Isolde Raftery, KUOW

Isolde Raftery


Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Isolde:

Retired Seattle cop arrested after five-hour standoff in Mount Vernon, Wash.

A retired Seattle police officer surrendered in Mount Vernon on Tuesday morning after a five-hour standoff with police at a single-family residence there. → Read More

Seattle teachers strike nears end as union, district reach tentative agreement

After four days of striking, Seattle teachers and other staff came to a "temporary agreement" with the school district over what their contract entails. Next steps are sending the contract to the union members for a vote. → Read More

How a Seattle kindergarten teacher broached the Texas shooting with his students

Kevin Gallagher wore all black to teach his kindergarteners on Wednesday. → Read More

A very embarrassing moment: Today So Far newsletter

Happy Friday, friends. An embarrassing email landed in our newsroom inbox this week. → Read More

Seattle Schools warehouse workers drove hours through snow for 60,000 Covid test kits

The day after the snowstorm, which was two days after Christmas, Seattle Schools officials learned that 60,000 antigen test kits could be theirs. → Read More

It's coyote o'clock in Seattle. Bring your cat back in

If you're going by NextDoor, it sounds like an army of coyotes is cruising Seattle streets for pet cats. But cats may not be on the menu as much as cat owners fret. Patricia Murphy speaks with KUOW editor Isolde Raftery about why she started looking into coyotes — and what they like to eat. Turns out, coyotes may be to thank for curbing the city's rat population. → Read More

Man electrocuted in tree in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood

A construction worker was in serious condition on Wednesday after being electrocuted while cutting down a tree in Greenwood, at North 87th Street and Phinney Avenue North. → Read More

A very Pacific Northwest holiday gift guide

What to gift someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest? → Read More

Cracked teeth: Covid stress is getting to a lot of us

People are so stressed out that they are grinding their teeth until they crack. → Read More

Ballard High students protest what they call a culture of sexual misconduct and harassment

About 100 students walked out of Ballard High School on Monday afternoon to protest a lack of accountability when it comes to sexual misconduct and harassment at school. → Read More

Who's leading in Seattle races on primary night

With a clap of thunder, the polls closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday in Seattle, marking the end of a seemingly sleepy series of races. → Read More

Vaccinated people should mask in public indoor spaces in Seattle and most of Washington state

Washingtonians who are fully vaccinated should wear masks in public indoor settings, Gov. Jay Inslee said on Wednesday. → Read More

We know who made the call to Seattle Police’s East Precinct last summer, finally

Recall June 2020. George Floyd has been murdered by police in Minneapolis, and the video of his death is so shocking that people across the nation pour onto the streets in protest. In Seattle, demonstrators face off with police at their outpost in the freewheeling Capitol Hill neighborhood. → Read More

Seattle students to return full time, in person this fall. Remote option available

Seattle Public Schools will return to full-time, in-person education this fall, Superintendent Dr. Brent Jones announced Thursday morning. → Read More

How a young Black family fought John L. Scott and changed Seattle

In 1959, at a dentist’s home in Seattle, a housekeeper was told to leave early. Her employers were hosting a neighborhood meeting. Before she left, she overheard their discussion: They were plotting ways to prevent a young Black doctor and his family from moving into the Modernist house across the street. They had a secret weapon: real estate titan John L. Scott. → Read More

How a little island drug store became one of the biggest vaccination sites in Washington state

The first thing to know about getting the coronavirus vaccine at Island Drug in Oak Harbor is that Fran Castro is in charge, and she is a goddamn hero. → Read More

One year since Seattle schools closed, this is what’s keeping them from reopening

Kids are returning to school across the country, but the Seattle School District remains almost entirely remote. With teachers eligible for the vaccine, and rates decreasing, what’s going on? → Read More

A legend at Garfield High School, Rick walked the halls for half a century. This is his story

Wendell Hicks, known to the Central District as “Two Brick Rick,” and “Garfield Rick,” died last week. He was 69. The cause was pneumonia, his appointed guardian said. → Read More

The 10 Seattle precincts with the most Trump voters

Seattle is a notoriously liberal city where just 8 percent of voters supported President Trump this year – and in 2016. → Read More

Why votes from Wyoming carry more weight than yours

You, the people, do not elect the president of the United States. At least not directly. → Read More