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High Fuel Prices
10:45 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Snohomish County airports note decline in aviation

General aviation airports in Snohomish County, like Harvey Field, have seen a decline in the number of private aircraft flights due to a lingering recession and high fuel prices.
Courtesy of Harvey Field

In the past decade the number of takeoffs and landings at Paine Field has dropped by nearly half.

The Snohomish County airport at Everett serves Boeing and aircraft maintenance businesses. But, most of the decline is among small private aircraft.

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Education
3:34 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

PLU President Loren Anderson announces plan to retire

Loren and MaryAnn Anderson have announced their intent to leave Pacific Lutheran University in the spring of 2012, at the end of the academic year.

“The time is right for the university,” Loren Anderson, 65, said. “It’s a perfect time for new leadership as another era of progress and development is about to open for PLU.”

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Technology
10:01 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Technology brings digital memories to grave sites

A portrait of David Quiring Sr.This is the first image that appears when you scan the QR code at his grave.
Courtesy of Quiring Monuments

The process of burying the dead hasn't changed much over the centuries, but now their gravestones can provide a digital link to their life stories.

A Seattle-based company is creating burial markers that include a scannable, stamp-like image called a "quick read" — or QR code.

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Memorial Day
6:00 am
Sat May 28, 2011

Marking Memorial Day

Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment this week placed flags at the graves in Arlington National Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 27, 2011 7:00 pm

Like many of you, we hope, The Two-Way is planning to take some time off over this holiday weekend.

We may put up a post or two, and will certainly jump back in if there's major news. But the general plan is to resume blogging Tuesday morning.

The reason Americans are have a long weekend, of course, is that Monday is Memorial Day. And that's much more than just the unofficial start of summer.

From this year's presidential proclamation:

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Festivals
11:36 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Fortieth Folklife ushers in summer (unofficially, of course)

Cody Olesen hula hoops during the Northwest Folklife Festival. The festival began on Friday and runs through the Memorial Day weekend ending on Monday.
File photo AP

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit the Seattle Center over the Memorial Day Weekend for the 40th annual Folklife Festival.

About 1,000 music, dance and other events are scheduled over four days, starting Friday, at indoor and outdoor sites. The festival also includes food and craft booths.

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Northwest History
8:34 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Bellingham mayor apologizes, 125 years after expulsion of Chinese

The Seattle Riot. Harpers Magazine, March 6, 1886. Image from the UW Digital Collection.
Courtesy of Chinese Expulsion Remembrance Project

Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike has issued a formal apology to the Chinese community for the expulsion of their people,125 years ago.

Pike says the apology is meant to make it clear: authorities now see the racist actions by regional governments and their supporters more than a century ago were wrong.

In 1885 and 1886, thousands of Chinese immigrants were driven out of Puget Sound towns during an economic downturn. Civic leaders and town newspapers argued the new residents were taking jobs away from white people.

The apology and related events this week in Bellingham are part of a year-long Chinese Expulsion Remembrance Project. Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Mount Vernon are also taking part. The project also has a Facebook page.

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State Budget Crisis
2:53 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Health care union files initiative to soften budget cuts

The Washington state budget plan released Tuesday will cut funding for in-home health care workers. In reaction, one health care workers' union has already filed an initiative aiming to mitigate the effects of some of those reductions.

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Senate Confirmation Hearing
11:48 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Ambassador nominee Gary Locke: China must lean on N. Korea

US Ambassador to China nominee and former Washington Governor Gary Locke arrives on Capitol Hill this (Thurs.) morning to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination.
Evan Vucci AP

Commerce Secretary – and former Washington governor - Gary Locke is a step closer to becoming the next U.S. ambassador to China. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee completed his confirmation hearing in just
an hour and a half this morning. 

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EVERGREEN POINT BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
8:46 am
Wed May 25, 2011

How to mitigate the impact of a new 520 bridge on the Arboretum?

A kayaker paddles through the waters of Union Bay near the west end of the 520 bridge in the Washington Park Arboretum.
urbanvillages.com

Unless a lawsuit derails the process, a new 520 bridge will soon be built across Lake Washington. 

A company in Aberdeen is already constructing the huge pontoons that will keep the new, 6-lane structure afloat.

And the state is widening the highway on the east side of the lake. 

But exactly what the project will look like on the Seattle side is still being worked out.

Seattle's Board of Park Commissioners will get a briefing on impacts to the Washington Park Arboretum tomorrow night (Thursday).

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:58 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

From left, Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, and Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, take their seats to talk about a tentative budget agreement, Tuesday in Olympia.
Ted S. Warren AP

Rain this afternoon, high 59. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • $32 Billion Dollar Deal Closes State Budget Gap
  • Auburn Shooting Suspect Arrested Dressed as Woman
  • 3 Seattle Officers Suspended for Foul Language
  • Seattle 4th of July Fireworks a Go

 

House Passes Budget Deal, Hours After Unveiling

House lawmakers have given tentative approval to a state spending plan that cuts teacher pay and makes other massive reductions in education spending.

The measure passed Tuesday evening by a 54-42 margin, just hours after budget writers from both parties unveiled the plan.

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Other News
11:00 am
Tue May 24, 2011

High gas prices make road bumpy for Meals on Wheels program

Meals on Wheels Association of America Lindsay Garrett

Gas prices in Washington and across the Northwest are inching downward again after peaking above $4 a gallon earlier this month. The trend comes too late to erase the blow delivered to Meals on Wheels programs around the region.

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Health
6:37 am
Mon May 23, 2011

Seasonal West Nile Virus warnings

Culex mosquito laying eggs.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

West Nile Virus may be returning to Washington State. The recent wet spring has created an attractive habitat for mosquitoes, some of which carry West Nile.

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Other News
2:11 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

They didn't name him Monty?

Kaa, the new python at Woodland Park Zoo.
Ryan Hawk Woodland Park Zoo

As reported earlier, Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo has been asking the public for help in naming its new reticulated python. The zoo conducted polling on its Facebook page and the top vote getter was Kaa, which was also the name of the snake in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. The 8-year-old, 100-pound male snake was introduced to the community last week and can be seen at the Day Exhibit during zoo hours.

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Elliott Bay
7:30 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Seattle waterfront redesign moves ahead with presentation of ideas

A rendering of what designers could do with Pier 48 on the Seattle waterfront after the Alaskan Way Viaduct is demolished. This is one of several ideas that will be presented at an event Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Bell Harbor Conference Center.
James Corner Field Operations

Soon, the public will have an opportunity to see some initial ideas for what Seattle’s waterfront could look like after the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down. The city plans to redevelop 26 blocks along Elliott Bay between King Street and Broad Street.

Designers from James Corner Field Operations will present preliminary concepts and ask for input tonight at Bell Harbor Conference Center on Pier 66.  

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Humanosphere
3:33 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Happy News: Journalist colleague and friend D Parvaz set free

Dorothy Parvaz, a reporter for Al Jazeera and a former colleague of mine at the Seattle Post Intelligencer, has been released by Iranian authorities after she was detained in Syria and deported to Iran. Parvaz returned to Doha, Qatar, where she is now based.

Here’s the New York Times on this Happy News and, for quick background, what I wrote when D (as she prefers) first disappeared weeks ago when attempting to enter Syria to report on the protests going on there against the Assad government.

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