Locals to Know

In the DJ booth at KEXP

Cheryl Waters never thought her volunteer gig would lead to a job, much less a 25-year career in live radio. Back in 1994, Cheryl was volunteering her Friday nights (Saturday mornings, technically) to work 1 to 6 a.m. in the DJ booth at KCMU. Twenty-five years later, the station is now called KEXP, and Cheryl […]

/ September 20, 2019


Q&A: Can card games can help us understand each other better?

Potlatch the game in action (📸: Jonathan Tomhave) Visit one of our city’s many gaming lounges — like Cafe Mox in Ballard or Raygun in Capitol Hill — and it’s obvious: Card games are hugely popular in Seattle. Playing can offer more than just a chance to unwind and relax. For people like Seattleite Jonathan […]

/ July 31, 2019


Long live the local corner store

Ever seen a prize-winning radish? Back in 1915, a trip to the Cone & Steiner general store in Seattle would have scored you some prodigious produce. Fast forward a hundred years or so, and Dani Cone has revived her great-grandfather’s corner store. These days you probably won’t find many radishes, but Dani has stocked her […]

/ June 20, 2019


Gardening where the high rises grow

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining (sometimes), and JoJo Tran wants you to fall in love. Spring is the perfect time to begin a new romance…with your garden. JoJo has been planting and harvesting vegetables as a community gardener in Seattle’s Cascade P-Patch for 20 years. He’s seen plenty of changes in the […]

/ May 7, 2019


The keeper of UW’s 127-year-old telescope

LOCAL TO KNOW: Adriana Gomez-Buckley remembers the first time she got the chance to look through the University of Washington’s 127-year-old telescope. She first visited the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory the summer after she graduated high school., There, Gomez-Buckley met the head of UW’s Department of Astronomy and peered up into the starry abyss. Four years […]

/ April 15, 2019


Fish, With a Side of Ballard History

Pete Knutson is a 47-year commercial fisherman, a fourth-generation Ballardite, and a college professor. When he’s not up in Alaska catching salmon, you’ll find him down on the dock at Fishermen’s Terminal selling it.

/ March 27, 2019


One fix to Seattle’s housing crisis: Modular housing

MEET THESE CHANGEMAKERS: Aaron Holm and Nelson Del Rio are co-CEOs of Blokable, Inc. WHAT THEY’RE DOING: It’s no secret that housing in Seattle (and across the U.S.) is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many.  And there have been more than a few possible solutions proposed locally – backyard cottages! Big affordable housing investments! Upzoning! This week’s […]

/ March 21, 2019


Becoming a Ballardite in three steps

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Ballard THE PERSON: It’s true that Ballard has changed a lot over the years, but there’s one person who has probably seen the neighborhood transform more than anyone. Louis Larsen was born in 1924 and grew up five blocks from downtown Ballard. You may remember that the neighborhood was its own city before […]

/ March 15, 2019


Troy Heerwagen Wants to Help Fix Seattle’s Worst Intersections

Seattle has some pretty bad intersections. But we also have a pretty awesome guy who decided to do something about it.

/ February 12, 2019


Bonnie Robinson Delivers Bus Service With a Smile

If you regularly make the commute from the Eastside, you might be lucky enough to know Bonnie Robinson, one of the friendliest bus drivers in King County. As a Metro operator, she knows we all have a tough time now and then; Bonnie just wants to make sure yours isn’t on the bus. But don’t […]

/ January 25, 2019