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June 13, 2013 at 12:31 PM
“What About Those Promises?” an original historical stageplay by the Lummi Nation, is back by popular demand this Sunday, in an encore performance at the Lummi Nation’s Silver Reef Casino. The play opened to a packed house at Bellingham High School June 1, with a sell-out performance to more than 800 people.
The play asks — and answers — tough questions about the meaning of the treaty of 1855, signed by the tribe with the U.S. government and the tribe’s relationship today with not only the feds, but the rest of us in America’s ongoing contact experience. Challenging, uplifting, the play features a native songs, dances and regalia and native players as well as powerful performances by nationally-eminent legal scholar Charles Wilkinsen, who explains the history as it unfolds.
Here’s a trailer offering a peek at some of the highlights of the performance coming Sunday.
May 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Poor Interstate 5: If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
On Sunday morning at about 10:30, a barbecue went sailing off someone’s car, traveling northbound on I-5. A driver at the Ravenna Boulevard exit was going too fast to avoid it safely, swerved, spun out of control and wound up in the far left lane, facing the wrong way, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Two other drivers swerved to avoid that car, and a fourth crashed into the lot of them. Result: two lanes tied up, two people injured (neither seriously) and traffic backed up for about three miles, even though the wreck was cleared within 20 minutes. All of which causes Washington State Patrol Trooper Marcus Sanchez to caution:
“Please slow down, pay attention and look ahead,” Sanchez said. “You never know when traffic is going to come to a sudden stop.”
As for the barbecue, it’s still out there, Sanchez notes, “If anyone wants a new barbecue, it’s by the side of the road.” Slightly worse for wear, no doubt.
March 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM
Repairs continue on the Elwha Water Facilities treatment plant, delaying work on removal of Glines Canyon Dam until at least July. The National Park Service, which is running the $325 million federal dam removal program, originally projected the repairs would be completed by April. The agency announced a longer project delay Tuesday.
Dam removal on the Elwha is still predicted to be completed within the original two-year time frame of the contract, according to the park service.
The trouble with the plant became obvious last fall, when leaves, twigs and other debris clogged screens at the intake to the treatment plant on the first fall rains. The debris also got into pumps inside the plant. The plant is supposed to pre-treat water from the river to remove sediment created by dam removal. The plant serves a state salmon-rearing channel, a tribal hatchery and a pulp mill in Port Angeles.
The plant was completed in 2010 at a cost to taxpayers of more than $70 million, as the single most expensive partpart of the Elwha restoration project.
Contractors are at work to replace the screens with a different, rotating design intended to shed debris. Cost of the repairs so far include $1.4 million paid to Macnak Construction of Lakewood for the repairs, and $245,000 and counting to Barnard Construction, the dam removal contractor, for project delays.
For more on the plant problems, and an update on sediment movement in the Elwha as it is unleashed, see my most recent story in The Seattle Times.
Elwha Dam was taken down just about this time last year. About one third of Glines Canyon Dam remains to be removed.
November 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM
The Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife announced today it will consider bans on octopus harvesting near popular Seattle beaches and possibly other areas in the Puget Sound.
Dylan Mayer, the octopus hunter who sparked an outrage when he took one of the charismatic animals at Cove 2, a popular dive site in West Seattle, was the first voice for a ban on hunting in the cove at a public hearing before the state Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Olympia on Thursday.
“I didn’t know they were so beloved, or I wouldn’t have done it,” he told the commission, according to a news release issued by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Thursday.
Mayer, 19, of Maple Valley, said he didn’t realize the cove was regarded informally as a park by divers and that people would be upset if he took one of the octopus that divers flock to the cove to see.
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife director Phil Anderson said the department will consider new rules to preserve the population of giant Pacific octopus at Seacrest Park near Alki Point, ranging from designating the park a marine protected area to prohibiting hunting giant Pacific octopus anywhere in the state. A statement released by the department today said public meetings regarding possible harvesting bans would be held this winter.
GPO, as divers call them, are the largest octopus species in the world. All of the divers who spoke at the commission meeting supported new restrictions. An online petition calling for a ban on hunting at the park garnered 5,000 signatures in five days.
Scott Lundy, a photographer and diver, was at the cove when Mayer surfaced and was seen punching the octopus. He said about 30 to 40 people showed up in Olympia for an early morning hearing Thursday to voice their opinion that hunting should not occur in the cove.
Today giant Pacific octopus can be hunted year round with a state shellfish license. The limit is one per day. Some think that is way too many, in a place like Cove 2 with just a few known giant Pacific octopus that people come from all over the nation and even the world to see, Lundy said.
While many of the divers called for an immediate ban on hunting at the park, that’s not done unless there is a conservation issue at stake, and octopus populations are regarded to be healthy. However, Anderson noted that if another octopus is taken from the area, the department may consider emergency measures. Otherwise, it will follow its usual process of analysis which could take months.
October 31, 2012 at 6:29 PM
The principal of O’Dea High School has resigned, according to news release from acting principal James Walker.
In a letter on the school’s website, Zachary Lell, chairman of the O’Dea School Board, says, “The O’Dea School Board learned today that Brother Walczak has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The accusations relate to Br. Walczak’s time teaching in another diocese in the early 1970’s. Although Brother Walczak denies the allegations, he has resigned his position as Principal of O’Dea High School.
The news release says that in August Walczak was called by the Christian Brothers to “assist in resolving a proof of claim filed in the Christian Brother’s Institute bankruptcy proceeding.”
Vice Principal Jim Walker was subsequently named acting principal, the release said.
O’Dea is operated by the Christian Brothers, however it is owned by the Archdiocese of Seattle, Lell says in his letter. For that reason, he says, the school’s facilities and financial operations are not affected by the Christian Brothers’ bankruptcy proceeding.
October 31, 2012 at 5:32 PM
October is going out with a splash as one of the top 10 wettest Octobers ever, the Seattle office of the National Weather Service reports.
As Halloween evening settles in, heavy rain that began falling on Tuesday is just beginning to taper off, changing to showers. While some periods of heavy rain are in the forecast, the steady drenching is over with a drying trend forecast for Thursday.
The Skokomish River crested at flood stage today but is receding this evening. Flood warnings ended as of this evening, and urban and small-stream flood advisories are expected to expire this evening, as the rain continues to abate.
Before the rain tapered off, some cities set records:
SeaTac on Tuesday shattered its daily record for rainfall, with 1.36 inches recorded, breaking the 1997 record of .87 inches.
Hoquiam broke its daily record too, with 2.57 inches of rain falling yesterday, breaking the record of 1.41 inches set in 1981.
While it did not rain for the first 11 days of October, it started raining on the 12th and there have been only three dry days since, propelling this to the 7th wettest October on record in Seattle, said Dennis D’Amico, meteorologist at the Seattle office of the National Weather Service.
In all, over the past two days, the mountains of Western Washington got soaked with 3 to 5 inches of rain, and in the lowlands, an inch to 2-1/2 inches fell.
October 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has completed its review of the fatal accident that took the life of a 7-year old Everett boy Tuesday evening and has identified him as Josiah A. Alves. The boy died from blunt force injuries to the head.
The driver of the black BMW involved in the crash, a 30-year old Everett man, is the boy’s legal guardian. He has been treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.
The driver of the minivan involved in the crash is a 75-year old Marysville woman; her condition is unknown. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Providence Regional Medical Center’s Colby Campus in Everett, according to Aaron Snell, community information officer for the Everett Police Department.
No charges have been filed in connection with the collision, which is still under investigation.
Witnesses said the BMW was being driven fast and erratically on Evergreen Way, Snell said. The BMW clipped another southbound vehicle in the 7800 block, then collided with a northbound minivan around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
August 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM
At 8:58 and 10:34 tonight, the 1 million pound International Space Station will be whizzing overhead at 17,500 miles per hour, with good viewing opportunities in the sky well over the horizon, and clear skies forecast. If you miss it tonight, viewing will also be prime tomorrow at 9:41 p.m.
The station circles the globe once every 90 minutes, and tonight viewers will have more than five minutes to watch it cruise overhead. On board are six crew members: three Russians, two Americans and one Japanese astronaut.
They are using the micro-gravity environment to do experiments on everything from the function of human physiology to the performance of red-backed spiders in space – a schoolkid science project.
The space station is a project of 15 different countries and 5 space agencies.
January 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM
A man and woman were critically injured and two other men wounded in a shooting at a house party in Skyway in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
King County sheriff’s deputies received a 911 call reporting the shooting around 3 a.m., according to Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for the department.
Deputies arrived at the home in the and found three men and a woman had been shot. All four were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Witnesses told the deputies that a man had been at a party at the home earlier in the evening and was asked to leave after an argument. The man returned, and began firing a gun at people in the home.
At least one person at the party appears to have returned fire, West said, but it’s not known if the original shooter, who ran from the scene, was injured.
Police have no description of the shooter, whom they are still seeking.
Children were in the home at the time of the shooting but none were injured, West said. West said all of the victims were in the 20s, and that the victims knew the shooter. Identification of the victims was not yet available.
More than one weapon was recovered from the scene, but police are not sure to whom it belongs, West said.
November 15, 2011 at 4:21 PM
A Congressional conference committee Monday night passed legislation that would allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to once again inspect horse carcasses for human consumption, effectively restarting a horse-slaughter industry that has been shut down in this country since 2006.
The shut down, pushed by animal-rights activists, has had the effect of greatly increasing the number of unwanted horses, particularly on reservation lands. The legislation is contained in an appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies, and goes this week to the full House and Senate for passage.
Read more here.
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