Compass for 8/21/21

The annual All-County Picnic takes on a very different look while still emphasizing emergency preparedness, and then a Jefferson County UFO expert critiques the federal government’s new report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.

Compass for 8/14/21

This week on the Compass we talk with Bob Heinith, the leader of a campaign to halt an exclusive housing development that he says has been rubber-stamped without proper environmental review by county officials at the Discovery Bay Golf Course.

Compass for 8/07/21

As a virulent new strain of the COVID-19 virus invades the Olympic Peninsula, this week on the Compass we talk with public health officials Dr. Allison Berry and Dr. Tom Locke about the particular danger the Delta variant presents to unvaccinated people, and the unprecedented threats public health officials have faced as they try to assure the safety of the community.

Compass for 7/31/21

We dive into a sewer system controversy in Port Hadlock … and come up smelling like an ecological rose.

Compass for 7/24/21

A “Good Idea” has taken legs here in Jefferson County – namely, the creation of a dozen transitional Tiny Houses (or Wooden Tents) now occupied by some of our County’s homeless neighbors. It has become a community where its temporary residents can now have an address, a comfortable place to sleep, and doors they can lock behind them. This seminal effort to construct a group of transitional housing units was transformed into a village called Peter’s Place, named after one of the catalysts for the first “Community Build,” Peter Bonyun. Since then, a much bolder undertaking has taken place. With additional expertise, collaboration, relationships and contributions, a new batch of homeless shelters have been constructed, to be placed as a Village called “Pat’s Place,“ within the city limits of the Port Townsend community. On this week’s Compass, we learn more about “big picture’ solutions for the homeless crisis, and about a very special “Open House” on July 31.

Compass for 7/17/21

We offer you a chance to make a positive difference in people’s lives … and their deaths. Would you be interested in volunteering to help?

Compass for 7/10/21

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.

Compass for 7/03/21

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.

Compass for 6/26/21

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.

Compass for 6/19/21

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.