Compass for 4/04/2020

As the novel coronavirus known as Covid-19 wreaks havoc upon the world, Jefferson County, with fewer than two dozen confirmed cases so far, has been a relatively safe haven from a storm that has elsewhere overwhelmed hospitals and morgues. But how long will we be spared? Can we avert the kind of tragedy that has hit Italy, Spain, and New York?

This week on the Compass, we once again talk with Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke about how the Olympic Peninsula might come through the biggest health crisis of our times.

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Compass for 3/30/2020

This week on the Compass, Steve Evans talks with the highly-acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail about the relationship between the COVID 19 pandemic and the climate crisis. Then he talks with OlyCAP’s new Executive Director Cherish Chronmiller about how the Olympic Peninsula’s primary social services agency is coping with increasing demands as the virus spreads and the economy shrinks.

Compass for 3/23/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the world economy into a tailspin, and last week any hope that the Olympic Peninsula might somehow sidestep the calamity was struck down as the first evidence of community spread of the potentially lethal disease emerged locally, and a gubernatorial decree closed down the bars, restaurants, and event venues that together form the heart and soul of the local economy – with no clear answer to the question of when (or even whether) life will return to normal.

This week on the Compass we first talk with a popular longtime Sirens Pub bartender who abruptly found herself laid off last week. Then we talk with Port Townsend Main Street Program Director Mari Mullen about the crisis facing local businesses and what resources are being mustered to help them out. And finally, we talk with Centrum Executive Director Robert Birman about the likely fate of the summer festival season upon which so much of Port Townsend’s economy relies.

Compass for 3/14/2020

As the nation and the world move into emergency mode to try to slow the spread of the potentially lethal COVID-19 coronavirus, we talk again this week with Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke about the local response to the pandemic on the Olympic Peninsula where, despite the fact there is thus far no evidence of community spread of the disease, events from church services to dances at the Grange to author readings are being cancelled, and grocery shelves being emptied of hand sanitizer and toilet paper as people prepare to hunker down and self-isolate for the long run.

This Compass was originally broadcast at noon on Saturday, March 14, and will be repeated with updates on Monday, March 16 at noon and 5pm after the calendar. In coming weeks, the KPTZ News Team will be focused on bringing reliable, up-to-date coverage of the local effects of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.

Compass for 3/09/20

Day in and day out all around the world, highly trained epidemiologists are constantly on watch for the next bug that might result in widespread mortality. In Jefferson County, that guardian is Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke. This week on the Compass, we talk with Dr. Locke about the threat posed by the new coronavirus that’s been dubbed COVID-19, and the plans that are being laid to deal with what he believes is the inevitable local spread of the potentially lethal virus.

Compass for 3/02/20

This week on the Compass we revisit a November talk with a lawyer who has spent much of her career helping people think about those things nobody wants to think about: things like deadly diseases, dementia, and the big “D” itself: Death.  And she tells us why we should think about them now, so we don’t need to worry so much about them later.

Compass for the Week of 2/24/2020

There’s a small piece of land in Poulsbo, Washington, near woods that witness and fences that guard the propellant and nuclear payloads for Trident missiles.  This piece of land near the fences is called Ground Zero, and it has carried its name and its significance for 39 years.

As wind blew through the trees on a Saturday in August of 2019, supporters of the Pacific Northwest Peace Pagoda gathered at Ground Zero from across the U.S. and from other nations.  They came in solidarity, ceremony, prayer, and music, to a ground purification ceremony for the Pagoda.  After almost four decades of effort, the possibility of the Pagoda’s construction had finally become a reality.

This week on the Compass, we bring you the sounds, the words, and the emotions from that ceremony.

Compass for the Week of 2/17/2020

We take you inside an eclectic, authentic watering hole off the beaten path in Chimacum. It’s a place where everyone feels free to be their authentic selves. 

Compass for the Week of 2/10/2020

After four years of mulling it over, the U.S. Navy has decided a controversial proposal to greatly expand its secretive dark-of-the-night training for Navy SEALs in Washington state parks and public marinas will have no significant environmental impact which, barring a public outcry, will probably clear the way for implementation of the plan. This week on the Compass, we talk with the executive director of the Navy watchdog group Sound Defense Alliance about the plan.

Compass for the Week of 2/03/2020

This week on the Compass we take you inside the cheese production facility at Mount Townsend Creamery on its last day of operation, and we talk with the employees and Creamery co-founder Ryan Trail about the sad end of an institution that was until very recently considered perhaps the brightest light of the local food economy.

Compass for the Week of 1/27/20

While continuing their long and active careers, dancers and choreographers Bill Evans and Don Halquist have chosen Port Townsend as their home. Recently, Evans, Halquist and Claire Porter, renown comedic dance and movement artist, showcased part of Porter’s repertoire to sold-out audiences at Key City Public Theater. We caught up with all three performers between rehearsals for opening night, and talked about their performing lives and the works they have created, both as solo and ensemble artists.

Then we speak with Justine Gonzalez Berg of the Housing Solutions Network, a recent initiative of the Jefferson Community Foundation that addresses the need for more community engagement on the issue of affordable and available housing in our county. This is an important conversation that has increased over the last several years. Justine discusses HSN’s efforts to bring people into the fabric of a larger community dialogue needed to explore solutions to this crisis.

Compass for the Week of 1/20/2020

In early December the Washington Department of Natural Resources released a long-awaited management plan for State Trust forests that has at its heart a concern for sustainable harvests and a court-ordered conservation plan for the marbled murrelet, a tiny threatened seabird that relies upon large tracts of old growth forest for successful breeding. Considering the DNR’s concurrent and seemingly contradictory missions to conserve the forests for the likes of the murrelet and to maximize timber sale revenues to support schools and other tax districts, it is perhaps not surprising that lawsuits challenging the legality of the plan have this month been filed on both sides of the issue, with state trust lands revenue beneficiaries on the one hand arguing that the plan breaches the DNR’s fiduciary responsibility to them by “dramatically” reducing revenues, while a consortium of environmental groups has filed a complaint that the plan does not go far enough to protect the public’s interest in conserving the forest.

In this week’s Compass, we first reprise a story we did a little more than six years ago, when the marbled murrelet was at the center of another lawsuit against the DNR, and then we catch up with the fortunes of the murrelet in a follow-up phone interview with Maria Mudd Ruth, the author of a book about the bird who was one of those consulted in devising the controversial management plan.

Compass for the Week of 1/13/2020

We ask the vice president of a prominent local insurance business a question you should probably be asking yourself — if a catastrophic earthquake strikes here in Puget Sound, would insurance cover you for the loss of your home and everything you own? 

Compass for the Week of 1/06/20

While for most people the holidays are a season of love, joy, and celebration of friends and family, for others it can be a time of crippling depression and even thoughts of suicide. It is for this reason that this week on the Compass we are bringing you the story from 2017 of a woman who actually committed suicide, but miraculously survived not only to tell the tale, but to bring hope and help to others considering doing the same.

Compass for the Week of 12/30/2019

In an ancient ritual of obscure origin that was been characterized as either insane or sublime, each year thousands of nearly-naked residents of seaside communities around the world brave the winter elements on New Year’s Day to risk life and limb by diving into what is essentially ice water. On this week’s Compass, originally aired in January of 2015, we talk with and witness the death-defying antics of scores of our Jefferson County neighbors and friends as they participate in the local version of this hallowed rite, the Marrowstone Polar Dip.

Compass for the Week of 12/23/2019

This week on Compass, KPTZ Reporter Chris Bricker speaks with Dr. Jessica Tartaro, PhD. Dr. Tartaro poses the question, “As a healer, hiding behind professional veneers, what if my clients knew my humanity?” Her answer is, “If they knew, we could ALL heal.” She’s about to launch an eleven-month leadership training program called “The Other Seat” for practitioners of the healing arts who are ready to make health – including relational health with other healers – their highest value.

Compass for the Week of 12/16/2019

This week on the Compass, in a reprise of a show originally aired in July of 2018, 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.

Compass for the Week of 12/09/2019

This week, in a reprise of a Compass from one year ago, we join a gathering of farmers around a bonfire built not only on hopes for rich and productive soil, but also on the dream of helping to reverse the climate crisis.

Compass for the Week of 12/02/2019

This week the Compass goes to Poulsbo to witness two simultaneous Black Friday ceremonies: the annual municipal Christmas display lighting, and a 40th birthday commemoration of a Native American man who was shot to death by a Poulsbo policeman at another public celebration five months ago, on Independence Day.

Compass for the Week of 11/25/2019

Since April of 1997, the Buffalo Field Campaign has been standing in defense against the harassment and slaughter of our country’s last wild buffalo: the Yellowstone herds. This week on the Compass, KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker talks with the Campaign’s co-founder and coordinator, Mike Meese, who came through Port Townsend with the Buffalo Field Campaign Road Show, to raise awareness of the natural habitat of these wild, free-roaming buffalo and other native wildlife. Joining him is Patrick Johnson, Montana Native and Co-Chair of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Environmental Action Committee.

Compass for the Week of 11/18/2019

Earlier this month John Mauro, who last worked in New Zealand, took over the job of Port Townsend city manager following David Timmons, who held the job for 20 years, an unprecedented term of service for that particular position. On this week’s Compass, Charlie Bermant talks to Mauro live on the air to hear his views about Port Townsend’s future direction. Note: This program will be rebroadcast not only Saturday, November 23 at noon, but also an additional airing on Thursday, November 21 following the KPTZ Local News broadcast at noon.

Compass for the Week of 11/11/2019

The Port Ludlow Village Players just brought in a guest director for their spring play, and this week on the Compass, he tells us why he chose to stage a new political comedy called The Outsider … which looks suspiciously like the real-life comedy that’s happening right now in Washington D.C.

Compass for the Week of 11/04/2019

This week on the Compass we talk with a lawyer who has spent much of her career helping people think about those things nobody wants to think about: things like deadly diseases, dementia, and the big “D” itself: Death.  And she tells us why we should think about them now, so we don’t need to worry so much about them later.

Compass for the Week of 10/21/2019

This week on the Compass, we give you a taste of our live broadcast from the Great Shakeout, a worldwide event designed to help you understand how to cope with a massive catastrophe that is almost definitely going to happen someday.

Compass for the Week of 10/14/2019

This week on the Compass we talk with Tibetan filmmaker Tenzing Sonam about the tragic plight of his people and homeland under Chinese occupation, and the wrenching feature film on the subject titled The Sweet Requiem he and his producing partner and wife Ritu Sarin recently brought to the Rose Theater.

Compass for the Week of 10/07/2019

This week on the Compass, in a reprise of a program originally aired in March of 2014, we take you on a guided tour through the mists of Port Townsend’s past on a visit to some of its most rarely seen hidden corners. (The Historical Walking Tour of downtown PT as part of the Victorian Festival, including a walk through the long-empty upper stories of the Hastings Building with Hastings descendant Heather Dudley-Nollette.)