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ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- On a nice day in Issaquah the skies fill up with brightly colored paragliders. Poo Poo Point is a popular hiking spot on Tiger Mountain, and a perfect jumping off point for paragliders.
Steve McCarron and I got a chance to go up to Poo Poo Point while covering this story. Steve was brave enough to strap on a paraglider, and with instructor Paul Moyes they took off.
Check out this short video of our day both on, and above the mountain.
CORDOVA, Alaska – The race for the first Copper River Salmon of the season is fast and furious among Seattle restaurateurs. Salty’s Owner Gerry Kingen and Head Chef Jeremy McLachlan, in partnership with Pacific Seafoods, decided to take the friendly local rivalry up a notch with a whirlwind trip to Cordova, Alaska and the Copper River delta. The goal, to have a Copper River King Salmon netted in Cordova and plated in Seattle in under 8 hours. We were invited to come along for the adventure.
SEATTLE -- For the last seven years, a massive elk has slowly taken shape in Travis Pond's Portland studio. Welded together from hundreds of small pieces of metal, the elk stands over 12 feet tall and weighs in at 6800 pounds. If you look closely, you can see the sculpture is made up of mostly John Deere tractor parts, which give it it's green coloring. Car parts, gas nozzles, guns and other pieces of scrap metal make up the rest.
SEATTLE -- The Mecum Auction returns to Seattle this Friday and Saturday, where they plan to auction off over 650 rare, classic and exotic cars. This is the auction's second trip to Seattle, last year they made headlines when a 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda convertible sold for $3.5 million.
We got a sneak-peek at some of the cars with John Kraman, consignment director at Mecum Auctions.
The auction will be held at Century Link event center Friday and Saturday, tickets are $20, kids under 12 are free.
More info is here at the auction website.
LAKE ROESIGER, Wash. -- One of the delightful features of Lake Roesiger's only gas station is the small flock of chickens that live out back. Lindsay Cohen and I were out there last week covering this story and got to hang out in their coop for a bit.
One particularity brave chicken kept coming right up to the camera, and apparently thinking the microphone windscreen was food, began pecking at it.
So for no real good reason, here is a minute of chicken video.
Chickens are fantastic.
EVERETT, Wash -- Cats usually march to their own beat. They're not known for their willingness to strap on a leash and go for a walk.
But Erika and Zach Price really wanted their cat Lexie to experience the freedom of the great outdoors, but without all the dangers. So when she was just a kitten, they tied a piece of string to her collar and she gradually got used to the idea of leash life.
Lindsay Cohen and I were working on another story in Everett when we ran into this tromping trio. Lexie still is pretty independent and wasn't all that helpful to us while filming this story. She was also rightfully suspicious of the big camera and the camera guy too.
SEATTLE -- While driving up north on Aurora it didn't take long to realize something was in the air and headed that way. Looking west, Ballard was covered with black clouds and streaks of rain that seemed to stretch from the clouds to the ground. At 85th I saw the first flash of lightning and it was starting to rain. At 100th and Aurora I decided to pull off the road and start rolling my camera. I got one right away and turned my camera toward the NW direction leaving it roll while I powered up my computer. Three seconds later a big flash of light and huge BOOM shook the buildings and set off car alarms. Heavy rains and hail soon followed.
I didn't realized until looking at the footage and slowing it down that a finger of the lightning had hit the power pole It immediately caused the traffic lights to flash red and traffic quickly backed up.
After it was all said and done, no one hurt, no big damage it is cool to see the power of nature. Maybe a bit too close this time though.
SEATTLE -- The pain of losing Super Bowl 49 just never, ever ends.
The piece that SAM bet is "Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast", painted in 1870 by Albert Bierstadt.
You can forgive the small error in the title (the Puget Sound doesn't technically go out to the coast) once you hear that Bierstadt never actually made it up here before painting it. He had been to the mouth of the Columbia River and based this work on that experience and a healthy dose of imagination.
The painting was boxed up in a custom crate, complete with Seahawk stickers, and will be couriered the 3000 miles to the Clark Art Institute in western Massachusetts. It will be on display there until June, when it will return home to Seattle.
OSO, Wash. -- Exactly one year after the deadly Oso slide, hundreds of first responders, neighbors and family gathered at the site to remember those who were lost.
Bagpipes lead the procession in to the base of the slide, and the flag that has stayed a half-staff was raised for the first time in a year.
A moment of silence was held, and each fallen person's name was read aloud.
Here part of that ceremony, including every name read aloud.
Additional video by KOMO Photographer Stephen Ramaley
What do you get someone for their 150th birthday?
If you're the Seattle Symphony, you give them their very own three-week long concert series.
Finnish composer Jean Sibelius came along at a pivotal point in his country's history. Finland was in the midst of securing its independence from Russia, and his grand scores helped establish a national identity and sense of pride. In Finland his birthday is a federal holiday and his face was on the 100-Markkaa bill. Seattle has a deep Nordic tradition, the festival coincides with a Finnish exhibit at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard.
The Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall is celebrating his 150th birthday with a three week festival, playing all 7 of his symphonies and other lesser-known works.
Thomas Dausgaard, the symphony’s new Principal Guest Conductor said, “Through these seven works, he is searching for the essentials, he is going from lush, big, down to the absolute core values”
Finland's ambassador to the US, Ritva Koukku-Ronde kicked off the festival, and the composer’s great-great-granddaughter, Ruusamari Teppo, led a discussion on her research into his music.
The president of the Finlandia foundation, Ossi Rahkonen, also gave their organization’s inaugural Award of Excellence to the symphony.
The festival continues this weekend. Tickets and more info here.
BELLEVUE - Air 4 was flying over the Newport Hills and sent us back this video looking towards Bellevue, Seattle and the Olympic mountains beyond.
SEATTLE - Benaroya Hall holds a special place in Simon Trpčeski's heart.
Back in 2002 this was where the Macedonian pianist made his North American debut. Tuesday evening he played for both fans and friends as part of the Seattle Symphony's "Distinguished Artist" series.
Mr. Trpčeski's performance began quietly and built throughout the evening to a dramatic crescendo. He started with introspective, later work from Brahms, playing Three Intermezzi, Op. 117. He followed that with Brahms' earlier, more romantic Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24.
After a brief intermission the evening continued with the the more precise work of Maurice Ravel, playing Valses Nobles et sentimentales. Next we heard an arrangement of Franz Schubert by Franz Liszt, Soirees de Vienne: No. 5 Moderato cantabile con affeto; No. 6: Allegro con stepito. The program concluded on a powerful note with Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt.
Mr. Trpčeski played to four encores, the first three were dedications to some of his long time Seattle friends and supporters. For his final encore he bid the audience heartfelt good night with Brahms' Lullaby.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A great Seahawks season came to a heartbreaking end with a last minute interception by the Patriots. Here's the scene following the Seahawks 24-28 loss.
GLENDALE, AZ -- It almost feels like a home game here in Glendale, so many 12's have made the trip to the big game. Check out some of the fans as they make their way into the stadium.