The Fairmont Hotel is known for its top-knotch service and beautiful accomodations, but it's the little-known guests upstairs that are making quite a buzz lately.
He was the face of a franchise, but in the end he wanted a championship. The Mariners traded Ichiro, but the timing couldn't have been worse.
A man makes good on a 13 year old graveside promise.
Working in Seattle news means from time to time, you'll find yourself covering events at Pike Place Market. Today was one of those days, and I have never seen more people packed along the cobbled streets.
We media-types lined up inside the Local Color Coffee House for a pretty cool opportunity: a photo opportunity with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. They got behind the counter and served up coffee -- well, sort of. They are funny men, after all. Three minutes is all we got inside and then it was a rush to a near-by hotel for a short sit-down interview.
Zach was kind of enough to pour me a glass of water, and I'd like to think he enjoyed my comment about forgetting to bring the ferns. The interview was quick, but they did succeed in making me chuckle behind the camera. And the microphone clip worn by Will Ferrell will never be worn again, as it was lost during the mad shuffle. So much for hoping to sell it as Hollywood memorabilia.
And that, folks, is how you spend the Best. Thursday. Ever!
The Rainier Beach Urban Farm really went to the birds this weekend, and some lucky chickens will be getting fancy new digs.
It was Seattle's very first chicken coop design and build competition. Seattle Tilth, Architecture for Humanity and Architects Without Borders teamed up for this event, aimed at inspiring people interested in raising urban chickens. All the proceeds went to Seattle Youth Garden Works, who help introduce homeless and under served youth to urban agriculture.
Ten chicken coops, dreamed up and built by everyone from families to large architecture firms, battled it out for an array of awards. There were lots of interesting innovations including living roofs, hidden storage, and reused building materials.
The coops will be on display through mid August, at the Farm, located at 5513 South Cloverdale Ave in Rainer Beach. Then they will be distributed to neighborhood groups and families in the area.
The judges prize, and the coveted Egg Nest Trophy, went to Coop15 for "Eggplant".
Most innovative prize went to "Chicken Haus" by Callison.
Best use of Integrative Structures and Systems went to "Huevos Ranchero" by VIA Architecture
The Malden Group won two awards, for their "Malden Coop". The "Most Likely to Hypnotize a Chicken" award and the People's Choice Award.
The event raised almost $2000 for Seattle Youth Garden Works, part of Seattle Tilth.
Music by The Loveward Steps
Eatonville's Northwest Trek is getting a little wilder. Alongside the tram tour and the wildlife exhibits, there's a new zip-line challenge course.
The course starts with a 30-foot-high climbing wall, followed by a series of six zip lines separated with challenging bridges and obstacles that reach heights of more than 50 feet. An extension of the course now under construction will bring brave folks over 80 feet above the ground.
Kris Sherman of Northwest Trek says the zip line fits into the park's mission of getting people outside. "This is a perfect fit, it will draw a demographic here that perhaps we haven't got to Northwest Trek before"
Oh and don't worry about zip-lining into a pack of wolves, (that my first question) the zip line course is situated away from any of the animal exhibits.
The course costs $39.95 in addition to admission to the park.
NASA's Super Guppy airplane recently visited Seattle, delivering the first part of the Space Shuttle Trainer to the Museum of Flight.
I spoke with the Lead Flight Engineer and Project Manager for the Super Guppy, David Elliott, about the history and appeal of this amazing aircraft.
The Super Guppy will make two more trips to Seattle carrying rest of the Shuttle Trainer. Your next opportunity to see the big plane should be during the third week in July.
The final touches are being completed on the Great Wheel in preparation for its grand opening this Friday, June 29th. And on this rare sunny day, we had a chance to try out the newest attraction in Seattle.
The wheel towers over the Seattle waterfront, rising more than 200 feet over the water. Each gondola is large and comfortable, with great views in every direction. Rides cost $13 per person and last four or five revolutions. There is one VIP gondola, with four larger seats, chilled cup holders, and a glass floor.
Its a message that this family feels needs to get out, but it brings back painful memories.
They buried their daughter a little more than two years ago.
Sheena Blair was all of 24 years old when a drunk driver, going the wrong way on an Everett street, slammed into the car Sheena was driving.
Tony Ramirez, a passenger in Sheena's car, was also killed that night in February 2010.
Sheena's parents turned their grief and sorrow into a crusade to change the laws that dictate how long drunk drivers are sent to prison when they kill someone in a crash.
This year, the Blair's were present when Governor Gregoire signed a law that put DUI-related vehicular homicide at the same level as first degree manslaughter.
In the news business, sometimes you get to do things most would never dream of, including standing face to face with a 150 pound black bear.
Six friends and baby set out Sunday for a day-hike to Mailbox Peak, just east of North Bend. Nilo Burnardo decided to return to the car with his daughter and was expecting to see his friends a little later on.
Meanwhile near the top of the mountain, the remaining group of five took a wrong turn. They tried to work their way down the mountain, looking in vain for the trail.
One member of the group, Chuck Allen, had a cell phone signal but not much battery life and Nilo was able to call him and then call for help. The group was close enough to the trail head that they could hear the car honking its horn and were even able to use their key fob to unlock a car door, so Nilo could get a cell phone charger.
Rescuers were able to find the group Monday morning and get them all down safely.
As a young girl Ada Snyder attended Olympic View elementary in North Seattle during the 1920's. Today at the age of 95 she just finished up her 20th year volunteering there while working with students in Pam Heindl's kindergarten class. Her loving, positive outlook and love for kids has kept "Grandma Ada" coming back.
For Governor Christine Gregoire, education is the foundation for keeping, attracting and expanding aerospace manufacturing in Washington State.
It all begins at Renton Technical College, where the governor and some (hopefully) future Boeing workers practice the art of riveting.
Ford has announced it’s not manufacturing the Crown Victoria anymore, so the Seattle Police Department needs to decide on a different model to replace their patrol cars.
On Tuesday at the Bremerton Motorsports Park officers from the Seattle Police Department and other agencies test drove six different cars: The Chevrolet Impala, the Dodge Charger, the Ford Interceptor Sedan, the Chevrolet Caprice, the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV and the Ford Interceptor SUV.
This is some edited footage of Seattle detective Ron Smith taking some of the cars for a spin. These cars will be cycled through the precincts as patrol officers try them out and give their impressions starting in July, with a final decision on which models to purchase made seven months after that.