Compass

Compass for the Week of October 31, 2016

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.

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Compass for the Week of October 24, 2016

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.

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Compass for the Week of October 17, 2016

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.

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Compass for the Week of October 10, 2016

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.)

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Compass for the Week of October 3, 2016

This week on the Compass, we take a voyage from Half Moon Bay, CA to the edge of the continental shelf with legendary pelagic birding expedition leader Debi Shearwater, and encounter not only rare birds, but whales — many of them.

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Compass for the Week of September 26, 2016

Could it be that many of the world’s most dreaded diseases, from Alzheimer’s to cancer and heart disease, can be prevented or even cured by a simple change in diet? This week, in a reprise of a program from last March, we talk to a doctor who tells us it could.

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Compass for the Week of September 19, 2016

This week on the Compass, a retired fireman in Port Ludlow dips his toe into political waters and finds one of the toughest challenges of his career. And we talk with a peace activist who recently went to Syria to talk with President Bashar al-Assad.

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Compass for the Week of September 12, 2016

This week on the Compass we try to estimate the effect of this year’s Port Townsend Film Festival being the first without a special guest. And we reprise a portion of KPTZ’s live two-hour broadcast last weekend from the 40th annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

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Compass for the Week of September 5, 2016

This week on the Compass we pay a visit to the man who determines what your Jefferson County property is worth in a rapidly changing market.  And Charlie Bermant considers the ways digital technology is transforming the transmission of musical traditions.

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Compass for the Week of August 22, 2016

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.

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Compass for the Week of August 15, 2016

This week on the Compass we talk with a peace activist who is disappointed that the charge against him for his act of civil disobedience was so lenient. And we visit with the organizers of an unique annual event that celebrates community while preparing for disaster.

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Compass for the Week of August 8, 2016

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.

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Compass for the Week of August 1, 2016

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.

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Compass for the Week of July 25, 2016

It was almost exactly a year ago that the Compass paid a visit to the last living legitimate resident of the forbidden paradise of Protection Island. This week on the Compass we revisit that adventure.

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Compass for the Week of July 18, 2016

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.

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Compass for the Week of July 11, 2016

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.

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Compass for the Week of July 4, 2016

This week on the Compass KPTZ Program Director Larry Stein takes a ride in an open-sided electric stretch limousine, and a comedian and a former mayor give tips on how to cure a fear of public speaking.

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Compass for the Week of June 27, 2016

This week on the Compass we meet a few of the daring souls who recently set forth on the unforgiving course of the Race to Alaska.

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Compass for the Week of June 20, 2016

This week on the Compass we accompany a man as he sets out to get himself arrested for world peace, and we talk with departing schools Superintendent David Engle and the principal designer of a prize for high school students who think creatively about sustainability.

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Compass for the Week of June 13, 2016

This week on the Compass we take you to an encampment of emergency responders as they imagine all hell breaking loose, and we have breakfast with a group of runners who are attempting to unify the Americas in Peace and Dignity by running from Alaska to Panama.

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Compass for the Week of June 6, 2016

This week on the Compass, we have a coffee-cake breakfast with Muslims in Port Townsend and ask them the tough questions about radical terrorism that you’ve probably always wanted to ask. Some of their answers may surprise you.

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Compass for the Week of May 30, 2016

We reveal how Key City Public Theater and its Artistic Director, Denise Winter, both may have been teetering on the brink of collapse. Neither is completely out of the woods yet, but all signs point to a happy ending.

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Compass for the Week of May 23, 2016

We get a rare opportunity to examine the hidden contents of Jefferson County’s historical Treasure Chest. It’s a place you probably don’t know about and can’t even visit without pre-approval.

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Compass for the Week of May 16, 2016

We speak with a man who came to Port Townsend to talk about his attempt to make history. He believes he is about to become the first Republican governor in Washington since before the Internet was invented.

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Compass for the Week of May 9, 2016

This week on the Compass, we talk with a local philosopher – yes, there ARE such animals – and explore a multi-media program he presented at the Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock. It was called “Seriously Funny: Humor, Film and Philosophy.”

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Compass for the Week of May 2, 2016

This week on the Compass we take you out into the waters of the Pacific Ocean off the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca in pursuit of elusive seabirds, and along the way learn lessons about life in Neah Bay, El Niño, and the lives of commercial fishermen.

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