What to know about Seattle’s smoky skies 💨

Here’s a gif from a timelapse of one of the fires causing our smoky skies.


There are a lot of wildfires raging to our east, and the thick smoke and white ash has made its way to Seattle (cue the creepy Silent Hill references). When will the smoke clear up? Is the air safe to breathe? How can you help? Here are some answers to those questions.

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DACA protects about 17,000 Washingtonians. It’s official: President Trump announced he’s ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, a.k.a DACA. He’s slowly phasing out the program that protects undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as kids. This gives Congress six months to create and approve new legislation if they want to save these DREAMers. Read local reactions captured by The Seattle Times and Crosscut, and this open letter to Trump from Washington’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. Upset about the decision? Here’s what you can do about it.

What’s keeping our ‘boomtown’ safe. Houston’s floods drew attention to Seattle’s readiness for natural disasters. Columnist Nicole Brodeur addresses concerns voiced by one Seattleite whose partner drowned when their Madison Valley house flooded years ago. (The Seattle Times) Plus, check out this interactive map of how your neighborhood might be affected if a natural disaster hits.

Where you live matters. Average life spans in King County can vary by more than 18 years for men and more than 14 years for women depending on where you live, according to a new study from the UW. (The Seattle Times)

School’s back in session. And that means school buses are back on the road. Lesson #1: Did you know you can get fined $430 for passing a school bus illegally? Save your lunch money and review the rules courtesy of KING5. Lesson #2: If you really wanna know what our schools are like, listen to students. Spend 16 minutes with two Garfield High seniors to learn how racism plays out at their school in this KUOW RadioActive piece.

Seattle’s traffic isn’t so bad. Well, at least not in the sky. That’s why this Sea-Tac air traffic controller started flying to work a couple days a week. It was his wife’s idea, since commuting in car traffic was making him “a grump.” (KUOW)


Our chat with world-renowned photog Chase Jarvis is finally here! We’ve got lots of questions for the cofounder of CreativeLive and know you do too. Don’t have your tickets yet? Get ‘em here. If you can’t make it, there’ll be a livestream, so make sure you’re following along with us on Facebook.

See you tonight. — The Evergrey

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