An avalanche destroyed a chairlift at the Crystal Mountain resort near Mount Rainier at 4:45 p.m. Monday after the resort had closed. The avalanche was intentionally set off by the resort's ski patrol. No one was hurt.
Despite the destruction, patrollers say they have no regrets.
Ski areas routinely trigger avalanches to stabilize the snowpack before skiers and snowboarders arrive. But there's no guarantee any avalanche will go where they want it to. Crystal, for example, had triggered several avalanches the day before the one that took out the chairlift.
Marcie Sillman speaks with Tim Doub, a resident of the Theodora apartments, and Eliana Horn, a community organizer with the Tenants Union of Washington State, about why they are picketing the Seattle-based Goodman Real Estate.
Marcie Sillman talks with Steve McCullough, superintendent of Curlew School District, about the lack of adequate Internet access in the small, northeastern Washington town.
About 200 students attend the school, which houses the classrooms from preschool through high school. McCullough also serves as the school's principal. The district is currently the only place with the fastest and most reliable Internet access in town.
Steve Scher talks with Philip Ballinger, associate vice provost for the UW Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions, about the impending changes to the SAT college admission exam and what it means for prospective applicants.
Of the nearly 1,050 traffic signals in Seattle, about 100 have audible traffic signals. Pedestrians who have gotten used to the chirps and cuckoo sounds are contending with a new tone. So far, multiple people have described the new “rapid ticks” as jarring, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Tunneling crews discuss their progress as they operate Bertha in November 2013. Inch-by-inch progress data is collected and analyzed by dozens of monitors on the 57.5-foot-diameter machine as it tunnels its way beneath Seattle.
It’s been hard to get straight answers about what forced Bertha, the world's largest tunnel machine, to halt. It was off to a good start when it began boring July 30, 2013, but Bertha broke down in December. Since then, the machine has been mostly idle beneath the Seattle waterfront. Project officials still haven't publicly identified a root cause.
Steve Scher talks with Janet Abbate, associate professor of Science and Technology In Society at Virginia Tech, about the history and early users of the Internet. Abbate is also the author of, "Inventing the Internet."