This week on the Compass, we join eighth-grade students from a Port Townsend Middle School who have become part of a very important scientific study as they work side-by-side with the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
In a painful and ironic twist of fate, Marcus Henthorne, a member of Port Townsend’s Non-motorized Vehicle Advisory Board and a prominent Port Townsend advocate for bicycle safety, died of injuries sustained in a collision with an automobile while riding his beloved bicycle down 19th Street in Port Townsend a couple of weeks ago. This week on the Compass we reprise a special memorial program produced by Tossed Salad host Phil Andrus remembering Henthorne.
For many years Port Townsend has been the working port of choice for commercial fisher-folk from far and wide to spend their winters preparing their boats for the next summer’s fishing season. But this winter there has been a notable lack of commercial fishing vessels — or other kinds of boats, for that matter — hauled out to make repairs and improvements. This week, in a Compass episode we are titling Empty Boat Haven Blues, we talk with a couple of local commercial fisherwomen and others to find out why. (Interviews with Dave Thompson, JennTakaki, Becca Argo, and Pam Petranek.)
This week on the Compass we meet Tessa Hulls, a recent Port Townsend transplant who writes biographies for the Atlas Obscura Kick-Ass Women Series and who is, in fact, herself a fairly kick-ass woman. And then we take a look at the roll-out of a world-class bicycle repair teaching institution right here in Port Townsend.
Honoring Marcia Perlstein: A rerun of our coverage of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Women’s Protest in Port Townsend. On the evening of Sunday, February 25, much to the surprise of those who knew her tremendous life energy, KPTZ radio personality Marcia Perlstein passed from this plane to somewhere just beyond our reach. In her honor, KPTZ Compass is this week re-running the program she and Steve Evans co-produced at the Port Townsend Women’s March upon the inauguration of President Donald Trump, first aired on January 23, 2017.
This week on the Compass we pay a return visit to the Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization (ECHHO) to learn about both the services they offer and their current volunteer needs. And then we are treated to the ponderings of some of the town’s youngest philosophers at the Swan School.
Each year in early February hundreds of school kids and their adult mentors descend upon a former farm in the Tarboo Valley armed with digging implements and rubber boots to take part in one of the most ambitious stream restoration and reforestation projects in the state. KPTZ Compass covered the Tarboo Plant-a-thon back in 2015, and because this year’s plant-a-thon is scheduled for this Saturday, the 3rd of February, we thought this would be a good time to reprise that show.
This week the Compass takes to the streets, along with a sizable portion of the local population, as we cover a rally of support for immigrants that took place on Martin Luther King Day, and then attend the PT Womxn’s March, which may well have been the largest demonstration in the town’s history.
This week on the Compass we talk with a Mennonite minister and her husband about the dangers to humanity they believe to be posed by the development of artificial intelligence and the rapidly accelerating technological revolution that presents the very real possibility of replacing people in pretty much every field, from child care to making life and death decisions on the battlefield.
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 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.
This week on the Compass we take a tour of KPTZ’s future home in the basement of what is thought to be Fort Worden’s first building. This program features Fort Worden PDA Executive Director Dave Robison, KPTZ General Manager Robert Ambrose, and Fort Worden Facilities Manager Larry Sammons.
‘Tis the season for overeating and not getting enough exercise…but lest we fall prey to the illusion that we can pop a pill to make up for our bad behavior, this week on the Compass we reprise a story we did several years ago on the pills that more and more Americans hope will fend off the ill effects of an unhealthy lifestyle. Then correspondent Martha Baskin looks at the question of what place natural gas has in plans for a clean energy future.
This week on the Compass we bring you two more presentations from the Economics of Happiness Conference held at Fort Worden Oct. 27-29, a weekend-long event that brought together some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, writers, and activists in the sustainability and localization movements to “discuss, discover, and devise better systems for now and the future,” as the event’s website puts it. We will hear from Community Sourced Capital co-founder Rachel Maxwell, and organic farming and urban agriculture pioneer Michael Ableman, who were both on hand to lead workshops at the conference.
You can view other talks from the conference HERE.