Have You Heard About the Unist’ot’en? Sydney reports: On Tuesday afternoon, former mayor Mike McGinn and 29 indigenous and environmental activists crowded the Canadian consulate on the sixth floor of the Century Square building across from Westlake Park. They were there on behalf of the Unist’ot’en camp, a group of indigenous leaders and protesters blocking several proposed pipeline projects through British Columbia. Most of British Columbia remains unceded land that wasn’t granted to Canada through treaties, and Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en people say they haven’t given consent to companies like Chevron to build across their territory. The Seattle protesters delivered two messages: one letter to the Canadian consulate that was slipped under the door, and one to Fidelity in downtown Seattle, asking its investment arm to divest from Chevron. The protesters and McGinn stressed that their message had to do with a bigger story about tribal sovereignty and fossil fuel industry threats to the Pacific Northwest, threats that Seattle deals with directly in the form of crude-oil trains running beneath the city. Check out the 10-minute documentary at the bottom of this post for a primer on the Unist’ot’en.
Kayaktivists and Bridge-Activists Protest Shell in Portland: Demonstrators affiliated with Greenpeace hung on lines from a Portland bridge in an attempt to block a Shell ship from moving in and out of a canal, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. The ship is in Portland for repairs after crashing and tearing a gash in its hull earlier this month. "Portland kayaktivists are the last phalanx of resistance to this insanity,” says one protester.
Map Showing Seattle Construction Proves Popular: If you want to see just how fast Seattle is changing, check out the Department of Planning and Development's new map. More than 14,000 people checked the map out during its launch week, KPLU reports.
Seattle Public Utilities Issues Water-Conservation Guidelines: "Very low snowfall this winter meant little or no snowpack to refill city reservoirs," KUOW reports. That means the local utility is asking you to be careful and conserve in the following ways, though, as Sydney reported, we're by no means in emergency mode:
Water before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m. to reduce evaporation.
Use one or two deep waterings, rather than several shallow waterings.
Fix obvious indoor and outdoor leaks such as faucets and spigots. For silent toilet leaks, put several drops of food coloring in your toilet tank; after 10 minutes if color appears in the toilet bowl, there’s a flapper leak.
Use car washes that recycle their water.
Use a broom rather than a hose to clean sidewalks, driveways and patios.
Wait until your clothes washer and dishwasher are full before starting a load.
In Probably Related News, Get Ready for Another Heat Wave: "Puget Sound is due to shatter a 57-year-old heat record this weekend," KING 5 reports. "Seattle has officially had eight days at 90 degrees or higher this year." The station forecasts temperatures in the low 90s today through Monday.
Texas Releases More Footage of Sandra Bland in Jail: "Sandra Bland was alive and well" before she was found hanging in her cell, said Waller County judge Trey Duhon. The video shows her "arriving at the jail, being questioned by a jailer filling out forms, making phone calls, getting her mug shot taken, sleeping in her cell and being taken in and out," the AP reports.
NASA Is Developing a "Drone Air-Traffic System": And Amazon, which wants to use drones for deliveries, couldn't be more thrilled.
Reward Offered for Donnie Chin's Killer: In addition to a $1,000 reward offered by Puget Sound "CrimeStoppers," four gun rights groups are offering $4,000 to anyone with information on who killed Chin, a beloved community leader in the International District, last week.
Macklemore: Says he relapsed on sleeping pills last year.
How to Stop an Oil and Gas Pipeline: Who are the Unist’ot’en, and how are they blocking pipelines in Northern British Columbia? Watch: