Sonics arena at risk, barring late heroics

Following yesterday's Seattle City Council vote that denied developer Chris Hansen's request to build a new sports arena on Occidental Avenue, two sentiments top my thoughts.
     First, let me make it clear: these are my views, not PEMCO's.
     The two sentiments are disappointment... read more →
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Mass says to plant your summer garden now

Local weather expert Cliff Mass says our warm spring means you can plant your tomatoes right now, about a month early for many people.
     And no, our warm spring is not a sign of global warming, he says.
     Mass's May 1 post on his weather blog says our balmy conditions are more the result of El... read more →
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KING-TV retirements stir the sands of time

Last Friday’s exodus of four longtime fixtures at KING-5 News reminds me of the saying, “Don’t regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many.”
     I’m referring to the sudden departure of Dennis Bounds, Jeff Renner, Jean Enersen, Linda Byron, and many off-camera veterans, who accepted...

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'Twin Peaks' reboot to feature Northwest talent

Now we know the full cast, including local actors, who'll appear on the "Twin Peaks" reboot slated to air on Showtime in 2017.
     For those unfamiliar with "Twin Peaks," it was an acclaimed 1990-91 ABC-TV crime-drama series ("Who killed Laura Palmer?") set in a fictional Northwest town represented... read more →
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How to make a compost bin

Last weekend, our family enjoyed catching the first fish of the season.  It was the perfect activity for one of the first summer-like days in the Northwest!

Hoping to have more successful outings, I realized it’s time to put together our annual worm compost bin. This keeps an ample supply of worms on...

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Yesterday's SR 520 traffic jam was last of its kind

Last night was perhaps my worst evening commute ever. One hour and 20 minutes from South Lake Union to Redmond.
     Blame the We Day traffic exiting KeyArena and a blocking accident on the old Evergreen Point Floating Bridge – which ironically, I was crossing for the very last time.
     Why the... read more →
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Wildlands vanishing out West, says Jewell

Sally Jewell, Interior Secretary and former REI president, warned Tuesday that without “a major course correction” in conservation practices, our public lands, water, and wildlife face a bleak future.
     Jewell’s policy speech, delivered three days before Earth Day and four months before the... read more →
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Settlement retains forest roads for non-motorized users

No doubt, on Earth Day this Friday, many nature-lovers will celebrate the settlement of a recent federal court lawsuit that stops the Forest Service from opening 350 miles of roads to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (WATVs).
     It's also a sure bet that many motorized off-road enthusiasts will mourn... read more →
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Roadkill: it’s what’s for dinner

A new Washington state law makes it legal for drivers to keep roadkill.
     This is not a joke.
      Effective this July, you can salvage deer or elk killed accidentally in a car crash. Previously, that was illegal. However, you cannot intentionally run down an animal.
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Vinyl LPs still played, and framed

In honor of National Record Store Day, April 16, I followed a colleague’s tip and checked out the vinyl-record frames currently being sold by Urban Outfitters.
     I’ve long been amused by vinyl’s staying power. In the 1990s, just when I thought CDs and MP3s had killed LPs forever, I saw a consumer... read more →
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