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The Daily Troll: Obama inks in Oso visit. Bellevue gets its manager. Opening Day optimism.

Pro tip: Don't carry artillery shells on an airplane.

President's Oso visit

President Barack Obama will visit the Oso mudslide site April 22 to meet with families, emergency responders and recovery workers. "This will give the president the opportunity to see firsthand the devastation wrought by the slide as well as the incredible community spirit flourishing in Oso, Arlington and Darrington," Gov. Jay Inslee said in press release Tuesday. Additional details have not been ironed out yet.  — J.S.

Bellevue picks the acting city manager

Bellevue has chosen longtime employee Brad Miyake as the permanent city manager, responsible for carrying out council policies and serving as the day-to-day business manager of the city. The City Council still has to negotiate a final contract, according to a Tuesday press release, but Miyake was a unanimous choice among councilmembers.

He has served as acting city manager for almost a year, taking over after the resignation of his predecessor Steve Sarkozky. In 23 years with the city, Miyake, a UW grad, has also served as deputy city manager, utilities director and budget manager. Mayor Claudia Balducci said the council heard from community members, heads of local organizations and city staffers that Miyake had proven himself to be the best candidate for the job. Three other finalists had been named last week, including the city manager from Peoria, Ariz. — J.C. 

Mariners: Pennant just around the corner

The Seattle Mariners' home season will kick off Tuesday evening with, among other festivities, a salute to the next-door neighbors: the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks. After winning the first four games of the season, the Mariners have some ground for optimism. And their Tuesday starting pitcher, James Paxton, has been looking good. If baseball fans were superstitious, however, they might have worried that mlb.com Mariners beat writer Greg Johns had jinxed the opening night with an upbeat tweet. — J.C. 

 

Tacoma Art Museum going West

The Tacoma Art Museum is opening its 16,000 square foot, Tom Kundig-designed new wing on Nov. 16, according to The News Tribune. The renovation was spurred by the generosity of German billionaire Erivan Haub and his wife, Helga, who have donated their collection of 280 works of Western American art to TAM, about 100 of which will be housed in the new wing. As The Stranger's excellent arts writer Jen Graves wrote a couple of years ago, it's unusual for a Northwest museum to make much of art from the inland West. (She also posted a number of excellent examples from their collection.) In 2010, the Haubs talked about their collection and the role of having a residence in Wyoming. — J.C. 

What's that in your carry-on?

A rocket — or, to be precise, two rocket-shaped artillery shells — turned up in the luggage of two young men from an unnamed Seattle high school early this week. The pair were flying home from Europe by way of Chicago, where baggage screeners found the World War I era artillery shells. A bomb squad determined the artillery was inert and, as an Associated Press story picked up by seattlepi.com Tuesday reports, "no one was ever in danger." No charges were filed against the teens.

Good to know, but is anyone else a little worried that the London airport didn't catch this one? — J.C. 

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Joe Copeland is political editor for Crosscut. You can reach him at Joe.Copeland@crosscut.com.

John Stang covers state government for Crosscut. He can be reached by writing editor@crosscut.com.


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Comments:

Posted Wed, Apr 9, 11:38 a.m. Inappropriate

Regarding the Haub's generous gift of their Western Art Collection and funds to pay for a new wing to house the collection, I would like to know the back story as to why they chose TAM instead of housing the collection in Laramie at the University of Wyoming where much of it had been???

Posted Wed, Apr 9, 11:39 a.m. Inappropriate

Regarding the Haub's generous gift of their Western Art Collection and funds to pay for a new wing to house the collection, I would like to know the back story as to why they chose TAM instead of housing the collection in Laramie at the University of Wyoming where much of it had been???

Posted Thu, Apr 10, 8:51 a.m. Inappropriate

Obama's "visit" is more about publicity and fatuous promises than it is about "seeing first hand the devastation." And the visit just adds another to the many opportunities for immensely costly travel by the president at a time when debt is in the $17 trillion range and the federal reserve is madly printing money in order to cover huge governmental expenditures, making a mockery of money's meaning.

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