December 6, 2013 at 4:10 PM
With the National Weather Service predicting a low temperature of 19 degrees, a number of cold-weather emergency shelters are open tonight throughout King County.
Here is a list of shelters that may be available — those in need should check with the shelters to confirm availability, or call 2-1-1 for help with social-service resources.
December 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Some fast-acting teachers at Redmond’s Overlake School saved the life of a colleague today, according to a news release from that city’s fire department.
As recounted in the release, a 54-year-old music teacher collapsed during class and became unconscious. Hearing calls for help, teachers in nearby classrooms — one of whom is an instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) — hurried to help.
His colleagues “shocked” the 54-year-old and managed to re-establish a heartbeat, according to the release. The man was showing signs of life when Medic One and the fire department arrived. The man was taken to Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center, where he is said to be in stable condition, according to the release.
From the release:
“This group of teachers and staff definitely saved the life of their co-worker, according to Redmond Paramedics.”
“… The health teacher who provides CPR and AED courses to students at the Overlake School, as well as this group of teachers who were part of this lifesaving team had never seen a cardiac arrest. This real-life experience demonstrates the importance of delivering CPR education early on in the schools, as well as to the success of the community CPR programs. King County, WA has the highest resuscitation rate in world, which is over 50 %. This is because of the aggressive CPR and AED training programs and most importantly, the citizens, dispatchers and emergency responders who comprise the Medic One system.”
December 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Seattle sailor and drone enthusiast Arvid Elias outfits his “Octocopter” with a video camera. Here’s a video showing what Seattle’s Christmas Ship parade on Lake Union looks like from above.
Credit goes to Seattle Times news partner Three Sheets Northwest for tipping us off.
December 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM
A Vancouver, Wash., woman who posts traffic news on her Twitter account was live tweeting about a car crash early Wednesday afternoon, only to learn later that it was her husband who died in the accident.
According to the Washington State Patrol, Craig Johnson, 47, crossed a grassy median as he entered the southbound I-205 lanes near Padden Parkway in his Hyundai Elantra.
He struck a Toyota pickup driven by a 54-year-old woman from Tacoma, who suffered a broken femur, collapsed lung and broken pelvis, said the State Patrol.
The live tweets from Caran Johnson, CJ @ScanCouver, began, “this accident sounds horrible.”
They grew progressively more frantic, in tweets captured by KGWNews in Portland.
“I’m trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home. he’s not answering his phone”
“and he’s late.”
“well he uses his bluetooth, so he would answer his phone. he also wasn’t feeling good so his work was concerned when he left”
“i’m a basketcase”
“I just called his work and he was feeling faint when he left work. #panic”
“what do i do now? he might have pulled over because he was feeling faint and then passed out or had a seizure. he has epilepsy”
“how long do i wait for him to come home before I call the police?”
“i just called 911 and they transferred me after I gave them his license number and told me that they will call me back. wtf?”
“and now my kids are home from school…”
“it’s him. he died”
“Thank you all so much for the prayers and thoughts. I’ll reply to everyone later tonight”
And, finally at 10:30 Wednesday night:
“my boys are finally asleep. I feel like a block of cement fell on me.”
December 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM
PORT ORCHARD — The staff at a Port Orchard bar will be sharing a $5,000 tip left by an anonymous customer.
The Kitsap Sun reports the 11 employees who worked the late shift at MoonDogs, Too on Friday will share the gratuity left that night by the man. Restaurant owner Darryl Baldwin said the transaction from the man’s American Express account was credited to the bar Tuesday morning. Baldwin and bar manager Tracy Nickerson were waiting to distribute the windfall until the credit was verified.
The customer — under the handle @tipsforjesus — has been giving similar big tips over the past couple of months from Chicago to Los Angeles. His tab at MoonDogs totaled $576.50.
The stranger’s drink of choice was Maker’s Mark bourbon, and he ordered a round of Fireball (a cinnamon-flavored whiskey) for everyone. Nickerson says he had to scramble to find enough shot glasses for the crowd of about 100.
December 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM
Seahawks fans jumping up and down during Monday night’s 22-yard Michael Bennett fumble return for a touchdown registered about a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake.
The University of Washington has a seismometer in a warehouse about a block south of CenturyLink Field, says earth and space sciences professor John Vidale.
The earthquake-like vibration can be seen in the blue wave in this graphic.
The same seismometer captured Marshawn Lynch’s “Beast Quake” on Jan. 8, 2011, when he rumbled for a 67-yard touchdown run that clinched a 41-36 playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints.
November 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM
Citing worsening air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a burn ban for King and Snohomish counties Sunday that prohibits burning in fireplaces or non-certified woodstoves unless they are the home’s only adequate source of heat.
Natural and propane gas stoves are exempt.
Outdoor fires are also banned, including bonfires, campfires, fire pits and chimineas.
A burn ban with similar restrictions remains in place in Pierce County.
Violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing and make lung and heart problems worse. It is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children and adults over age 65.
Officials with the Washington State Department of Health recommend that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors.
November 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM
It will be sunny over the next few days, but you’ll want to cover up at night and in the morning because night-time temperatures in Seattle will drop into the low 30s and could fall to freezing overnight tonight, according to the National Weather Service.
The typical low for this time of year is around 36 degrees.
Highs are expected to be in the mid-40s and could reach the low 50s by Sunday.
In Everett it’s expected to be a bit colder with lows in the mid-20s tomorrow and Saturday.
The Olympia area is expected to be even colder overnight tonight when the temperature could drop into the mid-20s and there could be some patchy freezing fog.
Blame the cloudless skies for the chilly weather, says Jay Neher of the National Weather Service “Clouds tend to keep things warmer.”
The cold night time forecasts has officials in some counties activating emergency overnight shelters for those residents with no place else to go.
Snohomish County opened its cold weather emergency shelter Wednesday night. Families and individuals were being asked to meet outside Lynnwood City Hall, 19100 44th Ave W by 7 p.m.
In Kitsap County, an emergency shelter opened at the Bremerton Foodline, 1600 12th St. in Bremerton. It will operate from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. No one will be allowed to check in after 10 p.m.
No special cold-weather shelters were planned in King and Pierce counties.
With winter approaching, however, King County emergency officials point out that now is a good time for residents to begin planning in the event of a winter storm. They suggest the website takewinterbystorm.org which offers coping tips for dealing with adverse weather.
November 18, 2013 at 3:19 PM
For more than a decade, the Friday after Thanksgiving has marked the official start of the holiday shopping season.
Each year, stores such as Macy’s and Target opened earlier and earlier — even at the stroke of midnight — to get a jump on the competition. But increasingly, the kickoff is happening on Thanksgiving evening, just as most people are finishing their turkey feast.
This year, Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Staples will open on Thanksgiving for the first time. Best Buy, Kohl’s, Sears, Sports Authority, Target, Toys R Us and Walmart also will open on Thanksgiving evening.
Kmart will open on Thanksgiving morning and remain open for 41 hours, until 11 p.m. Friday. Gap Inc., which owns Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic, plans to have about 1,300 stores open at various hours on Thanksgiving day.
What about you? We’d like to hear from you on our Facebook page about whether you plan to shop on Thanksgiving and why.
November 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM
UPDATE 9:05 p.m.: An email from Ballard Marine Construction says the man who had been listed in critical condition has died.
UPDATE 3:35: The final person missing from the capsized boat has been recovered and has been airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. The person was unconscious and unresponsive when found and his condition was considered life-threatening, according to Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore.
Moore said the man, whose age is not yet known, had been underwater for approximately 20 minutes when found.
“That’s a long time,” he said. CPR was administered to him during the flight to Harborview, he said.
The other three people recovered from the boat are reported to be in fair condition and were being evaluated at a fire station, Moore said. He said they would likely be taken to Harborview for further evaluation.
According to Coast Guard Petty Officer Third-Class Jordan Akiyama, the men were part of a team on two Ballard Marine Construction boats and were helping conduct underwater surveys off Alki Point this afternoon when the weather got worse.
Both boats had begun to head north when the captain in the front vessel saw that the boat behind him had overturned, Akiyama said.
The Coast Guard launched two rescue boats, as well as a helicopter dispatched from Port Angeles, he said. In addition, Seattle Fire launched its rescue boat and Seattle police sent divers.
Previous post: One person is missing and three have been rescued after a commercial vessel capsized off West Seattle’s Alki Beach shortly after 2 p.m. today.
The Coast Guard, along with a Seattle Fire Department dive team and a Seattle Police Harbor Patrol vessel are on the scence.
More details will follow.
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