This week on the Compass we take a tour of Naval Magazine Indian Island with an unlikely group of tourists—Quakers and other peace activists. Host: Steve Evans.
This week on the Compass we attend the Port Townsend branch of an unprecedented international protest of the inauguration of a new American president, with marches proclaiming the rights of women, immigrants, and minorities and calling for economic, social and environmental justice in hundreds of cities and towns around the world.
(First airdate: January 16, 2017) This week on the Compass we talk with a group of local women who are each in their own way contributing to make the impending Womxn’s March, a truly historic event. (Interviews with Emelia de la Rosa, Nan Evans, Sheila Khalov, and Marcie Perlstein).
(First airdate: January 9, 2016) In a repetition of history that has nightmare qualities for many residents of Whidbey Island, the U.S. Navy is once again proposing to vastly increase its Field Carrier Landing Practice operations, along with the number of the noisy Growler aircraft at Ault Field and the Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville. Because of its uncanny relevance today, this week on the Compass we reprise a show originally produced three years ago, about a Port Townsend community meeting protesting the Navy’s plans at the time of the last proposed expansion.
(First airdate: December 19, 2016) This week on the Compass we take a tour of an award-winning local artisanal craft brewery that has garnered high praise for its unique herbal beers, and then we attend the ceremonial burning of a six-foot high basket sculpture. (Featuring interviews with Propolis Brewing proprietors Piper Corbett and Robert Horner, and Alaskan artist Mavis Muller about her sculpture titled Rising Times.)
(first airdate: December 5, 2016) In a surprising eleventh-hour announcement with an extraordinary timing, the Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday afternoon declared that it would not grant an easement for the nearly complete and hotly contested Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Missouri River at Lake Oahe, the reservoir from which the Lakota Sioux of the Standing Rock Reservation draw their drinking water–a plan which has drawn many months of protest from hundreds of tribes and many thousands of others from around the nation and the world in a conflict that has thrown in sharp relief issues from the hundreds of years of transgressions against Native American treaty rights to the very current conflict between the commercial interests of big oil and the rights of everyone to a livable planet.
What made the Army Corps’ Sunday announcement particularly peculiar was that it came literally on the eve of a deadline the same agency had set for the evacuation of Oceti Sakowin, the largest of three encampments—makeshift towns, really — that have been set up to carry out what may be the longest single sustained example of civil disobedience in American History.
In last week’s KPTZ Compass, we covered the departure from Port Townsend of a caravan bringing support to that effort on Thanksgiving week. Among that contingent was KPTZ Correspondent Chris Bricker, who this week brings us a view from on the ground at Standing Rock.
P.S. In a live interview following this week’s KPTZ Compass, KPTZ DJ and Correspondent Cris Bricker, Pacific Northwest Standing Rock delegation spokesperson Megan Claflin, and local Standing Rock “truth-keeper” and webmaster Lois Barnett join KPTZ News Director Steve Evans in a discussion of the Army Corps of Engineer’s decision to deny an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Missouri River on Sioux Treaty Land.
(First airdate: November 28, 2016) In a volunteer effort that reminded many of the participants of the massive local outreach that followed Hurricane Katrina more than a decade ago, a convoy set off last week from Port Townsend to bring Thanksgiving and a truckload of supplies to the Standing Rock Sioux of North Dakota and support for the resistance to the completion of the Dakota Access oil Pipeline. And KPTZ was on hand at the send-off.
It’s Thanksgiving week, and with the holidays officially upon us, this week on the Compass we take a tour around town to see who’s doing what for whom and what plans are underway in our amazing volunteer-driven community to assure a cheery season for all. We include interviews with COAST Winter Shelter Director deForrest Walker, Boiler Room Executive Director Amy Smith, Port Townsend Food Bank Manager Shirley Ross, Main Street Program Director Mari Mullen, Olympic Steam Director Nathan Barnett, and Key City Public Theater Director Denise Winter.
This week on the Compass, we pay a visit to ECHHO, an unique Port Townsend charity that supplies the sick or disabled with everything from sick room supplies to free rides to distant doctors’ appointments. Then we talk with a local transgender woman about the struggle for acceptance.
We talk with a couple who have just returned from the front lines in the latest battle of the Sioux tribe to maintain control of their Treaty lands, which turns out to also be a battle against climate disruption and ecological devastation. Then we take note of the historical openings of two new local institutions.
It’s Pledge Week, so this week for KPTZ Compass, we’ve gone into the archive and pulled out a rich array of vintage and recent reportage. It is our earnest hope that as you listen and review this pastiche of the ways we have been your ears on the ground, you will recognize the value of the community service we provide, and give generously to help us realize our dream of securing this service to the community for the future. We’re doing our part, and we’re relying on you to do yours.
This week on the Compass, we see fissures appearing in Port Townsend’s close-knit community from the increasingly acrid presidential campaign, then we revisit the question of what precautions to take as we enter the flu season, and finally we take a look at the marijuana landscape in Jefferson County now that the legalization dust has settled.
From the autumnal equinox to the vernal equinox, extreme low tides occur only at night…a fact that turns out to have profound implications in the lives of shellfish farmers like Peter Downey, with whom we take a midnight walk on the beach. (A reprise from the early days of KPTZ.)
This week on the Compass, Mike Chapman, the man who captured the Millennium Bomber in Port Angeles tells us how it happened, and also tells us why he wants to be your District 24 legislator in Olympia. Then we reprise a 2013 visit with the Threshold Choir, a band of angels who sing to the sick or dying.
This week on the Compass we talk with bird rescuer extraordinaire Cindy Daily about the mysterious deaths of hundreds of rhinoceros auklets in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and what to do if you encounter a sick seabird. And also with the peace walkers come to Port Townsend for the second time this year, this time to commemorate the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.