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Gyasi Ross, writer and lawyer.
Courtesy Gyasi Ross

Last year, I had a big business meeting in New York and a reading for my new book, "How to Say I Love You in Indian," at the American Indian Community House in Midtown Manhattan. 

For some inexplicable reason, some television folks were interested in me doing television work. Look, I’m from the rez – we’re hunter-gatherers. If someone is willing to give me free food and an opportunity to provide for my family and me, I’m definitely going to be there. The lunch meeting was at noon. I usually fly red-eyes so I can tuck my son into bed and spend as much time with him before I leave. This time, however, I wanted to be well-prepared and rested, so I flew the night before.  

First half of the flight was cool. I wore my comfortable flying clothes – camouflage sweats, camouflage sweatshirt, braids and a skullcap. 

No one likes to wait in line. But sometimes, you don't have a choice -- like maybe when you want a driver’s license.

Dow Constantine in the KUOW studios.
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Ross Reynolds talks to King County Executive Dow Constantine about the transportation issues facing the county this year.

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It should only take half an hour to drive between Everett and Seattle on Interstate 5, which was possible during the holidays.

But it’s back to reality now, and the regular commute can take longer than an hour.

The Washington legislature convenes next Monday for a 105-day session. Transportation funding is one of the top agenda items.

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Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the upcoming session and what's in store for transportation.

A picture of the Kalakala ferry from 2001.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Knute Berger, columnist for Crosscut and Seattle Magazine, about the final demise of the famed art deco ferry, the Kalakala.

File photo of oil train tankers in a Portland, Ore. railyard.
EarthFix Photo/Tony Schick

SEATTLE — For the past few years, a growing number of trains have been bringing “rolling pipelines” of oil from North Dakota to ports and refineries in the Pacific Northwest.

And in that time, the Washington and Oregon legislatures have failed to come up with the money to pay for the cost of responding to the increasing risk of oil spills in their states. That could change in 2015.

Why We Keep 'Losing' Airplanes

Dec 30, 2014

As the search continues for missing AirAsia Flight 8501, The Daily Beast’s aviation expert Clive Irving writes that the plane’s disappearance is an unnecessary tragedy because the technology exists to track and find missing airplanes sooner.

Irving joins Here & Nows Lisa Mullins to discuss why the technologies aren’t being used.

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She loves dirt and hates sunlight. Seattle Magazine named her one of 2013’s most influential people, except she’s not really a person. She’s Bertha, the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine, charged with digging out the replacement path for the Alaskan Way Viaduct under Seattle.

Her profile on the Washington State Department of Transportation site lists her occupation as a tunneling specialist, but right now she’s stuck and has been since December 6. In light of her current predicament, the decision to name the machine, and thus humanize it, could be a shrewd move.

A Washington State ferry travels to Friday Harbor.
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Travelers to the San Juan Islands have always had to cope with uncertainty. Up to now there’s been no way to guarantee a spot on a particular ferry.

But Washington ferries are now taking reservations for the San Juan Islands. The first ferries to fill up under the new system leave Monday morning.

Updated at 10:15 p.m. ET

Ships and planes have resumed the search for AirAsia flight QZ8501, which lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday. The search efforts, which were suspended overnight, picked up again at dawn, The Associated Press reports.

Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, says the plane has likely crashed into the ocean, Reuters reports. Soelistyo calls that an "initial estimation."

Stop 'Spreading' Bad Manners On Public Transit

Dec 24, 2014
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Men who ride the New York City subway will soon be seeing signs asking them to "stop the spread." As in: Stop spreading your legs so wide when you sit down on the subway, dude. You’re taking up way too much space. 

It's part of a campaign that goes after all kinds of rude behavior on public transit. Jeannie Yandel asked Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray whether we face a similar problem in the Puget Sound region.

According to AAA, the last three months have been the longest stretch of declining gas prices they’ve ever recorded in the U.S.

A coalition in Oregon and the Democratic governor of Washington want to juice sales of electric cars by providing more state incentives.

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