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November 23, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Saturday Memo: Pot-party planning … Husky football tonight … Elwha exhibit opens at Burke

The forecast.Weather:  Sunny, high around 50. The forecast.

Pot party coming to Seattle Center:  To celebrate the one-year anniversary of legal weed in the state, the city of Seattle has granted a permit for a pot party at Seattle Center on Dec. 6. “No matter how often you might have smoked weed at Folklife or Bumbershoot, you were civilly disobedient,” said pot activist Ben Livingston. “This is the first time ever on-site cannabis consumption is permitted at Seattle Center.” Reporter Bob Young explains what went into getting the city to say yes, and gives more details on the party.

April 15 was apparently just another day: Former Bellevue real-estate developer Winston Bontrager was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison for failing to pay more than $2.7 million in income taxes. His girlfriend, Pauline Anderson, was sentenced to 39 months for her involvement. During the trial, the prosecutor made the case that Bontrager and Anderson failed to report more than $23 million in income from development deals. Read how the judge took to quoting famed psychoanalyst Erich Fromm on the the subject of greed, and see a photo of the couple in happier times — she, in a hat — at the racetrack.

Light-rail to UW likely to open several months early: Don’t get out your ORCA cards yet, but Sound Transit officials now say the light-rail extension from Westlake Station to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium will open “with certainty” in the first quarter of 2016.  That is six to nine months sooner than the earlier projection of September 2016. Transportation reporter Mike Lindblom took a tour of the station near Husky Stadium, and writes how within a few years, 40,000 riders are expected to use the station daily.

Huskies eager for a win tonight, but so are Beavers: UW plays Oregon State tonight in Corvallis, hoping to turn things around. Who starts at quarterback for Washington will remain a mystery to the public until just before kickoff, writes reporter Adam Jude. Redshirt freshman quarterback Cyler Miles has been preparing all week as if he would take over for the injured Keith Price, but UW coach Steve Sarkisian said Friday he wouldn’t be announcing a starter publicly. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Elwha River exhibit starts at Burke Museum: The exhibit, which opens today with a lineup of activities, tells the story of the river, the people who have depended on it, and the changes brought on by the construction of two dams and by the biggest dam-removal project in U.S. history. “Elwha: A River Reborn,” is based on the book of the same name by Seattle Times reporter Lynda V. Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman. Mapes will speak today, and members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will talk and perform for the opening of the exhibit, which combines photographs, artifacts from an ancient Klallam village, a million-year-old salmon fossil and hands-on activities. Read more about today’s activities and the exhibit. The Burke is on the University of Washington campus at 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street. The exhibit runs through March 9.

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