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EarthFix Reports
9:33 am
Mon February 24, 2014

What Does Climate Change Mean For Ice Climbing?

Whitman College freshman Laura Rey makes her way up the Weeping Wall, outside Dayton, Wash. This was Rey's first ice climbing trip.
EarthFix Photo/Courtney Flatt

High up in Washington’s Blue Mountains, behind trees and across the Touchet River, is what locals call the Weeping Wall.

Water seeps through the permeable basalt and can freeze on the cliff’s moss-covered face. When the conditions are right, that creates a curtain of ice that is irresistible for ice climbers.

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Income Inequality
8:48 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Inslee Explores Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers, Contractors

Governor Jay Inslee
Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

President Obama recently ordered a minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Now Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he may consider a similar executive order at the state level.

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Government
8:45 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Send 'Silver Alert' Bill To Governor

Oregon Capitol Building.
M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia

Oregonians could soon notice more alerts about people with Alzheimer's or dementia who have gone missing.

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EarthFix Reports
4:50 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Navy Looks To Renew Permits For Bombing And Sonar Exercises In The Northwest

The U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the Pacific Ocean alongside the oiler USNS Yukon.
Official U.S. Navy Imagery/Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate

The Navy is pursuing permits to continue conducting sonar and explosives exercises in a large area of the Pacific Ocean — and that’s putting marine mammal advocates on high alert.

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Week In Review
3:29 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Police Reform, 'McJobs' Protests, And Pot Regulation Changes

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant talks with a fan outside McDonald's restaurant in downtown Seattle at the McPoverty protest on Thursday, February 20.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Workers protest outside Seattle's fast-food restaurants to draw attention to income inequality, and the Seattle's interim police chief's recent disciplinary decision raises questions about which direction police reform is headed.

Also Washington cuts the size of legal marijuana grows after receiving nearly 3,000 applications for a state license.

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter and Livewire's Luke Burbank.

Television
3:29 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Music From Above: Building A Studio In The Trees

The treehouse at Bear Creek Studio featured on "Treehouse Masters."
Screenshot from Animal Planet video.

If you’re walking outside this weekend in Woodinville, Wash., that’s not just birdsong coming from the trees.

Bear Creek Studio was featured on an episode of Animal Planet’s show Treehouse Masters. The crew from the reality show built a recording space for the music studio 18 feet up in the cedar trees.

The episode airs Friday at 10 p.m. and has brought in a couple of musical guests. CeeLo Green drops in to play and is joined by the treehouse’s Fall City designer Pete Nelson, who takes a turn at the microphone – for better or worse.

Nancy Pearl
3:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Children's Books: Poem Depot And Thomas Jefferson

Flickr Photo/Anne and Tim (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendations for children. She says she admires everything by Maira Kalman, including her new book, “Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything.”

If you're a fan of poems by Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky, Pearl heartily recommends "Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles" by Douglas Florian.

Winter Recipe
2:53 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Roasted butternut squash salad
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Winter is winding down, but spring vegetables and fruits haven't arrived quite yet. Food writer and chef Sara Dickerman shows KUOW's Marcie Sillman a new way to use the old winter standby: butternut squash.

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Aerospace
2:52 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Boeing Hopes 'Wounds Would Heal' After 777X Wing Production Rivalry

Boeing's 777X wings will be made in Everett.
Boeing handout

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates about the aftermath of the fight to keep Boeing's 777X wing production in Washington state.

Law Enforcement Technology
2:52 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Seattle Police Push For Facial Recognition Software

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell about a proposal that would allow the Seattle Police Department to use facial recognition software to identify suspects from security footage.

Spirituality
2:52 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Three Interfaith Amigos On Religion And Sports

Flickr Photo/Jeff Nickel (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman of the Three Interfaith Amigos about spirituality and sports.

Lawsuit
2:50 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Mother Seeks Justice For Her Son's Death In Snohomish County Jail

Flickr Photo/Still Burning (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Cheryl Snow, one of the attorneys representing Rosemary Saffioti, about the lawsuit filed against the Snohomish County. In July 2012, Saffioti's 22-year-old son Michael died in the county jail after failing to receive proper medical care. Michael Saffioti died from a severe allergic reaction to dairy after consuming a meal that contained dairy.

Author Interview
12:51 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Elizabeth Gilbert Goes Back To Her Fiction Roots

Elizabeth Gilbert's historical fiction "The Signature of All Things."

Marcie Sillman sits down with author Elizabeth Gilbert, whose memoir "Eat, Pray, Love" was turned into a movie, about her return to fiction in "The Signature of All Things."

This interview originally aired on November 8, 2013.

Venezuela Protests
11:42 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Venezuela Threatens To Expel CNN Over Protest Coverage

A protester wearing a gas mask made from plastic water bottles poses for a picture during an opposition protest blocking a highway outside La Carlota airport in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 18, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has threatened to expel news network CNN from the country over its reporting of recent protests there.

Maduro said he would take action if CNN did not "rectify its coverage."

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SR 99 Tunnel Project
9:44 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Tunnel Tolling: Build It, And They Won't Come?

The Alaskan Way Viaduct section of state Route 99 is being replaced by a tunnel under downtown Seattle and will be partially paid for with toll revenues.
Credit Flickr Photo/camknows (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Anyone who's hosted a party has probably had that panicky feeling beforehand: What if you throw a big party and nobody comes?

State transportation officials face a similar worry: What if after they build a $3.1 billion underground highway to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, not enough people use it?

Build It And They Won't Come?

The state Legislature has decreed that tolls have to pay for $200 million of the state Route 99 tunnel's construction cost.

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