Surviving Super Bowl Media Day: a photographer's guide

Surviving Super Bowl Media Day: a photographer's guide »Play Video

PHOENIX, AZ -- For a news photographer, navigating the madness of Super Bowl Media Day can be overwhelming. Over 4,000 credentialed media are stuffed into a basketball court, and given one hour with each team to get all their shots and quotes. Whether your assignment is getting close to a particular player or just capturing the whole circus, media day is a wild event. 

I asked some of the local Seattle photographers how they get the right shot on such a crazy day.

Betting on the big game? Here's advice from a Vegas expert

Betting on the big game? Here's advice from a Vegas expert »Play Video

LAS VEGAS, Nev -- If you were thinking about betting on the Super Bowl next week, the pages and pages of different bets you can make can be a little intimidating. We met with Jason McCormick, Sports Book Director for Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas, who broke down the different bets and told us who he is picking to win to win big on Sunday.

WATCH: Las Vegas Seahawkers rally with the KOMO 4 Hawk Flock

WATCH: Las Vegas Seahawkers rally with the KOMO 4 Hawk Flock »Play Video

 LAS VEGAS, Nev -- After more than 1300 miles the KOMO 4 Hawk Flock rolled into Las Vegas. We knew 12's were meeting us at the Seahawks adopted bar in town, but were blown away by how many great fans showed up.

Behind enemy lines: 12s rally at Levi Stadium

Behind enemy lines: 12s rally at Levi Stadium »Play Video

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - We have met Seahawk fans at every stop of our KOMO road trip to the Super Bowl, but no fans are as brave and dedicated as those who live in the belly of the beast. Today we met the 12s of Santa Clara, California.

What started as a small Facebook group for fans has now grown into a larger Facebook group. Some drive 45 minutes on game day to watch the game with fellow 12s. Many are from Seattle and grew up fans of the Hawks. They said getting together offers a little taste of home.

We met up with the Silicon Valley Seahawk fans at the 49ers stadium and brought them Top Pot Doughnuts, Skittles, and had them sign our 12th man flag.

Patriots fan threatens to spike doughnut

Patriots fan threatens to spike doughnut »Play Video

 The KOMO 4 Hawk Flock met up with some great Seahawk fans in Vancouver, Wash. Thursday morning when a Patriots fan came along looking for trouble (or maybe it was disc golf.)

The #KOMO4HawkFlock rolls on...

Juggling life: Inside Cirque du Soleil's newest act

Juggling life: Inside Cirque du Soleil's newest act »Play Video

SEATTLE -  Usually the phrase ‘go join the circus’ is meant as a joke. But when Gabriel Beaudoin’s mom told him this as a kid – it’s exactly what he did.

Growing up in Quebec City, Beaudoin was just like any other youngster: he spent hours playing video games. He would sit on the floor with his legs folded in front of him, and was so flexable his mom called him "The Elastic Man."

"When I was young I was really troubled, as a kid with a lot of energy, always moving around you know?” said Beaudoin. "Always talking, always hyper. I have some hyperactivity problems."

He needed to find a focus for all that energy, so like his mom inadvertently suggested,  he went to circus school. He originally trained as a gymnast, but after an injury he discovered juggling and hasn't looked back.

"What I love the most about juggling, I'm a really hyperactive guy, and what juggling gives me is this calm,” said Beaudoin. "I can use my energy in a really specific way, and it teaches me how to focus really well. How to be in the present and in the right place."

Beaudoin has a simple message for other kids who are hyperactive like he was. 

“For all the kids at home who have problems with being all over the place all the time, if you want to find something to focus you, you can juggle, maybe you can do piano, but just find a passion,” he said. "That's what juggling is for me. That's the thing that gives me what I needed in my life to have the right path, and now I've got it and I'm passionate."

Cirque Du Soleil's new show is called KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities. It opens January 29th and runs until March 22nd at Marymoor Park.



WATCH: Seahawks fans go crazy after the big win

WATCH: Seahawks fans go crazy after the big win

Watch: Seattle's commuter dog captures bus ride on video

Watch: Seattle's commuter dog captures bus ride on video

India Arie sings National Anthem at Seahawks-Panthers game

India Arie sings National Anthem at Seahawks-Panthers game

Decades later, Cinerama is still ahead of its time

Decades later, Cinerama is still ahead of its time »Play Video

SEATTLE - The Cinerama opened almost 52 years ago, at the time its three-camera setup and louvered screen was the state of the art. 

On April 20th, 1962, almost a year before the theater opened, the president of Cinerama came to Seattle to tout the new technology. Joe Wren, KOMO's film archivist, dug up footage we shot back then, including a short interview with Cinerama President Nicolas Reisini.

Cinerama closed in August to undergo a massive new renovation, Earlier this week we got a sneak preview of all the upgrades, including brand new concessions, new seating, and a state of the art laser projector and audio system.
Vulcan's Ryan Hufford, Christie Digital Systems' George Scheckel and Dolby's Tim Schafbuch highlight the theater's new technical upgrades.


Two West Seattle water mains break, water goes everywhere

Two West Seattle water mains break, water goes everywhere »Play Video

WEST SEATTLE - Two 8-inch water mains broke Saturday night, one at 52nd and Charlestown and the other two blocks away at 53rd and Dakota. A crew from Seattle Public Utilities came out early Sunday to repair the pipes. They used a jackhammer and backhoe to dig down to the pipe, exposing the break which geysered 20 feet up into the air. The crew then put a clamp around the break and filled the hole and poured new concrete.

This is video from the 53rd and Dakota scene, crews repeated the same process at 52nd, finishing work by early Sunday evening.
Water pressure was temporarily reduced to homes on the streets, but no boil water orders were issued.
Weather did not play a factor in the pipes breaking, crews believe shifting soil from nearby construction could be the culprit.

Sailors lost in forgotten Vietnam disaster honored by shipmates and family

Sailors lost in forgotten Vietnam disaster honored by shipmates and family »Play Video

BREMERTON, WASH. -   A new commemorative stone, recognizing the lives of two local sailors lost at sea, now stands near the USS Turner Joy on the shore of the Puget Sound in Bremerton, Washington.  Seaman apprentice Alan Carl Flummer and Ensign Alan Herbert Armstrong were two of the “Lost 74” who perished on June 3, 1969 when the USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754) collided with the Australian Aircraft Carrier HMAS Melbourne (R21) and was cut in half. The forward section of USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754) sank in 1100 fathoms of water within two minutes. 

Survivor Pete Peters vividly remembers that morning. “The steam lines exploding, the water, their cries for help… will forever be etched in the memory of us survivors,” Peters said.
The newly erected memorial is one of 13 stones placed across the country, standing as a testament to the 74 lives lost on that tragic day. The Frank E. Evans Association, families of the “Lost 74” and survivors from both the Frank E. Evans and the HMAS Melbourne, were in attendance. They gathered to honor the two Washington sailors with the unveiling of the new stone, and remember the 72 other men who died with a ceremony held on the deck of the USS Turner Joy. 
This Bremerton stone is one more step forward towards the recognition many believe is long overdue for the sailors who perished that day. The names of the “Lost 74” were never placed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The reason given for the omission of names; the collision occurred 112 miles outside of the declared combat zone. The Frank E. Evans was participating in a joint Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) exercise called "Sea Spirit".  
Eldest sister of Ensign Alan Herbert Armstrong, Anne Armstrong-Dailey, says it’s heart wrenching that her brother’s name is not on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
“I think when their names are finally on the memorial wall we can all sigh a great sigh of relief,” Armstrong said. 
Despite operating in Vietnamese waters immediately before the exercise and a schedule to resume activities supporting the war effort immediately after, it was determined that the exercise taking place outside the geographical limit for the combat zone rendered the crew ineligible for inclusion on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
The sister of deceased Seaman apprentice Alan Carl Flummer, Maxine Hoadley says she will fighting to have her brother’s service properly recognized.
“It’s dishonorable to them,” Hoadley said. “They were serving our country and they went out some invisible line on a map.”
The USS Frank E. Evans Association has been dedicated to preserving the memory of those lost and working towards the inclusion of the “Lost 74” on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. For more information about the group and 12 other commemorative stones, please visit their website at

Wayward raptors get new start away from Sea-Tac Airport

Wayward raptors get new start away from Sea-Tac Airport »Play Video
SEATAC, Wash. - One of the biggest dangers for airplanes at Sea-Tac Airport comes in a small package.
That package has four legs – and fur.
The hundreds of acres of fields surrounding the airport have become the perfect habitat for the field vole, a small rodent.
In addition to being cute, the field vole is also an attractive food source for predators. During peak times at the airport, their numbers swell to more than 10,000, providing the perfect meal for all types of animals.
"They are the plankton of the flats," said Bud Anderson, a raptor biologist. "Everything eats them – Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed Hawks, coyotes, you name it." 
Having animals around the runways, however, can prove dangerous for planes in the air and on the ground. While fences can keep large animals like coyotes out, there’s no surefire system to keep birds away. 
"There's no way we can really teach them to avoid planes," said Mikki Verhover, a biologist with the airport. "It’s not in their capabilities to understand how fast a plane is moving. So if they detect a plane, by the time they detect it, it's already where they are."
When a bird strikes, it can do serious damage to an airplane. It can destroy an engine, rip into a wing, or go right through the windshield. In 2013, there were 11,315 reported bird strikes across the country, although only 601 caused any damage. Here is the FAA bird-strike database.
Biologists use a wide array of deterrents to keep raptors away, including pyrotechnics and other scare tactics. While some resident raptors have learned to steer clear of the flight path, for young birds, the lure of the vole can be too much, so workers will try to relocate them.
The process begins with a series of raptor traps set up around the perimeter of the airport. When one is tripped, a satellite transponder sends a text message to a team of biologists. The birds are then examined, put in a pet crate, and shipped 80 miles north to the Skagit Valley. 

The program has a unique agreement with the Bellair Airporter, an airport shuttle service. Each bird gets a seat on a van with other travelers. This process means a bird can be relocated within a matter of hours, minimizing crate time and stress.
Once the birds arrive in the Skagit Valley, they are weighed and measured. They also are given ankle bands or wing tags and their information is entered in a nationwide database
"We want to know where they go. We want to know where they show up. We especially want to know if they come back to the airport or not," said Anderson, who has been working with birds for half a century. “If they come back, then that tells us that maybe we need to move them further."

Raptors typically wander for the first two or three years of their life before finding a mate and settling down. Some of the birds that have been relocated from Sea-Tac have been spotted as far north as Nanaimo, British Columbia, and as far south as Sacramento, biologists said.

In the 13 years of the program, more than 686 birds have been relocated. Only seven have returned to the airport.
Anderson added that the Skagit Valley can be a paradise for raptors. 

"Lots of food, open fields, no jets," added Anderson. "There are so many field mice and other sources of food like rabbits. They do very well here."