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  • A 365-day Magnolia
    About the time this month’s issue of The Madison Park Times lands in your mailbox, you may be taking a stroll though the neighborhood. You’ll spot a lawn or sidewalk beneath which colorful petals in rose, pink and cream are heavily strewn, as if the procession of some ancient potentate were about to commence.
  • Eating out on the town back in the day
    Growing up in Riverton Heights was all country, and people were mostly on the poor side. It was the tail end of the Depression and World War II loomed ahead. On hot summer days the youngsters ran around barefoot in bib overalls. Going out to eat was a real thrill, but it meant donning proper attire.
  • Opioid crisis a local problem

    For the first time since the advisory against alcohol consumption for pregnant women in 2005, the U.S. Surgeon General on April 5 issued an advisory for more American citizens to carry the opioid antidote Naloxone.


  • Madison Valley author compiles 'Places of Interest'
    What “Madison Valley: Places of Interest” does is establish an entertaining and informative starting point for discovery in the neighborhood. It’s a foundation for people to build on through their own experiences navigating Madison Valley, and outlines a history of community and community led projects Isabelle Gray hopes people can take pride in.
  • Our magnificent camellia trees
    What most likely has happened when you see a camellia that is short and roundish is that some, hum? What is the word? Bozo! Some ignoramus has gone after this noble plant and whacked it back to keep it from reaching its full size, thereby robbing the garden and the world of a magnificent broadleaved evergreen tree that rewards us with a spectacular bloom show about this time of year.
  • Exploring the region's depths
    A short 66 years ago, my friends and I experienced skin diving by way of a water tank, compressor and hoses.  It was truly a great adventure, but the thermal layer cut it short. 
  • The majestic elm
    Turn uphill on East 36th Avenue off East Madison Street. This month you’ll find yourself looking up through a black filagree of graceful tree limbs and branches — elm trees in their winter nudity.
  • If you’ve been combing through the paper or online and noticed something different, it’s that there’s a new Madison Park Times editor on the job.
  • On January 8, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a moratorium on the county’s unique inquest process for fatal on-duty law enforcement shootings. The moratorium will extend until a task force, named by Constantine in December, reviews possible reforms to the process. That task force’s recommendations are due in March.
  • Mr. Akers’ article “New GOP tax plan means fewer deductions for homeowners” contains a factual inaccuracy regarding the new mortgage interest limits.  It also seems to gloss over the fact that many middle and lower income taxpayers will actually have lower overall tax bills next year as a result of this new tax bill, even here in Seattle.
  • It’s a holiday season tradition! Here, for the 22nd year (!), is the list of overhyped and underreported stories of the year.
  • They were the best of times; they were the worst of times.  Okay, looking back over the last year at the actions of locally elected leaders, more often it was the worst of times.


  • It’s been a crazy, mixed-up, challenging year in the news. Even locally.
  • Before people read [the Madison Park Times] in print, they have the option of checking out most of our stories online. We make sure to push those stories through our social media accounts. Twitter is probably our best bet of reaching readers on the go.
  • Last month Mayor-elect Jenny Durkan announced her transition team, a 61-member body she described as “the best of Seattle”. But a closer look at the team shows that it tips heavily towards the status quo and suggests more of the same. 
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