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.
Everyone has their own methods of coping with stress during this pandemic, but here’s one you probably haven’t tried yet … tracking wild animals. That’s what works for Sarah Spaeth, director of conservation and strategic partnerships for Jefferson Land Trust. This week on the Compass, we speak with Sarah about how she does it, why she does it, and how the wild animals react when she finally tracks them down.
How can you have fun while helping to save the planet? This week on the Compass we talk with retired glaciologist and erstwhile gamemaster Bob Bindschadler about sustainability organization Local 20/20’s decision to sponsor another bracing round of the Taming Bigfoot Contest, a friendly competition among teams of like-minded individuals to measure and then reduce their personal carbon footprints that originally took place in Eastern Jefferson County in early 2016.
Everyone needs a safe, decent, and stable place to live. For some of the most vulnerable people in America – people suffering from mental illness, chronic health conditions, trauma, addiction, or just the plain bad luck of circumstance – a simple transitional space to live gives them a chance to breath and regroup. As a special Christmas Day broadcast, KPTZ Compass host Chris Bricker spoke with seven key players from the Community Build Project. They’re part of a dedicated group of volunteers who have targeted twelve 8×12 foot wooden structures called “wooden tents” (or Tiny Houses) for Christmas Day as completion date. Chris and the panel discuss the Project’s evolution and the reasons behind this valuable community resource. All the buildings are now at the new site, which is property owned by Community United Methodist Church in Port Hadlock. The village is called Peter’s Place, named after the local catalyst for the project, Peter Bonyun.
Everyone needs a safe, decent, and stable place to live. For some of the most vulnerable people in America – people suffering from mental illness, chronic health conditions, trauma, addiction, or just the plain bad luck of circumstance – a simple transitional space to live gives them a chance to breath and regroup.
As a special Christmas Day broadcast, KPTZ Compass host Chris Bricker spoke with seven key players from the Community Build Project. They’re part of a dedicated group of volunteers who have targeted twelve 8×12 foot wooden structures called “wooden tents” (or Tiny Houses) for Christmas Day as completion date. Chris and the panel discuss the Project’s evolution and the reasons behind this valuable community resource.
All the buildings are now at the new site, which is property owned by Community United Methodist Church in Port Hadlock. The village is called Peter’s Place, named after the local catalyst for the project, Peter Bonyun.
Last week two vaccines developed in record-smashing time were rolled out nationwide to address the COVID-19 pandemic just as infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from the disease also hit new records worldwide. At the same time, there has been a different kind of viral spread of questionable information about the disease, its treatment, and the new vaccines.
This week on the Compass we talk once again with Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke, who addresses a couple of the videos that have gone viral online, and then we talk about the local roll-out of the vaccine.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, but not every child will have a present to open this Christmas morning. The people and businesses of Jefferson County are doing their best to help. You may have noticed a bus filled to the top with toys recently in the Safeway store parking lot. This week on the Compass, we talk with Don Olsen, coordinator of the Jefferson County Toys for Tots program.
What with all of the commotion around the Presidential race and the ongoing battle for control of the U.S. Senate, you can’t be blamed if you somehow missed what may turn out to be the most historic ballot measure passed in the 2020 General Election. That would, of course, be Oregon’s Measure 110, which dealt a death blow to the War on Drugs in that state by decriminalizing the possession of all drugs, while dedicating tax revenues from the sale of cannabis products to drug addiction rehabilitation services, thus moving substance abuse problems firmly into the realm of public health and out of the criminal justice system.
This week on the Compass we get the thoughts on the Oregon ballot measure of two local experts – Public Defender Richard Davies and Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke – on how society addresses drug abuse issues.
As the Olympic Peninsula, in lock-step with most of the nation, enters a new period of elevated risk for COVID-19, with the threat of an overwhelmed health-care system being forced to ration care, this week on the Compass we bring back Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke to talk about the safest path forward.
On this week’s Compass we have a conversation with KPTZ News Director Steve Evans, who’s wearing another hat this time – as Vice-Chair of COAST, the Community Outreach Association Shelter Team, to talk about the history and the odyssey of Port Townsend’s shelter for the homeless. In partership with Olympic Community Action Programs (OLYCAP), together they offer services and support to community members and to those who can’t fend for themselves. And it’s all done with respect and kindness.
Later we have a frank and inspiring conversation with Kathy Morgan, Housing and Community Development Director at OlyCAP, and she gives us an honest prognosis for the homeless and disadvantaged in our community, and how we can be solutions for shelter and advocacy in each of or own ways.
This week on the Compass, we ask the question: Are Murder Hornets coming to Port Townsend? Could they already be here? Hundreds of possible encounters with the world’s largest and most aggressive hornet have been reported throughout the Puget Sound area. To get the facts, we join a press conference with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
This week on the Compass, exhausted and heartsick over the pandemic, a faltering economy, and particularly from the bitter divide that has ended with a sitting president for the first time in American history refusing to concede his loss in a closely-monitored election, we look to the peace church known as the Society of Friends, but better known as the Quakers, for some ideas about what we can celebrate as we approach Thanksgiving Day, and about the path to reconciliation in a divided land.
Early in the morning on Thursday, November 5, Nordland General Store owners Tom and Sue Rose were awakened by an alarm ringing in the neighboring nearly 100-year old building that serves as a kind of unofficial community center for Marrowstone Island. This week on the Compass we visit with the Rose family at the beloved store in the aftermath of a mysterious fire that gutted the community institution as they contemplate the devastation and the store’s uncertain future.
A biography of the Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison was entitled, No One Gets Out of Here Alive. And that’s true for you, me and every human being on the planet. But how we go out remains a big question. This week on the Compass, we talk with two local folks who have devoted themselves to ensuring that we all have a chance to go out in peace and comfort.
Spurred on by an unprecedented attempt by a sitting president to cast doubt on the validity of a national election, voters in record numbers across the country have been casting their ballots early, with Democrats outnumbering Republicans by 14 points thus far. And despite the fact that Donald Trump has repeatedly warned (with absolutely no evidence) that mail-in ballots such as those that have been in use in Washington state for years – and which stand as the obvious safe alternative to in-person voting in a time of pandemic – are inherently corrupt and prone to fraud, turnout has been especially high in the state, and higher than the state average in Jefferson County, where an astounding 56 percent of registered voters had already cast their ballots as of five pm last Friday afternoon.
Back in August we talked with Jefferson County Auditor Rose Ann Carroll and Elections Coordinator Quinn Grewell about how the integrity of our mail-in elections is assured. This week on the Compass we reprise that conversation.
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As we approach election day, the nation is focused on a Presidential race that features perhaps the highest stakes in the nation’s history. Some, including former President Barack Obama, feel the future of democracy itself is on the ballot. But here in Jefferson County, we are lucky to have only one local contest of a much milder nature, that for the District Two seat on the Board of County Commissioners between a pair of candidates who mostly seem to share a common perspective of community concern. This week on the Compass, we present excerpts from interviews with Board of Commissioner candidates Lorna Smith and Heidi Eisenhour conducted by KPTZ Reporter Lily Haight in early September. The two candidates were asked basically the same set of questions in separate interviews, but for the sake of brevity, the two interviews here have been cut together.
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After working pretty much without a break since February, when COVID-19 went pandemic, Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke decided to finally take a few days off at the beginning of October to go camping and cycling. While he was away, the White House became the hottest COVID hot spot in the nation and the President himself was hospitalized for several days with the disease. In this week’s Compass we talk with Dr. Locke immediately upon his return from his rest-break about the dangerous messaging coming from the top level of government as case numbers rise nation-wide, pointing towards a much-feared surge that could once again overwhelm our health care systems as we enter the cold months of the year.
The Compass airs Saturdays at noon and repeats on Mondays at noon and five pm.
These days, amid the quiet of a pandemic, if you travel down to the corner of Port Townsend’s Tyler and Lawrence Streets, you just may hear a chorus of busy voices accompanied by the rhythm of hammers, whirling drills, and the hum of newly wired coolers.
It’s all part of a transformed Aldrich’s Market, about to open its doors in mid-October to the curiosity and smiles of neighbors far and wide. In this, our second installment focusing on the rebirth of a Port Townsend institution, we meet three more special characters coloring the feathers of this Pheonix called Aldrich’s …
This year, the Port Townsend Virtual Film Festival will be the longest, most accessible Film Festival in its history – ten days in length, with a panorama of both documentary and narrative features and shorts. But how does it all work – the selection process, the programming, the technology, the muscle and blood of our wonderful Fest? To find out, on opening day we caught up with part of the amazing team that works the magic behind the scenes: Janette Force, Chris McFaul, and KC Upshaw, and we discover the anatomy of a successful Film Festival.
We catch up with Zach and Jordan Eades, former Port Townsend residents who decided a few years ago to sell their business, their home and almost everything else they owned, then travel all over North America in a 32-foot Winnebago RV. Their story is one of joy, sorrow, and some lessons that could teach us all a thing or two about what really matters in life.
This week on the Compass, we bring you two important stories:
First, as the U.S Census Bureau struggles to overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and political maneuverings seemingly aimed at hampering its mission, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker spoke with the 2020 Census Jefferson County Project Director Jeannie McMacken and Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Brotherton about the logistics, the challenges, and the successes that good planning have brought to our County’s efforts. Both emphasize convincingly the importance of being counted before October 31st.
And then we catch up with the Board President of an amazing volunteer organization that is seeking to expand its mission to help foster children and their families at a time of most urgent need.
The Compass airs Saturdays at noon and repeats the following Monday at noon and 5 pm, exclusively here on KPTZ, 91.9 FM in Port Townsend