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December 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM
If you see super-high water at or near Washington beaches, grab your camera.
The state Department of Ecology would love to see your photos of naturally occurring “king tides” that hit this time of year.
These tides offer potential glimpses of how rising sea levels from global climate change could affect Washington’s shoreline areas.
Particularly useful are photos that show coastal flooding, which can be aggravated by major storm surges.
Also sought are photos that show shifting marine beaches, erosion of coastal bluffs and water endangering houses, other buildings, roads or utilities.
Use Ecology’s king tide map and schedule to find when and where the highest tides will occur.
Locate a public beach by checking out Ecology’s Coastal Atlas.
Take photos during a king tide, preferably where the high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks such as sea walls, jetties, bridge supports or buildings.
Note the date, time and location of your photo – then upload your images on the Washington King Tide Photo Initiative Flickr Group.
Play it safe! While the winter king tides occur during daylight hours, don’t venture out during severe weather and keep a close eye on rising water levels.
Since 2010, Ecology has collected nearly 500 king tide photos from the public.
September 11, 2012 at 6:59 AM
Weather: Yesterday’s drizzle was just a fluke. No rain in the forecast for the next week. Clear skies today through next Monday, and the temperature returns to the 70s Thursday and Friday. Some forecasts say we could reach into the 80s on Thursday. Can’t knock that now, can we? The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Nudes, photos and a fetish website: Someone placed or hung photos of nude women at military veterans’ gravesites in Seattle’s Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, took photos of what he’d done and posted them on his fetish website, according to a story on KING5. One photo was hung on a cannon and another on a war memorial. We agree with one retired general when she said the act was abhorrent. Police are investigating.
Children’s advocacy group supports recreational use marijuana initiative: What? The Children’s Alliance says it supports the initiative because youngsters in minority households pay “a terrible price” for racially biased enforcement of marijuana laws, according to the group’s deputy director.
Poll: Those automated speed cameras: We noted yesterday that the state will use automated speed cameras at Snoqualmie Pass to keep drivers from speeding through the construction zones up there. The cameras will be in an SUV parked along the road and will snap pix of your license plate if you’re speeding. You could face a $137 fine. Do you agree with the state’s decision to use automated speed cameras to make driving safer in the construction zones at the pass?
Child porn arrest at Joint Base Lewis-McChord: A soldier is accused of using Facebook to meet teen girls and force them to send him pornographic photos and videos of themselves, using money, gifts and threats to get them to do it. He threatened to post the images of the teens online if they didn’t comply. KOMO TV has the story.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
January 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Newsrooms tend to be populated with a bunch of cynics, so we ask ourselves periodically during the day who among us is tired of seeing and posting photos of the baby sea otter recently born at the Seattle Aquarium.
Some say no more photos. Others: “Oh, she’s so cute!”
Where do you come down on this vital question?
Take our poll …
January 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM
More than 400 vendors lined the floor of the Washington State Convention Center Saturday for the annual Seattle Wedding Show. Brides-to-be can find everything from dresses to limo drivers, photo booths to flowers, for the big day. Organizers said the two-day event would draw around 8,000 visitors, including about 3,400 brides. Tickets are $17 per person. Children 12 and under are free. The show continues Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, go to weddingshow.com.
January 6, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Ying Chan displays a bag of goldfish outside of Liem’s Aquarium Shop in the Chinatown-International District in Seattle Thursday. Chan, who was bringing the fish to a restaurant for display in their tank, often stops by the tiny store that has been owned by his brother-in-law Djin Kwie Liem for the last 32 years. Liem said his fish for sale come from all over the world – including locations in Singapore, India, Thailand and Africa. The cheapest fish sell for about 25 cents and go up in price from there. The store can be found on Maynard Alley South, just off of South King Street.
January 1, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Fireworks shoot from the Space Needle in Seattle to bring in the new year at midnight on Jan. 1, 2012. The scene was shot from the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle. Many people walked from their homes to the nearby Ursula Judkins Viewpoint to watch the show.
December 28, 2011 at 6:48 AM
Weather: Let’s see. Rain, showers, rain, showers, rain… You get the picture, today through Saturday. It’s warm this morning, though: 51 degrees. And quite windy. Small outages here and there. The details.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Shooting death in White Center: According to the blog White Center Now, there was a fatal shooting at the Seattle Roll Bakery during an armed robbery early this morning in White Center and authorities are looking for the shooter.
Stiffer penalties in DUI fatality cases: A state lawmaker and two prosecutors, including King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, want to up the penalties for people convicted in DUI fatality cases. They are expected to announce at a news conference this morning their support of proposed legislation to increase the sentencing range for such cases.
Tolling on the 520 bridge starts tomorrow. Are you ready? It’ll cost ya.
Having to pay for volunteers? The Peninsula Daily News has a story that says some organizations that rely on volunteers, such as fire departments, might have to pay to certify those volunteers …
If you haven’t already, have a look at Readers’ Photos of the Year. Some rather striking photographs.
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:
December 5, 2011 at 9:19 PM
Jake Harris, also known as the Seattle Plastic Bag Monster, right, and Emma Klein, also known as Mrs. Seattle Plastic Bag Monster, testify in a street-theater-type performance mocking the plastic-bag industry at a public hearing on the proposed plastic-bag ban at City Hall in Seattle on Monday. They say it takes 500 bags to make each of their outfits, and the number of bags wasted each year in Seattle would fill all CenturyLink Field seats with a Plastic Bag Monster.
The Seattle City Council held the hearing to discuss the proposal to ban plastic carryout bags from grocery and retail stores. The bill also would impose a nickel fee on paper bags to offset the higher cost of paper to stores and to remind shoppers to bring in reusable bags.
The bill, modeled on one adopted earlier this year in Bellingham, still allows plastic bags for produce, bulk foods and meat. It also allows them for takeout food from restaurants and for the patrons of food banks and farmers markets. Low-income people using their state Basic Food cards would be exempt from the 5-cent fee.
Corrected version: Information in a photo caption on this item, originally published at 9:19 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2011, was corrected at 2:26 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2011. A previous version of the caption incorrectly identified the subjects in the photo as Jack Harris and Emma Kelin. The correct names are Jake Harris and Emma Klein. The post also stated that the number of bags wasted each year in Seattle would fill all Safeco Field seats. It should have said CenturyLink Field.
November 27, 2011 at 2:40 PM
The 41st Seattle Marathon took place Sunday, starting at 5th Avenue North and Harrison Street near the EMP and ending at Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center. View a full map of the course.
Seattle residents came in first in the men’s and women’s categories of the Seattle Marathon Sunday, officials said.
Jesse Williams, 34, led the men’s field in the 26.2-mile event with a finishing time of 2 hours, 29 minutes and 54 seconds.
Trish Steidl, 34, was the first female finisher with a time of 3 hours, 3 minutes and 40 seconds. They were among more than 2,700 participants in Sunday’s full marathon.
In the 13.1-mile half-marathon event, Brian Masterson, 17, of Seattle, was the first to cross with a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes and 39 seconds. The first woman to finish, Bronwyn Crossman, 22, of Bellingham, had a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes and 43 seconds.
More than 8,200 participated in the half-marathon.
October 29, 2011 at 7:54 PM
Cyclocross, its practitioners say, is “a bicycle-related sport combining the fitness of road riding, the technical bike handling skills of mountain biking, and the finesse of running,” all in a 30-60 minute event. That’s what was on display Saturday at Magnuson Park, when more than 700 riders competed in men’s, women’s and youth categories in the Magnuson Park Cross, on 1.9 miles of what organizer MFG Cyclocross billed as “a sweet mix of wide open drag strips balanced by flowing mazes across beach side grass.” And some mud.
Above, Cameron Janes takes a hard tumble on the muddy steps, one of two main obstacles, in Saturday’s event. He raced in the Master Men 35-plus category. (Photos by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)
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