Pikes/Pines | How to help nature stay in sync, phenologically speaking, on Capitol Hill and beyond

Salmon Berry phenology. Left to right: November 2017, January 2018, March 2018, April 2018. Credit: Brendan McGarry

Did you know you can go back in time easily? Give it try. Visit your local green space and admire the plants that have leafed out, the flowers that are blooming, the birds that are singing. Now, travel up into the hills, up the Snoqualmie or the Skykomish rivers maybe, and wend your way back into a cold deep valley. Stretch your legs, look around, listen. The same plants are there but whereas they were leafed out on the Hill, they may still be in bud along the rivers. This timing of the events in the lives of living things is called phenology. By taking this trip you’ll have effectively stepped back in phenological time. Continue reading

‘Histories of Capitol Hill’ event reveals divides even as community comes together

Sara Galvin (Images: CHS)

Community thought leaders, activists and performers are organizing events around the city as part of Town Hall’s a year-long artists in residence event series. Designer Erik Molano brought together passionate activists for an ambitious undertaking with his first event, Histories of Capitol Hill and What We’ll Build Next. Before an audience at the Summit on E Pike last week they explored the challenge of maintaining the heritage of a community through growth and development.

“A lot of these buildings are being erased and with them the memories and people who inhabited them or gathered in and expressed themselves in those buildings,” said Molano, co-founder of brand agency Photon Factory. For Molano, who moved to Seattle five years ago to work at Microsoft, the demolition of old buildings “is a loss of history.

Following individual poetry readings and a presentation from Capitol Hill Housing at the Summit on Pike, a group of community advocates responded to prompts from Molano in an effort to determine what preserving heritage in a developing city means. The group spoke on a wide range of intersectional issues related to the affordable housing crisis. Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 36,000 photographs — most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line.

We also keep our eyes on the #capitolhillseattle Instagram tag —- you should, too! Below are this week’s best Capitol Hill shots. Thanks for sharing!
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Taco service restored at E Olive Way’s The Saint — Plus, Anejo set to open on Broadway

No, Quentin Ertel is not an evil taco genius.

“As much as I’d like to say this was all part of a grand plan it really came down to two things,” Ertel tells CHS about the happy restoration of taco service at his E Olive Way establishment, The Saint. “The first is that I missed the tacos something fierce. And the second is that our regulars really missed our kitchen. Once we found the right chef it was an easy decision — we decided to give the people what they want!” Continue reading

Student walkouts planned as part of Seattle We Won’t Be Next demonstration

One of thousands at last month’s March for Our Lives against gun violence

Seattle students including kids from Capitol Hill and Central District area high schools are expected to be part of walkouts Friday for an anti-gun violence rally in Seattle’s Occidental Square.

The We Won’t Be Next campaign is seeking to bring attention to gun violence’s effect on youth beyond school shootings:

“The Parkland students’ response to the gun violence that affected their community has shown students across the country, across racial lines, and across socioeconomic barriers that we, as youth, have the ability, duty and right to use our voices to call for an end to the senseless gun violence that plagues our communities,” said Niko Battle, a lead organizer for We Won’t Be Next Seattle. “We Won’t be Next recognizes that there is an epidemic of gun violence that typically goes unnoticed by the media that affects the safety, well-being, and security of youth in our community.”

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Your ‘aspirational recycling’ is only part of Seattle’s trash problem — Happy Earth Day, Capitol Hill!

It should come as no surprise that Seattle’s recycling game is among the top 10 of major United States cities but it might be a good time for a refresher considering 15 tons of material put in the recycling bin is rejected each day from the sorting plant.

“The Pacific Northwest is pretty good at recycling overall but it’s important to note, just because you recycle something, doesn’t mean it will be recycled,” said general manager of the local Recology/CleanScapes sorting facility Kevin Kelly. Taking the time to learn and properly stow materials will decrease the risk of those carefully sorted items ending up in the trash.

The stakes for getting the sorting done in your home have risen. The demand for Seattle materials has dropped hugely since 2017, Kelly said, due to losing China’s business which accounted for 50% of sales. China withdrew from international mixed-paper and glass markets with no sign of return after deeming the level of contaminants in recycling exports too high. The ban went into effect January 2018 and has impacted markets all over the world. In a few cases, without a buyer, tons of ready to be recycled goods around King County are being sent to the landfill. Continue reading

Man reported stabbed in Pike/Pine brawl — UPDATE

A fight that drew a large group outside the Havana nightclub early Friday morning ended with a male victim stabbed in the back.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were called to a fight disturbance around 2:15 AM involving two female combatants and a large group outside the 10th and Pike night spot.

They arrived to find a man in the 900 block of E Pike with multiple stab wound to the back. We do not have details on his condition but he was conscious and able to speak with police. UPDATE: Police say the victim was stabbed about five times and was taken to Harborview. SFD reports that he was in serious condition.

The suspect was described as having a distinctive “University of Washington tattoo” on his face.

Police detained two people in the area following the stabbing and believe they have identified the suspect but he has not yet been taken into custody.

‘People’s Moratorium’ continues with another protest at youth jail construction site — UPDATE: 9 arrested

(Image: No New Youth Jail)

Activist opposing the underway construction of a new youth jail facility at 12th and Alder have again targeted the site with a protest Friday morning

No Youth Jail Activists say clergy and faith groups have joined their continuing “People’s Moratorium.” The group is broadcasting the action here on Facebook. Video shows activists inside the work site. In March, the group began its series of protests calling on King County Executive Dow Constantine to put a halt to construction of the facility. Continue reading

CHS Ink | Isaac’s arm

CHS stopped by Witness for a good old-fashioned Old Fashioned and found Isaac Thummel behind the bar with his inked owl.

When asked whooo did it, Isaac told us it was by Ashley Waller (now in Chicago) at Super Genius Tattoo.

“Memento Mori is ‘remember death’, to me it’s remember you’re going to die, so live life while you can. In Celtic mythology Owls are the guides that take you to different spirit realms,” Isaac said.