She loves dirt and hates sunlight. Seattle Magazine named her one of 2013â€™s most influential people, except sheâ€™s not really a person. Sheâ€™s Bertha, the worldâ€™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 sheâ€™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.
Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 7:26 pm
SEATTLE -- Washington lawmakers took up a proposal Wednesday to require more transparency from companies that transport oil through the state.
The hearing on House Bill 2347 played out before a packed committee room in Olympia. The new bill would require oil companies to file weekly reports with the state Department of Ecology detailing how much oil is being transported, what kind of oil it is, how itâ€™s being moved and what route itâ€™s traveling through the state.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee pushed for a higher minimum wage and increased education funding during his State of the State Address this week. The state legislature kicked off its 2014 session. Also, Boeing Machinists Union President Tom Wroblewski announced his retirement.
We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger and The Stranger's Eli Sanders. Plus, we hear from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.
Ross Reynolds talks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about his plan to fund King County Metro Transit, separate from the state legislature's transportation package â€” a package that has yet to get off the ground.
Washington state legislators have said for a couple of years now that passing a transportation package is among their top priorities. But Joni Balter, a longtime Seattle news analyst, told KUOWâ€™s Bill Radke that wonâ€™t likely happen this year.