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If you’re a longtime local, you may remember the Columbus Day Storm of 1962, otherwise known as “The Big Blow,” or recall what you were doing when that 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Puget Sound in 1965. How about the December 2007 floods? Fact is you don’t have to be an old-timer to know the kind of emergencies we face around here. If you’ve weathered just one Northwest winter, chances are you’ve experienced a power outage, flooding, or worse. Then there are those personal disasters – like fires and falls – that can happen anytime of the year.
By John Carlson
The city of Bellevue re-surfaced my street last week. I didn’t know it needed it. If the city installs a planting strip or a median, it maintains it. Instead of the project turning into weeds, we instead get flowers and plants that flourish. The end result is city that is awash in green vegetation. I much prefer that (and am willing to pay for it) than being forced to look upon rivers of asphalt and concrete.
The Washington State Republican convention last weekend in Spokane should have been dull and uneventful. All they had to do was approve a slate of national convention delegates to support the obvious nominee, John McCain, vote for a short, concise party platform and leave town.
What is it about sports that makes adults go crazy? More often, it seems, kids - the players - have the right idea of what’s right and wrong.
This may surprise you. King County Metro is buying a fuel that is significantly more expensive than diesel, may be worse for the environment, may increase local food prices, may lead to global hunger and potentially cost King County more as a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange. That fuel is canola-based biodiesel.
Fathers Day is coming up this week, and so is my dad’s 85th birthday. I sure wish he were going to be here to celebrate both occasions, but he’s been gone for 20 years. Digging through a bunch of old photos of him the other day, I came across one from Fathers Day 1964. I was startled. It was a photo of our entire family – me, my four brothers and mom dutifully facing the camera, posing the way conventional people do. Except for dad. He is facing backwards. Why was he facing backwards? Simply because it looked funny, I guess. Or maybe he was showing off a new haircut. There was no other reason.
How hard is it for some people who work in Bellevue to find affordable housing here? Consider these numbers:
It was a drizzly, cold evening May 21 at the James Street Park and Ride lot in Kent.
Wanna buy a car that’s gentle on the environment? Then don’t buy a new hybrid. Are you buying organic food because it’s good for the environment? If so, you’re making a mistake.
The election season is approaching and the state’s two major political parties are in a twitter. The reason? We have a new primary system this year and there’s no longer a guarantee that both a Democrat and a Republican will make it to the November General Election ballot.
Below are the top 10 grossing movies in America for 2007. All made between $205 million and $336 million. All did very well here on the Eastside. Nine of the 10 also had one other thing in common. Do you know what it is?
My dad was frustrated. The airline computer could not understand him. Voice recognition barely works for me, but my dad has an accent and that makes it harder.
The March 15 Reporter included an article “Owner of Medina store wins court ruling.”
Pretty much everyone agrees that people shouldn’t have guns in planes and bars. Guns don’t mix well with alcohol. But what about other places?
So we’ve entered the 6th year of the war in Iraq.
Me thinks there is a political ploy at play.
The King County Board of Health made history recently, and it is a change you’ll soon see when dining out. We passed legislation, after extensive negotiation with the Washington Restaurant Association, which requires chain restaurants to provide consumers with nutrition information.
Most of us recognize education’s sweeping impact as an equalizer and door to opportunity for people of all backgrounds and economic status.