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September 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Oso mudslide, six months later

Posted by Courtney Riffkin

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Dayn Brunner, the brother of mudslide victim Summer Raffo, stands for a portrait near a "family rules" canvas print hanging in his Darrington home on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, nearly six months after the disaster. Brunner, who pulled his sister's body from the wreckage of her car, hopes to see a small memorial area built somewhere along the road where people can pull off and pay their respects. With debris cleanup finished, crews are currently working to completely open the road by early October. Parts of the new Highway 530 are 15-20 feet higher than the old road in order to prevent possible flooding.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin places an old photo of his city back on a shelf at City Hall on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Since dealing with the slide's immediate after effects, Rankin has been looking towards the future to help the area's long-term recovery through tourism, grants and environmental education opportunities.

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Atkinson Construction crew members work on the new Highway 530 near the end of their day near Oso on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, nearly six months after the mudslide that claimed 43 lives.

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Shari Brewer, who worked closely with loggers to get Darrington volunteer workers into the debris field and whose family members were among the emergency responders, voices her concerns at a Joint SR 530 Landslide Commission meeting held at the Darrington Community Center on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. "Where was the help?" she asked. Community members and family of victims gathered on Thursday to discuss their ideas, concerns and perspectives on the disaster that claimed 43 lives. The commission, formed by Governor Jay Inslee and Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, was created to review the emergency response "to identify information gaps, lessons learned or technical needs," to identify prioritized recommendations by Dec. 15, 2014, as stated on its website.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Commisioners Bill Trimm of the Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, left, and John Erickson, former state Director of Emergency Preparedness, center, listen to Shari Brewer speak at a Joint SR 530 Landslide Commission meeting held at the Darrington Community Center on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Community members and family of victims gathered on Thursday to discuss their ideas, concerns and perspectives on the disaster that claimed 43 lives.

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September 21, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Bunka Gakuen University fashion show

Posted by Erika Schultz and Colin Diltz

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Stage director Yurika Okamura directs models during a Bunka Gakuen University fashion show at Seattle Central College's Broadway Performance Hall on Sunday. The school brought 39 fashion students from Tokyo to put on their show to gain experience in the global field of fashion. The school instructs students in textile-making, modeling, stage production as well as garment construction. The students, in their junior year, next will attend classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

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Saki Nishikubo walks during the Bunka Gakuen University fashion show at Seattle Central College's Broadway Performance Hall.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

LEFT: Megumi Uchida shows off her outfit that combines traditional Japanese fabrics with modern. RIGHT: A model walks during the Bunka Gakuen University fashion show at Seattle Central College's Broadway Performance Hall.

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September 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Pacific Northwest Ballet auditions for the Nutcracker

Posted by Colin Diltz

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Bellevue Class V students form a circle with their feet as they come together to stretch while they wait to head to the audition studio during the Pacific Northwest Ballet's auditions in Seattle on Sunday. About 200 students from the Pacific Northwest Ballet School campuses in Bellevue and Seattle will be cast to play parts like Clara, the Mouse King, Infantry, and Party Girls and Boys. This year's production runs November 28 to December 28 at Seattle Center's McCaw Hall.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Cara Uypeckcuat, 8, hangs onto a barre as she waits with other Level I and II students. This is the Pacific Northwest Ballet's final staging of the acclaimed Maurice Sendak and Kent Stowell version of the Nutcracker.

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Ballet master Paul Gibson leads students in a series of steps they will have to repeat for the ballet masters during the Pacific Northwest Ballet's auditions.

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September 20, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Robothon 2014 takes over Seattle Center

Posted by Heather Trimm

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Vadim Drozdenko, 10, of Redmond, studies a robot from Tahoma High School which launches basketballs to kids ready to catch them during Robothon 2014 on Saturday.



Robothon is a national event that showcases the capabilities and technological developments in robotics from the amateur robotics community. At this event, people from around the world come together to present new robotic technologies, share ideas, meet fellow robotic enthusiasts, show off their robotic creations, and participate in robotic competitions and activities.



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Kids make way for a robot being operated by remote control at Seattle Center during Robothon 2014 on Saturday.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Steve Kaehler, of the Seattle Robotics Society, prepares a robot operated by remote control at Seattle Center during Robothon 2014.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Robots aren't able to do much without human help.

KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Two robots compete in a "sumo" match where the robot at right pushes the other out of a circle for a win.

September 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Skate for a cure for ALD

Posted by Heather Trimm

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

American professional skateboarder Mitchie Brusco, 17, of Kirkland flips his board while coming off the super ramp during the EZ Rocks Skate for a Cure event to help combat ALD through the Zakes Foundation.

The event is a Pro-Am skateboarding competition with community vendors, music and street competitions by age group. The Zakes Foundation was founded by Brad and Nancy Zakes after their 10-year-old son and skateboarder Ethan lost his life to ALD, or Adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare genetic disease typically affecting boys 6-10 that damages nerve cells in the brain.

Brad Zakes says that while the disease can be treated, it is rarely diagnosed in time, as it has few outward symptoms until it is often non-treatable. The foundation is working with the Washington State Board of Health to try to add ALD to the list of mandatory newborn screening tests to prevent further lives lost.

"We're keeping our fingers crossed," Zakes said.

Joe Moorman of Bellevue Skate Park, who helped coordinate the event, says the event has brought skateboarders together in a way he hasn't seen before. "So many people have been so generous," he said. "This is special."



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Justin Rivera, 17, who has been skating for 10 years, flies off the super ramp as he tries to do a judo during the EZ Rocks Skate for a Cure event

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Boarders are silhouetted as they practice on the super ramp during the EZ Rocks Skate for a Cure event to help combat ALD through the Zakes Foundation, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bellevue Skate Park.

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September 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

A peek inside boring machine Bertha

Posted by Colin Diltz

STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Workers at the entrance to the Highway 99 tunnel are installing steel Rebar and building forms to create a corbel that will support a concrete ledge and the northbound road deck on Thursday.

STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Bertha, the Highway 99 tunnel boring machine, sits motionless just over 1,000 feet into its 9,270-foot route to South Lake Union.

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September 18, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Homeschool Days at the EMP

Posted by Colin Diltz

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Forrest Walker, 13, rocks out in the Jam booth in EMP's Sound Lab as dozens of homeschool students learn the science of sound as the museum launches its Homeschool Days hands-on experiences and workshops on Thursday. Among his favorite artists is Ed Sheeran.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Rider Blanchard, 6, is the epitome of cool as he and his sister Meadow, 4, work on the electric guitar in an EMP workshop for homeschool students.

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September 18, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Postcards from the past: Autumn Haze, 1958

Posted by Colin Diltz

JOSEF SCAYLEA / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The late summer haze seemed to be marking the end of the season as a perfect day marked the coming of autumn at Snoqualmie Pass on Oct. 5, 1958.



Postcards from the past is an occasional feature, highlighting images from The Seattle Times historical archive.

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