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Geoffrey Redick

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Josh Davis of Port Angeles clears a foot of snow out of his driveway on Wednesday. Areas near downtown Port Angeles saw more than a foot of snow overnight.
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Snowfall and freezing temperatures have blanketed western Washington this week.

On Tuesday night, areas of Port Angeles received up to two feet of snow. And before that, winds in eastern King County led to the closure of U.S. Highway 2 at Skykomish.

We wanted to hear how residents are dealing with those events, so KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco made some phone calls.

He talked to Noah Glaude, the assistant library director of the North Olympic Library System and Henry Sladek, the mayor of Skykomish.

 

Matt Malyon is a chaplain and a writer who spends nearly every Wednesday afternoon with kids wearing orange jumpsuits. They meet in the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center, where they read poems and song lyrics together. And, they write together. The
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Author’s note: I believe in the power of writing. Words on a page travel forward through time, finding people who need them. And, of course, writing heals the writer too. That's been true for me, again and again. I learned about the program Underground Writing, and Matt Malyon, who started it, when I was researching story ideas for our Skagit Valley Connects program. I reached out right away. It happened that they were about to publish a book of poems, many of them written by young people who were incarcerated. The poems were direct and stark, insistent in their power. I sat with Malyon for a few hours, listening to his story, listening to him read the stories of the young people he teaches. I hope you'll hear a few minutes of those stories and that you'll be as moved as I was. (This story originally aired Jan. 31.)  

In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Cokie Roberts speaks during the opening ceremony for Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Roberts has died at the age of 75.
Matt Rourke / The Associated Press

Cokie Roberts died Tuesday, at the age of 75. Professionally, she was an inspiration to many journalists. Not many of us in the KNKX newsroom met her. But Erin Hennessey did, in 2005, when Cokie came to Seattle for an event at Virginia Mason.

Nancy Leson and Dick Stein enjoy a tasty Philly cheesesteak at the Broadway farmers market.
Geoffrey Redick / KNKX

“It’s so much like the days of yore, when the marketplace was a place for people to meet and greet.”

That’s how food commentator Nancy Leson described Tacoma’s Broadway farmers market, after she’d spent a couple hours there with KNKX’s Dick Stein on a recent Thursday morning. It’s one of four around the city.

Community members gather at the site of the Oso landslide to remember victims and dedicate a mailbox sculpture in their honor.
Geoffrey Redick / KNKX

Oso, Washington — They gathered to remember their friends, their families, and the neighborhood that was once here.

Five years ago, a hillside gave way above the Steelhead Haven neighborhood, killing 43, injuring more and changing the lives of thousands. It was the deadliest single landslide in U.S. history.

Wooden signs hang from a gate at the site of the Oso landslide, which devastated the community of Oso, Washington, on March 22, 2014.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Oso, Washington — People in the tight-knit community of Oso, Washington, knew when they drove past Steelhead Drive. There weren’t any street signs pointing to their neighbors’ idyllic corner of the Pacific Northwest. But there was the familiar row of mailboxes.

KNKX producer Geoffrey Redick reads to his kids at his Seattle home.
Courtesy of Geoffrey Redick

A version of this essay was originally published by Fatherly, an online parenting magazine. Geoffrey Redick is a producer for All Things Considered, who joined KNKX in April 2018 after a decade working part time as a producer and full time as a stay-at-home dad.

Jean Godden holds a copy of her book at the KNKX Seattle studios, on Jan. 5, 2019.
Ed Ronco / KNKX

Jean Godden has heard a lot of stories over the years.

Godden, now 87, was a columnist for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Seattle Times, before serving three terms on the Seattle City Council.

 Test baker Julia Berstein (right) works with a graduate student at the Bread Lab in Skagit County.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

MOUNT VERNON, WASH. — When the Bread Lab was founded eight years ago, it was just that — a lab inside Washington State University’s Mount Vernon Research Center. 

Now, it lives in a gigantic building full of ovens and flour mills, where bundled wheat stalks adorn the walls. Food commentator Nancy Leson visited (and indulged her way through) the Bread Lab recently.

Craig Romano's wife, Heather, stands at a lookout in Mount Vernon's Little Mountain Park.
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MOUNT VERNON, WASH. — KNKX Connects to Skagit County this Thursday, when All Things Considered broadcasts live from the Mount Vernon City Library. In this sneak peek of our show we meet Craig Romano, who is an award-winning guidebook author. He hiked to the summit of Little Mountain with producer Geoffrey Redick.

Seattle streetcar
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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has nominated a new head of the city's Department of Transportation. Sam Zimbabwe has worked for the trasnportation department in Washington, D.C. for seven years, most recently as chief project delivery officer.  

Westport is a surfing destination in Grays Harbor County. The Surf Shop offers them community.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

WESTPORT, WASH. — Drive as far west as you can in Grays Harbor County, and you’ll meet the ocean in Westport. Waves roll into the beach there, next to a jetty that marks the entrance of the bay. It’s where Al Perlee arrived decades ago with a wetsuit and a surfboard. A while later, he opened The Surf Shop.

Don Sucher, owner of Sucher and Sons Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen, is too jovial to be a purist.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Tomorrow, KNKX Connects to Grays Harbor County. All Things Considered will broadcast from the Aberdeen Timberland Library, sharing stories about government, business and history. Today, we give you a sneak peek of our special coverage. KNKX producer Geoffrey Redick brings us along on a visit to Sucher and Sons Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen.


Ben Anderstone

 


 

Elections are a measure of public opinion. And in part, the opinions of the people who make up the electorate are influenced by their background.

 

Political scientists and campaign consultants can use factors like a person’s age, race, educational attainment and income level to predict how that person will vote. But demographics can be fallible. Particular people often buck their demographic trends.

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This story is part of KNKX's series "Five Voters, Fresh Perspectives."We're looking at the 2018 election through the eyes of five people who are at a turning point in their lives.

Steve Holdsworth began working as a Lead Advisor with Brighton Jones in downtown Seattle last spring. His family joined him here in September. They live on Bainbridge Island, and they moved from Memphis, Tennessee.

Ed Ronco

Inside the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, the crowd had questions: Will there be jobs? What will the housing look like? Can I still get down to the beach? What about traffic in the area?

The redevelopment of Bellingham’s waterfront brings a lot of unknowns. What is clear, though, is that change is happening at the foot of the city’s downtown, where heavy industry once sat for more than a century.

Northwest Indian College

 


 

Communities in the Salish Sea basin are working to clean up pollution and better understand how to foster a sustainable environment. It requires data collection and lab work. But it also requires a connection to the cultures of the many nations that touch the Salish Sea.

 

Western Washington University

 

 


 

In September, the Knight Foundation released the results of a poll about public confidence in the news media. Most adults in the survey, including 90 percent of Republicans, said they have lost trust in journalists, citing concerns over accuracy and bias. But, there was a little hope. Nearly 70 percent said that trust can be restored.

 

A.J. Barse

 

Downtown Bellingham is an inviting place. It’s easy to walk around, and there are plenty of shops and cafes to visit. It’s lively, but not overcrowded. And pretty soon, it’ll have a direct connection to Bellingham Bay, once a portion of the waterfront is redeveloped to allow for mixed-use buildings and parks.

 

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Earlier this year, elected leaders in Seattle did a rapid about-face on a tax that would have collected money from large employers like Amazon to fund programs to address homelessness.

At the time, poll numbers showed a majority of voters opposed the idea. While council members and Mayor Jenny Durkan were changing their positions, they were also exchanging text messages -- with each other, and with power brokers in the city. 

Ed Ronco

People who love nature love to be in the wilderness. The problem is if too many nature-lovers visit one location, it's no longer wild. This conundrum is more likely to happen in the areas around a major population center like Seattle. 

Bellamy Pailthorp

There's one coal-fired power plant left in Washington state. But it won't be burning coal for much longer: It's scheduled to shut down or to switch to natural gas by 2025.

Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce

The Olympic Discovery Trail is known as "pathway to the Pacific." It stretches across the North Olympic Peninsula, from Port Townsend to La Push. About 75 miles of the trail are made up of paved pathways, separate from roads. Another 60 miles of the trail exists as gravel path or along the shoulders of highways.

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The members of the Lewis County Writers Guild meet every Friday at a coffeehouse in downtown Centralia. They welcome everyone who's interested in sharing their work. 

UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine

Around the country, schools are placing a lot of emphasis on STEM education  -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. W.F. West High School in Chehalis is part of that trend, to an impreesive degree.

Ashley Gross / KNKX

(Updated at 4:00 pm on Sept. 6, 2018, to add comments from Evelyn Cook, a middle school teacher in Tacoma, and Tacoma Public Schools spokesman Dan Voelpel.)

The first day of school in Tacoma was canceled on Thursday because teachers and other school staff in the state’s fourth-biggest district went on strike.

That comes after the district and the Tacoma Education Association failed to reach an agreement over salary increases for the coming school year. Members of the union voted by about 97 percent to authorize a strike Tuesday evening.

Faye Fox

Angela Meade thought, when she was growing up in Centralia, that she might be a doctor.

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The top of Seminary Hill rises about 500 feet above sea level. Not a towering peak, but unmissable on the flood plain of Centralia, in west Lewis County.

Geoffrey Redick

 


 

Each year, indigenous people in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia

paddle traditional canoes to meet in one location. This year, the journey is called “The Power Paddle to Puyallup."

 

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

 

 

Many people in Seattle -- no matter their political ideology -- are frustrated with their elected leaders, who are trying to keep the business sector happy and confront a growing homelessness crisis.

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