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KPTZ Pickathon Contest

Pickathon is world-famous for being the only music festival that prioritizes sustainable ethics. To help celebrate, we've got a KPTZ contest for you! What do you do to protect the environment? Share your tips with us on how you recycle/reuse and help preserve our world for future generations, in 500 words or less. Two winners will EACH receive a pair of 3-day tent-camping passes (worth $650 value for two tickets) to the 21st Pickathon Festival*. Send your entry by July 25 to We will be sharing your tips on the air with KPTZ listeners!

This year's Pickathon Festival is the weekend of August 2-4 in Happy Valley OR, in the shadow of Mt. Hood. Featuring 60 nationally acclaimed and emerging artists on six stages. Headliners include...Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Damien Jurado, and Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band. This is an all-ages event!

* Additional expenses, including parking, are not included.

Tossed Salad for 7/19/2019

Can't get much more mid-summer than this! Warm activities are in full swing, so Phil Andrus returns to cool us down with a Tossed Salad full of goodies like:
1:00 - Peter Newland and Scott Freeman, Tarboo Ridge Coalition
1:30 - Chris Gilbert and Jay Hager, traditional song and instruments
2:30 - Jake Beattie, Northwest Maritime Center
3:00 - Brian LeMaster, WCC, and Sarah Doyle, NOSC
3:30 - Northwind Song: Casey Neill and Timothy Hull
4:30 - Don White reading “A Day In Coney Island” by I.B.Singer

Ken Collins: PUD Commissioner

(First airdate: July 16, 2019) Our Town host Maryanne McNellis, interviews Ken Collins, PUD Commissioner & founder of Marrowstone Vineyards. Ken had wanted to relocate to the Olympic Peninsula for decades, but couldn’t financially swing it until he retired from his first career as a counselor and social worker. After moving to Marrowstone, he says it was probably “misplaced ambition” that got him into the wine business. He worked hard to turn his stunning five acres on Marrowstone Island into a working vineyard. But he’s since sold the vineyard and turned his attention to our Public Utility District (PUD). In addition to his role as Commissioner on the Jefferson County PUD he's also on the board of the state-wide industry group. He's pitching hard to get funds to improve internet access in rural Jefferson County.

Compass for the Week of 7/15/2018

David Timmons, who served as Port Townsend’s first and only City Manager, retired last month after an unprecedented twenty-year stint in a job that burns most people out in five. On this week’s Compass, Timmons visits KPTZ studios for a live chat with reporter Charlie Bermant about how Port Townsend has evolved, his role in that evolution and what he expects for the town’s future.

Predicting Ocean “Weather” with Coastal Modeling

(First airdate: July 11, 2019) Dr. Parker MacCready is the lead developer of a University of Washington computer model that can predict conditions in Puget Sound and off the coast of Washington three days into the future. Called LiveOcean, this cool tool has a broad range of applications and the potential to be a game-changer for Washington’s shellfish industry and others. Learn more about this marine weather forecasting tool.

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