Compass

Compass for 8/13/2018

This week on the Compass, we go back to a July 2015 show where Chris Bricker speaks with experts about kayak safety in a program prompted by the deaths of Jacob Austin and Mandi Walkley, who were among seven members of a Tumwater church group who went kayaking off the Dungeness Spit when high winds and high seas capsized their boats, plunging them into the 48-degree water.

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Compass for the Week of 8/06/2018

This week on the Compass, we take you inside the Jefferson County Emergency Operations Center with its new director, and he explains why the EOC is like a WalMart for you, your neighbors and all the various emergency responders.

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Compass for the Week of 7/30/2018

This week on the Compass, our own Chris Bricker travels with performers and musicians of the New Old Time Chatauqua as they join with Washington State Parks and Pacific Northwest native tribes to preserve the local Indian stories and heritage.

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Compass for the Week of 7/23/2018

This week on the Compass, we hear about how the lifeblood of this community – its marine trade – is being threatened. We also learn how this affects everybody within the sound of my voice, whether you’re connected to the marine trades or not. And then we listen to experts explain what they intend to do about it.

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Compass for the Week of 7/16/2018

This week on the Compass, we take you inside the nearly 100-year-old structure that was once the Beaver Valley General Store and meet the people who have turned it into a new and very sweet place … literally.

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Compass for the Week of 7/09/18

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.

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Compass for the Week of 7/02/18

This week on Compass, we speak with a Port Townsend resident who offers evidence that major news media outlets have been spreading fake news about flying saucers for decades.

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Compass for the Week of 6/25/18

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.

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Compass for the Week of 6/18/18

This week on the Compass we take an incredible journey with a Port Townsend native who dreamed of becoming royalty – made that dream come true – then embarked on a life journey that has come full circle.   

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Compass for the Week of 6/11/2018

This week on the Compass we talk with local folks who help those in the final days of their lives and learn how you can help … and then we talk about the environment with the youngest – and first woman – ever to lead the Nez Perce tribe.

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Compass for the Week of 6/04/2018

This week on the Compass we look back at the end of a long career of a man – Bill Tennant – who has been looking back himself, almost all his life. And it’s all about history.

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Compass for the Week of 5/28/2018

This week on 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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Compass for the Week of 5/21/2018

In May of 2016, Muslims from Seattle visited Port Townsend to discuss their faith and respond to the tough questions about radical Islamic terrorism that you’ve probably always wanted to ask. Two years later, the violence continues … and the answers from this particular sect may surprise you.

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Compass for the Week of 5/14/18

This week on the Compass, we join eighth-grade students from a Port Townsend Middle School who have become part of a very important scientific study as they work side-by-side with the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Compass for the Week of 5/07/18

May is National Bicycle month, in recognition of which fact we are bringing you a reprise of a program on bicycle safety originally aired on Friday, April 13th as part of Phil Andrus’ Tossed Salad program.

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Compass for the Week of 4/30/2018

This week on the Compass we talk with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who visited Port Townsend for a conference aimed at helping small communities, like our so-called City of Dreams. We also asked the governor about rumors he may run for president of the United States.

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Compass for the Week of 4/23/18

This week on the Compass we talk with a Federal Emergency Management Agency representative about her recent visit to hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico – and the relevance that experience has to the Olympic Peninsula when we are faced with disaster.

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Compass for the Week of 4/16/18

In a painful and ironic twist of fate, Marcus Henthorne, a member of Port Townsend’s Non-motorized Vehicle Advisory Board and a prominent Port Townsend advocate for bicycle safety, died of injuries sustained in a collision with an automobile while riding his beloved bicycle down 19th Street in Port Townsend a couple of weeks ago. This week on the Compass we reprise a special memorial program produced by Tossed Salad host Phil Andrus remembering Henthorne.

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Compass for the Week of 4/09/18

In a reprise of a show aired in May of last year, we talk with scientists, geologists and emergency personnel about a huge disaster that is on its way to the Pacific Northwest. It could happen tomorrow, or one hundred years from now. But when it does, thousands of people could die.

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Compass for the Week of 4/02/18

This week on the Compass we talk with activists seeking Port Townsend’s legal support for Seattle’s new progressive tax law, and then we take a walk through the downtown construction zone which is Water Street these days to see how the merchants are holding up.

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Compass for the Week of 3/26/18

This week on the Compass we talk with a Port Ludlow couple who have decided that retirement age is the perfect time to embark on the most arduous adventure in their lives — to hike the 2,650-mile-length of the mountainous Pacific crest trail.

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Compass for the Week of 3/19/18

For many years Port Townsend has been the working port of choice for commercial fisher-folk from far and wide to spend their winters preparing their boats for the next summer’s fishing season.  But this winter there has been a notable lack of commercial fishing vessels — or other kinds of boats, for that matter — hauled out to make repairs and improvements.  This week, in a Compass episode we are titling Empty Boat Haven Blues, we talk with a couple of local commercial fisherwomen and others to find out why.  (Interviews with Dave Thompson, JennTakaki, Becca Argo, and Pam Petranek.)

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Compass for the Week of 3/12/2018

This week on the Compass we meet Tessa Hulls, a recent Port Townsend transplant who writes biographies for the Atlas Obscura Kick-Ass Women Series and who is, in fact, herself a fairly kick-ass woman. And then we take a look at the roll-out of a world-class bicycle repair teaching institution right here in Port Townsend.

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Compass for the Week of 3/05/2018

This week on the Compass we go to the hospital to attend a cooking class taught by Jefferson Healthcare’s celebrated executive chef Arran Stark.

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Compass Honors Marcia Perlstein

Honoring Marcia Perlstein: A rerun of our coverage of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Women’s Protest in Port Townsend. On the evening of Sunday, February 25, much to the surprise of those who knew her tremendous life energy, KPTZ radio personality Marcia Perlstein passed from this plane to somewhere just beyond our reach. In her honor, KPTZ Compass is this week re-running the program she and Steve Evans co-produced at the Port Townsend Women’s March upon the inauguration of President Donald Trump, first aired on January 23, 2017.

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Compass for the Week of 2/19/18

This week on the Compass we revisit a 2016 report on the Navy’s plan to stage mock midnight military raids on regional beaches and Marinas as a deadline for pubic comment on the plan approaches. And then we talk with a public health nurse about this year’s deadly flu epidemic.

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