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January 27, 2015 at 8:46 PM

Nisqually's wet boardwalk empire

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

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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 27, 2015 at 7:27 PM

Super Bowl XLIX: The journey to Phoenix

Posted by The Seattle Times

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

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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

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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

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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 26, 2015 at 8:48 PM

Perfect day for painting that bent tree

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

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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

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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.

January 24, 2015 at 6:38 PM

Mariners fans take the field

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

The 17th annual Mariners FanFest at Safeco Field continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, children 14 and younger are free.

Parking at the Safeco Field garage is $5 in advance and $10 drive up.

The event includes free autograph sessions with the players, the chance to run the bases, tour the Mariners' clubhouse, throw a pitch in the bullpen, ride a zip line over Safeco Field and play carnival games in the Kids Fun Zone.

Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson will be in attendance on Sunday.

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Wade Hays, of Cle Elum, is safe at second and didn't mind a little infield dirt on his clothes, he said, as he ran the bases Saturday at FanFest. Officially, fans were to keep moving and not "steal second." An estimated 28,000 were expected for FanFest weekend, which continues Sunday.

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It's a smooch for a moose as the Mariners mascot gets a kiss from Mary McGoran below the Safeco Field stands. She's with the team and was working the FanFest event.

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Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager's Gold Glove award was on display at FanFest this weekend. The two-day event is expected to have a record 28,000 in attendance. FanFest continues Sunday.

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Mariners' new slugger Nelson Cruz waves to fans at Saturday's FanFest at Safeco Field before taking questions during the "dugout dialogue."

For more photos, visit the gallery.

January 24, 2015 at 6:15 PM

Walking with the birds

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

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Arthur Johnston, 6, takes a very close look at two resident domesticated geese during a "Birds of Lincoln Park's Blustery Beach" walk at Lincoln Park in West Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. On the walk, led by Patty North, a volunteer naturalist for the Seattle Parks Department, the group spotted a variety of birds, including a few eagles, a peregrine falcon, cormorants, and several types of sea ducks.

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Cathy Jensen, a West Seattle resident who lives near the park, takes a look through a scope as birdwatchers identify Harlequin ducks.

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A juvenile and an adult bald eagle rest on a snag tree.



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January 23, 2015 at 7:27 PM

Step by step with an expert

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

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Eddy Vents, of London, dances with Genia Sanon while teaching a recent Kizomba class at the Century Ballroom. Frances Tee, a local Kizomba instructor, learned the Angolan partner dance from Vents and brought him to Seattle to instruct. Kizomba, known for its slow, sensuous rhythms, was created in Angola during the 1980s and has been growing in popularity in the Northwest in recent years. Kizomba classes are among many offerings at the Century Ballroom (www.centuryballroom.com).

January 22, 2015 at 8:29 PM

Prepping for the Seattle Boat Show

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Eric Anderson demonstrates the Quadski, a new personal watercraft that converts to an ATV, on Thursday at Shilshole Bay Marina. It's powered by a 140HP BMW motorcycle engine and can go 45MPH either in the water or on land. When the ATV enters the water, the wheels retract and a jet drive powers the boat in the water. Anderson is the West Coast representative for the Quadski. The single seat version is $45,000. A double seat model is $48,000. You can see it up close at the Seattle Boat Show which opens Jan. 23 at Century Link Field Event Center. The boat show runs through Jan. 31. Just like what happened last year, the boat show will be closed on Feb. 1 for the Super Bowl.

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