Kathryn Altena

Kathryn Altena

Kathryn joined the MyNorthwest.com team in February 2020 as a writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter @kkaltena

Seattle Kraken hit the ice for first practice Thursday

With the first preseason game for the Seattle Kraken just three days away, the team hits the ice for their first practice Thursday. 
18 hours ago

UW researchers help develop test to detect COVID variants in hours, not weeks

Researchers with the University of Washington are helping to develop a test that can identify different variants of COVID-19 within two hours.
2 days ago

Affordable housing project at Northgate Metro site takes step forward

King County is moving forward with the plan to build 232 affordable housing units near the soon-to-open Northgate Link light rail station.
3 days ago

Changes coming soon to Seattle’s ‘Keep Moving Streets’ at popular parks

After designating 25 miles as "Stay Healthy Streets" and adding four "Keep Moving Streets," Seattle is planning to continue the closures in various forms.
15 days ago

Kraken Community Iceplex at Northgate opens to the public Sept. 10

The Kraken Community Iceplex at Northgate will open to the public on Sept. 10, marking the first big venue opening for the city's brand-new NHL team. 
16 days ago

Coldplay will be grand opening for Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle

The first act to play in the brand-new Climate Pledge Arena will be Coldplay on Oct. 22, the day before the Seattle Kraken's first home game.
16 days ago

Record number of burned bears this summer at PAWS Wildlife Center

PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood is treating more black bears burned by Washington wildfires than the staff has ever seen in a single summer. 
23 days ago

Seattle Mariners unveil Edgar Martinez statue outside T-Mobile Park

Another Mariners great -- Edgar Martinez -- now has a statue outside T-Mobile Park in Seattle, located on the street that bears his name.
1 month ago

Seattle teenager wins gold in first ever Olympic women’s 200m canoe sprint

Nevin Harrison, a Seattle teenager and graduate of Roosevelt High School, is now a gold medalist in a brand new Olympic sport. 
2 months ago

Two athletes with Washington ties win Olympic medals

Two athletes with Washington state ties are now Olympic medalists, including Jordan Chiles, a gymnast from Vancouver, Wash.
2 months ago

Seattle Storm’s Samuelson will miss Olympics after positive COVID test

A positive COVID test means that the Seattle Storm's Katie Lou Samuelson will not get to go to the Tokyo Olympics. She says she's fully vaccinated.
2 months ago

Don’t wait for skies to turn hazy to prepare for wildfire smoke

As several wildfires burn in Washington state and across the Pacific Northwest, it's never too soon to be prepared to deal with wildfire smoke. 
2 months ago

70% of state population 16 and up has received at least one vaccine dose

The Washington State Department of Health confirmed that the state reached its goal of 70% of those age 16 and up having received at least one vaccine dose. 
2 months ago

Seattle invites fourth scooter share company, tests new parking strategies

Seattle launched a scooter share pilot program last fall, and is now inviting a fourth provider. The city is also trying to improve scooter parking.
2 months ago

King County buys third hotel to house chronically homeless individuals

King County has purchased a third property of supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals as part of the Health through Housing Initiative.
3 months ago

Statewide DNR burn ban enacted ahead of Fourth of July weekend

The state Commissioner of Public Lands has issued a burn ban on all forest lands under the Washington Department of Natural Resources fire protection. 
3 months ago

Gov. Inslee announces vaccine lottery for military personnel, veterans

Vaccinated veterans and active military duty personnel in Washington will now be included in a new program and lottery, says Gov. Inslee.
3 months ago

Seattle plans to expand free college tuition program with federal funds

Seattle will use some of its federal COVID relief money to expand the Seattle Promise program, which gives local students free college tuition.
4 months ago

Ferry delays and shortages systemwide after engine fire, steering failure

Almost every ferry route was down boats or using smaller vessels, and now a steering system failure leaves the Seattle-Bremerton route with one boat.
4 months ago

97% of COVID-19 cases in King County are among unvaccinated people

In King County, cases of COVID-19 and related hospitalizations have been decreasing thanks to an increase in vaccinations. 
4 months ago

Climate Pledge Arena announces first food partners with focus on PNW fare

Climate Pledge Arena -- the soon-to-be home of the Seattle Storm and Seattle Kraken -- announced its first food partners this week.
4 months ago

Seattle street parking rate changes coming June 1

Street parking prices are changing again in some of Seattle's busiest neighborhoods, but the highest rate will be $2.50 per hour.
4 months ago

King County issues directive urging continued use of face masks indoors

King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin issued a local directive urging all residents, vaccinated or not, to wear face masks in indoor public settings.
4 months ago

Reservations for campsites in Washington starting to fill up for summer

After increased interest in outdoor activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, campsites in Washington are already starting to fill up for the summer.
4 months ago