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Carlton Complex fire cuts through Pateros

Carlton Complex fire cuts through Pateros »Play Video

 The Carlton Complex fire cut right through the heart of Pateros late Thursday night. Residents had just minutes to grab what they could and evacuate as flames came over the hill.

Lindsay Cohen and I made drove into Pateros early Friday morning, as did many of those who had to flee the night before. Much of the town was spared, but homes along the hillside, as well as a few downtown blocks had been destroyed.

It's difficult to describe all of what we saw out there, but the pictures help tell the story.

Watch: Smokey time lapse over Leavenworth

Watch: Smokey time lapse over Leavenworth »Play Video

The smoke of the Chiwaukum Creek Fire hung over Leavenworth all day Thursday. For vacationers and residents it's a constant reminder of the massive fire that's just to the west of town.

 

 

Million-dollar cars up for auction this weekend in Seattle

Million-dollar cars up for auction this weekend in Seattle »Play Video

SEATTLE -- The Mecum Auto Auction is making its first ever visit to Seattle this weekend, putting more than 600 classic and collectible cars on the block Friday and Saturday.

Three highlights include a 2008 Bugatti Veyron, which is expected to sell for more than $1 million, a 1967 Corvette L88 Coupe, which could sell for $4-5 million, and a 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda Convertible, which could bring in $3.4-4.5 million.
 
The auction is being held at the Century Link Field Events Center. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the auction begins at 10 a.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, and kids under 12 are free. 

More information about the event is available here.

WATCH: Behind the scenes of Dan Lewis' last day at KOMO

WATCH: Behind the scenes of Dan Lewis' last day at KOMO »Play Video

 One week ago, Wednesday May 21st, marked the end of a brilliant career of anchoring for Dan Lewis at KOMO TV. A 27 year career that he never once called in sick, had a routine of eating an apple a day in between news shows and was our voice to the viewers of channel four.

 A pure professional who at times had his emotion show through during some rough news moments in the last few years. His grace and sincerity shined when he adlibbed through a live memorial service, breaking news or the death of a colleague such as his former co-anchor Kathi Goertzen in 2012.

 Our cameras followed Dan on his last day and his farewell speech to the KOMO staff before taking the anchor desk for the final time. His leadership, humor and professionalism will be missed but we wish him all the best. Thank you for everything Dan.

Video postcards from two local Memorial Day Services

Video postcards from two local Memorial Day Services »Play Video

Monday morning at a Memorial Day service in Magnolia's Fort Lawton, Staff Sergeant Ian Bamman told an emotional story of the loss of his Platoon leader 1st Lieutenant William Edens in the town of Talifar, Iraq.

Heading out on patrol, Bamman asked his Lieutenant if he should take the patrol, Edens replied "Don't worry Sergeant, I've got this one", so Bamman stayed behind. The patrol was hit by an I.E.D. and 4 soldiers, including 1st Lieutenant Edens, were killed.

The service also included a cub scout flag ceremony, bagpipes, and prayers.

 

At an afternoon service at Evergreen Washelli cemetery in Seattle, Army Brigadier General John M. Cho spoke to a crowd of hundreds. He spoke about the importance of gathering together to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Video by KOMO Photographer Katie Johnson

Weekend Hike Assignment: Point Defiance Park

Weekend Hike Assignment: Point Defiance Park »Play Video

 It would be easier to list the features that Point Defiance DOESN'T have rather than all the things it does have. There is really a ton of stuff to do at this historical 700 acre park, so whether you have a half hour or the whole day, head to the north side of Tacoma and check out this great spot.

Here is a list of just some of the things you can do here:

The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, where you can swim with sharks. SHARKS!

Explore Fort Nisqually, a "living history museum", where two of the oldest buildings in the state reside in a replica of an outpost built in 1824 by fur traders.

5-mile drive loops around the entire park and is one of the prettiest drives in the Puget Sound. There are many stops along the way with viewpoints and places to picnic and explore.

There are three main trails through the park, the outside loop (4.3 miles), the inside loop (3.6 miles) and the spine trail (2.6 miles).

Owen Beach on the north side is easily accessible and great for exploring and watching the Vashon Ferry.

Have a great weekend!

The park entrance is located at 5400 N Pearl Street.

Previous Weekend Hike Assignments:

Seward Park
Marymere Falls
The Arboretum
Tolt-MacDonald Park
Deception Pass
Snoqualmie Falls

 

Weekend Hike Assignment: Seward Park

Weekend Hike Assignment: Seward Park »Play Video

Your hike assignment this weekend is Seward Park, Seattle's gem on Lake Washington. 

Seward park is a 300 acre peninsula jutting out into Lake Washington. The park's most used feature is a 2.4 mile trail along the lake. Part of the perimeter trail used to be open to cars, so it's wide enough for bikes and walkers and dogs to share comfortably.

My favorite hike at Seward Park is the series of trails that weave through the interior. Seward Park has the largest stand of old growth trees in the city, and it's hard to remember that you're even in a city when you're in a forrest like this.

Seward Park also has a large meadow, swimming beaches, a pretty nice playground for the kids. There is lots of parking available, but it is a city park so don't leave valuables in your car.

Have a great weekend! Get out and enjoy it!
 

Seward Park is located at 5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S
Here is more info on the park from the city.
Here is more on the history of the park from the great folks at History Link.

Previous Weekend Hike Assignments:
Marymere Falls
The Arboretum
Tolt MacDonald Park
Deception Pass
Snoqualmie Falls

 

 

 

Cute Video: Baby animals at Sarvey Wildlife Center

Cute Video: Baby animals at Sarvey Wildlife Center »Play Video

It's spring, and that means it's baby animal season. Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington is a rehabilitation facility for wild animals that are abandoned or unable to care for themselves. We got a tour and met some of the babies they are caring for.

Here is the website for Sarvey, with info on what to do if you find a baby animal at your house. There is also more info on the facility and how you can get involved and help.

Weekend Hike Assignment: Marymere Falls

Weekend Hike Assignment: Marymere Falls »Play Video
This weekend's hike assignment is Marymere Falls in Olympic National Park. The trail head is three hours from Seattle, located on the north side of the Olympic Peninsula on highway 101. Here is a map.  
 
Olympic National Park is big, like almost a million acres big. While most of the park is wild and inaccessible by car, there is plenty to see all along the perimeter for dayhikers and campers. Highlights include the Hoh rainforest, Pacific beaches, Lake Crescent, and Hurricane Ridge. There are literally hundreds of weekend hike assignments out there.
 
But we have to start somewhere.
 
Driving around Lake Crescent on 101 is one of the prettiest in the northwest, a long windy highway next to a deep blue glacial lake. Halfway along the lake is the Marymere Falls ranger station and trail head. There is good access to Lake Crescent here, as well as places to picnic and the all important road trip restrooms.
 
The hike to the falls is relatively easy, just under a mile and mostly flat. There are some stairs at the end near the falls and they are usually wet so watch your step. There trail weaves through old-growth forest and along Falls Creek and Barnes Creek.
 
Marymere Falls should be just one stop on a bigger trip through Olympic National Park. 
 
Have a good weekend, and happy hiking!
 

 

Meet Woodland Park Zoo's newest residents: Liz and Missy

Meet Woodland Park Zoo's newest residents: Liz and Missy »Play Video

Woodland Park Zoo has two new cheetahs, two 14 year old females from Oregon.

Missy and Liz have lived at Wildlife Safari in Salem, Oregon, where between the both of them they've had 15 offspring. Wildlife Safari works to breed cheetahs, helping keep the endangered species from becoming extinct. They will be in Seattle for the next 6 to 18 months while new cheetahs are born at their facility.  

Here is more info:
http://www.zoo.org/cheetah#.U2GPwvldV8E

Weekend hike assignment: The Arboretum's Azalea Way

Weekend hike assignment: The Arboretum's Azalea Way »Play Video

Your weekend hike assignment this week is Azalea Way, a trail in Seattle's Arboretum. As you may have guessed, there are lots of azaleas along Azalea Way, and right now they are in full bloom and stunning.

Washington Park Arboretum is 230 acre park situated near Lake Washington between the Montlake and Broadmoor neighborhoods. Established in 1934, the park has miles of trails that weave through different environments and gardens. While there is a lot more to see than you can in just one trip, Azalea Way is a great place to start.

Azalea Way is a 3/4 mile trail stretching from the Graham Visitors Center through the center of the park to the Japanese Garden. Parking is available at both ends, though the north end parking lot at the visitors center is larger. From there you can explore the different trails and also check out foster island and Lake Washington.
 
The park is terrific all year, each season is highlighted by the variety of trees and plants. Right now however most of the Azaleas are blooming or about to bloom, Azalea Way is stunning.
 
The Graham Visitors Center is located at 2300 Arboretum Dr E in Seattle
 
Visiting the park is free, but there is a small charge to visit the Japanese Garden
 
If you'd like to get involved:
 
Lots more info here:
 
 

 

Weekend hike assignment: Tolt MacDonald Park

Weekend hike assignment: Tolt MacDonald Park »Play Video

Your weekend hike assignment is the Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation. The 27-acre park is 40 minutes from Seattle, and surrounds the confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers.

Your weekend hike assignment is the Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation.

The 27-acre park is 40 minutes from Seattle, and surrounds the confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers. 

The centerpiece is a 500 foot long suspension bridge built by some 20,000 Boy Scouts, and the Army Reserves in 1976. The bridge sways and the deck has gaps that make crossing a challenge for unsure feet, but the park is well worth a little bravery.

It has a long list of amenities, including sports fields, picnic spots, yurts for camping, river beaches, and a old restored barn that can be rented for events.

It's located just 10 miles north of Snoqualmie Falls on highway 203, so it might be the perfect stop on a day trip through the Snoqualmie Valley. Find out more information from King County.

Have a great weekend!

Eric Jensen - KOMO Photographer

 

Weekend hike assignment: Deception Pass

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Deception Pass State Park may be the most visited state park in Washington, but most visitors only stay a minute as they drive through on Highway 20. This park is much more than just an viewpoint, and it deserves a closer look.

The park covers more than 4,000 acres on both Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island, split in two by the treacherous and narrow Deception Pass channel. It also marks the border between the Puget Sound and the Straight of Juan de Fuca. It's got places to camp, picnic and lots of trails to hike. The park has more than 14 miles of rugged Salish Sea coastline, terrific for exploring.
 
Most visitors just see the bridge. If you are just passing through and only have a minute there is plenty of parking available. Walking the Deception Pass bridge can be vertigo inducing, as it's almost 200 feet over the narrow channel. It's a great spot to stop look out over the San Juans, and to take a picture too.
 
Naval Air Station Whidbey is right around the corner near Oak Harbor, so you might get treated to an impromptu air show like I was when I was there. Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's impressive to see those guys up close.
 
Whidbey Island is a wonderful spot to explore. Just make sure you stop and check out this great park.
 
Have a great weekend!
 
 
Here is more info on the park. You will need to buy a day pass if you are going to park or camp.
The best deal is to pick up a yearly Discover Pass
 
Other Weekend Hike Assignments:
 

 

Full interview with mudslide survivor Amanda Skorjanc

Full interview with mudslide survivor Amanda Skorjanc »Play Video

On a quiet Saturday morning, Amanda Skorjanc heard a rumble, looked out her window and watched her Oso neighborhood explode. Her split second reaction also also saved her son from the massive mudslide. Both Amanda and Duke sustained serious injuries, but they are recovering. 

 
Now that she is doing better, Amanda wanted to tell her story and thank those who helped rescue her and her son. Elisa Jaffe and I put this story together, but I wanted to share her full interview with you.

New sculpture coming to the Olympic Sculpture Park

New sculpture coming to the Olympic Sculpture Park »Play Video

The clear skies and sun-breaks over Seattle today saw more than tourists walking SAM's Sculpture park, it saw shovels breaking ground. A SAM installment crew began work to make room for a new piece called "Echo". 

The sculpture, created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, stands 46-feet tall and depicts the face of a young girl from the artist's home town. The work is made from an amalgam of polyster resin, white pigment and marble dust. The name "Echo" comes from Greek mythology, she was a nymph condemned by Zeus to repeat the words of others. The work will be positioned to face Puget Sound in the direction of Mount Olympus. 
 
The artist hopes his artwork will spark passersby into greater awareness of their own voices. The SAM installation crew who began today expects it to take 2 months to complete. There will be a short detour around the site for cyclists throughout the installation. For more information on "Echo" please go to the artists website