KPTZ Specials

2023 Home and Kitchen Tour

(Airdate: April 18, 2023) Presenting the 2023 AAUW Home and Kitchen Tour are AAUW members Jean Stasney, Leslie Roubal, and Teri Nomura, all interviewed by Phil Andrus.

Attention Please!

(Airdate: April 10, 2023) Jim Burke speaks with Judy Alexander, Rose Madrone, and Ben Bauermeister about The Connectivity Fair which is happening on Sunday, April 16 at Blue Heron School. The event is bringing together 70 non-profits to re-energize engagement with the community after 3 years of COVID-19 isolation.

Community Tides ~ 4/07/23

The transportation beliefs we have, and the resulting policies, funding and ultimately, infrastructure, affect all aspects of civic life, including human and climate health, housing costs and availability, economic vitality, recreational opportunities, and community equity. Jefferson County and the City of Port Townsend are at a crossroad. The Transportation Lab, with Local 20/20, has planned a one-day conference, Moving in the Right Direction, to be held in Port Townsend on Friday, April 14.  Participants will explore best practices in transportation and hear about research-based policies that make it easier and safer for people to walk, bike and use transit.  Joining KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and co-host Siobhan Canty, President and CEO of Jefferson Community Foundation, are Dave Thielk, a life long advocate for active transportation modalities, and Scott Walker, a Port Townsend Resident for over four decades and founding member of the Transportation Lab.

Brewocracy Now ~ 4/06/23

Taylor Clark and Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro talked about a wide variety of topics, including the new 7th Haven Apartments, the importance of federal funding for this sort of project, the upcoming meeting of the Financial Sustainability task force, the importance community members running of public office or otherwise getting involved in advisory boards and community groups. It takes a village.

Nature Now #613
Birds of the Olympic Peninsula

(Airdate: April 5, 2023) Dennis Paulson has been a stalwart in the Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula naturalist and birding world for many years. Dennis is a keen observer, prolific author, dedicated museum scientist, and esteemed teacher. Join Nan Evans as she asks Dennis to share his observations and reflections on birds and birding in our region.

County Public Health Report ~ 4/03/23

The following is a recording of the presentation during the Public Health briefings at this week’s Board of County Commissioners meeting made by Jefferson and Clallam County Public Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry. The summary below was provided by Jim Burke, producer of KPTZ’s Tuesday’s Local News.

Jefferson County Public Health’s COVID-19 weekly reports and the transmission risk dial were replaced with state data, yesterday, April 3. Jefferson County Public Health’s Communicable Disease Team will continue to post information about COVID-19 on their website, however that information will now come solely from the Washington State Department of Health. The state’s information will be embedded onto the county’s website here. Residents may report their positive home tests results to the state directly via an online portal here.

Jefferson County Public Health reports the two-week COVID-19 case rate is 134 cases per 100,000 people. Jefferson County Public Health estimates that 1 in 20 COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County were reported to public health last week. No one is currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jefferson County. There were no new deaths this week, so the total number of those who have died due to COVID-19 is 37 in Jefferson County.

In Clallam County the case rate is 80 per hundred thousand, and the case ascertainment is also 1 in 20. Two patients are currently hospitalized, and no new deaths to report, so the total number of those who have died due to COVID-19 in Clallam County stands at 166.

Dr. Allison Berry spoke to the Jefferson Board of County Commissioners yesterday and discussed the wind-down of emergency declarations across the country, the state, and Jefferson and Clallam Counties. She said that we are still seeing a downward trend in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19 nationally, in Washington State, and locally. It is too soon to tell, she said, if we are seeing a seasonal fall off in cases. As we are fully in the endemic phase of the pandemic, she stressed that COVID-19 is here to stay, and time will tell if we have seasonal surges, as we have with the flu.

Bowling for Dollars

(April 3, 2023 – Bowling for Dollars) It’s time for a real bowl game…with a real bowl!!


(Airdate: April 3, 2023) This week on Attention Please!, Jim Burke interviews Gabs Nathanson and Tomoki Sage, two cast members of the new play, REDD by Kat Agudo, which opens in previews on Wednesday, April 5 at Key City Public Theatre. We then spoke with Yari Cervas, the play’s Director. We also have a special interview from the Port Townsend High School Media Lab. Devon Hellman spoke with City Manager John Mauro about the need for public spaces for youth in our community.

Brewocracy Now ~ 3/30/23

Brewocracy Now on March 30 featured a grab bag of different topics.  Co-host Taylor Clark talked to John Mauro about recently passed changes supporting housing, and we looked towards what will be happening to support housing going forward.  John talked about The Community Read event last Tuesday and an upcoming meeting in Chimicum about the pool.  John asked that if people have time, could they please fill out the Pool Survey (linked here) which closes Friday, March 31 at 5pm.  We also heard some pending budget items at the state level that might possibly benefit Port Townsend, and then, sadly, we ran out of time.  

Nature Now #612
Backyard Habitat, part 2

(Reprise Airdate: March 30, 2023) Ron & Rosemary Sikes invite Nature Now host Debaran Kelso and recorder Meg Amos to their backyard wildlife sanctuary in Port Townsend to discuss how to create and improve wildlife habitat in our own backyards (Part 2 of a two-part program).

Friends of Lighthouse, part 1

(Airdate: March 30, 2023) Located at the edge of Admiralty Inlet is one of the more unique locations to volunteer – Point Wilson Lighthouse. The Point Wilson Lighthouse is one of the most important navigational aids in Washington, connecting Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and has been serving the navigational needs of our waterways since 1879. Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can visits with Dick Richardson and Dave Ehnebuske on location to learn more about the Point Wilson Light Station Preservation Project and the unique volunteer opportunities at this iconic landmark.

Booklovers’ Cafe – Anna Quinn, Angeline

(Airdate: March 28, 2023) Anna Quinn returns to Booklovers’ Cafe to introduce her new novel  Angeline. Erica Bauermeister says “Angeline is a call to open arms, a clear-eyed view of our often flawed humanity and how the power of compassion can change everything.” Cris and Anna talk about the setting in a liberal convent on an island in the Pacific Northwest and all about the humans inhabiting this place without revealing Angeline’s story. Anna unravels the mystery of her past in dream-like layers. The prose is poetic with messages for all readers. Anna is the founder of Writer’s Workshoppe in Port Townsend and the author of the bestseller, Night Child.

Pool and Bench Build

(Airdate: March 27, 2023) This week, host Jim Burke interviews Carrie Hite about the effort, finally, this year to replace the Mountain View Pool and community engagement. Jim also interviews Lisa Widner who is organizing the Community Bench Build Challenge with the goal of bringing highly decorated benches to Point Hudson.

Mortality and Beans

(March 27, 2023 – Mortality and Beans) Life is good, except when it’s bad, so cover yourself with beans for the ultimate experience in self-realization.

Heads Up on Local Housing

On Monday evening, March 13, KPTZ presented two recorded half-hour programs addressing the current challenges and lack of housing in our community, hosted by KPTZ News Producer Jim Burke.
Housing Connections, part 1 covered “What Is a Comprehensive Housing Plan and Why Does Port Townsend Need One?” and features Kim Herman, Peggy Webster and Naushard Cader

Housing Connections part 2 discussed “Inclusionary Zoning Myths” will feature Judy AlexanderFred Kimball, and Kim Herman.

On Tuesday, March 14, as part of KPTZ’s Pi Day event, Housing Connections, part 3 was a special live forum to address the challenging housing situation in our area, in an employer-focused panel discussion, moderated and hosted by Phil Andrus. The forum comprised Jake Beattie, Northwest Maritime Center, Linda Rosenbury, PT Schools Superintendent, Buster Ferris, Edensaw Woods, and Chief Bret Black of East Jefferson Fire Rescue.

Brewocracy Now ~ 3/23/23

KPTZ News Producer Jim Burke sat in for Taylor Clark this week and with his co-host, City Manager John Mauro, spoke with Planning and Community Development Director Emma Bolin and Mayor David Faber. They discussed:

  • What happened at council Monday, what it means, and what to expect next Monday.
  • How’s it is part of the City’s bigger picture housing strategy.
  • And, if time allows: what’s next?

Nature Now #611
The Manis Mastodon, part 1

(Airdate: March 21, 2023) Host Debaran Kelso speaks with special guest Clare Manis Hatler about finding what came to be known as “The Manis Mastodon” on their farm in Sequim in 1977. It is still one of the most significant archaeological finds in North America!  Part 1 of a two part program.

Put a Wrap on Recycling

(Airdate: March 21, 2023) Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can visits with the Port Townsend High School Students for Sustainability (SFS). This year they traveled to Olympia to advocate for Washington state’s WRAP Act, (Washington Recycling And Packaging Act ) which included packaging and bottle bill provisions. This act intends to extend producer responsibilities for certain packaging and paper, create a container deposit system that includes reuse targets, “truthful labeling” rules, and minimum recycled content standards for items like plastic thermoform containers, food tubs and single-use cups. While the bill ultimately did not move forward these students are not dissuaded and plan on bringing this bill forward at next session. Join us as we speak with the leadership team of the Students for Sustainability at P.T.H.S. 

Sara Penhallegon and Her Baby Bison

(Airdate: March 21, 2023) Maryanne interviews Sara Penhallegon, the brains and heart behind Center Valley Animal Rescue. Literally thousands of animals – both wild and domestic – have been rescued by Sara and her team. When that confused coyote somehow wandered into the hospital, it was Sara who rushed in to tranquilize and ultimately stitch her up. There’s also that bison who was born to a starving mom. The newborn bison was hand-fed largely by Sara. Not surprisingly, he now thinks Sara is his ‘mom’. That means when he gets lonely, he sometimes breaks out of his quarters and heads for mom’s living room where he was nurtured back to health. He now weighs upwards of 700 pounds and is still a growing boy! Sara’s stories are amazing. But she needs donations to her non-profit to continue her mission.

County Public Health Report ~ 3/20/23

The following is a recording of the presentation during the Public Health briefings at this week’s Board of County Commissioners meeting made by Jefferson and Clallam County Public Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry. Also Willie Bence, Director of Emergency Management, gave a report. The summary below was provided by Jim Burke, producer of KPTZ’s Tuesday’s Local News.

Dr. Berry said that news of transmission and disease from COVID-19 is “relatively good,” and on the national level, cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on a downtrend this week. We are down to 334 deaths per day nationwide due to COVID-19, but for reference, she added that number is about three times the death rate of a severe FLU season. Jefferson County Public Health reports the two-week COVID-19 case rate is 221 per 100,000 people, still in the high category. 32 new cases were added in the past week, so there have been 7,080 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There were no deaths this week. No one is currently hospitalized with Covid-19 in Jefferson County. Willie Bence spoke about resilience on the Olympic Peninsula in light of the Hood Canal bridge closures planned for this summer,

Autumn is a Big Mess

(March 20, 2023 – Autumn is a Big Mess) Ray’s obsessive need for control falls by the wayside when Autumn arrives.

Discovery Bird Rescue

(Airdate: March 20, 2023) In a reprise of a show from last year, host Steve Evans is given a tour of Discovery Bird Rescue by Cindy Daily, the amazing woman who has spent up to 12 hours a day, seven days a week for 14 years (without pay) to build a showcase hospital, rehabilitation center, haven, and conservation educational center for the wild birds of the Olympic Peninsula and beyond.

Here’s the THING!

Do you love community radio? Do you love music? Do you love the sprawling beautiful lawns of Fort Worden? If you answered yes to any of the above then we have an opportunity for you! From now till Monday March 20 at 5 pm, if you become a sustaining donor to KPTZ at any price, you will be entered to win a pair of 3-day Festival Passes to THING this August at Fort Worden. You can donate online at, call us at 360-379-6886 or stop by the Mountain View Station to make your donation. The drawing winner will be announced by Chris Bricker on his show Tuesday, March 21 at 9:30am.

KPTZ is pleased to partner with STG once again for THING Fest. The THING comes back to Fort Worden this August. Listen below where KPTZ’s Charlie Bermant interviews Festival Producer Adam Zacks. They discussed THING lineup and coming back to Port Townsend. Listen in below. THING passes for locals are available for purchase at 20% off online pricing, and no service charge fees, in person at the Fort Worden Commons building.

Brewocracy Now ~

John and Taylor’s guests today were Melody Sky Weaver from the Port Townsend Library and Monique Gray Smith, who did the young adult adaptation of Braiding Sweetgrass which the Port Townsend community read this month. We had a very soulful conversation that is hard to characterize here. Just listen! And read!

Nature Now #610 Sense of Place – What Does That Mean

(Airdate: March 15, 2023) Host Nan Evans talks with David Williams, a
Seattle-based naturalist about the concept of a “sense of place”. What does that mean? How can awareness of our own “sense of place” deepen our connections with the natural world? How can we use “sense of place” to work together to make the world a better place?