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Tourist in Your Own Town
5:01 am
Thu August 1, 2013

At Hydroplane Museum, Vintage Boats Tell Tales of Sport's Heyday

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.

For generations of us Northwesterners who grew up in the 1950s, 60s or 70s, unlimited hydroplane racing was the sporting event of the year. The Seafair races were broadcast wall-to-wall on all three network TV affiliates and several radio stations.

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Breast Cancer Awarness
12:26 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Washington high school referees sue to use charity pink whistles

westseattleblog.com

A high school football referee association is suing Washington state youth athletic governing bodies over the use of pink whistles for a cancer charity.

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"GOOD TO GO" TOLLING SYSTEM
11:06 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Tacoma Narrows Bridge drivers slammed with tickets

Washington State Department of Transportation

[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.
 
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.
 
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.]

[Oringinal story] 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.

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SCIENCE FICTION
9:43 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Director James Cameron helping launch "Avatar" exhibit in Seattle

A figure of Jake Sully's avatar character from the movie "Avatar," is shown on display at the Experience Music Project in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP

If you’re a fan of the movie “Avatar” you might really like the exhibition opening Saturday at Seattle’s Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.

“Avatar” director James Cameron – a pal of EMP/SFM co-founder Paul Allen – will be on hand for a Friday event which will feature some of the film’s actors and Richie Baneham, who won the Academy Award for best visual effects.

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Beer
2:02 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Small craft breweries hopping in Poulsbo

Mark Hood, left, and Brad Ginn of Sound Brewing in Poulsbo.
seattebeernews.com

At the beginning of the year Poulsbo had no breweries. Now it has four.

The breweries produce small batches in kegs. None are bottling yet, but they hope to grow.

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High Fuel Prices
10:45 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Snohomish County airports note decline in aviation

General aviation airports in Snohomish County, like Harvey Field, have seen a decline in the number of private aircraft flights due to a lingering recession and high fuel prices.
Courtesy of Harvey Field

In the past decade the number of takeoffs and landings at Paine Field has dropped by nearly half.

The Snohomish County airport at Everett serves Boeing and aircraft maintenance businesses. But, most of the decline is among small private aircraft.

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The Northwest's Late Spring
1:29 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Cool, wet spring delays Washington strawberry crop

Not ready for prime time: Western Washington farmers are experiencing one of the latest seasons for crops in recent memory. Strawberries may ripen at least two weeks later than normal.
minkcy chiu Picasa

A cool, wet spring has slowed strawberries and other crops in parts of Washington.

One berry farmer, Randy Kraught of Barbie's Berries in Ferndale, told The Bellingham Herald the area needs sun soon to ripen strawberries and following crops of raspberries and blueberries.

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Festivals
11:36 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Fortieth Folklife ushers in summer (unofficially, of course)

Cody Olesen hula hoops during the Northwest Folklife Festival. The festival began on Friday and runs through the Memorial Day weekend ending on Monday.
File photo AP

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit the Seattle Center over the Memorial Day Weekend for the 40th annual Folklife Festival.

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.

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The Northwest's Late Spring
12:32 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

North Cascades Highway to reopen this week

Snowplows work to clear the debris from a controlled avalanche covering the North Cascades Highway on May 10.
Washington State Department of Transportation

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.

That will change very soon.

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"Livability"
11:39 am
Fri May 20, 2011

Seattle named one of "10 Great Cities for College Grads"

University of Washington commencement ceremonies at Husky Stadium, 2009
1Yen Flickr

Seattle and the Puget Sound area seem to be popping up on those "top ten" and "best places to..." lists with increasing regularity.

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Northwest History
2:36 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Tolls begin on new Lk. Washington floating bridge in summer - 1940

Motorists line up for the opening of the first Lake Washington floating bridge in 1940. The Eastside Heritage Society is having a presentation on the history of the bridge, Thursday, May 19 at Winters House, 2102 Bellevue Way SE.
Asahel Curtis U.W. Special Collections

With the start - or rather, resumption of tolling on the 520 bridge a few weeks away, history buffs are recalling the opening of the first Lake Washington Floating Bridge, 71 years ago.

Skeptics predicted it would sink, and that tolling would never pay for the cost of construction. Sound familiar?

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Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
2:45 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Judge clears way for tunnel vote

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).

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't. She'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 referendum.

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Japan Earthquake
12:37 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

NW Zen Community to hold public memorial to Japan disaster victims

A Japanese soldier holds a stretcher as his fellow military members search for victims in the earthquake and tsunami ravaged city of Kesennuma, Japan March 27. The NW Zen Community is holding a memorial to the victims at Seattle University on Sunday.
David Guttenfelder AP

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.

The service is being held by the Northwest Zen Community at St. Ignatius Chapel on the Seattle University campus at 1:30 p.m. this Sunday (May 15).

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Historic Seattle
1:01 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Frye Hotel celebrates 100 years - fourteen as low-income housing

The Frye Hotel/Apartments is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a media and community celebration Tuesday. (That's the Frye on the left. The newer building - by three years - is the Smith Tower.)
Low Income Housing Institute W.G. Clark Construction

When the Frye Hotel opened for business, President Roosevelt was a guest at the grand opening. That's Theodore Roosevelt. The new hotel was a hot spot for important gatherings and conventions. Like the National Association of Master Horseshoers and Blacksmiths.

The year was 1911. That's three years before the iconic Smith Tower - also pictured above - was constructed.

Today the Frye Hotel has federal landmark status and is part of the Pioneer Square Historic District.

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Mother's Day
2:00 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Seattle: Best place to be a mom? Okay, how about fourth-best?

The Daily Beast

Happy Mother's Day, Seattle moms. You live in the fourth-best place in the U.S. to be a mother.

At least that's what The Daily Beast is saying 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.

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