Feliks Banel

Feliks Banel

Feliks Banel is a producer, host, and historian for KIRO Radio, and is editor of "Columbia," the quarterly magazine of the Washington State Historical Society.

If Mount Rainier’s name is changed, what about Mount Baker?

KIRO 7 TV reported that the Puyallup Tribe is launching a new effort to restore the Indigenous name “Tacoma” to Mount Rainier. But what about Mount Baker?
5 months ago

All Over The Map: How Jefferson, King and Kitsap counties were named

It’s time for the sixth installment of County Countdown, a 13-part series on the origins of county names. This episode features Jefferson, King and Kitsap.
5 months ago

174-year-old geoducks and other mysteries of Puget Sound history

A body of water that underpins thousands of years of history and culture in this area, Puget Sound is now the focus of a new history book.
5 months ago

All Over The Map: Ready for a summer vacation on the Idaho Coast?

In a move echoing Washington Territory's separation from Oregon Territory in the 1850s – only, in reverse – a group wants to expand the border of Idaho. 
6 months ago

Airliner left Tacoma and ditched in the ocean in October 1962

Within a year, two identical airliners took off from McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma for Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. Neither reached its final destination.
6 months ago

Feds reverse decision and end effort to sell Seattle National Archives

The federal government ended its attempt to sell the 10-acre parcel and complex that houses the National Archives branch in Seattle.
6 months ago

With pandemic-themed cans, brewers tell history museums to ‘Hold my beer’

Museums have been saving artifacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Tacoma man has a collection that is a bit more colorful than PPE, and a lot more refreshing.
6 months ago

New owner confirms: Bon Marché holiday star is saved for a rainy day

With downtown Seattle's Bon Marche building getting sold, what will happen to the iconic holiday star that adorns its exterior every year?
6 months ago

All Over The Map: Is sunken boat in Puget Sound just an old ferry or artifact of dark chapter of history?

An old ferry boat that was involved in a dark chapter of wartime transportation history nearly 80 years ago also took a few strange journeys of its own.
6 months ago

From sleeping in sidecars to ‘speed cops’: Washington State Patrol marks 100-year celebration

Washington State Patrol is marking its centennial in 2021, and like so many things lately, the commemoration has been scaled back due to the pandemic.
6 months ago

All Over The Map: 90 miles of history and scenery on Olympic Discovery Trail

There’s good news this week for the Olympic Discovery Trail between Port Townsend and, eventually, La Push on the Washington coast.
6 months ago

Northwest Senators introduce ARCHIVES Act to stop sale of Seattle facility

The long battle to save the endangered Seattle branch of the National Archives has now been officially joined a trio of PNW senators.
6 months ago

Mystery photo album discovered at Seattle estate sale

A Seattle man purchased an old photo album years ago at an estate sale and stashed it away. Now, local historians are excited about the rare images inside.
6 months ago

All Over The Map: Aplets Way and other Northwest ‘Brand-Name Streets’

The Aplets & Cotlets factory in Cashmere may be gone soon, but two roads in the Chelan County town that were named after the candies are probably here to stay.
6 months ago

Classic ‘Pacific Graveyard’ shipwrecks reimagined for the digital era

The entrance to the Columbia River is a notorious spot that saw many shipwrecks and claimed quite a few lives, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries.
6 months ago

Washington’s iconic Aplets and Cotlets candy factory to shut down later this year

Aplets & Cotlets, a strongly flavored fruit candy, have been a Northwest fixture for decades. But now, they’re going away forever.
7 months ago

All Over The Map: Work begins to reconnect Beverly Bridge to past and future

Work has just gotten underway to make the historic Beverly Bridge, a railroad bridge across the Columbia River, safe for hikers, bikers, and equestrians.
7 months ago

Bipartisan coalition pens letter calling for end to effort to close Seattle National Archives

Lawmakers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska sent a letter asking the federal government to give up its effort to sell the Seattle branch of the National Archives.
7 months ago

Art Langlie weighs grandfather’s legacy and a run for Seattle mayor

Art Langlie has has some serious history on his political resumé – his grandfather was mayor -- and then governor -- 80 years ago.
7 months ago

All Over The Map: How Grant, Grays Harbor, and Island counties were named

We're exploring how Grant, Grays Harbor, and Island counties were named, in our fifth installment of our County Countdown KIRO Radio series.
7 months ago

Seattle neon fanatic seeks home for his collection of signs

Bob Kaufman has spent decades putting together a sizeable collection of signs and other neon artifacts. Now, that collection faces an uncertain future.
7 months ago

Navy artifact uncovered at Seattle’s Magnuson Park

An artifact discovered at Seattle’s Magnuson Park is a reminder of the old Navy base at Sand Point, and the role of a unique building that still stands.  
7 months ago

All Over The Map: Vanished shipyards connect Pacific Northwest and Boston

Thousands of miles from the Pacific Northwest, a river near Boston was once home to bustling shipyards with a direct connection to the Columbia River.  
7 months ago

Can Seattle help create the ‘National Archives for the 22nd Century’?

Now that a judge granted a preliminary injunction, putting a stop to the sale of the National Archives in Seattle, could there be re-imagining of the space?
7 months ago