Is there lead in Seattle’s drinking water?

When Seattle Public Utilities advised residents last week to run their taps for two minutes before drinking the water, it was, at first, a little…

In Portland, mysterious odors, unresponsive regulators

This story is a production of OPB/EarthFix. Find more about Portland's toxic air problem here. Adam Bartell felt like a crackpot for complaining about air…

No room for trees in Seattle’s new parks

Forget what you think you know about green Seattle parks. A new park just south of Seattle University shows us an important aspect of the future…

Davida Ingram practices art in the 5th dimension

This is the second in a series of profiles of artists who will be performing at the sold out Crosscut Arts Salon: The color of…

West Coast farmworkers gear up for a long fight

On the side of a dusty road just south of Bellingham, a Northwest story of fruit, farms and labor unfolded. There on a Friday afternoon…

Charter schools suspending black students at high rates

Charter schools, which are new to Washington state, appear to be suspending African American students nationally at even higher rates than the traditional public schools whose…

What if they close the viaduct — and the world doesn’t end?

The next two weeks of your life are going to be hell. The gates of the viaduct will be shut for (hopefully only) two weeks…

Tracy Rector wants you to know exactly where you stand

Seattle filmmaker and arts advocate Tracy Rector is a force of nature. In her more than 14 years of working with film, she says she…

Murray moves to clean up the Jungle

They call it the Jungle: the lush greenway beneath I-5, home to hundreds of people living in their tents. Its conditions and safety have long…

Is Washington ready for the next big oil spill?

On a calm, clear afternoon in December 1985, the Arco Anchorage made a routine stop in Port Angeles, Washington. The crew was killing time, waiting…

The ultimate test for the mayor and business community

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is in a tight spot, squeezed between business interests and a city council apparently eager to advance the follow-up to the…

City environmental efforts: Got justice?

Communities of color in Seattle could have more reason to celebrate the local environment in years to come. That’s the hope, at least, behind new…

Parents, rejoice: These apps will help you find a carpool and a sitter

Need a cab? Hail one on your phone in under 5 minutes. Forgot the chilled white wine and your dinner guests arrive in an hour?…

Rare bipartisan moment in D.C. boosts WA tribes, farmers, fish

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Farmers, fishermen, communities and conservationists in Washington state who have spent years forging a compromise to manage…

Murray gives labor watchdog more teeth

Mayor Ed Murray has a plan to finance and expand the Office of Labor Standards, Seattle’s labor law watchdog. And to the joy of the…

Environmental study leaves Longview coal port bloodied but still alive

From OPB/EarthFix Coal dust, greenhouse gas emissions, noise and traffic congestion are among the environmental impacts from the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, according…

What if they close the viaduct — and the world doesn’t end?

The next two weeks of your life are going to be hell. The gates of the viaduct will be shut for (hopefully only) two weeks…

40,000 miles of open ocean — and a boat full of rookies

The biennial Clipper Round the World Yacht Race puts total novices aboard some of the fastest sailboats on the sea. Two have died this year…

Alvin Ailey tells the African American story through dance

For 58 years, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) has been reflecting and preserving the African American experience by telling and re-telling its stories through theatrical dance. The company’s namesake, Alvin Ailey, who died…

Charter schools suspending black students at high rates

Charter schools, which are new to Washington state, appear to be suspending African American students nationally at even higher rates than the traditional public schools whose…

Tax on business will fund new cops

Mayor Ed Murray’s got a plan to pay for 200 new cops by 2020. In a statement Thursday, the mayor announced he would expand the…

The ultimate test for the mayor and business community

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is in a tight spot, squeezed between business interests and a city council apparently eager to advance the follow-up to the…

Tracy Rector wants you to know exactly where you stand

Seattle filmmaker and arts advocate Tracy Rector is a force of nature. In her more than 14 years of working with film, she says she…

6 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Cephalopod Appreciation Society A 16-year tradition, the Cephalopod Appreciation Society was created by group of friends who discovered their fascination with the multi limbed sea-creatures…

Gregoire, Zillow and Challenge Seattle: The next Civic Cocktail

How can Seattle’s business community help solve the city's issues? Can they play a big part in fixing our unreliable transportation system or rising cost…

No room for trees in Seattle’s new parks

Forget what you think you know about green Seattle parks. A new park just south of Seattle University shows us an important aspect of the future…

Parents, rejoice: These apps will help you find a carpool and a sitter

Need a cab? Hail one on your phone in under 5 minutes. Forgot the chilled white wine and your dinner guests arrive in an hour?…

Murray moves to clean up the Jungle

They call it the Jungle: the lush greenway beneath I-5, home to hundreds of people living in their tents. Its conditions and safety have long…

Rare bipartisan moment in D.C. boosts WA tribes, farmers, fish

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Farmers, fishermen, communities and conservationists in Washington state who have spent years forging a compromise to manage…

West Coast farmworkers gear up for a long fight

On the side of a dusty road just south of Bellingham, a Northwest story of fruit, farms and labor unfolded. There on a Friday afternoon…