January 2021

Green River Killer victim identified after 40 years

A previously unidentified victim of Gary Ridgway, dubbed the Green River Killer  has been identified some 40 years after her murder.

The King County Prosecutor, Dan Satterberg said she was identified  as Wendy Stephens of Denver, Colorado who was only 14 when she was killed. Her remains were identified through a DNA match.

Ridgway was convicted of 49 separate murders during the 1980's and 1990's. He confessed to 71 crimes.


 Statement from King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg:


Pat's View: Bel·lig·er·ence

By Patrick Robinson

Over the last 12 to 16 years I have watched with increasing alarm, the tendency of people, organizations, groups, couples, political parties and most recently leaders to react quickly, angrily, making snap judgements, saying inflammatory things, resorting to personal attacks and more. In short I have taken note of a major increase in Belligerence. 

The word comes from the Latin Bellum Gerere meaning to “wage war.”

Wars, by their nature and through history are binary. One winner. One loser. And as they say, all is fair.

We have seen the breakdown of manners, of what we used to call “couth” meaning well mannered behavior.

That itself is a kind of outgrowth of basic biblical teaching. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. 

But what is behind this belligerence? 

I think it’s in large part the distance and anonymity provided by the internet.


Rifle recovered after report of gunfire in West Seattle

information from Seattle Police Blotter

Police recovered a gold-colored rifle and a loaded magazine from a vehicle shortly after officers were called to investigate a report of gunfire Sunday evening in West Seattle.

Around 6:15 PM, officers responded to 4800 block of 25th Av SW to investigate a possible gunshot. A witness reported seeing a black two-door driving away from the scene.

Officers stopped the vehicle a short distance away and contacted a man and woman in the vehicle. After identifying the driver and passenger, officers released them from the scene and began working to obtain a warrant to search the car.

After being granted a warrant, officers searched the car and found a gold-colored rifle, a loaded magazine and steel knuckles.


Jay and the Bridge: Part One

by Jay Craig

Everybody loves the Ballard Bridge. It was built as part of the effort to connect Lake Union and lake Washington to Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. Without the Ship Canal, Seattle would not be the city it is. Being a fresh water port allowed us to become the Port of Alaska, with over 50% of the seafood consumed in the United States passing through here. The Ballard Locks and the Ship Canal Bridges are daily reminders of one of the greatest engineering projects in US history.

And the view from the control tower of the Ballard Bridge on a sunny morning or when the sun is setting behind the Olympics is beautiful. 


Tim's View: I was a 96-pound weakling

By Tim Robinson

When I WAS 4ʹ9ʺ and 96 lbs. and a boy who read comic books before schoolwork, you might understand how I became a late bloomer. In the ninth grade, everyone I knew was taller than me. Even the girls. My dad was the same way. He told me he thought it was because he grew up in the depression in Portland, Oregon and rarely had anything but cold potato soup to eat. I believed him.

In the back of comic books and in publications like Popular Mechanics, there were ads for bodybuilding. Charles Atlas offered a course on ‘dynamic tension’ where you push or pull heavy items or even clasp your own hands together and try to separate them with your fingers intertwined. His ads would show a skinny kid getting sand kicked in his face by a bully who then stole his girlfriend. 

I didn't have a girlfriend and I blamed it on being weak. I sent away for the Atlas plan and eagerly waited each day for the mailman.


Don't let them steal our history

By Jean Godden

In 1991 when Ron Chew, an International District institution, wanted to learn about his family's hidden history, he was able to retrieve his grandfather's nearly century-old immigration papers from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Seattle.

Those papers were filed along with many tantalizing details, referencing people and places in his granddad, Chew Quay Fong's life. From those records, Ron Chew learned that Quay Fong, only son of Chew Jung Man and his wife Chin, was born in 1877 in the village of Fow Seck in   China's Hoisan District.