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Environment
5:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Researchers: Keep An Eye Out For Tagged Monarch Butterflies

This photo shows a tagged monarch butterfly.
Washington State University

If you’re lucky enough to spot a lacy monarch butterfly as it heads south for winter, look closely. You might see something unusual on its wing.

In a town in northern California, a young girl noticed a white sticker with an email address on a butterfly’s wing when it landed on her garage door.

“She took note and emailed me, so it proved the system worked,” said Dr. David James, an entomologist at Washington State University.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Why These Seattle Artists Are Selling Cans Of Dirt From A Georgetown Brownfield

On sale now at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle: $25 cans of canned dirt, created by the artist trio SuttonBeresCuller
Courtesy of Greg Kucera Gallery

A trio of Seattle artists has taken a unique approach in an attempt to “undo three-quarters of a century’s worth of polluting”: canning and selling dirt.

The “premium-quality hand-canned dirt,” which are available for $25 a can, are a commentary on how a community can share in the responsibility of cleaning up a contaminated urban site.

The artists’ work focuses on one specific site, a brownfield in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Once home to a gas station, it is now choked with blackberries, littered with drug baggies and covered in contaminated soil.

Read the full story on our companion site, Quirksee.org >>>

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Jazz Northwest For September 21st

It's the last weekend of Summer and we'll feature some songs for the end of Summer with Jessica Williams and Ralph Towner and Denney Goodhew on Jazz Northwest.  We'll also look ahead and sample some of the great live jazz coming up this Fall including the CD release party for Ann Reynolds' Clave Gringa on Monday night at Tula's.  Former Seattle pianist Larry Fuller has a new CD and he'll be back in Seattle next month for three performances.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Sun September 21, 2014

The Heron And The Snake

Credit Rebecca Richardson

  It's a rough world for a young Great Blue Heron. A mere one egg in ten results in an adult heron. Only a little more than 25% of fledglings survive their first year. Michael Hobbs witnessed a battle between a young heron and a snake. Successful foraging takes practice. In a trial-and-error world, how often does an inexperienced bird get a second chance? Fortunately, nearly 75% of yearlings will survive to adulthood.

BirdNote
9:00 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Mono Lake - Seeking A Balance

Credit Tom Grey

  More than 1.5 million Eared Grebes, 30% of the North American population, gather at Mono Lake each fall. But as late as the 1990s, the lake was gravely threatened by the diversion of its water to Los Angeles. After years of court battles, Los Angeles, the lake's advocates, and concerned scientists came to a balanced solution. While the lake will take another twenty years to regain the water level now guaranteed by law, for legions of Eared Grebes and other birds, the story of Mono Lake looks like a conservation success. Learn more at MonoLake.org.

Labor Union
2:46 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Washington State Employees Negotiate First Pay Raises In 6 Years

Washington state employees have not had a cost-of-living raise in six years. But that could change in the next budget cycle.

A tentative contract deal has been struck between the state and the union representing general government workers.

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Hospital News
10:46 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Providence Hospital Chain: Catholic, Nonprofit...And Venture Capitalists?

Providence Olympia Facebook page

The state’s largest nonprofit hospital chain is getting into a new line of business: venture capitalism.

Providence Health & Services, which runs 34 hospitals and hundreds of clinics, wants to be a player in the startup scene. The Catholic-affiliated chain has created a venture capital fund with about $150 million to invest in companies pioneering new health care models, especially ones focused on technology.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:27 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Last Blast Of Summer Heat This Weekend Before Fall Returns Next Week

Tim Durkan

Don’t put away that sunscreen just yet.

Temperatures are expected to shoot back up into the upper 70s and even 80s for the last weekend of summer, topping off what will likely go down as the warmest summer in Seattle history.

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Infectious Diseases
9:30 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Enterovirus Confirmed In Two Kids Hospitalized In Seattle

Seattle Children's Hospital has admitted more than 20 children with suspected Enterovirus-D68 infections.
Seattle Children's Hospital

Health officials have confirmed that two patients treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital have tested positive for Enterovirus D68. That puts Washington in the company of 18 other states with confirmed cases of the virus, which mainly sickens children and is especially dangerous for kids with asthma and other respiratory conditions.

The two Children’s patients were stabilized and discharged, according to a statement by the hospital. One is from King County and the other from Snohomish.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Pirates And Parrots

Credit Gary Percy

  Ahoy, Mates! September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day. No doubt the most famous image of a pirate with a parrot is Long John Silver in Treasure Island. During the 1700s, pirates plied the waters of South and Central America, home to many species of parrots, including this Blue and Yellow Macaw.

Today's show's music by the Toucan Pirates. Thanks!

Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Sounders' Two-Tiered Success: MLS Leaders And 4-Time U.S. Open Cup Champs

Seattle Sounders celebrate with the championship trophy at the end of the U.S. Open Cup final against the Philadelphia Union on Tuesday in Chester, Pa. The Sounders FC beat the Union 3-1 in overtime.
Michael Perez AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders won their fourth U.S. Open Cup championship this week. They also have the best record in Major League Soccer right now. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Sounders’ success has come despite several distractions.

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The End Of An Era
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Seattle's Erotic Bakery, A Decades-Old Institution, To Close Its Doors

Warning: Some of the language in this story may not be appropriate for young ears.

After 28 years of making people’s bawdy wishes come true with marzipan and cake, a Seattle institution is coming to an end. The Erotic Bakery in the city’s Wallingford neighborhood is taking down its sign and closing its doors at the end of this month.

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Environment
5:47 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Proposed Emergency Legislation Aims To Address Starfish Wasting Syndrome

A sick ochre star.
Courtesy of Drew Harvell

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Legal Marijuana
5:39 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Wash. Marijuana Tax Collections Starting To Roll In, Millions More Expected

This July 1, 2014, photo shows packets of a variety of recreational marijuana named "Space Needle" during packaging operations at Sea of Green Farms in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

In a manner of speaking, millions of dollars of "drug money" are starting to flow into Washington state coffers.

The state's chief economic forecaster updated budget writers Thursday on how much tax money they can expect from recreational marijuana now that the first state licensed stores have opened.

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Northwest Salmon
5:11 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Chinook Salmon Head Up The Columbia In Big Numbers

Retired Hanford pipe fitter Melvin Miller, 60, was fishing early for Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near Columbia Point Marina in Richland, Washington.
Anna King

Fisheries experts say the return of chinook salmon to the Columbia River may not quite break records this fall as expected.

Last year’s run of nearly 1.3 million salmon was a record, but future years may not bring those kinds of numbers.

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