Liz Jones http://kuow.org en Ukrainians In Seattle React To Crisis Back Home http://kuow.org/post/ukrainians-seattle-react-crisis-back-home <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>When there’s daylight in Seattle, it’s usually night time in Ukraine. But that time difference doesn't matter to many Ukrainians here, who are anxious for news of the crisis unfolding in their motherland.</p><p>“We have 32 channels from Ukraine so we can watch every day,” said Peter Drogomiretskiy during a recent interview at his home in Brier, Wash. He sometimes watches Ukrainian news coverage with his wife, Valha Drogomiretskiy, until 3 a.m. and only sleeps a few hours before work.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:43:33 +0000 Liz Jones 32700 at http://kuow.org Ukrainians In Seattle React To Crisis Back Home Seattle's $15 Wage Campaign Eyes The Ballot http://kuow.org/post/seattles-15-wage-campaign-eyes-ballot <p>A Seattle group seeking a $15 minimum wage has filed paperwork to put the issue to voters. The move aims to increase pressure on Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council to pass a measure this year. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:39:12 +0000 Liz Jones 32545 at http://kuow.org Seattle's $15 Wage Campaign Eyes The Ballot Statewide Special Patrols To Crack Down On Distracted Driving Starting Thursday http://kuow.org/post/statewide-special-patrols-crack-down-distracted-driving-starting-thursday <p></p><p>You’ve probably heard the slogan “Click It or Ticket” to promote seatbelt safety. Now, Washington state is joining in a new national campaign to target people who text and drive.</p><p>Special patrols will be out statewide, starting Thursday, with a new snappy slogan to add: “U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay.” Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:04:23 +0000 Liz Jones 32182 at http://kuow.org Statewide Special Patrols To Crack Down On Distracted Driving Starting Thursday One Man's Story Of Rebuilding After 'Total Devastation' http://kuow.org/post/one-mans-story-rebuilding-after-total-devastation <p></p><p>Mike Peroni knows what it’s like to live through a disaster. In 2007, a massive flood wiped out his home and farm in Curtis, Wash., about 40 miles south of Olympia.</p><p>For him, stories from the tragic landslide near Oso, Wash., on March 22 have hit an emotional scar. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:08:00 +0000 Liz Jones 32086 at http://kuow.org One Man's Story Of Rebuilding After 'Total Devastation' Behind The Hunger Strike At Tacoma’s Immigration Lockup http://kuow.org/post/behind-hunger-strike-tacoma-s-immigration-lockup <p>A steady protest has hung over an immigration lockup in Tacoma for more than a month.</p><p>In March, hundreds of detainees went on hunger strike. Outside the gates, families and supporters have gathered daily, waving signs that read “No More Deportations.”</p><p>A large crowd is expected outside the facility again this Saturday, as part of a national campaign. The protest has grown out of frustration about an impasse on immigration reform as detainees fight to avoid deportation and separation from their families.</p><p><strong>‘I Wouldn’t Be Another Number’</strong></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:25:05 +0000 Liz Jones 31889 at http://kuow.org Behind The Hunger Strike At Tacoma’s Immigration Lockup Public Displays Of Inspection For Seattle Restaurants http://kuow.org/post/public-displays-inspection-seattle-restaurants <p>When you walk past a restaurant in Seattle, you’re most likely not aware of the health and safety standards inside. But Seattle and King County Public Health is currently cooking up a plan to change that with a new rating system, which may include signs on restaurant windows. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:54:58 +0000 Liz Jones 31727 at http://kuow.org Public Displays Of Inspection For Seattle Restaurants Hunger Strikers At Northwest Detention Center Moved To Isolation http://kuow.org/post/hunger-strikers-northwest-detention-center-moved-isolation <p>Several immigrants being held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma have been moved to isolation after a recent hunger strike at the facility. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:46:15 +0000 Liz Jones 31726 at http://kuow.org Hunger Strikers At Northwest Detention Center Moved To Isolation Witness, Helicopter Pilot Provide Insight On Seattle Center Crash http://kuow.org/post/witness-helicopter-pilot-provide-insight-seattle-center-crash <p>KUOW reporter Liz Jones speaks with Justin Rabung, who works a couple of blocks away from where a KOMO News helicopter crashed on Tuesday morning.</p><p>Also, Steve Scher speaks with Larry Welk about the technical aspects of the helicopter that was involved in the crash. Welk has been a helicoper pilot for 15 years and has a company in Los Angeles called Angel City Air which operates news helicopters. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:15:25 +0000 Liz Jones & Steve Scher 30809 at http://kuow.org Witness, Helicopter Pilot Provide Insight On Seattle Center Crash Nooksack Vote Shows Divide On Disenrollment Struggle http://kuow.org/post/nooksack-vote-shows-divide-disenrollment-struggle <p></p><p>This weekend’s tribal council election on the Nooksack reservation near Bellingham leaves an uncertain future for hundreds of its members. The tribe has sought to remove about 15 percent of its people in what would be the largest tribal disenrollment in Washington state’s history. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 00:12:54 +0000 Liz Jones 30738 at http://kuow.org Nooksack Vote Shows Divide On Disenrollment Struggle Disenrollment Controversy Looms Over Nooksack Tribal Council Election http://kuow.org/post/disenrollment-controversy-looms-over-nooksack-tribal-council-election <p>Members of the Nooksack tribe near Bellingham will cast votes in a high-stakes election this Saturday. The outcome could change the fate for hundreds of members facing disenrollment from the tribe.</p><p>This membership controversy within the Nooksack Tribe surfaced about a year ago. The tribal council questioned the ancestry of 306 members, about 15 percent of the tribe, and moved to disenroll them. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:05:09 +0000 Liz Jones 30568 at http://kuow.org Disenrollment Controversy Looms Over Nooksack Tribal Council Election Immigrant Detainees Win Right To Bond Hearings http://kuow.org/post/immigrant-detainees-win-right-bond-hearings <p>As a hunger strike continues at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, a new federal court ruling coincidentally meets one of the protesters' demands. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:18:44 +0000 Liz Jones 30419 at http://kuow.org Immigrant Detainees Win Right To Bond Hearings Tensions Increase As Tacoma Detention Center Hunger Strike Continues Into Day 5 http://kuow.org/post/tensions-increase-tacoma-detention-center-hunger-strike-continues-day-5 <p>More than a hundred detainees at an immigration lockup in Tacoma are entering their fifth day without food. The hunger strike began Friday, with about 750 people refusing to eat.</p><p>Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stepped up medical observations for the protesters. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:06:19 +0000 Liz Jones 30268 at http://kuow.org Tensions Increase As Tacoma Detention Center Hunger Strike Continues Into Day 5 Lockdown Lifted As Hunger Strike Continues At Tacoma Detention Center http://kuow.org/post/lockdown-lifted-hunger-strike-continues-tacoma-detention-center <p>Immigration officials say a lockdown has been lifted at a Tacoma detention center where hundreds of detainees are involved in a hunger strike.</p><p>U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the lockdown that started Sunday at the area of the Northwest Detention Center holding violent offenders was a precaution.&nbsp; Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:09:04 +0000 Liz Jones 30176 at http://kuow.org Lockdown Lifted As Hunger Strike Continues At Tacoma Detention Center Seattle Police Adopt New Crisis Intervention Policy http://kuow.org/post/seattle-police-adopt-new-crisis-intervention-policy <p>A new policy for the Seattle Police Department aims to change how officers handle crisis situations with people who are mentally ill or under the influence. The crisis intervention policy, which takes effect Monday, is part of the city’s federally-mandated police reforms. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:25:04 +0000 Liz Jones 29786 at http://kuow.org Seattle Police Adopt New Crisis Intervention Policy University Student On Real Hope Passage: 'I Feel More Accepted' http://kuow.org/post/university-student-real-hope-passage-i-feel-more-accepted <p>Washington state students who are in the country illegally have reason to celebrate. On Wednesday, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the state’s Real Hope Act, also commonly called the DREAM Act. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:19:33 +0000 Liz Jones 29516 at http://kuow.org University Student On Real Hope Passage: 'I Feel More Accepted'