director of an adolescent residential treatment facility. Jerry is a graduate of the University of Washington, and has been a certified Chemical Dependency Professional since 1999. In 2005 Jerry was honored by the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (now Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery) with the Richard Rivera Passionate Youth Professional Award. For more information on the Chimacum Prevention Coalition contact Julia Danskin, 385-9420, , or Kelly Matlock, 379-4476,, Chimacum Prevention Coalition Coordinators at Jefferson County Public Health. This event is sponsored by Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Chimacum Prevention Coalition, Chimacum School District and Jefferson County Public Health. .


Jefferson County Invites Applications for Open Space Projects

Port Townsend - Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) welcomes applications to protect important open space lands through the county's Conservation Futures Program. Citizens, landowners, and citizen groups, including local government agencies, special purpose districts, and non-profit corporations within Jefferson County may apply for funds in partnership, as applicable, with local sponsoring organizations based in Jefferson County.


Clean Water Public Meetings

Port Townsend - Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) will present a summary of work on the Northeast Jefferson Clean Water Project at two public meetings in December.


Jefferson County Pet Cat Tests Positive for Rabies Virus

Port Townsend –  On November 3, 2015 Jefferson County Public Health officials learned that a euthanized cat specimen sent to the Washington State Public Health Laboratory the preceding day had tested positive for the rabies virus.


Lake Bluegreen Algae Blooms Continue

Port Townsend –  Bluegreen algae persist on two Jefferson County lakes: Anderson Lake and Lake Leland. Anderson Lake remains closed to recreational shellfishing. Boaters and recreational users are cautioned to avoid heavy pond scum on Lake Leland, and warning signs have been posted. Caution signs are posted at Gibbs Lake.


Chimacum & Ludlow Creek Basins Public Open House

Port Townsend –  Jefferson County Water Quality Department will be holding a public open house for Chimacum, Hadlock and Port Ludlow residents.  This event is scheduled Monday, October 26th 2015 at the Tri-Area Community Center (corner of Highway 20 & West Valley Road in Chimacum) at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Short presentations will begin at 6 pm). Refreshments will be on hand and free water conservation gifts will be provided to all who attend.


Sewage Discharge at Port Ludlow Bay

Port Townsend –  Olympic Water and Sewer officials reported a release of sewage at the Port Ludlow Wastewater Treatment Plant on Friday and Saturday, October 9th & 10th, due to an electrical failure. Approximately 25,000 gallons of inadequately treated effluent were discharged from the outfall. Repairs were made and the problem was corrected by 10:30 am on Saturday morning.



Community Health Improvement (CHIP) Project Initiated

Port Townsend - The Community Health Improvement Plan partnership is an innovative collaboration between Jefferson Healthcare (JCH) and Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) devoted to identifying the most pressing health priorities for Jefferson County and actions that will lead to improvements.


Back to School Immunizations

Port Townsend - School is starting. If your childre still need to update their vaccines, now's the time to get them in to their doctor's office. All immunizations required for school are available to children up to age 19 at no cost for the vaccine through the state's Childhood Vaccine Program


Talk on Shellfish Biotoxins in Puget Sound and Jefferson County to be Held at Jefferson County Public Health

Port Townsend - There will be a talk given on shelfish biotoxins, which are the source of paralytic, amnesic and diarrhetic shelfish poisoning, at Jefferson County Public Health, 615 Sheridan Street, Port Townsend, on Wednesday, September 9th at 1:00 pm. 


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