Compass

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.)

Compass for the Week of 9/30/2019

This week on the Compass, we reveal why Anna and Peter Quinn sold the Writers Workshop and Imprint Bookstore. And we get some very personal insights about the successful novel that Anna wrote. And we find out what lies ahead for the Quinns.

Compass for the Week of 9/23/2019

This week on the Compass, we reprise our coverage of two special days in June 2019, when ceremonies brought acknowledgement of several thousand years of rich social and religious indigenous culture, ownership and rejection of past intolerance by the white man, and the opportunity to educate citizens and visitors alike about the relationship between the ‘SKlallam People and the European settlers who came to occupy this special place the ‘Sklallams called the village of Qatay. A 30-foot totem arrived at the foot of Water Street, and the Cheech-ma-han Trail was dedicated and embraced by the community. Join us as we revisit some of the sounds, voices and music of these two celebratory days.

Compass for the Week of 9/16/2019

We talk with a doctor about hearing loss, a problem that’s likely to affect every one of us sooner or later…and if you don’t address it sooner, you almost certainly will be worse off later.

Compass for the Week of 9/09/2019

Could it be that many of the world’s most dreaded diseases, from Alzheimer’s to cancer and heart disease, can be prevented or even cured by a simple change in diet? This week, in a program that first aired in March of 2016, we talk to a doctor who tells us it could.

Compass for the Week of 9/02/2019

This week on Compass, humble sailor Olivier Huin tells us his story about building a 51-foot wooden sailboat and of his first attempt in 2017 at navigating the Northwest Passage from Newfoundland to Breskell’s new home in Port Townsend. In that conversation earlier this summer, he spoke of his current preparations, as he and his five-person crew prepared to make a second attempt to cross. Since then, Olivier has been reporting in each week by SatPhone. We’ll include his latest report, along with the crew’s observations about the impact of a rapidly changing Arctic climate.

Compass for the Week of 8/26/2019

This week on the Compass we report on the seventh annual All-County Picnic at HJ Carroll Park, where local residents from every walk of life came together (as they do each year) with emergency planners to learn how to prepare for disaster and to build resilient communities.

Compass for the Week of 8/19/2019

Teenage years are never easy, but in recent years an increasing number of troubled teens consider suicide as an option. Port Townsend has not escaped this. Four years ago 15-year-old Benji Kenworthy took his own life, which first shattered this community but then led to an option that can help save teenager’s lives. The Benji Project provides teenagers with stress management and emotional resilience skills to keep them from a drastic action that will affect everyone around them. On today’s Compass we talk with Cynthia Osterman, Benji’s mother, who has built the project into a valuable local resource.

Compass for the Week of 8/05/2019

In this edition of Compass, KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker speaks with Mary-Wynne Ashford, M.D., author and activist, who has been a leader in the international peace and disarmament movement for several decades.  She’ll be one of the keynote speakers this week during events at the Cotton Building.  From our civilization’s naive exploration of Nuclear Energy in the 1940s and 1950s to coping in subsequent decades with the Genie that’s out of the bottle, it is important for us to remember two profound days in history that changed the world. On August 6th and 9th the community of Port Townsend will reflect on the meaning, tragedy and lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with music, poetry, movies, speakers, ceremony and prayer.

Compass for 7/29/2019

This week on the Compass, we talk with Mike Schleckser, better known to KPTZ listeners as DJ Max, a Port Townsend man whose father passed away and, as a tribute to his dad, Mike decided to go for a long walk from Mexico to Canada all by himself – 2,650 miles. It took four months, and today he tells us all about the pain and the joy.

Compass for the Week of 7/22/2019

Summer is upon us with warm sunny weather, and the waters of the Olympic shore beckon to boaters of every stripe to come play. So this week on the Compass we reprise a show produced previously by veteran kayaker and KPTZ DJ Chris Bricker on the subject of kayak safety, which was motivated by the tragic deaths of two kayakers off the Dungeness Spit when the weather suddenly turned bad in April of 2015.

Compass for the Week of 7/15/2019

David Timmons, who served as Port Townsend’s first and only City Manager, retired last month after an unprecedented twenty-year stint in a job that burns most people out in five. On this week’s Compass, Timmons visits KPTZ studios for a live chat with reporter Charlie Bermant about how Port Townsend has evolved, his role in that evolution and what he expects for the town’s future.

Compass for the Week of 7/08/2019

Two special days at the end of June 2019, brought a confluence of history: the acknowledgement of several thousand years of rich social and religious indigenous culture, ownership and rejection of past intolerance, and the opportunity to educate citizens and visitors alike about the relationship between the ‘SKlallam People and the European settlers who came to occupy this special place the ‘Sklallams called the village of Qatay. A 30-foot totem arrived at the foot of Water Street, and the Cheech-ma-han Trail was dedicated and embraced by the community. Join us as we hear some of the sounds, voices and music that made these two days so special.

Compass for the Week of 7/01/2019

The first annual THING event takes over Fort Worden State Park on August 24 -25, presenting a variety of music, theater and literary events. For this week’s Compass, Josh LaBelle (executive director of Seattle Theatre Group) and Adam Zacks (co-producer of the event), two of the organizers talked with KPTZ News staffer Charlie Bermant about how the festival came to be and landed in Port Townsend. We’ll learn about the the festival’s specifics and how it will provide a well rounded immersive artistic experience for all ages. 

Compass for the Week of 6/24/2019

Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows drew the final curtain on May 2, 2017, closing after 146 years. Immediately after, the city of Baraboo, Wisconsin (historic home of the Ringling Brothers) extended a heartfelt invitation to ALL former employees of the Greatest Show on Earth to attend its festival that summer as honored guests and Grand Marshalls of the Annual Circus Parade. KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker attended, not only to cover the event, but also as a former Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus clown. In this reprise of an earlier Compass episode, we revisit some of these employees, especially those who took care of the Circus Train — the Show’s home on the rails — as it reached its final run.
Also, a year ago, we gathered together some Swan School kids for a “Question & Answer Session,” and we thought it would be fun to revisit their answers.

Compass for 6/17/2019

This week on the Compass, Dave Cunningham interviews climate conspiracy theorist Gene Farr, who believes that climate scientists worldwide are involved in a socialist plot to control the world’s population, led by an unnamed former director of the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and that global warming is actually beneficial–as evidenced by thriving plants and a rumored sighting of a family of fat and happy polar bears. 

Compass for the Week of 6/10/2019

This week on the Compass we go with Jared DuFresne to a meeting of  Port Townsend’s Boy Scouts of America’s first-ever all-girl scout troop. Listen as troop leaders Ron and Janette Linn, along with their daughter and scout patrol leader, Evelynn, as they discuss the benefits of this change. Then join Missy Nielsen as she discusses with Darlene Schanfald of the National Wastewater Residuals Grassroots Network, the little-known challenges of wastewater, and the biological waste material found in bio solids, creating major issues for life in and around the waters of Puget Sound.