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Paige Browning

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Year started with KUOW: 2015

Paige hosts midday newscasts and monitors news of significance to the Puget Sound region. She hopped over Washington’s mountains to join KUOW, after hosting news and reporting at Spokane Public Radio since 2011. She began her start in radio while a journalism student at University of Montana, by sharing stories with KUFM. Paige was raised in the mountains and rivers around Spokane. In her spare time she cheers on the Mariners in the summer, and hopes for snow in the winter.

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Jim McDermott, left, and James Joseph McDermott, right. Jim is retiring and Joe wants his spot.
U.S. Congress; King County Council

Seattle's longtime U.S. Representative Jim McDermott will retire this year – and another Jim McDermott wants to take his place.

A listener took this photo on Wed., Jan. 13, after noticing that the homeless the tent city at Ballard Blocks had been fully cleared.
Courtesy of Manya Gorman-Knutson

Seattle City Council members got an update Tuesday on how the city removes homeless camps -- and they want to see changes.

City staff and police have cleared out about 40 unsanctioned homeless sites since November and have a list of 170 more to consider. Most of those camps consist of a few people living in tents or sleeping bags.

Crews working for Seattle Tunnel Partners watch as the SR 99 tunneling machine’s cutterhead rotates during testing on Dec. 16, 2015.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC BY NC ND 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1SQLVB5

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has issued an emergency order to stop the tunneling work along Seattle's waterfront.

Contractors found a sinkhole 35 feet long and 15 feet deep near the tunneling machine known as Bertha Tuesday night, the latest of several problems facing the project.

The Dick's Drive-In in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood.
Flickr Photo/Matthew Rutledge (CC BY 2.0)

The man behind Seattle's beloved Dick's Drive-In has died.

Dick Spady passed away Sunday morning in Seattle at age 92, the family said.

seattle ambulance emergency
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Washington state regulators will decide Tuesday whether a $2.9 million fine is enough to punish CenturyLink for a statewide 911 outage.

Alicia Cappola of Everett thinks the fine should be much higher. More than 5,000 emergency calls failed during the six-hour outage in April 2014 -- including 37 that Cappola tried to make after an intruder broke in while her 5-year-old twins were asleep in another room.

Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.waves to fans during a pregame ceremony to induct him into the team's Hall of Fame, Aug. 10, 2013. Griffey was voted into the MLB's Hall of Fame on Jan. 6, 2016.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The Kid has made history.

Ken Griffey Jr. was elected Wednesday to the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2016 class with 99.3 percent of the votes – the highest percentage ever.

The Woodland Park United Methodist Church will house the Hammond House women's shelter, increasing the number of beds for homeless women by 20.
Google Maps

One of Seattle's homeless shelters has a new location, with more beds than before.

The Hammond House women's shelter is now in the Greenwood neighborhood, after its downtown property was sold last year. The shelter will be housed at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 78th Street.

Thousands of tremors have happened north of Seattle since last week.

This burst of underground activity is part of trend that started two weeks ago under Vancouver Island. It's called slow-slip, and occurs about every 14 months in the Puget Sound region.

USGS/KUOW

Thousands of people throughout the Puget Sound region felt a 4.8-magnitude earthquake Tuesday night centered between San Juan Island and Vancouver Island.

No major damage was reported, but seismologists are wondering about the role played by slow-slip tremors.

Earlier this fall, I-405 was reduced to two lanes in order to allow crews to complete final striping for the new express toll lanes. After opening, they're still causing consternation for some drivers.
Flickr Photo/WDOT (CC BY NC ND 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1TFOTpT

The price of the new Interstate 405 toll lanes between Bellevue and Lynnwood hit an all-time high Thursday at $10 a trip.

The lane opened in September, for carpools or people willing to pay to use it. And it has angered some drivers.

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail in the upper Yakima River canyon.
Flickr Photo/Gene Bisbee on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)/HTTP://BIT.LY/1MQCGBG

Because of a wording error, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail remains the country’s longest rail-to-trail corridor – running 230 miles from King County to the Idaho state line.

And trail users see this as a chance to keep it that way.

Daniel Lyon speaks at a news conference on Harborview Medical Center on Wednesday, the day he was released after more than four months in the hospital recovering from burns suffered in the Twisp River wildfire.
Harborview Medical Center

A firefighter critically injured in a deadly wildfire in eastern Washington last summer left Harborview Medical Center on Wednesday after three months in the hospital.

“This accident was a true tragedy, but it’s brought out so much good in the world,” said Daniel Lyon Jr., wearing a clear protective mask to limit scarring from the severe burns on his face. “I’ve never seen so many gracious people in my life.”

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of Escherichia coli, grown in culture and adhered to a cover slip.
Flickr Photo/NIAID (CC BY 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1MtIngO

The sleuthing is under way to figure out what has sickened at least 22 people in an E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants.

Health officials said Monday that they’re still unsure which food is responsible, but the number of cases is expected to rise beyond the 19 in Washington and three in Oregon reported so far. Seven people have been hospitalized in Washington, one in Oregon.

ballot drop box ballot box
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Julie Wise, deputy director of King County’s elections department, is a self-proclaimed elections geek. She’s worked in the office for 15 years.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Flights to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from Seattle and other West Coast cities were canceled Friday and Saturday as Hurricane Patricia slammed into Mexico’s central Pacific coast.

In her listing for King County elections director in the county voters' pamphlet, Julie Wise lists "University of Washington Evans School" and "Harvard Kennedy School."
Screenshot of King County Voters' Pamphlet

A candidate running for King County elections director is apologizing over information in her voter pamphlet bio.

Julie Wise has clarified her education background after being criticized for exaggerating it.

The presidential motorcade and Air Force One at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in Arizona earlier in 2015.
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Get ready for what could be another epic evening commute, Seattle. President Barack Obama will be in town Friday for a campaign fundraiser for Sen. Patty Murray.

Seattle Public Utilities says its dams are about three-quarters full.
Flickr photo/Konstantin Stepanov (CC BY 2.0)

Way to go, Seattle and Tacoma and Everett. You’ve cut your water use by 14 percent over the past eight weeks. That handily beat the goal of the region’s city water managers of a 10 percent reduction.

The bad news, the cities said Wednesday, is that typical fall rains still haven't arrived (despite the drizzle outside) to end the drought gripping Washington state.

University of Washington's Suzzallo Library.
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)/http://bit.ly/1jp5e6Q

New crime data showing sexual assault increasing at the University of Washington actually could be a sign of progress, according to a prevention expert.

Harborview Hospital, Seattle, 2002
Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives (CC BY 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1Ky8e6j

A new federal grant gives Harborview Medical Center a boost in combating gun violence. The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday awarded about $500,000 to organizations in Seattle, including Harborview.

The hospital wants to talk with gunshot victims about the reasons they ended up in the hospital -- sometimes due to gang activity or crime. 

In Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood, where the monkeys live, perhaps a barrel of monkey toys?
KUOW Photo Illustration/Gil Aegerter with Flickr photo/Mykl Roventine (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Seattle is making it easier for neighborhoods to customize crosswalks.

The idea started in June, when the city painted rainbow crosswalks in gay-friendly Capitol Hill ahead of Seattle Pride festivities. 

Shoppers cross Fifth Avenue in Seattle during the Christmas season, 1954.
Flickr photo/IMLS Digital Collections & Content (CC BY 2.0)

Drivers soon won’t be able to turn right on red lights at 10 intersections in downtown Seattle – part of a plan meant to protect pedestrians.

The changes will affect drivers on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues (see map below).

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