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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Anniversary of Two Eruptions that Rocked the Region

Legal Victory at Northgate Ten Years Ago Today

Last June Supporters of Thornton Creek Celebrated at Thornton Place
L to R - Lauren Barber, Llyn Doremus, Lisa Dekker, Janet Way, Bob Vreeland, Pat Sumption,
Knoll Lowney, Clmbr Richard Conlin, Michael Brokaw, Cheryl Klinker, Gloria Butts, Jan Brucker,
Pam Johnson, and John and Summer Lombard (and hundreds more not pictured including the intrepid Molly Burke and brilliant designer Peg Gaynor)

May 18th 2000, was a day that rocked Seattle in the region because the Thornton Creek Legal Defense Fund and supporters won in Superior Court, against the largest mall owner on earth and changed the face of Northgate.  The legal victory that day eventually made it possible to get all the parties to work together to Daylight Thornton Creek at the South Parking Lot at Northgate. Hundreds of supporters worked tirelessly on the campaign to Daylight Thornton Creek against all odds. 

Peg Staehli and Peg Gaynor - Designers

Our brilliant attorney Knoll Lowney (Smith & Lowney) was able to pull every possible idea out of a hat to bring about the ultimate solution. We would not have been successful without the wonderful partnerships we developed with many groups including Citizens for a Livable Northgate, Maple Leaf Community Council and the four other Northgate Neighborhoods (Victory Heights, Haller Lake, Licton Springs, Pinehurst) Cascade Chapter of Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters, Seattle City Council, Northgate Stakeholders, Northgate Chamber and many, many more. 

Now the creek runs free thanks to a visionary developer, Bruce Lorig and Seattle Public Utilities and Mayor Greg Nickels who really did come through. The salmon can now come back!

Thornton Creek Flows Free Again - June 19, 2009


Mt Saint Helens Eruption

Photo Credit - USGS
Mike Doukas
Mt St Helens Eruption 1980

May 18th is the 30th Anniversary of the Eruption of Mt St Helens


Story from Discovery News - Earth News

On the morning of May 18, Mt. St. Helens finally exploded, more powerfully than any expected. Fifty-seven people were killed in the blast, which registered a magnitude 5 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index. Johnston was never seen or heard from again.
It was one of the most significant eruptions of the 20th century, both for what we learned scientifically, and because it brought the awesome power of a volcanic eruption into the living rooms of everyone in America for the first time.
Thirty years later, it's worth going back for a second look.
In Memory of Geologist Dave Johnson who lost his life monitoring the eruption of Mt St Helens.

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