Compass for the Week of 4/29/2019

This week on the Compass, we bring you two stories from two new members of the KPTZ news team. First, Missy Nielsen talks with emerging filmmaker Dianna Lanham about her recent meteoric rise from obscurity. And then Jared DuFresne talks with a woman who leads local discussion groups that attempt to influence American foreign policy.

Compass for the Week of 4/22/2019

This week on the Compass, we visit with film director, writer, expatriate, and food fan Robin Willis. He’ll tell us about a wonderful 17-stool eatery just off the famous La Ramblia Boulevard in Barcelona, called Bar Pinotxo. It has a colorful history that spans three generations, and he has written a joyful and poignant book in celebration of its history, its stories and its recipes. In March, he brought part of the Bar Pinotxo menu to Port Townsend for an event called “Cenar con Pinotxo,” or a “Spanish Train Wreck” as he fondly calls it. We also visit hardy merchants and a few kids (goats, that is) at the opening day of Port Townsend’s Farmers Market.

Compass for the Week of 4/15/2019

This week on the Compass, we take you to lectures by a New York Times number-one best-selling author, held in Chimacum and Quilcene, where the audiences were as excited as little kids… because that’s exactly who they were.

Compass for the Week of 4/08/2019

This week on the Compass, local activists Doug Milholland and Julia Cochrane talk to Compass correspondent Charlie Bermant about the importance of staying involved and active in social issues, as if our lives depend on it. Which it often does. Civil disobedience has always been part of Port Townsend’s DNA, but has gained frequency and power in reaction to new government programs.

Compass for the Week of 4/01/2019

This week on the Compass we talk with a feminist historian about the historical role bicycles played in women’s liberation, and then we talk with a man who spent his career working at a nuclear weapons lab trying to prevent the bomb’s proliferation.

Compass for the Week of 3/25/2019

This week on the Compass, KPTZ Reporter Chris Bricker brings us another installment from the NEW OLD TIME CHAUTAUQUA HANDS ACROSS THE BORDER PROJECT. From the windy plains of the Piikani Nation in Alberta, Canada, elder Dila Provost tells her stories and the stories her elders told her. She talks about her family, the boarding schools, trauma, and the encouraging resurgence of Blackfoot culture among the youth.

Compass for the Week of 3/18/2019

This week on the Compass, we talk with a New York playwright who brought a very unusual play to Port Townsend – a comedy about climate change. And judging by audience reactions, that subject actually can be very funny.

Compass for the Week of 3/11/2019

This week on the Compass, host Charlie Bermant discusses the state of the modern media with local journalist Bill Lindstrom and former Port Townsend Leader owner Scott Wilson, who along with his family is featured in Lindstrom’s recently published book Strait Press, an exploration of the Northern Olympic Peninsula’s rich journalistic history.

Compass for the Week of 3/04/2019

This week on the Compass we talk with Friends of the Trees Founder Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski about plans for the upcoming Global Earth Repair Conference, which will bring luminaries of the sustainability movement from around the world to Fort Worden to quite literally try to figure out how to save the world.

Compass for the Week of 2/25/2019

This week on the Compass, KPTZ Reporter Chris Bricker brings us another installment from the NEW OLD TIME CHAUTAUQUA HANDS ACROSS THE BORDER PROJECT. From a teepee on the windy plains of Alberta, Canada, two Piikani tribal elders of the Blackfoot Confederacy speak of First Nation sovereignty, Treaty rights, and the importance of handing sacred traditions and stories down to the younger generations.

Compass for the Week of 2/18/2019

Cannabis has medicinal qualities that haven’t been proven, as it is still illegal to study the drug. But there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that supports its curative properties. On this week’s Compass we talk to Dawn Darrington, who maintains that medicinal pot cured her breast cancer. Whether you believe that or not, it’s clear that cannabis isn’t just for getting high anymore.

Compass for the Week of 2/11/2019

This week on the Compass, the publisher of the Port Townsend Leader newspaper tells us what went wrong last year, takes most of the blame himself, and explains why he expects a bright future for local journalism.

Compass for the Week of 2/04/2019

This week on the Compass we talk with award-winning journalist Dahr Jamail about his new book titled The End of Ice, for which he circled the globe to document in devastating detail the heartbreaking realities of runaway climate disruption.

Compass for the Week of 1/28/2018

This week on the Compass, our reporter Chris Bricker attends a training in which elders at San Juan Villa learn songwriting from six professionals as part of the Bringing the Music Home Project, an evidence-based program aimed at promoting cognitive, physical, and emotional well-being.

Compass for the Week of 1/14/2019

This week, Compass focuses on the upcoming fire annexation proposal, which is to be addressed by the voters on February 12. To discuss the proposal we have Port Townsend Mayor Deborah Stinson and East Jefferson Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Bill Beezley, discussing the pros and cons of bringing city fire services under the East Jefferson Fire Rescue umbrella.

Compass for the Week of 1/07/2019

This week on the Compass, we talk with a matchmaker (YMCA’s Building Futures Program Coordinator Dana Nixon) who brings selected local school-kids together with the adult mentors who can change the direction of their lives.

Compass for the Week of 12/31/2018

This week on the Compass 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.  With Orchardist Cameron Denning, Farmer Brian Bakker, Experimental Gardener Norm Baker, Olympic Biochar Founder Francesco Tortorici, and Forage Executive Director Kai Hoffman-Krull.

Compass for the Week of 12/24/2018

Canada-based Caravan Stage Company was created in 1970 by Paul Kirby and Adriana Kelder as a one-wagon puppet show traveling on Vancouver Island.  Over the years they grew into a 25 person company of actors, musicians, artists and technicians, touring in 6 large wagons, each drawn by a team of perfectly matched Clydesdale horses.  Twenty years and twenty-thousand horse-drawn miles later, Caravan Stage Company took to the sea on a replica of a Thames River Sailing Barge. Their adventures have taken them all over the world, and along the rivers, lakes, seacoast and waterways of North America. KPTZ caught up with the troupe when they visited Point Hudson Marina for a series of shows. In this second installment of his coverage of their visit, KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker goes shipboard to meet the cast and crew of Caravan Stage Company’s production, Nomadic Tempest.

Compass for the Week of 12/17/2018

This week on the Compass we take you inside the only infant nursery in Jefferson County. If you’re a young parent who has babies … or a senior citizen who likes holding them … you’ll want to join us!

Compass for the Week of 12/10/2018

This week’s Compass centers on creativity, focusing on a new web page that helps people explore their vulnerabilities through storytelling. Interviewer Charlie Bermant will be joined by Port Townsend resident Bonnie Obremski, whose Storyborne website is meant as an outlet for writers both local and far away; exploring the long and the short along with the serious and the frivolous.  Also participating is author and teacher Samantha Ladwig.

Compass for the Week of 12/03/2018

This week on the Compass we attend a presentation on a proven model for creating sustainable and permanent affordable housing, as two leaders of the Lopez Community Land Trust talk with a crowded room of local housing activists.


Compass for the Week of 11/26/2018

This summer a unique sight graced the Point Hudson Marina. It was a replica of a Thames River Sailing Barge. At destinations world-wide, a nomadic group of performers called the Caravan Stage Company, transform the tall ship’s 21-foot-wide, 90-foot-long deck into a technologically innovative, contemporary theatre space.

In this two-part series, KPTZ DJ & Reporter Chris Bricker explores the evolution of the Company from its roots to its current manifestation, and listens to the stories that spill from the hold of this vessel called the Amara Zee.


Compass for the Week of 11/19/2018

In 2014, the Port Townsend School System established the Maritime Discovery Schools Initiative, designed to blend maritime instruction into all levels of the curriculum. Now in the fifth and final year of the initiative, the school system has accommodated such instruction district wide. On this week’s Compass program director Sara Rubenstine discusses progress so far and what we should expect in the future.


Compass for the Week of 11/12/2018

We take you inside a Port Ludlow event to honor Vietnam veterans, and we hear their personal – and sometimes painful – stories.


Compass for the Week of 11/05/2018

You may recall the Compass interview a few months ago with the cartoonist, writer and adventurer Tessa Hulls about her work for the Atlas Obscura Kick-Ass Women’s Series. This week the tables are turned, with Tessa in the interviewer’s seat as she talks with the intrepid Mary Ann Thomas, who has cycled across two continents and who was in Port Townsend recently to give readings from her recent chapbook about one of those journeys, Asking for Elephants.


Compass for the Week of 10/22/2018

The number of people wishing to weigh in on Jefferson County’s draft commercial shooting range ordinance on October 1 overwhelmed the venue for the meeting and led to the scheduling of a do-over on Wednesday, October 24 at Fort Worden’s McCurdy Pavilion. This week on the Compass, we talk with a man who is both one of the chief architects of the ordinance and one of its strongest critics, Tarboo Ridge Coalition Board President Peter Newland.


More KPTZ Coverage of the Shooting Range Issue:

      Joe D'Amico Interview on Gun Range (from 8/31/18 Tossed Salad)
      County Attorney Philip Hunsucker Explains the Draft Ordinance
      Excerpted Comments from Oct 1 Public Hearing on
Draft Shooting Range Ordinance