Note: Today, U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer will join the BOCC meeting directly after Dr. Berry, from 10:30 to 11am. Congressman Kilmer will speak about the current legislative session in Washington, DC.
KPTZ joins Housing Solutions Network to spread the word about fulfilling basic housing needs for the residents of Jefferson County.
Housing in Jefferson County exists all around us and yet is unavailable. How could this be? If we pause to look around, it turns out that we have housing resources all over. Have you noticed the empty houses, empty yards and lots, and large homes with just one resident? As Jefferson County continues to age (at 5 times the rate of Washington state) and as more incoming wealth displaces residents with local wages, we’re seeing a massive disruption in access to housing. This is further exacerbated by the lack of workers who fuel the building economy: carpenters, roofers, electricians, and building officials. The irony is that the lack of housing makes it harder for these workers to live here and build here, encouraging the vicious cycle.
The most immediate workforce housing solution that we have is to leverage the housing resources that we already have: developed land, houses, and bedrooms. This is the foundation of Housing Solution Network’s recent campaign, Share Our Spaces. “Workforce housing” refers to the housing that is available and affordable to those earning about the area’s median wage, that is to say, housing that is accessible to most of us. Housing Solutions Network (HSN) focuses on workforce housing because it is the housing that allows for a functioning economy, strong social services, stable family life, and for those in transitional housing to be able to transition somewhere more permanent. The lack of workforce housing impacts the entire housing continuum.
HSN is proud to work with KPTZ Radio Port Townsend in this effort to broadcast the available tools and opportunities towards creating more workforce housing by utilizing existing resources. The Share Our Spaces campaign outlines five solutions that can be acted upon by homeowners who have the space and spirit to share. These solutions include creating accessory dwelling units (ADUs), home-sharing a room in a house either temporarily or long-term, filling one of the county’s 3000 empty homes, leasing land for a mobile tiny home, and finally the utilization of the Housing Link, a platform to connect local renters to rentals.
You’re invited to reach out to HSN with any question about any of these solutions, or even a solution that you’re excited about sharing. We are a growing community network, oriented to respond to this housing issue, and we welcome new thoughts and partners in this work.
Be well, and don’t forget about the resources we already have.
Housing Solutions Network
When my wife and I decided to leave Alaska after decades living there, we made lists of criteria for defining our new home. Chief on my list was moving to a town that had a community radio station, partly because I wanted to continue my 20 year-old radio program, Rhythm Connection. More importantly to me, however, was that I knew from experience that establishing a local non-profit radio station takes tremendous effort and dedication to service. Any community that pulls off that feat is one where people care about each other, and where community spirit runs deep. KPTZ checked that box on my list, and Port Townsend checked many others, leading us to feel very lucky and happy to have moved here seven years ago.
The past two years have demonstrated how important KPTZ is for northern Olympic Peninsula communities. If it could be visualized, then it would be amazing to see how extensively our roots have spread, connecting people and organizations to help us all navigate perilous times. Our reach, reflecting our community value, can be measured by the dramatic growth in listeners and contributors we have experienced. Another indication is that in this, our eleventh year on-air, KPTZ has received its first significant bequest, its first important planned giving commitment, and its first major RMD (Required Minimum Distribution) IRA transfer.
Our growth and success during the coronavirus epoch is thanks to our 100+ volunteers, who produce our diverse programming and keep our equipment running. And above all, it is thanks to you supporting our efforts.
KPTZ is in an exciting period of transition! After pandemic delayed construction, volunteers are working hard to customize our new home in Fort Worden’s historic Building 305, where we are the anchor tenant of the visionary Makers Square project. Once we move in next spring, we shall have greatly expanded capacity to grow into the future. We have a news production studio to support our priority to expand reliable local news, and we have ample studios to capture live performances and to expand our broadcast and journalism eduction efforts.
Please give our transition a push by making your end-of-year gift to KPTZ!
On a personal note, this is a transitional moment for me, too. After five years as KPTZ Board President, I am stepping aside to catch my breath. I am super pleased that Dominic Svornich will take over that leadership role and excited by the fecund future that will unfold for KPTZ at beautiful Fort Worden, among its many vibrant, creative organizations. I’m not disappearing however: I will continue to produce my show(s), sit on the Board, and see to conclusion the projects that involve me. And this may not be the last appeal I send you!
Thank you for your tremendous support and for helping KPTZ connect us all!
Best wishes for a safe and wonderful holiday, and hopefully a happier new year!
President, KPTZ Board of Directors
Host, Rhythm Connection, Tues 1-3
Note: KPTZ has capacity to accept donations of securities and stock, with significant tax benefits for donors. Likewise, directing Required IRA Distributions to non-profit KPTZ results in the distribution incurring no federal income tax.
Photo: Fort Worden Bldg 305 by Signal Architecture
Join your local radio station at the Wooden Boat Festival this Friday through Sunday, September 6-8. We’ll be filling this festive weekend with live remote broadcasts, DJ meet-and-greets, a raffle, and more! Look for our yellow sign and stop by our booth while you’re perusing the more than 300 wooden vessels in the harbor. Come say hi, meet one of your local DJs, and–if you’re over 18–buy a raffle ticket for our awesome local prize, worth $600. The winner will get a year membership toEvergreen Fitness, a full service gym with group fitness, state of the art machines, a sauna and steam room, senior programs, a juice/espresso bar, and much more!
And if you can’t make it out the festival, catch the action by tuning in on Saturday from 12-2pm to hear some original interviews during our live remote broadcast. We hope to see you at this iconic local event!
Be sure to listen to KPTZ this coming Monday for our Labor Day Special: a rebroadcast of the Woodstock 44th Anniversary show by our own Dr Dave and the Briceman. If you missed Woodstock, if you missed this program …… here’s another chance! You’ll hear every artist who performed, each doing a song they performed at Woodstock. FAR OUT. Join us. Monday September 2, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.
August 29th Emerging Artists Night & DJ Dance Party!
With 2013 Stars of Tomorrow Winners “Daughters of Albion,” with “The Cold Comfort,” and DJ Silace Amaro
Come cut a rug, listen to some tunes, and grab a drink with us at tonight’s Concert on the Dock. We’re proud sponsors of this emerging artists lineup. Hope to see you there!
It’s all happening at Pope Marine Park/City Dock Civic Plaza, 607 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368
If you haven’t listened to Larry Stein’s interview/music show, Bring Your Records, it’s time to tune in. Every Wednesday from 11am to noon Larry invites one of Jefferson County’s many fascinating community members to “bring their records.” With a handful of their current favorite tunes in tow, each guest spends the hour sharing music and conversation with KPTZ’s own Director of Programming. Past guests have included local greats Kris Nelson, Dominic Svornich, Nancy Fitch, Rob Birman, and many more. Tune in Wednesday, August 28th for a sit-down with musician Pete Lack, and Wendesday, September 4th for a repeat with Centrum’s Peter McCracken.
Local Business Owners – We are looking for you! Please consider taking part in our new KPTZ Community Card offer. For a low monthly cost you will be able to advertise on our website; offering your business name and hours/contact info/promotions-discounts/mapping directions for your business, as well as taking part in the discounts/promotions that other businesses are offering in our community. All the while, supporting KPTZ and reaching out to new and existing customers…it’s a win-win! Please contact [email protected] to get your card today!
KPTZ is an ALL volunteer radio station, and the magic happens through the efforts and gifts people like Germaine bring. KPTZ has so many wonderful volunteers who are committed to making KPTZ the best community radio station it can be.
Please join us in thanking Germaine Arthur, and countless others who show every day, together we are – KPTZ Eclectic, Authentic Community Radio!
ABOUT GERMAINE: Germaine is a great contributor to our community. Germaine not only volunteers her time here at KPTZ, she also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and is very involved with the Port Townsend Community Chorus and Ukuleles Unite.
Germaine and her husband Bernie moved to Port Townsend in 1969 to start a boat building company, Skookum Marine Construction. They have four children and six grandchildren, and recently celebrated their 52nd anniversary. She says her favorite KPTZ show is Ruby Fitch’s Beach Rubble – ” truly eclectic and very interesting.” says Germaine.
How long have you volunteered at KPTZ? I have been coming for the past year and a half. Just a couple of months from when KPTZ first aired.
Why did you decide to volunteer with KPTZ? I was talking with a friend of mine who is on the board of directors and told me they were looking for volunteers to help answer phones.
What do you like most about volunteering here? I like meeting and working with interesting people I would not otherwise meet.
I understand you play a ukulele, so you must be a lover of music. What genres of music do you like best? Classical, especially Choral music, Big Band music from the 40’s and Blue Grass.
Will we ever be able to hear you play your ukulele on air? NO!
Haha, we will try and get her to come in sometime we hope with her ukulele… You can find out more about Germaine and her Ukulele friends at ukulelesunite.com.