Attention Please!

Chimacum Arts & Crafts Fair

(Airdate: December 5, 2022) Jim Burke has a conversation with Flavia Heineman and Tami Robocker about the upcoming Chimacum Arts & Crafts Fair, which benefits Chimacum Schools, and other schools in East Jefferson County. Then Jim interviews Willie Bence about the recent windstorm fallout, and discusses the ways in which we can be prepared for any future disruptions by assembling disaster kits; “go buckets” and “go bags.”

Economics of Happiness

(Airdate: November 28, 2022) As we enter the darkest phase of a year that has featured more than a few dark turns, this week on Attention Please! we dig into the KPTZ archives to bring you a few rays of light from the 2017 Economics of Happiness Conference at Fort Worden, which brought together some of the world’s best thinkers on the subjects of sustainability, happiness, and localization.

Artistic Juxtapositions and a Museum Makeover

(Airdate: November 21, 2022) In this edition of Attention Please!, the focus is on the Jefferson County Historical Society. Curator Stephen Bates describes the work of Rachel Feferman shown in the current exhibit Juxtapositions. Historical Society staff member Tara McCauley gives an update of Historical Society news, and Ms. McCauley and host Phil Andrus promote the upcoming Holiday Extravaganza.

PT High School Music Program

(Airdate: November 14, 2022) The PT High School music program is working toward an ambitious trip for the High School Orchestra to visit Los Angeles. They will experience music in a major city and play alongside other school-age musicians. Larry Stein attended a fundraising concert and spoke with Daniel Ferland, the head of the PT High School music program, and Dr. James Ray, respected regional music educator. We’ll also hear some clips from the concert.

Cuban Missile Crisis

(Airdate: November 7, 2022) October was the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and host Jim Burke spoke with local activist Peter Lumsdaine, with Physicians for Social Responsibility. They discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis and the parallels to the current climate of distrust, saber rattling and threat of nuclear war between Russia, NATO and the United States.

Election Security

(Airdate: October 31, 2022) With the Republican Party focusing on undermining Americans’ trust in the electoral process under the leadership of former president Donald Trump, host Steve Evans revisits a conversation he had in the run-up to the 2020 election with Jefferson County Auditor Rose Ann Carroll and Elections Coordinator Quinn Grewell about how the integrity of our mail-in elections in Washington State are assured.

Jevon’s Forest

(Airdate: October 24, 2022) This week, host Steve Evans delves into the KPTZ archives to bring you a program first aired in August of 2015 – and to take you far, far to the south, to perhaps the most biodiverse and critically endangered rainforest in the world – the one known as the Chocó.

Conservation Futures for a Future of Abundance

(Airdate: October 17, 2022) In this edition of Attention Please!, the topic is the role of the Jefferson County Conservation Futures program in protecting precious lands in our county, with two case studies as illustrations: the preservation of Tamanowas Rock and of Tarboo Valley salmon habitat. Hosted by Phil Andrus.

New Exec. Dir. of PT Marine Science Center

(Airdate: October 10, 2022) Bee Redfield, the new Executive Director of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC), shares her personal history leading to this new position. She also talks with Larry Stein about her plans in moving forward with the ambitious expansion of the PTMSC in their new home at the Flagship Landing building on Water Street.

Food Bank

(Airdate: October 3, 2022) Jim Burke interviews Kathy Ryan of the Food Bank Growers and Shirley Moss, Manager of the Port Townsend Food Bank, about the Jefferson County Food Bank, local growers who provide fresh produce for the food bank, and the W.A.V.E. (what a Valuable Experience) fundraiser, on October 22nd.

A Healthy Diet

(Airdate: September 26, 2022) Could it be that many of the world’s most dreaded diseases, from Alzheimer’s to cancer and heart disease, can be prevented or even cured by a simple change in diet? In this March 2016 Compass show, host Steve Evans talks to Dr. Sandra Poling, who tells us it could.

Bazaar Girls Building & Creative District Sculptures

(Airdate: September 12, 2022) Karen Anderson discusses the renovation of the former Jefferson Community School building and the move and expansion of Bazaar Girls knitting shop. Then Emillia Nunn, a recent High School grad who has done stories for us, talks about the District “marker sculptures”, specifically the commissioning and placement of them. This includes an interview with the artist, Jonah Trople.

Olympic Neighbors PORCHFEST

(Airdate: August 29, 2022) Jim Burke interviews Claudia Coppola and Kim Rafferty of Olympic Neighbors about their fundraiser PORCHFEST, taking place on Sunday September 4, 2022.

Hazardous Waste

(Airdate: August 22, 2022) Host Steve Evans interviews Jefferson County’s Moderate Risk Waste Coordinator Jerry Mingo in situ at the Boat Haven’s hazardous waste handling facility – on the day before his retirement from a thirty-year career in something that was more a calling than a job.

Tenth All-County Picnic

(Airdate: August 15, 2022) KPTZ takes you to the All-County Picnic in the company of County Commissioner Heidi Eisenhour, Director of Emergency Management Willie Bence, Deborah Stinson of NPREP, Megan Claflin of The Production Alliance, Nora Petrich of KPTZ’s E. Team and host Phil Andrus.

Danny McEnerney and JeffCo Fair

(Airdate: August 8, 2022) Danny McEnerney, the new Fair and Fairgrounds Manager for Jefferson County, talks with Larry Stein about plans for the first “in-person” County Fair since 2019.  He just started his new position in June, and then had to restart the Fair which runs from Aug 12-14, 2022.   We also hear from several long time volunteers for the County Fair and 4H, and one new first-time volunteer.

AARP Tax Aides

(Airdate: August 1, 2022) Jim Burke interviewed David Seglau who spoke about the AARP Foundation’s efforts to recruit volunteers to train this fall to be “Tax Aide Volunteers” to help people of any age file their taxes. Jim also spoke with Eva Bennett, the Jefferson County Coordinator for S.H.I.B.A. (The State Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) who is recruiting volunteers to help people understand their options with Medicare.

Methane Action

(Airdate July 25, 2022) In a small office tucked away in the farthest corner of the top floor of Port Townsend’s historic Baker Block Building, the CEO of a new nonprofit named Methane Action is racing the clock to stem the rapid rise of a greenhouse gas 86 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. In this week’s program, Attention Please! host Steve Evans talks with that CEO, Daphne Wysham.

Broadband Comes to Rural Jefferson County

(Airdate: July 18, 2022) PUD Commissioner Ken Collins and PUD Broadband and Communications Director Will O’Donnell present the PUD’s plans to extend fiber broadband internet to all of rural Jefferson County.  Hosted by Phil Andrus.

Candidate Forums and Pedestrian Safety

(Airdate: July 11, 2022) Angela Gyurko, President of The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, is interviewed by Jim Burke about the Jefferson County Candidate forums ahead of the August 2 primary, all three of which are being broadcast live on KPTZ. Also a reprise of last summer’s interview of Patrolman Bill Corrigan of the Port Townsend Police Department about bicycle and pedestrian safety, as hosted by Phil Andrus.

Jefferson Land Trust Fundraiser

(Airdate: July 4, 2022) Jim Burke interviews Richard Tucker, Director of The Jefferson Land Trust in advance of their gala fundraiser at FinnRiver on July 7. 

Kayak Safety

(Airdate: June 27, 2022) This reprise show, produced by KPTZ DJ host and kayaker Chris Bricker on the subject of kayak safety, was motivated by the tragic deaths of two kayakers just off the Dungeness Spit in April of 2015, along with more recent incidents involving ill-fated kayakers. These are beautiful and spectacular waters, but it’s important to remember the essentials when venturing out in this region to enjoy this great sport. We speak with veteran kayaker and adventurer Chris Duff, Dr. Sam Baker on cold water immersion, leaders of the Olympic Peninsula Paddling Club, and rescue swimmers from the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Port Angeles.  Experienced Kayaker, KPTZ’s Mermaid Keri introduces the show.

Buzzy Donahue’s Life in Radio

(Airdate: June 20, 2022) Jim Burke introduces a Ken Jones interview from our sister station KBOO with our own Buzzy Donahue about her life in radio, and also discusses her father, “Big Daddy” Tom Donahue, who started “free form” radio in San Francisco in the 1960s.

Rocky Friedman and The Rose

(Airdate: June 13, 2022) Rocky Friedman, who established the Rose Theatre in 1992, and has run it since then, has put the business up for sale. Larry Stein and Ann Katzenbach spoke to Rocky in the Rose Theater about its history, and Rocky’s hopes for finding a new owner to continue this very important Port Townsend institution. Also featured is Renata Friedman, Rocky’s daughter who grew up with the Rose Theater, and continues to help run it from her home in New York.