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This week on the Compass we attend the Independence Day Chillin’ & Grillin’ Picnic/Potluck/and BBQ held on Monday, July 5 at HJ Carroll Park in Chimacum by the Jefferson County Progressives, where we talk with a number of progressive activists, including supporters of Ballot Initiative 1362 for Universal Health Coverage in Washington State, one-man peace movement Doug Milholland, and longtime stalwart housing activist Julia Cochrane on the subject of immediate terms for caring for the homeless.
This week on the Compass we talk with Benji Project founder Cynthia Osterman and child psychologist Lexa Murphy about the results of a survey of local teens on the psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and about things adults can do to help teens in crisis.
On May 6, 2020, Port Townsend was named Washington State’s newest creative district by the Washington State Arts Commission. This designation is the culmination of a successful application submitted by the Port Townsend Creative District subcommittee last fall. The Port Townsend Creative District encompasses the Downtown and Uptown Historic Districts and the historic campus of Fort Worden. This week, near the entrance to Fort Worden, we join Creative District Sub-Committee member Dominic Svornich to tell us more. And then sculptor Jonah Trople joins us for the unveiling of one of five Art Marker sculptures that now grace our community’s Historic Districts.
For years now, Port Townsend and Jefferson County have recognized a housing crisis that has threatened not only its most vulnerable population, but even those who have secure well-paid jobs. This week on the Compass, we talk with cohousing pioneer Charles Durrett, an architect who for more than three decades has made community the central focus of his practice, including not only in the design of local retirement community Quimper Village, but now in creating village-style housing for the homeless.
We talk about a problem that many of us have been experiencing lately … yet few of us know why we have it, how we got it, or what we can do about it. The problem is called cognitive impairment, and a local doctor has some insights and suggestions for us.
Before the arrival of settlers in the nineteenth century, the original people of the North Olympic Peninsula tended a vast prairie landscape to produce the food, medicines, and plant-based materials their culture depended upon. Today, those original prairie ecosystems have all but vanished. But now, on a few acres adjacent to the Dungeness River Audubon Center, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is seeking to re-establish a traditional prairie. This week on the Compass, we visit the site with the two young tribal members who are leading the project.
The pandemic has upended the homeless shelter system, and even before COVID-19, the lack of availability of affordable housing and the homelessness crisis were in need of both urgent and long-term solutions. Jefferson County has its eyes on a 14.4-acre parcel in Port Townsend to build out a campus that would include housing for the homeless, transitional tiny houses, a shelter, and a full array of wrap-around services. In this edition of Compass, we speak with County Commissioner Greg Brotherton about the process, community input, and consideration of available alternatives.
Although medical experts agree that the coronavirus that touched off the COVID-19 pandemic is all but certain to be with us for a long long time, for the vaccinated the epidemic came to an official end of sorts on May 13, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control gave new guidance saying that those who are fully vaccinated can safely go about their lives without wearing masks or worrying about social distancing, indoors or out – essentially resuming a semblance of normal life. As it happened, the news came the day before KPTZ celebrated its tenth birthday. This week on the Compass we talk once again with Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke on that doubly happy day about the science behind the new CDC guidance, and the implications going forward.
After a decade of working in the cramped quarters of a former portable classroom at the Mountain View Commons, KPTZ will soon be moving into a spacious new facility in what is said to be Fort Worden’s first building. This week on the Compass, we tour the new studios as the remodel nears completion, and talk about the importance of community radio and the opportunities the move presents.
In a year in which three Port Townsend leaders have decided not to run for re-election, and with candidate filing week coming right up, this week on the Compass KPTZ Reporter Lily Haight talks with three Port Townsend city council members about what the job entails, and how they juggle their work load with the responsibilities in the rest of their lives.
Summer is upon us with warm sunny weather, and the waters of the Olympic shore beckon boaters of every stripe to come play. So this week on the Compass we reprise a show produced previously by KPTZ DJ Chris Bricker on the subject of kayak safety. This program was originally motivated by the tragic deaths of two kayakers off the Dungeness Spit when the weather suddenly turned bad in April of 2015, and now from recent incidents over past months, such as the rowing tragedy with the Iowa State Crew Club on March 29, and the most recent Coast Guard rescue Southeast of the Dungeness spit on March 28th. Mermaid Keri introduces.
We talk with talented local actors who performed some extraordinary, live, one-person shows … and we tell you how you can watch each of these performances over a four-week span … at a ridiculously low price.
It’s been a little more than a year now since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down entire sectors of the economy and threw millions of lives into crisis around the world. With the creation in March of 2020 of its COVID Response and Recovery Fund, which was promptly backed by a broad show of community support, the Jefferson Community Foundation stepped into the breach locally. This week on the Compass, we talk with the Foundation’s Nonprofit Relationships Manager Jen Kingfisher about that fund in an effort to find out the level and areas of ongoing need.
We take a walk down memory lane with Janette Force, Executive Director of the Port Townsend Film Festival, who will be retiring from that job later this year. She talks about rain, the movie stars and other things.
As Jefferson County leads the state of Washington in the rush to get vaccinated against COVID-19, it is clear that there is a widespread urge to get back to the kind of normal where we can all once again mingle freely, perhaps imbibe some brew, and maybe even talk about old times. In honor of that sentiment, this week on the Compass we bring back a show first aired on April 15, 2013, about a gathering organized at that time to reminisce about Port Townsend’s legendary Town Tavern of the 1970s.
The Ground Zero Center for Non-Violent Action borders the Navy’s Trident submarine base at Bangor. In August of 2019, KPTZ attended the Buddhist ground purification ceremony for a soon-to-be-built Peace Pagoda at the Center. And it was there that we encountered two of the many extraordinary individuals in attendance.
- Jim Douglas, former Theology professor, who along with his wife, Shelley, was part of a group of non-violent activists in the Northwest that formed the Pacific Life Community in 1975. Later, he and Shelley became co-founders of the Ground Zero Center in Poulsbo.
- Gilberto Perez grew up in the streets of Spanish Harlem. His personal journey took him along open paths of discovery across this country as our nation rocked from the turbulent but enlightening times of the ‘60’s and ‘70s. Eventually Gilberto became a Monk of the Nipponzan Myohoji Dojo on Bainbridge Island.
These are their stories…
We give you yet another 100 percent virus-free program, as we talk with a local philosopher – yes, there ARE such animals – and explore a multi-media program he presented at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock. It was called “Seriously Funny: Humor, Film and Philosophy.” This is a reprise of a previously aired program, but good philosophy is a fruit that never goes bad.
On the tenth anniversary of the commencement of the world’s worst nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan, this week we talk with Arnie and Maggie Gundersen, perhaps the world’s pre-eminent experts on nuclear safety, about a disaster that continues to unfold and for which an end is not yet in sight.
In a narrow 5-4 ruling, the Washington State Supreme Court recently declared the state’s felony drug possession law unconstitutional because it did not require proof that the accused knowingly or intentionally possessed the drugs. This week on the Compass, we talk with Jefferson County Prosecutor James Kennedy and then with Public Defender Richard Davies about the effects of the ruling, and for their opinions on how replacement legislation should differ from the rejected law, or if there should even be a replacement.
Everyone needs a safe, decent, stable place to live. For some of the most vulnerable people in America — for the homeless — living on the street is not so much a choice as much as it is part of a crisis. This week on the Compass, we bring you a special program called Homeless Voices. Voices from the shelter, a Voice from a wooden tent, a Voice from the woods. These are the voices of your neighbors…
We’re wondering if you’re just as sick and tired of hearing depressing news as we are. If so, we give you a 100 percent virus-free program today, as we focus on happy science in three short, reprised interviews with the experts. First, we learn about the surprising powers of your heart to bring you peace, love, truth and joy. Then we talk with a neuroscientist about how music can have almost magical healing effects on the brain. And we finish with a geologist who finds clues to the past by looking at stone buildings in Seattle and Port Townsend.
In mid-November of last year, our district’s Democratic U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer was given the inaugural Convergence Award for Extraordinary Leadership in Bridge-Building for heading up multiple bipartisan initiatives during a time of historically deep divisions between the parties. This week on the Compass we talk with Representative Kilmer about working in Washington in the toxic atmosphere surrounding the January 6 insurrection and the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, along with other issues from the climate change crisis to the new pandemic stimulus bill.
In early August of 2019, KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker had the opportunity to speak with author and activist Mary Wynn Ashford M.D., who has been a leader in the international peace and disarmament movement for several decades. The conversation has significance for our community now, because of ongoing efforts of local activist and anti-nuclear advocate, Doug Milholland in a proclamation announced recently by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, as had the Port Townsend City Council and the Jefferson County Board of Health done before them, in support of the the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The Treaty was adopted on July 7, 2017, opened for signature on September 20, 2017, and entered into force on January 22, 2021. It has now been signed by 50 nations. The Board’s Proclamation encourages the United States to participate. January 22, 2021 was declared by the Board of Commissioners a day of celebration and support of this historic milestone. KPTZ is pleased to reprise our timely conversation with Mary Wynn Ashford.
This week on the Compass we once again talk with Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke as he tries to recruit volunteers to help with a mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19 – when and if the plentiful supply of vaccine required for such a campaign becomes available. We also talk with him about a proposal to completely overhaul Washington’s public health system now before the state legislature that, if passed, would relegate county health officers like him to the dustbin of history.
With the rapid climb to the top of New York Times bestseller list in 2018 of his book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, author and journalist Michael Pollan managed to crack open a door that had been slammed shut on psychedelic drugs in the 1970s as part of the culture wars that were raging in the nation at that time.
In the two years since the book’s publication, several municipalities have taken steps to decriminalize the class of drugs that in multiple studies have been show not only to be safe, but beneficial in treating a wide range of conditions, from addiction to reducing the anxiety of facing mortality.
After the recent first arrest in Jefferson County for possession of psychedelic mushrooms in more than twenty years, a local group calling itself the Port Townsend Psychedelic Society is calling for the city and county to join the decriminalization movement by adopting a resolution defunding the pursuit or prosecution of such cases. Today on the Compass, we talk with one of the co-founders of the group, Erin Reading.