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January 30, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Gene Tagaban becomes a Seahawk

Posted by Colin Diltz

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Storyteller and dancer Gene Tagaban performs with Seahawks-colored wood feathers and a red cedar mask at a Super Bowl rally Friday at the Burke Museum on the University of Washington campus. Tagaban, who is from the T'akdeintaan Raven Freshwater Sockeye clan, is known for his raven dance and stories. The mask by Jacob Lucas is carved from one solid piece of wood.

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The red cedar mask carved from one solid piece of wood by Jacob Lucas rests on stage at the Burke Museum. The Burke has another older mask, the Kwakwaka'wakw transformation mask that inspired the original Seattle Seahawks logo, on display through July 27

January 30, 2015 at 2:01 PM

Super Bowl XLIX: The journey to Phoenix

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Hawks fans out in Arizona

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Curt Ness of Marysville hangs out with a whole bunch of Seahawks fans at Super Bowl Central in Phoenix on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. For more photos, visit the gallery.

Coaches meet for media

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Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll, left, laughs as Carroll and New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick answer questions on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. For more photos, visit the gallery.

Storm blows through Phoenix

DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

It was anything but a Chamber of Commerce night for Phoenix, hosting Sunday's Super Bowl game, as a strong rain blew into the valley and swamped events for fans keeping attractions closed and attendance down on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. For more photos, visit the gallery.

Arizona's desert beauty

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Photographer Bettina Hansen ventured out to show us Arizona's beauty. The Queen Victoria Agave is a threatened species from Northern Mexico. For more photos, visit the gallery.

Lynch talks with media

MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch talks with the media Thursday at the Arizona Grand Hotel. For more photos, visit the gallery.

Super Bowl Central opens

DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Seven-month old Taj Khader squirms on the shoulder of his mother, Arielle Fox, as they cruise Fan Central in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday. Fox, originally from Seattle, moved to Phoenix 11 years ago but still has affection for the Seahawks. For more photos, visit the gallery.

Hawks talk to the press

DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A television reporter gets Garry Gilliam to talk about his hands in a press conference Wednesday at the team hotel on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. For more photos, visit the gallery.

Media Day

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Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch talks to the media during Media Day at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Tuesday January 27, 2015. For more photos, visit the gallery.

Countdown to the Super Bowl: Monday

DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Following his press conference Monday, Pete Carroll stops to visit with former player Johnnie Mitchell. Mitchell played tight end for Carroll at USC in the 90's, and again with the New York Jets. Mitchell works for ESPN Brazil. For more photos, visit the gallery.

Seahawks arrive in Phoenix

DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The Seattle Seahawks arrive at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix on Sunday in advance of Super Bowl XLIX against the Patriots. For more photos, visit the gallery.

NFC Championship

DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse celebrates after bringing in a 35-yard pass to win the NFC Championship over the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, January, 18, 2015. The Seahawks won, 28-22, in overtime. For more photos, visit the gallery.

January 29, 2015 at 6:25 PM

360 view of behind the scenes in Arizona

Posted by Danny Gawlowski

DANNY GAWLOWSKI / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The NFL Experience fills the Phoenix Convention Center with a variety of games, exhibits, entertainment youth football clinics and free autograph sessions from NFL players.

DANNY GAWLOWSKI / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The Verizon Super Bowl Central is a large, outdoor event that takes over several blocks of downtown Phoenix, featuring free music performances and a variety of football-themed activities.

DANNY GAWLOWSKI / THE SEATTLE TIMES

During Super Bowl Media Day, fans sit in the stands of the US Airways Center as reporters from news agencies large and small pack the floor to interview Seahawks players and coaches.

January 29, 2015 at 6:05 PM

The Puppy Bowl Cafe

Posted by Colin Diltz

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Ty, a shepherd mix puppy, grabs onto a football toy from "rufferee" Tommy Gimler at the Puppy Bowl Cafe at Super Bowl Central in Phoenix on Thursday. Twenty-five puppies from the Arizona Humane Society will be romping on the miniature football field, overseen by a "rufferee," Thursday through Sunday at 10 a.m. each day at The Corner on Jefferson Street. All the puppies are available for adoption. "Puppy Bowl XI," which has been prerecorded, will be shown on Animal Planet at the same time as the Super Bowl.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Humphrey, left, a Shepherd mix puppy, takes off with one of the free pairs of sunglasses offered at the Puppy Bowl Cafe.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

"Rufferee" Tommy Gimler throws a football plush in the direction of Humphrey, left, Ty, center, and Dobby at the Puppy Bowl Cafe.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Labrador-Chow mix puppy Brutus, top, tackles brother Brady to the ground at the Puppy Bowl Cafe.

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January 28, 2015 at 7:03 PM

UW attempts umbrella dance record

Posted by Colin Diltz

STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Alex Lopez and about 1,800 University of Washington faculty and staff members danced with bumbershoots to Tayor Swift's "Shake it Off" on Wednesday. They were part of an effort to set the Guinness World Record for the world's largest umbrella dance at Husky Stadium, UW Tacoma and UW Bothell.

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January 27, 2015 at 8:46 PM

Nisqually's wet boardwalk empire

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Hikers endure a steady, misty rain Tuesday as they walk along the Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge between Olympia and Tacoma. The waterfowl-hunting season is over, so the last 700 feet of the boardwalk opened to the public this week after being closed for seven weeks.

January 26, 2015 at 8:48 PM

Perfect day for painting that bent tree

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Ethan Harrington, owner of Ethan Jack Studio and Gallery at Pike Place Market, enjoys what he called a "perfect paint day" recently at Seattle Center. On Monday, temperatures in the region reached record highs, with 61 in Seattle, 60 in Bellingham and 57 in Hoquiam.

January 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM

A warm winter day

Posted by Colin Diltz

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Greg Graham and Amy Bourne walk through Lincoln Park on Sunday. Crowds were out enjoying the sun and temperatures in the low-60s throughout the afternoon. "More snow would be better but we will take the sun instead," Graham said.

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