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18 February 2022

Lockdowns Fail Students

Mark Lamb reporting
November 2021 test scores show kids failing math statewide EFFECTIVE MARCH 21, FACE MASKS WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED IN MOST SETTINGS, INCLUDING K THROUGH 12 SCHOOLS AND CHILDCARE FACILITIES. MASKS WILL STILL BE REQUIRED IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS, SUCH AS HOSPITALS, OUTPATIENT AND DENTAL OFFICERS, AS WELL AS LONG TERM CARE SETTINGS AND CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES. FEDERAL LAW STILL REQUIRES MASKS IN CERTAIN SETTINGS SUCH AS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND SCHOOL BUSSES. state coronavirus response team press release email 2022-02-17 GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE MADE THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS YESTERDAY JOINED BY DEPUTY SECRETARY LACY FEHRENBACH WITH THE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE TEAM AND SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOL CHRIS REYKDAL. https://mynorthwest.com/3353131/washington-end-indoor-mask- mandate-announcement-gov-inslee/ CRITICIZING REYKDAL LAST WEEK, DOCTOR ALISON BERRY SAID SHE THOUGHT REYKDAL WAS WRONG TO CALL FOR SCHOOL MASKING TO BE OPTIONAL. BERRY TOLD THE P-D-N HEALTH OFFICERS ACROSS THE STATE AGREED WITH HER, AND THAT THEY WOULD SOON MEET TO DECIDE THE METRIC TO BE MET BEFORE MASKING COULD OR WOULD BE LIFTED. https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/state-superintendent- comments-surprise-regional-officials/ BUT THE ONLY PUBLISHED HEALTH OFFICER CRITICISM OF REYKDAL REMAINS DOCTOR BERRY'S. SECRETARY OF HEALTH DOCTOR UM-AIR SHAH WAS THERE FOR THE GOVERNOR INSLEE'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE DECISION HAS BEEN MADE TO END SCHOOL MASKING MARCH 21ST, WITH UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON MARCH 7TH. state coronavirus response team press release email 2022-02-17 LIKELY IMPACTING THE RESERVAL ON MASKING BY SUPERINTENENT REYKDAL ARE NOVEMBER DISTRICT-LEVEL TEST SCORES IN READING AND MATH RELEASED LAST WEEK, THE FIRST TESTS SINCE INSLEE'S LOCKDOWN ORDERS IN MARCH 20-20. WASHINGTON POLICY CENTER ANALYSIS SHOWS THAT SEVENTY PERCENT OF STUDENTS FAILED TO MEET MATH STANDARD STATEWIDE AND THAT WAS TRUE IN ALL CLALLAM COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND ALL BUT ONE JEFFERSON COUNTY DISTRICT UNDER DOCTOR ALLISON BERRY'S HEALTH PURVIEW. STATEWIDE NEARLY HALF OF STUDENTS FAILED TO MEET STANDARD IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS WITH WEST END DISTRICT STUDENTS DOING WORSE ON AVERAGE. THE SEATTLE SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH THE HIGHEST PER-STUDENT SPEND HAS FIFTY SEVEN PERCENT OF STUDENTS FAILING MATH AND FORTY PERCENT FAILED ENGLISH, SO A LOT MORE MONEY DOESN'T REALLY SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF LOST EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVMENT THAT HAS STATE OFFICIALS AHEAD OF DOCTOR BERRY'S COMFORT LEVEL ON RESCENDING THESE POLICIES. https://www.clarkcountytoday.com/opinion/opinion-latest-state-test-scores-show-massive-drop-in-learning-at-washington-public-schools/?fbclid=IwAR3Noi572HWD-2jg80sNJ2NCnGUe4_BNKYUy-DUNQjSJNz2iW6fzZmp50kk
18 February 2022

Indoor Masks End Mar 21

Mark Lamb reporting
EFFECTIVE MARCH 21, FACE MASKS WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED IN MOST SETTINGS, INCLUDING K THROUGH 12 SCHOOLS AND CHILDCARE FACILITIES. MASKS WILL STILL BE REQUIRED IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS, SUCH AS HOSPITALS, OUTPATIENT AND DENTAL OFFICERS, AS WELL AS LONG TERM CARE SETTINGS AND CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES. FEDERAL LAW STILL REQUIRES MASKS IN CERTAIN SETTINGS SUCH AS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND SCHOOL BUSSES. state coronavirus response team press release email 2022-02-17 GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE MADE THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS YESTERDAY JOINED BY DEPUTY SECRETARY LACY FEHRENBACH WITH THE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE TEAM AND SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOL CHRIS REYKDAL. https://mynorthwest.com/3353131/washington-end-indoor-mask- mandate-announcement-gov-inslee/ CRITICIZING REYKDAL LAST WEEK, DOCTOR ALISON BERRY SAID SHE THOUGHT REYKDAL WAS WRONG TO CALL FOR SCHOOL MASKING TO BE OPTIONAL. BERRY TOLD THE P-D-N HEALTH OFFICERS ACROSS THE STATE AGREED WITH HER, AND THAT THEY WOULD SOON MEET TO DECIDE THE METRIC TO BE MET BEFORE MASKING COULD OR WOULD BE LIFTED. https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/state-superintendent- comments-surprise-regional-officials/ BUT THE ONLY PUBLISHED HEALTH OFFICER CRITICISM OF REYKDAL REMAINS DOCTOR BERRY'S. SECRETARY OF HEALTH DOCTOR UM-AIR SHAH WAS THERE FOR THE GOVERNOR INSLEE'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE DECISION HAS BEEN MADE TO END SCHOOL MASKING MARCH 21ST, WITH UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON MARCH 7TH. state coronavirus response team press release email 2022-02-17
17 February 2022

Russian-backed Truckers

Mark Lamb reporting
David Shipley told the CBC Russians are behind Truckers A CANADIAN CYBER-SECURITY EXPERT SAYS RUSSIANS ARE LIKELY BEHIND THE TRUCKER'S PROTEST IN OTTAWA: david shipley: foreign entities behind truckers :07 DAVID SHIPLEY TOLD THE C-B-C THE PROBLEM ISN'T VACCINE MANDATES THE TRUCKERS DON'T WANT BUT RATHER UNREGULATED SPREAD OF DISINFORMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA social media disinformation existential threat :18 AND TUESDAY IT SPREAD TO ISRAEL TUESDAY isreal freedom convoy horns WHERE A FREEDOM CONVOY INSPIRED BY THE CANANDIAN TRUCKERS DREW TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS TO JERUSALEM sound link https://twitter.com/aginnt/status/1493298143324033024?s=20&t=k6y1zJXxoiABWiWBJpo2nw https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/tens-of-thousands-come-to-jerusalem-in-israels-freedom-convoy-inspired-by-canadian-truckers/
17 February 2022

Mowers & Kubota found

Mark Lamb reporting
Suspect Ford F150 and Trailer Clallam County Sheriff provided photo TYLER SCOTT ANDERSON WAS ON METH WHEN HE ENTERED THE PORT ANGELES HOME OF AN EIGHTY-ONE YEAR OLD WOMAN AND SLIT HER THROAT. THE WOMAN SURVIVED AFTER AIRLIFT TO HARBORVIEW,AND ANDERSON WILL BE A SENIOR CITIZEN BEFORE HE'S OUT OF JAIL. THE FORTY-YEAR OLD PLED GUILTY AND WAS SENTENCED TO TWENTY-FIVE YEARS THIS WEEK. LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUND ANDERSON THREE BLOCKS FROM THE SCENE WITH A HAND LACERATION AND THE WOMAN'S BLOODY CELLPHONE. prosecutor's press release 2/14/2022 ------------------------------ ACTING ON A TIP, CLALLAM COUNTY SHERIFF ON MONDAY RECOVERED A KUBOTA EXCAVATOR VALUED AT TWENTY-NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS AT THE JAMESTOWN HEALING CENTER ON SUNDAY SAW LOADED ONTO A TRAILER ATTACHED TO A FORD F-ONE-FIFTY. DEPUTIES OBTAINED A SEARCH WARRANT FOR A DIAMOND POINT PROPERTY WHERE THEY ALSO RECOVERED THREE RIDING LAWN MOWERS RECENTLY STOLEN FROM HOME DEPOT. THE THEFTS CONTINUE TO BE UNDER INVESTIGATION. sherriff press release 2022-02-15
16 February 2022

Joyce man missing

Mark Lamb reporting
Clallam County Sheriff photo of missing Joyce man Kevin Richter CLALLAM COUNTY SHERRIFF ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE IN ITS SEARCH FOR 32 YEAR OLD KEVIN RICHTER WHO WAS LAST SEEN BY A FAMILY MEMBER THURSDAY IN HIS JOYCE HOME. DEPUTIES SEARCH THE AREA WHERE RICHTER'S CELL PHONE WAS LAST COMMUNICATING WITH TOWERS WITHOUT LOCATING HIM. MOBILE SEARCH RESULTS SHOW HE'S BEEN ON SITES ABOUT UNDETECTED TRAVEL, OUTDOOR SURVIVAL AND HAD CONDUCTED ATYPICAL PERSONAL BANK TRANSACTIONS. RICHTER WAS DESPONDENT WHEN LAST SEEN AT HIS CRESCENT LAKE ROAD HOME AND IS BELIEVED TO BE ARIMED. RICHTER'S WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A CAMO SWEATSHIRT AND CARTHARDT JEANS. HIS IMAGE IS POSTED WITH THIS STORY AT FORKSTALK.COM ON DEMAND. press release 2022-02-15 The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 32 year old Joyce resident Kevin Richter. Richter was last seen by a family member at his home near Crescent Beach Road on the morning of Thursday, February 10th. On Thursday, February 10th, at approximately 1730 hours a family friend contacted the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office to report Richter had left his home despondent and suspected to be in possession of a handgun. Sheriff’s investigators, utilizing cellular phone analysis and mapping software, identified an area in timberlands south of the 1000 block of Crescent Beach Road where Richter’s cell phone was last known to be active and communicating with local cell towers. Deputies searched the area into the evening and were unable to locate Richter. Deputies were unable to utilize Clallam County Search and Rescue Volunteers based upon information available to investigators. During the morning hours on Friday, February 11th, a family member located Richter’s cell phone and bike in the search area. Search teams consisting of friends and family have continued to search the area for Richter. Internet search history on Richter’s cell phone revealed that he had visited sites indicating he had conducted research on undetected travel and outdoor survival and had conducted atypical personal bank transactions. Richter was last believed to be wearing a camouflage sweatshirt and Carhartt blue jeans. Richter is described as standing 5”8” tall, weighs approximately 180 lbs, has blue eyes, brown hair, and a beard. If you have any information as to Kevin Richter’s whereabouts, please call sheriff’sdispatch at (360) 417-2459. T he sheriff’s office is unable to utilize citizen volunteers inour efforts to locate Richter and are utilizing other investigative means to determine hiswhereabouts. Friends and Family continue to search the area where Kevin was last known to be. Support Services: (360)417-2270 Fax: (360)417-2498 http://www.clallam.net/departments/sheriff sheriff@co.clallam.wa.us Clallam County Sheriff’s Office THE JANUARY UPDATE TO THE STATE-WIDE HIGH LEVEL BEHAVIOR HEALTH RESEARCH SUPPORTS THE VIEW THAT "MANY CHILDREN, TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS ARE EXPERIENCING SIGNIFICANT SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION." D-O-H SEES CONCERNING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TRENDS FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS THAT WILL VERY LIKELY CONTINUE AND INCREASE THIS QUARTER. NATIONALLY, ADOLESCENT GIRLS' SUSPECTED SUICIDES LEADING TO EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS INCREASED FIFTY-ONE PERCENT, AND TRENDS INDICATE TREATMENT FOR SUICIDE IDEATION AND ATTEMPTS MAY BE INCREASING IN WASHINGTON TOO. STUDENTS THAT LOST A KEY TRANSITION YEAR BETWEEN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL OR BETWEEN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL MAY BE EXPERIENCING MORE EXTREME PSYCHOLOGICAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISRUPTIONS NOW. MANY STUDENTS AND CAREGIVERS ARE FINDING ACADEMC ATTAINMENT IS NOT WHERE THEY WANT IT TO BE, AND IT MAY REQUIRE EXTENSIVE TUTORING TO CATCH UP. BUT KIDS MAY HAVE TO FIRST BE RETAUGHT HOW TO SOCIALIZE AND INTERACT BEFORE FOCUSING ON ACADEMIC SUCCESS, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANAYSIS SAYS. pdf from DOH website January Update: Statewide High-Level Analysis of Forecasted Behavioral Health Impacts from COVID-19
16 February 2022

Kettle Masks Fall

Mark Lamb reporting
Account of Kettle Falls School's Superintendent Michael Olsen DENYING THE STANDING STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ORDER, THE KETTLE FALLS SCHOOL BOARD VOTED TO MAKE MASK MASKS OPTIONAL FOR ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL OLSEN POSTED TO FACEBOOK. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=472527991188285&set=a.385367013237717&type=3 LOCAL MASK DICTATES AND OTHER LOCKDOWN MEASURES HAD LAST YEAR CAUSED A SKYROCKETING OF DEPRESSION, SELF-HARM AND SUICIDAL IDEATION AMONG JEFFERSON COUNTY KIDS. AS EARLY AS LAST YEAR, A JEFFERSON HEALTHCARE SOCIAL WORKER TOLD THE WEBSITE PORT TOWNSEND FREE PRESS DOT COM: "WE ARE IN A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. IT'S INCREDIBLY STRESSFUL, A LOT OF SUICIDAL YOUTH. IT'S A NIGHTMARE." https://www.porttownsendfreepress.com/2022/02/12/truck-wars-2-the-empire-strikes-back/ AND THE JANUARY UPDATE TO THE STATE-WIDE HIGH LEVEL BEHAVIOR HEALTH RESEARCH SUPPORTS THE VIEW THAT "MANY CHILDREN, TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS ARE EXPERIENCING SIGNIFICANT SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION." D-O-H SEES CONCERNING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TRENDS FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS THAT WILL VERY LIKELY CONTINUE AND INCREASE THIS QUARTER. NATIONALLY, ADOLESCENT GIRLS' SUSPECTED SUICIDES LEADING TO EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS INCREASED FIFTY-ONE PERCENT, AND TRENDS INDICATE TREATMENT FOR SUICIDE IDEATION AND ATTEMPTS MAY BE INCREASING IN WASHINGTON TOO. STUDENTS THAT LOST A KEY TRANSITION YEAR BETWEEN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL OR BETWEEN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL MAY BE EXPERIENCING MORE EXTREME PSYCHOLOGICAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISRUPTIONS NOW. MANY STUDENTS AND CAREGIVERS ARE FINDING ACADEMC ATTAINMENT IS NOT WHERE THEY WANT IT TO BE, AND IT MAY REQUIRE EXTENSIVE TUTORING TO CATCH UP. BUT KIDS MAY HAVE TO FIRST BE RETAUGHT HOW TO SOCIALIZE AND INTERACT BEFORE FOCUSING ON ACADEMIC SUCCESS, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANAYSIS SAYS. January Update: Statewide High-Level Analysis of Forecasted Behavioral Health Impacts from COVID-19 ------------------------------------------
16 February 2022

SB5751 cuts West End care options

Mark Lamb reporting
Senator Kevin Van de Wege (D -WA 24 Sequim). STATE SENATE BILL FIFTY-SEVEN FIFTY-ONE WOULD CUT WEST END HEALTH CARE OPTIONS -- THE FORKS HOSPITAL FOUNDATION SAYS. THE BILL'S TITLE SOUNDS INNOCUOUS ENOUGH: IMPROVING WORKER SAFETY AND PATIENT CARE IN HEALTH CARE FACILITIES BY ADDRESSING STAFFING NEEDS, OVERTIME, MEAL AND REST BREAKS, AND ENFORCEMENT. THE BILL OUT OF THE LABOR AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE HAS OVER A DOZEN STATE SENATE SPONSORS. BUT SENATE BILL FIFTY-SEVEN FIFTY ONE REQUIRES THAT FACILITIES DURING AN UNPRECEDENDED NATIONWIDE NURSING SHORTAGE, RECRUIT TO A HIGHER NURSE TO PATIENT RATIO AS FOR THE IMPACT THAT COULD HAVE ON PATIENT CARE: :06 potentially it could force f-c-h to not admit patients if they do not have the right number of staff SPOKESPERSON SHANNON DAMRON SEES MAJOR CONCERNS SHOULD THE BILL PASS this bill will close the forks community hospital o-b department...outcue: emergency surgeries :17 TO AVOID THAT OUTCOME, THE FOUNDATION IS CALLING ON WEST ENDERS TO TAKE ACTION please, reach out to Senator Van der Heig and tell time to protect our community by opposing Senate Bill 57-51 :10 https://senatedemocrats.wa.gov/vandewege/ https://trackbill.com/bill/washington-senate-bill-5751-improving-worker-safety-and-patient-care-in-health-care-facilities-by-addressing-staffing-needs-overtime-meal-and-rest-breaks-and-enforcement/2182856/
14 February 2022

Berry: Reykdal's Wrong

Mark Lamb reporting
Chris Reykdal in candidate site photo TWICE ELECTED TO THE STATEWIDE OFFICE, CHRIS REYKDAL IS A FORMER EDUCATOR AND DEMOCRAT STATE HOUSE MEMBER WHO IS RAISING TWO KIDS WITH HIS WIFE KIM. SHE'S A MEMBER OF THE TUMWATER SCHOOL BOARD AND A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SCHOOL CONSOLOR. BECAUSE OF WHAT WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT SCHOOL MASK MANDATES, INCLUDING THE MENTAL HEALTH IMPACTS, OF SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS REYKDAL SAYS: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Reykdal reykdal mask optional :05 BUT DOCTOR ALISON BERRY DISAGREES AND SAID SHE HAD SPOKEN WITH HEALTH OFFICERS ACROSS THE STATE THAT SAY NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO LIFT SCHOOL MASKING MANDATES. CONTRARY TO HER UNVACCINATED INDOOR DINING DISCRIMINATION IMPOSEDONLY TO CLALLAM AND JEFFERSON BUT NOT NEIGHBORING COUNTIES, SCHOOL MASKING POLICY MADE ON A LOCAL LEVEL "LEADS TO A LOT MORE DISCORD WHEN WE SEE A SPOTTY APPLICATION OF POLICIES," BERRY SAID. BERRY ANNOUNCED THAT HEALTH OFFICERS ACROSS THE STATE PLAN TO MEET SOON TO DISCUSS THE METRIC FOR WHEN SCHOOL MASK MANDATES CAN AND SHOULD BE LIFTED. SHE DIDN'T IDENTIFY ANY OF THEM, AND A NEWS SEARCH SINCE THEN SHOWS THE P-D-N COVERAGE OF BERRY'S COMMENTS ARE THE ONLY HEALTH OFFICER PUBLISHED CRITIQUES OF THE RECENT CALL BY SUPERENTENDENT OF SCHOOL CHRIS REYKDAL. https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/state-superintendent- comments-surprise-regional-officials/ https://duckduckgo.com/?q=REYKDAL+MASKING+OPTIONAL+COUNTY +HEALTH+OFFICER&t=ffab&df=w&ia=web AND PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS ARE NOT WITH BERRY IN YAKIMA, WHERE HEALTH BOARD MEMBER AND COUNTY COMMISSIONER AMANDA MCKINNEY CALLS FOR AN END TO THE MANDATE, SAYING IT WAS THE BOARD'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ADVOCATE FOR LOCAL AND PARENTAL CONTROL https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/yakima-health-board-to-send- letter-encouraging-end-to-washingtons-mask-mandate/article_033c103e- c260-5d0e-9815-4df963399646.html --------------------------------------------- RECOGNIZING THAT PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS HAVE DRAMATICALLY IMPACTED BUSINESS, CONGRESSMAN DEREK KILMER SATURDAY CALLED FOR REPLENISHMENT OF THE RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION FUND THAT RAN OUT LAST YEAR WITHOUT HELPING NEARLY FOUR THOUSAND ELIGIBLE EATERIES IN WASHINGTON STATE. THE AVERAGE FULL-SERVICE RESTAURANT HERE HAS ONE HUNDRED SIXTY THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DEBT THAT WOULD TAKE THREE YEARS TO PAY OFF, SAYS THE WASHINGTON HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION. press release Kilmer 2022-02-12 ------------------------------------------------------ QUINAULT TRIBAL LEADER FAWN SHARP GIVES HER 20-22 STATE OF INDIAN NATIONS ADDRESS TODAY, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO SPEAK TO THE PANDEMIC THAT'S DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTING NATIVE AMERICAS, OKLAHOMA TRIBES' BATTLE FOR CRIMINAL JURISDICTION, AND PAST TRANSGRETIONS OF BOARDING SCHOOLS IN U-S AND CANADA. THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS ELECTED SHARP PRESIDENT IN 20-19. press relese native america calling ----------------------------------------------------- THE FORKS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT AT SEVEN-THIRTY WITH ONLINE LISTENING OPTIONS AT FORKS WASHINGTON DOT ORG. ON THE AGENDA, WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENT SUBMITTED BY FOUR P-M, FINAL ACCEPTANCE OF THE BLACKBERRY SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, AND A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE CLALLAM COUNTY OPPORTUNITY FUND. press release emailed -----------------------------------------------------------
13 February 2022

KUOW-HD Bricks Mazda Dashboards

Mark Lamb reporting
KUOW Signal projected from Radio-Locator.com MAZDA CAR RADIOS STUCK TO THE FREQUENCY OF SEATTLE'S K-U-O-W WAS THIS WEEKEND'S HOT TOPIC ON FORKS TALK DOT COM, THAT'S ALSO BROADCAST ON H-D CHANNEL 3 OF THIS FREQUENCY. FRIDAY NIGHT "GROUND ZERO" HOST CLIVE LEWIS REPORTED THAT MANY MAZDA VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN EFFECTIVELY BRICKED BY A VEHICLE SOFTWARE GLITCH THE SEATTLE BROADCASTER INADVERTANTLY TRIGGERED. K-U-O-W IS AN N-P-R AFFILIATE BROADCASTING AT NINETY-FOUR POINT NINE WITH AN H-D SIGNAL RECEIVED BY VEHICLES IN PORT TOWNSEND, PARTS OF WHIDBEY ISLAND, ALL OF KITSAP COUNTY AND PARTS OF EASTERN CLALLAM AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES. 96.7 news observations supported by radio-locator.com MAZDA HAD PREVIOUSLY TOLD OWNERS SOME MODELS WOULD LOSE REMOTE START AND OTHER FEATURES WHEN THE WIRELESS GRID SWITCHES FROM 3G TO 5G, AND A K-U-O-W SPOKESPERSON SUGGESTED THE STATION FACILITY'S RECENT PHONE UPGRADE AS A POSSIBLE CAUSE. https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2022/02/whoops-some-seattle- area-mazdas-are-stuck-listening-to-npr/ BUT FORKS TALK HOST KIM KOMANDO'S SATURDAY SHOW SAID THE STATION'S BROADCAST AN H-D DATA PACKET CONTAINING GRAPHIC FILES WITH MISSING FILE EXTENSIONS TRIGGERED A SOFTWARE LOCKUP IN SOME 20-14 TO 20-17 MAZDAS - DISABLING NOT BLUETOOTH, NAVIGATION AND BACKUP CAMERA SYSTEMS - AS WELL AS STATION SELECTION. WHILE IT'S BOUND TO IMPROVE K-U-O-W RATINGS, IT CAN'T HELP THEIR FUNDRAISING. MAZDA OF OLYMPIA TELLS OWNERS THEIR CONNECTIVITY MASTER UNIT IS SHOT, IT COSTS FIFTEEN HUNDRED BUCKS AND THEY DON'T HAVE THE PART. STILL, SEE YOUR DEALER THAT CAN SUBMIT A GOODWILL REQUEST TO MAZDA WARRANTY ON OWNERS' BEHALF FOR FREE REPAIR WHEN PARTS ARE AVAILABLE.