Attention Please!

Wood Exhibit at Historical Society

(Airdate: March 21, 2022) “Wood”, the current exhibit at the Jefferson Museum of Art and History, is the topic of this week’s Attention Please!. Guests are Shelly Leavens, Executive Director of the Historical Society, Ann Welch, co-curator of the exhibit, and artists in wood Annalise Rubida and Seth Roland.

Interview by Emillia Nunn and George Marie

(Airdate: March 14, 2022) This week’s program features two stories by new contributors to Attention Please! Emillia Nunn, a 2021 graduate of PT High School, took on the controversial issue of the developing plan for the Poplar trees that line Sims Way as you enter Port Townsend. George Marie talks with the new managers of Fort Worden Hospitality, Aislinn Diamanti and Natalie Maitland, about their plans for welcoming the public to the enjoyment of the Fort and its varied services and activities. The producer for this week’s program is Larry Stein.

Lively Libraries

(Airdate: March 7, 2022) The directors of the two libraries in our county tell what’s coming to their libraries in the coming months. Tamara Meredith, Director of the Jefferson County Library, talks of leading her library out of the COVID-19 pandemic after implementing innovations to keep it open. Melody Sky Weaver, Director of the Port Townsend Library, introduces this year’s Community Read and upcoming library activities.

Articulating Günther

(Airdate: February 28, 2022) This week on Attention Please! KPTZ host Steve Evans visits with four people who bubbled together during the pandemic to articulate the skeleton of a grey whale that died of starvation in 2019 for an educational display that will reside in one couple’s back yard.

Saltwater Seeds

(Airdate: February 21, 2022) In this Attention Please! your attention is drawn to Saltwater Seeds, Jefferson County’s newest collector and seller of seeds for farm and garden. Joining KPTZ host Phil Andrus are the three principles of Saltwater Seeds, Katie Miller, Sam Scheit, aand Joanne Pontrello.

Two New Arts Leaders

(Airdate: February 14, 2022) Larry Stein talks with Kathleen Garrett, the new Exhibits Director of Northwind Art, and Danielle McClelland, new Executive Director of the Port Townsend Film Festival.

Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy

(Airdate: February 7, 2022) Learn about the history, the mission, and the adventures of the Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy in this interview of its co-founders and co-directors Kelly Dobson and Sue Milliken.

Chinese American Voices

(Airdate: January 31, 2022) Coming to Attention Please this week are two presenters in the Jefferson County Historical Society’s program, Chinese American Voices: graphic artist Tessa Hulls and filmmaker Valerie Soe, with support from Tara McCauley of the Historical Society staff.

Master Gardeners’ Yard and Garden Lecture Series

(Airdate: January 3, 2022) Phil Andrus interviews Suzanne Eggleston and Candice Gohn of the Master Gardeners Foundation, who have organized this year’s virtual Yard and Garden Lecture Series for the Foundation.

Can Electric Vehicles Save Us?

(Airdate: January 24, 2022) KPTZ host Steve Evans talks with electric vehicle advocates Tony Billera and Cyndy Bratz about the important role they believe EV’s quick widespread adoption must play in addressing the rapidly unfolding climate crisis.

Homes for Our People

(Airdate: January 17, 2022) Attention Please! this weeks focuses on Kellen Lynch, campaign manager for Housing Solutions Network. Kellen narrates a panel discussion on housing issues affecting us in Jefferson County.  Joining him in the panel are City Councilor Aislinn Diamanti and Brett Black, Fire Chief of East Jefferson Fire and Rescue.

Raised in Port Townsend, Kellen Lynch is committed to sustaining the community that supported him. As a small business owner and community volunteer, he has built connections across Jefferson County while witnessing the rapid disappearance of available and affordable housing. Kellen’s professional work extends to his energy analysis consultancy, New Story Studio, and as an occasional instructor at the Institute for Energy Studies at his alma mater, Western Washington University.

Friends of Fort Worden

(Airdate: January 10, 2022) Larry Stein talks with Gary Larson and Will Barrett, two board members of Friends of Fort Worden, a volunteer organization that helps maintain and improve the Fort for all of us. Gary is Communications coordinator, and Will is the head of Trail Team projects, which take on specific maintenance and upgrades for the Fort’s network of trails. Also featured are the two AmeriCorps Service members who work with the Park Rangers, and the Friends of Fort Worden. They plan to be leading some interpretative Nature Walks in the Spring and Summer, in addition to their maintenance  work on trails.  

Nordland Store New Year’s Splash

(Airdate: December 27, 2021) This week on Attention Please! host Steve Evans sits by the gas stove in their boathouse and talks with Nordland General Store owners Tom and Sue Rose about building back from the fire that destroyed the iconic business a little more than a year ago and, most importantly, about plans (or the lack thereof) for the traditional Polar Plunge that happens each New Year’s day off of their Mystery Bay dock opposite the store.

Community Resilience for All Creatures

(Airdate: December 20, 2021) Attention, Please! for the week of the Winter Solstice and Christmas presents the good work being done by Center Valley Animal Rescue, as produced by KPTZ’s Chris Bricker for Community Tides. Closing the show is a story by Jean Ritchie, “The Christmas Tree” and John McCutcheon’s Christmas in the Tenches, his song about the Christmas truce during World War 1.

Witnessing Climate Change

(Airdate: December 13, 2021) Maria Coryell-Martin, artist, and Katie Morrison, science educator, created the exhibition Witnessing Climate Change at the Jefferson County Historical Museum.  Their field work, on the North Slope of Alaska, brings the long-term research of  ornithologist George Divoky to us in multiple dimensions – with artifacts, data, and on-location art.  Also, PT High School Media Lab student Zoe Cook presents a report on the school’s annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration.

Rose Isler and Aeneas Valley Community Foundation

(Airdate: December 6, 2021) Attention Please! features holiday celebrations west and east. Historical Society Executive Director and Summer Band Brass Quintet member Robert Nathan discuss the upcoming Holiday Extravaganza and Rose and Doug Isler describe the the Aeneas Valley Country Store and the Community Foundation which they have founded. Phil Andrus hosts.

Erin Reading; Decriminalize Entheogens

(Airdate: November 29, 2021) In the first part of the November 29 Attention Please!, Lily Haight interviews Erin Reading, a local leader of the group that is working to build a community around the use of natural psychedelic plants and fungi. In the second part, Phil Andrus interviews P. J. Harris, a board member of the Sequim Good Governance League, which successfully worked to elect and re-elect politically-moderate members to the Sequim City Council.

Free Turkeys and Upcoming Holiday Fun

(Airdate: November 22, 2021) In this week’s special holiday kick-off edition of Attention Please! host Steve Evans talks first with longtime Port Townsend Food Bank director Shirley Moss about what is on offer for Thanksgiving (and much more), and then chats with three of Port Townsend’s foremost Holiday spirits (Main Street Program Director Mari Mullen, Library Director Melody Sky Weaver, and Leader Publisher Donna Etchey) about all the plans for upcoming festivities around the holiday season.

Port Ludlow Players

(Airdate: November 15, 2021) We talk with Sharla Erich and Peggy Welker, the president and vice president of Port Ludlow Performing Arts, as they host their first indoor live concert since the beginning of the pandemic.

New Exhibition Director at Northwind Art & Story Walk at Kah Tai Lagoon

(Airdate: November 8, 2021) Attention Please! host Larry Stein talks with Teresa Verraes, Exec. Director of Northwind Art, about Michael D’Allesandro’s departure as Exhibitions Director, and the new Director, Kathleen Garrett. Larry then takes us on a Story Walk at Kah Tai Lagoon, a new installation of Children’s books by the Port Townsend Public Library, that can be read as you walk the Nature Trail.  Library Director, Melody Sky Weaver tells us about the project. 

Making Caskets

(Airdate: November 1, 2021) Attention Please! for November 1, All Souls Day, tells of neighbors building caskets for their friends and family members who have recently passed. This short documentary, produced in the early 1980s by Phil Andrus, was based on interviews of women and men who lived on an island north of Port Townsend, a location they preferred not to identify.

Connie Gallant

(Airdate: October 25, 2021) KPTZ host Steve Evans talks with 2021 Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award winner Connie Gallant, who was a key organizer of a grassroots fight to prevent the clear-cutting of Mt. Walker years ago and has been part of virtually every fight to preserve wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula since.

The Jefferson County Community Wellness Project

(Airdate: October 18, 2021) The Jefferson County Community Wellness Project will be hosting their annual Harvest Dinner Fundraiser at the Wheel Inn Motor Movie on October 28, 2021. In this segment of Attention Please! we interview Shelby Smith, the Wellness Project Coordinator, and Stacey Larsen, Director of Food Services for the Port Townsend School District, to learn more about their Farm to School programs and how they are teaching and feeding students in the time of COVID. Host: Karen Anderson.

PT Marine Science Center Searching for a New Director

(Airdate: October 11, 2021) Janine Boire, Executive Director of the PT Marine Science Center, recently announced that she will step down as Director, and that the organization will look for a new leader for the next phase of the Center’s move to their new headquarters on Water Street in PT.  Janine and Diane Baxter, the Board Chair of the PTMSC, discuss the leadership change, and the search for a new Executive Director.  Host is Larry Stein.

Food Security and Carbon Reductions

(Airdate: October 4, 2021) This Attention Please! brings two guests with two topics. To begin, Skip Cadorette announces the 2021 WAVE Food Drive, explaining how we can help grow food security in our community. In the second half of the show, Cindy Jayne, Chair of the Jefferson County/City of Port Townsend Climate Action Committee, describes strategies for the reduction of carbon emissions in Jefferson County.

The Recyclery Wheels through the Pandemic

(Airdate: September 27, 2021) On a blustery day, KPTZ host Steve Evans talks with Recyclery Board Member David Thielk and Executive Director Liz Revord beneath a torn canvas shelter amidst bike parts and pieces about the past, present, and future of the zealous nonprofit which promotes the many benefits of bicycles in our community.