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First female Seattle City Light line workers seated at a table

High-voltage women

Working on high-voltage power lines is a dangerous job that's been reserved almost exclusively for men. But 45 years ago, a courageous group of women broke barriers at Seattle City Light determined to enter the electrical trades. The female crew of trainees faced resentment, harassment and, at one point, some were fired. But the women refused to give up and persevered. CityStream hears from some of these pioneers who blazed a trail for female lineworkers today. Linda Byron shares their story of will and determination.

Denny Substation pictured at night

CityStream visits the new Denny Substation, an innovative addition to Seattle's power grid.

Host Brian Callanan talks with Seattle City Councilmembers Able Pacheco and Lisa Herbold and Council President Bruce Harrell.

Seattle City Council members discuss consent decree, public safety and hate crimes on Council Edition.

From the archives

Documentary marks centennial of Seattle's first world's fair

Historic scene of fairgoers sitting around the edge of a fountain at the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, Seattle's first world's fair.

On June 1, 1909, Seattle's first world's fair, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition or "AYPE," took place on the grounds of the University of Washington. The fair shaped the campus in ways that are visible today and highlighted Seattle as the gateway to the Pacific. Watch a 2009 documentary, produced by John Forsen and narrated by Tom Skerritt, celebrating the centennial of Seattle's forgotten world's fair.


In the community

Fighting fire with Franz and Stonewall 50 at Civic Cocktail 

The words Civic Cocktail and June 5, 2019 placed on top of an image of a smokey Seattle skyline with Space Needle

Last summer, wildfire smoke caused Seattle to have the worst air quality in the world. Hilary Franz, Washington’s commissioner of public lands, will discuss the region’s wildfire readiness. And, 50 years ago this June at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, riots ignited the fight for LGBTQ civil rights. Tobi Hill-Meyer, co-executive director of the Gender Justice League, and Anne Levinson, a former municipal court judge and deputy mayor of Seattle and one of Washington's first out public officials, join host Joni Balter to discuss how far the movement has come and how far it has to go. Join the discussion at the June Civic Cocktail, 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, at the Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave. Presented in partnership with Seattle CityClub.


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