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It’s was a BUSY 2011 – with TOO MANY EGGS in the carton!

Gwen was involved in so many projects from May of 2011 to January 2012 – she was unable to sit in the chair and do her own shows.

So after working with others, training new hosts, some heady business building projects, a couple trips here and there, she’s back in the chair & behind the board at KWPA Whidbey Air.

TUNE or STREAM in for her music show – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – from 4 to 7pm Pacific Standard Time

Music will be guided by listener feedback and Gwen’s own strangely assorted genre library.

Gwen’s TALK show Whidbey Chat – will be back on it’s regular time soon!  STAY TUNED.

January 31, 2011

WHIDBEY SUN & WIND’s Kelly Keilwitz joined Gwen today for an hour of “sustainable” information about sun, wind and hydro energy.  This interview will be available by podcast from the KWPA site in one week.

Repeats of this interview will re-air – Thursday – Feb 3 @ 9am and Friday – Feb 4 @ 4pm.  Re-airing will take place on 96.9fm around central Whidbey or streamed over the internet.

Founder Kelly Keilwitz is the managing member of Whidbey Sun & Wind, LLC. Kelly is a registered professional civil engineer with a background in geotechnical engineering. Kelly’s training in renewable energy began in 1999, through Solar Energy International. He has completed the following courses through SEI: Photovoltaic Design & Installation, Advanced PV, Wind Power, Microhydro Power, Solar Hot Water, Build Your Own Wind Generator, and Solar Home Design. Kelly is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a Certified Solar PV Installer.

Kelly and his family live next door to the Whidbey Sun & Wind office. His home is a model of sustainable remodeling and living techniques and renewable energy use. Kelly and his family enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, paddling & sailing and living in this beautiful, rural community as sustainably as is they can. Kelly is a member of the Mount Baker Ski Patrol, and the Island County Trails Council. “I consider myself very fortunate to live in a beautiful place, have a half-minute commute (if I pause to pet the dog and breathe in the setting), where I get to work with such a capable, committed, and fun group of people, providing solutions that make our customers happy and the planet a better place!”, says Kelly.

The interview will appear on the KWPA website podcast in 2 weeks from Jan 31, 2011




JUNE 26, 2010 – 9am & 2pm Rally starts

Or just come to ogle at LOTS OF COOL CARS!

Sherman, 2006. 24″x36″ Acrylic. By Perry Woodfin




Looking for a fun day for the entire family?  Think about partaking in the Island County Historical Museum’s Barn Rally, a driving event for any motorized vehicle, on Saturday, 26 June 2010.    All Rallies begin and end in Coupeville  —  Washington’s second oldest town.   Participants will have several routes to choose from.  Do one, or do them all (9am and 2pm starts) OR, make reservations now for guaranteed parking on Front Street for a Show ‘n Shine with an option for the 2pm rally.   Your donation of $20 per vehicle benefitsIsland County Historical Society (a 509(c)(3) non profit) in their mission to continue preserving Island County’s historic structures, artifacts and documents for their members, guests and for generations to come.  Your donation also includes admission to the ICHS Museum on Front and Alexander in Coupeville.

ICHS Museum is open seven days/week with its new exhibit “Industrious Islanders” featuring various “industry” of Island County life, from Woolly Mammoth hunting, to telecommunications. Some of the featured displays in the exhibit include an interactive telephone exhibit, antique printing press and early Island County Times editions, doctors, pharmacists, and midwives, and more.

Get away for a day of driving adventures on unforgettable Whidbey Island to win cool prizes and increase you and your family’s awareness for the preservation of historic structures – namely barns.

All are welcome, individuals and vehicle clubs alike.  Call 360 678-3310 to make your reservation.  Donation accepted day of.  Come one, come all and Rally ‘Round the History of Whidbey Island.

HOWARD GARRETT joined Gwen and Whidbey Chat listeners for his monthly Whale News visit.  A recording of the show can be heard on Thurs April 29th at 9am PST  and Fri April 30 at 4pm PST.  The KWPA  site for streaming and/or Howard & Orca Network can be reached through the links to your left – Click and Go

The Poop on Whales from the Coupeville Wharf

Picture by Klaus D. Neumann


Orca Network’s Howard Garrett walked down the wharf for his monthly visit to Whidbey Chat with Gwen Sam today.  One of the Orca Network Co-founders Howard is a regular guest on Whidbey Chat and is a sought after voice in all things Whale.  As with any time, Howard was full of interesting, even shocking news this week.  

Speaking about a new scientific peer-reviewed study, just released, Howard told Gwen and Whidbey Chat listeners there may very well be more than one species of Orca (Orcinus).  Killer whales may be as many as four or more species.  That is the proposal of a highly regarded paper written by lead scientist Phillip Morin, a geneticist affiliated with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the University of California at San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and colleagues in the field (authors listed below).  While Howard has yet to dissect the paper he was peeked with interest as to what this means to the future study of the Orca.  

Howard explained that Orca have been living and evolving in their related groups for so many millenium; hunting their group’s particular and exclusive food choice (fish, or mammals, or shrimp, or squid…) living, hunting and migrating in the same locations over and over again, speaking in isolated and distinct ways with particular vocabularies, that pod to pod their DNA is distinctly different.  Using genetic evidence the paper looks to prove killer whales likely represent three separate species and suggests ancestors diverged roughly seven hundred thousand years ago, though does not pin-point whether resident, “type-A” Antarctic and North Atlantic types could be a single species, separate species or, even still, a separate sub-species.  There will be much more to follow on this new marine science as the scientific community, academia and specialists in the field, pick apart this scientific paper.  Check on the links to your left to read more about the findings. 

Pertaining to our local whales, Howard never disappoints when it comes to clearing things up.  He clearly explained the recent transient Orca attack on a resident male Grey whale, named Patch, out in the Saratoga Pass. The aggressive ramming of Patch was done by the female Orca in T-Pod, and may have been part of a training session for the young whales present, as a way of teaching them hunting techniques.

He went on to explain the details of a necropsy (autopsy) performed on one of the five emaciated & deceased Grey whales found around the Pacific Northwest and Canada in the last several weeks.  Having been on one of the necropsy teams, Howard was there to see that particular whale had a stomach full of saw-dust, due to feeding in a coastal area near a saw mill.  Howard was not on the team that performed the necropsy, last week, on the Grey who had a stomach full of contemporary items found in any home, boat, department or grocery store.  Beyond knowing through visual inspection what was in the stomach, the scientific samples and data collected are still being processed and studied and there’s no definitive answer, as of yet, what killed the Grey whales. 

A resent post on the Orca Network facebook page stated – “More good news about whale poop!”  And hence, Whidbey Chat listeners were informed, by Howard, of a dog, named Tucker, who is specially trained to stand on the bow of a boat and recognise whale fecal matter in the water.  Tucker, a black lab, enables scientists to more easily collect whale poop, which they then examine to ascertain the health and welfare of the animal.  Our listeners can be assured that Orca Network delves deep into all things whale and today was a prime example.   And why snicker about whale poop – ask your own doctor – waste not want not – the stuff can say a lot about your overall health.  

This interview includes facts of fish (whale food) who seem to swim backwards for hundreds of miles, dogs that seek out whale dung, female whales who brazenly teach their young to beat up on animals 3 times their size, local whale sightings, new big science and a bit about the Langley, Washington, Welcome the Whales Day Festival last weekend.  Yet another wonderful month with Orca Network co-founder Howard Garrett. 

Whidbey Chat listeners, and Gwen would like to thank Howard, Susan Berta and the Orca Network for informing and entertaining us!  

The current information and related press about the Orca species study can be found on the Orca Network site  – click the Howard Garrett link to your left- once at the sight go to their “news” page.

The species study was conducted by lead author Phillip Morin, a geneticist affiliated with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the University of California at San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and colleagues; Frederick Archer, Andrew D. Foote, Julie Vilstrup, Eric E. Allen, Paul Wade, John Durban, Kim Parsons, Robert Pitman, Lewyn Li, Pascal Bouffard, Sandra C. Abel Nielsen, Morten Rasmussen, Eske Willerslev, M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Timothy Harkins,  who collaborated over numerous years in as many places on the earth to propose this possibility.   Howard looks forward to seeing more of the study and promises to update the site as soon as more information comes in.  

Howard Garrett will be in to talk to listeners about this and other whale news!  It’ll be a whale of an education for our listeners.

Tune in live – Monday – April 26 – 96.9 FM in the central Whidbey area or stream on your computer from  Show will repeat Thurs. at 9am and Fri at 4pm. 




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