For the first of our Elections 2018 coverage, Charlie Bermant conducts a discussion first aired July 19 between Sheriff candidates Joe Nole and David Stanko.
(First airdate: July 17, 2018) SCOTT ROGERS: BOSS MAN AT ALDRICH’S & DOGS-A-FOOT. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Scott Rogers, who owns two local icons – Aldrich’s and Dogs-A-Foot. Scott jumped around a few career paths, laying carpets, selling security systems and running restaurants. But when the bottom fell out of his life in the Great Recession, Scott somehow found both the love of his life (his now wife Robin) and a home in Port Townsend. Buying Dogs-A-Foot four years ago seemed like a natural fit for his entrepreneurial nature. Then Aldrich’s became available a little over a year ago. Scott is trying to take the venerable Port Townsend fixture back to its roots as a true community general store and gathering place.
Continuing our Elections 2018 coverage, Charlie Bermant conducts a discussion first aired July 12 between District Court Judge candidates Noah Harrison and Mindy Walker.
(first aired July 10, 2018). Jonathan Stratman joins Sheila Bender via phone from Eugene, Oregon to discuss his novel series that makes pre-state Alaska come alive for middle grade and adult readers.
(first aired July 11, 2018). Dr. Fred Sharpe visits host Debaran Kelso in the KPTZ studio to present historical details about local prairies and identify locations in our area where portions of prairies still survive. Closing music is “Little Songbird,” performed by Black Prairie.
This week on the Compass, we talk with volunteer firefighters who want YOU to join them in saving lives and property. Ever thought about being a volunteer firefighter? Regardless of your age, gender or experience, you might qualify for this life-changing experience … and maybe even earn some money.
(first aired July 4, 2018). Joost Besijn, Coordinator of the Jefferson County Noxious Weed Control Board, returns to the KPTZ studio for a further discussion of noxious weeds in the county and how to deal with them. Closing music is “Weeds,” performed by Michael Penn.
(First airdate: July 3, 2018) POLLY ROGERS: THE GREAT GRANDMOM AT MOM’S LAUNDROMAT. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Polly Rogers, a mainstay at Mom’s Laundromat for the past several decades. What better place to delve into the town’s dirty laundry than a laundromat? Panties in the wrong bag can lead to inescapable clues. Polly was just 19 when she married a mill worker here. She ended up living in the same house in the Four Corners area for the past 63 years. Mom’s features a wall of framed “lost socks” and Polly was once humorously awarded a gold-plated sock. She’s never quite found gold in a laundry bag, but there was a laptop, a 10-inch clock, and lots of other strange items. Still, Polly loves her job and comes in early and stays late just to share in the stories of the ever changing cast of characters from townies to tourists.
(first aired June 26, 2018). Sheila Bender talks in studio with Port Townsend novelist and culture critic Curtis White about his newest novel, and Portland author Cheston Knapp about his collection of linked essays, during a Port Townsend stop on their joint book tour.
(first aired June 27, 2018). Host Nan Evans recorded an interview near the Point Wilson lighthouse with Betsy Carlson, Citizen Science Coordinator at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, and Mariah Vane, Americorps member and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network Environmental Education Coordinator. They spoke about marine mammal strandings in the Salish Sea and what members of the public should do if they encounter stranded animals along our shore. Closing music is “Stranded,” sung by Van Morrison.
(First airdate: June 26, 2018) Everybody Can host Missy Nielsen speaks with Linda Ferris, founder of The Gathering Place, and also with Mike Cosin, and a new staffer there.
This week on Compass, we get an update on a local couple trying to hike 2,600 miles, from Mexico to Washington … we give you Part Two of our interview with the youngest person – and first woman – ever to lead the Nez Perce tribe … and geologists say that the catastrophic eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii should serve as a wake-up call for all of us here in the Pacific Northwest.
(first aired June 20, 2018). Erin Ryan-Peñeula, Ecosystem Recovery Coordinator of the Hood Canal, Strait and North Olympic Peninsula for the Puget Sound Partnership, joins host Paul Ruben to discuss the Partnership and its role in coordinating the health of the Puget Sound. Closing music is “Puget Sound,” performed by Donato Wharton.
(First airdate: June 19, 2018) GARY KEISTER: BRINGING LIFE TO THE OLD ALCOHOL PLANT. Our Town Host Maryanne McNellis interviews Gary Keister, the new owner of the Old Alcohol Plant. Gary has a unique vision. Half of the property is now a charming Inn & Restaurant, with spectacular views of the Port Hadlock Marina and the coast beyond. It features galleries that celebrate local artists and hosts classes and lectures. The reincarnated Old Alcohol Plant is fast becoming a popular venue for weddings, parties and conferences. Then there’s the “other side.” Gary has a unique vision. Half of the property is the Bayside Tower, which houses community members in need of transitional housing. The ‘for profit’ side (the Inn & Restaurant) helps support the ‘non-profit’ side. It’s an innovative and compassionate way to help with our housing crisis.
(first aired June 12, 2018). Sheila Bender talks to Port Townsend author Barbara Sjoholm about her newest book Black Fox, the story of Danish artist and ethnographer Emilie Demant Hatt who lived with Sami families in their tents and on migrations.
(first aired June 13, 2018). Mary Robson hosts Joost Besijn, Coordinator of the Jefferson County Noxious Weed Control Board, and discusses identification, eradication and other topics related to these pesky growths. Closing music is “Western Bluebird,” performed by Joe Weed.
(First airdate: June 12, 2018) Amy Howard, executive director of The Boiler Room and mentor to PT High School Senior Naya Krienke both share with us how volunteering inspired Naya to respond to a need that eventually became her Senior project. Naya’s blankets for the homeless grew out of a simple conversation with a customer at The Boiler Room, an amazing gathering place that inspires creativity, provides job training and offers “Adulting” seminars – and, yes, great cookies. Join us for a heartfelt discussion as we learn how Naya and Amy impact our community with their heart for others.