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Simone Alicea

Business & Labor Reporter

A Seattle native and former knkx intern, Simone Alicea has returned to the Pacific Northwest from covering breaking news at the Chicago Sun-Times. She earned her Bachelor's of Journalism from Northwestern University. During her undergraduate career, she spent time in Cape Town, South Africa, covering metro news for the Cape Times. 

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Tents under an overpass in Seattle
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

A plan to create a new homelessness authority serving Seattle and King County cleared a key vote Thursday. But tensions over how the new authority will be governed could delay the creation of the agency into the new year.

A sign directing people to vehicle licensing and registration in Bellevue
Simone Alicea / KNKX

UPDATE, Nov. 27: A King County Superior Court judge granted a temporary injunction blocking implementation of Initiative 976, which was scheduled to go into effect next week.  

Tuesday marked the end for many campaigns across Washington state, as counties certify their election results. But there are several contests around the Puget Sound region that face recounts.

Snoqualmie Tribal Chair Robert de los Angeles speaks outside the Eighth Generation store in Seattle's Pike Place Market.
Simone Alicea / KNKX

The Snoqualmie Tribe has purchased Eighth Generation, a well-known native arts retailer with a flagship store in Seattle's Pike Place Market.

This deal comes on the heels of another major acquisition for the Snoqualmie. Earlier this month, the tribe purchased the Salish Lodge and Spa along with land surrounding Snoqualmie Falls.

One issue in the system of services for those near or experiencing homelessness is inefficiency. A Denver-based developer is hoping his app can help solve that problem, and some service providers in Seattle are starting to experiment with it.

This April 22, 2017 file photo shows For Rent signs in front of a house in Salem, Oregon.
Andrew Selsky / AP Photo

A Federal Way initiative to protect more renters from eviction is passing 55-45 percent. That victory, along with growing momentum elsewhere, could pave the way for just-cause eviction protections statewide.

The Salish Lodge and Spa overlooks the Snoqualmie falls. The Snoqualmie Tribe announced its purchase of the lodge and surrounding land Friday.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

The Snoqualmie Tribe has purchased the Salish Lodge and Spa along with the land surrounding Snoqualmie Falls from the Muckleshoot for $125 million.

A sign directing people to vehicle licensing and registration in Bellevue
Simone Alicea / KNKX

Washington voters are once again seeing an initiative on their ballot that aims to lower the cost of car tabs. Initiative 976 seeks to repeal state and local car-tab fees to bring them to a flat $30. The initiative also directly targets Sound Transit.

A voter drops a ballot into a ballot drop box Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

A bill up for consideration in the upcoming legislative session could make voting easier in Washington state for thousands of people convicted of felonies. If passed, it would expand voting rights to those in community custody.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

The King County Charter Review Commission is nearing the end of its process for recommending changes to the county's main governing document. The commission is seeking public comment and will hold a town hall-style event in Seattle next week.

Light rail pulling in to Westlake Station
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Light rail stations will be closed in both directions starting 11 p.m. Friday between the SODO and Capitol Hill stations in Seattle. They open again at 1 a.m. Monday.

Grace Stroklund / Courtesy of The Center for One Health Research

In a pop-up gallery traveling around Seattle this week, a series of four photographs by Grace Stroklund looks like it came from an Instagram vacation. The photos feature a pointy-eared black dog on a trail, posing for the camera in a hammock with a lakeside backdrop, and snuggling with the photographer in that same hammock.

Stroklund is housed now. But she used to use the hammock featured in her photos on nights she had to sleep outside.

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club in Seattle has seen a full house nearly every night this month. Its last show Sunday evening was no different.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has released her spending priorities for 2020, focusing on new investments to address the city's most pressing problems.

Reporter Simone Alicea was following a march of Amazon workers today, which eventually converged with the youth climate strike that started at Cal Anderson Park. She talked live about it with All Things Considered host Ed Ronco.

Ashley Gross / KNKX

UPDATE, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.: Adds details from strikes in Seattle and Tacoma, as well as audio of a live Q&A with reporter Simone Alicea, who followed a march by Amazon workers, and audio of a live Q&A with environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp. 

uber car
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is releasing more details about proposals that would set a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers and tax the companies to pay for transit, housing and driver protections.

A detainee walks in a hallway during a media tour at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility Tuesday in Tacoma.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

One of Nathalie Asher's first goals in returning to the Northwest from three years in D.C. is to combat what she says are myths and misinformation about immigration enforcement and detention.

"We've never done this kind of an extensive tour like this," the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement Seattle field office director told media outside the Northwest ICE Processing Center in Tacoma.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

The City of Seattle is considering a ban on natural gas in new buildings. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging builders to go electric for cooking and heating.

Tents under an overpass in Seattle
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Seattle and King County leaders are taking a big step toward combining their response to homelessness. The mayor and county executive on Wednesday put forward legislation to create a new regional homelessness authority.

WSDOT's Patty Rubstello explains the tolls coming Nov. 9 to the State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle.
Simone Alicea / KNKX

Starting at 5 a.m. Nov. 9, drivers on the state Route 99 tunnel in Seattle will have to pay tolls after nine months of riding free. This latest step in the nearly decade-long effort to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct also will have consequences for downtown traffic.

Erin Hennessey / KNKX

Standing in front of the chilled beverages at Metropolitan Market, it may seem like a simple task to say which drinks are subject to Seattle's soda tax. The local chain even makes it clear right on the price tag.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

Hempfest, Seattle's long-running cannabis "protestival," starts Friday. Among the booths representing political causes and legal weed businesses, one law firm will host a free legal clinic to help those with past drug convictions.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

The Seattle City Council is beginning work on a "Green New Deal," a plan to eliminate carbon emissions inspired by a federal proposal of the same name.

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board has designated The Showbox theater downtown as a landmark, a significant step in the nearly yearlong battle over the future of the music venue.
Ashley N. / Flickr

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board has designated The Showbox theater downtown as a landmark, a significant step in the nearly yearlong battle over the future of the music venue. The vote was unanimous.

Firefighters dig a fire line June 24 in Rainier, Washington, during one of the state's wildland fire training academies.
Simone Alicea / KNKX

Naaman Midyette has fought many fires in the past two decades. But fighting those fast-moving blazes that engulf wildlands is different.

“It’s scary just knowing the power a free-burning wildfire can have,” he said.

Brennan Phillips — explosives enforcement officer with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — demonstrates one type of illegal firework Wednesday, July 3, at the Seattle Police Athletic Association in Tukwila.
Simone Alicea / KNKX

There are plenty of ways to buy legal firecrackers in communities around Western Washington, but officials are warning against illegal fireworks that can cause serious injuries.

Seattle City Council

After a three-year battle, the Seattle City Council has approved a new law that relaxes the rules for building backyard cottages and basement units, while limiting the size of new homes in single-family zones to curb so-called "McMansions" in the city.

McNeil Island
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Laura McCollum, who was profiled in Episode 2 of Forgotten Prison, has been conditionally released from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. Hosts Simone Alicea and Paula Wissel spoke with KNKX's Kirsten Kendrick about what that means.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

King County leaders are beginning to narrow their options for how to spend more than $300 million for education over the next 15 years.

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