Puget Sound Access

Interesting guests and compelling conversations about local issues.

Sunday, July 23
5:30am –

This week we meet Randy Shelton, the Board Chair with Salmon For Soldiers. Salmon For Soldiers is a non-profit that through free fishing trips for veterans, offers opportunities designed to help reduce stress while creating new relationships with others who love fishing.
Randy tells of the changes that can happen when something as simple as fishing with others of similar backgrounds for a few hours takes place in a non-judgemental atmosphere.
The many issues faced by our returning veterans is also discussed with the conclusion that Randy always comes back to “it’s survivable.”
Learn more online at www.salmonforsoldiers.com or follow them on Facebook.

Sunday, July 16
5:30am –

There’s a whole lot to do in the nearby Snoqualmie Valley and we’ll explore that with this week’s guests.
Jennifer McKeown is the Snoqualmie Program Manager with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and Connor Inslee is the Interim CEO at Carnation Farms. The Mountains to Sound Greenway is made up of the watersheds in the 100 miles between Ellensburg and Seattle which includes the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley.
Jennifer and Connor tell us about a new and easy way to discover the valley: “Savor Snoqualmie Valley” is a community driven effort to celebrate and promote the local food and farms, arts and culture, heritage, outdoor activities, and independent businesses of the Snoqualmie Valley. It is coordinated by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust in partnership with government, business, and community leaders across the valley.
Both the Mountains to Sound Greenway and Savor Snoqualmie Valley websites offer clever interactive ways to find fun and activities in the area.
Learn more online at http://savorsnoqualmievalley.org/ and http://mtsgreenway.org/ and https://www.carnationfarms.org/


Sunday, July 9
5:30am –

This week we’ll meet Chris Wilke, Executive Director of Puget Soundkeeper, a citizen based grass-roots non-profit organization that not only advocates for clean water, but actually gets out there and cleans up our waterways with their kayak and boat patrols.

They also educate the public about stewardship, engage business, government agencies and citizens as they pursue the Clean Water Act’s goals from “snow cap to white cap.”

Learn more online at www.pugetsoundkeeper.org

Sunday, July 2
5:30am –

It is summer in Seattle and that means Seafair!
Joining us this week is the President of Seafair Richard Anderson, and the President of the Seafair Pirates Danny Sullivan.
For 68 years Seattle has celebrated its maritime roots each summer with Seafair. Richard and Danny tell of the traditions of Seafair and its more popular events such as the Albert Lee Appliance Cup Hydroplane race, the Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade, the Pirate Landing at Alki Beach, as well as describing some of the new events that Seafair continues to bring us, such as the Monster Energy BMX Stunt Show and Men’s Water Polo.
The Pirates storm ashore this coming Saturday, July 8th.
The Torchlight Parade is Saturday, July 29th, and the Hydroplane Race and Boeing Air Show is Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 4th, 5th & 6th.
Learn more online at www.seafair.com and www.seafairpirates.org


Sunday, June 24
5:30am –

This week we talk about healthy babies! Our experts are Kasey Rivas, the March of Dimes Maternal Child Health Director for Washington State, Jennifer Riffel and Lindsey Frank, Certified Nurse Midwives with CHI Franciscan Health.
The March of Dimes has been the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health for decades. They have been advocating and funding Group Prenatal Care such as the Centering Pregnancy program administered by CHI Franciscan. Jennifer and Lindsey discuss the results based particulars of the program including interactive learning in a group setting, more 1 on 1 time with a provider, social support, and more.
Learn more about the March of Dimes and their healthy baby resources online at www.marchofdimes.org
Find a Centering Pregnancy class with CHI Franciscan Health at www.chifranciscan.org

Sunday, June 18
5:30am –

Our guest this week is Rick Henry, the Executive of the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project.
Carkeek Park in Northwest Seattle is an active science laboratory as well as a well visited urban park. The non-profit Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project (CWCAP) puts education into action to promote clean water using the might of the Clean Water Act to support the health and safety of salmon, the watershed, the community, and Puget Sound through community engagement.
Rick tells of the more than 20 schools in Seattle that are part of this project by annually raising salmon in their classrooms from eggs to fry and then participate on their release in Carkeek Park each spring. The salmon returning every fall are also a fascinating educational tool for the community, showing how the water quality and habitat restoration in a single watershed can have an impact.
Learn more about the work of The Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project online at www.carkeekwatershed.org

Sunday, June 11
5:30am –

This week we hear about new ways that builders are working toward constructing more environmentally friendly homes from Leah Missik, the Manager of Built Green. Built Green is a non-profit program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties that, through different levels of certification, encourage home builders to construct homes in a more Eco-friendly manner.
The benefits include monetary savings, healthier, more comfortable living, the conservation of natural resources, a healthier local habitat, and an overall reduction in our footprint on the only earth we’ve got.

Learn more about Built Green online: www.builtgreen.net
Email Leah Missik directly – builtgreen@mbaks.com


Sunday, June 4
5:30am –

One in 200 people are afflicted with the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Crohn’s or Colitis. It hasn’t been something people share about themselves, but this week’s guests are trying to change that as they raise awareness and funds for research.
Kathleen Waite is the Education Manager, Mallory Cwik is the Take Steps Manager, and 8th Grader Sophie Raymond is this year’s Honored Hero for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s Take Steps Walk of Western Washington.
There is no cure for Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis and the causes are unknown. Our guests talk about the need for more research as well as the support to patients offered by the CCFA such as Camp Oasis. Camp Oasis a summer camp for children living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and provides a week of non-judgmental, no questions necessary fun.
Their biggest fundraiser each year is the Take Steps Walk. This year’s walk is Sunday, June 11th at Seattle’s Magnuson Park, with activities starting at 2pm.
Learn more about what the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation does and support the Take Steps Walk online:


Sunday, May 28
5:30am –

This week we’ll hear from the Military Aviation Curator at The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in Everett, Cory Graff.
Started from the passion of Paul Allen, The Flying Heritage Collection at Everett’s Paine Field has been restoring aircraft to flying condition for years and has recently added land and even sea vehicles to their collection.
Cory tells us of the need to preserve history and honor legacies through such museums.
Coming up on June 10th is their D Day Commemoration, followed by Pacific Theater Day on June 24th.
Learn more online at www.flyingcollection.com