Attention Please!

Unearthing theHistory of Jefferson County Cemetery

(Airdate: June 5, 2023) Reed Barry and Ellie DiPietro of the Jefferson County Historical Society present Reed’s study of the history of the Jefferson County Cemetery from its creation in the late 19th Century to its abandonment in the 1940s. With Host Phil Andrus.

Autonomy Art Show

(Airdate: May 29, 2023) This week host Jim Burke speaks with Sharle Osborne and Gayle Brauner about the Autonomy Art Show taking place on June 3 during Art Walk. He also speaks with Sarah Dixit of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington. The show is raising money for Planned Parenthood of eastern Washington.

County Historical Society Exec. Dir. Moves

(Airdate: May 22, 2023) Host Phil Andrus talks with Shelly Leavens as she moves from her position as Executive Director of Jefferson County Historical Society into her new role as Communications and Marketing Manager for the City of Port Townsend.

ReCyclery Reopens

(Airdate: May 15, 2023) For months there was no sign of activity at the shuttered makeshift wooden building on the northwest corner of the old Mountain View School campus across from the municipal golf course that had housed the zealous missionary cycling organization known as the Recyclery. Then a couple of weeks ago came new signs of life. Host Steve Evans talks with Recyclery Acting Director Jordan Oleachea about the cycling nonprofit’s rebirth.

Special Housing Forum, part 2

(Airdate: May 8, 2023) Chris Bricker brings a Special Housing Forum, part 2 that occurred on April 16 at the Connectivity Fair.

Special Housing Forum, part 1

(Airdate: May 1, 2023) Chris Bricker brings a Special Housing Forum, part 1 that occurred on April 16 at the Connectivity Fair.

Recovery Cafe

(Airdate: April 24, 2023) April is Earth Month, so this week on Attention Please! host Steve Evans meets down at the Recycling Center with Environmental Specialist Laura Tucker to talk the nuances of solid waste and how our practices in relation to it affect the health of the planet. (Reprise of show originally aired on April 25, 2022.)

Okanogon Highlands Alliance

(Airdate: April 17, 2023) In this edition of Attention Please! Phil Andrus interviews Sarah Kliegman, co-Executive Director of the Okanogan Highlands Alliance. We learn of the thirty years of thoughtful contributions made by the Alliance to the health of their special place in northeastern Washington.

Attention Please!

(Airdate: April 10, 2023) Jim Burke speaks with Judy Alexander, Rose Madrone, and Ben Bauermeister about The Connectivity Fair which is happening on Sunday, April 16 at Blue Heron School. The event is bringing together 70 non-profits to re-energize engagement with the community after 3 years of COVID-19 isolation.


(Airdate: April 3, 2023) This week on Attention Please!, Jim Burke interviews Gabs Nathanson and Tomoki Sage, two cast members of the new play, REDD by Kat Agudo, which opens in previews on Wednesday, April 5 at Key City Public Theatre. We then spoke with Yari Cervas, the play’s Director. We also have a special interview from the Port Townsend High School Media Lab. Devon Hellman spoke with City Manager John Mauro about the need for public spaces for youth in our community.

Pool and Bench Build

(Airdate: March 27, 2023) This week, host Jim Burke interviews Carrie Hite about the effort, finally, this year to replace the Mountain View Pool and community engagement. Jim also interviews Lisa Widner who is organizing the Community Bench Build Challenge with the goal of bringing highly decorated benches to Point Hudson.

Discovery Bird Rescue

(Airdate: March 20, 2023) In a reprise of a show from last year, host Steve Evans is given a tour of Discovery Bird Rescue by Cindy Daily, the amazing woman who has spent up to 12 hours a day, seven days a week for 14 years (without pay) to build a showcase hospital, rehabilitation center, haven, and conservation educational center for the wild birds of the Olympic Peninsula and beyond.

Housing Solutions/Powering Our Future

(Airdate: March 13, 2023) This week Jim Burke talks with Liz Revord of the Housing Solutions Network to discuss the future of housing in Jefferson County. Then Him talks with Gary Nelson who, along with with Doug Rodgers, is leading a webinar from Jefferson County Library called “Powering Our Future- Energy Independence for The North Olympic Peninsula” which starts March 15, 2023 on This week Jim Burke talks with Liz Revord of the Housing Solutions Network to discuss the future of housing in Jefferson County, and with Gary Nelson who, along with with Doug Rogers, is leading a webinar from Jefferson County Library called “Powering Our Future- Energy Independence for The North Olympic Peninsula” which starts March 15, 2023.

Recovery Cafe

(Airdate: March 6, 2023) This week on Attention Please! host Steve Evans pays a visit to Port Townsend’s Recovery Café, a place which proves not only that there is such a thing as a delicious free lunch, but that you can have it served to you in a clean and safe place surrounded by friendly folks who are dedicated to helping you overcome whatever particular challenges your life is presenting at the moment.

PR Library and PUD

(Airdate: February 27, 2023) Jim Burke interviews Melody Sky-Weaver, Director of the Port Townsend Public Library about the book, Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults, this year’s selection for the library’s March Community Read. Jim then speaks with Will O’Donnell, Broadband and Communications Director for Jefferson County PUD about the broadband fiber rollout.

Olympic Angels

(Airdate: February 20, 2023) KPTZ host Larry Stein interviews Morgan Hanna, Founder and Executive Director, and Ian Hanna, Founding Board Chair of Olympic Angels, our community foster family support program. Also included is Ari Patterson, Program Manager, and experienced foster parent.

EJFR Chief Jeff Black

(Airdate: February 13, 2023) Jim Burke interviews Chief Bret Black of East Jefferson Fire Rescue about the special election on February 14 – the “Tax Levy Lid Lift” and discusses strategic planning for the fire department going forward.

2023 Yard and Garden Lecture Series

(Airdate: February 6, 2023) Each year, as winter begins to yield to spring, the Jefferson County Master Gardeners Foundation offers their Yard and Garden Lecture Series. In this edition of Attention Please!, Lecture Series Chair Suzanne Eggleston summarizes the series and three of the Series presenters – Muriel Nesbitt, Del Brummet, and Candice Gohn – give thumbnail sketches of their topics. Hosted by Phil Andrus.

The People Downstairs

(Airdate: January 30, 2023) Jim Burke interviews three-quarters of the cast of The People Downstairs By Natalie Symons, directed by Brendan Chambers, at Key City Public Theatre, in previews February 1, and running through February 26. The cast read a scene in the studio during our interview and KCPT calls it, “A dark but sweet comedy about loneliness & loss, laughter & love, & the need to be seen – with kindness.

Habitat for Humanity

(Airdate: January 23, 2023) Host Steve Evans talks with Jamie Maciejewski, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County – and perhaps the person most closely acquainted with the steadily escalating housing crisis in our community – about the nonprofit’s ambitious plans for growth and its concomitant need for all sorts of volunteers.

Buzzy Donahue’s Life in Radio

(Airdate: January 16, 2023) In this reprise of a show from June 20, 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.

Marine Science Center’s new Director, Bee Redfield

(Airdate: January 9, 2023) Bee Redfield, the new Exececutive Director of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, talks about her previous experience at Purdue University, and in field work in various locations – mostly in Island Ecosystems.  She is excited about leading the center into its new phase of growth, and establishment of its new presence on Water St.  KPTZ host:  Larry Stein. (This is a repeat episode, originally broadcast in October of 2022, updated with new information.)

Derek Kilmer and Carrie Hite

(Airdate: January 2, 2023) Jim Burke interviews Carrie Hite, Director of Parks and Recreation Strategy about the stakeholder process (so far) for the Port Townsend Municipal Golf Course and the Mountain View Commons, with a public open house event coming up on 1/11th at Ft. Worden and 1/12 online. Then, Jim speaks with Congressman for the 6th District Derek Kilmer about the recently passed budget, what it means for Jefferson and Clallam Counties and the January 6th Commitee’s work.

Rachel Maxwell & Michael Ableman

(Airdate: December 26, 2022) This week on Attention Please! we dig into the KPTZ archives to bring you two more presentations from the 2017 Economics of Happiness Conference held late that year at Port Townsend’s Fort Worden. It was a weekend-long event that brought together some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, writers, and activists in the sustainability and localization movements to “discuss, discover, and devise better systems for now and the future,” as the event’s website put it. This week we hear from Community Sourced Capital co-founder Rachel Maxwell, and organic farming and urban agriculture pioneer Michael Ableman, who were both on hand to lead workshops at the conference.

Cycling for World Rejuvenation

(Airdate: December 29, 2022) Rachel Dunn and Kellen Lynch share some of the highlights of their travels through Western Europe, a tour they undertook by bicycle and train in search of sustainable practices in agriculture, housing and community. Hosted by Phil Andrus.

The Rose is Sold

(Airdate: December 12, 2022) It is no longer a secret, the Rose Theater has been sold to local arts leaders, Michael D’Alessandro (Northwind Art), and  George Marie (Centrum Writing Programs).  Larry Stein spoke with them and Founder Rocky Friedman about the future of the Rose Theater.  Note: Our earlier talk with Rocky Friedman about the Rose sale can be found in KPTZ Podcasts/Attention Please/June 13, 2022)