Nearly a quarter century ago, an anonymous artist/activist painted a giant crack down the face of the Glines Canyon Dam, one of two dams that blocked the passage of salmon up the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula. 'ELWHA BE FREE" appeared beside it. The crack was, in a way, the opening shot in the great Elwha dam war, a 25-year fight to remove the dams and restore one of the Pacific Northwest's legendary salmon runs. Later this fall, the dams will come down and the Elwha will indeed be free. In the current issue of Seattle Metropolitan magazine, editor Katherine Koberg gave me some space to chronicle the battle--and to track down and reveal, for the first time, the story of the crack painter. He's an old Earth First! activist named Mikal Jakubal, and I think you'll enjoy meeting him.