Pugel lands nearby
Former interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel has a new job as the top deputy to King County Sheriff John Urquhart. The sheriff unveiled his hire at a press conference this morning, saying that Pugel was the only person with whom he had been discussing the job. Though Mayor Ed Murray kicked Pugel our of his interim police chief role, he is obviously landing on his feet. Pugel was highly respected within the police department. Apparently, the word got around to the sheriff's department, too. Crosscut's Bill Lucia has a full report here.
Bainbridge tree sit
Bainbridge Island teen Chiara Rose D'Angelo climbed a 100-foot evergreen today to protest a 62,000-square foot shopping center planned for High School Road. As of press time she was still there, even as Ohio-based developer Visconsi threatened to press charges late this afternoon. A vigil is scheduled for this evening at the site of the already-approved development, which has inflamed local politics for months.
"A new shopping center is wholly unnecessary on Bainbridge," said Kent Bridwell, the leader of an effort to boycott businesses going into the new mall. "Too many local businesses have already failed and there are vacant storefronts everywhere." The Bainbridge Review reports that D'Angelo, a Bainbridge Island High School graduate, has plenty of clothing for cold nights and sunscreen for sunny days. "This is my home, and it matters to me," D'Angelo said today.
Oregon coal facility rejected
Oregon has rejected an application to build a coal-handling facility in the Columbia River, part of Ambre Energy's efforts to ship coal to Asia. The Oregonian described the decision as "a serious blow" to the Australian firms' plans. Ambre is also seeking to build a coal export facility at Longview in Washington. Crosscut Floyd McKay wrote a full story; it's here.
TV talent raid: Get Jesse!
KIRO-TV has hired star consumer advocate Jesse Jones away from rival station KING 5, according to Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com. Jones, who has struck fear into the hearts of the Northwest's heartless landlords and is known for his "Get Jesse" tag line, has deep roots in the Northwest. He grew up in Tacoma before going off to college at Montana State University (helping the Bozeman school's football team win a 1984 division national championship), and worked in Baltimore and Cincinnati before signing with KING in 2005. As Jones noted in a Facebook announcement, contract restrictions will keep him off the air at Channel 7 until next spring, although he will start work at KIRO in October.
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