We attend a meet-and-greet event between local sustainability group 20/20 and their self-professed progressive state representative, Mike Chapman.
This week on the Compass we ask the new publisher of the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader if the local newspaper is healthy … what changes he will bring … and whether the entire print media business itself is doomed.
We take a tour of Port Townsend’s spanking new state-of-the-art water treatment plant at the top of the town’s tallest hill, which seems to have no name.
A beleaguered EPA under a media blackout critiques Navy plans to increase unpopular Growler aircraft operations. What started as an emergency winter homeless shelter becomes a year-round operation. And woodworkers enjoy eggs, coffee, and community at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking Founders’ Breakfast.
This week on the Compass we talk with one of the leaders of a burgeoning local immigrant rights group (immigration activist Libby Palmer), and we take part in a cooperative art happening at Fort Worden (with artist Mavis Muller).
This week on the Compass we see the birth of a grassroots wildfire, and we learn how transportation can be seen as the circulatory system of community.
This week on the Compass, we talk with a local singer who just released her first CD, and it comes after a life-changing, three-year journey that took her from Port Townsend to France and back, and included brushes with love, death, terrorism and a lot of growing up.
This week on the Compass we learn why a group of supporters from Port Townsend turned back from their mission of going to help the water protectors of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in their last-ditch effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, and we ask the publisher why Port Townsend needs a third local newspaper.
This week on the Compass we talk emergency management with the woman who may make all the difference in a crisis. And another busload of supporters heads off from Port Townsend to help the beleaguered water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
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: January 2, 2017) This week on the Compass we hear from an investigator into the contamination of Coupeville’s water supply by the Navy. And Charlie Bermant talks with the author of One Square Inch of Silence about the value of quiet.
(First airdate: December 26, 2016) This week on the Compass we talk with the Senior Editor of Wooden Boat Magazine about a very old tall ship that is the last of its kind, and whose history opens a window on a lost world.
(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 12, 2016) This week on the Compass we attend an open house at which representatives of the U.S. Navy face a pretty tough crowd in the roll-out of their Growler training expansion plans.
(First airdate: December 12, 2016) This week on the Compass we attend an open house at which representatives of the U.S. Navy face a pretty tough crowd in the roll-out of their Growler training expansion plans. Steve Evans is host.
(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 take measure of the toll last week’s election has taken on the collective psyche of eastern Jefferson County. Then we watch a local snowball build support for the water protectors at Standing Rock.
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.