Capitol Hill Pets | Django the hangover dog in Cal Anderson

Django is about five years old and is an American Bulldog/ Staffordshire Terrier. He is originally from the back of a pickup truck in southern Oregon and is about 80 pounds of solid muscle and sweetness. This pup is apparently very lazy, enjoying his Tempur-Pedic mattress and fan this summer. He is also the perfect size to cuddle with, says Dana, his minder. “He’s a perfect hangover dog.”

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.


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Capitol Hill Pets | ‘Outdoorsy’ princess Isis in Volunteer Park

CHS found Isis chasing frisbees in Volunteer Park. Isis is an “almost eight”-year-old street dog of Rat Terrier and Chihuahua descent from San Marcos, Texas. She was found and adopted almost seven years ago and once climbed to the summit of the South Sister of the Three Sisters peaks in Oregon. “She’s outdoorsy AND a princess,” we’re told.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.


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‘A period of redesign’ — Activists say, as planned, new youth jail will be ‘catastrophic’ to county coffers

The coalition formed to stop construction of the new county youth jail facility on 12th Ave said Tuesday that Dow Constantine’s officials have warned that the project could be “catastrophic” to county coffers.

Nikkita Oliver and the No New Youth Jail and People’s Moratorium efforts held a press conference and rally Tuesday morning to announce the findings outside the fences where construction continues on the $200 million-plus youth justice facility that will create a new incarceration facility, and new court and administrative buildings on the county’s campus at 12th and Alder.

“This system is going to traumatize children and separate families,” Oliver said Tuesday.

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Capitol Hill Pets | At Optimism, vive la Franc!

Franc is a three-year-old French Bulldog who has lived with his friend Michelle Dawahare since he was ten weeks old. Franc is great with people, especially kids, and is super easy going. We met him inside Optimism Brewing where he was being especially sweet. Though he is likely in a celebratory mood following the World Cup, Franc has a sensitive stomach, so if you see him, only give him pets.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill Pets | Nala, lion-like, on Broadway

It would seem that the name Nala is popular for any dog in Seattle that is colored — even slightly — like a lion. This two-month-old Pit Bull/Boxer mix was trying out the treats at Mud Bay on Broadway when we stopped in for a visit. A new addition to the family, her personality as a people puppy is already shining through. As she lives in a house with Ebrima and Rahel and a large family, Nala doesn’t sleep much yet, which her humans hope changes soon. Give Nala a pet if you catch her on the street. Roarrrr!

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

‘I want them to know that they’re not alone’ — Seattle joins nationwide rallies for immigration rights

In a show of unity and solidarity just days before the nation’s Independence Day holiday, thousands of demonstrators gathered Saturday at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center to rally against current immigration policies, the mistreatment of immigrant families, and to protest the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) separation of children from their parents.

Waves of families and activists poured off the light rail at Angle Lake station near Sea-Tac airport, and filled the street in front of the detention center while guards and cameras watched the crowd from the rooftop.

The Families Belong Together rally, a nationwide coordinated day of action, kicked off a week of activity directed at ICE treatment of immigrants and the Trump Administration’s immigration policy. The event at SeaTac brought together an estimated 6,000-8,000 people, including unions, veterans, human rights organizations, elected officials, and community members.

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If you hear somebody talking ‘Comp Plan’ in your favorite Capitol Hill cafe, it’s probably Housing Now shaping plan to take on Seattle’s restrictive zoning

Housing Now is a small group on a big mission

While the repealed Employee Hours Tax was not a Housing Now campaign, the Seattle group has learned from mistakes that were made. With new understanding of how things get done — or don’t — in Seattle, the group has vowed to take on the city’s restrictive zoning laws.

“The Comprehensive Plan stems from the Growth Management Act at the state level which requires every city and county to designate growth areas.” Housing Now’s Alex Broner said in a Sunday afternoon meeting earlier this month on 12th Ave across from Seattle University. “They took our already exclusive zoning system in 1994 and codified it into the City Comprehensive Plan.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Admiring Donna’s eyelashes on 15th Ave

Emmett Montgomery is well known in Seattle — if not for his jokes, then for his presence. It’s not a rare sight to see Emmett, big and bearded, walking Donna, tiny and trembling, around 15th Ave. Donna Noble Montgomery is a 12-year-old Chihuahua with what Emmett calls the “most beautiful eyelashes I have ever seen.”

“I have never noticed anybody’s eyelashes until I noticed Donna’s and now I see eyelashes, they’re just not as beautiful as Donna’s,” Montgomery said. If you see Emmett and Donna, admire their eyelashes and say hello.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

‘Hope in Seattle’ — Community Care Day brings a little extra help to Cal Anderson

Jimmy Berry, an attendee at Community Care Day in Cal Anderson

The 2018 Community Care Day, held at the Cal Anderson Shelter House across from Central Lutheran Church, brought community members from across Seattle to a central location Friday providing medical services, hot food, hygiene kits and vital information for anyone who needs a little extra help.

Devin Silvernail, the executive director of Be Seattle, told CHS midway through Friday’s event they had already spoken with more than 50 community members and given out all the donated blankets and sleeping bags they had on hand.

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CHS Pics | All dogs are good dogs at fourth annual First Hill Fidos

Now in its fourth year, First Hill Fidos filled the park with furry friends and their fans Thursday night. As the doggos marked their territory in our hearts, neighbors met each other for the first time, and some new friends were made in the process.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Alex Hudson and the First Hill Improvement Association, First Hill Fidos brings a little activity to an otherwise mostly quiet First Hill Park. “It’s like that classic Seattle joke, people say hi to the dog but they won’t say hi to a person,“ Hudson tells CHS, “This is a way to break that a little bit. There’s such a community of dog people, and providing them an opportunity to get together and meet each other. Plus, it’s cute as hell.” Continue reading