LA PUSH, WASH. - Today's storm brought high winds, heavy rain and dangerous surf to Washington's coast. We were in the town of La Push, and shot this video from First Beach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
The clouds parted just long enough in Seattle to get a peek at Thursday's partial solar eclipse.
Mount Rainier, Wash. - We had a rare opportunity to join Bravo Company, 1st of the 214th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB), for a search and rescue training mission on Mount Rainier.
The Glasswinged Butterfly's wings lack the colorful scales that other butterflies have, making them nearly clear. Their transparency helps them stay camouflaged in their native habitats of Central America and Florida.
If you'd like to try and spot these elusive little creatures, they'll be at the Science Center for another week.
Pacific Science Center Tropical Butterfly House.
SEATTLE, Wash. - On our way back to Seattle from Bremerton today we couldn't help notice how dramatic the fall clouds were. So I set up the camera in the back of my news car, pointing towards the stern of the M/V Kitsap. The video picks up about 15 minutes into the hour-long trip.
SEATTLE, Wash. - So now that Washington's pot industry is (mostly) up and running, how much of it can you actually buy?
PORT ANGELES, Wash. - For more than 100 years, two dams controlled the Elwha river on the Olympic Peninsula. The Lower Elwha dam was built in 1910, 17 years later and 8 miles further upstream the Glines Canyon dam was built.
When they were completed, the dams helped power the region's booming timber industry. In recent years however the relatively small power output and larger hydroelectric projects on the Columbia River made these two dams obsolete.
Before the dams, the Elwha supported massive runs of spawning salmon. By the hundreds of thousands they took advantage of the river's proximity to the Pacific and it's extensive spawning grounds. But since no fish ladder or other accommodation was made as part of the dam design, when the first dam went up in 1910, no more salmon made it up river.
In 1992 the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act was signed, eight years later the government bought the land and the dams fates were sealed. Work began in September of 2011 with the careful demolition of the Lower Elwha dam. Both of the lakes were drained and the river picked a new path through the former lake beds. The final section of the Glines Canyon dam was removed in late August of 2014. The Elwha was wild again.
Decades of sediment, woody debris, are working their way downstream, while salmon are working their way up the 38 miles of newly accessible habitat. No one knows if they will return in the numbers they once did, but so far the signs are encouraging.
KOMO-TV Reporter Jeff Burnside and I were lucky enough to join a small group of reporters and officials on a decent down the Elwha. We started just downstream of the Glines Canyon and spend the next three hours getting an up close look at the reborn river. Our guides from Olympic Raft and Kayak told us that each time there is a big rainstorm, the river changes its path. The river is in its adolescence, not sure where it wants to go or what it wants to be. 100 years of sediment and old dead wood are working their way downstream, and they change the river's path too.
The rapids would have been more rapid if it was spring, but the summer water flow was still strong. We got splashed pretty good a few times. As we made it down into what used to be Lake Aldwell, we saw how nature is coming back. Native plants, some place by parks staff, have taken hold and are rapidly erasing the last 100 years of control.
We even spotted a few salmon on our trip, finding their way upstream, as if they'd never left.
Park officials hope to have some areas of the Glines Canyon open by the end of 2014.
UPDATE: Salmon have been spotted upstream of the Glines Canyon project.
MONROE, Wash. - An underweight black bear that was rehabilitated after living off a Redmond family's bird feeder was released into the wild Thursday afternoon.
The release of an animal back to the wild is an exciting assignment to cover. Nobody knows quite what will happen and most of the time the animal bolts so fast you only get a few seconds of good video.
So to make the most of the short opportunity we had, I set out 3 extra other small cameras, two GoPros and a Canon S100, and hoped they'd capture the scene.
In June, officers used a doughnut to lure the 1-year-old bear when they realized she was underweight, and brought her to PAWS for rehabilitation. Naturalists reintroduced the bear to her native diet of skunk cabbage and berries, and discovered she doesn't like radishes or watermelon.
We followed a caravan into a remote mountainous area along the Cascades for the bear's release.
With the encouragement of two barking Karelian bear dogs, as well as beanbag and noisemaker guns, the bear bolted. She was in the woods after just three seconds.
You can watch our broadcast story Elisa Jaffe and I put together, but there was so much good video I wanted to share this longer visual version of the story.
Learn more about PAWS or help out by visiting their website.
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 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.
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.