More than a week behind schedule, the Seattle Times set up its paywall, so viewing their website now costs $4 per week. This would probably be well worth the price if the articles were particularly unique. But they're not. Lots of other news outlets, from mainstream broadcasters to neighborhood blogs, cover the same sorts of stories, and they post their articles online without charging a penny. The hardest part for local news readers is assembling all those stories from across the region in one place (which is what the Seattle Times essentially did on its homepage), but in this day and age, it's easy to peruse all those outlets' articles on a single screen.
That's why I've made a list on Twitter that puts all the free local news stories in one place.