correction http://kuow.org en Oso Logger: We Followed Rules, Cut Edge Of Landslide Zone Cautiously http://kuow.org/post/oso-logger-we-followed-rules-cut-edge-landslide-zone-cautiously <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><em>Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that land above the Oso landslide zone was logged in 2005. The site was logged in 2004 and replanted in 2005.</em></p><p>The forester who clear-cut land above the Oso, Wash., landslide zone in 2004 says he followed standard procedures and state regulations when logging there.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:24:49 +0000 John Ryan 32020 at http://kuow.org Oso Logger: We Followed Rules, Cut Edge Of Landslide Zone Cautiously DNR Investigates Out-Of-Bounds Clear-Cut, Other Possible Factors In Oso Landslide http://kuow.org/post/dnr-investigates-out-bounds-clear-cut-other-possible-factors-oso-landslide <p><em>Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that land above the Oso landslide zone was logged in 2005. The site was logged in 2004 and replanted in 2005.</em></p><p>Seattle just wrapped up its wettest March on record, with 9.4 inches of rain reported at Sea-Tac International Airport.&nbsp;</p><p>Geologists say near-record rain in the Cascade foothills&nbsp;was key in triggering the fatal landslide near the town of Oso, Wash., on March 22. But they say clear-cutting nearby could also have worsened the risk of the hillside collapsing. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:41:46 +0000 John Ryan 31677 at http://kuow.org DNR Investigates Out-Of-Bounds Clear-Cut, Other Possible Factors In Oso Landslide Concern Over Landslide-Logging Connection Near Oso Is Decades Old http://kuow.org/post/concern-over-landslide-logging-connection-near-oso-decades-old <p><em>Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that land above the Oso landslide zone was logged in 2005. The site was logged in 2004 and replanted in 2005.</em></p><p>Saturday's deadly slide was the latest in a long string of landslides to hit the area known as the Hazel or Oso slide along the North Fork Stillaguamish River.</p><p>State and tribal officials have known about and tried to block landslides on that spot for half a century. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:27:48 +0000 John Ryan 31356 at http://kuow.org Concern Over Landslide-Logging Connection Near Oso Is Decades Old University Of Washington To Receive Money From Controversial Timber Sales http://kuow.org/post/university-washington-receive-money-controversial-timber-sales <p>The Washington Board of Natural Resources voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the sale of 200 acres of the Olympic Peninsula. The money from the timber sale will go to the University of Washington.</p><p>The land is home to a rare seabird whose numbers have plummeted to the point that it’s listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:46:28 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 29889 at http://kuow.org University Of Washington To Receive Money From Controversial Timber Sales Remembering Chad Kellogg: 'It Was An Honor To Climb With Him' http://kuow.org/post/remembering-chad-kellogg-it-was-honor-climb-him <p></p><p>Last Friday, mountaineer legend Chad Kellogg was killed climbing Mount Fitz Roy in Argentina.</p><p>His death has been a blow to the local climbing community. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:55:15 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 29000 at http://kuow.org Remembering Chad Kellogg: 'It Was An Honor To Climb With Him' Washington State Ferries: Born From A Rates War http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-ferries-born-rates-war <p></p><p></p><p>In 1948, at the height of discontent over a Puget Sound transportation controversy, a group of agitated locals, nicknamed the “Vashon vigilantes,” prevented the ferry Illahee from docking.</p><p>A local business man, two candidates for governor and a network of traversing boats came to a head over a seemingly simple issue: how much to charge to cross the waterways between cities and islands. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:27:20 +0000 Kara McDermott & Dominic Black 28338 at http://kuow.org Washington State Ferries: Born From A Rates War Seattle City Light Customers: Brace For Higher Bills This Year http://kuow.org/post/seattle-city-light-customers-brace-higher-bills-year <p></p><p>Customers of Seattle City Light are likely to see an increase in their bills later this year.</p><p>The utility is facing lower than expected revenues, and that could mean an automatic 3 percent surcharge for customers. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:34:00 +0000 Deborah Wang 28702 at http://kuow.org Seattle City Light Customers: Brace For Higher Bills This Year The Stranger Goes To Court Over ‘Unjustified Secrecy' In May Day Case http://kuow.org/post/stranger-goes-court-over-unjustified-secrecy-may-day-case <p><em>Correction 2/5/2014: The text of this story has been edited to reflect that the court action is a motion (not a lawsuit).</em></p><p>The Seattle newspaper The Stranger is seeking more openness in the case of two witnesses who were detained for refusing to testify before a grand jury by filing a motion to unseal federal court records. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:29:57 +0000 Amy Radil 28121 at http://kuow.org The Stranger Goes To Court Over ‘Unjustified Secrecy' In May Day Case Businesses Worry About Broadway Construction http://kuow.org/post/businesses-worry-about-broadway-construction <p><em>Correction 1/15/2013: This story has been changed to reflect that construction has&nbsp; eliminated a center turn lane, not reduced the lanes from four to two as originally stated. </em></p><p><em>A previous version of this story also incorrectly said construction on all of the projects would take another three years. The current lane closures are scheduled to end in December, Sound Transit expects the Capitol Hill light rail station construction to be complete by spring 2015, and the First Hill streetcar is expected to be operating by the middle of 2014. Work on the First Hill streetcar started affecting Broadway in April of 2012. The story below has been corrected.</em></p><p>For many of us, years of light rail construction on Broadway has been a traffic headache. But some small business owners along Capitol Hill's main street worry that ongoing construction could force them to shut their doors. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:22:57 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 27008 at http://kuow.org Businesses Worry About Broadway Construction Will 2014 Be The Year Of The $15 Minimum Wage In Seattle? http://kuow.org/post/will-2014-be-year-15-minimum-wage-seattle <p>Newly-elected Councilmember Kshama Sawant is already working on her campaign promise to establish a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:42:50 +0000 Deborah Wang 25672 at http://kuow.org Will 2014 Be The Year Of The $15 Minimum Wage In Seattle? How A Recalled Medical Device Killed A Vet At Seattle's VA Hospital http://kuow.org/post/how-recalled-medical-device-killed-vet-seattles-va-hospital <p></p><p><em>Editor’s note 2/7/2014: This story has been edited to remove references to VA officials’ incorrect claim that a Seattle VA nurse saw the Infusomat recall at the FDA website in March 2012. While manufacturer B. Braun sent the VA and other customers its recall notice in March, FDA did not post information about the manufacturer’s March 23, 2012, recall letter until August 1. The story has also been edited to attribute to medical records the statement that, the night Eddie Creed died, a doctor asked his sister if she wanted an autopsy to be done. Creed's sister claims the VA never asked her about an autopsy. The content in the edited story differs from the audio in the original broadcast.</em></p><p>When Eddie Creed, a Seattle jazz musician, died at the Veterans Affairs hospital on Beacon Hill last year, his death certificate said throat cancer had killed him.</p><p>But a KUOW investigation reveals what his doctors knew: A medical device called an Infusomat, which had been recalled the month before, ended his life. Still, nobody knows why. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 John Ryan 23259 at http://kuow.org How A Recalled Medical Device Killed A Vet At Seattle's VA Hospital A Look At Washington's First Charter School Contenders http://kuow.org/post/look-washingtons-first-charter-school-contenders <p><em>Correction 10/24/2013: This story has been changed to correct the number of schools that can be approved in the first round of applications.</em></p><p>More than two dozen organizations say they’ll apply to start the state’s first charter schools.</p><p>Included among them: A school for gifted early elementary students in Spokane Valley; a Tacoma branch of the national charter chain Green Dot; and a Seattle elementary for kids who have experienced extreme trauma. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:59:46 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 22507 at http://kuow.org A Look At Washington's First Charter School Contenders Dave Beck On The Legacy Of Toby Saks http://kuow.org/post/dave-beck-legacy-toby-saks <p>Last Monday, musicians from around the world gathered at <a href="http://www.seattlesymphony.org/benaroya/">Benaroya Hall</a> to remember cellist, UW music professor and Seattle Chamber Music Society founder <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/obituaries/2021520938_tobysaksobituaryxml.html">Toby Saks</a>. She died from pancreatic cancer this summer. <a href="http://www.king.org/">Classical KING FM</a> host (and KUOW alum) Dave Beck attended the memorial. He talks with Marcie Sillman about the memorial and about Saks' legacy. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:56:43 +0000 Marcie Sillman 22155 at http://kuow.org Dave Beck On The Legacy Of Toby Saks Salty Tanzania Lake Turns Birds Into Stone-Like Statues http://kuow.org/post/salty-tanzania-lake-turns-birds-stone-statues <p><em>Correction 10/9/2013: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Lake Natron was 402 miles wide. The lake is 402 square miles. </em></p><p>A lake in Tanzania has come into the spotlight recently thanks to a series of eerie photographs released by photographer Nick Brandt. In his book, &ldquo;Across the Ravaged Land,&rdquo; Brandt shows the world what happens to some wildlife when it&rsquo;s submerged Lake Natron, and it&rsquo;s not pretty. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:49:49 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Christine Streich 21710 at http://kuow.org Salty Tanzania Lake Turns Birds Into Stone-Like Statues Bellevue City Council Candidates Wrestle With Light Rail, Traffic http://kuow.org/post/bellevue-city-council-candidates-wrestle-light-rail-traffic <p><em>Correction 10/10/2013: This story has been changed to clarify candidate Vandana Slatter&rsquo;s position on light rail and differs from the audio.</em></p><p>Bellevue has three City Council races on the ballot this fall. The candidates for those races say they have ideas to help Bellevue manage future growth and to make the downtown feel less like &ldquo;an airport terminal.&rdquo; They spoke at a candidate forum yesterday hosted by the Bellevue Downtown Association. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 19:14:54 +0000 Amy Radil 21349 at http://kuow.org Bellevue City Council Candidates Wrestle With Light Rail, Traffic