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Matthew Fioretti poses at nearly 21,000 feet in the mountains of Nepal. Photo courtesy of Matthew Fioretti
Matthew Fioretti poses at nearly 21,000 feet in the mountains of Nepal. Photo courtesy of Matthew Fioretti
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:34 PM
In an age where the Internet has all but eliminated the need for travel agencies and guidebooks, some local retailers are making part of their living by offering trips abroad.

  • The Seattle Department of Transportation has had three open houses since introducing the Move Seattle proposal across the city. Over the next three weeks, SDOT will host an additional round of opportunities for the public to learn about the proposal and provide feedback. 
  • The Seattle Department of Transportation's results of a before-and-after study evaluating the effectiveness of safety improvements on Northeast 75th Street between 15th and 35th avenues Northeast indicate the changes have dramatically improved safety.

     
  • The Seattle Department of Transportation has closed lanes in the University District for street and sidewalk restoration work through April 17. 
  • Sound Transit tunneling contractors reached the wall of the future Roosevelt light rail station in mid-March, completing the first 1.5-mile segment of a 4.3-mile tunnel that will serve light rail trains from Northgate Mall to the University of Washington starting in 2021. 
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed access to the water at Matthews Beach Park because of toxic algae. 
  • The Woodland Park Zoo board of directors has extended its public comment period at the start of its Tuesday, March 31, board meeting
  • Beginning tonight, March 27, work on two major Puget Sound area roadways is expected to affect traffic this weekend. 
  • King County Metro Transit will have experts speak on the future of public transportation in the county during a “visioning” workshop on Tuesday, March 31.

     
  • A SLU of activity
    DJ Woolsey enjoys driving from Wallingford to drop his girlfriend off at work in South Lake Union (SLU). It means he can shoot hoops on the blacktop basketball court surrounded by a chain-link fence and glassy retail space. 
  • When KIRO-TV recently posted architectural drawings for a “new entrance” to the Pike Place Market, a lot of social-media commenters were outraged. Why, they asked, would anyone rip out such an historic Seattle landmark?

     
     
  • House Speaker Frank Chopp, Sen. Jamie Pedersen and Rep. Brady Walkinshaw will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday, March 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Erickson Theater (1524 Harvard Ave.) at Seattle Central College. 
  • The Washington State Department of Transportation is postponing plans for long-term lane closures on state Route 99/Aurora Avenue North originally scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 11.  
  • Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants and other area advocates urged the City Council to pass a resolution requiring Woodland Park Zoo to retire the elephants to a sanctuary. However, the City Council and Mayor Ed Murray have said they will not block the elephants’ move to Oklahoma. 
  • Beginning as soon as Saturday, March 7, construction crews building the roads leading to the north entrance of the state Route 99 tunnel will close a single lane of SR 99/Aurora Avenue North
  • Seattle Public Utilities will close one northbound lane on Aurora Avenue North beginning Friday, March 6, for one week. 
  • The three state legislators from the 36th District — Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Reps. Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton — will host a town hall meeting on March 14. 
  • King County will soon begin building a new sewer pipe to replace the Fremont siphon. It will answer questions about what construction means for those living and working near the project area during a public meeting on Monday, March 2, at the Fremont Library
  • King County Metro Transit riders will pay a bit more to ride the bus beginning Sunday, March 1. 
  • The Seattle Department of Transportation is reducing North Northgate Way, between Meridian and Ashworth avenues North, to one lane in each direction on Monday, Feb. 23. 
  • Barroom bud?
    Working with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, the city attorney has drafted legislation that would create a new category of business in Seattle. Under the proposed regulation, legal marijuana lounges would be similar to bars that serve alcohol. 
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