Here’s why the Army says there were four Black Hawk helicopters over Capitol Hill

Black Hawk Pilots with the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division fly above JBLM during a training flight in January 2017 (Image: @16thCAB)

Thursday, just after 8 PM, a low flying squadron of military helicopters roared across Capitol Hill, shaking apartment buildings and rattling a few nerves along the way. Some counted up to four aircraft, flying low and fast and loud. Thanks to smart phone apps, a few identified the choppers as UH-60 Black Hawks.

No, the anarchist jurisdiction of Seattle hadn’t finally gone too far.

“We have 400 pilots and 150 craft to fly, sometimes over populated areas. Routine training,” Gary Dangerfield, Chief of External Communications for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, told CHS Friday morning. Continue reading

Experts: Capitol Hill mystery soda machine disappearance ‘maybe’ time travel

Or we live in the shittiest timeline.

Experts from Liminal Seattle, trackers of all things weird, wonderful, and paranormal across Capitol Hill and beyond, tell CHS they have been unable to determine exactly what caused the late June disappearance of the mystery soda machine from E John.

“Time Travel is always a possibility (as is sabotage by Timehunters— can’t trust those guys),” Liminal Seattle researcher Jeremy Puma tells CHS. “Portals have also been popping up in random places lately,” Puma reports. Continue reading

Eyewitnesses: Capitol Hill’s mystery soda machine has disappeared — UPDATE

Breaking news from just off Broadway: The Capitol Hill mystery soda machine is gone.

We’re checking in with area businesses including the Broadway Locksmith to see if they can shed any light on the apparent removal of the pop machine that has garnered global pop culture attention for its mysterious provenance. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Capitol Hill Mystery Coke Machine still mysteriously doling out mysterious mysteries at 75 cents a pop

IMG_8426IMG_8433With reporting by Sebastian Garrett-Singh

It’s hard to say why these things happen but they do. The Capitol Hill Mystery Coke Machine is worthy of Internet headlines. Again.

The latest fizzy bubbles of viral interest, we think, were shaken up by this Huffington Post click-bait — The 1 Weirdest Thing You Never Knew About Your Home State posted on March 11th. What has followed has been a rapid regurgitation across the web — all the way to Vice’s predictable conclusion: SEATTLE HAS A HAUNTED SODA MACHINE.

It’s true. Located on E John in front of the Broadway Locksmith shop, the machine continues to dispense pop and mysteries in exchange for your three quarters. CHS found a Capitol Hill family happily visiting earlier this week after they read about the machine via Der Spiegel’s site. “Refreshment in Seattle,” Google Translate claims the story is headlined. “The mystery of the mysterious Coke machine.”

The mysterious mystery machine dates to at least 2002 when The Stranger’s David Schmader published the definitive examination of the important Capitol Hill landmark. If you hate things like Santa and the Easter Bunny, you’ll want to read Reddit Seattle’s take on the “mystery.” CHS believes in the Easter Bunny so we won’t ask questions about why the mystery soda machine gets its power courtesy the locksmith business. The locksmith also can’t explain the renewed interest in the machine that will soon stand in the shadow of the Capitol Hill Station light rail facility and apartment developments. “All of a sudden it took off,” an employee said.

You can find the Mystery Coke Machine at 918 E John — or check out its Facebook page for more (or less) information.IMG_8240