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Tour Seattle

Tour Seattle

Seattle attracts many tourists every year. However, Seattle is only 37 out of 50 popular tourist cities in the US according to a recent survey. Some people are asking why. 38 million tourists visited Seattle last year. That was the highest number of tourists ever. 600 of these tourists were asked 100 survey questions about their stay in Seattle. Many people come to see the beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery.

05.1.2017| Local

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Goodbye Bertha!

Bertha is a huge tunneling machine. She started digging a two-mile tunnel under the Alaskan Way Viaduct on July 30, 2013 and finished on April 4, 2017. Now the work of completing the Highway 99 tunnel can begin. The Highway 99 tunnel will replace the aging and dangerous Alaskan Way Viaduct.

05.1.2017| Local

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The Highway 99 tunnel

The Highway 99 tunnel

The men in the photo are construction workers. They are building the Highway 99 tunnel. This tunnel will be on the Seattle waterfront. It is two miles long. Cars will travel north or south through the tunnel. Bertha, a big drill, dug the tunnel. Bertha finished digging in April, 2017.

05.1.2017| Featured, Local

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A good catch

A good catch

Many tourists come to Seattle every year. They often go to Pike Place Market. They want to see the famous fishmongers (fish sellers) there throw fish. It is a Seattle tradition. It works like this. A customer chooses a fish. The fishmonger takes the order. Then, get ready!

05.1.2017| Featured, Local

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Flowers for hope

Flowers for hope

The man in the photo is Brian. He is a volunteer. He is arranging flowers. Britt Wiley is helping Brian. She is smiling because the flower looks like an eyeball. These volunteers are making flower arrangements for Hope Place. Women and children live there because they don't have homes.

05.1.2017| Featured, Local

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Outdoor preschools

Preschools help young children (ages 3-5) get ready for school. Now a new type of outdoor preschool is attracting parents and children in Washington. These unusual preschools offer children an active learning environment outdoors in all kinds of weather. Currently there are about 40 outdoor preschools in this state.

03.1.2017| Local

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Fighting mosquitoes

Fighting mosquitoes

The Gates Foundation of Seattle is funding projects, especially in Africa, to decrease the mosquito population. The goal is to stop mosquito-carried Malaria, a serious disease. A recent new low-tech approach is showing promise. The female Anopheles mosquito spreads malaria. This mosquito carries the parasite that caused 214 million people to get sick last year and 438,000 people to die.

03.1.2017| Local

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Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill

“There were two blackbirds sitting on a hill, One named Jack and the other named Jill. Fly away, Jack, fly away, Jill. Come again, Jack, come again, Jill.” It’s spring. Jack and Jill, the red-winged blackbirds, are back. It is time to mate. The pretty black male bird, Jack, has red and yellow on his wings.

03.1.2017| Featured, Local

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Opening Day at Safeco

Opening Day at Safeco

Carl Gaube is at Safeco Field. He is painting the green grass red, white, and blue. He is painting the logo for Major League Baseball. He is preparing the field for baseball’s Opening Day. Seattle’s Major League Baseball team is the Mariners. Many fans call the team“ the Ms.” The Mariners will start play for season 2017 at home on April 10.

03.1.2017| Featured, Local

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Cherry blossom rain

Cherry blossom rain

It’s raining. Students at the University of Washington (UW) are wearing boots and walking to class. They are walking among the beautiful, old cherry trees on campus. Many of these trees are over 80 years old and still healthy. UW gardeners plant many kinds of cherry trees, so the trees bloom at different times.

03.1.2017| Featured, Local

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Find a roommate

The cost of living continues to go up in Seattle. This means that rents are high. How can someone afford to pay these high rents? Get a roommate. The Seattle Times recently studied population information. It found that 70,000 or 12.5% of adults in the city had a roommate in 2015.

01.1.2017| Local

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Seattle Sounders: My Dream Come True

Seattle Sounders: My Dream Come True

Special to Northwest News by Eric Nacke This was a game that I couldn’t miss. I had been waiting eight years to see the Seattle Sounders play in the MLS Championship game and compete for the MLS Cup. It was a dream come true. I have always loved soccer, and I have been a big fan of the Seattle Sounders since 2009, when they joined Major League Soccer (MLS).

01.1.2017| Local

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Brrrrrr!

Brrrrrr!

These people look a little crazy. It’s January. It’s cold. Brrrr! Why do they have their swimming suits on? They are taking part in a New Year’s Day event. It is the Polar Bear Plunge on Lake Washington at Matthews Beach. It’s noon, and these people plan to take a dip in the cold, cold water.

01.1.2017| Featured, Local

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March on!

March on!

Photographer: John Lok / The Seattle Times Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a powerful man. He spoke about peace and justice. Americans observe his birth on the third Monday in January. This year it is on January 16. Seattle hosts one of the largest celebrations in the U.S.

01.1.2017| Featured, Local

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Giving back

Giving back

Jacque Lewis is not at a grocery store. She is at a food bank. She is stacking boxes of food. Food banks accept food donations from stores and people. They give the food away free to hungry and needy people. Jacque is lucky. This year, she has an apartment for herself and her family.

01.1.2017| Featured, Local

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Hello, Diesel!

Move over, Fido the dog! Make room for Diesel, the horse. Diesel is bringing smiles and comfort to patients at a Bremerton hospital. Diesel and other miniature horses are becoming popular as therapy animals across the US. Therapy, or comfort, animals go to hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, and other places.

11.1.2016| Local

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Be prepared!

This winter in Puget Sound is predicted to be neutral. The sea surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean along the coast of South America is expected to be normal. Weather forecasters here see no effect on the climate from El Niño, warmer than normal water temperatures, or La Niña, cooler than normal water temperatures.

11.1.2016| Local

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Santa’s new sleigh

Santa’s new sleigh

Photographer: Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times Santa rides in a sleigh, right? Reindeer pull the sleigh, right? Not on December 10. On that day, Santa will come in an airplane. He will fly to the Museum of Flight in Seattle at 10:30 a.m. He will bring Mrs. Claus with him. Last year Santa came in a Cessna Skywagon 180.

11.1.2016| Featured, Local

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Winter eagles

Winter eagles

Photographer: Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times It’s December. Two beautiful bald eagles are sitting in a tree on the Skagit River. The eagles are looking around with their sharp eyes. What are they looking for? They are looking for chum salmon. The chum salmon are coming from British Columbia.

11.1.2016| Featured, Local

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Winter winds

Winter winds

The woman in the photo is walking in downtown Seattle. The wind turned her umbrella inside out. Her hair is flying around. It is a strong wind. Weather people say, “There will probably be more strong winds this winter.” The weather in the Seattle area will probably also be mostly cool, rainy, and gray.

11.1.2016| Featured, Local

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