This week on the Compass, local activists rise to meet the threat of a seven-fold increase in oil tanker traffic on the Salish Sea; KPTZ reporter Jack Pokorny covers a Port Townsend protest of President Trump’s threats to the Dreamers Act; and then we revisit a program from late last year about the Ecumenical Helping Hands Organization, or ECHHO, which provides everything from wheelchairs to free chauffer services for the handicapped in Jefferson County.
KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker visits a prairie buffalo herd that’s been brought back from the brink of extinction and chats with Blackfeet Tribal Business Council Secretary Tyson Running Wolf in the second installment of his series of reports on the New Old Time Chautauqua’s working visit to the Native American Blackfoot Confederacy. Then KPTZ reporter Jack Pokorny takes us on board the Committee Boat for the Thunderbird World Series.
Earlier this summer, Port Townsend’s New Old Time Chautauqua took their show on the road deep into Indian Country, visiting the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana and beyond. Intrepid KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker was along for the ride, and this week on the Compass we bring you the first of several reports he made on the journey.
Ray was one of KPTZ’s original crew of disc jockeys starting in May 2011 when the station first began broadcasting and, except for a brief break in 2013, he has regularly produced his show featuring jazz and ethnic music every week. Ray has always presented music devoted to more than just casual listening. The program also aired music from Africa, Latin America and many other places and styles that was infrequently broadcast in North America.
If all goes well, Ray may return to KPTZ in the future to present a late evening program devoted to a more relaxed or free-form style. He is also considering creating a show devoted to serious modern classical and jazz composers.
Ray is currently doing sound for the Olympic Music Festival. Aside from that, he intends to spend more time enjoying life with his charming wife Nancesca and working in his home studio.
Everyone here at KPTZ thanks Ray for his many years of service to the station and wishes him well in all his continuing endeavors! Great job Ray!