So, shit happens sometimes, but the Seattle PI is shutting down, that's not good. I've been a fan for a while (full disclosure, the Seattle Times had a letter from me, once.)
I lived in San Diego when I read them most, but since moving to Portland I've read them a bit as well. It's unfortunate that the press (as the first amendment calls them) is failing, but they have to walk into the new millenia. It seems that some sites are doing so, and some are not.
I hope the Cascadia Times can achieve such greatness, or at least survival on the web.