Our Town

#91 Roger Short of Short’s Family Farm

(First airdate: July 18, 2017) Eating Beef and Dirt from Short’s Family Farm. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Roger Short, the owner of Short’s Family Farm in Chimacum. After decades as a traditional dairyman, Roger converted to grass-fed beef. He passionately believes in the health benefits of grass-fed vs. grain-fed beef. Jefferson County foodies agree with gusto. Short’s other line of business is selling “magical soil.” He sells some to a New Yorker who repackages it (to eat) and sells 4-oz. packages for $107. Roger sells it for considerably less to local gardeners and most of them don’t even eat it.

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In Conversation – Nancy Rekow

(first aired July 11, 2017). Host Sheila Bender speaks with Bainbridge Island poet and long-time poetry facilitator Nancy Rekow about the history of her teaching and community poetry projects.

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Nature Now #319 Aquatic Reserves

(first aired July 12, 2017).  Host Nan Evans conducts a field interview with Birdie Davenport, Aquatic Reserves Manager with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and talks about protecting special watery places in the Salish Sea. Closing music is “Sailing the Salish Sea,” performed by Adam Dobres.

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Compass for the Week of July 17, 2017

This week on the Compass, we uncover the hidden past of Port Townsend resident Lynn Webster, who for nearly three decades has been modestly avoiding talk of her fabulous life in show business. Today, she finally tells her stories.

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Dan Chaon

(First airdate: July 12, 2017) Cris Wilson talks with Dan Chaon, about his latest novel, Ill Will, and his most recent collection of short stories, Stay Awake.

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Good-Bye, Sweet Laurette’s

(First airdate: July 11, 2017) In this exit interview, Pleasures and Treasures host Marcia Perlstein pays homage to a very special woman in our town, Sweet Laurette. Her warm, delicious restaurant has been sold. Tune in to hear her memories of Port Townsend and get a glimpse of her next adventures.

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Compass for the Week of July 10, 2017

Although it may be true that “everything changes except change itself,” as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, that doesn’t mean that the pace and nature of change can’t be controlled—-which is arguably the purpose of the Jefferson Land Trust, the venerable local nonprofit that has gained wide recognition as an exemplar of the land conservationist movement. This week on the Compass, we talk with Jefferson Land Trust Executive Director Richard Tucker and former executive director Sarah Spaeth about the past present and future of the Trust and the lands it stewards.

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Nature Now #318 Fossil Finds

(first aired July 5, 2017). Host Mary Robson interviews geologist Annika Wallendahl about fossil finds in the Olympic Peninsula area.

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#90 Robin Bergstrom of Bergstrom’s Antiques & Classic Autos

(First airdate: July 4, 2017) DRIVING DOWN THE SUPERHIGHWAY OF AMERICAN DREAMS. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Robin Bergstrom, owner of Bergstrom’s Antique & Classic Autos. Robin sells vintage cars and extraordinary dream cars – such as the one that one Oscar winner had customized to the point where the door posts were carved into replicas of his treasured Oscars. But the shop is selling much more than cars: it’s an emporium of the all-American obsession with motor vehicles. It’s as much a museum as a shop and plenty of Robin’s personal collection is not for sale. Enter the door to “petrolomania,” a fantasy world suitable for any man cave (or woman cave, for that matter).

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Compass for the Weekly of July 3, 2017

This week on the Compass, KPTZ Reporter and DJ Chris Bricker talks with fellow-former clown Murray Horowitz about his career as a hilarious radio game-show host. Then we reprise a segment from 2013 that delves into the intricate relationship of music and the human brain.

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In Conversation – Kaci Cronkhite

(first aired June 27, 2017). Host Sheila Bender interviews Port Townsend resident and former Wooden Boat Festival Director Kaci Chronkhite about the writing of her book, Finding PAX.

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Nature Now #317 Hidden Lives of Owls – Part 2

(first aired June 28, 2017). Host Nan Evans visits with author Leigh Calvez, who talks about her book that examines the science and spirit of nature’s most elusive birds.

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Pride Parade, Port Townsend

(First airdate: June 24, 2017 On June 10th, Steve Evans and Marcia Perlstein interviewed a range of LGBTQ participants and straight allies. They also covered the rally at Haller Fountain emceed by KPTZ’s Ellen Bonjorno. Major organizers of the parade were Susan Brittain and Share DeWees.

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Volunteer Highlights

(First airdate: June 27, 2017) Local volunteers Abi Katz and Robin Bailey step into booth to talk with Everybody Can host Sheila Ramsey about their volunteer experiences. Abi often works the KPTZ front desk and Robin Bailey is co-manager of the Saturday Food Bank.

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Compass for the Week of June 26, 2017

This week on the Compass, we accompany Port Gamble S’Klallam tribal elder Gene Jones and about two hundred others on a pilgrimage to sacred Tamanowas Rock.

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Nature Now #316 eBirding on the Olympic Peninsula

(first aired June 21, 2017). Host Debaran Kelso talks with Dr. Fred Sharpe to explain eBird, the online database for birding enthusiasts. Closing music is “Towards The Sun,”, performed by E-Bird.

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June Conversation with Derek Kilmer


Steve Evans, KPTZ News Director, spoke with Derek Kilmer on Thursday, June 22 about the recent shooting on the Congressional Baseball field, the President’s proposed budget, cuts on environmental and health programs, and citizen reaction on the attempts to revoke and replace the Affordable Care Act.

      Derek Kilmer Interview 6-22-17

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Compass for the Week of June 19, 2017

This week on the Compass, correspondent Martha Baskin reports on climate activists who are trying to stop the construction of the largest methanol manufacturing plant in the world at the port of Kalama WA. A failing culvert forces the closure of Highway 20 between Eaglemount Road and Anderson Lake Road for a week. And, as summer approaches, ranchers’ minds turn to relieving their livestock of their wool, so we revisit a story from several years ago: Shearing Day at the Rosebud Ranch and Fiber Studio.

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#89 Brian Kuh

(First airdate: June 20, 2017) FIGHTING FOR JOBS ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Brian Kuh, executive director of EDC Team Jefferson. Visitors have long fantasized about starting their own company here on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. But few manage to get past the daydream stage. Brian and his team at the Economic Development Council are working behind the scenes, helping entrepreneurs turn those dreams into reality.

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Nature Now #315 Bird Brains Part 2 – Songbirds

(first aired June 14, 2017). Host Mary Robson talks with Christie Lassen of Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner and discusses what goes on in the brains of songbirds. Closing music is “If I Only Had a Brain,” sung by Natalie Merchant.

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In Conversation – Marīa Moustakas

(first aired June 13, 2017). Host Sheila Bender interviews Port Townsend “hidden” poet and artist Marīa Moustakas.

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In Conversation – Nancy Pearl

(first aired May 30, 2017). Host Sheila Bender interviews via phone Seattle’s book maven, and now novelist, Nancy Pearl.

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#88 Ned Schumann of olympus.net

(First airdate:  June 6, 2017) HOW MANY WIFI SHED BOYS ARE THERE? Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Ned Schumann, the founder of olympus.net, the Olympic Peninsula’s own ISP (Internet Service Provider). Schumann offers tips on how to improve your security and privacy online. But he also notes that generally you get what you pay for: if you pay for an internet service or application, you are the customer. But if it’s free – you are the product. And, yes, you can be a wifi shed boy and mooch “free” internet service. But, as he explains, there are certain risks.

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Jefferson County Historical Society’s Walking Tours

(First airdate: June 13, 2017) Volunteer Coordinator Brooke Weber and volunteer extraordinaire, Jenny Westdal share with Everybody Can host Sheila Ramsey what’s new at the Historical Society. Special feature – how you can become involved in the Walking Tours from June through September.

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Compass for the Week of June 12, 2017

This week on the Compass we feature an exclusive interview with Race to Alaska Race Boss Daniel Evans. And then we get a sneak preview of the Taste of Port Townsend. Steve Evans is the host.

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Heart of Learning: Teaching Empathy

KPTZ introduces a new program, Heart of Learning,
hosted by Heather McRae-Woolf.
This local discussion program will focus on education in our region.
Guests on the first episode “Teaching Empathy” are
teachers from Sunfield and Grant Street Schools.
First airdate: Monday, June 12, 12:35pm
Repeat: Tuesday June 13, 5:35pm

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