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Northwest Wine
10:17 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Crushing Northwest Wine Grapes: Hot Summer Makes For Strong Juice

Jim Holmes, of Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on Red Mountain, says this year's grapes don't show signs of disease, mold, bird damage.
Anna King

As autumn’s golden light bathes the Northwest, wineries across the region are harvesting, crushing grapes and making wine full bore. This year’s fruit looks petite and powerful.

Jim Holmes, owner of the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on Red Mountain in southeast Washington, is one of the godfathers of the state’s wine industry. He says this year's grapes don't show signs of disease, mold or bird damage. 

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Other News
6:52 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Washington Regulators Shut Down Party Bus Company

Washington regulators are continuing their crackdown on the party bus industry. The state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) announced Wednesday it’s shutting down a company that stranded a group of prom-goers.

We first broke the story of the state’s get-tough approach to party buses back in April. The UTC says safety is its top concern.

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Public Transportation
6:32 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

With Cuts Looming, Transportation Officials Looking At Ways To Streamline Services

FILE - A light rail train is seen from the cab of another train during a test ride of SoundTransit's new light rail line from downtown Seattle to a station near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Tukwila, Washington.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It’s a curious time for transit riders in King County. New services like streetcars and light rail are being built. But several waves of bus cuts are looming, and transportation officials are working to streamline transportation efforts in the region.

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Fracking
5:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

UW Study Raises Questions About Possible Health Hazards Of 'Fracking'

UW and Yale researchers investigated whether people living near fracking operations, like this one in Pennsylvania, reported more health problems.
WCN 24/7

Residents of a rural Pennsylvania county who live near natural gas wells reported more health problems than their neighbors who live farther away. That and other findings by a University of Washington researcher raise questions about the health effects of the practice known as fracking.

Researchers went door to door in tiny Washington County, in southwestern Pennsylvania, where gas is extracted by underground hydraulic fracturing. They didn’t tell residents they were there investigating fracking, calling it simply a general environmental health survey. They asked randomly selected households representing almost 500 people about a number of different of symptoms.

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Homelessness
9:07 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Seattle City Council Mulls Pilot Programs To Fight Family Homelessness

When you’re a homeless person, finding shelter isn’t easy. But when you’re a homeless family, especially a family with a dad, the options are even more limited.

For Seattle’s homeless families with a male head of household, there are few choices for temporary shelter. There are hotel vouchers and encampments, but otherwise families are split. Women and children go off to one shelter, men end up elsewhere.

This year the Seattle City Council helped fund a new type of homeless shelter, called a congregate model, where families can stay together. As the council prepares for the 2015 budget, council members are reviewing a handful of pilot programs to fight family homelessness.  

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Erosion
4:02 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Historic Enchanted Valley Chalet Moved An Initial 68 Feet From River's Edge

FILE - This April, 2014 file photo provided by Olympic National Park shows the Enchanted Valley Chalet, a log cabin on the eroding bank of the Quinault River in Olympic National Park in Washington.
AP Photo/Olympic National Park Service, File

A historic chalet has been moved 68 feet away from the eroding edge of a river in a remote wilderness area.

Officials with Olympic National Park said Tuesday that contractors are expected to complete the relocation of the Enchanted Valley chalet over the next few days.

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Of An Era Past
12:40 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Photos: How Washington Lived During The Great Depression

July 1936: Children of migratory fruit workers. Yakima, Washington.
(Dorothea Lange/Farm Security Administration)

As America struggled in the throes of the Great Depression, a team of photographers was dispatched across the country to capture moments of their lives.

The project was an attempt to win political favor for government programs, including Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Resettlement Administration in 1935. The initiative aimed to aid the poorest one-third of displaced farmers through resettlement and low-interest loans.

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Rebuilding
9:22 am
Tue September 9, 2014

After Fire And Mud In Washington's Methow Valley, Some Choose To Leave

The day after the flood near Twisp, Washington, Patty Cho and her boyfriend Sal Asaro, 24, pick on the porch of their yurt and plan their next move. With no power, running water and surrounded by mud, they were looking for a new home.
Anna King

Hunkered low on the front deck of a yurt are two twentysomethings. The hut is plopped in the middle of a winding mountain canyon in Washington’s Methow Valley near the town of Twisp.

Patty Cho and Sal Asaro are picking out a few tunes. They felt the urge to sing Creedence Clearwater’s “Bad Moon Rising.” Asaro tunes up his banjo, and Cho, cross-legged, starts singing softly in tune while picking her guitar.

“I see a bad moon a-risin’,” she sings. “I see trouble on the way, I see earthquakes and lightnin', I see bad times today.”

This is their new theme song.

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Rebuilding
12:42 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

It's Always Been Home: Sticking It Out After Fire And Mud In Washington's Methow Valley

Kent Stokes, 28, of Twisp, Washington surveys the ruins of his large shop and home. He estimates his family lost about 20,000 acres of grazing land in the fires this year.
Anna King

Kent Stokes can’t believe who survived the Carlton Complex wildfire. It was both his pet cat, and his arch nemesis: an early-morning chattering gray squirrel.

When 28-year-old Stokes returned to the ruins of his burnt-up shop and home, he was happy to find at least the cat.

“I heard him meowing through the brush or whatever was left,” Stokes said. “He came running out. He came through fine. Not a singe mark on him. The squirrel and the cat made it through all that fire.”

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Departures
9:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

One Seattle Designer's Idea: How About Turning Your Remains Into Compost?

Mourners are seen carrying the dead in this illustration.
Katrina Spade Urban Death Project

What if after you die, your remains were turned into compost?

That’s the idea behind the Urban Death Project, which aims to introduce a new burial option in urban areas.

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Maritime History
5:07 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Missing For a Century, Historic Bell Finally Returns To Puget Sound Ship

The bell that's been missing from Adventuress for 100 years.
John Leven

In a public ceremony Saturday in Port Townsend, a 101-year-old ship’s bell will finally come home. 

The story of the bell is worthy of the name given the wooden schooner it was made for in 1913. The sailing ship is called Adventuress. 

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Military & Defense
5:03 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Army Suspends Brig. Gen. In Charge of Western Region Medical Care

File photo of Brig. Gen. John Cho speaking at an Army town hall meeting in March 2014.
John Brooks U.S. Army

The Army Surgeon General Thursday suspended the commander in charge of Army hospitals in 20 western states. 

Brigadier General John Cho led the U.S. Army's Western Regional Medical Command headquartered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma. A brief Army statement said Cho was indefinitely suspended due to an issue with the "command climate" in his organization.

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Honoring Ancestors
5:42 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Seattle Considers Renaming Columbus Day As Indigenous Peoples' Day

A bust of Seattle's namesake chief has been in Pioneer Square since 1909. Should the city do more to recognise its indigenous peoples and leave Columbus Day behind?
Brian Glanz Flickr

Members of Seattle’s City Council and Mayor Ed Murray say they’re in favor of a resolution to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. But the council postponed a vote on the measure. 

Members of several Native American tribes and their supporters rallied outside City Hall, then filled  council chambers to testify. They said Columbus brought genocide and slavery to the Americas and celebrations of him as a discoverer need to stop.

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Languages & Roots
2:13 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Baseball Jerseys Reveal Unusual Alliance Between Team And Tribe

Josh Morgan is captured during an at-bat moment at Avista Stadium.
Spokane Indians Baseball Club

Football season has kicked off another round of scrutiny over how professional sports teams use Native-American mascots. But in eastern Washington, a minor league baseball team has earned the approval of its native namesake.

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Recovery
2:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Inslee Declares State Of Emergency After Severe Rainstorms Hit Okanogan County

In this photo provided by Washington State Department of Transportation crews work near a damaged road east of Twisp, Washington, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.
AP Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a state of emergency proclamation for Okanogan County Thursday after severe rainstorms pounded the area earlier this month.

The rains last week ended in flash floods, mudslides and debris flows that blocked two state highways.

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