Winter fun
9:38 am
Mon November 7, 2011

News for skiers: 7-day access to Hurricane Ridge ski area

Glimpse of some of the action at Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area.
Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Skiers and snowboarders will have 7-day-a-week access to the Hurricane Ridge area as Olympic National Park keeps the road plowed in the second year of a pilot program to promote more visitors.

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Humanosphere in Rwanda
9:28 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Rwanda, an African success story with Seattle connections

Gorillas in the mist. Mass genocide. The movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’ and maybe coffee. Tom Paulson is in Rwanda to explore these issues and more.
extremeboh Flickr

Seattle is connected to Rwanda in a number of ways, beginning with the country’s role as a major producer of high quality coffee beans for Starbucks and Costco. A number of local humanitarian organizations, as well as social enterprise business ventures, are active there.

KPLU and Humanosphere blogger Tom Paulson is headed to Rwanda along with a dozen or so other journalists sponsored by the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University. For the next two weeks, he’ll be reporting on the trip and also posting stories on a number of Seattle projects at work there that have helped make Rwanda — despite its horrific recent past history — into what many see as an African success story.

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The Two-Way
9:16 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Older adults are now 47 times richer than those under 35

In Los Angeles: A man dressed as John Lennon at the "Move Your Money" protest on Saturday. He and others protested bank fees and pushed for "good jobs."
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 6:10 am

There's been a huge increase in the wealth gap between older Americans and those just entering adulthood, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data done by the Pew Research Center.

According to Pew's study:

In 2009, "households headed by adults ages 65 and older ... had 47 times as much net wealth as the typical household headed by someone" under 35 years of age. Pew says that "back in 1984, this had been a less lopsided 10-to-1 ratio."

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Environment
5:41 am
Mon November 7, 2011

EPA's 'high priority violators' scattered across the Northwest

Saint-Gobain's Duwamish-area plant, operating under its Verallia label, has racked up more than $962,000 in fines for violating the Clean Air Act in the last five years. By Robert McCLure, InvestigateWest.

The list of facilities that have ended up on the wrong side of Clean Air Act enforcement efforts in the Pacific Northwest is a long one. Dozens of firms are classified as "high priority violators," often because the potential for affecting public health is high. Following are snapshots of a few of the Northwest facilities regulated under the Clean Air Act. A full listing of enforcement actions is available through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Compliance History Online database.

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Environment
5:34 am
Mon November 7, 2011

'World Leader' On Environment Most Fined Air Polluter In Northwest

Verallia glass and bottle plant in Seattle is the most-fined toxic air pollution emitter in the Northwest, government records show. By Robert McClure, InvestigateWest.

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 5:33 am

SEATTLE - Saint-Gobain Containers bills itself as a "world leader" in protecting the environment. Its hulking south Seattle plant recycles used glass into new bottles – part of a noble effort to conserve resources, the company says.

"We are committed to a sustainable future for not only our business – but the planet," the company says.

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Artscape
8:18 am
Sun November 6, 2011

At Seattle Opera, grooming the next generation of stars

Sarah Larsen (as Charlotte) and Andrew Stenson (as Werther) in Jules Massenet's "Werther." The Seattle Opera Young Artists production is currently playing throughout the Northwest.
Photo by Alan Abastro

It used to be that aspiring opera singers would live with their voice teachers and practice every day. That was in the 1800s.

Nowadays, the typical track is college followed by graduate school and then professional training at a major opera company.  That’s where Seattle Opera and its Young Artists Program come in.

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Asia
11:48 am
Sat November 5, 2011

For Gary Locke, envoy to China, the personal and political mix

Locke makes offerings at the family grave in Jilong, his ancestral village in southern China's Guangdong province. Such a gesture will also serve to quiet Internet critics who accuse him of forgetting his ancestors.
Louisa Lim NPR

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 12:00 pm

The U.S. ambassador to China, Gary Locke, went home Friday. He didn't return to Seattle, his old stomping ground, but to his ancestral village in southern China. It was his third trip back, though his first since being appointed ambassador.

At first, Chinese Internet users had criticized him as a "fake foreign devil who can't speak Chinese." But now the tide has turned.

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Beijing Correspondent Louisa Lim is currently attending the University of Michigan as a Knight-Wallace Fellow. She will return to her regular role in 2014.

Based in Beijing, NPR foreign correspondent Louisa Lim finds China a hugely diverse, vibrant, fascinating place. "Everywhere you look and everyone you talk to has a fascinating story," she notes, adding that she's "spoiled with choices" of stories to cover. In her reports, Lim takes "NPR listeners to places they never knew existed. I want to give them an idea of how China is changing and what that might mean for them."

KPLU Studio Sessions
12:04 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Grace Kelly: 'Unimaginably Inappropriate'

Grace Kelly performs live in the KPLU Seattle studios on November 3.
Justin Steyer KPLU

19-year-old saxophonist/singer, Grace Kelly is immensely gifted.  She’s also a lot of fun to hang around with.  Right before this studio session, interviewer Kevin Kniestedt asked her if she had already chosen the songs she would be performing that day. 

She said she might not know what songs she’d be doing until she did them, which prompted someone behind to say (in jest), "Well, that’s just unimaginably inappropriate."

Grace turned around, unleashed one of her disarmingly charming smiles and replied, “That’s me!”  Right then and there knew we were in for a good time. 

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Election 2011
5:17 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

King County Elections Director invited to explain unmailed ballots

The county’s election director, Sherril Huff, has been invited to the Metropolitan King County Council’s Committee of the Whole on Monday to talk about 11,000 unmailed ballots, the council reports in a press release. 

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