Mom and newborn baby

Here are the top baby names in Washington State

Forget John and Mary and Jennifer and Doug. Baby names are colorful now. And not only are they colorful, a lot of them seem to be throwbacks to the olden days of the pioneers and the gold rush and the wild west. The stats are finally in from last year, and here are the top 10 baby names for 2017...
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Salmon on the grill

Copper River Salmon is here -- but it's extra-pricey

The first Alaska Airlines cargo flight carrying 16,000 pounds of Copper River salmon arrived Friday morning. And they say by the end of the day another 48,000 pounds will be in Seattle. Which means that the PNW's favorite spring and early-summer tradition should be readily available -- but it's...
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Barefoot at the beach

Let's hit the beach! Or the pool! Where to splash, swim & sun

Sure, the water's still a little cold. But the sun's out! Time to choose a beach and get out there! And we do have a lot of choices here, from hidden tucked-away neighborhood pocket parks, to community pools, to big spacious sandy beaches, we're all about the water in the Puget Sound area. Well,...
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Job application

Apply for a job at Taco Time and you might win a new car!

Apply for a job, win a car? Northwest-based Taco Time really wants you to consider joining their team. Taco Time is looking to hire 350 people, so they're hosting a one-day Job Fair this Thursday, May 17 at 56 participating Puget Sound area Taco Time restaurants, with open interviews for all...
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Horse racing

Celebrating the Kentucky Derby in the PNW this weekend? Here's where to go

It may seem like a big fuss for a two-minute-long event, but you might as well do it up right. Are you one of those people who takes Kentucky Derby festivities seriously? I'm talking about fancy clothes and big hats and mint juleps in pewter cups . . . if that's your jam, then I've got a list for...
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Mexican food

Where to feast on Mexican food around Seattle this Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday this year, so why don't you make plans for a fiesta at one of these hot Mexican spots? Yelp has generously compiled " Seattle's Guide to Marvelous Mexican Eats " just in time for the festivites.Most of these places aren't fancy; when you read the Yelp reviews you see...
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Washington coast

There's still time to plan your Memorial Day road trip

Who's up for a Memorial Weekend road trip? It's May 26, 27 & 28 this year. Soon! So now's a grat time to make a nearly-last-minute decision to hit the road and chill for a couple of days. The family-friendly site Red Tricycle has half a dozen great ideas for mini-getaways, and you don't have to...
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John and Dawson reading bedtime stories

Give someone a book -- it's World Book Night!

We're used to tuning out the world and losing ourselves in our phones. But when's the last time you got lost in a good book? Today's the day we're encouraged to spread the word about the joys of reading. It's World Book Night -- a night that originated in the U.K devoted to celebrating the...
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This weekend around here is all about the Earth, spring, music, and wine

Earth Day Weekend is always a big deal here in the PNW, so -- big surprise -- there are lots of earth-friendly things to do this weekend. First of all, try recycling and composting and don't litter or crush cigarette butts on the sidewalk. Okay. Now here's what else you can do: Friday Earth Day...
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Jet cockpit

Listen to the cool, calm, collected woman who landed a damaged 737 and saved 149 lives

I want to give props to the incredible pilot of this Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas yesterday –- the woman who landed the plane with one functioning engine. The other engine basically blew up at 30,000 feet. It sprayed shrapnel into the plane, blew out a window, and killed one of...
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