You know the feeling well: You’re limping along in the gray Seattle mist when alas--the sun breaks, the clouds clear and our favorite mountain appears. So long, blues! Cancel that move to Los Angeles. Whether you favor Mount Rainier for its snow sport capacity this time of year or just its sweeping views from Seattle or Tacoma, it’s time honor the roots of our favorite local peak and revisit all it offers.
Officials determined that the Orca whale found dead earlier this month died from a bacterial infection from her fetus. Sad.
Helpful holiday note for anyone traveling through Sea-Tac: Volunteers for the nonprofit USO Northwest will again host a free gift-wrapping station inside the airport's central terminal.
In our bi-monthly Seattlemag.com column And Another Thing..., Knute Berger--who writes regularly for Seattle Magazine and Crosscut.com and is a frequent pundit on KUOW--takes an in-depth look at some of the highly topical and sometimes polarizing issues in our city.
This article originally appeared on Avvo.com.
The Seattle Times reports that since 2010, hundreds of family pets have died, were injured or were lost while traveling by plane. If you’re considering flying with pets, know the regulations and take precautions to keep your pet as safe as possible.
Airline policies for pet plane travel differ
When a Seattleite discusses why he or she moved here, it usually involves two things: a new job and Amazon. For chef Caprial Pence (and husband/chef John Pence), such is the case--just without the Amazon part.
Seattle city officials blocked off the intersection of South King Street and First Avenue temporarily last night when they discovered a crack in King Street they feared might become a hole. There is concern the crack may be linked to the recent sinking of Alaskan Way Viaduct (1.2 inches this fall near the mammoth tunneling device Bertha).
While you sit in the audience watching Pacific Northwest Ballet perform The Nutcracker with flawless grace, the backstage is buzzing with quick costume changes and last-minute fixes. This is the purview of PNB’s Sherri J. Thompson, who waits—needle and thread at the ready—should the Nutcracker lose a button or the Sugarplum Fairy tear her tutu. “Everything I do is to avoid chaos,” says Thompson.
Blackberries. A cluster of them, fat and ripe, one of Seattle’s sweetest freebies. Normally, I’d pick them—they aren’t growing next to the road, after all. But on this summer day, I’m standing on Harbor Island in South Seattle, designated as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hazardous-waste Superfund site, and looking at the lower Duwamish River—also a Superfund site.
Washington marijuana companies report they are struggling to profit significantly due to a 25 percent excise tax the state collects on pot at each stage of processing: as it transfers from growers, to processors, to retailers. While Seattle’s Cannabis City has had over $2.5 million in sales in the past six months, owner James Lathrop told Crosscut, "We're just struggling to stay alive."
Protests continued in Seattle this weekend against the recent grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed young black men in Missouri and New York. On Saturday, seven people were arrested when a few hundred marched to the Seattle Police headquarters downtown.
From giving change to Salvation Army bellringers to donating gifts to homeless shelters, there are countless opportunities to give money and goods to worthy local causes throughout December. If you prefer the face-to-face experience, though, or are short on cash, here are a few feel-good, hands-on activities to help restore the season's original spirit.
1. Serve holiday meals and more at Union Gospel Mission
The free cloud-based storage and file sharing service Dropbox, headquartered in San Francisco, has announced that it will open an engineering office here in Seattle in mid-2015. It's the first West Coast office for the company outside of its South Beach (within South of Market) neighborhood digs.
Celebrated on December 13, the darkest time of the year, Santa Lucia’s Day originated in Scandinavian countries, and commemorates the charitable work of St. Lucy (or Santa Lucia), an Italian martyr known for her compassion and generous nature. Like many winter holiday traditions, Santa Lucia’s Day embodies a spirit of giving as well as a feeling of community.