This week’s Compass centers on creativity, focusing on a new web page that helps people explore their vulnerabilities through storytelling. Interviewer Charlie Bermant will be joined by Port Townsend resident Bonnie Obremski, whose Storyborne website is meant as an outlet for writers both local and far away; exploring the long and the short along with the serious and the frivolous. Also participating is author and teacher Samantha Ladwig.
This summer a unique sight graced the Point Hudson Marina. It was a replica of a Thames River Sailing Barge. At destinations world-wide, a nomadic group of performers called the Caravan Stage Company, transform the tall ship’s 21-foot-wide, 90-foot-long deck into a technologically innovative, contemporary theatre space.
In this two-part series, KPTZ DJ & Reporter Chris Bricker explores the evolution of the Company from its roots to its current manifestation, and listens to the stories that spill from the hold of this vessel called the Amara Zee.
In 2014, the Port Townsend School System established the Maritime Discovery Schools Initiative, designed to blend maritime instruction into all levels of the curriculum. Now in the fifth and final year of the initiative, the school system has accommodated such instruction district wide. On this week’s Compass program director Sara Rubenstine discusses progress so far and what we should expect in the future.
You may recall the Compass interview a few months ago with the cartoonist, writer and adventurer Tessa Hulls about her work for the Atlas Obscura Kick-Ass Women’s Series. This week the tables are turned, with Tessa in the interviewer’s seat as she talks with the intrepid Mary Ann Thomas, who has cycled across two continents and who was in Port Townsend recently to give readings from her recent chapbook about one of those journeys, Asking for Elephants.
The number of people wishing to weigh in on Jefferson County’s draft commercial shooting range ordinance on October 1 overwhelmed the venue for the meeting and led to the scheduling of a do-over on Wednesday, October 24 at Fort Worden’s McCurdy Pavilion. This week on the Compass, we talk with a man who is both one of the chief architects of the ordinance and one of its strongest critics, Tarboo Ridge Coalition Board President Peter Newland.
More KPTZ Coverage of the Shooting Range Issue:
Draft Shooting Range Ordinance
As we near the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we talk with Jasmine Faulk-Dickerson, a certified Holistic Cancer Coach. She tells KPTZ’s Phil Andrus that cancer treatment works best if we combine traditional western medicine with a focus on body, mind, spirit and emotions … and she came to this conclusion after her own fight with breast cancer.
We speak with Jeff Selby of the Peninsula Trails Coalition, who tells us about and event called Townsend Travel Tales. It’s yet another step toward completion of the Olympic Discovery Trail, a remarkable, 130-mile bike path that starts at the Port Townsend boat haven and ends on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
This week on the Compass, we speak with Nathan and Tara Lee, the husband-and-wife team behind Friday Feature Productions, a Southern California film, television, and commercial production company. They came to visit family in Port Townsend, won a special prize at the Jefferson County Fair, and are about to release their next major motion picture.
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.
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.
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.
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.