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

KPTZ Special Compass Report for 10/22/2018

As we near the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we talk with Jasmine Faulk-Dickerson, a certified Holistic Cancer Coach. She tells KPTZ’s Phil Andrus that cancer treatment works best if we combine traditional western medicine with a focus on body, mind, spirit and emotions … and she came to this conclusion after her own fight with breast cancer.


KPTZ Special Compass Report for 10/15/2018

We speak with Jeff Selby of the Peninsula Trails Coalition, who tells us about and event called Townsend Travel Tales. It’s yet another step toward completion of the Olympic Discovery Trail, a remarkable, 130-mile bike path that starts at the Port Townsend boat haven and ends on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.


Compass for the Week of 10/01/2018

On this week’s Compass, KPTZ correspondent Charlie Bermant interviews Jefferson County Commissioner District 3 hopefuls Greg Brotherton and Jon Cooke. Recorded live on October 1, this is the first of a series of three live candidate interviews.


Compass for the Week of 9/24/2018

This week on the Compass: In the afterglow of the Port Townsend Film Festival, we revisit our interview with a local philosopher about his lecture entitled “Seriously Funny: Humor, Film and Philosophy.”


Compass for the Week of 9/17/2018

This week on the Compass, a meditation teacher says our hearts can actually think and feel; a geologist finds stories in stone buildings throughout Seattle and Port Townsend; and we talk with a doctor who says the biggest selling pharmaceutical of all time may actually be bad for you.


Compass for the Week of 9/10/2018

This week on the Compass, as we approach National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a Port Townsend woman who was diagnosed with the disease undergoes an experimental treatment, and allows us to follow her every step of the way.


Compass for the Week of 9/03/2018

This week on the Compass, we catch up with a Port Ludlow couple who left home five months ago to hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail; they’re finally back home, and they have a story to tell.


Compass for the Week of 8/27/2018

This week on the Compass, the man who talks to the animals talks to you. And the Women in Black, who usually refuse to say anything, also talk. And we hear the story of a train leading to a horseracing track that few people know existed in Port Townsend over 100 years ago.


Compass for the Week of 8/20/2018

This week on the Compass, we speak with Nathan and Tara Lee, the husband-and-wife team behind Friday Feature Productions, a Southern California film, television, and commercial production company. They came to visit family in Port Townsend, won a special prize at the Jefferson County Fair, and are about to release their next major motion picture.


Compass for 8/13/2018

This week on the Compass, we go back to a July 2015 show where Chris Bricker speaks with experts about kayak safety in a program prompted by the deaths of Jacob Austin and Mandi Walkley, who were among seven members of a Tumwater church group who went kayaking off the Dungeness Spit when high winds and high seas capsized their boats, plunging them into the 48-degree water.


Compass for the Week of 8/06/2018

This week on the Compass, we take you inside the Jefferson County Emergency Operations Center with its new director, and he explains why the EOC is like a WalMart for you, your neighbors and all the various emergency responders.


Compass for the Week of 7/30/2018

This week on the Compass, our own Chris Bricker travels with performers and musicians of the New Old Time Chatauqua as they join with Washington State Parks and Pacific Northwest native tribes to preserve the local Indian stories and heritage.