Compass for the Week of 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.

Compass for the Week of 5/27/2019

In this, the second of two reports from Compass on the Global Earth Repair Conference #globalearthrepair , Chris Bricker visits the issue of breaching four lower Snake River Dams. We hear from filmmaker Michael Peterson, and Jim Waddell, retired Army Corps of Engineers.  We’ll also hear conference keynote remarks from writer and speaker, Charles Eisenstein, along with some childhood memories of the lower Snake river from Carrie Nightwalker Schuster, Matriarch of the Lower Snake River Palouse.

Compass for the Week of 5/20/2019

This week on the Compass, we talk with a Port Townsend husband-and-wife team, trained in the fields of science and investigation, who will be sharing what they know about some very mysterious and mystical subjects.

Compass for the Week of 5/06/2019

This week on the Compass, we visit what its discoverer is calling the Quimper Lost Wilderness, a slice of ancient rain-shadow forest that has somehow escaped the lumberjacks’ saws despite its close proximity to civilization…until now.

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.