Gary Crawford http://kplu.org en At Hydroplane Museum, Vintage Boats Tell Tales of Sport's Heyday http://kplu.org/post/hydroplane-museum-vintage-boats-tell-tales-sports-heyday <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the years before the Mariners, the Sonics, the Seahawks and the Sounders came to the Pacific Northwest, there was just one big time spectator sport in the region. And it came every summer to the shores of Lake Washington.</span></p><p>For generations of us Northwesterners who grew up in the 1950s, 60s or 70s, unlimited hydroplane racing was <em>the</em> sporting event of the year. The Seafair races were broadcast wall-to-wall on all three network TV affiliates and several radio stations.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Gary Crawford 9471 at http://kplu.org At Hydroplane Museum, Vintage Boats Tell Tales of Sport's Heyday Washington high school referees sue to use charity pink whistles http://kplu.org/post/washington-high-school-referees-sue-use-charity-pink-whistles <p>A high school football referee association is suing Washington state youth athletic governing bodies over the use of pink whistles for a cancer charity. Fri, 03 Jun 2011 19:26:05 +0000 The Associated Press & Gary Crawford 1784 at http://kplu.org Washington high school referees sue to use charity pink whistles Tacoma Narrows Bridge drivers slammed with tickets http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-narrows-bridge-drivers-slammed-tickets <p><em>[UPDATE 2:25 p.m:from the WSDOT: No additional toll infractions to users of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge will be issued until glitches in the tolling system operated by a Texas-based company are resolved, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said today.<br />&nbsp;<br />WSDOT Deputy Secretary David Dye said the department is implementing an internal financial audit of Electronic Transaction Consultants Corp. (ETCC) of Texas, the company that took over toll operations on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in February.<br />&nbsp;<br />Also today, Gov. Chris Gregoire asked Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond to reconvene a Tolling Expert Review Panel to conduct a mid-course assessment of the performance of ETCC. The panel originally was convened in 2009 by the Joint Transportation Committee and made recommendations on customer service center operations and tolling-violation enforcement.]</em></p><p><em>[Oringinal story]</em> Some 18,000 drivers have been sent notices that they failed to pay their toll on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the past few weeks. Now, a Gig Harbor legislator is asking for an emergency audit of the state Department of Transportation and its management of tolls on the span. Thu, 02 Jun 2011 18:06:17 +0000 Gary Crawford 1770 at http://kplu.org Tacoma Narrows Bridge drivers slammed with tickets Director James Cameron helping launch "Avatar" exhibit in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/director-james-cameron-helping-launch-avatar-exhibit-seattle <p>If you&rsquo;re a fan of the movie &ldquo;Avatar&rdquo; you might really like the exhibition opening Saturday at Seattle&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.empmuseum.org/index.asp">Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;Avatar&rdquo; director James Cameron &ndash; a pal of EMP/SFM co-founder Paul Allen &ndash; will be on hand for a Friday event which will feature some of the film&rsquo;s actors and Richie Baneham, who won the Academy Award for best visual effects. Thu, 02 Jun 2011 16:43:42 +0000 Gary Crawford 1768 at http://kplu.org Director James Cameron helping launch "Avatar" exhibit in Seattle Small craft breweries hopping in Poulsbo http://kplu.org/post/small-craft-breweries-hopping-poulsbo <p>At the beginning of the year <font color="red">Poulsbo</font> had no breweries. Now it has four.</p><p>The breweries produce small batches in kegs. None are bottling yet, but they hope to grow. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 21:02:54 +0000 The Associated Press & Gary Crawford 1761 at http://kplu.org Small craft breweries hopping in Poulsbo Snohomish County airports note decline in aviation http://kplu.org/post/snohomish-county-airports-note-decline-aviation <p>In the past decade the number of takeoffs and landings at<a href="http://www.painefield.com/"> Paine Field</a> has dropped by nearly half.</p><p>The Snohomish County airport at Everett serves Boeing and aircraft maintenance businesses. But, most of the decline is among small private aircraft. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:45:22 +0000 The Associated Press & Gary Crawford 1758 at http://kplu.org Snohomish County airports note decline in aviation Cool, wet spring delays Washington strawberry crop http://kplu.org/post/cool-wet-spring-delays-washington-strawberry-crop <p>A cool, wet spring has slowed strawberries and other crops in parts of Washington.</p><p>One berry farmer, Randy Kraught of <a href="http://barbiesberries.com/">Barbie&#39;s Berries</a> in Ferndale, <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/05/27/2033431/cool-wet-spring-delays-washington.html#storylink=mirelated">told The Bellingham Herald</a> the area needs sun soon to ripen strawberries and following crops of raspberries and blueberries. Fri, 27 May 2011 20:29:48 +0000 Gary Crawford 1692 at http://kplu.org Cool, wet spring delays Washington strawberry crop Fortieth Folklife ushers in summer (unofficially, of course) http://kplu.org/post/fortieth-folklife-ushers-summer-unofficially-course <p>More than 200,000 people are expected to visit the Seattle Center over the Memorial Day Weekend for the 40th annual Folklife Festival.</p><p>About 1,000 music, dance and other events are scheduled over four days, starting Friday, at indoor and outdoor sites. The festival also includes food and craft booths. Fri, 27 May 2011 18:36:18 +0000 Gary Crawford 1691 at http://kplu.org Fortieth Folklife ushers in summer (unofficially, of course) North Cascades Highway to reopen this week http://kplu.org/post/north-cascades-highway-reopen-week <p>For nearly six months, western Washingtonians who wanted to drive to Winthrop, Okanagan and other north central Washington locations have had to make an extra-long road trip, sometimes adding hundreds of miles to their journey. And vice-versa.</p><p>That will change very soon. Mon, 23 May 2011 19:32:47 +0000 Gary Crawford & The Associated Press 1646 at http://kplu.org North Cascades Highway to reopen this week Seattle named one of "10 Great Cities for College Grads" http://kplu.org/post/seattle-named-one-10-great-cities-college-grads <div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p>Seattle and the Puget Sound area seem to be popping up on those &quot;top ten&quot; and &quot;best places to...&quot; lists with increasing regularity.</p> Fri, 20 May 2011 18:39:33 +0000 Gary Crawford 1636 at http://kplu.org Seattle named one of "10 Great Cities for College Grads" Tolls begin on new Lk. Washington floating bridge in summer - 1940 http://kplu.org/post/tolls-begin-new-lk-washington-floating-bridge-summer-1940 <p>With the start - or rather, resumption of tolling on the 520 bridge a few weeks away, history buffs are recalling the opening of the <em>first</em> Lake Washington Floating Bridge, 71 years ago.</p><p>Skeptics predicted it would sink, and that tolling would never pay for the cost of construction. Sound familiar? Wed, 18 May 2011 21:36:03 +0000 Gary Crawford 1622 at http://kplu.org Tolls begin on new Lk. Washington floating bridge in summer - 1940 Judge clears way for tunnel vote http://kplu.org/post/judge-clears-way-tunnel-vote <p>A vote on whether to build a tunnel to replace the aging Alaskan Way viaduct can take place, a King County Judge ruled today (Friday).</p><p>King County Superior Court Judge Laura Middaugh said some parts of the agreements that cover utilities, insurance, right-of-way and other issues can be in the referendum but others can&#39;t. She&#39;ll hear arguments next Friday on which parts could be included in an August vote and whether she has the authority to partially rewrite language in the&nbsp;referendum.</p> Fri, 13 May 2011 21:45:49 +0000 Gary Crawford 1598 at http://kplu.org NW Zen Community to hold public memorial to Japan disaster victims http://kplu.org/post/nw-zen-community-hold-public-memorial-japan-disaster-victims <p>The public is invited to a special memorial service for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of northeastern Japan in March.</p><p>The service is being held by the <a href="http://www.nwzencommunity.org/">Northwest Zen Community</a> at <a href="http://www.seattleu.edu/missionministry/chapel/">St. Ignatius Chape</a>l on the Seattle University campus at 1:30 p.m. this Sunday (May 15). Fri, 13 May 2011 19:37:38 +0000 Gary Crawford 1597 at http://kplu.org NW Zen Community to hold public memorial to Japan disaster victims Frye Hotel celebrates 100 years - fourteen as low-income housing http://kplu.org/post/frye-hotel-celebrates-100-years-fourteen-low-income-housing <p>When the Frye Hotel opened for business, President Roosevelt was a guest at the grand opening. That&#39;s <em>Theodore</em> Roosevelt. The new hotel was a hot spot for important gatherings and conventions. Like the National Association of Master Horseshoers and Blacksmiths.</p><p>The year was 1911. That&#39;s three years before the iconic Smith Tower - also pictured above - was constructed.</p><p>Today the Frye Hotel has federal landmark status and is part of the <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/pioneersquare.htm">Pioneer Square Historic </a>District.</p> Tue, 10 May 2011 20:01:47 +0000 Gary Crawford 1568 at http://kplu.org Frye Hotel celebrates 100 years - fourteen as low-income housing Seattle: Best place to be a mom? Okay, how about fourth-best? http://kplu.org/post/seattle-best-place-be-mom-okay-how-about-fourth-best <p>Happy Mother&#39;s Day, Seattle moms. You live in the fourth-best place in the U.S. to be a mother.</p><p>At least that&#39;s what <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-05-04/the-daily-beast-ranks-americas-100-bestand-worstcities-for-moms-from-new-york-to-san-francisco-to-tamp/?cid=hp:mainpromo8">The Daily Beast is saying</a> after ranking the 100 largest cities and ranking them on criteria such as mothers-per-capita, quality of public schools, number of childcare workers and availability of maternity health specialists.</p> Fri, 06 May 2011 21:00:22 +0000 Gary Crawford 1547 at http://kplu.org Seattle: Best place to be a mom? Okay, how about fourth-best?