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July 21, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski leads again on ALS

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska(Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT) Corrected version Those who suffer with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, need lots of care and attention. They have a powerful ally in U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and once again she has stepped forward to help those with a debilitating illness and grim prognosis. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a…



July 15, 2014 at 6:45 AM

The Arctic as the 21st century Northwest Passage

The headline is how U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett., describes the role and challenges facing the United States in the climate change evolving Arctic. The North Pole is rich with mineral resources, and the looming shortcut for shipping is attracting lots of attention. Refit the Polar Sea for Arctic duty.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The topic has even caught…


Comments | Topics: Arctic, coast guard, icebreakers

June 25, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Seattle City Light’s PR campaign is working

Seattle utility customers are paying for contracts with public-relations consultants to enhance the image of Seattle City Light’s management capacities. The campaign is working. No one is talking about utility director Jorge Carrasco’s $120,000 pay raise anymore. Embarrased by an alleged scam, City Light quickly acts to change the topic and upgrade equipment.(Seattle Historical Society) Nope,…



June 20, 2014 at 6:37 AM

Justin Bieber’s diet tips for climate change

Catching anyone’s attention these days in the hypermedia universe is tough. I suspect a little search-engine optimization in the U.S. Senate invitations extended to four former Environmental Protection Agency chiefs who served Republican presidents. William Ruckelshaus, the first administrator of the EPA.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Leading the delegation of past EPA administrators was William Ruckelshaus, the first to…



June 13, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Cathy McMorris Rodgers ducks and covers in GOP earthquake

Spokane Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers quickly made it clear she would not be taking on any more visibility on behalf of the GOP. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, during the 2013 government shutdown.(Photo by Win McNarnee/Getty Images) In the wake of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s crushing primary defeat the appeal of a move up the…



June 10, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Stars in the Pacific Northwest Ballet firmament

As the tearful story of unrequited love drew to a close at the Saturday matinee of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Giselle, there was barely a dry eye in McCaw Hall. Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Kaori Nakamura as Giselle.(Photo by Angela Sterling) Broken hearts indeed. PNB principal dancer Kaori Nakamura gave her final performance. She was Giselle. Five curtain calls offered Nakamura…



June 6, 2014 at 6:34 AM

Saluting the Li’l Tough Guy in the drug wars

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active has been back at its home port of Port Angeles for about a month now, but please accept a belated thank you from a grateful landlubber. The Coast Guard Cutter Active.(Photo courtesy USCG/PA2 Jacquelyn Zettles) The 74 men and women aboard Active, led by Cmdr. Philip Crigler, returned from a 70-day…


Comments | Topics: Arctic, coast guard, icebreaker

May 30, 2014 at 6:45 AM

The ‘E’ in Port of Everett stands for Excellence

The Port of Everett won national recognition from President Barack Obama for heavy lifting, so to speak. The presidential  “E” Award for Export Service notes the port’s ability and reputation for handling oversize, high value cargoes. The award was presented Wednesday in Everett to port officials by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. The port plays…


Comments | Topics: business, everett, export

May 23, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Happy birthday to Seattle Central Library, many happy returns

Ten years ago, the chatter about Seattle’s new Central Library, at 1000 Fourth Ave., was the cool house designed by co-architects Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus in a joint-venture partnership with local architects LMN, led by John Nesholm. Seattle Central Library(Benjamin Benschneider/The Seattle Times) The building was a bold departure for downtown Seattle, and that was part of its…



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