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Welcome to Friday. This week was hot, smoky, and then Amazon’s big announcement yesterday really shook things up. More on the Bezos bombshell in a bit, but first let’s talk about one of the wildfires raging in our region.

The Enchantments are a popular destination for backpackers and hikers. 📸: Sara Gentzler


Wildfires are burning all over the PNW, and it’s been heartbreaking for lots of our neighbors to the south and east. There’s something that can feel especially heavy when the beautiful nature around us is threatened.

Last week, our reporter Sara was backpacking in the Cascade’s Enchantments and her group ended up leaving early because of smoke from a nearby fire. This week, the surrounding area is in flames. But before you mourn for some of the most beautiful nature in our state, here’s what the lead ranger in that area had to say: That fire’s a good thing. Read more here.

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Yesterday, we woke up to this massive announcement: Amazon’s going to build a headquarters somewhere else in North America that’ll be a “full equal” to the one here in Seattle. That’s 50,000 jobs, folks.

Amazon’s search for a second hometown is surfacing complicated feelings about the company that’s brought both booming growth and tension to our city. Mayor Ed Murray said he’s going to start talking to Amazon about its needs and one business leader thinks it’s time to say sorry for creating too hostile of an environment.

We’re hearing a range of reactions, and the general tone is hard to pin down. Some people feel remorse, like reader Andrea James Klobucher: “I feel as if Amazon is a lover that I have taken for granted and it just occurred to me that the entity has free will and can walk away.” And others are excited, like reader Farah Hirji: “Maybe Seattle housing prices will finally go down, and people who’ve grown up here and have been priced out can come back to their city!”

Plenty of us are still trying to sort through what it all means. What do you think? Chime in on Facebook and our Twitter poll.


There’s another local company expanding. Dick’s Drive-In will start serving up Seattle’s favorite greasy eats at its seventh store in west Kent by the end of next year. We ❤️ burgers. (The Seattle Times)

Look for our city on the big screen. Producers (including Star Trek’s George Takei) scored the rights to make the novel “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” into a film. The love story is set in Seattle during WWII during the internment of Japanese Americans. (The Seattle Times)

‘A black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.’ Seahawks defensive end and Black Lives Matter activist Michael Bennett tweeted a statement that said Las Vegas police arrested him with excessive force. He says it’s moments like these that explain why he stays seated during the national anthem. The police department insists they didn’t racially profile him and are asking the NFL to investigate Bennett’s “false allegations.” (


Need weekend plans? Turns out Frelard (the area between Ballard and Fremont… yeah… we know) has made Lonely Planet’s list of “10 of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods to visit right now.”

Have fun exploring. — The Evergrey

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