Deeper Blues

A new locally produced program on KPTZ! Tune in for Deeper Blues with Chicago Bob Longmire, a time set aside for an in-depth focus on various aspects of blues culture: performers, styles, social issues, and more. Every Tuesday at 7pm Bob will focus on a different performer or topic for an hour to enjoy learning more of this uniquely American culture. Please also note Bill Mericier’s Jazz Notes new start time of 8pm on Tuesdays, following Deeper Blues.

Born in Tacoma, Bob Longmire lived in Chicago for over 40 years before coming “home”, drawn by Port Townsend’s creative spirit and by Puget Sound.  Deeper Blues is his chance to share music and stories that underlie the blues, toward a better understanding of those who shaped it, enjoyed it, and developed it over the decades.

Jefferson County February 2021 Case Numbers

This graph shows the monthly and cumulative number of COVID-19 infections reported in Jefferson County, from March through February, 2021. Data source: Jefferson County Public Health Department website, graph created by KPTZ.

As of February 28, 2020 the total number of COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County was 335. There were 28 cases in January, slightly more than the spike of 79 in November.

Giving Circles-Crowdsource Your Impact!

(First airdate: January 21, 2020) Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can speaks with Dale Nienow, Giving Circle member, and Alecia Kleiner, Manager of Engagement for Jefferson Community Foundation about Giving Circles. Learn about this unique and impactful funding approach that supports charitable causes and fosters community building as members develop awareness of needs. Check out this intimate look into hands-on charitable giving.

Compass for the Week of 1/20/2020

In early December the Washington Department of Natural Resources released a long-awaited management plan for State Trust forests that has at its heart a concern for sustainable harvests and a court-ordered conservation plan for the marbled murrelet, a tiny threatened seabird that relies upon large tracts of old growth forest for successful breeding. Considering the DNR’s concurrent and seemingly contradictory missions to conserve the forests for the likes of the murrelet and to maximize timber sale revenues to support schools and other tax districts, it is perhaps not surprising that lawsuits challenging the legality of the plan have this month been filed on both sides of the issue, with state trust lands revenue beneficiaries on the one hand arguing that the plan breaches the DNR’s fiduciary responsibility to them by “dramatically” reducing revenues, while a consortium of environmental groups has filed a complaint that the plan does not go far enough to protect the public’s interest in conserving the forest.

In this week’s Compass, we first reprise a story we did a little more than six years ago, when the marbled murrelet was at the center of another lawsuit against the DNR, and then we catch up with the fortunes of the murrelet in a follow-up phone interview with Maria Mudd Ruth, the author of a book about the bird who was one of those consulted in devising the controversial management plan.

Nature Now #445
Dungeness Valley Water Use

(First airdate: January 15, 2020) Hydrologist Ann Soule discusses with host Mary Robson the relationships of water use history and water sources in the Dungeness Valley.

Tossed Salad for 1/17/2020

Ready to warm things up this cold, cold week? Phil Andrus brings us heart-warming entertainment all Friday afternoon. Snuggle close and listen to:
1:00 – Marcia Reidel & Jim Scarantino, for COAST
1:15 – Jessica Randall & Wendi Wrinkle on Hive Mind
1:45 – Simon Lynge, songwriter and singer
2:30 – Scott Wilson (of “A Short Step Back in Time”) interviews KPTZ’s own Donn Tretheway
3:00 – Bill Tennent, guest DJ
4:00 – TBD
4:30 – Don White reading “The Moor”, by Russell Banks

#149 Carrie Ehrhardt, High School Principal

(First airdate: January 14, 2020) MOST TEENAGERS ARE NOT DEADBEATS. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Carrie Ehrhardt, the long-time principal of Port Townsend High School. Carrie is a passionate advocate for teenagers. According to her, the high school attempts to address all of a student’s needs. There are high school students today who are homeless or face substance abuse (both individually or with family members). She makes weekly runs to the Food Bank to help feed hungry students. Carrie and her team care about the mental and physical needs of the students – as well as providing an academically challenging program. High school is perhaps quite a lot different from when you were a student!

Compass for the Week of 1/13/2020

We ask the vice president of a prominent local insurance business a question you should probably be asking yourself — if a catastrophic earthquake strikes here in Puget Sound, would insurance cover you for the loss of your home and everything you own?