Compass

Compass for the Week of 3/26/18

This week on the Compass we talk with a Port Ludlow couple who have decided that retirement age is the perfect time to embark on the most arduous adventure in their lives — to hike the 2,650-mile-length of the mountainous Pacific crest trail.

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Compass for the Week of 3/19/18

For many years Port Townsend has been the working port of choice for commercial fisher-folk from far and wide to spend their winters preparing their boats for the next summer’s fishing season.  But this winter there has been a notable lack of commercial fishing vessels — or other kinds of boats, for that matter — hauled out to make repairs and improvements.  This week, in a Compass episode we are titling Empty Boat Haven Blues, we talk with a couple of local commercial fisherwomen and others to find out why.  (Interviews with Dave Thompson, JennTakaki, Becca Argo, and Pam Petranek.)

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Compass for the Week of 3/12/2018

This week on the Compass we meet Tessa Hulls, a recent Port Townsend transplant who writes biographies for the Atlas Obscura Kick-Ass Women Series and who is, in fact, herself a fairly kick-ass woman. And then we take a look at the roll-out of a world-class bicycle repair teaching institution right here in Port Townsend.

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Compass for the Week of 3/05/2018

This week on the Compass we go to the hospital to attend a cooking class taught by Jefferson Healthcare’s celebrated executive chef Arran Stark.

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Compass Honors Marcia Perlstein

Honoring Marcia Perlstein: A rerun of our coverage of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Women’s Protest in Port Townsend. On the evening of Sunday, February 25, much to the surprise of those who knew her tremendous life energy, KPTZ radio personality Marcia Perlstein passed from this plane to somewhere just beyond our reach. In her honor, KPTZ Compass is this week re-running the program she and Steve Evans co-produced at the Port Townsend Women’s March upon the inauguration of President Donald Trump, first aired on January 23, 2017.

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Compass for the Week of 2/19/18

This week on the Compass we revisit a 2016 report on the Navy’s plan to stage mock midnight military raids on regional beaches and Marinas as a deadline for pubic comment on the plan approaches. And then we talk with a public health nurse about this year’s deadly flu epidemic.

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Compass for the Week of February 12, 2018

This week on the Compass we pay a return visit to the Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization (ECHHO) to learn about both the services they offer and their current volunteer needs. And then we are treated to the ponderings of some of the town’s youngest philosophers at the Swan School.

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Compass for the Week of February 5, 2018

This week on the Compass we pay a visit to the Olympic Area Agency on Aging and find out whom Case Aide Heaven Gregg is able to help with what.  You might be surprised to find out that you are one of them.

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Compass for the Week of January 29, 2018

Each year in early February hundreds of school kids and their adult mentors descend upon a former farm in the Tarboo Valley armed with digging implements and rubber boots to take part in one of the most ambitious stream restoration and reforestation projects in the state. KPTZ Compass covered the Tarboo Plant-a-thon back in 2015, and because this year’s plant-a-thon is scheduled for this Saturday, the 3rd of February, we thought this would be a good time to reprise that show.

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Compass for the Week of January 22, 2018

This week the Compass takes to the streets, along with a sizable portion of the local population, as we cover a rally of support for immigrants that took place on Martin Luther King Day, and then attend the PT Womxn’s March, which may well have been the largest demonstration in the town’s history.

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Compass for the Week of January 15, 2018

This week on the Compass, KPTZ reporter Chris Bricker takes us to a vigil outside the gates of Indian Island Naval Weapons Magazine in recognition of Holy Innocents Day, and then we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by revisiting some of his most powerful speeches.

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Compass for the Week of January 8, 2017

This week on the Compass we talk with a Mennonite minister and her husband about the dangers to humanity they believe to be posed by the development of artificial intelligence and the rapidly accelerating technological revolution that presents the very real possibility of replacing people in pretty much every field, from child care to making life and death decisions on the battlefield.

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Compass for the Week of January 1, 2018

It’s a brand new year, and with the new year some big changes are coming to Port Townsend’s main commercial artery.  This week on the Compass we talk about the newly launched Water Street Enhancement Project.

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Compass for the Week of December 25, 2017

While for most people the holidays are a season of love, joy, and celebration of friends and family, for others it can be a time of crippling depression and even thoughts of suicide. It is for this reason that this week on the Compass we are bringing you the story of a woman who actually committed suicide, but miraculously survived not only to tell the tale, but to bring hope and help to others considering doing the same.

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Compass for the Week of December 18, 2017

This week on the Compass we go to the First Annual Olympic Peninsula Farmer’s Convergence and Mixer, where we hear first-hand from farmers about obstacles to their success and the solutions they seek.

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Compass for the Week of December 11, 2017

This week on the Compass we take part in a bittersweet reunion of workers for what was once known as the Greatest Show on Earth, and then Seattle radio journalist Martha Baskin reports on the kiddie version of the farm to table movement.

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Compass for the Week of December 4, 2017

This week on the Compass we take a tour of KPTZ’s future home in the basement of what is thought to be Fort Worden’s first building. This program features Fort Worden PDA Executive Director Dave Robison, KPTZ General Manager Robert Ambrose, and Fort Worden Facilities Manager Larry Sammons.

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Compass for the Week of November 27, 2017

‘Tis the season for overeating and not getting enough exercise…but lest we fall prey to the illusion that we can pop a pill to make up for our bad behavior, this week on the Compass we reprise a story we did several years ago on the pills that more and more Americans hope will fend off the ill effects of an unhealthy lifestyle.  Then correspondent Martha Baskin looks at the question of what place natural gas has in plans for a clean energy future.

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Compass for the Week of November 20, 2017

What to do for the Holidays? Whether you are wondering where you are going to find your Thanksgiving dinner, or where to celebrate New Years, this week’s Compass has the inside skinny on where to go and what to do.

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Compass for the Week of November 13, 2017

This week on the Compass we bring you two more presentations from the Economics of Happiness Conference held at Fort Worden Oct. 27-29, a weekend-long event that brought together some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, writers, and activists in the sustainability and localization movements to “discuss, discover, and devise better systems for now and the future,” as the event’s website puts it. We will hear from Community Sourced Capital co-founder Rachel Maxwell, and organic farming and urban agriculture pioneer Michael Ableman, who were both on hand to lead workshops at the conference.

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You can view other talks from the conference HERE.

Economics of Happiness Conference

(October 27-29, 2017) Some of the most prominent thinkers, writers, and activists in the sustainability and localization movements came together at Fort Worden’s Lifelong Learning Center on the weekend of October 27-29, 2017 to “discuss, discover, and devise better systems for now and the future”, as the conference’s website puts it.
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Compass for the Week of November 6, 2017

When Yes! Magazine co-founder Sarah Van Gelder polled the 250 attendees at the Economics of Happiness Conference held recently at Fort Worden on the question of whether they thought the transition to a sustainable economy would be rough or smooth, only one hand went up for “smooth”. Everyone else expected a pretty rough road ahead. Which is probably the reason they were all there for the weekend-long event that brought together some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, writers, and activists in the sustainability and localization movements to “discuss, discover, and devise better systems for now and the future”, as the event’s website put it.

The conference was organized by local activists including Karen Wyeth and Local 20/20 co-founder Judith Alexander, with major support from Swedish visionary Helena Norberg Hodge’s organization Local Futures, which has hosted a number of other Economics of Happiness conferences around the world, including in the U.S., India, Australia, Italy, and South Korea.

Along with Van Gelder, Yes! Magazine co-founder David Korten, and Post-Carbon Institute Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg, Norberg Hodge anchored the keynote panel on the first evening of the conference. This week on the Compass we bring you highlights of that keynote panel.

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Check KPTZ Specials for the complete conference proceedings.

Compass for the Week of October 30, 2017

In a reprise of a Halloween special from four years ago, we talk with a former police detective who not only claims to have seen Bigfoot twice, but who also helped supply evidence to prove the existence of the elusive creatures that most believe to be only a myth.

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Compass for the Week of October 16, 2017

This Thursday, October 19, at precisely 10/19 in the morning it’s going to happen: The Great Shake-out Drill. Yes, it will be 10:19 on 10/19 when KPTZ will ask listeners to duck, cover, and hold, and in general to participate in a practice session to prepare for a major earthquake disaster. In this week’s Compass, we talk with KPTZ Emergency Preparedness Advisor Rita Kepner about what is entailed in preparing for the worst.

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Compass for the Week of October 9, 2017

This week on the Compass we talk with the executive director of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics about a lawsuit they have lodged against the U.S. Forest Service for improperly permitting the Olympic National Forest to be used by the Navy as a training ground for electronic warfare. And then we talk with a direct descendant of the legendary S’Klallam chief Chetzemoka about his legacy.

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Compass for the Week of October 2, 2017

This week on the Compass, we don waders and participate in a bit of citizen science as we wander up the middle of Chimacum Creek looking for salmon, dead or alive.

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