August 2012
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Whether you look for the wildflowers on paved trails, climb to the peak, or view from afar, Mount Rainier looms as our most iconic natural landmark.
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Whether you look for the wildflowers on paved trails, climb to the peak, or view from afar, Mount Rainier looms as our most iconic natural landmark.
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Whenever we play in the mountains, we owe a debt to Jim and Lou Whittaker. The Seattle twins conquered Mount Rainier and REI, and made mountaineering the Northwest’s signature sport.
Thumbnail for - The Law and John Henry !*@#ing Browne
He’s defended the Northwest’s most reviled killers and gained the cursed admiration of Ted Bundy and the begrudging respect of prosecutors. So what’s John Henry Browne doing for his next act? Turn on your TV.
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By the time she turned 50, Sharon Monaghan had developed a habit of repeating herself. Then came lapses in memory and judgment. At first, she blamed her cancer treatment. One day, she got frighteningly lost on the way to the doctor.
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Search our latest list of Top Doctors. Seattle Met’s annual Top Doctors rankings are in. Over 4,500 doctors in the Seattle metropolitan area participated in our 2012 survey, the result of a partnership between Seattle Met and Avvo. Avvo rates...
After climbing Mount Rainier in 1888, the naturalist John Muir wrote: “at last there stood the mountain, wholly unveiled, awful in bulk and majesty, filling all the view like a separate, new-born world.” Compare that to my friend from the East...
Restore Little Hollywood None of us old timers remember it, but at one time Olympia was also known for the quantity of clams and oysters that fed many poor workers (“It’s Still the Water,” July 2012). Part of the lore of the town years back...
Greg Atkinson brings the French classics to Bainbridge.
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A platonic love story in which three unfortunate (but tasty) spot prawns meet their maker.
In Kim Fay’s novel The Map of Lost Memories (Ballantine, Aug 21), the protagonist, Irene Blum, leads a ragtag group of misfits on a trek stretching from Seattle to Shanghai and the jungles of Cambodia, hunting for the lost history of the Khmer...
Damon Conklin, owner of Super Genius Tattoo on Capitol Hill, started professionally inking skin 17 years ago, when he transitioned from a background in video game graphics to a gig at Slave to the Needle. So he’s seen his share of botched...
Here’s who we’d invite if we could entertain this month’s most interesting visitors, locals, and newsmakers.
Lights. Camera. Kitchen Drama.
In the hands of photographer Daniel Carrillo, Seattle art critic Jim Demetre could double for John Wayne or a turn-of-the-century saloon dweller. Each image in Carrillo’s Seattle Artist series, on display at Greg Kucera Gallery, has that...
Jordan Cook is a rock star even mothers could love.
From a Harry Potter binge to the return of 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival.
Seattle Center and KEXP cohost free outdoor Concerts at the Mural, complete with a beer garden and tacos from Chipotle, on Fridays at 5:30 throughout August. Come early for Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard’s band, Brad—it’ll draw a...
To claim you don’t like indie rock in Seattle is heresy, like saying you loathe Mount Rainier. But sometimes we get these cravings...for manic guitar riffs and head-banging drum solos. Sometimes we just want to rock, without the indie....
Three shops where vintage goods, future classics, and warm, natural elements evoke new ideas.
TRAIL NAME Saddle MountainDIFFICULTY ModerateDISTANCE 3 miles round trip This hike on Saddle Mountain, the prominent and iconic Wenatchee Foothills peak that looms above Wenatchee, is short, steep, and—thanks to scented sage—a tad sweet....
Whenever we play in the mountains, we owe a debt to Jim and Lou Whittaker. The Seattle twins conquered Mount Rainier and REI, and made mountaineering the Northwest’s signature sport.
Whether you look for the wildflowers on paved trails, climb to the peak, or view from afar, Mount Rainier looms as our most iconic natural landmark.
BearSight a black bear—no grizzlies—in the Mazama Ridge area east of Paradise in late summer; train binoculars to the open meadows.  Harlequin DucksThey’re not as populous as the camp robber jays that frequent the picnic areas, but these...
Red foxes were once a prized sighting at Mount Rainier. I’d been going to the mountain for nearly a quarter century before I saw one. But this year I’ve seen three foxes in three trips. That’s not good luck. That’s a problem. Over the past few...
AshfordThe town is little more than a loose string of rental cabins, mountaineering shops, and restaurants, but it’s home base for much of the park’s outdoor activity. Westside RoadAnother washout closed the route in the late 1980s, making...
Under a Roof National Park InnOpen year-round and snow free before almost anything else in the park, Longmire serves as a kind of home base for Mount Rainier operations. Most of the 25 hotel rooms are small and have shared bathrooms, but...
Mount Rainier is 100 square miles of active volcano. Armed with just a rock hammer and a handheld magnifying glass, geologist Tom Sisson set about reading its rocks like tea leaves. After a dozen years, off and on, of scouring the peak, Sisson...
How Pros Photograph the Mountain
TRAILS EVERYONE LOVES  Burroughs Mountain Above the trees and in the tundra, these ridges resemble a moonscape. Besides the First, Second, and Third Burroughs mountains, hikers can sometimes see avalanches on Rainier’s flanks. The catcalls...
More than half of the climbers who try to summit Mount Rainier don’t make it. And as a guide on the state’s tallest mountain, I feel them fail. As I trudge slowly up the mountain in the predawn hours, the rope tied around my waist and tethered...
In the bump-on-the-road town of Ashford, which starts just outside of the Park’s southwest gate, there aren’t a lot of things: No McDonald’s. No stoplights. Definitely no fine dining. But there is a Nepali restaurant serving the specialties of...
To bring healthy food to underserved neighborhoods, the founders of Stockbox Grocers think small.
After a decade of disappointment, could there be new life for the space elevator?
SEATTLE PARKING INFRACTION 320066509 Citation Date:  08/16/2012 Time:  16:34 City of Seattle Parking Infraction The Municipal Court of Seattle P.O. Box C-34109, Seattle WA 98124 (206) 684-6600     VIOLATIONS $4 Hourly parking meter...
Milton, Washington, 28 miles south of Seattle, repealed its bicycle helmet law in June. Portland never had a bike helmet law to begin with. Same with Paris, Amsterdam, and Rome. Seattle, though: Helmet City. It’s been illegal to bike here...
“Forty years ago, if we were sitting in this room, a few of you would be smoking cigarettes. And there’d probably be an ashtray in front of me. And if you turned to the person next to you and said, “Could you stop doing that?” ...The person...
Former gang member Mark Rivers turns lives around.
He’s defended the Northwest’s most reviled killers and gained the cursed admiration of Ted Bundy and the begrudging respect of prosecutors. So what’s John Henry Browne doing for his next act? Turn on your TV.
The vaunted cocktail haunt that shuttered in December 2010 makes its long-awaited return in a new space at Seventh and Olive.
A well-crafted remodel of a West Seattle cottage adds just the right amount of room.
All these years I’ve been an exercise dork. Just call me a trendsetter.
By the time she turned 50, Sharon Monaghan had developed a habit of repeating herself. Then came lapses in memory and judgment. At first, she blamed her cancer treatment. One day, she got frighteningly lost on the way to the doctor.
Search our latest list of Top Doctors. Seattle Met’s annual Top Doctors rankings are in. Over 4,500 doctors in the Seattle metropolitan area participated in our 2012 survey, the result of a partnership between Seattle Met and Avvo. Avvo rates...
When a prominent Eastside community member suffered a relatively serious eye injury during a local basketball game, it seemed guaranteed that he’d spend the rest of the day in the emergency room. In Washington, the average ER visit lasts five...
“The brain is one of our final frontiers for exploration, and it’s a very beautiful machine,” says Dr. Amy Bernard, director of structured science at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. In March 2012, Paul Allen committed an additional $300...
In 2011, Harborview Medical Center and 278 of its patients took part in a yearlong study to test a program providing online access to medical records—doctor notes, lab results, medications, and more. The program, called OpenNotes, allows...
Visitors to Swedish’s new state-of-the-art Multiple Sclerosis Center are welcomed by a flourishing affirmation of life. Live potted plants fill the lobby wall of the 11,700-square-foot facility from floor to ceiling. The $4.2 million MS Center,...
If you have benefited from massage therapy, acupuncture, or any form of naturopathic care, you can be thankful that you live in Washington. Our state has the most licensed naturopathic physicians (NDs) in the nation, making it a longtime leader...
Sergeant Ashley Thayer, a Yakima native, joined the army in 2007 and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2011, while deployed in Afghanistan, she suffered a spinal cord injury, which resulted in two back surgeries, including a spinal fusion. Her...
In July, more than 500 twenty- and thirtysomethings, along with keynote speaker Melinda Gates, gathered at McCaw Hall to party and raise money and awareness for global health. The bash was sponsored by Agency (formerly Party with a Purpose), an...
Maple Valley middle schooler Zackery Lystedt suffered a permanent brain injury in 2006 when, following a concussion, he was allowed to continue playing in a school football game and suffered further blows to the head. He underwent two brain...
When Montie Christodoulou gave birth to her first child, she was lying down. “If I was uncomfortable, it was too bad.” During labor with her second child last year at the Group Health Family Beginnings Unit on Capitol Hill, Christodoulou moved...
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