News http://kplu.org en Tunnel Company Says Bertha Rescue Is Already A Month Behind Schedule http://kplu.org/post/tunnel-company-says-bertha-rescue-already-month-behind-schedule <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160721997&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Just six weeks after the contractor managing the State Route 99 tunnel project laid out its timeline for getting back to digging, the company said it’s about a month behind on repairs to its tunneling machine.</p><p>Crews are working to burrow down from the surface to where the machine known as Bertha is sitting idle. An early step is to sink a circle of interlocking concrete pillars that will line the access shaft and protect surrounding structures, but that’s proving harder than what the company was planning for in mid-June.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:55:55 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17877 at http://kplu.org Tunnel Company Says Bertha Rescue Is Already A Month Behind Schedule Seattle Opera's Jenkins Looks Back At His Legacy, Including Making 'Colorblind’ Opera http://kplu.org/post/seattle-operas-jenkins-looks-back-his-legacy-including-making-colorblind-opera <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159578897&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speight Jenkins is stepping down as general director of Seattle Opera after 31 years. And among the things he’s most proud of are the productions of two successful Ring cycles, surviving the economic recession by not resorting to just producing popular operas and advancing the opportunities for African-American men.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 17814 at http://kplu.org Seattle Opera's Jenkins Looks Back At His Legacy, Including Making 'Colorblind’ Opera Downtown Seattle Groups See Golden Opportunity For Their Own Neighborhood Public School http://kplu.org/post/downtown-seattle-groups-see-golden-opportunity-their-own-neighborhood-public-school <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160308937&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle Public Schools officials may soon get their best opportunity in years to open a public elementary school downtown, and various downtown interests are now pressing&nbsp;district leaders to take advantage of it.</p><p>District officials <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/school-downtown-seattle-school-board-will-make-play-old-bank-site">submitted an application earlier this month</a>&nbsp;to move into the vacant building at Second Avenue and Spring Street, which once housed a Federal Reserve Bank branch.</p><p>Federal agencies no longer want the property and are considering whether to deed the building to Seattle Public Schools practically free of charge. If the feds grant school officials' application, downtown groups want to make sure the district follows through.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17867 at http://kplu.org Downtown Seattle Groups See Golden Opportunity For Their Own Neighborhood Public School USGS Tries Listening To Human Racket To Understand Seismic Hazards http://kplu.org/post/usgs-tries-listening-human-racket-understand-seismic-hazards <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160319283&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="card-content" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 12.800000190734863px; background-image: none; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden " style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div class="field-items" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline;"><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Research geologists have just finished a field trial to test a less invasive way to complete seismic hazard surveys.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">The federal scientists attempted to map an earthquake fault under Seattle simply by listening for underground echoes from all the noise we humans create at the surface.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 17873 at http://kplu.org USGS Tries Listening To Human Racket To Understand Seismic Hazards Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell Dies http://kplu.org/post/former-seattle-mayor-paul-schell-dies <div><p>Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, who led the city during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999, has died. He was 76.</p><p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says Schell died Sunday morning. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:19:04 +0000 Paula Wissel & The Associated Press 17876 at http://kplu.org Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell Dies Bill Anschell Trio At Tula's On Jazz Northwest http://kplu.org/post/bill-anschell-trio-tulas-jazz-northwest <p>Pianist Bill Anschell is a Seattle native, though he's lived and toured around the US and internationally. Returning to Seattle to live, he quickly established himself as one of the key players through his own trio, accompanying singers and his regular appearance with Floyd Standifer at The New Orleans during the trumpet player's last years.</p><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Jim Wilke 17849 at http://kplu.org Bill Anschell Trio At Tula's On Jazz Northwest Seahawks Could Defend Super Bowl Title — If These Things Happen Now http://kplu.org/post/seahawks-could-defend-super-bowl-title-if-these-things-happen-now <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160146160&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Seahawks are back at training camp this weekend in Renton. Fans, meanwhile, are looking ahead to the season with a big question on their minds: Can the team defend its championship?</span></p><p>“I think they’re in good position to do it, but it’s really hard,” said KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:40:37 +0000 Ed Ronco & Art Thiel 17864 at http://kplu.org Seahawks Could Defend Super Bowl Title — If These Things Happen Now Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program http://kplu.org/post/northwest-meth-houses-get-scrubbed-under-epa-program <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160319830&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to clean up after another longtime industry: methamphetamine.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">For the first time, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">EPA’s "Brownfields" program</a>&nbsp;is covering the cleanup of former meth houses, and the inaugural sites are right here in the Northwest.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17874 at http://kplu.org Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program Fire Community Bands Together For Resources, Animals, Mental Health http://kplu.org/post/fire-community-bands-together-resources-animals-mental-health <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160317462&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Carlton Complex fire has consumed 300 homes in north-central Washington, the Okanogan County sheriff said Friday. It’s too soon for many people to know what they lost in the fire, including homes, orchards, livestock and pets.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:53:35 +0000 Paige Browning 17872 at http://kplu.org Fire Community Bands Together For Resources, Animals, Mental Health Summer Is Back! Dry Weather And Warm, Sunny Skies In the Forecast http://kplu.org/post/summer-back-dry-weather-and-warm-sunny-skies-forecast <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160262297&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The last week of July is historically the driest week of the year. And despite record-breaking rain last week, the forecast for the days ahead fits the bill for this time of year, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We’re going to have sun, warmth and virtually no precipitation,” Mass said of the week ahead.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:06:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17871 at http://kplu.org Summer Is Back! Dry Weather And Warm, Sunny Skies In the Forecast Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation http://kplu.org/post/donors-pay-test-seawater-traces-fukushima-radiation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160031216&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It's been more than three years since the Fukushima nuclear plant accident resulted in a spill of millions of gallons of radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Oceanographers projected that it could take until this year for highly diluted traces of that spill in Japan to reach the West Coast of North America.</p><p>Radiation experts don't believe there is cause for alarm on our shores, but some coastal residents are stepping forward to pay for seawater testing just to be sure.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 17856 at http://kplu.org Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation Washington Secretly Competed For Tesla ‘Gigafactory' Worth Thousands Of Jobs http://kplu.org/post/washington-secretly-competed-tesla-gigafactory-worth-thousands-jobs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160315527&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Washington Gov. Jay Inslee tried to woo electric carmaker Tesla Motors to build a massive battery factory in the Evergreen state. But according to at least one report, the company&nbsp;may have already broken ground near Reno, Nevada.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:25:11 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17870 at http://kplu.org Washington Secretly Competed For Tesla ‘Gigafactory' Worth Thousands Of Jobs So Far, Federal Wildfire Assistance Doesn't Include Direct Payments To Homeowners http://kplu.org/post/so-far-federal-wildfire-assistance-doesnt-include-direct-payments-homeowners <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160172168&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Federal funds are being used to help fight the wildfires that have raged across the Northwest this summer. But so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency isn't handing out money directly to owners of the nearly 200 homes lost in the blazes.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:54:50 +0000 Chris Lehman 17869 at http://kplu.org So Far, Federal Wildfire Assistance Doesn't Include Direct Payments To Homeowners Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught http://kplu.org/post/alaska-air-says-its-holding-its-own-against-delta-onslaught <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160171392&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Seattle-based Alaska Air&nbsp;<a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=109361&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1950870&amp;highlight=" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">posted a record second quarter profit Thursday</a>, a day after Delta toasted&nbsp;<a href="http://ir.delta.com/stock-and-financial/earnings-releases/default.aspx" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">its own high earnings</a>.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">But Alaska executives are still showing concern about a flood of new seats on their home turf.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:43:17 +0000 Tom Banse 17868 at http://kplu.org Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught Oil Train Derailment Under Busy Seattle Bridge Highlights Safety Concerns http://kplu.org/post/oil-train-derailment-under-busy-seattle-bridge-highlights-safety-concerns <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160154500&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Three tanker cars derailed at a Seattle rail yard early Thursday while carrying oil from North Dakota to a refinery in Anacortes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No one was hurt and none of the oil spilled, according to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Burlington Northern Santa Fe</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the incident spurred renewed calls from the city for a </span><a href="http://clerk.seattle.gov/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=&amp;s3=31504&amp;s2=&amp;s4=&amp;Sect4=AND&amp;l=20&amp;Sect2=THESON&amp;Sect3=PLURON&amp;Sect5=RESNY&amp;Sect6=HITOFF&amp;d=RESF&amp;p=1&amp;u=%2F~public%2Fresny.htm&amp;r=1&amp;f=G" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">ban on oil train traffic near neighborhoods</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:41:16 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17865 at http://kplu.org Oil Train Derailment Under Busy Seattle Bridge Highlights Safety Concerns