Politics
10:01 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Washington Redistricting Commission Strains For Compromises

Originally published on Fri December 23, 2011 2:40 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The once every ten years process of redrawing political boundaries in Washington state is going down to the wire. Members of the state Redistricting Commission are straining to finish a revised map of legislative districts.

They also need to finalize where to put a new Congressional district awarded by the 2010 Census.

In Olympia Thursday, Commissioner Tim Ceis sounded certain that negotiators will find compromises by a January first deadline.

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Artscape
8:54 am
Sun December 25, 2011

Empress hotel adds artist-in-residence to luxury accommodations

"Pastry Chefs," an oil painting in a series of work by Judy McLaren, the artist-in-residence at the Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria, B.C.

The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, B.C., has all the features you’d expect to find in a fancy hotel: luxurious accommodations, fine dining and a spa.

But the city's landmark hotel also has its very own "artist-in-residence." She's painter Judy McLaren, who typically paints commissioned portraits, scenes of the sea as well as landscapes.

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Holiday spirit
2:33 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

California family answers girl's 'balloon mail' to Santa

AUBURN, Wash. — A 5-year-old girl sent a letter to Santa attached to two pink balloons, and it ended up in the hands of a California ranching family who say they'll make the girl's wishes come true.

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NW Craft Brews
2:23 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

The Friday beer: Boundary Bay IPA

The Boundary Bay IPA.
Paul Gibson

It's the time of year when people reflect back on what they are thankful for... friends, family, good health, a job (for those lucky enough to have weathered the tough economy).

Here in the Pacific Northwest we can also be thankful for a wealth of good beer.

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A Blog Supreme
1:54 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

NPR's links to recent jazz coverage on the internet

Many have weighed in this week on the influence of the late valve trombonist and composer Bob Brookmeyer.
Simeon Morales-Füss Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 23, 2011 10:41 am

Happy Holidays all. The blog will be active with fresh content early next week, though I will be away. Thanks for reading, and see y'all in 2012.

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Law
10:18 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Longtime Alaska guide charged with smuggling mammoth fossil

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska river guide has been accused of helping a client smuggle a 10,000-year-old mammoth fossil out of Alaska.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:15 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Rain, rain and more in the forecast - but, embrace the weather and you'll be fine

Count the raindrops, go Singing in the Rain, or join the "surface data revolution" to beat the winter blues. It will be rainy, cold and stormy in the week ahead.
*Psycho Delia* photo Flickr

"It was like Palm Springs around much of the Northwest" recently, says KPLU's weather man, Cliff Mass. But that will be shifting soon. 

"Unfortunately, we're about to make a major shift into a much rainier pattern - a much more normal pattern."

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KPLU Morning Edition production assistant.

Traffic news
8:45 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Traffic help for the holidays

Interstate 90 near Washington's Snoqualmie Pass in 2007. This time of year, travelers should always be ready, WashDOT says.
WSDOT

As we all know, during a holiday weekend we have to prepare for more traffic. 

To help plan your weekend driving, The State Department of Transportation has released a report on the worst predicted travel times. For the most part, traffic should be the heaviest today and Monday, when people will probably leave or come home from their holiday celebrations.

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Law and order
8:25 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Police pepper spray rowdy shoe shoppers in Seattle

In a photo released by Nike Inc., the Air Jordan XI, released in 1996, is shown. This month, Nike releases the 23rd edition ... amid pepper spray in Seattle.
Associated Press

Police used pepper spray to break up fights among pushing and shoving customers waiting outside a Seattle area mall to buy the first Nike retro Air Jordan basketball shoes that went on sale early Friday.

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