Native American issues
7:27 am
Sat August 18, 2012

Case reopens on dozens of Pine Ridge Reservation deaths

A memorial marks the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre in Wounded Knee, S.D. The town is located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Kristi Eaton AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 11:49 am

In the late 1960s, Native Americans fed up with what they saw as years of mistreatment by the federal government formed an organization known as the American Indian Movement.

Founded in Minnesota, the group followed in the footsteps of the civil rights movement and took up protests across the country. One of those protests took place in 1973, when some AIM members occupied the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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legalizing marijuana
1:33 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Divisions emerge over pro-pot initiative at Seattle Hempfest

Above: The first of many thousands lined up early today to enter Hempfest, Seattle's mega pro-pot festival.

For more than 20 years, the Seattle Hempfest festival, rally and outdoor party has pushed for the decriminalization and mainstreaming of marijuana.

But as this year’s event gets underway today, with more than 300,000 expected over the weekend, regulations contained in an initiative that would legalize pot have split many advocates.

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Other News
12:22 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Donate your extra fruit to those in need

Ugochi Alams Community Fruit Harvest

Isn't it exciting when the plum or fig tree you've been nurturing finally bears fruit? But keeping up with the bounty  and eating it all can be a challenge. Rather than tossing the excess or letting it rot, there are volunteers who are happy to come to your home and harvest what you are willing to give away.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:05 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Forecast - hot but getting cooler

Today’s going to be hot again, but it's already cooler than expected this morning, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“We had some marine air that pushed up the coast, clouds have inundated the coastal areas. So if you're on the coast it's going to be cooler," he says. "And here in the interior we're starting cooler: five to ten degrees in some places. But the trouble is this cool marine air is very thin."

He says that cool marine layer will burn off fast, yielding to hot temps aloft. So today he expects highs of high 80s to 90 closer to the coast. And away from the water, perhaps the low 90s.

"So one more warm day. Then tomorrow a step down. Today's the hottest day."

There's a chance of thunderstorms Saturday afternoon, which could have a big impact on the wildfires in Cle Elum and Thorp. The danger is the chance of lighting without rain.

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Washington wildfire
8:37 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Evacuated residents return at Washington wildfire

CLE ELUM, Wash. — Many of the residents who had to run for their lives from a central Washington wildfire are being allowed back into the evacuation area Friday to see whether their homes are still standing.

A spokesman at the fire command center in Cle Elum, Mick Mueller, says residents are returning to the south and east side of the 35-square mile burn zone.

He says utility crews also are working to restore power in the area, even as firefighters continue to put out hot spots.

NW Weather
7:09 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Another day of heat, wildfire danger in Washington

If you're out, stay covered and drink plenty of water.
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

The National Weather Service says Friday should be the last day of the heat wave in Washington.

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Your Money
6:33 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Student loans can dent retirees' Social Security

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 11:37 am

Families often pull together to help finance a college education, with parents and grandparents chipping in or co-signing loans. And now, a SmartMoney report finds the U.S. government withholding money from Social Security recipients who've stopped paying on federal student loans.

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Weather
2:31 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Sure it's hot, but are we heat wimps in Seattle and the NW?

We don't use them in the rain, but umbrellas help us out on the sunny days.
Evan Hoover KPLU

In the Seattle region, where we have few air conditioners, a string of 90-plus days can raise alarms:

But with the rest of the country melting under temperatures of 100 degrees or more for days in a row and drought striking the Midwest, we wonder if perhaps we in the Northwest are heat wimps.

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Sports with Art Thiel
2:15 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

A feeling about Felix: perfect game premonition

Felix Hernandez kisses his right wrist after throwing a perfect game on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field. The Mariners won 1-0.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel had a feeling that Wednesday's Mariners game was going to be special. And that feeling was confirmed once Felix Hernandez started dominating on the mound.

"I tweeted out in the seventh inning 'If you can get off work and get down here, be here...because history is about to happen.' And it sure did."

The perfect game that followed was a first for Felix and the Mariners.

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Jazz Caliente
1:09 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Time for a little respect for the teachers, champions of Latin Jazz

fundrum.blogspot.com

Every art form needs its champions, its teachers, those who believe deeply and share their passion.

I have tremendous respect for two such champions of Latin Jazz (one based in San Francisco, the other in the Bronx): John Santos and Bobby Sanabria.

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Environment
1:06 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Olympic Peninsula wilderness plan is scaled back, but is it a compromise?

The scaled-back plan would place about 130,000 acres of National Forest under wilderness protection.
Via Office of U. S. Sen. Patty Murray

Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Norm Dicks hit the Olympic Peninsula Thursday, trying to sell locals on a plan to designate more wilderness there. They say their latest bill is a grand compromise, and they’re hoping to convince Olympic Peninsula communities that fought earlier versions.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Preview: Breaking down Felix's perfect game

Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez reacts after throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday at Safeco Field. The Mariners won 1-0.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Felix Hernandez and Mariners fans are still savoring the perfect game that he pitched yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field.

There are a lot of interesting facts surrounding Felix's perfect game, which was the first in Mariners' history.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will share his thoughts on the milestone tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.

Killer whale rules
11:59 am
Thu August 16, 2012

No fine yet for closing on Puget Sound orcas

Boaters are being reminded about a 2011 requirement to stay at least 200 yards away from orcas. Previously it was just a guideline.
Andrew Reding Flickr

A boater who was caught by the Coast Guard too close to Puget Sound killer whales won't be penalized, but next  summer violators could be fined thousands of dollars.

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Weather
9:54 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Hottest days of the year expected in W. Washington

The National Weather Service says Thursday and Friday are likely to be the hottest days of the year in Western Washington.

Forecasters issued an excessive heat warning with highs in the 90s for the Puget Sound area including Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton and Everett. A push of marine air should bring some relief on Saturday in Western Washington.

Environment
9:41 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Problems for oil containment barge at Bellingham 

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Minor oil spills at Bellingham have plagued construction of an oil spill containment barge needed for Shell Oil to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska.

The Washington Ecology Department says hydraulic systems leaked on July 24, Aug. 4 and Aug. 6, each releasing about a quart of oil into Whatcom Waterway. The department sent a notice of violation to Superior Energy Services, which is building the Arctic Challenger.

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