Bellamy Pailthorp

Environment Reporter

Bellamy Pailthorp joined the staff of KPLU as a general assignment reporter in 1999 and covered the business and labor beat for more than a decade. She now covers the environment beat. She was raised in Seattle, but spent 8 years in Berlin, Germany freelancing for NPR and working as a producer for Deutsche Welle TV after receiving a Fulbright scholarship in 1989. She holds a Bachelors degree in German language and literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and a Masters in journalism from New York's Columbia University, where she completed the Knight-Bagehot fellowship in business reporting in 2006.

Bellamy's most memorable KPLU radio moment: “Seeing the INS open a shipping container at the Port of Seattle that contained stowaways from China, three of whom died en route of seasickness. Harrowing stuff, with global economics and inequity at its root.”

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Ferry Funding Crisis
2:20 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Governor's Puget Sound ferry authority proposal a no-go in legislature

Legislators on both sides of the aisle are rejecting Governor Gregoire's proposal to fix the state ferry system's chronic deficit by making it into an independent taxing district. 

At a House Transportation Committee hearing yesterday, lawmakers nixed the idea, saying they don't think it has the votes to pass.  And as John Stang of the Kitsap Sun reports, the Chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Committee says she won't even give the proposal a hearing

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State Budget Crisis
3:01 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Can you balance the state budget? Give it a try.

State lawmakers must plug a $4.6-billion hole to balance the state budget
courtesy League of Education Voters

What would you do if you faced the tough choices state lawmakers are up against as they attempt to balance the budget?  You can give it a try yourself with a new online tool created by the League of Education Voters. 

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Philanthropy
12:04 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Next year's resolution? Make a personal giving plan

queen of subtle/via Flickr

As 2010 comes to an end, many people are looking at a pile of requests for year-end donations.  We know it's wise to set a budget for personal giving to worthy causes – but how much is the right amount? 

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Boeing
4:32 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Dreamliner test flights resuming

The first production Boeing 787 is seen on the tarmac after its first flight in Seattle, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. After delays, testing resumes again, a year after first flight.
AP

Most of the Boeing Company is taking a break  for the holidays.  But, not crews involved in test flight activities for the 787 Dreamliner.  The new jet is resuming test flights after a six-week grounding because of an electrical fire.

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Managing Growth
9:02 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

Lakewood releases Lewis-McChord growth coordination plans

Traffic along I-5 in the area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord often looks like this, and is getting worse a the base's population booms.
NorthwestMilitary.com

When 17-thousand troops returned from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan this past fall, Joint Base Lewis McChord became the 3rd largest employer in the state. 

That's according to the City of Lakewood, which has released a plan to accommodate the rapid population growth in the communities around the base. 

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Commercial Airplanes
6:10 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Boeing Increasing Output of Popular 777 Jets

The news of increased production comes despite an announcement from Boeing last week that customers canceled orders for three 777s and one of its 787s.
Courtesy of Boeing

Boeing is still struggling to iron out kinks in the production of its new 787 Dreamliner.  The company is expected to announce the latest delay for that program this week. 

Meantime, it says demand is so great for its tried and true 777 that it will be increasing output of that jet.

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Business
6:21 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Schedule set for vote on Seattle skyscraper signs

An artist's redering shows the sign Russell Investments (at center) wants to put at the top of its new address, the former WaMu Tower. A proposed city ordinance would limit its size and scope, but is cause for concern among many architects and others.
Courtesy City of Seattle

A controversial proposal that would allow major employers in Seattle to put signs at the tops of their skyscrapers will be decided in March.  City Council President Richard Conlin says he delayed the vote to give the city time to respond to a number of concerns.

Russell Investments requested the change, to help them re-brand their tower, which is the former home of Washington Mutual Bank.  The company moved to their new 2nd Avenue address from Tacoma this fall.

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Holiday Season
7:18 am
Sat December 18, 2010

Last-minute gift ideas for aviation buffs

The 787 Dreamliner in flight, from Edgar Turner's book, "The Birth of the 787 Dreamliner."
© Edgar Turner

Three books by Pacific Northwest authors have come to my attention this season that would please airplane aficionados of many persuasions. 

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Labor Relations
5:28 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Fight continues over King County cops' pay

The conflict continues over an upcoming pay raise for sheriff's deputies in King County.  Executive Dow Constantine has rejected a proposal from the Police Officers Guild to cut their pay temporarily.  He says their offer would have cost more than it saved. 

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Seattle World's Fair Anniversary
5:15 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Fun Forest future undecided

The Fun Forest at the Seattle Center.
Flickr/Life As Art

The decision about what will replace the Fun Forest at Seattle Center is still up in the air. This fall, a review panel recommended converting it into an exhibition space celebrating local glass artist Dale Chihuly.

That proposal promises millions in much-needed revenue. But the backers of several other ideas haven’t given up hope.

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Seattle World's Fair Anniversary
8:43 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Ferris wheel plans pit Seattle Center against Pier 57

A modern-style 200-foot Ferris wheel, reminiscent of Britain's London Eye (shown here), is coming to Seattle Center in April for the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair.
AP

A futuristic Ferris Wheel is causing a flap in Seattle. 

The Seattle Center has announced  it is planning to install an extra-tall "observation wheel" reminiscent of the British capital's London Eye.  It will go up in April and remain for 18 months on the site of the Fun Forest for the Center's 50th anniversary, commemorating the 1962 World's Fair. 

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
4:15 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Seattle Tunnel Partners promises a wider roadway, one year sooner

An early concept of the proposed SR 99 bored tunnel, to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
Courtesy WSDOT

State transportation officials have announced the likely winner in the competition to build a tunnel to replace Seattle's aging Alaskan Way Viaduct.  The proposal comes from a consortium known as Seattle Tunnel Partners.  It has a slightly higher price, but offers other benefits. 

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Washington's Economy
6:11 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Unemployment Taxes Going Up Again

Washington's Employment Security Department is sending out 2011's tax-rate notices this week to more than 170,000 businesses.

The agency says next year's average rate will increase by nearly a full percentage point.  Most employers' rates are going up for the second year in a row.  It's the highest average rate in more than two decades. 

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Business
4:43 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

China's aerospace sector booming, Washington companies testing waters

Model jetliners from the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) were centerstage at teh Singapore Airshow 2010.
Photo by Huasheng Wang

China's aerospace sector is taking off.  Washington state has hundreds of suppliers - and many want in to that growing market.  The state's Department of Commerce is more than a year in to a new push to promote them.  

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Boeing
5:23 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Trusted analyst fuels rumor: tanker bid will go to EADS, not Boeing

One of the US Airforce's aging KC-135 tankers refuels an F-18 Hornet midflight. The contract to replace the US fleet of refuelling tankers is estimated to be worth $40 B.
U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Perry Solomon

A leading defense analyst who had previously predicted a Boeing win in the competition to build the US Air Force's next generation of refueling tankers now says Airbus parent EADS will likely get the $40-billion contract. 

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