Wildfires threaten Methow’s long road to recovery

This article originally appeared in the Aug. 3, 2015 issue of High Country News. Since its publication, fires have again blown up in north-central Washington.…

Guest Opinion: Historic Pioneer Square is under threat

I have been called a socialist. I have been called anti-development. I have been called a NIMBY. Call me what you will for defending my…

Seawall could sap funding for bridges and bikes

In city government, money is often a zero-sum game. So with the revelation that the seawall replacement project is both over budget and behind schedule comes the…

Hookah lounges: not the problem Seattle faces

Mayor Ed Murray’s announcement that the city is trying to close all of Seattle’s hookah lounges has created a wave of anger from civil right…

Socialist councilmember Sawant calls for a new tech revolution

With the exception of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant is the most prominent socialist in American politics. In her years of…

Some GOP senators want to fight state Supreme Court over daily fines

Nineteen Majority Coalition Caucus state senators want the Legislature to defy the Washington Supreme Court on its $100,000 daily fines for not complying with its…

Link between birth control and breast cancer, but no clear answers

Over the past decade, the number of breast cancer diagnoses in the U.S. has fallen, even as they’ve increased globally. The drop can be attributed,…

Somalis in Seattle unite, salute their top cop and politician

Iftar is breakfast in the most literal sense: the evening meal that breaks the day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Because it follows…

Seattle musicians grab Portland idea to seek fair treatment

You’ve heard of fair trade coffee--the idea to promote more equitable business practices for coffee growers in developing countries. Well, in Seattle, what many call…

For Ed Murray’s staff, a revolving door

Most public offices have a revolving door of staff. In Mayor Ed Murray’s, however, that door spins a bit faster. Since Murray took office in…

Robert Hardgrave is both a visual artist and a City Superhero

Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: painter…

Mariners’ fans need to look to next year … again

Local media have recently run stories featuring the 1995 Mariners, whose miracle late-season run carried them well into the American League playoffs.  This season's Mariners…

After the iftar: How an immigrant community’s worst fears came true

Second of two reports When Seattle’s young Somalis gathered to celebrate iftar, the Ramadan evening feast, homeland politics dominated the agenda. When the city’s Oromo…

Team penning: Where the people drive the action, but the cows often win

The cows kicked their butts. Trio after trio of riders attacked the herd of 30 cows in the Yelm arena, trying to cut three cattle…

The local health effects of Washington’s wildfires

This past weekend, the Seattle skyline and crests of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains faded behind a hovering white haze. While the scene was unexpected…

Parched summer could leave houseboats high and dry

Local lawyer/historian Howard Droker’s well-researched 2003 history of the Emerald City’s floating home community was called Seattle’s Unsinkable Houseboats. Well, the houseboats themselves may not…

Tribes, fishermen battle salmon-eating sea lions

This story originally appeared in the Aug. 17, 2015, edition of High Country News. Rolling whitecaps thumped against the hull of the CRITFC3 as Bobby Begay piloted…

For Ed Murray’s staff, a revolving door

Most public offices have a revolving door of staff. In Mayor Ed Murray’s, however, that door spins a bit faster. Since Murray took office in…

The Weekend List: Gay softball drama, a sci-fi pop-up, and outdoor movies

* Events that are $15 or less John Baxter is a Switch Hitter Does one’s sexuality define us? And what does it mean to belong…

The local health effects of Washington’s wildfires

This past weekend, the Seattle skyline and crests of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains faded behind a hovering white haze. While the scene was unexpected…

Judge: Step back, be patient on police reform

Those anxious to pass police reform legislation before a new Seattle City Council takes office in January may be in for a disappointment. On Wednesday, U.S. District…

Socialist councilmember Sawant calls for a new tech revolution

With the exception of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant is the most prominent socialist in American politics. In her years of…

After the iftar: How an immigrant community’s worst fears came true

Second of two reports When Seattle’s young Somalis gathered to celebrate iftar, the Ramadan evening feast, homeland politics dominated the agenda. When the city’s Oromo…

Seattle musicians grab Portland idea to seek fair treatment

You’ve heard of fair trade coffee--the idea to promote more equitable business practices for coffee growers in developing countries. Well, in Seattle, what many call…

Somalis in Seattle unite, salute their top cop and politician

Iftar is breakfast in the most literal sense: the evening meal that breaks the day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Because it follows…

Link between birth control and breast cancer, but no clear answers

Over the past decade, the number of breast cancer diagnoses in the U.S. has fallen, even as they’ve increased globally. The drop can be attributed,…

Mariners’ fans need to look to next year … again

Local media have recently run stories featuring the 1995 Mariners, whose miracle late-season run carried them well into the American League playoffs.  This season's Mariners…

Guest Opinion: Historic Pioneer Square is under threat

I have been called a socialist. I have been called anti-development. I have been called a NIMBY. Call me what you will for defending my…

Wildfires threaten Methow’s long road to recovery

This article originally appeared in the Aug. 3, 2015 issue of High Country News. Since its publication, fires have again blown up in north-central Washington.…

Seawall could sap funding for bridges and bikes

In city government, money is often a zero-sum game. So with the revelation that the seawall replacement project is both over budget and behind schedule comes the…