Watch: A march and prayer for Trayvon Martin

The United Black Christian Clergy, a ministerial alliance of more than 30 pastors throughout King County, led a peaceful prayer and march through Seattle's Central District Wednesday evening. The opening prayer was given by Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney of Mount Zion Baptist Church.

The group is calling for the Justice Department to investigate George Zimmerman for civil rights violations against Trayvon Martin, and for the revision or removal of "Stop and Frisk" as well as "Stand Your Ground" laws.

Watch: Sockeye return to Lake Cle Elum

Last week Jeff Burnside and I traveled just over Snoqualmie Pass to Lake Cle Elum to see something that hasn't happened in 100 years. Sockeye salmon, the first to hatch here since the Yakima and Columbia rivers were dammed, returned to the lake to spawn. An effort led by the Yakima Indian Tribe brought 1000 salmon here to spawn 4 years ago, their offspring then traveled out to the Pacific and back again. The salmon needed a little extra help from a truck to get over the last two dams, but the Yakima Tribe hopes this success will be just the beginning and plan to return more species to more lakes.

Here is some of the raw footage we shot, along with the words of 91 year old Yakima Tribal Elder Virginia Beaver.

Check out our full story here:


"Over the Line" Art inspired by the films of the Coen Brothers hits Capitol Hill

LTD Art Gallery on Capitol Hill is currently holding an "art show tribute to the films of the Coen Brothers." 

"Over the Line!", curated by Chris Jackson, features work from more than 50 artists from the northwest and around the country.

Of all the subject matter to choose from, Raising Arizona was the most popular subject, and Nicolas Cage is clearly an artist favorite.

The works will be on display through July 14th.


Preview LeMay's new NASCAR exhibit

Tacoma's LeMay Car Museum has a new NASCAR exhibit opening this weekend. Each stage of NASCAR's evolution is represented with a car from the era. From the early days of running moonshine to today's high tech cars, the exhibit gives a great picture of how NASCAR grew to be the second most popular sport in the country.

The exhibit opens Sunday and is scheduled to run for one year.

The Color Run brightens Seattle Center

 There are no personal bests at the Color Run, a 5k held in Seattle Sunday morning. Race officials don't even time the event, instead focusing on having fun, that and lots and lots of colored cornstarch.

Runners start the race dressed all in white, like brand new blank canvases. Throughout the run they get "painted" at color stations. I showed up in time for the race after party, where any blank canvas got thoroughly covered. 

The clean up station was a guy with a leaf blower.


How'd we shoot that? The Dummy Downhill

Mission Ridge Ski Resort ends each season with a "Dummy Downhill", sort of a demolition derby on a ski jump. We loaded up the news car with cameras and headed out to Wenatchee to capture the craziness. Click HERE for the full story that Matt Markovich and I put together. 
We brought 5 cameras to cover this event. Our two big cameras were at both at the top and bottom of the hill, we used those to get the majority of our video. The really fun stuff however came from the on-board shots we got with our three GoPro cameras. They are small enough to catch a ride on the dummies, and tough enough to take the abuse.
The real challenge was the steep and snowy hill, Each of the little cameras had to be run up the hill, attached to a dummy, then you had to get back down the hill in time to shoot the run with the big camera and retrieve the little camera from the carnage.
This story was a fun challenge both as a photographer and and editor. We don't normally get to use 2 cameras, let alone 5, and syncing all that action up was a lot of fun. Hope you like it!
Special thanks to Josh Markovich for his GoPro work.

Not a good morning for umbrellas in Seattle

It's been said that Seattle's not an umbrella town. While that may or may not be true, this morning downtown was no place for umbrellas.

Covering the Queen Anne Fire

It can be difficult to enter situations like this house fire. We never know the mood of people or how they’ll welcome our cameras. But experience has taught me that quite often, people WANT to talk. This was the case with Gina Axe. She agreed to wear my microphone as she watched her home burn. It’s a powerful thing when folks let me into their lives like that, and even after the interview was over, she kept me updated on things.

There is a competitive side as well. My interview with Gina was under the nose of a photojournalist from a competing station, one whom I have immense respect for. That I was able to beat him to Gina's story in such a chaotic scene was immensely gratifying.

Sneak Preview of SAM's new exhibit: MIRROR

First and Union may be the brightest spot downtown thanks to a new permanent exhibit adorning the northwest corner of the Seattle Art Museum. 

For MIRROR, artist Doug Aitken took hundreds of hours of footage from all around  the Northwest, then programmed giant screens to play different video depending on different inputs, such as the weather and traffic.

Especially at night, MIRROR is stunning. The large monitors are topped with ribbon thin screens that draw your eye upwards into the night. It's nearly impossible to not stop and be transfixed. The piece will be unveiled Sunday, March 24th. First Avenue will be shut down and the Seattle Symphony will perform a piece choreographed with the first video. The event is sold out.

MIRROR was commissioned by the late philanthropist Bagley Wright.


Raw Video: Woodinville airplane wreckage removed

Early Sunday morning crews removed the wreckage of the Maule M5 plane that on Saturday had crashed into a home in Woodinville, killing the pilot and seriously injuring a passenger. The NTSB investigation is ongoing.

Boy octopus meets girl octopus

The hardened Seattleite  may cringe when you bring up going to the downtown waterfront. There are too many tourists, there is nothing interesting to see or do. I would even be guilty of that some days, but not on Valentine’s Day. The Seattle Aquarium cleverly disguises a hot, passionate, and tentacle-filled interlude as an educational experience. At noon they arrange a blind date between two giant Pacific octopuses, in hopes they will fall madly in love and, well you know, do what octopuses do.

This is the second year in row I have been able to cover this event, and I am so glad that I did. The crowd this year was amazing, most were school kids on field trips. And what I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall at dinner tables across Seattle that night. I can only imagine how kids answered the question of, “what did you learn at school today?’

The hot couple this year was a lovely female named Squirt. And Rain, a rugged, but bashful hunk of tentacles. After some encouragement by the aquarium’s biologists, the octopuses found each other irresistible and showed all of us there how lovely an under-water romance can be. It is definitely one of the most unique events to cover living in Seattle, and it’s pretty amazing that we all have access to such a great aquarium. Hopefully love will find its way under water again next year!

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Raw Video: Geoduck fishing off of Whidbey Island

The geoduck is big business in Washington State. The large clam can fetch $100-$150 per pound on a plate in Asia, which is where most of the clams are exported to. Here is some of our raw video shot off the shore of Langley on Whidbey Island. Our full story here.

One last show at Easy Street Queen Anne

Friday was the last day of business for Easy Street Records at their Lower Queen Anne location. For the final in-store show, Yo La Tengo came to town and  played a nearly hour-long set.

Easy Street owner Matt Vaughan bid a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported the store over the last dozen years:

"I'd just like to thank the Queen Anne neighborhood, they've been very supportive of us. I wish we could have stayed longer, we're coming off a pretty good year, but there's some things out of my control. Hopefully we didn't let anyone down, made up for it tonight. Go west young man, we'll see you in West Seattle"      (Easy Street's West Seattle location is still open.)

The big surprise of the night was the marriage proposal from long time Easy Street employee and KEXP DJ Troy Nelson to his girlfriend Mackenzie Mercer. (the proposal happens at about the 4 minute mark)