(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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.