(First airdate: August 29, 2017) Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews the popular Port Townsend artist Michael Hale. Michael’s paintings have served as posters for several Wooden Boat Festivals and the Uptown Street Fair. He has also published a fantasy book. But he’s perhaps best known for his Port Townsend Portfolio, a series of paintings that captures the soft colors of early morning light on the street of Port Townsend. Michael has given KPTZ permission to use one image - “Rainy Morning on Water Street” - to represent Our Town on our web site.
Steve Shapiro, our Board Treasurer and much more, and his wife Kris Shapiro before him as Station Manager, have been instrumental in the success and growth of KPTZ from our first days on air in May of 2011.
Simply put, we wouldn't be where we are now without their hard work and sharp intelligence. Steve, in the last years, has been a strong hand behind-the-scenes to manage our finances and organize our programming on the weekends. He’s always on top of things; we’ve never had to worry about anything being overlooked.
We wish them all the best on their voyage off to warmer climates in Arizona. KPTZ will be appreciative for their hard work as long as we are on the air.
- Larry Stein, KPTZ Program Director
Friday, September 1 from 5-9pm on Union Wharf (end of Taylor Street in Port Townsend). It's our first annual Party on the Pier, a concert and KPTZ fundraiser! Dance music by Funk Force Attacks and DJ Silace Amaro. Beer garden for ages 21+. All ages welcome! Admission: $10 or donation. Click here for more info.
This week on the Compass, Jefferson County environmental health specialist Anna Bachman tells us step by step how her anti-war activism led her to become the principal editor of the most comprehensive work ever published on Iraq’s biodiversity, and to help found Waterkeepers Iraq.
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.