This week, in a special, two-part extended edition of KPTZ Compass, we attend a story-telling session at the 10th Anniversary Picnic Potluck for Local 20/20, a grassroots organization that over the past decade has worked on building sustainability and economic resilience for Port Townsend and beyond from every angle they could think of.
There was a generous turn-out of neighbors, friends, and future residents, along with community leaders and movers and shakers, for the ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday, July 14, for Quimper Village, a 28-unit, First-in-Washington-State-type of cohousing development for those 55 and older. There were helium balloons, speeches by city planners and the project’s builders, champagne was passed out, and Deputy Mayor Catherine Robinson gave a toast. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Teresa Verraes personally conducted the photo-op ceremonial ground-breaking with a special gold-painted shovel. The ceremony was the culmination of more than two years of planning, and KPTZ Compass was on hand last December when the project got its go-ahead. This week we reprise that show.
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 last year 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.
This week on the Compass we talk with a Port Townsend resident who lived for a time on Koro Island in Fiji, which was ground zero in last month’s record-breaking Category 5 cyclone—and consider the lessons to be learned as climate disruption makes such catastrophes pretty much inevitable going forward.
Republicans in Jefferson County hold their caucus, and the GOP Chairman thinks the Presidential race could come down to a dead heat between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. And, tax season is also scam season, so we reprise a show from a year ago about a couple of scams that took aim at KPTZ’s own news director.
We take you on a guided tour through the mists of Port Townsend’s past on a visit to some of its most rarely seen hidden corners. (This is a reprise of the 3-24-14 show featuring the Historical Walking Tour of downtown PT as part of the 2014 Victorian Festival, including a walk through the long-empty upper stories of the Hastings Building with Hastings descendant Heather Dudley-Nollette.)