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Our Working Waterfront ~ 9/12/23

Captain James McClurg describes the Hawaiian Chieftain restoration project to Port Townsend High School Seniors

Welcome to our extended format and new time slots! We’ll air in alternate weeks with KPTZ’s Community Tides, at 5:30pm on Tuesdays and at noon on Sundays.
Each month, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker joins his co-hosts, Port of Port Townsend’s Director Eron Berg and Port Commissioner Pam Petranek, to explore people and stories surrounding our beloved Working Waterfront and Port. This month, seniors from Port Townsend High School tag along to tour the boatyard and visit some of its business owners, cooperatives, and artisans. Opportunities abound in our local maritime industry, which creates 20 percent of the jobs in Jefferson County – from entry-level employment, to mentorship and training, to eventual careers.

Our Working Waterfront ~ 8/11/23

Each year the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce presents Leadership Awards in four categories: Business Leader, Citizen, Rising Entrepreneur, Young Professional, and Future Business Leader from our County’s youth. Pete and Kathy Langley are the 2023 recipients of the Business Leaders of the Year Award. They’ve been married and in business together at Port Townsend Foundry for over 40 years. Together, Pete and Kathy  share a life commitment to the phrase, “A Rising Tide lifts all boats.”  Both of them freely admit that it takes the two of them together to run their business! KPTZ’s Chris Bricker joins co-hosts Port of Port Townsend’s Director Eron Berg and Port Commissioner Pam Petranek for a Port update, and then a conversation with Pete and Kathy about what it means to create a “circular economy” here in this region, about their leadership and mentorship roles, and their longstanding involvement in our beloved community.

Our Working Waterfront ~ 7/14/23

What kind of vision and resourcefulness does it take to fabricate frames for a small submarine, or come up with a physical solution for a broken fitting in the middle of nowhere?  Oh! And by the way, maybe repairing a tea pot now and then? Hosts Chris Bricker and Port Commissioner Pam Petranek find out the answers from Peter Chaffee, of Peter’s Marine, right here at the entrance to Boat Haven. Co-Host, Port of Port Commissioner Eron Berg also gives us our monthly recap of happenings around the Port.

Our Working Waterfront ~ 6/23/23

Sea Marine’s new mascot & crew member “Tug” who fills the paws of the beloved “Bear” who now rests on the big ship in the sky

Every month, KPTZ’S Chris Bricker, along with co-hosts Port Commissioner Pam Petranek and Port of Port Townsend’s Director Eron Berg, bring you the news, issues, and stories of the people that make up our vibrant maritime community. In this repeat airing, our Port’s Capital Project Director and Port Engineer Matt Klontz gives us an ongoing projects update. Pam gives us some historical perspective on Point Hudson – from the S’Klallam peoples, to boatbuilding and the evolution of a seaport, to the present-day boatyard of Sea Marine. Partners Pat Shannon and Chris Bakken, friends since childhood, are shepherding trade, craft and apprenticeship into Point Hudson’s 21st Century.

Our Working Waterfront – 6/09

Every month, KPTZ’S Chris Bricker, along with co-hosts Port Commissioner Pam Petranek and Port of Port Townsend’s Director Eron Berg, bring you the news, issues, and stories of the people that make up our vibrant maritime community.
This month, our Port’s Capital Project Director and Port Engineer Matt Klontz gives us an ongoing projects update. Pam gives us some historical perspective on Point Hudson – from the S’Klallam peoples, to boatbuilding and the evolution of a seaport, to the present-day boatyard of Sea Marine. Partners Pat Shannon and Chris Bakken, friends since childhood, are shepherding trade, craft and apprenticeship into Point Hudson’s 21st Century.

Our Working Waterfront ~ 5/12/23

The O.L. Elgin on the Hard

Each Month during the noon hour, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker joins his co-hosts, Port Director Eron Berg, and Port of Port Townsend Commissioner Pam Petranek, to bring you news and stories surrounding our vibrant Maritime Community. The fishing fleet is preparing for this upcoming season.  Most boats will be headed to Alaska.  Alaska has the most prolific commercial fishing industry in the United States, producing more harvest volume than all other states combined.  We’re heading out into the Boatyard today on Our Working Waterfront, to catch some of our hauled-out fishing fleet.  We’ll visit with Greg Friedrichs, Captain of the Arminta, Grant Fletcher of fishing tender O.L.Elgin, along with David Griswold from the Shipwright’s Co-Op, and Greg Veitenhans, aboard the Voyager as he preps for the season with helpers and fisherwomen Lauren and Brenna. The attached sound file is an update of the April 14 show.

Our Working Waterfront ~ 4/14/23

Each Month during the noon hour, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker joins his co-hosts, Port Director Eron Berg, and Port of Port Townsend Commissioner Pam Petranek, to bring you news and stories surrounding our vibrant Maritime Community. The fishing fleet is preparing for this upcoming season.  Most boats will be headed to Alaska.  Alaska has the most prolific commercial fishing industry in the United States, producing more harvest volume than all other states combined.  We’re heading out into the Boatyard today on Our Working Waterfront, to catch some of our hauled-out fishing fleet.  We visit with Greg Friedrichs, Captain of the ArmintaGrant Fletcher of fishing tender O.L.Elgin, along with David Griswold from the Shipwright’s Co-Op, and Greg Veitenhans, aboard the Voyager as he preps for the season with helpers and fisherwomen Lauren and Brenna.

Our Working Waterfront ~ 3/10/23

“Schooner’s Row” – four Tall Ships: Adventuress, Alcyone, Canadian sister ships Pacific Swift, and Pacific Grace

(Airdate: March 10, 2023) In this edition of Our Working Waterfront, co-host Eron Berg gives us an update on the multiple projects in progress and funding opportunities for further development here at the Port of Port Townsend. Then co-host Port Commissioner Pam Petranek joins KPTZ’s Chris Bricker as they explore the boatyard in search of Tall Ships. In a rare occurrence, six historic schooners were hauled out in the same window of time—a rare opportunity not to be missed! We speak with Skippers, a Mate, and Deckhands alike.

Our Working Waterfront ~ 2/10/23

Pete Langley has been the owner of the Port Townsend Foundry since he re-established it in 1983, nearly 100 years later. The use of heritage techniques as well as modern technology allows Port Townsend Foundry’s craftspeople to produce pieces of continuing history. KPTZ’s Chris Bricker and Co-Host Eron Berg, Port of Port Townsend’s Director, join Pete for an up-close-and-personal tour, along with some sage insights about craftsmanship and about the niche Port Townsend Foundry serves in the Industry.

Our Working Waterfront~ 1/13/23

In this month’s edition of Our Working Waterfront, KPTZ’s Chris Bricker joins co-hosts Port Director Eron Berg and Port Commissioner Pam Petranek for an update on happenings around the Port. Then Pam gives a special guided tour of the Boat Yard for high school student guests from the Port Townsend Maritime Academy, along with their instructor Karl Jorden. We’ll visit with Shipwrights Pat Mahon, Cory Armstrong (owner of Goldstar Marine), Pete Stein, Melanya Nordstrom, and Dave Thompson.  Working in the Boat Yard means building friendships and experiences along the way. Opportunities abound to learn about design, building, maintenance and repair. Businesses in the Yard are independent yet interconnected, because they complement one another in so many ways. You can start out with a box of tools, work with others or on your own, be employed by businesses, rent shop space. A good work ethic and the willingness to learn are the main ingredients that can lead to a fine career as a shipwright.